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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from April 2007
Israeli Democracy
SONJA KARKAR
The time will have to come for Israel to declare its hand: is it "a state of the Jewish people throughout the world" as it defines itself, or a state of all its citizens, both Jewish and non-Jewish? So far Israel has managed to convince the Western world...
Women Under Siege
LEAH FISHBIEN
As many already know, last Wednesday The Supreme Court contradicted its own 2000 decision to overturn a Nebraska ban on "partial birth abortion" and upheld the federal abortion ban in the cases of Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood and Gonzalez v. Carhart. T...
The Rights of Children in the United States
SHARON SMITH
The U.S. is the only United Nations member-state except Somalia that has neglected to ratify the UN’s 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child. In February 2001, George W. Bush explicitly objected to its "human rights-based approach"-which, among...
Cho and Cheney
BRENDAN COONEY
There is a look on the face of someone trying to understand the recent mass killing by Seung-Hui Cho at Virginia Tech. Blank eyes, a furrowed brow, a slowly shaking head. The brain hits a wall of comprehensibility. The part of the mind that imagines what happens i...
Who Wants Sarko?
DIANA JOHNSTONE
The Anglo-American media view Sarkozy’s showing(over 31 per cent of the vote, compared to slightly under 26 per cent for Ségolène Royal in the April 22 first round) as evidence that a new France may finally be seeing the light and turning away ...
Paul Wolfowitz and Haiti
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
The controversy over World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and the payraise (to $193,590/year) to his Bank colleague and domestic partner, Shaha Riza, has focussed on the propriety of Mr. Wolfowitz’ involvement in the promotion and raise, and the apparent hypo...
Baptism Under Fire
LEE GAILLARD
The first combat tiltrotor squadron played a key role in the Marine Air Ground Task Force integration training on 1 March 2007; the squadron was subsequently deemed to have completed a successful transition from CH-46s Sea Knights to the MV-22B Osprey. As ...
Dropping the First Shoe
DAVE LINDORFF
Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, has dropped the first impeachment shoe, filing a bill calling for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney. Kucinich, defying the leadership of the Democratic Party, and...
The Corporate Debasement of Earth Day
RALPH NADER
Earth Day the First–launched in April 1970 with 1500 events mostly on college campuses by enormous student energy–led the television network news and made the covers of the national news magazines. Earth Day the Thirty Seventh–in April 200...
Sunnis Protest Baghdad’s "Prison Wall"
PATRICK COCKBURN
Residents of a Sunni enclave of Baghdad demonstrated and shouted slogans yesterday against a newly built wall sealing off their neighborhood from the rest of the city. About 2,000 people marched through al-Adhamiyah in east Baghdad carrying banners saying t...
Tragedy and Irony After Virginia Tech
LILA RAJIVA
"You are hereby directed not to enter the College campus or any College owned property at any time for any reason" reads a one- page letter sent through courier by administrators no more than a day after an upsetting classroom incident had come to their ...
How Imus’ Media Collaborators Almost Rescued Their Chief
ISHMAEL REED
"Some of us relish the naughtiness." –Howard Kurtz In his 1995 book Hot Air, Howard Kurtz wrote that ‘Imus’ sexist homophobic, and politically incorrect routines echo what many journalists joke about in privat...
The War Goes Ever On
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Is the Iraq war to become a permanent feature? The war persists despite the opposition of a majority of Americans and Iraqis. The war persists despite warnings from US generals that the stress is breaking the US Army. The war persists despite ...
Housing Bubble Boondoggle
MIKE WHITNEY
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson delivered an upbeat assessment of the slumping real estate market on Friday saying, "All the signs I look at" show "the housing market is at or near the bottom." Baloney. Paulson added that the mel...
The Courage to Withdraw
SAUL LANDAU
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and his staff of neo con hard liners, and assorted handwringers could not have predicted the horror show that erupted in Iraq. The war makers were ignorant. Most remain that way–and proudly. Did Bush shake his head when he saw...
Changing Sentiments
ROBERT FANTINA
On March 6 of 2003, shortly before his shocking invasion of Iraq, President George Bush said the following: "I’m convinced that a liberated Iraq will be — will be important for that troubled part of the world. The Iraqi people are plenty capable o...
Huge Win for Impeachment in Vermont
DAVE LINDORFF
"SR16 Senate resolution urging Vermont’s Representative in the United States House of Representatives to introduce, and Vermont’s United States Senators to support, a resolution requiring the United States House Judiciary Committee to...
The Courage to Withdraw
SAUL LANDAU
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and his staff of neo con hard liners, and assorted handwringers could not have predicted the horror show that erupted in Iraq. The war makers were ignorant. Most remain that way–and proudly. Did Bush shake his head when he saw...
A Short History of the Christian Right
STEPHEN LENDMAN
Chris Hedges is a journalist who for two decades was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times spending much of his time reporting from conflict zones in El Salvador, the Middle East and from Serbia covering the Balkan wars of the 1990s that divided and destr...
Bought-and-Paid-For Journalism
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
There was a time long ago when reporters sided with the folks on the other side of the tracks. Why? Because often the reporters themselves were from the other side of the tracks. When Wall Street stumbled, reporters cheered. Now, journa...
Earth Day, Incorporated
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The great green bandwagon that came of age this Earth Day has been a very long time coming. Its lag time has been no accident. From Rachel Carson’s 1963 Silent Spring and Earth Day 1970 and the first arrests at the Seabrook Nuke in 1976 and the dec...
Time of the Death Squads
PATRICK COCKBURN
Death squads are returning to the streets of Baghdad despite the security plan for the capital launched with great fanfare by the US two months ago. As Iraqis bury the 230 people killed or found dead on Wednesday, ominous signs are appearing that the Shia mil...
Troublesome Reports from Nepal
GARY LEUPP
The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), leading what many have considered the most advanced Maoist movement in the world for the last decade, has recently been accused of attacks on gay people and of indulging in anti-gay rhetoric. Unfortunately the reports seem va...
Democrats Take Cover from Impeachment
SAM HUSSEINI
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was widely criticized for not addressing a host of questions in his testimony last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But the chair of that Committee — Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont — himself won’...
Sick and Getting Sicker
ELIZABETH LALASZ
A recent CBS/New York Times opinion poll revealed the depth of dissatisfaction with the U.S. health care system. Nine out of 10 people believe the health care system needs "to be completely rebuilt," according to the poll. Even more telling, almos...
Travesties of Justice in a Black City in Michigan
BANCO
Justice in Berrien County, Michigan, took a big step backwards into the darkness of fear and bigotry. On March 21, 2007, an all-white jury convicted a black community activist, Reverend Edward Pinkney, of five counts of improprieties in connection with a 2005 reca...
Thinking Big in the Northern Rockies
PAUL RICHARDS
Every season, citizens of the world thank those who had the courage and foresight to designate Yellowstone, Glacier, Bob Marshall, Absaroka-Beartooth and other national parks and wilderness areas. The Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho and the Lee...
Showdown at Chevron
BEN TERRALL
On April 19th in San Francisco, activists, protesting what they called moves by U.S. and British petroleum corporations to take greater control of Iraq’s oil, staged a mock celebration which began at a downtown Chevron station. In front of a banner reading &...
The Islamic Threat to Europe: By the Numbers
KRISTOFFER LARSSON
Some things interest the media, others don’t. Since the fall of the USSR, the United States has sought another menace to designate as the ultimate evil, a world threat the Americans desperately need to take on. The 9/11 attacks gave them that enemy. And when...
Bring Back the Posse
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Since there undoubtedly will be a next time, probably in the not so distant future, what useful counsel on preventive measures can we offer students and faculty and campus police forces across America? There have been the usual howls from the anti-gun lobby...
The Heart of Whiteness
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Three items, then a response: (1) A photo-journalist friend returns from trips to Jordan, Israel and the West Bank, and describes his experiences being graciously received in Arab homes, and his shock at seeing the "separation wall" — really...
Bill Maher’s "Towel-Headed Hos"
REMI KANAZI
For all his chauvinistic, misogynistic and racist drivel, old man Imus finally got the boot. I can’t say I feel particularly bad, considering his confederate-style punditry and his perpetuation of negative imagery of the non-white males our society, but I st...
Sadr Raises the Stakes
PATRICK COCKBURN
A violent confrontation between America and the Sadrist movement, popular among the Shia majority, would mark a new stage in the four-year war in which the US has hitherto been fighting the minority Sunni community. Last week the nationalist Shia cleric Muqtada al...
Unlocking Closets, Locking Free Speech
JOHN SCAGLIOTTI
A open response to the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s Open letter to the News Industry on the Don Imus firing. Dear fellow NLGJA members and others in the media: While I strongly support NLGJA President Eric Hegedus’s...
SEZS: Behind the Curtain
ASEEM SHRIVASTAVA
"Few cities anywhere have created wealth faster than Shenzhen, but the costs of its phenomenal success stare out from every corner: environmental destruction, soaring crime rates and the disillusionment and degradation of its vast force of migran...
The Absent Middle East
DIANA JOHNSTONE
The French presidential elections will be followed by elections for the National Assembly, whose composition will largely determine the extent to which the new president can keep her or his domestic promises–within the limits of European Union regulations an...
Zapatistas in the Colorado Delta
DAN BACHER
Since February 26, the Cucapa Tribe in El Mayor, Baja California has organized an historic Zapatista peace camp to defend their fishing rights against harassment and intimidation by the Mexican government on the Colorado River Delta. The idea for the camp o...
How the Taliban Defeated the Pakistani Army in Waziristan
SHERWOOD ROSS
Pakistan’s army suffered losses of 700 killed in its unsuccessful effort to push Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters from Afghanistan out of their tribal sanctuaries in Pakistan, an Islamabad-based journalist reports. That defeat may explain Islamabad’s relu...
Prozac Madness
FRED GARDNER
The lard-assed cops at Virginia Tech spent two hours interrogating the wrong suspect and failed to prevent the massacre. Now they’re "investigating." What is there to investigate – which brand or brands of anti-depressant Seung Hui Cho was ta...
How Iraq was Looted
EVELYN PRINGLE
When President Bush announced "Mission Accomplished," and the end of the war in May 2003, he also said we would help the citizens of Iraq rebuild their country. "Now that the dictator’s gone," he stated, "we and our coalition partner...
Nuclear War and Its Consequences
BARBARA ROSE JOHNSTON
In 1946 the United States detonated two atomic weapons in the Marshall Islands. In 1947, the United Nations designated the Marshall Islands a United States Trust Territory, and over the next eleven years the territory hosted another sixty-five atmospheric atomic a...
Explaining the Spectre
RON JACOBS
Back in 1989 and the early 1990s, when the Stalinist states of Eastern Europe ceased to exist as such, there were many triumphant crows of triumph from the various cocks of capitalism . I t was, said that staunch old intellectual rhetorician of reaction, the "...
Gonzo Justice
MARJORIE COHN
As Democratic and Republican leaders alike pile on to demand Alberto Gonzales’ resignation, only George W. Bush is singing his praises. Deputy press secretary Dana Perino said Bush was happy with Gonzales’ testimony. "The attorney general continue...
Spain and Iraq, Four Years On
AGUSTIN VELLOSO
Former Prime Minister Aznar dragged Spain into a war of aggression by the United States and the United Kingdom against Iraq. Shortly afterwards, his political party lost the elections thanks to Spain’s illegal and damaging behaviour. But the final account ha...
Distorting the News in a Timber Company Town
MATTHEW KOEHLER
The other day I was walking in downtown Missoula when a new ad campaign on the newspaper boxes of our daily paper, the Missoulian, caught my eye. The ad features a businessman silhouetted against a sunrise with the words: "Start your day informed: Missoulian....
Desperation in Gitmo’s Camp 6
NICOLE COLSON
More detainees at the U.S. prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, are so desperate to end their suffering that they are going on hunger strike–willing to risk death if it means an end to their imprisonment. According to press reports, at least 13...
Double Jeopardy Entraps Palestinians
SONJA KARKAR
Already condemned to a life of imprisonment by the Israeli Government for just being a Palestinian in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, every Palestinian lives in fear of being arrested and imprisoned in Israel for wanting to be free. And, international law an...
The Supreme Court Looks a Lot Like the Taliban
HEATHER GRAY
When I first heard of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week banning D&E late term abortion without exception to the woman’s health, it literally took my breath away. The sweeping indictment against women from this Supreme Court decision sudde...
Syrian Expeditions
Dr. BOUTHAINA SHAABAN
It has become clear now that the visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Syria has raised an unprecedented outcry by American officials and in American and British Media. The excuse was that it sends "Mixed signals" to Damascus and the reality is that it ...
A Surge in Iraqi Civilian Deaths
TOM CLIFFORD
Dubai. There is an Iraq surge, but it is a surge in deaths. The year up to March 2007 has been the worst 12 months for civilian fatalities since the invasion was launched. Almost 50 per cent of all violent civilian deaths since the March 2003 invasion occur...