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THE DECAY OF AMERICAN MEDIA — Patrick L. Smith on the decline and fall of American journalism; Peter Lee on China and its Uyghur problem; Dave┬áMacaray on brain trauma, profits and the NFL; Lee Ballinger on the bloody history of cotton. PLUS: “The Vindication of Love” by JoAnn Wypijewski; “The Age of SurrealPolitick” by Jeffrey St. Clair; “The Radiation Zone” by Kristin Kolb; “Washington’s Enemies List” by Mike Whitney; “The School of Moral Statecraft” by Chris Floyd and “The Surveillance Films of Laura Poitras” by Kim Nicolini.
Archives from July 2009
Bankers Beware?
STEVE BREYMAN
A poll by Worldpublicopinion.org finds that people across the world are eager for more robust responses to the economic crisis than offered them thus far by their governments. Publics in 19 countries that comprise 62 percent of the world’s population were polle...
Memoirs of a Lost Arab World
NADIA HIJAB
"It was a trying time for dreamers," Wadad Makdisi Cortas wrote of the year 1935. She was 26 and "yearned to speak my language, to read Arabic books, and to foster Arab independence and solidarity." But she had just become the headmistress of a gi...
How to Argue Against Torture
BERNARD CHAZELLE
A signatory to the UN Convention Against Torture, the United States "does not torture." Yet abundant evidence indicates that it does, directly or by proxy—and in fact always has. An old American tradition of state-sponsored torture even has its own le...
The Coup and the U.S. Airbase in Honduras
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
The mainstream media has once again dropped the ball on a key aspect of the ongoing story in Honduras: the U.S. airbase at Soto Cano, also known as Palmerola.  Prior to the recent military coup d’etat President Manuel Zelaya declared that he would turn the...
Cronyism at the Tate
CHARLES THOMSON
The appointment of "Bob and Roberta Smith" (aka Patrick Brill) and Wolfgang Tillmans as two new artist trustees at the Tate gallery has done nothing to redeem the gallery’s somewhat tarnished reputation over the relationship between its supposed gover...
Ted Williams and the Florida Keys
ALAN FARAGO
As a grade school kid in Providence RI I was a baseball fanatic. I dreamt the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees and practiced my home run swing in my sleep. I memorized statistics and slept with my baseball glove under my pillow with neats foot oil so it would ...
Health Care, Media and the Case for Socialized Medicine
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
We may look back at the last few weeks as a historic time in American politics.  Free market rhetoric used to denigrate government-sponsored health care is finally being seriously challenged.  But is media debate on health care truly open?  Commentary ...
The Recovery: Phase Two
CARL GINSBURG
Now that the grease in the wheels of the American money machine is working its way, the next phase of the recovery is afoot — proper attention to what Bob Rubin calls “the yields”, the place where creationists and monetarists converge in one simple ...
The Whoppers Behind WOPR
MICHAEL DONNELLY
The foundation-dependent professional enviro eco-blogs are humming with praise for the Obama Administration’s recent desertion of the Bush Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR). Said whopper was an attempt by Big Timber lobbyists/lawyers and captive politicians o...
Return to El Salvador
CLIFTON ROSS
I arrived in El Salvador half-expecting to see soldiers guarding the corridors of the airport with made-in-the-U.S. machine guns, the way they did during my first, hour-long visit to the country on a lay-over on a flight to Nicaragua in 1982. More than once on my fli...
Structural Inequality
DEDRICK MUHAMMAD
Last week President Obama spoke boldly about persistent racial discrimination and criticized the "structural inequality" that presents "the steepest barrier" to African American equality in the 21st century. Speaking before a crowd at the c...
Séance on Wall Street
DEAN BAKER
There is a long history of mediums who claim to communicate with the dead. They sell their services to people anxious to talk to relatives or great figures of the past. Such exercises can be dismissed as harmless entertainment – people spend a few dollars to be...
Cronkite and Three Mile Island
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The accolades are still pouring in for departed anchorman Walter Cronkite. Few mention his critical "that’s the way it is" reporting on the atomic melt-down at Three Mile Island. Yet Cronkite and TMI are at the core of today’s de facto moratoriu...
The Johnny Procedure
URI AVNERY
Like the ghost of Hamlet’s father, the evil spirit of the Gaza War refuses to leave us in peace. This week it came back to disturb the tranquility of the chiefs of the state and the army. “Breaking the Silence”, a group of courageous former c...
The Deferential Party
CARL FINAMORE
Several of my favorite, most memorable quotations come to mind these days as I sadly observe what seems to me like abject, deferential genuflection before Washington’s Democratic Party majority by major labor and progressive organizations in this country. ...
Israel’s Internet War
JONATHAN COOK
in Nazareth. The passionate support for Israel expressed on talkback sections of websites, internet chat forums, blogs, Twitters and Facebook may not be all that it seems. Israel’s foreign ministry is reported to be establishing a special underc...
Interrogating the Uighurs
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Last Thursday, while most U.S. media outlets were focused relentlessly on the marathon endurance test that was ...
The Marie Antoinettes of Health Care
WALTER BRASCH
Marie Antoinette, contrary to popular opinion, never said a solution for the starving masses of revolutionary France in the late 18th century was, "Let them eat cake." But, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) apparently said something close to it. At a p...
The Iranian Election and Its Aftermath
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
We often have a tendency to reduce complex social situations to simplistic scenarios, where there is only black or white and no shades of gray, only heroes or villains and nothing in between. Such seems to be the attitude of many Iran analysts, particularly those on ...
Heat, Dust and OSHA
DAVID MACARAY
Some years ago, a group of union reps were idly discussing what the “worst possible job” in the world might be, and, having once lived in India, I nominated the low-caste Biharis who had the job of hauling the bones and rotted carcasses of dead animals to...
Saving Private Bergdahl
DAVE LINDORFF
Let me say from the outset that I have the greatest sympathy for 23-year-old Bowe R. Bergdahl, the US soldier in Afghanistan who was captured and is being held by Taliban forces, and for his family, who must be going through a living hell worrying about what is going...
Recalling 1979
RON JACOBS
I found myself in San Diego, CA. when 1979 began. Our traveling group of friends had left the environs of Santa Cruz a few months previous because we had been told that San Diego had lots of work.  Once we got there, of course, we decided that the only work we r...
Netanyahu’s Time Bomb
IRA GLUNTS
The public disagreement between Israel and the U.S. over continued settlement expansion in the West Bank and Jerusalem has heated up considerably. At a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly rejected the Obama administration’s req...
Obama’s Policy on China and Iran
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Recent disturbances in Iran and China have drawn attention to not only the fragility of their socio-political systems but also to contradictions in how the United States and other Western powers react to such events. America’s response  to demonstrations i...
Threatening Iran
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Japan did not spend years preparing her public case and demonstrating her deployment of forces for the attack.  Japan did not make a world issue out of her view that the US was denying Japan her role in the Pacific by hindering ...