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Archives from September 2007
A Pandemic of Police Brutality
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Bush’s "war on terror" quickly became Bush’s war on Iraqi civilians. So far over one million Iraqi civilians have lost their lives because of Bush’s invasion, and four million have been displaced. Iraq’s infrastructure is in ruins...
The Power of Public Sentiments
RALPH NADER
A society reveals its values, priorities and distribution of power in the way its rulers punish deviant behavior. Here are some examples for you to ponder: Members of Congress were in an uproar recently over a MoveOn.Org political advertisement in the New Y...
Perverted Justice
ANTHONY PAPA
The U.S. government recently praised the arrest of Colombia’s top drug lord Diego Montoya when he was captured earlier this month. Law enforcement and military officials say it was a powerful blow to Colombia’s most powerful drug cartel, comparing it t...
Interrupting the Empire, 30 Seconds at a Time
MIKE FERNER
The massive U.S. Capitol Building is situated to dominate Washington, D.C. from every angle. Its brightly lit facade dominates the night skyline even more. Inside, a first time visitor is at least impressed if not overwhelmed, waiting to enter the House or...
The War on Gaza’s Children
SAREE MAKDISI
An entire generation of Palestinians in Gaza is growing up stunted: physically and nutritionally stunted because they are not getting enough to eat; emotionally stunted because of the pressures of living in a virtual prison and facing the constant threat of destru...
Action-as-Propaganda
DAVID KEEN
Action-as-propaganda can reinforce an oddly reassuring feeling of certainty, helping to bend reality into line with a distorted and propagandistic image of the world. It also distorts our perceptions of this reality so that the gap between public perception and of...
Norman Hsu is a Model Minority
MALINI JOHAR SCHUELLER
Every campaign season seems to throw political pundits and journalists in a tizzy when sources of big donations are revealed to be Asian-Americans. When John Huang and other Chinese-Americans were revealed as fraudulent donors in Clinton’s second presidentia...
Ahmadinejad and Columbia
MONIQUE DOLS And DYLAN STILLWOOD
The voice of evil is coming to Columbia. That’s what you’ve heard if you read a newspaper or turned on the television in the last five days. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a fanatic whose extreme beliefs and quest for a nuclear arsenal...
Free Speech Takes a Capitol Beating
MIKE FERNER
Free speech took a beating with another round of arrests September 18 in the nation’s capital. It was administered by the police at a rally sponsored by the most unlikely-sounding group to be involved in such a thing: Veterans for Freedom. U.S. Sena...
Racist Violence from Jena to Oakland
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
Oakland. While tens of thousands of well-meaning activists travel to Jena, Louisiana to rightly protest the miscarriage of justice in the case of the "Jena 6," police killings continue unabated in Oakland. Gary King is only the most recent victim....
The Cult of the Military and the Decline of Democratic Values
DONNA SAGGIA
Alarm bells should be ringing louder than ever in progressive circles as Congress, not content with forfeiting its powers to the unitary executive, has now decided to let the military plan foreign policy. Bush’s interminable and ubiquitous "war on terro...
Greenspan’s Open Secret
RON JACOBS
So, the secret is finally out. The Iraq war and occupation is about oil! Alan Greenspan, the man on whom the capitalist press has conferred the title of sage numerous times, says exactly that in his memoirs released this week. Of course, many folks around the worl...
Just How Powerful is the Israel Lobby?
SHERWOOD ROSS
How large a role does the "Israeli Lobby" play in shaping U.S. policy in the Middle East? Some answers may be contained in ...
On Naomi Klein’s "The Shock Doctrine"
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Leftists used to think that at least as a general axiom, if not by a precise deadline, capitalism was doomed. When I first arrived in the United States in the early 1970s, there was enough exuberance in the air even for mild-mannered reformers to be pushing plans ...
Beneath the Hideous Veneer of "Security"
JENNNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
On January 26th 1976 the United Nations Security Council debated a resolution (S11940) introduced by Jordan, Syria and Egypt that included all the crucial wording of UNSC resolution 242. It accepted the right of all states in the region to exist within secure and ...
The Deadly Pattern of US Imperialism
ROBERT FANTINA
While the Government Accounting Office (GAO) issues its pessimistic report on Iraq, and Mr. Bush puts on his smiley face and spins it to his advantage, U.S. soldiers and Iraqi citizens continue to suffer, bleed and die. The war continues. Mr. Bush has expre...
Why Aren’t We Banning Blackwater Here?
DAVE LINDORFF
Let’s give the Iraqi puppet government some credit: At least they have the sense to delicense and order out of the country the Blackwater mercenary outfit. The real question is why we allow them here in the US. Recall that FEMA and Homeland Sec...
Pluto Press Under Attack by Israel Lobby
ROGER Van ZWANENBERG
About three weeks ago Pluto books and the University of Michigan Press – our US distributor – came under attack by Stand With Us (a Zionist lobby group) who were objecting to the publication of ...
The Era of Global Financial Instability
MIKE WHITNEY
"Give me control over a nation’s currency and I care not who makes its laws." –Baron M.A. Rothschild Wall Street loves cheap money. That’s why traders were celebrating on Tuesday whe...
The Latest Betrayal by Senate Democrats
JOHN V. WALSH
The allegedly "antiwar" Senate Democrats betrayed the antiwar movement again last week, and the coming weeks will make Judas seem a model of loyalty by comparison. Prowar Senators used the filibuster provision repeatedly this past week to win the day, an...
Slugger Sex
DAVID ROSEN
O.J.’s back, again. Last weekend, O.J. Simpson was arrested by Las Vegas police for apparently breaking into the hotel room of two memorabilia dealers and robbing valuable sports collectables. According to media reports, O.J. joined a posse of five men in an...
Fear of an Animal Planet
JASON HRIBAL
There remains a good deal of speculation surrounding the events that occurred on the 13th of September 1916. What we know for sure is that a 30 year old circus performer named Mary was lynched in front of a large crowd in Erwin, TN. Apparently, "Murderous Mar...
Going Down on the Rocks in Dinosaur
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
These days there isn’t a vacant hotel room to be found in Vernal, Utah. Or Craig, Colorado. Or Pinedale, Wyoming, for that matter. The rooms are all booked up with oil workers, pipe-layers, explosive technicians and tax accountants versed in the intricacies ...
Genuflecting to China
ALAN FARAGO
Mattel apologizes to China and to the Chinese people for safety lapses which resulted in the recall of 21 million Chinese-made toys in recent months. Excuse me? Does anyone else feel a backlash rising against China, that is fundamentally different from the ...
Hiding Behind a Camouflage Skirt
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
One enters the horror house of regressive politics at one’s own great peril, though most of us and most of the rest of the world have been given little choice. Small wonder, then, that Americans have entered into a collective mental state which might ...
Claudia Jensen (Look Back in Anger)
FRED GARDNER
"I am a 49-year-old mother of two teenage daughters," is how Claudia Jensen described herself to a Congressional subcommittee in April 2004, "and a physician educated at the University of Arkansas for both undergraduate and medical schools. I studie...
Land Tenure and Resistance in New Mexico
ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ
Land tenure is primarily a legal concept, a mode of holding and occupying land.1 This study is a socioeconomic interpretation of the history of New Mexico focusing on land-tenure patterns and changes. Legal aspects, insofar as they influenced or changed socioecono...
The Injustice in Jena
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
The stench surrounding the office of Louisiana’s LaSalle Parish prosecutor Reed Walters, for his discriminatory decisions in the Jena 6 case, is about to become more malodorous activists announced during recent anti-Walters protests across America. Ac...
Support Our Mercenaries
CASSANDRA JONES
The NY Times played the Blackwater story 9/20 at the bottom of page one under a deceitful headline: "Armed Guards In Iraq Occupy A Legal Limbo." It should have read "Mercenaries In Iraq Operate Outside the Law." A "legal limbo" implie...
Why Do They All Hate America?
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Many years ago there was a song called "Why do we all love Australia" which was a bit of a spoof although funny and to the point. The main thing was that it was ironic and encouraged people to laugh at themselves, which does us all good from time to time...
It Ain’t Easy Being Green
DAVE ZIRIN
There’s an old cliche that the most popular college football team in the United States is whoever plays Notre Dame. Like the Yankees of New York and the Blue Devils of Duke, fans of the Fighting Irish believe winning is their birthright. Some program...
Voices in Defense of Bolivia
Federico Fuentes, Kiraz Janicke, John Percy, Adrian Fuentes, Et. Al.
The democratically elected government of Bolivia’s first indigenous president Evo Morales Ayma, which is heading a process of democratic change, is Washington’s immediate target in Latin America today. Bolivia is in Washingt...
What the Sale of the Carlyle Group Tells Us About the Collapse of the Housing Market
ALAN FARAGO
Would someone from Dubai or China please come to Miami and buy my home? This seems a reasonable plea, given this morning’s news that the big private equity firm, (in which President George HW Bush made his fortune after leaving the White House)-the Ca...
Where Justice Seems Very Far Away
KARIM MAKDISI
The summer break is officially over in Lebanon. At about 5pm yesterday, a roughly 40 kg bomb placed in a Mercedes was detonated in a bustling part of Sin el-Fil district of Beirut. The immediate target was member of Parliament (MP) Antoine Ghanim of the right-wing...
The Demise of the Congressional Black Caucus
JOSHUA FRANK
Something is terribly wrong with the Congressional Black Caucus. There has been for decades. For starters the pro-black organization doesn’t represent the majority of black people in the Untied States. As a matter of fact, one could rightly argue that the Bl...
Ex-Dems, Sign Up Here
STEVE FOURNIER
I just launched xdem.org, which I’m billing as an organizing tool for democrats who have left the Democratic party behind...
The Streets of San Francisco
BEN TERRALL
On January 6, 2007, two days after Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, about 1,000 activists laid down on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach to spell out the word "IMPEACH!" in 100-foot letters. Photos of the clear message to...
The Zionist Question
M. SHAHID ALAM
In recent times, no nationalist project has been so completely mythologized by its partisans as Zionism. In the construction of nearly all aspects of its history, the official Zionist narrative is often at variance–even complete variance–with the facts...
Mass Failure
Dr. STEFFIE WOOLHANDLER And Dr. DAVID HIMMELSTEIN
In 1966–just before Medicare and Medicaid were launched–47 million Americans were uninsured. By 1975, the United States had reached an all time low of 21 million without coverage. Now, according to the C...
Money, It’s a Gas
KENNETH COUESBOUC
Money, it’s a gas. Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash. Roger Waters, The Dark Side of the Moon Lending and borrowing are as ordinary as giving and receiving. They all help to maintain the social bond b...
An Endless Occupation?
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
The "Korea Model" is not a new model of Kia or Hyundai. It is President Bush’s rationale for extending the U.S. occupation of Iraq from four years to four decades–or even more. As reported on CNN and the New York Times, South Korea is Bush...
Whatever Happened to Palestine?
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
A group of anti-war leaders held a conference call at the end of August under the sponsorship of Michael Lerner’s Network of Spiritual Progressives to do some long-term strategic planning for the anti-war movement. The discussants included leaders of the cou...
As the Empire Slips
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan’s memoir has put him in the news these last few days. He has upset Republicans with his comments on various presidents, with George W. Bush getting the brickbats and Clinton the praise, and by saying that Bush’s invas...
Jim Crow’s Children
CHARLES MODIANO
Did you hear the good news on "The Jena 6"? The adult conviction and potential 22 year sentence of Mychal Bell has been overturned. This comes less than one week before widespread protests scheduled for this Thursday in Jena, Louisiana. Since this case a...
Carbon-Free and Still Wrecking the Planet
STAN COX And WES JACKSON
From the day the prospect of rapid climate change became an officially recognized crisis, it has attracted multitudes of proposed "solutions" that mostly substitute snake oil for crude oil. Now comes a new, better-than-average proposal, ...
Bush’s Worrisome Use of Religion
RAYMOND J. LAWRENCE
The news reports* that Bush spends time with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Malaki discussing their shared faith in God, is not good news. It seems that Bush is an easy mark for anyone who professes a belief in God. When Putin revealed the cross ...
Body-Snatched Nation
BRENDAN COONEY
As scary as it is to watch someone electrocuted for speaking his mind, the most horrifying parts of the Andrew Meyer incident at the University of Florida are the things happening on the periphery. (The video can be seen here: ...
AARP to Kucinich: Drop Dead
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
AARP President Bill Novelli is a company man. No, the company is not AARP. Novelli doesn’t give a damn about AARP or its 38 million members. If he did, he wouldn’t be selling down them down river by opposing a single payer system t...
Why Did Senator John Kerry Stand Idly By?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Naïve Americans who think they live in a free society should watch the video filmed by students at a John Kerry speech September 17, Constitution Day, at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  At the conclusion of Kerry’s speech, Andrew Meyer, ...
Schwarzenegger’s Boondoggle
DAN BACHER
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office today issued a press release for the $9 billion water bond boondoggle he is trying to ramrod through the California Legislature. For those us of us concerned about the alarming collapse of the Sacramento-San Joaquin De...