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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...