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Archives from February 2007
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...
An Open Letter to Jason Whitlock
DAVE ZIRIN
(Note to Reader: Over the last decade, Jason Whitlock has been one of the most prominent African American sports columnists in the United States. He writes for the Kansas City Star and AOL Sports. For reasons unclear, he often refers to himself as "Big Sexy&q...
Calling All Carriers
Col. DAN SMITH
Most people know and, in any given week, probably utter one of the many thousands of "Murphy’s Laws" that exist. But Murphy is not the only perceptive spirit: We have Howe’s Law, Sod’s Law (British), O’Toole’s Comment...
How Democrats are Buying the Iraq War
JEFF LEYS
Last week, members of the Smedley Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace organized an office occupation of Representative Ed Markey’s office in Massachusetts. Their demand was simple: refuse to continue funding the Iraq war and vote against the $93 billion sup...
Doomsday Dick and the Plague of Frogs
MIKE WHITNEY
Gold traders love Dick Cheney. Every time he opens his twisted lip and barks out another threat to Iran, the dollar takes a powder and gold futures shoot to the moon. Maybe that’s the way Cheney likes it. After all, he dumped about $25 million in euro-bonds ...
Can Hillary Be Trusted?
KEVIN ZEESE
The 2006 election showed the Republican Party that opposition to the Iraq War was the dominant political issue of the year–trumping all others. Their failure to understand voter anger over the war cost them the majority in the House and Senate. Candidates ar...
Inside Islamic Charity
R. T. NAYLOR
Usama bin Laden, according to a top level "independent" task force of political hacks and self-appointed experts in "clandestine finance" set up by the Council on Foreign Relations, worked his monetary magic with the usual tools of clandestine ...
Iraqi Labor vs. Big Oil
KATHLYN STONE
According to British media, the US and UK governments are on track to achieve a March victory in Iraq. This victory will not be publicized nor will it mean an end to the occupation. Written by Bush and Blair’s big oil business partners who serve as th...
Breaking the Dam in Olympia
DAVE LINDORFF
If the state of Washington ends up passing a joint legislative resolution next month calling on the US House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Bush and Vice President Cheney, it will because 900 people who crammed into this c...
Liberal vs. Radical Enviros, Redux
KEVIN WEHR
Every few years the question of selling out comes up again, most recently it has been in the circles of the environmental movements. First it was Shellenberger and Nordhaus in their Grist Magazine article, the "Death of Environmentalism." This cogent arg...
Frightening Tales of Endangered Species
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Chuck Cushman was on a roll. His ruddy face enflamed to imperial purple as he unleashed a horror story about the dastardly practices of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s "endangered species strike force." Seems back in February of 1994 a black helico...
FBI Hunting Dead Panthers
SOFFIYAH ELIJAH
John Bowman is a former Panther who was arrested in New Orleans in 1973 and was tortured by a task force of law enforcement officers from several jurisdictions. In 2003, some of those same agents came to his home in Oklahoma City and confronted him about an unsolv...
Missile Defense Redux
RON JACOBS
Huh? According to Condi Rice, the US attempt to put missile shields in Poland and the Czech Republic is to counter some future Iranian missile threat? What would that be? Does Tehran want to conquer Poland? For its strategic position, perhaps? Or maybe to set up a...
A Debate on the Israel Lobby
JEFFREY BLANKFORT
It appeared that all but a handful of the 300 seats were filled in Room 250 of University of San Francisco’s McClaren Conference Center on a rainy Thursday night for what was probably the first debate on the power and influence of the Israel Lobby held betwe...
Five Words That Change Lives
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
This past week, we’ve been bombarded by the media with Anna Nicole Smith’s death, the courtroom antics surrounding her burial and custody of her daughter, and Britney-always Britney-who has shaved her head and entered rehab. Plus, there’s the all...
Afghanistan in Winter
CHRIS SANDS
in Kabul. A crazy woman stalks the streets near Afghanistan’s parliament. When a warlord’s rocket killed her family during the early 1990s she lost her mind. Now she moves between the cars and people looking for it, another of the living dead tr...
Zionism and the United States
LARRY PORTIS
Not long ago, I met Eyal Naveh, an Israeli historian, who explains that the United States has been the "model" for the Israeli state and society. He claims that the US was first a model for the Zionist pioneers, then for the founders of the state of Isra...
What Next for the Immigrants’ Rights Movement?
LEE SUSTAR
Amid ramped-up federal raids on undocumented workers and a raft of new anti-immigrant legislation at the state level, the immigrant rights movement is building grassroots emergency response networks–while debating what to demand from expected immigration leg...
Free Kareem Amir!
MICHAEL DICKINSON
In March 2006 the conservative administration of Egypt’s prime Islamic high-learning institution, Al-Azhar University, learned that one of their students was an online blogger, and they didn’t like what he was blogging. Complaining about its &q...
Two Million in "Maximum Distress"
P. SAINATH
Ramesshwar Kuchankar decided that the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee was where he would take his own life. He did, on November 28 in Panderkauda, Yavatmal. Ten days later, Dinesh Ghughul was shot dead by the police at the Wani cotton market in the same d...
The African Card
KEN COUESBOUC
Under the pretext that French citizens are equal before the law, there are no official statistics concerning their national or ethnic origins, nor their religious beliefs. These are considered private matters which should not be quantified. However, extrapolations...
The N-Word and Black History Month
GARY FREEMAN
Let’s not allow the N-word issue to be over-intellectualized into a debate that focuses on the style of language. The focus must be on the style of racist subjugation and hatred, including the pathologies of black inferiority and self-hatred. We need ...
AIPAC Demands "Action" on Iran
GARY LEUPP
Former CIA counterterrorism specialist Philip Giraldi, comparing the propaganda campaign against Iran to that which preceded the war on Iraq, has recently declared, "It is absolutely parallel. They’re using the same dance steps-demonize the bad guys, th...
All Roads Lead to Checkpoints
REMI KANAZI
There may have been a period when all roads led to Rome, but for the Palestinian people, all roads lead to checkpoints. The latest checkpoint Palestinians find themselves at is not manned by Israel but rather the ostensible mediator of the Israeli-Palestinian peac...
Criticizing Israel is Not an Act of Bigotry
JASON KUNIN
A grassroots revolt is underway in Jewish communities throughout the world, a revolt that has panicked the elite organizations that have long functioned as official mouthpieces for the community. The latest sign of this panic is the recent publication by the Ameri...