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Archives from April 2008
Professor John Yoo Should be Dismissed From Boalt Law School–And Prosecuted
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
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?
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!
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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?
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Execution of Willie Francis. By Gilbert King. Basic ...
McCain Detests War?
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. 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...