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Archives from October 2007
Pete, Nancy, George and WW III
CINDY SHEEHAN
"You don’t have money to fund the war or children. But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president’...
John Howard and the Curse of Bush
BRIAN McKINLAY
As I heard the news of the demise of the Right-wing Coalition in the Polish Elections and its’ replacement by a new regime committed to withdrawal from Iraq, I wondered if the fall of yet another of Bush’s allies was a bad omen for John Howard, whose A...
The Fraudlent War on Terror
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Americans had best rethink the "war on terror" while they still have the liberty to do so. For all of President Bush’s blah-blah talk about bringing democracy to the world, the Bush administration has proved that it is no friend of liberty at home....
The Way to Paradise?
ALAN FARAGO
In the meager real estate section of last week’s Miami Herald, there is a multi-color, mini magazine pull-out called: Paradise Way. It is "sponsored by "Homestead’s Premier Builders: Caribe Homes, Lennar Homes, Lowell Homes, and United...
What Came First, the Chicken or the Cage?
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Thirty five animal advocates stand outside the Hyatt Regency on a balmy Chicago afternoon as United Egg Producers (UEP) executives gather for their annual board meeting. They’ve been protesting conditions for caged laying hens for years. As one sig...
White Noise
DAVE ZIRIN
Jason "Big Sexy" Whitlock has told me to "mind [my] own damn business" when it comes to his mission to lead a new Civil Rights movement against "black idiots". But whether you are talking about Whitlock or someone hanging a noose on a...
The Nuclear Democrats
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
On Capitol Hill today, yesterday there was a press conference. Three members of Congress–Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), John Hall (D-New York), and Shelley Berkley (D-Nevada)–were there. Activists like Harvey Wasserman and David Fenton̵...
Bush’s Cuba Detour
TARIQ ALI
Bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan, obsessed with Iran’s rise as a regional power (a direct result of the wars in the aforementioned countries) the State Department has woken up to the fact that South America is in turmoil. Their last major intervention in ...
What "Support Our Troops" Means
JAMES MURREN
Afew doors down from my own newly-purchased slice of the American dream pie, found here in one of America’s "All American Cities"-Lafayette, Indiana-a yellow ribbon wraps the front yard tree as tightly as a mother’s arms around her daughter&#...
What Happened in Nahr Al Bared?
MICHAEL BIRMINGHAM
Nahr Al Bared is a Palestinian refugee camp in the north of Lebanon which has been home to about 40,000 Palestinian people, most of whom are the children and grandchildren of those who left Palestine in 1948. Some like Abu Mohammad were born in Palestine. He was t...
Looking Reality in the Face
TODD CHRETIEN
Hundred of thousands of people have marched against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thousands have dedicated themselves to building the antiwar movement in the U.S. However, in addition to hard work, our movement needs an honest appraisal of its own strength...
Imagining Serfdom in a Scarf
FARZANA VERSEY
She’s back because she never went back. Pakistan was a nice stopover. Hurrah! She’s a woman. She’s brave. She’s a moderate. She speaks good English. She’s Bristol-educatedah, will make the cut. And she’s not bad looking either....
White Fantasies About Raced-Based Intelligence
NATALIE WASHINGTON-WEIK
The idea of race-based intelligence has historically proved to be an unintelligent notion. Let one just question the premise: what is race and what is intelligence? Neither idea is physical, fixed, nor cross-cultural. Certainly, race and intelligence are real-but ...
White Fantasies About Raced-Based Intelligence
NATALIE WASHINGTON-WEIK
The idea of race-based intelligence has historically proved to be an unintelligent notion. Let one just question the premise: what is race and what is intelligence? Neither idea is physical, fixed, nor cross-cultural. Certainly, race and intelligence are real-but ...
The Guantánamo Suicides
ANDY WORTHINGTON
The grim story of the Guantánamo suicides–the deaths of three men, Ali al-Salami, Mani al-Utaybi and Yasser al-Zahrani in June 2006, and another, Abdul Rahman al-Amri, in May this year–took another turn last week, when, in the absence of the Nav...
You Too Can Confront the Holy Executive
MARCELLE CENDRARS
"The broad statement that the federal government can exercise no powers except those specifically enumerated in the Constitution, and such implied powers as are necessary and proper to carry into effect the enumerated powers, is categoricall...
Burma and Haiti
REGAN BOYCHUK
In a recent speech, Canada’s foreign minister informed the United Nations that his government was "guided by unshakable principles", shared by Canadians ­ "values such as freedom, human rights, democracy and the rule of law." He said ...
Bush’s Catastrophic Rhetoric
RALPH NADER
Mired in the disastrous Iraq quagmire, opposed by a majority of Americans, George W. Bush has reached new depths of reckless, belligerent bellowing. At a recent news conference, he volunteered that he told our allies that if they’re "interested in avoid...
Goldsmith Stands Convicted–By His Own Mouth
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
By Thursday, October 4th, I had been doing preparatory work for roughly three weeks in order to write about Jack Goldsmith’s new book, ...
The Nuke Deal is Dead
VIJAY PRASHAD
On October 12, 2007, the Congress Party threw in the towel. India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the leader of the United Progressive Alliance Sonia Gandhi told the press that they would step back from the US-India nuclear deal. "If the deal does n...
Race with the Devil
FARZANA VERSEY
Anything that can walk on two legs and take a gladiatorial stance is being described as a clash of civilisations these days. Andrew Symonds plays a mean game of cricket and can hit any ball that comes the way of his bat, but when some spectators during a m...
Christopher Dodd’s Make or Break Moment
DAVE LINDORFF
President Bush is no chump. He has figured out how to emasculate the Democrats (those that aren’t already eunuchs). Instead of making a decent estimate of the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and asking for it up front for the 2008 fiscal year, he is...
The Big Squeeze
MIKE WHITNEY
Friday’s bloodbath on Wall Street proved that the troubles in the credit markets have not been relieved by the Fed’s rate cuts. The Dow Jones slipped 367 points on the 20th anniversary of Black Monday, the stock market’s biggest one-day loss in h...
The True Cost of War for Oil
BONNIE BRICKER And ADIL E. SHAMOO
"We have to decide, as a nation, whether our need for Middle Eastern oil is more important to our future than our conduct as a moral and ethical people." Which brave presidential candidate would lay it on the line so clearly? None yet. And that’s t...
Something New from the Antiwar Movement
STANLEY HELLER And BEN GEORGE
The biggest US anti-war coalition UFPJ is trying something brand new on Saturday, October 27, eleven big rallies across the US all at the same time. The rallies are not being organized top down, but region by region by whichever groups show up at meetings. Sometim...
Is There a Method to Bush’s Middle East Madness?
RANNIE AMIRI
Over the past several weeks, the United States has gone out of its way to offend, irk and otherwise provoke a select group of leaders and nations. Through a series of deliberate and calculated actions intended to purposefully estrange those most likely to succeed ...
Should Blacks Go Green?
ISHMAEL REED
Though eastern talk show hosts might view Berkeley, California, as a hotbed of diversity, census reports show it be the whitest city in Alameda County. According to Berkeley’s Health Officer, Dr.Linda Rudolph, it is also a city where life expectancy a...
The Kleptocrat in an Hermes Headscarf
JEMIMA KHAN
She’s back. Hurrah! She’s a woman. She’s brave. She’s a moderate. She speaks good English. She’s Oxford-educated, no less. And she’s not bad looking either. I admit I’m biased. I don’t like Benazir Bhutto. She...
No Ideas, Please
BINOY KAMPMARK
The first week of the election campaign 2007 in Australia has made fascinating viewing. Watching politics in Australia is much like watching combatants suffering from delirium tremens. Bin Laden faced his enemies with CIA funding, a Kalashnikov and bag of sal...
The Quagmire of Masculinity
ROBERT JENSEN
Act I I am having dinner on a Thursday night in a restaurant in New York’s Greenwich Village with two friends I’m working with on a documentary on pornography. We’ve had a long day and are happy to unwind. Near the end of our meal, I...
Time to Pay for Payola
DIANE FARSETTA
Perhaps, in the case of Armstrong Williams, the third time will be the charm. The first two official investigations failed to hold anyone accountable for what can only be described as a textbook case of government propaganda. The results of the third invest...
The UAW Leadership Sells Out Its Workers
STEPHEN LENDMAN
The September and October United Auto Workers (UAW) GM and Chrysler agreements are just the latest examples of union leadership surrender and betrayal. It’s an ominous sign of labor’s plight and clear indication of what’s ahead – more ...
David Horowitz Can’t Handle the Truth
SUNSARA TAYLOR
David Horowitz has a long and scurrilous track record of blatant racism, politically driven witch-hunts in academia, and constantly spewing out bald-faced lies. All of this is being ratcheted up to new levels in his upcoming "Islamo-Fascism Awareness" (I...
Renewing No Child Left Behind?
TODD ALAN PRICE
The horribly mis-named "No Child Left Behind" Act comes up for reauthorization sometime between the end of the year and early 2008. Thumbing their nose at the massive backlash that has developed among teachers, administrators, and the general public...
Michael Mukasey and the Constitution
MARJORIE COHN
The Michael Mukasey Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing has demonstrated that Mukasey cannot be relied upon to function independently as U.S. Attorney General. Nevertheless, Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee seem so thrilled that Mukasey is no...
Going Down on the Rocks in Dinosaur
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Below Hell’s Half-Mile, the Green River relaxes into a series of undulating bends. The red rocks of Lodore slip away, replaced by the calming brown tones of the Weber sandstone. You might be in Glen Canyon. But, of course, you’re not. On river left...
Erring on the Side of Hidden Harm
DAVID HELENIAK
On September 19, 2005, Yvette Cade went before Judge Richard A. Palumbo seeking an extension of a domestic violence restraining order against her husband, Roger Hargrave. Palumbo, whether from confusion, clerical error, or a genuine belief that the extension was u...
Hoffa Brown-Nosing at UPS
JOE ALLEN
Ten years after the historic strike by the Teamsters at UPS that electrified workers in the U.S. and put fear into the hearts of America’s CEO’s, Teamster leader James P. Hoffa has tentatively negotiated a new national contract with UPS that can an onl...
Housing Flameout
MIKE WHITNEY
Is it really fair to blame one man for destroying the US economy? Probably not. But Alan Greenspan is still tops on our list. After all, Greenspan "presided over the greatest expansion of speculative finance in history, including a trillion-dollar hedg...
A Massacre Foretold
TARIQ ALI
The massacre in Karachi had been widely predicted. Benazir Bhutto herself has stated that she was aware of the dangers. The government pleaded with her to delay her return. Jihadi leaders, angered by her slavish support of US foreign policy, had publicly threatene...
Patti Scialfa’s Passionate Gamble
DANIEL WOLFF
You know how, when you first put on new music, you don’t really pay attention to the words, or even the shape of the songs? You just listen to what it sounds like: get the general feel. When I first put on Patti Scialfa’s new one, ...
Deviants on Parade
DAVID ROSEN
For the last twenty-four years, gay and straight sexual deviants have met in San Francisco during Leather Pride Week to celebrate the Folsom Street Fair. This year, on Sunday, September 30th, between three-hundred-and-fifty and four hundred thousand fetishists, th...
The Shame of Diego Garcia
ANDY WORTHINGTON
One of the more sordid and long-running stories in Anglo-American colonial history — that of Diego Garcia, the chief island of the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean — reared its ugly head again on Friday when the UK’s all-party foreign affai...
Lions for Lambs
PRAIRIE MILLER
Unfolding as nearly a raw, gritty, highly stylized rough cut of itself, Robert Redford’s Lions For Lambs is a breathlessly urgent and stinging reality-based dramatic indictment of recent US foreign policy and its endless war on terror. As a kind of antidote ...
The Strange Love of Mitt Romney and Bob Jones
ROBERT FANTINA
If one can be judged by the company one keeps, then GOP presidential candidate wannabe Mitt Romney is in big trouble. The former Massachusetts governor has just been endorsed by Bob Jones III of the Bob Jones University in South Carolina. This is the chancellor of...
David and Goliath in Iraq
SAUL LANDAU
"In the Valley of Elah" has Hollywood relying on cell phone images from Iraq that Mike Deerfield sent to his father via email. Despite the amateur sound and picture quality, we discern armed soldiers riding in a vehicle, the sounds of cursing, a man scre...
COINTELPRO and the Panthers
RON JACOBS
The history of relations between the Black liberation movement and law enforcement has always been adversarial, at its best. At its worst, it is a history of murder, beatings, lies and frame-ups. There are few groups in this history that experienced the latter mor...
The Man Who Builds Hillaryworld
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The pollster and immensely influential tactical adviser at Hillary Clinton’s elbow is Mark Penn. Penn’s polling played a crucial role in Bill Clinton’s recovery from the nadir of 1994, when he joined Team Clinton as part of the rescue party summo...
Deadly Secrets
DEVRA DAVIS
Young children tell secrets, many of which turn out to be fabulously untrue. But what passes as child’s play can turn deadly when adults agree to keep matters of life and death under wraps. Few have ever heard of Reveilletown, Louisiana. In 1987 30 fa...
A Tale of Two Atrocities
RAHUL MAHAJAN
The recent public outrage over the conduct of Blackwater Security mercenaries in Iraq, after an unprovoked massacre of at least 17 Iraqi civilians in western Baghdad has been heartening; unfortunately, there has been virtually no attention a far more important con...