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Archives from January 2009
"The Fierce Urgency of Now"
BOB SOMMER
So near, yet so far, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building. On the steps of the former, Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963; on the latter, Barack Obama will be sworn in as president of the Unit...
Robbie Burns, Mackenzie and Gaza
PETER EWART
Many people in Northern British Columbia have Scottish blood in them, and the same holds true for people across Canada, especially in parts of Ontario and Nova Scotia.  Indeed, at one point in Canada’s history, Scots were the third largest ethnic group, an...
The Baltic Riots
JEFFREY SOMMERS
Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s former prime minister, once asserted there is no society, only individuals.   In part, this is precisely what Latvia’s and Lithuania’s protests this week represents, the weakening of society and the hyper indiv...
Manipulating MLK Day
KENNETH LIBBY
"On January 19th, Barack and I will join thousands of people across the country for an extraordinary day of service," begins the e-mail from Michelle Obama.  "Whatever service activity you organize or take part in — cleaning up a park, givin...
For Fatima in Gaza
MATS SVENSSON
It is 48 years ago since I last felt the pain. Woke up then and woke up now in the middle of the night. Had just got my own room. When the pain came I went in to mom and dad and lay down between them. My mother woke up while my father continued sleeping as usual....
Respite in Gaza
KATHY KELLY
Rafah, Gaza. Late last night, a text message notified us that the Israeli government was very close to declaring that they would stop attacking Gaza for one day. Shortly before midnight, we heard huge explosions, four in a row.  Till now, that was the la...
Obama’s Bard Dreams of Gold, Grabs Brass
HARRY BROWNE
Bruce Springsteen’s new album, Working on a Dream, is…. This is going to be difficult, so bear with me for a couple of minutes. Bruce Springsteen is in his 60th year. For more than half his life, and two-thirds of my own, I’ve loved h...
The Return of Triangulation
NORMAN SOLOMON
The mosaic of Barack Obama’s cabinet picks and top White House staff gives us an overview of what the new president sees as political symmetry for his administration. While it’s too early to gauge specific policies of the Obama presidency, it’s not ...
Investing with Bernie Madoff
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
I first heard of Bernie Madoff at some point in approximately the early 1990s. I think it must have been sometime around 1992 or 1993 because one of the points that made a big impression when I heard of him was that the SEC had investigated and had publicly said it f...
The Boss Has Gone Mad
URI AVNERY
169 years before the Gaza War, Heinrich Heine wrote a premonitory poem of 12 lines, under the title “To Edom”. The German-Jewish poet was talking about Germany, or perhaps all the nations of Christian Europe. This is what he wrote (in my rough translation...
Guantánamo’s Forgotten Child
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Just two weeks ago, in a habeas corpus case in a Washington D.C. court, Judge Richard Leon turned the clock back to January 11, 2002 (the day Guantánamo opened) by ruling that the U.S. government could continue holding two prisoners at Guantánamo —...
The UN in Israel’s Crosshairs
RANNIE AMIRI
History will record Israel’s onslaught in Gaza as noteworthy not only for the wide destruction of institutions of state and civil society, but for the deliberate targeting of the United Nations and the refugees it aided and sheltered. And it certainly would not...
The End of the Affair
SAUL LANDAU
Saul Landau received this report from a janitor at The Heritage Foundation: “I’m absolutely positive history will be kind to this president, who made the right decisions in a difficult time for this nation.” -Karl Rove, 5/7/08 George W...
Medicare for All!
MISCHA GAUS
Labor activists from 31 states gathered in St. Louis last weekend, solidifying their strategies to push “Medicare for all”—and to oppose the half-hearted health care plans circulating in Washington. The meeting launched Labor for Single-Paye...
Card Check
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
Note to the new prez: a stimulus package won’t do you a damn bit of good unless you can create a surge of purchasing power that will raise spending to lofty heights. Note to the new working class: demography and immigration have now made you the vanguar...
Growing Pot for Research
FRED GARDNER
Guns blazing as they head for the exit, the Bush gang has blasted the hopes of Lyle Craker, a UMass Amherst botany professor who applied in June, 2001 for a DEA license to grow marijuana for FDA-approved medical research. On Jan. 12 Craker got a formal letter of deni...
Democracy Not Partition
JOHN V. WHITBECK
Barack Obama has a problem. Particularly in the wake of Israel’s holiday-season massacre of Gazans, he is under heavy pressure to focus immediately on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to "do something". However, if he were simply to announce an in...
Peace and Justice Denied
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
As Laura and George Bush see their belongings removed for transport to Texas, most of the world, except Albania, is breathing a collective sigh of “it couldn’t be sooner.” Eight years ago, George W. Bush invaded and occupied the office of th...
"Oakland is Closed!"
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
Oakland. Writing in the context of the Algerian Revolution, Frantz Fanon was a merciless critic of the moderating efforts of self-appointed political leaders. When confronted with mass rebellion, such leaders will immediately use the threat of violence as a ba...
Suddenly Bombs Started Falling
AUDREY STEWART And KATHY KELLY
We arrived inside Gaza at 5pm last night.  We were met by Anees, a 23 year old Gazan.  He has guided us around the community.  When we first came in tonight, kids were playing soccer in the street.  We saw lots of heavily damaged buildings, especi...
Who Runs America?
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt were pretty close, politically and personally. They led the fight against fascism in the early 1940s, and although they had their disagreements they got on very well. They were both blunt in expressing their views, but there w...
An Artist to be Reckoned With
KIM NICOLINI
If you go to see the documentary Patti Smith: Dream of Life expecting to be given the chronology of Patti’s life or a traditional music/concert documentary, you may be disappointed. If you go to see it with an appreciation of Patti Smith as a visual artist, son...
The Glory That Was Dresden (and is Zelenka Greater Than Bach?)
DAVID YEARSLEY
When the English music historian and travel writer, Charles Burney, arrived in Dresden in 1772, he found mostly ruins.  This most beautiful of northern cities had not yet recovered from the ravages of the Seven Years War, concluded nearly a decade before:  ...
Hail to the Chief
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I’ve always been a fan of George Bush, on the simple grounds that the American empire needs taking down several notches and George Jr has been the right man for the job. It was always odd to listen to liberals and leftists howling about Bush’s poor showin...
I Could Not Save a Single Child
ELLEN CANTAROW
When I was a child my mother used to cry, “I couldn’t save a single Jewish child.”  Now I am my mother: I cannot save a single child in Gaza. Not the ones wrapped in green cocoons lying row on row, surrounded by throngs of grievi...
Give Bush the Shoe!
ALEJANDRO LOPEZ
After 9/11, many people in the United States responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with furor in the form of flag-waving at their homes, on the hoods of seemingly millions of cars, and in other highly visible places. Unfortunately, this ...
Changing the Equation
BELEN FERNANDEZ
As Israel’s latest foray into Gaza has coincided with my visit to my parents’ home in Buenos Aires, also home to the largest Jewish population in Latin America, I have availed myself of the opportunity to assess the robustness of the Israeli public relati...
The United Nations Equals Zero
VIJAY PRASHAD
For C. M. Naim. UN-Shmum ([Israeli slang] United Nations =Zero). Israeli contempt for the United Nations begins in the 1940s and continues to this day. On March 29, 1955, the Israeli cabinet sat for six hours, debating whether ...
Terribly Bloodied, Still Breathing
CAOIMHE BUTTERLY
Gaza The morgues of Gaza’s hospitals are over-flowing. The bodies in their blood-soaked white shrouds cover the entire floor space of the Shifa hospital morgue. Some are intact, most horribly deformed, limbs twisted into unnatural positions, chest caviti...
Forecasting Obama
JOSHUA FRANK
The left far too often dwells on gloom and doom. We postulate about the failures of past movements, the crashing of the economy, the bloodshed in the Middle East, and the wholesale destruction of the environment. Not to say all this is not occurring...
An Album That Lives Up to Its Cover
LORENZO WOLFF
It’s funny how much an album cover matters. In the world of the digital download, the cover of an old LP found at a junk store can make an enormous impact. I stumbled across a record like this a couple years ago, a gorgeous Pedro Bell-style album cover featurin...
Doin’ the Time Warp Again
JAMES McENTEER
"One two and three jolly coachmen sat in an English tavern…” My two sons are singing along at the top of their lungs with the music pouring out of the car speakers. We are tooling along a gravel road in the Bolivian Andes. A herd of llamas sh...
How to Sell "Ethical" Warfare
NEVE GORDON
One of my students was arrested yesterday and spent the night in a prison cell. R’s offence was protesting the Israeli assault on Gaza. He joins over 700 other Israelis who have been detained since the beginning of Israel’s ruthless war on Gaza: an estima...
The Perils of the Grow House
NORM KENT
On July 1st of 2008, Florida enacted a new law which enhanced penalties for marijuana grow houses.  Authorities heralded it as the ‘Marijuana Grow House Eradication Act.’ It is just another excuse to lock decent people up for longer times. ...
Israeli Attack Injures 1.5 Million Gazans
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. This week the death toll in Gaza passed the 1,000 mark, after nearly three weeks of Israeli air and ground attacks. But surprisingly, no one has reported an even more appalling statistic: that there are some 1.5 million injured Palestinians in Gaza. ...
Prosecuting Bush and Cheney
DAVE LINDORFF
The calls for a reckoning for the criminals of the Bush/Cheney administration are growing by the day, as the final few days of the Bush presidency tick down, and as new evidence of their crimes keep pouring out of the deflating gas bag that was the Bush White House....
Wall Street Powerhouses Invested Alongside Madoff
PAM MARTENS
There has been much debate among Wall Street veterans as to why major European investment banks suffered serious damage from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme while our biggest U.S. investment banks escaped unscathed. For the past two decades, Wall Street watche...
The Nail-Gun Bailout
ALAN FARAGO
The Obama administration is hurrying its fiscal stimulus plan. I’ve lost count of the trillions the federal government has already spent to deflect the worst crisis since the Depression. At a recent Miami environmental conference, all the talk was of ‘buc...
From Oscar Grant to Barack Obama
RON JACOBS
I was out in Oakland, CA. this past weekend for a friend’s birthday.  Naturally, I visited Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley–my old stomping grounds–while I was there.  Things have changed there while remaining the same.  The area is certain...
Just Violence in Gaza?
TIMOTHY SEIDEL
The Israeli offensive into Gaza continues this morning with devastating effects for Palestinians across the Gaza Strip. Say what you will, but the military strategy that has marked Israel’s “Operation Cast Lead,” clearly only hurts Gaza’s civi...
Gaza Besieged, Gaza Mauled
JULES RABIN
First, a story—a true one. On February 28, 1994, in a funeral eulogy for an American-born Israeli who had been beaten to death by a Palestinian mob a few days before, a certain Rabbi Perin declared, “A million Arabs are not worth one Jewish fingernail.&rd...
Taking a Stand for Justice in Oakland
TODD CHRETIEN
Some 3,000 people rallied on the steps of Oakland City Hall and then marched to the district attorney’s office January 14 to demand an end to police brutality and justice for the family of Oscar Grant III. The multiracial, predominantly young crowd carri...
Why No Montana Wilderness?
GEORGE OCHENSKI
Many Montanans were surprised and delighted to wake up to Monday’s headlines proclaiming: "Great Day for Public Lands." After eight years of environmental torture under the Bush administration, suddenly the U.S. Senate moved quickly and decisively in ...
Obama and the Military – Industrial – Scientific Complex
KARL GROSSMAN
Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address as president 48 years ago is famous for his warning of the rise of a “military-industrial complex” in the United States. In fact, the original draft of the speech warned not only of a “military-industrial c...
Gaza’s Shattered Mirror
M. SHAHID ALAM
At a time when Palestinian men, women and children, corralled in the ghetto of Gaza since 1948, are daily, hourly, relentlessly, being bombed from the air, land and sea, it is instructive to turn to some of the founding fathers of Zionism, and ask what they might hav...
Obama’s Marijuana Prohibition Acid Test
BOB FITRAKIS And HARVEY WASSERMAN
The parallels between the 1933 coming of Franklin Roosevelt and the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama must include the issue of Prohibition: alcohol in 1933, and marijuana today. As FDR did back then, Obama must now help end an utterly failed, socially destructiv...
Israel Bars Arab Parties From Elections
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. The only three Arab parties represented in the Israeli parliament vowed yesterday to fight a decision by the Central Elections Committee to bar them from running in next month’s general election. In an unprecedented move signalling a fu...
Sullying Dr. King’s Legacy
GLEN FORD
Only two members of the Congressional Black Caucus mustered the courage to oppose a House Resolution in support of Israel’s savage assault on Gaza, last week. An additional seven CBC members sought cover by voting "present." The remaining 30 Black law...
Fattening the Rats
DAVE LINDORFF
Congress should do now what it should have done back in the fall: kill the Wall Street bailout program. After wasting $350 billion on a program that was misrepresented from the outset, and investing hundreds of billions of dollars in failing financial institut...
A Second Front?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut. "The Resistance is one project and the resistance movement is one movement and has one course, one destiny, one goal, despite its different parties, factions, believes, sects and intellectual and political trends…Resistance move...