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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
Archives from January 2008
Musharraf’s Post-Electoral Prospect
AHMAD FARUQUI
Having orchestrated many an electoral charade during the past eight years to keep himself in power, Musharraf now faces what may be the final test of his political career. The general-turned politician is probably the only man in Pakistani history (and maybe world...
Entitlement, Justice and the War of All Against All
ALLAN NAIRN
President Bush said last night during his State of the Union Address: "We will deliver justice to our enemies" So does that mean that it’s dependent on our enemies to deliver justice to us? That’s the way people like Bin La...
The Great Credit Unwind of 2008
MIKE WHITNEY
Global market turmoil continued into a second week as stock markets in Asia and Europe took another tumble on Monday on growing fears of a recession in the United States. China’s benchmark index plummeted 7.2 per cent to its lowest point in six months, while...
A World Without Abortion: USA v. Romania
R. F. BLADER
If you’ve ever experienced, first- or second-hand, a teen pregnancy, or a high school relationship, or a being a teenager, or being pregnant, or giving birth, or being a parent (to an infant or a teenager), or getting divorced, or living in small town, or be...
"We Can’t Afford to Let Them Spill the Beans"
GARY LEUPP
I am not one to easily embrace conspiracy theories, and in particular have found the idea that 9-11 was somehow an inside job too incredible for serious consideration. On the other hand, there are some very fishy aspects to some officials’ behavior pertainin...
"The Americans Bring Us Only Destruction"
PATRICK COCKBURN
Fallujah is more difficult to enter than any city in the world. On the road from Baghdad I counted 27 checkpoints, all manned by well-armed soldiers and police. "The siege is total," says Dr Kamal in Fallujah Hospital as he grimly lists his needs, which ...
What’s Left?
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
With Kucinich out of the race, there are NO viable candidates left. I’m sorry, I will not vote for somebody who compromises his or her morals and betrays his/her constituents and the US Constitution, not to mention international laws. We are ...
What a Great Freakin’ War
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
What a ding-dong I am! For months–nay, years!–I’ve been ranting about how screwed up the war in Iraq has been, and how disastrous have been its consequences. What a fool I’ve been! In reality, it’s actually turned out pr...
Pissed About Pistorious
JAMES L. SECOR
Oscar Pistorius is a gimp. A crip. A handicapped man with an attitude. He’s also what’s known, in disability circles, as a super-crip. This is a somewhat pejorative label as it gives the rest of us a bad name–by and for the mainstream abled commu...
The Breaking of the Gaza Wall
ALLAN NAIRN
The breaking of the Gaza-Egypt wall is clearly a good thing, and a rare example of the moral — and also wise — use of violence in politics. (For the logic and effects of the Israeli cordon of Gaza see posting of December 7, 2007, "Imposed Hunger i...
Return to Fallujah
PATRICK COCKBURN
Fallujah. A crucial Iraqi ally of the United States in its recent successes in the country is threatening to withdraw his support and allow al-Qa’ida to return if his fighters are not incorporated into the Iraqi army and police. "If there ...
Obit for the "Front Page" City
MARTHA ROSENBERG
In Ben Hecht’s town it’s been a while since you boarded a bus or train at rush hour and met the "newsprint curtain." In its day, the wall of newspapers spread eagled in front of intent readers was such an institution, poet Allen Ginsberg sati...
Ending the Stranglehold on Gaza
EYAD Al-SARRAJ And SARA ROY
An Israeli convoy of goods and peace activists will go today to Erez, Israel’s border with Gaza, and many Palestinians will be on the other side waiting. They will not see one another, but Palestinians will know there are Jews who condemn the siege inflicted...
Survival Tips for Hard Times
NANCY ODEN
Our country has been bankrupted by wars, corporate and political corruption, and tax breaks for the rich. Times are getting harder and harder. We know all this. What can we do to survive? States can help their people by: 1. Eliminating all corporate ...
Saving India’s Sea Turtles
DIVYA KARNAD
Chennai. The cool breeze ruffles the hair of thirty people standing around the hole in the ground. This is no ordinary hole, after all, there are ten torches trained on it and excavations have begun to reveal the treasures of the deep. Treasure hunting of t...
The End of American Liberty
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
"Your papers please" has long been a phrase associated with Hitler’s Gestapo. People without the Third Reich’s stamp of approval were hauled off to Nazi Germany’s version of Halliburton detention centers. Today Americans are on t...
How They Rip Us Off
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
What’s the fastest growing corporate crime in America? Corruption? No. Pollution? No. Market manipulation? No. Securities fraud? No. Give up? It’s hidden fees. It’s how the giant credit card, cell ...
How the Clintons Lost It
JoANN WYPIJEWSKI
Orangeburg, South Carolina. The polls have not yet opened as I write, but however the primary turns out it has already had one tremendous effect. As Gilda Cobb-Hunter, a state legislator from Orangeburg, told me on the eve of the election: as far as black p...
Hillary’s Lie
EAMONN McCANN
Ask not what you can do for the peace process, but what the peace process can do for you. Thus the approach of US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. Some may say that Hillary distorting beyond recognition any role she played in the North may not be a...
Exonerating Neo-Con Crimes
JOSHUA FRANK
According to FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds there is a vast black market for nukes, and certain U.S. officials have been supplying sensitive nuclear technology information to Turkish and Israeli interests through its conduits. It’s a scathing allegation whi...
Ambition, Power and the Clintons
RALPH NADER
For Bill and Hillary Clinton, the ultimate American dream is eight more years. Yet how do you think they would react to having dozens of partisans at their rallies sporting large signs calling for EIGHT MORE YEARS, EIGHT MORE YEARS? Don’t you have the...
Little Hands with Fever
ALLAN NAIRN
At an orphanage this morning, the ustad (Muslim cleric) in charge said they were taking care of 387 kids, and when I shook hands with twelve of them — mainly little girls — four of them clearly had fevers. When I asked the ustad how the parent...
Société Générale and the Economic Meltdown
BINOY KAMPMARK
I don’t know the person and his motives are totally irrational. – Daniel Bouton, chairman of Société Générale, January 24, 2008 The Americans and British will naturally point a finger ...
California’s Raging Health Care Crisis
SETH SANDRONSKY
Big California papers such as the San Jose Mercury News and The Sacramento Bee are urging the state Senate Health Committee to pass the Núñez-Perata health-care reform bill, ABX1-1. Gov. Schwarzenegger backs the speaker and senate leader’s bill...
Murder and Cover-Up in Mexico
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. Flash back to October 27th, 2006. U.S. Indymedia photojournalist Brad Will is splayed out on a sidewalk in Oaxaca Mexico, mortally wounded by the pistoleros of rogue governor Ulisis Ruiz during tumultuous street battles in that southern city. H...