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Archives from June 2008
Who’s Actually Winning in Iraq?
PATRICK COCKBURN
The American occupation of Iraq follows the same course as that of British  rule after the First World War. At first there was imperial over-confidence  following military victory and a conviction that what Iraqis did was of no  importance. Then there ...
Blackout at the EPA
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
If there were only one agency (and there’s probably not) that has consistently enjoyed the benefits lavished on it by an ignorant president who continuously diminishes its standing in the world of science, it would be the Environmental Protection Agency.  ...
What Boumediene Means
JOANNE MARINER
The Supreme Court ruling in Boumediene v. Bush was a nail in Guantanamo’s coffin. For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court sent a strong message that it disagrees with the Bush Administration’s detainee policies. The Court’s 70-pag...
UC Workers Avert Walkout
SETH SANDRONSKY
Have you been to a University of California campus, hospital or student health center? If so, a member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 3299, helped you. Some 1,300 service workers and 2,600 patient-care techs labor at Sacram...
Scalia Cites False Information in Habeas Dissent
MARJORIE COHN
To bolster his argument that the Guantánamo detainees should be denied the right to prove their innocence in federal courts, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in his dissent in Boumediene v. Bush: "At least 30 of those prisoners hitherto released from Guant&aa...
Six Years Late, Court Throws Out Gitmo Case
ANDY WORTHINGTON
In the history of legal challenges to the Bush administration’s assertion that it can hold “War on Terror” prisoners indefinitely without charge or trial, Parhat v. Gates has just joined a trio of Supreme Court verdicts — Rasul v. Bush (2004),...
A Picture of Things to Come?
SUREN PILLAY
It’s hard to disown a photograph. As much as I try to do so, looking at the image that stares out to us this Monday morning. It is of weakness displaying itself in the false guise of strength. An image of African disunity, as South Africans attack foreign Afric...
High Flyers and Soaring Inequality
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Private and corporate jet sales are taking off, reflecting an increase in the extreme concentration of wealth in the United States and around the world. Worldwide sales of private jets have more than doubled since 2003, to $19.4 billion in 2007. The number of ...
Fear of Flailing
BETTY SHAMIEH
During the Democratic Presidential nomination process, it was clear that the majority of black feminists aligned themselves with Barack Obama rather than Hillary Clinton.  Is this partly because of a perceived or real persistence of racism within the mainstream ...
They’ve Got the World by the Belly
P. SAINATH
When you’re down to distributing fertilizer from a police station, you have a problem. It’s what they did in Hingoli, here in the Indian state of  in Maharashtra. That was a week ago, but the police are still, in a sense, involved in its distribution...
Spoiling Sarko’s Euro-Show
PHILIPPE MARLIERE
The problems keep piling up for Nicolas Sarkozy: his neoliberal counter-reforms make him more unpopular than ever at home, a lacklustre French team was comprehensively beaten at Euro 2008 and the Irish people have just rejected the Lisbon Treaty – a text which ...
Social Science in Harness
DAVID PRICE
“In Paracelsus’s time the energy of universities resided in the conflict between humanism and theology; the energy of the modern university lives in the love-affair between government and science, and sometimes the two are so close it makes yo...
Charlie Black’s Play Book
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Here comes Charlie Black, John McCain’s campaign adviser, who recently remarked to Fortune magazine that another terrorist attack on U.S. soil would be a "big advantage" for the Republican presidential candidate.  The comments drew a strong rebuk...
Starving AMTRAK
RALPH NADER
With the rapid expansion of federal spending responding to the perceived national security requirements after 9/11, passenger railroad supporters looked forward to a tripleheader. First passenger railroad service would have to be upgraded and expanded to facil...
Obama Scolds Black Fathers, Gets Bounce in Polls
ISHMAEL REED
It’s obvious by now that Barack Obama is treating black Americans like one treats a demented uncle, brought out  from his room to be ridiculed and scolded before company from time to time, the old Clinton Sistah Souljah strategy borrowed from Clinton&rsquo...
Obama’s Rightward Lurch
GREGORY KAFOURY
Barack Obama arrived on the political scene with a smile as beautiful as salvation itself, like a visitor from an idealized future, one where the races have combined to a golden hue, sent here to show us the way.  Of course people fell in love with him.  Ye...
Towards a World Parliament
BILL CHRISTISON
It is not useful to discuss what’s right and what’s wrong with the United Nations these days, without at the same time discussing what’s right and wrong with the entire range of U.S. foreign policies and major U.S. domestic policies as well.  W...
The Torture Trainers and the American Psychological Association
STEPHEN SOLDZ
The CIA’s Torture Teachers, psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen [see ...
Gas Price Gouging
MIKE WHITNEY
“I’ve seen this bad movie before. It’s the Enron movie, which hit the West Coast power-markets like a bomb because the federal government was asleep at the switch. Now it’s happening again with oil prices." –Rep....
Italy’s Forgotten Prisoners in Guantánamo
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Reprieve, the London-based legal action charity that represents 35 of the 273 prisoners still in Guantánamo, has just released a report, The Forgotten Italian Residents in Guantánamo Bay, in an attempt to find a solution to the plight of six of its clie...
How Should the Middle East Invest Its Oil Profits?
MICHAEL HUDSON
Every week Mid-Eastern countries acquire more dollars in payment for their oil and other exports, and also for rising U.S. investment in their stock markets and other property. This confronts them with a problem: What can they do with these dollars? Traditiona...
Killing Farmers with Killer Seed
JOHN ROSS
As the global food crisis escalates, Big Biotech (Monsanto, Novartis, Syngenta, Dupont-Pioneer, Dow et al) are capitalizing on the desperation of the hungry at runaway prices and rapidly diminishing reserves as a wedge to foist genetically modified (GMO) seeds on a r...
A MAD Foreign Policy
ROBERT WEITZEL
“My number one priority in foreign policy is to protect Israel.” –Former House Speaker Richard Armey Rocky was a boyhood friend. He was as big and as strong as his name. In his wild d...
Environmental Enron
PETER MONTAGUE
When burned, coal produces three times its own weight in carbon dioxide (CO2) ...
Gaza’s Dying Children
RAMZY BAROUD
A six-year-old Palestinian girl from Gaza was killed by Israeli fire on 12 June. "Medics say the girl was decapitated by a [tank] shell," Associated Press (AP) reported the next day. The Israeli military said the soldiers opened fire in retaliation against ...
Where’s the Anger?
HOWARD LISNOFF
About a week before a summer training institute for leaders of the antiwar movement I called the sponsoring organization, The War Resisters League, to learn why I hadn’t heard anything from the group after completing an application several months earlier to att...
Grieving Mr. Gotcha
RICHARD RHAMES
“Russert always got along with the bosses at General Electric, who purchased NBC in 1986. ‘He was a beloved figure in so many areas , including with people like Jack Welch, the head of GE,’ said [Ken] Auletta….’They loved him...
Penn, Porn and Me
GAIL DINES
Everyone who has ever worked as an activist in progressive organizations fighting gender, racial and economic inequality, has had the experience of seeing their words and ideas twisted by mainstream corporate media. This is what happened to me on Penn and Teller: Bul...
A MAD Foreign Policy
ROBERT WEITZEL
“My number one priority in foreign policy is to protect Israel.” –Former House Speaker Richard Armey Rocky was a boyhood friend. He was as big and as strong as his name. In his wild d...
Bright Ideas for Storms and Blackouts
TIM MATSON
As storms, heat waves, and fires continue to hit most of the country, blackouts are happening with increasing frequency. Why? We’ve got more people and vulnerable power lines. Be prepared. Keep a supply of candles handy. Seven day emergency candles co...
The Supreme Court’s Hostility to Organized Labor
DAVID MACARAY
To anyone interested in the future health of organized labor, they should know that it just took a decided turn for the worse.  On Thursday, June 19, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law which had made it illegal for employers to spend state-provi...
McCain, Racism and the Supreme Court
ROBERT FANTINA
John McCain, the elderly senator from Arizona who also happens to be the GOP presidential candidate, weighed in on the recent Supreme Court decision that granted prisoners incarcerated in one of the most notorious prisons on the planet, Guantanamo, the right to seek ...
The Game is Over. There Won’t be a Rebound
MIKE WHITNEY
MIKE WHITNEY: Fed chairman Bernanke has been on a spree lately, delivering three speeches in the last two weeks. Every chance he gets, he talks tough about the strong dollar and "holding the line" against inflation. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson...
Paul Krugman on Race
MICHAEL YATES
In a June 9 New York Times column, economist Paul Krugman tells us that “Mr. Obama’s nomination wouldn’t have been possible 20 years ago. It’s possible today only because racial division, which has driven U.S. politics rightward for more than ...
Mearsheimer and Walt in Tel Aviv
LINDA MAMOUN
Tel Aviv –like all of Israel– is a stridently nationalist place. Israeli flags loom everywhere: over buildings and roads, city parks and beaches. They’re mounted on cars and motorcycles. In residential areas, on the city’s narrow tree-lined st...
The Off-Shore Drilling Scam
ALAN FARAGO
No Americans aren’t going to trust Republicans on the expansion of offshore oil drilling to lower the price of gasoline. Just add this to the long list of errors, missteps and miscalculations reflected in the recent AP-Ipsos poll: “When other surveys are ...
The Russert Send-Off
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In the old days, when a journalist met his final deadline, friends would gather round the grave, toss in a few memories, then make off to the bar for liquid comfort and disrespectful stories about the dear departed. Contrast this with the send-off for  Tim Russe...
Keeping America Safe
DAVE LINDORFF
President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and the rest of the warmongers and terror-pimps in the White House would have us believe that Omar Khadr is a monster. Khadr is the 21-year-old Canadian who is facing one of the first show-trials at Guantanamo. But l...
How Countrywide Leveraged Washington
MICHAEL WINSHIP
Pity poor Ed McMahon. Remember Johnny Carson’s sidekick on The Tonight Show, host of Star Search, the guy who used to deliver flabbergasted citizens those multi-million dollar checks from Publishers’ Clearinghouse? With his own big paydays largely in the ...
A Secret Oil Gusher Inside Citigroup
PAM MARTENS
If you want to flush out market manipulation, don’t turn to the sleuths in Congress.  They’ve been probing trading of the oil markets for two years and completely missed a company at the center of the action.  During that period, a barrel of cru...
Torturegate
CHRIS FLOYD
This has been one of the most extraordinary weeks in modern American history. The many  isolated streams of evidence about the Bush Administration’s torture system – and the direct responsibility of the Administration’s highest officials for th...
Why Israel Won’t Accept a Two-State Solution
BERNARD CHAZELLE
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often narrated as a morality play, where offers are generous, lessons are taught, consciousness is seared, terrorism is rewarded, etc. Let’s quit the blame game and focus, instead, on what’s feasible and what’s no...
Fear and Hope on a Runaway Train
ROBERT JENSEN
Before I offer my review of “Beautiful World,” Eliza Gilkyson’s new CD on Red House Records, two disclaimers up front. First, this really isn’t a music review because I don’t know anything about music. I’m the guy they put ...
Dying of Hunger, Dying of Thirst
JO-SHING YANG
In recent months worldwide food crises and food riots have dominated newspaper headlines and captured the attention of global media and political leaders as soaring food and commodities prices plunge an estimated 1 billion people worldwide deeper into poverty and on ...
A Totally Lawless Regime
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
It is now an incontrovertible fact, known all over the world, that George W. Bush and his regime lied through their teeth in order to launch wars of aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq, and that the Bush regime is doing the same thing again in hopes of launching ...
Travelers, Sour and Sentimental
DAVID YEARSLEY
“I hate traveling and explorers.” —Claude Levi-Strauss, Tristes tropiques (1955) It’s an illusion to think that a need to complain about travel is unique to our age of mass tourism or to the aftermath ...
Palestine in the American Imagination
RAMZY BAROUD
As Palestinians hurriedly buried their loved ones in the Gaza Strip following a deadly Israeli onslaught, which further contributed to Gaza’s worst humanitarian crisis since 1967 [1], US and Israeli celebrities rallied at a Los Angeles benefit concert for the I...
Vietnam Blues
RON JACOBS
There have been several histories of the US war in Vietnam by US writers.  Very few of them have stood the test of time.  Marilyn Young’s ...
Adventures in the Endangered Skin Trade
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
This is an excerpt from JEFFREY ST. CLAIR’s new environmental history, ...
The Ugly Side of Disaster
TIM WISE
Disasters bring out the best and worst in people. On the one hand, millions of folks respond to the suffering of their fellow human beings with compassion, concern, and even significant financial assistance when needed. Be it a hurricane, an earthquake, tornad...