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Archives from March 2010
Rebirthing the Anti-War Movement
CLARE BAYARD And SARAH LAZARE
Think back seven years ago to this day. Where were you on March 19th, 2003, when the invasion began? Did you see “Shock and Awe” footage of the orange explosions in the clear Baghdad sky, piped in grainy TV shows, lit at night with the green glow of CNN c...
Why Israel Always Prevails
JEFFREY BLANKFORT
If the State Department had issued travel advisory warnings to US government officials about to travel to Israel, Vice President Joe Biden would have no doubt ignored them.  A better friend to Israel could not have been found in the 36 years that Biden represent...
Technophilia, Technotyranny, Techno-infantilism
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
It is impossible to work with information technology without also engaging in social engineering.   - Jaron Lanier, from “You Are Not A Gadget” In the canyon, one shoulders the pack, and th...
Troubled Relationships on the Land
CHARLES R. LARSON
Three of the stories in this impressive collection of first fiction were originally published ...
The Saga of Jihad Jane
WAJAHAT ALI
The assumption that terrorism and radicalization is specific to a certain racial profile, religion and ethnic name is undermined by the arrest of two, White American women allegedly conspiring to assassinate a Swedish cartoonist and the recent attack on the IRS build...
The Wild Man
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Steve Hindi, known as the Wild Man, is a former shark hunter turned anti-oceanarium activist who is now working to stop pigeon shoots in ...
A Time-Release Depression
ALAN FARAGO
The US economy is in the midst of a "time release depression". A Phd in economics isn’t necessary to understand that the federal government has the capacity– and willingness– to paper the value of our currency by running printing presses 2...
The "I-Word" Hillary Didn’t Use
RANNIE AMIRI
“The announcement of the settlements on the very day that the vice president was there was insulting. It was just really a very unfortunate and difficult moment for everyone; the U.S., our vice president, who had gone to reassert America’s str...
The Third Front
DAVID ROSEN
Earlier this week the Defense Department [DoD] issued its report on sexual assault in the military during 2009. It detailed that in 2009, compared to 2008, reports of military sexual assault witnessed an 11 percent increase and, most disturbing, a 16 percent increase...
An Ugly and Dangerous Game
MARC WEISBROT
Venezuela has an election for its National Assembly in September, and the campaign has begun in earnest. I am referring to the international campaign. This is carried out largely through the international media; although some will spill over into the Venezuelan media...
The Holes in the Fed
DEAN BAKER
The Obama Administration announced its three picks for the vacant positions at the Fed last week. Not surprisingly, no one on the list was among those who had warned of the housing bubble. This is not surprising because there is virtually no overlap between the list ...
Greenspan Returns
MIKE WHITNEY
Alan Greenspan is back, scheduled to appear at the Brookings Institute Friday to deliver a 48-page explanation of why his low interest rates and regulatory neglect did not cause the financial meltdown. The contents of the ex-Fed chief’s apologia have alrea...
Secrets of the Tribe
BARBARA ROSE JOHNSTON
I am an anthropologist. Sometimes this is a hard thing to say aloud. It certainly was the case this past January when I attended the Sundance premier of Brazilian Director Jose Padilha’s documentary "Secrets of the Tribe." As one...
The Femivore’s Dilemma
LAURA FLANDERS
The latest women’s movement story from the New York Times Magazine has a farming theme. “The Femivore’s Dilemma” by Peggy Orenstein describes how somewhere between the workforce and the housework some women are raising chickens, growing vegeta...
Spirits of the Red House
RON JACOBS
My friends and I used to fantasize about a life after death in a rock and roll heaven.  Although there would be many guitarists present in the heavenly jam, the guy at the front of them all–sharing leads, riffs and chord changes–would be Jimi Hendrix...
The Jobs Bill and Other Faux Remedies
ALAN NASSER
On March 17 Congress passed the “Hire Now Tax Cut” giving companies a break from paying Social Security taxes for the remainder of the year on any new workers hired who have been unemployed for at least 60 days. The legislation is a token response...
The Pope’s Brother and Those Regensburg Choirboys
DAVID YEARSLEY
Perhaps God is exacting his revenge on the Ratzingers and on Regensburg, whose cathedral boasted a famed musical establishment claimed by Franz Liszt to be the center of Catholic church music, even above Rome itself. Georg Ratzinger, the Pope’s brother,  t...
Will the Taliban Reclaim Control of Afghanistan?
M. SHAHID ALAM
More than eight years after dismantling the Taliban, the United States is still mired in Afghanistan. Indeed, last October it launched a much-hyped ‘surge’ to prevent a second Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, not imminent yet, but eminently possible. ...
Jihad Against Violence
FAWZI AFZAL-KHAN
Today, waking up to headlines about a deadly suicide attack in the beautiful Swati city of Mingora which has claimed 14 lives of mostly innocent civilians and a few army personnel, injuring at least 65 others, I am overcome with grief and anger at what is happening i...
What Will Robert Zoellick Break Next?
PATRICK BOND
There are two theories about Robert Zoellick, and they’ll be tested next month by a World Bank vote on a massive South African coal-fired generator loan. The 57-year old Bank president is a nerdy man who served as number two at the Bush St...
Canada’s Long Embrace of the Honduran Dictatorship
TODD GORDON And JEFFERY R. WEBBER
Peter Kent recently returned from a three day trip (February 17-20) to Honduras, proudly declaring the mission a success. As Canada’s Minister of State for the Americas, Kent is the Tory government’s point person for Canada’s growing political and e...
Congressional Health Care Follies
NORMAN SOLOMON
Not long ago, the most prominent supporters of the public option were touting it as essential for healthcare reform. Now, suddenly, it’s incidental. In fact, many who were lauding a public option as the key to a better healthcare future a...
The Female Eunuch Turns 40
BINOY KAMPMARK
If the most successful feminine parasites do not find [The Female Eunuch] offensive, then it is innocuous. – Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch, 1970 Explosive texts tend to get less combustible with time.  Calm retur...
Activism is Change
RAMZY BAROUD
An activist is a person who feels strongly about a cause and who is also willing to dedicate time and energy towards advancing and realizing this cause. This might be my own limited interpretation of what activism means. I was born and raised in a Gaza refuge...
Texas Says Hip Hop is Not a Significant Cultural Movement
TOLO OLORUNDA
They don’t know who we be They don’t know who we be —DMX, “Who We Be,” The Great Depression (2001). [O]nly a small percentage of people … have a genuine ...
The Nuke Pushers to Vermont: Drop Dead
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The nuclear power industry is sending a clear and forceful message to the citizens of Vermont: "Drop Dead." The greeting applies to Ohio, New York, California and a nation under assault from a "renaissance" so far hyped with...
Rachel Corrie’s Memory, Israel’s Image
NEVE GORDON
Seven years ago, Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by a Caterpillar D9R Israeli bulldozer while nonviolently protesting the demolition of Palestinian homes in Rafah, Gaza Strip, along with other members of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Now her parents...
Kucinich and the Media
DAVID SWANSON
When I worked for Dennis Kucinich’s presidential campaign in 2003, he routinely won the most applause at debates but was minimized or entirely left out of the next day’s stories in the corporate media. This meant that peace, and fair trade, and single-pay...
Stop Killing Civilians
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Spirits were soaring on Monday morning, despite the cold rain that fell as a large tent for CAMP OUT NOW, the prelude to Peace of the Action, was erected on the grounds of the Washington Monument. People are here from California, Louisiana, New York and many other pl...
The Toyota Way
DAVID MACARAY
Just as soldiers on the ground can tell you how badly a battle is going (despite the efforts of politicians and military brass to paint a rosier picture), workers in an auto manufacturing plant can tell you what kinds of cars are rolling off the assembly line.  ...
Sadrists Rising
PATRICK COCKBURN
The formation of a new coalition government in Iraq will be difficult as rival political groups have all done well enough in the ...
The Graveyard of the Congress
RALPH NADER
The U.S. Senate has become the graveyard of Congress! Dozens of bills passed by the House of Representatives—to improve the health, safety and economic well-being of Americans—are locked up in the Senate month after month. This was ...
Of Pork and Pretend Ethics on Capitol Hill
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Last week there was a flurry of pretend ethics on Capitol Hill. The subject matter was eliminating earmarks (pork) in spending bills. Some outside observers were foolish enough to take seriously the protestations from Democrats and Republicans that they would reduce ...
"When You’re Dying You Explore Radical Medication"
JoANN WYPIJEWSKI
Ten years ago a major shipping company based in Denmark called Nordana brought in a nonunion contractor to supplant union workers on the dock in Charleston, South Carolina. Not an uncommon event in the anti-union South of anti-union America, it was extraordinary enou...
The Persecution of Curtis Flowers
JOE ALLEN
DR. ALAN Bean is the executive director of Friends of Justice, a nonprofit organization that works to uphold due process in the criminal justice system. It was formed in response to the infamous Tulia, Texas, drug sting of 1999, in which forty-seven people, thirty-ni...
Greenspan’s Nightmare
MARK WEISBROT
Alan Greenspan had a dream, or rather a nightmare. Greenspan seems to have woken up in a cold sweat one morning in fear that the period of “disinflationary pressures” that had kept inflation low since the 1990s was about to end. This was 2007, when he pub...
Union Democracy on Trial
CARL FINAMORE
Going to Court can make anyone nervous. But in civil court, where breach of contract disputes are normally settled, the stakes are not quite as high as in criminal court. You can’t be thrown in jail. That’s a plus. But there are also disadvantages ...
The Empathy Problem
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Mass solidarity is absolutely vital to the success of any social movement. It is precisely the lack of such solidarity, however, that’s prohibiting mobilization in favor of socialized medicine.  Rather than demand meaningful reform, Americans have ...
The Off-Shored Economy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In the 20th century, Detroit, Michigan, symbolized American industrial might. Today it symbolizes the offshored economy. Detroit’s population has declined by half. A quarter of the city–35 square miles–is desolate with only a ...
Why Obama is a Disaster for Urban Educators
CHRISTOPHER FONS
It looks like No Child Left Behind is dead but as some creatures can lose a tail and grow it back…this beast still breathes. Some of the proposals (Congress still has to ratify) from the Obama Department of Education to change NCLB: ...
The War on Afghan Civilians
DAVE LINDORFF
Three months after it initially lied about the murder by US forces of eight high school students and a 12-year-old shepherd boy in Afghanistan, and a month after it lied about the slaughter by US forces of an Afghan police commander, a government prosecutor, two of t...
Credit Where Due, Mr. Geithner
LAURA FLANDERS
We talked about the economy today, and whether Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner deserves more credit. What he should be getting credit for, it seems to me, is that Lehman Brothers report — well, not the report, but the cover-up. To give you...
Oh, Those "Disappointing" Iraqis
YIFAT SUSSKIND
It may be months before we know the final tally of Iraq’s March 7 parliamentary elections. But one thing is already clear. As The New York Times editorial page put it today, “Beyond the closeness of the race, the new results—disappointingly—sh...
Carte Blanche for the Banksters
MIKE WHITNEY
Housing is still on the rocks and prices are headed lower. Master illusionist Ben Bernanke has managed to engineer a modest 7-month uptick in sales, but the fairydust is set to wear off later this month when the Fed stops purchasing mortgage-backed securities (MBS). ...
The Supreme Courtship
JAYNE LYN STAHL
The Supreme Courtship between Barack Obama and John Roberts is officially over. While addressing a group of law students in Alabama last week, the Chief Justice Roberts confessed to being troubled that the president’s yearly address "degenerated into a pol...
Why Do They Still Hate America?
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
“The demilitarization of Europe—where large swaths of the general public and political class are averse to military force and the risks that go with it—has gone from a blessing in the 20th century to an impediment to achieving real secur...
Sir David Omand’s Master Plan to Fight Terror
BJÖRN KUMM
As we all know, Western forces are fighting in Afghanistan to promote democracy, eradicate poverty, ensure that Afghan girls go to school, but also to prevent drug exports and – not least – prevent the exportation of terrorism. But hasn´t ter...
Yoo Besmirches the Legacy of Jefferson
RAY McGOVERN
Initially I was shocked at the thought of the University of Virginia welcoming former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo to the “Academical Village” founded by Thomas Jefferson. There was something very wrong about that picture. Was ...
The Hoosier Who Would be President
STEVEN HIGGS
When Gov. Mitch Daniels told the Washington Post last month that he "will now stay open to the idea" of a 2012 presidential bid, Indiana’s scourge became the nation’s. Americans who worry that environmental exposures to industrial chemicals can ...
Negotiating With the Taliban
GARETH PORTER
The struggle within the Barack Obama administration over Afghanistan policy entered a new phase when the president suggested at a meeting of his "war cabinet" Friday that it might be time to start negotiations with the Taliban, according to a report in the ...