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Archives from September 2009
The Afghan Folly
TARIQ ALI
Italian, British and German soldiers are being returned from Afghanistan to their countries in coffins. Why? Through no fault of their own but because politicians of centre-right/centre-left despatched them to fight an imperial war on behalf of Washington. In Italy, ...
Trashing Single-Payer
DAVE LINDORFF
In an article in the Sunday New York Times, headlined “Medicare for All? ‘Crazy,’ ‘Socialized’ and Unlikely,”reporter Katherine Q. Seelye did her best to damn the idea of government insurance for all with faint praise. To b...
Gen. McChrystal’s Salespitch
RON JACOBS
The prematurely released McChrystal paper on Afghanistan is a revealing document of the prevailing Pentagon mindset on the US-led war in Afghanistan.  The paper acknowledges that the US and its allies face a "resilient and growing insurgency" and that ...
Tom Friedman’s Idiocy Atomique
HARVEY WASSERMAN
France’s atomic power industry is a failed radioactive flame. Its 58 reactors are unpopular, unsafe, uneconomical, dirty, direct agents of global warming, weapons proliferators and major generators of atomic waste for which there is no management solution. ...
Why Your Doctor May Have PTSD
PAUL SIMPSON, M.D.
I keep hearing that our healthcare system is broken and needs to be fixed. I disagree. We don’t have a broken healthcare system because the arrangement we have for healthcare in this country does not satisfy the definition of the word “system.” A sy...
Convergence in Pittsburgh
JEB SPRAGUE
As media and government delegates prepare for the G20 Summit to be held Sep. 24-25 in Pittsburgh, local business and activist groups are promoting clashing visions of days to come. Hit hard over the last quarter of the twentieth century with a collapsing steel...
Joe Wilson’s Immigration Hypocrisy
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
If Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina is so concerned about illegal immigration and the possibility that migrants might buy government sponsored health insurance then he should stop pushing for free trade agreements in Latin America. It’s an important poi...
Will Trumka or the Steelworkers Push Labor Into Battle?
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
I was wrong. In my dispatch previewing the AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh, on this site last week, I predicted that the grassroots initiative for a resolution to commit the labor federation to a single-payer health care policy would present the convention with one ...
Backstage at the AFL-CIO Convention
CARL FINAMORE
Any large national convention attracting over 1000 delegates and 2000 guests like the 11.5 million-member AFL-CIO gathering in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 13-17, is necessarily well-scripted and choreographed. This is to be expected. Scheduled appea...
Thoughts on Saving an Old Barn
DAVE LINDORFF
For the last two weeks, I’ve been contemplating the mysteries of a post-and-beam barn, trying to work out how to rescue the long-ignored structure from the fate of many barns of its vintage (probably about 150 years old), which is total collapse. This p...
Sliming Goldstone and His Report
URI AVNERY
Is there no limit to the wiles of those dastardly anti-Semites? Now they have decided to slander the Jews with another blood libel. Not the old accusation of slaughtering Christian children to use their blood for baking Passover matzoth, as in the past, but of...
CIA Torturers Running Scared
RAY McGOVERN
Seven CIA directors—including three who are themselves implicated in planning and conducting torture and assassination — have asked the President to call off Holder. Unable to prevent Attorney General Eric Holder from starting an investigation of t...
Women, War and Afghanistan
LINA THORNE
I want the women of Afghanistan to be liberated. Do I have to support the war? Short answer: No. In fact, supporting the war only works against their liberation. If you can’t stand the idea of ...
Will Trumka or the Steelworkers Push Labor Into Battle?
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
I was wrong. In my dispatch previewing the AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh, on this site last week, I predicted that the grassroots initiative for a resolution to commit the labor federation to a single-payer health care policy would present the convention with one ...
New Deal Liberalism Writes Its Obituary
ALAN NASSER
Since the administration of Jimmy Carter, the Democratic Party has been galloping to the right like there’s no tomorrow. Countless opportunities to mobilize constituencies against the depradations of Reaganism/neoliberalism were lost, or better, deliberately mi...
The Post-Bubble Malaise
MIKE WHITNEY
We keep hearing that "The worst is behind us", but the spin doesn’t square with the facts. Sure the stock market has done well, but scratch the surface and you’ll find that things are not as what they seem. Zero hedge–which is quickly beco...
Boycott Derails Jerusalem Rail Line
JONATHAN COOK
in Nazareth. An ill-fated light railway under construction in Jerusalem was originally heralded by Israeli officials as a way to cement the city’s “unification” four decades after the city’s Palestinian half was illegally annexed to Isr...
The Kuwaiti Who Met Bin Laden
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly struck another decisive blow to the credibility of the Bush administration’s detention policies at Guantánamo (and ...
The Prohibitionists’ Manifesto
FRED GARDNER
"Marijuana Dispensaries and the Federal Government: Recommendations to the Obama Administration" is a well researched, smoothly argued, copiously annotated Prohibitionist position paper that recently appeared on the ...
The Nuclear Dump in the Mediterranean Sea
MICHAEL LEONARDI
Now being overshadowed by the deaths of 6 Italian soldiers in the growingly unpopular war in Afghanistan, another deadly and sinister Tragedy is brewing. In the beckoning blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea that surround the Italian Peninsula and its islands, and wh...
What Happens in Congress Stays in Congress
DAVID MACARAY
In 1935, as part of the National Labor Relations Act (popularly known as the Wagner Act), the federal government gave labor unions the “right to organize,” which meant, among other things, that it was now a federal crime for companies to attempt to dissua...
When Gossip Came Back and Our Modern Age was Born
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The Seventies are back, or so claims People magazine. I can see why. It’s nostalgia for the last sane decade in American political life, when people assayed the state of the nation amid the embers of the Sixties and of the Vietnam War and elected politicians wh...
Dialing Up The Clash
LORENZO WOLFF
One of the most irritating questions that you can ask a musician is “What kind of music do you play?” It’s a pretty comical scene picturing a young Manu Chao or Les Claypool trying to answer this. After fifteen minutes of inarticulate gibberish, bot...
Hacking the Sky
JASON MARK
Earth is busted. Like a supercomputer whose elaborate code has developed a few bugs, the core operating systems of the planet are frayed: Ocean populations are collapsing, forests are disappearing, soils have become thin. Perhaps most worrisome, the globe’s atm...
Flags for Hiroshima
ELIN O'HARA SLAVICK
Note: ELIN O’HARA SLAVICK’s Flags for Hiroshima is on exhibit at the Cosign Project i...