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Archives from September 2005
The Middlebury Declaration
KIRKPATRICK SALE And THOMAS NAYLOR
In answer to a growing swell of interest in realistic responses to the excesses of the present American empire, The Middlebury Institute has been launched by a group of activists and professionals to promote the serious study of separatism, secession, self-determi...
Bird Flu Takes Flight
ALAN FARAGO
As the latest Atlantic hurricane spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, 90 miles to the north, roadways were empty. A little rain fell on a city closed tighter than a drum. The lucky people of Miami retreated behind walls from fitful gusts of wind, but if the n...
Bush, the Good Samaritan for Corporations
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
"A certain Samaritan. . . had compassion on him." The Holy Bible: Luke Even absolutely terrible events have silver linings. Hurricane Katrina is an example. It demonstrated, to the surprise at least of this writer,...
Katrina and Right-Wing Think Tanks
DIANE FARSETTA
"Maybe something good can come from this hurricane." –Senator Lindsey Graham (R – S.C.) to FOX News Sunday’s Chris Wallace on September 18th. Graham and Wallace were discussing the "torrent o...
Hurricane Katrina and Davis-Bacon Profiteering
DAVID PRICE
President Bush stands confused and silent as his geographical base is first hammered by forces of unbridled nature, and then more brutally abused by those corporate profiteers who will emerge to lay claim to the devastated regions’ rebuilding. While the revo...
Militarizing the Market
ROBERT SANDELS
After years of obsessing over Cuba, the United States has decided to obsess over the whole of Latin America because now it turns out that the Cuba threat wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. After all, what’s communism compared to the scourge of interna...
Redeeming the Olympic Martyrs of 1968
DAVE ZIRIN
1968. There was never a year when the worlds of sports and politics collided so breathlessly, without mercy or respite. It was the year Muhammad Ali, stripped of his heavyweight title for resisting the draft, spoke on 200 college campuses and askedthe question, &q...
A Simple Test for Bush
MAXINE CONANT
This is a multiple-choice test. You are the President of the United States. You talk a great deal about homeland security and keeping Americans safe. 1. You learn that an immense category five hurricane is bearing relentlessly toward the Gulf Coast....
Trial of the St. Patrick’s Four
LUCIA DAILEY
Day 1 "We’re All in This Together" Mary Anne Grady the sister of two of the St. Patrick’s Four defendants on trial this week in Binghamton, NY asked me to write some impressions of events surrounding the trial of her sisters Cla...
Thinking is Religious Freedom
MANUEL GARCÍA, Jr.
Robert Fisk ends his essay on terrorism justified by religion, "Religious Terr...
God’s Hurricane?
KONA LOWELL
As can be expected with any disaster, natural or man-made, the Old Testament hellfire and brimstone wing of the Evangelical junta is ready as always to explain the suffering, death and devastation as being the direct result of the usual suspects. You know: the hom...
The Nukes in Rita’s Path
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
South Texas Project 1 and STP 2 are two nuclear power plants located just 90 miles SW of Houston. That’s not very far if an accident occurs and radiation is released during 100+ MPH winds. There is no guarantee the plants can survive the conditions they are ...
Are You a Speed Freak?
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
Are you a speed freak? That’s what Daimler Chrysler wants to know. Everything about their current campaign pushing the new Dodge Charger is about speed and power. We l...
Iraqis: "This Government has No Authority"
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. The Iraqi official was visibly flustered and embarrassed when questioned in Baghdad about the storming of the police station in Basra by British troops. "It is a very unfortunate development that the British forces should try to releas...
Which Way Forward for the Green Party?
ASHLEY SMITH, CAT WOODS, JAMES MARC LEAS, And STEVE GREENFIELD
At the 2005 Annual National Meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Green Party arrived at a fork in the road. The delegates voted down resolutions offered by Greens for Democracy and Independence (GDI) designed to ensure proportional representation inside the party, nati...
How to Turn a Natural Disaster into a Man-Made Catastrophe
JASON LEOPOLD
Republicans like to brag that, as a political party, they are more fiscally responsible than their Democratic counterparts. Well, thanks to President Bush’s four years in office that theory can now take up residence in the urban legend department. If ...
"The Problem in Iraq is the US"
ERIC RUDER
Camilo Mejia was the first U.S. soldier who served in Iraq and went public with his refusal to re-deploy. He spent nine months in military confinement for deciding to follow his conscience. Since his release, he has been a tireless antiwar campaigner–...
Military Recruiters: Counselors or Salesmen?
JORGE MARISCAL
With the Army still short of its 2005 quota by some 16,000 recruits and no end in sight to the disastrous occupation of Iraq, the new school year promises to be one in which military recruiters step up their activities. Pressures to meet their "mission" ...
The Struts-and-Bull Presidency
PIERRE TRISTAM
For President Bush every appearance, every word, every joke, every strut, every backdrop is staged for iconic effect by an army of ghostwriters and television producers. But symbolism designed to have the force of a papal bull can just as easily be full of a diffe...
Neoconservatism is Never Having to Mean You’re Sorry
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Katrina clobbered and Rita is striking the United States with bin Laden-like fury. While some experts report that global warming may be responsible, George Bush is growing more concerned about global cooling. He seemed to care little about the tarnishing of Americ...
British Agents in Local Drag Saved by Cavalry
LINDA S. HEARD
Monday was one of those rare illuminating days. A juxtaposition of events starkly exposed Western double standards and made the Iraqi government’s claims of sovereignty even more nonsensical than it already was. Anyone who tuned into the BBC’s H...
The Real Story of the German Elections
DAVE LINDORFF
The real story of the German election, which has not been accurately reported in the American corporate media, is that the left won. The combined tallies of the ruling Social Democratic Party of Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder, its coalition partner the Gree...
Bait and Switch in the Bitterroot
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Like Rumsfeld’s Pentagon, the Forest Service under George W. Bush runs on pr, corporate cronyism, an obsession with secrecy and the rapid-fire deployment of fabricated justifications for cutting down old-growth forests. In Bush’s war on the wild...
NYPD Unplugs Cindy Sheehan
JOSHUA FRANK
They can’t stop the antiwar movement, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t trying. On Monday Sept. 19, Cindy Sheehan spoke in New York City’s Union Square to a group of supporters and onlookers when police rushed in to break up her speech as i...
Will We Use the Power We Have on September 24?
MIKE FERNER
All last week I had a rare opportunity ­ to join several impressive speakers on the "Bring Them Home Now" tour’s northern route. Al Zappala, whose son was killed in Iraq last year; Tammara Rosenleaf, whose husband is due to deploy to Iraq this ...
Back to the Future
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
"The art of statesmanship is to foresee the inevitable and to expedite its occurrence.". –Talleyrand "What must be done ultimately should be done immediately.". –Henry Kissinger Many&n...
Not Rocket Science
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
For years, national security experts have warned of a train wreck in the Pentagon’s budget: rising unit costs for weapons to the point where so few can be bought that our forces cannot be supported. The train wreck is here. The current plan in Washington wil...
General Musharraf and the Recognition of Israel
M. SHAHID ALAM
It appears that General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s military dictator since October 1999, is on a mission to legitimize Israel: and he is going about it with the zeal of a new convert. On September 1, 2005, Pakistan’s foreign minister met his I...
The Gitmo Hunger Strikers
MIKE WHITNEY
I have a word of advice I would like to offer Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon chieftains who currently preside over the 200 or more hunger-strikers at Guantanamo Bay, 20 of whom are near death. For God’s sake, let them die. What more could you possi...
Toxic Gumbo
STEVE BREYMAN
Had Hurricane Katrina wanted to wreak a maximum of damage designed to highlight deeply entrenched environmental, social and economic injustices in the United States, it could not have picked a better place to make landfall than the Gulf Coast around New Orleans....
What Happened to Iraq’s Missing $1 Billion?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. One billion dollars has been plundered from Iraq’s defence ministry in one of the largest thefts in history, leaving the country’s army to fight a savage insurgency with museum-piece weapons. The money, intended to train and equ...
Et Tu, Greg Palast?
GEORGE GALLOWAY
Until a couple of days ago I hadn’t heard of Greg Palast in years, the man who claims to have been pursuing me with questions for two months. He has never phoned, written, emailed or made any other contact with me, which is curiously reminiscent of the behav...
Will Neocon Fanaticism Destroy America?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The "cakewalk war" is now two and one-half years old. US casualties (dead and wounded) number 20,000. As 20,000 is the number of Iraqi insurgents according to US military commanders, each insurgent is responsible for one US casualty. US troops in ...
Today, the Anti-War Movement Goes on Trial
LEIGH SAAVEDRA
"If you fall on the side that is pro-George, and pro-war, you get your ass over to Iraq and take the place of somebody who wants to come home. And if you fall on the side that is against this war and against George Bush, stand up and speak out.&q...
Compromise with a Chainsaw in the Rainforests of British Columbia
INGMAR LEE
In December 2002, British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell wrote the New York Times to tell Americans that all was well in the BC Forests. A negative article about ancient forest destruction and the impending extinction of the Spotted Owl had appeared in the newsp...
Hunger Strike Against Censorship
KATRINA YEAW
Seven antiwar activists remain on a hunger strike in front of the Farnesina, the Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome, to protest censorship. Leonardo Mazzei, 49, employed by national electric company and spokesman for the Italian "Free Iraq" Committee; Anik...
Guardians of the Status Quo
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Many mainstream religious leaders appear to be guardians of the status quo more than agents of peace and justice. Instead of fulfilling their prophetic calling of speaking truth to power, they tend to mutter truth to power- equate truth with power, or defer truth ...
Horror Story
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
Former CIA political analysts It all quickly comes together traveling through the West Bank: the separation wall encircling Anata; the verdant natural spring in the Israeli settlement of Anatot — the spring, along with the mountains and wadis surrounding...
Hurricane Hugo at the UN
MIKE WHITNEY
"Practically no one in the United States knows that we’ve donated millions of dollars to the governorship of Louisiana, to the New Orleans Red Cross. We’re now giving care to more than 5,000 victims, and now we’re going to suppl...
Padilla and the Death of the Republic
TOM GORMAN
While looking for the opinion of the Fourth Circuit in Padilla v. Hanft, I noticed that the Court’s homepage had a link to celebrate Constitution Day. I think a better celebration of the Constitution would have been not rendering it useless, as the three-jud...
Khalilzad Threatens Syria
GARY LEUPP
The U.S. ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad says that the U.S. is "running out...
Rev. Pat Robertson and Gen. Rios Montt
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
While Pat Robertson’s recent remarks on the Christian Broadcast Network’s The 700 Club that the United States should "take out" Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez certainly caught the media spotlight, the statement by the evangelical minister w...
Etan Thomas Rises to the Challenge
DAVE ZIRIN
Sports stars are generally known more for their narcissism than their compassion, but in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, athletes have expressed a tremendous amount of altruism and anguish over the amount of human suffering the storm has caused. That’s not su...
Finding a Coach in the Land of Oz
BARBARA EHRENREICH
Where to begin? My first foray into the world of job searching, undertaken at my computer on a gloomy December afternoon, is distinctly intimidating. These days, I have gathered from a quick tour of relevant web sites, you don’t just pore over the help-wante...
Katrina and the Poverty of America
WILLIAM A. COOK
"The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty." George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara The plight of the poor, caught without the means to escape New Orleans as Katrina swamped the city, fo...
The CEO’s Chief Justice
RALPH NADER
If only corporations could laugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on Judge John Roberts’ nomination for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, they would head for the nearest champagne closet in their executive suites. What a triump...
Levee Town
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Weather can wipe out cities forever. It’s what happened to America’s first city, after all, as a visit to Chaco Canyon northeast of Gallup, New Mexico attests. At the start of the 13th Century it got hotter in that part of the world and by the 1230s th...
The Politics of Withdrawal from Iraq
RON JACOBS
In recent days, Jalal Talabani, the US-installed president of the US-installed government in Baghdad, told the press that the United States could withdraw up to 50,000 troops by the end of 2005. Talabani continued, stating that there are now enough Iraqi troops tr...
One Big Sham
DAVE LINDORFF
Three cheers for Maureen Dowd for exposing the sham of President’ Bush’s Jackson Square speech to the nation announcing his "recovery plan" for New Orleans, and a big fat raspberry for the electronic media-and for Dowd’s own New York Ti...
The Wall and the Holes in the Wall
PETER HARLEY
During my two-month stay in Bethlehem (in a program called Palestine Summer Encounter, put on by Middleeastfell...