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Archives from December 2006
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....