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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 August 2009
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...