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Archives from February 2010
A Clavichord Battles Santa Monica
DAVID YEARSLEY
When snow blankets the ground the clavichord comes into its own. The world becomes quieter, or tries to, and this quietest of instruments finds its voice anew. The clavichord demands great concentration of  listeners but rewards them with its unlimited dy...
Against Canada
DAVID KER THOMSON
Canadians are a filthy people, diminutive in spirit, tumescent in body, squatting in the ruins of their habitat like shit-smearing homunculae.  Small-minded, they have historically been unable to see the forest for the trees.  So they’ve knock...
Israel’s War on Protest
JONATHAN COOK
Jerusalem. The Israeli courts ordered the release this week of two foreign women arrested by the army in the West Bank in what human-rights lawyers warn has become a wide-ranging clampdown by Israel on non-violent protest from international, Israeli and Palest...
New Phase, Not Just Another Recession
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
It is becoming increasingly clear that the financial meltdown of 2008 and the subsequent economic contraction that continues to this day represent more than just another recessionary cycle. More importantly, they represent a structural change, a new phase, the phase ...
Botulism and Babel
FARZANA VERSEY
Jean-Baptiste Botul does not exist, but having been cited and sanctified by a real philosopher, Bernard-Henri Lévy, he has exposed the level of fictitiousness that exists beyond the imagination in the world of academia. Before we unravel the several la...
Greece Signs Its National Suicide Pact
MARSHALL AUERBACK
Agreement has been reached in Europe on a “rescue” package for Greece. But it’s no cause for celebration. It’s the kind of “rescue” sensation one experiences after paying out what’s left in one’s wallet when confronted ...
Mexican Church and State Go Nose to Nose Over Who Can Marry Who
JOHN ROSS
As Valentine’s Day approaches, stationary stores in the old quarter of this megalopolis are awash with Cupids and hearts and the effusive iconography of romance. Ten-tiered wedding cakes spire to the chandeliers in the windows of the Ideal, the palace of such c...
The Vicious Countryside
BINOY KAMPMARK
Arthur Conan Doyle found the English countryside seething with potential criminality.  His sleuth creation of Sherlock Holmes was never deceived by the tranquil image of the country retreat and escape from the industrialized centre.  London, with its bustle...
The Treason of the Nobels
ARNO J. MAYER
Elie Wiesel modestly calls his benevolent foundation the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.  Under its flag he has gathered the signatures of 43 Nobel laureates in support of the resistance inside Iran (New York Times, February 7, 2010, p. 19).   Alt...
Politics, Corruption and Sex in El Salvador
CHARLES R. LARSON
From the opening sentences of the first chapter, there’s something breathlessly paranoid about Horacio Castellanos Moya’s The She-Devil in the Mirror. “How could such a tragedy have happened, my dea...
A Pitiless, Punitive Giant
FRAN SHOR
It is clear that the U.S. military operations in the Af-Pak war have been increasing in number and lethal significance during the month of February. Now, in its pursuit of a demonstrable victory over the Taliban, an offensive is being mounted in the heart of Helmand ...
That Which Can Not be Spoken
WILLIAM BLUM
"The purpose of terrorism is to provoke an overreaction," writes Fareed Zakaria, a leading American foreign-policy pundit, editor of Newsweek magazine’s international edition, and Washington Post columnist, referring to the "underwear bomber"...
Fires, Logging and Wilderness in Montana
BILL WORF
I am a Montana native who graduated with a degree in Forestry from the University of Montana in 1950, when I started a career in the U.S. Forest Service. When the Wilderness Act passed in 1964, I was serving as Supervisor of the Bridger National Forest in Wyoming....
The Useless Logic of Round Numbers
RAMZY BAROUD
The media’s habit of revisiting certain issues at set intervals can be strange and even illogical at times. For example, many news outlets commented on President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office, as well as on the anniversary of his election win, a...
Skewing the Himalayan Revolution
GARY LEUPP
Two recent articles in the New York Times by Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Jim Yardley draw attention to the mounting ...
I Cut My Hair, But I’m Not a Terrorist
DAVE LINDORFF
I guess I may as well get out front of things here. I’m about to fly to Switzerland to lead a panel on how to change pro-capital punishment attitudes in a country at the Fourth Congress Against the Death Penalty, being sponsored by the United Nations in Geneva....
The Taliban Isolated Bin Laden
GARETH PORTER
Evidence now available from various sources, including recently declassified U.S. State Department documents, shows that the Taliban regime led by Mullah Mohammad Omar imposed strict isolation on Osama bin Laden after 1998 to prevent him from carrying out any plots a...
Fade to White
ISHMAEL REED
[Editors' note: ISHMAEL REED's oped on the movie "Precious" ran in the New York Times on February 5, 2010. The Times published Sapphire's response to Reed on February 11th. But the Times refused to print Reed's reply to Sapphire. Below present the entire c...
Health Insurance Death Spiral
JOSEPH SHER
The most startling implication of Anthem/Blue Cross of California’s announcement last week that it is going to raise individual health insurance rates by up to 39 percent this year is not that insurance companies are arrogant and untouchable. That was already w...
Fear and Firewood
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Llano, New Mexico. The first snows of fall dusted the high valleys of northern New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains about the same time many residents of this beautiful and rugged landscape received an ominous letter from a man called Leonard Lucero. ...
Special Offer! Free Cremation!!
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It was only fortuitous but clearly felicitous–the story in the Wall Street Journal about the increasing popularity of cremation and my printed invitation to get one for free. The Wall Street Journal story written by Jeffrey Zaslow appeared on February 3 and my ...
Government of Lawyers Spit on Law
SAUL LANDAU
“In a striking admission from the Obama Administration’s top intelligence officer, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair announced Wednesday that the United States may target its own citizens abroad for death if it believes they are a...
How Water Exports are Killing California Jobs and Salmon
DAN BACHER
The Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC), a quasi-governmental body that manages West Coast fisheries, on February 11 released alarming numbers showing that California’s once most abundant salmon run collapsed to an all-time record low in 2009. T...
The High Cost of Another Failed Star Wars Test
GARY R. GOLDSTEIN
The president’s proposed budget increases military spending, while crucial “discretionary” spending is effectively cut. Among those sacrosanct military programs is the unending development of an anti-missile system, designed to stop long-range balli...
Ending the War in Afghanistan
RON JACOBS
Perhaps, there was once a time when most westerners could pretend that the US-led onslaught against the Afghan people was a good thing.  Perhaps they convinced themselves that because the government of that country had allowed Osama Bin Laden to live in the moun...
Haiti and Health Care
HELEN REDMOND
Genyen tout yon sosyete ki pou change. (There is a whole society to be changed.) – Haitian Proverb It is no exaggeration to say the forty-five second, 7.0 earthquake that rocked the capital of Haiti on January 12th ...
Vermont’s Radioactive Nightmare
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Like a decayed flotilla of rickety steamers, at least 27 of America’s 104 aging atomic reactors are known to be leaking radioactive tritium, which is linked to cancer if inhaled or ingested through the throat or skin. The fallout has been fiercest at Ve...
The Seven Paragraphs on Torture
STEPHEN SOLDZ
In a major development in the struggle to curb the abuses committed as part of the War on Terror, the British government today released under court order previously redacted information on the abuse of Binyan Mohamed by US interrogators. Here are the ...
Ahmadinejad, the Western Press and the Iranian Green Opposition
FATEMEH KESHAVARZ
Mr. Ahmadinejad has a history with the western (particularly American) press. Despite the fact that he knows they won’t present him in a positive light, while visiting the U.S., he usually appears on all major networks armed with sardonic smiles and categorical...
Uncertain Ground
MARK SCHULLER
On January 12, a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, just outside the capital of Port-au-Prince. The damage is beyond human comprehension. Since then, groups have lurched to deliver emergency aid while the survivors have done an amazing job sharing what they have. As of tod...
How the Corporations Broke America
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
They started with the labor unions. The labor movement, in this country, was brought to its knees by the corporate oligarchy, feeling its oats, in the 1980s. Labor had a great tradition of fight in this country, going back to the Knights of Labor, org...
Ideological Detox and the Muslim Community
STEVE ZHOU
Toronto Have you ever heard of “Ideological Detox”? I wager not, but you should have. It’s the latest psycho-religious fad, aimed at pre-empting terrorist attacks on Canadian soil. Bursting onto the scene on the heels of the 2006 case dubbed ...
The Battle for Marjah
PATRICK COCKBURN
American and Afghan forces are poised to attack the town of Marjah, the largest Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan, in the first major US military offensive since President Barack Obama announced that he was sending 30,000 reinforcements.     The...
Haiti, Aristide and Ideology
WILLIAM BLUM
It’s a good thing the Haitian government did virtually nothing to help its people following the earthquake; otherwise it would have been condemned as "socialist" by Fox News, Sarah Palin, the teabaggers, and other right-thinking Americans. The last/on...
Live Long …. If You’re Rich
MARTINE BULARD
Healthcare reform is sweeping the globe: America, Asia, Africa, Europe. This is good in principle since the number of neglected health needs and pandemics demands urgent change. But while the US and China (once an enthusiastic convert to privatization) are now trying...
Showdown in Vancouver
JULES BOYKOFF
Upon arrival at Vancouver International Airport everything was smooth, suave, and sparkly. I immediately encountered colorful billboards splashed with 2010 Winter Olympic Games ad copy blending gold medals, commercial merchandise, and sports clichés. I was bar...
The U.S. is Now a Police State
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Americans have been losing the protection of law for years. In the 21st century the loss of legal protections accelerated with the Bush administration’s “war on terror,” which continues under the Obama administration and is essentially a war on the ...
The Great Game Playoff
ERIC WALBERG
A vital playing field in today’s Great Game is Palestine/Israel, where again there is a tentative meeting of political minds between Russia and Turkey. In defiance of the US and much of Europe, both endorsed the Goldstone report into atrocities committed during...
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Serve
CECILIA LUCAS
"Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is bad policy. It encourages deceit and, specifically, staying in the closet, which contributes to internalized as well as public homophobia, thus perpetuating discrimination and violence against LGBT people. Banning gay...
Congress Nixes Becker
DAVID MACARAY
Just when organized labor had entered the seventh and final stage of the grief cycle—after having witnessed the death of the EFCA (Employee Free Choice Act), they’d already passed through shock, denial, anger, bargaining, guilt and depression—they g...
Making a Killing on Student Loans
TOLU OLORUNDA
Why have the right to a college education depend upon whether the father or mother is so well to do as to send a boy or girl to college? —Huey Long Since their appearance in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, American colleges f...
How Much is Too Much Information?
JAYNE LYN STAHL
Okay, here we go again, another politician has been sacrificed at the altar of public opinion. And, on a day when Jenny Sanford, wife of Appalachian Mountain Trail’s very own South Carolina governor, Mark Sanford, appeared on "Larry King Live" ...
A Eurocentric Problem
M. SHAHID ALAM
He who knows himself and others Here will also see, That the East and West, like brothers, Parted ne’er shall be. Goethe [1] On no other major civilization do self-regard, self-congratulation and denigra...
Who Dat in the New Orleans Mayor’s Office?
CHRIS KROMM
With the Saints en route to a dazzling Super Bowl victory and Mardi Gras celebrations ramping up towards Fat Tuesday, in New Orleans it was almost an afterthought for many that they were electing a mayor this weekend. But in many ways, Lt. Governor Mitch Landr...
The Thinning Trap
GEORGE WUERTHNER
Fire suppression effects on fuels are likely exaggerated. Most forests types are well within their historic range of variability.  Most of the acreage burned in fires annually is in forest types that historically experienced moderate to significant stand replace...
The Democrats are Coming After Social Security
SHAMUS COOKE
It’s official: the Democrats are coming after Social Security and Medicare.  All the backroom scheming and political conspiring is finally out in the open.  In an unusually long, 1,800 word editorial, entitled The Truth about the Deficit, publi...
The New York Times, Israel and Ethan Bronner
ROBERT JENSEN
The New York Times’ public editor wrestled this week with conflict-of-interest charges sparked by the revelation that Jerusalem bureau chief ...
GOP Sells Soul to Pat Robertson
SUSIE DAY
In an oak-paneled conference room somewhere in Manhattan’s Goldman Sachs building, the Republican National Committee today signed over its soul to the Reverend Pat Robertson. “They had a soul?” asked a reporter at a press conference shortly a...
Check Out That Cuban!
BELEN FERNANDEZ
The latest complaint among the Venezuelan opposition to President Hugo Chávez revolves around his decision to bring Cuban Minister of Information Technology and Communications Ramiro Valdés to Venezuela to help rectify the current electrical crisis, int...
Troubles in the Mountains
VIJAY PRASHAD
Three Englishmen, all three from the highest circles of privilege, drew three lines and set in motion the boundaries of four vast States to come. Leading the pack was Foreign Secretary Mortimer Durand, whose hastily scrawled one-page note of 1893 gave Afghanistan its...