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Archives from September 2007
Oil Warriors
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Alan Greenspan had acknowledged what is blindingly obvious to those who live in the reality-based world: The Iraq War was largely about oil. Meanwhile, Henry Kissinger says in an op-ed in Sunday’s Washington Post that control over oil is the key issue...
Can We Talk?
MIKE FERNER
Washington, DC. This began as a story about the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) "Truth in Recruiting" campaign. But by the end, it seemed more like a story about whether or not we can still talk with each other in this country. In the...
Israel’s Agenda For Ethnic Cleansing and Transfer
VICTORIA BUCH
The stage for ethnic cleansing of Palestinians has been set in the Occupied Territories, and ethnic cleansing is in progress. At present, this is the major project of the state of Israel.  For an impartial person of medium intelligence, a tour of th...
Looking back at the Great Crash
CLAUD COCKBURN
Today the world’s financial  centers are trembling. For the first time in a hundred years, terrified British depositors line up outside Northern Rock bank to try to rescue their deposits. In 1929 CLAUD COCKBURN covered the Wall Street crash f...
To Rent or Own?
SETH SANDRONSKY
Are you a renter now in the U.S.? If so, perhaps thoughts of ditching that arrangement with a landlord and buying a home are dancing in your mind now that nation’s housing prices and sales are dropping and homeowner foreclosures are rising. Is it the time to...
The New Private Warriors
Sgt. MARTIN SMITH
Jeremy Scahill’s Blackwater: the Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army...
The Power of Laughter
PAUL KRASSNER
I spent this past weekend at the 11th annual Earthdance celebration, a global festival for peace held in northern California, just north of Laytonville on 101, uniting with over 250 locations in 50 countries, providing a wide variety of live music, works...
U.S. Banks Brace for Storm Surge as Dollar and Credit System Reel
MIKE WHITNEY
By now, you’ve probably seen the photos of the angry customers queued up outside of Northern Rock Bank waiting to withdraw their money. This is the first big run on a British bank in over a century. It’s lost an eighth of its deposits in thre...
America’s Great Wall: Where Will the Workers Go When They Finish It?
JOHN ROSS
SAN FRANCISCO – We are being walled in. Every second that we stay here, they are adding another inch to the wall they are building along the southern border of this country and the northern one of the next country down.  The border wall will e...
Britain’s 9/11 “Truth Movement”: Who’s Responsible?
ALEX DOHERTY
As the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks passes the 9/11 conspiracy industry shows no sign of decline. While most adherents to the various conspiracy theories reside in the United States and the Middle East, the conspiracy circus – or &...
Nooses Hung From Jena, La. to College Park, Md.
RON JACOBS
On September 7 , 2007 a noose was found hanging from a tree outside the Nyumburu Cultural Center at the Universtiy of Maryland.  This incident occurred only two days after a rally for the Jena 6 (a case that also involves the hanging of nooses) at n...
Interviewing Alan Greenspan: How 60 Minutes Blew It
ALAN FARAGO
It is really a sad commentary on the TV medium that given the chance to ask some hard questions of Alan Greenspan, it has no idea what to ask. In last night’s 60 Minutes interview with Alan Greenspan, Lesley Stahl looked like a deer caught in the h...
To Rent or Own in the U.S.?
SETH SANDRONSKY
Are you a renter now? If so, are thoughts of buying a home dancing in your mind now that U.S. housing prices and sales are dropping like a rock? If so, consider this. Home buyers need solid data to make an informed purchase. Fortunately, Washington, D.C....
Conservatism Isn’t What It Used to Be
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
When I was in the Reagan administration, America had a lively press that never hesitated to take us to task.  Even the “Teflon President” received more brickbats than Bush and Cheney. The lively press disappeared along with its in...
Home Grown Axis of Evil
EVA LIDDELL
By 1969 in the Haight in San Francisco when people referred to themselves as freaks rather than hippies a rumor started that the government was building concentration camps in the south of Texas and Arizona to throw us freaks into. The idea seemed credib...
The Return of C. Wright Mills Amid the Dawn of a New Era
RICARDO ALARCÓN
"What planet are you from, anyway?" responded the Guantanamero to the insistent question posed by someone who apparently did not believe there were schools, libraries, teachers, doctors and nurses there who offered their services to everyone fr...
Fake Vets Chasing Fame
MARC LEVY
                         "I carry my adornments on my soul. I do not dress up like a popinjay… With deeds for decorations, twirling ...
Erwin Chemerinsky and the Post-9/11 Attack on Academic Freedom
MARJORIE COHN
One week after the renowned legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky was offered the position of dean of the new law school at the University of California at Irvine, Chancellor Michael Drake withdrew the offer, informing Duke Law Professor Chemerinsky he had pro...
Julio Cusurichi on Amazonian "Development"
ZACHARY HURWITZ
The Initiative for the Regional Integration of Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA) is the latest in a series of disastrous international bank-financed schemes to bring "development" to the Amazon basin. Launched in 2000 by the governments o...
Fox’s New Paean to the N.O.P.D.
JORDAN FLAHERTY
Next Monday the Fox network unveils a new television show called K-Ville.  Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, K-Ville promises to highlight the heroism of New Orleans cops.  Unfortunately, the true story of policing in New Orleans is unlikely to ...
Has There Ever Been a Surge? If so, Has it a Future?
HERMAN MINDSHAFTGAP
First, are current and projected force levels in Iraq significantly higher than levels that were inadequate in the past? The United States has 162,000 troops in Iraq, compared to 132,000 in the middle ofJanuary. However, US troop l...
How the U.S. Schemed Against Spain’s Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy
VICENTE NAVARRO
According to conventional wisdom in Spain and in the U.S., in Spain’s transition from the Franco dictatorship to democracy, it was King Juan Carlos, with the assistance of the U.S. government (first the Ford administration, then the Carter administr...
The General Came to Washington
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Blend a war and a presidential campaign and you have a recipe for 200 proof mendacity, as the Petraeus hearings at the start of the week triumphantly proved. Take the war first. Into the witness chair in the Senate chamber marched General Petraeus...
Final Stop: Soup Kitchen U.S.A.
MIKE WHITNEY
The days of the dollar as the world’s “reserve currency” may be drawing to a close. In August, foreign central banks and governments dumped a whopping 3.8 per cent of their holdings of US debt. Rising unemployment and the ongoing ...
Girls! Music! Palestine!
ELLEN CANTAROW
In Salfit district in the northern West Bank, the women’s educational organization Women for Life with its girls’ spin-off, Flowers Against the Occupation, in 2005 conceived the idea of a girls’ summer music camp. Music camps for girls ...
A Letter to Janet About Sabra-Shatilla
FRANKLIN LAMB
Dearest Janet,  It’s a very beautiful fall day here in Beirut today. Twenty-five years ago this week since the massacre at the Palestinian refugee camps at Sabra-Shatilla. Bright blue sky and a fall breeze. It actually rained last night...
New York Times reporter was a member of an illegal underage porn site, claims he was only "posing as online predator"
DEBBIE NATHAN
A New York Times reporter not only gave money to a child pornographer, but did business with him and even signed on to an illegal porn website as a member and administrator, documents unsealed yesterday in a federal criminal proceeding in Nashville reveal...
Bill’s New Book is "Giving" Me a Headache
HANK EDSON
Former President Bill Clinton is touring the talk shows selling his new book, Giving, and it’s giving me a headache. I don’t like the way Clinton co-opts corporate friendly, conservative policy and rhetoric and then brands it as a new form of...
What Makes Premji a ‘Muslim Tycoon’?
FARZANA VERSEY
Is Azim Premji really the world’s richest Muslim entrepreneur? Is there a list which mentions the richest Hindu, Jew, Buddhist, Christian, Scientologist, atheist, Rastafarian? Unlikely. At least nothing that would make the Wall Street Journal wan...
The Killing of Abu Risha
PATRICK COCKBURN
Ten days after President George Bush clasped his hand as a symbol of America’s hopes in Iraq, the man who led the US-supported revolt of Sunni sheikhs against al-Qa’ida in Iraq was assassinated. Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha and two of his bo...
This is Florida, Epicenter of the Housing Bust and of Public Corruption
ALAN FARAGO
The building boom in Florida is in cinders. It is going to take a long time to tally the costs and devastation to the public interest. “Developer gives up fortune,” reads a bankruptcy story in The Miami Herald about Juan Puig who “lived...
General Confided White House Ambitions to Iraqi Official
PATRICK COCKBURN
The US commander in Iraq Gen David Petraeus expressed long-term interest in running for the US presidency when he was stationed in Baghdad three years ago according to a senior Iraqi official who knew him at that time. Sabah Khadim, then a senior ...
The Guantánamo Transcripts: “Ghost” Prisoners Speak After Five And A Half Years, And “9/11 hijacker” Recants His Tortured Confession
ANDY WORTHINGTON
In another resounding demonstration of the importance of legally constituted checks and balances on executive power in the United States, the Associated Press, after filing a request to the Pentagon under the Freedom of Information Act, has secured 58 tr...
Gay Old Party Outs Itself While Many Ask, Is U.S. Run by Secret Homintern?
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Recent Republican sex scandals continue to function as amusing Weapons of Mass Distraction from ongoing Republican fiscal, diplomatic and military fiascos.  An intriguingly large portion of these scandals are gay, or, lest we offend those members of...
B-52s and Bush?s War Plans
SCOTT VEST
former Air Force Captain at Minot AFB There has been a great deal of speculation in recent days about the Air Force incident on August 30 in which six cruise missiles were transported from Minot AFB in North Dakot...
Mr. Fixit of Quake-Stricken Peru Has Death Squad Past
MICHAEL BANEY
On August 15, an earthquake of approximately an 8.0 magnitude on the Richter Scale heaved off the coast of Peru. Entire neighborhoods were leveled and over 500 people lost their lives. Before long, a natural disaster became a man-made one in which donate...
Why One Sex Survey Didn?t Make The Big Time
DEBBIE NATHAN
A study you’ve probably not heard of just came out: "Online Requests for Sexual Pictures from Youth: Risk Factors and Incident Characteristics." It’s in the August issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, authored by prominent res...
When Soldiers Mutiny… Only Those Fighting the War Can End It.
WILLIAM BLUM
Okay, Bush ain’t gonna get out of Iraq no matter what anyone says or does short of a)impeachment, b)a lobotomy, or c)one of his daughters setting herself afire in the Oval Office as a war protest. A few days ago, upon arriving in Australia, "i...
The Petraeus Report
STAN GOFF
In military drill there is something called the preparatory command and the command of execution.  These were the two commands, followed in lockstep by the press yesterday: Prepare to kiss ass. Kiss ass. Or should I say David Pe...
American Economy: R.I.P.
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The US economy continues its slow death before our eyes, but economists, policymakers, and most of the public are blind to the tottering fabled land of opportunity. In August jobs in goods-producing industries declined by 64,000.  The US econ...
Forgetting 9/11
MANUEL GARCIA Jr.
Because I have written about the physics of the World Trade Center fires and collapses of  September 11, 2001, I have recently been asked by several people to comment on "9-11" during this sixth anniversary of the events. Because 9/11 happ...
The Legacy of Luciano Pavarotti
GARY LEUPP
I have in my CD collection a recording of a performance of Puccini’s La Bohème staged in the northern Italian city of Reggio Emilia on April 29, 1961. The mono album which I acquired secondhand preserves for history a mixed, generally unrema...
Response to the Man Who Wrote to Michael Vick’s Dog
K.G. GODEL
Dear Pius Adesamni, First, I was so moved by your article allegedly addressed to the dog who was tortured and killed by Michael Vick, I had to try and track down your contact email....
Irish Politics in Old Time California
BILL HATCH
Daniel Cassidy’s How the Irish Invented Slang  is a great gift...
The Fakery of General Petraeus: What Iraqis Think About the Surge
PATRICK COCKBURN
At first sight the Petraeus report looks as if it is going to be one of those spurious milestones in the war in Iraq, (like the Iraq Study Group’s report last December), heavily publicized at the time, but not affecting  the political and mili...
Specters of Malthus: Scarcity, Poverty, Apocalypse
DAVID MARTINEZ
    Iain Boal is an Irish social historian of science and technics, associated with Retort, a group of antinomian writers, artisans and artists based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is one of the authors of Retort’s Afflicted Powers: Cap...
Osama on 9/11
MICHAEL DICKINSON
It’s that time of year again – the anniversary of the attack on the twin trade towers of New York City on September 11th 2001.  Regardless of what theories you may have about the facts behind the shocking assault, there’s no disputi...
Why One Sex Survey Didn?t Make The Big Time
DEBBIE NATHAN
A study you’ve probably not heard of just came out: "Online Requests for Sexual Pictures from Youth: Risk Factors and Incident Characteristics." It’s in the August issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, authored by prominent researchers at t...
Free Speech is Not Given, but Taken
GUERRY HODDERSEN
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be. —James Baldwin Five little words on a picket sign — Victory to the Iraqi Resistance — were all it too...
"Bad Management" or Doomed from the Start?
SAUL LANDAU
and FARRAH HASSEN The war and occupation of Iraq has attracted schemers of all stripes. Kenneth Pollock assured us that Saddam Hussein possessed WMD. Then he admitted his error. Now Pollock and fellow Brookings inmate Michael O...