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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from March 2010
The Collpase of Journalism / the Journalism of Collapse
ROBERT JENSEN
There is considerable attention paid in the United States to the collapse of journalism — both in terms of the demise of the business model for corporate commercial news media, and the evermore superficial, shallow, and senseless content that is inadequate for ...
Frank Olson, Enemy Combatant
DAVID SWANSON
If you haven’t read "A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s ...
Beyond Democracy
DAVID Ker THOMSON
Why do you vote? From the earliest time that we can remember as children, democracy has meant freedom, and everyone knows that voting is an expression of what we truly want as we express our freedom. If there are problems with democracy, our instinct is to fi...
T’was a Famous Victory
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
"Cleopatra’s nose, had it been shorter, the whole face of the world would have been changed.” So wrote Pascal, remembering how Caesar and Mark Anthony, those mighty generals of the Roman Empire, were captivated by Cleo’s commanding schnozz. Thi...
How Bias at the NYT Helped Kill ACORN
LAURA FLANDERS
So, the New York Times finally ran a correction. But after six weeks of "considering" the errors in its own reporting, the Times’ correction of its misleading ACORN story, came way, way, WAY to late.       The cor...
Stoking the Fires of Islamophobia
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
It is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. ...
System Failure at the FBI
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The computer is no better than its program. — E.E. Morison, Men, Machines and Modern Times "It’s just a simple waste of taxpayer money.” Few would disagree with Senator Charles Grassley ...
Bolsheviks in the Cornfields
PATRICK IRELAN
Various right-wing heroes have used the healthcare debate to suggest that President Obama and the Congressional Democrats are steering us down the Potomac toward socialism. All I want to know is when I’ll get my share of the loot. I want c...
Voting Under the Gun in Colombia
LAURA CARLSEN
Colombia’s congressional elections on March 14 were hailed by the United Nations as the most peaceful in years. The victory of the coalition led by President Alvaro Uribe suggests an easy win for his party in the presidential elections scheduled for May 30....
On to Health Care Reform!
ROSE ANN DeMORO
Passage of President Obama’s healthcare bill proves that Congress can enact comprehensive social legislation in the face of virulent rightwing opposition. Now that we have an insurance bill, can we move on to healthcare reform? As an organ...
Will the U. S. Lose Its AAA Rating?
DEAN BAKER
The media have been bombarding the public with scare stories about the country’s “record” budget deficits. Newspapers and news shows that never bothered to mention the growth of the $8 trillion housing bubble that eventually crashed the economy are ...
Apartheid on Two Continents
MATS SVENSSON
We all have a common history that crosses borders in terms of both country and time. Together with black and white in South Africa we acted forcefully, taking a stand against apartheid and defining the evil and the good. We became part of a historic decision. A decis...
Blair Strikes Oil in Iraq
JAYNE LYN STAHL
Here in the States when someone mentions "UI," most of us think of Unemployment Insurance, but not former UK prime minister Tony Blair. Late last week came word of a major scandal from the UK Daily Mail. In the three years since he st...
The Jerusalem "Compromise"
JONATHAN COOK
Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in the United States this week armed with a mandate from the Israeli parliament. A large majority of legislators from all of Israel’s main parties had supported a petition urging him to stand firm on the building of Jewish settlements...
No More Michael Moore
SANDY MAYES
Dear Democracy Now!, After giving myself the day to cool off, I just revisited Michael Moore’s segment on today’s show and find that I’m still as outraged over it as I was when I heard it this morning. I ...
Flying and Radiation Exposure
ROBERT ALVAREZ
In the aftermath of the foiled "underwear bomber" attack on Christmas day, there’s a major push to install whole-body x-ray scanning machines at airport screening areas. The effort is being led by former Homeland Security Chief M...
Congress, Israel and U.S. National Security
RALPH NADER
On July 10, 1996, at a Joint Session of the United States Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a standing ovation for these words: “With America’s help, Israel has grown to be a powerful, modern state. …But I believe there c...
Closing Time
CHRIS FLOYD
It looks like heaven but it feels like death; It’s something in between, I guess: It’s closing time. – Leonard Cohen Official transcript of remarks by President Barack Obama after the March 21 vot...
What I Learned From the Health Care Debate
LAURA FLANDERS
So this is what I learned from the last weekend of the health care reform debate. First, lay a coffin at a White House fence and you’re subject to arrest. Spit and yell abuse at members of the Black Caucus as they ent...
Truth Has Fallen and Taken Liberty With It
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
There was a time when the pen was mightier than the sword. That was a time when people believed in truth and regarded truth as an independent power and not as an auxiliary for government, class, race, ideological, personal, or financial interest. ...
Testing Phobia
DAVE LINDORFF
The bloody-minded, death-obsessed state of Texas, which has already demonstrably executed at least one innocent man, Cameron Todd Willingham (who was falsely accused and ultimately killed by the state for the alleged arson “murder” of his two little child...
Taking on the Religious Right
GREGORY ELICH
Michael Parenti has written a compelling work, whose themes are so relevant for our time: the essentiality of rational thought, the struggle to maintain a secular and tolerant society, and the abuse of religion for reactionary political and obscurant objectives. As P...
War Movies and Veteran Memory
BRIAN M. DOWNING
Films about wars have been part of the cinema since DW Griffith put scenes of the Civil War in Birth of a Nation (1915). There were thousands of veterans of that conflict still alive then and I’ll bet many of them didn’t like what they saw. Recently, vete...
Taunting Havana
SAUL LANDAU
The State Department echoed by the EU has once again raised the human rights issue to beat up Cuba. In 1959, Fidel Castro declared his independence from the United States – possibly without realizing that punishment could last 51+ years. Even when US national i...
Responding to the Honduran Coup
ROSIE WONG
As a 30-year-old Australian who had previously travelled to Guatemala and El Salvador, I decided to respond to an email listserv request for international observers in Honduras after the June 2009 coup. I felt compelled to go to the country aft...
March From Marjah
VIJAY PRASHAD
A sigh of relief settles over the United States news media as the Marjah campaign winds down to a temporary close. The operation began on February 13, but it had been announced weeks in advance. There was to be no surprise here. The plan was simple – make it cl...
Israel’s "No Renting to Arabs" Policy
JONATHAN COOK
Nevatim. The Zakai and Tarabin families should be a picture of happy coexistence across the ethnic divide, a model for others to emulate in Israel. But Natalie and Weisman Zakai say the past three years — since the Jewish couple offered to rent t...
Getting Worse More Slowly
DON MONKERUD
Feel upbeat about the economy? You should be. The economy is getting worse more slowly. That’s the learned conclusion of two economic experts who debated paths to recovery at the 2010 Panetta Institute Lecture Series in Monterey in March 2...
Health Insurance Bonanza
JOHN V. WALSH
Let there be no doubt about it.  The health care “reform” bill voted into law Sunday in the House is a capitulation which will leave 30 million more Americans at the cruel mercies of the insurance companies – precisely what the single-payer mov...
Who is Killing Whom?
SONJA KARKAR
One man dead in Israel and the whole world knows.  He actually was not Israeli, but an unfortunate immigrant worker from Thailand.  We have been told who killed him too: not by name, but by some shadowy nom de guerre, used by jihadist groups some claim to b...
How Washington Murdered Privacy at Home and Abroad
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In the Swiss newspaper Zeit-Fragen, Professor Dr. Eberhard Hamer from Germany asks, "How Sovereign is Europe?" He examines the issue and concludes that Europe has little, if any, sovereignty. Professor Hamer wri...
The Case of the Holy Land Five
NOOR ELASHI
A decade before my father received a 65-year prison sentence, he handed me an unusual book, one that ultimately shifted the way I perceive the world. It was titled Magic Eye, and it contained pages of what seemed like simple multicolored patterns. But each page had a...
America, Health Care and the Common Life
GREG MOSES
To really understand the day that the Democrats won the national health care bill for America you really needed to be at the Austin Rodeo.  Sure, there are days when Rodeo-style patriotism could set your jaw muscles to steel, and there are weeks when what it mea...
Married to the Cause
CLANCY SIGAL
When I made a decision to get married (or, to be more precise, find a wife), I had no one in particular in mind. I put the problem as analytically as possible to friends who I hoped knew me better than I knew myself. At last, the feminist scholar Catherine Hall sugge...
Defeat in Victory
SHAMUS COOKE
What looks like a big victory for Obama and the Democrats may be their greatest undoing. It’s true that the passage of Obama’s health care bill represents a significant political victory for the Democrats. But sometimes a battle won could equal a lost war...
Welcome to the Family Intake Center
CARL GINSBURG
A more unappealing plot of land does not exist in all of New York City. The location of the Family Intake Center near completion on Walton Avenue in the South Bronx, built for the processing of homeless families citywide, fits the bill. The nearly completed multi-sto...
Indonesian Assassins
ALLAN NAIRN
According to senior Indonesian officials and police and details from government files, the US-backed Indonesian armed forces (TNI), now due for fresh American aid, assassinated a series of civilian activists during 2009. The killings were part o...
Panhandling in Yosemite
DAVE LINDORFF
I cannot claim to be an expert on Stewart Udall, the Arizona Congressman, conservationist, supporter of environmentalist casandra Rachel Carson, and interior secretary under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson who died this week at the age of 90. I c...
Seven Years of War in Iraq
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Friday marked the seventh anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq, but by now, it seems, the American people have become used to living in a state of perpetual war, even though that war was based on torture and lies. Protestors rallied across the country on Satur...
On to the Unemployment Crisis
CRAIG D. ROSE
Okay, health care is done, now a quick deep breath and on to a bigger crisis:  how to get millions of Americans back to work. The gross numbers alone are daunting: - Nearly 15 million people flat out unemployed. - Almost 9 millio...
Riding the Spine of America
JOHN ROSS
Las Cruces, New Mexico. The snow was already dusting the Organ Mountains fringing this high desert town, promising a hard winter further up the spine of Obama’s America. I ride the Mexican bus (officially doing business as the El Paso-Ea...
Obama’s Bloody War in Mexico
MIKE WHITNEY
Last Saturday, a US consulate employee and his pregnant wife were gunned down in their SUV in Ciudad Juarez while their seven month old baby watched from the backseat. Just minutes later, another consulate employee was killed at point-blank range in the northern part...
The Uncertain Fate of Afghan Detainees
GARETH PORTER
An initiative to revise the procedures for reviewing the cases of detainees in order to free marginal insurgents and innocent Afghans has run afoul of the interests of officers of the powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in defending their role in earlier...
Tea Party Antics
CHARLES R. LARSON
Now that the Obama/Democratic health care plan has passed, what are the Tea Party fanatics going to do—start shooting members of congress? On Saturday, Tea Party fanatics had their finest day. They finally demonstrated their true colors, r...
Fight the Real Enemy
GARY LEUPP
I’ll never forget that Saturday Night Live appearance by Sinead O’Connor on October 3, 1992. It was her second performance of the evening, following the (relatively uncontroversial) title track from her recent album, “Am I Not Your Girl?” back...
Stumbling Through the Graveyard of Empires
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
If there was ever a decent justification visible for the American war in Afghanistan, there isn’t now. That doesn’t mean that one is impossible to imagine.  I’m no fan of the Taliban or al Qaeda, though that alone doesn&rs...
The Root Cause
URI AVNERY
It is already a commonplace to say that people who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat their mistakes. Some 1942 years ago, the Jews in the province called Palaestina launched a revolt against the Roman Empire. In retrospect, ...
Shame on the Riverkeeper!
DAN BACHER
The Hudson Riverkeeper is honoring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the worst Governor for fish and the environment in California history, for his "environmental advocacy" at the "Riverkeeper’s Annual Fishermen’s Ball" on April 14. " This i...
"My fellow Americans, tonight I’m going to talk frankly about a pesky little nation called Israel … "
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Don’t get excited. It’ll never happen. Is there really a crisis in US-Israeli relations?  Yes and No. Yes, because the world’s premier power doesn’t care to have its vice president publicly humiliated by a midget of a nation whose entire ...
Buy This Article
DAVID Ker THOMSON
I’m an assiduous reader of the Star, the best-selling journal in the nation-state that squats on my watershed.  I put the ass back in assiduous every morning as I work my way through a stack of 2008 Stars from my neighbor’s rec...