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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 April 2008
The Politics of Zoning in Florida
ALAN FARAGO
“Yale University economist Robert Shiller, pioneer of the widely watched Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index, said there’s a good chance housing prices will fall further than the 30 percent drop in the historic depressio...
Farewell to Danny
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Let me start with the stories. Back in the days of miracles, the frontier days when "Mad Dog" Lopez and his temper struck fear into the band, small club owners, innocent civilians and all women, children and small animals. Back in the days whe...
Cowboys and Iranians
MOHAMMED ALIREZA
It is a very sad day in Iranian history when an American presidential candidate needs to threaten to “obliterate” Iran so as to be elected. The question that every Iranian needs to ask: “Why has Hillary suddenly transformed into a testes endo...
Embedded with the Tupamaros
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
Caracas. It is a Friday night in Caracas, Venezuela. We are standing in the back of a pickup truck surrounded by dozens of motorcycles, tearing through the streets of Catia, the massive slum area that makes up nearly half the populati...
Duplicity Demeans Clinton Campaign (or When Bill Praised Farrakhan)
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Inspiring yet inconsequential! Senator Hillary Clinton’s Tuesday victory in the hotly contested Pennsylvania primary certainly gave a psychological boost to her sagging candidacy. But victory did little to significantly close the dele...
The Politics of Food is Politics
DE CLARKE And STAN GOFF
In recent days, we have seen the rising price of oil and the devaluation of the dollar create two quantum shifts in the economy: the beginning of the collapse of the air travel industry and a global crisis of food-price inflation. These are related in wa...
U.S. Hypocrisy and the Malaysian Guantánamo
JOANNE MARINER
"It’s Malaysia’s Guantanamo," the woman told me. I was visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last week, to talk to an activist from a local human rights group. The group, SUARAM, has been leading a fierce campaign to abolish MalaysiaR...
Bush to Nasrallah: an Offer Hezbollah Cannot Refuse?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Note: This is the first installment in a series of three which we will publish across Thursday, Friday and the weekend. Editors. “The Bush administration parking a flotilla from its US 6th fleet off the coast of Lebanon was made necessary, it...
The Bank of England Misses the Point
PETER MORICI
The Bank of England (BoE) announcement of a 50 billion pound (US$99 billion) lending facility for British banks and building societies (mortgage providers) will do little to open up lending and help the United Kingdom to avoid a recession. The fa...
Obama’s Missed Opportunities in Indiana
JOHN BLAIR
For months, I have watched Barack Obama excite crowds with his message of hope. And, I will admit that I, too, have felt inspiration seeing thousands of young people react to Obama as if he were that singular leader who will carry American forward to ret...
Trade Politics and the Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party
MARK ENGLER
"Free trade" has produced some of the most contentious political debates of our times. In a famous April 2000 article in the New Republic, economist Joseph Stiglitz argued, "Economic policy is today perhaps the most important part of Ameri...
Sarkozy and the Specter of May 68
PHILIPPE MARLIÈRE
Forty years on, the specter of May 68 continues to haunt France. A week before his election to the French presidency, Nicolas Sarkozy launched an astonishing attack on the “moral and intellectual permissiveness” of May 68. According to the ri...
The High Crimes of John Yoo
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
The title of this article –The President’s Executioner –is a play on words. It refers to professor John Yoo, who teaches law at Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley. But this man –mild-mannered by all appearances –...
Bowling for Boris
BINOY KAMPMARK
Cleverness in London, according to Jack Worthing in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, was pervasive.  Such a surfeit of cleverness bored him to tears.  What he would have given, he exclaimed, for a fool.  In the context ...
Hillary’s Monstrous Threat
DAVE LINDORFF
Tough guy Hillary Clinton, on the morning of a critical primary vote in Pennsylvania, uttered a monstrous threat, saying on ABC’s "Good Morning America program today that if Iran were to launch a nuclear attack on Israel while she was presiden...
Rearranging Deck Chairs at Glen Canyon Dam
JOHN WEISHEIT
The experimental flood releases last month from Glen Canyon Dam was merely another public relations façade staged by the Department of the Interior believing three times is a charm. Luck is not how one restores the Grand Canyon. ...
Andy Stern’s Rackets
RALPH NADER
Andy Stern, the president of the 1.9 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is embroiled in the politics of accepting sweetheart union contract deals  and, ironically is being condemned by the Wall Street Journal. What gives her...
What Double Digit Win?
DAVE LINDORFF
The corporate media have been quick to buy into and promote the Hillary Clinton campaign claim that she won the Pennsylvania primary by "double digits," but the truth is, that involves a bit of creative rounding. The final figures for th...
What the Iraq War is About
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The Bush Regime has quagmired America into a sixth year of war in Afghanistan and Iraq with no end in sight.  The cost of these wars of aggression is horrendous.  Official US combat casualties stand at 4,538 dead.  Officially, 29,780 US tr...
Pentagon News Networks
JOHN STAUBER And SHELDON RAMPTON
David Barstow of the New York Times has written the first installment in what is already a stunning exposé of the Bush Administration’s most powerful propaganda weapon used to sell and manage the war on Iraq: the embedding of military propag...
Radical Chavismo Growls a Challenge
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
On Thursday April 3, a group of approximately 500 armed combatants representing the most vociferously revolutionary sectors of the Venezuelan Revolution engaged in a display of force in the historically revolutionary parroquia of 23 de Enero (January 23) in western C...
The Involuntary Drugging of U.S. Detainees
STEPHEN SOLDZ
A major article in the Washington Post today collect...
McCain’s Mask
VIJAY PRASHAD
Young John McCain’s friends called him McNasty. He was swift to anger and had a sharp tongue. There was little room for anyone who displeased him. That predisposition has mellowed but not vanished. McCain is known for his off-colour jokes and aside...
Pennsylvania: the Worst of All Possible Worlds
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
For the Democratic Party it was the worst possible result. If Hillary Clinton had won by 20 points, which was her lead in Pennsylvania around the time the Rev Jeremiah Wright’s sermon jumped from Youtube to cable news, then there would have a case ...
Hillary: Another Feminist Perspective
LAURA SANTINA
Chelsea Clinton recently forwarded me an article by New York feminist Robin Morgan in support of her mother’s candidacy. Though Chelsea and I have never met, I somehow ended up on one of her thousands of listserves. Morgan’s piece listed cont...
Professor John Yoo Should be Dismissed From Boalt Law School–And Prosecuted
CARLOS VILLARREAL
War crimes start at the top. The torture and deaths at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo; the humiliation of Iraqi and Afghani detainees in the field; extraordinary rendition; the indiscriminate killing by rifles and cluster bombs; these are becoming the new nor...
They Are Still Murdering Labor Unionists in Colombia
DAVID MACARAY
Even though the Colombian government argues that the level of violence has, in fact, declined, there have been more than 2,500 union members murdered in Colombia since 1985.   More than 400 have been killed since 2002, when conservative preside...
What About the War, Pope Benedict?
RAY McGOVERN
Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Washington last week against a macabre backdrop featuring reports of torture, execution, and war.  He chose not to notice. Torture:  Fresh reporting by ABC from inside sources depicted George...
Enough With the Rate Cuts, Already!
MIKE WHITNEY
Last week’s stock market blowout added more than 4 per cent to the Dow Jones Industrials, but it had no affect on Libor rates. The so-called “Libor rate” rose steadily from Tuesday through Friday signaling more troubles in the...
A Fish Tale
ROBERT OVETZ
There is more than just fish in the sea. It would be hard to know it from observing the progress of the Marine Life Protection Act in Northern California. Otherwise known as the MLPA, it is a multi-year process to redesign California’a nearl...
Spinning Saddam’s Linkages
DAVID ISENBERG
After prolonged bureaucratic labor the latest report of the Iraqi Perspectives Project (IPP) finally made it out to the larger world. Its primary conclusion, which has been making headlines since news of it was first reported March 10 by Warren Strobel o...
Green as a Blackjack Table
STAN COX
Hard times are looming.  And in their desperation to keep the American economy afloat, government and business will be tossing overboard any proposals for real environmental protection.  No time for such romantic foolishness when there are inve...
From Lhasa to Bilbao
FLOYD RUDMIN
The Basque people are an ancient minority group inhabiting the Pyrenees Mountains in northern Spain.  With the mountains as natural defense, and with their strong sense of cultural identity, they survived the Roman Empire, the Arab conquest, and the...
Playing the Opposite Game
JEFF BIRKENSTEIN
“I don’t say this because he’s black, but the guy just seems arrogant to me, the way he expects things to go his way.”  –Harry Brobst “It was probably inevitable.  The h...
Rightwing Power Grab in the Cornhusker State
PAT WOLFF
A Nebraska Supreme Court ruling is expected any day now in the case of Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation v. Kountze. The case is being watched closely by pubic interest advocates concerned about self-dealing and corruption in the world of phi...
Bush’s Paraguayan Fiasco
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
The tiny, land locked nation of Paraguay has not been blessed with political good fortune.  For decades, anti-Communist General Alfredo Stroessner, who “disappeared” and tortured thousands of dissidents, ruled over this country of some 7...
El Barrio Fights Back Against Globalized Gentrification
MICHAEL GOULD-WARTOFSKY
From London’s Grosvenor Square  you can’t see East Harlem., but you can buy it. For £250 million. 47 buildings and 1,137 homes at a time. That, at least, was supposed to be the deal for UK-based investment bank Dawnay, Day Group wh...
Where’s George?
HARVEY WASSERMAN
So what ever happened to George W. Bush, the worst chief executive this nation has ever endured?  This is an election year. Aren’t we supposed to be evaluating the legacy of the previous administration?  In this case, we hav...
Remembering Danny Federici
DANNY ALEXANDER
"It’s the sound of nature; it’s like being under dark clouds,” Bruce Springsteen tells Danny Federici in the band reunion documentary Blood Brothers. Springsteen is scratching his head, and Federici just nods. He gets it. He may al...
The Lion and the Gazelle
URI AVNERY
Tonight the Jews all over the world will celebrate the Seder, the unique* ceremony that unites Jews everywhere in the defining Jewish myth: the Exodus from Egypt. Every year I marvel again at the genius of this ceremony. It unites the whole famil...
The Sorrows of Race and Gender
ROBERT JENSEN
It may seem odd to talk of sorrows around race and gender in politics when we are a few months away from being able to vote for a white woman or a black man for president of the United States. When I was born in 1958, any suggestion that such an election...
Finding Osama Bin Laden
WAJAHAT ALI
I met with Morgan Spurlock, documentary filmmaker and star of the newly released “Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden” and the Oscar nominated “Super Size Me,” at a posh Palo Alto hotel where the small coffee costs four dollars ...
Hollow Gestures at Guantánamo
ANDY WORTHINGTON
In what appears to be nothing more than propaganda masquerading as news, the US military has announced, as Reuters described it, that it will “televise the Guantánamo trial of accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and five o...
The Great Salmon Closure
DAN BACHER
Below you will find the urgent "Salmon Closure 2008 – Never Again" action alert from the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations. This alert provides you with 10 concrete actions that you take NOW to restore Central Val...
Clampdown at Evergreen
RON JACOBS
A police car was overturned during a ruckus with local and campus police following a hiphop concert by the group Dead Prez at Evergreen Sate College in Olympia WA. The Evergreen branch of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was suspended by the colle...
The Big Hurt
DAVE LINDORFF
Is the Iraq War to blame for America’s long-term economic decline and for the current economic crisis? Martin Neil Baily, a chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton, and now director of the business initiative a...
The U.S. Role in Haiti’s Food Riots
BILL QUIGLEY
Riots in Haiti over explosive rises in food costs have claimed the  lives of six people.  There have also been food riots world-wide in Burkina  Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivorie, Egypt, Guinea, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco,  Senegal...
Booked Up
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The Execution of Willie Francis. By Gilbert King. Basic ...
McCain Detests War?
ROBERT FANTINA
Republican Senator and GOP presidential nominee John McCain made a startling statement this past week. Said he: “I detest war. It might not be the worst thing to befall human beings, but it is wretched beyond all description ….” ...
Jeremiah Wright and America’s Continuing “Separate and Unequal” Societies
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Rev. Wright is right—and Michelle as well. America continues to be dominated by powerful and wealthy white interests who use a system of white-skin privileges to control access to political and economic power. A white-controlled hierarchy that stil...