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Archives from August 2008
The Left and Iran
ROSTAM PURZAL
Because Iran’s leadership and the U.S. power elite each include influential figures who press for dialog between the two countries, we must conclude that Iran is not in danger of a military attack. Conclusion: people of conscience should drop their...
Loserville
DAVE LINDORFF
Well, it’s happened, and it’s no surprise. Barack Obama, the prospective Democratic presidential candidate, has managed to turn a 5-8 point lead over prospective Republican opponent John McCain into a 7-point deficit—a double-dig...
Descent Into Chaos
WAJAHAT ALI
Modern day Pakistan and Afghanistan are hardly the sterling role models of political stability; instead, they represent volatile and erratic nation states violently searching for a new identity amidst a recent history of extremism, corruption and chaos.&...
Greenback Surges, Euro Shrivels
MIKE WHITNEY
The  greenback has surged 6 per cent in the last month alone. The euro, on the other hand, has been caught in the same recessionary downdraft that is buffeting a number of other currencies, all of which are unwinding at the same time although uneven...
Blocking a Gazan’s Path to San Diego
FIDAA ABED
As a young Palestinian from Gaza, I had been eagerly anticipating the opportunity to study at the University of California San Diego on a Fulbright scholarship. The chance to escape Gaza’s confines and immerse myself in an American education was de...
The Pentagon’s Most Prolific Pundit
DANIEL HAACK
The morning of June 20, 2006, an email message circulated amongst U.S. Defense Department officials. "Jed Babbin, one of our military analysts, is hosting the Michael Medved nationally syndicated radio show this afternoon. He would like to se...
Musharraf Out Like Nixon
RAY McGOVERN
Most of the fawning corporate media (FCM) coverage of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s resignation Monday was even more bereft of context than usual. It was as if Musharraf looked out the window and said, “It’s a beautiful ...
Georgia’s Ossetian Debacle
ERIC WALBERG
Analogies of the Ossetia fiasco and its fallout with past events are coming thick and fast. Condoleezza Rice — bless her heart — says, “This is no longer 1968 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia.” James Townsend, a former Pentagon ...
Russia and Georgia
MICHAEL NEUMANN
It’s said that Russia’s response to Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia is disproportionate: we hear of "Western leaders anxiously watching for a withdrawal and puzzling over how to punish Moscow for what they called a disproportiona...
Are You Ready for Nuclear War?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Pervez Musharraf, the puppet installed by the US to rule Pakistan in the interest of US hegemony, resigned August 18 to avoid impeachment.  Karl Rove and the Diebold electronic voting machines were unable to control the result of the last election i...
AFSCME’s Strike Against the University of California
DAVID MACARAY
The recent 5-day tactical strike called by AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) against the University of California is yet another example of the difficult road facing organized labor, particularly those unions who represent low-end ...
Whole Foods and Other Food Offenders
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Scratch the surface of a food offender whether they abuse the environment, workers, animals, the public trust or public funds and you usually find they are repeat offenders. Nebraska Beef, the Omaha, NE-based supplier Whole Foods says it didnR...
Leave Georgia Alone, George
WILLIAM S. LIND
What interests does the United States have at stake in the war between Russia and Georgia? Only one: that we remain out of it. It almost passes belief to think that the Bush administration, bogged down in two wars and planning a third (with Iran)...
Baseball Diplomacy or Just Baseball?
SAUL LANDAU
In March 1998, the Baltimore Orioles flew to Cuba to play its national team in Havana. In a well-pitched game the O’s won 3-2, in the 13th inning. Two months later, the Cubans routed the birds in Baltimore. During the games, talent agents from vari...
A Third Term in Office
JAMES J. BRITTAIN
Colombia has been known for having one of the most stable democracies of the subcontinent which, while it has not undergone the dictatorships that other countries have suffered, is not very ‘inclusive’. There has been considerable progress...
Krugman’s Great Illusion
PRATYUSH CHANDRA
Economist Paul Krugman in his latest column in NY Times (Aug 15, 2008) entitled "The Great Illusion" expresses his concern at the possibility that "the second great age of globalization may share the fate of the first". And it is the recent Russia...
The Politics of Evil in the US Elections
MARWAN BISHARA
I could only shake my head in bewilderment, as I listened to the interviews Rick Warren, a Baptist pastor, conducted with Barack Obama and John McCain, the US presidential candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties, respectively. Most absurd during t...
A New Age of Torture
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The recent appearance of Dr Aafia Siddiqi in a New York court (August 5, 2008) has brought another disturbing episode in the ‘war on terror’ of President George W. Bush to light. According to a  lawyer acting for Dr Siddiqui, an American...
A New Age of Torture
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The recent appearance of Dr Aafia Siddiqi in a New York court (August 5, 2008) has brought another disturbing episode in the ‘war on terror’ of President George W. Bush to light. According to a  lawyer acting for Dr Siddiqui, an American...
We Can Do Better
NOAH BAKER MERRILL
One night last February, I was in Amman, Jordan interviewing Iraqis who had fled the catastrophic violence of 2006 and 2007. My partner in this work was my friend and colleague "Ali"(not his real name), who is himself an Iraqi refugee. While we...
Russia’s Georgia Campaign and the Expansion of NATO
GARY LEUPP
Many are drawing analogies between the U.S.-led attack on Yugoslavia in 1999 and the Russian attack on Georgia earlier this month. Most, including Russian officials, do so to highlight the hypocrisy of Washington’s criticism of Russia’s actio...
A Laser Weapon of Plausible Deniablity?
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
A recent news report about US laser weapons developments states: An airborne laser weapon dubbed the "long-range blowtorch" has the added benefit that the US could convincingly deny any involvement with the destruction it cau...
Inside America’s Death Chamber
JOHN ROSS
When the reporter from the Mexican news weekly Proceso was ushered into the death chamber, the condemned man was already strapped down on the gurney with several clear plastic tubes inserted in his arms.  The straps were yellow. The walls were green...
Betrayal of Trustees at the Tate
CHARLES THOMSON
The trustees of the Tate gallery have just announced the reappointment of Sir Nicholas Serota as director. In their enthusiasm they failed to mention this to the prime minister, whose approval is required under the Museums and Galleries Act. It is sympto...
The Power of Art and Youth in LA
LUIS RODRIGUEZ
This past Saturday, August 16, Luis Villanueva, a high school student, and the Los Angeles Mural Experiment, an art group he started, had a mural inauguration at Dyer Street Elementary School in the community of Sylmar in the Northeast San Fernando Valle...
Pakistan After Musharraf
TARIQ ALI
Pakistan’s military dictators never go quietly. Field-Marshal Ayub was removed by a three-month long popular insurrection in March 1969. General Yahya Khan destroyed Pakistan before he departed in 1972. General Zia-ul-Haq (the worst of the lot) was...
An Afghan Woman Who Stands Up to the Warlords
FAROOQ SULEHRIA
Afghanistan lives in the fear of the US-sponsored war lords. These hated warlords are not scared by the Taliban-monster raising its head in the south. Ironically, they live in the fear of an unarmed girl in her late twenties: Malalai Joya. To silence Joy...
The Anger, the Longing, the Hope
URI AVNERY
One of the wisest pronouncements I have heard in my life was that of an Egyptian general, a few days after Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem. We were the first Israelis to come to Cairo, and one of the things we were very curious abo...
Last Stand in the Big Woods
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
"Every time I’ve compromised, I’ve lost.  When I held firm I won.  The problem with too many environmentalists today is that they are trying to write the compromise instead of letting those we pay to compromise do i...
A Pawn in Their Game
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The conflict between Russia and the pro-US regime of Georgia has been a decisive turning-point in Russia’s relations with Washington and has taken us to the brink of a new Cold War. For the first time in almost twenty years, the West faces a resurgent R...
Forging the Case for War
DAVE LINDORFF
Amid all the talk about Bush/Cheney administration conspiracies to forge documents or engage in “false flag” tactics in order to “get the war on” against Iraq, and about similar current efforts to get a new war going against Iran, lost has bee...
Bled Dry by the Oil Giants
NICOLE COLSON
It’s hard to grasp the immensity of ExxonMobil’s profits for the second quarter of this year. More money made in three months than the U.S. government spent on its food stamps program. More money in three months than nearly 400,000 U.S. workers get...
The Middle Kingdom’s Middle Way
JEAN-LUIS ROCCA
Despite the Olympic spotlight on China, we hear little of the Chinese Communist Party. To retain power and maintain stability, the party knows it must accommodate the new consumerist middlef classes. But it has to balance carefully to avoid potential revolution by th...
Sweat and Sacrifice Make History
RON JACOBS
When thinking of the history of sports, the fan and non-fan alike usually think in terms of things like the home run records of Babe Ruth, Roger Maris and Barry Bonds; the multiple comeback victories of boxer Muhammad Ali; and the the legacy of football coaches Vince...
What’s So Funny ‘Bout Bush, Lies and Torture Memos?
LISA MARTINOVIC
When an ACLU email directs you to a Stephen Colbert take on torture, you know it’s time to reassess the news-as-entertainment phenomenon. Colbert was riffing on the Justice Department memo advising the CIA that its agents could legally use waterboarding...
The Army’s Human Terrain Systems
JOHN STANTON
"Let’s just put the program on the ground and see if it works…” That statement from a high-level US Army official sums up the ongoing ad hoc, mercenary approach of the leaders of the US Army’s (TRADOC) Human Terrain System (HTS) program....
The Deportation of Jeremy Hinzman
HOWARD LISNOFF
The news that Jeremy Hinzman was ordered deported from Canada struck like lightning!  Hinzman, a 29-year-old war resister who has been living in Canada since 2004 lost his bid to remain in Canada by way of a decision of Canada’s Border Services Agency.&nbs...
Georgia On My Mind
CONN HALLINAN
One of the major causes of the recent war in Georgia has nothing to do with the historic tensions that make the Caucasus such a flashpoint between east and west. Certainly the long-stranding ethnic enmity between Ossetians and Georgians played a role, as...
Family Politics and the New Gaza Crisis
RAMZY BAROUD
Yet more haunting images of blindfolded, stripped down Palestinian men being contemptuously dragged by soldiers in uniform from one place to another. Yet more footage of bloodied men lying on hospital beds describing their ordeals to television reporters who have hea...
The Impeachment of Musharraf
FATIMA BHUTTO
The murky abyss of Pakistani politics has been especially murky over recent months, and true to form it just keeps getting murkier. The one thing that is absolute when dealing with the dregs that run my country is this: nothing is ever as it seems. Nowhe...
Taps for the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
DON SANTINA
"You fought in Spain.” When the underground leader, Victor Lazlo, spoke this immortal line to Rick Blaine in the 1942 film classic “Casablanca,” he was acknowledging that the cynical nightclub owner played by Humphrey Bogart had already ...
Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim vs. the Ugly Dictator
RANNIE AMIRI
“Why did I use the phrase ‘The Ugliest of Them All’ to describe the Arab decision-makers? The reason for that comparison between ‘The Ugly American’ and ‘The Uglier Israeli,’ opposite ‘The Ugliest Arab&rsquo...
Don’t Know Much About History…
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
They obviously don’t teach cold war history at the law schools at Columbia in New York or George Washington in the nation’s capital, otherwise Georgia’s president, Mikheil Saakashvili, who attended both institutions, would have thought ...
Out Damn Blot
RAY McGOVERN
Dear Colin, You have said you regret the “blot” on your record caused by your parroting spurious intelligence at the U.N. to justify war on Iraq. On the chance you may not have noticed, I write to point out that you now have a unique opportunity t...
My Army Went to Iraq and All I Got was This Lousy Air Lift
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
The thing about Katrina was that you could see the results right away, so that even famously ignorant and deluded Americans finally began the process of understanding their president. The thing about Iraq is that it’s taken a bit longer. True, som...
Single-Payer, a Dream Denied
RICHARD RHAMES
“[Democratic Party] activists dropped a tougher platform amendment seeking a government-run, single-payer system…” “Guaranteed Health Care Key Plank in Democrat’s Platform,” AP, 8/11/08 Stick...
Revisiting the "Battle of Tskhinvali"
MIKE WHITNEY
There are no military installations in the city of Tskhinvali. In fact, there are no military targets at all. It is an industrial center consisting of lumber mills, manufacturing plants and residential areas. It is also the home to 30,000 South Ossetians. When Georgi...
Arianna Huffington’s Blind Spot
SETH SANDRONSKY
Arianna Huffington has turned it around. She was in the GOP but is now a vocal critic of the party, especially the Bush-Cheney White House. Her body of work joins a growing field of criticism for the Republican Party leadership, with Conservatives Without Conscience ...
Russia, Georgia and Bush
ROBERT FANTINA
One is rendered almost speechless by the astounding hypocrisy of President George Bush. It has been bad enough for the last seven and a half years to hear his constant lies and to watch his fervent worship of the almighty dollar and those who can best en...
Yes, We Can!
RAMZI KYSIA
Limassol, Cyprus. “Come, my friends ‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset … ”...