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Archives from February 2007
America the Stupid
"Could you picture Davy Crockett at the Alamo looking at his BlackBerry getting a message from Congress? Davy Crockett, we support you, the only thing is we’re not going to send any troops.’ I’m sure that would really be impressive to Davy C...
Talking About the Clintons
ALAN MAASS: With the Bush presidency being such a disaster in every way, a lot of people now seem to look back at the Clinton years with nostalgia. Do the Clintons deserve this? JEFFREY ST. CLAIR: I GUESS it depends on what side of those years you were on. ...
Showdown Over Texas Immigrant Prisons
There are different kinds of angry. Jay Johnson-Castro has tears in his eyes when he thinks about Suzi Hazahza at the immigration prison of Haskell, Texas. But he’s not going to cry without doing something, so next week, Johnson-Castro will walk sixty...
Evasive Diplomacy
Instead of building a diplomatic momentum on the political breakthrough mediated by their Saudi Arabian ally who succeeded in developing an Arab and Palestinian consensus on going along with the U.S.-steered Quartet efforts to revive the deadlocked peace process, ...
A Conversation with Stic.Man of Dead Prez
This week finds film-maker TAO RUSPOLI in the ATL for an interview with hip-hop legend Stic.Man of Dead Prez about the state of rap music, the possibilities for radical politics in post-911 America and the living legacy of the Black Panthers. ...
Beyond the "Protection Facility", Another Prison
With the tragic incident of this past Feb. 11th in Yeosu, Korea at the Foreigners Protection Facility where 9 people were killed in a fire, attention paid to the situation of immigrant workers in Korea has suddenly increased. Nevertheless, its been noted that beyo...
A Conversation with Francisco Letelier
This week film-maker TAO RUSPOLI talks with Los Angeles artist Francisco Letelier, son of Orlando Letelier, the Chilean political activist and former foreign minister in the Allende administration, who was assassinated on Embassy Row in Washington, DC in 1976. Le...
A Conversation with Francisco Letelier
This week film-maker TAO RUSPOLI talks with Los Angeles artist Francisco Letelier, son of Orlando Letelier, the Chilean political activist and former foreign minister in the Allende administration, who was assassinated on Embassy Row in Washington, DC in 1976. Le...
The Lost Art of Shattuck
We awoke to a pile of feathers a few weeks ago up on Black Mountain. Faik had decided to stop offering protection to the chickens because they were no longer laying eggs. Instinctually the chickens roosted on the porch. But without wire to separate them from the b...
The Second Great Depression
"The US economy is in danger of a recession that will prove unusually long and severe. By any measure it is in far worse shape than in 2001-02 and the unraveling of the housing bubble is clearly at hand. It seems that the continuous buoyancy of ...
Structured Cruelty
I will never forget standing in formation after the end of our final "hump," marine-speak for a forced march, at the end of the Crucible in March, 1997. The Crucible is the final challenge during Marine Corps boot camp and is a two-and-a-half day, physic...
Setting Sun
One element that continues to amaze is how cavalierly the United States threw Shinzo Abe under the bus while negotiating the North Korea agreement. The abductee issue-which Abe had ridden to power and which forms the core of his image as Japan’s new g...
People Power vs. Military Power in East Asia
People power does not just trouble the sleep of dictators. It can also introduce an element of unpredictability and uncertainty into the security debate in pluralist societies. People, to put it bluntly, can be a problem for the military because civilians frequent...
Common Sense About the Recent Past
[There's an independent quarterly journal at the University of Notre Dame called "Common Sense," which was founded twenty years ago by faculty, students, and alumnae/i. I taught history there briefly almost forty years ago; I enjoyed it and ...
Cleaning Up Exxon’s Greenpoint Oil Spill
You have to wonder why it has taken so long. It happened over 57 years ago when Exxon Mobil leaked at least 17 million gallons of oil in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint. The 55-acre spill, which is estimated to have been larger than the Exxon Valdez catast...
How to be a Washington Expert
It is a moss-encrusted truism that in order to be an expert in Washington, one only has to know an infinitesimal amount more than the average TV-watching ignoramus. The imperial capital boasts a greater density of pseudo-experts, jumped-up grad students, egomaniac...
Midwest Wolves Fall Prey to PR Scam
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in late January that there are now enough gray wolves in the wilds of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan to warrant taking the wolf off the federal roster of endangered and threatened species in the upper Midwest. ...
Exposing SAIC
Corporate Crime Reporter
When investigative reporters Donald Barlett and James Steele were fired from Time magazine in May 2006, the magazine cried poverty. "They’re very good, but very expensive, and I couldn’t get anyone to take them on their budget," John H...
What’s Inside the New Farm Bill
The administration’s farm bill proposal was not the "sea change" in farm programs some had feared"and others had hoped for. The proposal’s commodity title is really a continuation of the 1996 and 2002 Farm Bills with some tinkering with ...
The Daily Show and Political Activism
The popular debate about whether Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show is "bad for Americans" won’t go away. Indeed, worries got so big that now FOX has launched a conservative antidote, "The _ Hour News Show" which premiered this week. Now ...
Colorado Delta Blues
The Hoover Dam near Las Vegas, Nevada, was the largest in the world when it was built in 1936. It set Lake Mead like a gem in a golden string of desert peaks along the 1,625 miles (2,300 kms) of the Colorado River, stretching from the Rocky Mountains in the United...
Apocalyptic Archaeology
The Islamic world’s most holy site outside Mecca and Medina is the Haram al-Sharif sanctuary in occupied East Jerusalem which is home to two of the most significant religious shrines in Islam – the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa mosque. The Jews clai...
Mitt Romney Joins Iran’s Hysterical Accusers
Bizarre though it sounds, more and more public figures in the U.S., echoing Israeli officials, are accusing Iran of genocide. More accurately, of planning genocide, although past and future get all confused in the increasingly reckless rhetoric. Former Massachuset...
The Peace Process Industry
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet today [19 February] with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Ostensibly, they are to talk of a "political horizon" in order for Abbas to relay to the Palestinian people...
America, Where Are You Now?
He was old school. Wearing nothing but a simple button-down shirt and blue jeans he walked to the back of the café and sat at a chair in the corner. He ordered a home-style meal and ate quietly, watching the patrons who passed through the doorways o...