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Archives from January 2008
I’m Proud to be a Pirate!
PAUL WATSON
Shiver me timbers, boys and girls, we is awash in a sea of pirates down here in the Southern Ocean and it’s time for a parley to do a little ‘splaining on the subject. This ocean now rivals the 17th century Caribbean for reported acts of piracy. The on...
How Bush Destroyed the Dollar
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
It is difficult to know where Bush has accomplished the most destruction, the Iraqi economy or the US economy. In the current issue of Manufacturing & Technology News, Washington economist Charles McMillion observes that seven years of Bush has seen the...
The Future is Unwritten
BEN TERRALL
"Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten" is a beautiful documentary directed by the Clash frontman’s friend and admirer Julien Temple. Temple, who made videos for The Clash in their late 70s-early 80s heyday and later directed the Sex Pistols doc &q...
Employer’s Right to Fire Workers Held Sacred by California Supreme Court
FRED GARDNER
The boss’s sacred right to fire a worker supercedes the worker’s legal right to fire up a medicinal herb in his own house on his own time, the California Supreme Court has ruled in the case of Ross v. RagingWire. The Court had to violate its own logic ...
America’s Sick Comedy
JAMES T. PHILLIPS
According to a recent New York Times article about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, more than 120 people have been killed–in America, since 2001–by members of the United States Armed Forces. Bringing the war home after returning from serving their count...
Worse Than a Crime
URI AVNERY
It looked like the fall of the Berlin wall. And not only did it look like it. For a moment, the Rafah crossing was the Brandenburg Gate. It is impossible not to feel exhilaration when masses of oppressed and hungry people break down the wall that is shuttin...
The Depressing Truth About Anti-Depressants
STAN COX
A paper published January 17 in a prestigious medical journal demonstrated in the starkest of terms how pharmaceutical companies tend to publish research that’s favorable to their products and leave unfavorable results tucked away in their files. It’s ...
The Horizons of History
RON JACOBS
The recent uprisings and eventual electoral success of the Movimiento a Socialismo (MAS) in Bolivia is one of the most hopeful historical events to have occurred so far this century. From its beginnings in the struggles against the privatization of water in 2000 u...
Are We Seeing a Racial Shift in the South?
HEATHER GRAY
On Saturday, January 26, the Democrats will hold their primary in South Carolina. Last weekend, a week before the primary, and the day of the Republican primary, I was in South Carolina. Because of the snowstorm in Atlanta I was encouraged to stay in the state for...
Jeb Bush Goes Nuclear
ALAN FARAGO
The Miami Herald prints a pro-nuke editorial by Jeb Bush in today’s Miami Herald. The newspaper editors should have appended to the editorial an advisement whether Bush is a consultant to or would profit from investments in the nuclear industry. This ...
Reclaiming Economic Freedom
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Every year, the Heritage Foundation, in conjunction with the Wall Street Journal, dutifully churns out its annual Index of Economic Freedom, a ratings guide to countries’ relative corporate hospitality. The book-length report makes a quite modest glob...
Senate Democrats Poised to Fold to Cheney on FISA
MARJORIE COHN
After a January 24 debate in the Senate on amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the Senate appears ready to capitulate once again to the Bush administration’s agenda of sacrificing liberty for questionable security. On the day before Co...
Down to the Wire in South Carolina
JoANN WYPIJEWSKI
Columbia, South Carolina. Some black residents of Columbia, South Carolina, found a flier at their door yesterday morning with a banner quote: "The Democratic candidates — with the exception of John Edwards, who opened his ca...
Operation Two-Fold
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
The DEA and its predecessor federal drug law enforcement organizations have always been infiltrated and, to varying degrees, managed by America’s intelligence agencies. The reason is simple enough: the US Government has been protecting its drug smuggling all...
Mining the Hispanic Vote in Nevada
LAURA CARLSEN
As workers from the Las Vegas casino strip filed into the Concorde Ballroom of the Paris Hotel, it was pretty clear what the split was. African-American workers in union t-shirts sat on one side of the aisle and mostly Latino workers filled the seats on the other ...
US Troops Will Be In Iraq for 10 More Years
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. US military forces will not stay in Iraq for anything like as long as some American politicians are demanding, says the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari. He said crucial issues about "Who is in charge in Iraq–we or you?" would...
Environmentalists Out on a Limb
ERICA ROSENBERG
There’s nothing wrong with a group of people historically at odds sitting down to find common ground. Or is there? For decades, our public lands have been a battleground: Timber, wildlife, recreation, wilderness — which interests and uses shoul...
Israeli Repression in the Hebron
STEPHEN LENDMAN
B’Tselem is the independent Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied (Palestinian) Territories (OPT) based in Jerusalem with a well-deserved reputation for accuracy and integrity. It was founded in 1989 to "document and educate the Is...
President Hillary
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
If polls are reliable, Hillary will win the Democratic nomination. The Democratic groups that prefer Obama are not sufficiently numerous to give him the nomination. Of course, anything can happen in a political campaign, but the latest Field Poll of likely ...
She Wants to Talk About Dirty Legal Dealings? Remember the Nursing Home Scam?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In their last debate in South Carolina Hillary Clinton questioned Barack Obama about his ties to a real estate developer As the Washington Post reports it earlier this week, In 1993, he [Obama] became an associate lawyer with a small Chicago fi...
Restoring the Anti-War King
CHARLES MODIANO
"I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without first having spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government. For the sake of those boys, for t...
The Siege of Gaza is Broken
STANLEY HELLER
The Palestinian people took their destiny in their own hands and smashed down the wall that divided Gaza from Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of people left their prison and walked into Egypt and bought up food, fuel and everything else in sight. It took great courag...
The Myth of International Consensus
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Among the panoply of reasons put forth against advocates of a one-state solution for Palestine-Israel, perhaps the most disingenuous is the injunction, repeated by well meaning commentators who believe they speak in the Palestinians’ best interests, that Pal...
Just How Good is Your Health Insurance?
JEFF SHER
It’s been difficult to generate a groundswell of public opinion for real change in our deeply flawed health care system because most of the people who have medical insurance believe having insurance is equivalent to having guaranteed access to quality health...
Desperate Iraqi Farmers Turn to Opium
PATRICK COCKBURN
The cultivation of opium poppies whose product is turned into heroin is spreading rapidly across Iraq as farmers find they can no longer make a living through growing traditional crops. Afghan with experience in planting poppies have been helping farmers sw...
ORVs on the Public Lands
GEORGE WUERTHNER
Right now various National Forests and BLM districts are beginning to put together travel management plans. Most of these plans are focused on corralling the growing abuse of our public lands by thrillcraft-ATVs, dirt bikes, dune buggies, swamp buggies, jet skis, ...
Power to the (Palestinian) People!
JEFF HALPER
The people of Palestine have done it again, taking their own fate in their hands after being let down by their own "moderate" political leadership and, indeed, the entire international community in their struggle for freedom. Early this morning they simp...
Musharraf, the Steadfast Ally?
PATRICK IRELAN
Late Wednesday night, January 23, the Associated Press released a story about Pentagon plans to use an increased number of U.S. troops to train Pakistani armed forces. Adm. William J. Fallon issued orders to officers under his command to start planning for this la...
Obama as Anthologist of Uplift
JoANN WYPIJEWSKI
Rock Hill, S.C. "In the sixties we used to go around saying, ‘Power to the People!’ and now forty years later, here it is–welcome Barack Obama!" This was the white introducer for Obama at a campaign event at Winthrop University i...
Is It Really So Hard to Believe That Iran Stopped Its Nuclear Weapons Program?
DAVID ISENBERG
Like the Energizer Bunny, the ripples from the Dec. 3 publication of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s nuclear program just keep going and going and going. Aside from the obvious fact that the prospect of a U.S. military attack...
What Gives the US the Right to Claim a Moral Monopoly Over the World?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
"The first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of escalation as the ultimate instrument to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction." Five Western military leaders. I read the statement three ti...
Indonesian Intelligence Service Threatens to Kill Human Rights Activist
ALLAN NAIRN
Last night, local time, during a ceremony celebrating democracy, one of the most noted killers in Indonesia, Col. Chaiwaran of BIN intelligence (Badan Intelijen Negara, State Intelligence Body), waited quietly in plainclothes. (Chaiwaran, a US-trained Kop...
Obama Strikes Back
MICHAEL DONNELLY
"I wish it didn’t have to be a choice. I think a lot of people who are torn between us feel that way. But it is a contest, and the contrasts have to be drawn and the questions have to be asked because, obviously, I wouldn’t be in...
The Power of Love
NORMAN SOLOMON
The last time my mother was in a hospital, an essay by Thich Nhat Hanh moved in front of my eyes. "Our mother is the teacher who first teaches us love, the most important subject in life," he wrote. "Without my mother I could never have known h...
Another Turn of the Screw
KENNETH COUESBOUC
Adam Smith was the first to argue convincingly that wealth depends on human activity’s ability to transform the material environment. A constant remodelling of nature that has given mastery over the whole planet to one particular animal species, human beings...
The Great Disappearing Act
DAVID ROSEN
The political shake-out is underway. The first presidential-candidate beauty contests of 2008 have take place and the big-game hunt of February 5th will likely anoint the next major-party candidates. The principle issues shaping the debate are the economy, occupat...
Where Did All the Good Times Go?
ALAN FARAGO
"Were the good times a mirage?" is the front page, above the fold headline in today’s New York Times. The article summarizes the point of view we buff to a shine in our blog (eyeonmiami.blogspot.com): that overdevelopment in Florida was grounded in...
How the West Was Re-Sold
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
"I don’t know why I should even bother to eat this. I should just apply it directly to my hips." Rhoda Morgenstern in The Mary Tyler Moore Show Let me make a simple and practical suggestion to the Preside...
Hillary’s Harem
FARZANA VERSEY
Just suppose Jane Felix-Browne was famous or head of state and she decided to take her partner along on an official visit, would that be acceptable? No. Even the French would not permit it. Jane is the wife of Omar, son of Osama bin Laden. He has a pretty clean re...
St. Louis Mayor Booed Off MLK Platform
DON FITZ And ZAKI BARUTI
As the mayor approached the MLK Day podium the boos were so loud that the moderator stepped up to ask the crowd to let him speak. Over 500 people began chanting "Slay Must Go!" as dozens waved signs saying "End Racial Division – Recall Francis...
Divide and Conquer Politics
AL GIORDANO
Las Vegas, Nevada. The chairs in the Concorde Ballroom of the Paris Casino were arranged as if for a wedding, but were more a prelude to an ugly divorce. On one side of the at-large caucus room were supporters of Senator Hillary Clinton, led by an or...
Cheney Impeachment Gains Traction
MARJORIE COHN
Nine out of 23 Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee favor starting impeachment hearings against Vice-President Dick Cheney. Six of the nine are co-sponsors of H.R. 799, which contains three articles of impeachment. Articles I and II of H.R. ...
Power Politics in the Klamath
FELICE PACE
Klamath Glen, California. Two years in the making, the people of the Klamath River Basin and Northcoast are finally getting a look at the proposed Klamath River Restoration Agreement which representatives of a couple of dozen agencies, tribes, irrigation, f...
Keeping Shakespeare in a Box
RICHARD NEVILLE
This year, Santa left me a gift I actually wanted: The complete works of Shakespeare on DVD, all 37 productions from the BBC. I tore open the box and plunged into the glossy Viewing Notes, with its details on the conception of the series and the source of finance....
The Bush Dollar Trap
DAVE LINDORFF
The first government response to America’s sinking economy was denial. We were told as recently as a month ago by administration officials and Wall Street charlatans that the economy was robust and that there would not be a recession. Now we are told that th...
Deregulation and the Financial Crisis
ROBERT WEISSMAN
It would be nice to write off the current crisis on Wall Street and global financial markets as something that only matters to the investor class. Unfortunately, the effects are already being felt in lower-income communities around the United States. Worst-...
Farewell to Old Economic Nostrums
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
With his tax rebate policy, President Bush has put economic policy back on a Keynesian basis. Will it work? During the two decades it was in effect, supply-side economics had restorative effects on the American economy. Its predecessor, Keynesian demand man...
Cindy Sheehan Challenges Democratic Party Complacency
BEN TERRALL
Though it seems to have made little impression on the Democratic Party’s leadership, grassroots pressure for impeachment proceedings against Vice President Cheney and President Bush continues to grow in the U.S. On January 15, the anti-war group Code ...
Bolívar’s Sword
PAUL WOLF
"Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass." Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took the world by sur...
King Day in Columbia, South Carolina
JoANN WYPIJEWSKI
Columbia, South Carolina. It was a good day for John Edwards. The candidate didn’t march with the throng from Zion Baptist Church to the Statehouse Grounds for the King Day rally, sponsored for the past few years by the NAACP. Obama was the only hopef...