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Archives from January 2009
Obama’s Al-Arabiya Interview
WAJAHAT ALI
In his historic interview with the ...
Cap and Trade and Selling Out
GREGORY VICKREY
Shortly after the Inauguration, President Obama and his new EPA head Carol Browner received a thank-you letter from over 325 conservation-oriented organizations, and within it were flowing words of praise for candidate Obama’s pledge of support for a doomed-to-fail cap ...
Whither the Two State Solution?
DINA JADALLAH-TASCHLER
While Gaza awaits its fate in this ceasefire period, various political actors are maneuvering to determine the nature of next phase for the Palestinians.  The latest war showed that Palestinians in Gaza refused to accept the externally imposed “solution,” which invol...
Killing Palestinians Doesn’t Count
ALISON WEIR
On January 27th media headlines trumpeted that Palestinians had broken the latest cease-fire: a bomb had killed one Israeli soldier and injured two or three. Virtually every media outlet reported this action as a major breach in the ceasefire that had begun on Janu...
Taxing a House of Cards
WALTER BRASCH
My wife is a smoker. Except for one year when she quit, she’s been a smoker since she was about 18. But she’s cut back, from as many as three packs a day to just three cigarettes. And, she now smokes outside the house. At various times, she was asked to...
Economy Without Escape Routes
ALAN FARAGO
My Republican friends are all trending toward Conspiracy Theories to explain what happened and what is happening to the US economy. The party of wealth creation and free markets presided over the greatest wealth destruction in a century, and there must be some explanation...
Tom Paine’s Birthday
PETER LINEBAUGH
President Obama quoted Tom Paine in the conclusion to his inaugural address last week, but did not name him. After Obama named the values (honesty, hard work, courage, fair play, tolerance, loyalty, and patriotism), after he urged us to our duties and responsibilit...
Is It Time to Bail Out of America?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
California State Controller John Chiang announced on January 26 that California’s bills exceed its tax revenues and credit line and that the state is going to print its own money known as IOUs.  The template is already designed. Instead of receiving their state ...
The Future of Gaza
RIZ KHAN
RIZ KHAN (Al Jazeera): Hello and welcome. Could Hamas be a key to peace between the Israelis and Palestinians? In spite of the U.S. condemning the democratically elected organization as terrorists and Israel launching a prolonged military campaign against Hamas in Gaza, t...
Pakistan: a New Cambodia?
M. REZA PIRBHAI
Twenty-two people – 8 to 10 alleged Al-Qaeda and Taliban members, the rest civilians, including children – were killed on January 23, 2009, when Predator drones operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency fired missiles at houses in Pakistan’s ‘Federally Ad...
Pakistan: a New Cambodia?
M. REZA PIRBHAI
Twenty-two people – 8 to 10 alleged Al-Qaeda and Taliban members, the rest civilians, including children – were killed on January 23, 2009, when Predator drones operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency fired missiles at houses in Pakistan’s ‘Federally Ad...
South-East Asian Groups Threaten Retaliation Over Gaza Invasion
ALLAN NAIRN
In response to Israeli terror attacks on Gaza that killed hundreds of civilians, Southeast Asia Islamist terror groups are now said to be planning retaliation against Israeli government offices, including Mossad intelligence, in Bangkok, Manila, and Singapore. This...
A Muslim’s Memo to Obama
M. JUNAID LEVESQUE-ALAM
A fair number of liberals swooning over President Barack Obama’s recent speechmaking are also impressed by his rhetorical gestures and overtures to Arabs and Muslims, first articulated during his inaugural address and reiterated on a major Arabic-language news channel....
The Silent Trade
STEFAN SIMANOWITZ
It is now six weeks since Canadian UN diplomats Robert Fowler and Louis Guay, and their driver Soumana Mounkaila were abducted in Niger and no information has emerged as to who is behind their disappearance. Last week a further four European tourists were kidnapped on the...
The Autumn of the Patriot
CHARLES R. LARSON
(With apologies to Gabriel García Márquez) When the movers got into the White House by backing their trucks up against the loading dock and prying open the entrance for the arrival of the next first family, dawn of the new era, the men recoiled at the stagnant ai...
The Clinton Foundation Donors
ROB LARSON
When president-elect Obama nominated Hillary Clinton for State Secretary, the Clintons agreed to release the donor lists of the Clinton Foundation, the global charity created by the former President. The Clintons agreed to air their laundry in a deal with the new Obama Ad...
Is Mitchell’s Mission Already Doomed?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Jerusalem. Barack Obama’s new Middle East peace envoy, George Mitchell, arrives in Israel today charged with working towards an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. But the expected victory of the right in the Israeli election on  February 10 may doom his ef...
Who Will Speak for the Forests?
GEORGE WUERTHNER
An associate who works for a major environmental group doesn’t want to talk to me anymore. He has concluded that I’m against logging because I won’t uncritically support the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Proposal (BCSP), a plan that, among other things, calls for...
Obama’s Emerging Policies on Israel, Iraq and the Economic Crisis
NOAM CHOMSKY
Press TV: Professor Chomsky, let us start with Pakistan. The White House  is not commenting on the killings of people [in cross-border drone attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan]. Richard Holbrooke, someone whom you’ve written about in the context of Yugoslavia, ...
Foiling Another Palestinian "Peace Offensive"
NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
Early speculation on the motive behind Israel’s slaughter in Gaza that began on 27 December 2008 and continued till 18 January 2009 centered on the upcoming elections in Israel.  The jockeying for votes was no doubt a factor in this Sparta-like society consumed by “r...
Fueling the Cycle of Hate
YIGAL BRONNER And NEVE GORDON
Israeli soccer matches were suspended during the assault on Gaza. When the games resumed last week, the fans had come up with a new chant: “Why have the schools in Gaza been shut down?” sang the crowd. “Because all the children were gunned down!” c...
The Inaugural Address: the Digested Read
C. G. ESTABROOK
My fellow citizens: We are in the midst of crisis. Our nation is at war [against an Axis...oops] against a Network of Violence and Hatred. America’s decline can be arrested, [just so long as we can scare hell out of the American people] because the cha...
What If Israel Were in Your Neighborhood?
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
I left Washington last week when many of friends and family members were coming here to celebrate the inauguration of our first African-American President. My eleven year-old son asked me – why turn your back on Obama? I threw back at him Martin Luther Kin...
Save the Economy by Cutting the Defense Budget
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
As the economic news darkens in the United States, the ideas for stimulating new jobs get worse. A sure-fire way to advance deeper into recession is now being spread around: spend even more on the Department of Defense (DoD). Doing that will not generate new jobs effectiv...
A Hundred Days of (Muted) Rage
Rev. JOSÉ M. TIRADO
Activists of the world can take heart. Yesterday, Morgunbladid, the largest newspaper in Iceland announced the end of the coalition government responsible for the huge financial crisis which has rocked this North Atlantic island to its volcanic core. This event is relevan...
Bolivia Looking Forward
BENJAMIN DANGL
After Bolivia’s new constitution was passed in a national referendum on Sunday, thousands gathered in La Paz to celebrate. Standing on the balcony of the presidential palace, President Evo Morales addressed a raucous crowd: “Here begins a new Bolivia. Here we ...
Torture at a Louisiana Prison
JORDAN FLAHERTY
The torture of prisoners in US custody is not only found in military prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo. If President Obama is serious about ending US support for torture, he can start here in Louisiana. The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is alread...
Access to Economic Justice
RALPH NADER
Dear President Obama: Underneath many of our country?s economic problems is the thirty-year collapse of consumer protection?both of the regulatory kind and of the self-help kind known as proper access to justice. Last month major consumer groups sent you a l...
Obama’s Neocon
JOSHUA FRANK
In wee morning hours on Friday, January 23, a U.S. spy plane killed at least 15 in Pakistan near the Afghanistan border. It was Barack Obama’s first blood and the U.S.’s first violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty under the new administration. The attack was an early ...
Son of Neurontin Meets the Fibromyalgia Epidemic
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Who says technology transfer doesn’t pay? Pregablin, discovered by Northwestern University chemist Richard Silverman in 1989 to become Pfizer’s Lyrica, earned the university a cool $700 million when it sold royalties in Dec. 2007. The nerve pain-...
The Next Shoe to Drop
JOHN SAYEN
We seem to be living in an age where so much that we thought certain and permanent crumbles into dust be fore our eyes. Our once robust economy founders while our once cherished personal liberties fade away. Less apparent has been the ongoing decay and corruption t...
In America, Speaking the Truth is a Career-Ending Event
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
“The evidence is sitting on the table. There is no avoiding the fact that this was torture.” These are the words of ...
Obama vs. Labor
DAVID MACARAY
In the span of, literally, a few weeks—beginning with President-elect Obama’s nomination of Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor, and ending shortly after his inauguration—organized labor has gone from a state of euphoria to one of confusion to one of resentment, then ...
Geithner’s Pop Gun Volley at China
PETER LEE
As China settles in for the New Year holiday, its leaders can chew over Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner’s declaration, made in a written statement to the Senate Finance Committee as it reviewed his nomination, that President Obama, “backed by the conclus...
Drunk with the Sight of Power
VIJAY PRASHAD
On January 27, 2009, a newly formed task force of Indian American organizations is set to overrun Capitol Hill. The Indian American Task Force will take their message to Congress and to the new administration, asking them to be much tougher on Pakistan. The impetus for th...
Winds of Change in Cuba
ROGER BURBACH
Havana, Cuba. The Cuban revolution is in a process of transition and transformation as it marks its 50th anniversary. I have visited the country every decade since the revolution’s triumph, and excepting the 60s, I have never experienced the Cuban people more ope...
Investing with Madoff
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
Click here to read Part One. Click here to read Part Two. Click here to read Part Three. Click here to read Part Four...
Afghanistan is No Threat to America
DAVE LINDORFF
American foreign policy is moving from the absurd to the ludicrous. Back in 2002, President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney managed to snooker the people of the United States, or at least a large number of us, into believing that Iraq, a pathetic Third W...
The BBC’s Day of Shame
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The BBC finds itself in a serious controversy every few years, but this is the mother of all. The essence of the latest storm is this. A few days ago, the Disasters Emergency Committee of the United Kingdom, an umbrella group of thirteen leading charities, came out with a...
The Torture Ban That Doesn’t Ban Torture
ALLAN NAIRN
If you’re lying on the slab still breathing, with your torturer hanging over you, you don’t much care if he is an American or a mere United States – sponsored trainee. When President Obama declared flatly this week that “the United States wi...
On the Wrong Side of History
URI AVNERY
Of all the beautiful phrases in Barack Obama’s inauguration speech, these are the words that stuck in my mind: “You are on the wrong side of history.” He was talking about the tyrannical regimes of the world. But we, too, should ponder these words In t...
The Ghost of LBJ
NORMAN SOLOMON
A few days after the inauguration, in a piece celebrating the arrival of the Obama administration, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert wrote that the new president has clearly signaled: “No more crazy wars.” I wish. Last week — and 44 years ago &#...
Bowing to the Masters of War?
RON JACOBS
The American people did not elect the Pentagon.  They elected Barack Obama based a good deal on his promise to get US troops out of Iraq sooner rather than later.  Since he was elected, Mr. Obama has hedged on this promise.  Since he was inaugurated, t...
Our Current Economic Crisis
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
An interesting feature of the current economic crisis is the blame game that is going around. For the most part the crisis is blamed on certain market practices or participants. In particular, unsupervised financial innovations and laxness in regulation are seen as t...
Reasons for War?
SAUL LANDAU
On January 18, Israel and Hamas agreed to a weeklong cease-fire. Prime Minister Olmert declared Israel had achieved its objectives. “Hamas was hit hard, in its military arms and in its government institutions. Its leaders are in hiding and many of its men have ...
Investing with Madoff
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
Click here to read Part One. Click here to read Part Two. Click here to read Part Three. The amount of money stolen by Bernie Madoff is curren...
When Due Diligence is a One-Way Street
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
This is a column about due diligence. Presidents of large banks, such as Bank of America’s (BOA) Kenneth D. Lewis may read this column but it is not applicable to BOA since the Present Financial Crisis (PFC) demonstrates that due diligence has no place in BOA&r...
It’s Time to Free Leonard Peltier
BOB FITRAKIS And HARVEY WASSERMAN
The welcome news that President Obama is taking steps to shut Guantanamo and right other Bush-era human rights abuses must quickly be joined by a proclamation of freedom for Leonard Peltier. Peltier is the nation’s best-known native activist and has bec...
The Audacity of Educated Hope
HENRY A. GIROUX
Most recently a number of progressive pundits have argued that with the election of Barack Obama to the presidency, intelligence and hope are once again not only embraced but promoted as part of an essential element of American culture. At work in this discourse is a...
Fighting for Migrant Justice in the Desert
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
"Arizona resembles the Deep South of the pre-civil rights era," attorney Isabel Garcia asserts. "Here, Mexicanos cannot get fair trials." "I’m not just talking about immigrants," she adds. "I’m talking about Mexic...