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Archives from March 2007
Chiquita, Its Workers and Colombia’s Death Squads
AL KREBS
Chiquita International is no stranger to us as through the years we have tracked the various nefarious activities of the infamous banana company. To anyone familiar with the history of 20th century Central American political intrigues, economics and land ownership...
The Chinese Way of Capitalism
REZA FIYOUZAT
The top law writers of People’s Republic of China have been holding their annual official gathering since March 5. The top two topics to be presented to "China’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), … [will be] two dr...
Bring Back the PLO
RAMZY BAROUD
It’s never easy, although a sure assertion, to maintain that the Palestinian front, at home as well as abroad remains as fragmented and self-consumed, thus ineffective, as ever before, but most notably during the disastrous post-Oslo period. Such a r...
The Political Economy of Diamonds
R. T. NAYLOR
A few years before 9/11, the world’s curiously selective conscience was shocked by images from the little West African country of Sierra Leone. There, an insurgent group fond of hacking off hands and feet with machetes funded its war by exploiting slave labo...
The Right’s Stuff in Africa
CONN HALLINAN
The full-page ads in the New York Times are wrenching: children in the last stages of starvation, terrified refugees, and burned out villages. They are the images that come to mind when most Americans think about the Sudan. But while the human rights crisi...
Strip-Searching Children
ALISON WEIR
Israeli officials have been regularly strip-searching children for decades, some of them American citizens. While organizations that focus on Israel-Palestine have long been aware that Israeli border officials regularly strip search men and women, If Americ...
Another Patriot Act Abuse
MAUREEN WEBB
The FBI has been abusing its powers under the PATRIOT Act to obtain highly personal information on American citizens. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says he is going to get to the bottom of it and "make things right as quickly as possible". FBI Direct...
Biofuels and the Green Resistance
STANDARD SCHAEFER
Now that Al Gore has his "green" Oscar and George W. Bush has closed a deal in Brazil by which American will burn up the cane fields in the name of environmental salvation, it is time to get serious about the realities of biofuel. Clearly research into b...
Baghdad Under Surge
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Baghdad has broken up into a dozen different cities at war with each other. Walls are covered with slogans in black paint saying "Death to Spies". Any Shia caught in a Sunni district will be killed as a spy or because of his religion and ...
It’s Time to Rethink Drug Prohibition
ANTHONY PAPA
President Bush just snuck back into the White House after conducting a five country tour of Latin America. One of the main points on his agenda was to court its leaders into following the United States in their traditional drug prohibition strategies. In Bogot&aac...
The Unauthorized Rumsfeld
FRANKLIN SPINNEY
Andrew Cockburn’s unauthorized biography of Donald Rumsfeld is a "must read" for anyone interested in understanding the systemic and dysfunctional behavour of the US government and that of the current Bush Administration in particular. While much h...
Denouement on Iraq: First Stop the Bleeding
Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity
March 14, 2007 MEMORANDUM FOR: Speaker of the House Senate Majority Leader FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Denouement on Iraq: First Stop the Bleeding In the coming weeks a Congress that is...
Rachel Corrie and Palestine
SONJA KARKAR
A slip of a girl faced one of Israel’s most feared war machines in the Occupied Palestinian Territories–the armed bulldozer–and died. This deliberate killing was no accident. Maybe the Israeli authorities would have preferred it not to happen bec...
Bush’s Latin American Tour
KATHERINE HANCY WHEELER
President Bush is scheduled to return today from his seven-day trip to Latin America. Hoping to dispel growing criticisms that the U.S. has neglected its southern neighbors since the beginning of Bush’s first term, the president traveled to five carefully se...
Malkin and D’Souza, Incorporated
MARGARET KIMBERLY
White supremacy, sensing the need of repackaging itself for consumption in polite company, partially fills the demand for racist bile by outsourcing to mercenary writers of color. Michelle Malkin and Dinesh D’Souza–of Filipino and Indian descent, respe...
This Time, Israeli is Missing an Historic Opportunity
NICOLA NASSER
Fulfilling a 60-year old Israeli dream and an American unwavering strategy, the 22-member League of Arab states are now in consensus on a potentially groundbreaking Arab Peace Initiative (API), which pledges their collective and full recognition of the Jewish stat...
How One Senator Could End the War
JOHN V. WALSH
The peace movement is now in a tizzy about the various "antiwar" resolutions proffered by the Democrats. Earnest and heated discussion of the minutest details of these various bills is clogging up the UFPJ (United For Peace and Justice) discussion groups...
A Conversation with Peter Linebaugh
TAO RUSPOLI
This week TAO RUSPOLI caught up with historian Peter Linebaugh after a talk he gave at USC on the "Red Atlantic". They discussed the slave trade, the Magna Carta, civil rights, self-government, the state of the left, and much, much more. ...
Political Hide-and-Seek with the Democrats
DAVE LINDORFF
All these calls from Democrats in Congress for Bush administration people to resign are missing, or deliberately obfuscating, the point. The FBI abused its power under the PATRIOT Act to obtain American citizens’ financial and other records without a ...
Black Lawmakers Digitally Redline African-Americans
BRUCE DIXON
Last year big cable and bigger telephone companies deployed platoons of lobbyists and up to a hundred million dollars in an attempt to enact national cable franchise legislation. They greased its way through the House of Representatives, proving along the way that...
The Descent of the US; the Rise of Latin America
PHILIP AGEE
Havana. Anyone following the news in recent times cannot be unaware of the wave of progressive change sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean. For many lonely years Cuba held high the torch through its exemplary programs to provide universal health care an...
Right-Wing Academic Values
JEFFREY KLEIN
Plagiarism encompasses the following: 1. Presenting as one’s own the words, the work, or the opinions of someone else without proper acknowledgment. 2. Borrowing the sequence of ideas, the arrangement of material, or the pattern ...
The Spirited Strike at Pascagoula Shipyards
WILLIAM JOHNSON
Seven thousand workers at defense company Northrop Grumman’s Pascagoula, Mississippi shipyard went on strike March 8, following their rejection of the company’s proposed contract. The strikers, members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Wor...
Entitlement and Empire
RICHARD THIEME
A few of us silverbacks were sitting around the coffee shop talking about the newest generation. Someone mentioned the sense of entitlement we hear about these days, how they were raised to think that one opinion was equal to another, that everyone should be maki...
The Democrats and Iran
SUNSARA TAYLOR
"Officials said Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the leadership had decided to strip from a major military spending bill a requirement for Bush to gain approval from Congress before moving against Iran…The measure provides nearly $...
The Repackaging of John Edwards
ELIZABETH SCHULTE
"I’m proposing we set a national goal of eliminating poverty in the next 30 years. Like JFK challenging America to land a man on the moon, a national goal of eradicating poverty will sharpen our focus, marshal our resources and at the end of the day, br...
The Real Goal of Israel’s War on Lebanon
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Israel’s supposedly "defensive" assault on Hizbullah last summer, in which more than 1,000 Lebanese civilians were killed in a massive aerial bombardment that ended with Israel littering the country’s south with cluster bombs...
What’s Good for Hallliburton is Good for … Dubai
DAVE LINDORFF
I for one am not going to fuss about Halliburton moving its corporate headquarters to Dubai on the sunny coast of the Persian Gulf. It makes sense, and it makes things so much clearer, too. Halliburton, recall, is the company that has made the most m...
The Pragmatism of Prolonged War
NORMAN SOLOMON
The days are getting longer, but the media shadows are no shorter as they cover the war in Iraq through American eyes, squinting in Washington’s pallid sun. Debated as an issue of politics, the actual war keeps being drained of life. Abstractions thri...
The Democrats’ Fraudulent Iraq Exit Plan
KEVIN ZEESE
The Democrats took the majority of both the House and Senate on January 4th, 2007 since then 192 members of the Armed Services have died as have countless Iraqi civilians. With power comes responsibility, so voters should know that this is now the Democrats War an...
The Legacy of George the Second
ROBERT BRYCE
This month, Texas Monthly magazine is running a cover story on George W. Bush and his legacy. The magazine asked various people, including Robert Caro and historian H.W. Brands, for their assessments of Bush. Here’s mine: he will go down as the worst preside...
Lib?ration: From Sartre to Rothschild
PIERRE RIMBERT
Editors’ Note: Now that it has become fashionable to mourn the probable demise of an "irreverent" (some would even say subversive) French daily newspaper, Libération, ­ or, at any rate, the demise of its editorial independen...
Don’t Come to Ann Arbor
CATHERINE WILKERSON, M.D.
If the specter of another US foray into regime change disturbs you, google the word "Tanter." If the prospect of another country’s being bombarded with US weapons outrages you, and if inserting the adjective "nuclear" into the narrative s...
Coal-Powered Democrats
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
Behold, the global warmth of cold hard cash. Behold, the so-called reform-minded Democrats. Behold, the flow of dirty money from the coal industry to House Democrats ­ just as they are about to craft legislation to "address" global warm...
Greeting Rumsfeld in Taos
JEFF CONANT
It was one of those crisp, clear 50 degree winter days with hard-packed snow that makes Taos, New Mexico a world-class ski resort and brings a steady stream of celebrities to this remote mountain hamlet. I’d taken the morning off to ski with a friend from ou...
Patriot Act Unbound
MARJORIE COHN
Last year, Republican Senator Arlen Specter slipped a clause into the reauthorized USA Patriot Act that allows Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to appoint U.S. Attorneys without Senate confirmation. Gonzales took advantage of that crafty little provision t...
Political Prisoners in Calderon’s Mexico
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. This past Christmas, family members of 26 political prisoners taken during brutal repression of militant farmers in San Salvador Atenco just outside Mexico City last spring, came up with an ingenious strategy to visit their loved ones in the Sa...
Neocons in Kafkaland
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
John Derbyshire is the sole remaining adult writing for National Review. In a recent issue he noted that Aldous Huxley’s novel, Brave New World, first published in 1932, now reads like contemporary news. Huxley’s fearsome predictions of a 26th century ...
Cannabis for the Wounded
FRED GARDNER
Screaming Chris Mathews and the corporate media would have us believe that it’s only the living conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center that are deplorable, not the medical care itself. Donna Shalala and Bob Dole have been assigned to investigate the s...
Send the Bush Twins to Iraq!
RALPH NADER
On many occasions, President George W. Bush has lectured the American people that "amidst all this violence and bloodshed" in Iraq, "is the sacrifice worth it? It is worth it, and it is vital to the security of our country. Well then, why don...
Showdown at Port Tacoma
RON JACOBS
When one thinks of militant political action taking place in the United States, their thoughts usually turn to cities like San Francisco, Chicago and New York. The US South and its Pacific Northwest probably don’t spring immediately to mind. This is despite ...
Bush’s Latin American Slip
STEPHEN FLEICHSMAN
Bush put the bear-hug on Brazil’s president, Lula da Silva, on the first leg of his vaunted South American trip. That picture, featured in the media, must have sent shivers up the spine of most Latinos. The five nation tour of Brazil, Uruguay, Colom...
Why We Reject CAFTA
EVA CARAZO VARGAS
On Feb. 26, tens of thousands of Costa Ricans took to the streets in a demonstration to block ratification of the free trade agreement and reject approval to implement legislation demanded by the United States. Costa Rica is the only country included in the Free T...
Ghost Prisoners, Shadowy Prisons & Secret Trials
Col. DAN SMITH
There’s a new sheriff in town–and it’s neither the U.S. nor a U.S.-sponsored surrogate "invited" by the U.S. It’s another of those pesky international conventions the administration loves to hate and refuses to join–but stil...
The Sentencing of Betty Krawczyk
INGMAR LEE
I arrived at 800 Smithe St, Vancouver, -the Supreme Court of BC at the designated hour of 8am on Monday, March 6th/07. I was there to support the redoubtable Betty Krawczyk, British Columbia’s most famous and beloved 78-year-old, non-violent, civil-disobedie...
Patriot Act Unbound
MARJORIE COHN
Last year, Republican Senator Arlen Specter slipped a clause into the reauthorized USA Patriot Act that allows Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to appoint U.S. Attorneys without Senate confirmation. Gonzales took advantage of that crafty little provision t...
Libby and the Cheney Unseen
JAMES P. STEVENSON
Without a doubt, Vice President Dick Cheney thought that his actions inside the walls of his office would never be revealed to the public. The trial of his former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, threatened to change all that, but without the vi...
Rep. David Obey: "Idiot Liberals" Need to Support War Money
DAVID SWANSON
House Appropriations Chair David Obey (Dem., Wisc.) ran into woman in the hallway in Washington recently and ended up yelling at her and her friends, accusing them of "smoking something that’s not legal" if they disagreed with him, and denouncing &...
Bono’s Bullshit
DAVE MARSH
I read with growing dismay each successive paragraph of David Carr’s fawning New York Times business section piece on Bono, the Red Campaign and Vanity Fair yesterday morning. Later, I read the more interesting piece from Advertising Age that shows that all ...
Crude Alliance
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Soon after John Kerry had sewed up the delegates needed to seize the Democratic nomination for president in the spring of 2004, he huddled for two hours with James Hoffa, Jr., the noxious boss of the Teamsters union. The topic was oil. The Teamsters wanted more of...