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Archives from July 2006
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...