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Archives from June 2006
Bush Loses Guantanamo Case
MARJORIE COHN
In the most significant rebuff to George W. Bush’s assertion of executive power since he declared his "war on terror," the Supreme Court called a halt to Bush’s kangaroo courts at Guantánamo Bay. Justice Stevens wrote for the 5-...
Starving in the Dark
VIRGINIA TILLEY
On the excuse of rescuing one kidnapped soldier, Israeli is now bombing the Gaza Strip and is poised to re-invade. It has also arrested a third of the Palestinian parliament, wrecking even its fragile illusion of capacity and reducing the already-empty vessel of t...
The Party of Cut-and-Run (from Principle)
ROGER BURBACH And PAUL CANTOR
The Bush Administration has it right. The Democratic Party is the party of cut and run. It used to be the party where progressives could find a home. No longer. Cut and run has turned it into the party that stands for total disarray, desertion of core values, or n...
Intellectual Property is Intellectual Theft … at Gun Point
MICHAEL J. SMITH
There’s nothing more wonkish than intellectual-property regulation. But intellectual-property enforcement may well turn out to be the lever for government intrusions into private life every bit as profound and extensive as the better-known secret-police init...
The Return to Haiti
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
Say "the return" when discussing Haiti, and people who follow events in the country know you are talking about former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returning from his exile in South Africa. Mr. Aristide was ousted in a coup d’etat in February 20...
Crime in the Valley
NICK DEARDEN
Beyond the barren Judean Mountain range, east from Jerusalem, lies the Jordan Valley, an area which receives almost no media coverage, despite being home to 52,000 Palestinians and accounting for 30% of West Bank territory. I am taken there by Stop the Wal...
Will Mexicans Ignore What Bolivians Learned?
HEATHER WILLIAMS
As a graduate student at Yale in the fall of 1993, I once attended a seminar with Barber Conable, former president of the World Bank. Following his talk, an audience member eagerly asked Conable whom, among Latin American leaders of the time, he considered to be h...
Re-Interpreting Iraq
RAMZY BAROUD
To their credit, top US Pentagon officials cautioned journalists and the public, since the Iraq war’s early days, that the dissemination of misinformation would be a vital weapon in their war strategy. Needless to say, they have certainly held true to their ...
Military Resistance
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
The public refusals here at Fort Lewis (Washington) of Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, Sgt. Kevin Benderman and Spc. Suzanne Swift to deploy to Iraq are the most recent chapter of a long and noble history of resistance within the U.S. armed forces. To understand this h...
Down in Pinal County
GREG MOSES
Back in January, the jobs picture in Eloy, Arizona wasn’t looking so good. Thanks to federal budget cuts, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) announced it would cancel a contract with the town’s biggest employer, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) at...
Taken for a Ride on the Interstate Highway System
MIKE FERNER
The 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower’s signing of the Interstate Highway Act is a good time to dust off this review of the PBS documentary, "Taken for a Ride" that I wrote 10 years ago when President Clinton visited my city during the 1996 ...
Neither Shall the Sword
WILLIAM S. LIND
Chet Richards is the spider of the d-n-i.net web site, which is the best source for material on Fourth Generation war. He is also the onl...
Mexican-Americans, Iraq and the Politics of Immigrant Bashing
JORGE MARISCAL
At the southern tip of Texas on the Mexican border across from Matamoros lies the city of Brownsville. According to the official visitors’ bureau website: "Brownsville, Texas is a truly international city located in a semi-tropical paradise where two cu...
The High Price of American Gullibility
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
What explains the gullibility of Americans, a gullibility that has mired the US in disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and which promises war with Iran, North Korea and a variety of other targets if neoconservatives continue to have their way? Part of t...
Killing a Nation to Rescue a Soldier
RON JACOBS
I am so tired of hearing Tel Aviv complain that certain Palestinian factions do no represent Israel’s right to exist. While some certainly may have this opinion, even Hamas leaders have stated that the fact is that Israel does exist. Meanwhile, Israel is onc...
Mexico: Their Brand is Crisis
MARK WEISBROT
A brilliant documentary by Rachel Boynton, released this year, chronicles the adventures of one of America’s most influential public relations firms as it applies the most advanced polling, advertising, and focus group techniques to the 2002 presidential ele...
Why Signing Statements Matter
DAVE LINDORFF
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." – Mark Twain Over the course of the past year, it has been discovered that President Bush, during his five ye...
Gutting New Orleans
BILL QUIGLEY
Saturday I joined some volunteers and helped gut the home of one of my best friends. Two months after she finished paying off her mortgage, her one-story brick home was engulfed in 7 feet of water. Because she was under-insured and remains worried about a repeat o...
What’s Next for the Palestinians?
WILLIAM HUGHES
The topic under discussion was grim – "The Politics of Starvation: The Humanitarian Crisis in Palestine." In Room SC-6 of the U.S. Capitol, the Council for the National Interest (CNI) authored a public forum, the 18th in a series over the last few ...
US Undermines Maliki’s Peace Plan
MEDEA BENJAMIN And RAED JARRAR
The Iraqi reconciliation plan unveiled by Prime Minister Al-Maliki on Sunday had the potential to mark a turning point the in the war. But thanks to U.S. interference, instead of a road map for peace, the plan that emerged looks more like a bump in Iraq’s to...
US Undermines Maliki’s Peace Plan
MEDEA BENJAMIN And RAED JARRAR
The Iraqi reconciliation plan unveiled by Prime Minister Al-Maliki on Sunday had the potential to mark a turning point the in the war. But thanks to U.S. interference, instead of a road map for peace, the plan that emerged looks more like a bump in Iraq’s to...
What’s Next for the Palestinians?
WILLIAM HUGHES
The topic under discussion was grim – "The Politics of Starvation: The Humanitarian Crisis in Palestine." In Room SC-6 of the U.S. Capitol, the Council for the National Interest (CNI) authored a public forum, the 18th in a series over the last few ...
The World Cup and Middle East Peace
URI AVNERY
IF PRESIDENT Bush wanted to deal with Iran by "bombing them back into the stone age", (as an American general once put it during the Vietnam War), now would be the time. With everybody riveted to the World Cup, who would notice? The Israeli govern...
Showdown in Montana
DOUG GIEBEL
After sitting on its story for a year and after consultation with the Bush Administration, The New York Times published its report on NSA warrantless spying, and in his December 19, 2005 press conference, President Bush denounced release of the report. "My pe...
Israel’s Deadly Siege of Palestine
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
"The idea is to put Palestinians on a diet but not make them die of hunger," commented Dov Weisglass, senior advisor to Israeli Prime Ministers Sharon and Olmert, when asked how Israel should deal with the new Hamas government. Even these disgustingly ca...
Playing Politics with Timetables
MARJORIE COHN
In another Woody Allen moment reminiscent of George W. Bush pinning the Medal of Freedom on disgraced ex-CIA Director George Tenet, a third George – General Casey – has taken a page from the Democrats’ troop withdrawal playbook. After bein...
The World Cup and Middle East Peace
URI AVNERY
IF PRESIDENT Bush wanted to deal with Iran by "bombing them back into the stone age", (as an American general once put it during the Vietnam War), now would be the time. With everybody riveted to the World Cup, who would notice? The Israeli govern...
Showdown in Montana
DOUG GIEBEL
After sitting on its story for a year and after consultation with the Bush Administration, The New York Times published its report on NSA warrantless spying, and in his December 19, 2005 press conference, President Bush denounced release of the report. "My pe...
Playing Politics with Timetables
MARJORIE COHN
In another Woody Allen moment reminiscent of George W. Bush pinning the Medal of Freedom on disgraced ex-CIA Director George Tenet, a third George – General Casey – has taken a page from the Democrats’ troop withdrawal playbook. After bein...
Massacres, Baseball and Apple Pie
DON SANTINA
The recent revelations of the horrors of Haditha (six months after the atrocity–way to go, in-bed media!) have produced the same eerie wall of silence from the politicians and pundits that we witnessed during the unmasking of the Abu Graib torture chambers. ...
Taking Impeachment on the Road
DAVE LINDORFF
Over this past week, I had a few experiences in the course of several book events for The Case for Impeachment which both illustrate the importance of this constitutionally important method of checking the actions of dangerous or criminal presidents, and the diffi...
Big Pharma’s Big Graveyard
EVELYN PRINGLE
Over the past six years, ten FDA approved drugs have been withdrawn from the market due to deaths and injuries, leading lawmakers to accuse the FDA of not doing its job in protecting the public from unsafe drugs and to call for measures of improvement. On J...
Beyond Binary Politics
RALPH NADER
You have noticed, to be sure, how our nation’s politics gravitates to the binary position year after year. Webster’s dictionary defines "binary" as "something made of two things or parts." So, parties, politicians and voters are ove...
Israeli "Retaliation" and Double Standards
JONATHAN COOK
The killing by Palestinian militants of two Israeli soldiers and the capture of a third from an army post close to the Gaza Strip set the scene for Israeli "reprisals" and "retaliation", according to the reports of BBC correspondents in Israel ...
Hispanics, Latin America and the Struggle Against the Empire
RAFAEL RODRÍGUEZ-CRUZ
Strangers probably do not go unnoticed in the town of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, where Mumia Abu-Jamal is incarcerated. Waynesburg is a small rural community of Western Pennsylvania with a total population of 4,000. It is certainly not racially diverse: roughly 97%...
Iraq: Fool Me Twice
Col. DAN SMITH
A date to remember will be the night of June 20, 2006. That’s the night Congress was fooled for the second time. Remember October 2002 and Iraq? So much has happened since then that it seems like ancient history. ...
Divestment, Corporate Engagement and Israel
WILL YOUMANS And NORA ERAKAT
America’s largest Presbyterian church voted to continue policies of economic engagement in the Middle East. It affirmed its willingness to use its investment policies to press for peace in Israel-Palestine. The vote came two years after it’s o...
Cut and Run
DAVE LINDORFF
The Democrats in Congress are having trouble coming up with a position on the War in Iraq because they are so afraid of Republican charges that they are the "cut and run" party. It’s a pathetic spectacle, and they should give it up....
The Dogs of War
RON JACOBS
The current debate in Congress over the war in Iraq has put the myth of victory and its opposite– surrender–back on the front pages. These are actually more than myths, they are genuine misrepresentations–lies in other words–of th...
The Forest Gate Raid
MIKE MARQUSEE
At 4 AM on June 2nd, another grim episode in the war on terror was played out on a quiet residential street in east London. In what the media initially hailed as a major anti-terrorist triumph, 250 heavily armed police descended on a house where, it was ...
Lockheed, the Senator and the F-22
WINSLOW WHEELER
In a stunning new report on the F-22, GAO recommends no further funding for the aircraft until DOD provides a relevant justification. GAO also points out that the Air Force’s “cost saving” plan for a “multiyear procurement” w...
Friendly Fire Ambush
MARJORIE COHN
Sergeant Patrick R. McCaffrey, Sr. and First Lieutenant Andre D. Tyson died on this day two years ago in Balad, Iraq. Back then, military officials reported that enemy insurgents ambushed them. The Army subsequently conducted an investigation and learned...
Why Bush’s Iraq is Worse Than Saddam’s
WILLIAM BLUM
National Public Radio foreign correspondent Loren Jenkins, serving in NPR’s Baghdad bureau, met earlier this month with a senior Shiite cleric, a man who was described in the NPR report as "a moderate" and as a person trying to lead his Sh...
A Week of Israeli Restraint
TANYA REINHART
In Israeli discourse, Israel is always the side exercising restraint in its conflict with the Palestinians. This was true again for the events of the past week: As the Qassam rockets were falling on the Southern Israeli town of Sderot, it was “leake...
Al-Zarqawi’s Death Reconsidered
RAMZY BAROUD
The convenient emergence and sudden disappearance of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi signals an end of an era. Though Washington and London insist on telling us that the ‘good news’ don’t necessary mean an end to Iraq’s bloodshed, the giddiness i...
Elite Logic at the Border
GREG MOSES
Just as PNAC or the Project for the New American Century helped us to think about underlying motives for the public shams of the war on terrorism, so might CNAC or the Compact for North American Competitiveness help us to think about drama at the border betwe...
Making the Case for Impeachment
GARY LEUPP
The just-published The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President Geo...
Leaked Cable Paints Grim Picture of Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
A leaked cable from the US embassy in Baghdad signed by the ambassador paints a grim picture of Iraq as a country disintegrating in which the real rulers are the militias, and the central government counts for nothing. The cable, signed by...
Japan Nixes Payments to Its Wartime Slaves
CHRISTOPHER REED
The foreign minister of Japan, Taro Aso, will receive this week an appeal to his "honor and decency" in the repayment of a small family debt that is now more than 60 years old. The request comes in a personal letter from an Australian reg...
The Long War on Aspirin
FRED GARDNER
Johnson & Johnson’s Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol. McNeil Laboratories first marketed it (in combination with a barbiturate) in 1953 as a safer alternative to aspirin. The big selling point was that aspirin, then the best-selling...