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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 November 2008
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took my $30 payment over the phone to clear what they said was a record of my NY drivers license having once been withdrawn, and informed the Na...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...