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Archives from August 2008
Humanity’s Greatest Enemy?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The success of the Bush Regime’s propaganda, lies, and deception with gullible and inattentive Americans since 9/11 has made it difficult for intelligent, aware people to be optimistic about the future of the United States. For almost 8 years the U...
All Experts Agree: Legalize Drugs
JULIAN CRITCHLEY
Eight years ago, I left my civil service job as director of the UK Anti-Drug Co-Ordination Unit. I went partly because I was sick of having to implement policies that I knew, and my political masters knew, were unsupported by evidence. Yesterday, after a...
The Politics of Smoke
FELICE PACE
Hundreds of thousands of Northern California residents are currently being exposed to smoke at levels which constitute a serious health hazard. Immediate impacts include recurring headaches, sinus and respiratory problems and depression. Extended exposur...
The Surge in Iraqi Female Suicide Bombers
STEVE NIVA
While overall levels of violence in Iraq have significantly dropped from their peak in 2006, every day seems to bring news of yet another ghastly suicide bombing, only now the bomber often comes in a black abaya, the full-length robe worn by many Iraqi w...
The Imperial Presidency
MICHAEL WINSHIP
In a letter written in 1648, the Swedish statesman, Axel Oxenstierna, chancellor to both King Gustavus Adolphus and Queen Christina, counseled, “Know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed.” The fighting be...
McCain Goes Nuclear
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Leave it to John McCain to pick the site of a horrific atomic meltdown to symbolize his push for nuke power. McCain says he wants at least 45 more US reactors as part of his “do everything” campaign for American energy independence. A...
Taming the Islamic Shrew
FARZANA VERSEY
The term British Islam has been used quite a bit in the past many months. There is no American Islam, Indian Islam or even Saudi Islam. Does religion need to have a nationality? An organisation that is as yet nameless has been set up ...
Sharpening Occam’s Razor on the Forged Intelligence Documents
DAVID REMINGTON
Playing the “what if” speculation game makes for great sport when applied to the machinations of politics.  Unfortunately, when carried too far it can sometimes draw one down the rabbit hole of rambling conspiracy theories where ostensib...
Buyers Remorse Over Obama
JOHN WALSH
In the latest issue of The Nation, an “open letter” appears in which the signatories position themselves as abject supplicants to Obama, begging him to revert to his earlier stances in his primary campaign.   Thus the letter...
Single-Payer Health Care in an Age of Two-Party Politics
RALPH NADER
One of my favorite monthly publications is Registered Nurse – the journal of the fast growing, progressive California Nurses Association (CNA) – a union that stands up for patients rights and well-being. The June 2008 issue contains st...
The Cheerleader in China
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It was a dreadful coincidence and no one felt sorrier for George Bush than I. He made a perfectly wonderful speech in Thailand and was done in by the timing. It made him sound the perfect fool. That is because he made the speech the same day that the mil...
The Coming Surge in Afghanistan
CONN HALLIAN
Every war has a story line: World War I was “The war to end all wars.” World War II was “The war to defeat fascism.” Iraq was sold as a war to halt weapons of mass destruction; then to overthrow Saddam Hussein, then to buil...
The Shape of Cuba’s Reforms
SAUL LANDAU And NELSON P. VALDÉS
Cuban leaders have begun a reform process – combining certain ministries, opening up more farming possibilities and decentralizing certain functions. They have not given clear signals as to what model will emerge. The government appears determined ...
Georgia and U.S. Strategy
MIKE WHITNEY
The American-armed and trained Georgian army swarmed into South Ossetia last Thursday, killing an estimated 2,000 civilians, sending 40,000 South Ossetians fleeing over the Russian border, and destroying much of the capital, Tskhinvali. The attack was un...
Plowing Through the Farm Bill
JACK BRADIGAN SPULA
Whoever first said that “the more you watch the news, the less you know” must have been thinking of how the media treat the Farm Bill. But now that we’re safely past the latest chapter of this ongoing story – a couple months back,...
Schwarznegger Pimps the Water Bond
DAN BACHER
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, worshipped as the "Green Governor" by the corporate media, will engage in a curious display of surrealistic political theatre today when he pushes for an environmentally destructive water bond in a press conferen...
After the Flood
PATRICK IRELAN
Three weeks after the river crested, I drove twenty miles one evening and took an exit ramp off of I-380 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I expected to see flood victims cleaning up their houses. Many of them had been impatient to return to their homes. Maybe some...
U.S. and Iranian Relations
REZA FIYOUZAT
To the best of memory, one of the first authors, whom I respect, to shed doubts on the possibilities of an American military attack on Iran was Tariq Ali. In an article, on Counterpunch (May 11, 2006), he argued succinctly that Iran had been nothing but ...
"President Bush, Will You Please Shut Up?"
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The neoconned Bush Regime and the Israeli-occupied American media are heading the innocent world toward nuclear war.   Back in the Reagan years the National Endowment for Democracy was created as a cold war tool. Today the NED is a neocon-co...
Credit and Credibility
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
So attacks in Afghanistan must be the work of Pakistan’s dastardly Directorate of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI),  yet again, because the New York Times told us the other day that   “American intelligence agencies have concl...
Forgery, Fakery and Fatigue (Scandal, That Is)
DAVID REMINGTON
Okay, quick show of hands:  who was surprised by the recent “revelation” in Ron Suskind’s new book, ...
Fear and Loathing Behind the Plexiglass Curtain
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Researcher 1: So, did the technician check out? Researcher 2: I hope so. Researcher 1: No ALF affiliation? No hidden camera? Researcher 2: We hope. Researcher 1: No backpack full of leaflets saying death to vivisectors?...
Let’s Handcuff the Property Cops
STAN COX
Susana Tregobov dries clothes on a line behind her Maryland townhouse, saving energy and money. But now her homeowners association has ordered her to bring in the laundry. The crackdown came after a neighbor complained that the clothesline "makes ou...
This War Has Been Approved By Your Government
DAVE LINDORFF
We Americans got a graphic illustration of the demise of any independent American corporate news media these past few days as the coverage on TV and in print was saturated with reports about John Edwards’ infidelity and, equally important, Russia&r...
A Shattered Myth in Georgia
BRENDAN COONEY
The glass shards littering the towns of Georgia are the pieces of a shattered illusion. Surprisingly, there are still people in the world who think that the United States believes in fighting oppression, and that it will put itself on the line to ...
Are Black Politics Headed Toward the Graveyard
GLEN FORD
The Sunday magazine of the New York Times predicts that black politics as we know it is headed for extinction, that Barack Obama’s "brand of ‘race-neutrality’ shows black politics is obsolete, and should be abandoned." Of cour...
When Victory Also Spells Defeat
TOM LEWIS
Bolivians went to the polls Sunday for a recall referendum that put the jobs  of the president, vice president and eight of the country’s nine prefects  (governors) on the line. The vote confirmed President Evo Morales and Vice  Pres...
Crimes Against the State
ALAN FARAGO
The Miami Herald investigative series, highlighting massive mortgage fraud and regulatory breakdown, triggered the resignation yesterday of the state’s top regulator for the financial industry, Don Saxton. ("Borrowers Betrayed: Florida’s...
Technological Titans, Moral Midgets
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Somehow it seemed only fitting that Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn should breathe his last just as the celebration of technical wizardry was to reach its crescendo in Beijing; if the 21st century has any unifying allegiance, it is to the Diocese of Technology, a...
Cracking the Pentagon Pundit Code
DIANE FARSETTA
As reporters and researchers know all too well, releasing information isn’t necessarily the same thing as releasing useful information. Case in point: the Pentagon’s military analyst program. In early 2002, the Defense Department began...
How to Swiftboat McCain
LEE PATTON
We, the Jet Ski Veterans for Truth, aim to destroy McCain’s candidacy. We resurrect the evil but ingenious tactic of the Swift Boat Veterans in their 2004 character assassination of war hero John Kerry: transform the candidate’s greatest stre...
No NATO Membership for Georgia
BILL CHRISTISON
It’s not worth wasting time to debate whether the U.S. or Israel, separately or combined, played a major role in encouraging the government of Georgia to begin the hostilities in Ossetia last week. It was a stupid, unnecessary thing to do, and any ...
The Trade Deficit and Job Losses
PETER MORICI
Today, the Commerce Department reported the June deficit on trade in goods and services was $56.7 billion, down from the $59.2 billion deficit in May. U.S. imports of consumer goods did ease, as a result of the recession in retail sales, but the cost of ...
Obama and the Middle East
URI AVNERY
Oh dear , what has happened to the knight on the white horse? This week, many of Barack Obama’s admirers were shocked. Up to now, it had been believed that the huge sums of money flowing into the coffers of his campaign came from anonymous c...
War a la Carte
ERIC WALBERG
Last week, Georgia launched a major military offensive against the rebel province South Ossetia, just hours after President Mikheil Saakashvili had announced a unilateral ceasefire. Close to 1,500 have been killed, Russian officials say. Thirty thousand ...
Old Cold Warriors Never Die
KATE CONNOLLY
Berlin. The foreign policy adviser of US presidential candidate Barack Obama has called on the world community to isolate Russia in protest over its campaign in the Caucasus, likening its tactics to those of "Hitler or Stalin&quo...
Equal Opportunity Judgment
THOM RUTLEDGE
I am as disappointed and angry about the revelation of John Edwards’ infidelity as the next democrat. I will make no excuses for him. I do, however, want to suggest that we stop and think about how and what we tend to judge so harshly. We ca...
Obama’s Non-Plan for Ending the War in Iraq
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Over the last month, Barack Obama’s comments about withdrawal have raised major questions about the U.S. commitment to occupying Iraq.  The statements Obama has made over the past year, when taken in total, leave no doubt that he is a master o...
The Moronic Party
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
“Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.”   — John Stuart Mill Many years ago, during the 1970s if memory serves, neoconser...
The Smell of Propaganda in the Morning
GREG MOSES
There are two sides bleeding and too many dead in what is hopefully the aftermath of a weekend war in the Caucasus.  And right on cue, the prime opinion space for the American mind is being occupied this Monday morning by a propagandist for perpetual war. ...
We Are Not Hopeless
CYNTHIA McKINNEY
This is the text of CYNTHIA McKINNEY’s remarks to the National Hip Hop Political Convention held in Las Vegas, NV on August 3, 2008. They say that emulation is the best compliment. And so, on this Sunday morning, I’d like to emulate o...
The Olympic Spectacle and the New China
ALAN FARAGO
Hitler’s spin machine used the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games to show off his nation’s muscular ambition. We all know what happened next. In its opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China’s leaders seemed to say to the world: never mind what h...
Showdown at Fort McCoy
JEFF LEYS
August 9 was a day of preparation for Witness Against War. Preparation for the act of nonviolent civil resistance to take place the following day. We gathered at the Lafayette Town Hall just north of Sparta. Our host’s family goes back 7 generations on t...
McCain Gurgles in the Slime
ISHMAEL REED
McCain campaign manager, Rick Davis, in a television performance, which, if he were a woman, would be called strident, or a black man, angry, faced down a cowed Andrea Mitchell after she questioned him about a McCain ad that even offended the Time’...
New Paths Toward the Loss of Our Public Lands
WILLIAM WILLERS
“We have a country and a world that is actually run by thieves. That’s the problem.” –Matt Stoller, July 19, 2008, Netroots Nation Conference, Austin, Texas There is no physical possession of greater va...
Rice and Circus in East Timor
DOUGLAS KAMMEN
Since coming to power in September 2007, the new Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) government of East Timor has made rice a central instrument of state policy. The government has spent millions of dollars on the purchase of imported rice. Free rice has been distr...
The Neo-Cons’ Dream Forgery
GARY LEUPP
I don’t really want to remember those several months after 9-11. The memories upset my stomach. Those months of soaring Bush ratings, the ubiquitous intimidating sight of U.S. flags, the official exhortations to be afraid and suspicious, the endless indulgence ...
I Read the News Today, Oh Boy
RON JACOBS
The headlines tell the world that the US and the Iraqis are close to a deal to get US troops to leave. Upon further reading, the deal isn’t about getting US troops to leave but making sure that they stay at least five more years. Even then, that...
You Want More Still Proofs the Crony, Old-Line Press is Dead?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
What have been the two hot stories this summer, helping us survive the arid steppes of the presidential campaign? Without a doubt, story number one has John Edwards’s love affair and love child. Story number two has been the suicide of one of the U...
The Big Voice
KATHY KELLY
About six months ago, Dan Pearson, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, swiveled around in his office chair in our tiny "headquarters" to ask what we thought about organizing a walk from Chicago to St. Paul, arriving just before t...