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Archives from January 2010
Security Kills
MARK WEISBROT
Six days after the earthquake in Haiti, the U.S. Southern Command finally began to drop bottled water and food (MREs) from an Air Force C-17. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates had previously rejected such a method because of “security concerns.” The Guardian ...
Letter From Port au Prince
SASHA KRAMER
Port au Prince. To our dear friends and supporters who have been so present through this difficult time. I feel like I have a wall of love and protection around me knowing that you are all holding Haiti in your thoughts and prayers. I apologize for not having writt...
Rule by the Rich
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The election of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate by Democratic voters in Massachusetts sends President Obama a message. Voters perceive that Obama’s administration has morphed into a Bush-Cheney government. Obama has reneged on every promise he made, from endin...
Regulation or Break-Up for the Financial Sector?
BRIAN M. DOWNING
In the late nineties, a prominent Japanese bank, one dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, went out of business. Its director felt obliged to come forward and express the deep shame and dishonor he felt for the venerable institution and the thousands of employee...
Big Brother is Alive and Well … and He’s Signing Your Paycheck!
DAVID MACARAY
Given the number of appropriate targets out there, it seems unfair, somehow, to pick on someone as innocuous as Howie Long, the Fox commentator and former NFL defensive end.  But because Howie uttered two monumentally stupid statements—either of which, in ...
Making Haiti
FARZANA VERSEY
"I survived by drinking Coca-Cola. I drank Coca-Cola every day, and I ate some little tiny things,” he said. Wismond Exantus’s tale of survival conveys a larger lesson about charity franchising. As someone who worked in the grocery store in Port-au-...
Remodeling the Antiwar Movement
KEVIN ZEESE
In his first year President Obama broke several war-making records of President George W. Bush. He passed the largest military budget in U.S. history, the largest one-year war supplementals and fired the most drone attacks on the most countries. He began 2010 asking ...
Myths of Recovery
MICHAEL HUDSON
The State of the Union address is in danger of purveying the usual euphemisms. I expect    Obama to brag that he has overseen a recovery. But can there be any such thing as a jobless recovery? What has recovered are stock market averages and Wall Stree...
The Press Only Likes Fresh Blood and the Blood in Haiti is Drying
RICHARD MORSE
Good morning. Sky,overcast,occasional planes overhead. Rooster crows. The Press is starting to filter out.Today is Monday. Banks give us weekdays. If they hand out food in one area,when do they get back to that area? Tomorrow, two days? Next week? Never? How l...
Haiti — Gaza
BOUTHAINA SHAABAN
Akiva Eldar wrote an article entitled “Israel’s compassion in Haiti can’t hide our ugly face in Gaza” (Haaretz, January 18, 2010) in which he explains the contradiction in the public relations campaign conducted by Israel’s rulers in res...
We Send Doctors, Not Soldiers
FIDEL CASTRO
Two days after the catastrophe in Haiti, which destroyed that neighboring sister nation, I wrote: “In the area of healthcare and others the Haitian people has received the cooperation of Cuba, even though this is a small and blockaded countr...
Photographing Mountain Top Removal
MIKE ROSELLE
Photographer Antrim Caskey moved from Brooklyn, New York to the Rock Creek, WV in September 2008 to live and work in the field full-time. Over the past year she has documented the direct action campaign against mountaintop removal as the embedded photojournalist with...
It’s the Whole System
JOAN ROELOFS
The problem at the heart of the Citizens United decision cannot be easily fixed. One difficulty is the absence in the Constitution of provisions for how someone is to become a candidate for elected office, and what means are to be used to garner votes. A new democrac...
Israel’s "Army-Owned" University
JONATHAN COOK
in Nazareth. Ehud Barak, Israel’s defence minister, approved last week the upgrading to university status of a college in a settlement located deep inside the West Bank, a move certain to further undermine Palestinian confidence in the peace process....
Putting the "Pro" Back Into Progressive
JAYNE LYN STAHL
Okay, it’s late, nearly midnight, on a Saturday night and probably not the best time to write about current events, but something has been plaguing me ever since Scott Brown pulled off what many describe as a major coup for the Republicans by winning Sen. Ted K...
Aiding Yemen
NADIA HIJAB
It was the fall of 2005, and we were sitting in the former minister of planning’s large office — "we" being two international consultants and the local representative of an international development agency. We were there to evaluate a $200,000 p...
Has Obama Sold Out to Big Ag?
DAN BACHER
A scientific panel charged with reviewing federal plans to rebuild imperiled Central Valley salmon and Delta smelt populations has been "hijacked" by advocates of increased water pumping from the California Delta, fishing, tribal and environmental groups ch...
Standing Shoulder-to-Shoulder in Haiti
MARILYN LANGLOIS
–When asked "How are they surviving?" Haitian journalist Wadner Pierre responded, "Well, they’re all sharing. That’s what we do. That’s the way Haitians are." (January 16) –"The city has seen ...
The Mental Paralysis of the Left
JAMES L. SECOR
What is missed in this latest Supreme Court debasing of the Constitution and the Republic is that if Corporations are persons, they can then rightfully be tried in Courts as individuals for such things as, oh, say. . .bribery, collusion, murder, taking advantage of d...
Great Television, Bad Journalism
ROBERT JENSEN
CNN’s star anchor Anderson Cooper narrates a chaotic street scene in Port-au-Prince. A boy is struck in the head by a rock thrown by a looter from a roof. Cooper helps him to the side of the road, and then realizes the boy is disoriented and unable to get away....
Will Obama Put Muscle Into the White House’s New Populist Play?
MICHAEL HUDSON
At stake now  is President  Obama’s credibility as an agent for change. Voters see his main “change” thus far to have  been favoritism to Wall Street. Jay Leno jokes that   Obama has done the impossible: resurrected the seem...
Judges’ Shock Ruling Okays Fantasist’s "Repressed Memories" Fraud
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
"A disgusting sinkhole of racism and vulgar prejudice” was  Alexander Cockburn’s apt characterization of Massachusetts on this site the other day— and we can now add this: the commonwealth is the last sanctuary for sex fantasists keen to l...
Judges’ Shock Ruling Okays Fantasist’s "Repressed Memories" Fraud
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
"A disgusting sinkhole of racism and vulgar prejudice” was  Alexander Cockburn’s apt characterization of Massachusetts on this site the other day— and we can now add this: the commonwealth is the last sanctuary for sex fantasists keen to l...
Judges’ Shock Ruling Okays Fantasist’s "Repressed Memories" Fraud
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
"A disgusting sinkhole of racism and vulgar prejudice” was  Alexander Cockburn’s apt characterization of Massachusetts on this site the other day— and we can now add this: the commonwealth is the last sanctuary for sex fantasists keen to l...
We are Far From Normal
RICHARD MORSE
Hotel Oloffson, Port au Prince, January 24, 2010. Good morning. I’m exhausted. My body hurts. No end in site to any of this. It’s not a news story thats going to go away when journalists leave. The drone of planes continues in the distance....