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Archives from November 2007
How to Get Out?
URI AVNERY
The Annapolis conference is a joke. Though not in the least funny. Like quite a lot of political initiatives, this one too, according to all the indications, started more or less by accident. George Bush was due to make a speech. He was looking for a theme ...
Sitting on the Group W Bench
RON JACOBS
I first heard "Alice’s Restaurant" in 1968 on Washington DC’s underground radio station WHFS. The most memorable time I heard it was in May 1970 on the day after the military murders at Kent State when a friend read it in homeroom at the juni...
The Chalice that Poisoned the Labor Movements
DAVID MACARAY
There’s no shortage of places to look when searching for the beginning of organized labor’s decline. By "decline" we refer not to the drop in national membership rolls (which began in the mid-1960s and hasn’t let up), but to the profoun...
Legal Rights for Fertilized Eggs
SUNSARA TAYLOR
Yesterday, the New York Times ran a story describing how now there is a ballot initiative underway in Colorado to grant full legal rights to fertilized eggs. The result: Abortion would no longer be an option, it would be considered "murder." Women...
The U.S. Game Plan in Pakistan
CHINA HAND
The United States has been oddly silent on the central, precipitating factor in Pakistan’s crisis: Musharraf’s use of the State of Emergency to move against the Supreme Court that was poised to disallow his election to another term as president. ...
Sitting Around Talking, in Indonesia
ALLAN NAIRN
Sitting around in a house in Indonesia over green agar-agar (seaweed gelatin) for diarrhea, the talk is of the "dog" POLRI police, the "sadis" TNI army, the local mob boss who likes to rape his servants (the servants are friends of this family)...
The Straight-Ahead Runner
FRED GARDNER
Ricky Williams was always more powerful than shifty as a runner, and his intellectual style was straight-ahead, too. He’s now back with the Miami Dolphins, off marijuana, and just as honest as ever. The first question Williams got asked by reporters after at...
Circles of Power
KENNETH COUESBOUC
The term "middle class" does not mean anything. There can be no sense of cohesion among members of a group jostling to climb the social ladder. The possessors and the dispossessed can be described as antagonistic social classes. But those in between, tho...
15,000 or More US Deaths in Iraq War?
MIKE WHITNEY
The Pentagon has been concealing the true number of American casualties in the Iraq War. The real number exceeds 15,000 and CBS News can prove it. CBS’s Investigative Unit wanted to do a report on the number of suicides in the military and "sub...
The White House Press Office
ROBERT FANTINA
The House of Representatives has approved a bill that would fund the war in Iraq but that also provides a non-binding clause ordering the president to immediately begin bringing the troops home, with a complete withdrawal by December of 2008. In response to this, ...
Wal-Mart in Argentina
MARIE TRIGONA
Wal-Mart’s aggressive efforts to keep labor unions out of stores worldwide have come under fire across the hemisphere. Workers report how the retail chain systematically violates international labor laws protecting workers’ rights to free association a...
Saving the Big Wild
GEORGE WUERTHNER
What do the Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument all have in common? Besides their common designation as national parks and monuments, all these con...
In Montana, Indians are Guilty Until Proven Innocent
BRENDA NORRELL
First in a three-part investigation. Hays, Montana. James Main, Sr., Gros-Ventre and longtime advocate of Indian rights, said some conditions have improved for American Indians in Montana, particularly the treatment of Indians by government official...
The Scarlet Hypocrites
DAVID ROSEN
Christian conservative leader Pat Robertson recently endorsed Rudy Giuliani’s presidential candidacy. The announcement gained media attention and provoked considerable commentary, but quickly dissipated as Giuliani’s protégé in strong-arm...
A Portrait of Mailer and a Young Poet
PATRICK O'HAYER
I grew up in a cop family in Chicago, so when the Democrats arrived for the 1968 convention, I didn’t go anyplace close to where people might be engaging in confrontation–not Lincoln Park, not the International Amphitheater, not Michigan Avenue. I knew...
Lebanon is Hanging by a Thread
KARIM MAKDISI
Lebanon is hanging by a thread. The UN Secretary General (SG) Ban Ki-moon has just left the country warning that Lebanon stands at "the brink of an abyss," and yet the UN itself remains an ambivalent actor in the post 9/11 Middle East setting, to...
In Montana, Indians are Guilty Until Proven Innocent
BRENDA NORRELL
First in a three-part investigation. Hays, Montana. James Main, Sr., Gros-Ventre and longtime advocate of Indian rights, said some conditions have improved for American Indians in Montana, particularly the treatment of Indians by government official...
Thank God for the Senate Republicans!
MIKE FERNER
Into every tragically depressing world situation some light must shine if you wait long enough and the planets align just right. That glimmer of light came yesterday from, of all places, the Death Star known by many as Washington, D.C., from deep within one...
The Radical Majority
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
I have about as much confidence in the Democratic-controlled Congress’s intention to end the war as I do in the mainstream media’s reportage of real news and truth. With this said, I must weigh in on the House’s passage of the Orderly and Respons...
A Chávez Ally Jumps the Divider
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
On November 5th, retired general Raúl Baduel shocked many in Venezuela and abroad by delivering a prepared statement condemning the proposed constitutional reform and urging a "NO" vote on December 2nd. The shock felt by many and the outrage by so...
"My House Shall be a House of Business"
VALERIO VOLPI
"Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all those engaged in selling and buying there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And he said to them, "It is written: ‘My house sh...
A Farmer is Committing Suicide Every 32 Minutes
P. SAINATH
Editors’ note: For the past few years we have been running P. SAINATH’s reports on the Indian farm crisis. Now the full toll–surely among the largest sustained waves of suicides in human history–is becoming apparent. And as Sa...
Arresting Indigenous People on the Border
BRENDA NORRELL
THE GATE, TOHONO O’ODHAM NATION (Arizona). Indigenous delegates to the border on Tohono O’odham Nation land were outraged by the federal agents, hovering customs helicopter, profiteering contractors, federal spy tower, federal "cage" d...
Outside the Box on the Great Plains
PETER LETHEBY
Amid all the angst over the economic and population decline of the rural Great Plains, many of the region’s people and businesses are gambling on problematic ventures that likely do more harm than good. Corporate livestock feedlots? Nothing degrades...
Pelosi and Me
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Thursday, November 15, 2007, 10:45 a.m. Capitol Building Room H-210 Press Conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Question: For a number of months now, there have been protesters in front of your house in San Francisco calling for the impeachment...
Cargo Ships in Paradise
ROBERT OVETZ
Imagine if someone put a superhighway through Yosemite. That’s exactly what’s happening just outside the Golden Gate. Our Yosemites on the sea are being used as on-ramps to the global economy. And as long as they continued to be used this way we...
The Vices of Hillary Clinton
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR Last of a three-part series. Hillary Clinton’s propensity for overkill earned her and Bill the enmity of people capable of inflicting serious damage, as the Whitewater and Cattle Futures scandals duly attested. And soon, as t...
Wolf Blitzer Loses Democratic Debate
DAVID SWANSON
That does it. It’s time for the Democratic Party to stage its own debate, ask its own questions, and offer the video to networks as a completed package. Allowing CNN to not just air a debate but to ask the questions proved on Thursday night (even more dramat...
Snagged on the Precipice
ALAN FARAGO
In the Friday pullout real estate section of The Miami Herald, local Latin Builder Association member Caribe Homes announces it is throwing in a swimming pool and 3 percent off closing costs and "no builder’s fee", for its stale inventory: Antilles...
Two Brothers and Two Scandals
DAVE LINDORFF
The State Department’s top internal investigator, Inspector General Howard Krongard, revealed in a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Tuesday, that his brother, Alvin B. Krongard, was a member of the advisory board of Blackwater, the ver...
The Indictment of Barry Bonds
DAVE ZIRIN
Barry Lamar Bonds faces thirty years in prison because the Department of Justice is a corroded husk of political decay. The baseball Home Run King has now been officially indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges and it only took three years and milli...
Now We are All Terrorists Until Proven Innocent
GARY D. BARNETT
Today I received my fourth-quarter 2007 Anti-Money Laundering Training Program notice. After my "mandatory" compliance, I must agree with everything stated in the "training" through the Compliance Attestation System. Although the manner and fre...
The Trials of Omar Khadr
ANDY WORTHINGTON
On July 27, 2002, so the story goes, a US Special Forces unit stationed in Khost, in south eastern Afghanistan, received a tip-off from an Afghan villager that a group of al-Qaeda terrorists was operating out of a compound near Ab Khail, a small town in the hills ...
Racism as Law
ANTHONY PAPA
Does the number 1 equal 100? In common math it does not, but when you are talking federal drug sentencing it unfortunately does. If you distribute just five grams of crack, it carries a minimum five-year federal prison sentence. If you distribute 500 grams of powd...
Where’s the Party?
DAVE LINDORFF
Now even the New York Times is saying it. In an editorial on Oct. 20, the Times wrote, "Every now and then, we are tempted to double-check that the Democrats actually won control of Congress last year." Noting how the Democratic House and Senate had roll...
Obama’s Pitch to South Carolina’s Black Churches Affronts Gay Groups
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY And MARSHALL DERKS
There’s a point in a campaign that’s behind in the polls when desperation sets in. That’s the time when trailing candidates try to throw the haymaker punch hoping for a knockout blow on the frontrunner. We are not at that point in this campaign s...
Liberating Pakistan
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Pakistan offers a superb opportunity for the world media to test whether information can undermine a non-constitutional dictatorship. I am not proposing advocacy journalism that strives to alter viewpoints. Nor am I proposing that the world media incite the people...
The Spirit of Revolt
ADOLFO GILLY
Prologue to Forrest Hylton and Sinclair Thomson, Revolutionary Horizons: Past and ...
Thank You, Ehren Watada
BEN TERRALL
DOn November 9 in San Francisco’s Chinatown, supporters of Iraq war resister Lt. Ehren Watada made a presentation to comm...
Hillary Clinton in Arkansas
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR Second in a three-part series. In 1990, the National Law Journal ran profiles of "the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States". Hillary Clinton was on the list, and for years she would publicly boast that the Jo...
Merck’s Big Write Off
MARTHA ROSENBERG
When it comes to billion dollar mistakes, the drug industry and the big Wall Street firms are using the same playbook. Like Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, Merck wants to write off the cost of the estimated 140,000 people who had heart attacks...
Tipping Point
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Most United States voters spend hours each day contemplating things like taxes, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the trade deficit, and other weighty matters. Fascinated by the complexity of these and endlessly in search of enlightenment, they are grateful that t...
10 Days That Shook Olympia
PETER BOHMER
"There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the w...
Slip Sliding Away
JEFF LEYS
The Democratic Party’s Barbershop Quartet strikes again-caving in marvelous manner on the Iraq war. "You know the nearer your destination, the more you slip sliding away," sang Simon and Garfunkel. If ending the Iraq war is our destination, ...
Venezuela Between Ballots and Bullets
JAMES PETRAS
Venezuela’s democratically elected Present Chavez faces the most serious threat since the April 11, 2002 military coup. Violent street demonstrations by privileged middle and upper middle class university students have led to major street battles in a...
Innocents and Foot Soldiers
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Whether through a desire to impress the Supreme Court with its sense of justice prior to next month’s showdown over the detainees’ rights, or, as is more probable, through a placatory deal with the Saudi government following the death of a third Saudi ...
Norman Mailer and the "Good War"
MARTIN SMITH
The media memorialized Norman Mailer after his death last week with accolades about his stature as a literary giant, two Pulitzer Prizes, larger-than-life celebrity persona and reputation as an egotistical curmudgeon. But the substance of his ideas and his life be...
The Lobby
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Experts in the West and ordinary people in Arab lands have understood for many years that the United States does not have an independent policy toward the Middle East. President Jimmy Carter, a man of good will, tried to use American influence to settle the Israel...
The Making of Hillary Clinton
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR First in a three-part series. Hillary Clinton has always been an old-style Midwestern Republican in the Illinois style; one severely infected with Methodism, unlike the more populist variants from Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. ...
The 2008 Campaign Offers the Sixties Generation a Shot at Redemption
AL GIORDANO
The political pollster Peter D. Hart probably didn’t mean to send shivers up the spines of baby boomers when he told NBC this month that the current Democratic presidential frontrunner "Hillary Clinton really is Richard Nixon, circa 1968." Hart, wh...