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Archives from October 2005
Carry On, Patrick Fitzgerald
MIKE WHITNEY
It was payback–cheap political payback by the administration for an article I had written contradicting an assertion President Bush made in his 2003 State of the Union address. Payback, not just to punish me, but to intimidate other critics as w...
A Moment of Truth
ELAINE CASSEL
The media is filled with Republican pundits, right-wring Christians, and arrogant politicians lambasting Patrick Fitzgerald for prosecuting Scooter Libby for lying to the FBI and the grand jury. Not a "real" crime, sniffs Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who, ...
Scapegoating Immigrants
NICOLE COLSON
Investigators called them "ready-made victims"–the six men killed and six others gravely injured at the end of a night of robberies in southern Georgia. They were mostly migrant workers who scraped by working long hours in cotton fields and on pean...
Bernacke Could Face Serious Trouble
MIKE WEISBROT
Ben Bernanke’s first promise upon being nominated for Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve was that he would "maintain continuity with the policies and policy strategies established during the Greenspan years." Of course, he was speaking to ...
Trading Weapons While Kashmir Burns
FAROOQ SULEHRIA
Patience fellow Kashmiris. Islamabad is buying six high-tech Saab 2000 jets to help you out. ‘Why the heck high-tech jets instead of helicopters if Islamabad has Kashmir in mind?’ fellow Kashmiris might wonder. Because, the Saab 2000 turbo-propelled ai...
The Press Acquits Itself
NORMAN SOLOMON
A lot of media outlets are now scrutinizing some of the lies told by the Bush administration before the invasion of Iraq. Yet the same news organizations are bypassing their own key roles in the marketing of those lies. A case in point is the New York Times. ...
Dr. Dhafir Sentenced to 22 Years
MADIS SENNER
On October 27, 2005 Judge Norman Mordue sentenced Dr. Rafil Dhafir, founder of the Help the Needy Charity, to 22 years in prison. Judge Mordue noted that he had received 41 letters and 69 letters previously from a bail motion in support of Dr. Dhafir from t...
The Libby Indictment
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff to vice president Richard B. Cheney and assistant to the president, has been indicted for a cover up. As US attorney Patrick Fitzgerald made clear at the October 28 press conference announcing Libby’s in...
Trading Weapons While Kashmir Burns
FAROOQ SULEHRIA
Patience fellow Kashmiris. Islamabad is buying six high-tech Saab 2000 jets to help you out. ‘Why the heck high-tech jets instead of helicopters if Islamabad has Kashmir in mind?’ fellow Kashmiris might wonder. Because, the Saab 2000 turbo-propelled ai...
Requiem for Bethlehem Steel?
JOE DeRAYMOND
Years ago, we made steel here in Bethlehem. This is a statement of consequence, for the making of steel is not a cottage industry, it is an industry that builds nations and requires the labor and capital of a nation. The Bethlehem Steel enterprise stretched for ov...
The Wedges of Hephaestus
PETER LINEBAUGH
Who are the brownshirts in Toledo? A few carloads of the Nazi white supremacists pulled into north Toledo, Ohio, on 10/15, maybe two dozen. Shortly thereafter, a vast, heterogeneous, and youthful crowd assembled and sent them packing. The police liked to take the ...
Beginning of the End? Watergate 2005? Gotterdammerung for the Bushies?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR Scooter Libby was the lawyer who got the charges dropped against billionaire scamster Marc Rich back in Clintontime. But that had more to do with Rich’s billions than with any legal talents Libby may have. On the evidence of ...
Framing the Poor
TIM WISE
During the flooding of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, many a voice praised the media for its supposedly aggressive coverage. The fact that Anderson Cooper cried on camera, or that Geraldo evinced outrage (imagine that), or that even Fox’s Shep...
Playlist
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
1. Wayne Shorter ­ Beyond the Sound Barrier (Verve/2005) 2. David Vest — ...
Let the PIRGs Begin!
RALPH NADER
Ask a Washington, DC taxi driver about student activism in the United States and you will likely hear about student involvement in the Civil Rights movement and student opposition to the war in Vietnam. If you push a bit, the driver may mention Earth Day. D...
Insult Your Country
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Imagine it. You live in a democratic country that has ratified both the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the European Convention on Human Rights, both of which value freedom of expression as central. Surely you think&...
The Fifth Afghan War
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Washington’s war in Afghanistan is going badly, and the Taliban, or, rather, the insurgents who are Taliban leftovers and all the new insurgents who have now been labeled as Taliban, have increased their attacks on US troops and everyone they suspect of supp...
Jane Weirick: Death of an Organizer
FRED GARDNER
Jane Weirick died this week. She was 46. An organizer who could either lead or follow with competence. The devoted mom of a grown-up daughter of whom she was very proud. The opposite of a snob. Jane had been one of Dennis Peron’s lieutenants at 1444 M...
Israel and the Consequences of "Uniqueness"
M. SHAHID ALAM
"If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow and which will not, Speak then to me." Shakespeare, Macbeth, I, 3 1. Why did the creation of Israel engender such deep but opp...
Crack Down at Kent State
NIKKI ROBINSON
Iraq war veteran and Kent State student, Dave Airhart, is under attack for opposing the war he considers "unjust" and for attempting to stop any more students from being used as "cannon fodder." On October 19, the Kent State Anti-War Com...
Karl’s Great Escape
JOSHUA FRANK
At a Critical Mass bike ride here in Albany, New York on Friday, I decided to turn the Halloween theme into a political one, at least for myself. I’m not much for costumes and makeup. So I just slapped a sign on the back of my jacket and off I rode. My sign ...
Why Aren’t the Democrats Screaming Bloody Murder?
LAURA SANTINA
A recent Boston Globe article focused on the fact that the Democrats are struggling to find one voice on Iraq. We don’t need one voice from the Democrats. We need every Democrat who voted for this war to apologize for this illegal and immoral war and to insi...
Fear and Sex
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Halloween is almost here, so let’s consider sex and fear. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Forget the candy, the costumes. It’s the fear that captivates your soul. Fear is one of those feelings that makes you feel really alive, your heart be...
Autumn in America
RON JACOBS
Let’s see. Two thousand plus US dead. Tens of thousands of Iraqis dead. one hundred and sixty-one thousand troops now in Iraq–more than ever. Troops continue to kick in doors of civilian homes. US troops taking over civilian homes in Iraq much like the...
Green Hoosiers
STEVEN HIGGS
Bill Stant has a vision for a new American democracy. In it, power flows from the people, not the almighty dollar. And the people are responsible, active, and engaged. "I know it’s quaint," he told a meeting of the Monroe County Green Party ...
Bushspeak: Dark and Garbled Words
JOHN CHUCKMAN
The following quotes are from Bush’s speech about the War on Terror, as given October 6, 2005, and largely repeated October 28. It was a speech especially dense with Bushspeak, a dialect which never means what it seems to say. Perspective and the occasional ...
Self-Portrait, 1994. Bronte Beach.
VANESSA S. JONES
One day I walked down to Bronte Beach, from my flat in Bondi Junction, in Sydney. Or was it Woollahra? The real estate said it was Bondi Junction. Maybe that helped in renting it. Close to the shops and train station. But the post office kept correcting ou...
Suddenly, Bush Embraces Right of Fair Trials
DAVE LINDORFF
When President Bush was confronted by reporters as he left the White House for Camp David following the announcement of the five indictments of, and the resignation of Vice President Dick Cheney chief of state I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, he offered up a la...
The Race to Execute Tookie Williams
PHIL GASPER
The State of California is attempting to silence the voice of death-row inmate Stanley Tookie Williams as quickly as it can. On October 24, less than two weeks after the US Supreme Court refused to hear Stan’s final appeal, a Superior Court in Los Ang...
In the Name of Justice
MONICA BENDERMAN
Kevin Benderman sits in jail. An injustice. He did not want to go. He did not take his stand, break a law and dare the courts to put him in jail with a stiff sentence. Kevin Benderman put his principles on the line and dared to trust that his rights would be respe...
Now It’s About the Forgeries
JASON LEOPOLD
The special prosecutor investigating the outing of a covert CIA agent expanded his probe last year to include intelligence information used by the Bush administration claiming that Iraq tried to purchase yellow-cake uranium from Niger. According to a court ...
Way Down in New Orleans
JENNIFER MATSUI
and STELLA LA CHANCE The catastrophic success of Hurricane Katrina in carrying out the Bush administration’s second term agenda in only a few short days should have been cheering news for the beleaguered war prez. Even though he is being forced to lick h...
Is the US Really Against Torture?
MANUEL GARCÍA, Jr.
It is true the overwhelming majority of Americans are aghast at the use of torture by agents of the US government, and favor an immediate, permanent and absolute abolition on its use. It is true that prominent US law-makers, policy-makers and military leade...
Embracing the Anti-Apartheid Struggle in Israel/Palestine
VIRGINIA TILLEY
Debate and reportage from Israel-Palestine continue anxiously to focus on the symptoms, rather than the deeper direction, of the conflict. Media controversy whirls about how the Palestinians can navigate the immense challenges of the Gaza withdrawal, the electoral...
Inflation Up; Wages Down
JARED BERNSTEIN
Employers’ wage costs grew 2.3% over the past year, the slowest growth rate on record, according to today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Factoring in the recent energy-driven increase in inflation, the real wage is down 2.3%, also the la...
White House in Meltdown
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR Maybe for a moment George Bush thought Bill Frist was calling late Wednesday evening to tell him he was quitting as Senate majority leader on account of his own deepening legal problems, stemming from insider stock deals. But no, F...
The Last Moment of Hope
ILAN PAPPE
This month marks the fifth anniversary of the Palestinian uprising and may well be the last moment for making peace in Israel and Palestine. Peace is not only important for the people who live there. It will pay dividends to the world and especially to the United ...
Bono and Geldoff: "We Saved Africa!"
STUART HODKINSON
Remember Make Poverty History, anyone? It seems a long time ago that some 200,000 people flocked to Edinburgh to rally G8 leaders as part of an unprecedented campaign for global justice. That same day, July 2, Bob Geldof organised free music concerts in nine count...
Look Who’s Talking Now
MICHAEL DONNELLY
With the coming indictments of at least some administration factotums for lying to a federal Grand Jury if not for the underlying crimes, it’s telling to note how deeply members of Congress feel about perjury by government officials and how much damage they ...
The Scandal isn’t the Leak, But the Illegal War
SAUL LANDAU
"Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!" –Walter Scott The conspiracy that bubbles around Judith Miller protecting a source — whose name she couldn’t remember ...
License to Bill
LILA RAJIVA
To his fans, a Randian free-market hero, an Atlas barely quivering under the Himalayan chain of operating systems, software packages and security patches with which he feeds the hungering cyber-masses. Or as one Indian model squealed orgasmically, "Mr. Gates,...
Escape the Weight of Your Corporate Logo
RON JACOBS
So I’m sitting on the couch last Saturday evening watching the World Series game with my friend’s eleven year old daughter. My night for childcare, you see. It’s a lot different for me this year since the Boston Red Sox are out of the mix after t...
Stop the Troops!
INGMAR LEE
So there’s maybe a third of all Americans who are still wavering behind George W. Bush and his murderous attack, invasion, occupation and massacre on-going in Iraq. (It never ever was a war) And half of all Americans voted Democrat in the last election, -for...
Waiting for Fitzgerald
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
"You are like the prisoner sawing away at the bars on the little cell window so intently that he does not notice the door has long been wide open." –George Bernard Shaw (paraphrased) "Will ther...
Empire of Denial
MIKE MARQUSEE
During the heyday of British, French, Belgian or Portuguese colonialism, if you asked the citizens of London, Paris, Brussels or Lisbon whether their countries were the seats of great transcontinental empires, they would have answered ‘yes’, unhesitati...
War Crimes in Afghanistan
ERID RUDER
Shocking images from Afghanistan have again exposed the racist barbarism of the U.S. "war on terror." Last week, U.S. soldiers were caught on videotape burning the bodies of two dead Taliban fighters–something forbidden under Islamic lawR...
Iraq Approves Constitution, Despite Sunnis
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad A majority of Iraqis have voted for the new federal constitution, which will divide the country into three regions and weaken central government. The results, released by the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq, show that the Sunni Arabs...
Fitzgerald vs. the Bush Administration
JOSHUA FRANK
It is hard not to be elated over what seem to be imminent indictments resulting from this whole Valerie Plame/CIA leak. Is it going to be Scooter Libby, Karl Rove or Dick Cheney? Perhaps all three? It is impossible to say at this point, but as Jason Leopold a...
For Whom They Toll
KATHY KELLY
Today, in cities and towns throughout the U.S. and beyond, activists will gather to grieve and protest the carnage wrought by the unlawful and immoral war in Iraq. Thousands will gather to commemorate the 2,000 lives of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and call upon U...
The Legacy of Rosa Parks
J.L. CHESTNUT, Jr.
Rosa Parks passed October 24, 2005. She was an unassuming, remarkable woman who came to symbolize the black struggle in this country, and by refusing to get up out of a bus seat this humble but grand black woman taught black Americans how to stand up. She gave bir...