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Archives from July 2008
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...