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Archives from July 2007
The Hollow Environmentalism of Leonardo DiCaprio
BILL DAY
How do you explain this? Movie star Leonardo DiCaprio turns Chicken Little for the environment and makes the big movie to alert us all of pending ecological disaster. Its called the "11th Hour" and will be in theaters this August.  At the ...
Empty Rhetoric from Congress
WALTER BRASCH
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the House has so much to do that impeachment proceedings against Dick Cheney and George W. Bush would be a distraction. John Conyers (D-Mich.), chair of the House judiciary committee, says there aren’...
Living Green on the High Plains
JULENE BLAIR
Environmentalists get a bad rap in farm country. Many farmers complain that environmental regulations interfere with their property rights and ability to feed a hungry world. To that end, these farmers want unfettered access to chemicals and genetically engineered...
A CHIP Off the Old Blockhead
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
So you were surprised? Blame it on your short memory. If it were longer, life would have fewer surprises. Consider George Bush and health insurance for children. He likes children, he loves money and he hates the thought of federal help for medical care. Current e...
Sports Illustrated’s Vilification of Barry Bonds
CHARLES MODIANO
It was a vintage picture of Hammerin’ Hank Aaron. No, this wasn’t the aging 1970′s Atlanta version in that indefensible god-awful uniform. This was the lean-mean Milwaukee version in the authentic gray flannel which you wish today’s players...
Argentina’s "Dirty War" Crimes Trial
MARIE TRIGONA
Former Chaplin Christian Von Wernich wore a priest’s collar and bulletproof vest as he sat behind reinforced glass in a federal court. The court clerk read charges accusing him of collaborating with state security agents and covering up crimes in seven death...
The Siren Song of Elliott Abrams
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Former CIA analyst "Coup" is the word being widely used to describe what happened in Gaza in June when Hamas militias defeated the armed security forces of Fatah and chased them out of Gaza. But, as so often with the manipulative language used in the...
Showdown Over Executive Privilege
MARJORIE COHN
George W. Bush’s presidential tenure has been marked by one cover-up after another. But the masterful spinning of Karl Rove and a compliant media enabled Bush to get away with it. Now that the Democrat-controlled Congress is investigating administration malf...
Media Spin on Iraq
NORMAN SOLOMON
Last week, a media advisory from "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" announced a new series of interviews on the PBS show that will address "what Iraq might look like when the U.S. military leaves." A few days later, Time magazine published a...
Why the Pentagon’s Guantánamo Study is a Joke
ANDY WORTHINGTON
In a belated attempt to win the PR battle over Guantánamo, a terrorism study center at West Point has produced a Pentagon-commissioned report, which attempts to refute the findings of a report published by the Seton Hall Law School in February 2006. Using t...
Tour de Witch Hunt
DAVID PRICE
The fallout continues from last year’s Tour de France doping scandals. Last year as the first post-Armstrong Tour in modern memory was getting ready to begin, a gaggle of top riders where caught in a Spanish doping scandal, and then after the conclusion of t...
Netroots and the Iraq War
JOHN STAUBER
The Center for Media and Democracy is sponsoring a "Breakfast with the Troops" in Chicago on Sunday, August 5, 9 a.m. at the Yearly Kos extravaganza in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Join Sheldon Rampton and me for coffee, pastries and a moder...
Apartheid Americana
SUSIE DAY
Two of my friends were just beaten and arrested by Brooklyn police. My friends, Michael Tarif Warren and Evelyn Warren, are African-American attorneys whose work consists, in part, of defending victims of police violence. I want to tell you about how police punche...
How to Win in Iraq
WILLIAM S. LIND
For many years, critics of us critics have often said, "You are good at talking about what the American military does wrong. But what would you do instead?" In fact, some of us associated with the Military Reform Movement of the 1970s and 1980s have offe...
Bush Policy Pushes Lebanon to the Brink of Civil War
CLANCY CHASSAY
A year on from last summer’s bloody conflict between Israel and Hizbullah, Lebanon’s fragile society, paralyzed by a tense standoff between the U.S.-backed government and the Hizbullah-led opposition, teeters on the brink of calamity. The danger...
Ward Churchill and the Regents at the University of Colorado
NATSU SAITO
Thanks to all of you for your continuing support and recent e-mails. We are energized and encouraged to see how many people realize that yesterday’s 8-to-1 decision of the University of Colorado Regents to fire Ward Churchill was not about a few footnotes, b...
What Harry Reid Doesn’t Know About His Own Bill
TINA RICHARDS
I attended the MoveOn.org rally on Tuesday night where Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid discussed how they were going to "end the war" and "bring our troops home" with the Levin-Reed Amendment. When I asked if they meant all the troops, I was qui...
Knocked Up is F**ked Up
SUNSARA TAYLOR
They say in comedy that timing is everything. Certainly this summer’s blockbuster comedy hit, Knocked Up, about the aftermath of a disastrous one-night-stand between Alison (Katherine Heigl) and Ben (Seth Rogen), is uniquely a product of these times. The wor...
Bonobo Bashing in the New Yorker
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
When I first fell in love with bonobos in the early 1990s, none of my acquaintances knew a bonobo from a bonsai tree. Now, these amazing apes, who swing with each other as well as from the trees, have become rather famous. Of course, with fame comes defama...
God Acquitted!
FARZANA VERSEY
Haji Mastan, the aging underworld Mumbai don, looked at my fingernails that were at the time rather long, neatly filed and painted with toffee-coloured varnish. He asked me, his gaze still fixed on my talons, "Mussalman?" Since my nails professed...
Indonesia’s Bloody Brand of CounterTerrorism
BEN TERRALL
In a June 8 "web memo," The Heritage Foundation called Indonesia "a large, vibrant democracy and a key piece of the geostrategic puzzle in Asia." The right wing Washington think tank went on to describe Jakarta as "among the United States&...
Come to Kennebunkport!
RON JACOBS
It’s the afternoon of July 21, 2007. George Bush is back in official control of the country after his colonoscopy. When I first read that he would be undergoing this procedure I had visions of an unforeseen accident in the operating room culminating in his c...
Gerson’s Crusade Against "Low-Hanging Fruit"
GARY LEUPP
Neocon officials in the Defense Department call them "low-hanging fruit"— as...
A Bomb in My Briefcase?
MOHAMMAD ALI SALIH
Many terrorists’ tactics used in London will be repeated here. First, it was shoes; last year it was liquids and baby formulas; and this year it is propane tanks in cars and Muslim physicians. I am not a physician, but every weekday I dress up in a s...
Hillary’s Neocon
JOSHUA FRANK
Richard Holbrooke likes Hillary Clinton. In fact he may well be asked to serve as Secretary of State if she is to win the presidential campaign next year. Holbrooke, a Democratic adaptation of Henry Kissinger, loves her approach to foreign policy. "Sh...