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Archives from October 2006
The Meaning of Lula’s Victory
ROGER BURBACH
Luis Inácio "Lula" da Silva’s resounding electoral victory with over 60 percent of the vote places Brazilian politics on a new footing. While many on the left remain critical of Lula for the limited reforms of his first term, his very victor...
A No-Win Elecion for Women
SUNSARA TAYLOR
Last week George Bush, in a campaign season when many Republican candidates are choosing not to appear together with such an unpopular president, made a point of standing alongside Don Sherwood. The reason for Bush’s special visit is that Sherwood, a Republi...
Vote for James H. ‘Jim’
NIRANJ ...
My son is taking a class on ‘Elements of Comedy’ at his school this quarter. Hearing him talk of distinctions between ‘ridiculous’ and ‘ludicrous’, ‘preposterous’ and ‘absurd’, all of which we had in our...
Those Damned Democrats
SHARON SMITH
In the final countdown to the November 7 election, Democrats.com has already begun celebrating. Calling for candle light vigils outside polling stations across the nation on election night, the website’s blue-clad supporters will bear moral witness against v...
Targeting Nicaraguans’ Stomachs
BEN BEACHY
Imagine the following: you and your family decide to remodel your kitchen. Your neighbor, also the principal at your children’s elementary school, hears of the plan and immediately states his opposition. He argues that the remodeling project is not the sort ...
Freedom to the Detained; Punishment for the Assassins
Subcomandante MARCOS
OFFICIAL NOTICE OF THE REVOLUTIONARY INDIGENOUS CLANDESTINE COMMITTEE – MILITARY COMMAND OF ZAPATISTA ARMY OF NATIONAL LIBERATION. MEXICO. 30 OF OCTOBER OF 2006. TO THE TOWNS OF MEXICO: TO THE TOWNS OF THE WORLD: TO ALL THE OTHERS IN MEXICO AND NORTH ...
Nine Words
EDWARD HUMES
When Ronald Reagan convinced the nation that the nine most dangerous words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help, the Gipper knew better, even if his audience didn’t. Reagan was a member of the WW II generation...
The Third and Final Act: Attacking Iran
WILLIAM S. LIND
The third and final act in the national tragedy that is the Bush administration may soon play itself out. The Okhrana reports increasing indications of "something big" happening between the election and Christmas. That could be the long-planned attack on...
Democratic Candidate’s Wife Asks Sheehan Not to Protest the Iraq War
STEPHEN S. PEARCY
When America’s leading anti-war activist, Cindy Sheehan, got a phone call last week from Jan Brown, wife of Democratic Congressional candidate, Charles D. ("Charlie") Brown, the last thing in the world Cindy expected was a plea from Ms. Brown, &quo...
Bush Opens National Parks to Bio-Prospecting
MICHAEL COLBY
We interrupt this election season to remind you who really has control of the government, the land and our lives: U.S. corporations. So while the two parties put on their best seductive dance for prospective voters in November, the merry corporations just keep rol...
Who’s Afraid of an Iranian Bomb?
URI AVNERY
At the height of the epic Battle of Britain in 1940, when British airmen were killed at an appalling rate ("never was so much owed by so many to so few"), an official in charge of propaganda had a bright idea to raise morale. On the walls at the Royal Ai...
The Veil and the British Male Elite
ALI KHAN
In line with the feminist bumper sticker "Well-behaved women do not make history," Aishah Azmi, a Muslim woman born in Cardiff and raised in Birmingham, is determined to disobey the British male elite and make history. Azmi fully veils her face in the pu...
The Natural Step for Eco-Villages
TIM MONTAGUE
Sweden has a penchant for safety and cleanliness. Swedes invented the Volvo, one of the safest automobiles. Volvos are built to minimize harm to passengers during accidents, and they are built without toxic flame retardants. Swedes invented the safety- match and d...
The Obscene Views of Avigdor Lieberman
AKIVA ELDAR
The prevalent comparison between Avigdor Lieberman and Joerg Haider does an injustice to the Austrian nationalist whose party joined the government in the winter of 2000. Haider is far from being a righteous man, but even in his most fascist days, he never called ...
I Was Wrong About Thomas Friedman, the World’s Wealthiest Pundit
NORMAN SOLOMON
Last week my column was a parody of how Thomas Friedman writes about the global economy. Since then, I’ve learned that I was in error on a matter that shines some light on the worldview of the syndicated New York Times col...
Dirty Bombs Over Lebanon
ROBERT FISK
Did Israel use a secret new uranium-based weapon in southern Lebanon this summer in the 34-day assault that cost more than 1,300 Lebanese lives, most of them civilians? We know that the Israelis used American "bunker-buster" bombs on HizbollahR...
Liberal Doormats: Tread on Us
LANCE SELFA
The self-styled "Democratic wing of the Democratic Party"–the liberals who try to rally the Democratic base for every election–are always the good soldiers. In a party increasingly consumed with offering a Republican-Lite agenda, they ...
Evil in the Valley
BRIAN DOWNING
For several months now, there have been troubling reports of a number of Iraqi civilians murdered over the past year by American troops. The military has recently indicted several soldiers and marines. Not all the evidence is at hand and no one has been convicted....
European Islamophobia
LEE SUSTAR
European politicians from London to Moscow are bashing Islam and immigrants, legitimizing politics previously limited to the anti-immigrant extreme right. The latest high-profile venture in Islamophobia is taking place in Britain, where Labour Party ministe...
Normalizing Torture
BRUCE JACKSON
Let’s start with the definition of torture in the 1984 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, to which the United States is a party. Torture, the Convention says, is any act by which severe pain or suffering...
The Death of Empathy
ROBERT JENSEN
One of the most devastating consequences of unearned privilege — both for those of us on top and, for very different reasons, those who suffer beneath — is the death of empathy. Too many people with privileges of various kinds — based on...
Hogwash
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
I grew up south of Indianapolis on the glacier-smoothed plains of central Indiana. My grandparents owned a small farm, whittled down over the years to about 40 acres of bottomland, in some of the most productive agricultural land in America. Like many of their nei...
Perversions of Power
DAVID ROSEN
The Mark Foley scandal places in stark relief the moral hypocrisy that underscores the Bush administration’s attitude toward sexuality and power. Foley has rationalized his inappropriate (if not illegal) behavior with adolescent boys behind what some media p...
On Peters and Principles
RUSS FINE And DEE FINE
On Friday, September 29th, Congressman Mark Foley (R, Florida,) resigned in sordid shame. Years from now, he may be immortalized as nothing more than a name on a political trivia game card as the Janus-faced congressional crusader who, as Chairman of the House Cau...
Oppression Affects All People
MAURUS CHINO
Years ago, in more simple and personal times, I decided to write a letter to then U.S. Congressman Manuel Lujan, regarding the first Oñate Statue that is currently on display in Alcade, NM. It was not an easy thing to do, as I had never taken part in any so...