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GOD SAVE HRC, FROM REALITY — Jeffrey St. Clair on Hillary Clinton’s miraculous rags-to-riches method of financial success; LA CONFIDENTIAL: Lee Ballinger on race, violence and inequality in Los Angeles; PAPER DRAGON: Peter Lee on China’s military; THE BATTLE OVER PAT TILLMAN: David Hoelscher provides a 10 year retrospective on the changing legacy of Pat Tillman; MY BROTHER AND THE SPACE PROGRAM: Paul Krassner on the FBI and rocket science. PLUS: Mike Whitney on how the Central Bank feeds state capitalism; JoAnn Wypijewski on what’s crazier than Bowe Bergdahl?; Kristin Kolb on guns and the American psyche; Chris Floyd on the Terror War’s disastrous course.
Archives from March 26th, 2008
Gentlemen, Pick Up Your Clubs
MARTHA ROSENBERG
There’s another reason to lament Arctic ice melting; as soon as floes break up off the shores of Labrador and Newfoundland, fleets of Canadian seal killers will arrive to initiate the largest marine mammal hunt in the world. 275,000 seals will ...
Operation Cassandra
WILLIAM S. LIND
Admiral Fallon’ s (forced?) resignation was the last warning we are likely to get of an attack on Iran. It does not mean an attack is certain, but the U.S. could not attack Iran so long as he was the CENTCOM commander. That obstacle is now gone. ...
Politicians as Dogs
MICHAEL DICKINSON
"Fear not! This crimson flag rippling in these dawns will never fade," The rather off-key bawling of the Turkish national anthem by the assembled children in the playground of the school next door woke me suddenly. ...
The Germs Next Door
STAN COX
What would it take to convince you that your town should play host to the world’s most feared human and animal pathogens? Believe it or not, five states are locked in fierce competition over a proposed bioterror lab that would have them doing just that. ...
So Much for the Self-Regulating Market
MATT VIDAL
Last week the Federal Reserve ratcheted up its ongoing efforts to halt the burgeoning financial crisis. The Fed first engineered an injection of money into failing investment bank Bear Stearns, an 86-year-old Wall Street giant, and soon after facilitated a bu...
Hillary Under Fire
DAVE LINDORFF
So Hillary Clinton, her campaign sagging as it becomes clearer and clearer that she’s not going to get the Democratic nomination unless she can destroy her opponent, insists she would have quit Barack Obama’s Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago ...
Mr. Berg’s Strange Obsession
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
WThe Internet is rapidly proving itself the best friend of those who seek to be truly informed-not limited by the sorts of things reported in the Wall Street Journal or The New York Times. Two of the front-page stories on the WSJ on December 6 dealt with the ...
The Winter Soldier Hearings and Indy Media
SAM HUSSEINI
Jeff Cohen — full disclosure: he used to be my boss and is a friend — makes some very valid and important points in "Iraq Winter Soldier Hearings: Victory for Independent Media." But there is another way of looking at this. ...
Greed Pays
SHARON SMITH
On March 19, JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon joined Bear Stearns chief executive Alan Schwartz to face a group of 400 stunned Bear executives. Five days earlier, Bear Stearns, one of Wall Street’s five largest investment banks, had lost $17 billio...
Dreams Turned into Rubble in New Orleans
ANITA SINHA And JILL TAUBER
"Every American deserves an opportunity to achieve the American dream; New Orleans public housing residents deserve no less." U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Alphonso Jackson made th...
The Audacity of Hypocrisy
JOE MOWREY
Enough already. I can hardly stand to read the relentless insipid back and forth about Barak Obama’s recent speech on race. Somebody writes a clever bit of cliched rhetoric for him and the Right can’t quit hosing it while at the same time the Left...
Frontline’s War
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA Analyst Frontline’s "Bush’s War" on PBS Monday and Tuesday evening was a nicely put-together rehash of the top players’ trickery that led to the attack on Iraq, together with the power-grabbing, back-stabbing, and limitle...
Why Race and Gender are Separate Issues
JUSTIN E. H. SMITH
Will there be no end to this tiresome "national conversation" as to whether a black man trumps a white woman, or vice versa, on our nation’s list of the wronged? One possible end might arrive, of course, when another white man is elected in No...