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Archives from October 2009
Chronicle of a Tormenta Electrica
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. During the first week of October, the increasingly unpopular government of Felipe Calderon stepped up its ongoing war of words against the Mexican Electricity Workers Union (SME), one of the nation’s oldest labor organizations founded at the...
The Dollar Will Not Crash
MIKE WHITNEY
The dollar is not going to crash. There may be grumblings in foreign capitals and "secret meetings" between finance ministers but, for now, the dollar appears to be safe.  Foreign countries don’t trade in dollars because they like America...
Pennsylvania, First in the Nation for Single Payer?
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Will Pennsylvania be the first state in the nation to pass single payer health insurance reform? Chuck Pennacchio says yes. Pennacchio is a Professor of History at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. And he’s the executive director ...
The Cash Cops of Tenaha
GREG MOSES
It was Friday of the last day of August, 2007 when Arkansas resident James Morrow attempted to mind his own business while driving peaceably through Tenaha, a small East Texas town in Shelby County  south of Shreveport and Longview.According to a federal lawsuit...
The Battle in Canada
ERIC WALBERG
The Teflon cloak Israel has tried to wrap itself in since Operation Cast Lead, the invasion of Gaza in December 2008, looks as strong as ever in Canada. "Canada is so friendly that there was no need to convince or explain anything to anyone. We need allies like ...
The Last of the Hollywood High-Rollers
CHARLES R. LARSON
You might ask:  Why am I reviewing a novel/biography/kiss-and-tell story by a chimpanzee?  I’ll tell you.  This book (whatever its genre) was long-listed for the Man Booker Award, England’s most prestigious literary prize for fiction. ...
Taping Our Mouths Shut to Scream Out Our Dissent
EMILY RATNER
On October 13, Tulane University, a bastion of privilege in the South, hosted Ehud Olmert as a featured speaker. In response, more than 70 demonstrators engaged in protests and direct actions both inside and outside the event, and were interviewed by local media. Des...
White House v. Fox News: a War Obama Can Win
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
  The jousting between the White House and Fox News is drawing grave warnings from pundits to Obama’s team that this is a losing issue for their man. They quote the old tag, “Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.”...
Ignoring the Crimes Before Our Eyes
DAVE LINDORFF
On Oct. 13, the New York Times ran a news story headlined “Door Opens to Health Claims Tied to Agent Orange,” which was sure to be good news to many American veterans of the Indochina War. It reported that 38 years after the Pentagon ceased spreading the ...
Dinner With the President
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
WArriving in my email this morning was a letter from James Carville. I’m sure many of you received the same invitation. Particularly enticing is this sentence: And since you have the President’s back, I wanted to make sure you don&rsqu...
A Way of Knowing
WES JACKSON
One of the first lessons a scientist learns is that 100 percent agreement on scientific matters is rare. And a consensus can be reversed. But that reversal won’t come from talk radio or TV pundits. It will come from those who publish under the stringent demands...
Judith Leyster’s Sensuous Passions
DAVID YEARSLEY
The perfect antidote to the oppressive  grandeur of the National Mall—its heaps of marble, imperial axis running from the Capitol to Lincoln sitting in judgment, the glowering stone edifices lining the vast lawns, war memorials, and equestrian generals&mda...
It’s a Bob Christmas for Halloween
PETER STONE BROWN
There are many ways to view or react Bob Dylan’s decision to record a Christmas album, and probably all of them make sense.  I always figured he’d do one eventually and when the album was announced several weeks ago, my initial reaction was, why now?...
The Scorched Earth Mindset of the International Banker
STEPHEN MARTIN
The love of money is the root of all evil.  ...
Barney Frank the Bankers’ Consort
RALPH NADER
What planet is Congressman Barney Frank on, anyway? It is the planet of the banks and other financial firms that keep his campaign coffers humming, as their chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.       On his ext...
Global Food Fight
JESSE LERNER-KINGLAKE
Today marks World Food Day, a UN initiative to raise global awareness of issues of food security for the world’s poorest. Yet any effort to solve the problem of hunger is set to fail unless we adopt a new approach to how the world makes, distributes and sells f...
The Realistic Way Out of Iraq
NICOLA NASSER
Insecurity in Iraq is in – built in the U.S. – conceived sectarian and “federal” constitution drafted after the U.S. – led invasion in 2003, in the political process engineered by the U.S. occupying power on sectarian and federal “...
Against Leaders
DAVID Ker THOMSON
I hear from my friends that their champion has won a prize for peace, and I feel sure that, given the kind of peace for which my friends have settled, their champion deserves exactly this sort of recognition. As I write my son comes by with a tub of Lego heads...
Berlusconi: Still Doing Nothing, Still There
CARLO GALLI
Silvio Berlusconi’s political success wasn’t unexpected: he didn’t land like an alien into a calm, efficient democracy or transparent economy. His success in fact represents the synthesis of Italy’s democratic and economic decline, to which he...
Where $18 an Hour is Too Much
CARL GINSBURG
The trucks rolled through the prison-like gates of the Stella D’Oro factory on upper Broadway in the Bronx this week, there to begin the process of moving the eighty year-old plant’s baking machinery to a facility in Ohio. Same cookies, same cakes, same b...
Rainforest Beef, Factory Farms and Anthony Bourdain’s War on Vegetarians
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has never made a secret of his disdain for vegetarians and vegans. In his best-selling book Kitchen Confidential the former New York cook remarked somewhat amusingly, “Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the v...
Why I Miss China
JAMES L. SECOR
My reason for being out of China is my bitch: education. University education. An institution of caged cowards playing internal politics and doing the Party Dance in the name of teaching. Professors so frightened of doing anything for fear of rocking the boat that th...
Educating Children in War Zones
CATHERINE ROTTENBERG
and NEVE GORDON BEER SHEBA, Israel. Educating children in a conflict zone is no simple matter. More often than not, those responsible for the curricula succumb to the masters of war and adopt a pedagogical approach that exacerbates rather than diffuses stri...
Dollar Spasms
MARSHALL AUERBACK
Under the Gold Standard, the leading economies of the world, through their monetary authorities, agreed to maintain the “mint price” of gold fixed by standing ready to buy or sell gold to meet any supply or demand imbalance. Furthermore, the central bank ...
Autumn of the Patriarch
SAUL LANDAU
Fidel and Raul Castro, in a fifty six year partnership in revolutionary enterprises that have changed the essence of Cuban life, have also altered the geopolitics of southern Africa and the Western Hemisphere. The charismatic Obatalah, the religious embodimen...
The Rich Have Stolen the Economy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Bloomberg reports that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s closest aides earned millions of dollars a year working for Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and other Wall Street firms.  Bloomberg adds that none of these aides faced Senate confirmation.  Yet, th...
Escalation Unopposed
RON JACOBS
When school started in September 1969 I was attending a Catholic high school located twenty miles outside of Washington, DC. in Laurel, MD.  My dad was in DaNang, Vietnam.  The seniors at the school were facing an almost certain induction into the military ...
The Ghost of John Brown
WINDY COOLER
When my truly dear White-Alabama-Granny was spitting mad the worst she would hiss under her breath, with an emphatic foot stamp, was "John Brown!" She took his name deep into her throat, her eyes hot with rage as her toast erupted into flames, once or twice...
"A Place of Greater Safety"
MICHAEL SNEDECKER
The French Revolution was a concussive event, a century’s worth of transformation compressed into five years.  In 1789 King Louis XVI put on his silk underclothing with the choreographed assistance of several carefully chosen courtiers, and in 1793 hi...
Abbas and the Goldstone Report
RAMZY BAROUD
As Israeli bombs fell on the Gaza Strip during its one-sided war between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009, millions around the world took to the streets in complete and uncompromising outrage. The level of barbarity in that war, especially as it was conducted a...
Sarah Palin Bears It All
CHARLES R. LARSON
The most amazing aspect of Sarah Palin’s autobiography, Going Rogue: An American Life, i...
Michelle’s Family Tree
MARGARET KIMBERLEY
Before her bomb-dropping husband received a prize usually reserved for those waging peace, Michelle Robinson Obama and her family were the subject of much media scrutiny. For reasons known only to themselves, the New York Times felt compelled to study the first lady&...
A Neo-Liberal Arts Education
DANNY WEIL
Co-founder of Alta Colleges Inc., Kirk Riedinger chuckled to a reporter in 2002 as he looked back at the company he helped found.  In an interview in the Denver Business Journal, June of that year, Riedinger was quoted, sniggering: “We didn’t have tw...
Return to Peshawar
MUHAMMAD IDREES AHMAD
I leave Kamra (*) in Punjab at 7pm in a rickety old bus without air-conditioning. A pleasant wind rushes through the open windows: the late summer evening has mercifully sucked the humidity out of it. People who can’t afford air-conditioned transportation usual...
A Tale of Two Protocols
NIRMAL GHOSH
The two protocols stand in stark contrast. But the future of our world as we know it, depends on them. The Kyoto Protocol sets binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community, for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, amounting t...
Nuking the Climate Bill
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Is the Climate Bill morphing into an excuse to promote fossil fuels and new nuclear power plants? Sen. John Kerry’s (D-MA) recent promotion of a pro-nuke/pro-drilling/pro-coal agenda in the name of Climate Protection has been highlighted in a New York T...
Which Side Are You On?
RICARDO ALARCÓN De QUESADA
FBI officials received a huge amount of concrete, detailed information about anti-Cuban terrorist groups, including their exact locations, with addresses and phone numbers, photographs and tape recordings describing sinister plans in their own voices and many other d...
Rethinking the Afghan Insurgency
BRIAN M. DOWNING
A critical debate is underway to determine whether or not the US will send up to forty thousand more troops to Afghanistan. The debate is said to include a wide-range of opinion, but even at the top political and military levels, there isn’t profound understand...
Our Cheap Politicians
ANDREW COCKBURN
Smart investors have certainly had plenty of opportunity to make money lately. Gold is up twenty percent. Oil has doubled. The Dow roars through 10,000. But one investment has far, far, outperformed all others in epic returns: politics. Wall Street balance s...
War Criminals Are Becoming Arbiters of the Law
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The double standard under which the Israeli government operates is too much for everyone except the brainwashed Americans. Even the very Israeli ...
Abandoning "Women and Children"
NADIA HIJAB
The United Nations Security Council has just passed a welcome resolution — U.N. Security Council Resolution 1888 — that strengthens the international community’s ability to tackle sexual violence in wartime. Sexual violence offences have already bee...
Fearsome Words?
MICHAEL NEUMANN
In April of this year I was invited by the Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Association to speak at one of their meetings.  The meeting was to have taken place in the Parliament building in Ottawa, where I have spoken previously without incident.  John Ivison...
White Silence
CHARLES MODIANO
“It’s Obama’s America, is it not? Obama’s America — white kids getting beat up on school buses now. I mean, you put your kids on a school bus, you expect safety, but in Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up wi...
An Extension of Her Motherhood
WALTER M. BRASCH
Ask Sherry Carpenter of Bloomsburg, Pa., anything about pets–any species, any breed–and she’ll cheerfully give you the answer or find it for you. Just don’t expect it to be a short conversation. She’ll answer your question, then others y...
Fighting the Taliban
M. REZA PIRBHAI
With US and NATO commanders on the battlefield of Afghanistan calling for more troops, how best to defeat the Taliban is being hotly debated by Washington’s policy-makers and their media pundits. Yet, nowhere are the types of questions posed by Arundhati Roy (t...
Won’t You Please Come to Chicago?
DEAN BAKER
The elites hate to acknowledge it, but when large numbers of ordinary people are moved to action, it changes the narrow political world where the elites call the shots. Inside accounts reveal the extent to which Johnson and Nixon’s conduct of the Vietnam War wa...
Hawks Play Up the Taliban’s Ties to Al Qaeda
GARETH PORTER
U.S. national security officials, concerned that President Barack Obama might be abandoning the strategy of full-fledged counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan, are claiming new intelligence assessments suggesting that al Qaeda would be allowed to return to Afghanistan...
The CBO’s Flawed Report on Medical Malpractice
RALPH NADER
Stuart Hagen must either be greatly overworked or possessed of an overwhelmingly monetized mind. As the author of a Congressional Budget Office’s reply to the request by Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) for an "updated analysis" of medical malpr...
Fortress Moon
JOHN STRAUSBAUGH
Anyone with two brain cells to rub together had to wonder what was up with NASA bombing the moon last week. They were looking for water? Really? The entire surface of the moon is pitted with craters. They had to gouge out two more to look for water? Nobody bou...
Is Canada More Pro-Israel Than the US?
YVES ENGLER
Is Canada more pro-Israel than the US? In June, Israel began barring some North Americans with Palestinian-sounding names entry through Ben Gurion Airport. Forced to reroute through a land-border crossing that connects the West Bank with Jordan, their passpor...