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Archives from April 2008
The Politics of Zoning in Florida
ALAN FARAGO
“Yale University economist Robert Shiller, pioneer of the widely watched Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index, said there’s a good chance housing prices will fall further than the 30 percent drop in the historic depressio...
Farewell to Danny
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Let me start with the stories. Back in the days of miracles, the frontier days when "Mad Dog" Lopez and his temper struck fear into the band, small club owners, innocent civilians and all women, children and small animals. Back in the days whe...
Cowboys and Iranians
MOHAMMED ALIREZA
It is a very sad day in Iranian history when an American presidential candidate needs to threaten to “obliterate” Iran so as to be elected. The question that every Iranian needs to ask: “Why has Hillary suddenly transformed into a testes endo...
Embedded with the Tupamaros
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
Caracas. It is a Friday night in Caracas, Venezuela. We are standing in the back of a pickup truck surrounded by dozens of motorcycles, tearing through the streets of Catia, the massive slum area that makes up nearly half the populati...
Duplicity Demeans Clinton Campaign (or When Bill Praised Farrakhan)
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Inspiring yet inconsequential! Senator Hillary Clinton’s Tuesday victory in the hotly contested Pennsylvania primary certainly gave a psychological boost to her sagging candidacy. But victory did little to significantly close the dele...
The Politics of Food is Politics
DE CLARKE And STAN GOFF
In recent days, we have seen the rising price of oil and the devaluation of the dollar create two quantum shifts in the economy: the beginning of the collapse of the air travel industry and a global crisis of food-price inflation. These are related in wa...
U.S. Hypocrisy and the Malaysian Guantánamo
JOANNE MARINER
"It’s Malaysia’s Guantanamo," the woman told me. I was visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last week, to talk to an activist from a local human rights group. The group, SUARAM, has been leading a fierce campaign to abolish MalaysiaR...
Bush to Nasrallah: an Offer Hezbollah Cannot Refuse?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Note: This is the first installment in a series of three which we will publish across Thursday, Friday and the weekend. Editors. “The Bush administration parking a flotilla from its US 6th fleet off the coast of Lebanon was made necessary, it...
The Bank of England Misses the Point
PETER MORICI
The Bank of England (BoE) announcement of a 50 billion pound (US$99 billion) lending facility for British banks and building societies (mortgage providers) will do little to open up lending and help the United Kingdom to avoid a recession. The fa...
Obama’s Missed Opportunities in Indiana
JOHN BLAIR
For months, I have watched Barack Obama excite crowds with his message of hope. And, I will admit that I, too, have felt inspiration seeing thousands of young people react to Obama as if he were that singular leader who will carry American forward to ret...
Trade Politics and the Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party
MARK ENGLER
"Free trade" has produced some of the most contentious political debates of our times. In a famous April 2000 article in the New Republic, economist Joseph Stiglitz argued, "Economic policy is today perhaps the most important part of Ameri...
Sarkozy and the Specter of May 68
PHILIPPE MARLIÈRE
Forty years on, the specter of May 68 continues to haunt France. A week before his election to the French presidency, Nicolas Sarkozy launched an astonishing attack on the “moral and intellectual permissiveness” of May 68. According to the ri...
The High Crimes of John Yoo
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
The title of this article –The President’s Executioner –is a play on words. It refers to professor John Yoo, who teaches law at Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley. But this man –mild-mannered by all appearances –...
Bowling for Boris
BINOY KAMPMARK
Cleverness in London, according to Jack Worthing in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, was pervasive.  Such a surfeit of cleverness bored him to tears.  What he would have given, he exclaimed, for a fool.  In the context ...
Hillary’s Monstrous Threat
DAVE LINDORFF
Tough guy Hillary Clinton, on the morning of a critical primary vote in Pennsylvania, uttered a monstrous threat, saying on ABC’s "Good Morning America program today that if Iran were to launch a nuclear attack on Israel while she was presiden...
Rearranging Deck Chairs at Glen Canyon Dam
JOHN WEISHEIT
The experimental flood releases last month from Glen Canyon Dam was merely another public relations façade staged by the Department of the Interior believing three times is a charm. Luck is not how one restores the Grand Canyon. ...
Andy Stern’s Rackets
RALPH NADER
Andy Stern, the president of the 1.9 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is embroiled in the politics of accepting sweetheart union contract deals  and, ironically is being condemned by the Wall Street Journal. What gives her...
What Double Digit Win?
DAVE LINDORFF
The corporate media have been quick to buy into and promote the Hillary Clinton campaign claim that she won the Pennsylvania primary by "double digits," but the truth is, that involves a bit of creative rounding. The final figures for th...
What the Iraq War is About
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The Bush Regime has quagmired America into a sixth year of war in Afghanistan and Iraq with no end in sight.  The cost of these wars of aggression is horrendous.  Official US combat casualties stand at 4,538 dead.  Officially, 29,780 US tr...
Pentagon News Networks
JOHN STAUBER And SHELDON RAMPTON
David Barstow of the New York Times has written the first installment in what is already a stunning exposé of the Bush Administration’s most powerful propaganda weapon used to sell and manage the war on Iraq: the embedding of military propag...
Radical Chavismo Growls a Challenge
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
On Thursday April 3, a group of approximately 500 armed combatants representing the most vociferously revolutionary sectors of the Venezuelan Revolution engaged in a display of force in the historically revolutionary parroquia of 23 de Enero (January 23) in western C...
The Involuntary Drugging of U.S. Detainees
STEPHEN SOLDZ
A major article in the Washington Post today collect...
McCain’s Mask
VIJAY PRASHAD
Young John McCain’s friends called him McNasty. He was swift to anger and had a sharp tongue. There was little room for anyone who displeased him. That predisposition has mellowed but not vanished. McCain is known for his off-colour jokes and aside...
Pennsylvania: the Worst of All Possible Worlds
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
For the Democratic Party it was the worst possible result. If Hillary Clinton had won by 20 points, which was her lead in Pennsylvania around the time the Rev Jeremiah Wright’s sermon jumped from Youtube to cable news, then there would have a case ...
Hillary: Another Feminist Perspective
LAURA SANTINA
Chelsea Clinton recently forwarded me an article by New York feminist Robin Morgan in support of her mother’s candidacy. Though Chelsea and I have never met, I somehow ended up on one of her thousands of listserves. Morgan’s piece listed cont...