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Archives from May 2006
Seeger, Springsteen and "We Shall Overcome"
ALAN MAASS
ON HIS new album, Bruce Springsteen sings some of the most celebrated songs of struggle in U.S. history. We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions honors socialist folk singer Pete Seeger, collecting a small part of the music Seeger helped to spread during his...
The Lawn Racket
STAN COX
Now that May is here, perhaps you’re looking out at your lawn and thinking it needs mowing. Instead, you might want to think about whether you need that lawn at all. The problem isn’t grass. Humans first lived on the grasslands of Africa, and ...
But What About the Marshall Plan?
WILLIAM BLUM
During my years of writing and speaking about the harm and injustice inflicted upon the world by unending United States interventions, I’ve often been met with resentment from those who accuse me of chronicling only the negative side of US foreign policy and...
Vexed to Nightmare
CHRIS FLOYD
The web lit up last week with stories about how the New York Times, and the Bush Administration, had information in the summer of 2001 that specifically foretold of an impending, spectacular attack by al Qaeda "perhaps to be visited on the continental United ...
Chavez Takes London
HUGH
O’SHAUGHNESSY Relentlessly Chávez continued, hour after hour on Sunday afternoon, May 14, in the drab auditorium of Camden Town Hall in London, the Spanish words tumbling out like some verbal tsunami or chaotic linguistic volcano. Socialism; Fidel; th...
"United 93": a Review
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
FAA: "Hi. Boston Center TMU [Traffic Management Unit], we have a problem here. We have a hijacked aircraft headed towards New York, and we needsomeone to scramble some F-16s or something up there, help us out. NEADS: Is this real-world or ...
America, Love It or Leave It
BEN TRIPP
I find people that cry ‘fascism’ at the slightest erosion of their fundamental American rights just as irritating as the next guy. The next guy happens to be Heinrich Himmler, but you know what I mean. It takes a lot to get me riled. After all, just be...
What Decline for Social Security and Medicare?
SETH SANDRONSKY
The 2006 Social Security Trustees Report, which includes the Medicare program, was recently released. The trustees projected the year 2040 as the depletion date of the Social Security trust fund versus 2041 in the 2005 report. Thanks to the Greenspan Commis...
The Humiliation of Clifford Robinson
FRED GARDNER
The facts, as stated by the AP May 12: "New Jersey forward Clifford Robinson was suspended five games without pay by the NBA on Friday after violating terms of the league’s drug policy for the second time in two seasons. Robinson will miss at least the ...
A Few Good Men … and Women
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
As the violence in Iraq escalates, our leaders continue to assault us with pugnacious and defiant political rhetoric that recalls dialogue from the movie, A Few Good Men. Comments of George Bush are chillingly similar to Colonel Jessup’s arrogant diatribe wh...
Coerced Confessions
RALPH NADER
In a recent column I wrote about police interrogation tactics that lead a surprising number of people to confess to crimes they didn’t commit. It turns out that corporate America has followed suit. Many large corporations tak...
Praise the Lord and Pass the Joystick
JOHN ZAVESKY
Never forgoing the opportunity to wage war upon the evil empire of secular humanists and spread the "good word," the Christian Fundamentalists have taken their pitch to new heights. Not so ironically it was in a secular setting. The folks responsible for...
The Eve of Departure
KATHY KELLY
Amman, Jordan. Yesterday, I eagerly awaited a visit from a friend who had just arrived from Iraq. We greeted each other warmly and marveled over having managed to stay in touch with each other through ten years, this in spite of distance, siege, warf...
What I’m Listening to This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
A Short History of Funk Sun Ra: The Magic City (Evidence) Sun Ra...
Inglés Declared National Language
GREG MOSES
On the stock-market channel Friday afternoon, just before commercial time, comes news that the Senate of the USA has declared Inglés the "national language" of state. Then comes the commercial, cutting to a Chinese couple standing in a busy airpor...
The Struggle of the Khmer People
LUKE YOUNG
Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Since the slaughter of the communist workers and fighters in 1977, two years after the revolutionary victory, the United States and its imperialist allies have constantly been flexing their muscle in the region. The freshly victorious ...
Lou Dobbs, Do You Really Wanna Go There?
STEPHEN PHILION
The recent wave of massive marches by immigrant workers in US cities has the potential to redefine the way the immigration debate proceeds in the US, if for no other reason than it can no longer occur without input from immigrants. No longer can the dialogue occur...
What Exactly is "Development"?
P. SAINATH
India’s development debate has actually regressed this past decade. For one thing, a single, homogenised view of development is being shoved down from above. Whether it works or does not work is not the issue. Any departure from it is heresy. If you oppose t...
The New York Times Versus Chavez
GREG GRANDIN
You can tell that the US-led campaign against Hugo Chávez has reached a critical stage when the New York Times starts providing rhetorical cover for Condoleezza Rice’s and Donald Rumsfeld’s increasingly desperate efforts to isolate the Venezuela...
Headscarf
MICHAEL DICKINSON
I can still remember my terrified reaction on first encountering Arab women dressed in chadors, covered from head to toe in black sheets with only their eyes visible. It was at Kuwait airport and I was three years old, arriving with my mother and brother to join o...
The Marcos Factor
JOHN ROSS
The Marcos Factor has unexpectedly become a wild card in Mexico’s closely fought July 2nd presidential election. While out of earshot plying the back roads of provincial Mexico with his "Other Campaign", an anti-electoral crusade designed t...
Marriage Ban Closes the Gates to Palestinians
JONATHAN COOK
In approving an effective ban on marriages between Israelis and Palestinians this week, Israel’s Supreme Court has shut tighter the gates of the Jewish fortress the state of Israel is rapidly becoming. The judges’ decision, in the words of the country&...
Virtual America
DAVE LINDORFF
It makes sense that President Bush would propose a "virtual fence" on the border with Mexico. After all, he is pretty much a virtual president, fronting for the real powers behind the administration: Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. For tha...
Building a New Sanctuary Movement
ERIC JOHNSON-DEBAUFRE
"Sanctuary is not a building. It is not one man or one woman or 16 of them. It is a response rooted in faith and nurtured by prayer and conscience" Statement from the Religious Leader’s Affirmation of Sanctuary Ministry (January...
Bush’s Logging-for-Watershed Restoration Plan
JEFF JUEL
Responding to their own well-deserved bad PR following decades of unsustainable logging and road building on national forest lands in the Northern Rockies and elsewhere, the U.S. Forest Service has been attempting to redefine the terms of the debate so the public ...