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Archives from May 2007
Refugees Forever
ELIZA ERNSHIRE
Bedawi Camp, N. Lebanon Bedawi Camp is much like other Palestinian Camps: crowded, narrow streets winding between cement buildings hung with tangles of wire, the ground running with water, often muddy because it is not tarred. Small scooter motor bikes...
Shrinks and the SERE Technique at Guantanamo
STEPHEN SOLDZ
The Defense Department (DoD) has just declassified a report from their Inspector General (OIG) ...
Memorial Day
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
It’s 1959 and I’m standing on a sidewalk In Pleasantville, New York, Holding the American flag in my hand. It’s really hot in the bright sunshine, But I stand at attention like a good soldier, Watching for my father, who ...
Lessons Learned by Katrina and Asian Tsunami Social Justice Activists
BILL QUIGLEY
The tiny old woman with the tanned deeply lined face stood up and told us what happened to her coastal village of 130 families in Tamil Nadu India, along the southeastern coast. Before the tsunami, villagers survived by gathering prawns by hand from shallow w...
Why I Am Leaving the Democratic Party
CINDY SHEEHAN
Dublin, Ireland Dear Democratic Congress, Hello, my name is CINDY SHEEHAN and my son Casey Sheehan was killed on April 04, 2004 in Sadr City , Baghdad , Iraq . He was killed when the Republicans still were in control of Congress. Naively, I set...
Dr. Laura’s Little Monster
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
So the "kid" of "my kid’s mom" appears to have grown up into a sociopath. Yes, Derek Schlessinger, beloved soldier-boy scion of talk radio’s Queen of Moralizing Mean, has shown the world just what it means to be Dr. Laura’s ki...
What I Learned About Being a Dickhead
JEENIE CRISCENZO
Visitors to the San Diego Zoo today had a surprise in store for them–the chain gang trio (Bush, Cheney and Condi) w...
A Different Memorial Day Remembrance
Col. DAN SMITH
"Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and sacrifices of his friends." Dwight David Eisenhower Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945...
AIPAC Intervenes on Iran
BADRUDDIN KHAN
It has happened again, and in the open. The American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC) which heads a network of pro-Israeli lobbies, persuaded Congress to drop a provision which would have required President Bush to ask for Congressional approval prior to...
The 1969 Riots Against the Chinese in Malaysia
HEATHER GRAY
The past is never dead. It’s not even past. Willam Faulkner It was in 1971 that I arrived in Singapore along with my one year old son and Australian husband who worked for th...
The Greenhousers Strike Back and Out
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I began this series of critiques of the greenhouse fearmongers with an evocation of the papal indulgences of the Middle Ages as precursors of the "carbon credits"-ready relief for carbon sinners, burdened, because all humans exhale carbon, with original ...
Action is the Antidote to Despair
ZOE BLUNT
Alex Patterson unbuckles the harness he’s been wearing since breakfast. The young man’s khaki pants are smeared with dirt and his hair is festooned with moss and bits of bark. He shakes out the straps of the harness and untangles the dangling ropes and...
Green Sabotage as "Terrorism"
MICHAEL DONNELLY
  Whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of...
Cheney, Israel and Iran
GARY LEUPP
"There is a race currently underway between different flanks of the administration to determine the future course of US-Iran policy," writes Washington insider Steven C. Clemons on his ...
Sadr’s Dramatic Reappearance
PATRICK COCKBURN
The nationalist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has reappeared before thousands of supporters for the first time in months to call for American troops to end the occupation of Iraq. In an impassioned sermon to 6,000 worshippers in a mosque in the holy city of K...
The Moral Collapse of the Moral Left
JEAN BRICMONT
Once upon a time, there were, in France and in Europe, two ways to be on the left. One was fighting for social reforms, both in the factories (strengthening of the unions) and at the state level (extension and democratization of education and build-up of strong pu...
Cartoons with Class
JOE ALLEN And PAUL D'AMATO
The recent death of the right-wing evangelist and founder of the Moral Majority, Rev. Jerry Falwell, has provided an opportunity for many people to comment on the influence of the Christian Right on American politics and culture. Falwell relentlessly attacked Holl...
Inside Nahr el-Bared
FRANKLIN LAMB
Bedawi and Nahr el-Bared Palestinian Refugee Camps, Lebanon. With very intermittent internet access and this ancient pc with one lone wire running from the spaghetti wiring system tied to the ceiling and taped to a single bare light bulb socket, plus 8 todd...
Democratic Blood Money
DAVE LINDORFF
The Democrats, fresh from selling out the soldiers and marines in Iraq by handing the mad George Bush $120 billion to continue funding his war, are claiming victory. Oh, they can’t hide the fact that they gave up on the war issue. But they’re qu...
Imperial Rot
JAMES PETRAS
Washington outlined in explicit language its plans to engage in sequential wars in the Middle East, Southwest and Northeast Asia and the Caribbean. Under the offensive military doctrine of ‘Pre-emptive Wars’ and the ‘Global War against Terrorism&...
Four Dead in Ohio
SAUL LANDAU
In May 1970, 19 years before Chinese officials ordered troops to fire on its students and other citizens demonstrating in favor of democracy at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, US state and federal officials had authorized National Guardsmen to fire with live ammuniti...
Democracy in Iraq, Tyranny at Home?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The Washington, DC, think-tank, The American Enterprise Institute, camouflages its purpose with its name. There is nothing American about AEI, and the organization’s enterprise is fomenting war in the Middle East against Israel’s enemies. Its real name...
Congress and the Iraq War Vote
JONATHAN M. FELDMAN
According to public choice theory, citizens exercise leverage over their government by using the vote as a major tool. This theory discounts the weight of corporate media power in influencing citizen consciousness, Votergate scandals which amount to stolen electio...
Swan Song of the Democrats
MIKE WHITNEY
The Democrats did us all a favor by giving Bush his Iraq war-money. After all, the Dems have supported the war from the get-go; so why not expose them as the hypocrites they really are? The truth is, no one is really surprised by Friday’s vote. We hav...
The Worst in History
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
According to Democratic Party leaders, the new Iraq funding bill, which is concession-as-usual to the worst president in the history of our country, is a "temporary setback." Ninety U.S. troops have died in the last 25 days. Almost 1,500 Iraqi civilians ...