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Archives from September 2008
Oh, Henry!
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHAN
When the Economic Stimulus of 2008 was being discussed early this year, I suggested that they save themselves the trouble of mailing out individual checks to the American taxpayer, and mail the whole lump-sum directly to China. After all, that was where it would fetc...
The U.S. War on Unarmed Working Mothers
BILL QUIGLEY
Is this what our nation has come to?  War against unarmed working mothers? Have we no shame?   Dozens of petite young mothers gathered this week in the parking lot outside the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Mississippi.   ...
Violations of Sovereignty
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Henry Kissinger was no amateur when it came to illegally bombing and invading countries that he and the evil President Nixon considered did not meet American requirements of unconditional servility, but even he must be intrigued about the latest antics of Washington&...
Why the Bailout Will Fail
MADIS SENNER
Treasury Secretary Paulson’s grand scheme to buy $700 billion of toxic derivatives from ailing financial institutions is a pipe dream that logic and history show will not work. The Paulson plan is nothing but manna from heaven for distressed institutions. No do...
Visions of Pinpoint Control
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
The US Senate "has embraced last year’s Defense Science Board conclusion that directed-energy weapons — such as high-, medium- and low-power lasers — hold great potential and should be developed as soon as possible. In the fiscal 2009 defense a...
Bailing Out Wall Street Won’t Save Main Street
MOSHE ADLER
Wall Street must be saved for the sake of Main Street, Secretary Paulson and Chairman Bernanke tell us. First, everyone has toxic financial instruments in their 401k’s; and second, these instruments are clogging the credit system. But in fact neither claim is t...
The Economy of Dead Sperm
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
My grandfather knew about bankers. With his father, my great-grandfather, he built a machine-shop business in Cleveland, Ohio, based on the idea that you offered a product in the free market – machined ball-bearings and such – and if there was a demand, y...
A Better Bailout Plan
DAVID ESTABROOK
Taxpayers receive preferred stock and collateral from a bank borrowing from the taxpayers, both in the full amount of the loan sought by the bank. In other words, stock plus collateral in double the amount of the loan. Taxpayers profit from a bailout before anyone el...
Is Another Third World Debt Crisis in the Offing?
ERIC TOUSSAINT
While taking a significant toll on public revenues , repayment of public debt has, since 2004, ceased to be a major concern for most middle-revenue countries and for raw material exporting countries in general. In fact th...
The High Price of Purple Dissent
STEVE EARLY
The tireless members of United Healthcare Workers (UHW) will be on the march again this weekend, in what’s likely to be one the largest anti-trusteeship protests in U.S. labor history. Thousands of rank-and-filers will tell Service Employees International Union...
Democrats and Corporate Bailouts
SHARON SMITH
On the fateful evening of September 18th, when Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke pulled together a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill to discuss the rapidly deteriorating state of the U.S. financial system, congressional lead...
Who Will Show Some Backbone Against the Bailout?
RALPH NADER
Congress needs to show some backbone before the federal government pours more money on the financial bonfire started by the arsonists on Wall Street. 1. Congress should hold a series of hearings and invite broad public comment on any proposed bailout. Congress...
Blue Helmets in Haiti
JUDITH SCHERR
Antonine Bienaimé was doing what she does every day, selling single candies, cigarettes, cookies and crackers from trays she sets up in front of her home that doubles as a shop. The mother of eight was working into the evening of August 7, trying to earn enoug...
The Voyage of the SS Peter the Great
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
On Monday, a squadron from the Russian Navy’s North Sea Fleet sailed for Venezuela in an effort to bolster military links with Latin America.  In November, the convoy will take part in joint maneuvers with the Venezuelan Navy.  The Russian fleet inclu...
South Ossetia and Abkhazia
LARAY POLK
“Moscow waited for almost 24 hours, during which Georgian artillery and planes were sending the capital of South Ossetia to ruins. Almost 1600 people were killed in the shelling. Now it is being presented by the mainstream media exclusively as Russi...
The Insanity of the $700 Billion Giveaway
MICHAEL HUDSON
The banksters’ plan now is for icing on the cake – to take Mr. Paulson’s $700 billion and run. It’s not a “bailout of the financial system.” It’s as giveaway – to insiders, to sell out all their bad bets. Companies acro...
Getting Wall Street Pay Reform Right
ROBERT WEISSMAN
There’s mounting talk on Capitol Hill that a Wall Street bailout will include some limits on executive compensation, as well as contradictory reports about whether a deal on controlling executive pay has already been reached. Four days ago, such a move s...
Poisoned Legacy
DENNIS LOO
On January 20, 2009 a new president will take over the White House. It will either be John McCain – the “Maverick Man” who will no longer be in the US Senate, that famous non-“Washington insider” institution – one heart beat away f...
Wealth Tax Now!
JOHN HALLE
Most of the debate on the Wall Street bailout revolves around the strings attached to the torrent of cash which is, according to economists, necessary to stabilize credit markets. True to Bush administration form, the Paulson plan outrageously insists on a vir...
The Bitter Fruits of Deregulation
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Remember the good old days when the economic threat was mere recession? The Federal Reserve would encourage the economy with low interest rates until the economy overheated. Prices would rise, and unions would strike for higher benefits. Then the Fed would put on the...
Stealth Marketers Gone Wild
DIANE FARSETTA
One of my favorite critiques of our ad-saturated modern world is in "Infinite Jest,"...
Palin at the UN
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Since John McCain picked her as his running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been widely criticized by the media for her lack of foreign policy experience. A politician from a remote U.S. state, Palin has shown little interest in travel—she obtained her fi...
Palestinians Under the Occupation
KHALIL NAKHLEH
Our current Palestinian situation can be characterized candidly, as one observer described it over 20 some years ago, as a “fragmented national mood”; where more than 80% perceive themselves to suffer from depression and worry; where  the percentages...
The Financial Crisis
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Here’s the situation: Thanks to its own inability to control itself, Wall Street is now facing a crisis unmatched since the Great Depression. Unfortunately, a collapse of the financial sector would not only hurt rich investors, it would devastate the global eco...
The $700,000,000,000 Power Punch
KARYN STRICKLER
“Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.” – Language from Section 8 Treasury...
Will Nader’s Warning be Acknowledged in the Presidential Debates?
STEVE CONN
There was a time when a good citizen, who blew the whistle on an impending crime, or a crime in progress, would get a bit of public praise and recognition, perhaps, a picture in the paper or an interview, a handshake from a public official, and a chance to say why he...
The Guantánamo Trials
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Imagine being seized in Afghanistan or Pakistan, where you were, perhaps, a completely innocent man, sold for a bounty, or a Muslim soldier, fighting other Muslims in a civil war whose roots lay in the resistance to the Soviet occupation of the 1980s, which was partl...
Hezbollah and the Palestinians
FRANKLIN LAMB
“The response to the massacre at Sabra-Shatila was for the resistance to become active in Lebanon. If the Lebanese people had given up on the resistance, they too would have been complicit in the massacres of Qana and Sabra and Shatila.” ...
Bolivia’s Popular Upheaval
TANYA M. KERSSEN And ROGER BURBACH
A popular upheaval is sweeping Bolivia, threatening the departmental capital of Santa Cruz, the bastion of the right wing rebellion against the government of Evo Morales. Some twenty thousand miners, peasants and coca growers are moving on the city to reclaim state i...
How the Financial Crisis Occurred
ALAN FARAGO
"We are poor little lambs who have lost our way, Baa, Baa, Baa. We are little black sheep who have gone astray. Baa, baa, baa! Gentlemen songsters off on a spree, damned from here to eternity, God have mercy on such as we. Baa, baa, baa". ...
A Death Row Visit with Troy A. Davis
PATRICK DYER
Yesterday I visited Troy Anthony Davis on Georgia’s death row, a little over 48 hours before the state plans to put him to death for a crime he didn’t commit. As I traveled the highway, through the red clay and green pine trees of Georgia this mild autumn...
Oppose Barack Obama?
JOSHUA FRANK
Increasingly, progressives I talk with admit they are starting to get a little disgusted with the antics of Barack Obama, that great agent of change. It wasn’t too long ago when these same folks were overly optimistic that Obama would deliver on his varied prom...
Nuclear Power Liabilities Dwarf Bush’s Wall Street Bailout
HARVEY WASSERMAN
As you read this, nuclear power liabilities embraced by the federal government could be making small radioactive potatoes of the mere hundreds of billions George W. Bush wants to hand the pirates of Wall Street. In fact, they could make all the money spent in...
Bail Out on This Bailout
Rev. JESSE JACKSON, Sr.
Are we witnessing the death of the republic? Sound hysterical? Look at how Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson proposes to govern the $700 billion — some $2,000 for every man, woman and child in America — that he wants to bail out the banks. He wants t...
Henry Paulson and the New Yazoo Land Scandal
MICHAEL HUDSON
Present discussions of the mortgage mess are lapsing into an unreal world. Advocates of the $700 bailout are now rounding up a choir of voices to proclaim that the problem is simply a lack of liquidity. This kind of problem, we are told, can be solved “cleanly&...
The Bailout Will Kill the Dollar
DAVE LINDORFF
What nobody in the corporate media is mentioning amid all the blather about the $700-billion Paulson bailout proposal is the impact it will have on the US dollar. We are told that this huge gift to the financial sector—the assumption, at top dollar, of a...
Why was the Marriott Targeted?
TARIQ ALI
The deadly blast in Islamabad was a revenge attack for what has been going on over the past few weeks in the badlands of the North-West Frontier. It highlighted the crisis confronting the new government in the wake of intensified US strikes in the tribal areas on the...
On the Bellies of the Filth
PATRICK BOND
The past week has been a wild roller-coaster ride in and out of Southern African ruling-party politics, down the troughs of world capitalism, and up the peaks of radical social activism. Glancing around the region and world from those peaks, we can see quite a way fu...
The Paulson-Bernanke Bank Bailout Plan
MICHAEL HUDSON
Saturday’s $700 billion junk mortgage bailout is the largest and worst giveaway since a corrupt Congress gave land grants to the railroad barons a century and a half ago. If it goes through, it will shape the coming century by giving finance unprecedented power...
A New Cold War Comes to Latin America
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. In the old sepia photo my sister sent me last month, friends and family are gathered around the old couple, Dr. Milton Leof and his wife Jenny, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. The living room of the apartment on Riverside Drive...
The Predators’ Bailout
RON JACOBS
Let me get this straight.  The Congress is meeting with the Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson this week.  Mr. Paulson, who works for the White House, says he has a plan to save the US economy.  That plan involves bailing out the same companies that got ...
Does the U.S. Really Need Cluster Bombs?
STEVE BREYMAN
Amidst the tumult over sex education for kindergardeners, lipstick on pigs, well-to-do pregnant teenagers, and other such topics of import, it’s understandable that some trivial matters go undiscussed during the presidential campaign. Take the case of cl...
Fly, Tzipora, Fly
URI AVNERY
The polls were wrong, as usual. And in a big way. As usual. Instead of winning by a huge margin, as predicted until the very last moment by all the polls, she just squeaked through. Of the 72 thousand or so registered Kadima members, only 39,331 troubled thems...
On the Democrats, Progressive Discontent and Obama
WAJAHAT ALI
In the midst of a historic and heated Presidential election, Howard Dean, the opinionated and passionate chairman of the Democratic National Committee, sat for this exclusive interview to make his case for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. We discuss Dem...
An Open Letter to Michael Moore (AKA God’s Pen Pal)
CARL J. MAYER
Dear Michael: I apologize for writing you an open letter because you are busy corresponding with God.[1] I did not want to write an open letter, but I penned a private one to you some time ago and received no response. We have met on numerou...
Mushroom Clouds Over Wall Street
MIKE WHITNEY
"One bank to rule them all; One bank to bind them…" These are dark times. While you were sleeping the cockroaches were busy about their work, rummaging through the US Constitution, and putting the finishing touch...
The Twin Terrors of the Holy Land
ROBERT WEITZEL
Mention 9/11 to most Americans and the two numbers are considered sufficient to give meaning to that day. But mention 9/12, the day after when “terror” became our national mantra and the “smoking gun” brandished by a neocon-infested administra...
Let It Collapse!
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
So the tax-payer hand-out will “save” Wall Street from its own predations. Any reasonable man, of course, would wish the pig-fuckers to fry in their own feces. Let the free market carry out their corpses to the gutter. And mine too, perhaps, for as a maga...
Sarah Palin and the Rapture
RAYMOND J. LAWRENCE
Is this country ready for a president who is excited about and eagerly looking forward to the Rapture? The Rapture, as it is called, is the imaginary day when Jesus will come down from the sky and lift up into heaven all those who are saved, leaving behind all...
One Billion Pills Later
DAVID ROSEN
Since Viagra was introduced in 1998, approximately one billion pills have been sold. According to its manufacturer, Pfizer, an average of three pills have been dispensed each second that it’s been on the market. And an estimated 35 million men worldwide have us...