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Archives from July 2006
Arrested for Failing to Obey a Lawful Order to Cease Protesting a Unlawful War
ED KINANE
Last Friday I was tried and found guilty in federal district court in alexandria, virginia for a civic action at the pentagon on march 20 — the first day of the fourth year of the u.s. invasion of iraq. My court statement follows. Your Honor: I...
Goodbye Mr. Zeidler, You Will Be Missed
KEVIN PROSEN
A link to the past was forever snapped last Friday when Frank Zeidler, the last in Milwaukee’s line of Socialist mayors that dominated city politics in the first half of the twentieth century, died at the age of 93. He held the position for three consecutive...
Secrecy and the Curtain of Oz
JOHN GRAHAM
Both President Bush and Vice-President Cheney all but accused the New York Times of treason last month when the Times and two other papers published an account of a secret government program to track bank transfers that might involve terrorist groups. Was their ir...
Israel’s Latest Bureaucratic Obscenity
JONATHAN COOK
The same malign intent from Israel towards the Palestinians is stamped through its history like the lettering in a children’s stick of seaside rock. But despite the consistent aim of Israeli policy, generation after generation of Western politicians, diploma...
Stop Blaming Pakistan
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Whose side is Washington on when it comes to Pakistan? The messages are confusing. On one hand the Pentagon submissions to Congress on June 28 concerning supply of F-16 combat aircraft to Pakistan state "Given its geo-strategic location and partnership in the...
Does a State of War Give Bush a Right to Commit War Crimes?
DAVE LINDORFF
Right-wing columnist Charles Krauthammer has weighed in against the Supreme Court’s latest ruling in Hamdan, claiming that the Court erred in barring President Bush from denying Guantanamo detainees the protections of the Third Geneva Convention. The basis f...
After 30 Years, a Wife Loses Her Right to Enter Israel
AMIRA HASS
"It must be a mistake, the caprice of a clerk at border control," Aadel Samara responded when his wife Enayeh informed him by phone on May 26 that her entry to Israel, through the Sheikh Hussein Terminal (near Beit She’an), was not permitted. There...
Iraq: Raped
RAED JARRAR
A few months ago, Abir Al-Janabi was just another 14-year-old Iraqi girl in a small town called Al-Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad. Both of her parents are from the Al-Janabi tribe, one of the biggest tribes with Sunni and Shia branches. Omar Al-Janabi, a ne...
Boeing’s Criminal Agreement
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
It was 3:36 p.m. on Friday June 30. The Friday before the July 4th holiday weekend. Reporters were on their way out of town. And into our e-mail box comes a press release from the Justice Department announcing that Boeing will not be criminall...
Bush’s New Cuba Plan
WAYNE S. SMITH
In May of 2004, the Bush Administration’s Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba issued an almost 500-page report that seemed to conclude the Castro government was virtually at the point of collapse. Just a few more nudges–a few more Radio Marti broa...
Why I Wear My Zidane Jersey
DAVE ZIRIN
Imagine Michael Jordan in his last game, with the score tied in overtime, knocking out his defender with a punch to the throat. Imagine Derek Jeter in game seven of the World Series, at bat with the bases loaded, thrashing the opposing team’s catcher over th...
The Last Free Fourth of July?
CLARE HANRAHAN
It’s the Fourth of July and the night sky will soon light up with corporate-sponsored fireworks, mimicking the sounds and flashes of the U.S.made bombs and missiles that bring death and destruction to Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. Tonight, to celeb...
The US of A and the Beautiful Game
FELICE PACE
It is amazing how quickly the US Mass Media can develop a common perspective. It’s as if they spend too much time listening to each other and not enough time looking about; when one major outlet develops an anglethat sounds good all others rush to follow in ...
A One-Sided War
URI AVNERY
That’s it. The world cup is over and now the public can return to less important matters, such as the daily killing and destruction, the captured soldier, the launching of Qassam rockets and everything else connected with our invasion of Gaza. The ver...
Courting Doom
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Finding itself in Republican sights and with no Democratic power center to offer protection, National Public Radio is turning into an upscale version of Fox "News." Nevertheless, information still gets out if the listener is sufficiently attentive. ...
The War in Iraq
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
At the heart of what is often touted as the mightiest empire in world history, it’s not a pretty sight at the start of July. After a few chipmunk squeaks from the White House a couple of weeks ago about there being somehow a glimmer of light at the end of th...
Towards a Radical Youth Movement
RON JACOBS
From August 4th through the 7th, a new incarnation of Students for a Democratic Society (...
Bush’s Stunning Admission to Larry King: "I Do It All Over Again"
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Have I missed an article about this or did nobody tune to "Larry King Live" for King’s "exclusive" and "candid" conversation with George and Laura Bush last Thursday night? I couldn’t watch because everything about the res...
Electoral Fraud and Rebellion in Mexico
ROGER BURBACH
Over half a million people took to the streets of Mexico City on Saturday to protest the fraudulent election of Felipe Calderon. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the real winner of the presidential election, told the huge crowd, "the elections were fraudulent fro...
Sectarian Flames
JOSHUA FRANK
It was just last month when President Bush assured the world that the situation in Iraq was dramatically improving. Sectarian tensions were going to relax as a result of Zarqawi’s overly publicized death. As Bush put it bluntly, the death of Zarqawi served a...
Dumping Musharraf
CONN HALLINAN
There is a whiff of "regime change" in the air these days, but not where you might expect it. Not in Iraq, where the conservative U.S.-backed Shiites are already in power. Not in Iran, where White House threats have served to unite, rather than divide, t...
Boots Down at the Rio Grande
GREG MOSES
In Operation Jump Start, the National Guard is engaging in a federal mission of law enforcement and anti-terrorism that under the Posse Comitatus Act would require authorization by Congress, if we had a Congress capable of saying anything in the face of escalating...
Afghanistan is No One’s War
JOHN CHUCKMAN
A summary of events leading to the invasion of Afghanistan is helpful. Following 9/11, the Taleban government said it would extradite Osama bin Laden if the U.S. could produce evidence against him. This is the approach taken by the courts of every Western c...
Is North Korea Bush’s Most Reliable Ally?
PIERRE TRISTAM
There is of course no danger of a Kim Jong Il-starred missile ever grazing so much as a Pentagon radar’s anxieties: North Korea is a nation where even ants starve and technology runs on the digestive clockwork of oxen. Its ability to fire off an ICBM that co...
Mexico’s Fear of Democracy
MARK ENGLER
Mexico City. As the results of the July 2 presidential elections in Mexico head to the courts, it could be several days or even weeks before the final winner is determined. The current vote counts have given a razor thin advantage to Felipe Calderón ...
A Republic or an Empire?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Gentle reader, did you know that in April President Bush went to Stanford University to speak to the Hoover Institution fellows at the invitation of former Secretary of State George Shultz but was not allowed on campus? The Stanford students got wind of it and blo...
Command Rape
DAVID SWANSON
Suzanne Swift’s story begins in an all-too-familiar way. A dead-end job, a friendly military recruiter, a promise that signing-up as military police would mean no deployment to Iraq, a broken promise, and a trip to war. Then it takes a less commonly heard of...
Globalizing the Occupation
JAMAL JUMA'
This year the 9th of July is a bitter day for Palestinians. The Occupation Army besieges Gaza, massacres its people and attacks its infrastructure. The ghettos of the West Bank take shape as the Apartheid Wall edges closer to completion and the Palestinian exodus ...
When War Criminals Retire
STEPHEN GREEN
George Bush just celebrated his 60th birthday, and in his rare free moments, it would be natural for him to begin to consider how–and where–he’ll spend his time after leaving office. He seems to enjoy the ranch in Texas, and will of course be inv...
The Spiral of Violence
HEATHER GRAY
We have recently been accosted by the photo of the dead Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in newspapers and on television throughout the country. It was rather like a dreadful wild west trophy of sorts. The message was, "don’t challenge US supremacy or this is what ...
French Soccer and the Future of Europe
DAVE ZIRIN And JOHN COX
The story of the 2006 World Cup has been the resurrection of France. After a lackluster performance in its first two games, the French team shocked the football watching world–otherwise known as "the world"–by upsetting Spain and then dethron...
Deep Sexing the News
LUCINDA MARSHALL
The picture in the paper of the young soldier being led away in handcuffs bore an eerie resemblance to the pictures of Lynndie England at her trial. Both young, scared and perhaps not truly sure of what they had done wrong. Like England, who suffered from learning...
2008 Might Be Too Late
RON JACOBS
If George Bush were to be impeached, would it make any difference? Whenever I receive emails or mass mailings that bring up the topic of Bush’s impeachment, that is the question I asked. So, it was with some curiosity that I began reading the book ...
The Wail of the Oceans
RALPH NADER
Millions of Americans will enjoy the ocean beaches this coming weekend. Tens of millions live within a few miles of the Atlantic and the Pacific. Yet if they could, these oceans would be crying out for help. Just a few days ago, another foreboding peril was...
Mexico’s Election Lacks Credibility
LAURA CARLSEN
Mexico’s official vote count unfolded more like a suspense novel than an electoral process yesterday. Commentators and common citizens sat poised at television or computer screens as Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s two-and-a-half point lead...
Cannabis is a First-Line Treatment for Childhood Mental Disorders
Dr. TOD MIKURIYA
In 1996, California legalized cannabis as a treatment for "any… condition for which marijuana brings relief." Although the law does not constrain physicians from approving the use of cannabis by children and adolescents, the state medical board has...
Cannabis Without Euphoria?
FRED GARDNER
The International Cannabinoid Research Society held its 16th annual meeting June 24-28 at a hotel on the shores of Lake Balaton, about 80 miles southwest of Budapest. Most of the 350 registrants were scientists -chemists, pharmacologists- employed by universities ...
Don’t Discount a Recount
MICHAEL LETTIERI
Late Thursday afternoon, after a lengthy re-tallying process, Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute officially declared the ruling PAN party candidate, Felipe Calderón as the winner of the country’s presidential elections. In the words of Luis Ca...
What I’m Listening To This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
  The Handsome Family: In The Air (Carrot Top Records) Murder ballads, pitch-perfect harmonies, and surrealist prairie music recorded in a garage on a Mac. Literate, accomplished and just a...
Anatomy of a Fraud Foretold
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. Mexican elections are stolen before, during, and after Election Day. Just look at what happened in the days leading up to the tightest presidential election in the nation’s history this past July 2nd. By law, the parties and their ...
Nationalize the Defense Industry!
JOHN STANTON
In 1969 John Kenneth Galbraith penned a piece for the New York Times titled The Big Defense Firms Are Really Public Firms and Should be Nationalized arguing, among other things, that it was folly for defense contractors to claim that they were private corporations...
Impeachment Comes to Main Street, USA
ED ADELMAN And DAVE LINDORFF
So, just how does Impeach Bush play out on Main Street, USA? One indication was the now famous 21st Annual July 4th Boom Box Parade along Main Street in Willimantic, CT. The 20,000 people of this former mill town in northeastern Connecticut town are a gritt...
To Be Or Not To Be A State?
WILLIAM S. LIND
When Hamas won the Palestinian elections, a highly successful Fourth Generation entity became a state. No doubt that was one of Hamas’s highest aspirations. But by becoming a state, it became far more vulnerable to other states than it was as a non-state ent...
The Politics of the Minimum Wage
RALPH NADER
Whatever led to the metastasis of corporate demons inside the brain of the Democratic Party over the last thirty years, it has paid off the business establishment. The cost of freezing the minimum wage has deprived millions of working Americans of trillions of dol...
Profiting from the Occupation
NICK DEARDEN
We hear little from the Palestinian Occupied Territories other than endless death, destruction, poverty and despair. While living standards plummet and the death toll rockets, it’s difficult to imagine a less likely place to make a profit. But despite the hu...
Cambodia Then; Gaza Now
LARAY POLK
On July 4, 2006, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights issued a press release: An Israeli helicopter gunship had fired a second rocket on the Islamic University campus in Gaza; Atfaluna institute for children with hearing disabilities was damaged due to sonic bo...
Farewell Sleater-Kinney
JOSHUA FRANK
These days, as commercial rock n’ roll speeds head-on into the dumpster, it’s hard to imagine getting upset about some rock band splitting up. Certainly there are plenty of moments when I think more wannabe Joey Ramones should unplug their guitars and ...
Who Mourned the Victims of US Covert War on Chile?
SAUL LANDAU
On Memorial Day, I read the following in a Chilean magazine: "In November 1977, ‘Mamo’ [General Manuel Contreras, chief of DINA, Chile's Secret Police and Intelligence] asked him to cook up a bacteria soup to ‘incapacitate’ Mena [Gener...
And Israel Shall Be Safe Again
RAMZY BAROUD
The June 25 Palestinian fighters’ raid on an Israeli military post near the Gaza-Egypt border has sent Israel "scrambling to defend itself," the voice of a BBC news reporter declared on the evening news. The report was followed by an unchal...
Mystery Meat
PAUL D. JOHNSON
Salina, Kansas. The U.S. economy manages to follow the law and label every electronic gadget and stitch of clothing with where it comes from. Manufacturers likewise have no trouble putting a required nutrition list on food packages. But telling where food o...