Strip-searching America: Florence v. County of Burlington
John W. Whitehead
In a devastating 5-4 ruling that not only condones an overreach of state
power but legitimizes what is essentially state-sponsored humiliation and
visual rape, the U.S. Supreme Court recently declared that any person who is
arrested and processed at a jailhouse, regardless of the severity of his or
her offense (i.e., they can be guilty of nothing more than a minor traffic
offense), can be subjected to a strip search by police or jail officials
without reasonable suspicion that the arrestee is carrying a weapon or
contraband. The five-man majority rationalized their ruling as being
necessary for safety, security and efficiency, the government's overused and
all-too-convenient justifications for its steady erosion of our freedoms
John Baird: in defense of 'what is right'
A recent interview on al-Jazeera (posted March 31, 2012) with John Baird,
Canada's minister of Foreign Affairs did nothing to change the image of
Canada that is tending to be current in the international arena.
America's 2 new nukes are on the brink of death
What Marwan Barghouti really means to Palestinians
Last week Marwan Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian political prisoner and
Fatah leader, called on Palestinians to launch a large-scale popular
resistance which would serve the cause of our people.
The best Congress the banks' money can buy
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
Here we go again. Another round of the game we call Congressional Creep.
After months of haggling and debate, Congress finally passes reform
legislation to fix a serious rupture in the body politic, and the president
signs it into law. But the fight's just begun, because the special interests
immediately set out to win back what they lost when the reform became law.
We need a national dialogue on civil liberties abuses and government secrecy
On December 22, 1974, The New York Times published an article by Pulitzer
Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh. The lead paragraph read: The Central
Intelligence Agency, directly violating its charter, conducted a massive,
illegal domestic intelligence operation during the Nixon Administration
against the antiwar movement and other dissident groups in the United States,
according to well-placed government sources.
The War on Terror and justice for Trayvon Martin
After more than a decade, the War on Terror continues. After transporting
troops and arms to shock and awe millions of Iraqis, at least a million are
killed, 5,000 of ours gone, and it goes on. After we preemptively started the
war, lying about Saddam Hussein having WMDs, and after invading Afghanistan
to find Osama bin Laden, the purported ring-leader of 9/11 and kidney
dialysis patient in the American Hospital in Dubai in July of 2001, the
mindless War on Terror goes on.
Why is the military still using violence-linked Lariam?
The Holy Triumvirate-The United States, NATO, and the European Union-or an
approved segment thereof, can usually get what they want. They wanted Saddam
Hussein out, and soon he was swinging from a rope. They wanted the Taliban
ousted from power, and, using overwhelming force, that was achieved rather
quickly. They wanted Moammar Gaddafi's rule to come to an end, and before
very long he suffered a horrible death. Jean-Bertrand Aristide was
democratically elected, but this black man who didn't know his place was sent
into distant exile by the United States and France in 2004. Iraq and Libya
were the two most modern, educated and secular states in the Middle East; now
all four of these countries could qualify as failed states.
Israel endangers region by willfully courting trouble
Linda S. Heard
Numbing numbers explain US frog revolution
Joel S. Hirschhorn
Believing in the classic American Dream that hard work will deliver
prosperity is like believing that buying super lottery tickets is a smart way
to become wealthy. Both are delusional beliefs because both are bets on
incredible long shots that will disappoint nearly everyone who believes this
garbage. The American Dream has been destroyed by a revolution from the top.
Critiquing Israel: colonialism or Jewish culture?
The phenomenal success the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement
has had since it began in 2005 has attracted attention from all corners of
the political spectrum-for better or for worse. Israel is scared. Israeli
think tanks have described BDS as a greater threat to Israel than armed
Palestinian resistance. At the same time, at the forefront of the movement
against what is now widely called Israeli apartheid are Jews-Israeli and
diaspora. This is not surprising, as Jews have traditionally been active in
political mobilisation and opinion formation, according to Benjamin
Know thy enemy
For the Phillies opening in 2010, four Navy Seals were parachuted into
Citizens Bank Park. The stunt was such a success, it was rescheduled for this
year, but high wind prevented it from happening. What a shame. Unconfirmed
team sources whispered to me that these ass-kicking Seals would have handed
Bin Laden's balls to our starting pitcher, Cole Hamels, to be plunked at the
ragged head of a real live terrorist. Oh well, maybe next year.
Jayne Lyn Stahl
The sudden and equally baffling high profile wife of Mitt Romney now says we
don't know her husband. One wonders how well she knows him given that he
changes his positions on issues about as often as he changes his socks.
'October Surprise,' as Obama plays the Saudi card
Playing the friendship card: White lies, white denial and the reality of
I swear, if I hear one more transparently racist person insist they aren't
racist because they have black friends, I am going to shoot them. But not
because I'm violent. I'm not violent. And this I know because I have friends
who are pacifists.
The election 'con' and Angela Davis: Ignoring history and losing their minds
NAFTA partners take steps to boost trilateral relationship
While bilateral initiatives have dominated North American issues over the
last couple of years, the trilateral relationship has suffered. With a series
of high-level meetings, the U.S., Canada and Mexico are taking steps to boost
the NAFTA partnership. First, the defense ministers met to discuss shared
continental security threats. This was followed by a leaders' summit which
pledged to deepen trade, regulatory, energy and security cooperation. The
recent meetings have caused some to once again take notice of the incremental
efforts to merge all three countries into a North American Union.
Democracy is no panacea for all ills
Linda S. Heard
Ku Klux Klan still kills at will
Dr. Ismail Salami
Once upon a time in America back in the nineteenth century, there was a
far-right organization known as Ku Klux Klan that adhered to primitively
radical and hidebound ideas including white supremacy and brutalized and
persecuted the colored race through an act of terrorism.