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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...