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THE DECAY OF AMERICAN MEDIA — Patrick L. Smith on the decline and fall of American journalism; Peter Lee on China and its Uyghur problem; Dave┬áMacaray on brain trauma, profits and the NFL; Lee Ballinger on the bloody history of cotton. PLUS: “The Vindication of Love” by JoAnn Wypijewski; “The Age of SurrealPolitick” by Jeffrey St. Clair; “The Radiation Zone” by Kristin Kolb; “Washington’s Enemies List” by Mike Whitney; “The School of Moral Statecraft” by Chris Floyd and “The Surveillance Films of Laura Poitras” by Kim Nicolini.
Archives from May 2007
The Penalties for Political Corruption in China and the US
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
Zheng Xiaoyu meet Lester Crawford. Lester Crawford is the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Zheng Xiaoyu is the former head of China’s equivalent of the FDA. Both have been convicted of crimes committed while in...
The Language Barrier
ROBERT BRYCE
Most of the time, I believe that the U.S. and other Western countries, can, if they really work at it, bridge the cultural gap and reach some kind of understanding with the Arab and Islamic worlds. At other times, I think that the cultural differences are just too...
Conyers: a Hero of the Constitution
DAVE LINDORFF
When it comes to defending the Constitution from the saboteurs of freedom and democracy in the Bush administration, my hero is Conyers. Not Congressman Conyers. He had a shot at the title during 2005, when he was holding informal hearings on the administrat...
Killing with Impunity
PATRICK COCKBURN
The raid on the Finance Ministry in Baghdad by 40 policemen in 19 vehicles who calmly cordoned off the street in front of the building before abducting five Britons shows how little has changed in the Iraqi capital despite US reinforcements and a new security plan...
The Unitary King George
MARJORIE COHN
As the nation focused on whether Congress would exercise its constitutional duty to cut funding for the war, Bush quietly issued an unconstitutional bombshell that went virtually unnoticed by the corporate media. The National Security and Homeland Security ...
Appropriate Disillusionment
GARY LEUPP
I have in front of me two documents of despair, of disillusionment with the American political system that allows this criminal war to continue. Andrew J. Bacevich in his Washington Post op-ed column and Cindy Sheehan in her statement on her blog express despair o...
Fallout from the Sale of Chrysler
CHRIS KUTALIK
and TIFFANY TEN EYCK Auto workers are bracing for a bumpy road ahead at Chrysler, following the May 14 announcement that Daimler-Chrysler (DCX) would sell off 80 percent ownership of the company to Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm. The surpr...
Being Hope
KATHY KELLY
Earlier this week, the American Friends Service Committee asked me to speak about finding hope in hard times as part of an interfaith service to conclude their "Eyes Wide Open" display in Chicago’s Grant Park. The display arranged 3,438 soldiers...
Withdrawal Symptoms
TERRENCE E. PAUPP
By May 23, 2007 it became clear that the Democrats were little better than the Republicans when given the task of ending the Iraq War. Like their Republican counterparts, the Democrats took on the mantle of Bush-enablers by granting him another $95 billion dollars...
China, CITES and the Fate of the Tiger
NIRMAL GHOSH
Bangkok. Contrary to what many may think it sounds like, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) does not have much to do with conservation. It has everything to do with us humans playing god; in short, deciding how many of anoth...
Lebanon and the Planned US Airbase at Kleiaat
FRANKLIN LAMB
Bibnin Akkar, Lebanon, site of proposed US Airbase Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee Camp On July 14, 1982, (Bastille Day) the late Bashir Gemayel sat with Ariel Sharon, Raphael Eytan, and Danny Yalon at the French flag draped Le Chef Restaurant in Ash...
To the Shores of Tripoli
URI AVNERY
The bloody battles that have erupted around the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp near Tripoli in Lebanon remind us that the refugee problem has not disappeared. On the contrary, 60 years after the "Nakba", the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948, it is again the c...
The Green Masquerade
ALAN MAASS And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Alan Maass: The latest trend for corporations is to show off green credentials–BP has a series of commercials with a guy standing in a field talking about alternative fuels, and Rupert Murdoch is vowing to make his international operations carbon neutra...
The Long Con on Synthetic Fuels
JAMES RIDGEWAY
Global warming is well on its way to being a godsend for the coal industry. Lobbyists are busily trying to turn dirty coal into a pleasing green alternative promoted by such Democratic luminaries as Presidential hopeful Barack Obama and former House Speaker turned...
Watching the Detectives
ROCK And RAP CONFIDENTIAL
On April 19, rapper Wise Intelligent sent out an email which included the following: "It has always been my position that the black rapper is NOT allowed to address or lend his voice to any issue that confronts the community from whi...
Taming the Giant Corporation
RALPH NADER
Back in the nineteen thirties, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt went on the national radio and declared what the basic necessities were for the American people–a wage that can support a family, decent housing, the right to health care, a good education an...
Dealing Democrats
JEAN DANIELS
President Bush can meet with family friend, Prince Bandar while Vice President Cheney meets with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, but neither leader are able to meet with Cindy Sheehan and the mothers who ask to know why their children have died in Iraq and Afghani...
What Qualifies Bush to Lead Iraq War?
EVELYN PRINGLE
The tax dollar funded photo op of Bush landing on an aircraft carrier all dressed up in a flightsuit to announce Mission Accomplished was a desperate attempt to give the illusion that Bush actually did serve his country in the military and to bolster his image as ...
Whatever Happened to Signing Statements?
DAVE LINDORFF
Perhaps the best indication of the toothlessness and complicity of the new Democratic Congress is that President Bush, who between September 2001 and December 2006 used so-called "signing statements" and a bogus claim of extra-constitutional executive au...
Fur and Hooves Fly at Animal Welfare Hearings
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Animal protectionists are winning the agriculture public relations battle said former Congressman Charlie Stenholm at House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry hearings in May. The recently defeated Texan and former Ranking Democrat on...
Bush’s New Middle East
MIKE WHITNEY
" … under the sky without hope the self inside me dies … I will always be from nowhere Without a face, without a history from nowhere." "Traveler without Luggage" by Abdul-Wahab Al-B...
How We Got Here
DAVID SWANSON
Over the past two months of repeated Congressional votes to fund the occupation of Iraq, culminating in President Bush’s signing the bill last Friday, what if anything have we learned? Have we learned anything about individuals or political parties or a...
Dreaming of a True Memorial Day
CYNTHIA McKINNEY
Today I took a visiting friend to view the tomb of Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King. We went inside Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King once preached, and listened to him give his own oration on how he would like to be remembered: ...
The Exit of Cindy Sheehan
RON JACOBS
I have to admit that I was quite surprised when I read that Cindy Sheehan is leaving the peace movement. After reading her explanation for the move, I was less surprised, but still a bit disappointed. After reading ...
Gating Montana: Part Two
JOHN HOLT
(Below is a follow-up to JOHN HOLT’s initial story about the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Park’s imperious behavior regarding the public lands in Montana that appeared May 11, 2007 on CounterPun...