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Archives from July 2008
TV Damsel’s Rights Trump Death Row Inmate’s
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Larry Mendte and Mumia Abu-Jamal. These are two names you won’t see in the same sentence in most newspapers for obvious reasons. One is a disgraced TV news anchor in Philadelphia and the other is a death row inmate from the same city – seemi...
Will the US Get Its Way with Iran?
LEE SUSTAR
The U.S. is dangling carrots in front of Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program–but only after smacking the Iranians with some increasingly big sticks in the form of sanctions. After an inconclusive meeting over Iran’s nuclear program involvin...
McCain, Iraq and the Campaign
ROBERT FANTINA
As weeks go, the last few have not been good ones for Republican presidential candidate, Senator John McCain (R-AZ). First and foremost, the rug on which stands the greater part of his candidacy was suddenly and rudely pulled out from under him. After saying ...
War With Iran?
GARY LEUPP
Commentators whom I respect are saying, with conviction, that there’s no way the U.S. is going to attack Iran. Alexander Cockburn, Jim Lobe and Tom Engelhardt, for example, say no. Others whom I equally respect predict the opposite. Gordon Prather, Ray McGovern...
Where’s the Outrage?
ALAN FARAGO
On the Wall Street Journal OPED page, James Grant– of the outstanding Grant’s Interest Rate Observer– writes, "Through history, outrageous financial behavior has been met with outrage. But today Wall Street’s damaging recklessness has bee...
Eyes Wide Shut
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
"A nuclear reactor is so vastly expensive and complicated that people cannot understand it, so they assume that those working on it understand it. Even those with strong opinions might withhold them for fear of being shown to be insufficiently inform...
Inside Camp Mogul
PAUL KRASSNER
My irreverent friend, Khan Manka, Chairman & CEO of Manka Brothers Studios, had broken his ankle and was afraid he wouldn’t be able to attend the 26th annual gathering of the nation’s most powerful executives and their trophy wives in Sun Valley, Idah...
Are You Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
“On October 21 (1948) the Government of Israel took a decision that was to have a lasting and divisive effect on the rights and status of those Arabs who lived within its borders: the official establishment of military government in the areas where...
All Hail Nero!
MIKE ROSELLE
It is said that the Roman Emperor Nero played his Lyre as his city was engulfed by flames. This seems unlikely, and there are no credible witnesses. Nero does deserves some of the blame. Rome in 64 AD was a tinder box of wooden buildings and narrow, crowded streets a...
New Nukes Not Ready for Prime Time
HARVEY WASSERMAN
A devastating blow to the much-hyped revival of atomic power has been delivered by an unlikely source—the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC says the "standardized" designs on which the entire premise of returning nuclear power to center stage is ...
The Arrest of Radovan Karadzic
PAUL D'AMATO
To great fanfare in the Western media, the Serbian government recently arrested Radovan Karadzic, leader of the Bosnian Serb nationalist cause during the war in the former Yugoslavia in the early to mid-1990s, on war crimes charges. Karadzic and Bosnian Serb m...
Obama Dazzles Old Europe
MIKE WHITNEY
Barack Obama proved yesterday why November’s presidential election will end in a 50-state sweep. John McCain has no chance. It’s like George Bush climbing into the ring with Mike Tyson; one thundering left hook and the Crawford Caligula would be sprawled ...
Boondoggle in the Fields
GEORGE WUERTHNER
The Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, was established in 1985. Designed to keep marginal lands out of Ag production, CRP pays farmers and ranchers to retire acreage from commodity production in exchange for an annual rental fee. In 2007 the cost of the program wa...
Daniel Ellsberg’s Lessons for Our Time
JAMES BOVARD
Daniel Ellsberg is the kind of American who should receive a Medal of Freedom. Except that the Medals of Freedom are distributed by presidents who routinely give them to “useful idiots” and apologists for their wars and power grabs. It should be renamed t...
Life in the Post-Political Age
JOE BAGEANT
Every now and then I am fortunate enough to communicate with someone who has near complete insight into our political process, why things happen and where it seems likely to be headed. Recently I received this brilliant analysis from a high powered politi...
Who Killed Azem Hajdari?
GREG MOSES
As the ten-year anniversary of Azem Hajdari’s assassination approaches, the killing of the philosophy student who led the democratic movement in Albania is being fanned into memory by US efforts to deport the brother of an eyewitness to the crime. ...
The Forest Products Industry in Public Education
WILLIAM WILLERS
"As we liquidate ancient forests we are redesigning the world and simultaneously throwing away Nature’s blueprint." -Chris Maser When nature is defined exclusively as “resource”, intrinsic value eva...
Shutting Out Ralph Nader
DC LARSON
Those relatively few and routinely ignored ‘progressive Democrats’ who robotically urge that the donkey be rallied ’round in times of balloting (‘We’re changing the party from the inside,’ they perenially insist — a job that ...
On the Prospects for a SAG Strike
DAVID MACARAY
Despite their tough talk and ominous saber-rattling, everyone expects the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) to eventually reach a settlement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), rather than go on strike, as they’ve threatened.  ...
Folly and Injustice
ANDY WORTHINGTON
On June 12, when the Supreme Court ruled, in Boumediene v. Bush, that the prisoners at Guantánamo had constitutional habeas corpus rights, it was not immediately clear if the decision would ha...
An Air Force in Free Fall
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Recently, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates admonished his Air Force audience to adapt better to the changed circumstances of war in the 21st century. Six weeks later, he fired its two most senior leaders, the Secretary of the Air Force Mic...
Visualizing Dow 6,000
MIKE WHITNEY
Last Wednesday, at an improvised press conference, George Bush gave what may have been the most comical performance of his eight year presidency. Looking like the skipper on the flight-deck of the Hindenburg, Bush tried his best to reassure the public that "all&...
Pavlov’s America
RALPH NADER
CBS’s new reality show is called “Greatest American Dog,” with pet expert-zoologist Jarod Miller as the host. Twelve “dog-and-human teams are vying for the grand prize of $250,000. These teams are in intense training “by running, jumping...
The Mother of All Messes
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Republicans are sending around the Internet a photo of a cute little boy whose T-shirt reads: “The mess in my pants is nothing compared to the mess Democrats will make of this country if they win Nov. 2nd.” One can only wonder at the insouciance of...
Jesse Helms and the Theatre of the Depraved
SUSIE DAY
On July 8, the resplendently Caucasian, flag-loving, fag-hating, five-term Senator Jesse Helms exited the political scene, stage right, to begin his long-awaited dirt nap. All the world being a stage, a host of players, including Dick Cheney and John and Cindy McCain...
A Slugger’s Drug Redemption
ANTHONY PAPA
Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton is the new golden boy of baseball. Hamilton’s record-breaking performance in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium last week is a living testament to that fact that people who struggled with drugs in ...
Ten Years On, Bolivarian Revolution at Crossroads
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
In 2006, Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez was at the height of his political powers. Traveling to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly, he delivered his by now infamous broadside attacking George Bush as “the devil.” After deliverin...
Torture After Dark
STEPHEN SOLDZ, BRAD OLSON, STEVE REISNER, JEAN MARIA ARRIGO And BRYANT WELCH
Jane Mayer’s new book, The Dark Side, has refocused attention on psychologists’ participation in Bush administration torture and detainee abuse. In one chapter Mayer provides previously undisclosed details about psychologists James Mitchell and B...
Mad Over Benedict
BINOY KAMPMARK
The usual recipe of the zealous World Youth Day advocate rarely changes.  Travel to distant locations for these pilgrims often results in headaches for local officials charged with the mission making things most comfortable for both Pontiff and standard devotees...
Is Al Gore Inching Toward Solartopia?
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Bit by bit, Al Gore seems to be inching toward a Solartopian view of a future that must be completely sustainable in green energy. This week he advocated getting to an electric power system that is "carbon free" within ten years. This is an importan...
Protecting Bones from Drugs that Protect Bones
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Like gastro-esophageal reflux and bipolar disease, osteopenia began to inflict millions when a drug to treat it came on patent. Osteopenia or the risk of developing osteoporosis was concocted as a disease at a World Health Organization (WHO) osteoporosis conf...
Bechtel and the Big Dig
DAN BACHER
Guess who’s funding a report pushing for the building of a peripheral canal on the California Delta? The highly controversial report is "funded in part" by none other than Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr., who is with his son, Riley, co-owner of the Bechtel Co...
Everyone Must Share, Not Just Charlie Rangel
MOSHE ADLER
Free market rents in NYC are notoriously high, and as a result about half of the rental units are subject to "rent stabilization." When it comes to these units everybody is a social engineer. US representative Charles Rangel had not one but four rent-stabil...
Boost for Obama Over Iraq Withdrawal
PATRICK COCKBURN
Barack Obama has paid his first visit to Iraq, just as the Iraqi government explicitly matched the Democratic presidential candidate’s 16-month timetable for the removal of American combat troops. Senator Obama met Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nouri al-M...
McCain Crosses the Border, Gets No Satisfaction
JOHN ROSS
When presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain brought his road show to Mexico City on the eve of U.S. Independence Day, he had one mission in mind: to have his portrait snapped with Mexico’s most popular pin-up, the Virgin of Guadalupe. Photogr...
Should "Meet the Press" Desegregate?
SCOTT PELLEGRINO
Wanted: A host for Meet The Press: We’re the oldest TV show ever, produced by General Electric/NBC, one of the world’s most toxic and deadly conglomerates. We’re pretty easy-going here at NBC. You don’t need to be competent or anything –...
Dictatorial Powers Upheld
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Wake up, America! On July 15, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled by 5 votes to 4 in the case of Al-Marri v. Pucciarelli that the President can arrest US citizens and legal residents inside the United States and imprison them indefinitely, without charg...
The Democrats are the Real Problem
MIKE WHITNEY
Obama’s candidacy is over; kaput. He’s already stated that he has no intention of stopping the war, so he has disqualified himself. That’s his prerogative; no one put a gun to his head. His op-ed in Monday’s New York Times just removes any lin...
Remnick’s Latest Blunder
ISHMAEL REED
Undoubtedly, David Remnick is a good editor, but he sometimes exercises poor judgement. He says that we met while I taught at the University of California at Berkeley. I don’t remember. I first noticed him when he wrote a review of one of my novels, ”...
I was Spied on by the Maryland Police
MIKE STARK
When I received a voice mail last Wednesday from the Maryland ACLU, I assumed it was about the fight against Maryland’s death penalty. Executions in Maryland have been shut down since 2006, and the state’s General Assembly has authorized a commission to m...
Blowback Through the Looking Glass
ROBERT WEITZEL
“If I had a world of my own . . . nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would.” - Alice in Wonderland ...
Why Afghanistan is Not the Good War
RON JACOBS
It’s the perennial thorn in the colonialist’s side.  It’s the war that won’t go away.  It’s a wasp sting that swells, slowly choking the life out of the sting’s recipient.  It is the nearly seven-year old occupation ...
Netroots Nation or Nation of Sheep?
RONNIE CUMMINS
Saturday morning, July 19. Sitting here at the Netroots Nation conference in Austin, Texas with several thousand other online activists. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Party Speaker of the House, the third most powerful politician in the United States, is up on the podium,...
I Was a Victim of the TSA
DAVE LINDORFF
I was injured thanks to the government’s ridiculous airport security program last week on a US Air flight from Chicago to Philadelphia. I also saw how pointless the whole thing is, if the supposed goal is really to prevent airline hijackings. First, my i...
Labor Unions and the Courts
DAVID MACARAY
Many will recall the ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) lockout of 2002, which shut down the west coast ports for 10 days and idled approximately 10,500 union workers, before President Bush invoked the Taft-Hartley Act and forced the parties back to t...
It’s a Dull Race by Recent Standards
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Barack Obama’s team worries that a politically significant slice of the American people think he’s not really a devout Christian as he claims, but a closet Muslim plotting to haul the green crescent up the White House flagpole. But what else have the Amer...
Different Planets
URI AVNERY
I spent the whole day flipping between the Israeli channels and Aljazeera. It was an eerie experience: in a fraction of a second I could switch between two worlds, but all the channels reported on exactly the same occasion. In one section of the breaking news,...
Ashcroft, Torture and the U.S.
ROBERT FANTINA
Is it possible for the U.S. to further degrade itself on the world stage? Only days after videos showing Canadian citizen Omar Khadr being tortured in a U.S. torture chamber, videos taken when he was only fifteen years old, the House Judiciary Committee members gathe...
Mother’s Milk of Politics Turns Sour
BILL MOYERS And MICHAEL WINSHIP
Once again we’re closing the barn door after the horse is out and gone. In Washington the Federal Reserve has finally acted to stop some of the predatory lending that exploited people’s need for money.  And like Rip Van Winkle, Congress is finally wa...
How to Beat a Mining Company
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
This essay is excerpted from Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland, edited by Joshua Fran...