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Archives from February 2006
Colin Powell’s Career as a "Yes Man"
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
"A hoax on the American people, the international community, and the United Nations Security Council." That is how Secretary of State General Colin Powell’s February 2003 Iraq WMD speech to the UN was described last...
Why Hamas Won
NEVE GORDON
Although it is still unclear what the future holds for Israelis and Palestinians, a few things can be said about the processes that enabled Hamas to win a landslide victory in the January 25 democratic elections and how the organizationís triumph will likel...
An Urgent Plea to Save a Small Estonian Musuem From Neo-Nazis
EDWARD LUCIE-SMITH
I am writing to ask if you will try to help me to save a small museum in Estonia which is threatened with closure for what seem to be purely political reasons. The Museum of New Art is situated in the sea-side resort of Parnu, which has about 45,000 inhabitants, b...
Rumsfeld’s Enforcer
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The grave fellow in the business suit sitting between two uniformed generals at the witness table during the senate hearings about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners of war at Abu Ghraib was Dr. Stephen Cambone, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, known thro...
The Fury
ROBERT FISK
The Independent After Syria, the fires fanned by Denmark’s anti-Prophet cartoons spread to Lebanon yesterday with sectarian intensity. Anger flashing through the Muslim world over the weekend saw protesters burn Danish flags and attack buildings f...
Montana’s Public Power Movement
JACKIE CORR
BUTTE, MONTANA Now I am sure somewhere in America there is a decent corporation .Yet the chances of running across people in Montana.who believe such a thing are slim to none. Some among us even point to the possibility of a long-ago curse on this l...
The Problem with Mercury
PETER MONTAGUE
Mercury pollution offers us a well-lit window into the failed system of chemical regulation in the U.S. Mercury was discovered harming humans in Japan starting in 1953 — 53 years ago. Hundreds of people were affected by severe brain damage, blindness,...
The Hillary and George Show
JOSHUA FRANK
There aren’t many elected officials in Washington who want to throw the gantlet down on Iran more than Hillary Clinton. The New York Senator believes the president has been too soft on the militant Islamic country, claiming that Bush has played down the thre...
Don’t Be Fooled This Isn’t an Issue of Islam versus Secularism
ROBERT FISK
So now it’s cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed with a bomb-shaped turban. Ambassadors are withdrawn from Denmark, Gulf nations clear their shelves of Danish produce, Gaza gunmen threaten the European Union. In Denmark, Fleming Rose, the "culture" edit...
Spilling Blood: Two Sentences
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It’s no good comparing one criminal sentence with another criminal sentence. After all, there are different facts and circumstances involved in each case and what may appear to be quite a serious offense when viewed in the abstract is not so serious when vie...
My Epiphany
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
A number of readers have asked me when did I undergo my epiphany, abandon right-wing Reaganism and become an apostle of truth and justice. I appreciate the friendly sentiment, but there is a great deal of misconception in the question. When I saw tha...
What Did Stephen Harper Actually Win?
JOHN CHUCKMAN
There has been a lot of noise about the victory of Stephen Harper, leader of Canada’s new Conservative party, but just what did he win? Votes in the recent election for progressive parties–Liberals, New Democrats, and Bloc Quebecois (quite progr...
Federal Judge Slams Whitman and EPA
JENNA ORKIN
In a move that vindicates the activists and victims of the environmental disaster of 9/11, last Thursday U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts blasted former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman for her actions following the collapse of the Twin Towers and the fiv...
Speaking in Tongues
BILL GLAHN
Sometimes you just have to go spiritual to keep from going postal. For me "going spiritual" has always been to put down the newspaper and pick up a book. Or to turn off CNN/Fox News and put on some music. That isn’t the same thing as burying your h...
Oil Sands Frenzy in Canada
JOHN HOLT
Record profits coupled with little or new regulation on an industry gone venally berserk and it’s off to the races once again in Canada as far as natural resources versus the health of the environment are concerned. This time the triggering mechanism is the ...
The Price of Globalization
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries…...
Selected Poems
STEW ALBERT
  God’s Curse His holy rolling thundering Pat Pobertson proclaimed Sharon got a super stroke cause he pulled out of Gaza disobeying a direct order from God to build kosher retaurants everywhere and welcome ...
Hop on the Bus
MICHAEL DONNELLY
I rarely listen to Air America Radio. The constant free pass Air America gives the Democrats and its studious avoidance of the Zionist elephant in the living room are too much for me to take. And, just how many Al Franken "stay the course" in Iraq lectur...
Pentagon Database Leaves No Child Alone
MIKE FERNER
All over the country, organized citizens are fighting to restrict the military’s presence in schools. But having recruiters troll high schools cafeterias is just one way the Pentagon inundates our youngsters with messages to "Go Army!" Sinc...
RSVP to Bush
ELISA SALASIN
On Saturday, February 4th, 2006, thousands will gather outside of the White House, coming to tell you that the world cannot wait, that we do not accept either your assessment of the state of the union, or your plans for controlling our destiny through your concept...
Religion and Political Power
RON JACOBS
In a time when it seems that religious justifications for the excesses of both revolutionary and reactionary impulses are the standard, Haymarket Books republication of Paul Siegel’s ...
The Next Act
WILLIAM S. LIND
Wars, most wars at least, run not evenly but in fits and starts, settling down into sputtering Sitzkrieg for long intervals, then suddenly shooting out wildly in wholly unpredicted directions. The war in Iraq has fallen into a set pattern for long enough that we s...
Inside Evo Morales’s Cabinet
JAMES PETRAS
Major trade union federations, the biggest neighborhood social movements (in the combative city of El Alto) and rural landless movements are expressing consternation and hostility over several of newly elected President Morales’ cabinet appointments and thei...
The Color of Job Cuts in the Auto Industry
SETH SANDRONSKY
Ford Motor Company announced in late January that it is cutting 30,000 jobs and closing 14 factories in North America over the next seven years. If the recent past is an indication of future employment trends in the U.S.’ the effects will be far-reaching on ...
Cops Suing Cops … for Spying on Cops
SARAH FERGUSON
The irony couldn’t be more clear. New York City police and their union, the Police Benevolent Association, are suing the NYPD for spying on them at rallies and demonstrations held during their contract dispute with the city in the summer of 2004. As r...
Playlists
Jeffrey St. Clair And David Vest
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR James Blood Ulmer: Memphis Blood: the Sun Sessions (Sin-Drome)...
A Glimpse Inside the San Francisco Hall of Justice, Where 90 Percent of the Cases are Drug Related
FRED GARDNER
One afternoon in February 2000, when I was learning the ropes at the district attorney’s office, I got a call from Phil Matier of the Chronicle who wanted to talk about police chief Fred Lau. On Chinese New Year’s the SFPD’s Lion Dancers had perf...
Bad Blood on the Border
LAURA CARLSEN
Guillermo Martinez was only 20 years old when he was shot in the back at close range by an agent of the U.S. Border Patrol in the state of California. Scores of migrants have been shot by U.S. immigration enforcement officers. Mexican human rights organiza...
Hippies and Revolutionaries in Caracas
MIKE ROSELLE
Poolside, Caracas Hilton. I had never been to the World Social Forum, the anti-globalization movement’s answer to the White Guy meeting of the corporate elite in Davos, Switzerland. So when offered a ticket by Randy Hayes, I jumped at the chance. I wa...
"Lights Out in Tehran"
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Senator John McCain is on track for another rhetorical bombing run. In Munich, he’s been squaring up to Iran, gravely telling the allies that the military option can’t be ruled out if diplomatic efforts fail to stop Iran developing a nuclear bomb: &quo...
Freedom 2006
SAUL LANDAU
From the noble sounding freedom rhetoric used by Bush and other presidents, foreigners would not have insight into the real meanings of U.S. freedom. The world’s poor people struggle just to survive. Middle class Americans, however, indulge in the combined f...
Scare of the Union
ALAN MAASS
Just trust us, and we’ll keep you safe. That’s been the Bush administration’s trump card, used over and over since September 11–and it was played again in George Bush’s State of the Union address. The White House has been on th...
Rumsfeld’s Hitler Analogy
DERRICK O'KEEFE
The only real surprise is that it took this long. On Thursday, February 2, the U.S. government’s senior hawk, Donald Rumsfeld, stooped to the Hitler ‘analogy’ in a show of his administration’s increasing desperation at the consolidat...
Bush’s Energy Escapades
RALPH NADER
DIt was, to use Yogi Berra’s phrase-déjà vu all over again. George W. Bush’s energy program in his State of the Union speech echoed the many similar promises made by his presidential predecessors going back to Ronald Reagan. Promises that...
Our Little Shop of Diplomatic Horrors
JAMES BROOKS
The international reaction to the Palestinians’ choice of Hamas to lead their "government" illuminates both the absurdity and the desperation of the Palestinians’ situation. The irony, as they say in Hollywood, is simply dripping. The ...
Rumsfeld and Negroponte Amp Up Attacks on Chavez
EVA GOLINGER
During an appearance today at the National Press Club in Washington, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld compared Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez to Hitler, declaring, "We’ve got Chavez in Venezuela with a lot of oil money. He’s a person ...
Racism, Neo-Confederacy and the Raising of Historical Illiterates
TIM WISE
Here’s a little experiment, in two parts. First, pick a white person, pretty much any white person; then go up to them and mention the subject of slavery, and its consequences for blacks in the United States. Then pull out a stopwatch and time how lon...
Working with Coretta Scott King
HEATHER GRAY
This week we lost Coretta Scott King. Yet, we have witnessed that her life’s work will be on-going through what has already been generated from her efforts. Mrs. King taught about her husband and his career, but she ventured far beyond that. She provided us ...
The Gathering Storm
CONN HALLINAN
"Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and a Treaty on general and complete disarmament ...
The World Can’t Wait
DANIEL ELLSBERG
I would not have thought of copying the Pentagon Papers, risking a possible lifetime in prison, without the example of thousands of young Americans who were doing everything they could–including non-violent disobedience to the draft regulations–to oppo...
A Parliament of Prisoners
TOUFIC HADDAD
Most attention surrounding the 25 January 2006 election has focused upon the sweeping victory of Hamas at the polls, and with good reason. But there are other aspects to this year’s election that will also leave permanent impressions upon the future of Pales...
Fourth and Long in Detroit
DAVE ZIRIN
"A celebration of concentrated wealth." That’s what Washington Post sportswriter Tony Kornheiser called the National Football League’s two-week long pre-Super Bowl party binge. Every Super Bowl Sunday, corpor...
Is Bush Serious?
ROBERT BRYCE
During his State of the Union address, George W. Bush assured us that, with his leadership, we are going to "make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past." Bush’s energy proposal has been slammed by both the right and the l...
Pentagon Pork: How to Eliminate It
WINSLOW WHEELER
To eliminate pork, one must first understand what it is. As discussed in "Pork: What is it?,"[1] pork’s most prominent characteristics are its unknown cost and value to U.S. national defense, and the fact that the...
Danes Finally Apologize to Muslims (But for the Wrong Reasons)
RACHARD ITANI
In many European countries, there are laws that will land in jail any person who has the chutzpah to deny not only the historicity of the Jewish holocaust, but also the method by which Jews were put to death by the Nazis. In some of these countries, this prohibiti...
Afghanistan Five Years Later
MIKE WHITNEY
Five years after toppling the fanatical Taliban, Hamid Karzai is expected to sign an agreement for economic assistance from more than 60 donor countries. The Afghanistan Compact is just the latest of many plans to restore security to the war-torn nation and revive...
Stew Albert’s Radical Life, 1939-2006
MICHAEL SIMMONS
"My politics have not changed." So read the simple blog entry by Stew Albert on January 28, 2006. Two days later, he died in his sleep at his home in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by his wife Judy Albert, daughter Jessica and friends. Suffering fro...
Smothering the King Legacy with Kind Words
NORMAN SOLOMON
Hours after Coretta Scott King died, President Bush led off the State of the Union address by praising her as "a beloved, graceful, courageous woman who called America to its founding ideals and carried on a noble dream." For good measure, at the end of ...
In the Footsteps of Arafat
AMIRA HASS
There was no point asking Ismail Haniya, head of the victorious Hamas list, whether his movement would recognize Israel’s right to exist, for two reasons. First, the answer was obvious–no, the movement would not recognize Israel’s right to exist....
Foreign Minister Taro Aso’s Dirty Secret
CHRISTOPHER REED
in Tokyo Japan’s "top priority" in new talks with North Korea opening Saturday, February 4, in Beijing, will be the case of 15 of its citizens abducted to Pyongyang between 1977-83. But absent from Tokyo’s agenda will be another unreso...