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Archives from March 2009
Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Shame
NEVE GORDON
Thanks to Binyamin Netanyahu’s overweening ambition, Israel is to be saddled with a foreign minister who is a national disgrace. Imagine a country that appoints someone who has been found guilty of striking a 12-year-old boy to be its foreign minister. T...
The Israeli Resistance
HANNAH SAFRAN
On  January 8, 2009, 13 days into the war on Gaza, 45 people, Jews and Arabs, came together in Haifa to discuss how to proceed with our anti-war activities. Each one of those present in the room had already participated in more than one action against this war i...
The Big Con on Iraq
GARETH PORTER
Despite President Barack Obama’s statement at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina Feb. 27 that he had "chosen a timeline that will remove our combat brigades over the next 18 months," a number of Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs), which have been the basic U.S. Ar...
Will the Cellphone Please Take the Stand?
KEITH NEWELL
Police misconduct has always been a serious problem in the United States, and the police typically receive the benefit of the doubt in the justice system. The claims that officers make are taken seriously, even if they don’t add up. But in the era of ca...
Why Do We Need a Health Insurance Industry?
DAVE LINDORFF
As the country contemplates a major reform and restructuring of the way we run our national health care system (if it can even be called that), it needs to be pointed out that the mammoth health insurance industry is nothing but a parasite on that system. Heal...
When It Comes to Cuba and the Media Anything Goes
NELSON P. VALDÉS
On March 14, 2009 Newsweek magazine published an article ["The Plot Against the Castros"] written by Jorge Castañeda. The article claimed to provide an interpretation of the reasons for the March 3rd government changes in Cuba. The author cla...
Behind the Green Collar
TODD CHRETIEN
Van Jones , one of the Bay Area’s most important activist leaders and a well-known progressive voice nationally, has been appointed to serve in the Obama administration as "green jobs czar," charged with developing policies for federal investment in e...
Why the Geithner Plan Will Fail
PATRICK MADDEN
This week the Obama administration released the details of its plan to stimulate the flow of credit and reduce the cost of borrowing by subsidizing the purchase of mortgage and other debt-backed securities, the market for which has completely dried up since the onset...
Europe in Crisis
CONN HALLINAN
“Below the thunder of the upper deep; Far far beneath in the abysmal sea…The Kraken Sleepeth” –Alfred Tennyson In Nordic mythology, the Kraken was a huge beast that lay in wait for ships th...
Slice and Dice on Card Check
DAVID MACARAY
It’s been reported that a coalition of “labor friendly” retailing giants—Costco Wholesale Corporation, Starbucks Corp., and Whole Foods Markets Inc.—has met with congressional sponsors of the EFCA (Employee Free Choice Act) in the hope o...
LA Teacher’s Sit-In Over Layoffs
SARAH KNOPP
Fifty teachers along with parent supporters disrupted a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) School Board meeting March 10 and occupied the boardroom in an attempt to stop a vote on sending out "reduction in force" notices to almost 9,000 district em...
Corporate Liberals vs. Single-Payer
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
I’m an Arab American. If I listen to the leadership of the Arab American organizations, I’m supposed to be proud of my fellow Arab Americans who make it in American society. So, for example, the Arab American Institute promotes all Arab Amer...
Media Revolution or Mirage?
ROBIN BLACKBURN
Perhaps you have to be a visitor, as I am from the UK,  to register the astonishing media revolution currently underway in the United States – and the threat it constitutes to the country’s progressive press. Once upon a time the New York Time...
Geithner’s Power Grab
DAVE LINDORFF
Wait a minute! Did I hear correctly? Did Treasury Secretary and former New York Federal Reserve Bank screw-up Tim Geithner really tell a House Financial Services Committee today that he needed “new powers” to allow the federal government to take control o...
Billions More for Failed Banks
DEAN BAKER
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s latest bank bailout plan is another Rube Goldberg contraption intended to funnel taxpayer dollars to bankrupt banks, without being overly visible about the process. The main mechanism is a government guarantee that would al...
Turkey’s Fallout with Israel Deals Blow to Settlers
JONATHAN COOK
A legal battle being waged by Palestinian families to stop the takeover of their neighbourhood in East Jerusalem by Jewish settlers has received a major fillip from the recent souring of relations between Israel and Turkey. After the Israeli army’s assa...
Sexting: the Latest Innovation in Porn
DAVID ROSEN
Two teens in Mason, OH, were recently charged with first-degree misdemeanors after police found nude photos of classmates on their cellphones. Last fall, two teenage female cheerleaders from a suburban Seattle high school were suspended from the team after nude photo...
Karzai on a String
RON JACOBS
In November 1963, the US-sponsored president of southern Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, was murdered by members of that country’s military.  The murder was (at the least) tacitly supported by Washington and was partially due to Diem’s attempts to operate in...
The Stark Facts About Violence Against Women
ELIZABETH SCHULTE
When the media reported that singer Rihanna was reconciling with R&B star Chris Brown after reports that he beat her in February, the horrible incident became the hot topic of every tabloid and entertainment show. The 19-year-old Brown appeared in court on...
People Died at Three Mile Island
HARVEY WASSERMAN
People died–and are still dying–at Three Mile Island. As the thirtieth anniversary of America’s most infamous industrial accident approaches, we mourn the deaths that accompanied the biggest string of lies ever told in US industrial history....
Obama and Cuba
ROBERT SANDELS
Is it too early to consider President Barrack Obama the eleventh president to not get it? Is it too early to pronounce his Cuba policy a failure?  Some think so because of the timid reforms he signed into law March 11. Others are expecting major policy changes a...
NATO’s 78-Day Bombing of Yugoslavia
GLOBAL BALKANS
On March 24, 1999, NATO began an aerial bombing campaign against what was then the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. For 78 days, bombs rained down on military targets and civilian infrastructure under the guise of ‘humanitarian intervention.’ Operation All...
Obama’s Team of Losers
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Back in December, I wrote that “Change we can believe in” was looking suspiciously like Clinton III. I promised I would revisit the issue once there were more points on the data line. Now that we’re 28 years and t...
Denial and Evasion on Afghanistan
NORMAN SOLOMON
Is your representative speaking out against escalation of the Afghanistan war? Last week, some members of Congress sent President Obama a letter that urged him to “reconsider” his order deploying 17,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. ...
Cat-and-Mouse Off Hainan Island
WILLIAM S. LIND
Several weeks ago, a U.S. Navy survey ship, the Impeccable, was harassed by the Chinese in waters off Hainan Island. The Chinese have built a major submarine base on Hainan Island, and the newest classes of Chinese nuclear submarines are based there. The Impeccable&r...
Who Tried to Kill Palestinian Ambassador Abass Zaki and Why?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Mieh Mieh Palestinian Camp, Sidon. Yesterday afternoon, Kamal Medhat, 58, known in Lebanon’s Palestinian Camps affectionately as ‘Kamal Naji’, a senior member of the Palestinian Fatah movement was killed exiting Mieh Meih Camp by a 25-30 kilo...
Is Justice Finally in Sight for Sami Al-Arian?
NICOLE COLSON
Supporters of Dr. Sami Al-Arian are cautiously optimistic after several court hearings where the government was left scrambling to justify its continued campaign of persecution. Al-Arian is the former University of South Florida professor accused after Septemb...
The Most Dangerous Person in the World?
JOHN GOEKLER
A significant majority of Americans, polls repeatedly tell us, list terrorism as one of their greatest fears. Like most of our media-inspired interests and worries, however, this one has little basis in reality. In actual fact, unless you’re serving in a...
Tollbridge Over Troubled Waters
MICHAEL DICKINSON
March 22nd was World Water Day, as it has been every year since it was inaugurated by the UN General Assembly back in 1993. Countries are encouraged to use the day in activities aimed at raising awareness of water problems all over the world.  Each year has a th...
Tilting at Afghan Windmills
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Don Quixote, the main character in a novel by the Spanish writer Cervantes in 1605, spent a lot of time on horseback, armed with a lance, attacking windmills which he thought were menacing giants. “Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmill...
The Rules of Engagement in Gaza
AMIRA HASS
Gaza Strip. "Rules of Engagement: Open fire also upon rescue," was handwritten in Hebrew on a sheet of paper found in one of the Palestinian homes the Israel Defense Forces took over during Operation Cast Lead. A reservist officer who did not take p...
The Celebrity of Celebrity
BINOY KAMPMARK
The passing of Jade Goody in Upshire, Essex on Sunday reflects a particular mood present in Britain at this time. Not since the passing of Princess Diana has a country been so enraptured, captivated and aggrieved by the daily pronouncements, movements and actions of ...
Toxic Bailouts
DAVE LINDORFF
Six months after the failed Bush administration effort to "rescue" the US financial system, and after two months of failed efforts by his own new administration, at an expense to the American public of several trillion dollars and counting, the Obama admini...
Judgment Day for Geithner
MIKE WHITNEY
Whether he deserves it or not, Timothy Geithner has become the poster boy for everything that’s wrong with the government’s scatterbrain financial rescue plan. Geithner was in the wheelhouse at the New York Fed when Bear Stearns and Lehman Bros defaulted,...
Someprofits vs. Nonprofits
CHRIS IRWIN
We need an intervention with the 501 non-profit world. There are good 501 non-profits. There are non-profits that work hard—and do good work. But no serious social change, or dare I say it, no real populist movement will ever come from the non-pro...
Israel’s Most Revolting Law?
URI AVNERY
The most important sentence written in Israel this week was lost in the general tumult of exciting events. Really exciting: In a final act of villainy, typical of his whole tenure as Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert abandoned the captive soldier, Gilad Shalit. ...
Bush the Teacher
RALPH NADER
George W. Bush is hitting the lecture circuit. Represented by the Washington Speakers Bureau, Mr. Bush for a fee of at least $150,000 flew up to Calgary, Canada and spoke to a conservative business audience amidst street protests.      ...
Capitalism From the Standpoint of Its Victims
M. SHAHID ALAM
It has never been easy offering a critique of capitalism or markets to my undergraduate students. Most have never heard an unkind word about these bedrock institutions, which they know to be the foundations of American power and prosperity. These are hallowed ...
The Cold-Blooded Murder of Oscar Grant
REIKO REDMONDE And LARRY EVEREST
Early New Year’s morning phones in Hayward and Oakland were ringing: “Wake up, wake up. Something’s happened to the boys.” Calls were going back and forth between the families of 22-year-old Oscar Grant and his friends—families so close ...
Sliding Down in Anger
SAUL LANDAU
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations ...
Still Waiting for Change
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
A few months ago, I received an e-mail response to an article I’d written in which I called for an end to the occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestinian territory. The e-mailer asked how I could expect people to think or care about any of this when our ec...
Actions
DAVID KER THOMSON
When people ask me what we would do if we got rid of democracy, it never fails to stump me.  Is this a trick question?  It’s like wondering what would we do if we got rid of white men raping African women on a systematic basis.  It’s offens...
When Things Fall Apart
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
On March 19 the New York Times reported: “The Fed said it would purchase an additional $750 billion worth of government-guaranteed mortgage-backed securities, on top of the $500 billion that it is currently in the process of buying. In addition, the Fed said it...
Is the Euro Doomed?
LAURENT JACQUE
Will the tsunami devastating the global financial system undermine the stability of the euro? Its advocates say not. Doomsday scenarios of a partial break-up of the Eurozone have, as yet, failed to materialise. They argue that, over 10 years, the Eurozone has be...
Obama and the Altar of Greed
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Barack Obama is dumber than a bag of hammers. I never thought I’d say that about the guy.  I thought he would probably disappoint me with many of his policies.  I thought he would probably fail to be bold enough for his times.  I thought h...
Meltdown in the Drug Industry
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Think you’ve got problems? Imagine being a 40K a year tuition college student catapulting toward graduation with no hot job offers or even prospects! Once upon a time you could rely on pharma when all else failed for a decent starting job — even if...
On the Edge of the Volcano
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Since last September Barack Obama has been trying to pull off the tricky shot of backing bailout schemes at taxpayers’ expense for the Wall Street operators who have brought the economy to its knees, while simultaneously presenting himself as a populist crusade...
Lessons From AIG
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Watch out if you live in or visit Washington, D.C. If you see a camera or microphone, be careful not to be trampled by a politician rushing to shout their "outrage" at AIG, and its brazen scheme to pay $165 million in bonuses to employees at the comp...
The Recession, the Developers and Baseball
ALAN FARAGO
Yesterday, Miami’s major league baseball team, the Florida Marlins, won an extra inning decision in the agreement to obtain significant public moneys to build a new downtown stadium. Nudging the deal terms caused the extra innings– but the outcome was nev...
Pakistan in Turmoil
RON JACOBS
Once again, the nation of Pakistan has found itself in what many commentators are calling a national crisis.  This time around, the civilian government of Asif Ali Zardari was forced to keep one of his party’s election promises—reinstating Chief Just...