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How Can We Stand By and Allow This to Go On?
ROBERT FISK
They wrote the names of the dead children on their plastic shrouds. " Mehdi Hashem, aged seven Qana," was written in felt pen on the bag in which the little boy’s body lay. "Hussein al-Mohamed, aged 12 Qana", "Abbas al-Shalhoub, aged...
The Visionary Life of Murray Bookchin
BRIAN TOKAR
Murray Bookchin, the visionary social theorist and activist, died during the early morning of Sunday, July 30th in his home in Burlington, Vermont. During a prolific career of writing, teaching and political activism that spanned half a century, Bookchin forged a ...
We Would Have to Die Working, So We Decided to Die Striking
RON JACOBS
When I lived in California I found most of my work through the casual labor office. Of course, the work I found there was rarely casual. In fact, it was usually the dirtiest work on the job site. However, it paid the bills and gave me the freedom to walk away from...
All That’s Given Up in the Name of Security
SIBEL EDMONDS And WILLIAM WEAVER
Two days ago we made available to the public news that one of our members, Russell Tice, a former NSA Senior Analyst, had been served with a subpoena asking him to appear before a federal grand jury regarding the criminal investigation of recent disclosures which ...
Days of Darkness
GIDEON LEVY
Israel is sinking into a strident, nationalistic atmosphere and darkness is beginning to cover everything. The brakes we still had are eroding, the insensitivity and blindness that characterized Israeli society in recent years is intensifying. The home front is cu...
The Triumph of Crackpot Realism
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The frayed threads anchoring the American government to reality have finally snapped, just at the moment radiologists are reporting that Americans are getting too fat to be x-rayed or shoved into any existing MRI tube. The gamma rays can’t get throug...
Zapatistas at Critical Crossroads
JOHN ROSS
Oventik, Chiapas. The Zapatista "Caracol" or public meeting center dubbed "Resistance and Rebellion for Humanity" ("where the people govern and the government obeys") at Oventik in the highlands of Chiapas, is an abandoned ghos...
The Struggle for Somali: Warlords, Islamists, US Global Militarism and Women
AMINA MIRE
I will try to spare the readers from ‘famine stories,’ or the downing of American Blackhawk war planes or the killing and dismemberment of 18 American soldiers in that 1993 mission, or the American military killing of a thousand or so Somalis in retali...
In the Gunsight: Syria
URI AVNERY
It is the old story about the losing gambler: he cannot stop. He continues to play, in order to win his losses back. He continues to lose and continues to gamble, until he has lost everything: his ranch, his wife, his shirt. The same thing happens in the bi...
Bush’s Enemy Du Jour
MARJORIE COHN
American television broadcasts, replete with images of dead and wounded civilians, and buildings reduced to rubble in Lebanon, are accompanied by voiceovers supporting Israel’s right to "self-defense." The word "Hezbollah" is seldo...
Keeping the American Street in Line
STANLEY ROGOUSKI
A moderate Arab politician (and for "moderate" read "pro-American) engages in a complex dance with both the American government and what is commonly known as "the Arab Street. For the Western media, you talk about "democracy" and &quo...
Why Do They Hate Us? Listen to Qana (Again)
JONATHAN COOK
The crowds in Beirut last year demanding a Cedar Revolution, "the first shoots of democracy" supposedly planted by the United States, are a distant memory. Yesterday we saw in their place the fury of Lebanon directed against the capital’s United Na...
Witch Hunting Russell Rice
JAMES RIDGEWAY And ALICIA NG
Russell Tice, the whistleblower and a source for the New York Times scoop on Bush,s secret civilian surveillance program, was subpoened last ...
The Right’s Sleight of Hand
PAT WILLIAMS
Too often in politics when the going gets tough, the tough head for the door. That’s what faces George W. Bush in this election year as Republican incumbents, particularly those in the U.S. Senate and House, scurry away from his failing presidency. So...
Bill Clinton Rushes to Lieberman’s Rescue
STANLEY HELLER
How fitting. Joe Lieberman brings in the reinforcements. On July 25 Bill Clinton came to Waterbury, Connecticut. Mr. Iraqi Sanctions. Mr. Bomb Them to Send Saddam a Message. Mr. Eliminate Welfare as We Know it. Mr. NAFTA Will Protect Your Job. Mr.Lie About Camp Da...
Bush and Blair: "Keep It Up!"
ROBERT FISK
Beirut. I dropped by the hospital in Marjayoun this week to find a young girl lying in a hospital bed, swathed in bandages, her beauty scarred for ever by some familiar wounds; the telltale dark-red holes in her skin made by cluster bombs, the weapon we use...
The Manchurian Clergyman
WERTHER
In the 1920s, explaining the growing phenomenon of religious fundamentalism and how it battened Prohibition upon a suffering nation, H.L. Mencken described Southern Baptism as "a theology degraded almost to the level of voodoo." Eighty years on, we could...
One Country Bombed Two Countries
EDUARDO GALEANO
One country bombed two countries. Such impunity might astound were it not business as usual. In response to the few timid protests from the international community, Israel said mistakes were made. How much longer will horrors be called mistakes? This...
Bush and Blair Risk Repeating the 1982 Fiasco
PATRICK COCKBURN
Amman. The arrival of the multinational force in Lebanon in 1982 brought with it a train of disasters. I still recall that great concrete sandwich near the airport that was all that remained of the US barracks in which 241 Marines died after it was hit by a...
James Hunter’s "People Gonna Talk"
MYLES PALMER
The two things I love most in amplified music are great voices and great ensemble playing and James Hunter’s ...
Back in the USSA
SUSIE DAY
Dear President Bush, As an American, I have always taken pride in the words "White House." Through decades of political strife, be it hurricanes, bra-burnings, race riots, or terrorist attack, the White House has stood as a beacon of hope, assurin...
The Power of Evil
WILLIAM A. COOK
Nothing so graphically illustrates the dilemma facing the United States and the United Nations as the catastrophic collapse of negotiations that failed in Italy when America found itself standing alone before the entire world, nakedly defending the defiant state o...
San Diego v. Prop 215
FRED GARDNER
Raids on July 6 targeted 11 San Diego cannabis dispensaries. Owners of some of the dispensaries not raided that day were heard to say that they were spared because they were running proper establishments. As if the DEA made such distinctions! On July 21 the remain...
Defeating the IDF
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Defeating the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is emerging as a credible possibility. For decades, the IDF’s invincibility has haunted Arab governments, their armed forces, and resistance groups in general. The invincibility doctrine has also demoralized the Musl...
Property Seized by Eminent Domain Must Remain Public
MOSHE ADLER
Now, a year since the Kelo vs. New London case in which the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that a local government can take the private property of one person and give it to another, some members of Congress are getting ready to put up a fight. U.S. Rep. James Sensen...
Big Oil’s Biggest Score
RALPH NADER
Four years ago, gasoline was $1.36 a gallon on average. This past January, gasoline prices were 72 cents lower than they are today at over $3.00 per gallon. Production and refining costs since those time periods have not increased by much. Who’s raking it in...
Israel’s Foes as Beasts and Insects
PUNYAPRIYA DASGUPTA
New Delhi Israel’s ambassador in New Delhi, David Danieli, sees Hezbollah as something akin to a scorpion (Times of India, 28 July). His is not much of a new invention. Other Israelis in responsible positions have made similar statements before. A fe...
From Suez 1956 to Lebanon 2006
JOHN V. WHITBECK
By an odd coincidence of the calendar, Israel’s current assault on Lebanon is occurring precisely 50 years after the "Suez Crisis". The calendar may not constitute the only coincidence. In 1956, Israel struck south against Egypt in secret ...
Collateral Damage from the War on Drugs
ANTHONY PAPA
Ashley O’Donoghue is a low-level, nonviolent offender currently serving a 7-to-21-year sentence for the sale of 2 1/2 ounces of cocaine. In September 2003, the Oneida County district attorney claimed that the 20-year-old was a major drug kingpin and needed t...
Lebanon’s Children
RAMZI KYSIA
Beirut. On Saturday, July 29th I spoke with several children from South Lebanon at a refugee center in the Chouf region. These are their stories, in their own words … Hadeel Moussa, age 12, from Dar al-Hamis: "Israel made us refugees and d...
What I’m Listening to This Week
TOM D'ANTONI
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 40th Reunion. DVD 2006 This concert took place in the UK in January of 2006. I don’t feel like I should have to explain who they are and I will not, but I know I should because the band had a relatively short...
Friends, True and False
ISRAEL SHAMIR
This essay ends with a warning to Jews–"Fear The Wrath of God." This warning applies also in my opinion to the American people. After two weeks, the war settled down comfortably in the Middle East, like an old aunt on a regular visit to her ...
Last Rites for Evel Knievel
JACKIE CORR
Butte, Montana. What better place for a genuine daredevil, a legitimate death defying type with a lifestyle to match, to wrap it up? For I can’t think of one good reason that Evel Knievel did not die in 1969, at the age of 30,...
The Lies of Alan Dershowitz
RACHARD ITANI
In a characteristic op-ed, titled "Arithmetic of Pain", that would surprise neither his supporters nor his critics, published by the Wall Street Journal on 19 July 2006, Alan Dershowitz sinks to new lows of depravity and inhumanity in his long-standing h...
Cowboys Still in the Saddle
GARY LEUPP
Just as Time was announcing the "End of Cowboy Diplomacy" if not the twilight of the neocons, Israel’s invasion of Gaza and Lebanon makes the neocons’ dreams closer to realization. They want to attack Iran and Syria. The Israeli government al...
Apocalypse No!
JUAN SANTOS
From the beginning, this culture-civilization-has been a culture of occupation. - Derrick Jensen It’s scripted: a tragedy whose end is embedded in its beginnings, an unfolding logic whose conclusion is the inevitable r...
The White Man’s Burden?
MICHAEL NEUMANN
If we look at the world through the eyes of a nouveau-imperialist, few things are more certain than that humanitarian intervention is the special and last prerogative of the white race (known in polite circles as The West). When the Americans, Canadians, British, ...
The Biggest Stick in the Middle East
EVE PORETSKY
Jerusalem. Today I saw on Israeli TV that this morning 30 rockets fell on Israel, including some on Haifa. No one was hurt. However, the fact that Hizballah (and Hamas) can fire rockets in broad daylight on Israel is very significant. Israel has spy ...
The Second Andrea Yates Verdict
ELAINE CASSEL
On Wednesday, July 26, after eleven hours of deliberation, a jury found Andrea Yates–who in 2001 drowned her five children — not guilty by reason of insanity. This was Yates’s second trial. In March 2002, a Texas jury deliberated only thre...
Where were the Warnings About St. Louis’s Ultra Storm?
DON FITZ
As clips of hurricane-strength winds uprooting trees across St. Louis in late July made national news, many commentators spoke of the awesome power of nature. But this storm was not an act of god. It was an act of Exxon-Mobile and its friends. And they are not god...
The War in Lebanon
RAMZY BAROUD
At first glance, history seems to repeat itself in Lebanon, where a lengthy cold war is intermittently interrupted by an extreme show of violence as traditional players quickly sprint into action, stacking their support behind one party or the other. News h...
The Invasion of Lebanon
URI AVNERY
Q. Who is winning this war? On the 15th day of the war, Hizbullah is functioning and fighting. That by itself will go down in the annals of the Arab peoples as a shining victory. When a featherweight boxer faces a heavyweight and is still standing in...
When Condi Came to Ramallah
RENEE BOWYER
West Bank, Palestine. Ramallah turned its back on the Secretary of State when she arrived for her exclusive meeting with the President of Palestine. A meeting that totally excluded the government of this struggling people. When we first dared the e...
Much Ado About Landis
DAVID PRICE
Most mornings I get up around five o’clock and I try and write for an hour. The last few Julys I’ve become absurdly addicted to watching and listening to live feeds of the Tour de France in the early hours of the west coast morning while I write. As a ...
Bull’s-Eye!
MIKE WHITNEY
"People do not forget. They do not forget the death of their fellows, they do not forget torture and mutilation, they do not forget injustice, they do not forget oppression, they do not forget the terrorism of mighty powers. They not only do...
Baghdad’s Death Squads, Official and Otherwise
PATRICK COCKBURN
Amman, Jordan. A barrage of rockets and mortar rounds exploded in the mainly Shia Karada neighbourhood in east Baghdad, killing 31 people and wounding 153. The attack yesterday came soon after President George Bush agreed to rush more US troops to Baghdad t...
Smoke Signals from the Battle of Bint Jbeil
ROBERT FISK
Qlaya, Southern Lebanon Is it possible – is it conceivable – that Israel is losing its war in Lebanon? From this hill village in the south of the country, I am watching the clouds of brown and black smoke rising from its latest disaster ...
The Lies Israel Tells Itself (And We Tell On Its Behalf)
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. When journalists use the word "apparently", or another favorite "reportedly", they are usually distancing themselves from an event or an interpretation in the supposed interests of "balance". But I think we should rea...
Power (Outage) to the People
MICKEY Z.
I slept on my fire escape one night last week but it wasn’t due to martial strife or a daredevil spirit. Rather, the sight of yours truly three flights up sporting boxer shorts and a death grip on the bars came courtesy of Con Edison (with a nod to Mayor Blo...
Operation "Save Israel’s High Command"
CHARLES GLASS
London. In 1982, an unusual sight appeared on the Mediterranean horizon. Like the death ship in Star Wars, a World War II battleship threatened the Lebanese shore. US naval spokesmen claimed the USS New Jersey was the most fearsome artillery platform on the...