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Archives from 2008
Unheralded Coup
JAMES L. SECOR
Around the world, military regimes are arising as if it were the latest fad and every State is vying for Faddist of the Year. In all of these countries, when the military takes over, the populace rebels–and suffers horribly. No one knows exactly what these mili...
War Clouds Over Gaza
RANNIE AMIRI
“ … no one had been killed by the rocket barrages after the official end of the cease-fire [with Hamas]. This doesn’t mean the situation is possible to live with, but it appears the hysterical reaction by the public as a whole and polit...
A Christmas Message From the Bottom of the World
Cpt. PAUL WATSON
It is Christmas Eve down here off the coast of Antarctica and I can absolutely assure you that we are all having a very white Christmas. And it is a happy Christmas because there is no place else we would choose to be. Not only is it a white Chris...
The Medusa’s Head
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Conspiracism is raising its Medusa’s head again, her lethal visage wreathed with hissing absurdities, immobilizing judgement, melting intellect to pumice. Journalist Russ Baker suggests in a new book, ...
Cancerous Air
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
RED STATE REBELS: Tales of Grassroots Resistance from the Heartland ...
Government Without Laws
RALPH NADER
Over thirty years ago, a book came out titled How the Government Breaks the Law by Jethro K. L...
Changing the Ethnic Vocabulary
LARRY PORTIS
Between the Balfour Declaration in 1917 and the creation of the United Jewish Agency in 1929, the evolution of political vocabulary in relation to ethnic groups in Palestine accompanied the emergence of an increasingly difficult geopolitical problem. At the t...
The Sole of Christmas
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Christians believe that Jesus is the “Prince of Peace” and that a central message of  Christmas is “on earth peace, good will toward men.”  (Luke 2:14).  In fact, belief in “Peace” permeates the Christian’s New...
What Were Those 1960s Terrorists Thinking, Anyway?
JUDY GUMBO ALBERT
We are forces of chaos and anarchy Everything they say we are, we are And we are very Proud of ourselves. –Jefferson Airplane, We Can Be Together This is the inside story of how my late husband Stew A...
Caution: Settlers Ahead
HANNAH MERMELSTEIN
"As a Jew, I was ashamed at the scenes of Jews opening fire atinnocent Arabs in Hebron. There is no other definition than the term‘pogrom’ to describe what I have seen." This quote from Israeli PrimeMinister Ehud Olmert came ju...
Venezuela and Cuba, 1960-2008
SAUL LANDAU
‘s Bush and Botox World with a Foreword by Gore Vidal Click Here to Order!...
Cold War Shivers
ERIC WALBERG
2008 will be remembered as a turning point in Russia’s relations with the West. It was a tumultuous year, with Kosovo, missiles in Europe and NATO’s seemingly relentless march eastward like thunderclouds gathering on Russia’s horizon, which finally ...
What Will Obama Do About Marijuana?
NORM KENT
“I inhaled frequently, that was the point.” –Barack Obama, November 2006 He picked for Vice President one of the major architects of the Drug War. He picked for Chief of St...
Torture, Slaughter and Lies
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
In September an Afghan journalist, Jawed Ahmad, was released from a US military prison in Afghanistan where his jailers " broke two of my ribs during the beatings." He worked for Canadian TV and the BBC, among other media outlets, and he had done nothing wr...
Tis the Season to be Jolly
STEPHEN MARTIN
Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own. Georg C. Lichtenberg Giving a gift is an act sacrificial; enhancement of the self attained in the recognition of ‘other’ seen; way of ...
Five Bailout Lessons From Katrina
BILL QUIGLEY
The U.S. has committed nearly three trillion dollars to the financial bailout so far.  The Federal Reserve has made more than $2 trillion in emergency loans and another $700 million has been pledged through Congressional action.  Much more money is coming. ...
Evangelism and Politics
SAM SMITH
I was in the living room as the TV in the kitchen was playing a reprise of the campaign. I couldn’t hear the words too well, but as I listened to the cadence and tone of Barack Obama on the trail, it suddenly dawned on me why he and Rick Warren hit it off so we...
Where’s al-Zaidi’s Pulitzer?
JOHN ROSS
"Que Huevos!" ("What Balls!") grinned Don Juanito the tailor, sipping his tea across the counter and extolling the bravery of Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi reporter who gained instant hero status for hurling his shoes at U.S. president George Bush...
Obama’s Best Pick?
DAVID MACARAY
On Friday, December 19, President-Elect Obama made his fifteenth and final appointment to the cabinet.  In a move that was cheered by the AFL-CIO and greeted, predictably, with groans and whining from the business community, he chose Congresswoman Hilda Soils (D...
The Ponzi Paradigm
MICHAEL HUDSON
Last week the Good Lord evidently realized that not enough people had been reading Hyman Minsky’s explanation of how financial cycles end in Ponzi schemes – the stage in which banks keep the boom going by lending their customers the money to pay interest ...
Interior Decorating
BRIAN HOREJSI
What western lands management has suffered from over the last 20 plus years has been, in my view, a disastrous move toward consensus decision making. There is no known way – and this explains an awful lot of why western land management has moved in this directi...
India’s Reckless Road to Washington
VIJAY PRASHAD
On Thursday, November 27, in the middle of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, Imran Babar, one of the terrorists, called India TV from Nariman House. He used a cellphone that belonged to Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, the co-director of the Chabad-Lubavitch Center. The followin...
Ecuador’s Conscientious Default
NEIL WATKINS And SARAH ANDERSON
When the government of Ecuador failed to make a scheduled interest payment on private bonds this month, it was hardly the first time a country had defaulted in the middle of a financial crisis. In fact, it wasn’t even the first time for Ecuador. The small South...
The Tombstone Economy
MICHAEL YATES
My father took me to one movie, in 1957, when I was eleven years old. Our small town had two movie theaters then, the Roxy and the Ford, but we went to the State, in the larger town three miles north. This might seem not worth noting, but back then a trip to Kittanni...
Hey, Reagan Democrats!
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Sometime in the future… “And now, ladies and gentlemen, if you’ll just follow me over in this direction, I’d like to show you one of our rarest and most reviled species here at The Human Zoo – it’s the proverbial ‘Reag...