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Archives from January 2007
Amos Gitaï’s Kedma
LARRY PORTIS
The War of 1948 as seen in Otto Preminger’s Exodus, Amos Gitaï’s Kedma and Elie Chouraki’s O Jerusalem! The contrast between the ethnic stereotyping exhibited in Exodus and the portrayal of characters in Amos Gitaï’s Kedma ...
Don’t let him off the Hook
DAVE LINDORFF
In at least one area, President Bush is on the run and Congress should run him to ground. The issue, which should be of concern to Democrats, Republicans and independents alike, is illegal spying on Americans by the National Security Agency. Back in...
Barack Obama: The Mania and the Mirage
GLEN FORD
  “Mirage” is the best metaphor for Barack Obama. He shimmers on the horizon, a promise of…something. But as one draws closer, Obama dissipates into nothingness – which is his purpose. Like a mirage, Obama floats...
How Israel Enforces “Demographic Separation”
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth When I published my book Blood and Religion last year, I sought not only to explain what lay behind Israeli policies since the failed Camp David negotiations nearly seven years ago, including the disengagement from Gaza and the building of a wall ...
Democracy: Everywhere and Nowhere
B.R. GOWANI
The word “democracy” is of Greek origin and means “people power,” from the combination of demos + kratia. Basically, what democracy then denotes is the power or rule (that is, the government) of the people which they may exercise e...
A Horse is Worth More Than Riches
JASON HRIBAL
At Government Liquidation Inc., a contractor of the US Defense Department, the bidding starts at fifty dollars. Here, items that the government no longer wants or needs are auctioned off. You can buy scrap metal, small boats, tents, or clothing. You can buy barrels o...
What It Would Take to Stop It
VIRGINIA TILLEY
Johannesburg, South Africa From its inception, the US occupation was a lose-lose proposition. Simply rolling into Iraq — a society of which the Bush neocons had so distorted a conception and US occupation commanders and foot soldiers had no grasp at all ̵...
Straight Talk from Mike
MICHAEL DONNELLY
All along I’ve been amused by the Barack Obama spectacle. The very idea of a half-white Hawai’i multi-millionaire passing himself off as a black man from Chicago seems more sitcom than Senate plot. The all-Celebrity/all-the-time press swooning over th...
Protest From A Bad Cripple
WILLIAM PEACE
I am a bad cripple, one who, for the past week, has been very angry. What is a bad cripple? It is a person such as myself with an obvious disability who is well aware of their civil rights. When I am confronted with ignorance and bigotry, I do not bow down. I rej...
Zionism in the Cinema – Part One
LARRY PORTIS
The slogan “never again”, as used in relation to the Nazi genocides during the Second World War, and those which have succeeded, seems empty when we consider the ethnic cleansing carried out in Palestine after the creation of the state of Israel in 19...
Can World Trade Ever Be Fair? Back to Keynes!
SUSAN GEORGE
THE Doha agenda, launched at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting in the Qatari capital in 2001, has collapsed, and a good thing too. Although the WTO director general, Pascal Lamy, is trying desperately to resuscitate the agenda, the opponents ...
Vibrant as the Paint on the Walls
JOHN ROSS
      Oaxaca The walls of this city of painters have been freshly whitewashed on orders from a much-lampooned governor, the whiteout financed by transnational tourist moguls to promote the illusion that peace has returned to Oaxaca.  Neat s...
What’s In It For Bush?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Initially, the Bush Regime denied that Bush’s escalation speech on January 10 signaled that the Regime intends to attack Iran. Now a number of Regime officials have made it clear that Iran, not Iraq, is the focus of the Regime’s war planning. Robert G...
Obama and the Middle East The Next Big Bamboozler
JOSHUA FRANK
So I guess we know what the buzz is going to be for the next, ah, year or so. It looks like Barack Obama, the rookie Senator from Illinois, is going to run for president. He has received a plethora of accolades from key primary states in recent weeks for his (all...
Towards Oil at $200 a Barrel
DAVE LINDORFF
For us, there is an alternative to the catastrophe which President Bush and his regent, Dick Cheney, are preparing, in the ratchet up towards war with Iran. We could rise up as a nation and demand that our elected representatives pass a Boland-type amendme...
"Out of altitude, airspeed and ideas"
FRANKLIN SPINNEY
The heart of any military strategy in the conduct of war is the art of placing your adversary under menacing pressure to make a decision, while denying him thetime to make sense out of the menacing conditions forcing that decision.  The Baker Commission trie...
Resist Thanatos! Celebrate Eros!
DR. SUSAN BLOCK
“America will…require increasing force levels…more than 20,000 additional American troops to Iraq.” Thus spake the great God Thanatos through His servant, the Decider, the American Boy-King George II, as he gazed, cross-eyed and qu...
Stimson’s Outrageous Threat
MARJORIE COHN
In one of the most severe threats the Bush administration has dealt to our constitutional democracy, the Pentagon attacked the lawyers who have volunteered to represent the Guantánamo detainees.  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Charles Stimson threa...
Part 2
SAUL LANDAU
While tapes of the 81 year old Gore Vidal’s interviews with Cuban reporters played on Cuban TV, he had a private lunch with a retired Cuban diplomat and his wife, which offered Vidal some insight into the revolution. “When I was five years old,...
Why Time is not on Bush’s Side
FRANKLIN SPINNEY
The strategic heart of any military strategy in the conduct of war is the art of placing your adversary under menacing pressure to make a decision, while denying him the time to make sense out of the menacing conditions forcing that decision.  The Baker Comm...
Further Along the Dead-End Road
RON JACOBS
If there was ever any doubt about who is really running the war in Iraq, George Bush erased it last Wednesday night.  Subsequent testimony before Congress by administration spokespeople and various news reports make it clear that the White House and the Pent...
The Pieces Are Being Put in Place
COL. SAM GARDINER
The pieces are moving.  They’ll be in place by the end of February. The United States will be able to escalate military operations against Iran. The second carrier strike group leaves the U.S. west coast on January 16.  It will be joi...
The Year of the Pig
KEN COUESBOUC
 The Chinese New Year is coming up next month. So shall we scoff more than ever, or be led off to slaughter or both as usual? But, in that case, why bother to change the calendar? I’m joking of course, because I’m old enough to have survived...
Johnny Got His Gun
WILLIAM BLUM
In the past year Iran has issued several warnings to the United States about the consequences of an American or Israeli attack. One statement, issued in November by a high Iranian military official, declared: "If America attacks Iran, its 200,000 troops and 3...
The Class War’s New Map
RALPH NADER
The boiling, surging, churning and corporatizing economy of the United States is racing far ahead of its being understood by political economists, economists, politicians and the polis itself. Tidbits from the past week add up to this view, to wit: –...
Only Impeachment Can Stop Him
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
When are the American people and their representatives in Congress and the military going to wake up and realize that the US has an insane war criminal in the White House who is destroying all chances for peace in the world and establishing a police state in the ...
Gore Vidal in Havana
SAUL LANDAU
After 9/11, George Bush began firing fear-loaded spitballs at Congress and the media,  which reacted by being frightened. Five years and three months later, Gore Vidal in Havana countered W’s discords of panic with chimes of truth.  On Decembe...
Another War the Voters Hoped to End
ROGER MORRIS
One of the books in the backdrop of the White House Library must have been on quantum physics.  As President George W. Bush stood awkwardly at his podium Wednesday night, nervously drawing breaths at each sentence as he began his long-awaited speech on Iraq, Was...
Umm Heyder’s Story
KATHY KELLY
Amman  In January of 2003, shortly before the U.S. bombed and invaded Iraq, I asked a dear friend, Umm Heyder, to tell me how she was feeling.  “It is very hard,” she said, “when all you can do is to sit and to wait for your ci...
The Israel Lobby Trips and Tilts
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Suppose the movers and shakers in the Israel lobby here — Abe Foxman, Alan Dershowitz and the rest of the crew — had simply decided to leave Jimmy Carter’s Palestine Peace Not Apartheid alone. How long before the book would have been gathering d...
Show and Tell at the IRS
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It’s time for one of our periodic looks at the Internal Revenue Service. In July it announced it was eliminating one-half of the IRS personnel who were responsible for auditing the tax returns of the wealthiest Americans who made gifts or had died. Th...
The Secrets in Eli Lilly’s Cabinet
EVELYN PRINGLE
In deciding whether to allow Eli Lilly to continue to use court orders to hide documents that show the company illegally marketed Zyprexa for unapproved uses and failed to warn the public about the serious health risks associated with the drug for a decade, the co...
Bush’s Domestic Sex Policy
DAVID ROSEN
During the first one hundred hours of the new 110th Congress, the Democrats plan to defy expectations by showing that they have a backbone. They’ve announced their intention to introduce legislation that would toughen ethics rules, increase the minimum wage,...
Celebrating the "Sum of the World" in Chiapas
JOHN ROSS
Oventik, Chiapas. The unmistakable reedy voice of Subcomandante Marcos floated eerily over craggy peaks and deep hollows illuminated by a full moon that had opportunistically parted the ghostly mountain mists just an hour after midnight this past New Year&#...
Playing Politics with Drug Reimportation
PETER ROST, MD
Drug reimportation is back in the headlines. What brought this issue back to life was the introduction of two identical bills in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to legalize importation of less expensive prescription drugs into the United ...
"The most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietman, if it’s carried out!"
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
A make-or-break speech by a beleagured American president is usually preceded by a demonstration of American might somewhere on the planet and the run-up to Bush’s  address Wednesday night was no exception. The AC-130 U.S. gunship that massacred a convo...
Less Than Zero
WILLIAM S. LIND
DOn the surface, President Bush’s Wednesday night speech adds up to precisely nothing. The President said, "It is clear that we need to change our strategy in Iraq," but the heart of his proposal, adding more than 20,000 U.S. troops, represents no ...
Holiday Hypocrisy
STEPHEN LENDMAN
Borrowing the line from Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore: "Things are seldom as they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream." It’s as true here in the US today as it was in 19th century England, and its message explains how to understand a...
Rogue State, Redux
ROBERT BUZZANCO
In late November, my colleague James Carter and I published a short piece comparing events of 1968 to 2006 and assuming/predicting that the Bush administration would take some steps to begin deescalating their dismal war in Iraq (See "...
The Ironies of Bush and Iraq
LAITH Al-SAUD
On a personal note I have written very little on Iraq since 2006. There is good reason-nothing has changed. The same abusers of human rights exercise power with impunity, however incompetently. The democrats took office but they seemed poised to continue to suppor...
What Bush Really Said
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Bush’s "surge" speech is a hoax, but members of Congress and media commentators are discussing the surge as if it were real. I invite the reader to examine the speech. The "surge" content consists of nonsensical propagandistic stat...
Negroponte’s Latest Gig
SAUL COHEN
President Bush’s nomination of current director of National Intelligence John Negroponte for the position of deputy secretary of state brings bad news for Latin America. If proven, the allegations of Negroponte’s sordid involvement in the Central Ameri...
A Day of Action and Questions
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
What are they thinking? What makes their perceptions so different from mine? That’s what I wondered as I saw a few counter protesters at Times Square on Thursday evening. They held high a banner that read, "Support the Troops" and they were saying,...
Beyond the Surge
YIFAT SUSSKIND
Wednesday night, Bush the Decider announced his intention to throw gasoline on the inferno he ignited in Iraq. He will send in another 21,500 US soldiers, who will kill and injure many more Iraqis and may be killed themselves. Bush’s move shows total contemp...
"21,500 More Troops"
PATRICK COCKBURN
The Iraqi government will be weakened by the US dispatching more troops to Iraq and may well be replaced by a more pro-American administration in Baghdad. The increase in American involvement in Iraq is also convincing Iraqis that the US occupation is going to be ...
Not About Free Speech
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
Caracas. No single news item emerging from Venezuela has made foreigners, and especially North Americans, more queasy than the recent decision by the Chávez government not to renew the broadcasting concession previously granted to Radio Caracas Telev...
The Last Gasp of Brute Force?
MIKE WHITNEY
Even a cursory review of Bush’s speech shows that the president is less concerned with "security" in Baghdad than he is with plans to attack Iran. Paul Craig Roberts was correct in his article yesterday when he questioned whether all the hoopla ove...
Surge Toward What?
Col. DOUGLAS MacGREGOR
Iraq’s condition worsens with each passing day. Corruption and violence infect every sphere of daily life. Drug trafficking is on the rise and more than a million and a half Iraqi Arabs reside as refugees inside neighboring states. Simultaneously, the...
Refugee Dreams
KATHY KELLY
Sr. Rose Leo, the principal of the grade school I attended, was also a talented musician who could have had a career as an opera singer. Three days a week, after school, our girl’s chorus assembled for practice, singing musical exercises until Sr. Rose Leo s...
Carter’s Inconvenient Truths
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Jimmy Carter, probably the most decent man to occupy the White House, received a lot of grief during his term in office, most of it undeserved. His latest book, ...