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Archives from December 2006
Mow bé and Malachi, Presenté!
MARGARET KNAPKE
The faces of two men I never knew hold my mind’s eye. They took their own lives within three weeks of each other: Mow bé in the department of Guaviare, Colombia, on October 17, and Malachi Ritscher in Chicago on November 3. Their awareness of i...
Death By Coke
JOSHUA FRANK
We are a country of overweight people. Americans are tipping the scales in record numbers, with approximately 130 million who are presently considered overweight or obese. Perhaps most alarmingly of all, half of all women aged 20 to 39 in the United States are inc...
If You Know a Musician on This List, Let Them Know They Are Owed Money
FRED WILHELMS
On Friday, December 15, 2006, over 7,500 recording artists are going to lose money. This is money that was collected on their behalf by SoundExchange, the entity set up by the RIAA to collect and distribute license fees from satellite radio and streaming Internet ...
I’ve Been a Very Bad Boy
PETER ROST, MD
For several days now, I haven’t written any long, thoughtful, opinion pieces on politics, corporations and similar stuff. Instead I’ve been posting videos with misleading headlines on my ...
The Dixie Chicks Come Home to Roost
GREG MOSES
Naw buddy don’t go shakin yer head bout them Dixie Chicks no more, cause I seen it with my own eyes up close. Them girls’z hot, got hot lix, hot dam pipes, and a bramble of fans so thick y’d only get yourself scratched up tryin to part em from ea...
Is the USA the Center of the World?
NORMAN SOLOMON
Some things don’t seem to change. Five years after I wrote this column in the form of a news dispatch, it seems more relevant than ever: WASHINGTON. There were unconfirmed reports yesterday that the United States is not the center of the world....
Baker’s Cake
URI AVNERY
No one likes to admit a mistake. Me neither. But honesty leaves me no choice. A few days after the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, I happened to go on a lecture tour in the US. My message was optimistic. I expected some good to com...
Abusive Interrogations
STEPHEN SOLDZ
Ever since the United States government decided to deviate from accepted international and American standards of treatment of prisoners of war and other detainees in its Global War on Terror, the participation of health professionals in coercive interrogations of ...
Convicted for Our Convictions
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
The Manhattan criminal trial of Cindy Sheehan, Medea Benjamin, Rev. Patricia Ackerman, and Missy Beattie is over, ending in a "guilty" verdict on the charge of trespassing and a "not guilty" on four more serious counts. Yes, we were relieved bu...
Our Perverse Farm Plan
GEORGE PYLE
In farm country, Christmas comes about every five years. The next visit of Santa Claus — or in this case, Uncle Sam — is due in 2007. The wish list of American agribusiness giants and their vassals at the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the ...
Torture, Impeachment and a Vietnam Vet’s Tears
DAVE LINDORFF
The true horror of what President Bush–and the Republican-led 109th Congress–have done to all of us American citizens by authorizing torture in our names came clear during a talk I was giving on impeachment to a group organized by the New Jersey chapte...
The Last Man of the Junta
FERNANDO A. TORRES
All of the original members of the military junta that overthrew Allende and his government with the knowledge and the direct support of the US government, are now gone. Nixon is gone and Kissinger is left alone on this earth. Now we will never know ...
Knocking Opportunity
WILLIAM S. LIND
Last week, the Iraq Study Group Report burst upon a breathless world, and proved to be an empty piñata. None of its recommendations has the slightest chance of reversing the course of the war in Iraq. Only those who just got into town on the last truckload ...
America’s Injustice System is Criminal
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The Christmas season is a time to remember the unfortunate. Among the most unfortunate people are those who have been wrongly convicted and imprisoned. The United States has a large number of wrongfully convicted. There are many reasons for this. One is tha...
Burning Books at Harvard Law
MARY McGRANE
Click on Harvard Law’s homepage and you find Dershowitz’s lambaste of Carter’s recent book entitled "...
The Condor Model
ROGER BURBACH
In Santiago on September 11, 1973 I watched as Chilean air force jets flew overhead. Moments later I heard explosions and saw fireballs of smoke fill the sky as the presidential palace went up in flames. Salvador Allende, the elected Socialist president of Chile d...
An Urgent Message on the Disappeared of Oaxaca
BERNARDO DIAZ
Greetings from Oaxaca, Mexico. My name is Bernardo Ruiz and in this movie, Apocalypto, I play the part of Drunkards Four. My Oaxaca friends Emiliana and Hilaria, who now live in Austin, agreed to pass on to you my message. Apocalypto is about some of...
Lebanon on the Brink
FAWWAS TRABOULSI
An introductory note from Assaf Khoury The little country is exposed more than ever to the political storms east of the Mediterranean. In the following article, historian and long-time political commentator Fawwaz Traboulsi explains that the da...
Poetic Justice for Pinochet
RON JACOBS
Look around–there’s only one thing of danger for you here–poetry. Pablo Neruda, during a search of his home and grounds after the September 11, 1973 fascist coup in Chile Let’s get it straight. August...
Banning Mandela
VIRGINIA TILLEY
Johannesburg, South Africa. On Friday evening, October 20, a traveling academic confronted a regular ugly occurrence at JFK airport. He was stopped at immigration by Homeland Security, shuttled off without explanation into a stark waiting room, left there f...
There’s Only One Option Left: Leave
Col. DOUGLAS MacGREGOR
More than two thousand years ago, a Spartan king resisted pressure to go to war saying, "I am less afraid of the enemy’s strategy than I am of the mistakes we will make." Today, no one in the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group would question the Spart...
The Cruel Line into Gaza
GIDEON LEVY
Laila El-Haddad spent the last three weeks in a dismal apartment she was forced to rent in El Arish, Egypt, together with her son Yusuf, who is two years and nine months old. Every few days the two tried to travel to the Rafah border crossing, about 50 kilometers ...
Smearing Jimmy Carter
HUGH SANSOM
The New York Times has now joined the slander campaign against President Jimmy Carter following the release of his book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. (The paper gets the title wrong — there’s a colon.) Just how ignorant does the Times think it...
Pastor Haggard and President Bush
Rev. WILLIAM ALBERTS
One recently lost his mega New Life Church and leadership as president of the National Association of Evangelicals when a part of his life, "so repulsive and dark that I have been warring against it all my life," was brought to light. ("My Dear New ...
Mid-Wife of the Neocons
GREG GRANDIN
Jeane Kirkpatrick, Ronald Reagan’s envoy to the UN, died yesterday at 80. She picked a graceful moment to exit, the day after the Iraqi Study Group announced its recommendations, signaling, we are told, the return of realist reason to the Republican Party. I...
James Baker Versus the Lobby
MIKE WHITNEY
The tension between the Bush administration and the members of the Iraq Study Group, illustrates the widening chasm between old-guard U.S. imperialists and "Israel-first" neoconservatives. The divisions are setting the stage for a major battle between th...
Activating White Racism
SETH SANDRONSKY
We know that two examples are not decisive proof. Not even close, right? Yet the recent racist slurs by white male American stand-up comedians, Michael Richards and Andy Dick, against blacks reveal one thing quite clearly to me. Such public examples of whit...
Crash and Burn
BOOTS RILEY
So, we got on the bus after doing a show at The House of Blues San Diego as part of The Coup/Mr. Lif tour. As the bus took off, I thought that I would go lay in my bunk, listen to my Ipod, and write. But then Zhara, Mr. Lif’s friend and the tour’s merc...
Silenced for Telling the Truth
LUCINDA MARSHALL
Last week, in his chatty farewell, Donald Rumsfeld told his staff that the low point of his tenure was when he learned about Abu Ghraib. The press corps zombies didn’t blink. Yet back on November 25, Former U.S. Army Brigadier General Janis Karpinski told a ...
Robert Gates and Venezuela
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Now that Robert Gates has been confirmed by the Senate, the question becomes: what does the emergence of the new Defense Secretary mean for Latin America? Under Gates’ disgraced predecessor Donald Rumsfeld, the U.S. pursued a bellicose stance towards leftist...
A Bi-Partisan Occupation
PHYLLIS BENNIS And ERIK LEAVER
Despite the breathless hype, the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group (ISG) report did not include any dramatic new ideas for ending the war in Iraq. In fact, it did not include a call to end the war at all. Rather, the report’s recommendations focus on transform...
How Many More Will Die for Bush’s Ego?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Last July in response to Bush-the-Evil’s enabling of Israel’s gratuitous slaughter of thousands of Lebanese civilians and destruction of the country’s infrastructure, I wrote about "the shame of being an American." With the ongoing slau...
A Congress of Hucksters and Pipsqueaks
DAVE LINDORFF
How pathetic can it get? 140,000 American troops are stuck in the mess that a lying and endlessly deceitful president has made in Iraq, over half a million innocent Iraqis have been killed since the politically-motivated 2003 US invasion, a group of very Es...
Liberal Consensus Hardens for More Troops to Iraq; Meet Senator Slither; Farewell, Jeane Kirkpatrick
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Here’s comes Rep Silvestre Reyes of Texas, handpicked by Nancy Pelosi to head the House Intelligence Committee and he’s calling for 20,000 more U.S. troops to be sent to Iraq. Reyes says they’re needed to crush the Shi’a and Sunni militias....
What I’m Listening to This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Homesick James: Blues on the Southside (OBC) A neglected hero of t...
John Engler’s Trail of Destruction
RALPH NADER
After moving the formerly progressive state of Michigan along the road to corporate serfdom, former Governor John Engler moved seamlessly to the much higher paying position as President of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in Washington, D.C. ...
The Vietnamization of Iraq
Col. DAN SMITH
It didn’t require oracles or entrails after the U.S. public signaled its rejection of the Bush administration’s Iraq policy on November 7, 2006. Something had to change. A week later, when General John Abizaid, Combatant Commander of the U.S. ...
Recommendation No. 80
JOHN V. WHITBECK
While almost the entire world other than President George W. Bush now views the American invasion and occupation of Iraq as a catastrophic failure, there is one notable exception. During a visit to Washington last month, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert...
The Donkey and the Date
BEHROOZ GHAMARI
On December 15 Iranians will cast their ballots for municipal elections. Reformist candidates across the country, particularly in Tehran, have a credible opportunity to win, if their constituents emerge from their hibernation and actively participate in these elec...
The James Gang
JAMES T. PHILLIPS
[My nephew Jim died in 1992. He was twenty-four years old. Jim killed the mother of his infant child with a shotgun blast to the head, then committed suicide. Their daughter became an instant orphan. I was traveling to Iraq the day...
My South American Journey
ROBERT GOLD
On Thanksgiving Day in the USA, Nov.23, 2006, I traveled to Bogota,Colombia, in order to attend an International Tribunal on Impunity. My friend Patricia Dahl had agreed to be one of the judges on this Tribunal, and I decided that this would be an important event ...
The Legacy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
FAISAL KUTTY
Fifty-eight years after the universal declaration of human rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, the debate continues as to whether the document is truly universal. Upon its adoption on Dec. 10, 1948, former U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roos...
Out of Iraq
Sen. GORDON SMITH
Senate Floor Speech, December 7, 2006. I know it is probably appropriate to speak of our colleagues, and I will do that on the record. I rise tonight, however, to speak about a subject heavy on my mind. It is the subject of the war in Iraq. I have n...
My Friend Bruce Langhorne
JONATHAN DEMME
Bruce Langhorne, an old friend and musician/composer that I have known for many years has had a catastrophic series of medical events this year, and they are not over yet. Bruce does not have any medical insurance. … He’s a beautiful dude who h...
The Media Lynching of Jimmy Carter
NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
It seems Israel’s "supporters" have conscripted me in their lynching of Jimmy Carter. Count me out. True, the historical part of Carter’s book, ...
Mr. Lieberman Comes to Washington
WILL YOUMANS
When far-right leader Avigdor Lieberman and his Yisrael Beiteinu party joined the Israeli government, pro-peace Israelis expressed outrage. The Brookings Institution extended an invitation. Brookings’ Saban Center for Middle East Policy is holding th...
Senate Democrats Give Gates a Free Pass
RAY McGOVERN
At Tuesday’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nomination of Robert Gates to be secretary of defense, it felt like I was paying last respects to the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution, though, was not the recipient of the praise...
The Iraq Study Group Report’s Cautious Appraisal
PATRICK COCKBURN
The cautious words of the Baker-Hamilton report stand in sharp contrast to the savagery and terror that dominate everyday life in Baghdad. Many of the terrible disasters it fears may occur in future are in fact already happening. It states that there is a risk of ...
What She Wore
LUCINDA MARSHALL
Writing about fashion is not my style. Recently however, I felt moved to write a critique of Marie Clare’s November issue which took on the unique task of looking at the impact of militarism on women’s lives from the...
Just How Progressive is the Congressional Black Caucus?
LEUTISHA STILLS
"And if a house divided (split into factions and rebelling) against itself, that house will not be able to last" Gospel of Mark, 3:25 As we near the beginning of a new, Democrat-dominated session of Congress, much...