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Archives from November 2007
Enter Mediator
DAVID MACARAY
Union bargainers for the striking Writers Guild of America (WGA) are scheduled to meet with representatives of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Monday, November 26, to resume negotiations. Other than a brief and mutually acrimonio...
Heading for Annapolis
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
In Jerusalem. The "Annapolis establishment," as it might be called — those in Israel, Palestine, and the U.S. who have a vested interest in making the Annapolis summit look like producing something meaningful — engaged in a strangely u...
Beirut’s Black Friday
RANNIE AMIRI
It was political theater at its finest in Lebanon Friday. After nine years in office, President Emile Lahoud stepped down from his post at the stroke of midnight without the legislature having named a successor. In fact, parliament never convened as the op...
The Ordeal of Catherine Wilkerson, M.D.
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Welcome to the jackboot state, not to mention the jackboot campus, anno domini 2007. A doctor gives verbal advice to protect the life of an unconscious man and she duly gets hit with attempted felonies by vindictive campus cops, with the connivance of the Universi...
Ghazal
MUHAMMAD IQBAL
Translation by M. Shahid Alam The world changes utterly: the stars spin faster, O Saqi. In every heart I hear the cry of surrender, O Saqi. God’s journeymen have lost their arts, their certainty. Whose artifice deceives them, who has th...
Senior Sex
DAVID ROSEN
Seniors are engaging in more sexual activity, enjoying it more and sex is extending longer in life than previously estimated. This is the principal finding of a much-heralded survey of the sexual life of American seniors, those 57- to 85-years-of-age, recen...
The Gap and Black Friday
DANIEL GROSS
The Observer’s Dan McDougall described their garment shop as, "smeared with filth, corridors flooded with excrement from a flooded toilet." The workers recounted threats and beatings from management to keep their nimble fingers moving. Hours were l...
Justice Stephen Breyer and Cancer Bonds
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Any man admired by both Senators Ted Kennedy and Orin Hatch can’t be all good. And, in fact, Stephen Breyer’s elevation to the highest bench illustrates concisely how, across the past twenty years, Kennedyesque liberalism and Hatchian conservatism have...
Take a Look at Professor Roubini’s Crystal Ball
MIKE WHITNEY
Reality has finally caught up to the stock market. The American consumer is underwater, the banks are buried in dept, and the housing market is in terminal distress. The Dow is now below its 200-Day Moving Average — the first big "sell" signal. Any...
Darkness Falls on the Middle East
ROBERT FISK
So where do we go from here? I am talking into blackness because there is no electricity in Beirut. And everyone, of course, is frightened. A president was supposed to be elected today. He was not elected. The corniche outside my home is empty. No one wants to wal...
Preventing the Impending War on Iran
MARJORIE COHN
Rhetoric flowing out of the White House indicates the Bush administration is planning a military attack on Iran. Officials in Saudi Arabia, a close Bush ally, think the handwriting is on the wall. "George Bush’s tone makes us think he has decided what h...
If Conservatism is the Ideology of Freedom ….
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
I wish I had a nickel for every time a conservative told a lie in order to sell an ideology that would otherwise be hopelessly unappealing. But, then, what the hell would I do with ten kazillion, trillion, dollars? I wouldn’t know how to spend that mu...
Iraq Embassy as Gilded Palace
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
I was half right. In late May I wrote that September was going to be an exciting month in Iraq. I observed that that was the month in which funding for the war would end and the debate about the future of the war would begin. That has happened and the debate has n...
Greeks and Buddhists in Afghanistan
KENNETH REXROTH
Once again let me urge you to visit the show of classic sculpture from India now at the De Young Museum. This is an experience not likely to be repeated in your lifetime. My colleagues in reviewing the show have mentioned the Greek, or at least Hellenistic,...
Norman Mailer will not R.I.P.
SAUL LANDAU
As a teenager, I learned to appreciate fiction by reading The Naked and the Dead. High scho...
Former Guantánamo Detainee Seeks Asylum in Sweden
ANDY WORTHINGTON
On Tuesday November 20, Adel Abdul Hakim, a former Guantánamo detainee from Xinjiang province in the People’s Republic of China, took another step towards reconstructing his shattered life by applying for asylum in Sweden. The 33-year old, an ...
Decpetion as Truth
WILLIAM A. COOK
"A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel; for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the Lord their God." Jeremiah 2:21 T his week the forces of good wi...
Coming to Terms with Diversity in Bolivia
LAURA CARLSEN
As head of Congress and the major political operator for President Evo Morales, Bolivia’s Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera stands in the eye of a political hurricane. The changes proposed by the Movement toward Socialism (MAS) government have unleashed pr...
Killing the Buddha in Pakistan’s Swat Valley
GARY LEUPP
The Swat District in Pakistan’s Northwestern Frontier Province, dominated by the Swat Valley, watered by the River Swat, surrounded by snow-capped mountains rising as high as 20,000 feet, has been compared to Switzerland in its breathtaking beauty. Only 684 ...
Keeping Labor Unions Out
DAVID MACARAY
As the late Senator Paul Wellstone liked to say, "We may be entitled to our own opinions, but we’re not entitled to our own facts." Even with organized labor’s many problems (shrinking membership, internal dissension, gutless Democrats, growi...
Trashing Chavez
CLIFTON ROSS
I don’t know why I was so shocked listening to Keith Olbermann’s insulting, degrading and uninformed remarks about President Hugo Chavez yesterday. Perhaps because Olbermann is the only man on commercial television who has so far had the guts to make a...
Death in the Delta
DAN BACHER
I just got back from investigating an impending massive fish kill at Prospect Island in the northern section of the California Delta between Miner Slough and the Sacramento Deepwater Channel. Bob McDaris, owner of Cliff’s Marina in Freeport, Bob Boffitt, a K...
Battling Sodexho
SETH SANDRONSKY
Sodexho food-service workers at University California Davis and social justice groups such as Students Organizing for Change have been busy mobilizing for improved labor conditions. Their goal is for the company,s 500 contracted-out workers to become university em...
Impeachment is Back on the Table
DAVE LINDORFF
The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White House briefing room podium in front of the glare...
A Thanksgiving Basting
GREG MOSES
Clogging aisles and bloating highways, America snatches foodstuffs and day-chunks of time. On the day before Thanksgiving, a grandchild of nine years old looks proud to help a stooped woman in lime slacks to read labels on an end cap. Gramma, old enough to remembe...