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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
Archives from 2005
The Economy in a Nutshell
LAWRENCE MISHEL
and ROSS EISENBREY 1. Profits are up, but the wages and the incomes of average Americans are down. * Inflation-adjusted hourly and weekly wages are still below where they were at the start of the recovery in November 2001. Yet, productivity...
Bringing Torture into Court
JOANNE MARINER
After threatening a veto, the Bush administration has finally acquiesced to the passage of the McCain Amendment, aimed at protecting detainees in U.S. custody from torture and other abuse. The measure, named for its sponsor, Senator John McCain, is likely to pass ...
The Corrido of Death Row
JOHN ROSS
Even as the United States celebrated its 1,000th execution since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976, Mexico has finally wiped its own death penalty off the books. On December 9th, President Vicente Fox signed off on constitutional amendments that aboli...
What White America Doesn’t Hear
J.L. CHESTNUT, Jr.
On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Government of Japan bombed the American island of Pearl Harbor in the Pacific and slaughtered more than 2000 people. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered law enforcement authorities on the West Coast to detain all Japanese-Amer...
A Visonary Pragmatist
ROBIN BLACKBURN
Rudolf Meidner, chief economist of the LO, Sweden’s largest trade union federation, and an immensely practical socialist visionary, died in December. If Meidner had not been a Swedish citizen, and still a controversial figure at the age of 91, he would very ...
Dan Olmstead, Autism’s Dick Tracy
EVELYN PRINGLE
According to officials in the nation’s regulatory agencies, the main obstacle to proving or disproving a link between the autism epidemic and the mercury-based preservative, thimerosal, that was contained in childhood vaccines until a few years ago, and is s...
Iraq and the Laws of War
FRANCIS A. BOYLE
On 19 March 2003 President Bush Jr. commenced his criminal war against Iraq by ordering a so-called decapitation strike against the President of Iraq in violation of a 48-hour ultimatum he had given publicly to the Iraqi President and his sons to leave the country...
A 14-Year Old’s Prison Journey
AMIRA HASS
Fourteen-year-old Taher Ouda from Madma, a Palestinian village south of Nablus, was the subject of a story in Haaretz last week. Under Israel Defense Forces orders, he was kept in arm and leg restraints and under around-the-clock guard by two military policemen at...
The Citizen’s Metamorphosis
INGMAR LEE
This morning I awoke from unsettling dreams to recognize that my agenda is now construed as a hideous terrorist threat. As a regular non-violent civil-disobedient direct-action treesitter and an activist with Peace and Human Rights proclivities, I expect that I sh...
Absolut Bush
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burned women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. Louis Brandeis, Whitney v. California...
High Expectations and Comfortable Prisons
ELISA SALASIN
The above image shows California Youth Authority students in their classroom. The students are the ones inside the cages, and they are being taught to read. A friend drew my attention to this photo after I shared a story about a similar kind of prison, abo...
Nancy Pelosi’s Truth
JOSHUA FRANK
Every so often a sliver of truth trembles off the lips of one of our elected officials. It doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does occur it needs to underscored and highlighted. Representative Nancy Pelosi gave the antiwar movement an honest ...
US Image Problem Rooted in History, Not Media
RAMZY BAROUD
US President George W. Bush yet once again blamed Arab media for his country’s image problem. "I recognize we got an image issue, particularly when you have television stations, Arabic television stations that are constantly just pounding Amer...
Torture as Calculated Policy
BEN SAUL
In recent times, it has become fashionable to regurgitate old arguments in favor of torture, without fully thinking through the human implications of making such statements. Not only lawyers for the U.S. government, but academics from Harvard Law School and Deakin...
Cherry-Picking History in Iraq
JONATHAN CRONIN
We now approach the 22nd anniversary of a troubling handshake in Baghdad; December 22nd, 1983. President Ronald Reagan’s Middle East envoy, Donald Rumsfeld, was in town meeting with Iraq President Saddam Hussein in what was nothing short of slanted real poli...
Iraq Election Spells Total Defeat for US
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad Iraq is disintegrating. The first results from the parliamentary election last week show that the country is dividing up between Shia, Sunni and Kurdish regions. The secular and nationalist candidate backed by the US and Britain was humiliatingly de...
Connect the Dots
SONIA NETTNIN
The voices of civil society must continue speaking out for human rights. Everyone must rise above the rhetorical declarations of the Bush Administration so we can continue our grassroots movement for Iraqis. We are at a critical juncture in history that requires t...
The Bray of Pigs
DAVE ZIRIN
This March’s "World Series of Baseball" was supposed to celebrate the explosion of diversity that has forever altered the Major Leagues. Teams from the Dominican Republic, Japan, Puerto Rico, and the little seen but highly regarded Cuban national t...
The Spies Who Thought We Were Messy
STEW ALBERT
With illegal government break-ins and wire tapping back in the news, (it seems even the Patriot Act is too contaminated by concessions to ACLU-card carrying liberals for Bush) I can’t resist reminiscing about my documented adventure in the land of super surv...
Presumed Guilty
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
While enjoying the Christmas season in the comfort of your home, take a minute to say a prayer for the wrongfully convicted. American prisons are full of wrongfully convicted persons. Many were coerced into admitting to crimes they did not commit by prosecu...
A Short History of Radio Free Iraq
LILA RAJIVA
Just as President Bush urged support for a "free, independent and responsible Iraqi media," the Los Angeles Times reported recently that the military in Iraq is spending millions on a DC- based defense contractor to plant stories favorable to the US occu...
Natural Gas, a Montana Tragedy
JACKIE CORR
As you well know, natural gas prices are skyrocketing which is not bad news for everybody. But natural gas prices are not good news for the Montana public that was recently robbed of their access to regulated and affordable natural gas. And right...
"Eco-Terrorism": Cui Bono?
MICHAEL DONNELLY
In the 1980s in the North Santiam Canyon east of Salem, OR, Ancient Forest activism was peaking after years of dogged effort. This is the area of the famous 1986-89 North Roaring Devil blockade and tree sit (the second ever pro-forest tree sit; the first coming in...
No President is Above the Law
Sen. ROBERT BYRD
Senate floor speech, December 19, 2005 Americans have been stunned at the recent news of the abuses of power by an overzealous President. It has become apparent that this Administration has engaged in a consistent and unrelenting pattern of abuse against ou...
Trifler, Fibber, Sophist, Spy
PIERRE TRISTAM
James Bamford is a codebreaker in his own right, an investigative reporter of the Seymour Hersh kind. His latest is the profile of John Rendon and the Rendon Group, chief flackers for the Bush administration and wag-the-dog manipulators of world opinion (the Rendo...