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Archives from August 2007
How Newark Can Mend
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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; ...