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Archives from April 2007
The Holocaust as Political Asset
AMIRA HASS
The cynicism inherent in the attitude of the institutions of the Jewish state to Holocaust survivors is not a revelation to those born and living among them. We grew up with the yawning gap between the presentation of the State of Israel as the place of the Jewish...
Onward, Free Market Soldiers!
DIANE FARSETTA
Under Secretary of State Karen Hughes’ remarks at the "Private Sector Summit on Public Diplomacy" opened on a militaristic note. "Looking around the room and seeing the quality and the scope of the talent represented here," she said, &quo...
Beginning of the End for the Yellowstone Grizzly?
DOUG PEACOCK
On March 29, 2007, the Department of the Interior removed federal protection for Yellowstone’s grizzly bears under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). On April 29th this ‘de-listing’ will take effect. Only a challenge in federal court can stop this...
A Day of Bombs and Blood
PATRICK COCKBURN
Yesterday will go down as a day of infamy for Iraqis who are repeatedly told by the US that their security is improving. Almost 200 people were killed on one of the bloodiest days of the four-year-old war, when car bombs ripped through four neighbourhoods across B...
Betraying Thomas Jefferson
DAVE LINDORFF
The enemies of the Constitution are growing in number and are to be found now, not just in the White House and the Congress, but also in state capitals, from Washington to Vermont. Not only do we have a president and vice president who are almost daily unde...
Wolfowitz’s Quid Pro Quo
EMAD MEKAY And JIM LOBE
Of the top five outside international appointments made by embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz during his nearly two-year tenure, three were senior political appointees of right-wing governments that provided strong backing for U.S. policy in Iraq. ...
Apologies, Incorporated
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
No sensible person ever made an apology. Ralph Waldo Emerson It is a web site that many people in the Bush administration should refer to. It is called Writing Express and it comprises...
Bowing Down to Our Own Violence
NORMAN SOLOMON
Several days after the mass killings at Virginia Tech, grisly stories about the tragedy still dominate front pages and cable television. News of carnage on a vastly larger scale — the war in Iraq — ebbs and flows. The overall coverage of lethal violenc...
How Green is Tom Friedman?
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Not long ago, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman was America’s top op ed cheerleader for George W. Bush’s attack on Iraq, portraying it as a "war for democracy." Now, in a landmark Times Magazine article, he claims naming rights...
John Valverde’s Fight for Freedom
ANTHONY PAPA
Former Governor George Pataki’s legacy of not freeing rehabilitated violent offenders is alive and well in New York State. Today thousands of parole petitioners are ready to return to society as productive citizens but remain stuck in prison because of the p...
How Many Dead Equal a Failed Government?
LARRY C. JOHNSON
What are we to make of the bizarre contrast between our national grief over the terrible slaughter of students and faculty at Virginia Tech and our muted reaction to the continuing bloodbath in and around Baghdad? One mass killing in the 209 years since Virginia T...
An Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey
SAUL WILLIAMS
Dear Ms. Winfrey, It is with the greatest respect and adoration of your loving spirit that I write you. As a young child, I would sit beside my mother everyday and watch your program. As a young adult, with children of my own, I spend much less time in fron...
A New Dark Ages for Women
SUNSARA TAYLOR
"The Supreme Court’s decision is an affirmation of the progress we have made over the past six years in protecting human dignity." – George W. Bush praising the Supreme Court decision to uphold the ban on dilation and extr...
Tom Tancredo as 17th Century Indian Chief?
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
Blame the foreigners for our woes, cry some Members of Congress, reflecting the emotions of their constituents. Don’t people read US history and see a repetitive cycle? Since the 19th Century, different immigrants have suffered similar indignities. A review ...
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Economic Campaign Against North Korea
CHINA HAND
Reality-based reporting is making a comeback on the matter of Banco Delta Asia — fgthe little Macau bank with the frozen North Korean accounts that has held up execution of the Six Party Agreement for almost two months. McClatchy’s Kevin Hall is...
The Bonfire of the Hannities
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
The proverbial other shoe dropped the day after CBS pulled the plug from the Don Imus show. The piece of footwear in question belonged to none other than Condoleezza Rice, and came, for all we know, from the very pair she was found buying in New York even as Hurri...
Virginia Tech and Cho Seung Hui
JERRY KROTH
The biggest massacre in U.S history stuns us. Senator Kennedy immediately issues appeals about gun control. Dianne Sawyer confronts the President of Virginia Tech to ask if he should resign. Many of the rest of us wonder about violence in our culture. We’ve ...
Don Imus’s Firing and the Hip-Hop Culture
CHARLES FISHER And RANDY FISHER
At the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC.org) we are outraged by the remarks made by Don Imus about the Rutgers Women’s Basketbal...
What’s Inside the STRIVE Bill
JUSTIN AKERS CHACÓN
One year after the mass marches for immigrant rights that challenged repressive legislation proposed by congressional Republicans, the Bush administration is set to unveil harsh new proposals to supply Corporate America with cheap and vulnerable immigrant labor, r...
More Gun Laws or Fewer Idiots?
LILA RAJIVA
Dan Brown at the Huffington Post writes that there are only two ways to go on the Virginia Tech killings. ("Virginia Tech: Two Potential Paths, April 16) – either citizens will be encouraged to spy on each other and report suspicious behavior – th...
Facing Death Politically
DIANE CHRISTIAN
The recent sad report of Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer recurrence has been headline news. She was diagnosed during the 2004 presidential campaign as her husband John Edwards ran with John Kerry against Cheney and Bush. Her husband is now running for the 2008 pre...
Meeting the Resistance in Iraq
KEVIN PROSEN
Meeting Resistance is an unprecedented new documentary that goes deep into the heart of the insurgency against American forces in Iraq. Over the course of ten months, journalists Steve Connors and Molly Bingham interviewed ten anonymous members of the resistance c...
Why South Dakota’s "Informed Consent" Law Doesn’t Go Far Enough
ALICE CHERBONNIER
When I first read the story about South Dakota’s "informed consent" law backed by anti-choice zealots, I was appalled. Imagine requiring doctors, prior to performing an abortion, to "read to each patient, pausing to make sure she understands a...
How to Sell Drugs at $4,200 a Dose
PETER ROST, MD
In a February 2007 press release, Abraxis BioScience reported record revenue of $765 million in 2006 versus $521 million for 2005. They made that money selling a new version of an old cancer drug at $4,200 per dose. That new drug is called Abraxane and it h...
Massacre at Va Tech
SHERWOOD ROSS
At the memorial ceremony for those slain at Virginia Tech, President Bush said today he did not know what the victims had done to deserve their fate. How this nation wept as one when thirty innocent Americans perished and twenty more were wounded! There is almost ...
Confidence Crisis at the IMF
SOREN AMBROSE
As International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank officials engage in their joint semi-annual meetings in Washington, the Fund has a nettlesome new task: convincing its shareholders (most of the world’s governments, represented at the meeting by Finance Mi...
Militarizing the Border
FRIDA BERRIGAN
The sun was strong and so was the rhetoric, as President George W. Bush headed to Yuma, Arizona on April 9 to tackle the problem of illegal immigration. Flanked by uniformed border agents, national guardsmen and members of local law enforcement whose stiff formali...
Resistance is Never Futile
JASON HRIBAL
In November of 1995, Emily the cow escaped. The three-year old heifer had just arrived at a slaughter-facility in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Reaching the end of her employment as a dairy worker, Emily had one final and vastly profitable task to perform: to be groun...
Why is the Peace Movement Silent About AIPAC?
JOHN WALSH
"AIPAC!" was the forceful one-word answer of Congressman Michael Capuano when we asked him, "Why was the Iran clause forbidding war on Iran without Congressional approval taken out of the recent supplemental for the Iraq war funding?" I nearly ...
The Iraq Money Trail
EVELYN PRINGLE
It’s time for Americans to face the cold hard truth that nothing will be accomplished by allowing the daily carnage in Iraq to continue, and if Bush has his way, our young people will be dying in this war profiteering scheme until hell freezes over. Congress...
Cuban Exiles Get Hero’s Welcome
BEN TERRALL
On March 28, 101 Haitians landed on a South Florida beach after a grueling 22-day voyage which claimed the life of one of their fellow travelers. But unlike Cuban émigrés who make it to U.S. soil (who are generally allowed to stay in the country and ...
The Message of PBS’s "Crossroads" Series
ALISON WEIR
I attended an extremely disturbing event Thursday night. It was hosted by WETA, the PBS station in Washington DC, and was part of the national launch of an 11-part PBS series, "America at a Crossroads," to begin airing April 15. It featured clips from th...
The Elections in France
JEAN BRICMONT
and DIANA JOHNSTONE The forthcoming French presidential election threatens to produce a major political earthquake with shock waves reaching far beyond the country’s borders : a sort of post-mortem victory of the neo-conservatives through the election of...
Bloodbath in Blacksburg
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The tragic murders of Virginia Tech students, apparently by an insane person, will prompt new attempts to ban private ownership of guns. Once guns are banned, crime will explode. Households and vulnerable members of society will lose the ability to defend, which w...
1040s and Death Certificates
STAN COX
It’s the middle of April, and most of us have forked over our federal taxes for 2006. A significant portion of those taxes ­ as well as the taxes we’ll be paying this year — are going to Iraq, where the war is currently costing us abo...
Escalating Military Spending
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Critics of the recent U.S. wars of choice have long argued that they are all about oil. "No Blood for Oil" has been a rallying cry for most of the opponents of the war. It can be demonstrated, however, that there is another (less obvious but perh...
Ecuador Votes for Revolutionary Change
STEPHEN LENDMAN
Ecuadorean President Raphael Correa took office January 15 promising his people progressive, revolutionary social and economic change unlike anything this country of mostly impoverished people ever had before under its right wing only governments beholden solely t...
It Didn’t Start with the Neo-Cons
CARL G. ESTABROOK
"Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business." Michael Ledeen, rightist, neocon, and promoter of war with Iran, in ...
Simon, Sir Bono and Tinkerbelle
EAMON McCANN
The recent saga of the 15 British sailors seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf reminded me of Simon and Bono. Simon was decorated for his morale-boosting role in the Amethyst affair. Bono was made up into a Knight of the Most Excellent Order of the Bri...
Trouble in Squanderville
MIKE WHITNEY
Two years ago, anyone who wrote about the housing bubble was dismissed as a conspiracy nut. Now hardly a day goes by that the headlines aren’t splattered with the details of the massive meltdown in the real estate market. What changed? The facts are e...
Decoding the Democrats
LEE SUSTAR
Congressional Democrats are seizing control of U.S. foreign policy and running roughshod over the Constitution as they push for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Or so the Bush Administration and its right-wing media mouthpieces would have us believe....
Beyond the Strange Furor Over Imus
RALPH NADER
Now that the Don Imus flameout has once again demonstrated that vile words energize many activist groups and many media more than do devastating deeds, it is useful to revisit this strange dimension of public furor. The latest three word outburst in Mr. Imu...
The Party of Brownshirts
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Neoconservatives have turned the Republican Party into a Brownshirt Party. Look at the evidence. While real patriots flee the party, the remaining supporters cling to power by asserting dictatorial dominance for President Bush. The Republican Attorney Gener...
Blood on Our Hands
URI AVNERY
At this moment, negotiations on a prisoner exchange are in full swing. The term "negotiations" is really inappropriate. "Haggling" seems more fitting. One could also use an uglier expression: "trafficking in human beings". ...
Hate and Hypocrisy in the Cox Empire
JOHN F. SUGG
Let’s face it: Right-wing talk radio acquired the moniker "hate radio" for a reason. It’s full of racism, religious bigotry, paranoia, homophobia and sexism. One would think the media would be near-unanimous in condemning the use of pu...
Consume Like There’s No Tomorrow
DON FITZ
Would someone please tell the Sierra Club Exec Board that the idea of an "environmentally friendly car" makes as much sense as a "non-violent death penalty?" While the vast majority of those concerned with global warming consider reduction of u...
Grinding It Out with Quentin Tarantino
ELIZABETH SCHULTE
THREE HOURS I will never get back. That’s the verdict after seeing Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse, a tribute to the horror and exploitation movies of the 1970s. Tarantino’s contribution to this long, double feature is Death Proof, the stor...
Barbara McNair’s Unsung Heroism
FRED GARDNER
When Barbara McNair died in February, not a single obituary mentioned her role in bringing down the lawyer who effectively owned Erhard Seminar Training (est) and the pitchman himself, Werner Erhard. The obits duly noted that Ms McNair sang in cabarets and ...
The Beautiful and the Dammed
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
From the foreword to Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground edited ...
"We Talk About the Truth, And That’s Hard for People to Accept Sometimes"
RON JACOBS
When I was in high school, I lived on a military base and socialized and worked with GIs opposed to the war in Vietnam. These guys weren’t very different from me–we liked rock and soul music and we liked to get high–yet most of them had experienc...