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Archives from May 2009
Obama and Abortion Rights
SHARON SMITH
As soon as the news surfaced that President Barack Obama had been invited to speak at the University of Notre Dame’s 2009 commencement ceremony, the fanatical wing of the nation’s anti-abortion crusade began assembling the smoke and mirrors needed to masq...
The Next Leg Down
MIKE WHITNEY
Collapsing home prices and credit markets continue to put downward pressure on consumer spending, forcing the Federal Reserve to take even more radical action to revive the economy. Last week, Fed chief Ben Bernanke raised the prospect of further monetizing the debt ...
New Orleans for Sale
JORDAN FLAHERTY
The video grabs your attention immediately. Young people in the Lower Ninth Ward hold up signs that read: “looter,” “we’re still here,” and “America did this.” Amid empty lots and damaged houses, poet Nik Richard delivers thi...
Waterboard the Fed
DEAN BAKER
To my knowledge, no one has proposed waterboarding the Fed. However, the response of much of the country’s political leadership to the suggestion that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit the Federal Reserve Board might lead people to think that wat...
Rethinking the Costs of Peace
JOSH RUEBNER
In pledging to trim ineffective spending, President Obama declared that ?there will be no sacred cows and no pet projects. All across America, families are making hard choices, and it’s time their government did the same." By asking earlier this mon...
New Orleans for Sale
JORDAN FLAHERTY
The video grabs your attention immediately. Young people in the Lower Ninth Ward hold up signs that read: “looter,” “we’re still here,” and “America did this.” Amid empty lots and damaged houses, poet Nik Richard delivers thi...
Was the Indian Election a Debacle for the Left? If So, Why?
DEEPANKAR BASU
In the recently concluded 2009 general elections to the lower house of the parliament (Lok Sabha), the social democratic, parliamentary left in India, composed of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), the Communist Party of India (CPI) and a bunch of smaller le...
Fearful Pride
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
The US Geological Survey detected a 4.7 magnitude seismic event at 00:54 GMT on the 25th of May at Hwaderi, near Kilju City in North Harnkyung province in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK = "North Korea") at 10 km (6 miles) below the su...
Obama and Abortion Rights
SHARON SMITH
As soon as the news surfaced that President Barack Obama had been invited to speak at the University of Notre Dame’s 2009 commencement ceremony, the fanatical wing of the nation’s anti-abortion crusade began assembling the smoke and mirrors needed to masq...
Fearful Pride
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
The US Geological Survey detected a 4.7 magnitude seismic event at 00:54 GMT on the 25th of May at Hwaderi, near Kilju City in North Harnkyung province in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK = "North Korea") at 10 km (6 miles) below the su...
Was the Indian Election a Debacle for the Left? If So, Why?
DEEPANKAR BASU
In the recently concluded 2009 general elections to the lower house of the parliament (Lok Sabha), the social democratic, parliamentary left in India, composed of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), the Communist Party of India (CPI) and a bunch of smaller le...
The Gitmo Appeasment Plan
MARJORIE COHN
Two days after his inauguration, President Obama pledged to close Guantánamo within one year. The Republicans, led by Senators John McCain, Mitch McConnell and Pat Roberts, immediately launched a concerted campaign to assail the new president. They claimed his...
Israel’s Terrorists
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
London’s Daily Telegraph has become a weird newspaper, owned by twin brothers who are creepy characters and whose purchase of the publication caused many a shudder. The paper has become a dismal tabloid caricature of its formerly dignified self. Its emph...
The Next Leg Down
MIKE WHITNEY
Collapsing home prices and credit markets continue to put downward pressure on consumer spending, forcing the Federal Reserve to take even more radical action to revive the economy. Last week, Fed chief Ben Bernanke raised the prospect of further monetizing the debt ...
Israel’s Terrorists
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
London’s Daily Telegraph has become a weird newspaper, owned by twin brothers who are creepy characters and whose purchase of the publication caused many a shudder. The paper has become a dismal tabloid caricature of its formerly dignified self. Its emph...
Memorial Day in the Land of the Weak and Wussy
DAVE LINDORFF
There may have perhaps have been a time when America was a land of at least some brave people. although arguably a nation that celebrates as heroic a history that features lots of people with modern guns and cannons conquering and destroying another people who were l...
Looking at Torture
DIANE CHRISTIAN
We torture modernly in secret—in prisons, covert locations, other countries. At the same time our movies and television are full of violent images of mangling bodies and brutal interrogations. But the film and tv images belie reality and permanent damage. When ...
Two Sides of the Same Coin
SIBEL EDMONDS
“In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill… we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.” – Plato ...
The Trouble With Prison
KENNETH E. HARTMAN
In his Republic, Plato’s allegory of the cave describes how the limited perception of man leaves him measuring the world with only the distorted reflections of reality.  The trouble with prison, as it is perceived, is the shadows are further distended by a...
Mexico’s Shock Doctrine
JOHN ROSS
Upon returning to Mexico City after 100 days in Gringolandia dealing with a personal health crisis, I was met at the door of the downtown hotel where I have bedded down for the past quarter century by a uniformed security guard in jackboots and blue surgical mask who...
"War on Pot" Overrides "Support Our Troops"
FRED GARDNER
In transcribing Phil Northcutt’s recollections of combat, I misspelled the name of his commanding officer, killed by a suicide bomber in Ramadi.  Northcutt emailed: "Captain Patrick Rapicault, 34, was killed when a V...
Day of the Dead
CINDY SHEEHAN
I was on an airplane flying to Orange County from Sacramento to attend the al-Awda Conference; which is a Palestinian Right’s Conference. Al-Awda translates to "The Returning, " when the Pilot’s voice filled the cabin to make an announcement tha...
Learning to Read in the Pacific Northwest
DANIEL WOLFF
My prologue to the readings from my book How Lincoln Learned to Read in the Pacific Northwest ...
Der Spiegel Tries Again
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut The headline was dramatic. The strongly pro-Israel German weekly Der Spiegel offered bold “new information” it claimed came from secret sources and documents, stemming  “inside investigative sources who wefromre working on th...
Netanyahu Goes to Washington
URI AVNERY
Barack Obama is often compared to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but it is from the book of another Roosevelt that he has taken a leaf: President Theodore Roosevelt, who, 108 years ago, advised his successors: “Speak softly and carry a big stick!” This...