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Archives from June 2008
John Yoo, Totalitarian
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
John Yoo stands outside the Anglo-American legal tradition.  His views lead to self-incrimination wrung out of a victim by torture.  He believes a president of the US can initiate war, even on false pretenses, and then use the war he starts as cover for dep...
John McCain, Torture Puppet
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Sen. John McCain, who recently shelved his  opposition to torture by voting against a bill banning the use of torture by the CIA,, compounded his desperate lunge for the Hard Right vote by declaring that last Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, granting const...
The Big Lock-Up
BILL QUIGLEY
“We can never forget that everything that Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal,’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany, bu...
Health Care and the Ghosts of War
NORMAN SOLOMON
Speaking in a time of war, Martin Luther King Jr. said: "Somehow this  madness must cease." Forty-one years later, young soldiers are returning to the United States  from terrifying zones of carnage. The old claims of a justified war have &...
Can Wyeth Fool American Women Twice?
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Can Wyeth win back the 40 million Premarin and Prempro users it’s lost since 2002–along with $1 billion a year in profits–with a new menopause drug? Or will the once-bitten women who have filed more than 5,000 law suits claiming the hormones...
Brownout in Black Camelot
ROBERT OSCAR LOPEZ
Barack Obama’s candidacy has changed America’s cultural compass; nobody can deny it after coming across the JFK comparisons and the term “black Camelot.” A new paroxysm is spreading: the “obamagasm,” definable as a rush of delight ...
An End to Iraq Contractor Immunity?
PATRICK COCKBURN
The US has accepted that foreign contractors in Iraq will no longer have immunity from Iraqi law under a new security agreement now under negotiation, says the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari. Mr Zebari, speaking to this reporter in Washington, said tha...
Brownout in Black Camelot
ROBERT OSCAR LOPEZ
Barack Obama’s candidacy has changed America’s cultural compass; nobody can deny it after coming across the JFK comparisons and the term “black Camelot.” A new paroxysm is spreading: the “obamagasm,” definable as a rush of delight ...
Is Cuba Done With Equality?
MOSHE ADLER
The Communist Party of Cuba has seen the light; it has just announced that from now on wages in Cuba will not be determined by the government, which kept them nearly equal, but by workers’ productivity. Of course, since it was th...
The Real Arab AIPAC
BOUTHAINA SHAABAN
Even before the annual meeting of AIPAC in which American presidential candidates submitted their credentials in emphasizing that Jerusalem must be the united capital of Israel, and during which they assured their commitment to the military superiority of Israel, so ...
Obama’s Missteps
GEORGE BISHARAT
On his first day as the presumptive Democratic candidate for president earlier this month, Barack Obama committed a serious foreign policy blunder. Reciting a litany of pro-Israeli positions at the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC...
Killing the News in Iraq
DAVE LINDORFF
Reuters may be “satisfied” with the Pentagon’s investigation concluding that US troops were “justified” in their slaying of the news organization’s working journalist Waleed Khaled back in 2005, but the rest of us shouldn’t b...
Will Gorkhaland Become a Reality?
FARZANA VERSEY
"Indefinite shutdown" said the latest headlines and the hill region of Darjeeling becomes another political pawn. Ten years ago when I had last visited, stepping out of the cocoon of the teakwood panelled clubby interiors of the hotel meant long wal...
Every Move You Make
CHELLIS GLENDINNING
Surveillance of private calls and emails.  Cameras documenting every move.  No habeas corpus.  Unimpeded entry into personal financial records.  Voting machines changing election outcomes with the flick of a switch.  Protest defined as terror...
Learning to Drive in Rafah
NEVE GORDON
It took me a moment before I understood why my story about a few relatively inconsequential incidents, which occurred years ago at my high school, had such an effect on the undergraduates taking my fall semester course in 2006. One of my anecdotes related to c...
Habeas Corpus Saved–Barely
SHELDON RICHMAN
Once in a while the fading embers of freedom flare with defiant vigor. That happened the other day when the U.S. Supreme Court sternly informed the Bush administration that it may not hold people suspected of being terrorists indefinitely without charge and without j...
Why Won’t Corporations Take on Big Oil?
RALPH NADER
Here is a counter-intuitive story for you. Why don’t organized corporate interests challenge damage or risks to their clear economic interests? Think about oil prices for big consumers, not just your pocketbook. Airlines are groaning, limiting flights, a...
Dear Mr. Kilowatt
JACKIE CORR
I still think of Montana Power now and then. Not that I ever worked for the hometown company or that I was Bob Gannon’s best friend or anything like that. I happened to be in high school with him, a couple of years ahead, yet he left little impression on me. Ce...
Judicial Warfare in Boumediene
BOB MOSS
Much has already been written about the impact of last week’s Supreme Court’s decision, Boumediene v. Bush, on the courts, the detainees, and the Bush Administration’s "war on terror". I would like to draw attention to something that may b...
Obama’s Genuflections
VIJAY PRASHAD
In the last few weeks of the grueling primary campaign, Senator Barack Obama made two important visits. He spoke to the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) and to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). To both groups Obama provided some red meat....
The Elephant in the Room
DAVE LINDORFF
On Monday last week, something important happened in Washington. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the Democratic representative from Cleveland, OH, who early in the primary season won some of the biggest applause lines in the Democratic presidential candidate debates, introduce...
Oil Prices, Market Regulation and the 2008 Elections
PARVEZ AHMED
On June 6, 2008 crude oil futures surged to an all-time high of $139.12 per barrel, a doubling of price in the past 12 months. U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson rightly suggested that the increasing price of oil is "a real burden on American consumers."...
The "F" Word and the White Press
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Two of the most important prophets confronting the oppression of black persons in America are Minister Louis Farrakhan and Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr.  They are black-chosen not white-approved leader.  Thus their unique prophetic authority is revealed in the ...
Bush in London
DAVID WILSON
When George W Bush had tea with the Queen on Sunday afternoon at Windsor Castle the BBC reported that he apparently “showed particular interest in a suit of armour worn by Henry VIII.” The man shows particular interest in all things to do with violence an...
Hunger and Humiliation in the Belt-Tightening Economy
NICOLE COLSON
Clip coupons. Stop eating at restaurants. Grow a vegetable garden. Learn to do without. Everywhere you look, the mainstream media–finally waking up to the economic reality facing millions of poor and working-class Americans–are suddenly full of &qu...
Chomsky Speaks
WAJAHAT ALI
"I’m absolutely deluged with requests right now, but I really would like to do this interview, I just don’t know when,” replied the 79 year old, prolific author, linguist, scholar and political dissident to the first of my many emails over a si...
Yemeni Daggers Unsheathed
RANNIE AMIRI
“If a cat dies in Lebanon, the world knows about it. Here in Yemen, we are forgotten.” - Zaidi scholar Sayyid Mourtada al-Muhatwari The jambiya or ceremonial curved, double-edged dagger worn under the belt of Yemeni...
Reviving Habeas Corpus
MARJORIE COHN
After the Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited opinion, upholding habeas corpus rights for the Guantánamo detainees, I was invited to appear on The O’Reilly Factor with guest host Laura Ingraham. Although she is a lawyer and former law clerk for Ju...
Adversarial Relationship
DAVID MACARAY
During the mid-1980s, America’s labor unions made a critical and momentous error in judgement.  Their error was trusting management.  Specifically, it was buying into management’s version of the so-called New Culture—the narrative declarin...
The Brain Trauma Vets
CONN HALLINAN
“We are facing a massive mental health problem as a result of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a country, we have not responded adequately to this problem. Unless we act urgently and wisely, we’ll be dealing with an epidemic of service-rel...
Two Professors
URI AVNERY
Contrary to some expectations, the visit of the two controversial American professors was a great success. John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, whose book "...
Obama and the Fall Into Tyranny
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
As articles by John Pilger, Alexander Cockburn, and Uri Avnery make clear, by groveling before the Israel Lobby Obama has dispelled any hope that his presidency would make a difference.   ...
An Apology
URI AVNERY
THIS WEEK, the Prime Minister of Canada made a dramatic statement in Parliament: he apologized to the indigenous peoples of his country for the injustices done to them for generations by successive Canadian governments. This way, White Canada tries to make pea...
The Racial Politics of Symbols
COREY D. B. WALKER
In politics, symbols matter. And in a nation with a history of racialized chattel slavery, state sanctioned discrimination, and an anti-black racialist and racist culture, political symbols of racial progress matter tremendously. It is in this context where ...
Files Upon Files
HOWARD LISNOFF
Fred and I demonstrate, or rather vigil against the war in Iraq, each Saturday in front of the town hall in a small town in Massachusetts.  I joined Fred after being absent from the antiwar movement, or what is left of that movement, for about four years. Usuall...
Of Whales and Worms
DENNIS LOO
Many people regard Obama’s upcoming nomination for president as a sign that change is underway and that the nightmare of Bush and Cheney will be over beginning in late January 2009. New York Times columnist Frank Rich, for example, sees Obama’s emergence ...
The Colossus
ISHMAEL REED
Bebop was my generation’s hip-hop. It was more than a pastime; it was an obsession. I used to play trombone with bebop groups. When I turned sixty, I enrolled in Berkeley’s Jazz School, where I studied with jazz pianist Susan Muscarella for nearly five ye...
Ireland Shows the Way
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin In the midst of a growing economic crisis, Ireland’s urban working class and struggling rural people have united to deliver a blow to Europe’s ruling elite. The defeat of the Lisbon Treaty in yesterday’s Irish refer...
The F-Word
JEFF SHARLET
"There is a book in the store windows in London and New York,” Frank Buchman, evangelist of the upper class, told an assembly at the Metropolitan Opera House in November of 1935. “The title is ...
The Politics of Timber Theft
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
This is an excerpt from JEFFREY ST. CLAIR’s new environmental history, ...
Jesus in Megiddo Prison
MICHAEL DICKINSON
The announcement this week that archaeologists have excavated what is believed to be the oldest Christian church in the world in a cave under the already ancient Church of St. Georgeous in Rihab, Jordan, reminded me of the last time the announcement of the discovery ...
Wat Tyler Day
PETER LINEBAUGH
May Day this year I was in Bristol speaking on Magna Carta to the Radical History Society which is underpinned by some of the men and women footballers, netballers, and cricketers called the Easton Cowboys.  And I met with friends to exchange views on ‘the...
How to Stretch Gasoline
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
John McCain, the Republican party’s presidential candidate, has been promoting the idea of a "gas tax holiday," supposedly for the summer months before the November 2008 election, to win popular support. Barack Obama, the Democratic party’s cand...
How Europe Underdevelops Africa
PATRICK BOND And RICHARD KAMIDZA
In even the most exploitative African sites of repression and capital accumulation, sometimes corporations take a hit, and victims sometimes unite on continental lines instead of being divided-and-conquered. Turns in the class struggle might have surprised Walter Rod...
McNasty
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
If you have no idea what war is about, thank your gods.  It is not what you see in Mel Gibson movies, nor is it hidden within the Big Lie Big Brother tells you about Pat Tillman’s heroic “Army of One” in Iraq and Afghanistan. When my fat...
Old Dogs and Hard Time
JOE BAGEANT
Late at night through my window by the computer I can see my neighbor Stokes bicycling at 10 pm to the local convenience store to buy groceries. Not only is that an expensive way to feed one’s self, but it is the only way for old Stokes to cop some grubs withou...
America the Detested
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
On the day that American airstrikes in Pakistan killed 11 Frontier Corps soldiers a committee of the US Congress in Washington released a report indicating that America was hated round the world.  It recorded that “Anti-Americanism is at record levels than...
They Gassed Us
BINOY KAMPMARK
Australia’s indigenous peoples were not the only ones to be subjected to the scientific depredations of the United Kingdom and Australian governments between 1956 and 1957.  That particularly noxious venture yielded seven atomic tests in the desert sands o...
Bush Tries to Raid Salmon Disaster Funds
DAN BACHER
West Coast Representatives and leaders of fishing groups are outraged by an attempt by the White House to yank $70 million in disaster funding from commercial and recreational fishermen in order to pay for the census. The Bush Administration’s Office o...
Music in the Rubble
DAVID YEARSLEY
At the moment of the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake, I was not in front of my television watching the beginning of the World Series then taking place forty miles to the north on Highway 101. Instead, I was sitting at my clavichord in my apartment building in a desolat...