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Archives from 2007
"Shoot Them on the Spot"
ALLAN NAIRN
Last June, when President/General Susilo of Indonesia visited one of his provinces, in the Moluccas, he was greeted by local residents performing a traditional dance for him, a ritual often repeated around the world when powerful rulers travel, the implicit messag...
What Happened to Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine?
BEN TERRALL
On December 11, 2007, the Bay Area-based Haiti Action Committee held a demonstration in downtown San Francisco in solidarity with Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, disappeared Haitian human rights advocate. Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine was last seen on August 12, shortly after ...
Absolving the Owners
DAVE ZIRIN
Ever had someone spit in your face and tell you it’s raining? That’s how it felt watching former Sen. George Mitchell’s press conference on steroid use in Major League Baseball. The former Senate Majority Leader unleashed his "investigative ...
What Giuliani’s Sex Life Tells Us About Him
JoANN WYPIJEWSKI
There is something untrustworthy about a man who can’t conduct a decent affair. Rudy Giuliani never could. He flaunted his girlfriend Judi Nathan (now a proper lady with a proper lady’s name, Mrs. Judith Giuliani) at public events while he was mayor an...
Iraqi Refugees Return
JOHN ROSS
With the first presidential primaries on the U.S. doorstep January 3rd, the usual unholy alliance of Bushites, Democrats, and Big Media are doing their damndest to skam a skeptical electorate into swallowing the lie that the surge has worked, the drawdown has begu...
The Dragon and the Toothless Dog
PETER MORICI
This week, the big news continues to center around the dollar and the credit crisis. Secretary Henry Paulson returns from China empty handed on the dollar-yuan exchange rate, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is stunned when an interest rate cut sinks the ...
The United Nations in Lebanon
FRANKLIN LAMB
UN Headquarters, Naquora, Lebanon Ever since one of this student’s favorite Professors, Dr. Ruth Widmeyer, an accomplished and rare beauty still, who was the first woman to receive a PhD. in Soviet Studies from Harvard nearly a half century ago, annou...
Blocking the Strykers
SANDY MAYES
The US military will have to think twice before it ever again tries to use Olympia, WA as a launching point for war. For 13 unforgettable days in November, people in this small community engaged in a courageous and spirited campaign of resistance to the war...
Dershowitz for the Defense–of Waterboarding
MIKE WHITNEY
Alan Dershowitz is a crafty debater, a capable attorney and a ferocious defender of Israel. He is also a Harvard professor and a former member of OJ Simpson’s legal defense called the Dream Team. An article by Dershowitz appeared on op-ed page of the ...
Don’t Reform the CIA, Abolish It
JACOB HORNBERGER
The latest CIA scandal will once again teach Americans a valuable lesson: It is the CIA, not the Congress, that is the ultimate governing authority in this nation. No one messes with the CIA, and the CIA knows it. That’s why it knew that it could destroy CIA...
The USA’s Human Rights Daze
NORMAN SOLOMON
The chances are slim that you saw much news coverage of Human Rights Day when it blew past the media radar — as usual — on Dec. 10. Human rights may be touted as a treasured principle in the United States, but the assessed value in medialand is apt to ...
Blank Check Democrats
RON JACOBS
Okay. I’m going to state the obvious here. After all, somebody needs to say it. In fact, everybody who sees it needs to say it. Are you ready? Then here goes. The men and women calling themselves Democrats and sitting in Congress are the biggest bunch of lia...
An Interloper in My Own Land
NADIM ROUHANA
The Annapolis peace talks regard me as an interloper in my own land. Israel’s deputy prime minister, Avigdor Lieberman, argues that I should "take [my] bundles and get lost." Henry Kissinger thinks I ought to be summarily swapped from inside Israel...
On Pigskin and Petrol
DAVE ZIRIN
Imagine the drama if a three-loss Florida team had a shot to defend its national title, riding the skills of Heisman-winning touchdown machine Tim Tebow. Or if Colt Brennan could throw Hawaii to the Promised Land. Or if the Virginia Tech Hokies might continue thei...
What’s Really Happened During the Surge?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Has the US turned the tide in Baghdad? Does the fall in violence mean that the country is stabilizing after more than four years of war or are we seeing only a temporary pause in the fighting? American commentators are generally making the same mistake that...
Impasse in Hollywood
DAVID MACARAY
After showing signs that they were inching toward an agreement that would settle the five-week strike (which began on November 5), talks between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Produces (AMPTP) abruptly broke down F...
The Next Kosovo War
DIANA JOHNSTONE
The United States and its European allies have announced that diplomacy has failed to solve the Kosovo problem. When diplomacy fails, that means war. Especially in so serious a matter as unilaterally declaring the independence of a part of another country’s ...
Torture, Lies and Videotape
RAY McGOVERN
A boyish, inquisitive face with an innocent look peered out from the Washington Post’s lead story yesterday on torture. It was well groomed, pink-shirted John Kiriakou, a CIA interrogator who could just as easily pass for the local youth minister The ...
Shrinking the US Dollar from the Inside-Out
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
On December 8, Chinese and French news services reported that Iran had stopped billing its oil exports in dollars. Americans might never hear this news as the independence of the US media was destroyed in the 1990s when Rupert Murdoch persuaded the Clinton ...
Survey of a Fish Graveyard
DAN BACHER
Bob McDaris, the marina owner who coordinated the recent fish rescue at Prospect Island in the California Delta, didn’t observe any remaining live fish in the area where volunteers saved thousands of striped bass, bluegill, black bass, Sacramento blackfish, ...
No Holiday for High Risk Sex Workers
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Chicago, IL A year after English prostitutes Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams, Anneli Alderton, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell were found murdered within ten days of each other, Ipswich is breathing a little easier. Only six women are still workin...
US Intelligence is Tapping Indonesian Phones
ALLAN NAIRN
US intelligence officers in Jakarta are secretly tapping the cell phones and reading the SMS text messages of Indonesian civilians. Some of the Americans work out of the Jakarta headquarters of Detachment 88, a US-trained and funded para-military unit whose...
The Horserace Fiction
JOEL S. HIRSCHHORN
Here comes another inconvenient truth. Despite all the attention to Oprah for Obama and the pundit blabbering about the Democratic primary horse race the outcome has been predetermined. What people do not want to know is that power elites control what the Democrat...
Words for Our Brother
STEVE CHAMPION
and ANTHONY ROSS Death Row, San Quentin In the sacred tradition of warriors it is said that the source of courage is willingness to die, to lose everything not because one doesn’t value life, but because one has entered so fully into his own cent...
Gail Collins Versus the Underdogs
RALPH NADER
Gail Collins, the columnist for the New York Times, has a problem. While regularly writing in a satirical or sometimes trivial way about the foibles of the two major Parties’ front-running presidential candidates, she can scarcely hide her disdain for the sm...
Tangled Up in Dylan
KIM NICOLINI
If you go to I’m Not There expecting to see a standard biopic about Bob Dylan where you can learn about his personal life, struggles, successes and failures, forget it. Todd Haynes’ new film was inspired by Bob Dylan, but it is not about Bob Dylan. The trailer...
Say Goodbye to Purgatory
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Back in 1984, when His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI was a mere Cardinal Joseph Ranzinger, presiding over the Vatican’s doctrinal enforcement lobby, he expressed his opinion that he was personally in favour of scrapping the 13th-century notion of ‘Limbo&...
Ron Paul’s Campaign Deserves Our Attention
JOSHUA FRANK
The left wing of the antiwar movement has some very serious problems, mainly our inability to recognize that the antiwar sentiment in the United States is resonating far beyond the confines of the so-called "left." We cannot step back and effecti...
Why the Left Should Reject Ron Paul
SHERRY WOLF
"POLITICS, LIKE nature, abhors a vacuum," goes the revamped aphorism. Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s surprising stature among a small but vocal layer of antiwar activists and leftist bloggers appears to bear this out. At the Oc...
The Raid on Great Western
EVAN JONES
The privately held Great Western Bancorporation has just been bought by the National Australia Bank for $798 million. Great Western, chartered in 1907, is a successful byproduct of American populism. The NAB is a successful byproduct of Australian corporatism. ...
Guantánamo Britons to be Released
ANDY WORTHINGTON
I was at a mosque in Glasgow on Friday evening, talking about Guantánamo to a large, engaged crowd in the company of James Yee, the former Muslim Chaplain at the prison, who was wrongly imprisoned as a spy in 2003. In an attempt to demonstrate that Guant&a...
How Sprawl Eats Its Young
ALAN FARAGO
In late 1999, I walked away from the retail end of the private equity management. I could not bear the corner of the financial management universe where highly paid analysts advised brokers to pitch speculation as foundational investment strategy for individuals. ...
It’s Waco All Over Again
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The US Supreme Court has taken up the issue whether the executive branch can detain people indefinitely merely by declaring them to be suspected terrorists or illegal enemy combatants. The case is a habeas corpus issue and, therefore, of the utmost importance. Wit...
The Phony Pentagon Budget Cuts
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
The vast majority of Congress is fundamentally anti-military. That was amply demonstrated on Nov. 8 by an overwhelming 400-15 vote in the House, and an unopposed unanimous voice vote in the Senate, on a new Department of Defense Appropriations Act to fund p...
On the Humanitarian Exchange of Political Prisoners in Colombia and the United States
JAMES PETRAS
I read with great interest your letter to FARC leader Manuel Marulanda. I share with you a humanitarian impulse to end the imprisonment of political prisoners in Colombia. However let us be clear, principled and realistic about this: The freedom of the political p...
The Perils of Journalism and Child Porn
DEBBIE NATHAN
Bernie Ward, a San Francisco-based liberal talk show host, was indicted late last week on federal child pornography charges. His is the second such indictment brought against a media figure who then claimed he had the porn merely to do research and repor...
How They Stole the Bomb From Us
URI AVNERY
It was like an atom bomb falling on Israel. The earth shook. Our political and military leaders were all in shock. The headlines screamed with rage. What happened? A real catastrophe: the Americ...
Is There a Left Here Left?
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
"Given the growing opposition to the Iraq war and rising inequality, why hasn’t the Left done better at organizing around these key issues, and what needs to be improved in order to do so? Making people aware of how bad things are is clearly n...
Welcome to the Revolution
DONNA J. VOLATILE
You may not like the gift wrapping but the contents are what you wrote on your wish list: End the War, Bring the Troops Home Now, No War For Oil, or for Israel, Do Not Attack Iran, Restore The Constitution and The Rule of Law, No to The Patriot, Homeland...
Cheap Chips, Counterfeit Wilderness
STEVE KELLY
The Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest (B-D NF), the largest national forest in Montana, encompasses 3.3 million acres. An estimated 1.8 million (55%) acres remain undeveloped and unroaded (roadless). Only 220,000 acres (15%) have been designated wilde...
The Perils of Journalism and Child Porn
DEBBIE NATHAN
Bernie Ward, a San Francisco-based liberal talk show host, was indicted late last week on federal child pornography charges. His is the second such indictment brought against a media figure who then claimed he had the porn merely to do research and repor...
Spotlight on Death Row
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
In the storied history of Philadelphia few events match the controversial case of death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal for generating creative projects across the globe. This 26-year-old case is the subject of a new round of projects from...
Spinning Iran’s Cetrifuges
RAY McGOVERN
Those who know about the centrifuges used to refine uranium tell me they must spin at an almost unrivaled velocity—almost unrivaled, because Bush administration statements are being spun at equivalent speed by White House and corporate media spider...
Seize the Land, Chain the Peace Activists
BRENDA NORRELL
The Gate, Tonoho O’Odham Nation (Arizona) While Homeland Security announced the forced occupation and takeover of Lipan Apache lands in Texas for the border wall, I was at the Arizona border once again being bullied by the US Bo...
The Coup Against Bush and Cheney
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The one thing a president cannot afford to be is ridiculous. This week George Bush lurched into that fatal category and into the true twilight of his presidency, festooned with all the traditional discomfitures. Senior aides and close advisors parley wit...
The Ruins of Empire
SAUL LANDAU
The Roman Empire has lessons to teach even to humble tourists. For some, the instruction is how to frame a shot of a fried or loved one posed against ancient stone structures, without simultaneously recording the guides who recite “facts” in ...
When Will Bush Come Clean?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The recent disclosure that the latest National Intelligence Estimate concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapon program several years ago, assuming Iran ever had such a program, has caused consternation among neoconservatives, right-wing Israeli gover...
Imposed Hunger in Gaza, the Army in Indonesia
ALLAN NAIRN
The UN World Food Program estimates that, in the wake of Israel’s cutoffs,"Food imports into the Gaza Strip are only enough to meet 41 percent of demand," (paraphrase by the UN-sponsored news agency, IRIN. IRIN, Jerusalem, "Only 41 p...
A Rape in Every Drink?
R. F. BLADER
Though a manhunt always garners publicity, the media enthusiasm for the grisly murder of Emily Sander, aka “Zoey Zane”, the aspiring Internet porn star and college student, has dwindled significantly. Israel Mireles, the prime suspect whose b...
When Will Bush Come Clean?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The recent disclosure that the latest National Intelligence Estimate concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapon program several years ago, assuming Iran ever had such a program, has caused consternation among neoconservatives, right-wing Israeli gover...