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Archives from December 2009
Whose Euthanasia Is It, Anyway?
FARZANA VERSEY
She held my hand in a firm grip the night before she died. The room where she lay in coma was airy and it was home. The doctors had given up on my maternal grandmother, but we had not. I would sit by her bedside and talk to her or just read; I was told that voices re...
Why I Climbed the Flagpole
INGMAR LEE
I climbed the flagpole because I’m unhappily ashamed to be a ‘Canadian.’ Although I’ve never trended much towards any nationalist or patriotic proclivity, I’ll admit to a slight twinge of pride of nation was when a former Prime Minister,...
Destroying the Everglades at 25 Cents Per Ton
ALAN FARAGO
In early December, on an unseasonably hot and humid Florida day, I sat under a large tent in a crowd of hundreds at the edge of a man-made canal draining the Everglades. On stage, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, deputy assistant secretary of the Army ‘Rock&rsqu...
The Conservative Dissident
BINOY KAMPMARK
Grand Ayatollah Hosein-Ali Montazeri has passed into the history of the Iranian Revolution as he was, potentially at least, about to create another.  Thirty years ago, he was a vital figure in unseating the Shah, and well placed within the circle of...
Obamacare and the Façade of Regulation
JAMES RIDGEWAY
Plenty of countries have created excellent health care systems largely through regulation–so why can’t we do the same? The French and Japanese health care systems, for example, do not exclude private industry. They are not socialist in any se...
Almost Year One
SAUL LANDAU
“He gave billions to Wall Street, cracked down on illegal immigrants getting health care, and he’s sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan….He may go down in history as our greatest Republican president.” – Jay Leno...
Year 1431: Off to a Rocky Start
RANNIE AMIRI
Today, Friday Dec. 18, is the first day of the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar; 1 Muharram, 1431 A.H. Unfortunately, the New Year shows all signs of being another troubled one in the Middle East, with multiple hot spots unlikely to cool anytime...
The Health Care Charade
MICHAEL COLBY
Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders spoke for months about his “historic” efforts to get a vote on a single-payer health care bill in the Senate. While we all knew the outcome was going to be a rather miserable failure, it was a tiny crumb...
Tiger Woods: Lessons Not Learned … Again
D.K. WILSON
Let’s get this straight first: Tiger Woods’ platelet-rich plasma treatement is not "controversial." Anyone who says or implies it is can be perceived to be disingenuous. Despite the fact that only one woman’s alleged t...
Stunning Statistics About the War That Everyone Should Know
JEREMY SCAHILL
A hearing in Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Contract Oversightsubcommittee on contracting in Afghanistan has highlighted some important statistics that provide a window into the extent to which the Obama administration has picked up the Bush-era war priva...
Invading Eden
WAJAHAT ALI
Avatar is a visually astonishing spectacle that demands being witnessed on the big screen. It’s aesthetics tower considerably over its predictable storyline and mediocre dialogue, but James Cameron deserves props for seamlessly blending live action...
Tragicomedy in Ixtapalapa
JOHN ROSS
The marquee of the venerable Blanquita Theater here in the old quarter of this unruly megalopolis spotlights the city’s current clown prince, "Juanito", in the musical review "Don’t Give Up!" ("No Te Rajes!".) ...
Pakistan’s Refugee Disaster
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
Pakistan is suffering one of the worst humanitarian disasters since the Bangladesh crisis in 1971, thanks to President Obama’s decision to fund the Pakistan army’s escalating internal war against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. According to...
The Case of the Unwilling Yemeni Recruit
ANDY WORTHINGTON
On Monday, as I explained in a previous article, Judge Thomas Hogan refused the habeas corpus petition of Musa’ab al-Madhwani, a Yemeni who had been tortured in the CIA’s &ld...
The Sovereignty of Muslim Nations
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
The United States has adopted an invasive foreign policy that violates the sovereignty of many Muslim nations. Article 2(4) of the UN Charter promulgates: “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force a...
Recession Punks
LORENZO WOLFF
When the folks on my TV first started talking about our countries financial troubles I took a kind of guilty pleasure in it. When I see banks collapsing and retail stores dropping deeper and deeper in the red I can’t help but think of the punk musi...
Chavez’s Venezuela
MIKE WHITNEY
Eva Golinger is a Venezuelan-American attorney from New York living in Caracas, Venezuela since 2005 and author of “...
Green Mountain Mustering for the War at Home or Abroad?
STEVE EARLY
Burlington, Vt. Earlier this month, the Burlington had a busy weekend mustering its “troops” for active duty on several fronts, one at home and the other abroad. On Saturday, Dec. 5, two hundred labor and community...
Turning Tricks, Cashing In on Fear
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In the early 1970s the UN spearheaded the progressive notion of a new world economic order, one that would try to level the playing field between the First World and the Third. The neoliberal onslaughts gathering strength from the mid-1970s on destr...
Turning Montana Into the Nation’s Woodbox
GEORGE WUERTHNER
The Senate is holding hearings on John Tester’s Forest Jobs and Wilderness bill. One of the goals of the bill is to prop up a flagging timber industry by mandating timber targets on several national forests, including the Beaverhead Deerlodge Natio...
Life in Lebanon
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut Surely we should all have known better.  It was just too good to last. It seemed to some Americans in Lebanon that nearly all the Lebanese and their political leaders were ready to try to more of less work together for the good of the ...
Windows Into Non-Western Cultures
CHARLES R. LARSON
What chutzpah–I can hear you say–to think that Larson would come up with a list of the best books for 2009. You know I haven’t read as many as some other critics, but my response is that when newspapers and magazines make their choices ...
Hope is Dead
JIM GOODMAN
Studs Terkel, the eternally optimistic author of Hope Dies Last was always a champion of the little guy. The health care legislation we can expect from Congress still leaves millions of Americans uninsured, does nothing to lower premiums and certainly do...
Lordura di Napoli
BEN SONNENBERG
Gomorrah by the Italian director, Matteo Garrone, is a thrilling evisceration of the Camorra, the criminal organization that, like the better-known Mafia in Sicily, has ruled for centuries in southern Italy from its headquarters in Naples. Unlike the Maf...
It Takes a Conscience
MISSY BEATTIE
In February of 2008, Michelle Obama delivered a speech in which she said about her husband: “He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism.” I know what cynicism is. I felt it during the eight, long years of the homici...
Race to the Slop
DANIEL WEIL
The charter school saga gets more sordid and pernicious from city to city, day by day. The new fiasco involving taxpayer bailouts to Wall Street and the role of junk bonds in financing charter school ‘start-ups’ came to light in Minnesota in ...
That Nauseating Peace Concert
DAVID YEARSLEY
Last Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert resembled nothing so much as an all-star infomercial: smarmy and smiley, slickly produced, and about as believable as six-pack abs in one week or your money back. The product was Obama, wrapped tightly in the...
The Democrats’ Faux Fight Against the Banks
SHAMUS COOKE
How pathetic. President Obama sat at a table surrounded by super rich bankers, pleading with them to lend money to small businesses and workers. The media mislabeled Obama’s groveling as “encouraging,” “imploring,” and &ldqu...
How Banks Prey on the Unemployed
BARBARA KOEPPEL
While posting breathtaking profits in the last two quarters – Wells Fargo’s $3.2 billion, Citigroup’s $3 billion and Chase’s $2.7 billion – U.S. banks have figured out a way to squeeze some extra dollars from those who can l...
Abort the Democratic Health Care Bill
DAVE LINDORFF
Give credit to Howard Dean. This still practicing physician, former governor of Vermont, former chair of the Democratic Party and former Democratic presidential candidate has called for progressive members of Congress in both houses to join their Republi...
Heavy Metal Kids
STEVEN HIGGS
Listening to Marcella Piper-Terry detail her journey from artist to autism researcher is like any conversation with someone whose life has been touched by the pervasive developmental disorder. It sometimes takes the breath away. Her f...
The Lobby Within
RAMZY BAROUD
A just and peaceful solution to the protracted Palestinian-Israeli conflict is only possible when the US ceases to block every attempt made towards it. This assertion might raise many questions, for example, just how is one to define a just and p...
Death by Baggie
NORM KENT
For years I have been writing that no one dies by smoking pot. Today, I write sadly, that a young man in Florida died because he choked to death on it. His name was Andrew Grande, and he died this week in a popular Spring Break town, Panama City B...
Selling a "Just" War
RON JACOBS
December 20, 1989.  The US military attacked Panama.  At the time I was living in Olympia, WA.  I was a member of a group that worked to oppose the US wars in Central America and helped refugees find sanctuary called the Central American A...
Suffer Little Children
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It was a pretty easy call for Pope Benedict XVI. He expressed outrage over the tales of abuse of children in Ireland. It turns out that when Jesus said, “suffer little children to come unto me” what happened in Ireland was not what Jesus had ...
The "Inevitable" War?
BINOY KAMPMARK
Even after he has left office, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s remarks on the Iraq War are a source of concern.  Surely there can be little surprise about his latest opinions on the subject: that Saddam Hussein was going to be remov...
Green Market Punks
PATRICK BOND
Eight million people viewed Annie Leonard’s The Story of Stuff video since December 2007, and her new nine-minute ...
A Tea Party is Not a Revolution
RON JACOBS
I live almost a thousand miles from Massachusetts, but watched the special election for Senate there with interest.  It’s not that I am convinced that the Democrats are better than the GOP.  In fact, I actually believe that there is very ...
Why I Voted for the Republican in Massachusetts
JOHN V. WALSH
"Get off your butts,” implored Boston Democrat Mayor “Mumbles” Menino.  Thus spake the inarticulate mayor at the desperate rally featuring Barack Obama last Sunday before the special Senate election in Massachusetts.  Mum...
U.S. Creates Its Antithesis in Iraq
NICOLA NASSER
Nowhere it is more obvious than in Iraq that the existence of an election law, elections themselves and the constitution they are based on are not indicators of democracy or legitimacy, because these mechanisms are merely symbols of the antithesis of the...
Education’s Dismal Cycle
DAVID MACARAY
“We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don’t know.” —W.H. Auden I recently heard a military officer on television explain how vastly superior an all-volu...
The Sex Scandal No One Wants to Talk About
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Chicago, IL Residents from Chicago’ s New City neighborhood can be forgiven for not being too relieved that convicted killer/rapist Andrew Crawford is eligible for the death penalty. 47-year-old Crawford was found guilty of 11 murders...
Why Obama Flunks the "Just War" Test
DANIEL C. MAGUIRE
Whether Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize is not the point. He didn’t. The fact is, he got it, and was gifted with the chance of a lifetime to make a classic speech on the politics of peace-making, a speech that in the glare of Nobel could have ...
How Bush Redefined American Freedom
JAMES BOVARD
George W. Bush is gone from Washington but his legacy, like an abandoned toxic waste dump, lingers on. Like President Franklin Roosevelt before him, President Bush helped redefine American freedom. And like Roosevelt’s, Bush’s changes were pe...
An EU / IMF Revolt
ELLEN BROWN
Total financial collapse, once a problem only for developing countries, has now come to Europe. The International Monetary Fund is imposing its “austerity measures” on the outer circle of the European Union, with Greece, Iceland and Latvia th...
The Taliban’s Offer
GARETH PORTER
The Barack Obama administration is refusing to acknowledge an offer by the leadership of the Taliban in early December to give "legal guarantees" that it will not allow Afghanistan to be used for attacks on other countries. The administr...
The TVA Ash Spill One Year Later: Lessons Learned
GREGORY BUTTON
Nearly a year ago on Monday, December 22, 2009, at the Kingston fossil fuel plant in Eastern Tennessee, a fly ash impoundment collapsed and within minutes released 5.4 million cubic yards of toxic fly ash into the Emory River and over 300 acres of land. ...
The Copenhagen Conundrum
ROBERT BRYCE
Danish academic Bjorn Lomborg has made famous the phrase “Copenhagen Consensus” which posits that money aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions would be better spent addressing other health and welfare challenges, like preventing the sprea...
It’s a Wired World
DAN SCHILLER
Citigroup bank employed 25,000 software developers and spent an estimated $4.9bn on information and communication technologies – ICT —  (exclusive of operating expenses) in 2008 – just before it had to accept a $45bn bailout f...
The Cairo Detour
FARRAH HASSEN
Six months ago, President Obama dazzled audiences from Cairo to Jakarta—and everywhere in between and beyond—with his call for a "new beginning" with the Muslim world. It came after the new president made a series of confidence-buil...