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Archives from 2008
Stiglitz’s Foolishly Flawed Morality
MARY LYNN CRAMER
Many life times ago, I learned the hard way the difference between “smart” and “intelligent.” That is, I learned from experience. The ‘hip’ young woman who walked alone late at night through a low-income neighborhood undergoing gen...
Humanitarian Imperialism
BINOY KAMPMARK
Along with the optimism that has accompanied the Obama election emerges a potentially new picture on humanitarian interventions. What will an Obama administration do with Darfur, or instances where genocide will occur?  Might he resort to what has been termed hu...
The WTO and Other Fairy Tales
RAJ PATEL
Just when the WTO’s Doha Round had faded into the back pages of specialized trade publications, the G-20 has given it the kiss of life, heralding it as the way out of the current global economic crisis. Talks that had been given the last rites in July are today...
The Leaky Ship of Human Terrain Systems
DAVID PRICE
Human Terrain Systems, one of the U.S. military’s key counterinsurgency efforts to stabilize the occupation of Iraq, appears to suddenly be under serious attack by groups that once offered it support.  This latest round of attacks comes not from progressiv...
An Israeli in Gaza
FRANK BARAT
Jeff Halper is the head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. He is the author of An Israeli in Palestine. He lives in Jerusalem. You recently took part in the Free Gaza movement and successfully reached Gaza by boat with others activists, journ...
Why I Went to Jail
HOWARD LISNOFF
The election of 2008 brought the culture wars back into sharp focus!  For me, that meant a reexamination of what it meant personally to resist the government; and ultimately, what it meant to go to jail.  The Republican Party attempted to demonize Barack Ob...
How Immigrants Drive Prison Profits
TOM BARRY
Mining, railroads, agribusiness, and, recently, construction have been among the many U.S. industries that historically been driven by an abundant supply of immigrants. But now, when the economy is imploding, most industries are shedding immigrants. The private priso...
Bad Days at Indian Point
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
RED STATE REBELS: Tales of Grassroots Resistance from the Heartland ...
So You Want Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star…
LORENZO WOLFF
For the past few years, video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band have been a major craze.  The designers of these games pride themselves on how close the game is to playing a real guitar, or being in a real band. Tiny plastic buttons almost simulate guitar str...
Risky Business Down Under
Cpt. PAUL WATSON
"Sail forth – steer for the deep waters only, Reckless O soul, exploring, I with thee and thou with me, For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all." - Walt Whitman...
Whatever Happened to Iris Chang?
EAMONN FINGLETON
Kamen, Paula. Finding Iris Chang. Da Capo Press, 2007. Somew...
Hail to Chicago, Beacon of American Values
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
America is going back to basics. When the stock market plummeted on Black Monday, September 29, the only share to rise was Campbells Soup and now, amid the funereal gloom of a rotten Christmas selling season the nation’s spirits are being rallied by the five-st...
Killing the Auto Bailout
DAVID MACARAY
So the proposed bailout of the auto industry is off the table. . . at least until after the Christmas recess, which, given the grave condition of the industry, could be a death sentence.  The Republican Senate killed the proposal.  Now we all get to wait ar...
Proposition 1984
SUSIE DAY
Look at your paycheck. Did your company take out again for Iraqi quagmire-maintenance? Now, look around. Is the crime rate going up in your neighborhood? Do you suspect your nifty new iPhone is tracking your every move? Are you worried that the economic meltdown will...
A Holiday Reading List
RALPH NADER
It’s time for that Holiday reading period and here are some deserving but little publicized recommendations: 1. ...
They Also Serve Who Only Pull or Tread
DAVID YEARSLEY
If the organ is the “king of instruments,” its monarchy is built on deception. The largest, most technologically complicated, most tonally diverse, and most visually stunning of musical instruments, the organ was often held to be an earthly symbol of perf...
Finally, a Vampire Movie You Can Sink Your Teeth Into
KIM NICOLINI
Let The Right One In, otherwise known as “the Swedish vampire movie,” is a gorgeous, dark, tende...
The Manufacturing of History
RON JACOBS
It’s not often that one comes across a novel where the location is an archaeological dig. Sabina Al Khemir’s novel The Blue Manuscript is that rare novel.  ...
The Housing Crisis
BEHZAD YAGHMAIAN
Foreigners who visited Beijing last summer witnessed a city made of state of the art skyscrapers, fancy hotels, luxury condominiums, high-end shopping malls, and ring roads. Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and other big cities have been experiencing a construction boom ...
Putting the Pro in Protest
SAM HUSSEINI
"I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it."...
Why Blagojevich Might Be Acquitted
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
With regard to the claims of crime that Patrick Fitzgerald spoke of in his press conference, and only with regard to those matters, don’t be utterly shocked if ultimately Blagojevich is acquitted on those particular claims. Maybe Fitzgerald can make a conspirac...
The End of the Washington Consensus
MICHAEL HUDSON And JEFFREY SOMMERS
Wall Street’s financial meltdown marks the end of an era. What has ended is the credibility of the Washington Consensus – open markets to foreign investors and tight money austerity programs (high interest rates and credit cutbacks) to “cure” ...
Mexico’s Immigration Problem
LAURA CARLSEN
In the first two years of the Felipe Calderon administration, Mexico has become a focal point in the violation of the human rights of immigrants even as it criticizes the treatment of Mexican migrants in the United States. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right...
Writing a Thesis in Blood
JOHN ROSS
At first Lucia Morett couldn’t make out where she was and what had woken her up in the pitch-black jungle dark. Then the Mexican graduate student remembered. She reached for her schoolmate Veronica Velazquez’s hand but Vero was not there.  She would ...
Victory at Republic!
LEE SUSTAR
With a unanimous vote, workers at the Republic Windows & Doors plant in Chicago ended their six-day factory occupation late on December 10 after Bank of America and other lenders agreed to fund about $2 million in severance and vacation pay as well as health insu...
Another Subsidy to Big Timber?
GEORGE WUERTHNER
The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Proposal (BCSP) has gotten a lot of positive press, including most recently in an editorial in the Missoulian on December 1st  and another on December 9 in the Billings Gazette. To put it bluntly, the BSCP appears to be a tra...
Mr. Berg’s Strange Obsession
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
WThe Internet is rapidly proving itself the best friend of those who seek to be truly informed-not limited by the sorts of things reported in the Wall Street Journal or The New York Times. Two of the front-page stories on the WSJ on December 6 dealt with the ...
Must They Hate Us So?
AYESHA IJAZ KHAN
This is in response to Mr. Patrick French’s piece “They Hate Us—and India Is Us,” published in the New York Times on December 8, 2008.  The trouble with pieces like Mr. French’s (and mainstream western media is inundated with such v...
The Zarqawi Generation
VICKEN CHETERIAN
I met Abu Talha last summer in Majdel Anjar, a village in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley. The meeting wasn’t easy: a few days earlier, Lebanese security forces had discovered an al-Qaida cell in nearby Bar Elias and arrested a number of returnees from Iraq. ...
Total Defeat for U.S. in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
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The Big Drag
PETER MORICI
Today, the Commerce Department reported the October deficit on trade in goods and services was $57.190 billion, up from $56.559 billion in September. The consensus forecast was $54.0 billion and my forecast was $53.5 billion. Still, the trade deficit remains ...
After Mumbai
P. SAINATH
Of all the arguments making the rounds after the slaughter of 180 people in Mumbai, the worst is this: that India should learn from the United States about how to respond to such terror. "Look at the USA," goes the refrain, "after 9/11 has there been a...
Post-Racial Racism at the Post
DEDRICK MUHAMMAD
As we come closer to the "post-racial age" of a Barack Obama presidency, I am intrigued to find that post-racial racism is already being propagated in the pages of the Washington Post. In "An Enduring Crisis for the Black Family," Kay Hymowitz bla...
Will Obama Buy Torture-Lite?
RAY McGOVERN
You’ve got to hand it to them. Torture aficionados at the White House and CIA have conned key congressional leaders into insisting not only that torture-lite would be a swell idea, but advocating also that the overseers of torture be kept on. From change...
Stop Sobbing About Free Music Downloads
JACK ELY
My name is JACK ELY and I’m the one whose voice is heard daily on The Kingsmen’s 1963 recording of Louie Louie, (may it rest in peace) so you know I have some music business experience. First I’d like to express an opinion that probably wil...
The Persecution of Syed Fahad Hashmi
STEPHEN LENDMAN
It’s a familiar story. A Muslim American is accused of terrorism for supporting Al Queda and conspiracy to provide support for a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The prosecution asks for the maximum sentence. Once again, an innocent man is arrested, charge...
The Persecution of Syed Fahad Hashmi
STEPHEN LENDMAN
It’s a familiar story. A Muslim American is accused of terrorism for supporting Al Queda and conspiracy to provide support for a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The prosecution asks for the maximum sentence. Once again, an innocent man is arrested, charge...
The Face of America
NADIA HIJAB
I usually define myself as, first, a human being and a global citizen, committed to human rights for all. Second, a Palestinian Arab with American attributes. And third, a woman, conscious of that additional layer of discrimination with which women struggle, whatever...
Nuclear Weapons Obsolescence
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
For the purposes of foreign policy, the nuclear weapons of the United States of America are obsolete. This may seem like a truism to peace activists, which has been voiced for decades by unknown millions and by well-known personalities alike: Mohandas K. Gandh...
Nuclear Weapons Obsolescence
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
For the purposes of foreign policy, the nuclear weapons of the United States of America are obsolete. This may seem like a truism to peace activists, which has been voiced for decades by unknown millions and by well-known personalities alike: Mohandas K. Gandh...
Breaking the Stranglehold on Middle East News Coverage
JOSHUA FRANK
How the Press Led the US into War Buy End Times Now! New...
The Die is Cast
GLEN FORD
In case there are any lingering doubts, it’s official: Barack Obama has earned a well-deserved rating of "center-right" politician, courtesy of the New York Times. The president-elect worked hard to pull himself rightward, after starting off with a re...
Whose Interests Will Shape Obama’s "Change"?
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
To say that President Obama will face daunting challenges is stating the obvious. What is less obvious, however, is that these challenges also represent opportunities for change in favor of peace and economic security for all. The dire economic circumstances ...
Republic Workers Target Bank of America
LEE SUSTAR
A big labor rally was set for Bank of America’s Chicago headquarters at 12 noon December 10 after negotiations failed to resolve issues that led workers to occupy the Republic Windows & Doors plant five days before. According to an Associated Press r...
An Obama Public Works Program?
STEVE CONN
While liberals wring their hands in despair over the Obama’s revisions to his campaign promises, the President-elect is doing exactly what Roosevelt did when challenged by third party candidates and political independents. He is adopting pieces of their platfor...
We All Need a Union
DAVE LINDORFF
We workers of America, white collar, pink collar, blue collar, and no collar at all, have just gotten a wonderful example of the power of having a union. It’s an example that should have every unorganized employee in America looking for a union organizer. ...
Breaking the Stranglehold on Middle East News Coverage
JOSHUA FRANK
How the Press Led the US into War Buy End Times Now! New...
The Die is Cast
GLEN FORD
In case there are any lingering doubts, it’s official: Barack Obama has earned a well-deserved rating of "center-right" politician, courtesy of the New York Times. The president-elect worked hard to pull himself rightward, after starting off with a re...
Republic Workers Target Bank of America
LEE SUSTAR
A big labor rally was set for Bank of America’s Chicago headquarters at 12 noon December 10 after negotiations failed to resolve issues that led workers to occupy the Republic Windows & Doors plant five days before. According to an Associated Press r...
Stop Sobbing About Free Music Downloads
JACK ELY
My name is JACK ELY and I’m the one whose voice is heard daily on The Kingsmen’s 1963 recording of Louie Louie, (may it rest in peace) so you know I have some music business experience. First I’d like to express an opinion that probably wil...