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Archives from March 2006
Coretta Scott King a Communist? There’s a History Here
CHRIS KROMM
The Washington Post’s newly hired and fired blogger Ben Domenech, a paleo-conservative brought on to "balance" the paper’s "liberal" image, is being hammered on many fronts. He was given the boot on allegations of plagiarism. But th...
The Battle for Baghdad
PATRICK COCKBURN
Irbil, Iraq. The battle between Sunni and Shia Muslims for control of Baghdad has already started, say Iraqi political leaders who predict fierce street fighting will break out as each community takes over districts in which it is strongest. "T...
A City With Latinos
CHRISTOPHER FONS
March 23, 2006 was a historic day for Milwaukee. It was a day with Latinos in a city that still thinks of itself stereotypically as either a German/Polish Old World European enclave or a post-industrial, predominantly African-American ghetto, plagued with violence...
Impeachment or Resignation: Pick Your Poison
RALPH NADER
Attention please, good people! Adjust your routines and come to the aid of your country, and your children with your thoughtful patriotism. Don’t just hope for impeachment, demand the resignation now of the mad hatters in the White House–George W. Bush...
Sorry, Mr. Prime Minister, Afghanistan is Not Canada’s War
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he has trouble understanding Canadians who feel ardently that their country’s soldiers should not be involved in Afghanistan. Toronto Globe and Mail Afghanistan is not our...
Death Row Talks Back to Etan Thomas
DAVE ZIRIN
This Sunday at 4pm, I am proud to be speaking at an event in San Francisco called a "Civil Rights Slam for Justice," sponsored by among others the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. The slam will be at the Malcolm X school at 350 Harbor Street. In additi...
Mitsubishi Awaits Judgment on War Crimes
CHRISTOPHER REED
A Japanese judge is to rule on Wednesday, March 29, in a case that could shame the nation’s leading corporation for using Nazi-style slave labor during the second world war. Yet whereas Germany long ago admitted such crimes against humanity, Japan still evad...
Memo to Walter Mosley
JEFF BALLINGER
Novelist Walter Mosley recently lamented the void in black leadership in America, saying "millions dying ...
Why There’s No Strategy to End This War
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
My local town of Eureka in northwest California had a pretty good peace rally on March 18, to mark the third anniversary of the U.S. attack on Iraq. They’ve put them on every year, including a big one just before the war started. It was a total local affair....
Bribe or Die
P. SAINATH
When Boya Madhiletti approached the Andhra Pradesh government’s `helpline,’ the bankrupt farmer never thought it would land him in hospital and even jail. Madhiletti, 29, went by the advice of well-meaning neighbours. "There is an official helplin...
Impeachment Movement Gains National Momentum
PETER PHILLIPS
If a national movement calling for the impeachment of the President is rapidly emerging and the corporate media are not covering it, is there really a national movement for the impeachment of the President? Impeachment advocates are widely mobilizing in the...
The US Empire Versus Reality
GABRIEL KOLKO
This essay is excerpted from GABRIEL KOLKO’s important new book, The Age of War....
Tony Blair’s Bipolarity
MICHAEL CARMICHAEL
This week, Tony Blair launched a scathing ideological attack on Islamism. Describing the conflict between Islamism and the world as a, "battle for modernity," he quoted the conservative American historian, Samuel Huntington, in order to refute him. Contr...
How the CPT Hostages Were Freed
PATRICK COCKBURN, KEN SENGUPTA And OLIVER DUFF
Irbil, Iraq. Norman Kember, the British peace activist kidnapped in Iraq, is expected home in two days after being freed with two fellow hostages following an operation by international forces. It is believed that the location where the three men wer...
The Other California
MARTY OMOTO
"That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen." Michael Harrington (1962)...
Jim Crow Goes Fishing
TODD CHRETIEN
Speaking in Cleveland, President Bush called on Congress to end "catch and release" practices on the border with Mexico. He wasn’t referring to recreational fishing enthusiasts who catch large mouth bass, snap a picture and then release them back i...
Elections in a Broken Nation
JOE DeRAYMOND
On Wednesday evening, March 1, in a plaza in the city of Ilobasco, Department of Cabañas, El Salvador, a crowd of over 500 were listening to FMLN party (Frente Faribundo Marti para la Liberación Nacional) candidates and supporters. The 2006 election ...
Blaming the Media for Bad War News
NORMAN SOLOMON
Top officials in the Bush administration have often complained that news coverage of Iraq focuses on negative events too much and fails to devote enough attention to positive developments. Yet the White House has rarely picked direct fights with U.S. media outlets...
The Emerging Jewish Consensus in Israel
JONATHAN COOK
If you want to understand what is concerning ordinary Israelis as they prepare to cast their ballots next week, the most revealing poll is also the one that has received least attention. A few weeks after Ariel Sharon broke up his Likud party to form a new ...
Bush’s Pro-Terrorism Budget
CHARLES V. PEÑA
President Bush proposed a record $439.3 defense budget for fiscal year 2007, almost $30 billion more than current defense spending and not including funding for ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. But other than funding to increase the size of Spe...
An Exchange on the State of Organized Labor
Robert Fitch
and Joe Allen An Exchange on the State of Organized Labor "Inside the Roach Motel" By Robert Fitch Instead of a review of ...
All the News That’s Fit to Slant
ROBERT FISK
It is a bright winter morning and I am sipping my first coffee of the day in Los Angeles. My eye moves like a radar beam over the front page of the Los Angeles Times for the word that dominates the minds of all Middle East correspondents: Iraq. In post-invasion, p...
The Democrats and the Precipice
JOSHUA FRANK
Can you really oppose the occupation of Iraq and still call yourself a Democrat? I’m not so sure. The majority of Washington Dems continue to applaud Bush’s invasion of Iraq as well as his debauched crusade against terror. A few antiwar voices have ech...
Kirkuk’s Dr. Death
PATRICK COCKBURN
Kirkuk, Iraq. When policemen, soldiers and officials in Kirkuk who were injured in insurgent attacks arrived in the emergency room of the hospital, they hoped their chances of surviving had gone up as doctors tended their wounds. In fact, many of the...
Whatever Happened to Congress?
TOM ENGELHARDT
In Part 1 of his interview, Chalmers Johnson suggested what that fall-of-the-Berlin-Wall, end-of-the-Cold-War moment meant to him; explored how deeply empire and militarism have entered the American bloodstream; and began to c...