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Archives from April 2009
Homework, Testing and Stealth Apartheid in Education
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Humans are a species of ape that evolved more developed brains to compensate for the greater dangers of living on the ground instead of sheltering in the trees. Monkeys cluster into troops of several families each, for the mutual protection of the young, and to exert...
Calling for a Coal Moratorium
JOSHUA FRANK
Ted Nace is the author of Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate America and the Disabling of Dem...
Free John Walker Lindh!
DAVE LINDORFF
Enough is enough. It’s time to free John Walker Lindh, poster boy for George Bush’s, Dick Cheney’s and John Ashcroft’s “War on Terror,” and quite likely first victim of these men’s secret campaign of torture. Lindh is ...
Putting the Bush Years on Trial
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The notion of putting the Bush years on trial has never held allure for President Obama; even less so that of putting Wall Street in the dock. From his lips has always dropped the catechism of uplift and forgiveness, of “moving forward”. He and his adviso...
Roman Legends, Book Burning and History’s Hunt
RICHARD RHAMES
“audacious still to gaze on her humbled court with tranquil face, and valiant enough to take the scaly asps in hand, that she might drink with her body their deadly venom, ferocious all the more in her studied death;...
Who Ordered the Torture of Abu Zubaydah?
ANDY WORTHINGTON
For the defendants of the use of torture by U.S. forces — still led by former Vice President Dick Cheney — this has been a rocky few weeks, with the publication, in swift succession, of the leaked report by the International Committee of the Red Cross (...
The Fight to Save Mexico’s Mangroves
KENT PETERSON
Standing in front of the Vicente Guerrero Elementary School as the children played, Obdulia Balderas recalls when she came to Zihuatanejo in the state of Guerrero more than 40 years ago. A young schoolteacher from the Guerrero town of Taxco, Balderas was haunted by t...
Of Tea Parties and Teleprompters
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Is it possible that the regressive right has, given its electoral unraveling of late, decided to swap the whole politics thing for vaudeville? ‘Cause if it hasn’t, I’m really having a hell of a hard time explaining what’s going on with ...
Democratic Lobbyists Key to Fight Against Employee Free Choice Act
CHRIS KROMM
If you missed, Tom Frank had a provocative column in the Wall Street Journal yesterday about the likely demise of the Employee Free Choice Act — the bill that labor has made its #1 priority for the new era of Obama and Democratic politics. First, it̵...
Obama and the Housing Crisis
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
It appears that the housing crisis will play a major role in defining the Obama administration; unfortunately, it is not entirely clear that the President is up to the challenge.  There appears to be no end in sight for increasing home foreclosures.  Constr...
The Debt Looters
GREG MOSES
It wasn’t the housing bubble exactly.  It was more the way the bubble was blown.   In the official language of the International Monetary Fund report for April 2009, “the crisis was largely caused by weak risk management in large in...
Protecting the Bald Eagle
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
As if U.S.-Venezuelan relations could become no more bizarre, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has now donated an island to the state of New Jersey.  No, what you are reading is not an article for The Onion or a conceptual skit for Comedy Central.  T...
The Ethanol Scammers Rent a General
ROBERT BRYCE
The ethanol scammers have no shame. None. And neither does the ethanol industry’s new hired gun, General Wesley Clark. Last week, the EPA announced that it was considering raising the volume of ethanol that could be blended into gasoline from the current...
Rodgers, Hammerstein, Michener and Nostalgia’s Clammy Embrace
DAVID YEARSLEY
There is no form of entertainment more expert at the manipulation of memory than a Broadway musical. First the overture sets off on its serpentine paths through the listener’s mind, dropping its route-finding breadcrumbs with insouciant precision. For children,...
Middle East Spies
RAMZY BAROUD
The reverberations of the Israeli war on Gaza are still felt throughout the Middle East. One could in fact speak of a silent war being waged in the region. Now that Israel’s clear intentions in Gaza – discrediting Hamas and ultimately ousting them...
Are Leading Democrats Afraid of a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Torture?
JEREMY SCAHILL
There are not exactly throngs of Democratic Congressmembers beating down the doors of the Justice Department demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a special Independent Prosecutor to investigate torture and other crimes. And now it seems that whatever C...
Wherefore Art Thou American Dream?
STEPHEN MARTIN
‘It is a game, everything is a game.[ ..]It is a game in order to survive’. Samuel Beckett. This one goes out to the ones I loathe. The ones trying to hide lying eyes as would deceive concerning dream turned ...
The Haitian People Need a Lobbyist
RICHARD MORSE
Port-au-Prince. If the Haitian government tells you these last Senate elections were fine; don’t believe them. If the United Nations tells you these last Senate elections in Haiti were fine; don’t believe them. If the OAS (Organizatio...
Mr. President, Calderon is Not Mexico
LAURA CARLSEN
President Obama’s visit to Mexico has produced vague and contradictory statements, centered on worn-out strategies. Many people who had hoped for a new approach that would seek to redress the inequities of the binational relationship will find little in these d...
The Quicksand Economy
ALAN FARAGO
When Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner spoke to the Economic Club in Washington yesterday and said the United States bears a substantial share of responsibility for a global economic crisis and its multi-trillion dollar costs, he might have pointedly singled out th...
The Battle Over New York’s Marcellus Shale
ADAM FEDERMAN
In an age of diminishing resources, the discovery of an untapped oil or natural gas reserve can stir messianic visions. Salvation is to be found in tar sands and what were once prohibitively expensive methods of extracting crude oil or natural gas from the earth. &ls...
The Financial Experts
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
I was gratified the other day to discover a good collection of R. K. Narayan’s novels at our local library. Among them was The Financial Expert, a story I had been meaning to re-read for some time. This novel’s hero, Margayya, is often acclaimed by critic...
Deconstructing the Taliban
FAWZIA AFZAL-KHAN
"Although she believes her days are numbered, Joya is not fearful for the future. "I am not frightened because we will all die one day," she says. "What matters is that we fight despite the risk and we sacrifice despite the cost. Only ...
Obama Plays Hamlet on Torture
RAY McGOVERN
"The aim of torture is to destroy a person as a human being, to destroy their identity and soul. It is more evil than murder… " — Inge Genefke – (1938-) Danish Doctor & Human Rights Activist We...
The Real Heroes of Durban
NADIA HIJAB
Barack Obama feels able to counsel others — most recently Armenians and Turks — to work through their pasts "in a way that is honest, open and constructive." Otherwise, he cautions, unresolved history "can be a heavy weight." And yet O...