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Archives from December 2006
To Surge or Not to Surge?
Col. W. PATRICK LANG And RAY McGOVERN
Robert Gates’ report to the White House on his discussions in Iraq this past week is likely to provide the missing ingredient for the troop ”surge” into Iraq favored by the ”decider” team of Vice President Dick Cheney and President Ge...
A Jeep Trip with Fidel
SAUL LANDAU
The sound of a helicopter engine woke me. At 6 am, I watched a large Soviet made whirly bird descend into a clearing near the camp site. A man in olive drab with a large briefcase jumped from the craft and ran toward the tents where some of Fidel’s body guar...
Deny Santa If You Wish, But You Can’t Deny This
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Earlier this week a junior school in England was forced to apologize after a teacher used a worksheet with a class of ten year olds revealing that Santa Claus was a myth. The students had to make up replies from mail staff to children’s letters to Santa aski...
This War Can’t be Made Right By Winning
GREG MOSES
Failure is an f-word obscenity that we need to stop using when it comes to the USA-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. How can something be a failure when it has no purpose to begin with? In fact, the Iraq war is endless, because it seeks a purpose still. ...
What’s Going On?
MARJORIE COHN
Mother, mother There’s too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There’s far too many of you dying You know we’ve got to find a way To bring some lovin’ here today – Ya Father, father...
Crime of the Century
DAVE LINDORFF
Back on October 9, I wrote in The Nation that it looked like the Bush-Cheney gang, worried about the November election, was gearing up for an unprovoked attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, with a carrier strike group led by the USS Eisenhower being ordered ...
The Rape of Iraq
DIANE CHRISTIAN
Let’s stop using the word war to describe our action in Iraq. While it is terribly true that we are killing and maiming and destroying and being killed and maimed and morally destroyed we should shelve the word war. It constructs a righteous cause and compel...
The Capital of Salvadoran Memory
JEFFREY L. GOULD
On the afternoon of December 11, 1981, a special battalion of the Salvadoran army entered the village of El Mozote in the eastern department of Morazán. The soldiers gathered together all of the residents in the town square and then divided them up into gro...
The BCS: College Football’s Monopoly
RALPH NADER
As we settle-in to cheer on our favorite college football teams this bowl season, it’s important to remember that an undisputed consolidation of power and money — the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) — controls which schools play in the major bowl ...
Cop Assaults Activist at Lockheed Protest
WILLIAM HUGHES
A protest action was held on Friday morning, Dec. 22, 2006, in front of and along the sidewalk of a huge complex of office buildings, housing the national headquarters of Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest producers of cluster bombs. Over a million ...
An "Islamic Civil War"
M. SHAHID ALAM
The war that Western powers–primarily US, Israel and Britain–began against the Islamic world after September 11, 2001, is about to enter a new more dangerous phase as their early plans for ‘changing the map of the Middle East’ have begun to...
The First U.S. Foreign Invasion: Seizing Florida in 1816
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
This year of 2006 will be remembered as the moment Americans got even with leaders who had lied to them in order to garner public support for invading and occupying Iraq. But given the public’s preoccupation with a crucial election and the daily news of a di...
Making Stones Weep
RON JACOBS
Susan Abulhawa’s novel, Scar of David is a profoundly beautiful story. Set in Palest...
HRT, Zyprexa , Lilly and the Death of Jack
FRED GARDNER
Even though it made some front pages, the HRT KILLS story has been downplayed tremendously. Many more American civilians have been killed by Big Pharma’s conspiracy to peddle HRT drugs than by the attack on the World Trade Center. In the aftermath of Sept. 1...
Fiscally Imperiled Social Security?
SETH SANDRONSKY
Political fantasy, anyone? Such fantasizing is a strange brew that can involve the daily press when it comes to the finances of Social Security. President George W. Bush aims to work next year with Democrats to fix the "fiscally imperiled Social Security syst...
What I’m Listening to on New Year’s Eve
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Luther Allison: Reckless (Alligator) Luther Allison could have been H...
Ways of Denial
AZMI BISHARA
The Nazi Holocaust aimed to rid Europe of its "Jewish taint". By this was meant banking capital as opposed to industrial capital and the moral degeneracy, lack of patriotism, scorn for national values, heritage and other such ills caused by the "wor...
Canned Pfizer CEO Walks Away with $198 Million
PETER ROST, MD
Newspapers were filled with information about Dr. McKinnell’s $82 million pension package this spring. Shareholders were upset that Dr. McKinnell would receive this amount considering that Pfizer’s stock had lost almost 50% of its value during D...
Political Sell-Outs in Black and White
J.L. CHESTNUT, Jr.
I often say on my radio show that politics is a strange, almost a ridiculous profession. I don’t believe it is a profession because there are no qualifications to be met except the ability to hustle the voters. Preaching is almost as bad. To be a politician ...
Kucinich: Maverick or Stalking Horse?
RAHUL MAHAJAN
Winter approaches and a young politician’s fancy turns to thoughts of the 2008 presidential campaign. Among the announced candidates is antiwar favorite Dennis Kucinich. I have nothing against Kucinich. He’s one of the most progressive Congressp...
Flashlights in the Tunnel of Hate
JOHN ROSS
To purloin a bit of Brecht, this is indeed a dark age. The war grinds on like an unbending migraine. While the vultures chow down on the bones of Iraq, Bush grows more surly with each new massacre and the democrats, despite their constituents’ disgust with t...
Secret Prisons, Top Secret Interrogations
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It’s a tremendous responsibility that has been thrust on those who are imprisoned by George Bush. They have, albeit it unwittingly, become our allies in the war on terror. They remain incarcerated indefinitely thus protecting the rest of us (who have not yet...
Bush’s Foreign Sex Policy
DAVID ROSEN
It didn’t garner much media play, but shortly before the 109th Congress ended, Democratic lawmakers successfully foiled a Republican effort to push through one more anti-abortion bill. In keeping with the Christian fervor that has driven regressive sexual po...
Provoking Civil War in the Occupied Territories
ARTHUR NESLEN
So it’s official. Britain is no longer simply boycotting a democratically elected Palestinian government. Following Tony Blair’s visit, it is committing millions of pounds to Fatah militias that wish to overthrow it. Naturally enough, Blair’s for...
Denying Disaster
KEVIN WEHR
The Bush administration’s mishandling of one of our time’s most crucial issues-global climate change-constitutes a clear and extremely serious case of the abuse of power. Further, their stunning incompetence and criminal recklessness in the face of Hur...
On Israel’s "Right to Exist"
JOHN V. WHITBECK
Now that the Palestinian civil war long sought by Israel, the U.S. and the EU appears on the verge of breaking out, it may be timely to examine the justification put forward by Israel, the U.S. and the EU for their collective punishment of the Palestinian people i...
Still Smearing Ralph Nader for 2000
SAM SMITH
The Atlantic Monthly is perpetuating the Ralph Nader myth, blaming him for Bush’s election in 2000. This is, at best sloppy journalism; at saddest, extreme denial; and at worst a plain lie. Here are just a few of the actual facts: * A ...
I Scream! You Scream!! We All Scream at the Ice Cream!!!
PARIS REIDHEAD
Unilever, the British-Dutch global consumer marketing products giant, is the largest producer of ice cream and frozen novelties in the U.S. Unilever’s brands sold in the U.S. include Breyer’s ice cream, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Klondike ice c...
Jimmy Carter in Austin
DANIEL WHITE
Well now, Mr Carter, I’m glad to see you are writing honestly about Israel and the Middle East, and our entanglements therewith–congratulations on being the first US president to do so. I hope your book does well in sales and more importantly, starts a...
Breaking the News
ARUNDHATI ROY
Five years ago this week, on December 13, 2001, the Indian parliament was in its winter session. The government was under attack for yet another corruption scandal. At 11.30 in the morning, five armed men in a white Ambassador car fitted out with an improvised exp...
An Interview with Gore Vidal
ROSA MARIAM ELIZALDE
Havana. Gore Vidal was in Cuba for five days, following a frantic and packed program that took him from the University of Computer Sciences, the Latin American School of Medicine, the University of Havana’s main campus, to the National Ballet School, ...
Poppies Rising
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"Opium production in Afghanistan, which provides more than 90 percent of the world’s heroin, broke all records in 2006, reaching a historic high despite ongoing US-sponsored eradication efforts, the Bush administration reported yesterd...
The Pentagon Measures the Chaos in Iraq
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
The Pentagon’s new report on "Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq" was widely covered by the press. Many of the newspaper articles described what the report stated about the increase in violence in Iraq (summarized b...
The Winter Harvest of the South Central Farmers
LESLIE RADFORD
With little fanfare–no celebrity visits, no circling sheriff’s helicopter–the South Central Farmers opened a community center last week. Tables jammed with Swiss chard, radishes, pomegranates, almonds, squash, and grapes lined the sidewalk and ov...
Divided We Stand, United We Fall
DAVE JANSSON
On December 13, a French-language television station in Belgium reported that the Flemish-speaking region of Flanders had declared its independence, spelling the end of Belgium as a nation-state. With pictures of the King and Queen fleeing the country and of truck...
Jesus is a Terrorist
JOHNNY BARBER
Jesus is a terrorist, there ain’t no one can doubt it. Born in Bethlehem, what more need I say about it? Thirty foot concrete barriers, soldiers armed with guns, being born in Bethlehem just ain’t much fun. Jesus stands on the corner, throwin’ st...
Israel, Apartheid and Jimmy Carter
SAREE MAKDISI
Former President Jimmy Carter has come under sustained attack for having dared to use the term "apartheid" to describe Israel’s policies in the West Bank. However, not one of Carter’s critics has offered a convincing argument to justify the v...
Innnocents Abroad
DAVE LINDORFF
The U.S. is holding hundreds of innocent people at its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Military authorities at Guantanamo have decided to tighten the screws on detainees because it has been determined that the U.S. has been too kind and accommod...
Latin America’s Pink Tide?
LAURA CARLSEN
The South American Summit of Nations and the Social Forum for the Integration of Peoples took place last week, stirring visions of continental unity. Both events-one of government leaders and one of civil society-showed there are new winds of change on the contine...
The War is Lost
TARIQ ALI
Once a war goes badly wrong and its justifications are shown to be lies, to insist that a "democratic" Iraq is visible on the horizon and that "we must stay the course" becomes a total fantasy. What is to be done? In the US a group of Fo...
Sell-Out Democrats Walk Into a Bush Trap on Iraq
DAVE LINDORFF
The Democratic Party and its feckless leaders in Congress are about to fall into a trap. The trap is being sprung by President Bush and his too clever brain trust, but the sad fact is that it was actually laid by the Democrats themselves. Taking over the Co...
Saying "Oh!"
BRUCE JACKSON
Sotisisowah, John Mohawk, a member of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nation of Indians, Seneca elder historian, died in his Buffalo home on December 10. He was 61. He was buried six days later in the Seneca Nation Cemetery on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, nex...
Going Postal
RALPH NADER
When I was growing up in New England during the 1940’s, the symbol for reliability, punctuality, and efficiency was the United States Post Office. Indeed, people could almost tell the time of day by the postman’s twice a day delivery rounds. Unf...
Victory Requires an Immediate Pull-Out of US Troops
CARLOS VILLARREAL
For the vast majority of Americans and Iraqis the only victory regarding the war in Iraq requires an immediate pullout of all foreign troops. While politicians and pundits have framed the debate over the war in terms of military victory versus cutting and running ...
Rumsfeld and the American Way of War
GABRIEL KOLKO
It is relatively easy to comprehend the thinking, motives, and ideas of those who embark on wars. At the inception of conflicts, all advocates of war are very similar, regardless of time and place, and a simplistic euphoric optimism suffuses their thinking. They e...
Georgie, There’s a Crowd Downstairs
SEAN PENN
SEAN PENN received the 2006 Christopher Reeve First Amendment Award from the Creative Coalition on Decembe...
Globalized Gulag
GREG MOSES
Some of the children and a pregnant woman being held in an immigration jail in Texas are Palestinian refugees whose families came to the USA with visas, says a Dallas lawyer. Immigration attorney John Wheat Gibson represents two families that include a preg...
End of the Strongmen
JONATHAN COOK
in Nazareth. The era of the Middle East strongman, propped up by and enforcing Western policy, appears well and truly over. His power is being replaced with rule by civil war, apparently now the American Administration’s favoured model across the regi...
Democrats Prepare to Fund Longer War
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
This last Sunday Harry Reid, the incoming Democratic majority leader in the US Senate, went on ABC’s Sunday morning show and declared that a hike in U.S. troops in Iraq is okay with him. Here’s the evolution of the Democrats’ war platform ...
Washington Refuses to End the War
NORMAN SOLOMON
When Colin Powell endorsed the Iraq Study Group report during his Dec. 17 appearance on "Face the Nation," it was another curtain call for a tragic farce. Four years ago, "moderates" like Powell were making the invasion of Iraq possible....