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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from August 2007
Former Enemies Find New Way Forward
MIKE FERNER
St. Louis. A young man from Palestine and another from Israel riveted 400 U.S. military veterans to their seats last week in this city on the Mississippi River. What captivated the audience was their recent decision to put down the guns they’d pointed...
Resistance is Impossible–But Not Futile
BEN TRIPP
Is absolute power concentrated in an autocratic ruler or clique in your government? Does the leader of your country adopt any of these roles: judge, jury, or executioner? Does he have a moustache? If the answer to one or more of these quest...
Where Did the Katrina Money Go?
JEFFREY BUCHANAN And CHRIS KROMM
When pressed on the slow pace of recovery in the Gulf Coast, President Bush insists the federal government has fulfilled its promise to rebuild the region...
The Great Financial Crisis
JAMES PETRAS
All the major financial analysts claim the ongoing and deepening financial crisis is in large part the result of investor uncertainty. This is because the investment banks, derivatives and hedge funds placed high risk, sub-prime mortgages and junk bonds, along wit...
Mort Sahl’s Punchline
PAUL KRASSNER
On May 11, 2007, Mort Sahl turned eighty. He was a pioneer in stand-up comedy. He broke through the tradition of jokes about airplane food, Asian drivers, booze and frigid wives, instead sharing his wit and insights about political hypocrisy, racism, marijuana law...
The GOP’s Pre-emptive Strike
ROBERT FANTINA
The ever-widening crack in the limited support President George Bush has for his murderous Iraq war policies appears now large enough to drive a Humvee through. The president, of course, has brought this on himself by his steadfast refusal to confront the facts of...
History, the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
We’ll never know whether Germanicus, the highly accomplished Roman general, was mortified by the actions of his spawn, the insane and insanely destructive emperor Caligula. Or whether he was even more humiliated that, on top of that particularly notable cont...
Turning Iraq into Vietnam
MARJORIE COHN
Desperate to shore up support for continuing his unpopular war on Iraq, George W. Bush drew an analogy with Vietnam when he addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "The price of America’s withdrawal [from Vietnam] was paid by millions of innocent citize...
Where Did the Katrina Money Go?
JEFFREY BUCHANAN And CHRIS KROMM
When pressed on the slow pace of recovery in the Gulf Coast, President Bush insists the federal government has fulfilled its promise to rebuild the region. The proof, he says, is in the big check the federal government signed to underwrite the recovery — allegedly m...
Extending NAFTA’s Reach
LAURA CARLSEN
Beyond the vague feel-good rhetoric about a "prosperous neighborhood" and "common commitments" the Canadian, U.S., and Mexican leaders each seemed to have his particular agenda. Canada fears another economically disastrous border closing like t...
Notes from Hempfest
FRED GARDNER
In what European country do people smoke more marijuana, per capita, than in the U.S.? No, it’s not Holland, it’s the Czech Republic. Travel writer Rick Steves threw that surprising fact into his talk Sunday at the Seattle Hempfest. He had just come ba...
What Do They Have to Hide?
RALPH NADER
Several weeks ago, I joined with Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform in urging state governors to emulate and go beyond the advances in bringing more openness to governmental expenditures put forth by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Early i...
President Druzilla
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Like the ugly stepsisters who tried to make the slipper fit, George Bush is a spinhead, equating Iraq and Viet Nam, but not in the way many of us have made the comparison-think quagmire. Rather, Bush believes we should have stayed the course in Viet Nam, a war he ...
Why Mary Pipher Returned Her APA Award
STEPHEN SOLDZ
For several years, psychologist members of the American Psychological Association (APA) have been fighting to change the APA’s policies allowing psychologists to participate in interrogations widely reported to be abusive. As the association’s 2007 Con...
Whitewashing the History of Abolition
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
This week the world officially commemorated one of the pivotal events of modern history with deafening silence. On August 23, 1791, a group of slaves in Haiti led by a man named Boukman ignited a revolt that changed the world. They attacked their French masters, a...
Don’t Carpool with Nouri al-Maliki
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
As he heads for the office these days Nouri al-Maliki should bid his family especially tender farewells. If the patterns of US foreign policy are any guide, the Iraqi prime minister is a very poor insurance risk. On Monday August 20 a leading Democratic sen...
Bush, Vietnam and Iraq
WILLIAM SCHRODER
In his speech at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the President said the American pullout from Vietnam caused the deaths of millions in Cambodia and Vietnam. Thus spoken, Mr. Bush would have us believe invasion and bloody occupation of sove...
Exit, the Vicar of Visuals
RICHARD RHAMES
Contrary to common belief even among the educated, (Aldous) Huxley and (George) Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to...
Uncle Ben and the Nanny State
JACKIE CORR
Two years ago, the Economist magazine called the worldwide real estate boom the "biggest bubble in history." Suddenly the bubble isn’t so bubbly. So it is the nanny state to the rescue of Wall Street and Nanny says "don’t worry ...
A Cruel and Unusual Excuse
GREG MOSES
In order to stop the killing at Texas death row, the European Union on Tuesday, through the office of its Presidency, asked the Governor of Texas to declare a death-penalty moratorium. But the Governor’s reply was quick and flippant. He did nothing to stop t...
More War on the Horizon
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
No pullout from Iraq while I’m president, declares George W. Bush. On to Iran, declares Vice President Cheney. Israel is a "peace-seeking state" that needs $30 billion of US taxpayers’ money for war, declares State Department of...
Naomi Klein and the Path Not Taken
JEFF BALLINGER
As we think about reaching this other possible world, I want to be very clear that I don’t believe the problem is a lack of ideas. I think we’re swimming in ideas … August 16, 2007 by Democracy Now! Lost Worlds: Is An...
Dissent, the Housing Crash and the Next President
ALAN FARAGO
"Everybody just standing round ‘neath the tree shooting pigeons on the limb, But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here, them pigeons will go to him." The Mighty Quinn, by Bob Dylan 1967 A thousand and one beari...
Inching Toward Insanity
DAVE ZIRIN
Let’s get this out of the way early: I don’t support the fighting of dogs. I am not sitting here in a Michael Vick jersey snacking on Labrador fajitas thinking that his 12 month plea bargain is the greatest injustice since Sacco and Vanzetti. Please do...
Pere Jean-Juste Comes Home
BILL QUIGLEY
Pere Gerard Jean-Juste, an outspoken Haitian voice for human rights, economic justice and democracy, returned to Haiti last weekend for the first time since being hustled out of a prison cell by heavily armed guards and put on a waiting plane to Miami in January o...
How Newark Can Mend
RYAN HAYGOOD
I have a confession to make. I assumed that those responsible for the horrific murders of Terrence Aeriel, Dashon Harvey and Ofemi Hightower looked liked me. That is, I assumed that they, like each of the victims, were black. Indeed, a recent ...
Naomi Klein and the Path Not Taken
JEFF BALLINGER
As we think about reaching this other possible world, I want to be very clear that I don’t believe the problem is a lack of ideas. I think we’re swimming in ideas … August 16, 2007 by Democracy Now! Lost Worlds: Is An...
We Shouldn’t be Causing This
KATHY KELLY
Amman, Jordan. Here in Amman, Jordan, a British teenager, Sonia, age 12, recently spent four days interviewing and befriending Iraqi youngsters close to her in age. She wanted to learn, firsthand, about the experiences of Iraqi youngsters who have fled war ...
When Sports Journalists Talk Race
D. K. WILSON
Many sports columnists around the country are weighing in on Michael Vick as early next week he will plead guilty to a felony conspiracy charge of traveling in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities, or as it is reduced to in sports writing and broadcas...
Bush’s House of Snakes
BRENDA NORRELL
It should come as no surprise that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, George Bush’s twin viper, has been meeting with American Indian tribes in Michigan and elsewhere at the northern border. Meanwhile, Bush was working his agenda in Canada. It ...
Bush, Vietnam and 14 More GIs Dead
RON JACOBS
After checking the baseball scores this morning, August 22, 2005, I turned to the front page only to read that fourteen US soldiers died in a copter crash near Baghdad. Of course, preliminary reports from the military claimed that the cause was an accident and not...
Schwarzenegger’s True Lies About Dams and Canals
DAN BACHER
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger keeps repeating at his press conferences and meetings the big lie that no dams or water storage facilities have been constructed in California in the past 20 to 30 years. Apparently, the Schwarzenegger administratio...
Beyond Kafka
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It’s not like they did it on purpose. It was just a mistake and then a bunch of soreheads go and make a big deal out of it. The soreheads are Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, Inc., Wendell Belew and Asim Ghafoor who have taken it upon themselves to sue George...
Meeting the Mahatma
P. SAINATH
Countless rural Indians sacrificed much for India’s freedom, to fade into oblivion later, seeking neither reward nor recognition. Gandhian Baji Mohammed, who has been active for 70 years in one or the other cause, is amongst the last of this dyi...
The Ongoing Tragedy of Afghanistan
JOHN WRIGHT
The tragedy which is the history of Afghanistan was lost in the wake of 9/11. From that moment, in the eyes of a West now baying for revenge, it was a country reduced to nothing more than a terrorist base and training camp run with the blessing of a regime that ga...
The Weeds of Willapa Bay
JOSHUA FRANK
Something bizarre is going on in Willapa Bay, Washington and it is all related to a noxious weed known as Spartina. This tall, dense grass grows rapidly along coastal salt-water marshes and has been rising from the mud of the Northwest since the late nineteenth ce...
Sleepless in Iraq
MARC LEVY
RAMADI, Iraq: Troops swallow diet pills and slurp can after can of Red Bull, fighting to stay awake as they peer from armored Humvees into the pre-dawn darkness. Twangy country music pours from some vehicle sound systems, angry rap from others. ...
Operation Kabuki?
WILLIAM S. LIND
September approaches, and with it the supposed watershed in the Iraq war that General David Petraeus’ report to Congress will represent. In reality, the report will make little difference in what the Democratically-controlled Congress does, because it has al...
When Courts Bow Down to Secrecy
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
In case after case we see what little regard the federal judiciary has for truth, for honesty. Rather than invoke the "old fashioned" concept of the need for truth and honesty, the courts find reason after reason, in one field after another, for overridi...
Bush’s War Drums
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA Analyst It is as though I’m back as an analyst at the CIA, trying to estimate the chances of an attack on Iran. The putative attacker, though, happens to be our own president. It is precisely the kind of work we analysts used to do. And...
Abe Foxman’s Genocide Denial Road Show
JOHN WALSH
It seemed innocuous enough at first. Watertown, a suburb of Boston, sported a sign on the Town Hall, proclaiming the town a participant in an anti-bigotry program "No Place for Hate." But one of the good citizens of Watertown with libertarian inclination...
Remembering Raul Hilberg
NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
Raul Hilberg died on August 4. A refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria, Hilberg was the founder of the field of Holocaust studies. I cannot now remember when I first read Hilberg’s magnum opus ...
How We Will Protest Our Executions
KENNETH E. FOSTER And JOHN JOE AMADOR
In the name of Human Rights; all religious doctrines of Peace, Love and Forgiveness; and in the vision of reform and atonement, on the above said date myself (Kenneth E. Foster Jr.) and John Joe Amador have committed to a protest ...
A Short Walk into the Valley of Death
BILL HATCH
Recently accused by a local planning commissioner of being a dishonest journalist, I reviewed my notebooks for moral reassurance. I found notes from an interview I once did with a city planning-department staffer in charge of maps. This Galilean fundamentalist bel...
Little Brother is Watching You
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Last month I flew from Istanbul to London to deliver four of my collages to be included in an exhibition of Stuckist artists at the ...
The Warfare State is Part of Us
NORMAN SOLOMON
The USA’s military spending is now close to $2 billion a day. This fall, the country will begin its seventh year of continuous war, with no end in sight. On the horizon is the very real threat of a massive air assault on Iran. And few in Congress seem w...
Gaza and the Jordanian Option
PHILLIP RIZK
In recent weeks the Jordanian Option has been floated in the media as a viable way forward in negotiations to resolve the current Palestinian statelessness. Haaretz ran the initial large piece explaining that Jordanian officials, supposedly with king Abdullah̵...
Iraq: the Gift That Keeps on Bleeding
JOHN STAUBER
Shortly after the November 2006 election the Democracy Alliance, an exclusive group of about 100 Democratic Party millionaire activists, met in Miami, Florida. Members and their guests heard their keynote speaker and liberal legend Mario Cuomo, former New York gov...
The FBI’s New Power
SAUL LANDAU
On August 4, ignoring former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who had spoken of Bush’s "phony war" on terrorism, Congress authorized vast authority for repressive agencies to spy further on the public. Under the pretext of "fighting terror," t...
Sand Houses and Missing Beaches
ALAN FARAGO
It’s a big project, replacing all the sand that is washing away from Miami beaches. One way or another, taxpayers have spent more than $125 million, in just a couple of years, to put back what nature is taking away. Now, a new dilemma has cropped up; ...