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Archives from July 2008
The Ecology of Severely Burned Forests
RICHARD L. HUTTO
As summer wildfire season begins in earnest throughout much of the West, it’s important for the public and policymakers to recognize the important role that severely burned forests play in maintaining wildlife populations and healthy forests. Severely burned fo...
The Untold Story of Ni’lin
NEVE GORDON
"Jerusalem bulldozer ‘terrorist’ kills 3 in rampage," read the headline of a CNN article describing the recent attack of a Palestinian construction worker that left three Israelis dead and scores wounded. A Google news search indicates that the ...
Cannabinoid Researchers Won’t Take the High Road
FRED GARDNER
The International Cannabinoid Research Society held its 18th annual  symposium June 26-29, under the craggy Cairngorm Mountains in Aviemore,  Scotland. More than 200 scientists affiliated with universities and/or  pharmaceutical companies presented pap...
Obits for Opposites
SAUL LANDAU
In 1977 Sen. James Abourezk (D-SD) had just returned from Cuba. He and his fellow South Dakota Solon, George McGovern, had sought to use basketball diplomacy. The University of South Dakota’s team played Cuba’s national team. President Carter had supporte...
The Dark Knight Ascends
WAJAHAT ALI
The Dark Knight boldly deconstructs and resurrects the superhero movie, confidently allowing the comic book genre to soar beyond superficial assumptions and transcend new heights as a legitimate, epic, philosophical narrative. The highly anticipated sequel to Batman ...
Opera and Globalization
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 demonstrates the vibrancy of the city’s culture...
The General Lied
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Talk about a bunch of whiners.  We live in a country run by a consummate liar whose most egregious lies have resulted in (a) the deaths of more than 4000 American servicemen and women, (b) the infliction of  life altering wounds on more than 20,000 servicem...
Dr. Benny and Mr. Morris
ROANE CAREY
Is it possible for someone who matter-of-factly supports crimes against humanity to be a good historian? A startling and provocative question, no doubt, but one that inevitably arises upon consideration of the remarkable career of Israeli scholar Benny Morris. A prof...
A Close Call for Medicare
ALISON McKENNA
Congress over-rode a veto by George Bush this week to approve crucial legislation covering the Medicare health program for the elderly, ending a weeks-long fiasco that threatened to cut payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients by more than 10 percent. U...
U. S. to Mandela
BOUTHAINA SHAABAN
Did you read this most important news item which is that the American congress had made the decision on Thursday June 26, 2008, to take the "terrorist" label off a world hero in the  struggle for freedom and justice — the past president of the Re...
Swan Song for Fanny Mae
MIKE WHITNEY
The Fed’s emergency rescue plan for the financial markets is hopelessly flawed. It’s a scattershot approach that doesn’t address the real source of the problem; an unregulated, unsustainable structured finance system that emerged in full-force after...
The Deaths of Children
EVE SPANGLER
The front page of New York Times this week featured a story on the Israeli-Lebanese exchange of prisoners.  The headline tells us that Israeli wounds have been reopened; the accompanying pictures depict a startlingly child-like Lebanese assassin in police custod...
Iran Rising
ROBERT BRYCE
The rise of Iran continues. And that rise was made abundantly clear during the 19th World Petroleum Congress in Madrid in early July. A large, supremely confident Iranian delegation attended the triennial gathering that brings together energy officials from al...
A Kinder, Gentler Imperialism?
COREY D. B. WALKER
“Even those who do not share the views of the old generals and proconsuls of the U.S. world empire (which were those of Democratic as well as Republican administrations) will agree that there can be no rational justification of current Washington p...
Ed’s Chicken
MIKE ROSELLE
I was in Charlie’s Bar when my cell phone rang. It was Floyd, and he wanted me to come down to Alabama so we could drive up and see Ed and Debby over the forth of July in West Virginia. Since summer is no time to be in the Rocky Mountains, and as July in centra...
Move Over MoveOn.org
RONNIE CUMMINS
“MoveOn is not a movement although it wants to be perceived as one. It is a brilliant and effective fundraising and marketing machine, but 95% or more of their so-called members ignore any particular email appeal. These 3.2 million people on the Mov...
"Screwed Up" and "Abused"
ANDY WORTHINGTON
As the Abu Ghraib scandal demonstrates, a photo is worth a thousand words — even if, as Errol Morris’ newly-released documentary Standard Operating Procedure demonstrates, those words are sometimes what the viewer wishes to see, rather than what actually ...
D.C. Socialists Save Crashing Capitalists
RALPH NADER
Here they go again! Financial capitalism is crashing. So the lights are on late in Washington’s Federal Reserve, SEC and Treasury Department trying to figure out how socialism (your tax dollars and credits) can once again bail out these big time gamblers with o...
Airport Gestapo
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The Bush Regime’s “terrorist” protection schemes have reached the height of total incompetence and utter absurdity.  According to the American Civil Liberties Union, a private organization that defends the US Constitution that inattentive Ameri...
Conservative Denial
ALLAN J. LICHTMAN
My new book White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement places con...
Big Oil’s Raid on the Great Plains
JAMES G. ABOUREZK
Full disclosure: I am the attorney for one of the groups in opposition to the oil refinery proposed by Hyperion Resources in Union County, South Dakota. Like Dr. Stockmann in Henrik Ibsen’s play, An Enemy of the People, Ed Cable, a construction consultan...
War Crimes Paradox
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
National Public Radio has been spending much news time on Darfur in Western Sudan where a great deal of human suffering and death are occurring.  The military conflict has been brought on in part by climate change, according to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. ...
Sweepstakes Politics
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Rewards. That’s the newest game in Washington D.C. Almost simultaneously John McCain and the Census Bureau came up with clever ideas to make the U.S.A. a better place. The Census Bureau would like for more people to fill out their forms and John McCain would li...
Star Whores
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
We waited for a night when the moon was obscured by clouds. It sounded like a silly plan here in the heart of the Arizona desert, where Oregonians stream each year to worship the unrelenting sun. But the wait was only two days. Then the sky clouded up, just as...
Torture for Torturers?
DAVE LINDORFF
I don’t believe in torture, but right now, I’d like to see a few people subjected to some of the torture techniques that they approved for use against US captives in the so-called War on Terror. I’d be satisfied if they just stuck to the ones...
To the Edge in the Middle East
CONN HALLINAN
Will they, or won’t they? Is Israel on a collision course with Iran, or is all the recent saber rattling about Israeli politics? On the “whack Teheran” side of the equation are several hair-raising statements and a recent war game that pract...
Running the Narrows
WILLIAM S. LIND
The war as in life, the secret to success is having a wide range of options. That was the basis of von Moltke’s approach to operational art, as opposed to the Schlieffen school’s myopic focus on one option. The list of commanders and nations whose single ...
Why the Bail Out of Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae is Bad Economic Policy
MICHAEL HUDSON
I am writing this article about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac while sitting in the Queens Botanical Garden. This was not my plan today. The central air conditioning in my apartment broke down six weeks ago and still has not been fixed. (It’s a nice condominium bui...
Iran’s Missile
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
“ . . . we are working closely with all our allies . . .   [to]  make it more difficult for Iran to threaten, be bellicose and say terrible things.” Condoleezza Rice, July 10. “The sanctions aren’t ef...
Sadr’s Militia May Live to Fight Another Day
PATRICK COCKBURN
All over Baghdad and southern Iraq, supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, the anti-American Shia cleric, are harassed, on the run or in jail. The black-shirted gunmen of his Mehdi Army militia no longer rule in Shia parts of Baghdad, Basra and Amara where once their control...
Crunchtime for Mexico’s Oil
JOHN ROSS
The countdown to the denouement of the great debate over privatization of Mexico’s oil industry looms just weeks away and both sides in this bellwether battle against neo-liberalism are sharpening up their knives.  With formal debate in the Senate set to e...
When Torture Was Practiced on U.S. Soil
HOWARD LISNOFF
Four years before I was brought to Fort Dix, New Jersey, shackled on a civilian bus that was filled with soldiers who had gone either AWOL or were wanted as deserters, a riot had taken place at the stockade on that base.*   The riot was in response to bruta...
Enabling Tyranny
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
I recently read that Brigette Bardot, now in her 70s, has been arrested as a hate criminal for complaining that Muslims in France slaughter sheep without first stunning them. The famous actress is known for her sympathy with animals, but the French government preferr...
Immunity in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad The Iraqi armed services are likely to target American security companies,  which are widely hated in Iraq, when they lose their legal immunity under  a new agreement between the US and the Iraq. The main American concessi...
Stones Paint It Black
PHYLLIS POLLACK
Even if you have already seen Shine A Light in a theater, there is an upcoming DVD/Blu-ray pac...
Taxing U.S. Stocks and Bonds
SETH SANDRONSKY
Listen. Hear the air blowing from the once huge bubble of U.S. home prices. It’s a multi-trillion dollar loss of wealth. This path of ruin is large and growing. Part of that home wealth helped some working Americans with stagnant wages to pay their bill...
Will Israel and / or the U.S. Attack Iran?
URI AVNERY
IF YOU want to understand the policy of a country, look at the map – as Napoleon recommended. Anyone who wants to guess whether Israel and/or the United States are going to attack Iran should look at the map of the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the ...
Will Miami’s Cubans Vote Blue?
ALAN FARAGO
Every presidential cycle, the mainstream media turns to the question of Cuba and the vote of Miami Cuban Americans, respected for the constituency’s influence on the State of Florida and national politics.and national politics. And every presidential cycle the ...
Talking to Iran’s Only Jewish Member of Parliament
TRISH SCHUH
Morris Motamed is the only Jewish member of Parliament in Iran’s Majlis, and is the official representative of the largest (25,000) Jewish community in the Middle East diaspora outside of Israel.  The Persian Jewish community stretches back nearly 3000 yea...
Betancourt Unbound
MIKE WHITNEY
It was a perfectly executed rescue mission and they pulled it off without a hitch. A small group of Colombian military-intelligence agents, posing as aid workers on a humanitarian mission, touched-down in the heart of rebel territory, gathered up Ingrid Betancourt an...
Why Heifer International is Rolling in Dung
MARTHA ROSENBERG
It almost sounds like a joke. Set up dairy enterprises in rural African villages with no refrigeration, electricity, veterinary care or passable roads for a population that can’t drink milk because it’s 90% lactose intolerant. But the Bill & M...
Talking World War III Blues
JAMES ABOUREZK
I’ve been listening to some old Bob Dylan songs, most notably his “Talking World War III Blues,” and “The Masters of War.”  Dylan’s protest music was a shattering wake-up call to the country back then, and it is amazing to me ...
After the Obama Betrayal
GREGORY KAFOURY
From The New York Times to The Huffington Post, from Counterpunch.org to The Nation, the outcry is the same:  Obama is not the man he presented himself to be. As he now panders to seemingly any right-wing group that can fill a room, his staff is arranging...
The Kashmir Chiaroscuro
FARZANA VERSEY
Kashmir has been suffering for almost 20 years due to what is dismissively referred to as “insurgency”. It did not need a phallic symbol that turns to ice in a cave and has religious significance to further become a hotbed for political machinations. ...
There May be a Left, But is it Moving?
JOHN STAUBER
Sheldon Rampton and I could see it coming soon after the Democrats took control of the Congress in 2007. In March, 2007 we pointed out that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with the support of MoveOn, was advancing legislation that would fund the war in Iraq while giving Democr...
Is There an Oil Shortage?
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
The popular perception of the recently skyrocketing oil price is that there is an oil shortage in global energy markets. The perceived shortage is generally blamed on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting countries (OPEC) for “insufficient” production, ...
The Ethanol Scam
NICOLE COLSON
At first glance, it seems like common sense. Unless you’re delusional or in the pay of the energy industry, you know that the burning of fossil fuels is the primary cause of global warming and destructive climate change that is already wreaking havoc aro...
Mubarak Hires the Mosque
RANNIE AMIRI
The English translation of the July 3rd headline in the respected Egyptian daily, Al-Masry Al-Youm (Today’s Egyptian) was long and cumbersome, yet unmistakable: “Ministry of Interior Calls Scholars to Train State Security Investigation Officers on ...
The Crash of the King of Liquidity
ALAN FARAGO
Key Biscayne’s high-flying hedge fund operator, John Devaney, once called "The King of Liquidity," has crashed and burned. I’ve been ...
They Call Me the Seeker
RON JACOBS
Memoir is a tricky form.  It is all too easy to omit that which may offend one’s fellows or place the writer in a inglorious light.  Yet, it is also just as easy to end up with an exercise in vanity.  Achieving the perfect balance between these t...