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Archives from May 2007
The Can-Do Troops and the New Anti-Politics
ARJUN CHOWDHURY, MARK HOFFMAN And KEVIN PARSNEAU
What would have happened if Donald Rumsfeld had listened to the generals, invaded Iraq with 400,000 troops, and prepared more thoroughly for postwar reconstruction efforts? What if Paul Bremer had provided better security and basic services after the war? Would Ir...
Disarmament Negotiations
N. D. JAYAPRAKASH
This essay is dedicated to the memory of Bertrand Russell (mathematician, philosopher, peace activist –1872-1970) on his 135-birth anniversary; to the memory of D.D. Kosambi (mathematician, historian, peace activist –1907-1966) on his birt...
The Crime of Silence
RON JACOBS
Sara Paretsky is known for her crime fiction. One of the first writers in this genre to feature a female protagonist, Paretsky’s tales exist in the netherworld of murder, corruption and general venality that often crosses into that part of the human soul whe...
Ashley Unlawfully Sterilized
WILLIAM PEACE
The Ashley Treatment is back in the news. On May 8 major news outlets reported that the Seattle Children’s Hospital and the doctors who performed surgery as part of the "Ashley Treatment" broke Washington State Law. The hospital acknowledged that t...
What’s Missing from the Health Care Debate
SUSAN ROSENTHAL, MD
The latest report by the Commonwealth Fund confirms what we already know; Americans pay more for health care and have poorer health compared with people living in nations that spend less on health care yet enjoy better health. It is generally assumed that ...
What the Finkelstein Tenure Fight Tells Us About the State of Academia
ROBERT JENSEN
For two years I have served at the University of Texas at Austin on the faculty committee on "academic freedom and responsibility," a pairing of concepts that is common in higher education. While there is a fairly broad consensus on what "freedom&qu...
Us vs. Them in the Immigration Debate
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
Is anyone old enough to remember the expression: "Go Back to Africa?" Can anyone remember when the lynchings of Blacks, Asians and the hunting down of American Indians and Mexicans were commonplace? Does anyone remember when Jews were turned away at this...
Venezuela and RCTV
PATRICK McELWEE
President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela has been the subject of many controversies. His critics often accuse him of laying the groundwork for dictatorship, despite the democratic credentials of his government. Chávez was democratically elected in 1998 and...
Resisting the Commercialization of Public Schools
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Marketers can’t seem to stop thinking about the spectacular marketing opportunity afforded by schools. It’s easy to imagine the conversation in the business meeting room: Kids are bored in school — we can grab their attention with ads! Com...
So You Thought They’d End the War
DAVID VEST
Welcome to the Show, kid. The Democrats have "surrendered" on Iraq. Liberals are "shocked." And all the innocents who didn’t know any better, didn’t see it coming, feel "betrayed." Poor Duncan Black, better ...
Why Corporate Social Responsibility Programs are a Fraud
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
Anti-sweatshop activist Jeffrey Ballinger says that corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs such as codes of conduct for contractors are undermining worker rights. Ten years ago, Ballinger and his group Press for Change led the charge against Nike...
Democratic Spin Won’t End the War in Iraq
JOHN STAUBER
After several months of empty posturing against the war in Iraq, politicians in Washington have made what Democratic congressman James P. Moran called a "concession to reality" by agreeing to give President Bush virtually everything he wanted in funding ...
Congress Gives War Profiteers Another $100 Billion
EVELYN PRINGLE
Congress has demonstrated its unconditional love for the Bush administration by handing the war profiteers another $100 billion worth of good reasons to keep the war in Iraq rolling along at full-throttle. And today there was the President, whose only milit...
Goodie, Goodie Goodling
STEVE FOURNIER
Grand Inquisitress Monica Goodling, Juris Doctor, formerly of the U. S. Department of Justice, defeated the House Judiciary Committee yesterday in a test of wills. Slim, blonde, sharp-featured, she must have been a dreaded presence in the days when she haunted the...
Deadly Illusions, Rest in Peace
NORMAN SOLOMON
This week’s cave-in on Capitol Hill — supplying a huge new jolt of funds for the horrific war effort in Iraq — is surprising only to those who haven’t grasped our current circumstances. Public opinion polls aren’t the same as p...
In Defense of Lying on Job Applications
EVA LIDDELL
Bob’s Dylan’s lyric, "To live outside the law you must be honest" have long served as my moral inspiration. I am thereby forced to admit that I’m not buying the idea that Merilee Jones, the woman who was the Dean of Admissions at MIT, s...
Giuliani: Righteous, Indignant and Wrong
ROBERT FANTINA
It is interesting, and not a little disturbing, to see how nonsense can be wrapped in an American flag, delivered to the public and found to be not only palatable, but entirely enjoyable. During the second debate between the countless Republican presidenti...
Becoming Imperialist
KEVIN PARSNEAU, ARJUN CHOWDHURY And MARK HOFFMAN
Consider these familiar assertions: 1. If Donald Rumsfeld had listened to the generals and invaded with more troops, Iraq would be stable today. 2. If the U.S. had provided security and basic services after the initial invasion, Iraqis w...
My Brother the "Terrorist"
CAROLINE PAUL
My brother is considered one of the biggest domestic terrorists in the country. You probably haven’t heard of him, and I think that’s odd. After all, he’s dangerous. He’s trying to overthrow our country. He "doesn’t like our free...
House Democrats Buckle to Big Oil
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
Behold the spineless Democratic Party. On Iraq, no deadlines. On trade, no enforceable worker protections. Now, on oil industry price gouging, collapse. In the face of withering pressure from the oil industry, the Democrats in the House...
Doctor of Last Resort
FRED GARDNER
When the Medical Marijuana Patients Union held a symposium in Fort Bragg in August, 2004, Sheriff Tony Craver asked an organizer to please introduce him to Dr. Tod Mikuriya. It turned out that Mikuriya had left after participating in a morning panel. "That...
Kerrycrats All!
DAVE LINDORFF
The defining moment of the disastrous and laughable presidential campaign of John Kerry for president came when he tried to explain his vacillating and spineless position on the Iraq War, saying, of an earlier war funding appropriations bill "I voted for the ...
Paulson in China
MIKE WHITNEY
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson wrapped up 2 days of high level talks with the Chinese delegation on Wednesday without any progress on the two issues of central importance to the American people"the massive $230 billion trade deficit and the ongoing manipula...
We Are Moving Backwards on Iraq
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
I rise today to express my disappointment both in the final version of the supplemental spending bill that we expect to consider today and in the process that led to this badly flawed bill. Those two concerns are linked, because the flawed procedure that the Senat...
Who’s Behind the Fighting in North Lebanon?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli, Lebanon. Wearing a beat-up ratty UNCHR tee-shirt left over from Bint Jbeil and the Israeli-Hezbollah July probably helped. As did, I suspect, the Red Cross jersey, my black and white checkered kaffieyh and the Palestinian flag taped to my lapel as ...
The Great Bank Heist of Tripoli
RANNIE AMIRI
If you think you understand Lebanese politics, it obviously has not been explained to you properly. - Anonymous It started out simple enough. A group of men robbed a bank in the northern Lebanese town of Amyoun and then fled...
A Less "White" USA
GLEN FORD
Sometime last year, the "minority" population of the United States reached the 100 million mark, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means only two-thirds of Americans are whites of non-Hispanic background. In four states–Hawaii, New Mexico, ...
The Political Economy of a Crisis
SUDHANVA DESHPANDE
and VIJAY PRASHAD Isn’t our life a tunnel between two clarities? Pablo Neruda, Libros de las preguntas, 1974. In August 2006, Mamata Banerjee traveled to Singur, home to around 20,000 people in the state of Wes...
Faith-Based Imperialism
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
The very nature of Christianity is imperialistic. A resurrected Christ reportedly told his disciples, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore," he ordered them, "and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in t...
Tales from the Tree Tops
ZOE BLUNT
I’m standing at the base of the tree leaning back on my harness and peering at the platform sixty feet above. Ingmar is encouraging me to get up there. The press conference is supposed to start in forty-five minutes and we need to get into position. Ingmar&#...
Who’s to Blame for Iraq?
NIVIEN SALEH
In Germany, at the age of nine, I saw something on television that horrified me. It was a table lamp with a shade that looked like parchment. It had been made from the skin of a Jewish person. Disturbed by the sight of the lamp I began to wonder: what is it that m...
Opium: Iraq’s Newest Export
PATRICK COCKBURN
Farmers in southern Iraq have started to grow opium poppies in their fields for the first time, sparking fears that Iraq might become a serious drugs producer along the lines of Afghanistan. Rice farmers along the Euphrates, to the west of the city of Diwan...
China’s Great Wall of Cash?
CHINA HAND
From McClatchy’s article on the US-China strategic economic dialogue now going on in Washington, I learned that China’s immense foreign exchange reserves have earned the nickname "The Great Wall of Cash". In keeping with my kneejerk te...
Colombia’s Civil War and the US
JOE DeRAYMOND
Colombia’s civil war is the United States war in the Western Hemisphere. Each year the US provides over a half billion dollars to the Colombian police and military, and trains thousands of Colombian soldiers. Colombia is the largest recipient of US aid outsi...
Republicans in Self-Destruct Mode
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
As everyone except for a dwindling band of Bush supporters now knows, the US is in a terrible situation in Iraq from which it cannot extract itself. For Bush and Cheney, their own pride and delusion are more compelling than US casualties, the destruction of Iraq a...
A Front Row Seat for the Bloodbath in Lebanon
ROBERT FISK
Beirut. There is something obscene about watching the siege of Nahr el-Bared. The old Palestinian camp–home to 30,000 lost souls who will never go "home"–basks in the Mediterranean sunlight beyond a cluster of orange orchards. Soldiers...
Israeli Forest Named After Australian Prime Minister
SONJA KARKAR
There is something worrying about a prime minister of a liberal, democratic country who imposes values on his country’s citizens and those who wish to become citizens, yet does not adhere to those values when he regards it politically expedient to ignore the...
Meet Us in Detroit
JEFFREY KOLAKOWSKI
Dear Mr. Conyers, On May 29, 2007-as you already know-there will be a Town Hall discussion on the possible impeachment of George W. Bush, President of the United States. In your position as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, it is imperative th...
A Widening Chasm on Impeachment
DAVE LINDORFF
The divide between Democratic leaders contemplating their re-election prospects in 2008 and rank-and-file Democrats is becoming a chasm–one so wide that Congressional Democrats may soon find it hard to straddle it. The issue is impeachment. So ...
A Misleading Suicide Warning
EVELYN PRINGLE
On May 2, 2007, the FDA announced its most misleading warnings to date about selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants when it said the drug makers would revise the current black box warning of an increased risk of suicidality in children and adolesce...
An Orchard Without Workers
DAVID MOS MASUMOTO
Last year for one day, no one came to work in my peach orchard. A row of ladders stood empty. This was my day without immigrant labor. Without workers, I cannot farm. If I cannot farm, my organic heirloom peaches and raisins won’t reach people’...
Hillary Clinton’s Achilles Heel?
JOSHUA FRANK
Senator Clinton is sure trying hard to court the antiwar vote while still sustaining a muscular U.S. foreign policy agenda as she runs for the presidency. On May 16, Hillary Clinton sided with 28 other senators in support for advancing legislation to cut off fundi...
Politics Gary, Indiana-Style
JIM BAUMER
I’ve just returned from a week in Northwest Indiana, America’s post-industrial wasteland, known affectionately by locals as "the region." I am still trying to process all I’ve seen, particularly my time driving around Gary. It occurred ...
Bush, Giuliani, Whitman and the Lethal Fallout from 9/11
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The fallout now taints us all. Amidst the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Bush and Giuliani saddled up their bullhorns and raced down to the smoldering World Trade Center to shout out a single "patriotic" demand: re-open the stock market!...
The Afghan Quagmire
CONN HALLINAN
The longer the U.S. and NATO stay in Afghanistan, the more the place is looking like Vietnam: *Body counts. Remember when the U.S. used to claim things like "250 Vietcong" killed during a firefight, most of whom turned out to be civilians? On Apr...
Can the Everglades Save Florida?
ALAN FARAGO
If you can see through the smoke of forest fires, consider the experiment of putting 18 million people, plus visitors, on a narrow peninsula — Florida — in the midst of an historic drought. Soon enough, your eyes should stop itching. What should...
Green Mountain Days
RON JACOBS
Well, school’s about out for the year, but that doesn’t mean that all students are merely partying and taking exams. In fact, antiwar students have mounted what could be called an offensive in the last few weeks of the 2006-2007 academic year here in t...
The Secret US Plot to Kill Sadr
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. The US Army tried to kill or capture Muqtada al-Sadr, the widely revered Shia cleric, after luring him to peace negotiations at a house in the holy city of Najaf, which it then attacked, according to a senior Iraqi government official. The r...
Werewolf of Washington
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
From under what rock did he emerge that made it necessary to drag him kicking and screaming out of two capitalist entities, the US Department of Defense and the World Bank? Paul Dundes Wolfowitz is no run-of-the-mill political bureaucrat. He’s a neo-c...
The Dark Side of Democracy Promotion
PAUL BOUCHHEIT
The White House has clearly stated goals of promoting democracy around the world. Does this work? Let’s consider the past and present. In 1950 Jacobo Arbenz was democratically elected president of Guatemala. He tried to help native Mayan Indians regai...