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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 March 2007
Oil and the Empire
ALAN MAASS
The oil men of the Bush administration are trying to set up one of the biggest swindles in history–the great Iraq oil robbery. The cabinet of the new Iraqi government–under pressure from the U.S. occupiers who put them in power–approved a ...
The Loopholes in the Supplemental
KEVIN ZEESE
While the headlines will read that the Senate voted to withdraw U.S. troops in Iraq, the peace movement recognizes that the Senate bill will extend the war not end it. The exit date in the bill is merely a goal for the removal of combat troops, and there are large...
Brinksmanship in Uncharted Waters
Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity
MEMORANDUM FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Brinkmanship Unwise in Uncharted Waters The frenzy in America’s corporate media over Iran’s detainment of 15 British Marines who may, or may not, ha...
Operation Anabasis
WILLIAM S. LIND
While dilettantes believe the attack is the most difficult military art, most soldiers know better. Carrying out a successful retreat is usually far harder. One of history’s most successful retreats, and certainly its most famous, is the "Retreat...
The Cluster Bomb Treaty
SCOTT STEDJAN And LAURA WEIS
On March 6, 2007, the U.S. Department of State released its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2006. This annual report to Congress details the human rights practices of foreign governments, from restrictions on free press in Iran, to extrajudicial kill...
Israel’s Last Chance
GABRIEL KOLKO
The United States has given Israel $51.3 billion in military grants since 1949, most of it after 1974- more than any other country in the post-1945 era. Israel has also received $11.2 billion in loans for military equipment, plus $31 billion in economic grants, no...
George Bush’s Land Mine
RICHARD W. BEHAN
George Bush has a land mine planted in the supplemental appropriation legislation working its way through Congress. The Iraq Accountability Act passed by the House and the companion bill passed in the Senate contain deadlines for withdrawing our troops from...
Mistrial in Olympia 15 Case
CounterPunch News Service
The trial of 15 defendants, arrested at The Port of Olympia during eleven days of protest in May of 2006 ended in mistrial on Thursday March 29th, 2007. The group, formerly known as the "Olympia 22", was arrested on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespa...
Homeless in LA
DAVID BUSCH
My name is DAVID BUSCH, and I am homeless, and I have lived off and on Skid Row since 1999. I was taken to jail by LAPD for using a public phone in a downtown hotel; and had to have a jury trial to clear my record. I was arrested for pitching an emp...
Biofuels and Global Hunger
FIDEL CASTRO RUIZ
More than three billion people in the world are being condemend to a premature death from hunger and thirst. It is not an exaggeration; this is rather a conservative figure. I have meditated for quite a long time on that after the meeting held by President Bush wi...
Normalizing Injustice
ARTHUR NESLEN
Diplomatic briefcases are unlikely to be dropped at news of Condoleezza Rice’s call, on the eve of the Riyadh summit, for Arab states to "reach out to Israel" and show they accept it. Israel’s insistence that negotiators begin by accepting it...
A Citizen’s Peace Lobby
MICHAEL FOLEY
Tina Richards has an idea. Tina is the mother of a Marine scheduled for his third tour of duty in Iraq who took on Rep. David Obey (Dem., Wisconsin) and the Democratic leadership over funding for the war. Though her home is Missouri, she’s in the process of ...
Oil Traders Fear an Attack on Iran
DAVE LINDORFF
Okay, now I’m worried. There have been several rounds of reports that the war-obsessed Bush administration was getting ready to attack Iran-first last September, then in December, and more recently in January and February. The one thing that ke...
Plantskyyd: Planting Trees with Pig’s Blood
INGMAR LEE
Amongst all the myriads of industrial horrors that treeplanters are exposed to in BC, nothing is more disgusting than the use of the Swedish-invented pigs blood product called "Plantskyyd." The industrial philosophy behind using pigs blood is this: it...
Comparing Padillas
SAUL LANDAU
Bush behavior–practicing torture, violating human rights and wrapping itself in secrecy while preaching the opposite–has given deceit a bad name. W didn’t begin the double speak and double standards patter, however. In 1971, US troops and...
Incident at Westminster Abbey
MICHAEL DICKINSON
"You should be ashamed!" Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, and Prime Minister Tony Blair, among a congregation of 2000 attending the memorial service at London’s historic Westminster Abbey earlier this week to commemorate the 200th anni...
Sacco and Vanzetti Revisited
MARLENE MARTIN
"I wanted a roof for every family, bread for every mouth, education for every heart, light for every intellect. I am convinced that the human history has not yet begun–that we find ourselves in the last period of the prehistoric. I see with...
When Iraqi Cops Go on a Rampage
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil, Iraq. Shia police rampaged through a Sunni district in the north-western city of Tal Afar killing at least 33 people in the streets and in their homes in revenge for devastating car bombs in a nearby Shia neighborhood earlier in the day. "...
The Ongoing Insults of Thomas Friedman
MAHMOUD EL-YOUSSEPH
Bigotry has once again reared its ugly face in a piece by columnist Thomas Friedman, published in the New York Times on March 2,2007. Part of his piece was based on a poem he retrieved from the Middle East Media and Research Institute [MEMRI] web site. It read in ...
As India Goes Global, the Public Goes Private
ASEEM SHRIVASTAVA
Picture this. At an air-show in Los Angeles one of the biggest arms manufacturers in the world, British Aerospace, invites Mr. Bill Gates of Microsoft to have a go at flying one of the latest models of their Hawk fighter aircraft. Would the American media respond ...
The Ongoing Persecution of Sami Al-Arian
NICOLE COLSON
After 60 days without food, an ailing Sami Al-Arian called off his hunger strike last week at the urging of his wife and children. But just hours later, a federal appeals court upheld a civil contempt ruling that could keep Al-Arian behind bars indefinitely. ...
How Runaway Inflation Has Slipped Under the Radar
JANE STILLWATER
In 1975, there was this cute little two-bedroom house for sale on Grant Street in Berkeley. I loved that house! I wanted to buy that house! But I dithered around and missed my chance because I couldn’t come up with a down payment for its outrageously expensi...
Citigroup, Property and Theft
JONATHAN M. FELDMAN
Like Halliburton shipping off to Dubai or the travel happy transnational enterprises, Citibank also has accelerated its abandonment of the United States. It will cut thousands of jobs, sending them outside North America to India and other international locations w...
Yet Another Book on Muhammad Ali
DAVE ZIRIN
There are more books about Muhammad Ali than Abe Lincoln: 300 titles in the children’s section alone. You can also purchase The Muhammad Ali Reader, the Tao of Muhammad Ali, or the $10,000 G.O.A.T. – a massive coffee table book about all things Ali tha...
Who Owns Maine’s Water?
JIM WILFONG
If I had any doubts about the influence of Nestle Inc., the global water giant, in my state, they were dispelled the day last June I received a communication from the Maine Secretary of State (SOS). The SOS is elected by the majority party in the Legislature, curr...