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Archives from April 2009
Beyond MoveOn
JOHN STAUBER
Recently the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice asked me to write an article for them with my ideas of how grassroots activists could better use the internet for real change. As a member of the group, I was happy to tackle that assignment, and here are my though...
The Failed Border Security Initiative
TOM BARRY
Something isn’t working. In late 2005 Michael Chertoff, the new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), launched the "Secure Border Initiative" as the umbrella program for border control and immigration enforcement. The announc...
At the Factory Gate
MICHAEL D. YATES
[Author’s note: This story is from my new book, In and Out of the Working Class...
Obama’s Iraq
JEREMY SCAHILL
Remember when Barack Obama made that big announcement at Camp Lejeune about how all US combat troops were going to be withdrawn from Iraqi cities by June 30? Liberals jumped around with joy, praising Obama for ending the war so that they could focus on their “...
Who Pays for America’s Chernobyl Roulette?
HARVEY WASSERMAN
As the US attempts to dig out from economic collapse, a little-known nuclear industry liability could seriously derail Obama’s attempt to revive our finances. It is the federal disaster insurance on 104 rickety atomic reactors. Because the industry can...
Why the U.S. Still Hates Cuba
FREDERICO FUENTES
At the centre of the Summit of the Americas held in Trinidad and Tobago over April 17-19, was the only country from the hemisphere not present — Cuba. Speaking at the opening session, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega noted that while a large majority ...
A Little Red Light
URI AVNERY
Perhaps Avigdor Lieberman is only a passing episode in the annals of the State of Israel. Perhaps the fire he is trying to ignite will flicker briefly and go out by itself. Or perhaps the police investigations into the grave corruption affair of which he is suspecte...
Obama’s Sins of Omission
ANDREW J. BACEVICH
The history of American liberalism is one of promoting substantively modest if superficially radical reforms in order to refurbish and sustain the status quo. From Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal to Bill Clinton’s New Covenant, liberals have specialized in ...
Iceland’s New Dawn
JOSÉ M. TIRADO
The numbers are in and they are decisive. The longstanding, corporate-right forces of the Independence Party, known here as Iceland’s “Republicans”, have received a trouncing at the polls. With 100% of the vote tallied, the Social Democratic Allianc...
Torture? It Probably Killed More Americans Than 9/11
PATRICK COCKBURN
"The reason why foreign fighters joined al-Qa’ida in Iraq was overwhelmingly because of abuses at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib and not Islamic ideology," says Major Matthew Alexander, who personally conducted 300 interrogations of prisoners in Iraq. It w...
Crimes of Economic Madness
FIRMIN DeBRABANDER
I am long used to my hometown Baltimore being the murder capital of the nation. Suddenly this week Maryland is the murder-suicide capital. We have seen two such gruesome crimes this past week, and what makes them especially distressing (if such superlatives are even ...
Overhauling the IMF
MARK WEISBROT
The International Monetary Fund turns 65 this year. Until the current economic crisis, it had reduced its workload drastically to a near-retirement level. Its total loan portfolio plummeted by 92 percent in four years. But like many senior citizens who have been hit ...
Wide Open to Pandemic?
DAVE LINDORFF
The outbreak of a new swine flu in Mexico, and the potential threat of a new global pandemic, shines a bright light on a major weakness in the United States—an employment system where most workers are not paid or even face getting let go if they get sick and ha...
The 165-Minute Swoop-In
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut On June 17, 2008, then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice set a remarkable American and World Record for the shortest visit   to Lebanon ever recorded by a serving US Secretary of State. The objective was to express love, affection, and non-i...
How Corrupt is That?
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
The AFL-CIO recently posted a health care survey on its web site. And ...
The Far Right’s Plot to Capture New Hampshire
PAM MARTENS
One of the most audacious and cynical corporate-backed social experiments in living memory, the Free State Project in New Hampshire, has now shifted into damage control mode.  Free State operatives learned this past week of my article that appears in the current...
Why Battering the Tamil Tigers Won’t Bring Peace
MITU SENGUPTA
Over the course of a long and brutal war with Sri Lanka’s armed forces, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the LTTE) emerged as one of the world’s most formidable insurgent groups.  Besides engaging the Sri Lankan government in a bloody battle for...
Pinter’s Message to Obama
MIKE WHITNEY
Come and see the blood in the streets. Come and see the blood in the streets. Come and see the blood in the streets! –Pablo Neruda About a month before Barack Obama announced his candidacy for the...
A Housing Crash Update
MIKE WHITNEY
Why is the press misleading the public about housing? The housing market is crashing. There are no "green shoots" or "glimmers of hope"; the market is worn to a stump, it’s kaput. Still, whenever new housing figures are released, they’...
Seventeen Months in "the Hole"
SAUL LANDAU
This conversation took place on April 1, 2009. Our film crew received Justice Department approval to talk with “the prisoner,” with a prison official in the room. Before his 1998 arrest, Gerardo Hernandez directed the operations of the other Cuban State S...
Torture Used to Try to Link Saddam with 9/11
MARJORIE COHN
When I testified last year before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties about Bush interrogation policies, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz) stated that former CIA Director Michael Hayden had confirm...
Top of the Heap
CHRIS FLOYD
Could it really have ended any other way? As the New York Times reports, Barack Obama and the Democratic Establishment are coming down hard and fast to quell any incipient movement toward accountability for the Bush Regime’s torture system. These "l...
Torture is More Than Just "Harsh Tactics"
RON JACOBS
Once again, the issue of torture by US operatives is in the news.  Barack Obama’s administration recently released some classified information from the recent past that details the debates and eventual support for the program of torture undertaken by the C...
Mubarak’s Expanding Enemies List
RANNIE AMIRI
A telltale sign of a dictator’s waning influence is increasing paranoia. And this is exactly what Egypt’s U.S.-backed dictator, President Hosni Mubarak, is suffering from. At a time when criticism over Egypt’s abetment of the Israeli siege a...
Collective Farming and the Lynch Case
FRED GARDNER
Things looked grim for Charles Lynch last week when the Department of Justice instructed the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles to keep seeking a five-year mandatory minimum sentence in his case. Lynch had been convicted in federal court last summer of marijuana-law violat...