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Archives from October 2008
Short Film Clips at a Checkpoint
MATS SVENSSON
I had seen it before, a few days earlier. I had seen it on my way into one of the many homelands of the 21st century. I saw the woman who wasn’t let into the city Nablus, to go to the hospital with her sick child. I saw the woman who wasn’t allowed home t...
Why I’m Not Voting for Obama
TODD CHRETIEN
"TERRORIST!" "KILL him!" "He’s an Arab." "Obama Bucks." John McCain has let the dogs loose. Apparently, he’s decided that if winning the White House means whipping the right wing into a racist frenzy, he’ll le...
No Child Left Behind, Mexican-Style
JOHN ROSS
"No Child Left Behind", the tarnished crown jewel of the outgoing Bush regime’s education program so maladroitly administered by lame duck Ed Secretary Margaret Spellings, is being huckstered throughout Latin America as a model for privatizing educati...
What Voter Fraud?
ALLAN J. LICHTMAN
This year the Republicans are rolling out one of their oldest and most misleading charges: that Democrats and their supporters are planning to flood the polls with illegal voters. Although the GOP first raised a hue and cry against Democratic voter fraud more than 40...
Strategies to End the Crisis
PETER MORICI
Global stock and commodity prices continue to drop, as the threat of a long recession looms. Fear casts a shadow that threatens the viability of democratic capitalism and threatens a wholesale breakdown of the economy into a depression. Conventional mortgages...
Why Joe the Plumber is a Socialist (And You Are, Too)
DAVID MORRIS
Over the last few days, we’ve been hearing a lot about Joe the Plumber. Joe recently asked Barack Obama about a business he’d like to buy, and which would put him above the $250,000 income level at which Obama’s tax plan kicks in a tax increase. Joe...
Anything to Win
ROBERT FANTINA
The third and final debate of the 2008 presidential campaign is now history. It is pointless here to ask why, during a campaign that runs about half as long as the office it is run for, only three debates between the final major contenders are held. It is equally poi...
Giving It Up to the Combine
STEPHEN MARTIN
 "Yes. This is what I know. The ward is a factory for the Combine. It’s for fixing up mistakes made in the neighborhoods and in the schools and in the churches, the hospital is. When a completed product goe...
The Song Remains the Same
RALPH NADER
The three so-called presidential debates—really parallel interviews by reporters chosen by the Obama and McCain campaigns—are over and they are remarkable for two characteristics—convergence and avoidance. A remarkable similarity between McCa...
Race and the Election
KEEANGA-YAMATTA TAYLOR
By every statistical measure, it looks clearer and clearer every day that Barack Obama will become the first African American president in the history of the United States—a country founded on slavery and sustained by 300 years of racial oppression. Yet...
Kid Killers are Barbarians
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
There is yet more news from Afghanistan about the killing of civilians by foreign forces’ air attacks. The BBC reported that “Angry villagers took 18 bodies – including badly mangled bodies of women and children – to the governor’s house...
The Growing of a Heartland Nader Raider
DC LARSON
The past two decades have been disappointing ones for principled progressives: The Democrat Party has retreated from hallmark progressive ambitions like ending all executions, genuinely pursuing cessation of international militarism, promoting equal civil rig...
The Financier’s Playbook
MARTHA ROSENBERG
How did credit derivatives that made quick money until they sacked the economy get approved? The same way the pharmaceutical industry gets drugs approved. Talk fast and get good lawyers. Look at Wyeth’s new antidepressant, Pristiq, so dangerous ...
McCain’s Disdain for Spain
JEFF BIRKENSTEIN
There the McCain-Palin administration goes again, gosh darnnit. The odd topic of Spain came up in the first two debates (one presidential, the other vice-presidential), but not in the third or fourth.  Of course, McCain wasn’t going to raise the emba...
Why I’m Voting for Nader
ROBERT WEITZEL
I had just pressed the “donate now” button on votenader.org when my email pinged. It was a rambling missive from Neil, a self-described “Grumpy Old Son Of A Beach” who’d read an article I’d written for the American Atheist magazine...
Palinoscopy
BRENDAN COONEY
Sarah Palin may have rallied the red-staters, but she’s taken over the minds of blue-staters. Everywhere I turn in New York, she’s governing people’s conversations. A writer told me she obsessively watches the Katie Couric interviews and Sat...
The Economic Crisis and Latin America
ERIC TOUSSAINT
The economic and financial crisis, whose epicentre is found in the United States, has to be utilised by Latin American countries to build an integration favourable to the peoples and at the same initiate a partial delinking. We need to learn the lessons of th...
When You’re a Black Candidate There’s No Such Thing as a Safe Lead
MARQUEECE HARRIS-DAWSON And BOB WING
Community organizers and residents of South Los Angeles and throughout the country are excited that Barack Obama has built a significant lead in this historic presidential election. But victory for Obama is still an uphill struggle, as he and his supporters must o...
Socialist, Socialist, SOCIALIST!
PATRICK B. BARR
It may sound as if it is going to be a joke, but it’s not funny. Barack Obama enters the appropriately named Cape Fear BBQ and Chicken in Fayetteville, N.C., and a customer is less than welcoming: "Socialist, socialist, socialist!" said ...
Boo Radley Comes Out to Play
WAJAHAT ALI
The emerging Muslim American electorate resembles the unpopular prom date that is used for a ride, but upon arrival is quickly abandoned to save face and maintain popularity. Meanwhile, the jilted date eagerly waits in the parking lot, observing the festivities from ...
The Boycott and Palestinian Groups
OMAR BARGHOUTI
Since the launch of the Palestinian boycott movement a few years ago, we have experienced an awkward phenomenon that demands urgent comment. Several organizations known for years — in some cases, decades — for their tireless Palestine solidarity work stoo...
How to "Win" in Afghanistan
STEVE BREYMAN
Both presidential candidates support more troops, money, and materiel for the war in Afghanistan. The assumption behind the recommendation is that it’s been President Bush’s neglect of Afghanistan that has permitted the Taliban and other insurgents to reg...
Empire and White Supremacy
COREY D.B. WALKER
Now, when I say question the whole society, it means ultimately coming to see that the problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. Martin Luther King, Jr. So tell me wh...
Perfora Cariño, Perfora!
DAVE LINDORFF
IIt’s going to be interesting to see how much longer the vicious decades-long US embargo of Cuba lasts, whichever person wins the White House this November. The main reason the US has stubbornly refused to trade with Cuba, and has used sanctions to bully...
How Inflation Works
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Anyone who has been alive very long is aware that the US government has failed on the inflation front. Soft drink machines that once delivered a bottled drink for a nickel now charge a dollar, a twenty-fold increase in price. Until the Reagan administration in...
Wealth’s Apostles
VIJAY PRASHAD
Chinese factory managers have cut their orders for raw materials. The Baltic Exchange Dry index has plummeted. Currencies climb up and down, but the stock exchange indices look like the altimeter of an aircraft in freefall. Stock markets across the planet look to the...
The Plumber’s Crack
BEN ROSENFELD
The Republicans know something the Dems still haven’t figured out: If you repeat a lie enough times it really does become true in the minds of the American public. The Dems may think they have finished off Joe the Plumber, but the Republicons are just getting s...
The Afghanistan Advantage
WILLIAM S. LIND
As the military situation in Afghanistan deteriorates, there may be at least the possibility of better news on the political front.  Nightwatch for October 7 reported that Multiple news services have reported meetings hosted by Saudi Arabian King Abdalla...
Organ Meat
DAVID YEARSLEY
The presidential campaigners’ sermonizing about America’s moral mission in the world reminds me of the tedious sermons I’ve sat through over many years on the organist’s bench. Some of the most interminable of these were endured in a Presbyter...
The ABCs of Paulson’s Bailout
MICHAEL HUDSON
Treasury Secretary  Paulson’s bailout speech on Monday, October 13, poses some fundamental economic questions: What is the impact on the economy at large of this autumn’s unprecedented creation and giveaway of financial wealth to the wealthiest layer...
Payback’s a Bitch
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
With apologies to Churchill (who owed a few of his own):  Never have so many been so wrong about so much. There are few things you’d less rather be right now than a conservative/regressive, and that is why.  It’s like the old Firesign The...
Bad News for War Resisters
HOWARD LISNOFF
For those from the U.S. seeking sanctuary from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the reelection of Stephen Harper as prime minister of Canada was bad news (not that the past several months have been any better when Harper’s Conservative Party had a smaller minor...
Zardari Bans My Books
TARIQ ALI
"They don’t ban books any more, or at least not recently, which is a relief and a small step forward." I wrote in a preface to my latest book on Pakistan [The Duel: Pakistan on the Fli...
Is Akko Burning?
URI AVNERY
Throughout its thousands of years of history, Akko has never been an Israelite town. Even according to the mythological story of the Bible, the Israelites did not conquer the city, which was already an ancient port. The first chapter of the Book of Judges, whi...
The Scandal That Never Was
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
The massive attention surrounding ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is as indicative of Republican and media racism as it is their class prejudice.  Much of this attention centers on John McCain’s attacks on the organization...
Drill, Baby, Drill (Wink, Wink)
CHRIS GENOVALI
Victoria Times-Colonist writer Iain Hunter’s recent column on John McCain’s vice-presidential pick Sarah Palin (“Our election needs Palin’s feistiness,” September 8, 2008) exemplifies the type of feckless punditry plaguing so much of the...
Hammered by the Swedes
BILL QUIGLEY
Using hammers and bolt cutters, peace activists repeatedly broke into weapon plants and damaged weapons in Sweden.  Activists from the Swedish group OFOG/Avrusta admitted damaging twenty high explosive grenade launchers as well as internal parts to a Howitzer 77...
The Last Man in America
STEPHEN MARTIN
“Rep. Peter Welsh: Mr Turner…I think you said that the SEC office of Risk Management was reduced to a staff, did you say of ……’One’? Lynn Turner: Yeah, when that gentleman would go home at night he could turn ...
Frozen River
KIM NICOLINI
Frozen River is not the kind of American movie you see in the movie theater, and Melissa Leo is not the kind of actress that Hollywood pulls off the assembly line. Frozen River is an unflinching brutal portrait of the desperation and struggles of the lower class in A...
No More Investment Banks
MIKE WHITNEY
"If you made it past the credit crisis, you are not making it past the economic carnage." Meredith A. Whitney, market analyst at Oppenheimer & Company The credit markets have begun to thaw.  Interbank lendi...
McCain Said It, Why Don’t We?
SUZANNE SMITH
John McCain said it. Right out loud in the third debate. “Obviously, we had to take Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait or it would’ve threatened the Middle Eastern oil supply.” The first gulf war was about defending access to oil after all. ...
Now the Cost of War Really Matters
KEVIN ZEESE
Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz predicts the Iraq war will cost the United States $3 trillion.  Nouriel Roubini, the economist who predicted today’s financial crisis in 2006, predicts the U.S. will suffer its worst recession in 40 years, last...
Closing the Courthouse Door
RALPH NADER
“Real change comes from the bottom up, not the top down. The genius of the American system has been to let that change flow upward, from neighborhoods to cities to states and then to the federal government.” – George...
Prosecuting Bush
CARL BOGGS
The arrest of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic in July 2008 for war crimes allegedly committed in the 1990s took the Western (especially United States) media by storm, a case that was upheld as a watershed moment in the struggle for global justice.  D...
Inside Hanford
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
RED STATE REBELS: Tales of Grassroots Resistance from the Heartland ...
Afghanistan: Not a Good War Gone Bad
LARRY EVEREST
For the people of Azizabad, a small village in western Afghanistan, the dark early morning hours of August 22, 2008 suddenly turned into a nightmare of devastation and death. As villagers slept, U.S. forces attacked—first with guns, then air strikes. By the nex...
The Great Levi Stubbs
DAVE MARSH
When I was 15, I met the Four Tops on a downtown Detroit street, where they were doing a photo shoot with the Supremes. The group—especially Duke Fakir—were extraordinarily kind to a trio of white kids totally out of their element. I love the Four Tops fo...
Blow Ups and Bombers
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Talk about falling to the occasion! You would not have an inkling from the candidates’ third and final debate at Hofstra University on Long Island that Wednesday had been a day of fearful carnage on Wall Street, throwing into question the desperate efforts of t...
How the Banksters are Making a Killing Off the Bailout
PAM MARTENS
In 1897, when 8-year old Virginia O’Hanlon posed her Santa Claus query to the New York Sun, she received a heart-warming editorial response reassuring her that “He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist….” Today,...
Racism Dies Hard in Johnstown, PA
MICHAEL YATES
I just watched on YouTube a video clip taken outside a rally for Sara Palin in Johnstown, Pe...