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Archives from December 2006
Iran’s Elections
BEHROOZ GHAMARI-TABRIZI
On December 15, more than 60% of Iranians cast ballots in municipals elections. With the mounting pressure of reformist coalitions, a remarkable number of their candidates survived the draconian vetting processes of the clerical establishment and turned this elect...
Despair and Disappointment in Afghanistan
PHIL GASPER
With attention focused on the disastrous U.S. war in Iraq, there has been much less media coverage of the Bush administration’s other ongoing war, in Afghanistan. The war in Afghanistan is now entering its sixth year, but from the perspective of the U.S. rul...
Talking Surge
JAMES BROOKS
‘Everyone in town is talking "surge" now’, a Pentagon adviser explained to NPR listeners the other day, and you could almost feel the country buckle up its mind for another bloody disaster ahead. One big "final" push to defeat the p...
So What’s the Big Deal, If Wal-Mart Makes a Mistake?
JIM GOODMAN
That was the question asked by the host on a recent Public Radio call-in show. Her question to her guest from the Cornucopia Instit...
More Troops, More Body Bags
RON JACOBS
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." -President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953...
Chicanos, Mayans and Mel Gibson
LUIS J. RODRIGUEZ
Once in 2001 while on a two-week speaking tour of schools, Boys & Girls clubs, colleges, and other venues in the state of Delaware, I heard a strange but familiar language. As I washed clothes at a local Laundromat in Georgetown, I noticed about a dozen dark-s...
The United States of Punishment
WILLIAM BLUM
2.2 million imprisoned … "We’re Number One! USA! USA! USA!" … 7 million — one in every 32 American adults — either behind bars, on probation, or on parole … When it comes to sentencing, let me tell you, people, and par...
Back to the Scene of the Crime
URI AVNERY
WHEN THE Israeli government decided, in the space of a few hours, to start the Second Lebanon War, it did not have any plan. When the Chief-of-Staff urged the cabinet to start the war, he did not submit any plan. This was disclosed this week by a mil...
Walking Into the Art World
MARIA C. KHOURY
On my first day at work with the project to establish the new International Academy of Art in Palestine, I had no idea what Tayse...
Why Does It Take 50 Bullets?
ALBERT WAN
I can see it now. Some enterprising–some would say overly ambitious–comedians attempt to capitalize on the recent 4AM police barrage against departing customers of a strip club, which, at the end, resulted in 50 NYPD-issued bullets fired, instant commu...
A Perilous Way to Socialism
VIJAY PRASHAD
You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that major developments in Latin America have created a tectonic shift in geo-political calculations. Ecuador is the latest entrant into the win column for the left. Rafael Correa’s new government joins ...
Cops Shoot Another Rich White Man
SUSIE DAY
Dedicated to Sean Bell, another Black man killed by police, November 25, 2006 Hours before he was to be married, a wealthy Caucasian man leaving his bachelor party at a country club in East Hampton was shot and killed in a hail of police bullets. Two of his...
Dustin Costa Faces 15 to Life
FRED GARDNER
On the day before Thanksgiving, 12 federal jurors from Fresno took a little more than two hours to convict Dustin Costa of manufacture of marijuana, possession for distribution, and possession of a firearm ("in furtherance of drug-trafficking"). Given a ...
Dear Santa, or Someone …
DEB REICH
Dear Santa, I live in Israel/Palestine and I think I am probably addicted to the big bad conflict we have here. We all seem to be addicted to the conflict we have here. We are so used to it, sometimes I wonder if, given half a chance, we could really learn ...
Filming Fidel
SAUL LANDAU
(Editors’ Note: In May 1968, SAUL LANDAU received a call in San Francisco where he worked for the local public television station. From Havana, Dr. Rene Vallejo, Fidel Castro’s doctor and confidante, said: "Come down with your crew as soon as you...
Please!
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Is America ready for a female president? Is America ready for a black president? These questions are at the fore on cable news. Here’s the deal. I’m ready for a female, a black female, white female, red, yellow, blue, green, or aubergine female,...
Tehran’s Holocaust Conference
STEPHEN GOWANS
Was the two-day conference on the Holocaust held earlier this month by the Iranian government intended to cast "doubt on the Nazi Holocaust during the Second World War," (1) or was it Iran’s rejoinder to the Jyllands-Posten affair, an attempt "...
There’s No Such Thing as a Free Cow
P. SAINATH
"This is my demand," says Ravindra Gowarkar bitterly. "I want every beneficiary of the Sixth Pay Commission to get a cow like the one the government gave me." No pay hike the next time. "Give them an acre of land each if you like. And let ...
The Khan of Kalat Gathers the Tribes
ANNIE NOCENTI
The Khan of Kalat, Mir Suleiman Daud, is speeding. He’s a fast driver, but so expert a wheelman there’s no fear in the wide black Hummer. "Who drives American cars?" he says, mocking himself. "But when I saw this one, I knew it was my to...
Kingdom of Fear
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Guess the country I’m talking about. It’s a country where women don’t have the vote and aren’t allowed to drive; where they are forced to cover themselves from head to toe while out in public; where gender apartheid is practiced in...
The US Occupation of Iraq
ANTHONY ARNOVE
The tragedy unleashed by the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq defies description. According to the most recent findings of the Lancet medical journal, the number of "excess deaths" in Iraq since the U.S. invasion is more than 650,000. "Iraq is t...
Smithfield’s Rotten Record
NICOLE COLSON
In March, Smithfield Foods was named–for the fourth consecutive year–one of "America’s Most Admired Companies" by Fortune magazine. Fortune said it made its rankings after polling "10,000 executives, directors and security analysts...
A Catastrophic Failure
JORDAN FLAHERTY
Fifteen months after New Orleans became an international symbol of governmental neglect and racism, the city remains in crisis. Students are still without books, healthcare is less available to poor people than ever, public housing is still closed, and infrastruct...
The Puppet and the Puppeteer
PAUL CANTOR
After twisting in the wind since his 1998 arrest in London for human rights violations, the noxious bloody former dictator of Chile, General Augusto Pinochet died. He died after he was allowed to return to Chile for health reasons and was then arrested agai...
Live/Evil
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Notes while listening to Live/Evil. Miles comes out evil pure evil layi...
The Devil’s Highway
LEE BALLINGER
The Devil’s Highway is a 2004 book by Luis Alberto Urrea, who teaches creative writin...
Kicking the Wyeth Habit Saves Women’s Lives
MARTHA ROSENBERG
An editorial cartoon from the summer of 2002 shows a TV announcer leading a newscast with: "A major US drug maker is warning women if they stop hormone therapy abruptly, its stock price will fall." Wyeth, maker of Prempro and Premarin, has indeed ...
The Democrats and Social Security
SETH SANDRONSKY
Democrat Nancy Pelosi (San Francisco) is set to be the first female speaker of the House of Representatives in U.S. history. Among other domestic policies of the new Democratic majority under her lead, she has vowed to "preserve" Social Security. The pop...
An AIPAC Shot Across Baker’s Bow?
NADIA HIJAB
Just after the Iraq Study Group (ISG) launched its long-awaited report, with its call for a "renewed and sustained commitment by the United States for a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace," the House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Pale...
Roll Call for the Choir
MIKE FERNER
After nearly four years of war I’d wager that a few million Americans have held a candle at a vigil, carried a sign at a rally, passed out a flyer, forwarded an email to friends, or gone to a demonstration in a distant city. If you, Dear Reader, are one of t...
Palestinian "Civil War" and the Israeli Chocolate Ration
ELIZA ERNSHIRE
Ramallah. This phrase is not in the dictionary of the Palestinian language, the Prime minister of this occupied country told us. There is no such thing as civil war. No such thing as factional hatred, no such thing as hatred no such thing. There is n...
Sen. Tim Johnson Death Watch
DAVE LINDORFF
Let’s stop all the heavy breathing. While Republican vultures hover shamelessly over the hospital where Sen. Tim Johnson, the South Dakota Democrat remains in critical condition following emergency brain surgery, progressives are in a lather worrying ...
Mad Mel’s Mayan Apocalypse
JOHN ROSS
A funny thing happened to me on the way to Mel Gibson’s Mayan Apocalypse. Awaiting the 49 bus at Mission and 24th, the BART plaza suddenly erupted in down-home Meso-American aboriginal ritual as a troupe of neo-Aztec "concheros" began to stomp and ...
Dennis Kucinich’s Strange Mission
KEVIN ZEESE
On December 12, 2006 the anti-war movement got a standard bearer on the road to the White House. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former mayor of Cleveland (the youngest person ever elected to be mayor of a major city) and a five term Congressman announced his second run for...
As American as Shopping and Torture
SUNSARA TAYLOR
On the bright Sunday, that was International Human Rights Day, December 10th, tourists and shoppers line up like any other day. Hundreds at a time stretched down Broadway and around the corner waiting for their chance to "ooooh" and "aaahh" at ...
The Flip Side of Ahmet Ertegun
FRED WILHELMS
Because a lot of my work involves recovering royalties for artists, it will probably come as no surprise, I had a much harder time than most people reconciling what Ahmet Ertegun accomplished with what he knew was being done to artists with his full complicity. I ...
Jeffrey Skoll, Billionaire Philanthropist
DAVE SEVERN
Everyone with money or an interest in money is agog over Jeffery Skoll, the current owner of Shenoa Retreat Center just across the Navarro River, about a mile south of downtown Philo on Rays Road. Skoll hit the jackpot when his friend Pierre Omidyar hired him as t...
What Are You Going to Do Now, Israel?
VIRGINIA TILLEY
Johannesburg, South Africa What are you going to do now, Israel? Now that three small boys have been killed by assassins’ bullets, and a Hamas judge dragged from his car and murdered, perhaps you are pleased. The Palestinians are finally succum...
That Embezzled Anti-Castro Money
RICHARD LEVINS
It has recently been revealed that of the more than 70 million dollars assigned since 1995 to "promote democracy" in Cuba, half stayed in Miami where it went for such democrophilic uses as fur coats, crab preserves, video games, and DVD players. Members ...
The Recognition Trap
JONATHAN COOK
in Nazareth. The problem facing the Palestinian leadership, as they strive to bring the millions living in the occupied territories some small relief from their collective suffering, reduces to a matter of a few words. Like a naughty child who has only to s...
The College Crisis
PAT WILLIAMS
It was just about this time of year 35 years ago, when the United States Congress passed into law a peculiarly American idea–every person should have access to a college or university. That 1972 federal law, initially named Basic Grants and later Pell...
Kasatka, the Sea World Orca
JASON HRIBAL
Two weeks ago, an orca named Kasatka intentionally grabbed and pulled her trainer underwater twice-nearly killing him in the process. Kasatka is a performer for Sea World Adventure Park, San Diego. She is one of seven orca entertainers at the Southern California p...
The Plight of Black Farmers
JERRY PENNICK And HEATHER GRAY
In 1999, black farmers in the United States reached a $2.8 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a class-action discrimination lawsuit. But the problems are ongoing. In fact, under various farm bills and trade agreements, discrimination has...
Do Women Prefer Bad Boys?
PETER ROST, MD
I’ve always had the feeling that many girls really prefer the bad boys; maybe not as marriage material, but for pretty much everything else. And I just got some of that confirmed when I wrote my recent article "I’...
An Inteview with Jimmy Carter
RIZ KHAN
Transcript of December 12 interview on Al Jazeera. RIZ KHAN:President Carter I wanted to have a chance to ask you a question about your book, ...
Corporations Control Your Dinner
DEBRA ESCHMEYER
Most everyone has been told to not play with his or her food, yet somehow agribusiness is playing Monopoly with the nation’s food supply. When pouring your next glass of milk, consider who decided what the cow ate and who controls the distribution of ...
Hungry for the Holidays
ELIZABETH SCHULTE
When the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual survey on hunger in the U.S. this November, something was missing. The word "hunger." The government decided to purge the word from this year’s Household Food Security survey...
Baker’s Rescue Mission
LEON HADAR
One of Aesop’s fables recounts how once upon a time Mount Ida, the birthplace of Zeus, experienced a huge earthquake. "The earth commenced to tremble and shake-and huge boulders flew off the mountain top into the sky," the fable goes. "It seem...
Are Cows Free?
REZA FIYOUZAT
Are there some cows in this world that, in some way form or shape, can freely roam the earth? Wandering about from one scenic grazing land to another, enjoying the graze? Without a single trace of any fear of a human individual or group, who may decide it is their...
Iraq is Beyond Repair
PATRICK COCKBURN
During the Opium Wars between Britain and China in the 19th century, eunuchs at the court of the Chinese emperor had the problem of informing him of the repeated and humiliating defeat of his armies. They dealt with their delicate task by simply telling the empero...