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Archives from March 2007
A Conversation with Robbie Conal
TAO RUSPOLI
This week TAO RUSPOLI interviews legendary guerilla postering artist Robbie Conal about Arnold Schwarzenegger, Katrina, 9/11, and non-violent alternatives to the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld war machine. See Robbie in action as he posters the LAFCO van as it sets off on ...
Brazilians Oppose Bush-Lula Ethanol Pact
ISABELLA KENFIELD
and ROGER BURBACH During Bush’s visit to Brazil thousands of poor, rural members of the international Via Campesina social movement and the Brazilian Movement of the Landless Rural Workers (MST) orchestrated massive, non-violent occupations of multinatio...
Too Guilty to Fly, Too Innocent to Charge?
FAISAL KUTTY
As the Canadian government forges ahead with its cleverly named Passenger Protect Program, the timing could not be better to seriously reconsider what is for all intents and purposes a no-fly list. The attention to the issue of watch lists generated by the...
A U.S. Army Pipe Dream
FRED GARDNER
The U.S. Army, in a search for "non-lethal incapacitating agents," tested cannabis-based drugs on GI volunteers throughout the 1960s according to James Ketchum, MD, the psychiatrist who led the classified research program at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland....
Hillary’s Cojones
SHARON SMITH
In recent weeks, Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy appears increasingly centered on proving she has the cojones to ruthlessly pursue U.S. imperial interests the world over. With Barack Obama nipping at her polling numbers by invoking his opposition to the ...
Iraq, the Blank Check War
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
The fourth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq (March 20) occurs just as Congressional Research Service is reporting on the cost of operations there and in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Thus far, Congress has appropriated $510 billion for DOD and othe...
The Billion-Dollar Horse Race
ALAN FARAGO
Al Gore is holding audiences around the nation spellbound with his message on global warming and its consequences: a sea-level rise, acidic oceans, drought and massive economic dislocations. Carbon-dioxide emissions are raising temperatures around the world...
Iraq is a Vast, Blood-Drenched Human Disaster
PATRICK COCKBURN
Khanaqin, Diyala province Four years after the US and British troops invaded Iraq the country is drenched in blood and its people full of fear. Iraqis often have a look of half-suppressed panic in their eyes as they tell how violent death had touched them a...
Inshallah
URI AVNERY
Not only the Palestinians must be breathing a deep sigh of relief after the swearing in of the Palestinian National Unity Government. We Israelis have good reason to do the same. This event is a great blessing, not only for them, but also for us – if...
Impeachment and Patriotism
RICHARD W. BEHAN
When people who are honestly mistaken learn the truth, they will either cease being mistaken, or cease being honest. –Anon. We the American people would not do what George Bush and Richard Cheney have done ...
$11 Million Salary, 36% Raise and 10,000 Fired Employees
PETER ROST, M.D.
Dear Jeff, You made $11 million last year, you just fired 10,000 employees, and you got a 36% raise this year. And that’s the problem. You can’t cut back and fire ten thousand hardworking people, ask the remaining employees for sac...
The Treaty of Tlatelolco
DAVID KRIEGER
(This is the text of a speech given before the Organization of American States on March 15, 2007.) It is a great honor to celebrate with you the 40th anniversary year of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, officially called the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear W...
Hating the Rich
ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ
"The rich are not like you and me." "The poor will always be with us." Get real and accept it we are told. Give alms and aid to the poor, tax the rich. Establish private foundations, be a responsible trust baby and give. You’ve heard it a...
The Pet Food Recall
MICKEY Z.
Detecting corporate media bias often requires us to discern omissions. For example, consider how the recent pet food recall was reported. Los Angeles Times staff writer Kimi Yoshino penned an article ("Recall of pet food alarms owners") on March 1...
Down-to-a-Trickle Economics
STAN COX
Anantapur District, southern India. India’s entrance into world markets has meant bigger profits for multinational corporations and cheaper shirts and software for Western consumers. It is also helping to brew a dark stew of air pollution tha...
Latin America Has Moved On
JUAN ANTONIO MONTECINO
During his recent trip to Latin America, the first since 2005, president Bush went to extraordinary lengths to downplay the real reason for the tour: Chávez. The week long trip spanned five countries-Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay-and was p...
Europe’s Afghan Backlash
RICHARD MAY
Britain has announced that it would be pulling 1,600 troops out of Iraq and the Dutch have said that they will follow suit. This presents a sharp blow to the Bush administration and its efforts in the war in Iraq. The move signals that Europe is growing tir...
Crime Blotter: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
While serving as President Bush’s White House lawyer, Alberto Gonzales advised Bush that the president’s war time powers permitted Bush to ignore the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and to use the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on U...
In Memory of Tanya Reinhart
NOAM CHOMSKY
Editors’ note: We have lost an outstanding intellect and one of the bravest voices from Israel with the death of Tanya Reinhart. Last October, on this site, we published Eric Hazan’s interview with Tanya Reinha...
Rove in the Dock
MIKE WHITNEY
Democratic leaders have consistently shown that they are no match for their Republican counterparts. Whenever an opportunity presents itself to swoop down for the kill; congressional Democrats start preening for the cameras or bloviating on the floor of the House....
Operation Deepening Nightmare
PATRICK COCKBURN
Irbil, Iraq. Four years ago, in the middle of the US invasion, I drove safely from Arbil in northern Iraq to Baghdad. There were heaps of discarded weapons beside the road, and long lines of former Iraqi soldiers walking home. Signs of battle were few, asid...
Why Won’t MoveOn Move Forward?
JOHN STAUBER
and SHELDON RAMPTON This week marks the fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. To commemorate the occasion, the online advocacy group MoveOn.org is organizing more than 1,000 candlelight vigils throughout the United States. "We’ll solemnl...
Tap Dancing on Graves
JEFF LEYS
"We don’t have the votes," intones David Obey as he shepherds though the House the supplemental spending bill that provides another $100 billion or so for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obey’s protestations to antiwar protesters are an und...
Time for a New "New Mobe"?
RON JACOBS
I didn’t make it to the march on the Pentagon. The storm up and down the east coast of the United States knocked down a thirty foot tree in my yard in Asheville, North Carolina, messed up my flight from Asheville to Washington, DC and left me with a choice o...
Plame Wars
WERTHER
We will not recapitulate the testimony of Valerie Plame Wilson before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, as it has already received media coverage commensurate with a major story. The conclusion the press jumped on – that Ms. Plame was i...
Racism and the Cherokee Nation
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
As President Bill Clinton and others arrived in Selma, Alabama for the 42nd anniversary of the "bloody Sunday" march that prodded Congress to pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the Cherokee Nation chose a lower road. It voted overwhelmingly for an amendmen...
In the Name of Improving People’s Lives
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"On a trip to the market, Haji Lawania says he drove into a hail of US gunfire that shattered his windshield and killed his father, nephew and a village elder. In three separate incidents Sunday and Monday, Afghan witnesses and officials said US ...
The Palestinian Unity Government
SAMER ASSAD
The United States’ exclusionist policy towards the Palestinian government since March 2006 failed to produce the administration’s goal of pushing the Hamas-led government out of power. Exactly one year after that government was sworn in, Hamas remains ...
Being a Zapatista Where You Live
JOHN ROSS
The snow was frozen to the gutters and a gritty wind blowing hard out of the north this past Valentine’s Day when I kicked off this odyssey at an anarcho outpost down by the railroad yards, La Semilla, in Albuquerque. Two hardscrabble hoboes eyed me through ...
The Confession Backfired
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The first confession released by the Bush regime’s Military Tribunals–that of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed–has discredited the entire process. Writing in Jurist, Northwestern University law professor Anthony D’Amato likens Mohammed’s confes...
The Witch Hunt Against Gays in the Military
WALTER BRASCH
Capt. Joan Darrah (USN-ret.) was the Navy’s first female intelligence officer. Lt. Col. William Winnewisser (USA-ret.) was a battalion commander, executive officer of the Army Operations Center at the Pentagon, and a White House social aide. ...
Those Israel-Syria Peace Talks
HARRY CLARK
Gabriel Kolko’s work as a historian casts a giant shadow, but his recent account of "Israel, Iran and the Bush Administration" (CounterPunch, February 10/11) is open to challenge. The Israeli peace talks with Syria,...
Bowie Kuhn: the Death of a Baseball Reactionary
DAVE ZIRIN
Bowie Kuhn, baseball’s fifth commissioner, passed away this week at the age of 80. I never met the man. In private, he may have made Gandhi look like Ted Nugent. For all we know, he spent weekends warming terminally ill puppies against his sweet perfumed bos...
No to War and Pace
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Yes, my friend, Sunsara, I will get my butt to DC this weekend to march on the Pentagon. And so will my sister Laura who has come from Kentucky to go with me and take part in this action to end the occupation of Iraq and bring the troops home. There are man...
A Sissy’s Manifesto
JOHN SCAGLIOTTI
Kevin Sessums has thrown down the gauntlet for sissydom. In Mississippi Sissy , his just-pu...
First, They Came for the Democrats
DON SANTINA
First ,they came for the Democrats. We didn’t speak up because we were not Democrats. We watched silently as the Democrats cowered in their congressional seats, bullied and beaten. Like the Democrats, we stood by when lies were told and Iraq an...
The Green Imposter
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The official version of the political battles over the environment in the late 1990s goes something like this: As the Republican Visigoths swept into control of the 104th Congress, in January of 1995, trembling greens predicted that not an old-growth tree, ...
Ban the Bomblets!
RALPH NADER
The global movement to ban cluster munitions received a big lift last month when forty-six nations at the Oslo Conference agreed on an action plan for "developing a new international treaty on cluster munitions by the end of 2008." Neither the Uni...
Remembering and Re-examining the Third World
RON JACOBS
Becoming politically aware in the 1960s and 1970s, one heard and read a lot about the Third World. Not only did the national liberation struggles of the Third World inspire many in the New Left to take action, those struggles also informed how us what form that ac...
The Erotics of the Equinox
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Maybe it’s the accelerated Daylight Savings or the Global Warming or the fact that the Bushites are in their death throes, but things are really heating up fast this year. And it’s about to get hotter: Spring Fever is going to break out at the Speakeas...
Mounting Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"On a trip to the market, Haji Lawania says he drove into a hail of US gunfire that shattered his windshield and killed his father, nephew and a village elder. In three separate incidents Sunday and Monday, Afghan witnesses and officials said US ...
Here Comes Another "Crime Wave"
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Ominously timed for Campaign 2008 we’ve got a hike in certain stats for violent crime. So we can look forward to Steve Squarejaw-type commitments to being tough on crime, particularly from Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and — it’s surely safe to assu...
"Mothers are Rounded Up in Massachusetts and Sent to a Texas Jail Without Saying Goodby to Their Families"
GREG MOSES
"We are drawing attention to a humanitarian crisis," says Penny Anderson, speaking from a Saturday morning protest outside the El Paso immigrant jail (March 17). She is the first person to take the cell phone being passed around by activist Amber Clark....
The US, Israel and Iran
MEHRAN GHASSEMI
Sasan Fayazmanesh is chair of the Department of Economics at California State University, Fresno. Q. How do you evaluate the relationship between the US and Israel at this time? What is this relation based on? A: Allow me to say beforehand that I am ...
Tancredo’s Putsch
TOM BARRY
Republicans, like most Democrats, would prefer to keep immigration issues out of presidential politics. But restrictionist Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) has other plans. Having announced in January the creation of a presidential campaign exploratory committee, Tancredo...
How Reporters Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nuclear Front Groups
DIANE FARSETTA
"We just find it maddening that Hill & Knowlton, which has an $8 million account with the nuclear industry, should have such an easy time working the press," concluded the Columbia Journalism Review in an editorial in its July / August 2006 issue....
Obama’s Israel Problem
JOSHUA FRANK
Sen. Barack Obama isn’t quite sure how he feels about the lopsided situation between Israel and Palestine. Less than two weeks after Obama gloated to AIPAC about his love for Israel, he unexpectedly admitted the truth while campaigning in Iowa recently. &quo...
The Last Days of Constitutional Rule
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The Bush administration’s greatest success is its ability to escape accountability for its numerous impeachable offenses. The administration’s offenses against US law, the US Constitution, civil liberties, human rights, and the Geneva Convention...
Congress’s Phony Opposition to War
STEPHEN LENDMAN
The US electorate sent a clear, unequivocal message in the November mid-term elections. End the Iraq war and bring home the troops. Many supporting war in the 109th Congress lost out to more moderate voices taking over their seats because voters want change and ex...
Senator Schumer and the Corruption Culture
JACKIE CORR
The other day, back in the business pages of the New York Times, I read that a big name Democrat thinks the hedge funds are stiffing the K. Street lobbying industry and the D.C. culture of corruption It seems there is some displeasure in the Beltway among ...