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Archives from September 2005
Back to the Future
"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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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?
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
"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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
The U.S. ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad says that the U.S. is "running out...
Rev. Pat Robertson and Gen. Rios Montt
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
During my two-month stay in Bethlehem (in a program called Palestine Summer Encounter, put on by Middleeastfell...