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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...