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Archives from 2008
Wall Street’s Collapse and the Ownership Society
PAM MARTENS
On February 24, 2005, I clicked on the evening news to see President Bush finishing his European tour in Slovakia, surrounded by children waving little American flags.  It had the feel of a Macy’s holiday window designed by Karl Rove.  I recalled a re...
The First Casualty of Israel’s War
TED HONDERICH
It is said truth is the first casualty of war. It is rather the first casualty of inhumanity. You have to lie, maybe to yourself as well, when your are engaged in inhumanity. You wouldn’t have to lie about a war that really was right. By Zionism I mean t...
Gaza’s One-Sided Images
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
You wouldn’t know from the western media that Israel’s foreign minister (and would-be prime minister), Tzipi Livni, made a disastrous appearance on al-Jazeera television last week, just as you wouldn’t have seen dreadful pictures of dead children an...
What Really Killed the Auto Bailout
DAVID MACARAY
Until Governor Blagojevich, Bernard Madoff, and Israel-Palestine more or less blew the story off the front page, there were some interesting postmortems being conducted on how and why the rescue plan of the Big Three automakers was torpedoed by the U.S. Congress.&nbs...
Where’s the Academic Outrage Over the Bombing of a University in Gaza?
NEVE GORDON And JEFF HALPER
Not one of the nearly 450 presidents of American colleges and universities who prominently denounced an effort by British academics to boycott Israeli universities in September 2007 have raised their voice in opposition to Israel’s bombardment of the Islamic Un...
What is Hamas, Really?
RON JACOBS
Since it became clear that the intention of Israel’s latest military assault on Gaza is to destroy Hamas, various newspapers in the US have printed opinion pieces echoing the Washington line that it is Hamas’ fault that Gaza is being pummeled by Israeli w...
Who Wins What in Gaza?
MARY LYNN CRAMER
Gaza is the most densely populated area in the world: 4,500 people per sq. mile. Over one-half of its 1.5 million citizens are children. On the fourth day of continuous Israel bombing, the known number of dead in Gaza is 380, mostly civilians—including women, c...
The Troubling Case of the Fort Dix Five
STEPHEN LENDMAN
With world eyes on Gaza, the horrific carnage on the ground, innocent civilians being slaughtered, Israel’s grievous crimes of war and against humanity, and its slow-motion genocide gaining speed, it’s easy to forget America’s war at home on Islam a...
Blago’s Indian Connections
VIJAY PRASHAD
In 2007, the Illinois government renamed a major freeway that links the wealthy suburbs of northern Chicago the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. This roadway runs though the heart of northern Chicago’s urban sprawl, the expanse of concrete and glass that makes up ...
Mr. Mubarak, Tear Down That Wall!
FRANKLIN LAMB
"I’m not calling for a coup d’etat, but go talk to your leaders and tell them you do not accept what is happening in Gaza". — Hezbollah Sec-Gen Hasan Nasrallah calling for Egyptians "in millions" to demonstrat...
My Brilliant Career
MIKE WHITNEY
Come and see the blood in the streets. Come and see the blood in the streets. Come and see the blood in the streets.    Poem by Pablo Neruda, "I’m Explaining a Few Things" ...
The Betrayal of the Commons
RICHARD THIEME
The cornerstone of capitalism, it has been said, is a handshake. The legal embellishments that constitute the law books lining the shelves of any lawyer, those laws are footnotes to the many ways people have betrayed trust, betrayed the letter of the law, the ...
Ted Downing and Troublemaker Anthropology
BRIAN McKENNA
Censorship and suppression of one’s work are among the worst things that can happen to a writer, bureaucrat or cultural worker. Ted Downing, former Society for Applied Anthropology President (1985-87), experienced this and more. In 1995, Downing wrote ...
Gaza and the World
RAMZY BAROUD
In times of crisis, most Arabs tune in to Aljazeera television. Sometimes it’s comforting for the truth to be stated the way it is, with all of its gory and unsettling details, without blemishes and without censorship. When Israel carried out massive air strike...
Tough Guys Don’t Walk
DAVE LINDORFF
Vice President Dick Cheney has cultivated the image of a serious tough guy, with his grim, scowling vissage, his dismissive "So?" comments when things go badly, his unrepentant defense of torture, including waterboarding, and his brash statements confirming...
The Education of David Frost
BOB SOMMER
The recent opening of Frost/Nixon coincided not only with the holidays but also with the legacy-building tour of President George W. Bush, who’s been scrambling like an undergraduate with a term paper due to paste together something resembling an honorable narr...
Electioneering with Bombs
JONATHAN COOK
Of the three politicians who announced the military assault on Gaza to the world on Saturday, perhaps only the outgoing prime minister Ehud Olmert has little to lose — or gain — from its outcome. Flanking the Israeli prime minister were two of the...
The Gaza Ghetto and Western Cant
TARIQ ALI
The assault on the Gaza Ghetto, planned over six months and executed with perfect timing was designed largely to help the incumbent parties triumph in the forthcoming Israeli elections. The dead Palestinians are little more than election fodder in a cynical contest b...
May We No Longer Be Silent
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The title of my article comes from the sermon of the Episcopal Bishop of Washington DC, John Bryson Chane, delivered on October 5, 2008, at St. Columba Church.  The bishop’s eyes were opened to Israel’s persecution of Palestinians by his recent trip ...
The Fishbarrel War
GARY LEUPP
"It was just like shooting fish in a barrel,” recalled the U.S. pilot, describing the carnage along the “highway of death” stretching from Kuwait to Basra on February 26-27, 1991. While tens of thousands of Iraqi conscripts withdrew from Kuwait...
The End of the Green Party
JOHN WALSH
After the election of ’08 it is clearer than ever that the Green Party of the U.S. (GPUS) now lies in the political graveyard.  GPUS, R.I.P.  Here we attempt a badly needed postmortem. Full disclosure.  In the summer of 2007 when I was new...
The $775,000-a-Year GI
ROBERT BRYCE
The disastrous presidency of George W. Bush will be remembered for decades to come. The litany of failures are many: the extra-Constitutional kidnapping and detention of suspected terrorists, the torture of prisoners, the trumped-up intelligence that led to a futile ...
A Hundred Eyes for an Eye
NORMAN SOLOMON
Israelis and Arabs “feel that only force can assure justice,” I. F. Stone noted soon after the Six Day War in 1967. And he wrote: “A certain moral imbecility marks all ethnocentric movements. The Others are always either less than human, and thus th...
Arne Duncan’s Dark Years in Chicago
KENNETH LIBBY
Progressives across the country have been disappointed in President-elect Obama’s appointment of various cabinet members. As an educator, the appointment of Arne Duncan to Secretary of Education, particularly in light of Obama’s rhetoric and the platform ...
What, Exactly, is Israel’s Mission?
NEVE GORDON
The first bombardment took three minutes and forty seconds. Sixty Israeli F-16 fighter jets bombed fifty sites in Gaza, killing over two hundred Palestinians, and wounding close to a thousand more. A few hours after the deadly strike, Israeli Prime Minister E...