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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
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JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
  Hilton Ruiz: Enchantment (Arabesque) New York-born pianis...
Why Are You Financing a Video Game on Invading Venezuela?
SCOTT MICHAEL PEREY
It is extremely disheartening to discover your good name closely associated with a business that seeks to profit from a pathological culture of ill-will and military perversion and, more specifically, in tandem with a very pointed and insidious work of propaganda ...
A Gold Star Mother’s Memorial Day Plea
TIA STEELE
This Memorial Day let us remember all fallen troops by insisting that the United States no longer engage in wars of aggression. In this election year, the voters must make it abundantly clear to anyone running for office in the United States that candidates will n...
One, Two, Three Many Olympians
RON JACOBS
There’s a great tradition amongst the world’s citizenry that is perhaps best expressed in the words spoken by the late Berkeley radical Mario Savio. It was during the Free Speech actions of 1964 that were aimed against the University of California̵...
The Evil Within
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
A powerful case can be made that it is. In the past three years the Bush Regime has murdered tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians and an unknown number of Afghan ones. US Marines, our finest and proudest military force, are under criminal investigati...
Fear of Flowers
KATHY KELLY
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. "Anfal." It means, "to take everything." In 1988, Saddam Hussein ordered a genocidal campaign, the Anfal Operation, against 4,500 defenseless Kurdish villages in northern Iraq. 180,000 people who couldn’...
The Politics of "Colorado Tom" Tancredo
TOM BARRY
Rep. Tom Tancredo, the leading voice of the immigration restrictionist movement, believes that the United States should wall in our borders, launch a massive deportation of immigrant workers, and fully engage in what he regards as an intensifying clash of civiliza...
The Latest Neocon Lie About Iran
GARY LEUPP
Now that Canada’s National Post has apologized for the disinformational article about Iran it published on its front page last Friday, one should inquire as to how this happened in the first place. The Post had reported that on May 15, the Iranian Parliament...
Surrender vs. the Right to Exist
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Former CIA analyst Noting that he had been raised with the deep conviction that the Jewish people would never have to relinquish any part of the "land of our forefathers," Ehud Olmert told Congress in his address to a joint session on May 24, "I...
What’s the Matter with Oregon?
FRED GARDNER
"In Corvallis, a very progressive community, there is virtually no doctor who will recommend cannabis for cancer pain or for severe nausea or AIDS." -Nurse Ed Glick Ed Glick was fired April 18 from h...
"Howl," 50 Years Later
LENNI BRENNER
I don’t remember the exact dates of my many encounters with Allen Ginsberg. But it would be hard for anyone to forget where we first met. I had run into a buddy, "Spade Charlie" Hameal. His woman, a white, owned the Cafe East, on Manhattan&...
The Abominable Dr. Ishii
CHRISTOPHER REED
Editors’ note: Under the overall codename Project Paperclip US intelligence agencies made similarly diligent efforts to acquire the research records of Nazi doctors working in the death camps. They also brought over several of the Nazi medical e...
Mexico After NAFTA
SETH SANDRONSKY
On April 17, the Washington Post ran an article about Mexico’s economy and the North American Free Trade Agreement, which took effect on January 1, 1994. Part of the focus was on market forces and the flight of some Mexicans to the U.S. "Still, t...
Disappearing the Disappeared
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. The Office of the Special Prosecutor charged with investigating forcible disappearances during the so-called "dirty war" here (1970-82) has itself been forcibly disappeared. The Special Prosecutor for Social Movements and Political Cr...
Fire the Generals!
Col. DOUGLAS A. MacGREGOR (Ret.)
When Gen. George Casey took over as commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq during July 2004, he asked his staff in Baghdad to set up a meeting with the headquarters’ counter-insurgency expert. His request was met with sile...
Thank You, Fox News
KONA LOWELL
A few years ago a study was conducted by the Program on International Policy (PIPA) at the University of Maryland and Knowledge Networks to gauge Americans’ perceptions on the Iraq war and determine their degree of support for it. An amazing coincidence was ...
Who Will Question the Drive to Attack Iran?
BRIAN J. FOLEY
Thought exercise: You’re "The Decider." Someone asks you whether the U.S. should attack Iran, to prevent that country from building an atomic bomb. How would you decide? You’d probably ask some questions: war is serious business. You m...
Redeeming the Magdalene
JOE ALLEN
Despite the best efforts of the Catholic Church and the panning of the film by most movie critics, large crowds packed last weekend’s opening of The Da Vinci Code. According to media reports, it’s had the second-largest opening ever internationa...
Bush Targets Chavez and Morales
ROGER BURBACH
George W. Bush has come out with harsh words for the governments of Bolivia and Venzeuela.“Let me just put it bluntly–I’m concerned about the erosion of democracy in the countries you mentioned,” Bush said in response to a question put to h...
The Few, the Proud, the Murderers
PIERRE TRISTAM
Of course the first line of defense, for those craven enough to defend atrocities just because Americans commit them, is to say that Iraqis do worse. And in fact the U.S. military, after lying about the massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha last year, then lyi...
The Never-Ending Worry
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
At first it was the "cakewalk" war. That morphed into "when we capture Saddam." Then, we heard "after the elections" followed by the nauseatingly platitudinous "we won’t step down ’til they step up." Now, ...
Water or Gold?
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Early last year former US presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush flew to Asia to meet survivors of the tsunami and pledged to help them rebuild their lives after that terrible disaster. Later in the year they visited the southern states of America hit by hurrican...
Iraq’s Ongoing Fuel Crisis
ROBERT BRYCE
The ongoing war in Iraq will likely be won or lost based on the availability of one commodity: motor fuel. For the moment, the U.S. military has all the fuel it needs–about three million gallons per day — to continue prosecuting the war in Iraq...
Young College Grads Face Weak Labor Market
ELISE GOULD
The labor market for young college graduates, those ages 25 to 35, is slowly improving, but remains much weaker than before the last recession in 2001. It has been 20 years since young college graduates have experienced employment rates as low as those experienced...
Finding Common Ground in New Orleans
BOB WING
Malik Rahim is a longtime activist and co-founder of Common Ground. Founded last September, Common Ground is a ...