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Archives from December 2007
There Hasn’t Been a Day in My Life When I Haven’t Learned Something
FIDEL CASTRO
Comrades of the National Assembly: You have no easy task on your hands. On January 1st, 1959, surrounded by the accumulated and deepening grievances that our society inherited from its neo-colonial past under U.S. domination, many of us dreamed of creating ...
The Pakistan People’s Party Will Survive
AYESHA IJAZ KHAN
If Musharraf had an iota of sincerity, he would step down. He would apologize to the nation for having embroiled it in bloodshed. He would acknowledge his mistakes and his powerlessness. And then, maybe, we might forgive him. But that is not likely to happen. ...
The Complex Electra
FARZANA VERSEY
Brave and courageous. These words have not yet been applied to Nawaz Sharif who returned to a turbulent Pakistan, but Benazir Bhutto was honoured with such terms. She died on what people will now see as those terms. As the first Muslim woman to become head of stat...
Greens Gone Wild
JOHN MURPHY
‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat, ‘We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.’ ‘How do you know I̵...
Biofuels, the Biggest Scam Going
JIM GOODMAN
Where is agriculture headed? Can we feed a growing population and meet the demand for biofuels in the Industrialized North? Supporters of biofuel agriculture, (grain and chemical companies, Wall St. investors, politicians and most University researchers) avoid men...
Death in Rawalpindi
BINOY KAMPMARK
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Rawalpindi yesterday is yet another statement of politics as tragedy. The killers left nothing to chance, using gunshots and the now commonplace suicide bombing. She is dead, along with a score of others, figures killed in th...
Creeping Fascism
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA analyst "There are few things as odd as the calm, superior indifference with which I and those like me watched the beginnings of the Nazi revolution in Germany, as if from a box at the theater … Perhaps the only comparably od...
Transcending the Colonizer’s History
RON JACOBS
Hamid Dabashi’s 2006 book on Iran, Iran: a People Interrupted, turns conventional wes...
Mini-Nukes by Toshiba
RUSSELL HOFFMAN
Toshiba, famous for electronics products around the world, plans to build "small" (room-sized) fully-automated nuclear reactors. These new reactors are just 1/5000th the size of today’s old, massive, deteriorating (and did I mention unsafe?)...
A Pakistani Requiem
WAJAHAT ALI
I. THE ASSASINATION An assassin’s bullets and suicide bomb ended the life of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto; tragically, she followed in the footsteps of her father, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s Prime Minister [197...
Turkey’s Bombing of Iraq
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
The U.S. delivered an early Christmas present to the people of Iraq this year in the form of logistical support for Turkey’s war against the Kurds. The Turkish government has succeeded Saddam Hussein as the primary oppressor of the Kurdish people, and it und...
The Torture Tape Cover-Up
MARJORIE COHN
When the hideous photographs of torture and abuse emerged from Abu Ghraib in the fall of 2004, they created a public relations disaster for the Bush administration. The White House had painstakingly worked to capitalize on the 9/11 attacks by creating a "war ...
Cataclysm By Money Whim
ALLAN NAIRN
Three years ago today, the tsunami hit Aceh. It was a cataclysm so vast that Acehnese don’t talk about it all that much. It’s easier to deal with human-scale things. That morning, December 26, 2004, in an inland town far from the impa...
Fallujah, the Information War and U.S. Propaganda
STEPHEN SOLDZ
Now receded into distant memory for many, the battle for the Iraqi city of Fallujah, accompanied by the al Sadr uprising in the south, was a decisive turning point in the Iraq occupation. These battles demonstrated to much of the world that the occupation was deep...
Locked Outside the Gates
BILL QUIGLEY
In a remarkable symbol of the injustices of post-Katrina reconstruction, hundreds of people were locked out of a public New Orleans City Council meeting addressing demolition of 4500 public housing apartments. Some were tasered, many pepper sprayed and a dozen arr...
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
BEN TRIPP
Consider Kwanzaa and Chanukkah mentioned. One of my favorite activities during the holiday season is going out among the common folk to see how much Fun they’re having. And golly, they’re having so much fun. I never saw so much fun. Probably termites d...
Locked Outside the Gates
BILL QUIGLEY
In a remarkable symbol of the injustices of post-Katrina reconstruction, hundreds of people were locked out of a public New Orleans City Council meeting addressing demolition of 4500 public housing apartments. Some were tasered, many pepper sprayed and a dozen arr...
Channeling Suze Orman
NORMAN SOLOMON
I was near the deadline for a column when I glanced at a TV screen. "The Suze Orman Show," airing on CNBC at prime time, exerted a powerful force in my hotel room. And the fate of this column was sealed. Orman made a big splash many years ago on p...
A Tragedy Foretold
DILIP HIRO
With the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, her family will go down in history as one where everyone, except the mother, Nusrat, died a violent death. Her father, Zulfikar Ali, former prime minister of Pakistan, was hanged in 1979 during the rule of his succe...
Rumsfeld Spills the Ink
PATRICK IRELAN
Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution took a slight hit as a result of the December 2, 2007, constitutional referendum. The measures proposed by President Hugo Chávez would have ended term limits for the office of president, provided pensions for service ...
Rumsfeld Spills the Ink
PATRICK IRELAN
Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution took a slight hit as a result of the December 2, 2007, constitutional referendum. The measures proposed by President Hugo Chávez would have ended term limits for the office of president, provided pensions for service ...
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
BEN TRIPP
Consider Kwanzaa and Chanukkah mentioned. One of my favorite activities during the holiday season is going out among the common folk to see how much Fun they’re having. And golly, they’re having so much fun. I never saw so much fun. Probably termites d...
Channeling Suze Orman
NORMAN SOLOMON
I was near the deadline for a column when I glanced at a TV screen. "The Suze Orman Show," airing on CNBC at prime time, exerted a powerful force in my hotel room. And the fate of this column was sealed. Orman made a big splash many years ago on p...
Smearing Ron Paul
JACOB G. HORNBERGER
I couldn’t help but be struck by the vicious smear of Ron Paul by a Virginia Heffernan in the New York Times. ...
Killing Bhutto
OMER SUBHANI
1. I have to start off with my recent perceptions of her. She was a corrupt politician who was more interested in her political legacy than in the welfare of her nation and people. President Bush said today that Bhutto was someone who fought against terrorism. She...