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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...