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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
Archives from February 2007
US Turnabout?
NICOLA NASSER
Two-pronged U.S. tactics of confrontation and engagement unfolded last week and described by some media as "turnabouts" in the strategy of containment of what Washington perceives as adverse regional roles in the Middle East, but in the Iraqi context and...
The Sham of Nuclear Power
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Vermont, like too many other places with nuke reactors, was recently disgraced by an industry-sponsored visit from Patrick Moore, who claims to be a "founder" of Greenpeace, and who is out selling nuclear power as a "green" technology. ...
License to Torture
NICOLE COLSON
YEARS OF solitary confinement, sensory deprivation and overload, denial of contact with lawyers or family, forcible injections with unknown drugs. Most people would call this "torture." The Bush administration calls it standard operating procedure in the...
Why the Boumediene Case Was Wrongly Decided
MARJORIE COHN
Last week, in Boumediene v. Bush, two judges on a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the provision of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that strips the rights of all Guantanamo detainees to have their habeas corpus petitions heard by ...
Take the Money and Run
CHINA HAND
Take the money and run. That’s what appears to have been behind the crash of the Shanghai stock market on February 27. In early February, Time did a good job of describing the liquidity-fueled stock bubble in China, which looked just like the last st...
Is Lt. Watada an Isolated Case of Military Dissent?
SARAH OLSON
The Army refilled five charges against 1st Lt. Ehren Watada late last week, paving the way for a possible second court-martial for the highest-ranking member of the military to publicly refuse to deploy to Iraq. When his first court-martial ended in a mistrial on ...
An Amazing Disgrace
PETER LINEBAUGH
W.E.B. DuBois taught us that the slave trade and the struggle against it were magnificent dramas superior even to the Greek tragedies. This year is the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade by the English Parliament, and the bicentennial is...
The Non-Thinking Enemy
WILLIAM S. LIND
One of the rituals attending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when our opponents score a goal, is for an American general to materialize before the press and announce, in his best miles gloriosus manner, that "we face a thinking enemy." Wow. Who ever wo...
Mark Wilkerson’s Call to America
SUSAN VAN HAITSMA
My favorite photograph of Mark Wilkerson shows him smiling, looking relaxed. He is standing in a grove of trees whose trunks radiate outward from his image as though they are drawing life from him. One side of his face glows with reflected sunshine. He wears a bla...
The Khyber Impasse
TARIQ ALI
It is Year 6 of the UN-backed NATO occupation of Afghanistan, a joint US/EU mission. On 26 February there was an attempted assassination of Dick Cheney by Taliban suicide bombers while he was visiting the ‘secure’ US air base at Bagram (once an equally...
America’s Crusaders
TOM BARRY
Ideology and faith are stirring new calls to arms among influential political factions in the United States. At a time when the U.S. public is questioning the interventionism and unilateralism of the Bush administration, leading social conservatives and neoconserv...
Airline Bankruptcies, Mergers and Profits
CARL FINAMORE
Entering bankruptcy protection is as common for airlines the last few years as entering drug rehab is for contemporary pop stars. The only difference is that airlines leave the ‘treatment center’ flying higher than ever. Of course, it’s ...
Israel’s Cluster Bombs: Still Killing and Maiming
MITCHELL KAIDY
After Israel’s no-holds-barred attack on population centers in Lebanon last year, thousands of little bomblets were left behind that exacted little damage on the Islamic cleric and his rocket-armed Hizbullah forces. But those little things are still causing ...
The Really Big Lie About Autism
ANNE McELROY DACHEL
About six months ago I wrote an OpEd piece called "The Really Big Lie Abou...
Who is Really in Control?
RAMZY BAROUD
Years back, an old and astute professor at the University of Washington ended a fascinating lecture to a small group of freshmen with the following contention: "Our country might find itself in a position that could force it to deprive its citizens from certa...
Grenada: an Invasion Revisited
HUGH O'SHAUGHNESSY
One of the fetid messes which Ronald Reagan left on the Caribbean island of Grenada after his invasion of it in 1983 has been smelling increasingly vile over the last few decades. It has just resurfaced in London. Older readers will remember that the gover...
Howard Hunt and the National Memory System
JEFF NYGAARD
E. Howard Hunt died on January 23rd. Hunt was famous for his role in the Watergate burglaries that brought an end to the presidency of Richard Nixon in 1974. Although this is what he is famous for, it is not the most important thing to know about this man. The Lon...
The Queen: What the Movie Didn’t Show
ANDREW ROUSE
On Sunday The Queen won one of Tinsel town’s highest accolades. We can now expect that during the next few months that millions of Americans will view the movie. They will undoubtedly conclude that she is a wise woman, sage statesman and practiced politician...
Oil Grab
ANTONIA JUHASZ And RAED JARRAR
While debate rages in the United States about the military in Iraq, an equally important decision is being made inside of Iraq–the future of Iraq’s oil. A new Iraqi law proposes to open the country’s currently nationalized oil system to foreign c...
The Next War
URI AVNERY
"WE ARE ready for the next war," a reserve soldier in the Israel Defense Forces told a TV reporter this week, on the scene of a brigade-size maneuver on the Golan Heights. What war? Against whom? About what? This was not stated, and not even asked...
The Right to Return to New Orleans
BILL QUIGLEY
Each morning, Debra South Jones drives 120 miles into New Orleans to cook and serve over 300 hot free meals each day to people in New Orleans East, where she lived until Katrina took her home. Ms. Jones and several volunteers also distribute groceries to 18,000 fa...
US Israel Lobby Targets Lebanon’s Jihad al-Bina
FRANKLIN LAMB
Come to think of it, wasn’t it just a matter of time before the Bush administration would get around to declaring the Lebanese registered construction company, Jihad al-Bina, yet another "terrorist organization"? It finally did put Jihad al-Bina on...
The Income Gap
PAUL BUCHHEIT
We all believe that a growing economy is a good thing. Corporate successes make America strong, and international monetary policies have been designed to promote economic growth around the world. But something is wrong. The income gap is growing faster in t...
Suzie Hazahza in Haskell Hell
GREG MOSES
For many miles of his protest walks, whether against border walls or children’s prisons, Jay Johnson-Castro has walked alone. His four-day walk from Abilene to Haskell, Texas this week may be no different, as he protests the cruel and unusual treatment of th...
Bush and Cheney Must be Impeached Before More Die
RALPH NADER
The invasion-occupation of Iraq has been described as a classic case of asymmetrical warfare. Unable to begin to match the modern land, aerial and sea weaponry of the United States, the insurgents are fighting back with roadside IEDs, rifles and grenades to sow ch...