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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...
Were US Attorneys Fired for Recommending Against the Death Penalty?
Senator RUSSELL FEINGOLD
Today marks the first oversight hearing on the federal death penalty that the Senate Judiciary Committee has held in six years. Until recently, Congress has asked few questions about how the federal death penalty is being implemented, and we received little inform...
Risky Business
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Blackstone. That is the ultimate refutation to the unbelievably brazen campaign being run by Wall Street hucksters and the knee-jerk oppositionists to law and order at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Blackstone is the giant private equity firm that...
Rebranding Failure as Success
ALAN FARAGO
So why is the Bush White House advocating for the removal of Everglades National Park from the United Nation’s list of World Heritage Sites in Danger? Orwellian, yes. According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, "the UN Educational, Scientific ...
The Myth of Democratic Pacifism
PAUL BUCHHEIT
America’s cooperation with other countries in the name of promoting peace has been marked by a push toward democratization. As President Bush said, "democracies don’t go to war with each other." The modern view of this thesis was formalized b...
FBI Spying on the National Lawyers Guild
MARJORIE COHN
In 1937, the American Bar Association refused to allow people of color to join its ranks. With the blessing of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the National Lawyers Guild was founded as a multi-racial alternative to the ABA. The Guild’s founding members incl...
Legitimacy, Toujours Legitimacy
WILLIAM S. LIND
Over the past several weeks, another state has failed. In this case it was a proto-state, the Palestinian Authority. Following a Hamas coup in Gaza, the PA has been reduced to the West Bank, while a non-state, Fourth Generation entity now rules in Gaza. Here we se...
Divide and Rule, Israeli-Style
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. The boycott by Israel and the international community of the Palestinian Authority finally blew up in their faces with Hamas’ recent bloody takeover of Gaza. Or so argues Gideon Levy, one of the saner voices still to be found in Israel. &quo...
The Tightrope Economy
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
The US economy is walking a tight-rope. The sharp drop-off in growth in the first quarter of 2007, and the expected weak second and third quarters of less than 2% growth, caused the widely watched ...
Ethanolics Anonymous
DENNY HALDEMAN
Once again, we find our political leadership united around a very bad idea, ethanol and other biofuels to help gain "energy independence," to "help farmers" and most importantly, to help citizens avoid the harsh reality of peak oil converging w...
Free Speech Hypocrisy at the Supreme Court
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
The Bush administration’s successes in appointing its preferred nominees to the Supreme Court appear to have paid off in light of the judicial body’s recent rulings favoring corporate power over free speech rights. Monday’s Supreme Court students...
Mad Cow in God’s Country
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Public health officials in Indiana are busy doing what Idaho public health officials did two years ago: claiming a cluster of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) victims is a mere coincidence. If the four who died of CJD since January in Allen County in northe...
Which Side Are You On, Michael Moore?
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
Michael Moore has made a great movie. Sicko. Everyone should see it. And take the kids. The movie’s message in a nutshell — we need single payer. In the United States. Now. But Senate Democrats are tryin...
Spurred by American Belligerence
JOHN CHUCKMAN
In military matters, China has taken America by surprise a number of times recently, and surprises of this nature are not things with which Americans deal well, some portion of America’s political establishment becoming irritable and uncomfortable. It is not...
The Imperial Philosophy
RON JACOBS
Recently, it has become popular to sound the death knells for the neoconservative movement. I, myself, am not a ready to dismiss this section of the power elite as other, but, no matter what, in order to address this question it is essential to refresh our minds a...
Good Movie, Now Where’s the Movement?
RALPH NADER
He sat there dejected and indignant-twenty years ago-in our office. His position as editor of the monthly muckraking magazine, Mother Jones, had broken up. He was looking for a job that would allow him to bring his conscience to work. We gave him a place an...
Chemical Ali Faces the Hangman
PATRICK COCKBURN
Ali Hassan al-Majid was the Heinrich Himmler of Iraq. After Saddam Hussein appointed him the all-powerful overlord of northern Iraq in March 1987 he oversaw the murder of more than 180,000 Kurds in just over a year. "The armed forces must kill any human being...
SEIU Ends Nursing Home Partnership
MARK BRENNER
Following months of criticism and sharp internal debate, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) ended its controversial partnership agreement with a group of California nursing homes on May 31. The four-and-a-half-year-old deal was a quid pro quo arrange...
Democrats and the School of the Americas
DAN BACHER
Two San Joaquin Valley Representatives, Dennis Cardoza of Merced and Jim Costa of Fresno, were among 42 Democrats that voted to keep the world’s foremost torture school, the School of the Americas, open during a House vote on June 21. The vote was 203 yes, 2...
The Triumph of US/Israeli Policy in Palestine
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
Contrary to the many claims that the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip represents the failure of US and Israeli policies in Palestine, the violent civil infighting that has dominated the Gaza Strip over much of the last year and a half and that led directly to the ...
Hillary Does Iraq
JAMES ROTHENBERG
I received a letter from Hillary Clinton the other day noting my "concerns" regarding Iraq. She acknowledges the "seriousness" of the situation which is a "major and constant focus of hers". I’m sure it is. The question is, for ...
Goodbye to the City on the Hill
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
"We shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us." –John Winthrop America is being destroyed. Many Americans are unaware, others are indifferent, and some intend it. ...
The Grooming of Bill Richardson
BOB ANDERSON
New Mexico’s Governor Bill Richardson has a long way to go before he can call himself a peace candidate as he has been doing in his presidential campaign in the press and out east. He can’t do that back in his home state, not on peace nor on a range of...
An Embarrassment, Not an Argument for Tort Reform
LARRY ATKINS
District of Columbia Administrative Law Judge Roy Pearson’s attempt to sue the pants off of his local dry cleaners has been a rallying cry for those who champion tort reform. Pearson sued the dry cleaners for $54 million for misplacing his pants and failing ...
The Mind in Chains
EVA LIDDELL
The latest efforts by folks in support of two well known university professors to either receive tenure or retain it is a little foreign to me but I’m workin’ with it. I’m from the generation that shut down universities during college strikes in ...
Possibilities and False Hopes
ROBERT POLLIN
How effective is micro credit as a poverty-fighting tool? In 1976, Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, launched the pioneering institution in the field, the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. The industry’s growth has been explosive since Grameen ope...