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Archives from August 2009
The Press and Torture
RAY McGOVERN
EXTRA! Read all about it in the Washington Post: Torture worked; Cheney and torture practitioners vindicated; morale at CIA harmed. It seems coverage of the Bush administration’s “war on terror” has been put back on track by the editors of th...
The Dying Dillos of Austin
GREG MOSES
It’s not that we’re going to miss the cute little “Dillo” buses very much when the last two lines are finally eliminated from Austin streets in about a month.  Inside those quaint green shells the seats were made of wooden slats and the s...
Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon
BRENDA NORRELL
Indigenous Havasupai people held a gathering to stop uranium mining in the Grand Canyon and protect ancestral Havasupai Territory, at the south rim of the Grand Canyon, in July of 2009. Indigenous peoples and activists came from the four directions, from Arizona Hopi...
Madoff and the SEC’s Revolving Door
PAM MARTENS
The long-awaited investigative report by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Inspector General on how the SEC bungled multiple investigations of Bernard Madoff is set for release this week. Unfortunately, according to media reports, the long sufferin...
Israeli Bodysnatchers
BOUTHAINA SHAABAN
The investigative report written by Swedish journalist Donald Boström and published in Sweden’s largest newspaper Aftonbladet about Israeli occupation forces killing Palestinians with the objective of stealing their organs has raised a political and media ...
Why I’m Going to the Big Gay March in Washington
BETH SHEROUSE
Since movement veteran Cleve Jones announced plans for a national gay rights march on Washington following the passage of California’s Prop. 8 last November, reactions from the LGBT community have been mixed. Supporters of October’s National Equality Marc...
The Environment Loses a Champion
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Environmentalist Teddy Goldsmith, elder brother of the financier Sir James Goldsmith, who predeceased him, passed away on August 21. I met Teddy in 1993 at Jimmy’s vast Mexican estate consisting of tens of thousands of acres, one of the few remaining cl...
Scenes of Resistance in Honduras
JOSEPH SHANSKY
I came to Honduras as part of a delegation of concerned activists who went to witness and accompany the daily protests, monitor human rights violations, and report back to the international community on conditions since the June 28 military coup. On that day, Preside...
What Obama Isn’t Telling You About Afghanistan
ANTONY DiMAGGIO
President Obama finds himself in a precarious position when calling for escalation of the war in Afghanistan.  While this conflict is traditionally seen as the “good war,” American and Afghan public support appears mixed at best.  There is good ...
Profitting From Pandemics
BRIAN McKENNA
The swine flu pandemic can be plenty good for business. In his article, “A Capitalist Pig’s View of Swine Flu,” investor Brian Orelli said that “there is nothing wrong with drug companies and investors making money” from the crisis. &ldq...
Scenes of Resistance in Honduras
JOSEPH SHANKSY
I came to Honduras as part of a delegation of concerned activists who went to witness and accompany the daily protests, monitor human rights violations, and report back to the international community on conditions since the June 28 military coup. On that day, Preside...
The Tender Trap
DAVID MACARAY
“The saddest day of your life isn’t when you decide to sell out.  It’s when you decide to sell out and nobody wants to buy.” —Mickey Spillane Last week it was announced that Denis Hughes, head...
Bernanke in Obamatime
CARL GINSBURG
Unwilling to embrace the obvious and take action on the real underpinning of the country’s enduring economic crisis –  an unemployed, underemployed and overall underpaid workforce –  President Obama went to his playbook and came up with th...
Children During Wartime
CHARLES R. LARSON
Two tensions pull at Hala Jaber’s The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles, a riveting story ...
Will There be Free Speech in Pittsburgh?
RON JACOBS
On September 24 and 25, 2009, the Group of 20 (G-20) will meet in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  This meeting, billed as the Pittsburgh Summit, will feature some heads of state, finance ministers and central bank presidents from twenty-two of the world’s large...
Spies Without Espionage
RICARDO ALARCÓN De QUESADA
The first indictment in September 1998 charged the Cuban Five of being unregistered Cuban agents and of other minor violations. The government also charged three of them–Gerardo, Ramón and Antonio–with “conspiracy to commit espionage” (...
Teddy Kennedy the Hollow Champion
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Teddy Kennedy’s disasters were vivid. His legislative triumphs, draped in this week’s obituaries with respectful homage, were far less colorful but  they were actually devastating for the very constituencies – working people, organized labor &n...
Kennedy’s Sins Against Labor
STEVE EARLY
I was raised, like most Irish-Catholics, not to speak ill of the dead—at least while the wake is still underway. Of course, the affliction known as “Irish Alzheimers” exerts a powerful tug in the opposite direction. Forgetting everything except the ...
My Last Trip on LOT
MICHAEL HUDSON
I should have suspected something was wrong when I took my first step into Terminal 1 at JFK. I was on my way to Riga, and looking for a flight with the shortest connecting times, I naively chose LOT, Poland’s national airline. Big mistake. I’m writing th...
Science Fiction of the Now
KIM NICOLINI
District 9 is not a pretty movie. It doesn’t look pretty. Its message isn’t pretty. It hurts the eyes to watch. In fact, District 9 is an outright ugly movie, but it is an ugly that is perfectly crafted and takes ugly to the heights of a new aesthetic. Th...
Band-Aids for the Recession
MIKE WHITNEY
A recent poll shows that most economists now believe that the recession, which began in December 2007, will end in the third quarter of 2009. There’s been an uptick in manufacturing and consumer confidence, and the decline in housing prices appears to be flatte...
A Decision in the Posada Case
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
A federal district court in El Paso, Texas, accepted many of the Government’s arguments, not allowing certain evidence in the case of Luis Posada Carriles to be made public.  Posada is scheduled for trial on perjury charges in March of 2010. The Jud...
How Tre Arrow Became America’s Most Wanted Environmental "Terrorist"
JOSHUA FRANK And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
That Tre Arrow, a tree-hugging vegan who espouses non-violence and lives by the airy and some nebulous philosophy of Gaia, would top the FBI’s Most Wanted list, only reaffirms the notion that the Bureau’s energy is being exerted in specious directions....
Life in the ‘Shed
DAVID Ker THOMSON
The American unconscious is structured like a watershed. Mainstream politics regenerates itself with the fluid dynamics not merely of suppression (the overt physical disciplining of the individual into a docile body—soldier, prisoner, or barefoot airpl...
An Appeal to Israeli Filmmakers
UDI ALONI
To Gal Uchovsky and Eitan Fuchs, In two weeks time, your film "The Bubble" will be screened as part of the Homage to Tel Aviv week, at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival (Congratulations!). There is concern among left wing circles in Toronto and ...