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Archives from November 2008
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...