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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...