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Archives from February 2009
Got Farms?
RICHARD RHAMES
“This, in brief, is the bad news: the food and agriculture policies you’ve inherited — designed to maximize production at all costs and relying on cheap energy to do so — are in shambles, and the need to address the problems they h...
Bill of Rights Under Fire
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The US Constitution has few friends on the right or the left. During the first eight years of the 21st century, the Republicans mercilessly assaulted civil liberties.  The brownshirt Bush regime ignored the protections provided by habeas corpus.  Th...
Carnival Ramble in Haiti
RICHARD MORSE
Air fares to Port-au-Prince seem to be reaching record highs. I wonder if anyone keeps records of these statistics. I’m assuming it’s the upcoming carnival season. I know of one local hotel which has risen it’s rates to three hundred dollars a night...
On the Road Again
SAUL LANDAU
“Jesus Lives” screamed the giant billboard on I-80, some 20 miles east of Lovelock, Nevada. At the bottom of the sign appears the sponsor: adsforGod.org, an “organization whose only purpose is to advertise for The only True Living God whose only beg...
Desperation in an Unavoidable Groove
LORENZO WOLFF
Back in high school my English teacher told me about a guy named Aristotle, who divided literature into two categories: comedy and tragedy. Maybe I misunderstood what he was talking about, because I have a very hard time finding the tipping point. Look at ...
Remove Our Grandmother’s Name from the Wall at Yad Vashem
MICHAEL NEUMANN
and OSHA NEUMANN Following the example of Jean-Moise Braitberg, we ask that our grandmother’s name be removed from the wall at Yad Vashem.  Her name is Gertrud Neumann.   Your records state that she was born in Kattowitz on  June 6, 1875 ...
A Closer Look at the Employee Free Choice Act
DAVID MACARAY
By now, most people have heard of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), the bold legislative initiative introduced by the Democrats (Rep. George Miller, D-CA), intended to amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by making it easier and fairer for employees to jo...
A Canadian Looks at Obama
RICK SALUTIN
Stephen Harper, along with the security legions, got a discomfited look on his face when Barack Obama asked if they could step outside to wave to the crowd yesterday after arriving on Parliament Hill. Oh no, he seemed to fret. I don’t want it to end this way: t...
Slumdog Reality?
CHARLES R. LARSON
After all the international controversy about Slumdog Millionaire, if Hollywood crowns the film with an Oscar for the best movie of the year, Indians, I suspect, are going to have much to crow about.  How ironic that a half a year ago the movie’s investors...
Silver Mist Descending
STEPHEN MARTIN
Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?… Has it ever occurred to your, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation...
A Closer Look at the Employee Free Choice Act
DAVID MACARAY
By now, most people have heard of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), the bold legislative initiative introduced by the Democrats (Rep. George Miller, D-CA), intended to amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by making it easier and fairer for employees to jo...
Using the Crash to Hit Workers
DAVE LINDORFF
Whatever the truth is about where this economy is heading, one thing is clear: employers are taking every opportunity to slash employment and, if they are unionized, to hammer unions for pay cuts, even when there is no justification for these actions. Take Saf...
The NY Post’s Chimpanzee Cartoon
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Stop the presses! The New York Post – renowned for its unrepentant when wrong stridency – issued a public apology…well sort of…for its now infamous Chimpanzee Cartoon. This cartoon presented two policemen near a dead chimpanzee...
Slumdog Millionaire’s Dehumanizing View of India’s Poor
MITU SENGUPTA
Slumdog Millionaire, one of the most celebrated films of recent times, tells the rags-to-rajah story of a love-struck boy, Jamal, who, with a little help from “destiny,” triumphs over his wretched beginnings in Mumbai’s squalid slums.  Riding o...
Herbert Hoover Copycats
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Faced with the financial meltdown of the Great Depression, the Hoover administration created the Reconstruction Finance Corporation that poured taxpayers’ money into the coffers of the influential Wall Street banks in an effort to save them from bankruptcy. Lik...
War Criminals Must be Prosecuted
MARJORIE COHN
Since he took office, President Obama has instituted many changes that break with the policies of the Bush administration. The new president has ordered that no government agency will be allowed to torture, that the U.S. prison at Guantánamo will be shuttered,...
Cricket and Cartels
BINOY KAMPMARK
Sir Allen Stanford was, at his height, valued in the billions.  His money financed an empire of sporting pursuits and tournaments, ranging from golf, tennis, football and, most notably of all, that archaic wonder called cricket.  And, like those before him,...
Cricket and Cartels
BINOY KAMPMARK
Sir Allen Stanford was, at his height, valued in the billions.  His money financed an empire of sporting pursuits and tournaments, ranging from golf, tennis, football and, most notably of all, that archaic wonder called cricket.  And, like those before him,...
The Lawyer’s Tale: Harvard Law School’s Hour of Shame
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Early in the age of Obama, before he’d even been inaugurated, I drove down to St. Simon Island on the coast of southeast Georgia to spend a couple of days with Jonathan Lubell and his wife Dee. Jonathan is the best libel lawyer in the country, carving his way i...
Edward Said’s Greatest Musical Writings
DAVID YEARSLEY
"Music at the Limits", the recently published  posthumous collection of Edward Said’s music journalism, is a monument to a dying breed: the intellectual whose humanistic range extends not only to the fringes of music, where the art can be enjoyed...
Aftermath of a Beheading
WAJAHAT ALI
The tragic beheading of Aasiya Hassan, a Muslim Pakistani American mother of four, will finally force a community to confront and remedy the overwhelming – but frequently ignored and intentionally hidden – demon of domestic violence that has persecuted it...
Obama’s Uighur Problem
ANDY WORTHINGTON
First, the good news. Adel Abdul Hakim, one of five Uighurs (Muslims from China’s oppressed Xinjiang province), who was released from Guantánamo in May 2006, has had his asylum claim ...
Crisis? What Crisis?
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
More good news in crisis from down the block here in Brooklyn: The realty office that I could almost spit on from my stoop has shut its doors, boarded up the classy windows, sent its half-breed parasites home, no more to feed on the entrails of rent control.  Pr...
Choose Life!
DEB REICH
Most people will say I’m delusional; that’s okay. I will say what I have to say anyway. When your opinion is way out on the periphery, it may mean you are delusional – or it may just mean that the so-called center has gradually drifted closer and cl...
The Winding Road
BRIAN M. DOWNING
Russian geopolitical moves over the last year have been wide-ranging, ominous, and seemingly unconnected. They are often interpreted as evidence of the resurgence of Great Russian chauvinism, which had been dormant since the decline and fall of communism. Many analys...
The DEA Chief’s $123,000 Flight
FRED GARDNER
Never since it was spawned by Richard Nixon in 1973 had the Drug Enforcement Administration been ridiculed by an influential TV news anchor… until Tuesday, Feb. 17 when Rachel Maddow introduced a "holy mackerel" story over a collage consisting of the ...
Why the Promise of Biofuels is a Lie
ROBERT BRYCE
For years, the US has been inundated with claims that it should follow Brazil’s lead on biofuels. These arguments have largely been made by a small, but influential group of neoconservatives who claim that the US should quit using oil altogether. They claim tha...
A New Attitude at the White House?
LAURA CARLSEN
There are early signs of change in the Obama State Department. In response to significant political victories by former Bush nemeses Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and Evo Morales in Bolivia, State Department spokespersons praised the democratic processes in these countrie...
The Cleanser
NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
Anthony H. Cordesman, a leading military analyst from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has published a “strategic analysis” of the Gaza massacre.(1) He reaches the remarkable conclusion that “Israel did not violate the laws of war...
How Ireland Went Bust
HARRY BROWNE
DUBLIN. The unemployment rolls in the Republic of Ireland are growing by more than 30,000 per month. It might not sound like a lot, but on a straight per-capita comparison, in a state of some four million people, that’s more than three times worse than w...
The Perils of Blogging in Egypt
RANNIE AMIRI
"They are trying to silence the voices that criticize the [Egyptian] government’s performance and send a message by assaulting and kidnapping, to say that criticism will not be tolerated." - Gamal Eid, executive director of the Ara...
A Real Surge at Last
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil, Iraq. As the price of housing collapses in the rest of the world, it is soaring in Baghdad. “Property is the fastest way to make money here,” says Mohammed al-Hadithi, who runs a real estate office in the wealthy Yarmouk district of west Bag...
President of Special Interests
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The Bush/Obama bailout/stimulus plans are not going to work. Both are schemes hatched by a clique of financial insiders. The schemes will redistribute income and wealth from American taxpayers to the shyster banksters, who have destroyed American jobs, ruined the ret...
Death’s Laboratory
CONN HALLINAN
“It was as if they had stepped on a mine, but there was no shrapnel in the wound. Some had lost their legs. It looked as though they had been sliced off. I have been to war zones for 30 years, but I have never seen such injuries before” ...
Trouble at Treasury
MIKE WHITNEY
The Obama Team has a big problem on its hands; Timothy Geithner. Geithner was picked as Treasury Secretary because he is a trusted ally of the big banks and has a good grasp of the intricacies of the financial system. The problem is that Geithner can’t handle t...
Whatever Happened to Antitrust?
DAVE LINDORFF
Now here’s a word you’re not hearing in America these days: anti-trust. The country is being dragged down by monstrous businesses, all of which, we’re told, are just “too big to fail.”  As a consequence of this, the nation&rs...
Afghan Pitfalls
M. SHAHID ALAM
As the United States prepares to escalate its eight-year war against the Taliban, it might be useful to weigh its chances of success. Consider, first, the fate of three previous invasions of Afghanistan by two great European powers, Britain and Soviet Union, s...
It’s the Cymbalta Stupid
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Many are outraged that Eli Lilly gave nonprofits $3.9 million in grants last year for medical courses to "educate" doctors about the pain-and-fatigue ailment fibromyalgia–more than it spent for diabetes and Alzheimer’s which people already know ...
It’s the Cymbalta Stupid
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Many are outraged that Eli Lilly gave nonprofits $3.9 million in grants last year for medical courses to "educate" doctors about the pain-and-fatigue ailment fibromyalgia–more than it spent for diabetes and Alzheimer’s which people already know ...
The Pope’s Predicament
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The trouble with being Pope is one must spend so much time contemplating things celestial that things terrestrial get overlooked. That helps explain the occasional papal activities that cause the non-papist to react with astonishment. In 2004 it was the promotion by ...
Remembering V. G. Kiernan
ERIC HOBSBAWM
Victor Kiernan, who has died aged 95, was a man of unselfconscious charm and staggeringly wide range of learning. He was also one of the last survivors of the generation of British Marxist historians of the 1930s and 1940s. If this generation has been seen by the lea...
Pushing Back Against Petraeus
GARETH PORTER
CENTCOM Commander General David Petraeus and Multinational Force Iraq (MNF-I) Commander General Ray Odierno have submitted assessments of Iraq combat troop withdrawal plans to President Barack Obama based on the premise that his 16-month withdrawal plan would pose si...
Unrest in Istanbul
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Istanbul. On Sunday morning about 10 am the sound of  loud blaring music and chanting invaded my flat, interspersed by the raised voices of angry speakers and cheers from the seafront square where rallies and politi...
The Oligarchs’ Escape Plan
MICHAEL HUDSON
The financial “wealth creation” game is over. Economies emerged from World War II relatively free of debt, but the 60-year global run-up has run its course. Finance capitalism is in a state of collapse, and marginal palliatives cannot revive it. The U.S. ...
The Venezuelan Referendum From the Back of a Pickup Truck
BELEN FERNANDEZ
Barcelona, Estado Anzoátegui, Venezuela. On the afternoon of Friday 13 Feb...
$400 in Change
GREGORY VICKREY
While the Obama administration continues to fly drones and launch missiles at human beings in the sovereign nation of Pakistan; and while the Obama administration extends the policies of the Bush administration on the points of rendition, torture, and state secrets; ...
Why America Needs Labor Unions
DAVID MACARAY
“The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor.” —Thomas Donahue As Detroit’s multi-millionaire executives continue to mix it up with the struggling UAW, arguing over how to resuscitate...
Zapatista Villages Become Hot Tourist Destinations
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. The commodification of the Zapatista movement recently reached absurdist heights with the New York Times’ designation of rebel villages in southeastern Chiapas as a hot budget tourist destination.  "Chiapas Is Cheap! Indian Village...
Is Eastern Europe Primed to Explode?
MIKE WHITNEY
Eastern Europe is about to blow. If it does, it could take much of the EU with it. It’s an emergency situation but there are no easy solutions. The IMF doesn’t have the resources for a bailout of this size and the recession is spreading faster than relief...
The One-Dimensional Congress
RALPH NADER
Can Congress ?walk and chew gum at the same time?? This phrase used by President Lyndon Johnson for one of his political opponents comes to mind at a time early in the first 100 days of the Obama Administration when supposedly many long-overdue changes and rol...