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Archives from December 2005
Playlists
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR, JESSE WALKER And PHYLLIS POLLACK
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR Live and lowdown, to quote James Brown, who should’ve made the list. 1. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band–...
The Class War Economy
LEE SUSTAR
Call it the class war economy–a shocking transfer of wealth out of the pockets of working people and the poor and into the overstuffed bank accounts of the super-rich. Rising profits and a smart 4.3 percent annual growth rate in third-quarter gross d...
Counting Ballots and Bodies in Baghdad
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad Soon after dawn yesterday Atheer Abdullah Mohammed and his brother Waleed, one a policeman and the other a customs official, got into their car in the village of Sukhuriya, west of Fallujah. The election for the Iraqi parliament had ended 12 hours ...
The White Death of Fallujah
CHRIS FLOYD
Last month, the broadcast of a shattering new documentary provided fresh confirmation of a gruesome war crime covered by this column nine months ago: the use of chemical weapons by American forces during the frenzied, Bush-ordered destruction of Fallujah in Novem...
The Senator Without Guile
RALPH NADER
Will this country ever again see the likes of a Senator from Wisconsin-William Proxmire-who passed away this month at age 90? He came to the Senate, replacing Senator Joseph McCarthy, in 1957 and left in 1989. He was the legislators’ legislator. No one work...
Did Karl Rove Hide or Destroy Evidence in Plame Case?
JASON LEOPOLD
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald met with the grand jury investigating the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson for several hours Friday. Short of a last minute intervention by Rove’s attorney, Fitzgerald is expected to ask a grand jury-possibl...
Teacher Fired for Talking About Peace?
JEFF WHITE
On a winter day two months before the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, two-dozen children, 10 to 12 years of age, sat in Deb Mayer’s classroom at Clear Creek Elementary in Monroe County, Indiana, near Bloomington, thinking about war as they discussed a t...
My Bethlehem Experience: the Sequel
ALISON WEIR
I did go back last night to hand out my "Bethlehem Today Christmas cards" at a local church’s reenactment of Bethlehem 2000 years ago. (This time alone, since the others had previous commitments). Once again my experience w...
Evo Morales’ First Year
NEWTON GARVER
Justice and equality must prevail, and must do so in the context of growing national prosperity. That is the underlying motive and force behind the what is called the left-leaning surge in Latin America.  Naturally there is powerful opposition to this moveme...
Reason, Evolution and Intelligent Design
ROBERT JENSEN
Despite the clashes between claims based in faith v. reason, it seems that most people — on both sides of the debate about religion and science in the United States — share a belief in a kind of magic. Sadly, this need for magical thinking undermines t...
What’s Not to Love About Nancy Grace?
TOM KERR
When former prosecutor Nancy Grace and host of Court TV’s "Nancy Grace: Closing Arguments" and sundry primetime specials appears on Larry King Live, a call-in love-fest invariably ensues. Callers lead off their call-in questions about the crime du ...
When Ollie North Came to Hot Springs
JOHN BOMAR
"They took out their knives and stuck them under his fingernails. After they took his fingernails off, then they broke his elbows. Afterwards they gouged out his eyes. Then they took their bayonets and made all sorts of slices in his skin all aro...
Iraq Votes; Now What?
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad Iraqis went to the polls in large numbers yesterday to elect for the first time a parliament representing all communities. A loud explosion heralded the start of voting in Baghdad, but the level of violence was low. In Sunni districts of the...
Iraq, Ourselves
PIERRE TRISTAM
Every week as I prepare to write this piece I tell myself: Not Iraq, not this time. Almost every week something makes it impossible to stay away, to get away. Iraq is 6,800 miles from our shores in geography only. What happens there in any given week has more bear...
The Fine Art of Withdrawal
WILLIAM S. LIND
The main question about the war in Iraq was never whether it would go well or go badly. The question was whether it would go bad fast or go bad slowly. So far, it has gone bad slowly, which was always the greater probability. But the possibility remains that it co...
Why I’m Not Going Back to New Orleans
CYRIL NEVILLE
Would I go back to live? There’s nothing there. And the situation for musicians was a joke. People thought there was a New Orleans music scene — there wasn’t. You worked two times a year: Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest. The only musicians I knew who ma...
The WTO in Hong Kong
MARK ENGLER
Although much is at stake at the World Trade Organization Ministerial in Hong Kong this week, the success of the talks will largely hinge on one issue: the willingness of the U.S., Japan, and the European Union to live up to their own "free trade" rheto...
Bolivian Democracy and the US: a History Lesson
SAUL LANDAU
The prospect of socialist peasant leader Evo Morales as Bolivia’s next president disturbed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Charles Shapiro. "It would not be welcome news in Washington to see the increasingly belligere...
Our Torture Problem
VIJAY PRASHAD
For Fred Pfeil, comrade and colleague. Rreathe a sign of relief. The US has now begun to monitor the jails in Iraq run by the Interior Minister Bayan Jabr. US Viceroy in Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, informs us that torture is "unacceptable" and ...
Organic Inconsistencies
JOSHUA FRANK
Healthy living has become the national obsession these past few decades. As the rate of cancer continues to escalate, and with the obesity epidemic as it is in the United States, people are turning toward healthier diets and lifestyles in hopes of enhancing their ...
Bush and the Indonesian Generals
BEN TERRALL
As the U.S. empire continues its so-called "war on terror" via blank checks for the military-industrial complex, the Bush Administration recently overrode a congressional ban on military aid to Indonesia and restored all such assistance by exploiting a &...
"Agroterrorists" Needn’t Bother
STAN COX
"In the war on terrorism, the fields and pastures of America’s farmland might seem at first to have nothing in common with the towers of the World Trade Center or busy seaports. In fact, however, they are merely different manifestations of ...
The Ethical and Legal Challenges Facing Palestine
OREN BEN-DOR
Today we hear a lot about legal challenges mounted against the wall in the West Bank. I would like to reflect upon a different wall, a metaphorical wall, the wall which remains ethically and legally unchallenged and whose foundations are actually, albeit unwitting...
Fear and Loathing at San Quentin
WALTER A. DAVIS
"What we’ve got here is failure to communicate." Cool Hand Luke Barbara Bechnel, Phil Gasper and others are admirably articulating the ideological factors that led to the execution of Stanley &quo...
What Peace Needs
MONICA BENDERMAN
The Regional Corrections Facility at Ft. Lewis, Washington is vintage World War II. The windows are cracked and can’t be closed. It’s below freezing on most nights now. I could go on–but what good will it do in this country of warmongers,...
Silence Descends on Baghdad
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad Baghdad looked like a ghost town after all traffic had been banned to prevent suicide attacks in today’s election for a parliament that will produce the first sovereign Iraqi government elected by all communities since the invasion. Fe...
NPR Swallows Bush Guestimate on Iraqi Dead
APRIL HURLEY, M.D.
To: Scott Inskeep National Public Radio Dear Mr. Inskeep: Yesterday, on your National Public Radio Show, Morning Edition, you asked an "expert" to comment on G.W. Bush’s evident ignorance. Your stooge pundit, Michael O’Hanlo...
They Murdered a Peacemaker
ALAN MAASS
THE STATE of California rewarded redemption with cold-blooded murder–justified with a press release and carried out in the dead of night. Stan Tookie Williams was put to death in the execution chamber at San Quentin Prison just past midnight on Decem...
Shia Relish Chance to Rule Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad "I’ll certainly vote for the Shia candidates," said Nabil Hassan Majid, a middle-aged Shia grocer in the Jadriyah district of Baghdad. "It is we who suffered and were oppressed under Saddam’s regime and now it is our chanc...
The Summer of Sami
WAYNE GARCIA
The image of Juror 32 — emotional, near tears, hugging a fellow juror as they fled media cameras and questions after essentially acquitting Sami Al-Arian — lingers even a week later. The anonymous juror was mobbed as he left the courthouse, answ...
A Bore Called Bob
LAWRENCE VELVEL
I have tried unsuccessfully to read some of Woodward’s more recent books. I cannot get through them, for reasons that are not entirely clear. Maybe it is that, although they supposedly are books, they read like horrendously long, rather uncritical newspaper ...
Torture: a Defining Moment
RAY McGOVERN
Sen. John McCain and his Senate colleagues have provided Congress a chance to redeem itself in a small but significant way for its craven abdication of responsibility three years ago, when it gave the president what Sen. Robert Byrd warned would be a "blank c...
Thanks, Richard
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
Richard Pryor was appearing at Georgia Tech along with Earth, Wind and Fire the night before my 1974 high school graduation. I was sixteen and not of age to defy my father who like Richard’s old man, often warned, "Have your ass home by 11." Still,...
"Just a Goddamned Piece of Paper"
GARY LEUPP
Doug Thompson, publisher of Capitol Hill Blue, says he’s talked to three peopl...
Preach Peace, Sami; Get Truthful, Tribune and Prosecutors
JOHN SUGG
The Sami Al-Arian trial is over. Defenders of the U.S. Constitution are rejoicing. Federal prosecutors and FBI agents are cowering (from the truth and the media). And, it’s time for me to catch up on a few memos I’ve been meaning to write. * * ...
Lethal Developments
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
As an economist I have watched with interest as North Florida developers misuse property rights arguments to pass costs associated with their developments on to existing homeowners and future generations. Economists tend to see greed as a positive force tha...
What’s at Play at the WTO
LAURA CARLSEN
For those who have observed the WTO’s negotiation process at the ministerials in Seattle, Doha, or Cancun, it looks like an enormous and complicated game of cards. From one minute to the next, strategies change, bets are placed, teams formed and reformed, an...
The Original Sin
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
We are living in the era of premeditation and the perfect crime. Our criminals are no longer helpless children who could plead love as their excuse. On the contrary, they are adults and they have a perfect alibi: philosophy, which can be used for...
California Killers
STEW ALBERT
Tookie Williams was hard to kill his muscular body kept rejecting needles, he complained about his executioner’s incompetence, finally the Terminator’s of the State caught a big vein and carried out Arnold’s commandment. ...
Another NASA Plutonium Launch
KARL GROSSMAN
NASA is again threatening the lives of people on Earth. On January 11, the window opens for a launch from Cape Canaveral of a rocket lofting a space probe with 24 pounds of plutonium fuel on board. Plutonium is considered the most deadly radioactive substan...
George Jackson
BOB DYLAN
I woke up this mornin’, There were tears in my bed. They killed a man I really loved Shot him through the head. Lord, Lord, They cut George Jackson down. Lord, Lord, They laid him in the ground. Sent him off to prison F...
America’s War So Far
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad It has been the strangest war. A thousand days ago the US and British armies started a campaign which ended a few weeks later with the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. It seemed so easy. President George W Bush announced that the war was over. T...
Heroes
STEPHEN T. BANKO, III
Heroes and heroines are scarcer than they’ve ever been, So much more to lose than win, The distance never greater. –Mary Chapin Carpenter   Thirty-seven years ago, I was shipped off to fight in ...
International Antiwar Movement Builds at UK Conference
KEVIN ZEESE
Andrew Murray the Chair of the Stop the War Coalition opened the conference describing it as an "historic event" that brings together peace activists from around the world. Indeed, I was part of a sizable delegation of activists from throughout the Unite...
Never Again
MICHAEL G. SMITH
Stan Tookie Williams is dead. Long live Stan Tookie Williams. It is a common saying on the Left that, after a devastating defeat like the one we suffered in the wee hours of this morning, we should organize, not mourn. I never had the honor of meetin...
California Murders Tookie Williams
PHIL GASPER
The scene outside San Quentin last night was amazing. People had started arriving at the prison gates in the early afternoon, soon after Governor Schwarzenegger announced that he was denying clemency for Stan Tookie Williams. By the time I arrived, shortly after 8...
At the Gates of San Quentin
NORMAN SOLOMON
No buzzards were gliding overhead, but several helicopters circled, under black sky tinged blue. On the shore of a stunning bay at a placid moment, the state prepared to kill. Outside the gates of San Quentin, people gathered to protest the impending execut...
Iraq: the Beginning of the End
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad Iraq is disintegrating as a united state. The election for the National Assembly this week may mark the point of no return. "A Bosnian solution to the Iraq crisis is now on the agenda," says Ghassan Attiyah, a veteran Iraqi commentator. Th...
The Defenders of Torture
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The spectacle of an American Secretary of State being sent to Europe to reassure America’s allies that the US does not torture prisoners has brought an end to America’s moral grandeur. America stands revealed before the world as just another unaccounta...
Iraq: the Beginning of the End
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad Iraq is disintegrating as a united state. The election for the National Assembly this week may mark the point of no return. "A Bosnian solution to the Iraq crisis is now on the agenda," says Ghassan Attiyah, a veteran Iraqi commentator. Th...