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Archives from October 2008
What to Do with Bush and Cheney?
DENNIS LOO
It’s been eight years – almost to the day – that Bush and Cheney lost the election but seized the White House anyway. It’s been four years – almost to the day – that Bush and Cheney ...
Dear John McCain, Please Stop…
WAJAHAT ALI
Dear John McCain, Sarah Palin, the RNC, Charlie Black, the corrosive spirit of Lee Atwater, Rove-ian politics, Sean Hannity, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Elizabeth Hasselback, Joe the Plumber and other respected members of your respected ilk: Please stop. Just sto...
Bush Ultra Lite
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSAN
At a time when we need Marx’s analytical abilities, Oliver Stone offers Freud. In his one-dimensional biopic, “W,” we do not gain insight into how a less than brilliant president circumvented carefully constructed procedures to safeguard the militar...
Defense Strategies in Economic Warfare
STEPHEN MARTIN
The application of CDO’s as financial poisons, bundled in CDS and delivered through ‘global’  financial channels – actually not this instance ‘Global’: Islamic Banking institutions for example protected by moral prohibitions g...
Why 2008 Feels Like 1932
PAM MARTENS
The parallels with 1932 are breathtaking: billions in bonds defaulting; dysfunctional global credit markets; commodity prices crumbling; stocks in free fall; home foreclosures; rising unemployment; banks teetering; an angry populace; a Republican administration cling...
Giving Aid and Comfort to the Enemy
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Technically, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits John McCain from becoming president of the United States. Section III of the Amendment says, “No person shall … hold any office, civil or military, under the United States &hellip...
Dance to the Music–or Else!
LORENZO WOLFF
Sometimes a record will grab you by the throat and make you change the way you look at the world. …And sometimes it won’t. El Guincho, the producer/singer behind Alegranza! has made a great dance record. The kind of album that can make a wh...
What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Spreading the Wealth?
ALAN MAASS
A specter is haunting America. Or at least haunting the fevered brains of John McCain and his fellow Republicans. It’s the specter of "socialism," in the form of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his alleged determination to &quo...
The Future of Ted and Sarah
STEVE CONN
Alaska Senator Ted Stevens is no fool. He asked for an early trial on his federal corruption changes to create a fall back position, if convicted, like the one he has in play right now. He has a better hand than most people realize. The vote on his seat is nex...
The Bush-Obama-McCain Administration
MORTON SKORODIN
The period we’re living in now is the Bush-Obama-McCain Administration. Bush obligingly initiated Obama’s bombing campaign on Pakistan. The three of them colluded on the recent wealth transfer (about $840 billion) from the American people to Wall St. ...
In the Making
RAMZY BAROUD
At a recent conference I was repeatedly asked about the prospects for a third Palestinian uprising, or Intifada. The question, although seemingly uncomplicated, is both loaded and important, and cannot be answered in a mere two minutes or less. A ‘third...
Into Syria We Went
BINOY KAMPMARK
The Bush doctrine continues to live a charmed life less than a week before the US Presidential elections.  It has made sovereignty nigh redundant – attacks on the soil of Washington’s close ally Pakistan, and now, Syria.  The Sunday attack on th...
Reflections of an Average Joe
WILLIAM P. O'CONNOR
A limbless victim of a forgotten war sat and watched me run by his wheelchair yesterday. While jogging past him at the Veterans’ Hospital two things crossed my mind. First I thought, despite aching calves and shortness of breath, I was lucky to be a Vietnam Vet...
Out of Control
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Islamabad. The United Nations Charter states, among other wise and widely forgotten strictures, that “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence o...
Vigilante Violence as Sex Story
KIM NICOLINI
Max Payne isn’t a great movie. In fact, by most standards, it’s probably not a very good movie, but it gets the job done in being a diversion. As a vigilante narrative, mostly the movie exists as something for us to dump our anger and frustration in while...
The Last Dance in Ramallah
MATS SVENSSON
Until  November 2004, Israel lacked a partner for peace. President Arafat was locked up in a prison in Ramallah. He could admittedly receive international dignitaries from the whole world after Israeli approval. Israel often demanded that the dignitary first vis...
Is the Global Economy a Mistake?
IGNACY NOWOPOLSKI
Paul Craig Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of ...
Nothing for Something
RICHARD RHAMES
“The (economy’s) primary functions are agriculture, manufacture, and transportation. Community life is impossible without them. They hold the world together…The great delusion is that one may change the foundation. The foundations of soc...
Johnny’s Tantrums
PATRICK IRELAN
When John McCain III was about two years old, he acquired a habit that worried his parents. He developed an “outsized temper” that he expressed in an unusual fashion. “At the smallest provocation, I would go off in a mad frenzy, and then, suddenly c...
The Division of Florida
ALAN FARAGO
The US presidential campaign has only addressed in generic terms the wreckage caused by Wall Street, the absence of financial regulation and the wages of greed, and not at all how that feeding tube connects locally: too many platted subdivisions in farmland and wetla...
Killing Leroy Jackson
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
RED STATE REBELS: Tales of Grassroots Resistance from the Heartland ...
Palin’s Flute, Obama’s Voice
DAVID YEARSLEY
Before election day puts an end to this interminable song and dance, there’s one last chance to listen to the music — the candidates’ music.  It is in light of their musical tastes and talents that politicians’ character is most clearly t...
Misrepresenting the Financial Crisis
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
A major problem with the bailout scheme is that it misrepresents the ongoing credit crunch as a problem of illiquidity, or lack of cash. In reality, however, it is a lack of trust that has been created by the widespread insolvency in the financial market. In such an ...
Pickled Heads, Mudcakes, the Rivers of Babylon
RICHARD NEVILLE
It has long been known by alert sections of the public that growth has its limits and overuse of natural resources leads to collapse. The first evidence of this is provided by the world’s oldest written records. These come from the civilization of Sumer, which ...
Not McCain
ROBERT BRYCE
I voted for Obama. On Wednesday, I queued up at a supermarket near my house here in Austin so that I could vote early and avoid the lines on Election Day. (In March, the lines at my precinct during the primary were more than an hour long.) After a lot of thin...
Burning Reason
HOWARD LISNOFF
The ride down the western border of Massachusetts is serene in fall.  The hills have turned from the vibrant red, yellow, and orange colors of the season to a more muted orange and brown.  Scenic vistas, that were blocked by leaves only a few weeks ago, ope...
I’m Sick of Their Voices
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
I want it to be over. I’m sick of their voices, the smears, the noise from the crowds, McCain’s air quotes that accompany his snarling sarcasm, Palin’s alien sentence structure, the planted, propaganda plumber, Biden’s buffoonery, and Obama&rs...
Turning the Tide of Ethnic Cleansing in America’s Cities
GLEN FORD
The demise or ill health of U.S. investment banks has deprived finance capital of its  headquarters sector, the evil geniuses who hatch long range schemes for ethnic cleansing of the nation’s cities. Now, more than ever, progressives must become city plann...
World Tires of Rule by Dollar
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
What explains the paradox of the dollar’s sharp rise in value against other currencies (except the Japanese yen) despite disproportionate US exposure to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression? The answer does not lie in improved fundamenta...
McCain’s Women Problems
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR John McCain’s charges of sexism against Barack Obama must ring mighty hollow to those who know him best, and we dare say his second wife Cindy would have an acerbic comment or two of her own if freed from all constraints. The so...
Memo to Progressives for Obama
JOSHUA FRANK
Unless John McCain has a bombshell of a scandal to drop on Barack Obama at the 11th hour, this election is beginning to look like it’s in the bag for the Democrats. The Republicans will finally be kicked out of the White House and peace and calm will slowly ret...
The Year of Unreliable Witnesses
JAMES McENTEER
Joe The Plumber, aka Samuel Wurzelbacher, has become a kind of bellwether for the 2008 presidential campaign, though it is clear that he has his own (semi-hidden) agenda, his own (semi-hidden) secrets and his own (semi-hidden) reserves of ignorance. This “avera...
"Kill Him!"
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
Two Neo-Nazi skinhead believers in “white power” who planned to assassinate candidate Barack Obama in a shooting spree that would also target African American school children have been arrested in Tennessee. The two men, 20 and 18, are charged with illega...
The Big Change
FELICE PACE
If you’ve tuned in to the presidential campaign you know that Barak Obama and John McCain are both pushing the idea of “change”. It is, after all, what their pollsters and focus group gurus tell them the voters want. When we examine the poli...
The Executions at Kafr Qassem
JONATHAN COOK
In a conflict that has produced more than its share of suffering and tragedy, the name of Kafr Qassem lives on in infamy more than half a century after Israeli police gunned down 47 Palestinian civilians, including women and children, in the village. This wee...
Wall Street Bonus Madness
STANLEY HELLER
You created an economy that is so unstable that the bankruptcy of a few big firms would mean worldwide catastrophe. Your policies lost the world $10 trillion on stock markets in the last month alone. You’ve started a worldwide recession/depressi...
Smearing Rashid Khalidi
VIJAY PRASHAD
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your mouth, Blowing down the backroads, headin’ south – Bob Dylan, "Idiot Wind." (1974). Sarah Palin has done it again. On the advice of the McCain-Palin team...
Boycott the Elections!
REZA FIYOUZAT
How long shall we allow the system to kick us in the head, take our money, insult us after taking our money, and still expect us to participate in its frauds? With every passing year, the differences between the two ruling political parties in the U.S. diminish furth...
The US Empire will Survive Bush
ARNO J. MAYER
The United States may emerge from the Iraq fiasco almost unscathed. Though momentarily disconcerted, the American empire will continue on its way, under bipartisan direction and mega-corporate pressure, and with evangelical blessings.It is a defining characteristic o...
Support Obama, Vote McKinney?
AMEE CHEW
The Green Party Presidential ticket of Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente brings something special and unprecedented to U.S. politics. Not only are they the first all women-of-color ticket for President and Vice President with ballot access in most states.[1] These w...
Obama and the Camp Followers
STEVE CONN
As Obama’s presidential campaign marches inevitably toward Washington DC, Camp Followers emerge from the left, right and center and jog to catch up. They freshen up their resumes with belated help for their candidate and would-be employer. They throw ethics to ...
What America is Owed
STEPHEN MARTIN
There are some who are in darkness And the others are in light And you see the ones in brightness Those in darkness drop from sight Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht.  ‘Die Moritat von Mackie Messer’ (The ballad of Mack t...
Israel Bars Visit to a Father’s Grave
JONATHAN COOK
Salwa Salam Qupty clutches a fading sepia photograph of a young Palestinian man wearing a traditional white headscarf. It is the sole memento that survives of her father, killed by a Jewish militia during the 1948 war that established Israel. “He was kil...
A Glimpse Inside the Head of Joe the Plumber
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
For those who were fortunate enough to watch, McCain campaign advisers Samuel J. Wurzelbacher and Joe the Plumber recently appeared in special Fox News broadcast featuring a roundtable discussion with Neil Cavuto and Laura Ingraham. Wurzelbacher, a noted Toled...
A Freedom Rider in Gaza City
RAMZI KYSIA
Gaza City. This morning I walked to the Indian Ocean and made salt in defiance of the British Occupation of India. This morning I marched in Selma, I stood down tanks in Tiananmen Square, and I helped tear down the Berlin Wall. This morning I became a Freedom...
Alternatives to Incarceration
MARGARET DOOLEY-SAMMULI
With the state’s budget deficit worsening and prison overcrowding reaching crisis levels, California voters are looking for effective solutions. Proposition 5 builds on California’s proven treatment alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders....
Strauss-Kahn Strikes Again!
PATRICK BOND
NEWS ITEM: Nicolas Sarkozy dismay as Dominique Strauss-Kahn in sex scandal A “one-night stand” and an angry husband have endangered the career of the French head of the International Monetary Fund and dismayed President Sarkozy as he seeks to put a...
How the Food and Financial Crises are Interconnected
ERIC TOUSSAINT
In 2007-2008, the biggest international economic and financial crisis since 1929 broke out. Were it not for the massive and concerted intervention of public authorities in coming to the rescue of thieving bankers, the present crisis would already have reached more am...
The Trail of Broken Promises
MATT GONZALEZ
Watching the Democrats in the final weeks of the presidential election has been a lesson in revisionist history. While they lament the terrible crimes perpetrated against the American people by George Bush and vow to keep fighting for our rights, they conveniently gl...
The New Neo-Con Reality
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
"We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re  studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new  realities, which you can study too, an...