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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from February 2008
Paying Insurgents Not to Fight
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
It is impossible to keep up with all the Bush regime’s lies. There are simply too many. Among the recent crop, one of the biggest is that the "surge" is working. Launched last year, the "surge" was the extra 20,000 – 30,000 US ...
Blood and Champagne
URI AVNERY
Every people elevate the profession in which they excel. If a person in the street were asked to name the area of enterprise in which we Israelis excel, his answer would probably be: Hi-Tech. And indeed, in this area we have recorded some impressive achieve...
The New Zealand Terror Raids
VALERIE MORSE
On October 15 2007, the New Zealand police carried out unprecedented nation-wide raids arresting 17 indigenous rights activists and anarchists and raiding some 60 different locations. The arrests were based on surveillance and interception warrants obtained under ...
Bush on Safari
WALTER BRASCH
President Bush is in Africa this week, sulking because he didn’t get his way. In one of the rare times the past seven years, the House of Representatives, now under Democrat control for the first time in 12 years, defended the Constitution and refus...
Union-Busting at Freightliner
LEE SUSTAR
The Freightliner management in Cleveland, N.C., must be breathing a sigh of relief. Five terminated members of the union’s bargaining committee who helped lead a one-day strike last year have been denied union membership by their local union president...
Bernie Ward’s Sex Tapes
DEBBIE NATHAN
Bernie Ward may have spent a generation in the news and media biz, but three years ago, it now appears, he was just a messed up guy with a computer and too much time on his hands. Last December I published a piece here about Wa...
A Short History of Super-Delegates
EVA LIDDELL
During the years of progressive reform before the First World War twenty-six presidential primaries had been introduced into the nominating system. After Woodrow’s Wilson bright idea of "spreading democracy abroad" while destroying it at home a dem...
The Ouster of Thabo Mbeki
JOHANN ROUSSOUW
The defeat of Thabo Mbeki, 13 years after the ANC came to power in South Africa’s first democratic elections, began a new era. The scene last December was unbelievable. As Mosiuoa "Terror" Lekota, South Africa’s defence minister and c...
What Do We Stand For?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Americans traditionally thought of their country as a "city upon a hill," a "light unto the world." Today only the deluded think that. Polls show that the rest of the world regards the US and Israel as the two greatest threats to peace. ...
Wikileaks Under Attack
STEPHEN SOLDZ
One of the most important web sites in recent months has been Wikileaks.org. Created by several brave journalists committed to transparency, Wikieaks has published important leaked documents, such as the Rules of Engagement for Iraq [see my ...
Following the Money Trail
ANTHONY DIMAGGIO
One of the biggest mistakes a voter can make is to project their own values onto a political candidate. The glittering generalities of the candidates, unfortunately, make such projections extremely common. Voters hear candidates making vague claims in support of t...
NATO’s Kosovo Colony
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Across this last weekend, the Western propaganda machine was working overtime, celebrating the latest NATO miracle: the transformation of Serbian Kosovo into Albanian Kosova. A shameless land grab by the United States, which used the Kosovo problem to install an e...
We Can Shout: All at the Same Time
BILL SIMPICH
Ten years ago, this week, Bill Clinton was doing his best to get the US embroiled in war with Iraq. The previous month, Matt Drudge had tipped off the world that Newsweek had preventing Michael Isikoff’s story about President Clinton’s sexual af...
Free Pakistan
WAJAHAT ALI
It’s Monday, February 18, 2008, and the entire world is anxiously focusing on Pakistan. After nearly a month’s delay due to Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, Pakistan’s contentious and, some say, "historic" parliamentary elections w...
The President Who Couldn’t Keep His Word
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The man can’t keep his word even though the words are always the same. Having mouthed them so often you’d think he could remember them. What’s surprising now is that the forgotten beneficiaries of his words are the people he sent to Iraq to get k...
Michael Goldfarb on Guantánamo and the War on Terror
ANDY WORTHINGTON
A week ago, I was invited by the BBC to be a guest on Richard Bacon’s show on Radio 5 Live as part of an hour-long discussion about whether or not the six Guantánamo detainees charged in connection with the 9/11 attacks would receive a fair trial. The...
Bush Returns to Africa
EVE BACHRACH
This week, President Bush sets out on his second state visit to Africa. The six-day trip will take him to Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda and Tanzania. Yet it is far from clear what the people of Africa stand to gain from the visit. A lame duck president with a host...
The Art of Finding Whalers
Captain PAUL WATSON
Back in the early days of Greenpeace under the leadership of the late great Robert Hunter we resorted to plenty of unorthodox methods of locating whaling ships on the high seas. Strangely many of these methods actually worked. Stranger indeed has been our record o...
The Terrorists Still at Ground Zero, 7 World Trade Center, Lower Manhattan
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Terrorism flourishes brazenly at Ground Zero, in the new 7 World Trade Center building. Here can be found a secretive entity of fabulous wealth and power. Kingdom and corporations alike tremble at its shadow and make haste to pay it tribute. I refer to Moodys Inve...
Hugo Chávez’s Anti-Imperialist Army
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
It is testament to how much Latin America has changed politically over the past several years that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez not only criticizes U.S. military policy in the region but now actively seeks to form a new defense force designed to counter...
War Corrupts
DIANE CHRISTIAN
War licenses destruction, breaking the bodies and land and will of the enemy. War is a condition that suspends human respect and care and authorizes destruction. Americans accept the idea of war; we launch war on poverty and war on terror-invoking an abstra...
Wheelchair Dumping
WILLIAM J. PEACE
Wheelchair dumping is a relatively new term and age-old phenomenon. Few people ever heard of wheelchair dumping until this week. Thanks to a surveillance videotape and websites such as You Tube many of us know about Brian Sterner, a quadriplegic, who was lite...
Oil, Blood and Greed
ALAN MAASS
Upton Sinclair’s Oil! is a great book and Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be ...
Not Bad, Not Half Bad
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
American politics sucks, doesn’t it? C’mon, face it–you know it does. You know ’cause you’ve experienced it your whole life. You (and I) have made a career out of sitting there watching in helpless astonishment as dweebs like M...
We the Corporations …
RALPH NADER
Dear President Bush: I was listening to your address before the self-described Conservative Political Action Committee gathering in Washington, D.C. last week, while reviewing materials on occupational hazards in the workplace. The contrast between your dec...
Shellshock and Redemption
RON JACOBS
By now most everyone is familiar with the phenomenon known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. We associate this disorder primarily with veterans of combat. What many people do not know is that this disorder was included into the bible of therapeutic mental...
Iraq and the US Elections
RAMZY BAROUD
As the race for the United States presidential nominations progresses, the stances of and attitudes towards both Republican and Democratic candidates continue to bring up causes for concern, in terms of their past behaviour, current appeal and general trustworthin...
Attack of the Info-tainment Circus
WAJAHAT ALI
Note: This is an excerpt from WAJAHAT ALI’s play, Unwholly Warriors. Scene II "Attack of the Info-tainment Circus" NARRATOR The scene begins in a gaudy, over lit news studio with several Hi definition cameras and l...
Steven Spielberg, Faux Humanitarian
STEPHAN GOWANS
Hollywood director Steven Spielberg has withdrawn as artistic adviser to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing because China has failed to pressure Sudan to end the war in Darfur. China is developing oil fields in the embattled region of Sudan and Spielberg w...
The Big Buy Out
DAVID MACARAY
In a stunning move, General Motors announced this week that, as part of a massive cost-cutting measure, it was going to offer buy-out packages to all of its 74,000 unionized workers in the United States. According to news reports, the lump-sum payments range ...
To Vote or Not to Vote?
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
To vote or not to vote; that is the question. But how can I not? After all, women who fought for suffrage were jailed during the long struggle for this right, which finally arrived when the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in 192...
Genitalia First!
MICHAEL DONNELLY
"We’ve got the best two family system of government in the world." —Mark Donnelly As the wheels on the HRC Inevitability Bus lose air, the muck they’re stuck in rises daily. And, ...
Spring Festival and New Year 2008
JAMES L. SECOR
4 Feb. Most of the roads into the country were open, until turning off toward the  ­«, the "urban areas." Then, the trafficway narrowed. That there were many people walking along the road did not help. They carried supplies for...
God and the Democrats
ALAN FARAGO
Is Florida cursed? Was there a moment God looked down from on high and asked Himself, should I make a mockery of the human condition right here in the land of flowers where Spanish adventurers slaughtered tribes, where American regiments hunted Native Americans in...
Scalia on Torture
JACOB HORNBERGER
Justice Scalia’s remarks about torture reflect a fundamental problem with conservative judges. While oftentimes sound on economic liberty, they are absolutely atrocious with respect to civil liberties. Scalia’s approval of torture in certain cir...
Pakistan is Burning
WAJAHAT ALI
Steve Coll is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist. He is the author of Ghost Wars...
Bush’s Protect America Bill Bull
DAVE LINDORFF
President Bush has turned to the cheapest lies in an effort to protect himself from being exposed as a criminal in the ongoing campaign to have the National Security Agency spy at will on Americans. Claiming-without a scintilla of evidence to back him up-th...
Alberta’s Black Gold Rush
CHRIS GENOVALI
One of the biggest industrial projects on the planet is about to get even bigger with corporate giant British Petroleum recently announcing their intention to heavily invest in Alberta’s oil sands. British Columbians should be concerned about what is happeni...
The Absurdity of "Independent" Kosovo
GEORGE SZAMUELY
With their unfailing passion for the inconsequential and their knack for doing the wrong thing at the wrong time, NATO leaders appear determined to carve the province of Kosovo out of Serbia and grant it "independence." That they lack the physical, legal...
Is the US Really Bringing Stability to Baghdad?
PATRICK COCKBURN
To judge from the talk in Washington, the ‘surge’ that put 30,000 more US troops on the ground in Iraq has succeeded in bringing stability to a nation still riven by ethnic, religious and tribal conflict. Life, the Pentagon boasts, is returning to norm...
Henry Paulsen’s Wild Ride on the Economic Hindenberg
MIKE WHITNEY
It’s a good thing Henry "Hank" Paulson wasn’t around in 1929 or we’d all be hawking apples on a street-corner. Paulson is currently on a losing-streak that would have been the envy of Marvelous "Marv" Thorneberry and the ̵...
Is Bernanke Headed for the Exit?
PETER MORICI
Today Ben Bernanke appeared before the Senate Banking Committee. In his testimony, he noted the shortages of credit, especially the reluctance of banks to extend credit to one another, and the inability of the banks to securitize Alt-A, Subprime and Jumbo mortgage...
Swan Song for NATO
MIKE WHITNEY
It was supposed to be "the good war"; a war against terror; a war of liberation. It was intended to fix the eyes of the world on America’s state of the art weaponry, its crack troops and its overwhelming firepower. It was supposed to demonstra...
Lebanon’s Warmongers
RANNIE AMIRI
"If you think we are going to sit with our hands tied, then perhaps we would have to burn everything. If you want chaos, then we welcome chaos. If you want war, then we welcome war. We have no problem with weapons or with rockets which we wi...
Drug War Mayhem Boils Over From Border to Border
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. Tourists touching down at Mexico City International Airport are hereby forewarned not to trip over the human heads that may be rolling around at your feet when you disembark. Four have been found in recent weeks in and around the terminal compl...
Where Wittgenstein Meets Feinstein
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
"We will live within our means, even if we have to borrow to do so." We used to laugh when we saw clever lines like that in a 1984 or a Catch-22, little knowing that it would fall to us one day to hear them spoken serious...
Palestine in the Mind of America
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
You would think that showing maps clearly delineating the truncated, obviously non-viable area available for a possible Palestinian state and showing pictures that define Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories would have some kind of impact on an aud...
Strike Notes from a Screenwriter
CLANCY SIGAL
Our strike is a victory against negatives. We successfully resisted the studios on rollbacks. And the union remained united, solid and militant in the face of the media conglomerates’ obvious intent to break or enfeeble the Writers Guild of America, west and...
Fighting California’s Tuition Hikes
SETH SANDRONSKY
Making ends meet is a fight for Valencia Henley, an ethnic studies major graduating from California State University, Sacramento this spring. "Each semester I have faced being kicked out of classes due not to my grades but to being late paying student...
The Yellowstone Bison Slaughter
GEORGE WUERTHNER
Once again the state of Montana, along with Yellowstone National Park, are killing bison migrating out of Yellowstone National Park. The slaughter of Yellowstone’s bison is represented as a disease contamination program, but it is really a sham. If disease c...