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GOD SAVE HRC, FROM REALITY — Jeffrey St. Clair on Hillary Clinton’s miraculous rags-to-riches method of financial success; LA CONFIDENTIAL: Lee Ballinger on race, violence and inequality in Los Angeles; PAPER DRAGON: Peter Lee on China’s military; THE BATTLE OVER PAT TILLMAN: David Hoelscher provides a 10 year retrospective on the changing legacy of Pat Tillman; MY BROTHER AND THE SPACE PROGRAM: Paul Krassner on the FBI and rocket science. PLUS: Mike Whitney on how the Central Bank feeds state capitalism; JoAnn Wypijewski on what’s crazier than Bowe Bergdahl?; Kristin Kolb on guns and the American psyche; Chris Floyd on the Terror War’s disastrous course.
Archives from June 2008
Where’s the Anger?
HOWARD LISNOFF
About a week before a summer training institute for leaders of the antiwar movement I called the sponsoring organization, The War Resisters League, to learn why I hadn’t heard anything from the group after completing an application several months earlier to att...
Grieving Mr. Gotcha
RICHARD RHAMES
“Russert always got along with the bosses at General Electric, who purchased NBC in 1986. ‘He was a beloved figure in so many areas , including with people like Jack Welch, the head of GE,’ said [Ken] Auletta….’They loved him...
Penn, Porn and Me
GAIL DINES
Everyone who has ever worked as an activist in progressive organizations fighting gender, racial and economic inequality, has had the experience of seeing their words and ideas twisted by mainstream corporate media. This is what happened to me on Penn and Teller: Bul...
A MAD Foreign Policy
ROBERT WEITZEL
“My number one priority in foreign policy is to protect Israel.” –Former House Speaker Richard Armey Rocky was a boyhood friend. He was as big and as strong as his name. In his wild d...
Bright Ideas for Storms and Blackouts
TIM MATSON
As storms, heat waves, and fires continue to hit most of the country, blackouts are happening with increasing frequency. Why? We’ve got more people and vulnerable power lines. Be prepared. Keep a supply of candles handy. Seven day emergency candles co...
The Supreme Court’s Hostility to Organized Labor
DAVID MACARAY
To anyone interested in the future health of organized labor, they should know that it just took a decided turn for the worse.  On Thursday, June 19, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law which had made it illegal for employers to spend state-provi...
McCain, Racism and the Supreme Court
ROBERT FANTINA
John McCain, the elderly senator from Arizona who also happens to be the GOP presidential candidate, weighed in on the recent Supreme Court decision that granted prisoners incarcerated in one of the most notorious prisons on the planet, Guantanamo, the right to seek ...
The Game is Over. There Won’t be a Rebound
MIKE WHITNEY
MIKE WHITNEY: Fed chairman Bernanke has been on a spree lately, delivering three speeches in the last two weeks. Every chance he gets, he talks tough about the strong dollar and "holding the line" against inflation. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson...
Paul Krugman on Race
MICHAEL YATES
In a June 9 New York Times column, economist Paul Krugman tells us that “Mr. Obama’s nomination wouldn’t have been possible 20 years ago. It’s possible today only because racial division, which has driven U.S. politics rightward for more than ...
Mearsheimer and Walt in Tel Aviv
LINDA MAMOUN
Tel Aviv –like all of Israel– is a stridently nationalist place. Israeli flags loom everywhere: over buildings and roads, city parks and beaches. They’re mounted on cars and motorcycles. In residential areas, on the city’s narrow tree-lined st...
The Off-Shore Drilling Scam
ALAN FARAGO
No Americans aren’t going to trust Republicans on the expansion of offshore oil drilling to lower the price of gasoline. Just add this to the long list of errors, missteps and miscalculations reflected in the recent AP-Ipsos poll: “When other surveys are ...
The Russert Send-Off
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In the old days, when a journalist met his final deadline, friends would gather round the grave, toss in a few memories, then make off to the bar for liquid comfort and disrespectful stories about the dear departed. Contrast this with the send-off for  Tim Russe...
Keeping America Safe
DAVE LINDORFF
President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and the rest of the warmongers and terror-pimps in the White House would have us believe that Omar Khadr is a monster. Khadr is the 21-year-old Canadian who is facing one of the first show-trials at Guantanamo. But l...
How Countrywide Leveraged Washington
MICHAEL WINSHIP
Pity poor Ed McMahon. Remember Johnny Carson’s sidekick on The Tonight Show, host of Star Search, the guy who used to deliver flabbergasted citizens those multi-million dollar checks from Publishers’ Clearinghouse? With his own big paydays largely in the ...
A Secret Oil Gusher Inside Citigroup
PAM MARTENS
If you want to flush out market manipulation, don’t turn to the sleuths in Congress.  They’ve been probing trading of the oil markets for two years and completely missed a company at the center of the action.  During that period, a barrel of cru...
Torturegate
CHRIS FLOYD
This has been one of the most extraordinary weeks in modern American history. The many  isolated streams of evidence about the Bush Administration’s torture system – and the direct responsibility of the Administration’s highest officials for th...
Why Israel Won’t Accept a Two-State Solution
BERNARD CHAZELLE
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often narrated as a morality play, where offers are generous, lessons are taught, consciousness is seared, terrorism is rewarded, etc. Let’s quit the blame game and focus, instead, on what’s feasible and what’s no...
Fear and Hope on a Runaway Train
ROBERT JENSEN
Before I offer my review of “Beautiful World,” Eliza Gilkyson’s new CD on Red House Records, two disclaimers up front. First, this really isn’t a music review because I don’t know anything about music. I’m the guy they put ...
Dying of Hunger, Dying of Thirst
JO-SHING YANG
In recent months worldwide food crises and food riots have dominated newspaper headlines and captured the attention of global media and political leaders as soaring food and commodities prices plunge an estimated 1 billion people worldwide deeper into poverty and on ...
A Totally Lawless Regime
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
It is now an incontrovertible fact, known all over the world, that George W. Bush and his regime lied through their teeth in order to launch wars of aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq, and that the Bush regime is doing the same thing again in hopes of launching ...
Travelers, Sour and Sentimental
DAVID YEARSLEY
“I hate traveling and explorers.” —Claude Levi-Strauss, Tristes tropiques (1955) It’s an illusion to think that a need to complain about travel is unique to our age of mass tourism or to the aftermath ...
Palestine in the American Imagination
RAMZY BAROUD
As Palestinians hurriedly buried their loved ones in the Gaza Strip following a deadly Israeli onslaught, which further contributed to Gaza’s worst humanitarian crisis since 1967 [1], US and Israeli celebrities rallied at a Los Angeles benefit concert for the I...
Vietnam Blues
RON JACOBS
There have been several histories of the US war in Vietnam by US writers.  Very few of them have stood the test of time.  Marilyn Young’s ...
Adventures in the Endangered Skin Trade
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
This is an excerpt from JEFFREY ST. CLAIR’s new environmental history, ...
The Ugly Side of Disaster
TIM WISE
Disasters bring out the best and worst in people. On the one hand, millions of folks respond to the suffering of their fellow human beings with compassion, concern, and even significant financial assistance when needed. Be it a hurricane, an earthquake, tornad...