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Archives from March 2008
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...
America’s Banks are Broken
PETER MORICI
America’s banks are broken, and the U.S. economy cannot be pulled out of recession until they are fixed. Thirty years ago, mortgages were straightforward. Homebuyers went to banks, which checked incomes, purchased independent appraisals and loaned bu...
Olympic Flames
DAVE ZIRIN
China’s crackdown against Tibetan protesters ahead of the Summer Olympics in Beijing carries with it a brutal echo from the past. Scores of people, including school children are reported dead and more repression has been promised. The People’s Daily, ...
If I Can’t Dance ….
DAVID ROVICS
Last weekend I sang at an antiwar protest in downtown Portland, Oregon, on the fifth anniversary of the ongoing slaughter in Iraq. In both its good and bad aspects, the event downtown was not unusual. Hard-working, unpaid activists from various organizations ...
A Silver Lining to the Bush Years?
JOSHUA FRANK
The left far too often dwells on gloom and doom. We postulate about the failures of past movements, the crashing of the economy, the bloodshed in the Middle East, and the wholesale destruction of the environment. Not to say all this is not occurring. It most ...
The Politics of Jeremiah Wright
COREY D. B. WALKER
  "Stigmatizing the uncounted as backward, dangerous, etc., then, is the best way to ward off a more profound evil': the emergence of a popular subjective force that would be capable of opposing the sterility of comfortable self-perpe...
Blonde Ambition
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Hillary Clinton can not win the Democratic nomination for president. The numbers tell the story. Even with robust victories in Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky, Hillary will trail Obama in popular votes and pledged delegates as they enter the conv...
First of the Mohicans
WAJAHAT ALI
Keith Ellison, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is the first African American ever elected to the House from Minnesota. Oh, he’s also the first Muslim Congressman in history [The second Muslim American, Andre Carson, was recently elected to Congr...
Sami Al-Arian’s Long Ordeal
STEPHEN LENDMAN
Sami Al-Arian is a political prisoner in Police State America. This article reviews his case briefly and updates it to the present. Because of his faith, ethnicity and political activism, the Bush administration targeted Al-Arian for supporting "terror...
A Glimmer of Hope From the Gulf Coast
VIJAY PRASHAD
The election season in the United States has seen the presidential candidates winding their way around a collapsing economy and an endless occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes have just published a new book...
The American Dead Hits 4,000, But Who’s Counting?
DAVE LINDORFF
Well, the toll of wasted American lives in Iraq has hit 4000. But hey, who’s counting? Certainly not the folks in the White House and the Pentagon, and certainly not John McCain, the prospective Republican nominee for president, who thinks the war is ...
How Public Servants Can Help End the Iraq War
RALPH NADER
The tragic marker of the 4000th U.S. Soldier to fall in Iraq is now before the American people–with no end in sight. During the vigils, marches and Winter Soldiers’ heartfelt testimonies on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the invasion-occupat...
Two Americas
URI AVNERY
"War is much too serious a thing to be left to military men," in Talleyrand’s memorable words. In the same spirit, one could say: The American presidential elections are much too serious to be left to the Americans. The US is now the only su...
The Crisis in Tibet
DAVID KRIEGER
At this critical moment, the Dalai Lama and Tibet need us. I ask you to join in adding your voice to those supporting the Dalai Lama, the cause of Tibetan autonomy, and an end to the violence in Tibet. Following the violence in Tibet and China this month...
Racism in America and Other Uncomfortable Facts
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
The same day that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama stood in Philadelphia delivering a stirring speech on racism in America, authorities shut down a section of I-95 in that city to conduct emergency repairs on a crumbling support beam. In ...
The Money Launderers
ALAN FARAGO
A week ago, on the day President Bush disavowed government intervention in financial markets, the Federal Reserve announced the fruit of its weekend labor: essentially guaranteeing hundreds of billions in toxic financial derivatives owned by banks. Money laun...
Digging Out of the Recession
PETER MORICI
The U.S. economy is in recession with no end in sight. Falling housing prices are blamed, but the root causes are bad economic policies and lousy banking practices. U.S. imports exceed exports by more than $700 billion, thanks mostly to expensive oil and lo...
Tax Burden
STACEY WARDE
I’ve run into trouble before but nothing like the trouble I’ve run into with the I.R.S., the government agency whose duty it is to collect our taxes. They’re coming after me pretty hard. I owe lots of money, half of which is accrued penalt...
A Letter to Mom on Obama
CAT WOODS
Hi Mom, I checked out Obama’s speech. I thought it was well-written and well-presented, bringing up to White America some considerations they need to keep in mind, and handling the attacks on him and his pastor very well. Now, I’m not say...
Possessing Someone Else’s Country
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
There are advantages to be gained from taking possession of a country rather than simply befriending its leader. Consider Iraq and Pakistan. Iraq, as was recently observed in this space, is a possession of George Bush. Though sovereign in theory, Iraq was p...
The Coming War on Venezuela
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
More than a year ago, I attended the official book release for the Venezuelan edition of Eva Golinger’s Bush Versus Chávez, published by Monte Avila, and the book had previously been printed in Cuba by Editorial José Martí. I recount thi...
Inside the Shell Game
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein has taken up the Litvinenko case. The media used the Litvinenko case...
The Crazy Rev. Wright
ISHMAEL REED
Nothing is more uplifting than watching MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," where wealthy Anglicized Irish Americans like Joe Scarborough, Chris Matthews, Tim "Little Russ" Russert and Pat Buchanan hold forth on the topic of race. During the week begi...
Happy Anniversary, America!
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Watching George W. Bush in operation these last couple of weeks is like having an out-of-body experience. On acid. During a nightmare. In a different galaxy. As he presides over the latest disaster of his administration (No, it’s not a terrorist attac...
Torture Stories Dog Guantánamo Trials
ANDY WORTHINGTON
From the moment that the Toronto Star unleashed a gruesome, and previously unpublished photo of the chest wounds sustained by 15-year old Omar Khadr, after a firefight in Afghanistan in July 2002, it was clear that the resumption of Khadr’s pre-trial hearing...
Sex and the Immigration Officer
JACOB HORNBERGER
U.S. officials often look down their noses at the corruption in the Mexican government, especially with respect to the war on drugs, where drug laws have long enriched the coffers of Mexican officials through bribery, extortion, and blackmail. U.S. officials behav...
Bush’s Surge Hits Mosul
JOHN ROSS
The world marks the fifth year of the war in Iraq with no end in sight. Just as others in my generation could not remember a time when there was no Vietnam war, my life seems to have begun with the current massacre. What came before has been erased. I was j...
Booked Up
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Let Me Stand Alone: the Journals of Rachel Corrie by Rachel Corrie ...
Easter Egg Shells from Hell
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Since TV celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh-Fearnley Whittingstall launched exposes of poultry production in the UK late last year, three quarters of polled consumers said they’d buy free range chicken and eggs and that stores should not carry any other k...
Class, Gender and Abortion in Communist Romania
KIM NICOLINI
“4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days”, the latest installment in new Romanian cinema, is definitely worth the hype and the excitement surrounding it. This is the movie that I’ve been waiting to see for months, and it did not disappoint. In fact, it far exceede...
The Andean Crisis and the Geopolitics of Trade
LAURA CARLSEN
Day One: the Colombian military and police forces launched an attack on an encampment of the Colombian guerrilla group Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) in Ecuadorian territory, killing over 20 people. Day Two: Ecuador’s President Raf...
Tolerance and the American Pulpit
GREG MOSES
A cable newscaster on Friday afternoon asked in a tone of voice that expressed her wide-eyed naivety: "What is liberation theology?" Having covered the news for many years, and having covered the Rev. Jeremiah Wright thunderstorm for two weeks, it was st...
Bush Blisters the Truth on Iraq
RALPH NADER
On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Bush’s illegal war of aggression in Iraq, the Fabricator-in-Chief made a speech at the Pentagon, whose muzzled army chiefs had opposed his costly, ruinous adventure from the start for strategic, tactical and logist...
Rethinking New Mexico History
SETH SANDRONSKY
In 1967 author, historian, human rights activist and professor Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz was working on a Ph.D. in Latin American history at UCLA when a TV report drew her attention. Armed men of the Alianza Federal de Pueblos Libres had captured a small town’s c...
Evolution is Going to the Dogs in the Galapagos
Captain PAUL WATSON
A special law for the Galapagos specifically prohibits dogs and cats, and for good reason. They are exotic species who don’t belong on these islands, where indigenous animals have no natural defense against them. Now, considering that it is against th...
The Cost of Unilateral Humanitarian Initiatives
JAMES PETRAS
President Uribe’s troop and missile assault, violating Ecuadorian sovereignty came very close to precipitating a regional war with Ecuador and Venezuela. During an interview I had with President Chavez, at the time of this bellicose act, he confirmed to me t...
Logging v. Water in Honduras
JAMES MURREN
Ten years ago, one of the projects I worked on as a Peace Corps volunteer in Olancho, Honduras involved protecting a watershed in the high mountains north of Manto (my site) that would serve as the water source for 11 communities spread out in the valley below. An...
Monsanto’s Raid on Brazil
ISABELLA KENFIELD
On March 7th-International Women’s Day-dozens of Brazilian women occupied a research site of the U.S.-based agricultural biotechnology giant Monsanto in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, destroying the greenhouse and experimental plots of genetically-mo...
The Bush Plan
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
According to George Bush, the Iraq war is boosting the US economy. Recently, he said to NBC’s Ann Curry, "I think actually the spending in the war might help with jobs because we’re buying equipment, and people are working." Ah, the in...