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Archives from June 2007
Confessions of a Anti-Nuke Jerk
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Patrick Moore has called me a "jerk." He may not be Queen Elizabeth, but it feels like being made Knight of the Realm. Moore is a supporter of nuclear power. He is also an advocate for clear-cutting forests, genetically modified foods and a wide ...
War Foretold
RAMZY BAROUD
When I resorted to Mark Twain’s writings I attempted to escape, at least temporarily from my often distressing readings on war, politics and terror. But his "...
It Takes a Bomb
MALINI JOHAR SCHUELLER
Over fifty years ago, the Martiniquian anticolonial activist Aime Cesaire wrote: … each time a head is cut off or an eye put out in Vietnam and in France they accept the fact, each time a little girl is raped and in France they accept the fact, each time a M...
Closing Down the Tax Haven Racket
RALPH NADER
Lucy Komisar of the Tax Justice Network-USA (taxjustice-usa.org) spoke at the Conference on Taming the Giant Corporation last week about "Closing Down the Tax Haven Racket." Her words were so compelling that the rest of this column is devoted to excerpts...
India’s Plutocrats and the Press
P. SAINATH
"THE PRIME Minister wants CEOs to create wealth for the nation. Then he wants them to take pay cuts." That’s a slogan gracing the huge hoardings put up by a Mumbai newspaper. It’s over two weeks since Manmohan Singh asked the Con...
How to Sell a War
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
This essay is excerpted from Cockburn and St. Clair’s new book on the death of the mainstream media: ...
The Neocon Threat to American Freedom
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The Bush/Cheney White House, which told the American people in 2003 that the Iraqi invasion would be a three to six week affair, now tells us that the US occupation is permanent. Forever. Attentive Americans of which, alas, there are so few, had already con...
Paris Hilton Doesn’t Do Dishes
EVA LIDDELL
Ifeel sorry for Paris Hilton. She’s the Barbie doll I never had. In 1959 when the first Barbie came into our lives, that is, the lives of little girls, I begged my mother to get me a Barbie. "You’re too old for dolls," she told me. ...
Groundhog Day in Pakistan
RANNIE AMIRI
Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana’s famous axiom, warning that "those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them", was written not only to caution, but to illustrate. Take, for example, the United States endless ...
The War on Journalists
PATRICK COCKBURN
Sahar al-Haideri, an Iraqi journalist, had received 13 death threats before she was murdered in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul last week. Her killing brings to 106 the number of journalists, almost all Iraqi, murdered in the country since the US invasion in 200...
The Silence of the Bombs
NORMAN SOLOMON
Three years have passed since most Americans came to the conclusion that the Iraq war was a "mistake." Reporting the results of a Gallup poll in June 2004, USA Today declared: "It is the first time since Vietnam that a majority of Americans has cal...
Poetry and Politics in Nassau County
RACHEL VOSS
Walt Whitman, a Long Island native inspired by the beaches of his beloved "Paumanok," was not just an American poet: he was (and still is) America, the very land and people, itself. He was America in its inclusiveness, its welcoming of disparate elements...
40 Bad Years
URI AVNERY
Rest has come to the tired Repose to the toiler A pale night covers The fields of the Jezreel valley Dew below and moon above From Kibbutz Bet-Alfa to Moshav Nahalal This is what we sang when we were young. Now ...
Losing the Economy to Mythology
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Economic discussion in the United States is trapped in ancient ruts. Both right and left are stuck in old habitual ways of thinking. Neither shows inclination or ability to think independently of ideology. For a country beset with economic problems, this is probl...
A Wild West Tale
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The Puritans are back and who more worthy to lead them than Cotton Mather and John Hathorne (now known as James Dobson and Bill O’Reilly) successful witch hunters of the 17th century whose successes were hanged and in one case, pressed to death. James...
Untangling Michael Vick from the Dogs
D. K. WILSON
I give you one of my tennis rackets. You go to the tennis courts to play against another player. You’re playing horribly. At one point during your match with the other player you totally freak out, smash my racket. In the process you destroy a chair and a be...
The Unfair Treatment of Paris Hilton
GARY LEUPP
June 8. I’m in the midst of a column about the planned U.S. attack on Iran, but I have to interrupt that project to comment on the breaking news about Paris Hilton. "It’s not right!" she shouted to the judge ordering her back to the ja...
Mass Nude-In Complicates Church-State Scuffling in Mexico
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. The crowds pushing in around the newspaper kiosks a few Monday mornings ago oohed and ahhed at what has come to be known in this cosmopolitan metropolis merely as The Picture – 18,000 buck-naked chilangos and chilangas (Mexico City reside...
"We Must Find Another Mode, Not Based on Greed"
SAUL LANDAU
Editors’ Note: Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada is Cuba’s Vice President and President of its National Assembly. He was interviewed in Havana on May 23, 2007 by SAUL LANDAU. SAUL LANDAU: Cuba recently received billions in i...
Believe It or Not in the Middle East
ROBERT FISK
When I was a schoolboy, I loved a column which regularly appeared in British papers called "Ripley’s Believe It or Not!". In a single rectangular box filled with naively drawn illustrations, Ripley – Bob Ripley – would try to astonish h...
A Democrat Revs Up Ohio’s Death Machine
PATRICK DYER
Ohio’s execution machine is back in business, with a new boss signing the death warrants. The recently elected governor, Democrat Ted Strickland, presided over his first two lynchings April 24 and May 24, with the lethal injections of James Filiaggi and Chri...
Some People Think the Internet is a Bad Thing
KATE ALLAN
By day Wang Xiaoning was an engineer in the Chinese city of Shenyang. But in his spare time Wang wrote about political reform in China using the Internet, like millions of other people around the world, to spread his ideas for change. Today he is serving a 10-yea...
Fighting Back
MONICA BENDERMAN
"These are the times that try men’s souls: the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, lik...
Dispelling the Cowboy Myth
TIM LENGERICH
There is a tremendous irony in public lands ranching. On one hand, ranchers and cowboys are canonized in the Cowboy Myth as icons of stalwartness, hard work and an aw-shucks, salt of the earth mentality. In reality, ranchers are the most pervasively destructi...
The Ongoing War on Native American Religious Practices
LEONARD PELTIER
Religious freedom is a fundamental right of all, including American Indians, yet the struggle to preserve and protect our religion has always been a difficult one. More so when incarcerated Native Americans are concerned who tend to be given second rate acknowledg...
Dark Plots in Byzatine Beirut
CONN HALLINAN
According to the U.S. mainstream media and the Bush Administration, the fighting in Lebanon between Fatah al Islam and the Lebanese Army is really a proxy battle between the Lebanese government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora over efforts by Syria to destabilize L...
Searching for the Truth About the USS Liberty
WARD BOSTON
Forty years ago this week, I was asked to investigate the heaviest attack on an American ship since World War II. As senior legal counsel to the Navy Court of Inquiry it was my job to help uncover the truth regarding Israel’s June 8th 1967 bombing of the US...
Gouged at the Pump
GEOFF BAILEY
The price of gasoline topped $3.50 per gallon last week in many big cities, with experts saying that it would likely climb over $4 later in the summer. Prices, which have been creeping up all year, shot up in advance of the Memorial Day weekend. Suddenly, filling...
Perspectives on the Arrests of Iran-Americans in Tehran
JAMES IRANI And DAVID RAHNI
The current arrest of five Iranian-Americans in Tehran on charges of promoting "velvet revolution" has once again raised the issue of Iranians in Diaspora to the forefront of headline news. What has been considered a lingering dilemma between the two gov...
Condoleeza Rice Names the System
RON JACOBS
Back in 1965, the original Students for a Democratic Society sponsored a march in Washington DC against the US war in Vietnam. It was the largest march against the war to that point, with around 25,000 people attending. The protest is not famous for its numbers as...
The Heart of a Sportswriter
MICHAEL TILLERY
David Aldridge has been a fixture on the athletic sideline for going on two decades. His journalism is as professional and factual as his reporting and David admirably has a heart felt sense of wanting the field of journalism to flourish with true diversity. He al...
Beating Off the Squares
MICHAEL SIMMONS
Before the laughter, there’s a moment after a joke has been told when the listener understands or "gets" the joke. It’s an instant but a glorious one. It has the same effect on brain chemistry as being in love. Liberating. Cerebral and physic...
Israel’s New Anti-Boycott Task Force
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
On June 8th Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni announced that the Israeli government was forming a "task force" to combat the academic boycott. This is not their first attempt at such an endeavor. A year or two ago Jerusalem commissioned Benjamin Netan...
Little Boy, Fat Man and Iran
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
"Little Boy" and "Fat Man" were the names given to the first two nuclear weapons ever dropped on civilian populations. Japan was the target. It happened toward the end of World War II. Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima from a B-29 bomb...
Ignorance Marches On
FRED GARDNER
Of all the men in the world, the one who happens to be best suited to our daughter lives in Bristol, England. This afternoon we were in the nearby town of Wells, drinking Guiness at a pub in front of which the Quaker leader William Penn used to address thousands o...
Behind Venezuela’s "Student Rebellion"
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
Caracas. In response to the Venezuelan governments non-renewal of RCTV’s broadcasting license, a concession which expired on May 27th at midnight, a new student movement emerged that has since grabbed headlines domestically and internationally. Thous...
Faith and War
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
More than 3,500 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq, at least a million Iraqis are dead and wounded, and an estimated four million Iraqis have fled their homes because of Bush Administration lies, Congressional complicity, and the public’s fear, ignoranc...
Dissidents Against Dogma
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
We should never be more vigilant than at the moment a new dogma is being installed. The claque endorsing what is now dignified as "the mainstream theory" of global warming stretches all the way from radical greens through Al Gore to George W. Bush, who ...
Troop Support
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"American Special Operations forces conducted raids in the area on Friday and Sunday, and on both occasions they called in airstrikes when they encountered armed resistance, the military said. It said in a statement that it had killed 136 Taliban...
The Swing-State Strategy
JOSHUA FRANK
"I voted Nader in Ohio and you’ll never catch me!" — Graffiti on a bathroom wall, Belgium Beer Bar, New York City A friend of mine, who happens to be a founding member of the Green Party, recently told...
What If NBC Cheered on a Military Coup Against Bush?
WILLIAM BLUM
During the Cold War, if an American journalist or visitor to the Soviet Union reported seeing churches full of people, this was taken as a sign that the people were rejecting and escaping from communism. If the churches were empty, this clearly was proof of the su...
Impeachment on a Roll
DAVE LINDORFF
Down the shore yesterday, as we say in Philly, I was body surfing in the Atlantic and it got me to thinking. On the East Coast, where the prevailing winds are offshore, the surf tends to be pretty tame, and Thursday was no exception, with the biggest waves ...
Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty, Revisited
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
In early June of 1967, at the onset of the Six Day War, the Pentagon sent the USS Liberty from Spain into international waters off the coast of Gaza to monitor the progress of Israel’s attack on the Arab states. The Liberty was a lightly armed surveillance s...
The Turkish Incursion
PATRICK COCKBURN
Several thousand Turkish troops crossed into northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish guerrillas early Wednesday. The incursion, though limited in scope, gives the crisis in Iraq a new twist. "It is not a major offensive and the number of troops is not in t...
The Secret War
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
American soldiers have been fighting and dying in Iraq since 2003, and Americans do not know why. All the reasons President Bush gave us for his war are false. Bush said he invaded Iraq "to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Huss...
What Sarkozy Learned About Politics from the US … and From Antonio Gramsci
SERGE HALIMI
The last president of France fell out of favor with his own party: his successor is a man of the right who has beaten a woman of the left. This cautionary tale may comfort Republican candidates in the United States who want to succeed President George Bush, especi...
How the Six Day War Changed the Middle East
LANCE SELFA
It’s rare for one discrete historical event occurring over a few days to have an impact that persists for decades. Israel’s 1967 Six Day War–from June 5 to June 10, 40 years ago this week–is just such an event. Though perhaps not imm...
The Summer of Love
LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI
I was onstage right next to Allen Ginsberg at the Human Be-In. I had an autoharp, which I was playing in those days. Luckily, they never allowed me to perform, because it would’ve been a disaster. There was a sea of 10,000 faces. Don’t know how ...
Torture Training at Ft. Huachuca
BRENDA NORRELL
Two Roman Catholic priests, Jesuit Fr. Steve Kelly and Franciscan Fr. Louie Vitale, are willing to go to prison to expose the fact that young soldiers at Fort Huachuca are being trained to torture. Further, one of those young soldiers has already committed suicide...
On Psychologists and Torture
STEPHEN SOLDZ, STEVE REISNER And BRAD OLSON, Et Al.
June 6, 2007 Sharon Brehm, Ph.D. President American Psychological Association Dear President Brehm: We write you as psychologists concerned about the participation of our profession in abusive interrogations of national security detainees at ...