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Archives from November 2006
The Thermodynamics of 9/11
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
When hijacked airliners crashed into the tall Towers of the World Trade Center, in New York City, each injected a burning cloud of aviation fuel throughout the 6 levels (WTC 2) to 8 levels (WTC 1) in the impact zone. The burning fuel ignited the office furnishings...
SASC-ing Robert Gates
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Robert Gates will start the constitutionally required Senate confirmation process to become secretary of defense at the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Dec. 5. However, what that committee calls an inquiry into his fitness for office will, instead, be an...
Big Pharma and the Pill
PETER ROST, MD
The world changed when "The Pill" arrived. Everyone talked about this event, and some people feared what this liberator would do to humanity. The amazing part is how those two innocuous words came to represent a human revolution. Of course you k...
The War Crimes Case Against Rumsfeld
MICHAEL RATNER
On November 14, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the International Federation for Human Rights, Germany’s R...
Debunking the Myths of 9/11
ALEXANDER COCKBURN and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
In this file we make available our series of articles, exclusive to our newsletter or this website, undertaken in the fall of 2006, criticizing the theories of the 9/11 conspiracists, who propose that, in the words of their slogan, “9/11 was an inside job”....
Digging In and Digging Deep
ROBERT JENSEN
[Remarks to the first in a series of "Last Sunday" community gatherings in Austin, TX, November 26, 2006.] We billed Last Sunday as a place for people to come together to explore the intersections of the political, artistic, and spiritual. The ide...
Freedom Air
MICHAEL DONNELLY
The unwarranted removal of passengers from a domestic air flight has triggered an investigation, a discrimination complaint and a national protest. Flying While Muslim On Tuesday November 21, six Muslim clerics were removed from a US Airways...
Genocide or Erasure of Palestinians
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
During an appearance in late October on Ireland’s Pat Kenny radio show, a popular national program broadcast daily on Ireland’s RTE Radio, we were asked as the opening question if Israel could be compared to Nazi Germany. Not across the board, we said,...
Missing Canada’s Health Care System in Tucson
SOL LITTMAN
Ever since my wife and I chose to leave Canada and settle in Tucson, we have been amazed and angered by the distortions and misrepresentations in the American media of Canada’s government-funded, one-payer medical system. For most of my adult life, I...
Bush’s Big Indonesian Photo-Op
BEN TERRALL And JOHN M. MILLER
On his return from last week’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam, President Bush briefly touched down in Indonesia on November 20. Protests against the visit were held across the archipelago, demonstrating popular outrage against the...
An Evening in Jounieh
URI AVNERY
During the first Lebanon war, I visited Jounieh, a town some 20 km north of Beirut. At the time, it served as a port for the Christian forces. It was an exciting evening. In spite of the war raging in nearby Beirut, Jounieh was full of life. The Christian e...
Ecuador and the Contradictions of Chavismo
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
It now looks as if Rafael Correa, a leftist candidate in Ecuador, has handily won his country’s presidential election. As of Monday morning, with about 21 percent of the ballot counted, Correa had 65 percent compared to 35 percent for Alvaro Noboa, according...
Would Jesus Get Out of Iraq?
WILLIAM BLUM
The good news is that the Republicans lost. The bad news is that the Democrats won. The burning issue — US withdrawal from Iraq — remains as far from resolution as before. A clear majority of Americans are opposed to the war and a...
The Curious Origins of Political Hacktivism
JULIAN ASSANGE
Real hacktivism is at least as old as October 1989 when the US Deptartment of Energy and NASA machines world wide were penetrated by the anti-nuclear WANK worm. The worm was the second ever to be unleashed, but its provenance was a curious contrast to its forebear...
Reclaiming America
RAMZY BAROUD
The Democrats’ ascendancy within the US Congress could signal the regaining by the public, of its country’s direction. The astounding results of the US Congressional elections of 7 November were undoubtedly a welcome sign of change, not in the A...
A Way Worth Living For
MICHELE NAAR-OBED
Dear Judge Hovland, Thank you for making the arrangements for me to visit Greg in jail after you sentenced him to a year and a day in federal prison. The jail officials had been rather adament in their unwillingness to allow me to visit, so your interventio...
Factors in Our Colossal Mess
GABRIEL KOLKO
These are dismal days for those who attempt to run the affairs of the world. But how should we understand it? It would be a basic error to look at our present situation as if it were rationally comprehensible. The limits of rational explanations are that th...
India on 20 Cents a Day
ASEEM SHRIVASTAVA
The World Bank–which has to be applauded for having made the first such attempt ­started making international comparisons of poverty only about two decades back. For obvious reasons of convenience it developed two simple notions of poverty. The US Treasu...
Striving of His Day Days
ADAM ENGEL
The "Puppets of Weltschmerz" played hard steely club music, hate chords, music of the Angry Young. They were lead singer/songwriter and guitarist, JayDee, his brother, guitarist Carl, the giant Samoan, Jake, on drums, and Kringe, an old army friend of Ca...
The Trouble with the Bubble
RALPH NADER
The torrid pace of risks and valuations reached a new level in the business known as Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). Required by federal law to pass on most of their earnings to their shareholders, REIT shares have been going up and up for eight straight ye...
What We’re Listening to This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR And DAVID VEST
Scott Miller and the Commonwealth: Citation (Sugar Hill) ...
A Gay Outing for Democratic Voters
SAUL LANDAU
The Reverend Elmer Gantry was reading an illustrated pink periodical devoted to prize-fighters and chorus girls in his room at Elizabeth J. Schmutz Hall late of an afternoon when two large men walked in without knocking. "Why, good evening...
Pitting the West Against Islam
M. SHAHID ALAM
It is tempting to celebrate the creation of Israel as a great triumph, perhaps the greatest in Jewish history. Indeed, the history of Israel has often been read as the heroic saga of a people marked for extinction, who emerged from Nazi death camps–from Ausc...
The Rout and the Honeymoon
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It was a short honeymoon. Barely a week. If you’re in bed with George Bush it’s long enough. On the day following the rout of November 7, George held a press conference in which he announced he’d lied to the public the preceding week when ...
Contingency and Counter-Contingency in Venezuela
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
Anyone paying attention to the Venezuelan press in recent weeks will not be able to ignore a shift in the tenor of the electoral campaign. Weeks and months of straightforward campaign rhetoric and poll results has given way to a more sinister tone, as the discussi...