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Archives from September 2009
What Integrity Means to Pfizer
MARTHA ROSENBERG
The satire was biting: "Thanks for making time to see me today," posted a rep on cafepharma about a fictitious sales meeting with a psychiatrist. "Now, I know that you used Neurontin in the past for every condition under the sun. Pfizer knows ve...
Medicare Buy-In
DEAN BAKER
Back in the good old days the conservatives were the folks who favored individual choice: not any more. In the current health care debate, the top priority of the so-called conservatives is to deny people choice. They want to make sure that Americans do not have the ...
Punch in the Streets, But Not in the Suites
LAURA FLANDERS
The G20 summit wrapped up in Pittsburgh Friday with pledges but little punch. Except in the streets. On climate change, world leaders vowed “strong action” and on the economy, "balanced economic growth." The summit endorsed granting more ...
U.S. Story on Iran Nuke Facility Doesn’t Add Up
GARETH PORTER
The story line that dominated media coverage of the second Iranian uranium enrichment facility last week was the official assertion that U.S. intelligence had caught Iran trying to conceal a "secret" nuclear facility. But an analysis of the transcrip...
The Baucus Excuse
DAVE LINDORFF
Some years ago, my wife and I, together with our young daughter, took a circuitous summer train trip through France, Italy, Austria and Germany. The last leg was an overnight express from Berlin that deposited us at the Gare du Nord in Paris just at sunrise. Feeling ...
Another War in the Works
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Does anyone remember all the lies that they were told by President Bush and the “mainstream media” about the grave threat to America from weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? These lies were repeated endlessly in the print and TV media despite the reports...
McChrystal’s Afghan Desolation
VIJAY PRASHAD
The sorrow and grief, these black evenings, Eyes full of tears and times full of sadness, These burnt hearts, the killing of youths, These unfulfilled expectations and unmet hopes of brides, With a hatred for war, I call time and a...
Mission Impossible
RICARDO ALARCÓN De QUESADA
When the Supreme Court decided not to hear the Cuban Five petition, the Justices acted exactly as requested by President Obama’s Solicitor General, showing that on this issue, there has been no change, certainly not a change we can believe in. The Supre...
The Fiasco Behind Chicago’s Olympics Bid
ANDY THAYER
Anti-Olympics organizers sprinted into the home stretch with a City Hall rally yesterday ahead of Friday’s International Olympic Committee vote on which city will get the 2016 games.  About 300 attended the protest which – not to take anything away f...
Why British Workers Are Angry
SEAUMAS MILNE
As the economic crisis has deepened and unemployment mushroomed, powerful voices opposing national action to protect jobs and industries, whether by governments or trade unions, have grown louder. From Davos to Detroit, the warning has gone out that “protection...
Spreading Hysteria About Swine Flu "Hysteria"
STEPHEN SOLDZ
Public health is bedeviled by the public’s lack of understanding of uncertainty. Public health policy deals with potential future events. Decisions about policy have to be made with often inadequate data. If, as often happens, bad scenarios don’t unfold, ...
Palestinians in the Israeli Army
JONATHAN COOK
in Arrabeh Demands from Israel’s chief commander this month that all Israeli citizens should be required to perform national service has turned the spotlight on a rarely discussed group of soldiers: members of Israel’s Palestinian minority. ...
The Party of No Meets the Island of No
SARA MANN
This morning on Mackinac Island, Michigan the temperature was a beautiful 68 degrees. Wild daisies held tightly to the last of their summer glory and the leaves of maple trees were slowly turning colors in anticipation of fall. A freshwater breeze was in the air...
60 Minutes and the General
BRUCE JACKSON
David Martin’s 13-minute “60 Minutes” interview with General Stanley McChrystal (September 27), the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, may have seemed like one more of those insufferable Sunday evening puff pieces, like Steve Kroft’s str...
Why They Call It Fall
DAVE LINDORFF
So now it turns out that the whole Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) was a flop or more likely a scam. Remember Bush Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson telling us last September that credit markets had locked up, and then, after half of the $750 billion that he ext...
A Neoliberal Hijacking
MARSHALL AUERBACK
As a matter of national accounting, the domestic private sector cannot net save unless and until foreign or government sectors net deficit spend. Call this the tyranny of double entry bookkeeping:  the government’s deficit equals by identity the non-govern...
Arabs in the International Balance
BOUTHAINA SHAABAN
The battle the Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouq Husni fought for the position of UNESCO Director General was not a personal battle by any standard.  Many powers had concerted their efforts so that this important position would not be occupied by an Arab, rega...
Recovery Without Feeling
ALAN FARAGO
The economic calamity is abating according to Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chief. What else could he say? But it is hard to be optimistic if you are a small businessman in Florida. This doesn’t feel like a "recovery" at all. "For rent" sign...
From the Great Game to the Blame Game
GARETH PORTER
In a remarkable parallel with a similar turning point in the Vietnam War 44 years ago, President Barack Obama will preside over a series of meetings in the coming weeks that will determine whether the United States will proceed with an escalation of the Afghanistan W...
The Patient as Customer
JOSEPH SHER
Throughout the misguided and misleading debate on how to “fix” the health care system in the United States, a fundamental fallacy continues to assert itself: that patients who require treatment are somehow like shoppers who want a new pair of shoes or a h...
The U.S., Iran and Nuclear Terror
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Iran’s admission that it is enriching uranium at a second nuclear site was greeted with alarm in the halls of Washington and in American newsrooms on Friday.  Obama has long warned about the "existential threat" that Iran poses to the U.S. and it...
Remembering Kirsten Brydum
BEN ROSENFELD
On September 27, 2008, Kirsten Brydum of San Francisco became the 144th of 179 people murdered in New Orleans that year. Like countless others, her murder remains unsolved. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, The Big Easy seems to mean killing and getting away with it....
On Palestinian Civil Disobedience
NEVE GORDON
Sometime in 1846, Henry David Thoreau spent a night in jail because he refused to pay his taxes. This was his way of opposing the Mexican-American War as well as the institution of slavery. A few years later he published the essay Civil Disobedience, which has since ...
The Sound and Fury of the Honduran Coup
LAURA CARLSEN
Over the past few days, reports poured in from Honduras of the use of sound devices and chemical warfare in attacks on the Brazilian Embassy by the Honduran coup. The use of Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) has been confirmed by observers and journalists. Numerous p...
More Lies, More Deceptions
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The G-20 ministers declared their meeting in Pittsburgh a success, but as Rob Kall reports in OpEdNews.com, the meeting’s main success was to turn Pittsburgh into “a ghost-town, emptied of workers and the usual pedestrians, but filled to overflowing with ...