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Archives from October 2007
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...