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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...
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...