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GOD SAVE HRC, FROM REALITY — Jeffrey St. Clair on Hillary Clinton’s miraculous rags-to-riches method of financial success; LA CONFIDENTIAL: Lee Ballinger on race, violence and inequality in Los Angeles; PAPER DRAGON: Peter Lee on China’s military; THE BATTLE OVER PAT TILLMAN: David Hoelscher provides a 10 year retrospective on the changing legacy of Pat Tillman; MY BROTHER AND THE SPACE PROGRAM: Paul Krassner on the FBI and rocket science. PLUS: Mike Whitney on how the Central Bank feeds state capitalism; JoAnn Wypijewski on what’s crazier than Bowe Bergdahl?; Kristin Kolb on guns and the American psyche; Chris Floyd on the Terror War’s disastrous course.
Archives from May 2006
Dirk’s Dirty Money
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
After serving for five years as Interior Secretary in the Bush Cabinet, Gale Norton, protégé of James Watt, quietly stepped down from her post overseeing the ruination of the American West. Norton’s sudden exit was almost certainly hastened by ...
The War on Nurses
SETH SANDRONSKY
A May 24 article in the NY Times noted a provision in the recently passed Senate immigration reform bill that expands the number of foreign nurses who may work in the U.S. The article cited a national shortage of nurses for the removal of the current restriction o...
Blacks, Hispanics and Immigrant Bashing for Colonial Control
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Do recent immigrants from Latin America diminish the economic advancement of other Americans, in particular black Americans? "The reaction to foreign immigrants, as also to internal migration, comes partly from the belief or, in any c...
Scapegoating Mexicans is an American Tradition
MICKEY Z.
Zoot suit, white jacket with side vents five inches long I’m out on the street again and I’m leaping along I’m dressed right for a beach fight but I just can’t explain Why that uncertain feeling is s...
Stop Saying This is a Nation of Immigrants!
ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ
A nation of immigrants: This is a convenient myth developed as a response to the 1960s movements against colonialism, neocolonialism, and white supremacy. The ruling class and its brain trust offered multiculturalism, diversity, and affirmative action in response ...
On Palestinian Violence
RAMZY BAROUD
Labeling as ‘dangerous’ the violent escalation in the Gaza Strip between supporters of the Fatah and Hamas movements is an understatement, to say the least. The situation in the Occupied Territories is more perilous than any media account, however dece...
Three Weddings and a Funeral
P. SAINATH
In one third of Gosavi Pawar’s house there was mourning. In another third, celebration. In the last part of his home there was preparation for both mourning and celebration. This Banjara household in Yavatmal , [a town in the Vidharbha district in the north-...
Keeping Little Leaguers Safe
RALPH NADER
As the Little League season gets into full swing for millions of young baseball and softball players across the country, their health and safety on the playing field will significantly benefit from an addition in the Little League rules this year — a require...
DNC Death Wish 2006
DAVE LINDORFF
Do national and congressional Democrats have a death wish? In the course of discussing Barbara Olshansky’s and my new book, "The Case for Impeachment," I’m coming to the conclusion that they must. And that’s even before they do s...
Al Gore the Environmental Titan?
JOSHUA FRANK
Al Gore has returned to the political spotlight in exalted fashion, propping himself up for a potential presidential bid in 2008. Front and center in Gore’s new rhetorical entourage is the state of nature, and in particular, global warming. And while Gore ma...
The Four Fundamentalisms
ROBERT JENSEN
The most important words anyone said to me in the weeks immediately after September 11, 2001, came from my friend James Koplin. While acknowledging the significance of that day, he said, simply: "I was in a profound state of grief about the world before 9/11,...
Of Immigrants and "Real Amurkans"
TIM WISE
According to a recent survey, more Americans can name the characters from The Simpsons, than can recall the rights protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In fact, while roughly one in five Americans could name the Simpsons characters, only one-...
Silencing the Peace Protester of Parliament Square
MICHAEL DICKINSON
"If I had a bell, I’d ring it in the morning, I’d ring it in the evening, All over this land. I’d ring out danger; I’d ring out warning…" So go the words of the old protest so...
Zionist Democrats
MICHAEL CARMICHAEL
Last week the newly elected Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, visited Washington to meet with George Bush in order to endorse America’s plan to attack Iran in his address to Congress. In his strident appeal to Congress, Olmert sought nothing less than t...
The Real Reason Rock the Vote is Falling Apart
LEE BALLINGER
Rock the Vote is in shambles. According to a February 7 LA Times article by Charles Duhigg, the organization is $700,000 in debt and has cut its staff from twenty people in 2004 to two today. Rock the Vote hasn’t had a chief operating officer since the last ...
Partners in Human Rights Abuses?
JONATHAN COOK
There were some remarkable admissions in a piece by the distinguished Israeli sociologist Baruch Kimmerling in the immediate wake of the British teaching union NATFHE’s vote yesterday to offer members moral backing if they boycott Israeli universities. Briti...
Ken Loach’s History Lesson
HARRY BROWNE
"Our film is a little step in the British confronting their imperialist history. Maybe if we tell the truth about the past we can tell the truth about the present." The leftist British director Ken Loach has been nominate...
Now Introducing, the Office of Iranian Affairs (Formerly Doing Business as the Office of Special Plans)
GARY LEUPP
According to Laura Rozen of the Los Angeles Times, t...
The Moral Rot in Congress
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
We are currently being "treated" to more of the moral rot that infests both political parties and, consequently, to yet another example of why a third party is desperately needed. I speak, of course, of the spectacle of the bitter outrage expressed by Co...
Iran and the Uses of "Preventive" War
Col. DAN SMITH
"For the cause of all wars and revolutions–in a word, of all violence–is always the same: the negation of hierarchy." Meditations on the Tarot (Anonymous) History, it has been said, is w...
A New Pro-Imperialist "Left" Manifesto
JOHN W. FARLEY
A group of left intellectuals have recently issued The Euston Manifesto. The signers are mostly British, and the American sig...
Time to Dust Off that Old "No Nukes!" Button
PETER MONTAGUE
It’s time to dust off your "No Nukes!" button — or grab that old one out of your Mom’s top bureau drawer. You may need it soon. The "powers that be" have begun a new campaign to convince us that we must have dozens or h...
EPA Goes Lead Wild
DON FITZ
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supposedly helps protect the environment, especially from toxins that endanger human health. But maybe not. Lead activists from across the country charge that the federal agency is missing the chance to reduce exposur...
God Has Sex, Makes Big Box Office
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
I”m not in a big hurry to see The Da Vinci Code: The Movie. I trust the critics who say it’s boring beyond belief (pun intended). After all, I wasn’t wild about the book. But I’m glad to hear that the film’s opening weekend did...
Teens as Political Scapegoats
RAYMOND GARCIA
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law "what’s called one of the nation’s strictest public school curriculums" on April 20, 2006, claiming it would "help Michigan’s economic revival". While it should obviously be ...