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Archives from June 2008
Thank You, Dennis Kucinich!
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
In an article in Counterpunch yesterday (Iraq War Becomes Suicidal), Saul Landau spoke of meeting a young man of 26, an Iraq veteran with shrapnel in his spine, in unceasing pain, penniless and homeless, now facing a lifetime of hero...
Asian Fury at Laura Bush
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
On Tuesday June 3 Barack Obama claimed the greatest prize the Democratic Party can offer, namely his nomination as its candidate for the presidency. The very next day the salesman of “change” raced from Minnesota back to Washington and publicly abased him...
His Little Piece of the Pie
ALAN FARAGO
IToday, the New York Times reports that Christopher J. Ward, former Treasurer, stole $725,000 from The National Republican Congressional Committee. “The thefts are both embarrassing and painful for the committee, which has been struggling to raise money for wha...
Oil and Racism
REZA FIYOUZAT
It is customary to run into brazenly racist commentary coming out of the U.S. liberals and right-wingers alike, especially when it comes to the question of oil. Besides the occasional surreal headlines about ...
Don’t Panic; Go Organic
RONNIE CUMMINS
Rising food prices and shortages have joined the energy and climate crisis, economic recession, and the war in Iraq, as headline news. While consumers struggle to pay their bills and put food on the table, Monsanto, Cargill, and Archer Daniels Midland rake in billion...
The Supreme Court’s Gitmo Decision
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Those who cherish the United States’ historical adherence to the rule of law — myself included — were delighted to hear that the US Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, in the case of Boumediene v. Bush (...
My Father’s World
SETH SANDRONSKY
Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. A medical encyclopedia. Scott Joplin records. Such were some of the cultural interests that occupied my late father, Alex. Dad was born in 1915 in New York’s Lower East Side. Both his parents immigrated from what ...
Government by Crony
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It was a longer hill to climb than the one climbed by John Ashcroft, but Tommy Thompson has reason to be happy with the rewards he received upon arriving at the summit. So do the 9/11 responders who were feeling forgotten.   John Ashcroft’s entr&eac...
Deadly Diplomacy
NORMAN SOLOMON
With 223 days left in his presidency, George W. Bush laid more flagstones along a path to war on Iran. There was the usual declaration that "all options are on the table" — and, just as ominously, much talk of diplomacy. Three times on Wednesda...
As Cranes Fall and People Die
JUDITH LEVINE
Let’s keep this in perspective, implied New York mayor Mike Bloomberg the day two construction workers died in the crane collapse on East 91st Street in Manhattan. Yes, the accident was “unacceptable,” he said. Still, “construction is a danger...
Pinkwashing
ANNE LANDMAN
You’ve heard the term "greenwashing." It refers to corporations that try to appear &...
The Iraq War Becomes Suicidal
SAUL LANDAU
I gave a dollar to a shabbily dressed young man holding a “help me” sign on a Market Street in San Francisco. Most Saturday shoppers, many of them foreign tourists taking advantage of the cheap dollar, ignored him and the scores of homeless people hoping ...
No Rest for the Working Poor
LAURA CARLSEN
Globalization continues to break down its own myths, especially in developing countries. In Mexico, the promise of more jobs withered shortly after NAFTA went into effect, when it became clear that displacement outpaced job generation. Now, its twin promise&md...
Amid Iraqi Fury, U.S. Offers Concessions on Military Bases
PATRICK COCKBURN
The reaction in Iraq to the US demands for the long-term use of military bases and other rights has been so furious that Washington is now offering limited concessions in the negotiations George Bush is willing to modify some of the demands so the Iraqi government ca...
Threats Against Iran Escalate
JEREMY R. HAMMOND
The threat of military attack against Iran has continued to escalate as the European Union this week conceded to pressure from the US to implement stricter sanctions against Iran for refusing to cease from enriching uranium for its nuclear program.  Earl...
Why Can’t We All Get KennedyCare?
HELEN REDMOND
Last month , Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. All the major news outlets provided daily updates on Kennedy’s medical treatment and prognosis. The media failed to point out an important fact: Unlike average Americans, the senator fr...
Hay Belly Nation
DEBORAH RICH
Mum’s the word among federal officials about the health benefits of eating organic foods. The Department of Health and Human Services defers questions about organic foods to the Food and Drug Administration. But the FDA has no policy on organics because...
Conversation in Miami
CLIFTON ROSS
I left the U.S. for Venezuela two days after the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) held a national vote for candidates in which nearly three million militants participated. In a country of roughly 26 million, three million militants in any party is a signifi...
Whatever Happened to "Democracy Now?"
MUHAMMAD IDREES AHMAD
It is with some alarm and dismay that I watched Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now” provide platform to right-wing Paksitani journalist Ahmad Rashid, long an apologist for Bush’s war-on-terror, to recycle propaganda from British tabloid press and ot...
The Sixties Painted Black
RON JACOBS
In recent years a number of novels that revolve around Sixties radicals coming to terms with their pasts have hit the bookstores.  Some of the better attempts at this are Neil Gordon’s ...
Exposing Pentagon and CIA Corruption
STEPHEN LENDMAN
Information for this article comes from long-time business, finance and political writer and analyst Bob Chapman who publishes the bi-weekly International Forecaster. It’s power-packed with key information and a valued source for this writer. He obtained volumi...
Wall Street Gamblers
RALPH NADER
Move over Las Vegas. The big time gamblers are on Wall Street and they are gambling with your money, your pensions, and your livelihoods. Unlike Las Vegas casinos, these big investment banks, commercial banks and stock brokerage houses are supposed to have a f...
Talking Back to Bill O’Reilly
DIANE FARSETTA
As Paul Schmelzer wrote on the Minnesota Independent website, "There were two National Conferences on Media Reform in Minneapolis over the weekend: the one I attended and the one Bill O’Reilly, Juan Williams and Fox News talking head Mary Catherine Ham did...
Why I Can’t Support Barack Obama
JOSHUA FRANK
Four years ago, as the sentiment against George W. Bush’s administration mounted, the entire left-wing spectrum hung on tight to the coattails of John Kerry, grasping for dear life. Critics called it the "Anybody but Bush" syndrome, but it should have...
Why Oil Prices Are So High
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
How to explain the oil price? Why is it so high? Are we running out? Are supplies disrupted, or is the high price a reflection of oil company greed or OPEC greed. Are Chavez and the Saudis conspiring against us? In my opinion, the two biggest factors in oil&rs...
A Picture from Beirut
MALINI JOHAR SCHUELLER
When I decided to go to Beirut early last month to give a talk titled “Beauty Without Borders and Other Feminisms” at the American University of Beirut, the subject of my talk seemed both appropriate and ironic.  Like most postcolonialists I had an i...
Bernanke Aggravates the Risk
PETER MORICI
The Commerce Department reported the April deficit on trade in goods and services was $60.9 billion. This was up from $56.5 billion in March, substantially larger than the 59.5 billion consensus forecast. The trade deficit was driven up by higher prices for i...
Organizing for Freedom
JORDAN FLAHERTY
At the heart of Louisiana’s prison system sits the Louisiana State Prison at Angola, a former slave plantation where little has changed in the last several hundred years. Angola has been made notorious from books and films such as Dead Man Walking and The Farm:...
Banned in the U.S.A. (Almost)
SAREE MAKDISI
I didn’t think America was a place where bookstores barred people for their viewpoints, until it happened to me, right here in Washington, D.C., the city of my birth. I was scheduled to speak at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse last month a...
An Inglorious Start
JOANNE MARINER
"We will send a clear message to those who kill Americans,” President George W. Bush vowed on September 6, 2006, “[No matter] how long it takes, we will find you and we will bring you to justice.” Announcing that several detainees believed to b...
John McCain and the Company He Keeps
ALAN FARAGO
Yesterday, the US EPA—the nation’s top environmental agency– decided that regulating the movement of polluted water from one water body to another: from a river or stream, by pump, to canal or to Florida’s Everglades is not a federal responsib...
Rumi and Sufism
WAJAHAT ALI
Rumi, the best selling poet in America today, was a practicing Muslim and a Sufi master who lived nearly eight hundred years ago. His poetry and lyrical verses exalting his desire for the Divine, as well as describing his ecstatic pain and yearning for his “bel...
Deadly Fallout From Obama’s Groveling Before Israel Lobby
JAMES G. ABOUREZK
Like a Moslem undertaking the Hajj, the once in a lifetime trip to Mecca, or a Catholic chancing to see the Pope speak from his Vatican window, presidential candidates seemingly long to trudge to the annual AIPAC conference to pay fealty to Israel and its Lobby. ...
Killing Foods, Killing People
JOHN ROSS
"Orlando" (not his real name) eats after everyone else has eaten – if there’s enough left over to eat.  All day, he scavenges in the garbage cans outside of the three MacDonald’s outlets here in the old quarter of the city with an occ...
Collaboration on the Clearwater
GARY MACFARLAND
Collaboration is touted as the latest solution to pubic land conflicts.  Senator Crapo (R-ID) recently announced a new “collaborative” had been formed to address public land issues in Idaho’s Clearwater Basin.  Ironically, this public anno...
U. S. Bid to Hike Iran’s Gas Prices Seems Doomed
C. HAND
On Iran’s gas via the estimable Laura Rozen, a report on another effort to put paid to the Axis of Evi...
A Ripe Time for Inflation
KENNETH COUESBOUC
If people expect an increase in inflation to be temporary and do not build it into their longer-term plans for setting wages and prices, then the inflation created by a shock to oil prices will tend to fade relatively quickly. ...
An Unsustainable Trade Deficit
PETER MORICI
Tuesday, the Commerce Department will report the April trade deficit. Last month, the Commerce Department reported the March deficit on goods and services was $58.2 billion. For April, my published forecast is $60.0 billion and the consensus forecast is $59.5...
Chinese Superstition or Unconscious Oracle?
JAMES L. SECOR
Caveat:- This is all over the Chinese Internet. My rendition does not do the Chinese justice, I am sure. But it puts the 911 foolishness in the US to shame, especially since the 911 numerical conspiracy came after the fact: the Chinese numerical cons...
Obama, Israel and AIPAC
URI AVNERY
After months of a tough and bitter race, a merciless struggle, Barack Obama has defeated his formidable opponent, Hillary Clinton. He has wrought a miracle: for the first time in history a black person has become a credible candidate for the presidency of the most po...
Drawing Your Last Breath Hungry
ALLAN NAIRN
In parts of Burma before the cyclone hit the heat was so severe that you could walk around on a hazy day and run the risk of sunstroke. On Thingyan the Buddhist holiday in which people dunk each other with water you could get a full-face full-pail drenching an...
The Inconvenient Senator Grassley
MARTHA ROSENBERG
The "bully tactics" and "intimidation" of drug industry operatives could cause "thousands of additional cancer deaths," cries an angry doctor in a May 29 oped in the Wall Street Journal. But Mark O. Thornton, MD, MPH, PhD, is not...
Irish Euro Vote Comes Down to the Wire
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin The more the Irish people know about the Lisbon Treaty, the less they like it. That’s the message of the opinion polls as we draw close to Ireland’s June 12th referendum, which is decisive for the future of European Union institutions. ...
McCain and the International Republican Institute
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Though Arizona Senator John McCain seldom talks about it, he has gotten much of his foreign policy experience working with a cloak and dagger operation called the International Republican Institute (IRI).  Since 1993, McCain has served as Chair of the outfit, wh...
Threats on Iran and the "Batterer’s Defense"
DENNIS LOO
When batterers explain why they beat up their partners, their classic line is that “she made me do it.” We are being proffered a similar excuse about why our government is gearing up for a war on Iran. Like the 6’2”, 235 pound ...
Obama, Israel and AIPAC
URI AVNERY
After months of a tough and bitter race, a merciless struggle, Barack Obama has defeated his formidable opponent, Hillary Clinton. He has wrought a miracle: for the first time in history a black person has become a credible candidate for the presidency of the most po...
"Socialist" Wins Republican Nomination in Montana
JOSHUA FRANK
When it comes to politics in Montana, anything can happen. At least that’s the sentiment rolling out of the state this past week as a long shot candidate for U.S. Senate, Bob Kelleher, won the Republican nomination and will take on seasoned Democrat Max ...
The Hard Question
DAVID KER THOMSON
Dufferin Grove Watershed, Toronto We all like to think we’re asking ourselves the hard questions.  I’ve never acted my age, and I’ve always thought I could get away with it because I didn’t look my age.  &...
Surrender the Bones of Geronimo!
MICHAEL DICKINSON
How would you feel if you knew that the skull of your great grandfather, stolen from his tomb, was being used in the secret ceremonies of a spoilt elite brat pack whose members have included some of the most powerful men in the world?  A bit pissed off, right? ...
How Miles Davis Changed My Life
ISHMAEL REED
A trip to Paris and a Miles Davis concert would determine the course of my life. It all started innocently enough. In 1954 I was chosen by the African American Michigan Avenue YMCAA to be part of a delegation to a Bible study convention. The money had been raised by ...