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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 February 2008
The Obama Craze
MATT GONZALEZ
Part of me shares the enthusiasm for Barack Obama. After all, how could someone calling themself a progressive not sense the importance of what it means to have an African-American so close to the presidency? But as his campaign has unfolded, and I heard that we a...
Hubris and Nemesis
BINOY KAMPMARK
‘In his day,’ wrote Ralph Nader and James Love in Information Policy Notes (1998), ‘John D. Rockefeller tried to monopolize oil production, refining and distribution.’ Alcoa had a go at cornering aluminum manufacturing. AT&T, with its f...
Cop Abuse in America
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Before the first few second of January 1, 2008 elapsed, Philadelphia police shot and killed an unarmed man sitting at a New Year’s Eve party, engaged in no criminal activity. This fatal shooting marked the second straight year that Philadelphia polic...
Academic Freedom? Not for Arabs in Israel
JONATHAN COOK
in Nazareth In the strange world of Israeli academia, an Arab college lecturer is being dismissed from his job because he refused to declare his "respect for the uniform of the Israeli army". The bizarre demand was made of Nizar Hassan, director o...
Australia’s Government Continues Its Love Affair with Israel
SONJA KARKAR
Well, so much for our new government taking an even-handed position on Israel/Palestine. Before our politicians even warmed their seats in the new parliamentary sittings, the Australian Prime Minister announced that he will lead a parliamentary motion to honour Is...
A Manchurian Candidate in the White House?
DAVE LINDORFF
With a viral campaign underway via email, right-wing radio, and on the street suggesting that Barack Obama is a black "Manchurian Candidate," secretly trained as a Muslim fanatic who will insinuate himself into the White House, thence to undermine all th...
The Jevons Paradox
ROBERT BRYCE
That increased energy efficiency will save us has become an article of faith. Last year, Congress passed "The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007." The text of the new law covers 310 pages. The word "efficiency" appears 331 times, and ...
Obama and Israel
JOSHUA FRANK
In an attempt to squelch rumors that he is pro-Palestinian, or god forbid Muslim, Barack Obama made it clear in the final Democratic Presidential debate on Tuesday that he is anything but. After being prodded by NBC’s Tim Russert on the issue, Obama said he ...
The Unilateral Presidency
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
In a refreshing investigative series in the Boston Globe from 2006, journalist Charlie Savage dropped a bombshell on the Bush administration. Reporting on Bush’s use of "signing statements," Savage highlighted the president’s long-standing co...
The Crisis in Kosovo is Just Beginning
MICHAEL LEVITIN
As renewed Serb protests this week in Bosnia and elsewhere demonstrate, the storm unleashed by Kosovo’s Feb. 17 declaration of independence is long from abating. Rather, what recent events have showed is the start of a long and protracted struggle that, in t...
The Fake State of Kosovo
WILLIAM S. LIND
If the Balkans had an anthem, it would be that 1950’s doo-wop hit, "Fools rush in, where angels fear to tread." The latest Balkan fools are the United States and the European Union, which have rushed in to recognize what Serbian Prime Minister Voji...
Nader’s Latest Run
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
"Here we go again," murmured the old guard Democrats when Ralph Nader officially announced his candidacy for president in 2008, on Tim Russert’s "Meet the Press" show, Sunday, Feb.24th. "Nader–the spoiler," they cal...
The Myths of Forest Health
GEORGE WUERTHNER
I just read through a portion of the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest (BDNF) revised plan. Among the major components of the plan is support for "vegetation management," a euphemism for logging. The BDNF plan calls for "treating" its forest...
The Day I Bombed the House of Commons
MICHAEL DICKINSON
The security of the House of Commons in London was breached again on Wednesday in a spectacular manner by the environmental protest group ...
A Ray of Hope for Organized Labor
DAVID MACARAY
Unions don’t have to search very hard for reasons to distrust or resent the Democratic Party. For openers, they can go back to 1947, when the crippling, anti-labor Taft-Hartley Act was passed, with the help of congressional Democrats, over President Truman&#...
"Iraq" Falls Apart
PATRICK COCKBURN
Iraq is disintegrating faster than ever. The Turkish army invaded the north of the country last week and is still there. Iraqi Kurdistan is becoming like Gaza where the Israel can send in its tanks and helicopters at will. The US, so sensitive to any threat to Ira...
The North American Union Farce
LAURA CARLSEN
It’s got millions of rightwing citizens calling Congress, sponsoring legislation, and writing manifestos in defense of U.S. sovereignty. It comes up in presidential candidates’ public appearances, has made it into primetime debates, and one presidentia...
Why the Delta-Northwest Deal Hasn’t Taken Off
CARL FINAMORE
Most of us dread the experience of getting stuck in an uncomfortable, overcrowded airport lounge after an overbooked or cancelled flight. But probably none of us has ever been seated on a plane that actually left the gate and was ready for take off before realizin...
The Birth of NAFTA
FRED GARDNER
The best defense, some say, is a good offense. Hilllary’s "Shame on you, Barack Obama" performance deflected attention from the fact that the Clinton Administration did indeed get NAFTA through a resistant Congress. NAFTA was conceived under Reagan...
McCain and the 100 Year War
VIJAY PRASHAD
John McCain beams. When he was defeated by George W. Bush in the Republican primaries in 2000, McCain’s hopes for the White House seemed dashed. Seven years later, as he began his campaign for the same address, the media scoffed. He could neither raise the m...
Obama by Unanimous Decision
MICHAEL DONNELLY
It was like one of those Heavyweight fights that ends with a Decision, not a Knockout. The Feb. 26 Ohio MSNBC Debate, the 20th debate in the endless Primary season, saw Sen. Hillary Clinton give her best debate performance — and she still lost on points....
Conspiracy Theory, Fears of Betrayal and Today’s Anti-War Movement
STEPHEN PHILION
Jerry Lembcke is professor of sociology at Holy Cross College and the author of The Spitting Im...
The Auction-Rate Securities Fiasco
PETER MORICI
I don’t know how Broadway sells tickets these days when folly is in so plain array on Wall Street. Auction-rate securities drama provides the latest tale of greed and betrayal. Investors are stuck with big losses, because investment banks miscalculate...
After the Land Deals
ERICA ROSENBERG
and JANINE BLAELOCH A Washington County wilderness bill is in the works again. That should be good news for environmentalists. But whether this one, like the recent spate of "wilderness" bills, is really a developer’s dream in conservationist&#...
Guantánamo’s Shambolic Trials
ANDY WORTHINGTON
This has been another terrible week for Guantánamo’s Military Commissions, established by Dick Cheney and his close advisors in November 2001 to try, convict and execute those responsible for 9/11 through a novel process so far removed from the US cou...