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Archives from April 2008
On "Withdrawing Responsibly" from Iraq
MALOU INNOCENT
Sixty percent of Americans want the United States to set a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq, according to a March 12th Gallup poll. And sixty-four percent, according a recent CBS poll, believe that the Iraq War was never worth fighting to begin with. A...
Jeremiah Wright Delivers the Knockout Punch
MIKE WHITNEY
Reverend Jeremiah Wright appeared on PBS Bill Moyers Journal on Friday night and delivered a knockout punch to the bully-boys in the corporate media. Wright showed that he is neither a fanatic nor an “America hater”; just an extreme...
Sneak Privatization of Mexico’s Oil Halted
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. "The Adelitas have arrived/To defend our oil/Whoever wants to give it to the foreigners/ Will get the shit kicked out of him!" yodeled the brigades of women pouring onto the esplanade of the Mexican senate to p...
Chicago: the Stupid Experiment
GREG MOSES
Chicago is bleeding, and the Mayor has called the citizens to action: “I don’t want people to wait for Mayor Daley to call a meeting. I want you to call a meeting in your home with your children and loved ones. I want you to go next door and talk to those chi...
A World of Hunger
RALPH NADER
Where is Harry Chapin when we need him? The popular folk singer (Cat’s in the Cradle), who lost his life in an auto crash 27 years ago, was an indefatigable force of nature against hunger—in this country and around the world. To hear H...
Nero, Frederick the Great, Nixon … They All Did It Better Than Clinton
DAVID YEARSLEY
Many a political leader has tried sought to bolster flagging popularity through public music-making. Tacitus relates how Nero took to the stage on one memorable occasion with his lyre and sweet voice. Insulating himself from failure, Nero packed the audi...
Obliterate Them!
ANDREW WIMMER
There is a Persian proverb that says, “Esfah?n nesf-e jah?n ast” or "Esfahan is half the world.” And there is the American zeitgeist that says, “Obliterate them.” Esfahan is a modern Iranian metropolis of ...
Food Riots and Speculators
MIKE WHITNEY
Food riots have broken out across the globe destabilizing  large parts of the developing world. China is experiencing double-digit inflation. Indonesia, Vietnam and India have imposed controls over rice exports. Wheat, corn and soy beans are at recor...
A Mennonite Farmer is Hauled Away
LINN COHEN-COLE
On April 25, 2008, in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, Mark Nolt, a Wenger Mennonite (Horse and Buggy Mennonite) dairyman, threatened for months with arrest for selling raw milk without a permit was removed from his property by state troop...
Introducing President McCain
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
First, allow your brain to conceive of John Sidney McCain as president of the United States.  Then, form in your mouth the proper noun, President John McCain, and let it roll off your tongue into the room and ears of those nearby.  Practice it ...
Will U. S. Policy in Lebanon and the Middle East Ever Change?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Editors’ Note: This is the third and final  installment in FRANKLIN LAMB’s three-part series. AC/JSC. Dahiyeh "Absolutely not! Without a credible deterrent force, there is no real Lebanese sov...
Making You Pay for the Next Chernobyl … in Advance!
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Are you ready to pay for the next Chernobyls—in advance? Are you willing to have nuclear power prevent a solution to the climate crisis? Twenty-two years ago today, an apocalyptic cloud rose up from Unit Four, in the heart of the Ukraine. F...
Walking the Lonely Road
RON JACOBS
When we think of Paul Robeson, those of us who know  his work hear that bass voice professing a melody like no other voice bass ever recorded.  His voice on “Ol’ Man River” is the undercurrent of that mighty river pulling the ...
Booked Up
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
An Unreasonable Woman by Diane Wilson. Chelsea Green. 2006. ...
Fisk Fighting
WAJAHAT ALI
"One thing I’m going to say to you now, please make sure – and I hope you’re tape recording this – but please make sure you’re quoting me accurately. Don’t even for the basis of shortening something make me say something I haven&...
Remembering Ruben Salazar
PAUL KRASSNER
Now that there’s a commemorative stamp honoring Ruben Salazar, it’s appropriate to recall the context in which he was killed. No wonder conspiracy researcher Mae Brussell was so excited.  The attempted burglary of Democratic headquarters at the Water...
Nothing Will Get Hillary Out of the Race
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Even though she won by a 9.4 per cent margin and not the blow-out victory in Pennsylvania she was predicting a month ago; even though Barack Obama is decisively ahead in both the delegate count and the national popular vote in all Democratic primaries an...
The Wages of Left Capitulation
PETER CAMEJO
Iwas stunned to see Medea Benjamin complaining to the Nader/Gonzalez campaign because the campaign had used the word "shameful" in referring to "progressive" Democrats who had supported the pro-war, pro-Patriot Act, anti-labor, and an...
Bush vs. Carter: Let History Judge
ROBERT FANTINA
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this week admonished former president Jimmy Carter for meeting with representatives of Hamas, the Palestinian organization that currently maintains a strong presence in the Gaza Strip. Regarding advancing the cause of ...
Is There Really Any Difference Between Hillary and Condoleezza?
KATHLEEN BARRY
Several noted feminists have been using their mailing lists to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton.  This is my response to them. Does it not matter to you that Clinton voted for the war against Iraq, that she did not have the judgment that millions upon...
The Black Hole of Debt
NICK DEARDEN
In recent weeks, Haiti has been gripped by violent protest yet again. And yet again ...
Why the Bush Administration Wants to Negotiate Now with Hezbollah
FRANKLIN LAMB
Note: This is the second installment in FRANKLIN LAMB’s extraordinary three-part series,  which we are publishing  across Thursday, Friday and the weekend. Editors. "Th...
Why Biotech is Betting on Biofuels
CARMELO RUIZ MARRERO
There is a new participant in the international deliberations on global warming and agrofuels: the biotechnology industry. The corporate giants of the genetics industry propose new technologies, including genetically modified trees, second generation cellulosic ethan...
How Clinton Courted Racists in Pennsylvania
DAVE LINDORFF
Time for a discussion on … not race, but racism. One of the clear observations that can be made about the ugly Democratic presidential primary just held in Pennsylvania is that it was marred by racism. The winning candidate, Hillary ...
Syrian Nukes: the Phantom Menace
JOHN W. FARLEY
Last September 6, Israel bombed a Syrian building at Dair el Zor. In the immediate aftermath of the bombing, little was said in public, by either Israel or Syria, but later the Israelis started claiming that the Syrians were building a nuclear reactor. On the radio t...