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Archives from February 2006
A Half-Dozen Questions About 9/11 They Don’t Want You to Ask
WERTHER
The events of September 11, 2001 evoke painful memories, tinged with a powerful nostalgia for the way of life before it happened. The immediate tragedy caused a disorientation sufficient to distort the critical faculties in the direction of retrospectively predict...
Soaring Suicides in Vidharbha
P. SAINATH
Rameshwar Suroshe got his name into three registers after February 9. He clocked in as Entry No. 301 in the "Register of deaths" kept by the Vidharbha Jan Andolan Samiti. That is, he was the 301st farmer in the region to take his own life since June 2 la...
Katrina’s New Underclass
Rep. CYNTHIA McKINNEY
There is an ongoing national emergency that demands our immediate attention. In the absence of decisive Executive action, an under-funded FEMA made its own executive decision to shelter hundreds of thousands of survivors in hotels, paying in some cases rate...
Playlists
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR And JESSE WALKER
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR Chick Corea and Touchstone: The Ultimate Adventure (Stretch...
WTO vs. Europe
BRIAN TOKAR
In the late Spring of 2003, amidst the political fallout of "Old Europe’s" refusal to support the US invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration threw down a gauntlet that threatened to permanently aggravate transatlantic hostilities. As a political ...
Watching With Glee
UZMA ASLAM KHAN
Lahore, Pakistan. In Lahore, the only notable sign of the demonstrations around Pakistan was the closing of shops earlier than usual for Friday prayers. I wondered vaguely about this need for caution. Something must have happened, either Shia-Sunni clashes,...
The Sentencing of Zacarias Moussaoui
ELAINE CASSEL
Last week, the selection of the jury that will sentence Moroccan-born Canadian citizen Zacarias Moussaoui began. Moussaoui is the only person charged with any connection to the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Originally, he was nicknamed the w...
Chicago’s Panopticon
ANDREW FREEDMAN
As I write this here in Chicago, most stores, restaurants, and other places of business have surveillance cameras. The city offers every business three options. Option 1: Hook up a camera and have it connected to the Police Department, so every time a cust...
Health Savings Accounts: a Boon to the Bosses
FRED GARDNER
Pot Shots wants to emphasize a point merely implied by Vice President Cheney in his comments about mistaking Harry Whittington for a quail: marijuana played no part whatsoever in this episode. So, for five days the Bush Administration had to stay "off-...
End the War and Impeach Bush
THOMAS P. HEALY
When Ann Wright’s letter of resignation from the Foreign Service was posted on the Internet the day the Bush Administration commenced Operation Iraqi Freedom, it served as an eloquent refutation of the case for war. For the past three years, the former U.S. ...
Haiti’s Elections
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
On February 7, Haitian voters went to the polls to elect a President for the fourth time since 1990. Through great patience and determination they overcame official disorganization, incompetence and discrimination, and for the fourth time since 1990 handed their c...
ABC’s Primetime Fakery
DEBBIE NATHAN
"Tonight our cameras take you into a dark world you’ve never seen," intoned John Quinones darkly on last week’s edition of ABC Primetime. "American girls being snatched right off Main Street USA. And they could be your very own daughters...
Deadeye Dick: Who Dares Call Him Chickenhawk Now?
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
After laughing, like everyone else, at old crooked-mouth’s comeuppance in this strangest of manners, I started to wonder why the name Whittington seemed familiar. I then remembered: We had a short story about Dick Whittington in school, of how he had lost he...
IDF Establishes "Israeli Only" Crossings
AMIRA HASS
A military order that took effect last week bars Palestinians with permits to enter Israel from entering via the roads that Israelis use to enter the country from the West Bank. The order also forbids Israelis to transport Palestinians with valid entry perm...
FBI Home Invasions in Puerto Rico
GERVASIO MORALES RODRÍGUEZ
This past February 10, 2006, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation once again violently invaded the homes and places of employment of respected independentistas activists in Puerto Rico. They terrorized entire communities, assaulted members of the press co...
An Intervention in Montana
MATTHEW KOEHLER
The 2.2 million acre Kootenai National Forest in the extreme northwestern corner of Montana is home to our state’s most biologically unique national forest, containing Montana’s only temperate rainforest ecosystem and providing critical habitat for gri...
Secret War Plans and the Malady of American Militarism
FLOYD RUDMIN
Between the First and Second World Wars–that is, between 1918 and 1939–the United States developed and approved as official national policy three major war plans: a War Plan ORANGE against Japan; a War Plan GREEN against Mexico, and a War Plan RED agai...
Stopping the War on Iran, Before It Starts
GARY LEUPP
I have thought for a long time now that the U.S. would attack Iran. I know that the experts have said this simply isn’t possible so long as the U.S. is bogged down in Iraq, and that Jack Straw has stated pretty clearly that Britain won’t be on board if...
Weathering the Globalization Storm
RAMZY BAROUD
I spent much of the last three years working and traveling across the Middle East and Asia in one of the most unique and fulfilling experiences of my life. Not only did my journey require me to question and adjust a range of values and perceptions which for...
Down the Explusion Highway
AMIRA HASS
Down the Expulsion Highway Robert Bryce The United States of Enron February 14, 2006 John Sugg Those Cartoons and the Neo Con: Daniel Pipes and t...
The United States of Enron
ROBERT BRYCE
Jeff Skilling had a vision for Enron. In February of 2001, he told the company’s employees that Enron, would, within five years, “be the leading company in the world.” World dominance was the main message that Skilling and Enron...
The Rhetorical Gore
JOSHUA FRANK
Al Gore has become somewhat of an American idol this past few years. After his departure from Washington in 2000 the ex-presidential candidate has switch-backed across the county giving thundering sermons to over-flowing auditoriums and town halls. HeR...
Their Own Economic Reality
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Who can forget the neocons’ claim that under their leadership America creates its own reality? Remember the neocons’ Iraq reality–a “cakewalk” war? After three years of combat, thousands of casualties, and cost estimated at o...
Israeli Ultimatums
SAREE MAKDISI
Israel’s acting prime minister, Ehud Olmert, declared last week that his country plans to "separate" from "most of the Palestinian population that lives in the West Bank.” He indicated that Israel will absorb the main settlement...
The Torture Photos Congress Didn’t Want You to See
LILA RAJIVA
Yesterday (February 16), Australia’s public broad caster, SBS, aired some 60 unpublished photos of torture at Abu Ghraib prison on its show Dateline at 8:30 PM. The images were rapidly re–broadcast on Arab TV and other news outfits and have be...