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Archives from July 2007
Gains and Losses at Guantánamo
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Last Friday, the day after a craven/comatose Senate rejected even the merest mention of plans to transfer Guantánamo detainees to prisons on the US mainland, judges in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit advanced the detainees’ f...
Reflections on the First US Social Forum
LAURA CARLSEN
Attending the U.S. Social Forum held in Atlanta, Georgia June 27-July 1 was an adventure. The first social forum for the United States, it was also one of the first in a series of regional events aimed at decentralizing the mega- World Social Forum that started in...
The Sad Decline of John Conyers
RAY McGOVERN
What do Rep. John Conyers (D, Michigan), chair of the House Committee on the Judiciary, and President George W. Bush have in common? They both think they can dis Cindy Sheehan and count on gossip columnists like the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank to triviali...
Murdoch’s Transplant
RICHARD NEVILLE
Shock! Horror! Rupert Murdoch’s media discovers an organ previously undetected by News Corp’s proprietor – the human heart. This find has rocked the media empire and its flagship broadsheet, The Australian, forcing it to re-assess its mission. Th...
We Must Move Beyond Politics as Usual
CINDY SHEEHAN
The feedback I have been receiving since I announced that I would challenge U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, for her House seat — unless she gives impeachment the go-ahead — has been running about 3-to-1 positive. Some people have offere...
How to Walk in Bushtime
SAUL LANDAU
How does the commutation of the prison sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, coincide with the release by a federal judge of Luis Posada Carriles, former top terrorist of the Western Hemisphere? ...
Attuned to Tom and Jerry
KATHY KELLY
Last week, Umm Daoud, (her name means "Mother of Daoud"), met me and three friends at a bridge that crosses into her neighborhood. It was just after sundown; the streets were darkening as she guided us toward the narrow path which leads to her home. She ...
Islam Now, China Then
M. SHAHID ALAM
"History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history that we make today." – ...
Meeting in Baghdad
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Arbil. and ANNE PENKETH in Tehran. Iranian and American officials meet in Baghdad today to discuss Iraqi security but wide differences are expected to prevent the real dialogue which may be essential to end the war in Iraq. The talks will be led by the...
Anti-Depressants and Birth Defects
EVELYN PRINGLE
On July 27, 2007 the U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control issued a press release apparently promoting the sale of anti-depressants to pregnant women. "Use of certain antidepressants, selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors most commonly known a...
The Michael Vick / George Bush Thing
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Here’s my take on the Michael Vick/George Bush thing. What is the Michael Vick/George Bush thing, you ask? Under what rock have you been living? The big issue in the sports world this week has been Michael Vick-the star quarterback for t...
You Tube You Can’t
BINOY KAMPMARK
You Tube is democracy on the cheap, with all its anti-elitist pretensions. The world’s intellectual elite took one look at it, and probably had an apoplectic fit. But so did the politicians ­ initially suspicious by its all-too-democratic overtones. Dros...
Overcoming John Conyers
DAVE LINDORFF
Rep. John Conyers, venerable member of Congress, finally chair of the House Judiciary Committee,is a man who worked with Rosa Parks in Alabama and who hired her on his staff after he won election to Congress in Detroit. Years in Washington DC change a man. Yesterd...
Media Corrections We’d Like to See
NORMAN SOLOMON
Former readers of Mad Magazine can remember a regular feature called "Scenes We’d Like to See." It showed what might happen if candor replaced customary euphemisms and evasions. These days, what media scenes would we like to see? One aspect ...
Saving a President
STEPHEN LENDMAN
In his first year in office, the widely-followed Cook Political Report had this assessment of George Bush’s early months as president: "Looking back over his first five months in office, President George W. Bush and his administration started off to a s...
Narcolepsy on Gitmo Detainees
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Last week, in an overwhelming display of conservative paranoia and liberal befuddlement, the US Senate voted by 94-3 to approve an amendment by Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, the Senior Republican Senator for Kentucky and a champion of NIMBYism (Not In My...
Bush’s Latest, Ludicrous, Doomed Plan for Israel and Palestine
URI AVNERY
In a classic American western, the difference is as glaring as the midday sun in Colorado: there are Good Guys and Bad Guys. The good ones are the settlers, who are making the prairie bloom. The bad ones are the Indians, who are blood-thirsty savages. The ultimate...
Todd Gitlin’s Nader Fixation
JOHN V. WALSH
Democratic Party hack Todd Gitlin stepped onto the op-ed page of the LA Times today and flailed his carving knife at Ralph Nader and the Greens, but he succeeded only in further swelling his reputation as a career slanderer of the Left. In his purported political ...
Iran’s Forgotten Anti-Nuke Movement
REZA FIYOUZAT
Those in the Iranian socialist opposition arguing for a nuclear-free Iran have either been absent from the Western left’s discourse or have been getting the short end of the stick from some in the U.S. left. This, in spite of the fact that the same left-lean...
Here Come the MRAPs
COLLIN BABER
"If you are strong, and you are fighting the weak for any period of time, you are going to become weak yourself." – Dr. Martin van Creveld, military historian (1) As the death toll climbs ev...
Spinning Kashiwazaki
HARVEY WASSERMAN
As you read this, swarms of extremely well-paid PR flacks are spinning the Kashiwazaki nuke quake into an argument for building more reactors. They will deploy utter absurdities and personal attacks, followed by the sound of media-complicit silence. But the...
The Children Without a Title
SOUSAN HAMMAD
Upon reaching the age of 16 Palestinians are issued an identity card, and with this card, Israel overwhelmingly restricts the movement and life of Palestinians to and from the Occupied Territories. And though Palestinian children are allowed to travel into ‘...
The Life and Times of a Hog-Hanging Farmer
MARTHA ROSENBERG
The videotaped hanging of a sow from a skid loader with a logging chain has divided farming communities in Northeast Ohio, hog farmers and veterinarians. Ken Wiles, owner of the 6,000-animal Wiles hog farm near Creston where the incident occurred last year ...
Turkish Prime Minister Threatens to Invade Northern Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil. Turkey’s Prime Minister has threatened an invasion of northern Iraq if, following yesterday’s Turkish election (apparently a resounding triumph for the ruling Justice and Development Party, the Islamic AKP,) talks fail with Iraq and the U...
Buy Hard
DAVID KEEN
The current Bush administration has sometimes been very frank about the need to sell the ‘war on terror’, and many of the elements used to sell that attack on Iraq–the intelligence dossiers, the unsourced revelations, the denigration of hard evid...