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Archives from July 2008
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...