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Archives from June 2007
Blair’s Conversion
MICHAEL DICKINSON
On his last official overseas engagement, Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair will have an audience with Pope Benedict at the Vatican on Saturday, fuelling speculation about his imminent conversion to the Roman Catholic faith. A regular attendant at ...
Torture, Psychologists and Colonel James
STEPHEN SOLDZ, STEVEN REISNER And BRAD OLSON
Sharon Brehm, Ph.D. President American Psychological Association Dear President Brehm: We write to you as the principal authors of the June 6, 2007 Open Letter to President Sharon Brehm of the American Psychological Associa...
Twenty-Five Ins and Outs for 2008
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
In: Straight shooters Out: Whiners In: Medicare for all. Out: Universal health care In: Red States Out: Blue States In: March Across America Out: The Nation Cruise In: Baseball Out: Football In: Standing ...
Of Gangstas and Spearchuckers, Sex and Zulus
D. K. Wilson
Before Eric Clapton met Jimi Hendrix, he imagined blues musicians to be black, black men driving long, pink Cadillacs with their guitars in the back. He imagined that they drove from gig to gig on dusty roads always one step ahead of the police and scorned lo...
Zyklon B on the US Border
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Zyklon B came to El Paso in the 1920s. In 1929, for example, a U.S. Public Health Service officer, J.R. Hurley, ordered $25 worth of the material–hydrocyanic acid in pellet form–as a fumigating agent for use at the El Paso delousing station, where Mexi...
Bush’s Incredible Shrinking Coalition
DAVE LINDORFF
Bush’s "Coalition of the Willing," that motley crew of cajoled and pressured mostly minor nations that provided token troops to send to Iraq along with the U.S. juggernaut during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, is looking decidedly smaller today. ...
The Hidden Cost of War
DAVID ROSEN
Memorial Day has come and gone and all they media hype about America’s glorious "hero" soldiers can be put to rest, at least until Veterans Days next November. The failed "war on terror," the battle against al-Qaeda/the Taliban and the im...
Israeli Apartheid is the Core of the Crisis
OREN BEN-DOR
It is unethical to blame Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem for events in Gaza. At the heart of the factional violence in Gaza and the political crisis in the Palestinian leadership lies the constant marginalization of a voice...
The Bumbling Envoy
ROBERT FISK
I suppose that astonishment is not the word for it. Stupefaction comes to mind. I simply could not believe my ears in Beirut when a phone call told me that Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara was going to create "Palestine". I checked the date–no, it was no...
Cerámica de Cuyo
BENJAMIN DANGL
In the worn out meeting room of worker-run Cerámica de Cuyo, Manuel Rojas runs a rough hand over his face. The mechanic recalls forming the cooperative after the company boss fired the workers in 2000: "We didn’t have any choice. If we didn’...
USA Today and the USS Liberty
ALISON WEIR
Capitol Hill, October 2003. It is a historic occasion. An independent, blue-ribbon commission is to release its findings from an investigation into an internationally significant 36-year-old attack on a US Navy ship that left more than 200 American sailors killed ...
In Defense of Academic Freedom
GARY LEUPP
Dear Steve Ludwig, Cindy Carlisle, Patricia Hayes, Michael Carrigan, Tom Lucero, Steve Bosley, Kyle Hybl, Paul Schauer, and Tillie Bishop: I don’t envy your position as regents of the University of Colorado at Boulder. On the one hand I envy th...
More Muscular Interventionism
JEFF TAYLOR
Barack Obama provides no alternative to Hillary Clinton, in terms of imperial-minded foreign policy. This is doubly regrettable since Clinton herself provides no substantive alternative to the neoconservative philosophy of the Bush administration. As with C...
Co-Owning the War
ROBERT FANTINA
Politicians with low approval ratings will often use that fact almost as a badge of pride and courage. They are doing what’s right, they will proclaim, despite the consequences to their popularity. This is easier to accomplish for a president halfway through...
Where Isolation Destroys Human Beings
NICOLE COLSON
The Bush administration has been issued a legal setback in its attempts to indefinitely detain prisoners of the "war on terror," both in the U.S. and at the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In a recent ruling, a federal appeals court fo...
Chronicle of a Chaos Foretold
RAMZY BAROUD
All my forewarnings have suddenly been actualised, all at once: Gaza has descended into total and utter chaos; Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has capitulated to Israel and to the United States without a shred of reservation; and the Palestinian democratic exp...
A Tunisian in Guantánamo
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Overlooked in the reports about Guantánamo detainee Abdullah bin Omar, a Tunisian who, on Sunday, was sent back to the country of his birth, where there are fears that he will be subjected to torture and abuse, is the story of the other Tunisian who, shackl...
Things Can Be Different
ROBERT WEISSMAN
There are no talking head experts in Michael Moore’s masterful new film, SiCKO. The first part of SiCKO features regular people detailing the horrors of the U.S. healthcare system, based on their own experience. But more is needed than just a s...
Facing an Imminent Threat of Expulsion
EHUD KRINIS, DAVID SHULMAN And NEVE GORDON
While all eyes are on the crisis in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians who live in Susya, in the hills to the south of Hebron, are in imminent danger of being expelled from their homes. They are surely not the only ones who might ...
The Torture Academy
ELIANA MONTEFORTE
In the next few hours, Congress is scheduled to vote on the McGovern-Lewis amendment that, if passed, could close down the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), formerly and better known as the School of the Americas (SOA). The SOA, an i...
Boycotting DePaul
KATHRYN WEBBER
Officials at DePaul University caved to pressure from pro-Israel ideologues, denying tenure for Norman Finkelstein, an outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights–and then announced that they were withholding tenure for another professor who actively supported...
A Congress of Neville Chamberlains
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
To begin with, there are no third choices. And, truthfully, there’s hardly a second one either. If you had asked me prior to 2001, I would have echoed the long-held sentiment in American politics that there wasn’t a dime’s worth of differe...
The Big Profits in Biowarfare Research
SHERWOOD ROSS
A number of major pharmaceutical corporations and biotech firms are concealing the nature of the biological warfare research work they are doing for the U.S. government. Since their funding comes from the National Institutes of Health, the recipients are ob...
An Encounter in Albania
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
They were greeted somewhat differently. Fortunately the first to arrive did not witness the treatment accorded the second to arrive and so their disparate treatment did not add to their depression. Not that the first arrivals wouldn’t have enjoyed witnessing...
It Won’t Come from Agricultural Theme Parks
RICHARD RHAMES
"Between 2005 and 2006, the number of farms in America dropped by 9,000. There are now less than 2 million farms, 160,000 fewer than there were in 1987, according to the USDA." –Adam Gorlick, AP, 5/16/07...
The West Chooses Fatah, But Palestinians Don’t
SAREE MAKDISI
In the west, there’s a huge sense of relief. The Hamas-led government that has been causing everyone so much trouble has been isolated in Gaza, and a new government has been appointed in the West Bank by the "moderate," peace-loving Palestinian Aut...
Who Among Us Will Step Up to Destroy the Democratic Party?
MICHAEL J. SMITH
Stanley Aronowitz has never been a particular hero of mine, but I warmed to him a bit this week, as he nibbled at the well-turned fetlock of Laura Flanders. Now any guy who could brave the seas of matrimony in a boat with the late (and by me, unlamented) Ellen Wil...
The Day of the Rope
PETER LINEBAUGH
On Black Thursday, June 21, 1877, in eastern Pennsylvania ten coal miners were hanged by the neck until they were dead. They were called Molly Maguires. They were born in Ireland coming over during the Famine, or their parents had, but one hesitates to call them I...
The Intimidation of a Vet
RON JACOBS
Liam Madden is a Marine veteran who spent seven months in Iraq. After returning to the United States, he became a co-founder of the Appeal for Redress. This is a campaign of active service members who are appealing to the US Congress to remove all American militar...
Blessed Unrest
JOHN STAUBER
My first introduction to author Paul Hawken’s work was his 1994 book The Ecology of Comme...
The Regents and Ward Churchill
NATSU SAITO
In the next few weeks, the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado (CU) will vote on the dismissal of Professor Ward Churchill. This is the final opportunity for public input in this process. Over the past two and a half years, many of you have opp...
Fox News and Venezuela
SCOTT LIEBERTZ
Thousands of Venezuelan students have been in the streets of major cities protesting the Chavez governments’ actions against RCTV, the country’s oldest and most popular TV station, and what they perceive to be an assault on freedom of speech in general...
The Ghost Prisoners
TOM CLIFFORD
Dubai. The US has been asked to reveal the location of 39 people believed to have been kidnapped and held in secret CIA prisons. The names and details of the missing have been published by six leading human rights organisations in the most comprehens...
Fuel Crisis Sparks Mass Protests
JEB SPRAGUE
Port-au-Prince. On Jun. 12 and 13, transport workers shut off their engines, leaving residents of Port-au-Prince and other urban centres largely without the services of taxis or the colourful buses and pick-up trucks known as tap-taps. A spokesperson...
A Direction Not a Destination
ROBERT JENSEN
As we were setting up for an early Last Sunday gathering, a longtime participant in local progressive politics asked me, bluntly, "What’s your agenda with this?" I offered the event’s mission statement: We hoped to create a space in wh...
Supreme Injustices
MARGARET KIMBERLEY
George W. Bush is president because of the United States Supreme Court. Were it not for the decision to stop counting votes in Bush v. Gore, Al Gore would be president of the United States instead. The right wing presidential victory was the culmination of many ye...
Repatriated to Torture
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Fears that the governments of both the US and the UK are conspiring to break international safeguards preventing the return of prisoners held without charge or trial to their home countries–where they face a serious risk of torture and abuse–have gaine...
The Human Tragedy
ROBERT WEISSMAN
When word got out that Michael Moore was working on a movie with the working title SiCKO, about the U.S. healthcare industry, the industry went bananas. Memos started shooting around, warning insurance and drug company executives and representatives to keep...
The Light at the End of the Gaza-Ramallah Tunnel
OMAR BARGHOUTI
When I saw some of the images coming out of the infighting in Gaza last week, I suppressed my anguish and steaming anger, recalling the wise, almost prophetic, words of the great Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, who wrote: "The central problem is this...
Meltdowns or Solar Power?
RUSSELL HOFFMAN
I was talking to an old veteran I met in the aisle of the supermarket yesterday, and out of the blue (we were talking about soy milk and public transportation), without any prior discussion on the subject, he told me he worked with "the atomic fellows" a...
Democratic Disconnect
DAVE LINDORFF
The wheels are coming off the Democratic machine, with angry voters starting to lose patience with the Party’s chronic inability to act decisively on any of the key issues of public concern. In a Reuters dispatch on June 18, Democratic leaders in Cong...
The Human Tragedy
ROBERT WEISSMANN
When word got out that Michael Moore was working on a movie with the working title SiCKO, about the U.S. healthcare industry, the industry went bananas. Memos started shooting around, warning insurance and drug company executives and representatives to keep...
Why are They Afraid to Look?
ANNE DACHEL
Last week in Washington, DC, parents got a chance to present their side alleging that vaccines caused their child’s autism. This is the most heated medical controversy in the nation and it has no signs of going away. Part of the reason the debate i...
Booing Hillary
DAVID SWANSON
Ellen Malcolm introduced Hillary Clinton, at the Take Back America Conference, and Clinton opened her speech with a promise to lift a ban on stem cell research. Clinton then said, "After 8 years of this administration … " and someone shout...
Where Nothing Happens By Chance
RANNIE AMIRI
Nothing happens in the Middle East by chance. Especially when the United States maintains a 160,000-man presence in Iraq and downtown Baghdad is the scheduled home for its largest embassy-to-be in the world; specifically when three different events in three...
The New York Times vs. Hugo Chavez
STEPHEN LENDMAN
Dictionaries define "yellow journalism" variously as irresponsible and sensationalist reporting that distorts, exaggerates or misstates the truth. It’s misinformation or agitprop disinformation masquerading as fact to boost circulation and readersh...
Demostrating Against the Catholic Church in Santa Fe
BILL And KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
On Sunday, June 17, here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, we carried out our first effort to demonstrate against the Catholic Church in support of Norman Finkelstein. By any normal measure, the demonstration was unsuccessful. It was small and had no observable effect, eve...
Hillary’s Stock and Trade
RALPH NADER
Is Hillary Clinton a political weather vane or a political compass? Consider her latest detour from the NAFTA and WTO policies of her husband. Last week she announced her opposition to the proposed trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea. The place...
The Unforgiven
DAVE ZIRIN
BARRY BONDS: Home Run King. As the San Francisco Giants slugger approaches Henry Aaron’s record for career homers, this probability seems to be turning otherwise rational people upside down, as Bonds has encountered an almost surreal level of hostility. The ...
Torture’s Long Reach
Dr. SHEPHERD BLISS
A summons from a Chilean attorney that arrived a couple of weeks ago opened a dam and painful memories from 34 years ago flooded in: "We are looking for Mr. Shepherd Bliss in order for him to travel to Chile to testify in the case of Frank Teruggi." ...