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Archives from July 2008
Obama’s Green Coal
JOSHUA FRANK
It was at the onset of the Nazi era that coal-to-liquid technology came to the forefront of modern energy science. In the latter part of the 1920s, German researchers Franz Fischer and Hans Tropsch developed the initial processes to liquify the dark rock into fuel. The ...
The Next Big Bail Out
MICHAEL HUDSON
The great economic fight of our epoch is being waged by the FIRE sector – Finance, Insurance and Real Estate – against the industrial economy and consumers. Its objective is to maximize property prices and the volume of debt relative to what labor and indust...
The Living Legacy of Rosa Parks
RALPH NADER
Montgomery, Alabama. The Troy University Rosa Parks Museum is located on the side of the old Empire Theatre where this courageous African-American woman declined to “move to the back of the bus” in 1955. A visit to the museum ...
What’s Going on in Afghanistan
MIKE WHITNEY
Sonali Kolhatkar is the co-author, with James Ingalls, of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords,...
Bush Judge Does the Right Thing on Executive Immunity
DAVE LINDORFF
A federal district judge appointed by President George W. Bush to the bench has done the right thing, ruling definitively this morning that the President’s claim of absolute immunity for his advisors from Congressional oversight and subpoena is “entirely uns...
A Street Protester Looks Back at 1968
CARL FINAMORE
Street protests in Chicago outside the 1968 Democratic Party convention offer a sharp and revealing comparison to the approaching August 2008 Democratic convention in Denver. The contrast between the two conventions captures the essence of political differences b...
The Collapse of the WTO Talks
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Predictably, the cheerleaders for corporate globalization are bemoaning the collapse of World Trade Organization negotiations. "This is a very painful failure and a real setback for the global economy when we really needed some good news," said Peter Mand...
The Peculiar Case of Jarallah al-Marri
ANDY WORTHINGTON
On Monday July 28, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that it had transferred three prisoners — a Qatari, an Afghan and a prisoner from the United Arab Emirates — to their home countries from the prison at Guantánamo Bay. Adding that they &ldquo...
The Wave of Capitol Crimes
BILL MOYERS And MICHAEL WINSHIP
Like the largesse he spread so bountifully to members of Congress and the White House staff — countless fancy meals, skybox tickets to basketball games and U2 concerts, golfing sprees in Scotland — Jack Abramoff is the gift that keeps on giving. The n...
Why McCain is Wrong on Iraq
WILLIAM S. LIND
Senator John McCain’s position on the situation in Iraq is wrong on two counts, which means his criticism of Senator Obamais also wrong. The twin pillars of McCain’s assessment of the war are a) the surge worked and b) because the surge worked we are now winn...
The Impeachment Hearing
DAVE LINDORFF
The dramatic hearing on presidential crimes and abuses of power held on Friday by the House Judiciary Committee was both a staged farce, and at the same time, a powerful demonstration of the power of a grassroots movement in defense of the Constitution. It was at once b...
Where Your Life is Worth One Bullet
JAMES MURREN
We’ll call him Muhammed. He lives in a Somali refugee camp in eastern Ethiopia. He is Bantu, a clan that is severely discriminated against by other Somali clans. Why? Racism is part of it. His features are more “African”-looking, and his skin is much d...
Apocalypse Down Under
MIKE WHITNEY
Monday’s trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) was a real humdinger. It started off with the White House announcing that this year’s fiscal deficit would soar to a new record of nearly $500 billion. That was followed by news of rising oil prices, wea...
Assessing the Surge
BRIAN M. DOWNING
General Petraeus’s surge is widely credited with bringing down violence in Iraq to a level that allows for political development and the withdrawal of some US troops. The impact of the surge has recently entered into the presidential campaign, but the matter shoul...
Heifer Palooza
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Chicago. Sheryl Crow fans at the Grazing on the Green fundraiser for Heifer International at Chicago’s Ravinia Park in August are in for a surprise. In addition to hearing the singer and sampling "locally grown food, wine and ...
Nuclear-Powered Amphibious Assault Ships?
KARL GROSSMAN
Most new large U.S. Navy amphibious assault ships would be required to be nuclear powered under the National Defense Authorization Act for 2009 which the House of Representatives has passed by a vote of 384 to 23. It now goes to the Senate where many senators are uneasy...
Against Bike Lanes
DAVID KER THOMSON
Dufferin Grove watershed, Toronto. In the principal city of my adopted country—a northern land famous for accepting runaway slaves and the artful dodgers of various drafts (what else were we doing here, after all?)—I was meandering a...
Should Obama Escalate the War in Afghanistan?
CHUCK SPINNEY
In a recent essay, entitled "Obama’s Politics of Change: Afghanis...
A Conspiracy to Kill Iraqis?
RON JACOBS
Checking out the news I came across a news article from AFP describing charges recently filed against four US servicemen who were stationed in Iraq in 2007. The charges included conspiracy to commit premeditated murder, among others. According to the military press rele...
Israeli Strip Searches
ALISON WEIR
On June 26th a young Palestinian photojournalist named Mohammed Omer was returning home from a triumphant European tour. In London he had been awarded the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Prize for journalism – the youngest recipient ever and one of the few non-Britons ...
Return of the Gunboat
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. The resurrection and imminent dispatch of the United States Fourth Fleet to patrol the coasts of Latin America invokes the bad old days of Monroe Doctrine impositions and gunboat diplomacy for many citizens of those southern latitud...
Censored in Indian Country
BRENDA NORRELL
I didn’t see it coming. After 25 years of writing American Indian news, I didn’t really expect to be blackballed and censored out of the business. But, then again, any journalist writing serious news in the United States should expect to be censored. There a...
A New Consensus on Iraq?
ERIC RUDER
Is the end of the U.S. occupation of Iraq within sight? In late July, newspaper headlines announced that the Bush administration and Iraqi officials had agreed on a "general time horizon for meeting aspirational goals" for the withdrawal of U.S. troops....
The Calculus of Union Strikes
DAVID MACARAY
“Labor cannot, on any terms, surrender the right to strike.” —Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice An imperfect analogy:  Strikes are to labor unions what stiff fines and the threat of a prison sentence ...
"Bewilderment and Confusion on the Left?"
GARY LEUPP
I log on to antiwar.com first thing every morning because it gives me the easiest access to news that matters to me. I recommend the libertarian-led site to everyone and donate regularly. So I feel honored that its editorial director Justin Raimondo has devoted a column...
End the Occupations
MARJORIE COHN
So far, Bush’s plan to maintain a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq has been stymied by resistance from the Iraqi government. Barack Obama’s timetable for withdrawal of American troops has evidently been joined by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Malik...
When Will Henry Paulson Learn?
PETER MORICI
Once again, we have good news and bad from Wall Street. Henry Paulson has announced Citigroup and three other banks will begin issuing covered bond in an effort to rejuvenate commercial bank mortgage lending and the housing market. Concurrently, Merrill ...
The Bush Administration’s Secret Biowarfare Agenda
STEPHEN LENDMAN
When it comes to observing US and international laws, treaties and norms, the Bush administration is a serial offender. Since 2001, it’s: – spurned efforts for nuclear disarmament to advance its weapons program and retain current stockpiles; &...
Spreading Layoffs, Sagging GDP
PETER MORICI
Second quarter GDP and the July employment report highlight this week’s economic data. The hiring data, reflecting business sentiment about future sales, are key indicators of where the economy is headed in the second half. Thursday, the Commerce Departmen...
The Spectacle and the Movement in Colombia
CLIFTON ROSS
Sunday, July 20th was Colombian Independence day, and hundreds of thousands of Colombians in 60 countries went out into the streets to call for the liberation of those kidnapped in Colombia’s fifty-year-long war.  In Pasto, the capital of the border province ...
Pictures from Summer Camp on the West Bank
KATHY KELLY
At 6:45 a.m. yesterday morning, our friend, Joel Gulledge, called from At-Tuwani, a village in the West Bank where he and another Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) member were escorting Palestinian children to a local summer daycamp, protecting them from hostile Israeli s...
Bad News and Bank Runs
MIKE WHITNEY
The Bush administration is going to be mailing out more "stimulus" checks in the very near future. There’s just no way around it. The Fed is in a pickle and can’t lower interest rates for fear that food and energy prices wi...
Death By (Power) Surge in Baghdad
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
At first it seemed outrageous.  Then the reader put it in perspective.  It wasn’t that big a deal.  This is a war that has cost millions of Iraqi lives and more than 4000 American lives.  This most recent disclosure involves only 13 American &n...
Torture, Political Manipulation and the American Psychological Association
Dr. BRYANT WELCH
The regressive effects of current forms of political manipulation that I describe in my new book, Sta...
Big Sky Rebels
JOSHUA FRANK
This is an excerpt from Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance from the Heartland. You can go home ...
Socializing Losses
BINOY KAMPMARK
In another installment of the demise of free-market optimism, the US House of Representatives has passed the package effectively giving the green light to the government to protect the two mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac.  Both these monuments...
Europe’s Hypocrisy
BRENDAN COONEY
It seems strange for European leaders to be celebrating the capture of a war criminal, Radovan Karadzic, so soon after they were shaking hands with another, who so far has not had to go through the trouble of growing out his hair and selling new-age medicine. ...
Rockin’ the Pipeline
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
This is an excerpt from JEFFREY ST. CLAIR’s new environmental history, ...
The Scourge of the IMF
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Tuberculosis, a treatable disease, kills 1.7 million people a year worldwide. TB incidence, according to the World Health Organization seems to be correlated to broad social factors, like access to clean water and sanitation, HIV incidence and national health ...
The Company We Keep
MICHAEL WINSHIP
At one point during the five and a half years John McCain spent as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, he was tortured and beaten so badly he tried to kill himself. After four days of this brutality, he gave in and agreed to make a false confession, telling lies to e...
The Surge Has Worked?
JAMES ABOUREZK
Back in the good old days of the Vietnam War General Westmoreland, Lyndon Johnson and Bob McNamara kept sending more troops into battle, calling it “escalation.”  It was a term fraught with negative meaning, but capitalizing on the horrible public relat...
Settlers Eye Historic Jerusalem Neighborhood
JONATHAN COOK
It must be the smallest Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories: just half a house. But Palestinian officials and Israeli human rights groups are concerned that it represents the first stage of a plan to eradicate the historical neighbourhood of Sh...
Pelosi’s Panhandling
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
On Thursday, I received an e-mail from Nancy that included a special note from Al Gore. I call her Nancy, now, because her greeting implies a first-name-basis relationship. For those who weren’t included in the correspondence, this is part of her plea: ...
How Bush is Wiping Out McCain
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Amid these very bad weeks for Republican John McCain’s hopes for victory in November, the cruelest blow of all is surely that President George Bush has decided to let McCain sink, without even pretending to toss a life belt to his fellow Republican. Two mea...
Organized Labor Makes a Convenient Target
DAVID MACARAY
“People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” –Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations ...
Death as a Way of Life
JOSEPH NEVINS
Esequiel Hernández Jr. was only 18-years-old when Clemente Manuel Banuelos, a U.S. Marine corporal, shot and killed him in Redford, Texas in May 1998. Hernández, a high school student, was the first civilian killed by U.S. troops within national territo...
Sodomy, Snuff Scenes and the Berlin Opera
DAVID YEARSLEY
To go to the opera in Berlin is to develop an acute sense for the tonalities of provocation.  On the one hand the massive and often brutal interpretative interventions that mark so many operatic stagings here demonstrate the vibrancy of the city’s culture of ...
What’s Driving the Jerusalem Attacks
URI AVNERY
In one of the most beautiful songs in the Bible, the poet vows: "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, / Let my right hand forget her cunning. / If I do not remember thee, / Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; / If I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy!&q...
Batman and the Old Order
KIM NICOLINI
The Dark Knight is a big old huge bombastic success. There is no denying that. People are flocking to it in record breaking numbers. Critics are raving about it. Everyone is praising it as the greatest, darkest and most genius movie ever made. Given its high profile,...
Truth in Comedy
SAUL LANDAU
Have mainstream politicians grown so out of synch with the needs of the people that only comedians address the issues? Traditionally, the court jester dared shine a satiric light on imperial problems. In our society, standup comics and “The Daily Show” an...