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Archives from July 2009
Cops and Labor Unions
DAVID MACARAY
“If anyone has been offended, I’m sorry for that.” —LA Chief of Police Darryl F. Gates (in response to being criticized for suggesting that more blacks than whites die from police chokeholds is because their carotid ...
Volunteerism Will Not Rebuild the Gulf Coast
MIKE HOWELLS And JAY ARENA
Four years after Hurricane Katrina the mass media and most national political leaders have largely dropped the still-devastated and suffering people of New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast from their political radar screen. Yet, the region and its people have not be...
Pentagon Pundits Get a Pass
DIANE FARSETTA
Is there a difference between covert propaganda and secretive campaigns to shape public opinion on controversial issues? The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) apparently thinks that there is. The GAO recently ruled that the Pentagon pundit program di...
Victims of a Covert Tit-for-Tat War
PATRICK COCKBURN
In the latest act of the grim drama surrounding the fate of the five hostages, officials in London have told the families of two of the guards, Alan McMenemy, from Glasgow, and Alec Maclachlan, from South Wales, that the two men are probably dead. The bodies of two o...
The American Psychological Association and the Missing Ethics Investigation
STEPHEN SOLDZ
In an important development in the American Psychological Association saga, Jeffrey Kaye ...
School of Coups
ROY BOURGEOIS And MARGARET KNAPKE
The day after Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was deposed, President Barack Obama cautioned against repeating Latin America’s "dark past," decades when military coups regularly overrode the results of democratic elections. Obama went on to acknowledg...
Oatmeal Envy
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
They’ve taken all the fun out of cereal boxes. That’s not all. They’ve imposed big fines on the one who tried to make them fun and threatened another. Of course the cereal companies are partly to blame. Those of advanced years remember with...
Honduran Coup Over?
GREG GRANDIN
Bloomberg is reporting that Honduran coup leader, Roberto Micheletti has accepted the Arias ...
Television, the American Landscape and the New Economy
ALAN FARAGO
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Sunday said he engineered the central bank’s controversial actions over the past year because "I was not going to be the Federal Reserve chairman who presided over the second Great Depression." Bernanke either ...
Afghanistan’s US-Backed Child-Raping Police
GARETH PORTER
The strategy of the major U.S. and British military offensive in Afghanistan’s Helmand province aimed at wresting it from the Taliban is based on bringing back Afghan army and police to maintain permanent control of the population, so the foreign forces can mov...
Summer of Denial
SAUL LANDAU
During mid July, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s qualifications for the Supreme Court.  The Solon’s oratory focused on themes of some fictional world, not one threatened by global warming and diving economies. ...
How Will Arabs Wake Up?
Dr. BOUTHAINA SHAABAN
After the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) published its report on the Arab world, with one of its shocking conclusions being that half of the world’s refugees are Arabs, The Economist published in its latest edition July 24-30  a 14-page report a...
Our Crisis, Their Gain
CARL GINSBURG
"Crisis” is in the eye of the beholder.  The Obama administration thinks in terms of years.  Others are on a shorter leash. While millions are being marginalized right now, our president, and a supportive press, prepares us for consumer credit re...
Musharraf, Imran Khan and Overseas Pakistanis
AYESHA IJAZ KHAN
Although their politics is polls apart, there is one thing that Musharraf and Imran Khan have in common. Both have more support abroad than within Pakistan . Pakistani expatriates, often disturbed by the poverty, lacking social welfare infrastructure and corruption t...
Beer Will Not Solve This
GARY LEUPP
Beer solves a lot of things. This is not one. I don’t live that far from Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr., just outside of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  There are daytime break-ins in homes in my neighborhood from time to time. My wife and I recently encoun...
Health Care, the Media and Public Opinion
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
People have a remarkable ability to believe what they want to believe, even in the face of contradictory evidence.  Recent media coverage of political debate on the “public option” for health care reform is a case in point.  A review of the nigh...
Winning Hearts and Minds, Pentagon Style
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
In an early scene of "My Cousin Vinny," a hilarious 1992 spoof about the clash of cultures, two stereotypical Italian-American New Yorkers, Vinny Gambini and his fiancé Mona Lisa Vito, arrive in the central square of a stereotypical small town in rur...
How Fake is the "Recovery"?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Last week on NPR a professor in the Sloan School of Management at MIT explained that what is really at stake in the health care bill is the US government’s ability to borrow. In other words, the bill is about cutting health care costs, not about providing hard-...
No Racism in Obama’s Post-Race America?
WAJAHAT ALI
The farcical arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates for "disorderly conduct" and President Obama’s recent "...
From Tegucigalpa to El Paraiso
CLIFTON ROSS
Here in Tegucigalpa I ran into a friend from Venezuela, Angel Palacio, a documentary film maker. He introduced me to Nery, a slightly chubby, dark skinned, gray haired school teacher who’s coming up to a month of protests. He and his wife Suyapa take me to STIB...
Lackawanna Six: Bogus Charges and Martial Law
JAMES BOVARD
The New York Times reported last week that the Bush administration considered sending in the U.S. military to arrest the so-called “Lackawanna 6" in 2002. It is appropriate that  was one of the biggest farces of the homefront legal war on terrorism wa...
A Catch and Trade Policy for Labor Costs
GREG MOSES
The headline sounded so detached: "Murder of China steel exec shows privatisation risks."  At stake in the killing of the steel exec was fear of a massive job cut.  30,000 workers at the state-owned Tonghua Steel plant calculated that a takeover b...
Can an "Arab Soul" Yearn for Israel’s Anthem?
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. A leading Arab educator in Israel has denounced the decision of Gideon Saar, the education minister, to require schools to study the Israeli national anthem. Officials announced last week that they were sending out special “national ant...
Obama, Netanyahu and the Settlements
URI AVNERY
First, an honest disclosure: I loved the Shepherd hotel very much. In the first years after the Six-Day War, I was a frequent guest there. My work in the Knesset demanded that I stay in Jerusalem at least two nights every week, and after the war I switched fro...
Striking the World Cup
ELI JELLY-SCHAPIRO
On Wednesday, July 8 more than 60,000 South African construction workers laid down their tools in a sector-wide strike halting construction for six days on stadiums being built in advance of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. While soccer’s signature event is keenly awai...