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Archives from September 2006
Oil Trip: Nigeria, Chad, Liberia
EMIRA WOODS
It is almost impossible to imagine, as we sit in a well-lit, fully functioning gas station on Main Street, USA, that a community blessed with oil riches under its soil could look as impoverished as Yenagoa in the Nigerian state of Bayelsa. Yenagoa is the s...
Bad Faith and the Destruction of Palestine
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. A mistake too often made by those examining Israel’s behaviour in the occupied territories — or when analysing its treatment of Arabs in general, or interpreting its view of Iran — is to assume that Israel is acting in good faith...
Chavez’s Reading, Bush’s Reading
BRUCE JACKSON
Very soon after Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez recommended Noam Chomsky’s Hegemo...
Mommy, What’s Waterboarding?
DAVID SWANSON
Remember the great harm done to the moral core of our nation when, according to the excited news reports following Kenneth Starr’s great work in life, children were asking their parents what oral sex was? Neither do I. But children can now ask their parents ...
The Sanctuary Illusion
WILLIAM S. LIND
At America’s behest, Pakistan sent its army into the tribal territories along its northwest frontier. Predictably, its army got beaten. The Pakistani government has now signed a truce with the tribes in North Waziristan, a wise move given that governmentR...
Israel Sends in the Clowns
MICHAEL J. SMITH
Does it seem implausible that one might actually feel sympathy for a professor at the University of Chicago? So I would have thought; but as John Mearsheimer got the waterboard treatment from Martin Indyk and Dennis Ross last night at New York’s Cooper Union...
Inside America’s Nursing Homes
EVELYN PRINGLE
Residents in nursing homes are some of the most vulnerable and helpless citizens in the US, with nearly 1.7 million elderly and disabled persons residing in about 17,000 facilities. And as difficult as it is to believe in this day and age, there is indisputable ev...
America Has Just Lost Two More Wars
JOHN CHUCKMAN
For a country which takes excessive pride in flags, uniforms, and marching bands and spends more than the rest of the planet combined on its military, the record of America’s forces since World War II is depressing. In dozens of quickie invasions against wea...
Political Corruption in Israel
URI AVNERY
HAD HAMLET been a reserve soldier in the Israeli army, he might now declare: "Something is rotten in the State of Israel!" And indeed, something is rotten - * The President of the State refuses to suspend himself, in face of ei...
Elmo Will Not Save You
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
Just returned from a run around the National Mall. Party tents are going up. Getting ready for the National Book Festival on Saturday. Hosted by...
Bush and Islam
NICOLA NASSER
Ramallah. The wide gap between U.S. President George W. Bush’s words and deeds vis-à-vis Islam and Muslims doomed to failure his speech at the United nations on September 19, which could neither appease Muslims nor pacify the ever growing Islam...
Finding My Way Back to Church … and Getting Kicked Out
ROBERT JENSEN
This past year, after decades of steadfastly avoiding churches of all kinds, I returned to church. Ironically, and completely by coincidence, I returned to a Presbyterian church, the denomination in which I was raised and to which I swore — in both senses of...
The Flaws in the Military Commissions Act
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
Let me be clear: I welcome efforts to bring terrorists to justice. It is about time. This Administration has too long been distracted by the war in Iraq from the fight against al Qaeda. We need a renewed focus on the terrorist networks that present the greatest th...
A Left Challenge to Lula
LEE SUSTAR
When Lula won the presidential elections in late 2002, Brazil’s workers and poor looked forward to a new era. After a history of extreme social inequality, reinforced by long periods of military dictatorship in the 20th century, Brazil had elected as preside...
A Final Explosion Looms
PATRICK COCKBURN
Mosul. Across northern Iraq people are voting with their feet. In and around Mosul, the third-largest Iraqi city, some 70,000 Kurds have fled their homes so far this year. Many have run away after receiving an envelope with a bullet inside and a note tellin...
Don’t Disappear Into a Black Hole
ANDREW WIMMER
This is a simple appeal addressed to anyone who has read about United States secret detention and torture in the past year and thought, "This has got to stop." Over the course of the next 48 hours we all need to show up at the offices of our Senators and...
Failing Haiti
BEN TERRALL
As Haiti’s recent political history has swung back and forth between popularly elected governments and right-wing U.S.-backed dictatorships, the Haitian movement for popular democracy has maintained its resilience in the face of horrific odds. Throug...
Tax Burdens and Cheaters in the Rockies
PAT WILLIAMS
Except for his loquacious southern accent, one could have mistaken his words as those of a Rocky Mountain westerner. "Don’t tax him, don’t tax me, tax the fellow behind that tree." That piece of political realism came from a wiley old senator...
Weyrich on the Patriot Act
JAMES RIDGEWAY And ALICIA NG
Of the three men credited with launching the New Right in the late 1970s, Paul Weyrich is without question the most important. The other two were Dick Viguerie, the right wing direct mail whiz, and Howard Phillips, head of the poverty program in the Nixon administ...
Where Are the Mass Protests?
JOE ALLEN
By every conceivable measure, the antiwar movement in the United States should be a vibrant, mass movement. Forty percent or less of the U.S. population gives the Bush administration a favorable job rating; other polls show that two-thirds of Americans thi...
Giving Terrorism a Reason to Exist
CAMILO MEJIA
According to a report by 16 U.S. Spy agencies leaked to The New York Times, the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped create more global terrorism and energize jihadist ideology throughout the world since the 9/11 attacks. The intelligence report, comple...
Rumsfeld’s AutoCarterization
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
A recent report in "Aviation Week" (Sept 25, 2006) leads by saying, "The U.S. Air Force is planning to reduce funding for pilot training and construction around the globe, although Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley says he ...
Mohammed’s Sword
URI AVNERY
Since the days when Roman Emperors threw Christians to the lions, the relations between the emperors and the heads of the church have undergone many changes. Constantine the Great, who became Emperor in the year 306–exactly 1700 years ago–encour...
Torturing the Obvious
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
The New York Times reports that a National Intelligent Estimate (NIE) from April 2006 concludes the Iraq War has actually increased Islamic radicalism. You don’t say! Americans want to know why our bombing, devastating and occupying a country that has done u...
If It’s Election Season, It Must Be Time for a Terror Alert
WILLIAM BLUM
"President Bush said the United States is still under the threat of attack and will continue to be right up until Election Day." – Jay Leno Hand-in-hand with his threat warnings, Bush keeps telling us how ...