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Archives from October 2007
Here Come the "Bankrupted Social Security" Scamsters, Again
RICHARD RHAMES
"[Comptroller general David] Walker is heading a group of analysts from the political left and right on a nationwide ‘Fiscal Wake-Up Tour,’ speaking to dozens of Rotary clubs and newspaper editorial boards. Pollsters are holding focus...
Privatizing Terror, Outsourcing Diplomacy
WAJAHAT ALI
The international outcry over the recent Blackwater shootings forced the world to closely examine and appreciate the complex reality of the United States government’s overdependence on private military contractors operating in Iraq. The foremost expert and m...
Pfizer CEO Backs Hillary
PETER ROST, MD
Pfizer CEO Jeff Kindler supports Hillary Clinton for president. This is an abrupt departure from the path taken by Kindler’s predecessor, Hank McKinnell. McKinnell was a Bush Ranger and right-wing Republican who repeatedly asked Pfizer employees to support P...
Leadership Void
CINDY SHEEHAN
"They are advocates. We are leaders." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in regards to "Anti-war activists." People of America, this is truly the problem with what was once a Representative Republic and now ...
Washington’s Holocaust Deniers
BRENDAN COONEY
In light of President Bush’s opposition to a resolution that would acknowledge the Armenian genocide, the question must be considered as to whether he is a madman who cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons. Should Armenian allies adopt a preemptive a...
The Mercenary State
M. SHAHID ALAM
In Pakistan today we encounter a paradox crying for an explanation; it is a paradox, moreover, whose exploration can bring some clarity to the predicament of the Islamicate today. In January 2002, when President George Bush defined his near-term agenda for...
Gore Still Lost Florida
ALAN FARAGO
For his work to highlight global warming-ridiculed by George W. Bush leading up to the 2000 election-Al Gore just won the Nobel Peace Prize. Well done, citizen Gore. Candidate Gore still lost Florida. It was an historic blunder of proportions one ina...
Urban Legend: We Love Our Forest People
JULIA KENDLBACHER
Brasília. Part I: The Show Ladies and Gentlemen, the day has come! The government has the great pleasure to open the Second Meeting of the Alliance of the Forest People. Lula himself came to the National Theater to announce that neither exhaus...
Gore’s Peace Prize
JAN OBERG
Nagoya, Japan. The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize – particularly the part to Al Gore – is a populist choice that cannot but devalue the Prize itself. Alfred Nobel wrote in his will that the Peace Prize should be awarded to "the person who sh...
Lies About Teachers and Unions
DAVID MACARAY
There was a time when public school teachers plied their trade in relative anonymity, content in the knowledge that their noble profession was respected (if not adequately compensated) by their community. Teachers were seldom mentioned in the media; and when they ...
Bill Clinton as Ambassador to the World?
AL GIORDANO
On a recent trip to the island of his Oxford alma mater, Bill Clinton didn’t say what color the would-be First Laddie would choose for the White House drapes, but he did tell the BBC what job he’d like Senator Hillary Clinton to give him if she wins th...
Killing for Profit
SAUL LANDAU
The words "Support Our Troops" stain the rear bumpers of thousands of cars. The slogan, however, conceals a more pernicious demand: "Support Our Mercenaries." Yes, in Iraq, the mercenaries–euphemistically called "paid contractors&quo...
Big Sky Rebels
JOSHUA FRANK
It is sickening. Montana is not what it used to be. Corporate behemoths have taken over small family-owned farms, and public forests have been squandered and sold to the highest bidder. Poverty and racism run rampant. Native Americans are being corralled onto even...
The Failed Legacy of Interventionism
JACOB G. HORNBERGER
The New Hampshire Union Leader recently attacked Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s noninterventionist foreign-policy views, making the standard pro-empire, pro-intervention arguments that have come to characterize the conservative movement. The pa...
Colorado River Blues
JOSH MAHAN
"This river is loud," I say, overwhelmed by the constant roar in my ears. "It will be quiet soon," says Serena Supplee, the official artist of the Colorado Plateau and a Cataract canyon companion. She refers to water that is pooling up d...
The Iraq Mirage
WILLIAM S. LIND
Major General John Kelly is one of the Marine Corps’ most thoughtful and most able leaders. Many who hope to see the Marine Corps’ doctrine of Maneuver Warfare someday become real instead of just words on paper pray he has a bright future. When, as a m...
Where Have You Gone, Paul Wellstone?
PAT WILLIAMS
Do you remember the name Paul Wellstone? He was the United States Senator from Minnesota who five years ago this month was killed along with his wife Sheila, and daughter Marcia. They died in the crash of a small airplane while campaigning for Paul’s re-elec...
Homeless in Their Own Land
TOM CLIFFORD
Dubai. Iraqi refugess are unwanted in their own land as provinces bar them from entering, the UN refugee agency warns. Provincial authorities, unable to cope with the influx, are refusing entry to refugees fleeing violence, the United Nations High Co...
Forgetting Lennon’s Birthday
MICHAEL DICKINSON
It was John Lennon’s 67th birthday yesterday, but I didn’t realize it until today when I saw a clip on the news of Yoko Ono unveiling, a twenty meter high peace tower in his name in Rekyavic, Iceland "I consider myself very fortunate to see...
How Wal-Mart Can Be Beaten
DAVID MACARAY
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is not only the largest private-sector employer in the United States (with more than 3,600 stores and 1.2 million employees), it’s the largest private-sector employer in both Mexico and Canada as well. It already has 60 stores in what i...
Corruption and the Law of Intended Consequences
ALAN FARAGO
Buried on page 3 of today’s Miami Herald business section is: "Ex-PBS&J exec pleads guilty." If ever Florida’s largest county floated a crime that demonstrates the law of intended consequences as relates to the unsustainable growth, it is...
Travels Across Greenspan’s America
MICHAEL YATES
Alan Greenspan’s new memoir has put his tenure as Federal Reserve chairman on the hot seat, as critics ask whether he bears responsibility for the housing bubble and for his failure to vocally reject the Bush tax cuts. Missing from this criticism is an under...
Behind the Bovine Curtain
GEORGE WUERTHNER
Just like the old Iron Curtain that squelched any critical discussion of Communism’s failures, we in the West live behind a "Bovine Curtain." The Bovine Curtain is-like the Iron Curtain-operated by the state, using taxpayer dollars to continuously ...
Nooses at Columbia
SUNSARA TAYLOR
2006: A noose is hung from a "Whites Only" tree in a Jena, Louisiana high school. September 20th, 2007: tens of thousands descend on Jena in an outraged and joyful protest. October 9, 2007: a noose is hung at Columbia Teacher’s Colleg...
Washington’s War
Col. DOUGLAS MacGREGOR, (Ret.)
The human and material cost of America’s occupation of Iraq is reaching a climax. The ongoing "surge" of ground combat troops into Baghdad and its surroundings is producing higher U.S. casualties, exacerbating i...
Spreading Awareness or Smearing a Religion?
GARY LEUPP
With much fanfare, a collection of far-right ideologues backed by right-wing "think tank" money are proclaiming an "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week" on college campuses beginning Oct. 22. It is a calculated effort to vilify Islam in general, plac...
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ
"I’m convinced that indigenous peoples are the moral reserve of humanity." Evo Morales, Aymara, President of Bolivia, Democracy Now! September 26, 2007. Every year as October 12 approaches, there is a certai...
The RIAA vs. the World
DAVID ROVICS
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing massive multinational corporations with tentacles in every corner of the global economy including the music business, has just won a lawsuit against a mother of two who refused to be pushed around....
The Fall of Florida’s Largest Land Developer
ALAN FARAGO
St. Joe Corporation is the state’s largest landowner, and until today one of the state’s most ambitious developer. "If you don’t know JOE, you don’t know Florida," is how the corporate website begins. "Let’s face...
Two Lovers and the Funeral of Secularism
FARZANA VERSEY
His skull was smashed and his body thrown on the railway tracks. The police in Kolkata claimed that Rizwan-ur-Rehman had committed suicide. His diary and complaints to human rights organisations show that he was being threatened by the cops for marrying Priyanka T...
Fourth Whistleblower Rocks Guantánamo
ANDY WORTHINGTON
The saga of the Guantánamo whistleblowers, which sprang to life in June, but then, like so many news stories, was considered done and dusted by a media hungry for fresh meat, resurfaced unexpectedly last week. A U.S. Army Major filed an affidavit in the cas...
Musharraf’s Landslide
ANDREW BUNCOMBE And OMAR WARAICH
Islamabad, Pakistan. As a spectacle of democracy in action, it was stillborn even before it began. Called one by one in alphabetical order yesterday, Pakistan’s parliamentarians walked to a screened-off booth, where they marked their ballot papers and...
Blinded by Ideology
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
On August 28 the Cato Institute in Washington DC published a report, "Thriving in a Global Economy: The Truth about US Manufacturing and Trade." The report confuses a company’s offshored products with its import competition and wrongly concludes th...
When Governments Thrive on a State of War
BRIAN ENO
Speech at the "Illegal" Troops Out demo, Trafalgar Square, London on Monday 8 October 2007. Simon Jenkins from the Guardian wrote "Amid the past week’s political sound and fury, one subject slid unnoticed under the p...
Fourth Whistleblower Rocks Guantánamo
ANDY WORTHINGTON
The saga of the Guantánamo whistleblowers, which sprang to life in June, but then, like so many news stories, was considered done and dusted by a media hungry for fresh meat, resurfaced unexpectedly last week. A U.S. Army Major filed an affidavit in the cas...
End the Disgrace of Guantánamo
LOUAY SAFI
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." – Martin Luther King Jr. Amnesty International has embarked on a ...
Finally, a Good Day for the Constitution
DAVE LINDORFF
So it turns out that there are still honest, thinking judges in the federal court system who take their Constitution seriously, despite seven years of Bush administration court packing (and years more of such packing under two prior Republican presidents)....
A Democrat’s Lament
RICHARD RHAMES
" … my father protested, ‘ALL Democratic candidates are unintelligent and corrupt. Do you want the Republicans to win?’ He meant to say that intelligent voters favored the party that best represented their economic interest...
Translating Bush
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Mr. Bush never ceases to amaze with his clever way of using words to divest himself of thoughts. His most recent foray into the thicket of thought (where as usual he appeared to be slightly lost) came on the occasion of his September 19, 2007 speech about Iraq....
E. Coli Spreading Slaughterhouses Allowed to Stay Open
MARTHA ROSENBERG
E. coli contamination in meat is the ultimate example of "crap in; crap out." Not only can Escherichia coli 0157:H7 make you violently sick or kill you, it is a grim reminder of where the beef you ate came from and the fact that the cow didn’t die ...
This Ban Won’t Stop Us
BRIAN ENO
Our leaders would undoubtedly be happy if we "moved on" from Iraq. They don’t want to talk about it any more: it was a dreadful blunder, and reflects little credit on any of them. Presumably this is why the question has hardly been debated in ...
The Politics of Mercury Pollution
THOMAS P. HEALY
Once again the administration of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has opted to protect the financial interests of polluters at the expense of public health. The most recent evidence was the Indiana Air Pollution Control Board’s (APCB) 11-1 vote at its Oct. 3 m...
Show Me da Money, Marion!
JEFF BALLINGER
Hard to believe that you could burn through all that sweat-stained endorsement cash. I guess that you really can’t scrimp on "stonewalling" lawyers when you’ve been fibbing to the feds. Track and field athletes used to be like Burmese ...
Homocide by Cops at the Phoenix Airport
MATT REICHEL
The incidence of police brutality in the U.S. has been on the steady rise since 9/11. Paul Craig Roberts did a nice job at indexing many of the more troubling recent cases in his Counterpunch article. One of the most commo...
Lesbians for Hillary? Teamsters for Hillary?
DAVID MACARAY
"A true friend stabs you in the front" –Oscar Wilde Candidates who receive endorsements from gay/lesbian groups risk losing support from mainstream voters. This is the finding of an August, 2007, Quinnipiac U...
The Liberal Virus
SETH SANDRONSKY
Are liberals in control? And do liberals really hurt the people they try to help? How you answer depends on your definition of the "L" word. Once, to be a liberal meant to privilege the market over people. So wrote Adam Smith, the guru of capit...
Divestment and Darfur
KEVIN FUNK And STEVE FAKE
Evoking memories of global activism against apartheid in South Africa, the Save Darfur movement is aiming to address the humanitarian crisis in the beleaguered region by campaigning for divestment from certain companies operating in Sudan. Though there are ...
Going Down on the Rocks in Dinosaur
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Now we enter the very marrow of Lodore. Fractured and fused cliffs of metamorphized stone soar 3,500 feet above the Green River. Up in the narrow wedge of sky, a golden eagle sails a thermal in a tightening spiral like those etched on the canyon walls by the Fremont a tho...
Where are the Lawyers of America?
RALPH NADER
The rogue regime of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney-so widely condemned for its unconstitutional, criminal Iraq war, its spying on Americans illegally, its repeated illegal torture practices, its arrests and imprisonment of thousands in this country without charges...
Democrats War Plan: Kinder and Gentler Grieving
TERRY LODGE
U.S. Representative Bart Stupak, congressman from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, successfully included in recently-passed legislation the "Fallen Service Member Respectful Return Act," which now requires the Department of Defense to deliver the bodies...