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Archives from June 2007
The West Chooses Fatah, But Palestinians Don’t
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?
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
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
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
My first introduction to author Paul Hawken’s work was his 1994 book The Ecology of Comme...
The Regents and Ward Churchill
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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." ...