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Archives from November 2008
Likud Rising
URI AVNERY
Two  documents appeared side by side in Haaretz last week,  on November 21: a giant advertisement from the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the results of a public opinion poll.The proximity was accidental, but to the point. The PLO ad sets out...
Bush’s Library
LARAY POLK
"How fitting is it that this storied political life that began here in Texas will write its final chapters right here in the good old Lone Star state and right here on this campus. Now the work begins to plan and build the site." R...
Inaugurations Past and Present
HOWARD LISNOFF
The late night of January 19, 2001 was as wretchedly cold as any evening could be during a New England winter.  There was no snow on the ground, which would have once been an anomaly at that latitude, but global warming long ago skewed and juxtaposed what was ex...
The Rise and Fall of Citigroup
PAM MARTENS
Citigroup’s two best known ad campaigns, “Citi Never Sleeps” and “Live Richly,” will hopefully become a cautionary warning for the next generation: don’t take advice from sleep-deprived money managers and live within your means. As...
Deprivation and Desperation in Gaza
JOE MOWREY
As conditions in the Gaza strip approach a catastrophic level of deprivation, the worldedia, and in particular the U.S. media, remain largely silent. The United Nations, whose truckloads of food and medical supplies continue to be denied entry into Gaza by Israel, ap...
Seven Reasons You Should Join a Union
DAVID MACARAY
One clue that this recession is going to be long and brutal is the fact that vocational guidance counselors are now suggesting to college graduates that they consider careers as open sea pirates.  Okay, that’s not true.  But still, one can imagine how...
The Team Obama Should Have Picked
RAMZI KYSIA
I feel cheated. I feel betrayed. And I’m not even a Democrat. Our nation hasn’t yet finished counting all the election returns, but the outlines of a future Obama Administration are already clear: Clinton at State, Geithner at Treasury, Summers to...
Idiots and Bailouts
DAVE LINDORFF
It’s a safe bet that within the next several months, Congress will vote to bail out General Motors. It will be a colossal boondoggle involving, probably, upwards of $50 billion when it’s through, and it will fail in the end. The reason is before ou...
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
MIKE WHITNEY
"The problems we face today cannot be solved by the minds that created them"  –Albert Einstein Obama hasn’t even been sworn in yet, and already the Wall Street cheerleaders are celebrating his first...
American Friends
DAVID KER THOMSON
A friend sticketh closer than a brother, or could, is how I recall the good book summarizing our duty.  Oh my friends, there is no friend.  That’s from Aristotle, or at least that’s what several Frenchmen have told me.  More on that soon, b...
Real Swords, Fire and Don Giovanni
DAVID YEARSLEY
Like Frankenstein’s monster, opera squeezes all it can out of those who bring it to life. Among musical pursuits, opera reigns supreme at bankrupting its proponents financially and emotionally. Like the inveterate gambler, the opera-maker feeds off the thrills ...
Paulson’s Cascade of Lies
MICHAEL HUDSON
On Thursday, November 20, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson presented, even by his own lamentably low standards, an amazingly deceptive speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. In its false  framing of Washington’s financ...
Women Soldiers Serving in (and Barely Surviving) the Israeli Army
LARRY PORTIS
Tamar Yorum is a young Israeli woman who represents an important phenomenon in her country: the transfer of allegiance of the Israeli intelligentsia from support of established ideas and institutions to an alternative vision of social existence. To criticize service ...
Time to Move to Plan B … If There is One
MIKE WHITNEY
"The Winter of 2008-2009 will prove to be the winter of global economic discontent that marks the rejection of the flawed ideology that unregulated global financial markets promote financial innovation, market efficiency, unhampered growth and endles...
The Third Clinton Administration
RALPH NADER
While the liberal intelligentsia was swooning over Barack Obama during his presidential campaign, I counseled “prepare to be disappointed.” His record as a Illinois state and U.S. Senator, together with the many progressive and long overdue courses of act...
Sic Transit: The Honeymoon is Looking a Bit Wan
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Two years without a single leak and suddenly, last week, Obama’s operation was like a sieve. That’s what happens when you pick up the phone and call one of the Clintons. Or, to put it another way, that’s what happens when someone claims you, the pre...
The Rights of Women in War Zones
RAMZY BAROUD
Qurban-Bibi and Nahil Abu-Rada are two women, one Afghan and the other Palestinian, who made news with similar tragedies. But their losses also helped further delineate the plight of millions of women in war zones and poor countries. The United Nations news s...
Why Vote, Anyway?
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
From the questionable elections in 2000 and 2004 though the recent election and its recounts, I’ve received oodles of e-mails about mass voter disenfranchisement and problems with punch-screen voting machines. I’ve read articles about voter flipping, syst...
The End of the Yugo
BINOY KAMPMARK
Let’s not mince words.  The Zastava Koral, known simply as the Yugo, was an abomination, but an endearing one.  The last car, assembled by car workers Radoslav Simovic and Zarko Niciforovic, rolled off the line in the Serbian town of Kragujevac earlie...
Walter and Me (and You)
RICHARD RHAMES
“… Detroit has redirected decades of consumer frustration with American automakers for their lackluster designs and poor quality into widespread resentment of rank-and-file auto workers for their company-paid health care and pensions. The auto...
Ecological Crisis and Eco-Villages in China
SHANNON MAY
While China’s leadership is faced with the political need to provide the majority of its residents with the fruits of capital development—the goods, services and opportunities that citizens of OECD countries have taken for granted for three to five genera...
When Country Got Real
LORENZO WOLFF
In the part of the world that I’m from, a fondness for country music is looked at with uninhibited distain. Especially amongst musicians, it’s a character flaw to own anything other than maybe a little Gram Parsons. If one record could shatter these preco...
A Tale of Two Whales
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Pity the poor whale. All it wants is to peacefully swim in the ocean. Instead it finds itself caught up in a net of litigation and rule making processes. Although whales off both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States have been affected by recent...
Colombia’s Laboratory of Failure
JAMES McENTEER
The New York Times November 18 editorial urging passage of a free-trade agreement with Colombia is factually challenged and wrong-headed – politically, economically and morally – in many ways.  The editorial’s expressed sense of false urgency (...
Downhill All the Way
SERGE HALIMI
In 1952, when the US was at the very height of its power, General Douglas MacArthur – hero of the Republican right since President Harry Truman relieved him of his command in Korea – warned fellow Americans of "our own relative decline, our inability...
The Suburbs March On
ALAN FARAGO
Some people are burying their cash in backyards. The wealthiest developers in Miami are burying their cash in a plan to build a small city in 2014 at the far western frontier of Miami-Dade County edging toward the Everglades called Parkland. Into the headwind ...
From LBJ to Obama
ROBERT BRYCE
Barack Obama’s historic win has enormous significance for America and its image. It has changed how America sees itself and it has, thankfully,  changed how the rest of the world sees America. But Obama’s election is also concrete proof of th...
The Fate of the West’s Wild Horses
JACK ELY
One of the most important national treasurers still available to us here in America are our Wild Horses and Burros. Their importance as symbols of freedom and independence is second to none. Thinking about them running across great open spaces gives smiles to our hea...
Power Down
ADAM ENGEL
We really make me sick. I used to think we were all a bunch of clowns. Where did I get the arrogance, the audacity, the sheer chutzpah to believe we were equal to clowns, who after all, are entertainers, in their own way, make-up artists, acrobats, per...
The Continuing Saga of the White Album
RON JACOBS
The culmination of the year that was 1968 was the release of the Beatles album familiarly known as the ...
Cautionary Tales From a Nuclear War Zone
BARBARA ROSE JOHNSTON
and HOLLY M. BARKER John Anjain, Alab of Rongelap, Marshall Islands: Early in the morning of March 1, 1954, sometime around five or six o’clock, American planes dropped a hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll. Shortly before this happened, I had awakened and ...
When Old Axioms Don’t Apply
SAUL LANDAU
‘s Bush and Botox World with a Foreword by Gore Vidal Click Here to Order!...
India Doubles Down in Afghanistan…Maybe
PETER LEE
The Indian government recently approved the funding to construct the Afghan parliament building, together with a new Indian chancery building in Kabul, for a hefty combined cost of $200 million in US dollars. Total Indian reconstruction aid to Afghanistan is about $1...
How Guanántamo Can be Closed
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Of the 255 prisoners currently held at Guantánamo, around 50 have been “approved for transfer” — many for at least three years — but they remain in Guantánamo, mostly imprisoned in conditions that would task the resilience of the...
What Uncle Sam Has to Tell His Creditors
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
According to all accounts the US faces its worse economic crisis since the Great Depression with $2 trillion in near-term financing needs for bailouts and economic stimulus.  This is an enormous sum for any country, especially for one that is so heavily indebted...
Obama’s Crony Democracy
TRACY McLELLAN
Tom Daschle at Health and Human Services?  Why?  What are his qualifications?  Are they better than say, Joycelyn Elders’?  No to the last two.  Do you see a clear image crystallizing here?  Could it be, yes I think it is, Obama&rs...
Ending Torture, Prosecuting the Torturers
BENJAMIN G. DAVIS
Recently released reports confirm that the United States still has very important unfinished business with regard to torture. Civilians at the highest levels of government as well as military generals have committed crimes. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, State ...
The Jurassic Auto and Idea Park
P. SAINATH
It’s unfair to  call the US auto industry dinosaurs, as some now do.  It’s certainly unfair to the dinosaurs. The ‘Terrible Lizards’ did not lay the basis for their own extinction or that of myriad other species.  The original d...
How Dow Chemical Defies Homeland Security and Risks Another 9/11
BRIAN McKENNA
"I’m surprised if anybody is surprised by this," said an outraged Rahm Emanuel, President-Elect Obama’s new Chief of Staff. "This [Bush] administration, from day one, has always chosen polluters over the environment," he told the Chica...
At the Erez Crossing
Dr. EYAD Al-SERRAJ
How much did I want to travel to see you and all the dear friends, to see the world and to breathe some fresh air, to reassure my senses that there are some normal things and normal people out there. How much painful it was to realize time and time again tha...
Keeping Gates
RAY McGOVERN
"As Bad As Rumsfeld?" The title jars, doesn’t it. The more so, since Defense Secretary Robert Gates found his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld, such an easy act to follow. But the jarring part reflects how malnourished most of us are on the thin gruel ser...
Who Made the New Deal?
LANCE SELFA
Comparisons between Barack Obama’s assumption of power and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s in 1933 have been many and varied. Following Obama’s first press conference as president-elect, New York Times business reporter Joe Nocera wrote a Novembe...
The Bush Pardons
Sen. RUSS FEINGOLD
A departing president probably can’t help thinking about the judgment of history. At the end of eight years, President Bush likely isn’t any different. With the nation’s attention focused on his successor, it may seem as if there is little opportuni...
The Other Side of the Pleasure-Dome
STEPHEN MARTIN
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree : Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. –Samuel Taylor Colerid...
Spare Change or No Change at All
STEVE CONN
Change? The corporate crooks keep getting billions of our money and we get what? Maybe, spare change, if there is any left. Will a new smile do? We won’t have to look at that smug Bush’s face. We get a radiant smile from President-elect Obama. Like Eisenh...
Obama and the Politics of Race and Religion in America
M. SHAHID ALAM
It is perhaps a bit late in the day, nearly two weeks after November 4, to be writing about Barack Obama’s electoral victory. This want of alacrity, however, is intentional. I thought it would be cruel to write any sooner, when whites and blacks alike we...
Will Obama be the First "Freedom" Democrat?
ROBIN D. G. KELLEY
“Will Obama, the first black President in the history of the United States, realise Martin Luther King’s dream or Condoleezza Rice’s nightmare? The White House, which is now his house, was built by black slaves. I hope he won’t for...
Who Will Stop the Settlers?
JONATHAN COOK
The middle-of-the-night eviction last week of an elderly Palestinian couple from their home in East Jerusalem to make way for Jewish settlers is a demonstration of Israeli intent towards a future peace deal with the Palestinians. Mohammed and Fawziya Khurd ar...
Obama and the Iron Cage
BEHROOZ GHAMARI-TABRIZI
Can Obama transcend the Iron Cage of the White House? The short answer to the question is a simple no! I hoped with all my might that Obama would win the presidency and end the reign of terror that the Bush Administration has inflicted on the world. Mu...
The NYT and the Beetles of Mass Destruction
GEORGE WUERTHNER
In the November 17th Science Section of the New York Times there was an article by Jim Robbins about...