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Archives from November 2006
The War on Us
FRED GARDNER
The damage wreaked by products and procedures foisted on the American people by pharmaceutical and "health care" corporations is incalculable. This week the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study showing that 300,000 unnecessary ba...
Women in the Israeli Army
CHRISTIANE PASSEVANT
and LARRY PORTIS The refusnik movement is one of the few encouraging developments in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Given the overwhelming support of Western governments to a Jewish fundamentalist state, and especially the billions of dollars in annual financi...
Return to District 8
DANIEL WOLFF
District 8 is the name of the area we’ve been filming for the past year; it includes the Lower 9th Ward and the Holy Cross District, both east of the industrial canal from downtown New Orleans. Pre-Katrina, the median household income was $20,916, a...
The Washington Post’s Campaign Against Social Security
SETH SANDRONSKY
A Washington Post reporter has a problem with Social Security. She wrote that "the rising costs of Social Security and government health-care programs" are on tap as subject for debate in future talks between the GOP and Democrats in Congress. Med...
The Arrest of Journalist Freddie Muñoz
JAMES J. BRITTAIN
Shedding light on issues of government corruption, state officials indirectly involved in the violation of its own citizens’ rights, or sectors of the nation’s elite hiring killers to eliminate their adversaries would, in many countries, be on the fron...
Native Resurgence Spurs Hope
BRIAN McKENNA
A few days ago my 4th grade daughter came home with a 20 question "Thanksgiving Quiz" very disappointed at her failing grade. We looked it over and noticed not one question about Indians, a topic she knows well. But I quickly noticed that there were two ...
How to Let Lebanon Live
CHARLES GLASS
Everyone in Lebanon knows someone who has been assassinated. We also know people who may soon be assassinated. Israel wants to murder the Hizballah leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah–just as it killed his predecessor with his wife and son in 1992. Syria’s...
A Prayer in Paradise
GIDEON LEVY
The kindergarten teacher is lying on a stretcher, covered with blood. The minibus is parked alongside. From somewhere to the left, the army cannon is firing shells. The children are lying on the ground next to one another. That is how one of the children described...
Syria as Fallguy for Gemayel’s Death
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Commentators and columnists are agreed. Pierre Gemayel’s assassination must have been the handiwork of Syria because his Christian Phalangists have been long-time allies of Israel and because, as industry minister, he was one of the leading ...
The UN Fails Haiti, Again
KIM IVES
On Friday, November 18, 1803, the decisive battle of the Haitian revolution was fought at Vertières, just outside the northern city of Cap Français. There, General Jean-Jacques Dessalines led the revolutionary army of former slaves to rout Napoleon&#...
Build a Fire on Main Street
RON JACOBS
A little more than thirty-seven years (November 14-15, 1969), the streets of Washington , DC and San Francisco, CA were filled with a million protesters against the US war in Vietnam. These protests, known as the National Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam, ha...
Head for the Exits, Now!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Imagine a steer in the stockyards hollering to his fellows, "We need a phased withdrawal from the slaughterhouse, starting in four to six months. The timetable should not be overly rigid. But there should be no more equivocation." Back and forth among th...
Palestinian Solidarity in a Time of Massacres
GILAD ATZMON
Let’s face it; while the Palestinian and Arab resistance evolves into an absolute example of the ultimate heroism and collective patriotism, the Palestinian solidarity movement in the UK and around the world is not exactly what could be called a profound suc...
Green Muscle on Election Day
MIKE ROSELLE
Yes it’s great to be alive, and we are happy about the elections, not because we like the winners, but because we do not like many of the losers. Let’s face it, it was still a razor thin victory and the elected Democrats are hardly better than the Repu...
The Massacre at Beit Hanoun
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Ha’aretz correspondent Gideon Levy described the situation in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun in a searing article on Sunday. He proposed, half seriously, that the Israeli colonies removed last year as part of Israel’s so-called "disengageme...
Bush’s Lone Victory
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
George Orwell warned us, but what American would have expected that in the opening years of the 21st century the United States would become a country in which lies and deception by the President and Vice President were the basis for a foreign policy of war and agg...
Organized Labor in Retreat
SHERWOOD ROSS
So who is surprised construction workers are treated worse than dogs in the United Arab Emirates? Who is surprised to find migrant workers from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh building skyscrapers for just 10% of the average UAE wage of $2,106 per month?...
Pimping Mike Tyson
DAVE ZIRIN
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson began life in the condemned projects of Brooklyn, and condemned he has remained. His American journey has included stops in homeless shelters, reform schools, bankruptcy courts, and prison. Along the way, he earned and...
Dealing with Ortega
NADIA MARTINEZ
For the Bush administration, it wasn’t just the U.S. elections that brought bad news last week. Citizens of Nicaragua voted Nov. 5 to return former leftist President Daniel Ortega to power. In what seems like a case of Cold War blues, U.S. officials ...
Up from Chiapas
GREG MOSES
With the storefront door opened to crisp air and curious people, Rosalva Aída Hernández Castillo is for now seated near friends who ask for an autograph of her 2001 book, ‘...
The First Task of the New Congress
DAVE LINDORFF
Forget Nancy Pelosi’s "100 Hours" agenda for the new Democratic Congress. The first thing Democrats need to do when they walk into the Senate and House chambers this January is to vote out a joint resolution repealing the September 18, 2001...
How Multinational Corporations Avoid Paying Their Taxes
PETER ROST, MD
Drug companies and other multinational companies based in the U.S. systematically avoid paying tax in the U.S. on their profits. The companies elect to realize profits in low-tax countries and because of this the rest of us have to pay billions of unnecessary taxe...
Three for Thought
ROGER MORRIS
Are we the eagle nation Or have we but the talons and the maw, And for the abject likeness of our heart, Shall some less lordly bird be set apart? Some gorger in the sun? Some prowler with the bat? -William Vaughn Moody, An Ode ...
Repression and Resistance in Oaxaca
LUIS HERNÁNDEZ NAVARRO
A profound political crisis is shaking up Mexico. The rules that regulate the balance of power between elites have been violated. From above, there is no agreement or any possibility for one in the short term. A severe crisis in the model of control has er...
Spoilers of the World Unite! … Now!
JOHN V. WALSH
Let us start with the biggest lie of all, that the Democrats cannot end the war, are unable to do it, do not have the power to do it. Big, big, big lie. Bush is now asking for another $127 billion to "stay the course." If either the House or the Senate r...