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Archives from June 2007
A Different Kind of Peace Candidate
KEVIN ZEESE
Dal LaMagna (rhymes with Lasagna) is running for president by working to end the Iraq War. The independently wealthy businessman just returned from a trip to Amman, Jordan and Baghdad, Iraq where he met with members of the Iraq Parliament, Iraqi tribal leaders, re...
Congress Needs to Stop Playing on Bush’s Court
DAVE LINDORFF
There are two ways to look at the growing confrontation between Congress and the White House over access to information. Either the administration is suckering Congress into a fight, confident that the Democratic Congress will back down and forever surrende...
Electric Larryland
JENNIFER MATSUI And CARL KANDUTSCH
If there is one reason to watch ‘Larry King Live – unrelated, that is, to a perverse pleasure in testing the limits of banality and tedium to life-threatening extremes – it’s the chance to play "Are You Optimistic? – a drinking g...
End the Occupation
PATRICK COCKBURN
Dear Mr Brown Peace can only be returned to Iraq by a negotiated end to the occupation and an acceptance by Washington and London that the Shia religious parties, in alliance with the Kurds and influenced by Iran, are going to run the country. You sh...
The Peace Envoy
GILAD ATZMON
What a great day for peace enthusiasts! A new envoy to the Middle East has been appointed for the Quartet, and it’s no other than the former British PM, Tony Blair. Blair, the man who gave the Israelis the green light to flatten Beirut. Blair, the man who st...
Toward a New Environmental Movement
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR And JOSHUA FRANK
The environmental movement is on life support. Some would say it is already dead. Even though climate change and Al Gore are fast becoming the conversation du jour around the American dinner table, it also happens to be the rallying cry for do-gooder conservationi...
The London Car Bomb
JOHN CHUCKMAN
We should all exercise a healthy skepticism regarding the story of the car-bomb just found in London. There are powerful reasons for this. The grant of an appeal to the Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing. There is powerful evidence that key ev...
Losing the War in Afghanistan
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"One of the problems is sometimes determining who exactly caused the casualties. It’s not always clear if a civilian casualty is caused by an extremist or coalition forces." Major Chris Belcher, US spokesman, Afghanistan, June ...
Fasting for Justice at DePaul
DANIEL KLIMEK
Is this not the fast that I choose:to lose the bonds of injustice – Isaiah 58:6 Each day of this week, while walking through the campus of DePaul University, I passed a statue in front of the universityR...
The Founding Fathers Never Met Dick Cheney
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Jefferson once famously offered that, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants". I am just enough of a bleeding-heart Pollyanna to hope that there are periods when real reform can be achieved ...
The Failing of Gaza
PHILIP RIZK
The democratically elected Hamas government was doomed to failure when the world refused to recognize the last election outcome. Furthermore, as the former government dominated by Fatah was not willing to hand over authority over government institutions and securi...
The Liberation of Paris
RICHARD RHAMES
"This is the end of Western civilization as we know it, and we’re watching it live." Harvey Levin, TMZ. com This weekend, as July 4th looms and the bodies pile higher in Afghanistan and Iraq, putr...
How to Destroy an African American City in 33 Steps
BILL QUIGLEY
Step One. Delay. If there is one word that sums up the way to destroy an African-American city after a disaster, that word is DELAY. If you are in doubt about any of the following steps–just remember to delay and you will probably be doing the right thing....
Bong Hits for Repression
PAUL KRASSNER
The Supreme Court sucks so badly it turned itself inside out. An utterly outrageous 5-4 ruling has made it acceptable to suspend a high school student for an off-campus act like holding a 14-foot banner saying "Bong Hits 4 Jesus." That simple joke became...
The Black Villains Club
D. K. WILSON
On ESPN radio and television simulcast show, Mike and Mike in the Morning, baseball guy Buster Olney, sitting in for Mike Golic, called Kobe Bryant, "the biggest baby in sports." Further, he implied that Bryant is a cancer with the rhetorical question: &...
House of Pork
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
I has been great sport watching Congress pretend to reform itself over the "earmarks" (pork) it adds to spending bills. Riding into power on a wave of promised reform, the Democrats imposed new rules that changed almost nothing, and since then, they have...
Once More on the New York Times
VIJAY PRASHAD
Poor Archimedes. Among his many interests, the Greek scientist loved levers. Pappus of Alexandria claims that Archimedes once boasted that with a good lever he could lift up the globe. "Give me a place to stand on, and I can move the earth," he is repute...
The Deportation of Yardlin Jimenez
MAHMOUD EL-YOUSSEPH
I felt very sad and angry after reading the story of 23 year-old Yardlin Jimenez of the Domincan Republic. She is a subject for deportation because she entered the US illegally back in 2001. The sad story is that her husband, Specialist Alex Jimenez, 25, h...
When White Actors Play Black Characters
MARGARET KIMBERLEY
When Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Pakistan in 2002 his wife, Marianne, became a fixture in international media. The first time I saw her I made a very simple observation. "His wife is black," I said to myself. I know a black...
The Poisoning of Academic Freedom
BILL WILLIAMS
So, what exactly went through Rev. Dennis Holtschneider’s mind on as he signed Norman G. Finkelstein’s and Mehrene Larudee’s ...
16 Dirty Secrets About Nuclear Power
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
1) Isn’t France almost entirely dependent on nuclear power? Sure, they have something between 70% and 80% nuke-generated electricity (the exact figure depends on who you ask). It’s NOT particularly CHEAP for the French, by the way, and THAT shou...
The Smearing of Robert Trivers
MATTHEW ABRAHAM
Robert Trivers is a professor of anthropology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. He has written on topics ranging from natural selection, selfish genetic elements, to self deception. Both of Trivers’ sisters married Lebanese men, according to a ...
Sick and Sicker
Dr. SUSAN ROSENTHAL, M.D.
Everyone knows that Canadians live longer and have lower infant mortality rates than Americans. In Sicko, Michael Moore suggests that a Canadian-style medical system would solve this problem. Surprisingly, the evidence indicates that it would not. A cross-...
"America, the Beautiful"
CARLA BLANK
The recent visit of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth to Jamestown, Virginia, was accompanied by a flurry of articles about the founding of the United States by Anglo-Saxons. These narratives accurately state that Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement...
The Deadly Consequences of Compromise
SUNSARA TAYLOR
Back in March of 2006, South Dakota State Senator Bill Napoli described the rare circumstances in which he felt an abortion might be permissible: "A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was re...