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Archives from February 2010
Sinner Men
DAVID ROSEN
They’re back! Some of America’s most celebrated recent sex sinners have begun to come out from the shadow of shame and reassert themselves onto the public stage. Their rehabilitation illustrates how scandal has been transformed from moral condemnation int...
A Tale of Two Cities
JAYNE LYN STAHL
It’s only about an hour drive, on a good day, from Braintree to Cambridge, Massachusetts, but they are worlds apart. And, it’s not so much a question of geography, but of race. In late July,2009, you’ll recall, a distinguished professor of Af...
The Atomic Abyss
HARVEY WASSERMAN
As Vermont seethes with radioactive contamination and the Democratic Party crumbles, Barack Obama has plunged into the atomic abyss. In the face of fierce green opposition and withering scorn from both liberal and conservative budget hawks, Obama has done wha...
A Dangerous Liaison
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
In the 1979 Revolution in Iran the liberal forces made a fatal mistake: they adopted the old dictum of the enemy of my enemy is my friend and allied themselves with just about every force that opposed the tyrannical rule of the shah. The result was helping to replace...
Hard Times in Vegas
CHARLOTTE LAWS
President Obama singled out tourist-dependent Las Vegas as a place to avoid during the economic downturn. This has infuriated Nevadans, who are struggling more than most to keep vittles in the pantry and chips in the bank. I recently visited Las Vegas and fo...
The Battle for Marjah
DAVE LINDORFF
The fighting is still underway in the town of Marjah, in what is being described as the first battle in Obama’s War in Afghanistan, or alternatively as the biggest battle of the US War in Afghanistan. But already, the US has lost that battle. It lost it...
Tug of War in El Salvador
KATYA RODRIGUEZ
An analysis of current developments in El Salvador, while at the same time undertaking an assessment of President Mauricio Funes’ performance, might reveal that: “For the first time we have a democratic government, a solidified governme...
The Politics of Forgetfulness
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It’s crazy to call it dysfunctional and Washington is certainly not the seat of a failed state even though you might think so if you listen to some commentators. It’s just that people change their minds. It is tempting to say they do it just to annoy the ...
Jerusalem’s Battle of the Graves
NADIA HIJAB
I carried a handful of ashes from my father’s cremates into the occupied Palestinian territories a few years ago, hoping to take them to his hometown, Nablus. At the border, the only available taxi was driven by an Israeli Moroccan Jew. Delighted I was an Arab,...
Elie Wiesel’s Ignoble Recruits
JOHN WALSH
Is there nothing that is safe from debasement by the propaganda machine of the U.S. and Israel?  A ...
Arab Despise Thyself …
NOURI GANA
On my flight back from Philadelphia to Detroit, after having participated in the 122nd MLA Annual Convention, I sat next to a young man whom I overheard speaking Arabic in his cell phone. I said “salaam” in Arabic, and the young man was surprised and asto...
Obama Goes Nuclear
KARL GROSSMAN
Is there any chance that President Barack Obama can return to his long-held stand critical of nuclear power? Is he open to hearing from scientists and energy experts, such as Amory Lovins, who can refute the pro-nuclear arguments that have apparently influenced him?...
The Tiger’s Call
NIRMAL GHOSH
The Year of the Tiger has begun. Across China, tiger merchandise is the rage. In India, celebrities are throwing their weight behind calls to save the real tiger. A flurry of conservation meetings has taken place, Internet groups have sprung up, and the media...
The Savvy Mr. Blankfein
DEAN BAKER
Last week, when President Obama was asked about the $9 million dollar bonus for Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, he described Mr. Blankfein as a savvy businessman, adding that Americans don’t begrudge people being rewarded for success. While Obama later quali...
Grow Your Own
HEATHER GRAY And K. RASHID NURI
It seems everyone is questioning the implications of the most recent economic downturn. Then, of course, we’ve seen corporate America reap the benefits of its own disgrace with our tax dollars and, therefore, at the expense of all of us. Corporate America along...
Canada’s Aboriginal Show and Tell
MARTIN LUKACS
The opening ceremonies at the Vancouver Winter Olympiad were flush with aboriginal motifs: hundreds of costumed Indigenous dancers, giant illuminated totem poles, and the broad smiles of representatives from the "Four Host First Nations." It was a perfectly...
Wall Street Moves in for the Kill
MICHAEL HUDSON
Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson wrote an op-ed in The New York Times yesterday, February 16  outlining how to put the U.S. economy on rations. Not in those words, of course. Just the opposite: If the government hadn’t bailed out Wall Street’s ...
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
DANIEL WOLFF
"Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit” is a mystery. The first time I heard it, the last t...
The Corporate Hijacking of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Barack Obama we knew about. If you are disappointed in Obama, shame on you. He was right up front. He told us from the beginning he was the corporations’ man. During the campaign, he promised opposition to single payer health care fo...
Speaking Badly of Charlie Wilson
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The Latin saying ‘de mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est’ is often used by civilized people, even when a particularly horrible specimen of humanity goes to meet his maker. ‘Don’t speak badly of the dead’ is a loose translation, but conve...
Nukes Aren’t the Answer
ROBERT ALVAREZ
When President Obama rolled out his proposed budget to Congress for the coming year, he said it would build “on the largest investment in clean energy in history.” But Obama’s definition of “clean energy” includes a commitment to help co...
Cows, Condos and All the Rest
GEORGE WUERTHNER
Author’s Note: I first wrote this about 8 years ago, but the same arguments continue to crop up today with livestock proponents using the fear of sprawl as their club against any serious critiques and full accounting of the ecological impacts of liv...
Students as Spies
FORREST HYLTON
On January 27, bucking for a third term in spite of Washington’s objections, Colombia’s president Uribe announced his goal of putting a thousand spies in college classrooms: “We need citizens to be the ones who commit to informing the police and arm...
How to Succeed After Failing
CARL FINAMORE
There are lots of colorful self-help gurus making a pretty good living preaching their gospel of new-age techniques that just might turn around even our worst failures. But the Teamsters Union February 12 election victory to represent 7600 ground workers at Continent...
The Arrest of Pat O’Donnell
DAVID ROVICS
In a country with the kind of tumultuous history that Ireland has it’s not surprising that a man being arrested and jailed for seven months would escape the notice of the media, at least outside of Ireland. What should hopefully pique some interest is that this...
The Great Bi-Partisan Deception
SHAMUS COOKE
Some cancer is too aggressive even for chemotherapy. The US political system is infected with such a disease; and we may be witnessing the first death spasms. In a country ravaged by war and economic crisis, with tens of millions of people suffering, politicians are ...
A Great Military Triumph?
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The New York Times today reports the capture of the Taliban’s ‘top military commander’ Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in a secret joint operation in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi. American officials are describing Mullah Baradar as ‘the m...
A Country of Serfs
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The media has headlined good economic news: fourth quarter GDP growth of 5.7 percent ("the recession is over"), Jan. retail sales up, productivity up in 4th quarter, the dollar is gaining strength. Is any of it true? What does it mean? The 5.7 perce...
Tom Friedman’s Twisted Energy Politics
ROBERT BRYCE
When it comes to energy issues, Thomas Friedman simply doesn’t care about the facts. That reality was made apparent, once again, in ...
Less is Less
CARL GINSBURG
The demise underway in America today sees many games in play and many players at fault.  What’s plain is that the scramble for money is fierce – 2009 brought record profits – and the fallout is very severe, especially for millions of young peop...
Arabs of Jaffa Face Settlers as Neighbors
JONATHAN COOK
in Jaffa. Over the past few days graffiti scrawled on walls around the mixed Jewish and Arab town of Jaffa in central Israel exclaims: “Settlers, keep out” and “Jaffa is not Hebron”. Although Jaffa is only a stone’s throw...
My Problem with Hardball
ISHMAEL REED
Most of my 53rd Street neighbors exercise personal responsibility. Like millions of African Americans throughout the nation, they play by the rules. Despite their devotion to personal responsibility, for six years our neighborhood has been under siege by an interraci...
A Danger in Thin Air
CONN HALLINAN
Of all the world’s potential hotspots, one of the most unlikely is tucked into the folds of the Himalayas. It is a slice of ground that is little more than frozen rock fields and soaring peaks that is decidedly short on people, resources and oxygen. But for the...
The Assault on Marjah
PATRICK COCKBURN
American, Afghan and British troops have seized the largest Afghan town controlled by the Taliban in an offensive seen as a crucial test of the new US strategy to roll back insurgents in Afghanistan.     Waves of helicopters carried US Marines ...
Questioning the "Special Relationship" with Israel
STEPHANIE WESTBROOK
A "regional economic power." That’s how ANIMA, the Euro-Mediterranean Network of Investment Promotion Agencies encompassing 70 governmental agencies and international networks, described Israel in its January 2010 Mediterranean Investment Map. The rep...
Human Terrain Systems Dissenter Resigns, Tells Inside Story of Training’s Heart of Darkness
DAVID PRICE
I first came into contact with cultural anthropologist John Allison a couple of years ago when he invited me to join a session of a global organization of archaeologists presenting innovative papers at the World Archaeology Congress in Dublin, including themes relate...
Our Founders Were Not Fundamentalists
HARVEY WASSERMAN
This weekend’s New York Times Sunday Magazine highlights yet another mob of extremists using the Texas School Board to baptize our children’s textbooks. This endless, ever-angry escalating assault on our Constitution by crusading theocrats could b...
Operation Moshtarak
YVONNE RIDLEY
As I write this, two NATO rockets have just slaughtered around a dozen innocent Afghan civilians during the latest military assault in the war torn country. Ordinary Afghan men, women and children are paying the blood price for a war launched by politicians fr...
Right Rising in Costa Rica
DAVID DÍAZ-ARIAS
On February 7th, 2010, Costa Ricans voted and chose a woman —Laura Chinchilla— as the new president of the country.  Chinchilla (the candidate of Partido Liberación Nacional, PLN) won the election with 47% of the vote while her most important ...
A Million Homeless in Haiti
BILL QUIGLEY
Despite the fact that over a million people remained homeless in Haiti one month after the earthquake, the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Ken Merten, is quoted at a State Department briefing on February 12, saying “In terms of humanitarian aid delivery…frankl...
Picturing the Dead
DAVE LINDORFF
NBC, the Military Industry Network owned by General Electric, at least unless or until it is sold to Comcast, was, along with most of the rest of the US corporate media, outraged when, last year, the Associated Press circulated, and some newspapers ran, a photo of an...
Latvia’s Road to Serfdom
MICHAEL HUDSON And JEFF SOMMERS
While most of the world’s press focuses on Greece (and also Spain, Ireland and Portugal) as the most troubled euro-areas, the much more severe, more devastating and downright deadly crisis in the post-Soviet economies scheduled to join the Eurozone somehow has ...
Dollars for Death, Pennies for Life
NORMAN SOLOMON
When the U.S. military began a major offensive in southern Afghanistan over the weekend, the killing of children and other civilians was predictable. Lofty rhetoric aside, such deaths come with the territory of war and occupation. A month ago, President Obama...
Yoo’s Weird Lies About Obama
DAVID SWANSON
It’s not that I really object to lies about Obama. Most people lie about Obama to make him look good, for the same reason they lie about death or God — because they can’t handle the truth. Others lie about Obama because Fox News told them to or beca...
Secret Sexual Fantasies
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Your fantasies are always with you, playing hide-and-seek with your perceived realities, whispering wild ideas into your inner ear, showing movies in your mind, stirring your passions mysteriously, yet so powerfully.  If you are imprisoned in any way–by your work, ...
The Economic Velociraptors
ANDREW COCKBURN
While President Obama has taken to making obsequious comments about the CEOs of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, and how he doesn’t “begrudge” them their enormous winnings, Wall Street has been hard at work doing what it does best: impoverishing people....
The Goat in the Clearing
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
That was quick.  It seems only yesterday – in fact it was only yesterday – that we had Barack the Populist flailing away at the banks. He didn’t run for office only to end up "helping out a bunch of fat cat bankers on Wall Street", he...
Empire of the Sunset
RANDALL AMSTER
Sometimes, I really miss America — or at least the idea of it. You know: that can-do spirit, streets paved with gold, champion of the tired and poor, purple mountains majesty, that sort of thing. Say what you will, and call it naïve, but the storybook valu...
How Blackwater Built Morale
MISSY BEATTIE
Surely, the allegation from two former Blackwater employees that the company fraudulently billed the US government for travel expenses, prostitutes, and strippers elicits little more than a sigh. After all, we are aware of the company’s reputation, and we&rsquo...
Obama’s Drug War Budget
BILL PIPER
President Obama’s newly released drug war budget is essentially the same as Bush’s, with roughly twice as much money going to the criminal justice system as to treatment and prevention. This despite the fact that Obama said on the campaign trail drug use ...