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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
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...