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Archives from January 2010
Boojum Hunting in the Caribbean
JOHN MAXWELL
When Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Atlantic from Africa to the Caribbean nearly 40 years ago, he was shocked by — of all things — a garbage dump in the middle of the ocean. In the area known as the Doldrums (wonderful word), Heyerdahl’s papyrus ...
Supremely Swindled
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
The Supreme Court took a big step this week in extending corporate power in the electoral arena.  In a 5-4 decision, the court struck down limits on interest groups wishing to directly fund campaign ads in the run-up to national elections.  Previous rules &...
Haiti and Toxic Waste
MITCHEL COHEN
Two decades ago, the garbage barge, the Khian Sea, with no place in the U.S. willing to accept its garbage, left the territorial waters of the United States and began circling the oceans in search of a country willing to accept its cargo: 14,000 tons of toxic inciner...
Russia’s Ruined Far East Metropolis
JEAN SABATÉ
Vladivostok is a distorted city. This city of 600,000 people is at the southern extremity of a 30km long peninsula, with only two access routes – a two-lane tortuous road full of potholes and a four-lane road with worse traffic jams than Moscow. The...
The Supremes Have Opened the Floodgates
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC has opened the floodgates to corporate money in federal campaigns in ways we haven’t seen for nearly a century. While for decades corporations have been able to set up special accounts, called PACs, t...
Freedom of Speech for a Fiction
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
I often correspond with a long-time Washington DC operator named Leigh Ratiner, who spent 40 years in government, serving under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Reagan, with cabinet-level posts in the Defense Department, under the Secretary of the Interio...
Self-Slaughter Every 30 Minutes
P. SAINATH
There were at least 16,196 farmers’ suicides in India in 2008, bringing the total since 1997 to 199,132, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The share of the Big 5 States or ‘suicide belt’ in 2008 — Maharashtra, Andhr...
Why Grass-Fed Beef Won’t Save the Planet
GEORGE WUERTHNER
Another livestock industry propaganda piece recently appeared in Time Magazine by Lisa Abend titled “How Grass fed Beef Can Save The Planet.” The basic premise of the article is that factory farming is bad, so grass-fed or free-range beef is good for the ...
The Founding Fathers and the Luck of the Draw
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
If Sarah Palin doesn’t know who the Founding Fathers are, she’s not alone—neither do most Americans. To begin with, George Washington was not the first president of the United States—John Hanson was. Hanson became president under the A...
Just Walk Away From the Democrats
RON JACOBS
The left needs to organize the unorganized. The working people, the unemployed, the young, and the restless. The right wing has their core group of supporters who organize around fear of the other. The liberals have those who believe in the myth of American equality ...
Corporate Personhood and Political Free Speech
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
With a 5-to-4 split decision on the 21st of January, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled "that labor unions and corporations can spend unlimited amounts to influence federal elections, throwing out a ban that had been in effect for 63 years and adding an explosive new ...
Art on Trial in the Capital of Culture
MICHAEL DICKINSON
The skies over Istanbul were illuminated with firework displays twice recently. First, at the stroke of midnight to usher in the new decade and the crossover from the noughties to the pre-teens. And again last week the firmament sparkled and the streets echoed with b...
Haiti: Baseball’s Sweatshop
JEAN DAMU
Just two days after the Haitian earthquake, a disaster now recognized as one of biblical proportions, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig stepped to the plate and whiffed. He said his organization was donating $1 million to the devastated nation....
The Great Leap Sideways
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
It’s actually some 30 years ago, but to me seems only yesterday that we were howling for Paul Volcker’s blood. As Fed chairman back in Carter-Reagan time he was the great deflator, ratcheting up interest rates and hurling widows and orphans out into the s...
How Wall Street Destroyed Health Care
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
At my annual check-up, my doctor handed me a sheet explaining the reasons for office fee increases for Medicare Patients.  It is worth reporting at length. Medicare fixes the prices for Medicare patients’ health care. All office charges for Medicar...
Gitmo Closes
MICHAEL DONNELLY
“I think they’ll discover that trying to close it (Gitmo) is a very hard proposition.” —Dick Cheney Eight years after the first prisoners arrived at the US prison camp at Guantanamo, Cuba, President Bara...
A Thorn in the Side of the U.S. Military in Haiti
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Watch the U.S. media and its coverage of the crisis in Haiti, and you get the impression that Washington is a benevolent power doing its utmost to help with emergency relief in the Caribbean island nation. But tune into al-Jazeera English or South American news netwo...
Catching Ziggy on the Lower East Side
LORENZO WOLFF
An old friend of mine was in town a couple weeks ago. He said he wanted to see the Lower East Side, so we went out drinking. After the eighth or ninth round I can’t say how much local scenery we saw, but we did glimpse a familiar face across the tracks of the L...
The Supremes Bow to King Corporation
RALPH NADER
Yesterday’s 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission shreds the fabric of our already weakened democracy by allowing corporations to more completely dominate our corrupted electoral process. It is outrageous that ...
Face Time With Rahm on Health Care
ROB STONE, M.D.
I had some face time with Rahm Emmanuel two weeks ago at my friend Owen’s. (Owen’s brother-in-law is the former Chair of the Democratic National Committee.) Rahm said nothing surprising, but made his points. He had just finished David Kennedy’s 1999...
The Killings in Bengal
VIJAY PRASHAD
Violence in West Bengal’s western districts has reached crisis proportions. Each day, one or more cadre member or sympathizer of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPM] is killed either by Maoists or the Trinamul Congress (TMC). The Maoists have found comm...
Inviting David Brooks to My Class
M. SHAHID ALAM
On January 12, the New York Times, carried an article by David Brooks on Jews and Israel. It so caught my eye, I decided to bring its conservative author to my class on the economic history of the Middle East. I sent my students the link to this article, asked them t...
In the Aftermath of 9/11
CHARLES R. LARSON
9/11 looms centrally in H. M. Naqvi’s love song of New York City and the subsequent loss of that adoration after the twin towers collapse. As an American, I can’t help feeling a terrible sadness at the precarious lives of anyone perceived to be an Arab in...
The Preventive Coup
SAUL LANDAU And NELSON P. VALDÉS
"If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine  will go far." –President Theodore Roosevelt, 1903 "I am go...
The Tragedy of Haiti … and Us
PAUL BUCHHEIT
Dr. Paul Farmer tells the story of the beautiful young Haitian girl Acéphie, whose family was driven out of their small farm by powerful forces: a hydroelectric company whose dam flooded the farmland; a dictator (Duvalier) who paid workers 10 cents a day; poli...