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Archives from June 2005
Who Needs Big Bird, Anyway?
DAVE LINDORFF
The latest battle over funding for the Public Broadcasting Corporation really should be a defining moment for liberals and leftists-especially those with a little spare change in their wallets or pocketbooks. Anyone who is genuinely on the left should have ...
What is Bush’s Agenda in Iraq?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
For what purpose has President Bush sent 1,741 US soldiers to be killed in action in Iraq (as of June 19, 2005)? For what purpose have 15,000 – 38,000 US troops been wounded, many so seriously that they are maimed for life? Why has the US gove...
It’s 60 Years Since Alamogordo
MICKEY Z.
It was in 1942, at the University of Chicago, that physicists working under Arthur Compton, Enrico Fermi, and others produced fission of the uranium isotope U-235. In other words: a nuclear chain reaction. With an ultra-secret $2.2 billion investment (the equivale...
Making the Noises Politicians Don’t Want to Hear
TARIQ ALI
The French Situationist philosopher, Guy Debord, once wrote that the consumerist society whic exploits the world does so not simply through its economic power but "in its capacity as the society of the spectacle". The G8 summits have become an essential ...
The Bush Radio Address
MIKE WHITNEY
"It is the absolute right of the Sate to supervise the formation of public opinion." Joseph Goebbels, Third Reich Minister of Propaganda ...
Old News Indeed: In 1999, Bush Craved Opportunity to Attack Iraq
GARY LEUPP
Some time between January and May 1999 presidential aspirant George W. Bush was talking with Mickey Herskowitz, a former Houston Chronicle sports columnist who’d been signed on to ghostwrite his autobiography. And the future president spoke unto Herskowitz, ...
Red Herring
URI AVNERY
The experience was almost surrealistic: I was in a hall in the centre of Gaza, facing some 500 people, all of them bearded men, nearly all of them Hamas militants. The Hamas movement officially opposes the very existence of the State of Israel, and here I s...
The Scheme to Infiltrate Cuba’s Libraries
DIANA BARAHONA
The U.S. has been pretty successful at mobilizing world opinion against Cuba since the late 1980s. Emboldened by the fall of the Soviet Union it has gone to considerable trouble and expense to bring down the revolution that refuses to be defeated a scant 90 miles ...
De-Eichmannizing America
MANUEL GARCÍA, Jr.
That America is a nation of Little Eichmanns whose collective acquiescence allows for the prosecution of the Iraq War and its related war crimes, the expansion of American imperialism and atrophy of civil liberties, economic equity and social justice, is vividly a...
Sorry, Unless We Have the Original Downing Street Memo, in Our Hands, We Can’t Go With a Story
DAVE LINDORFF
I’ve heard some lame excuses, but what we’re hearing from American editors as to why they took a month to start letting Americans know about the Downing Street memoranda is beyond pathetic. These are the memos that are all over the British media, docum...
Eros and the Grateful Dead
RON JACOBS
The last time I heard Jerry Garcia play his guitar live was in the summer of 1995. Bill Clinton was president of the US, Saddam Hussein still ran Iraq, Iraqis were dying because of US imposed sanctions on their country, and the US war there involved a series of oc...
Star Wars or Earth Wars?
AHMAD FARUQUI
The Revenge of the Sith, the sixth movie in the Star Wars saga, is drawing record crowds and grossing millions by the week. George Lucas, heady with the success of American Graffiti in 1973, conceived the series two years later. It was to be the story of Anakin Sk...
Situation Desperate
BEN TRIPP
I thought I’d be pleased when the American public finally caught on. It happens, eventually. The George W. Bush Mutant Death Festival, so popular for several years, has finally lost its appeal. Mark my worms, Paris Hilton is next. Not that there’s much...
Race Bias and the Death Penalty, One More Time
GREG MOSES
In the recent dispute between Supreme Court justices over the question of race discrimination in jury selection, we find two warring camps of legal theory. By issuing its order to give one death row prisoner a new trial in Texas, the court majority seems to be for...
Stuff to Do to Stop the War
STAN GOFF
The war in Iraq is degenerating … a lot. For American troops, Iraqi police, and Iraqi civilians, the last two months have been filled with dread, death, and disfigurement. In spite of around-the-clock spin by the administration and show-dog obedience by the ...
Does Iraq’s Main Labor Union Support the Occupation?
LEE SUSTAR
A tour of the U.S. by Iraqi labor leaders has highlighted a controversy about that country’s best-known labor federation-the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU). The debate hinges on the IFTU’s support for the U.S. occupation, its close ties...
How Many Wins Can We Take?
FRED GARDNER
It’s not so much whether you win or lose, it’s how you control the spin. Thus the medical-marijuana movement honchos seem quite pleased with themselves, even though the Supreme Court turned down the Raich-Monson bid to obtain and use under California l...
Justice Dodged in Haiti, Once Again
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
On April 21, 2005 the Cour de Cassation, Haiti’s highest court, threw out the convictions of sixteen people found guilty by a jury in the Raboteau massacre case, Haiti’s most celebrated trial ever. The decision of the Cour de Cassation is a remarkable ...
Getting Out of Iraq
JUDE WANNISKI
Public opinion polls now indicate that a clear majority of the American people no longer support the war in Iraq, 59% want to pull out immediately or on a definitive timetable, and 56% believe the war is not worth it. Is there any chance the Bush team will ...
Arrested for Stickering, Biking and Other Misadventures
BENJAMIN SHEPARD
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Is The Jury Dead?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
These Google Ads Those ads at the bottom of the page? A few of of our readers have written in, saying they introduce a sordid spirit of commercialism into OUR site. That’s the whole idea! We need the money. You look at an ad, we make a little bit...
Fueling Mistrust Between Iran and the US
ROGER HOWARD
Imagine your reaction if, during last November’s presidential contest, the mullahs of Iran had suddenly launched a tirade of criticism against the American system of democracy and beamed their message onto our television sets and radios for all of us to hear...
Reinstate the Draft!
MIKE WHITNEY
When America’s foremost political pundit and spokesman for the powerful CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), Tom Friedman, says its time to reinstate the draft, we should all pay attention. Friedman’s comments appeared in his June 15 column where he rei...
Who Helped Posada Enter the U.S.?
RICARDO ALARCÓN
Very important news came from Buenos Aires earlier this week: The Supreme Court of Argentina has declared un-Constitutional certain laws granting impunity to those involved in crimes –30 000 desaparecidos– during the last military regime. This dramatic...
Open-Ended Closure
MARC ESTRIN
Vermont has no death penalty. Still, federal prosecutors are now demanding that Vermont hold a capital punishment trial in a recent murder case which involved crossing a state line. It seems important to the feds to teach liberal Vermont a lesson in American justi...