Lynn Parramore: Despite his strong record on women’s rights and reining in Wall Street, feminist organizations denounce Spitzer due to their close ties to Wall Street
Paul Jay talks with Michael Ratner on the issue of torture and accountability.
Codepink confronts a military hardware exhibition in Washington on Mother’s Day
Katrina vanden Heuvel on Obama, the progressives and foreign policy
A man on the cover of Ms. Magazine! President Obama is honored with a special inaugural issue Ms. Magazine. The illustration of the president has him in a heroic superman pose wearing a T-shirt with the inscription: “THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE.” The Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine, Kathy Spillar defends the cover and the self-proclaimed feminist president by arguing that it captures the national feminist mood.
As the fifth day of Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip begins, Rafah and Gaza City, the two main targets, have witnessed hundreds of deaths. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blames Hamas, the ruling party in Gaza, for inciting Israelï¿½s attack. Hamas, vows to keep shelling Southern Israel with rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. Lia Tarachansky spoke to Fida Qishta in Rafah, located in Southern Gaza. Qishta reports one of the first targets of the Israeli bombardment were the tunnels dug by Palestinians under the wall, which separates Rafah in two, half in Palestine and half in Egypt. These tunnels, says Qishta, have been used since the beginning of the siege to smuggle food, and according to Israel, weapons. Qishta also reports of the wall being breached by Palestinians desperate to escape to Egypt. Though unsuccessful, this is the fifth attempt since the beginning of the second Intifadah to breach it.
Suheir Hammad, poet and star of "Salt of This Sea" speaks on the effects of 9/11 on the lives of Arab Americans and on her development as a poet. Several clips of her poetry performances illustrate spoken word as a method of political resistance both in Palestine and in the United States. Suheir’s upcoming book is Breaking Poems published by cypher books.