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Archives from February 2007
A Conversation with Patrick Cockburn, Part One
TAO RUSPOLI
Last week, TAO RUSPOLI was in London, where he filmed an interview with journalist Patrick Cockburn, author of ...
The Press Bites, Again
DAVE LINDORFF
A word of caution on US "evidence" that Iran is providing armor-piercing weapons to Iraqis. If reporters could all stop the heavy breathing for a moment, they might ask the folks at the White House and in the Pentagon to explain why those bombs th...
Cracks in the Pentagon
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Is the high command of the US military breaking ranks with the Bush Regime? With the "mainstream media," that is, the government’s propaganda ministry, bombarding the American public with "news reports" from unidentified sources th...
Empty Vessels
Col. DOUGLAS A. MacGREAGOR
A few years ago when it looked like Colin Powell might run for President, George Will described Powell on This Week with David Brinkley as "an empty vessel into which people pour their hopes and aspirations." George Will had a point. In the world ...
The Method in the Madness
URI AVNERY
When A Prime Minister has just lost a war, is dogged by corruption allegations and sees his popularity ratings in free fall – what can he do? Why, he can initiate provocations. A provocation diverts attention, generates headlines, creates the i...
From Iraq to Iran
MARJORIE COHN
It’s déja vu. This time the Bush gang wants war with Iran. Following a carefully orchestrated strategy, they have ratcheted up the "threat" from Iran, designed to mislead us into a new war four years after they misled us into Iraq. L...
Iran War Talking Points
DAVID SWANSON
Aiding a nation against a foreign invasion is not grounds for war. The US aided France against Germany and still brags about it. WMD possession is not grounds for war. The US has more of them than anyone. The motivation for attacking Iran was laid ou...
When Wall Street Whines (You Know They’re Making a Killing)
RALPH NADER
Wall Street leaders have established a series of self-empowered commissions — among them the Commission on Capital Markets Regulation (the "Paulson Commission"), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Commission on the Regulation of the U.S. Capital ...
Why We Are Striking
Columbia Coalition Against The War
We, the Columbia Coalition Against the War, are staging a strike followed by a teach-in on February 15th, 2007. We are inviting the entire Columbia community, including students, faculty, staff, and the administration, to join us in publicly and actively opposing...
Targeting Tehran
PATRICK COCKBURN
The United States is moving closer to war with Iran by accusing the "highest levels" of the Iranian government of supplying sophisticated roadside bombs that have killed 170 US troops and wounded 620. The allegations against Iran are similar in to...
Coal Ambivalence
THOMAS POWER
Montana’s Governor Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, has been an enthusiastic promoter of coal development in Montana. He has pushed for the development of synthetic fuel plants that would convert Montana coal to liquid fuels. He sees coal mining and th...
Iran Bashing Goes Prime Time
Col. DAN SMITH
Writing in the New York Times on January 31, columnist Thomas Friedman reminded readers that both putative U.S. enemy Iran and putative U.S. ally Saudi Arabia have mixed records in their post-September 11, 2001 relations with the United States. The caution...
The Politics of Archaeology in Jerusalem
NICOLA NASSER
The Israeli arrogance of being the regional military super power, unequivocally backed by the U.S. world super power, is dictating a kind of politics that deals trivially with the national and religious grievances of Israel’s geopolitical neighbors, whom the...
What Next for Haiti’s Cite Soleil?
Dr. JOHN CARROLL, MD
On February 7 I looked over the balcony rail from the second floor of our clinic in Cite Soleil. Five UN (MINUSTAH) tanks were patrolling the streets directly below us and passing by slowly in single file. Their guns were not aimed at the clinic like usual as I to...
The Frame-Up That Fell Apart
NICOLE COLSON
Despite the best efforts of federal prosecutors, a Chicago jury refused to convict Palestinian activist Muhammad Salah on racketeering charges in one of the highest-profile cases of the Bush administration’s "war on terror." Salah and co-def...
It’s No Use Blaming Iran for a Lost War
PATRICK COCKBURN
It is scarcely surprising that the Iranian government believes that the United States is behind the kidnapping of one of its diplomats in Baghdad on Sunday. The Iranians say he was seized by 30 uniformed men from an Iraqi army commando battalion that often works w...
Sex and Torture in America
DAVID SWANSON
How does sex differ from torture? The one is good and the other bad, might be your immediate reply. But were I to describe an act of torture, this would be taken as a serious article. Were I to describe an act of sex, then political publications wouldn’t pub...
Rampant Cynicism
DOUG GIEBEL
"[T]he collision of the public’s clarity of mind, the president’s relentless pursuit of defeat and Congress’s anxiety has paralyzed us." Lt. Gen. William E. Odom, The Washington Post, February 11, 2007 ...
An Outrageously Sickening Immigration Policy
GREG MOSES
"This is pathetically sickening. This is outrageously sickening. What is the government trying to accomplish by terrorizing people who want to be Americans?" That’s how Jay Johnson-Castro responded by telephone to the front-page story in Sat...
How the World Can Stop Bush
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
What would be the consequences of a US or Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear energy sites? At the 2006 Perdana Global Peace Forum, Australian medical scientist Dr. Helen Caldicott provided ...
A Splintered Antiwar Movement
JOHN WALSH
The roster of speakers for the UFPJ demonstration in Washington D.C. on January 27 speaks volumes. The key was not so much who was included but who was not. The list of speakers certainly had a lot of wonderful activists in the peace movement, but to a considerabl...
Inappropriate Behavior and Impeachment
DAVE LINDORFF
So let’s get this straight. Douglas Feith, who headed up the insidious Office of Special Plans at the Pentagon that was created to develop, gin up, and manufacture "evidence" to justify a US attack on Iraq, has been reprimanded in a long-del...
The Kervorkian Administration
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA analyst President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are unwittingly playing Dr. Jack Kevorkian in helping the state of Israel commit suicide. For this is the inevitable consequence of the planned air and missile attack on Iran. The pockm...
A Dream Still Unfulfilled
WALTER BRASCH
Three days before Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 15, the Press Enterprise of Bloombsurg, Pa., published a letter-to-the-editor by Al Olszewski of Mount Carmel. The newspaper publishes one to four letters a day, and Olszewski frequently writes, e-mails, or calls in h...
Coups and Democracy in Venezuela
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
Caracas. This past Sunday marked the fifteenth anniversary of Hugo Chávez’s failed coup against the government of Carlos Andrés Pérez. The date, "4F" for short, has become a sort of national holiday in Venezuela: Ch&aacu...
Has Jazz Lost Its African-American Core?
GEORGE DUKE
OK, I have something I want to talk about. Over the past five or six years, I’ve noticed a marked change of direction in many young jazz pianists. Please keep in mind that for the purposes of this article, I’m only referring to jazz pianists, bu...
Mr. Hyde and Uncle Sam
PETER R. HARLEY
While I have have previously criticized Mr. John Wain for certain of his selections to those hard-bound Oxford editions which end up in people’s living rooms, I was pleased last week to read Robert Louis Stevenson’s ...
Barack Obama: Lost in the Foothills of Hope
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
My wife, Sandra, warned me, "Don’t be hating." Now San (as we call her), who has worked in retail sales, selling ladies shoes, throughout her working life, is not an overtly political person. She is one of those old-timey, "salt of the earth&q...
China’s Filthiest Export
JENNIFER L. TURNER And JULI S. KIM
The economic boom Deng Xiaoping sparked in 1980 brought millions out of poverty and turned China into the world’s factory. However, by following in the footsteps of many western countries that opted to "pollute first and clean up later," China buil...
Oprah’s Strange Endorsement of "The Secret"
PAT WOLFF
Have you heard about "The Secret" — the New Age movie that Oprah was raving about last week? "The Secret" is all about the universal laws of attraction. Basically the message of the movie is you get what you ask for. You send out p...
The Words of Mohammad
GREG MOSES
During the day Friday, the words of 11-year-old Mohammad Hazahza have filled him up and weighed him down. On Friday night, he pours the words back out, as if wanting to be lifted back up. "Mohammad is so protective of his mother," says Ralph Isenb...
Now It’s War on the Shia
PATRICK COCKBURN
The United States is stepping up the war in Iraq. For almost four years, it has been fighting the Iraqi Sunni community. Now it has started to confront the followers of Muqtada al-Sadr, the nationalist Shia cleric who leads the powerful Mehdi Army militia. ...
Till the Cows Come Home
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Cows you say? Is there really a bovine threat? Well, for those of you who believe that logging is the dominant threat to our public lands, think again. The Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management control about 320 million races in the West. Grazing allotm...
Will They Nuke Iran?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
President Nixon, a very good poker player, once defined the art of brinkmanship as persuading your opponent that you are insane and, unless appeased by pledges of surrender, quite capable of blowing up the planet. By these robust standards George Bush is do...
Israel, Iran and the Bush Administration
GABRIEL KOLKO
There has been a qualitative leap in military technology that makes all inherited conventional wisdom, and war as an instrument of political policy, utterly irrelevant, not just to the United States but also to any other state that embarks upon it. Nations should ...
Brzezinski’s Damning Indictment
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Most Americans are probably unaware of former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski’s damning indictment of the Bush Regime in his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on February 1, 2007, as the United States no longer has a media...
Fear and Diversions
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
So far in February, the "Coalition" fatality rate is four a day. Thirty-three U.S. soldiers have died this month; two British troops and one from Poland have been killed. The average daily number of Iraqi deaths is sixty-two. That is 558 in just nine day...
Veterans’ Love Story
SHEPHERD BLISS
Ah, Valentine’s Day approaches again–a good time to review one’s love life. Memories long buried, personal and collective, may emerge, if one goes deep enough. Over 40 years ago I was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army, following the...
America’s "Global War on Terrorism"
M. SHAHID ALAM
One day Mulla Nasruddin went to his neighbor, known to be a mean fellow. "Sir," he explained, "your ox has gored my cow and killed her after she refused his amorous advances." His neighbors shot back, "So what has that got to ...
"You Can’t Oppose the War and Fund the War"
KEVIN ZEESE
Anthony Arnove is the editor, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People’s History of the Un...
Bush Surge Means More Horrors in Iraq
LEE SUSTAR
THE MASSACRE of 260 people near Najaf in southern Iraq on January 29 was first portrayed as a highly successful U.S.-Iraqi joint military action. But growing numbers of reporters in Iraq have uncovered evidence contradicting the official story–that the attac...
Truth or Consequences
DAVE LINDORFF
President Bush makes a big deal out of his alleged "faith." Certainly a part of that faith ought to be speaking and behaving honestly. Just recently, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a piece saying Vice President Dick Cheney should come cl...
Watada Beats the Government
MARJORIE COHN
When the Army judge declared a mistrial over defense objection in 1st Lt. Ehren Watada’s court martial yesterday, he probably didn’t realize jeopardy attached. That means that under the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Constitution, the government cannot ...
Democrats Change Gas, Claim It’s a New Car
DAVID SWANSON
Democrats on Capitol Hill see the world through bureaucratic shades and have been circulating this self-congratulatory Email: "Over the last four years,the Republican Congress failed to conduct oversight on the Iraq war and failed ...
Mexico at Davos
LAURA CARLSEN
Mexican president Felipe Calderón strode off to the World Economic Forum with a bold agenda. At the forum and in meetings with European business leaders and heads of state, he presented Mexico as the guarantor of economic orthodoxy and explicitly criticized...
Filibuster to End the War Now!
JOHN V. WALSH
We hear over and over again that it "takes 60 votes to get something serious done in the Senate." That is a lot of malarkey. It takes only one senator to begin a filibuster against any bill. And then it takes only 41 votes to uphold that filibuster and p...
Charging Iran with "Genocide" Before Nuking It
GARY LEUPP
In a very interesting analysis last month, the former chief of staff of the Russian Army, Gen. Leonid Ivashov, predicted a U.S. nuclear strike on Iran by this April. "Within weeks from now," he wrote, "we will see the informational warfare machine s...
Bombing Venezuela’s Indians
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
For Hugo Chavez, large, industrial mega projects could turn into a political mine field. The contradiction between Chavez’s rhetoric stressing social equality, on the one hand, and environmental abuses on the other, was driven home to me over this past summe...
The Salvador Option in Beirut
TRISH SCHUH
"The only prospect that holds hope for us is the carving up of Syria… It is our task to prepare for that prospect. All else is a purposeless waste of time." Zionist militant Zeév Jabotinsky, From "We and Turkey"...
The Case of the San Francisco 8
RON JACOBS
I recently reviewed a DVD about a group of Black Panthers who were tortured in 1973 by New Orleans police during interrogations regarding the murder of a San Francisco police officer in 1971. The DVD, titled ...