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PARIS, THE NEW NORMAL? — Diana Johnstone¬†files an in-depth report from Paris on the political reaction to the Charlie Hebdo shootings; The Treachery of the Black Political Class: Margaret Kimberley charts the rise and fall of the Congressional Black Caucus; The New Great Game: Pepe Escobar assays the game-changing new alliance between Russia and Turkey; Will the Frackers Go Bust? Joshua Frank reports on how the collapse of global oil prices might spell the end of the fracking frenzy in the Bakken Shale; The Future of the Giraffe: Ecologist Monica Bond reports from Tanzania on the frantic efforts to save one of the world’s most iconic species. Plus: Jeffrey St. Clair¬†on Satire in the Service of Power; Chris Floyd on the Age of Terrorism and Absurdity; Mike Whitney on the Drop Dead Fed; John Wight on the rampant racism of Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper;” John Walsh on Hillary Clinton and Lee Ballinger on the Gift of Anger.
Archives from April 2005
Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s Would-Be Mandela, Stares into the Darkness
JOHN ROSS
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador demands a speedy trial on contempt of court charges arising out of his purported defiance of orders not to build a road to a Mexico City hospital. To qualify as a candidate for the presidency of Mexico, AMLO, the current frontrunner who...
The Spanish Inquisition
MONTY PYTHON
In the early years of the 16th century, to combat the rising tide of religious unorthodoxy, the Pope gave Cardinal Ximinez of Spain leave to move without let or hindrance throughout the land, in a reign of violence, terror and torture that makes a smashing film. T...
Marla Ruzicka, d. April 16
FRANK B. FORD
Embraced the living and counted the dead. The friends she left invoke the ordinary over greater pain: mis- placing her cellphone, giggling California girl asking where the party is. And such. Round against these the...
Outsourcing the American Economy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Is offshore outsourcing good or harmful for America? To convince Americans of outsourcing’s benefits, corporate outsourcers sponsor misleading one-sided "studies." Only a small handful of people have looked objectively at the issue. These f...
What’s Good for Canada is Good for GM
DAVE LINDORFF
Almost half a century ago, Charles Wilson, chairman of General Motors, once famously declared, "What’s good for General Motors is good for the country." These days, his successor might more properly say, "What’s good for Canada is good f...
Before the Law
NEVE GORDON
Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza...
Aerial Spraying of Deadly Pesticides
MURRAY HUDSON
Five-year-old Joshua Hanks suffered with asthma. Unfortunately, he lived next to a cotton field outside Friendship in Crockett County. After pesticides were dropped on that field by air July 29, 2002, Joshua stopped breathing. Paramedics took him to a hospital in ...
Immaculate Evasions
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
In February 2004, I wrote an article about the controversy sparked by the Haitian government’s efforts to reign in unruly protestors. A series of demonstrations, both for and against the constitutional government, had degenerated into low-level violence and ...
"Is Posada Still Working for the White House?"
JEAN-GUY ALLARD
Havana, Cuba "While Mr Posada was reappearing in the US, the US Government did thousands of arrests of persons that had entered the country illegally. But they did not arrest Mr Posada!" said Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada, President of Cuba’s P...
Cardinal Sins
MICHAEL DICKINSON
My two brothers and I were brought up as Catholics because our mother was one. We attended Mass every Sunday, at the "Church of Our Lady of Arabia" in Ahmadi, Kuwait, an Anglo/American compound where we lived because our father (no, not that one!) worked...
Straight Outta High School
DAVE ZIRIN
Washington, DC After a game in T...
War and Elections in Ireland and Britain
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin, Ireland Newspapers and p...
The Killing of Nicola Calipari
ELI STEPHENS
It was reported a few days ago: "U.S. soldiers reportedly have been cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting of an Italian journalist and an intelligence agent last month in Baghdad. "The car was about 130 yards from a checkpoint...
Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s Would-Be Mandela, Stares into the Darkness
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City, Mexico Andes Manuel...
Corporate Conflicts of Interest and Bi-Partisan Myopia
LINDA SCHADE And KEVIN ZEESE
Washington, DC The last two pres...
The New York Times in Fallujah
MIKE WHITNEY
Seattle, Washington ...
Iraqi "Peace" in Tatters
PATRICK COCKBURN
Mosul, Iraq Iraqi and United Sta...
Dow Chemical Buys Silence in Michigan
BRIAN McKENNA
Ann Arbor, Michigan Three "...
The High-Tech "Competitiveness" Smokescreen
JOHN PARDON
"Competitiveness" is a much-abused buzz-word with which "free trade" enthusiasts often salt their writings. No more prominent or public an example can be found than the influencial New York Times’ columnist Tom Friedman. When Friedman tal...
Cubical of Doom
MIKE ROSELLE
Missoula, Montana We’ve be...
The Pharmaceuticalization of Marijuana
FRED GARDNER
G.W. Does the "Right" Thing A hitherto reliable source says that G.W. Pharmaceuticals has hired Andrea Barthwell, MD, to lobby for approval of its cannabis-plant extracts in the U.S. G.W. manufactures a high-THC spray called Sativex that is await...
Scientists or Celebrities?
RALPH NADER
Washington, DC Question: have yo...
Barbara Bush: We Should Have Pulled the Plug on Our Daughter
JACKSON THOREAU
Austin, Texas It’s well-do...
CAFTA will Further Depress US Wages
MARK WEISBROT
The proposed Central America Free Trade Agreement is generating a political battle over foreign commercial policy that we haven’t seen since the North American Free Trade Agreement was passed more than a decade ago. As with NAFTA, there is widespread ...
How I Learned to Quit Worrying and Love Vietnam and Iraq
ROBERT BUZZANCO
Houston, Texas The U.S. lost the...