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GOD SAVE HRC, FROM REALITY — Jeffrey St. Clair on Hillary Clinton’s miraculous rags-to-riches method of financial success; LA CONFIDENTIAL: Lee Ballinger on race, violence and inequality in Los Angeles; PAPER DRAGON: Peter Lee on China’s military; THE BATTLE OVER PAT TILLMAN: David Hoelscher provides a 10 year retrospective on the changing legacy of Pat Tillman; MY BROTHER AND THE SPACE PROGRAM: Paul Krassner on the FBI and rocket science. PLUS: Mike Whitney on how the Central Bank feeds state capitalism; JoAnn Wypijewski on what’s crazier than Bowe Bergdahl?; Kristin Kolb on guns and the American psyche; Chris Floyd on the Terror War’s disastrous course.
Archives from July 2005
Hillary Clinton: Outflanking Bush from the Right
JOSHUA FRANK
Senator Hillary Clinton, a likely 2008 presidential candidate, called for a "cease fire" within the Democratic Party as she accepted a leadership post with the Democratic Leadership Council on July 25. The DLC was greatly responsible for her husb...
Random Searches in New York’s Subway
DAVID ANDERSON
Perhaps the greatest outrage about the new New York City government’s policy of random bag searches in the subway is the lack of outrage about it. Where are the stories about people turning around and not being searched, interviews with opponents of the poli...
Terrorism: America Defines Its Targets
M. SHAHID ALAM
On September 11, 2001, the United States declared a global war against terrorism. Since then, we have been told ad nauseum that terrorism is the great scourge of our time, and terrorists are evil incarnate. In the twenty-first century, the United States will wage ...
Kreationism in Kansas
STAN COX
Sometime later this year, Kansas public school students will become subject to new science standards that have a distinctly creationist spin. And that’s fine with a majority of their parents, who, according to a ...
China-Mart Takes Over
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
My poor beloved country, trapped in a Middle Eastern quagmire and tricked by Osama bin Laden into subsidizing to the tune of $300 billion (spent or appropriated) a training ground for Muslim terrorists and insurgents while our once fabulous economy disintegrates....
"Wagging the Puppy"
NORMAN SOLOMON
Midway through this month, the Karl Rove scandal was dominating the national news — until the sudden announcement of a Supreme Court nominee interrupted the accelerating momentum of the Rove story. Since then, some anti-Bush groups and progressive pundits ha...
The March of the Orange Shirts
URI AVNERY
For some weeks now, a red light has been flickering in my mind, illuminating a word in large Gothic letters: Weimar. As a 9-year old I saw with my own eyes the collapse of the German republic that came into being after World War I. It was generally referred...
55 Years After No Gun Ri
MICKEY Z.
"On summer nights when the breeze is blowing, I can still hear their cries, the little kids screaming," said Edward Daily. This U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War was talking about the killing of hundreds of refugees, mostly women, children and old men ...
Barbaric, But Not Unexpected
RAMZY BAROUD
Barbaric. There is hardly any other term that is capable of depicting the murder of over 50 people and the wounding of hundreds more during London’s rush hour on July 7. Unexpected, however is the least relevant term. But why would "mass murder&q...
Harrowing Hours in Haiti
BILL QUIGLEY
On Thursday July 21, 2005, Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste went to St. Pierre’s Catholic Church to be one of the priests participating in the funeral of Haitian journalist Jacques Roche. Fr. Jean-Juste is a cousin of the Roche family and members of the Roche family pr...
The Reverberations of Raich
FRED GARDNER
Leroy Stubblefield’s lawyer, Ann Witte, still hopes his case-challenging the DEA’s right to confiscate marijuana from patients growing it under Oregon law- will be heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal Sept. 13. But last week prosecutors asked the...
A Threat to Liberty
Rep. RON PAUL
The USA PATRIOT Act and Terrorism Prevention Act (HR 3199) in no way brings the PATRIOT Act into compliance with the Constitution or allays concerns that the powers granted to the government in the act will be used to abuse the rights of the people. Much of the di...
Project Mumbai Makeover
SHIVALI TUKDEO
Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra (India) was recently in the US, marketing and showcasing Maharashtra for possible investors. Hopping between New York and the Napa Valley; Microsoft and Hollywood, business delegates and cultural conventions, De...
Return of the Academic Witch Hunts
DAVE LINDORFF
McCarthy-style witch hunts are coming back, and the first place we’ll be seeing them is at Pennsylvania’s public colleges and universities. Under the innocent-sounding name "Academic Bill of Rights," a gaggle of right-wing "cultur...
The War Comes Home
TARIQ ALI
Ever since the occupation of Iraq there were very few in Britain who imagined that the hellish developments that unfolded in an Arab country might be a vision of their own future. London is , of course, not Baghdad and what has happened here is nothing compared to...
Blair’s "Evil Ideology"
GILAD ATZMON
London is under attack once again. Though on the surface it doesn’t look like a catostrophic event the message is clear: we are very vulnerable. And yet, we seem to be very slow to learn our lesson. Although there are some indications that the majority of Br...
Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq Turn It Incendiary
ROBERT FISK
That fine French historian of the 1914-18 world conflict, Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau, suggested not long ago that the West was the inheritor of a type of warfare of very great violence. "Then, after 1945," he wrote, "… the West externalise...
Kidnapping in Miami
RICARDO ALARCÓN
After years of efforts, without much success, trying to let people know the truth about the five young Cubans unjustly incarcerated in the US for fighting Miami-based terrorism, a surprising light appeared on July 14. It came in a news dispatch by AP from Geneva a...
Islamo-Anarcs or Islamo-Fascists?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I guess the lesson of the week is, Don’t run away from an English cop in the London Underground, or anywhere else, particularly if you’re brown or black. This means, don’t run for a train or a bus, particularly with a bag in your hand. If you wan...
The Pentagon’s China Hypocrisy
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"The Pentagon estimates that China might be spending up to $90 billion a year on its military, three times the officially acknowledged budget, a figure that would make it the world’s third-biggest defense spender after the United States and Russia,"...
Gonadal Politics and the Democrats
JOSHUA FRANK
"I don’t do gon...
Growing GOP Opposition to Iraq War
KEVIN ZEESE
First it was Walter Jones (R-NC) who began to speak out in favor of an exit strategy for Iraq. Now there are nine. This is still a trickle ­ but it is a growing one. And as the support for the war decreases, evidence of the failure of the occupation and the in...
Baghdad: Barbarism and Civilization
JAMES PETRAS
He was the Daily Blare’s reporter in Baghdad, Andy Rubber-Ali, earnest, energetic and deeply embedded, who occasionally wandered off a good hundred and fifty to two hundred meters from the "Bunker" to pick up ‘human interest’ stories....
The Flame Gutters
BEN TRIPP
I’m ready to drop out. Had enough. When I was a mere babe mewling and barfing in my nurse’s arms, the Vietnam war was just getting good. My old man got a deferment on account of my arrival on the scene. This was the last favor I ever did him. When I wa...
Living in a Twilight Zone
Col. DAN SMITH
Near the very end of his June 28 speech to the nation on Iraq, President Bush, spoke directly to the assembled military audience of some 850 paratroopers stationed at Fort Bragg, NC: "I thank those of you who have re-enlisted in an hour when your country need...