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Raptis: Katrina (some "details")
Jul 20, 2006
In my Commentary "Katrina: Why?", of September 6, 2005, I wrote: "The technical and POLITICAL answer should come from the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) and from the US National Academy of Sciences. It is about time that the American citizens
Reinhart: What Are They Fighting For
Jul 14, 2006
A shorter version of this article was scheduled to appear Thursday, July 13 in Yediot Aharonot, but postponed to next week because of the developments in Southern Lebanon. (*)
Rai: The London Bombings One Year On
Jul 11, 2006
[Full links for all statements can be found on the Justice Not Vengeance website www.j-n-v.org]
Rebick: Women in Iraq
May 24, 2006
"Last time we were here, we were worried about the terrorists killing people," Ayas J. Majyd, General Secretary of the General Union of Students in Iraq said, explaining what life is like in Baghdad. "Now it is just people killing people."
Raptis: Interrogation Methods And People
Mar 15, 2006
In a February 18, 2006 ZNet article (originally published in "Democracy") Professor Alfred McCoy describing the "advanced" methods of torture adopted by the CIA writes: "You simply make somebody stand for a day or two...And so, as they stand, what happens
Raptis: The US and the Nazis
Feb 22, 2006
In previous Commentaries I mentioned that: "Of course it rests with me to prove that the comparison of the US to the Nazis is not an exaggeration." Recent events deferred the analysis of this statement. Finally, here it is:
Raptis: Humans and the Divine
Jan 08, 2006
This Commentary is addressed to Daniele Bennett, the blue-eyed girl whose photo is on the front page of today's (Jan. 5. 2006) International Herald Tribune. The girl, whose father died in a West Virginia coal mine not many hours ago.
Raptis: Cultural Resistance
Dec 16, 2005
My last ZNet Commentary (of Sept. 26, '05) ended with the following (rather "bold") statement: "Of course it rests with me to prove that the comparison of the US to the Nazis is not an exaggeration (which I plan to do in a future Commentary)."
Russell: None Call It Cleansing
Dec 15, 2005
Defending the success of the Iraq War a defiant Bush bragged "[there are] more cell phones in the hands of Iraqis than before." And guess what some sod has been laid in a Najaf soccer field.
After an seven week lock-out, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation went back to work in a decisive victory for workers that could change the nature of the public broadcaster and the character of labour struggles for a long time to come.
Russell: Being Privatized
Oct 07, 2005
My pharmacist in California was alarmed when I told her that ALL people now on both Medicare and Medicaid would be forced onto the new Medicare prescription drug program (Part D). "Medicaid will pay for most all drugs people need," she said. "Medicare wil
Raptis: You Are Responsible!
Sep 26, 2005
It is you, ordinary Americans, who are responsible for these crimes: "In sworn testimonies to army investigators, soldiers... tell of a shackled prisoner being forced to roll back and forth on the floor kissing the boots of his two interrogators as he wen
Russell: Being Disabled and Poor in New Orleans
Sep 25, 2005
If you are disabled and rich or somewhat well-off and lived in New Orleans you probably got out of the city before the levees broke and flooded some 60% of the parishes.
Raptis: Katrina: Why?
Sep 06, 2005
Katrina: Variation of the Greek name "Aikaterini" or "Katerina", of uncertain etymology. Possibly: "Ekaterini", meaning : "either of the two". But, which two? Can one use the word in expressions such as : "Either of the two (e.g. W. Bush and Cheney, or Ru
Russell: The Medicaid Kill Off
Sep 04, 2005
Bush and the Congress slashed $10 billion from the Medicaid budget for this coming year. Medicaid is the primary public health care program for impoverished persons that serves over 53 million people.
Raptis: A (Desperate) Call to the US Youth (Part 1)
Apr 18, 2005
This is the first of a series of "open letters" to the young people (say, aged 14 to 25) of America. To the young people that today constitute the HOPE of the world for survival. Survival of the world? Sounds like an exaggeration. Not so, and this is why:
Russell: Bush's Smokescreen
Mar 24, 2005
Bush and his cohorts rushed to Washington this past week end to conduct special sessions of Congress so that Bush could sign a bill that would mandate the Terri Schiavo case be heard in the federal district court.
Rebick: The Making of a Feminist Revolution
Mar 08, 2005
March 8 is International Women's Day (IWD). In most of the world, it is an important holiday recognizing the struggles of women for equality. In Eastern Europe, it is celebrated like our Mother's Day. Here in North America, where the women's movement i
Raptis: Stability of Slopes
Jan 14, 2005
A "slope" could be the inclined side of a hill (a natural slope) or the side of a man-made earth or stone structure as a dam or an embankment (an artificial slope). The failure (collapse) of the material (soil or rock) beneath a slope is called a "slide".
Raptis: Tsunamis And People
Jan 01, 2005
The Japanese word "tsunami" (pronounced tsoo-nah-mee) means "great wave in harbor" (which describes the problem very accurately). The scientific term is: "seismic sea wave." The expression "tidal wave" is inaccurate as this kind of wave has nothing to do