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Archives from August 2008
What About the Ossetians?
SHELDON RICHMAN
If Russia exited Georgia — as it should — and the Bush administration dropped its wish to expand NATO to Russia’s border — as it should — there would still be an issue to be dealt with: the secessionist ambitions of the majo...
Impasse at Singur
BINOY KAMPMARK
Singur, West Bengal state was the scene of protests over the weekend by supporters of the Trinamool Congress.  Some 40,000 protesters formed a gauntlet leading up to the factory entrance of Tata Motors, a company which promises to make the world&rsq...
Obama and the Working Class
MICHAEL D. YATES
A recent New York Times article (‘Rural Swath of Big State Tests Obama,’ August 21, 2008) described life in the dead mill towns of western Pennsylvania and asked why Barack Obama’s presidential bid was not catching fire there. The artic...
The Big Questions About Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
Will Iraq disintegrate if the United States withdraws its combat troops? The US and Iraq are close to agreeing a security accord under which the  US would pull its combat troops out of Iraqi cities, towns and villages on June 30, 2009...
Sailing Into Gaza
HUWAIDA ARRAF
On Saturday, after 32 hours on the high seas, I sailed into the port of Gaza City with 45 other citizens from around the world in defiance of Israel’s blockade. We traveled from Cyprus with humanitarian provisions for Palestinians living under sieg...
Death by Paranoia
JAMES McENTEER
Caracas A U.S. traveler in Venezuela may recall the Will Rogers observation: “God must love poor people; he made so many of them.” The poor are the natural constituents and enthusiastic boosters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The...
Katrina, the Pain Index
BILL QUIGLEY
0.  Number of renters in Louisiana who have received financial assistance from the $10 billion federal post-Katrina rebuilding program Road Home Community Development Block Grant – compared to 116,708 homeowners. 0.  Number of apa...
Biden His Time
WAJAHAT ALI
Barack Obama, that Presidential coquette who teased the world by not announcing his running mate for nearly two months, finally unveiled his vanilla, Vice Presidential bride, thus ultimately opting for a marriage of blandness, predictability and conciliation.  O...
Reinventing the Evil Empire
STEPHEN LENDMAN
For the West, everything changed but stayed the same, hard-wired and in place. Things just lay dormant in the shadows during the Yeltsin years, certain to reemerge once a more resolute Russian leader took over. If not Vladimir Putin, someone else little different. ...
The Devil’s Hoof
URI AVNERY
I WAS shocked when I read the headline in Haaretz. It quoted Sari Nusseibeh as saying "There is no Room for Two", meaning two states between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan. What? Has Nusseibeh abandoned his support for a solution based on coexi...
US out of Iraq by … "2011"
PATRICK COCKBURN
The United States is moving towards ending its military control of Iraq by agreeing to withdraw combat troops from Iraqi cities and towns by June next year and from the rest of Iraq by 2011, according Iraqi and American negotiators. T...
The State Deparment’s Green Scare Wing
WILL POTTER
A PowerPoint presentation, ...
Israeli Outposts Seal Death of Palestinian State
JONATHAN COOK
Migron, West Bank Yehudit Genud hardly feels she is on the frontier of Israel’s settlement project, although the huddle of mobile homes on a wind-swept West Bank hilltop she calls home is controversial even by Israeli standards. Despite the size ...
China in the Spotlight
CARL FINAMORE
The recently-concluded summer Olympics introduced China as a major player on the world stage in spectacular fashion. No doubt about it, the country made a superbly dramatic entrance. Of course there were the much-publicized disclosures that some elemen...
Technological Fundamentalism
ROBERT JENSEN
While media watchdogs and bloggers probe contemporary news media for signs of bias — from every angle, on virtually every issue — perhaps the most important of journalists’ biases is ignored: their routine acceptance of society’s technological...
Western Turf Wars
JAMIE NEWLIN
For those interested in understanding and maybe influencing the management of public lands, a new and so far under-appreciated resource is making its way onto the bookshelves. It’s ...
Cash Register Conventions
MICHAEL WINSHIP
Another humid August, a long time ago, and I was working in my father’s small town drugstore, the last summer before my first year of high school. Today, cash registers are as computerized as ATM’s and tell you everything...
Targeting Pelosi (and the War Machine)
JOSHUA FRANK
Cindy Sheehan’s independent antiwar campaign against Rep. Nancy Pelosi is beginning to gain steam in San Francisco. I recently caught up with Cindy to discuss her bid for Congress as well as the Democrat’s perpetual incompetence. – JF...
John McCain in a New Context
PATTY O'GRADY
Did you know that when John McCain was away from home for extended periods of time working as a U.S. Senator, Mrs. Cindy McCain would tell her children with his acquiescence that he was “deployed” and imagined herself just another lonely R...
Sailing to Gaza
OSAMA QASHOO
This morning I am sorry to find myself back on dry land in Cyprus, separated from my fellow sailors who are now completing the final leg of their trip to Gaza. They are carrying humanitarian and medical aid to a people now suffering both an international...
Obama and the Mining Cartel
STEVE CONN
A few days ago, Fairbanks Mayor Jim Whitaker co-authored an Anchorage Daily News piece in favor of the mining industry’s $6 million to $8 million war to put down ballot measure Proposition 4. Then he was invited to speak at the Democratic National ...
Obamanomics
JONATHAN M. FELDMAN
Barack Obama, now decrying John McCain’s definition of rich people as those earning five million or more, has a clear populist streak to his campaign.  Obama notes that McCain thinks that “the economy” is doing well.  But what...
"Change," "Hope" … Why They Must be Talking About Joe Biden!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
"Change” and “hope” are not words one associates with Senator Joe Biden, a man so ripely symbolic of everything that is unchanging and hopeless about our political system that a computer simulation of the corporate-political paradi...
The Culture Wars Are Over
DAVID ROSEN
The once-powerful Christian Republican movement is in retreat. After more than a quarter-century of growing influence and power, the fierce rightwing assault on popular values, especially sexual freedom, is in eclipse. This round of the culture wars seem...
The Long Silence
HOWARD LISNOFF
For many years, now decades, I have been silent as a Jew about Israel’s relationship to, and treatment of, the Palestinian people and my place as an American Jew in that equation.  Recently, I looked back at the Jews who I have known personall...