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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 August 2008
Obama and Big Corn
NICOLE COLSON
The recent news that ExxonMobil’s second-quarter profits rang up at $11.7 billion–the largest quarterly profit of any company in history–rightly enraged millions of working people in the U.S. and abroad who are feeling the sting of high...
A Banner Month for Passports
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
August 2008 was a banner month for passports. They played a significant role in world events that garnered them rare publicity. Two of the events demonstrated how easy a government can make it to get passports and one demonstrated how difficult it can be...
Don’t Try to Tame the Lightning Bolt
PATRICK B. BARR
Mr. Jacques Rogge President, International Olympic Committee Lausanne Switzerland Dear Mr. Rogge, You have been derelict in your duty. You have failed to seek out the Jamaican wunderkind, Usain Bolt, kowtow to him,...
Killing Salmon With Paul O’Neill
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Paul O’Neill, Bush’s first Secretary of the Treasury, is an unlikely apostle for the crusade to combat global warming. But for the past couple of years the former corporate executive has been preaching the virtues of moving away from fossil f...
Once Upon a Time in America
ROBERT FANTINA
Anyone interested in light-hearted, fanciful reading, need look no farther than the ‘John McCain for President’ website. There the reader will find a curious mix of fantasy, unintended humor and the fruits of a mind-boggling imagination. Let ...
Who Crippled the Government?
ALAN FARAGO
This morning McClatchy newspaper reports, "Democrats poised for sharp turn to the...
Pakistan in Uncertain Times
DEEPAK TRAPATHI
Old enemies seldom make easy bedfellows. This is what we see in Pakistan today. Now that President Pervez Musharraf, once the military strongman, has been forced out, the shaky alliance of the two most powerful civilian politicians, Asif Ali Zardari and ...
John McCain Discovers America
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Hey, have you heard?  America is worse off than it was four years ago! Big shocker, eh?  I mean, it’s not like the clues are all around us or anything. So how ‘bout that John McCain, eh?  For an old geezer who has...
Vlad the Derailer
RICHARD RHAMES
On August 7, as distracted Americans were immersed in the HiDef torrent of logo-emblazoned jock-ularity and Olympic pageantry, Bush toady Mikhail Saakashvili saw his opportunity. The Georgian strongman (who ascended to power in a US-backed coup) sent his...
Why Not Let the Republicans Deal with This Mess?
DAVE LINDORFF
If the direr warnings about the US economy and the general state of the world are correct, maybe we should be glad that Obama’s presidential campaign is in failure mode. Two terms of the Bush/Cheney administration have pretty much destroyed ...
The Battle for the Amazon
CHARLES MOSTOLLER
On August 27th, the Brazilian Supreme Court will decide a case that could have far reaching effects on the Amazon and the thousands of indigenous people who live there. The case questions the legality of a process that created an Indigenous Territory in ...
Obama is Not a Muslim
SUMBUL ALI-KARAMALI
I was recently conversing with a local schoolteacher, a thoughtful woman I admire, when she exclaimed, “I would love to talk to you more when we have time! I mean, I’d love to know what you think about Obama, since he’s black and, oh, w...
Standing Up to Union-Busting
KEITH ROSENTHAL
Here in New England autumn starts early, and on this late August morning the weather was especially chilly.  Nonetheless, approximately 65 union members and supporters found their way to the picket planned here in Harvard Square at the Sheraton Comm...
Is the Fed Still a Central Bank?
PETER MORICI
Federal Reserve officials, academics and central bankers from abroad are gathering for Ben Bernanke’s annual confab in Jackson Hole Wyoming to discuss the management of financial crises. A better topic might be: Is the Fed Still a Central Bank? ...
The Big Heat
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Yesterday, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued its report on the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC 7) on September 11, 2001. Collapse was caused by the rupturing of the building’s metal framework due to the...
No War for Georgia
BOB BARR
The war between Russia and Georgia is a tragedy on its own terms. But it also has broad implications for U.S. foreign policy. Both President Bush and Sen. John McCain have demonstrated their shared predisposition to involve America’s armed services...
The Devolution of the Baby Boom Generation
JOHN F. MIGLIO
Some people say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. – John Lennon Although Albert Camus died before baby boomers took charge of the world and placed their redou...
From Russia with Love…
MARWAN BISHARA
The geopolitics of Russo-American relations is best portrayed by an old Swahili proverb that says ‘when the elephants fight, the grass gets crushed, and when elephants make love the grass gets crushed’. In that way, post-Cold War rapp...
Fallout from the Georgian War
BORIS KAGARLITSKY
Fortunately, the Russia-Georgia war was short-lived, but its repercussions will be felt for quite a long time. By defeating Georgia and showing that Washington was unable to defend its own ally, Russia humiliated the United States in front of the whole w...
Obama and Latin America
LAURA CARLSEN
The great debate on how much—or how little—Barack Obama would change our disastrous U.S. foreign policy usually focuses on the Middle East. That makes sense. Nowhere has the price of the Bush national security strategy been higher, as the vio...
Georgia and Historical Farce
RON JACOBS
Karl Marx once wrote, "Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.”  He wrote these words in his opening ...
The Military Commission Trials, So Far
JOANNE MARINER
"We will continue to bring the world’s most dangerous terrorists to justice," President George Bush said in 2006, explaining why Congress needed to pass a bill to allow detained terrorist suspects to be prosecuted in military commissions....
Unlocking the Power of Art to Counter Injustice
ANTHONY PAPA
The artist’s role as social commentator and activist has historically been engrained in our culture. Art and its creation as a response to social and political issues can become powerfully influential in raising public awareness that results in pos...
Is Georgia 2008 a Repeat of Hungary 1956?
ALLAN J. LICHTMAN
The crisis in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia eerily recalls a tragedy of the Cold War, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. That year, after revolutionaries challenged Soviet control of this satellite state, Russian tanks and troops rolled into Hunga...
The Problem with Problem Banks
RALPH NADER
This week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) officials are pushing various agencies charged with regulating banks, such as the Treasury’s Office of Thrift Supervision to more aggressively give proble...