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Archives from March 2009
Beyond Elections in the Americas
BENJAMIN DANGL
The new documentary Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas proves that democracy can and should be more ...
Economic Inequality
DEDRICK MUHAMMAD
Greed, economic exploitation, and dehumanizing stereotypes of inferiority are the root of racism in the Western world. Brutal, racist exploitation in the United States and throughout the Americas has been the means through which Western European economies have been b...
The Obama Betrayal
DAVE LINDORFF
We are witnessing one of the fastest betrayals of the Democratic Party base in modern memory, as President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party leadership in the Senate slither away from a crucial constituency, the labor movement, and from support of labor’s k...
The Deception Tango
URI AVNERY
Is this the government of Biberman (Bibi Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman) or perhaps of Bibarak (Bibi and Ehud Barak)? Neither. It is the government of Bibiyahu. Binyamin Netanyahu has proven that he is a consummate politician. He has realized the dream ...
A New Global Debt Crisis
NICHOLAS DEARDEN
Even ardent proponents of the free market find it hard to argue today that globalisation is improving the lives of the majority of the world. A system of inherent crises, which has fuelled historically unprecedented levels of inequality, has collapsed, leaving in its...
Meditation in Orange
JOHNNY BARBER
I’m the last to arrive. A drizzle falls, enveloping the morning in drab grays as I don the orange jumpsuit. The magnolia tree over head is in full bloom, its soft pink/white peddles heralding a new spring, a new beginning. I place a black hood over my head. Eve...
Who Says the GOP Doesn’t Have a Plan?
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
I’m kinda pissed off at the lousy treatment America is giving to Republicans these days. First of all, in a general sense, it just seems ungrateful and ungracious.  I mean, Republicans worked hard this last decade to make America what it is today.&n...
Obama’s Pakistan Gambit
RON JACOBS
I turned on the television Friday, March 27, 2009.  It was tuned to C-SPAN.  Barack Obama’s speech on Afghanistan was being televised.  Listening only to the words of his introductory comments and ignoring the person who was speaking them, I coul...
Ghosts in the Machine
PETER LEE
The Information Warfare Monitor (a joint venture of Toronto University’s Citizen Lab at the Munke Centre for International Studies and a Canadian think-tank called SecDev) teamed up with the Tibetan Government in Exile for a nine-month multi-continent investiga...
The Global Impact of the War on Terror: From Egypt to Jordan
JOANNE MARINER
My last column began to sketch out the global human rights impact of the U.S. "war on terror." It described how U.S. abuses such as torture, enforced disappearance, and arbitrary detention, were, in many instances, carried...
Another Lost War
WILLIAM S. LIND
With the usual fanfare, the Obama administration has proclaimed a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan. On the surface, it does not amount to much. But if a story by Bill Gertz in the March 26 Washington Times is correct, there is more to it than meets the eye. Ge...
The Logistical Nightmare in Iraq
JEREMY SCAHILL
With last week’s announced escalation of the war in Afghanistan, including an Iraq-like "surge" replete with 4,000 more U.S. troops and a sizable increase in private contractors, President Barack Obama blew the lid off of any lingering perceptions tha...
The Cellulosic Ethanol Delusion
ROBERT BRYCE
For years, ethanol boosters have promised Americans that “cellulosic” ethanol lurks just ahead, right past the nearest service station. Once it becomes viable, this magic elixir — made from grass, wood chips, sawdust, or some other plant material &#...
The Crisis on Withering Heights
RALPH NADER
Where is the revenue coming from to help reduce the tidal waves of red ink during the massive deficit spending by Washington to bolster Wall Street greed, stimulate the economy and rescue homeowners? The scale of federal deficit is witnessed by the new freque...
Hard Lessons
HENRY A. GIROUX
In spite of the almost unprecedented financial and credit crises gripping the United States, the legacy of jaded excess lives on as both a haunting memory and an ideological register that continues to shape contemporary politics.  After all, it was only a few ye...
What Next in Afghanistan?
PATRICK COCKBURN
After seven long years in which it seemed a sideshow to the bigger conflict in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan has reached a critical point. The US must now choose how far it will become further embroiled in a messy conflict which affects its relations with Pakistan, In...
Financing the Empire
MICHAEL HUDSON
I am travelling in Europe for three weeks to discuss the global financial crisis with government officials, politicians and labor leaders. What is most remarkable is how differently the financial problem is perceived over here. It’s like being in another econom...
Obama Bombs
RAY McGOVERN
I was wrong. I had been saying that it would be naïve to take too seriously presidential candidate Barack Obama’s rhetoric regarding the need to escalate the war in Afghanistan. I kept thinking to myself that when he got briefed on the history of Afghanist...
Remembering Land Day
JONATHAN COOK
Arrabeh. Palestinians across the Middle East were due to commemorate Land Day today, marking the anniversary of clashes in 1976 in which six unarmed Palestinians were shot dead by the Israeli army as it tried to break up a general strike. Although Lan...
Where’s Eliot Spitzer Now That We Need Him?
MIKE WHITNEY
The former governor of New York might have some rocky moments in his confirmation hearings, but if Obama really wanted to police Wall St – which of course he doesn’t – he’d replace current SEC chief Mary Schapiro with Eliot Spitzer. Schapiro i...
Obama’s War on the (Upper) Middle Class
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Obama and his public relations team have made it appear that his trillion dollars in higher taxes will fall only on “the rich.”  Obama stresses that his tax increase is only for the richest 5 per cent of Americans while the other 95 per cent receive ...
How the Scam Works
MICHAEL HUDSON
Newspaper reports seem surprised at how high banks are bidding for the junk mortgages that Treasury Secretary  Geithner is now bidding for, having mobilized the FDIC and Fed to transfer yet more public funds to the banks. Bank stocks are soaring – thereby ...
Won’t You Please Get Thee Behind Me?
BEN SONNENBERG
Even as the credits unroll, this stunning, satirical movie by Luis Buñuel shows a spot in the vast sandy desert of 6th century Syria. A procession of the halt, the lame and the blind, along with assorted churchmen, makes its way past goats and cactus. They&rsq...
Geithner’s Hog Wallow
MIKE WHITNEY
This time the banks are  zeroing in on Geithner’s cash giveaway bonanza, the "Public Private Investment Partnership" (PPIP). As expected, Bank of America and Citigroup have angled their way to the front of the herd, thrusting their snouts into th...
Too Big to Fail?
ARNO J. MAYER
Blaming the U.S. subprime mortgage meltdown for the global financial and economic blowout of 2008 is like blaming the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand for World War I. In each case, a discrete event sparked a wider conflagration—but the tinder was alre...