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Archives from February 2010
Inside Organizing and Outside Representation
Organizing workers into a union usually brings out the best in labor. Organizers are truly motivated, committed, work long hours and genuinely believe in helping workers. But not everything is always as good as it appears. We know from watching pumped-up 30-s...
Why Gov. Paterson Should be Applauded for Hiring Former Drug Dealer
Recently, the New York Times published what was supposed to be a spectacular expose about New York Gov. David Paterson and his administration. Instead many media commentators like Howard Kurtz, a media observer for The Washington Post and host of CNN’s "Re...
Make War on Goldman Sachs
In recent weeks there has been much discussion about what to do about Greece.  These questions become all the more relevant as the country attempts to float a multibillion-euro bond issue later this week.  The Financial Times has called this fund-raising a ...
Bringing the War Home
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq remain under the radar for most Americans. During the eight-year Bush nightmare, keeping Americans preoccupied and afraid was the enabling strategy for conducting war. Going shopping was how we’d contribute to the war effort. It...
The Story of Pvt. Hargrove
When Congress members voted to go to war in 2002, they didn’t think about Pvt. Joseph Hargrove. Instead, they thought about their re-election, their party, and themselves.    Hargrove lives in an antiseptic-six- by-10 room at Gainesville ...
The Melting Case for Cap-and-Trade
What a difference 12 months makes. Almost exactly one year ago, the popular, newly minted president, ...
The Dubai Hit
FROM TIME to time I ask myself: what would happen if the world’s governments decided to abolish all their spy agencies simultaneously? True, it would be a great blow to the authors and movie producers who make their living from secret service stories. Th...
Beer Globalization in Latin America
On a pleasant autumn day in 1890 the Cuauhtémoc brewery was founded in Monterrey, Mexico. This brewery, which also specialized in ice production, went on to become Mexican Economic Development Inc. (FEMSA), brewing such beers as Dos Equis, Tecate and Sol. Rece...
The Story of Pvt. Hargrove
When Congress members voted to go to war in 2002, they didn’t think about Pvt. Joseph Hargrove. Instead, they thought about their re-election, their party, and themselves.    Hargrove lives in an antiseptic-six- by-10 room at Gainesville ...
Evan Bayh, the Hoosier Drama Queen
Democrat Evan Bayh is exiting the U.S. Senate in the same capacity he has served the past 12 years — an embarrassment to his constituents, his party and an affront to democracy. The Indiana senator’s surrender will be remembered for two sound bites...
The Last Flight of Joe Stack
Joseph Stack, frustrated American, flew his airplane into an Austin, Texas, office building. He was one of the 79 per cent of Americans who have given up on “their” government. The latest Rasmussen Poll indicates that the vast majori...
ABC of Media: Advertising, Bollywood and Corporate Power
Issues today have to be dressed up in ways certified by the corporate media. They have to be justified not by their importance to the public but by their acceptability to the media, their owners and sponsors. That the lethal bomb blast in the b...
The Vatican’s Top Ten Album List
L’Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, released its Top Ten Albums list this past week. They are: 1:  Revolver…The Beatles 2:  Dark Side Of The Moon…Pink Floyd...
What it Really Means
Christopher Ketcham
If, as author Bill Blum has noted, a terrorist is someone who has a bomb but doesn’t have an air force, then the suicide pilot Andrew “Joe” Stack most certainly qualifies as a terrorist, having made an effective little bomb out of h...
Hillary Clinton’s War Whoop
In a visit to Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Hillary Clinton recently  said that Iran “is moving toward a military dictatorship” and continued the Administration’s campaign for tougher sanctions against that country. What could ...
The Case of Judge Garzon
Barcelona The fascist regime led by General Franco was one of the most repressive regimes in Europe in the twentieth century. It was imposed on the Spanish people by Hitler and Mussolini; without their assistance, Franco could not have defeate...
Leveling the Playing Field
In the last few years, both Zionism and the occupation have been criticized, if not to death, as fully as possible. America’s pro-Israel loudmouths should deceive no one:   most of the world has taken the criticisms to heart. Even Israel’s suppo...
Mocked When She Flew to Baghdad
A book recently launched at Sydney University attracted a large audience and scant media attention. At first glance this may not seem surprising, as its author is not a Vogue model, shock jock, porn start or literary giant. She is a Christian; one of...
Accidental Parallels?
Is the question of parallels between the USA and the USSR idle, even mischievous? Perhaps, it is neither, but, on the contrary, deserves our serious consideration. During the Cold War, the USA and USSR were arch rivals, each the antipodes of the other. For som...
Violent Days in Iraq
U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill’s warning on February 18 that it could take months to form a new government in Baghdad after the Iraqi elections, scheduled for March 7, and that in turn could mean considerable political turmoil in Iraq, and the warnings of obs...
The Shia Crescent Revisited
“If pro-Iran parties or politicians dominate the new Iraqi government, a new ‘crescent’ of dominant Shia movements or governments stretching from Iran into Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon could emerge, he [King Abdullah of Jordan] said, alter t...
A Hard-Headed Look at Biomass
One way to avoid unpleasant or dangerous surprises is to take a hard-headed look at apparent "good deals" before committing to them, despite the enthusiasm that any alleged "good deal" is bound to generate. Of course such a rational approach risks...
The Case of Briana Waters
Smoke billowed as a wing of the University of Washington’s Center of Urban Horticulture burned in the early morning hours of Monday, May 21, 2001. It was not the result of a science experiment gone awry — it was arson. Situated under a tree, safe f...
From God to Gaia to Obama’s Nuclear Apocalypse
Thirty years ago, driving across the hill country in the South, every 50 miles  I’d pick up a new Pentecostal radio station with the preacher screaming in tongues in  a torrent of ecstatic drivel – “Miki taki meka keena ko-o-ola ka&rd...
Looting Social Security
Hank Paulson, the Gold Sacks bankster/US Treasury Secretary, who deregulated the financial system, caused a world crisis that wrecked the prospects of foreign banks and governments, caused millions of Americans to lose retirement savings, homes, and jobs, and left ta...