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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 ...