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Archives from June 2007
Countering Terrorism
Veterans Intelligence Professionals For Sanity
MEMORANDUM FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Countering Terrorism; How Not To Do It On June 6, 2002, former FBI Special Agent Coleen Rowley testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary about th...
The Sleep of Reason
CHRIS FLOYD
It has long been fashionable to criticize Christopher Hitchens for his appalling adherence to the gangsters of the Bush Regime, whom he has for many years painted in the kind of bold, heroic tones we’ve not seen since the heyday of Socialist Realism. And whi...
Building a Resistance to the 2008 Iraq War Supplemental Funding Bill
JEFF LAYS
On August 6, Congress begins its month long recess. August 6 also marks the start of Year 62 After Hiroshima-the one and only time that nuclear weapons were used. And it marks Year 17 After Iraq Sanctions, when the brutal economic sanctions regime against Iraq was...
Iraq Union Leaders Speak Out Against the Occupation
BEN TERRALL
Anti-war activists should be heartened that U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW) is hosting a U.S. tour of two Iraq...
A Dying Wish to Governor Spitzer
ANTHONY PAPA
On June 21, 2007 the New York State legislative session is expected to end without any reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. To most people it will not mean much. But to Veronica Flournoy it will. Veronica spent eight years in prison for a first-time, nonvi...
America’s Guilty Silence
JAMES BROOKS
Crimes against humanity don’t happen unless it is possible to commit them with impunity. Government corruption and gross imbalances of power will bring them closer to the edge of possibility. But the anticipation of impunity must be personal and social as we...
Hillary & Bill & Harry & Louise
SAM HUSSEINI
In the last month there’s been talk about the Clinton health care agenda of the early 1990s. Republican presidential candidates have called the effort "socialist" and Hillary Clinton herself has talked about the need to stand up to the...
The Reign of the Tyrants is at Hand
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
"It is the absolute responsibility of everybody in uniform to disobey an order that is either illegal or immoral." General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Press Club, February 17, 2006. "They...
Richardson the Oryx Hunter
MARTHA ROSENBERG
In an apparent bid to cozy up to hunters and gun lovers, Democratic presidential candidate New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson shared his adventure killing an exotic oryx on Ted Turner’s ranch in 2005 with the Associated Press. Richardson killed the ...
Bobby Sands Died for Your Sins
DON SANTINA
Dear Elizabeth II, What a dandy duo of imperialism you and our own George II made during your recent visit to Jamestown. How appropriate that together you celebrated the 400th anniversary of the theft of indigenous lands in the Americas. It wasn̵...
The Annexation of Mexico
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. Plan Colombia, the $5,000,000,000 drug war boondoggle cooked up in 1999 by Bill Clinton and then-Colombian president Andres Pastrana and subsequently transmographied into a War on Terror adjunct by George Bush and Alvaro Uribe brought U.S. troo...
Planning to Lose
EVA LIDDELL
I watched John Kerry on television in ’04 when he fell over himself as he galloped to the microphone to announce the Democratic Party’s real choice for president, George Bush. And the loyal Party hack that he is, I knew he’d return to the Senate ...
War at the Remote
NORMAN SOLOMON
It’s a popular notion: TV sets and other media devices let us in on the violence of war. "Look, nobody likes to see dead people on their television screens," President Bush told a news conference more than three years ago. "I don’t. It&#...
Ariel Sharon’s Dream
AKIVA ELDAR
If Ariel Sharon were able to hear the news from the Gaza Strip and West Bank, he would call his loyal aide, Dov Weissglas, and say with a big laugh: "We did it, Dubi." Sharon is in a coma, but his plan is alive and kicking. Everyone is now talking about ...
Landless Rural Workers Confront Lula
ISABELLA KENFIELD
Curitiba, Brazil. Last week the Brazilian Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST) held its fifth National Congress in Brasília, the country’s capital. The power the MST has garnered throughout its 23 years was palpable, as more than 17,500 del...
The Psychopathology of Shrinks
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Summer’s hot breath draws closer and the psychoanalysts of New York and Boston prepare their patients for the difficult two or three weeks of holiday separation. Traditionally, many Boston shrinks take their seaside weeks on Cape Cod, around Truro,...
Finkelstein and The Progressive
JOHN HALLE
For those of us in the academy, among the most important stories of the week was a successful smear campaign waged by Alan Dershowitz and the Zionist lobby resulting in noted scholar and author Norman Finkelstein being denied tenure at DePaul University....
Cleared Gitmo Detainee Fears Return to Libya
ANDY WORTHINGTON
On Friday, the Washington Post reported on the case of a 42-year old Libyan, Abdul Rauf al-Qassim, one of around 80 prisoners currently languishing in Guantánamo who were cleared for release at least a year ago. Many of these prisoners – inc...
Killer Tax Breaks for Destroying Wildlife
ALAN GREGORY
Lots of fish and wildlife habitat has been hammered across northeastern Pennsylvania. And even the most casual of visitors to the region might wonder why more hasn’t been done to save the scrappy leftovers. It’...
Up and Down the Bush Philosophy
WALTER BRASCH
Every president has a political philosophy that guides him and, sometimes, the nation. George W. Bush believes he has divine inspiration to do what he wants to do, when he wants to do it, and to make his subjects adhere to whatever beliefs he hold...
Heaven Can Wait
P. SAINATH
"The bank recovery teams have stopped coming to my home," Saraswati Amberwar told us in Yavatmal. She lives not far from where President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will visit on June 15. Her husband Ramdas was the first farm suicide case in Vidharbha t...
Calling Evil By Its Name
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
I’m afraid. I’m very afraid. I fear for my children and future grandchildren. I fear for everybody’s children and future grandchildren. Because there truly are evil people in this world. George Bush has told us so. “We are in a con...
Paris Hilton’s Punishment
FRED GARDNER
"We” can be the most deceitful word in the English language. Politicians employ it all the time —“we must stay the course in Iraq,” for example, or “we need to hire more police”— to promote a false impressio...
The Gaza Cage
URI AVNERY
WHAT HAPPENS when one and a half million human beings are imprisoned in a tiny, arid territory, cut off from their compatriots and from any contact with the outside world, starved by an economic blockade and unable to feed their families? ...
Welcome to "Palestine"
ROBERT FISK
How troublesome the Muslims of the Middle East are. First, we demand that the Palestinians embrace democracy and then they elect the wrong party – Hamas – and then Hamas wins a mini-civil war and presides over the Gaza Strip. And we Westerner...
The 1970s as a Context for Terrorist Violence
SAUL LANDAU
EvAlthough Bush never would say so, the mid1970s serve as background for today’s “war on terrorism.” That’s the time his dad led the CIA and anti-Castro Cubans bombed and shot their way through the hemisphere. The leading star of ...
The Day After We Strike Iran
GARY LEUPP
Let us suppose that the Bush-Cheney administration answers the neocons’ prayer and does indeed bomb Iran sometime soon. The plan apparently involves more than the destruction of nuclear facilities, replicating Israel’s attack on Iraq’s ...
Blowback Across Lebanon
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli, Lebanon. Whoever killed anti-Syrian Lebanese MP Walid Eido Wednesday knew Syria would be blamed and that the country would move closer to civil war. Pro-government factions turned out in force along Beirut’s Roauche sea fron...
Bush Doctrine Routed in Gaza
ALI ABUNIMAH
The dramatic rout of the US and Israeli-backed Palestinian militias in Gaza by forces loyal to Hamas represents a major setback to the Bush doctrine in Palestine. Ever since Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections in the occupied ...
The Ordeal of Ali al-Marri
ANDY WORTHINGTON
There used to be a belief – no doubt Attorney General Alberto Gonzales would describe it as “quaint” – that people accused of a crime were presumed innocent until proven guilty. That was in the olden days, however, before the worl...
The View from a Construction Crane
ALAN FARAGO
Miami developers, whose condominiums are nearly completed, could tap into a new source of revenue based on a news report from the Florida coastal town, Punta Gorda. There, police arrested a couple having sex atop a 100 foot high construct...
Ballot Burning Time in Ol’ Mexico
JOHN ROSS
"As the first anniversary approaches of Mexico’s tumultuous July 2nd 2006 presidential election in which rightist Felipe Calderon nosed out leftist Andes Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) by .58% of 41.5 million votes cast amidst allegations of spec...
Terrorizing Artists in the USA
MICHAEL SIMMONS
"This film is dedicated to Hope.” Thus reads the opening epigraph in Lynn Hershman Leeson’s film Strange Culture that opens the ...
Obama’s Siren Song
GLEN FORD
Barack Obama is the antithesis of Black Power, a man who promises with every word he speaks, with every nuance of phrase and body language, and through his voting record as a U.S. Senator, that he personifies the definitive end of Black organized struggl...
Ireland’s Green Party Sell Out
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. Ireland’s Green Party has agreed to go into a coalition government with the centre-right Fianna Fail party — despite having spent 10 days in negotiation failing to get the larger party’s agreement on several cruc...
Charred SUVs and the End of Citizen Eco-Activism
MICHAEL DONNELLY
On June 16, 2000, 22-year-old forest activist Jeffrey “Free” Leurs joined with Craig “Critter” Marshall and proceeded to a Eugene, Oregon car dealership and set fire to three SUVs as a statement against such vehicles’ contri...
What Do We Do Now?
BRUCE K. GAGNON
I often hear from people asking me, "What should we do about all this? How can we stop Bush?" I would first say that we must move beyond blaming Bush. The fact of U.S. empire is bigger than Bush. Hopefully by now, all of us are m...
Scare Canada
FAISAL KUTTY
"Nothing personal sir, but your packages are not allowed on passenger airlines," said a United Parcel Service customer service agent, sitting in an American call centre. She was explaining to me that my package could not be delivered on an &quo...
Murder in a Small Town
STEVEN HIGGS
The simple facts in Shorty Hall’s murder shout major media. Brian Williams or Katie Couric, maybe. Bill Moyers, someday. Indianapolis Star, unquestionably. The 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming is commonly invoked in comparison. ...
Black Power Through Low Power Radio
BRUCE DIXON
Over the weekend of June 9, about seventy activists from around the country converged in a poor neighborhood of Greenville, South Carolina. Led by the Prometheus Radio Project, a visionary Philadelphia-based organization of techies and media policy advoc...
Workers Score a Victory at Harvard
KEITH ROSENTHAL
On Wednesday, June 6, the 265 security guards in SEUI Local 615 overwhelmingly approved their first-ever negotiated contract with Harvard University and AlliedBarton, a private security firm contracted by Harvard, which employs the guards. The contract is ...
Power Politics Betrayed
FIRMIN DeBRABANDER
It is said that the now notorious Neo-Cons owe much to that dark prince of political theory, Machiavelli. Indeed, they invoked classic Machiavellian arguments in lobbying for military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq: we must bring the war to the terrorists̵...
Repression in Oaxaca
MARJORIE COHN
There’s an Aztec legend of a warrior who was in love with a princess. When he left to go into battle, the lovers promised each other eternal love. The warrior died in battle, but to fulfill his promise to the princess, he came back as a brilliant orange flow...
Racism and TV in Venezuela
RICHARD GOTT
After days of rival protests in the streets of Caracas, memories have been revived of earlier attempts to overthrow the Bolivarian revolution of Hugo Chávez, now in its ninth year. Street demonstrations, culminating in an attempted coup in 2002 and a prolon...
Why I Plan to Boycott the Catholic Church
BILL CHRISTISON
Former CIA analyst I plan to demonstrate publicly but without violence this coming Sunday (June 17, 2007) against the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Rome for condoning the actions of one of its subordinate units De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois, US...
The Perfect (Sine) Wave
WILLIAM S. LIND
Looking idly at the front page of last Wednesday’s Washington Post Express as I rode the Metro to work, I received a shock. It showed a railroad station in Iraq, recently destroyed by an American air strike. So now we are bombing the railroad stations in a c...
On Responsibility
Sgt. KEVIN BENDERMAN
A few months ago I wrote an article talking about human sacrifice and slavery and how human kind had moved away from those institutions when we had educated ourselves enough to realize that these were not honorable or sane things to do to one another. The ...
"I Was Not Prepared for the Horrors I Saw"
SILVIA CATTORI
Hedy Epstein, 82, was born in Germany in 1924(1). She was the only child of parents who died in the Nazi extermination camps. She is a tireless worker for human rights and for the dignity of all people. Hedy decided to visit Palestine in 2003. She returned...
Bears in a World of Indifference
CHARLES JONKEL
Currently, our Ship of State has been "listing" to the extent that our homes, our nation could sink in a sea of debt — recent government policies have put our country into eminent danger of default, an event which would take the whole world as we k...
Things Your Media Momma Didn’t Tell You
DAVE LINDORFF
The fact that most Americans oppose the war in Iraq, and want the president impeached, is testimony to the native intelligence and common sense of the citizens of this nation. It sure isn’t thanks to the quality of the news we’re getting here i...