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Archives from July 2005
The Bad News About the Energy Bill
Sen. RUSS FEINGOLD
Energy policy is an important issue for America and one which my Wisconsin constituents take very seriously. Crafting an energy policy requires us to address important questions about, for example, the role of domestic production of energy resources versus foreign...
Where are the "Montana Friendly" Businesses?
PAT WILLIAMS
Through the years we have heard a lot of misplaced complaining that Montana isn’t "business friendly." It is now dawning on us that we need more businesses that are "Montana friendly." For 60 years we have heard the drumbeat about ...
Marvelous Marvin
DAVE LINDORFF
Let me say right from the get go that I’m not a conspiracy theorist by nature. As a journalist I like to see the facts line up solidly before I go with an accusation. At the same time, I also subscribe to Noam Chomsky’s approach of looking at ho...
CAFTA and the Disassembling of America
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
I am working on my computer when I discover that the House has passed CAFTA. I turn on the TV for the eleven-o-clock news. The local channels are full of reports…about an uptown homicide. On cable, both Fox and MSNBC each have a specialist standing near...
The Class War in Gurgaon
P. SAINATH
The northern Indian state ...
America’s Huge Racist Inventory
J.L. CHESTNUT, Jr.
Why all this unspeakable violence in our Selma, in our nation and in our world at large? Selma is part of the nation and the world at large. Why are our children killing each other? Why is it becoming almost common in this little town for parents to bury their chi...
Passing CAFTA
JOSHUA FRANK
The final vote on CAFTA, the free trade agreement between the US and Central America, rolled out in the wee hours of July 28. It was a tight vote in the House, a squeaking 217-215, where 15 Democrats crossed over to support the measure while 27 Republicans voted a...
Blair the Camera Man
GILAD ATZMON
In case you missed them, here are the words of wisdom Tony Blair uttered yesterday: "Until we get rid of this complete nonsense of trying to build some equivalence between what we are doing helping Iraqis and Afghans build their democracy ...
Vision Mumbai Submerged
LILA RAJIVA
Over the last two days hundreds of people have died in Mumbai and across Maharashtra as the South-West monsoon lashes the state. 37.1 inches fell in one day – the highest ever in the country. About 150,000 people were stranded in railway stations, tens of th...
The Emerging Skin-Whitening Industry
AMINA MIRE
Skin-whitening or skin-bleaching is a practice whereby women (and some men) use various forms of skin-whitening products in order to make their skin appear as white as possible. As an anti-aging therapy, skin-whitening promises to "restore" as well as to...
Departing Iraq
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
June 30, 2005, was the peak of neocon delusion. On that day American Enterprise Institute neocon Karl Zinsmeister posted his article on the AEI online site titled: "The War is Over, and We Won." No sooner than Zinsmeister put delusion to paper tha...
The Duke of Alba and George W. Bush
WILLIAM S. LIND
In the sixteenth century, Europe was devastated by wars of religion, a fact which gives that unhappy time some relevance to our own. The foremost soldier and commander in sixteenth-century Europe was the Duke of Alba. An excellent ...
The End of the Housing Bubble
MIKE WHITNEY
I sold my home three weeks ago anticipating what I believe will be "Economic Armageddon" in the United States. It wasn’t an easy thing to do. My wife and I have lived in the same home for 25 years, raised both of our children there, and owned the p...
The Source Beyond Rove
ROGER MORRIS
Former NSC staffer "We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." It was September 2002, and then-National Security Advisor, now-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was fastening on CNN perhaps the most...
Tony Blair Won’t Give an Inch
CHRISTOPHER BRADLEY
I sometimes having trouble even finishing news stories. Tony Blair, as per my reading on the BBC website and elsewhere, said that Iraq was no excuse for the London bombings. But the invasion of Iraq was justified by the New York bombings? It’s precise...
Thomas Friedman, Liberal Sadist?
NORMAN SOLOMON
The acclaimed New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has often voiced enthusiasm for violent destruction by the U.S. government. Hidden in plain sight, his glee about such carnage is worth pondering. Many people view Friedman as notably articulate, while ...
Why Lance Armstrong Must Break with Bush
DAVE ZIRIN
To all the haters that don’t think cycling is a sport, and the Tour De France ranks just below watching an apple turn brown, let’s be clear: Lance Armstrong has earned the love. The cancer-surviving cyclist ended his career with a record seventh straig...
Is Iran Being Set Up?
GARY LEUPP
A recent article by Juan Cole depicts Iran as the real victor in the Iraq War. This is because ...
US Falling Behind Across the Board
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
On Monday, I reported that the US, formerly a superpower until afflicted with "new economy" syndrome, has lost so much manufacturing capability that it can scarcely produce one submarine every two years and one aircraft carrier every five years. US manuf...
Class War on the Ruby River? Bring It On!
JACKIE CORR
Editors’ Note: In tw...
The Enemy Within
SUREN PILLAY
The recent wave of bombings in London has shifted the jaded attention of the world’s media on the ‘war on terror’ in Iraq to Europe. And of course the immediate suspects responsible for the bombing are thought to be Al ­Qaeda, either directly...
Jefferson, Hitchens and Atheism
LENNI BRENNER
I’m old fashioned. I criticize anyone in writing, he gets a copy. When I say God is the Great Sinner in the Sky, (he made the world), I email him. Badmouth Hitler & it goes to Mr. Nice Guy in Argentina, a bit old, but still planing a comeback. So Christo...
Iraq: the Unwinnable War
PATRICK COCKBURN
The Duke of Wellington, warning hawkish politicians in Britain against ill-considered military intervention abroad, once said: "Great nations do not have small wars." He meant that supposedly limited conflicts can inflict terrible damage on powerful stat...
SEIU and Teamsters Quit the AFL
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
Chicago. "This is how it ends: with a bang and whimper", CounterPuncher Lee Sustar muttered to me during the press conference yesterday in which James Hoffa of the Teamsters and Andy Stern of SEIU announced their unions were disaffiliating from th...
Nuking Native Land
DAVID SWANSON
Over 100 people, few if any of them employed by the corporate media, filled a press conference room in the US Capitol on Monday to hear artists, advocates, and experts speak against the current energy bill and against a proposal to dump the nation’s nuclear ...