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Black-out on Immigrants

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Why are the historic black civil rights groups mostly MIA on the political mobilization of immigrants? Earl Ofari Hutchinson paints the picture — and it ain’t pretty.

A Correspondent Writes…

Friday, March 31st, 2006

We do get email. Some of it is banal. Some of it is abusive. Some of it is truly extraordinary in its thoughtfulness. And a lot of it came my way as a result of the heated and extended discussions about immigration we’ve hand on this blog this past week. One email I received out […]

V Is For Victory — Over Syriana

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

My daughter took me and my wife last night to see “V Is For Vendetta” and as much as I didn’t want to like the movie, I found myself standing up and cheering by the end of the flick. I didn’t want to like it because I had read that the story — set in […]

An American Story: My Illegal In-Laws

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

“I love Puerto Ricans and Negroes — as long as they don’t live next door, so love me, love me, I’m a liberal…” — song fragment by Phil Ochs. I’ve got a story to tell you about the illegal aliens in my own family. I’ll do that in a moment. But first… I was thinking […]

Immigration Issue Explodes [Updated]

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Updated material and a round-up of responses to this sizzling topic are to be found at the bottom of this post. Saturday saw the largest political demonstration in the history of Los Angeles, and one of the biggest in recent American history. A half-million people or more flooded two dozen blocks of downtown L.A. to […]

Thirty Years Later: Meeting the Death Squads

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Randy Paul reminds us that this Friday the 24th is the 30th anniversary of the installation of the military dictatorship in Argentina (and of the nefarious role played at the time by a certain Dr. Strangelove Kissinger). Randy’s absolutely right in underlining that while the dictatorship in neighboring Chile was grabbing all the headlines, the […]

“The Che Complex:” No Mo’ Heroes, Por Favor!

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Thanks to the Democratic Left list-serve I have come across a stunningly intelligent posting from a previously unknown (to me) and mysterious blogger. Oso Raro over at Slaves of Academe is one smart gal — though that’s all she let’s us know about her. But what a thrillingly intelligent (and wonderfully long) essay she has penned […]

Four More Years?

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

So, now Bush has formally passed the buck on the war in Iraq. Wonderful. Let someone else sort it out after he’s retired and back out full-time on the golf links. The other day I mentioned that Bush is behaving like an autistic. Now, I’ve written a column about it for my latest piece in L.A. Weekly: […]

Contra-Impeach

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

I was part of a pretty good debate this morning on Bay Area radio about impeachment and censure. I was up against Bob Fertik of Democrats.com who took the usual Internet Liberal line: The Republicans are “Nazis” and “war criminals,” we’re on the doorstep of fascism, the voting machines are rigged and, oh, yes, we […]

Sick (And Tired)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

I’m still sick, a bit under the (glorious Southern California) weather. So very light blogging today. I’m also getting really tired of the President sounding like a broken record on Iraq. It was last year that my good friend Tim Frasca came up with the notion that Bush seems afflicted with a sort of autism. […]

Hari on Iraq: “A Melancholic Mea Culpa”

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Lefty British writer Johann Hari has had enough. One of the more prominent liberals who supported the war in Iraq, he’s now throwing in the towel. His website reproduces a column he wrote for The Independent of London declaring his “melancholic mea culpa.” He was pushed over the edge, he says, but watching just how routine […]

Balter: “What’s The Matter With (French) Kids Today?”

Monday, March 20th, 2006

France may be headed for something that Americans wouldn’t recognize if it bit them in the butt: a good, old-fashioned, government-toppling general strike. Students and labor unions have united to stare down a new measure that would allow French employers to hire young workers on a conditional two-year basis during which they could be fired […]

Tragic Anniversaries

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

This is the third anniversary of the tragic U.S. invasion of Iraq. I think the very best reporting on this sad subject is currently coming from the greatly under-appreciated Michael Ware of Time magazine. No single reporter has been more outspoken, more determined to challenge the official mythologies.  I see no way out of Iraq in the […]

A ‘Turning Point?’

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Lots of important news out there today… but I’m going to stick on the immigration reform story for the moment. It’s a monumental story that is finally getting to the Senate floor and yet is being overshadowed in the news by the war, censure, and the general crisis of the Bush administration. So I’m purposefully […]

Digging Immigration [Updated]

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

** Update: Looks like as soon as today, Thursday, it quite literally might be now or never when it comes to immigration reform. The Senate Judiciary Committee, we learn, has chalked up a grand total of about 10 hours this month in its feeble attempt to fashion a meaningful immigration compromise. Most of the Republicans […]

279 Reasons for Revulsion

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Bravo to Salon for publishing its new special package on the Abu Ghraib nightmare.  Collected now in one place are 279 chilling photographs and 19 horror videos direct from the files of Pentagon investigators documenting the barbaric torture we now all know about if not fully acknowledge. Words alone fail to describe the inhumanity that […]

Feingold Day Two: The Dems Fold

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Can someone please organize a poker game for me with Pelosi and Reid? Please! My posting on this now up on The Nation group blog. P.S. Also see this consideration by colleague Bill Greider.

Fukuyama, Baby!

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Who knew that end-of-history-guy turned repentant-ex-neocon, Francis Fukuyama, was secretly such a swingin’ party animal? An aficionado of Las Vegas? I just stumbled upon  a great debate between Fukuyama and Bernard-Henri Levy where they mix it up over the deeper meaning of Vegas. And Fukuyama Rocks! He chides BHL for scorning Vegas in his new book […]

Censure?

Monday, March 13th, 2006

See my post on Russ Feingold’s move to censure Bush on The Nation’s group blog. Bring your comments with you.

Slobbering Over Slobo

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Slobodan Milosevic’s death is freighted with more than just a tinge of schadenfreude. There’s also some unexpected humor.  Believe it or not there are those who continue to make out the Butcher of the Balkans as some sort of victim. The U.S. — it turns out– was the true source of evil in the decade-long […]