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Archives from February 2009
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...