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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...