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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...