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Archives from July 2007
Bush’s Real Agenda in Palestine
RAMZY BAROUD
The Hamas government crackdown on Mohamed Dahlan’s corrupt security forces and affiliated gangs in the Gaza Strip in June appears to mark a turning point in the Bush administration’s foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel. The supposed...
Assholes of the Week
PAUL KRASSNER
*The parents of Jerry Yang and the parents of the late Tammy Faye Messner, for their strictness that went awry. Jerry, who won $8.25 million at the World Series of Poker, was forbidden to gamble as a child, and Tammy Faye, known for her trademark false e...
Battle for the Soul of Florida
ALAN FARAGO
The Florida Chamber of Commerce has announced plans to raise as much as $65 million to fight a constitutional amendment sought by citizens supporting Florida Hometown Democracy. The FHD measure would require that changes to local zoning p...
The Fish Terminator
DAN BACHER
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ramped up his campaign to build a peripheral canal and more water storage facilities with four major press conferences at San Luis Reservoir on July 16, Twitchell Island in the Delta on July 17, Long Beach on July 23 and Sa...
Return to the Republic of Death?
JOE DeRAYMOND
On July 2, the Salvadoran organization CRIPDES (Association of Rural Communities for the Development of El Salvador) planned a demonstration in Suchitoto, El Salvador, to protest a proposed privatization of the national water system. As some of the group&...
Dancing in the Darkness
KATHY KELLY
Amman, Jordan. Last weekend was an important one, regarding education, here in Jordan. Jordanian high school students learned the results of exams qualifying them (or not) for University studies. Television news showed students – a...
In Spite of Everything
FIDEL CASTRO
Do you think that you merely enjoy the Pan American Games? Think again, and you will realize that no matter your age, you run, jump, put the shots, throw javelins, discuses and hammers; soar above hurdles and tracks, relay batons, spike balls, score...
Good News is No News
CHRIS FLOYD
An important development has been taking place in the real "war" on terror — not the profit-making, fear-and-domination machine of the Bush Administration’s devising, but the genuine struggle to quell the violence of Islamist extrem...
Winning
DIANE CHRISTIAN
When President Bush says we must make war in Iraq to fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them here, he’s saying each one of us is menaced by distant murderers and each one is protected by fighting over there. He is appealing to se...
Four Million Iraqis on the Run
PATRICK COCKBURN
Sulaymaniyah Two thousand Iraqis are fleeing their homes every day. It is the greatest mass exodus of people ever in the Middle East and dwarfs anything seen in Europe since the Second World War. Four million people, one in seven Iraqis, ...
A Warning to Tony Blair
URI AVNERY
Tel Aviv. Last week, James Wolfensohn gave a long interview to Haaretz. He poured out his heart and summed up, with amazing openness, his months as special envoy of the US, Russia, the EU and the UN (the "Quartet") in this countr...
Zapatista Intergalatica Lands on Earth
JOHN ROSS
Ejido Morelia, Chiapas In the annals of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), the 1996 "Intergalactica "was a high water mark of international solidarity. Formally dubbed a "Forum In Defense of Humanity and Agai...
Independent Counsel Time
MARJORIE COHN
Congressional leaders are calling for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible perjury charges against Alberto Gonzales. As we saw during the Watergate scandal, the executive branch cannot be counted on to investigate itself. ...
Irish in America: a Language Lost and Found
PETER QUINN
In 1799, troops with Napoleon’s army in Egypt unearthed an ancient tablet inscribed with a tribute to the Pharaoh in demotic script as well as Greek and hieroglyphs. As a result of this discovery outside the town of Rashid (Rosetta), the Egyptologi...
Now the New York Times Sells "Bloodbath" as a Rationale for Staying in Iraq
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
There’s been no stage in the grim progress of the US onslaught on Iraq at which the New York Times hasn’t been shoving the whole ghastly enterprise along. First there were Judy Miller and Michael Gordon promoting the WMD rationale for attack....
American Lies and Iraqi Nationalism
ROBERT FANTINA
The international tragedy of not learning history’s lessons can be monumental. In the case of the Iraq war the result of not heeding the past is perhaps the worst it has been in centuries. One wonders what led the U.S. and the world ...
Handwashing and the Bottomline
YVES ENGLER
What makes the hospital environment a major killer? The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict that by the end of 2007 one of every 22 patients will have got an infection while hospitalized — 1.7 million cases a year — and that...
Rotten Justice
RALPH NADER
Most readers of /The Washington Post/ probably missed it. But probably not Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Fifty-six of his law school classmates (Harvard Law School, class of 1982) bought space for an open letter in mid-May that excoriated his “cava...
Free the San Francisco 8!
RON JACOBS
Eight former Black Panthers are currently in prison in California on charges related to the 1971 killing of a San Francisco police officer. Similar charges were thrown out back in 1975 after it was determined that the evidence used to indict the men was extra...
Prohibitionists Attack, Reformers Fundraise
FRED GARDNER
Fierce rollback efforts by the Drug Warriors in California have been complemented by a defeat for reform lobbyists in Congress. Since June there has been a "huge upsurge" in asset-forfeiture cases against medical marijuana providers in the Eastern a...
Bombing Pemex–Or Not?
JOHN ROSS
The flames jetting 300 meters into the night sky and the black smoke billowing over the fertile flatlands of central Mexico’s Bajio were not a good omen. According to a spokesperson for the national oil monopoly PEMEX, the two explosions that rocked installa...
Farm Based Camps
M. D. MITCHELL
"Only he can understand what a farm is, what a country is, who shall have sacrificed part of himself to his farm or country, fought to save it, struggled to make it beautiful. Only then will the love of farm or country fill his heart."...
Gaza was a Gas for Blair
ARTHUR NESLEN
It’s always nice to start a new job with a trick up your sleeve, and the Middle East’s new envoy Tony Blair could be forgiven for thinking he has just that. In the near future, a $4bn deal to exploit Gaza’s offshore gas reserves will be signed by...
Fund the Wounded, Not the War
JESSE HAGOPIAN
"This government is guilty of not taking care of the troops after they come home. We are hoping to show this nation how broken the Veterans Administration is. We want to make this a responsive and efficient system." ̵...
Declaring the US a Battlefield
DAVE LINDORFF
The looming collapse of the US military in Iraq, of which a number of generals and former generals, including former Chief of Staff Colin Powell, have warned, is happening none too soon, as it my be the best hope for preventing military rule here at home. F...