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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...