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Archives from August 2009
The Reappointment of Bernanke
DEAN BAKER
The world’s central bankers met in Jackson Hole last weekend for their annual gathering. Undoubtedly one of the main topics of discussion was the reappointment of Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve Board chairman. His reappointment would almost certainly win the s...
The Future of Charter Schools
DANNY WEIL
This is the conclusion ofa three part series on Charter schools and Obama’s education policy. Click here for part one  and here for part two. Amy Wells, perhaps the most notable writer ...
Still Homeless, Still Struggling in New Orleans
JORDAN FLAHERTY
Crawling through a hole in a fence and walking through an open doorway, Shamus Rohn and Mike Miller lead the way into an abandoned Midcity hospital. They are outreach workers for the New Orleans organization UNITY for the Homeless, and they do this all day long; sear...
From Citizen to Serf in 200 Years
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
America is a strange place.  Liberals get emotionally distraught that the Founding Fathers stuck Second Amendment rights in the Constitution.  For American citizens to possess firearms is considered to be dangerous.  Yet, it is quite alright for Americ...
Haiti After the Hurricane
LAURA RAYMOND And BILL QUIGLEY
Until the summer of 2008, Orlande Noel supported his family of eight by operating a trucking business in Gonaives, Haiti, a town of around two hundred thousand people.  Then four huge tropical storms and hurricanes slammed into Haiti in 30 days. &nb...
Getting Away With Torture
DAVE LINDORFF
When you hear about the sick, twisted things that America’s torturers have been doing, courtesy of President George W. Bush and Vice President Darth Cheney, you have to remember that the US military and the CIA were not really all that reliable when it came to ...
The Coup and Honduran Women
LAURA CARLSEN
On the morning of June 28, women’s organizations throughout Honduras were preparing to promote a yes vote on the national survey to hold a Constitutional Assembly. Then the phone lines started buzzing. In this poor Central American nation, feminists have...
The Leaking Game
GARETH PORTER
Western officials are leaking stories to the Associated Press and Reuters aimed at pressuring the outgoing chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, to include a summary of intelligence alleging that Iran has been actively pursuing work on n...
Why Didn’t the Leopard Eat Tom Friedman?
BELEN FERNANDEZ
At an internet café in Tegucigalpa the other day, I came across Thomas Friedman’s mid-August column in the New York Times “The Land of ‘No Service,’” which I assumed would be about a poorly functioning McDonald&rs...
The Charter School Hype and How It’s Managed
DANNY WEIL
This is part two of a three part series on Charter schools and Obama’s education policy. Click here for part one. As I worked on an investigation of charter schools my ...
The Face of Impunity
RICARDO ALARCÓN De QUESADA
This is the third part in Ricardo Alarcón’s series on the Cuban Five. Click here to read part one and here to read par...
Israel: A Stalemated Action of History
GABRIEL KOLKO
In late 1949 I worked on a boat taking Jews from Marseilles to Haifa, Israel. Jews from Arab nations were in the front of the boat, Europeans in the rear. I was regarded by many of the Europeans as some sort of freak because I had a United States passport...
China’s Wild West
MARTINE BULARD
My journey to China’s westernmost province began this May in the backroom of an ordinary brasserie in one of Paris’s eastern suburbs. The Uyghur man I had come to see was accompanied by a plainclothes policeman, but even so, his hands trembled...
Westlands Hoards Surplus Water While Farmers Suffer
DAN BACHER
Over the past several months, the mainstream media and right wing demagogues such as Sean Hannity have reported "heart rending" stories about the Westlands Water District having to fallow fields, putting farmworkers out of work and farms in...
Boycott Israel
NEVE GORDON
Israeli newspapers this summer are filled with angry articles about the push for an international boycott of Israel. Films have been withdrawn from Israeli film festivals, Leonard Cohen is under fire around the world for his decision to perform in Tel Aviv, and Oxfam...
Why has Human Rights Watch Fallen Silent on Honduras?
Leisy Abrego, Et. Al
August 21, 2009 Kenneth Roth Executive Director Human Rights Watch Dear Mr. Roth, We are deeply concerned by the absence of statements and reports from your organization over the serious and systematic human rights abuses that have be...
Obama and Duncan’s Education Policy: Like Bush’s, Only Worse
DANNY WEIL
In his first major speech on education since his election and swearing in as President, a speech made to an unscheduled meeting of the Council of Chief State School officers, held on March 10, 2009 in Washington D.C., Barrack Obama repeated the claim...
Mexico’s Supreme Court Tosses a Bombshell into Chiapas
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City With immense sorrow etched into his weather-beaten face, the Tzotzil Indian farmer slowly mounted the imposing granite steps of Mexico’s Supreme Court.  Sebastian Perez Vazquez’s job was a thankless one.  As pr...
Unwritten CIA Death Contract Awarded to Blackwater
RAY MCGOVERN
Hats off to Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times for ferreting out what it was that sent CIA Director Leon Panetta scurrying over to Congress in late June. According to Mazzetti, Panetta’s top lieutenants, many of them holdovers from the l...
What It’s Like to Die
CRAWDAD NELSON
I died in April, 1979, a Saturday morning that I seem, now, to remember as being sunny and animated, as most sunny spring days on the Mendocino coast are, with that naive optimism unique to unspoiled or only partially spoiled places located near natu...
The Right Wing’s Prince of Gonzo
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The "Prince of Darkness"  — aka Robert Novak — who died this week of a brain tumor was the Hunter Thompson of the right, albeit with predictable differences. Thompson, like Rimbaud, espoused a total disorderi...
Zionism: An "Abnormal" Nationalism
M. SHAHID ALAM
“The ultimate goal…is, in time, to take over the Land of Israel and to restore to the Jews the political independence they have been deprived of for these two thousand years…The Jews will yet arise and, arms in hand (if need be), ...
Russia/Georgia/U.S. One Year Later Who Came Out Ahead?
ERIC WALBERG
War clouds refuse to disperse a year after Georgia waged war against Russia. On the anniversary of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s ill-fated invasion of South Ossetia 8 August, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev warned: "Georgia do...
In Defense of the Dark Side of the Moon
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
"But, for myself, the Earth’s records had taught me to look for widest ruin as the price of highest civilization." Edgar Allan Poe, The Colloquy Of Monos And Una (1850) Twenty years before a powerful syndicate of military-industrial crimi...
The Truth About The Afghan Election
PATRICK COCKBURN
In Iraq and Afghanistan American and British forces became participants in civil wars which their own presence has exacerbated and prolonged. The US and UK governments persistently ignore the extent to which foreign military occupation has destabiliz...
American Justice is Not Blind, But it is Truly Sick
DAVE LINDORFF
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Federal District Court Judge Fernando Gaitan of the Missouri Western District Court have at least two things in common: they are both appointees of President Ronald Reagan, and they both think it’s ...
Why I Chose to Play Scarlatti on Bainbridge Island
DAVID YEARSLEY
One of the principle joys of coming back to my parents’ place on Bainbridge Island, a Manhattan-sized piece of land directly across from Seattle in the Puget Sound and reachable from the metropolis by a thirty-minute ferry ride, was playing my ...
Grim Times for Irish Travelers
JUSTIN FREW
While the history of Irish Travellers is to a large extent shrouded in the mists of the past, records indicate that they have contributed to Ireland’s cultural tapestry for close to a millennium, ever since the 12th century. As far back as 1551...
Paycheck President
CARL GINSBURG
What if President Barack Obama had simply announced a “Friday Paycheck”?  That is, a priority above all else to get money to people who need it this Friday and every Friday thereafter?  Call him the Paycheck President.  For...
Loving Oneself at the Expense of Another
GILAD ATZMON
“As a man in a dream who fails to lay hands upon another whom he is pursuing- the one cannot escape nor the other overtake.”  (Homer’s Iliad, XX11.) Greece Revisited In his valuable book Looking ...
The Continuing Story of Camp Ashraf
RON JACOBS
According to multiple news sources and Iranian exiles with contacts in the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI) camp in Iraq known as Camp Ashraf, the camp was attacked by Iraqi forces on July 28 and 28, 2009.  At least eleven camp residents ...
The Worst and the Best Thing to Happen to the Democratic Party in Years
DAVE LINDORFF
Bill Clinton was the worst thing to happen to the Democratic Party and to progressives since that racist warmonger Woodrow Wilson won the presidency and dragged the US into the First World War. Clinton, by posing as a progres...
The Strategy Behind Israel’s Migrant Labor Policies
YONATAN PREMINGER
As an increasing number of people feel the grip of the global financial crisis, Israel’s familiar bugbear has been wheeled out yet again: deport the foreign workers! True to form, the newly appointed Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz...
The Detention of Shah Rukh Kahn
WAJAHAT ALI
Shah Rukh Khan, the immensely popular Bollywood actor and one of the most recognizable names on earth, was subtly reminded, despite being the United States’ “very welcome guest,” that he nonetheless possesses a suspicious Muslim nam...
The Drug Barons’ Campaign to Make Us All Crazy
EUGENIA TSAO
Some years ago, a friend told me that he had been diagnosed with a major depressive disorder and that his psychiatrist had given him a prescription for Forest Laboratories’ popular SSRI antidepressant Celexa (chemical name, citalop...
The Three Amigos Summit
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City Last week’s "Three Amigos" Summit of North American heads of state in Guadalajara offered all the hair-raising excitement of watching Barack Obama and rightists Stephen Harper (Canada) and host Felipe Calderon sleepw...
Legendary Lawyer Doris Brin Walker Dies; Represented Angela Davis, Smith Act Defendants
MARJORIE COHN
Doris “Dobby” Brin Walker, the first woman president of the National Lawyers Guild, died on August 13 at the age of 90. Doris was a brilliant lawyer and a tenacious defender of human rights. The only woman in her University of California ...
AIPAC Sends in the Clowns
FRANKLIN LAMB
 Suddenly they were all over the place, arriving not as singles but in battalions. Many, like Maryland’s 5th District Rep. Steny Hoyer had been to Israel nearly a dozen times; career stalwarts once more showing fealty to Israel’s bru...
Guess What? He’s a Terrible President
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Both President Obama’s health care plan and his presidency are going down the toilet. This is well, and right, and just as it should be. Obama is turning out to be a disastrous president, wholly u...
There are a Lot of Angry People Out There
MARSHALL AUERBACK
No more free passes.  A number of the President’s supporters who expressed concerns about the pro-Wall Street tilt of his early administration decisions were prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt so long as he came through on healt...
Americans: Serfs Ruled by Oligarchs
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
“In a little time [there will be] no middling sort.  We shall have a few, and but a very few Lords, and all the rest beggars.”  R.L. Bushman “Rapidly you are dividing into two classes–extreme...
Don’t Confuse Medicare with Single-Payer
MARY LYNN CRAMER
Whether intentional or not, the liberal “single-payer” promoters have greatly confused the public by equating single-payer, universal health care coverage with “Medicare For All.”  Ironically, it looks like they will get ...
U.S. Turns Blind Eye to Israel’s New Separation Policy
JONATHAN COOK
Jerusalem In an echo of restrictions already firmly in place in Gaza, Israel has begun barring movement between Israel and the West Bank for those holding a foreign passport, including humanitarian aid workers and thousands of Palestinian resid...
Block Obama’s Abject Surrender to Insurance and Drug Companies
RALPH NADER
Never much of a fighter against abusive corporate power, Barack Obama is making it increasingly clear that right from his start as President, he wanted health insurance reform that received the approval of the giant drug and health insurance industri...
Why Iceland and Latvia Won’t (and Can’t) Pay for the Kleptocrats’ Ripoffs
MICHAEL HUDSON
In the wake of the world crash populations are asking not only whether debts should be paid, but whether they can be paid! If they can’t be, then trying to pay will only shrink economics further, preventing them from becoming viable. This is wh...
Whose Acre?
URI AVNERY
The ancient port of Acre is now the object of a fierce battle. The Arab inhabitants of the town want the port to bear the name of an Arab hero, Issa al Awam, a general under Saladin, the Muslim leader who defeated the Crusaders. The municipality of A...
Katrina Pain Index – 2009
BILL QUIGLEY And DAVIDA FINGER
0. Number of renters in Louisiana who have received financial assistance from the $10 billion federal post-Katrina rebuilding program Road Home Community Development Block Grant – compared to 116,708 homeowners. 0. Numbe...
The True Story of Fox’s Hero, Kenneth Gladney
DON FITZ
Did you hear about the town hall meeting in St. Louis where union thugs attacked a black conservative and sent him to the hospital with multiple injuries? Well, it didn’t happen exactly like that. In fact, events were th...
Bagram Isn’t the New Guantánamo, It’s the Old Guantánamo
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Back in September 2005, when I first began researching Guantánamo for my book ...
Zionist Pioneer Renounces Zionism
HELENA COBBAN
I’ve never met Dov Yermiya, a Jewish Israeli peace activist who is now 94 years old. But I read of course the book he published in 1983 in which he wrote with anguish about the torture and other gross mistreatment of civilians he witnessed dire...