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Archives from April 2006
America’s Gulag
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Often small things provide the most disturbing evidence for world-changing events, as when naturalists observe the quiet disappearance of some little known species. The CIA’s firing of senior officer Mary O. McCarthy is a political event of just this nature....
More Suppression of Marijuana Research
FRED GARDNER
In the 1980s Melanie Dreher and colleagues at UMass Amherst began a longitudinal study to assess the well-being of infants and children whose mothers used cannabis during pregnancy. The researchers lived in rural Jamaican communities among the women they were stud...
Springsteen Polishes His Roots
CATHERINE ANN CULLEN And HARRY BROWNE
Harry: Back before Bruce Springsteen had recorded an album, Pete Seeger was a domestic god in our New Jersey home. A stack of well-worn LPs was spun and spun again on an old black box phonograph, and on them Seeger sang songs tha...
Bush Passes the Buck on Soaring Gas Prices
BILL PAHNELES
The other day during a brief press opportunity, President Bush expressed his concern about rising gasoline prices, assuring Americans that his administration feels the public’s pain, while laying out three reasons for rocketing prices of the past two months....
Where Are The Frogs?
DAVE LINDORFF
With the Bush neocon gang pushing ahead for war in Iraq, and talking about going nuclear, it might seem an odd time to be thinking about frogs, but hey, it’s spring. And by the way, where are the frogs? Here in the burbs just north of Philadelp...
What I’m Listening to This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Curtis Salgado: Strong Satisfaction (Shanachie) The best bluesinger o...
Whose Democracy is the US Supporting in Nicaragua?
BRYNNE KEITH-JENNINGS
In Nicaragua, the US government continues to flex its muscles to achieve an electoral defeat of Daniel Ortega in the November presidential elections. Ortega, president during the Sandinista revolution in the 1980s, is running for president for the fourth time sinc...
Stuck in Mobile with the Rev. Graham Blues Again
DAVID UNDERHILL
It was ironic that last month’s news told of U. S. troops patrolling and planes bombing Iraq in the name of democracy for resistant natives, while someone in Mobile, Alabama was being denied the right to speak to his representatives at a meeting of his city ...
The GOP and California’s Levees
SETH SANDRONKSY
"Inexcusable" is what Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently called the lack of federal funds to improve the state’s system of flood control. In late February on a trip to Washington, he had asked for $56 million for emergency repairs on 24 levee site...
The Little Mermaid on Highway Six
DEB REICH
Palestinian children are not made for war, any more than Israeli children are made for war. Yet while the politicians jockey for power, our Israeli mothers go on loyally sending their children to join the army and terrorize the neighbors, as if that were a normal ...
SUMUD vs. Apartheid
JEFF HALPER
This is, as they say, the crunch. This is the political moment all Israeli governments–all of them, Labour, Likud and ‘National Unity’–have been working towards the past four decades of Occupation: the final push for an expanded Israel, the...
Can Our Economy Run Without Fear?
JULIAN EDNEY
A survey question that is becoming increasingly popular asks people if they like their jobs. Depending on which survey you read, somewhere between 40% and 50% of American workers say they don’t like their work (1,2). What is it exactly people donR...
"We Are Going to Keep Marching"
LEE SUSTAR
The WALL STREET JOURNAL published a worried analysis about the April 10 day of action for immigrant rights, pointing to widespread absenteeism by workers who participated, which forced many employers to shut down. Workers at an Excel meatpacking plant in Do...
"I Know I’m Not Dreaming, Because I Can’t Sleep Any More"
RON JACOBS
A few years back I was talking with a young socialist organizer about books. He had just asked me why I wasted my time reading fiction when there was so much non-fiction that needed to be read. Culture, I replied, reflects and illuminates a society just as much, i...
Time to Overhaul US Farm Policy
JIM FRENCH
There was a time when investing in rural America meant something personal to most Americans. Many of us are only two or three generations away from a nation of farmers and rural communities. It was a time when people drank milk delivered to their doorstep...
Deporting Hamas Members of Parliament
JONATHAN COOK
The policy of "hitnatkut", or unilateral disengagement, developed by Ariel Sharon needed a swift facelift following the withdrawal of settlers from Gaza last year. And Israel’s prime minister-designate, Ehud Olmert, has found it in the related conc...
This is What a Movement Looks Like
MICHAEL GEORGE SMITH
While much of the left has been bemoaning the demise of the antiwar movement and fighting to reinvigorate the opposition to American warmongering that was so evident before the war began, millions of immigrants and their allies have poured into the streets to figh...
The Bracero Program: 1942-1964
SARAH HINES
Millions of people have taken to the streets in immigrant-rights protests mostly focused against vicious legislation passed by the U.S. House that would criminalize undocumented workers and anyone who assists them. But the "compromise" proposal in the Se...
Pure-and-Simple Revolutions
PRATYUSH CHANDRA
For a decade or so, the media has been talking about new color and flower revolutions with colorful revolutionaries like "orange" ones in Ukraine. But, after so many sponsored, colored and sanitized revolutions, as additions in the market of "a seri...
Serving at the Decider’s Pleasure
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
"He knows that I serve at his pleasure, and that’s that." These are the words of Donald Rumsfeld, revealing his job security. So, let’ see. Is Rummy King George’s court jester? How about torture designe...
Physical Courage, Moral Courage and American Generals
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
Men who rise to the top of the American military are usually men who, in the old fashioned phrase, have faced shot and shell. Their physical courage is not to be questioned. There is, however, another type of courage, moral courage. This, as I understand i...
The Rich are Different
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Once again the tidings of the season and the news from the news reminded one and all that it is better to be rich than to be poor. The week ended with news of the Cheneys’ tax refund and began with stories in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal re...
How to Out a CIA Agent
EVELYN J. PRINGLE
For all intent and purposes, the special prosecutor’s duty in the CIA leak case is straightforward. How the investigation ever got so complicated is beyond me. Mr Fitzgerald needs to keep it simple. Valerie Plame was a CIA agent in July 2003, and the ...
The Bracero Program: 1942-1964
SARAH HINES
Millions of people have taken to the streets in immigrant-rights protests mostly focused against vicious legislation passed by the U.S. House that would criminalize undocumented workers and anyone who assists them. But the "compromise" proposal in the Se...
Stop the War! Dump the Democrats!
JOSHUA FRANK
Across the country opposition to the war in Iraq is fast setting in. The latest Bush job approval ratings are dismal, hovering around 35%, in large part due to peoples’ wariness about the disorder and uncertainty engulfing Iraq. Two weeks ago 24 town...