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Archives from March 2008
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...