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Archives from March 2009
Springsteen’s "Born in the USA" Turns 25
CHRISTIAN CHRISTENSEN
Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA turns 25 this year. The iconic song is perhaps one o...
Americans Want Justice for Wall Street Crooks
RALPH NADER
Indicators of avoidance are what come to mind while absorbing the various rescue, recovery, stimulus and guarantee programs coming out of the Obama Administration to slow and reverse a splintering and shattering economy. If the Obamites do not act now, when the polit...
A Call for Common Sense
RON JACOBS
When it comes to Washington’s dealings with the so-called Muslim world, common sense rarely enters the equation.  Instead, fear, anger, and  myth dominate the thinking behind those dealings.  Al too often, in instances where Washington might othe...
Bernanke’s Witness Protection Program
MIKE WHITNEY
Fed chief Ben Bernanke’s new funding facility is a real doozy. In fact, if the Term Asset-Backed Loan Facility or TALF, which is set to launch on Thursday, doesn’t convince the American people that it’s time to take a wrecking ball to the Central Ba...
Has a Comedian Just Saved America?
PAM MARTENS
As testimony to how Orwellian life has become under the outrages of Wall Street hubris, last week saw a comedian, who poses as an anchor on a fake news show, grab the reins of the Wall Street investigation from the actual investigators in Congress. Either Jon ...
The Rape of Washington
URI AVNERY
Returning home from a very short visit to London, I found the country in the grip of uncontrollable emotions. No, it was not about the looming danger of the radical right gaining control. It is now almost certain that the next government will consist of an ass...
The Case of Tim K
BINOY KAMPMARK
The slayings in Winnenden last week throw up the stock character traits and responses typical to such a tragedy.  Someone has to appear at fault; the blame game has to assume force and character.  The child, with the Beretta can’t appear to be the onl...
Coxey’s Army Will March Again!
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
After the Panic of 1893, the worst gut-wrenching economic depression in US history to that time, Jacob Coxey, an Ohio populist, organized the first march on Washington by unemployed workers to lobby the government to create jobs by building roads and public works....
Coxey’s Army Will March Again!
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
After the Panic of 1893, the worst gut-wrenching economic depression in US history to that time, Jacob Coxey, an Ohio populist, organized the first march on Washington by unemployed workers to lobby the government to create jobs by building roads and public works....
Is This Really the End of Neoliberalism?
DAVID HARVEY
Does this crisis signal the end of neo-liberalism? My answer is that it depends what you mean by neo-liberalism. My interpretation is that it’s a class project, masked by a lot of neo-liberal rhetoric about individual freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, ...
Drug War Doublespeak
LAURA CARLSEN
Through late February and early March, a blitzkrieg of declarations from U.S. government and military officials and pundits hit the media, claiming that Mexico was alternately at risk of being a failed state, on the verge of civil war, losing control of its territory...
NATO’s Global Mission Creep
DIANA JOHNSTONE
NATO, the main overseas arm of the U.S. military-industrial complex, just keeps expanding.  Its original raison d’être, the supposedly menacing Soviet bloc, has been dead for twenty years.  But like the military-industrial complex itself, NATO i...
Massacre in Slow Motion
ERIC RUDER
More than a month after Israel’s assault on Gaza ended, life for Gaza’s 1.5 million Palestinians continues to be a daily struggle. Israel maintains a suffocating siege that blocks the flow of basic staples, plunging the vast majority of residents into abj...
Clinton in Haiti
RICHARD MORSE
Jean Bertrande Aristide’s Lavalas party took to the streets of Port-au-Prince on Monda to welcome Bill Clinton back to Haiti. Thousand were there cheering the arrival of the former President. Mr Clinton was accompanied on this trip to Haiti by UN Secretar...
The Perils of Being Right and Wrong
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
If I wasn’t quite so busy thoroughly enjoying it, the prospect of one of the two major political parties of the world’s only superpower self-destructing so buffoonishly might otherwise give me pause. As it is, however, few things could delight me m...
The Struggle in Saffron
JOHN GOEKLER And MERLE LEFKOFF
The fiftieth anniversary of Tibet’s uprising against the Chinese invasion of their country has come and gone, marked mostly by unprecedented tightening of Chinese security and the silencing of Tibetan voices. While the occasional blogger noted 50 years of total...
Imprisoning Immigrants for Profit
TOM BARRY
There is a codependent relationship between the private prison industry and the federal government’s immigration enforcement apparatus. Immigrant detention jumpstarted the two largest prison companies—Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group...
The Jail Seattle Doesn’t Need
CHRIS MOBLEY And LEELA YELLESETTY
The city of Seattle is planning to construct a new municipal jail at a cost of more than $200 million. At the same time, five public schools are slated for closure, and budgets for social services, including effective pre-arrest diversion programs, are being slashed....
Money Out of Thin Air
KATHY SANBORN
In the first installment of the Lazy Man’s Guide to the Economic Crisis, we explored how a combination of factors led us to the unprecedented economic cataclysm we are experiencing today. There are even more spokes off the wheel that the lazy man needs to under...
Taking It From the Streets
LORENZO WOLFF
It sounds like the beginning of a joke. "What do Bruce Springsteen and The Wu-Tang Clan have in common?" At first glance, ripped blue jeans don’t look much like Du-Rags and it’s certainly hard to confuse black and white, but when I hear ...
We Told You So
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Is it fair to complain about the actions of the financial deregulators? Could anyone reasonably have foreseen the consequences of a decades-long regulatory holiday for the financial sector? In a word, yes. In preparing "...
Pity, the Poor Tax Collectors
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
When President Obama says he wants to increase employment in this country he is instead doing something that will cause many people to lose their jobs. As Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate tax writing committee said: “The admini...
A Socialist Moment?
ALAN MAASS And LEE SUSTAR
To hear the Republicans tell it, President Barack Obama is proceeding, as the Russian revolutionary Lenin once put it, to "construct the socialist order." "The stimulus, the omnibus, the budget–it’s all one big down payment on a new ...
Music Torture
DAVID YEARSLEY
The human ear is defenseless. Unable to keep sound out, it must take in all it hears.Selective hearing is common phrase, but meaningless. History’s most infamous musical assault exploited the defenslessness of the ear: the massively distorted music blasted at the...
How Israel Gives Jews a Bad Name
SAUL LANDAU
Most Jews I know get little pleasure from the existence of Israel; just the opposite. They feel disgusted by the behavior of their tribal kin toward Palestinians. This antipathy doesn’t concern Israel’s right to exist, a phony argument still maintained by...
Inside Obama’s Housing Plan
PETRINO DiLEO
The Obama administration claims that its initiative to aid hard-pressed homeowners could help up to 9 million families restructure or refinance mortgages to avoid foreclosure. The plan–valued at $275 billion–is by far the most ambitious to date aimed at t...
The Parable of the Shopping Mall
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In town after town across America these days one can physically see the economic mantras of an entire generation turning to boarded-up wasteland before one’s eyes. Shopping malls, which changed the American landscape within the course of a generation, are dying...
What the Chas Freeman Fight Was Really About
PETER LEE
The possibility that Chas Freeman was brought down by an ad hoc operation run on a shoestring by a rogue ex-AIPAC official, Steven Rosen, awaiting trial on espionage charges, working the political and media pipe organ like the neo-conservatives did in the run-up to t...
Cannabidiol Now!
FRED GARDNER
Two plants strains relatively rich in cannabidiol (CBD) have been identified by an analytic test lab recently established to serve the medical cannabis industry in California. That’s two major stories in one sentence. Let’s take it from the bottom…...
Tender to the Earth
DAVID KER THOMSON
The sun makes shadows but cannot see them.  Shadows define the limit of the sun’s gaze.    Observed from the sun’s vantage at noon of the winter solstice, any city of the north could be, with a few months’ tinkering, a solid cr...
Lost Liberty Blues
CHRIS FLOYD
1. Ex Nihilo Lamar Alexander is certainly one of the biggest non-entities in the history of modern American politics. You would have to range far and wide to find a more negligible, pointless, unproductive figure on the national level than Alexander, the senio...
Bottom Feeders at the Trough
SHARON SMITH
The federal bailout of insurance giant American International Group (AIG) swelled to $170 billion in early March after a third infusion of taxpayer dollars. Yet even as the final details were being ironed out on February 28th, AIG filed a lawsuit against the governme...
The Doublespeak of a Discredited IMF
ERIC TOUSSANT And DAMIEN MILLET
The international crisis that broke in summer 2008 demolished all the neo-liberal dogmas and exposed the deception behind them. Unable to deny their failure, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund claim they no longer uphold the set of neo-liberal policie...
Men in Black
M. REZA PIRBHAI
Turban-topped, gun-totting mountain men, stern military dictators and corrupt civilian politicians dominate the global media’s representations of Pakistan, from Washington to New Delhi best fitting the preferred image of the ‘most dangerous place on earth...
The War is Not Over
JOHN ROSS
The day we human shields rolled into Baghdad in February 2003, 12,000,000 protestors were pounding the pavement all over the world in a global tidal wave of protest aimed at stopping the criminal U.S. invasion of Iraq before it began and for once I entertained a sliv...
Obama Caves to the Lobby
RAY McGOVERN
On Tuesday morning Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair, employed the indicative mood in describing the high value that Chas Freeman, his appointee to head the National Intelligence Council (NIC), will bring to the job—“his long experie...
Why Labor Doesn’t Need a "House of Lords"
STEVE EARLY
“Also being debated [at the AFL-CIO executive council meeting] is whether to create a mechanism to nudge past-their-prime union presidents to retire so unions are not stuck with tired, uninspired leaders. One negotiator [of AFL-CIO/ Change-to-Wi...
Hiding the Costs of Coal
QUENTIN GEE
In light of current economic trends, many might consider foregoing environmental considerations in favor of cheap energy alternatives such as coal. But a closer look at the picture reveals a great deal of concerns. Coal-fired electricity seems inexpensive &nda...
Haircut Time for Bondholders
MIKE WHITNEY
"The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable." – John Kenneth Galbraith When George Soros recently said that the financial system had "effectively disintegrated", i...
Israeli Spying in the United States
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
Scratch a counterintelligence officer in the U.S. government and they’ll tell you that Israel is not a friend to the United States. This is because Israel runs one of the most aggressive and damaging espionage networks targeting the U.S..  Th...
Reforming the World Bank
MITU SENGUPTA
The World Bank’s Governors has approved the first of a series of reforms aimed at amplifying the voice and influence of developing countries inside the World Bank Group.  The centrepiece of these much-awaited reforms, announced in mid-February, is ...
The Criminal Injustice System
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Ronald Cotton spent 11 years in prison because Jennifer Thompson provided eye witness testimony that he was the person who raped her. On March 9, National Public Radio revisited the story. It turned out that Thompson was completely wrong, DNA evidence indicate...
The Structure of Israel’s Occupation
LUDWIG WATZAL
Israel has used Gaza as a free fire zone for 22 days and nights. Inevitably, the question arises how could Israel’s occupation become so brutal taking into account the country’s claim of being a “benign occupation power”. Neve Gordon’s b...
Academic Labor in Dark Times
HENRY A. GIROUX
I do not believe that a student of human reality may be ethically neutral. The sole choice we face is one between loyalty to the humiliated and to beauty, and indifference to both. It is like any other choice a moral being confronts: between taking an...
I am Patient Number 380206011
NORM KENT
Today I am going to come out of the closet as a Bi-Coastal pot consumer. I lead two lives; one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast. In Fort Lauderdale, I own a townhouse where I have resided for over a quarter of a century. In this community, I ...
From Birmingham to Coal River
MIKE ROSELLE
As we reach the top of the mountain (what mountain I did not know), we leave the old skid trail, now covered with thick brush and thorny vines, and head up the steep slopes through the big trees. All morning we had trudged up the hill on a confusing network of abando...
Obama’s Pentagon Reforms
WILLIAM S. LIND
President Barack Obama recently announced a bold new initiative to save up to $40 billion per year by reforming defense procurement. Like the Pentagon, I greeted his proclamation with a yawn. If there is one game the Pentagon knows how to play, it is “r...
A Merger From the Folks Who Brought You Vytorin
MARTHA ROSENBERG
"Marriage Made in Heaven," says an editorial cartoon about Pfizer’s January purchase of Wyeth. Attached to the "couple" are tin cans that read Neurontin Suits, Bextra Suits, Prempro Suits and Fen Phen Suits. As Whitehouse Station, NJ...
The First Shot Has Been Fired
DAVID MACARAY
No matter how one characterizes himself—as idealist or realist, optimist or pessimist, glass half-full or glass half-empty type of person—anyone who’s been paying attention has to be staggered by the fact that we live in a country where almost 90% o...
The Death Cries of the Salvadoran Right
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Facing a serious electoral debacle in advance of Sunday’s presidential election, and recognizing that it cannot win the election based on practical ideas, the right-wing ARENA (or Nationalist Republican Alliance) party has launched an ugly campaign to link left...