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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 February 2006
Snow Job
DAVID STOCKER
Yet again, as we stare uncomprehending into the abysmal state of world affairs, we ask "Why must we now learn about Dubai?" We are told by the Bush Administration that this deal was checked out thoroughly and that it would be wrong to discredit an...
What the UAE Seaports Deal Teaches Us
DICK J. REAVIS
The proposal that the United States turn over management of its East Coast and Gulf seaports to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates has thus far been handled as a call for demagogy, not for proposals to enhance a substantive innovation of far-reaching prom...
David Horowitz’s Odd Gripe
JUSTIN E. H. SMITH
A few years back, when I was teaching at an American university in one of the more remote corners of the Midwest, David Horowitz came to give one of his usual talks to the campus Republicans castigating university faculties for their ‘liberal’ bias. A ...
The Case of Dr. Rafil Dhafir
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
and MADIS SENNER In 2005, Dr. Rafil Dhafir, an Iraqi-born American citizen, was convicted in Syracuse, New York of 59 felony charges. In addition to charges of mail and wire fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, Medicare fraud, and mishandling charity money, D...
Target: Iran
LEE SUSTAR
A U.S. military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities would be used to repackage the occupation of Iraq as part of Washington’s "long war" on "radical Islam," give Israel a blank check to crush the Palestinians and justify further U.S. imp...
White House "Discovers" 250 Emails Related to Plame Leak
JASON LEOPOLD
The White House turned over last week 250 pages of emails from Vice President Dick Cheney’s office senior aides had sent in the spring of 2003 related to the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald revealed du...
Life, Death and Cartoons
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
So I’m back from another sensational Sex Week at Yale, about which I will commit bloggamy shortly. In the meantime, I just have to bloggamize a bit on the monumental, murderous "offense" being taken by both the Right and the Left, the Mob and the E...
War Crimes and Hunting Misdemeanors
ALAN MAASS
Mastermind a war justified with lies that causes the deaths of at least 100,000 Iraqis, and the corporate media shut up and repeat the Pentagon line. Injure a millionaire Republican with a shotgun blast to the face while hunting with the rich and powerful, and the...
Useless Democrats
DAVE LINDORFF
The past few weeks have amply demonstrated why the Democratic Party is headed for history’s scrap heap. At a time when the vast majority of Americans have concluded that the president is a lying incompetent and, most likely, something of a nutcase a...
The Coming Fall of Pakistan
WILLIAM S. LIND
The riots in Pakistan are hardly news anymore: if they appear in the paper at all, it is on page C17, between a story on starvation in the Sudan and a report that Mrs. McGillicuty fell down the stairs. The riots continue nonetheless, seemingly unconcerned that the...
How Costly is Too Costly?
MARK ENGLER
In the center of the CostOfWar.com home page, an upward-racing ticker, presented in a large, red font, keeps a steady tally of th...
Iraq’s Cambodian Jungle
PIERRE TRISTAM
The standard line about Iraq right now is that the country is on the verge of civil war. That "simmering hatreds" are boiling to the surface. That "sectarianism" is to blame. All those regurgitated clichés of the Orientalist canon may we...
The Failures of Our First Amendment Successes
ROBERT JENSEN
There is no shortage of books these days analyzing what contemporary U.S. society gets wrong: Illegal wars of aggression, a cavalier attitude toward potential ecological collapse, narrow-minded religious fundamentalism, widening economic inequality, and lingering ...
Watching the Dissolution of Palestine
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
Oxford, England. For those who haven’t noticed, Israel opposes a two-state solution. It has been doing everything in its power to prevent a Palestinian state from emerging and will continue to do so as long as it can count on the complicity of its pow...
Bush’s Port Deal
MEG BANNERJI
Bush’s efforts to allow a United Arab Emirates firm to run U.S. ports serves two larger purposes. First of all, it helps his friends. Two members of Bush’s administration have dealings with both the companies that recently merged into DP World, the Ara...
Dubaigate Deconstructed
JONATHAN M. FELDMAN
The Bush Administration’s championing of a disastrous war, its grievous neglect of homeland security in New Orleans, and its promotion of a Dubai company to manage key strategic ports all point in one direction. The Bush White House represents a fifth column...
Volunteers of America
RON JACOBS
In 1997 Verso published my history of the Weather Underground, The Way the Wind Blew: a History...
Japan’s Neo-Militarists
CHRISTOPHER REED
Japan is marching back to military power, or more precisely, "is being marched" by the United States toward a new militarism, as its neo-nationalist prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, who like many hawks has never served in the military, acts as eager dri...
Separate and Unequal
AMIRA HASS
R. had a work meeting in Ramallah. She planned to return home, to East Jerusalem, with M., her partner, who works in Ramallah. They reached the Hizma checkpoint, east of the Pisgat Ze’ev settlement, where there is a permanent Israel Defense Forces post that ...
The Democrat’s Pull Out Method
JOSHUA FRANK
The Democrats are getting ready for the upcoming election season. Having done so poorly for the past, well, decade or so — they may finally be seeing an opportunity to capitalize on one of the Bush administration’s many misfortunes. Whether it’s ...
Rumsfeld’s New Model Military
CHET RICHARDS
The new Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) mandates that "future warriors will be as proficient in irregular operations, including counterinsurgency and stabilization operations, as they are today in high-intensity combat." Thus the Pentagon appears to be ...
The Unreal Death of Journalism
NORMAN SOLOMON
Death is always in the news. From local car crashes to catastrophes in faraway places, deadly events are grist for the media mill. The coverage is ongoing — and almost always superficial. It may be unfair to blame journalists for failing to meet stand...
Hamas and the Missing Video
SAMAH SABAWI
Canada’s national paper The Globe & Mail was caught last week with its hand in the unethical journalism jar. On February 15, 2006 the Globe and Mail published an editorial titled "See Hamas for What It Is" in which it argued that those who take...
Selling Off the Public Estate
PHIL DOE
So the Bush White House, with Tom Tancredo oddly in tow, wants to sell public land throughout the west to help rural schools, primarily schools in California, Oregon, and Washington. It seems these schools got used to a token payment from timber sales on public la...
You Are a Prime Suspect
PIROUZ AZADI
As we approach the fifth anniversary of September 11, when the US mainland was attacked by an act of terrorism and suffered the loss of nearly 3,000 innocent lives, the tens of millions of European and American citizens of Middle Eastern ancestry have been devasta...