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Archives from June 2006
My Trial By Media
WARD CHURCHILL
Bolder, Colorado. On February 2, 2005, Colorado Governor Bill Owens called for me to be fired because of statements I made about U.S. foreign policy that were clearly protected by the First Amendment. It would have been illegal to do so then, and it is...
Israeli Law and Order
JONATHAN COOK
Imagine the following scenario. A Palestinian gunman boards a bus inside Israel and rides it to the city of Netanya. Close to the end of the line, he walks over to the driver, levels his automatic rifle against the man’s head and pumps him with bullets. He t...
Peace Activists at Hillary Clinton’s Speech Try to Take Back "Take Back America"
MEDEA BENJAMIN
The Take Back America conference, an annual event held in Washington DC this year from June 12-14, is supposed to be a venue for prominent progressives to gather and debate the major issues of our day. Their aim is to "provide the nation with new vision, new ...
The Strange Death of Zarqawi
DAVE LINDORFF
Nobody’s going to morn the death of Al Zarqawi, me included, but there are some important questions about how and why he died that need asking. From the available reports on the incident, it seems clear that the U.S. knew exactly where he was, and had...
The Secret of Authority
YITZHAK LAOR
A huge farce is being staged in the Israeli High Court of Justice. Every university in the country has joined an appeal of a ruling by the National Labor Court (which ordered Bar-Ilan University in April 2005 to reveal its procedure for appointing professors), and...
The World Cup Meets Mexico’s Presidenciales
JOHN ROSS
On the heels of the Great June 6th non-debate between Mexico’s three leading presidential candidates, a U.S, reporter stopped in at his favorite café in the old quarter of this sprawling megalopolis for an evening café con leche. The patrons of...
Venezuela Holds the Line on Drug Trafficking
GABRIEL GARCIA
U.S. specialists are currently awaiting the White House’s next drug certification report, which is normally released in September, to see whether the Bush Administration will continue to use the document as a political tool rather than a piece of objective r...
Puerto Rico at the United Nations
JUAN ANTONIO OCASIO RIVERA
At the United Nations yesterday morning, one thing was immediately clear: as the member nations of the Decolonization Committee noted, there is tremendous and lasting interest in the case of Puerto Rico and its political status. The Committee noted that, this year...
Divestment is a Stand for Equality in Israel
HILTON OBENZINGER
As an American Jew who has spoken out against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza for many years, I have been regularly smeared as a "self-hating Jew" and worse. It little matters that the "radical" ideas I advocated 25 year...
The Meaning of Haditha
PAUL D'AMATO
As I go through a list of New York Times articles on the Haditha massacre, in which Marines murdered 24 Iraqi civilians, the following phrases keep popping up: "unprovoked attack," "unprovoked murder," "unprovoked killings." Th...
The Evil of Banality
ANTHONY ALESSANDRINI
There are moments that require us to stop everything and take stock of the time in which we are living. This is one such moment. Listen: "They are smart, they are creative, they are committed," Admiral Harris said. "They have no regard for li...
The Story Behind Zarqawi’s Death
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
A bu Musab Al Zarqawi is dead. The Jordanian-born Zarqawi was in a meeting with associates at a "safe house" just north of Baghdad last Wednesday (June 7) when he was killed in a joint operation with Iraq carried out by U.S. air forces. Zarqawi has been ...
Has Racism Invaded Canada?
ROBERT FISK
This has been a good week to be in Canada–or an awful week, depending on your point of view–to understand just how irretrievably biased and potentially racist the Canadian press has become. For, after the arrest of 17 Canadian Muslims on "terroris...
Bush’s Armageddon Wish
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
John Bolton, a notorious neocon warmonger who could not be confirmed as America’s ambassador to the UN by even the compliant and corrupt US Senate, got the job as a recess appointment. He is using the platform to push America into war with Iran. Bolto...
English Nationalism and the World Cup
MIKE MARQUSEE
In London at the moment you can’t get away from it. The red cross flag of St. George is fluttering from cars and balconies, plastered on windows and billboards, inscribed on chocolate bars, pizza boxes and soft drink bottles. And in case anyone was not aware...
Left with No Future by GM and Delphi
LEE SUSTAR
Tough talk from United Auto Workers (UAW) leaders will abound at the union’s convention in Las Vegas June 11-15, which takes place amid the union’s strike threat at bankrupt parts maker Delphi Automotive Systems. But back at Delphi’s Nee...
Warped Coverage of the Middle East
FELICE PACE
Dear Scott Simon and all Weekend Edition Sat folks: Weekend Edition Saturday in general and Scott Simons hosting and essays in particular have been among my favorite news experiences for many, many years. But in recent years, and as I have learned more from...
Enter Sandman; Exit Kosland
MICHAEL J. SMITH
You know you’re in trouble when the high point of your day is Arianna Huffington. I’ve spent the last three days in Las Vegas, lurking incognito at the Daily Kos convention. (Yesterday’s report ; ...
The US Already Misses Zarqawi
PATRICK COCKBURN
In the days before he was tracked down and killed by US lazer-guided bombs Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was living with almost no guards and only five companions, two of whom were women and one an eight year old girl. US military were yesterday displaying the few t...
Setting the Record Straight on Hamas
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
Oxford, England. A June 3rd poll conducted by Near East Consulting based in Ramallah, Palestine shows that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians support the Prisoner’s Agreement, an inter-factional agreement signed by one member each of Fatah, Ham...
The Other Campaign
Subcomandante MARCOS
As you may already know, in the Assembly of May 29th we presented a proposal for an Action Plan. Because of the weather and that some friends from various states had to get going, we explained it only briefly there. We think it, therefore, a good idea to expl...
Let’s Forget It, Better Still
RON JACOBS
The first time I saw The Who was almost by accident. My friends and I were four teenage scouts who knew that our scouting life was almost over. I was having a hard time with the blind patriotism the organization insisted on and my friends were turning their intere...
Tylenol Toxicity Terror
FRED GARDNER
The "therapeutic ratio" of a drug compares the amount required to produce harmful effects with the amount required to provide benefit. The therapeutic ratio of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, is about 2:1 -and even lower if your liver ha...
Terror in Toronto or Tempest in a Teapot
JOHN CHUCKMAN
The arrest in Toronto of seventeen men, mostly quite young, for conspiracy to bomb places in Southern Ontario has raised a storm of comment. Unfortunately, much of it has been either premature or wrong. A Congressman from Northern New York, uninformed but s...
Grocery Chains and Bush’s Ownership Society
SETH SANDRONSKY
There are too many U.S. grocery chain stores, said George Whalin, head of Retail Management Consultants, in The Sacramento Bee of June 7. Call it overcapacity in the grocery industry. A few new owners of the Albertsons grocery chain are responding according...