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Archives from March 2010
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...