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Archives from April 2006
How Much is the War in Iraq Costing?
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
The Congressional Research Service has just released a new report on the past and possible future costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pending Congress’ action on the new emergency supplemental, which should complete fiscal year 2006 expenses, the...
Immigration Endgame
JUAN SANTOS
We can no longer use the term loosely –America’s war against migrants is real, and the nation’s rulers mean to sweep the nation’s barrios the way Katrina swept the Black wards of New Orleans. And like the military operations visited up...
Democrats, Their Apologists and Abortion
SHERRY WOLF
If nothing else, the Democratic Party was at least pro-choice—or so we were told. Ever since Ronald Reagan heralded the rise of social troglodytes in the early eighties, liberal leaders have scolded into line those disgusted with the Democrats’ s...
Zig-Zagging Through the War with John Kerry
JOSHUA FRANK
The search is finally over. Sen. John Kerry is believed to have found his heroic voice. He apparently misplaced it back in the early ’70s after standing up to the U.S. war in Vietnam upon his saluted return from battle. Now many antiwar liberals believe...
"The Secret Cabal Got What It Wanted: No Negotiations."
GARY LEUPP
It was May 2003. President Bush had declared “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. The State Department, which had been unenthusiastic about that war, was not inclined to provoke another with Iran and indeed had been calling for diplomatic engagement wi...
The Rich Life of Jane Jacobs
ROBIN PHILPOT
Jane Jacobs died on Tuesday, April 25, in Toronto at the age of 89. The following article is based on one of the last interviews she granted on May 2, 2005. She agreed to the interview because it was to deal with the toughest question in Canadian politics, na...
Media Red-Baiting About the Revolution in Nepal
PRATYUSH CHANDRA
As sniffing K9s in the hands of the global hegemony, the corporate media around the globe smelled Maoist activists’ and pamphlets’ presence in the post- April 6 protests as proofs of the Maoist infiltration. A BBC reporter reported on April 24: &q...
Katrina: Eight Months Later
BILL QUIGLEY
On Monday, April 17, 2006, two bodies were found buried beneath what used to be a home in the Lower 9th Ward. Their discovery raised to 17 the number of Hurricane Katrina fatalities that have been discovered in New Orleans in the past month and a half. Katrin...
Is the US Waging Israel’s Wars?
LINDA S. HEARD
Many throughout the Muslim world and beyond are asking this question: What are the real reasons behind the US invasion of Iraq and its wish to overthrow the governments of Syria and Iran? For all their grandiose posturing, in truth, Iraq, Syria and Iran hav...
Preparing for the Economic Typhoon
MIKE WHITNEY
Gold traders love George Bush. They know that his blundering mismanagement of the economy will keep gold soaring well into the future. In the last year alone gold increased nearly $200 an ounce capping off a 5 year run that has taken it from $274 per ounce to $635...
Political Science
RALPH NADER
Newt Gingrich has been called a "futurist", a "policy wonk", an advocate of adapting technology to human efficiencies, among other less flattering descriptions. So what did he do the year he took over the House of Representatives from the Democ...
The World is Uniting Against the Bush Imperium
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Is the United States a superpower? I think not. Consider these facts: The financial position of the US has declined dramatically. The US is heavily indebted, both government and consumers. The US trade deficit both in absolute size and as a percentage of GD...
Lutherans Betray Michigan’s Loon Lake Wetlands for Pieces of Silver
MICHAEL DONNELLY
In the early 1980s, Michigan YMCA Camp Mahn-go-tah-see had run up against hard times. Though thousands of youth attended Summer Camp there since the 1930s, kid camps everywhere were getting harder and harder to maintain as camper numbers dropped off. Late 20th Cen...
Strike Iran, Watch Pakistan and Turkey Fall
JOHN STANTON
"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it." ...
Hotel Rwanda
AMADOU DEME
A small convoy of refugees is confronted by a murderous mob at a roadblock in the widely praised film Hotel Rwanda. The UN troops protecting the convoy, led by a bold white commander, brandish their weapons. After some scuffling, threats and a few shots being fire...
Dangerous Times Ahead
DAVE LINDORFF
The noose is tightening around George Bush and his gang of White House crooks and liars, with prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald reportedly getting closer to an indictment of Karl Rove, and now with the Illinois and California state legislatures considering resolutions...
15 Minutes of Radical Fame
MICKEY Z.
Search the archives of any left-of-center website and you’ll find no shortage of prose extolling the importance of "getting the message out there." If only the huddled masses could consume something more than a steady diet of corporate propaganda&#...
What Kind of Card is Race?
TIM WISE
Recently, I was asked by someone in the audience of one of my speeches, whether or not I believed that racism–though certainly a problem–might also be something conjured up by people of color in situations where the charge was inappropriate. In other w...
Obama’s Game
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I was harsh about Senator Barack Obama of Illinois here a couple of weeks ago, and the very next morning his press aide, Tommy Vietor, was on the phone howling about inaccuracies. It was an illuminating conversation, indicative of the sort of instinctive reflexes ...
Berlusconi Defeated
STEVE SHORE
Italy has survived a brutal campaign with a new government of the left. In a turnout that Americans can only dream of, almost 84 percent of the electorate, for the first time including Italians living abroad throughout the world, has demonstrated what happens in a...
Lee Raymond’s Unconscionable Platinum Parachute
RALPH NADER
Exxon Mobil reports that it is sending retiring chairman Lee Raymond off with one of the most lavish executive compensation and retirement packages in history–an estimated $398 million in total. This unconscionable windfall cannot be justified by any...
The Courage of Sophie Scholl
DAVID KRIEGER
If young people today would like to learn something about courage, they should see the movie "Sophie Scholl–The Final Days." Sophie Scholl was a 21 year old student at the University of Munich in 1943. Her older brother, Hans Scholl, was a medical ...
The General, GM and the Stryker
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
On December 10, 2003, two Strykers, the Army’s newest armored personnel carrier, were patrolling near Balad, Iraq, when the embankment beneath them collapsed and the vehicles plunged into a rain-swollen river. Three soldiers died and another was severely inj...
Out Now
THOMAS P. HEALY
Anthony Arnove’s new book, Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal (The New Press, 2006) is tai...
Saddam and Me: a True Story
JEFF KLEIN
The crimes of Saddam Hussein and his henchmen during the 1980’s have been in the news lately as their on-again off-again trial has resumed in Baghdad. Even though a court established under US military occupation has questionable legal standing and legitimacy...