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Archives from January 2009
The Struggle of an Un-People
DINA JADALLAH-TASCHLER
Watching and reading the Western mainstream media coverage of the war in Gaza as well as the Palestinian question is frequently a source of never-ending frustration.  One must continuously suppress one’s outrage at the deceptive and convoluted framing of w...
Voices in the Mirror
STEPHEN MARTIN
‘Abu Ghraib, obviously, was a huge disappointment, during the Presidency. You know, not having weapons of mass destruction was a significant disappointment’ George W Bush, Last White House Press Conference, January 12 2009. ...
Katrina’s Endless Loop
KIM NICOLINI
If  Trouble the Water is playing in your town, please go see it. This documentary about Hurricane Katrina will blow you away on so many levels. It delivers an urgent and immediate view of what Hurricane Katrina was like for actual poor black people living in New...
Can Obama’s Shift on Terror Succeed?
J. MICHAEL COLE
But a few days in office and already US President Barack Obama has moved to undo some of the most nefarious monsters former president George W. Bush unleashed in his “war on terrorism.” This included, on Thursday, the signing of executive orders calling f...
The Freefalling Economy
P. SAINATH
When the applause dies down, the first African-American President of the United States will have to deal with things less cheerful than his Inaugural Ball. The US is losing close to 16,000 jobs a day on average. (That was 14,000 a day just a month ago.) It lost over ...
Return to Law?
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Finally! 2569 days after the prison at Guantánamo opened — but just two days into the new Presidency — Barack Obama signed three executive orders and a Presidential memorandum that mark a decisive break with the “War on Terror” policies...
Panning for Pyrite on a Cold Day at the Mall
RICHARD RHAMES
“The American way of life is not negotiable.” GHW Bush, 1992 “The American way of life is non-negotiable.” RB (“Dick”) Cheney, 2001 “We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense…”...
In Israel, Detachment From Reality is the Norm
PATRICK COCKBURN
I was watching the superb animated documentary Waltz with Bashir about the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. It culminates in the massacre of some 1,700 Palestinians in the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps in south Beirut by Christian militiamen introduced there by the ...
Jurassic Radio
LORENZO WOLFF
The stereo in my car has been slowly deteriorating. First the CD player, then the tape deck, now all I’m left with is the radio. I happened to be listening to Hot 97, the rap station in New York and they were doing a half hour of what they were calling throwback songs. ...
The Way Forward
DAVE LINDORFF
As someone who has spent nearly three frustrating years actively advocating the impeachment of President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for their many crimes and abuses of power, I have to admit that not only did it not happen, but that the likelihood of ...
The Ghosts at Obama’s Side
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
So many ghosts crowded the inauguration dais that it’s not surprising Chief Justice Roberts flubbed his lines and had to be corrected by the man he was swearing in. Over there on the right! That jowly fellow with the 5 o’clock shadow and the long upsweepi...
The Aftermath of the War on Gaza
MOHAMMED ALI SHABANI
Five-thousand homes destroyed, more than 1300 killed, and thousands of injured – yet, Hamas is still in charge of the Gaza strip. If one follows mainstream media, which overall argue that Israel’s objective is/was to crush Hamas and free captive soldier G...
Breaking Gaza’s Will
RAMZY BAROUD
My three-year-old son Sammy walked into my room uninvited as I sorted through another batch of fresh photos from Gaza. I was looking for a specific image, one that would humanise Palestinians as living, breathing human beings, neither masked nor mutilated. Bu...
Here We Go Again
RAYMOND F. GUSTAVSON, Jr.
On January 21, 2009 the US Senate confirmed Retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki as the seventh Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  At stake is a 284,000-employee organization that delivers care and financial benefits to millions of veterans and survivors.  The e...
The Music That Wasn’t There
DAVID YEARSLEY
Obama became President during one of the most preposterous musical events in history. It’s not that the music itself was terrible. One expects mediocrity at massed spectacles of this sort. It was the idea that was so utterly implausible: open air chamber music ...
The Problem with the Stimulus
ALAN FARAGO
Doom and gloom is everywhere. We now see what happens when the productive capacity of a nation is propelled by ever widening wheels of debt, tied not to strength of assets but to derivatives of debt. Now comes the question, what to do. First, be realistic. Sec...
Meeting Cristina
FIDEL CASTRO
We talked for 40 minutes. It was an intense and interesting dialogue; just as I expected. Cristina Fernandez is a person of deep convictions. There was no debate. When she spoke at the Auditorium of the University of Havana, she was quick to answer the student...
Bolivia Poised for Historic Vote
BENJAMIN DANGL
Dozens of marches and rallies in support of Bolivia’s new constitution, to be voted on this Sunday, have filled the streets of the La Paz in recent days. On Tuesday, at a rally for the constitution and to celebrate Venezuela’s donation of 300 tons of asph...
Halting the Gitmo Trials
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Two separate universes were in evidence on Tuesday. In the world of Barack Obama, the sense of change, the optimism and the intelligence were palpable, as two million Americans from every part of the United States — and numerous visitors from around the world &...
The Democrats on Israel
ADRIANA KOJEVE
"Israel continues to show admirable restraint in dealing with her hostile neighbors, even in the face of increasing rocket attacks, kidnappings, and threats to her people.  I support her actions in defense of her people, and I pray for a swift and just conc...
The First MBA Presidency and the Business Academy
JOSEPH G. DAVIS
This week marked the end of the first MBA Presidency in US history.  Not any MBA, a Harvard MBA to boot.  While it is unlikely that Harvard Business School would deem George Bush as one of its shining stars, the fact remains that he walked the corridors of ...
How to Fix the Banks
PETER MORICI
For every new president, campaign promises and inaugural idealism must give way to the hard choices that measure the mettle of their leadership. Now Barack Obama must act pragmatically to fix the banks or the economy will sink under their weight....
Worse Than an Earthquake
KATHY KELLY
Rafah, Gaza. Traffic on Sea Street, a major thoroughfare alongside Gaza’s coastline, includes horses, donkeys pulling carts, cyclists, pedestrians, trucks and cars, mostly older models. Overhead, in stark contrast to the street below, Israel’s ult...
Another Real Estate Crisis is About to Hit
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
For a picture of the US real estate crisis, imagine New Orleans wrecked by Hurricane Katrina, and before the waters even begin to recede, a second Katrina hits. The 1,120,000 lost US retail jobs in 2008 are a signal that the second stage of the real estate bus...
US Intel Nominee Lied About Church Murders
ALLAN NAIRN
On the eve of his Senate confirmation hearing (due for 10am, Thurs. Jan 22), new information has emerged showing that Adm. Dennis Blair — President Obama’s nominee for US Director of National Intelligence — lied about his knowledge of a...