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Archives from March 2007
Latin America Tells Bush to "Get Out!"
FREDERICO FUENTES
Shortly before leaving to inspect what was once viewed as the US’s backyard, US President George Bush told a March 5 event organised by the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, "I want to talk about [an] important priority for our country, and that is helpi...
Schoolbooks and Borders
URI AVNERY
Incredible! In Palestinian schoolbooks, there is no trace of the Green Line! They do not recognize the existence of Israel even in the 1967 borders! They say that the "Zionist gangs" stole the country from the Arabs! That’s how they poison the mind...
A Plague of Big Shots
BILL HATCH
Big Shots are found everywhere in American society. So, viewing them from the San Joaquin Valley of California, once a great agricultural area now mindlessly converting itself as fast as violation of environmental law and regulation and common sense permits to ano...
The Immigration Movement at a Crossroads
DAN La BOTZ
America’s immigrants-most of them Latinos and most of those from Mexico-have been waiting and hoping for a comprehensive immigration reform, one that would legalize those who have been working in the United States and give them a path to citizenship without ...
Hothouses for Hapless Masses on the Rio Grande
GREG MOSES
Upon the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge where the chachalacas gather in small groups to screech for dawn, John Neck takes Jay Johnson-Castro for a winding-down ride. The two friends have returned here nightly during their five-day walk against immigrant prisons, ...
The Democrats’ War Funding Debacle
JOHN V. WALSH
"He who knows the enemy and himself will never in a hundred battles be at risk." Sun­Tzu. Last Friday was potentially a sublime day for the cause of peace in the House of Representatives. Under pressure from the peace...
Seven Days on Iraq’s Cruel Roads
PATRICK COCKBURN
Saturday March 18: Sulaimaniyah The difficulty in reporting Iraq is that it is impossibly dangerous to know what is happening in most of the country outside central Baghdad. Bush and Blair hint that large parts of Iraq are at peace; untrue of course b...
Pat Tillman: Beyond the Hype
MICKEY Z.
The American football hero may be gone but details of his mysterious death in Afghanistan just won’t go away. Most recently, as reported by Time Magazine, "Nine officers, including up to four generals, should be held accountable for missteps in the aft...
Democrats’ Victory Means More Iraqi Deaths
SUNSARA TAYLOR
"House, 218 to 212, Votes to Set Date for Iraq Pullout" reads the New York Times. "Democrats Tout Plan for Troop Pullout," headlines the Washington Post. "Pelosi’s Gamble on Iraq Pays Off," beams the Los Angeles Times. The reade...
Students on the Drug War’s Front Lines
ANTHONY PAPA
On March 20, student free speech joined the panoply of endangered fundamental rights ready to be stripped away from us due to the tragedy of the drug war. Kenneth Starr, former solicitor general, who reached broad fame by highlighting a presidential sex scandal in...
The Nursemaid’s Tale
ANDREW WIMMER
The victims of violence and aggression know the secret: the attackers are never more dangerous, more deadly, than when enthralled by their own juvenile fantasies. David Obey, hoarse and choked with emotion, told his fellows on the floor of the House yesterd...
Why Ralph Nader Took a Stand
ALAN MAASS
No one can say that the documentary An Unreasonable Man sugarcoats the case against its subject. The film ...
Return of the Black Bloc
MATTHEW PROVONSHA
A few weeks ago many thousands of people marched on Washington D.C. to protest the American escalation in Iraq and the looming attack on Iran. It makes little difference whether it was one-hundred thousand people or five-hundred thousand, in any case we were but a...
Confrontation, At Last
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
Rejoice! Congress may have come to life! The President has drawn his line in the sand and a Senator has crossed it! "We will not go along with a partisan fishing expedition aimed at honorable public servants," President Bush said in a last ...
Calling Youth and Young Adults
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
A recent article on Iraq Body Count’s web site detailed the struggles of a soldier who came home from the war with devastating injuries. Blind, brain damaged, and missing both hands from an explosion, he is one of the many casualties of the Bush/Cheney debac...
An American Obituary
DAVID ROSEN
With a particular irony that only the American media can orchestrate, in early February the distraction industry juxtaposed round-the-clock coverage of the death of Anna Nicole Smith with occasional mentions of the U.N. report of the escalating environmental crisi...
Nuclear Saviors?
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Striding into Kyoto in December of 1997 claiming to be a mighty warrior in the battle against global warming was a familiar beast, the nuclear power industry. Some of the industry’s biggest lobbyists, men such as James Curtis (a former deputy secretary of en...
The Iroquois Way of Impeachment
KAZ DZIAMKA
Not only does American democracy rank a miserable 17th on the list of the world’s modern democracies (according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s index of democracy); it also doesn’t fare well when compared with traditional Native American dem...
Staging Anti-Colonial Protests
MARIANNE McDONALD
Sophocles’ Antigone speaks to modern audiences, most often and most effectively in languages adapted to those audiences. However, translations of fifth-century BC Greek tragedy in English in the twentieth century are often written in archaic English, which w...
America On Top Again
DON MONKERUD
The typical American family is buried in debt. According to the Federal Reserve Fund, household debt equals almost 25 percent of net household worth, or 136 percent of disposable income. After wages fell behind inflation for a decade, Americans mortgaged their hom...
Vietnam and Iraq
ROBERT FANTINA
The new national pastime of comparing the Iraq war today with America’s Vietnam disaster a generation ago continues. Secrecy, half-truths and outright lies were the guiding principles followed by two presidential administrations during the Vietnam War and, o...
The Political History of the Car Bomb
RON JACOBS
There’s a novel by Russian author Ilya Ehrenburg titled The Life of the Automobile th...
Where are the Laptop Bombardiers Now?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Pick almost any date on the calendar and it’ll turn out that the US either started a war, ended a war, perpetrated a massacre or sent its UN Ambassador into the Security Council to declare to issue an ultimatum. It’s like driving across the American We...
On Washing Hands
ATUL GAWANDE
One ordinary December day, I took a tour of my hospital with Deborah Yokoe, an infectious disease specialist, and Susan Marino, a microbiologist. They work in our hospital’s infection-control unit. Their full-time job, and that of three others in the unit, i...
Zealots Scheme to Derail North Korea Accord
CHINA HAND
Regime change elements in the United States have not given up on trying to derail the Six-Party Agreement-and they may succeed. Using the principle Trust-Then Verify, North Korea has refused to participate in meetings and talks until the $25 million of fund...
Will Hezbollah Hand Israel Its 6th Defeat?
FRANKLIN LAMB
A recent poll in Lebanon suggests deep pessimism about the chances of avoiding another civil war. Plenty of ‘wise owls’ here think civil war is just a matter of time. No less an oracle than Tarek, the doorman at the Alexandria Hotel in Ashhifye...
Leftist Victory in Ecuador
ROGER BURBACH
The two month old government of leftist Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and the popular movements that back him have emerged triumphant in their first battle with the oligarchy and the traditional political parties that have historically dominated the country. ...
Protesting Immigrant Prisons in the Rio Grande Valley
GREG MOSES
The night before his five-day walk to protest immigrant prisons of the Rio Grande Valley, Jay Johnson-Castro drove to Los Fresnos to get an advance glimpse of International Educational Services, Inc. (IES). "Where’s the school?" he asked, a...
Mugabe Gets the Milosevic Treatment
STEPHEN GOWANS
Arthur Mutambara, the leader of one faction of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the MDC, and one of the principals in the Save Zimbabwe Campaign that’s at the centre of a storm of controversy over the Mugabe government’s crackdown on opposition,...
Flickers of Light
WILLIAM S. LIND
The March 14 Los Angeles Times contained that rarissima avis, good news from Ramadi: The commander of U.S. troops in Iraq wanted some sweets, and nothing was going to stop him. Not even the fact that he was tramping through a neighborhood that only days a...
Return to Syria
SAUL LANDAU
Damascus. Syrian Airlines flies from several European capitals to Damascus, but Americans can’t book seats from the United States, thanks to the 2003 Syrian Accountability Act, which an obedient (to the Israeli lobby) Congress passed and an eager Bush...
The New Rules of Food
ALAN MAMMOSER
What if you knew the story behind everything you ate, such as where the food came from, who grew it and how? Imagine the landscape from which it came, perhaps a thriving collection of family farms. What if you knew the people that grew the food, knew that they got...
The Gutless Mini-Politics of the Congressional Democrats
DAVE LINDORFF
Despite polls showing that 6 in 10 Americans want the U.S. out of Iraq asap, the best that this crew can come up with is a call-not binding, or course-for the president to pull out the troops by next spring or even summer. That would be over a year from now, and m...
Welcome to Iraq, Mr. Ban
PATRICK COCKBURN
Sulaimaniyah. A rocket or mortar bomb exploded 50 yards from the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, as he was telling reporters in Baghdad that he was thinking of boosting the UN presence in Iraq because of improved security. A startled looking Mr Ba...
How to Tell Big Lies to Congress
RUSSELL HOFFMAN
Sulaimaniyah. Al Gore is a master of dishonesty. Karl Rove should pay attention, since he may want to tell big lies to Congress soon, too. In two and a half hours of testimony before a near-idolizing Senate hearing, Al Gore said very little. He profu...
The War Funding Bill
Rep. RON PAUL
The $124 billion supplemental appropriation is a good bill to oppose. I am pleased that many of my colleagues will join me in voting against this measure. If one is unhappy with our progress in Iraq after four years of war, voting to de-fund the war makes s...
Down No-Constitution Avenue
UZMA ASLAM KHAN
Lahore, Pakistan. A week ago Tuesday, Islamabad sounded like a whistle factory. Clusters of policemen screeched themselves silly on their whistles, lest any mortals dare to ‘gather’. It was four days after Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhr...
Toxic Waste in the Sub-Prime Market
ROBIN BLACKBURN
In recent times high-profile Wall Street investment banks have brought slick financial reasoning to the base art of loan-sharking. The most vulnerable Americans have been targeted for loans they can ill afford. Those with poor credit histories can be charged at do...
Crackdown on Skid Row
ROBERT D. SKEELS
On the morning of February 8, a white hospital van stopped a few feet from a curb in Los Angeles’ skid row area. According to witnesses, a man wearing a soiled hospital gown fell through the doors, and the van, later connected with Hollywood Presbyterian Med...
The Forbidden C-Word
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
President Bush is literally getting away with mass murder. The Commander-in-Chief "decider" is committing the "signature" war crimes of the 21st century. In broad daylight. Before America and the world. Camouflaged in a neatly tailored conserva...
Bush’s Braceros
LEE SUSTAR
A protest by guest workers shut down a Gulf Coast oil rig repair company just days after a new report likened the conditions of guest workers in the U.S. to slavery. The March 16 walkout by workers at the Signal International marine fabrication company̵...
Oil-Rich Kirkuk at the Melting Point
PATRICK COCKBURN
Kirkuk. Seven bombs detonating in the space of 35 minutes sent up clouds of black smoke over the centre of Kirkuk earlier this week. The explosions in Arab and Turkoman districts killed 12 people and injured 39 but exactly who was behind them is unclear....
This is Your Brain on Meat
MICKEY Z.
The March 21, 2007 edition of the New York Times featured an article called "Prevalence of Alzheimer’s Rises 10% in 5 Years." It began: "More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, a 10 percent increase from the last offic...
The Search for the Elusive Autism Gene
ANNE McELROY DACHEL
Last month, the watchdog agency on America’s health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, made the official announcement that a breath-taking one in 150 kids is autistic in the U.S. They based this new rate on two studies done on eight year olds ...
Mr. Green Goes to Washington
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Wednesday’s Al Gore performances before committees in the House and Senate were witnessed by overflow crowds. Gore sparred with elected representatives of Big Energy and repeatedly sounded this alarm: "Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know ...
Meet the Global Ruling Class
JAMES PETRAS
Even as the world’s billionaires grew in number from 793 in 2006 to 946 this year, major mass uprisings became commonplace in China and India. In India, which has the highest number of billionaires (36) in Asia with total wealth of $191 billion, Prime Minist...
Missing in Action
LUCINDA MARSHALL
On March 17 I joined the wonderful surge of patriotic Americans who braved horrendous weather to march from Constitution Gardens to the Pentagon in opposition to the Iraq war. One of the dominant themes of the day in signage, t-shirts and speeches was to "Bri...
Jim Cramer Comes Clean
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
Finally, Jim Cramer has come clean. The market is fiction, upon fiction, upon fiction. Stock fundamentals don’t matter. It’s all about lying and manipulation. Lie, spread rumors to reporters, including to the bozos at the Wa...
How Can This Be?
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Just today, the text of HR 1591 and its report (House Report 110-60) for the new "emergency supplemental" to pay for the troop surge and other war costs have become available at Thomas.gov on the internet. As has already been widely reported, House Appro...
U.S. Imperialism in Action
ROBERT FANTINA
The invasion of Iraq was certainly not without warning. President George Bush made his intentions clear even as United Nations weapon’s inspectors sought in vain for the chemical, biological and nuclear weapons that Mr. Bush claimed were concealed in that co...