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Archives from August 2008
What Would Jesus Ride to the Conventions?
Rev. JIM RIGBY
As the election draws closer, we will hear more and more about the politics of Jesus, as liberals and conservatives jockey to place the shining halo of Christianity over their own heads. Without saying it, they will imply, “Jesus would have voted f...
Katy Perry Meets Mozart
DAVID YEARSLEY
There’s no publicity cheaper nor more effective than censure. When Jean-Luc Godard’s, Hail, Mary, a modern re-telling of the Virgin Birth was condemned by the Archdiocese of Boston in 1985, the pious outrage only sent more people to see the f...
What If the Israeli Lobby was the Islamic Lobby?
B.R. GOWANI
What if: Abu Faisal was White House press secretary (instead of Ari Fleischer) Altaf Adham was deputy national security advisor (instead of Elliott Abrams) Sofian Bishr was Supreme ...
The Rise and Fall of Richard Pombo
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The banner stretched across the entrance to the Crobar—a trendy New York nightclub—proclaimed, “Welcome to the Pombo-Palooza.” At the door, members of the Rockettes handed out cowboy hats to the A-list of invited guests. Inside, a model clad i...
A Cougar for the PUMAs?
WAJAHAT ALI
Sarah Palin, a good looking, former beauty queen, hockey mom who reads “Guns N’ Ammo,” was announced as John McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate yesterday. “Tina Fey with an AK-47” exploded on the international political scene ...
Stars, Stripes, War and Shame
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
The Pentagon says “only” five civilians were killed Friday, a week ago, by US aerial bombardment. According to Afghan officials and a United Nations report, 90 Afghan civilians died, 60 of whom were children. Just days after this carn...
A Bias for Life
JOSH SCHLOSSBERG
After decades of speaking on Nature’s behalf, the environmental movement continues to gain power and influence in the U.S. With media, government and even big business preaching the green gospel all of a sudden, modern day enviros might finally hav...
The Race for the White House
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The season of party conventions will soon be over and America is poised for two months of hard campaigning to elect the next president. There will be debates between Barack Obama and John McCain and between their running mates. The media blitz will get m...
Damning the Dealers
BINOY KAMPMARK
Damien Hirst specializes in gnomic incantations about his work.  He produces what art critic Robert Hughes has termed ‘absurd’ and ‘tacky commodities.’  Take his The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone...
Italy’s Years of Lead
SERGE QUADRUPPANI
Italian crime fiction is in robust health, judging by its sales. Italians see it as a genre that allows effective engagement in social critique and so you might expect it to have registered the wave of revolutionary political and social change that swept...
Empty Political Calories
RICHARD RHAMES
“In other countries, mechanisms of government are viewed in modern terms as no less fallible than the beings that made them. They are machines that must be repaired, updated, and revamped from time to time in order to remain in good working order. D...
A Prisoner’s Tale of Abuse
STANLEY HOWARD
After a 17-month investigation concerning the conditions in the Cook County Jail, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald issued a scathing report calling for change and reforms. The 98-page report on the nation’s largest county jail was released J...
Beyond Voting
BENJAMIN DANGL
This US election year an unprecedented number of voters will likely head to the polls to cast their ballots in an exercise that should take just a few minutes to complete. But what about the rest of the minutes left in the year? Author and activist Chris...
Shining a Light on the Dark Prison
ANDY WORTHINGTON
In the lawless world of Guantánamo — and the United States’ even murkier network of secret prisons run by or on behalf of the CIA — it has taken six years and four months for British resident Binyam Mohamed to secure anything res...
Rethinking Evolution with Stuart Newman
SUZAN MAZUR
It’s not surprising that Stuart Newman was one of the "Altenberg 16" scientists who kicked off a reformulation of the theory of evolution, the "extended evolutionary synthesis," this July at ...
BILL QUIGLEY August 31, 2008–5 PM
BILL QUIGLEY
August 31, 2008–5 PM Pink sky colored the morning as cicadas buzz in waves in the old oak trees.  What is it they say about “pink sky in morning…?”  In New Orleans it is one day to Gustave.  A stead...
Better Cuba Than Florida?
HOWARD LISNOFF
The words struck with such intensity because of their complete lack of compassion!  “It would be better if the storm hit Cuba than Florida.”  My fellow usher explained that she had a winter home in Florida and worried as the hurricane season nea...
McCain and Palin
ROBERT FANTINA
Before the last balloon had even been removed from the Pepsi Center at Invesco Field for the Democratic National Convention, where Illinois Senator Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president, Republican presidential nominee, Arizona Se...
Obama’s Speech; McCain’s Palinomy
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I’m no great fan but certainly Barack Obama gave a strong speech on Thursday night that reassured an edgy Democratic Party that he is ready to trade blow for blow with John McCain, his Republican opponent. His tone of decorous pugnacity calmed thos...
Troopergate in Alaska
DAVE LINDORFF
There are many reasons why most Americans should be turned off by Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s last-minute choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate. She’s an evangelical Christian who believes in creationism and th...
Of Whales and Off-Shore Drilling
CHRIS GENOVALI
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently released its 2008 list of threatened species of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises). While this news was reasonably encouraging for the global recovery of populations of humpback w...
Honest Abe in Denver?
MICHAEL DONNELLY
The Democrats reached back 150 years for the meme for tonight’s Convention festivities. It was the old Railsplitter’s night at the Democratic Party Convention. First, Al Gore, then Ike’s granddaughter (huh?)drew comparisons with that ot...
How the Chicago Boys Wrecked the Economy
MIKE WHITNEY
Michael Hudson is a former Wall Street economist specializing in the balance of payments and real estate at the Chase Manhattan Bank (now JP Morgan Chase & Co.), Arthur Anderson, and later at the Hudson Institute (no relation). In 1990 he helped esta...
The Ordeal of Sahar Vardi, Refusenik
NEVE GORDON
Eighteen-year-old Sahar Vardi is currently in an Israeli military prison. She is being punished for the crime of refusing to be conscripted into the Israeli military. A few weeks before her imprisonment she wrote Israel’s Minister of Defense...
Jacko and Me
DAVID KER THOMSON
The philosophy work I’m most familiar with as a day job is called continental, like the breakfast.  It’s typically accused of being esoteric or, more damningly, French, but in fact it spends most of its time carefully deploying a limited...