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Archives from November 2005
The Cheerleader at Annapolis
MIKE WHITNEY
It’s pathetic to see the world’s most powerful man, shunted into prearranged venues so he can pitch his snake-oil to college aged boys. That said, Bush’s appearance today at the Naval Academy has got to be a new low for the White House public rel...
What Happened to Those Bush/Cheney Bumperstickers?
DAVE LINDORFF
Has anyone seen a car with one of those 2004 "Bush/Cheney" bumper stickers on it lately? It’s been days since I’ve noticed one. My community, which is about 50 percent Republican, used to be full of them, mostly pasted on the backs of ...
The Long Struggle of Leonard Peltier
JOE ALLEN And PAUL D'AMATO
Leonard Peltier, one of America’s longest-serving political prisoners, turned sixty-one-years-old on September 12, 2005. Peltier has spent nearly thirty years in federal prison, the result of one of the most infamous political frame-ups in modern U.S. histor...
The Other Meaning of Israel’s Political Earthquake
RAMZY BAROUD
Most of what has been written or said to depict Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s departure from the Likud party is parable to an "earthquake," or the "eruption of a volcano," and has, without a doubt, turned the Israeli political map...
The Hallucinations of Joe Lieberman
KEVIN ZEESE
In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on November 28, Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) put forward an argument for staying the course in Iraq. Of course, his argument in "Our Troops Must Stay" was filled with false information. Lieberman describes "...
Military Mental Health Workers in Iraq
STEPHEN SOLDZ
The Wall Street Journal has a new article on the role of mental health professionals in treating war trauma in Iraq [Therapists take on soldiers' trauma in Iraq]. The military has caught on to how these workers can aid the war effort and has increased their per ca...
Colin Powell: Always Willing to Let Someone Else Deliver the Bad News
NORMAN SOLOMON
Newspapers across the United States and beyond told readers Wednesday about sensational new statements by a former top assistant to Colin Powell when he was secretary of state. After interviewing Lawrence Wilkerson, the Associated Press reported he "said that...
Jack Abramoff’s Bipartisan Sleaze
JOSHUA FRANK
It is far too early to tell what kind of impact it will ultimately have on the Republican establishment, but the Jack Abramoff scandal could well be the most perilous of all the storms developing around Washington. And the cloud forming on the horizon is a dark on...
An Interview with Stanley Tookie Williams
PHIL GASPER
Sanley Tookie Williams, co-founder of the Crips street gang in Los Angeles over 30 years ago, is facing execution on December 13. Over the past...
Bush the Dupe?
GARY LEUPP
I read in the Drudge Report that Bush "has become isolated a...
World Human Rights Leaders Call for Freedom for Pere Jean-Juste and Yvon Neptune
BILL QUIGLEY
I World Human Rights Leaders Call for Freedom for Pere Jean-Juste, Yvon Neptune and Other Haitian Political Prisoners By BILL QUIGLEY, Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. Bill is a volunteer lawyer for Pere Jean-Juste with the Institute for Justi...
The Duke and the Enterprise
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Yesterday, Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham pled guilty to federal charges of bribery and tax evasion. What follows is an excerpt from the first chapter of JEFFREY ST. CLAIR’s new book ...
Life on Death Row
WALTER A. DAVIS
Unless Governor Schwarzenegger grants clemency Tookie Williams will be executed at San Quentin on December 13th. (Those who do not know about Williams and his work should consult ...
The Ghost of Sangatte
BEHZAD YAGHMAIAN
France is facing a new humanitarian crisis aggravated by its response to the recent rebellion by the children of North African origin. Addressing the nation after the riots, President Jacques Chirac declared France’s resolve to fight illegal migration...
Woodwardgate: Still Protecting the Right Wing
LEN COLODNY
Recent headlines charge that Bob Woodward has withheld information on a major national story. Nothing new there. Thirty-three years ago, Woodward was in the same business. That story was a tale of espionage and treason carried out at the highest level of th...
The Woodward Scandal Must Not Blow Over
NORMAN SOLOMON
Bob Woodward probably hoped that the long holiday weekend would break the momentum of an uproar that suddenly confronted him midway through November. But three days after Thanksgiving, on NBC’s "Meet the Press," a question about the famed Washingto...
Contraindications
RON JACOBS
To many of us in the United States, the US contra war against the Nicaraguan government in the 1980s seems like very long ago. Since the CIA-manufactured defeat of the revolutionary government in Managua–a defeat that included mercenary war, media manipulati...
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Curious Power
JUSTIN E.H. SMITH
Stan ‘Tookie’ Williams is scheduled to be executed in California next month. Williams helped to found the well-known L.A. street gang, the Crips, in 1971. In 1981 he was convicted of murdering four people in two separate armed robberies, and sentenced ...
Cooked Intelligence
DAVID ISENBERG
In November, the US Senate erupted into rancor over a Democratic tactic to force the body into a secret, closed door session. Despite bitter complaints from Republicans, the stratagem worked, and now a long deferred investigation of White House influence on the U....
The "Bomb Al Jazeera" Documents Trial
CHRISTOPHER REED
When Lord Goldsmith, the British attorney general, pounced on the Daily Mirror tabloid newspaper last week, threatening it and the rest of the media with the nation’s Official Secrets Act, he was accused of imposing censorship to save prime minister Tony Bla...
The Grave Threat of the Bush Administration
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
According to news reports, at a US Naval Academy speech on Wednesday, President Bush will announce plans for withdrawing US troops from Iraq. It will be diverting to watch the propagandists at Fox "news" flip-flop with the White House line and explain th...
The Pentagon’s Domestic Spying Operation
MIKE WHITNEY
The strategy to militarize the country is moving forward as planned despite apparent setbacks in Iraq. As the Washington Post reported on Nov. 27 the Dept of Defense is expanding its domestic surveillance activity to allow Pentagon spies to track down and "in...
Is Impeachment an Election Issue?
DAVID SWANSON
"What’s more moderate than exploring the truth? Is there really partisanship in truth?…We don’t need to be afraid to use the word impeachment. It is the process that was set up. It’s not a bad word. It stands for accountab...
Abbie Hoffman at 70
MIICKEY Z.
"You can always sleep in Central Park during the daytime, although the muggers come out to play at night." Thus begins the section called "Fuck New York" in "Steal This Book" (STB). I write this becaus...
What Are They Dying For?
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"We don’t know the course of our own struggle will take [sic], or the sacrifices that might lie ahead." GW Bush, November 11, 2005. "Akers said his son is burned on more than 75 percent of his body. . . . ‘We&...