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Archives from March 2006
The Karachi Social Forum
TARIQ ALI
in Karachi, Pakistan. While we were opening the World Social Forum in Karachi last weekend with virtuoso performances of sufi music and speeches, the country’s rulers were marking the centenary of the Muslim League [the party that created Pakistan and ha...
Krugman and Clinton: Shut the Door
SHARON SMITH
Economist Paul Krugman is "proud of America’s immigrant history, and grateful that the door was open when my grandparents fled Russia." Now, however, he argues that the U.S. should close its door on the poor huddled masses, warning, "We...
Shias May Now Turn on US Forces
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Arbil, Iraq. In a crescendo of violence in Iraq, a suicide bomber killed 40 army recruits in Mosul as Shia leaders reacted furiously to a US-Iraqi raid on a mosque which they claim killed 37 people. A further 21 bodies were found in and around Baghdad, some...
Bush is No Conservative
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
President Bush passes himself off as a conservative Republican and a born-again Christian. These are disguises behind which Bush hides. Would a Christian invade another country on false pretenses, kill tens of thousands of innocent civilians, and show no remorse o...
Fentanyl’s Body Count
EVEYLYN J. PRINGLE
Describing fentanyl as a "very strong narcotic," on July 15, 2005, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory regarding the safe use of transdermal fentanyl patches in response to reports of 120 deaths in patients using the patch for pain management, statin...
Torture Works
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Does torture work? Can foul means prevent a fouler catastrophe and thus redeem themselves by producing a greater good? Of course not, but those in power need discussions like this to continue, to give them a fig-leaf of official respectability. Consider this testi...
Justice and Impunity in Latin America
LISA VISCIDI
Guatemala’s Efrain Rios Montt earned the nickname "the General" after taking power in a 1982 coup d’etat. His sixteen-month rule is considered one of Guatemala’s bloodiest periods since the Spanish conquest. Under the General’s co...
We Didn’t Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Us
DAVEY D.
/FONT>. Don’t believe the hype I was in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday when the historic march to protest the racist anti-immigration bill HR 4437 took place. For those who don’t know, this bill would make illegal immigrants felons as well as anybody,...
The Democrats’ Daddy Warbucks
JOSHUA FRANK
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, could well be called the Democrats’ Daddy Warbucks. He’s scored bundles from war contracts. He has recently purchased a $16.5 million crib in San Francisco and along with his wife has handed hundreds...
"I Did Not Join the British Army to Conduct American Foreign Policy"
ROBERT BILLYARD
If there is any hope of saving Afghanistan booting out the Americans is an essential first step "I did not join the British Army to conduct American foreign policy," said British soldier Ben Griffin, a member of the SAS-Britain’s elite comma...
War Crime in a Mosque
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil, Iraq. US forces killed 22 people and wounded eight at a mosque in east Baghdad in an incident likely to lead to increased tensions with the Shia community. Police said the US troops had retaliated after coming under fire. Videotape showed a h...
Why We Let an Atheist Join Our Church
JIM RIGBY
After years of advocacy for progressive causes, I am used to angry mail — often from fellow Christians — when I take a political or theological position that challenges conservative or fundamentalist views. So, I wasn’t surprised when many...
Are We Done Killing Children, Yet?
GIDEON LEVY
A bullet in the head from a distance of a few meters, fired suddenly and without warning shots aimed at the wheels, which the Israel Defense Forces claims there were. This is the way undercover soldiers from the Border Police killed Akaber Zaid, an eight-and-a-hal...
Think Twice Before You Oppose the Minutemen
RON JACOBS
There have been a number of massive protests across the United States for immigrant rights in recent weeks. The particular impetus for these protests is a bill authored by the anti-immigrant Congressmen Rep. Sensenbrenner and his allies that was passed by the Hous...
Saharan Fish and the EU
NICK DEARDEN
A decades-old, impoverished refugee population, tens of thousands of settlers, a 1000-mile wall, a stalled peace process and now an intifada in an occupied territory. This is not a description of Palestine, but a territory known as Western Sahara, a few hundred mi...
Eternal Funding for a Never-Ending War
NICK DEARDEN
Once again, Congress is poised to approve "emergency" funding to prosecute the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The House already approved $67.5 billion on March 16, 2006-rushing the bill through the Appropriations Committee and the House floor in order to ...
On Chicago’s Streets
SHARON SMITH
The movement for immigrants’ rights took an enormous leap forward two weeks ago, when a quarter-million demonstrators, overwhelmingly Mexican-Americans, jammed Chicago’s city streets-in the middle of a workday. This massive turnout reached far b...
Contemporary "Islamic" Art in Context
MAYMANAH FARHAT
In the current wave of heightened interest in Islam and the Middle East, the Museum of Modern Art in New York presents Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking. The exhibition opened February 26, 2006. The work of fifteen artists born in the Middle East...
The FDA and Plan B
ELAINE CASSEL
Plan B is the nickname for emergency contraception, also known as the "morning-after pill." Two years ago, the FDA Nonprescription Advisory Committee voted 24-3 that Plan B should be made available for over the counter (OTC) use, without a prescription, ...
Blaming the Israel Lobby
JOSEPH MASSAD
In the last 25 years, many Palestinians and other Arabs, in the United States and in the Arab world, have been so awed by the power of the US pro-Israel lobby that any study, book, or journalistic article that exposes the inner workings, the substantial influence,...
What We’re Listening To This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR, JESSE WALKER And DAVID VEST
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR Charley Patton: Screaming and Hollering the Blues: the Complete Re...
The Fifth Afghan War
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Washington’s war in Afghanistan is going badly, and the Taliban, or, rather, the insurgents who are Taliban leftovers and all the new insurgents who have been created by the brutality of US occupation soldiers, have greatly increased their attacks on foreign...
King Harvest Has Yet to Come
RON JACOBS
I was around fourteen years old when The Band’s "Up On Cripple Creek" made it into the Top Forty. Must have been the summer of 1969 or thereabouts. The first thing I did upon hearing the tune was look on a map to try and figure out where the hell C...
Bush’s "Change of Course"
JOHN BOMAR
George Bush’s recent admission that our occupation of Iraq will extend beyond his presidency passed with hardly a ripple in American public opinion. Uh oh. The greatest fear leading to the outrage that fans the flames of terrorist tactics in the Midd...
Death in the Village of Isahaqi
CHRIS FLOYD
What happened in the village of Isahaqi, north of Baghdad, on Ides of March? The murk of war–the natural blur of unbuckled event, and its artificial augmentation by professional massagers–shrouds the details of the actual operation. But here is what we...