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Archives from July 2006
The Power of Arrogance
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
For all the cries of outrage and shock over what is happening in the Middle East, is there really much difference between the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and the Israeli attacks on Lebanon? A familiar parody of the Cartesian mindset is on display once mor...
Hillary’s White House Ticket
JOSEPH GROSSO
A timeless clique regarding politicians, as heard in old Brooklyn (before its current awful phase as a yuppie haven) minus several expletives goes something like this: "All dem bums are crooks". One would like to believe the statement is too general and ...
9/11 Nablus
GALE COUREY TOENSING
Nablus. For anyone who witnessed the results of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center buildings in New York City, the scene was horrifyingly familiar, albeit on a smaller scale. The first evidence of the devastation was seen and felt blocks...
Notes from a Free Fire Zone
RAMZI KYSIA
Beirut. Watching the news today in my grandfather’s home in Lebanon, all I want to do is weep. Until today, I was cautiously optimistic. Until today, there were some positive developments in the politics of this war. It seems almost obscene to...
Israel’s Man at the UN
TOM BARRY
John Bolton has proved to be the right man for the job. As UN ambassador, Bolton has clearly and consistently projected the White House’s Middle East policies, especially the administration’s unwavering support for Israel. As international crit...
Squeezing the Last Drops from Palestine
RICHARD HARTH
New Orleans. Thirsty in New Orleans On Sunday, August 29th of last year, the hurricane we’d been watching metastasize in the Gulf of Mexico crossed from sea to land, disfiguring and permanently altering the city of New Orleans. Our beloved and ...
Lebanon and the Future of the Antiwar Movment
SHARON SMITH
Israel’s indiscriminate-yet thoroughly systematic-slaughter of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians should be a moment of truth for the U.S. left. The fact that "about 55 percent of all casualties at the Beirut Government University Hospital are children ...
Israel’s New Middle East
TANYA REINHART
Tel Aviv. Beirut is burning, hundreds of Lebanese die, hundreds of thousands lose all they ever owned and become refugees, and all the world is doing is rescuing the "foreign passport" residents of what was just two weeks ago "the Paris of th...
Japan’s New Militarists
CHRISTOPHER REED
The world’s second biggest economy is still Japan, yet for all its apparent modernity and embrace of the latest technologies, when it comes to politics the nation remains entangled in a twilight world of ghosts gone by. Its most recent example is remi...
Castro at 80
SAUL LANDAU
Televised contemporary events marginalize the role of history. TV broadcasts death from Lebanon, Gaza and Israel, but paid scant attention to the 53rd anniversary of Cuba’s revolutionary beginning. On July 26, 1953, Fidel Castro led 150 plus men to capture t...
Hoosier Hooey
WERTHER
Indiana, once deemed by National Lampoon to be the country’s most boring state, is nevertheless the hatchery of two notable American bards, Booth Tarkington and Theodore Dreiser. Based on recent news reports, a third Hoosier spinner of tales is poised to joi...
Can the Crime Justify the Act?
YUSUF MANSUR
Thirteen years ago, my encounter with an Israeli family in the US left me with a hope for peace and a better tomorrow for all. Today, it pains me to think that their child, who played for countless hours with my son, may be the one who is dropping bombs on the chi...
Justice Delayed is Murder, and a War Crime
BARBARA OLSHANKY
The dramatic Supreme Court decision last month declaring the Bush administration’s Guantanamo military tribunals scheme to be lawless and unconstitutional, is a landmark ruling that strikes a powerful blow for liberty. Hamdan v. Rumsfeld represents our democ...
How the Irish Invented Dudes
DANIEL CASSIDY
Dude, n.,a dapper dandy; a ‘swell,’ an affected, fastidious fop; a city slicker at a dude ranch. “Origin unknown.” (Barnhart Dictionary of English Etymology, 305.) Dúd, (pron. dood),...
Applauding While Lebanon Burns
NORMAN SOLOMON
Syndicated columnist Richard Cohen declared in the Washington Post on Tuesday that an-eye-for-an-eye would be a hopelessly wimpy policy for the Israeli government. "Anyone who knows anything about the Middle East knows that proportionality is madness,&...
Is Beirut Burning?
URI AVNERY
Tel Aviv – "IT SEEMS that Nasrallah survived," Israeli newspapers announced, after 23 tons of bombs were dropped on a site in Beirut, where the Hizbullah leader was supposedly hiding in a bunker. An interesting formulation. A few ...
Beirut as Munich
ROBERT FISK
Beirut. How brave our warships looked at dawn. Spread over the pale blue Mediterranean, bristling with cannons and machine guns and missiles, it was an armada led by the destroyer HMS Gloucester and the USS Nashville and York and the sleek French anti-subma...
Beware Iraqi Leaders Bearing Good News
PATRICK COCKBURN
AMMAN – On a bend in the Tigris river in north Baghdad people try to prevent their children seeing the headless and tortured bodies which drift ashore every day. The number of civilians being killed in Iraq may top 1,000 a week in July after reachi...
Is There a Stronger Word Than “Hypocrisy”?
WILLIAM BLUM
There are times when I think that this tired old world has gone on a few years too long. What’s happening in the Middle East is so depressing. Most discussions of the eternal Israel-Palestine conflict are variations on the childR...
Bankers Fear World Economic Meltdown
GABRIEL KOLKO
On June 15 we published GABRIEL KOLKO’s essay on the enormous instability of the world’d financial system. In the ensuing weeks Professor Kolko has enlarged his analysis, and here we offer our readers his updated version. AC / JSC ...
Israel?s Invasion Pretext Under Fire
JOSHUA FRANK
As Lebanon continues to be pounded by Israeli bombs and munitions, the justification for Israel’s invasion is treading on very thin ice. It has become general knowledge that it was Hezbollah guerillas that first kidnapped two IDF soldi...
The Detention of Ghazi Walid Falah
DAVID NALLY
On the 9 July, 2006 Professor Ghazi Walid Falah–a professional geographer who holds dual Arab-Israeli and Canadian citizenship and is a University Lecturer at the University of Akron in Ohio–was arrested by the Israeli authorities near Haifa in norther...
Arrested in Istanbul
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Instanbul. Queuing to pay for my lunch on Monday at the cash register of a diner here in Istanbul where I live, the customer in front turned to me and said|: "You’re that Englishman, aren’t you? I saw you on the TV last night. You work at Y...
Primetime Lies from the American Media
JONATHAN COOK
NAZARETH – This week I had the pleasure to appear on American radio, on the Laura Ingraham show, pitted against David Horowitz, a "Semite supremacist" who most recently made his name under the banner of Campus Watch, leading McCarthyite witch-...
Chronology of the Latest Crisis in the Middle East
SHARAT G. LIN
The Bush administration, Congress, and the press repeatedly  echo the Israeli government’s  position that the current warfare between Israel versus Palestinians and Lebanese is a consequence of the “kidnapping”...