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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...