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Archives from September 2007
A Pandemic of Police Brutality
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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"
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"
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
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?
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...