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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 September 2008
The Unspoken War
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
"We’re on the brink of war with Pakistan…the fact remains that American forces have and are violating Pakistani sovereignty…the Bush administration’s decision to step up attacks in Pakistan is fatally reckless, because the c...
Election Drizzle
SAUL LANDAU
Unrelenting gossip drenches the presidential election, nonstop media nattering about Sarah’s qualities or lack of thereof, McCain’s “heroic” character, Obama’s link with real people or lack of. In between such “ana...
Sadism in the Desert
KIM NICOLINI
I was looking up something on French Extreme Cinema recently when I stumbled upon this 2004 a...
Rethinking Charter Schools
SETH SANDRONSKY
Keeping the Promise? The Debate Over Charter Schools (Rethinking Schools, March 2008) details a growing trend in U.S. public education. That is the chartering of public schools to non-profit and for-profit operators. To this end, six essays and one interview ...
How McCain Blew It
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In whatever years remain to him – and the health prognoses for McCain are cloudy at best – McCain should look back at the 48 hours up to and including Friday night’s  debate in Mississippi as the Rubicon he was too frightened to cross. He spurn...
Meltdown in American Markets
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Call it the consequences of irresponsible American invasions, call it the irrational exuberance of short sellers, call it the catastrophe of subprime lending, call it the mismanagement of leveraged products, blame it as you may, American markets are facing unpreceden...
Hank-ering for a Bailout
RICHARD RHAMES
“Section 8: Decisions by the [Treasury] 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.” – ...
Keep the Germ Labs Quarantined
STAN COX
Scientists, farmers and government officials for 80 years have kept the U.S. mainland free of the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease — a horrific, highly contagious killer of cloven-footed livestock such as cattle. But our government may soon bring the vi...
Bailing Out the Foes of Public Eduction
TODD ALAN PRICE
We live in dubious times when staunch deregulators howl for vigorous and immediate regulation. Lessons from the past In 1983, the release by the Reagan administration of the report A Nation at Risk, launched over two decades of attacks ...
The Great Fear
DAVID ROSEN
The worst outcome of the upcoming election is a McCain-Palin victory followed by McCain, a year or so into his presidency, becoming physically incapable of running the country. Worse than dropping dead, McCain could end up much like Wilson and Reagan in their last ye...
Pakistan Through the Eyes of a Native Son
RON JACOBS
Tariq Ali opens his new book The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power, with the...
An Israeli Trojan Horse
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
Since the late 1990s, federal agents have reported systemic communications security breaches at the Department of Justice, FBI, DEA, the State Department, and the White House.  Several of the alleged breaches, these agents say, can be traced to two hi-tech commu...
The People vs. the Banksters
MIKE WHITNEY
The financial system is blowing up. Don’t listen to the experts; just look at the numbers. Last week, according to Reuters, "U.S. banks borrowed a record amount from the Federal Reserve nearly $188 billion a day on average, showing the central bank went to...
The U.S.-India Nuclear Proliferation Deal
DAVID KRIEGER
When geopolitics comes up against principle in the US Congress, it is generally principle that is forced to give way.  In the case of the US-India nuclear deal, originally proposed by President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2005, the deal woul...
Their Assets; Our Debts
MARY LYNN CRAMER
Sometime ago, Bank of America took over my AAA credit card company.   Now my bank statement lists the amount I owe on my credit card as an “asset” of mine.  The more debt I owe, the higher the value of my overall “wealth” accord...
The Red and White Bird in Gaza
MATTS SVENSSON
The young girl from Gaza tells me how she yearns for the red and white bird.  It used to come every morning to the little veranda where her mother served a breakfast of bread, tea, water and fruit when the weather was good.  Each morning her father left...
McCain and the Economy
ROBERT FANTINA
As the U.S. economy implodes, following decades of unregulated greed and legalized abuses, President George Bush vainly attempts to stave off yet another black mark on his disgraceful legacy. In a desperate attempt to gain bipartisan support for a $700 billion golden...
Dear Mrs. Abacha
CHARLES R. LARSON
  Lady Maryam Abacha sa1412@yahoo.com                      &n...
War Jokes Wanted
MARC LEVY And SUSAN ERONY
Colonel:  What is that you’ve got written on your helmet? Pvt. Joker:  Born to Kill, sir.  Colonel:  You write "Born to Kill" on your helmet and you wear a peace button.  What’s that supposed ...
Race in the Race
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
Barack Obama’s stump line is: “They will try to scare you about me. They’ll say he has a funny name.., and they’ll say, ‘Oh by the way, he’s black.’” John McCain says he “plays race” with the line (to gin up...
Alaska’s Blacks and Palin: a Strained Relationship
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
While many across America consider GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin some kind of phenomenon, many blacks in Alaska see the Governor of their state as a person closing down the open-door inclusive posture of her predecessors. Alaskan blacks fault Palin for not hiri...
Passport Fraud and Torture
JOANNE MARINER
A landmark trial is scheduled to begin this week, in which a senior government official is accused of responsibility for vicious acts of torture committed in the name of fighting terrorism. Alas, the defendant is not one of the many Bush Administration officia...
When Archaeology Becomes a Curse
JONATHAN COOK
From just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls, the simple stone and cinder-block homes of Silwan cascade southwards into a valley known as the Holy Basin. The Palestinian residents are used to living in the shadow of history and religion, given dramatic ...
Ralph’s Management Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
DAVID MACARAY
Although the announcement didn’t get much play in the media, on Friday, September 19, a federal grand jury handed down indictments against eight former and current Ralphs management employees, accusing them of 23 counts of violating federal labor law.  The...
The Financial Crisis
DAN La BOTZ
Faced with the failure of the financial sector and the possible collapse of the economic system, Republicans and Democrats are working together feverishly to come up with a plan and find the funds to save the American financial system. The Congress that has been unab...