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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
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...