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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from November 2008
Can We Create a Movement for Change?
ROBERT ROTH
“If you want peace, work for justice.”  - Pope John Paul IV There are literally thousands of organizations in the United States alone working for peace and justice.  I would probably think of them as cons...
What is the Meaning of Obama’s Election?
TED HONDERICH
1. Questions It is still said, maybe believed in Texas and Alaska, that in the American democracy the people are approximately equal and they are free in choosing and influencing those who govern them and deal with the rest of the world. In fact American democ...
A New Sexual Agenda
DAVID ROSEN
The recent electoral victory of Barack Obama and the Democratic party presents a unique opportunity to overturn the most perverse policy of the Bush administration and the religious right, the conservative repressive sexual agenda. The following nine proposals can he...
How to Kill a Union
DAVID MACARAY
There are two effective ways of destroying a union local.  The first and most obvious is the “traditional” method, where the membership (a minimum of 30% is required) formally petitions the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) and requests that a de...
Busty Bimbettes, Bombs and Brand Obama
RICHARD RHAMES
“It’s obvious, the point of advertising is to delude people with the imagery and, you know, tales of a football player, sexy actress, who, you know, drives to the moon in a car or something like that.. The goal of advertising is to create unin...
Preserving Filthy Lucre
TOM KERR
As a left of left-leaning liberal, I have a certain choice when it comes to dealing with the wealth my late conservative father accumulated in his life: aside from helping to ensure that my mother in her remaining years gets everything she needs, I can either choose ...
Salvation in a News Broadcast
RAMZY BAROUD
When Gaza’s electricity is in working order, most Palestinians in the impoverished and overcrowded Strip huddle around their television screens. It’s neither "American Idol" nor "Dancing with the Stars" that brings them together. It...
“Showt to Jehovah, al the earth”: Hymns of the Conquest
DAVID YEARSLEY
Edward Winslow’s Good Newes from New-England published in 1624 in London begins its account in November of 1621.  There is no word of the first Thanksgiving. That didn’t happen until 1623 and was a day of devout prayer and penance not one of overt ce...
A Battle Cry for the Confused and Vulnerable
LORENZO WOLFF
About twice a year someone says that there’s a new band that’s gonna save Rock and Roll. Some trendsetter decides that leather jackets and guitars are cool again, and critics old and young praise them for “saving” Rock, like it’s some fe...
Obama and the End of Racism?
CARLOS FIERRO
I’ve made no secret about my less than enthusiastic response to Obama’s candidacy and subsequent election.  That being said, it wasn’t Obama in particular that I was unenthusiastic about.  Obama showed himself, within the context of the US...
The Electromagnetic Pulse and Economic Warfare
STEPHEN MARTIN
The atomic bomb was more than a weapon of terrible destruction; it was a psychological weapon – Henry L. Stimson When the decision was taken to allow Lehman Bros (7.1 trillion in derivatives – all figures taken from...
Uproar in Police-State Britain
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The arrest and interrogation of Damian Green, one of Britain’s leading opposition politicians, by the counter-terrorism police (November 27, 2009) on ‘suspicion of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office’ is an extraordinary event. Counte...
Women as Products and Cannibalistic Achievers
KIM NICOLINI
Olivier Assayas’s demonlover (2002) is, in short (and I know this is going to sound awfu...
Thanks for What?
MIKE ELY
It is a deep thing that people still celebrate the survival of the early colonists at Plymouth — by giving thanks to the Christian God who supposedly protected and championed the European invasion. The real meaning of all that, then and now, needs to be continu...
The Obama "Dream Team"
MIKE WHITNEY
Things are getting crazier by the day. On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced that the Fed would commit another $800 billion to fight the financial crisis which has spread to the broader economy and is causing sharp declines in consumer spending. ...
Talking Turkey About College Basketball
STEVE CONN
On most Thanksgiving days in years’ past, and, for days thereafter, I would be behind one of the baskets in Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena at the Great Alaska Shootout. ESPN would televise some of these games, but, for the Alaskan fan, far removed by geograph...
In Time of Trouble
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
There have been bleaker Thanksgivings, to be sure, than the one Americans celebrated yesterday. The circumstances of the storied first feast in 1621, (very interestingly discussed on this site this weekend by David Yearsley and Mike Ely) on the Massachusetts shorelin...
Take a Holiday…From Clothes Shopping
STAN COX
A deep recession — or worse — is in the holiday forecast, but belt-tightening doesn’t have to ruin the festive mood. Here’s one painless way to cut expenses while giving the planet a much-needed break: Resolve not to buy any new clothes &mdash...
The Electromagnetic Pulse and Economic Warfare
STEPHEN MARTIN
The atomic bomb was more than a weapon of terrible destruction; it was a psychological weapon – Henry L. Stimson When the decision was taken to allow Lehman Bros (7.1 trillion in derivatives – all figures taken from...
Indigenous People Rising
JAMES COCKCROFT
Indigenous peoples in Indo-Afro-Latin America, especially Bolivia and Ecuador, are rising up to take control of their own lives and act in solidarity with others to save the planet. They are calling for new, yet ancient, practices of plurinational, participatory, and...
Israel’s Settlement on Capitol Hill
ROBERT WEITZEL
“With [traditional Israeli defense strategists] it’s all about tanks and land and controlling territories . . . and this hilltop and that hilltop. All these things are worthless.” -Incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert...
Gaza’s Death Throes
SONJA KARKAR
What kind of government in the 21st century can deny another people basic human rights – that is, the right to food, water, shelter, security and dignity? What kind of government imposes draconian sanctions on another people for democratically electing ...
Giving Thanks for Burned Forests
MATTHEW KOEHLER
The first time I walked through this piece of the Lolo National Forest, smoke was still rising from the deep duff layer of the old-growth spruce-fir forest. It was a crisp, blue-bird October day five years ago and I was leading a team of University of Montana student...
Open Up Those Corporate Tax Returns
RALPH NADER
It has never been more clear how much corporations depend on We, the People for their very existence. Corporations are given the right to exist through a public charter. For public corporations, shareholders are bestowed with limited liability, and they benefit from ...
Thanks A Lot, Mr. Meese
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
No one has ever accused them of being quick learners but when it comes to reaching into the taxpayers’ pockets you’d have thought they’d have tumbled to it more quickly than they did. I refer to Alberto Gonzales ’s legal fees. Thanks to the ad...
The Assault on Mumbai
TARIQ ALI
The terrorist assault on Mumbai’s five-star hotels was well planned, but did not require a great deal of logistic intelligence: all the targets were soft. The aim was to create mayhem by shining the spotlight on India and its problems and in that the terrorists...
The Root Cause of the Crisis of 2008
JOHN WALSH
“Why have you raised the wages of your workers, Mr. Ford”? “So that someone can buy my cars.” Why is the crash and depression of 2008 shrouded in mystery?  Why is it not possible to explain the cri...
The Department of Homeland Lunacy
DAVE LINDORFF
I am not a terrorist. How can I prove this in these paranoid times? Easy. The New York Department of Motor Vehicles took my $30 payment over the phone to clear what they said was a record of my NY drivers license having once been withdrawn, and informed the Na...
Thanksgiving We Can Believe In
STEVE HENDRICKS
Seven years before Tisquantum (Squanto, to most of us) helped the Pilgrims recover from their disastrous first winter in America, he was kidnapped by an English cod fisher and fur trader who was diversifying into the human trade. Tisquantum and other stock were shipp...
Kafka and Uighurs at Guantánamo
RAY McGOVERN
"There is no right to due process for an alien who is not here," insisted the 44th Solicitor General of the United States, Gregory G. Garre, proudly representing the President of the United States. Garre is a teacher of the law, you see, and was attempting ...
Back to the Future With Barack
MATT SIEGFRIED
Here is a taste of Obama’s “Back to the Future” cabinet.  For those of you who voted for him with the hope that the US would soon become a North American Sweden— you were wrong and we told you so.  I just didn’t think it would ...
Pay No Attention to That Turkey Being Slaughtered
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Posing for photographers with her felled caribou, her child inches from its bleeding mouth, Sarah Life-Is-Precious Palin is not confused about where meat comes from. So the turkey being slaughtered in full view of the camera as she conducted an interview at T...
Obama’s Odious Entourage
ERIC WALBERG
Yes, we mustn’t expect too much. We all know it is the establishment that comes first in United States politics. Obama’s presidency could easily be sabotaged by the powers that put him there. But still. He would never have made it past the first, ...
Bailouts and the New Math
ALAN FARAGO
The US Treasury is drawing the line on taxpayer bailouts, depending if a particular supplicant is part of the economic web that represents "systemic risk". So, Citigroup is "too big to fail" today. Who can forget only a few years ago the e...
Don’t Bail Them Out, Take Them Over
STANLEY HELLER
Frank Hammer and Dan LaBotz are absolutely right that the attempt by the powers that be to destroy the auto unions is a defining moment for labor just like the PATCO fight in the ‘80s. Labor has to stop cheerleading for their bosses plans, come up with their ow...
King George is Gone
RON JACOBS
When Barack Obama takes office on January 21, 2009, he will bring the hopes of millions of Americans into the White House with him.  Foremost among those hopes he brings with him will be that he carries out his promise to withdraw the US forces from Iraq.  ...
The Obama Letdown
MICHAEL HUDSON
Reality had to raise its ugly head. Barack Obama was elected with overwhelming approval to inaugurate an era of change. And at his November 25 press conference, he said that his decisive victory gave him a mandate to change the direction in which America is moving. B...
The Real Cost of the Bailout
KEVIN ZEESE
$7.6 trillion. That is what Bloomberg reports has been committed on behalf of the American taxpayer to bailout America’s finance system. This includes spending by the Treasury, Federal Reserve and FDIC. - The amount is equal to half ...
Now It Can Be Told (Except in North Carolina)
STEVE CONN
Attention Progressives. It’s official: Now it can be told. Three weeks after the Presidential vote. Now it can be told. Norm Chomsky says Joe Biden’s nomination by Obama was a slap in the face (he used stronger words) to Obama’s supporters b...
Obama in Bedlam
JOHN ROSS
The Emergency Room at San Francisco General Hospital is an American Bedlam. Now the only trauma center in a city that has suffered nearly 100 violent homicides in the first 10 months of 2008, ER is a snake pit boiling over nightly with gunshot and stabbing victims, t...
PBS Reports for Big Oil on Venezuela
PATRICK IRELAN
On Tuesday evening, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) will carry a 90-minute review of the presidency of Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez. As the show progresses, it quickly becomes apparent to the viewer why critics often refer to PBS as the “Petroleum ...
Dr. Goodwin and the Infinite Con
FRED GARDNER
Dr. Frederick Goodwin’s radio show, "The Infinite Mind," which reached more than one million listeners in 300 markets, has been pulled off the air abruptly after a nine-year run. The show’s producer is looking for a new host. Last week Sen. Char...
The Ideology of No Ideology
NORMAN SOLOMON
On Friday, columnist David Brooks informed readers that Barack Obama’s picks “are not ideological.” The incoming president’s key economic advisers “are moderate and thoughtful Democrats,” while Hillary Clinton’s foreign-polic...
Of Arrogance, Bailouts and the Big Three
JAMES ABOUREZK
Just as I was about to give up on Congress, BAM, POW, a California Congressman decked the auto executives with a one-two punch.  As these august gentlemen were sitting before a House Committee telling the Congressmen how bad it was, and that they needed money ba...
The Missing Rules of Engagement in Cyberwar
CHRIS STROHM
The United States lacks a fully defined policy and legal framework for using offensive cyberwarfare capabilities against adversaries, making it difficult for policymakers to determine the origin of computer attacks and when pre-emptive action is justified against cri...
The Auto Crisis: Management, Labor and the Struggle for the Future
DAN LaBOTZ
The crisis in the auto industry is about many things: the possible collapse of GM, Detroit gas guzzlers, auto emission standards, the environment, and the need for mass transportation, among others. But as became clear this last week, at the center of it all is the s...
Napolitano and Immigration Policy
TOM BARRY
What does the likely nomination of Gov. Janet Napolitano as head of the Department of Homeland Security signal for immigration policy? The hopeful interpretation by immigrant advocacy organizations is that Napolitano’s appointment, along with the new imm...
Don’t Suppress Carter (or the Opportunities for Middle East Peace)
RALPH NADER
Now that the season of electoral expediency is over, Barack Obama owes Jimmy Carter an apology. At the Democratic National Convention in Denver, the Party denied Jimmy Carter the traditional invitation to speak that is accorded its former presidents. Ac...
Where the Culture of Corruption Meets the Corruption of Culture
RICHARD MORSE
Our band RAM left for Au Cap last Monday to perform. Unfortunately our part of the show was rained out. Met a few interesting people. The Minister of Culture seems like a decent fellow. He met with us and a couple other bands to see how we viewed things...
The Causes of the Auto Crisis
KEVIN ZEESE
While the automobile companies deserve some blame for the problems in their industry, there is blame to spread around.  The root cause of the biggest problems is the alliance between big corporations and government which has led to poor decision-making in Washin...