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Archives from February 2007
Economists in Denial
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
At a Washington, D.C., press conference last November, Harvard University professor Michael Porter claimed that globalism was bringing benefits to Americans (Manufacturing & Technology News, Nov. 30, 2006). Porter was introducing the latest report, "Compe...
Ecuador Stands Up to the US
ROGER BURBACH
Quito, Ecudor. The leftist government of Rafael Correa has moved assertively in its relations with the United States during its first month in office. The Minister of Foreign Relations, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, in a meeting with the Foreign Press Associatio...
Some Good News from Beantown
JOHN V. WALSH
In our fair city of Boston we have recently witnessed collapsing, water-logged Big-Dig tunnels; $500,000 worth of public fright fanned by our diction challenged mayor, "Mumbles" Menino, over some electronic bling bling; the wild-eyed Alan Dershowitz atta...
Liberal Icons and War
ROBERT JENSEN
In a political culture defined by a centrist-to-reactionary political spectrum, Paul Wellstone was a breath of fresh air when he brought his progressive politics to the U.S. Senate in 1991. His death in 2002 robbed the country of a humane voice on the national pol...
The Mecca Agreements
RON JACOBS
In the territories of Palestine, an internecine war ebbs and flows between the factions that represent he Palestinians. Simultaneously, the military forces of Tel Aviv wage their own battle against the Palestinian forces and, more importantly, against the civilian...
In the Theater of the Jungle Belt
P. SAINATH
It was well past midnight when the farmer said he was fed up with the way things were going. He could not take it any more, he told us. A farmer’s life was not worth living. It was pretty cold by this time. Yet no one budged and you could feel the tension in...
What Lincoln Really Said
DAVID SWANSON
Alaska Congressman Don Young just attempted on the floor of the House to quote Abraham Lincoln’s opinion on opposition to presidents’ war plans. Young failed rather dramatically. Here’s his ...
Facing Mecca
URI AVNERY
Must a Native-American recognize the right of the United States of America to exist? Interesting question. The USA was established by Europeans who invaded a continent that did not belong to them, eradicated most of the indigenous population (the "Red ...
Iran, the Proxy War?
MICHELE BRAND
Why does the US continue to prepare for war against Iran, given the increasing internal–and dead-set international–opposition to further US military intervention, and given its failure in Iraq? In order for the anti-war and anti-imperialist move...
Congress Must Defund the War
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
We are approaching the four-year anniversary of one of the greatest foreign policy mistakes in our country’s history. In March 2003, with the prior authorization of Congress, the President took this country to war in Iraq. Almost four years later, virtually ...
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at Diesel
FRED GARDNER
On a rainy Friday night at Diesel, a bookstore in the Rockridge section of Oakland, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signed copies of "...
Storming the Pentagon
MITCHEL COHEN
Forthy years it’s been. In October 1967, I was an 18-year-old junior at SUNY Stony Brook, organizing students to participate in the first militant demonstration on the East Coast against the Vietnam war. At the Pentagon. Phil Ochs — my hero R...
Iran: a Chronology of Disinformation
GARY LEUPP
Larisa Alexandrovna has recently written an excellent article detailing the neoconservatives’ six-year long projec...
Sold to Mr. Gordon, Another Bridge!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
It requires no special skill to sell Michael Gordon, chief military correspondent of the New York Times, the Brooklyn Bridge. All you have to do is whisper down the phone to him that the transaction will occur at a background "briefing" by anonymous inte...
"Carnival is Conquering the World!"
JONATHAN FRANKLIN
As the war sirens howl throughout the US and the occupation of Iraq grinds to a bloody standoff, I take my annual trip south to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Can Carnival cure me of the painful reality of the old world rhetoric screaming from Washington? Instead of bull...
Keeping Ohio Refugee Free
MIKE FERNER
The following news brief ran on the Associated Press yesterday: Strickland Doesn´t Want Overflow Iraqi Refugees "Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has a message for President Bush: any plan to relocate to the US thousands of refuge...
The Undertaker’s Tally
ROGER MORRIS
"The finest Secretary of Defense this nation has ever had." – Vice President Dick Cheney "The past was not predictable when it started." – Donald Rumsfeld ...
Dark Mesas in an Ancient Light
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
I am lost in a labyrinth of stone. I only know I must go down. I must follow the striated pink slickrock. Down and down this narrow side canyon, disoriented by an elegant confusion of landforms: arches and hoodoos; dry falls and rock shelters; graben and needles; ...
The Object of My Disaffection
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Respect for the office-don’t you wonder about the meaning of this? Aren’t you aghast that anyone would have the testicles or breasticles to blast and bash me or anyone else for criticizing the occupier of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Truth is I receive e-...
Mumia Addresses the World Death Penalty Conference
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Paris, France. During the opening ceremony of the 3rd World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Paris recently–a session featuring top diplomats and dignitaries–only one actual death row inmate addressed the delegates from over 120 nations: Pe...
A Conversation with Patrick Cockburn, Part Two
TAO RUSPOLI
Last week, TAO RUSPOLI was in London, where he filmed an interview with journalist Patrick Cockburn, author of ...
Bush and Olmert Get That Peace Process Hoodoo
JAMES BROOKS
Who is not happy to see movement in the old dead limbs of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process? The Bush administration wants to give the Palestinians a "diplomatic horizon", and that must be better than "diplomatic isolation, economic blockade, an...
Gore Throws a Concert Using Musicians He and Tipper Betrayed in the 1980s
MIKE STARK
So Al Gore, the man that could have been president of these United States, is throwing a concert. This, of course, is the same Al Gore who spent much of the mid-eighties, along with wife Tipper, attacking music, culminating in Congressional Hearings which resulted...
The Press and Stephen Hadley
JOHN W. FARLEY
Last Sunday’s online newspapers brought a propaganda barrage from the highest levels of the US government. Reporters in Baghdad were shown a table full of weapons and told that this proved the Iranian government was supplying weapons to the resistance in Ira...
Marching on the Pentagon
RON JACOBS
The first time I remember going inside the Pentagon was in 1969 when I was 14. My dad was coming back from Vietnam and his next assignment was Germany. For some reason we had to go to the Pentagon for something having to do with our upcoming trip. The thing I reme...
In Iraq, Anyone Can Make a Bomb
ANDREW COCKBURN
President Bush has now definitively stated that bombs known as explosively formed penetrators – EFPs, which have proved especially deadly for U.S. troops in Iraq – are made in Iran and exported to Iraq. But in November, U.S. troops raiding a Baghdad ma...
StratCom and the Coming War on Iran
TIM RINNE
Reports of a possible U.S. air assault against Iranian nuclear facilities have been circulating in the media for more than a year and a half now. Former CIA agent Philip Giraldi (The American Conservative, 8/1/05), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh (...
The Strange Romance of Hillary and David Brooks
ALBERT WAN
A day after the annual festival of hearts and roses, cupid’s arrow was still lodged in the back of David Brooks, the conservative columnist of the New York Times. Only his punch-drunk love was directed at a most unlikely candidate: Hillary Clinton. In...
Putting Black Faces on Imperial Aggression
GLEN FORD
"Barack Obama is our son and he deserves our support," declared Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Jr., speaking to a gathering of Black Democrats at the party’s winter meeting, in Washington, earlier this month. By Jones’ logic, Condoleezz...
Vermont Legislature Says Bring Them Home Now!
JAMES MARC LEAS
The Vermont Senate and House both passed resolutions "urging the President and Congress to commence immediately the orderly withdrawal of American military forces from Iraq." The resolutions also both urge Vermont "Governor [James] Douglas t...
The Terror of Suzi Hazahza
GREG MOSES
Tasting the food that Suzi Hazahza cooked for him on that first Thursday in November, Reza Barkhordari couldn’t have been more joyful. He went to Suzi’s house every night after work, to sit with her whole family. And each night, the wedding drew a day ...
Turning Point
MARC LEVY
My best friend was an Army Ranger with the First Cavalry Division. We likely crossed paths in Vietnam. I was an ordinary grunt. He was elite. These days he heads a construction company; way back he married a rock star, carried on in jet set circles, learned the mu...
Who is Muqtada al-Sadr?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Whatever else the US intended when it invaded Iraq in 2003 it was not to hand power to an Islamic militant in a black turban who denounces Washington and Israel in the same breath. The claim by two American officials yesterday that Muqtada al-Sadr, the radical Shi...
House Debates Surge as Popularity Drops
KEVIN ZEESE
The House is in the midst of debate over the Iraq War–three days of debate on the floor of the House of Representatives over whether the Congress supports the surge. The outcome is pre-ordained–the House will oppose the surge. The questions are two-fol...
They Want You to Eat Cloned Meat–and They Don’t Want You to Know It
PETE SHANKS
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is close to letting into our food supply meat and milk from cloned livestock and their offspring. This is a really bad idea, and worth complaining about; they have asked for comments. An easy way to send them in is by going t...
The Michelle Manhart Affair
PETER ROST, MD
Ms. Michelle Manhart appeared in Playboy’s February edition in a range of poses, some in uniform and some without said uniform. The US Air Force responded by releasing a statement, saying, "This staff sergeant’s alleged action does not meet...
More Zyprexa Postcards from the Edge
EVELYN PRINGLE
On February 13, 2007, Judge Jack Weinstein issued a permanent injunction, prohibiting attorney, Jim Gottstein, and Dr David Egilman, an expert witness in litigation involving Zyprexa, from further disseminating certain Eli Lilly documents that were sealed with a c...
How to Obsess Your Enemies
SAUL LANDAU
Imperial rulers and violently fixated Cuban exiles need Bush’s "No Child Left Behind" program to accelerate learning processes and not continue to repeat mistakes. Hey, on Cuba policy, it’s only been forty eight years! Fidel Castro, on...
The Co-Dependent Congress
DAVE LINDORFF
It’s time to simply admit the obvious: The president of the United States is crazy as a loon, and the Congress and the media are functioning as co-dependents as he runs the country off a cliff. Bush says in his latest press conference that he is "...
"Do I Look Like the Pope?"
LENNI BRENNER & GILAD ATZMON
Brenner to Atzmon Hi Gilad, People tell me so many things about you, that I decided to get some answers straight from the horse’s mouth, as we Yanks say. ...
The Rules of Imperial Management
STEPHEN LENDMAN
The world community calls them "Blue Helmets" or "peacekeepers," and the UN defines their mission as "a way to help countries torn by conflict create conditions for sustainable peace" by implementing and monitoring post-conflict peace...
An Evening with Ralph Steadman
MICHAEL SIMMONS
I’m sitting in an epic traffic jam on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood on early evening October 31st, 2006 as George W. Bush staggers in front of my car, accompanied by Harry Potter and Paris Hilton. I slam on my brakes to keep from mowing them down,...
Medical Apartheid in America
MARGARET KIMBERLY
"There isn’t a better candidate for torture than a person who isn’t really considered a person." The name Josef Mengele is so infamous that it needs no introduction. Mengele was the German doctor who performed medical experiments on pr...
The Perils of Charity
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
What recent events tell us is that what something is called has substantive repercussions far greater than one might think. Consider "foreign terrorist organization". It has been in the news because of a recent case that the Supreme Court refused to hear...
The Democrats and Palestine
MICHAEL F. BROWN
Hubris leads directly to disrespect. Back in power for just a handful of weeks, Rep. Gary Ackerman, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, is already displaying his disregard for the Peace Movement, Arab Americans, Muslim Americans, th...
What’s Being Left Out of Solutions to Fossil Fuel?
DON FITZ
Everyone from the Republicans to Democrats to major environmental groups are singing hosannas to biofuels and hybrid cars as the salvation from peak oil and global warming. Will trusting corporations to manufacture environmentally friendly cars make a dent in the ...
The Plot Against Mexican Corn
JOHN ROSS
The "diableros" (hand truck hostlers) from Lagunilla market clustered around La Lupita’s Ricos Tacos in the rough and tumble barrio of Tepito were not smiling. "Yesterday these cost me six pesos. Today, it’s eight. Tomorrow, who knows, t...
The War Without a Name
DICK J. REAVIS
Early this month the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed that it has compiled a list of 51 still-unsolved murders reported in connection with Southern civil rights campaigns during the 1950s and 60s. Congressman John Lewis has called for funding their investi...
Give Love; Give Life
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Back in 496, Pope Gelasius I abolished Lupercalia. That Roman fertility festival had ancient roots and was held February 15th at the finish of the festival of Juno Februa. The pope also declared the feast of St. Valentine would be on February 14th. In 1969, the ch...
Texas Injustice in Black and White
J. L. CHESTNUT, Jr.
I have a deep and troubling concern in the law’s racist involvement with death: executions. I also have a deep and troubling concern in what too often passes for legal justice for black folks and poor folks. Texas led the nation in executions when George W. ...