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Archives from April 2009
John Maynard’s Martingale
KENNETH COUESBOUC
As usual in times of economic crises, Keynesian solutions are bandied about, and their supposed influence on Roosevelt’s New Deal is magnified. This fuels the old debate as to whether investment or consumption is best suited for public aid in climbing out of re...
The Lessons of the S & L Crisis
JACK WILLOUGHBY
Barron’s. William Black, 57 years old, was a deputy director at the former Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corp. during the thrift crisis of the 1980s, and now serves as an associate professor, teaching economics and law at the University of Missouri, Ka...
Habeas at Bagram?
DAVID SWANSON
If you missed Tuesday’s press conference at the White House, press secretary Robert Gibbs got himself into some trouble, and it all started with those two little syllables: "Helen." Upon which Helen Thomas one again abandoned propriety a...
Norman Rockwell and the Perils of Nostalgia
SARA MANN
Reality seems to have a different meaning to many these days. To some reality is waking up to a piece of toast and coffee before the morning commute. To some reality is taking care of a family and paying a mortgage. To others, reality is waiting for the phone to ring...
W, the Torture Decider
RAY McGOVERN
The prose of the recently leaked report of the International Committee of the Red Cross on torture seems colorless. It is at the same time obscene — almost pornographic. The 41-page ICRC report depicts scenes of prisoners forced to remain naked for long...
Carbon Cap and Trade
HEATHER WILLIAMS And PAUL BAKER
Every year, sometime around July 15th, the good people of Staunton, Illinois gather by the Staunton Senior High School for what has become an annual point of pride for the community, as flocks of bicyclists from around the country gather at the starting line to begin...
94 Years of Serfdom
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
This April 15 is the 94th year that Americans have had to file an income tax. For most Americans, the day is a non-event. The federal and state governments have already collected the taxes due by withholding from each paycheck over the course of the calendar year. Mo...
Solving Palestine While Israel Destroys It
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
To a greater degree than perhaps ever before, Washington today is engulfed in denial about Israel and its stupefying behavior, about its murderous policies toward the Palestinians, about the efforts of Israel and its U.S. defenders to force us to ignore its atrocitie...
Is There a Latin American Policy?
ROBERT SANDELS
President Barack Obama may or may not announce something new in US Cuba policy at the Fifth Summit of the Americas (April 14-19 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago). He may or may not even take part in any discussion of Cuba, which is bound to take place whether he...
Why the Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act Must be Rejected
KEKUNI BLAISDELL, LYNETTE HI'ILANI CRUZ, GEORGE KAHUMOKU FLORES, Et Al.
Mr. President: We, the undersigned Kanaka Maoli (indigenous Hawaiians) kupuna (elders), kumu (educators), and representatives address this letter to you on behalf of our people and nation, as well as of other Hawaiian Kingdom heirs.  At our invitatio...
Tax Haven Hypocrisies
BINOY KAMPMARK
What are the Group of 20 countries really up to, with their grand plans against tax havens?  France’s Nicolas Sarkozy had been particularly noisy on that score, hoping for tough sanctions against off shore centers intent on evading tax officials.  Suc...
Somali Piracy and American Foreign Policy
REBECCA MACAUX And PHILIP PRIMEAU
With the explosion of Somali piracy, America is reaping what it has sown. In many ways, we have nobody to blame but ourselves for the emergence of high-seas crime threatening to disrupt important lanes of trade. America’s support for a violent strongman ...
Taxing Grandma to Subsidize Goldman Sachs
PETER MORICI
Monday afternoon, Goldman Sachs reported much larger than expected first quarter profits, and this comes on the heels of Wells Fargo’s strong earnings reported last week. No one should be surprised. The Federal Reserve has provided the banks with ...
No Blank Check for the IMF
ROBERT WEISSMAN
This month’s G20 meeting ended with one overriding tangible agreement: A commitment by the rich countries to provide more than $1 trillion in assistance (mostly in the form of loans) to developing countries. This money is desperately needed. Although the...
Not a Word About the Blockade
FIDEL CASTRO
The U.S. administration announced through CNN that Obama would be visiting Mexico this week, in the first part of a trip that will take him to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, where he will be within four days taking part in the Summit of the Americas. He has anno...
Why is Goldman Sachs So Scared of Mike Morgan?
MIKE WHITNEY
Mike Morgan is a registered investment adviser and a scrappy shoot-from-the-hip guy who doesn’t mince his words. Recently Morgan has come under fire from investment giant Goldman Sachs for his hard-hitting web site "...
The Resurrection of Intolerance
WALTER BRASCH
The fanatic right-wing, after taking a few days off to catch their breath, is back again with vengeance.   Name anything that President Obama is doing, and this broken wing will try to slap it down, unmindful that more than two-thirds of Americans su...
The Laffer Posse
GREG MOSES
As legend has it, the economic history of the USA was changed on the day that economist Art Laffer drew his famous “...
Snatch-and-Jail Justice?
DAVE LINDORFF
Reading the latest AP report on how American citizens are being snatched up, detained and ...
The Afghan Rubik’s Cube
CONN HALLINAN
Afghanistan is a gatherer of metaphors: “crossroads of Asia,” “graveyard of empires,” and the “Great Game,” to name a few, although it might be more accurate to think of it as a Rubik’s Cube, that frustrating puzzle of inters...
Why Has the Press Failed Us in Reporting on Health Care Reform?
BENJAMIN DAY
For the first time in the span of a generation, national health care reform is back on the horizon, and I’m writing to you to step back for a moment into the history of the Times’sreporting on health care reform.  Last year I began a research project...
Biofuels, the Next Generation
CARMELO RUIZ MARRERO
The promotion of biofuels is a central component of president Obama’s energy policy. But biofuel crops, which are mostly corn, sugar cane, oil palm and soy, are in big trouble because of the overwhelming and continuously growing evidence of the environmental ha...
America’s Cultural Bear Market
SAM SMITH
Cultures rise and fall like the stock market, only it takes longer and no one has come up with a really good index to tell you what’s happening. My guess is that American culture has been in a bear market since sometime around 1980, with the fiscal bear market ...
Our Dissonance
URI AVNERY
Passover Week is a time for outings. News programs on radio and television start with words like: “The masses of the House of Israel spent the day in the national parks…” It is also a feast of homeland songs. On television one sees groups of...
Peru’s Shining Example
JAMES McENTEER
Peru’s Supreme Court sentenced former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori to twenty-five years in prison last week for creating death squads during his presidency – from 1990 to 2000 – which murdered dozens of people.  More than seventy thousan...
A Radioactive Extension for Aging Nuclear Plants
KARL GROSSMAN
For 10 years now, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been busily extending the operating license of nuclear power plants—designed to run for 40 years—another 20 years. Imagine driving down a highway in a 60-year-old car. But safety c...
Makota’s "Campaign Against Poverty"
NAMIHEI ODAIRA
On  June 8, 2008, a sunny Sunday afternoon, a man in his twenties made his way to the crowded streets of Tokyo’s Akihabara district, a popular venue for pop culture in the city. Lots of locals and tourists had come to see people dressed up as manga an...
Suicide Syndrome
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Why are suicides among Iraq war soldiers twice that of other wars? One reason could be that 80 percent of troops with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are given drugs that didn’t exist during other wars. Antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft,...
Will Obama Prosecute the Somali Pirate in a US Court?
JEREMY SCAHILL
The airwaves, newspapers and websites have been saturated with coverage of the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, the US citizen who was being held by four Somali “pirates” on a small lifeboat in the Indian Ocean, following the unsuccessful attempt by th...
Obama and American Muslims
NADIA HIJAB
Is it easier for the American administration to reach out to the "Muslim world" than it is to deal with Muslims in America? Barack Obama’s statements in Turkey this week, welcome as they are, play out against a backdrop of increasing tension between h...
Bossnapping
JOHN V. WALSH
Ever wonder why France has the best health care system in the world according to the WHO?  Or why it has such great unemployment benefits?  And such generous retirement benefits?   And essentially free public education, including higher education?...
Iraqi Militia Fear Reprisals After US Exit
PATRICK COCKBURN
The Sunni Arabs lost their dominant position in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was overthrown, but they began to regain their strength when the United States recruited them as foot soldiers to fight against al-Qa’ida. But now, as American troops prepare to go home, t...
Globalizing Politicide
SEAN McMAHON
Three times since the start of 2009, including on 17 January and 11 February, Israel has attacked the sovereign state of Sudan. Reports vary, but it seems clear that Israel executed the bombings using American-supplied F-15 and F-16 fighter planes and unmanned drones...
Why Card Check Would Help the Economy
MATT VIDAL
Labor law in the United States makes it extremely hard for workers to gain union representation, even where a majority in a workplace explicitly indicate desire for a union. The current legal framework requires a drawn-out election process that allows employers to th...
Resisting the Af-Pak War
JEFF LEYS
Fourteen peace and social justice activists were arrested on April 9 at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada. The arrests occurred during a 10 day vigil at the gates to Creech–which is home to members of the Air Force who “pilot” the Pred...
We Need to See the Horrors
DAVE LINDORFF
When I was a 17-year-old kid in my senior year of high school, I didn’t think much about Vietnam. It was 1967, the war was raging, but I didn’t personally know anyone who was over there, Tet hadn’t happened yet. If anything, the excitement of jungle...
My Journey to the Heart of Rahman
DAVID YEARSLEY
After I dedicated a column to the manifold errors of the soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire by Oscar laureate A. R. Rahman the emails poured in from the sub-continent.  Many admitted that they were glad to hear the Musical Patr...
A Revolution in Biology
SUZAN MAZUR
“I have an idealistic view of science as a liberalising and progressive force for humanity. . . . It is also a truly international activity which breaks down barriers between peoples of the world, an objective that always has been necessary and nev...
Marx Rides High Again
BERNARD UMBRECHT
At the beginning of the year, German bookshops listed Marx’s Das Kapital among their bestsellers. No surprise there, you might say: Marx has always sold well. Except this Marx was not Karl, but Reinhard, archbishop of Munich and formerly bishop of Trier, w...
Israel Investigated
RAMZY BAROUD
Any variation of the words “Palestine” and “massacre” are sure to yield millions of results on major search engines on the World Wide Web. These results are largely in reference to hundreds of different dates and events in which numerous Pales...
The Ideology of Barack Obama
WILLIAM BLUM
In the past two months: US Vice President Joe Biden was asked by reporters at a summit in Chile if Washington plans to put an end to the near-50-year-old economic embargo against Cuba. He replied "No." Israeli authorities broke up ...
"Liquidate the Banks; Fire the Executives!"
MIKE WHITNEY
On Tuesday, a congressional panel headed by ex-Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren released a report on Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s handling of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). Warren was appointed to lead the five-member Congressional Ov...
Resurrection and Revenge
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
"I am the resurrection and the life,” Jesus assured Martha,  adding that  though her brother Lazarus was dead, “yet shall he live.” “Lord, by this time he stinketh, for he hath been dead four days” Martha says nervo...
Death of the Square Deal
JEFF HOWISON
Last Friday on April 3, 2009, Binghamton, New York, became the most recent example of what has become an increasingly ordinary occurrence in the United States: a profoundly troubled man, armed to the teeth with semi-automatic weapons, gunned down unsuspecting and ent...
Brother, Can You Spare a Million Bucks?
WANDA FUCHA
Right now, during this economic crisis, no one is suffering more than the rich. The old rules – where the investors got to make huge profits but also assumed the financial risks – don’t apply anymore. That’s why we need to give your tax money ...
How to Starve (or Feed) a River
JANET KAUFFMAN
This time of year it’s great to work outside, clean up the place and mow. But if you’re lucky enough to have a stream on your property, think again before clearing that tangle of brush and trees. You’re looking at something good. Brush and d...
Let the Railsplitter Awake!
MICHAEL WINSHIP
A number of years ago, when I was writing a public television series for the Smithsonian Institution, I watched a woman in one of the museum’s conservation labs, restoring what appeared to be an old top hat. What’s its story, I asked her? Oh, she ...
Rossellini’s Louis XIV: “Neither the Sun nor Death can be Gazed Upon Fixedly”
BEN SONNENBERG
Roberto Rossellini, late in his career, made four astonishing color movies for French and Italian public television. They’re costume dramas not unlike those on our own PBS with one important difference: they were made by a genius. Criterion has recently release...
Iraqi Dead Extol the Success of the Surge
SAUL LANDAU
A man at a horse show danced joyfully in a pile of manure. “Why are you so happy?” another attendee asked. “There must be a pony in here somewhere!” The U.S. media has attacked the Iraq War story by going straight for t...
Obama’s Afghanistan Plan and India-Pakistan Relations
M. REZA PIRBHAI
Since President Obama unveiled his administration’s ‘new’ Afghan policy in March, 2009, analysis has been a steady feature of the global media, mainstream and alternative. The elephant in the room that few have tackled, however, is the role afforded...