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THE DECAY OF AMERICAN MEDIA — Patrick L. Smith on the decline and fall of American journalism; Peter Lee on China and its Uyghur problem; Dave┬áMacaray on brain trauma, profits and the NFL; Lee Ballinger on the bloody history of cotton. PLUS: “The Vindication of Love” by JoAnn Wypijewski; “The Age of SurrealPolitick” by Jeffrey St. Clair; “The Radiation Zone” by Kristin Kolb; “Washington’s Enemies List” by Mike Whitney; “The School of Moral Statecraft” by Chris Floyd and “The Surveillance Films of Laura Poitras” by Kim Nicolini.
Archives from March 2007
Michigan Peaceworks on Palestine
HARRY CLARK
What should one make of an Arab-Jewish women’s "dialogue group," presumably concerned with the catastrophe in Palestine, one of whose Jewish members led the suppression of activism on Palestine in a general peace and justice group she also helped f...
Another $100 Billion to Continue the War
LARRY EVEREST
On Friday, March 23, the Democrats in the House of Representatives pushed through the "U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health, and Iraq Accountability Act" by a vote of 218-212. The bill gives the Bush administration some $100 billion to continue t...
"Trust Us" Doesn’t Cut It Any More
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
Last week the Senate’s Judiciary Committee had the opportunity to hear from the Justice Department’s Inspector General about ­ as he put it ­ "the widespread and serious misuse of the FBI’s national security letter authorities."...
Zimbabwe’s Descent
PATRICK BOND
If you want to know what’s going on in Zimbabwe, you could try taking seriously the view commonly argued by the independent left in this region, namely that Mugabe talks radical — especially nationalist and anti-imperialist–but acts reactionary, ...
Will Al Gore Deliver Us to Solartopia?
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Al Gore has leapt to center stage with well-founded concerns about global warming. He has been gratefully successful in publicizing the fact that there is a virtual library of irrefutable evidence that carbon dioxide levels are rapidly rising in our atmosphere, th...
British Petroleum and the New Greenmail
IAIN BOAL And STANDARD SCHAEFER
British Petroleum’s proposed biofuel research deal with the University of California has sparked a growing resistance from a coalition based in UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources, claiming the deal is essentially a continuation of BP’s cu...
Zimbabwe’s Descent
PATRICK BOND
If you want to know what’s going on in Zimbabwe, you could try taking seriously the view commonly argued by the independent left in this region, namely that Mugabe talks radical — especially nationalist and anti-imperialist–but acts reactionary, ...
Pakistan’s Cry for Justice
AYESHA IJAZ KHAN
The show is called taboo. The topic is domestic violence. Six panellists share clips from the lives of unfortunate victims, women whose faces have been burned with acid, who have been beaten out of their homes with no safe house to turn to, and those like Shukria ...
British Petroleum and the New Greenmail
IAIN BOAL And STANDARD SCHAEFER
British Petroleum’s proposed biofuel research deal with the University of California has sparked a growing resistance from a coalition based in UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources, claiming the deal is essentially a continuation of BP’s cu...
Crimes and Cover Ups are Not "Missteps"
TILLMAN FAMILY
The briefing we just received was shamefully unacceptable. Our family is therefore compelled to continue our pursue the full truth about the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death and the so-called "missteps" and "deficiencies" of P...
Will Al Gore Deliver Us to Solartopia?
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Al Gore has leapt to center stage with well-founded concerns about global warming. He has been gratefully successful in publicizing the fact that there is a virtual library of irrefutable evidence that carbon dioxide levels are rapidly rising in our atmosphere, th...
The Hostage Game
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil At 3am on January 11, US military forces raided the Iranian liaison office in the Kurdish capital Arbil and detained five Iranian officials who are still prisoners. The attack marked a significant escalation in the confrontation between the US ...
The Democrats Strike Again
JOSHUA FRANK
We have observed the same song and dance so many times before it’s hard to believe more didn’t see it coming. The Democrats once again let down their constituents and all the other voters who ushered them in to power last November — believing, in...
An Open Letter to Kanan Makiya
HAWRA KARAMA
Dear Professor Makiya, What went wrong, verge of tears, unmitigated disasters; is that all you have to ...
"Trust Us" Doesn’t Cut It Any More
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
Last week the Senate’s Judiciary Committee had the opportunity to hear from the Justice Department’s Inspector General about ­ as he put it ­ "the widespread and serious misuse of the FBI’s national security letter authorities."...
Political Players and Single Payer
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
In most of the world, it is a corporate crime to sell private health insurance. That’s because most countries insure their citizens as a matter of right. Private insurers dilute the public pool. One nation, one payer. Medicare for...
The Democrats Strike Again
JOSHUA FRANK
We have observed the same song and dance so many times before it’s hard to believe more didn’t see it coming. The Democrats once again let down their constituents and all the other voters who ushered them in to power last November — believing, in...
On Ending War
MONICA BENDERMAN
The Veterans For Peace caravan came through Hinesville, Georgia last week. It was the first time since the start of the war that a group from the Peace movement had held any actions in this military town, home of the Third Infantry Division, the division to invade...
Crimes and Cover Ups are Not "Missteps"
TILLMAN FAMILY
The briefing we just received was shamefully unacceptable. Our family is therefore compelled to continue our pursue the full truth about the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death and the so-called "missteps" and "deficiencies" of P...
The Hostage Game
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil At 3am on January 11, US military forces raided the Iranian liaison office in the Kurdish capital Arbil and detained five Iranian officials who are still prisoners. The attack marked a significant escalation in the confrontation between the US ...
Arbitrary Discipline at Columbia
DAVID JUDD
On October 4, Jim Gilchrist and the Minutemen came and went from Columbia. I helped carry a banner reading "no human being is illegal" onto the stage. After making my visual statement, I was moved off the stage by a Columbia security guard, without sayin...
On Ending War
MONICA BENDERMAN
The Veterans For Peace caravan came through Hinesville, Georgia last week. It was the first time since the start of the war that a group from the Peace movement had held any actions in this military town, home of the Third Infantry Division, the division to invade...
Pakistan’s Cry for Justice
AYESHA IJAZ KHAN
The show is called taboo. The topic is domestic violence. Six panellists share clips from the lives of unfortunate victims, women whose faces have been burned with acid, who have been beaten out of their homes with no safe house to turn to, and those like Shukria ...
Political Players and Single Payer
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
In most of the world, it is a corporate crime to sell private health insurance. That’s because most countries insure their citizens as a matter of right. Private insurers dilute the public pool. One nation, one payer. Medicare for...
God Does Not Love the Aggressor
DIANE CHRISTIAN
The line "God does not love aggressors"is from the Koran and begins "Fight for the sake of God those that fight against you, but do not attack them first. God does not love aggressors." It is sometimes cited as the true Islamic stance, to defen...