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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
Archives from April 2010
The Prospects for Real Financial Reform Remain Remote
ANDREW COCKBURN
Anyone who believes that Goldman Sachs is made up of coldhearted calculating machines, with scant room for any human emotion apart from avarice, should have been monitoring the firm’s most recent global videoconference.   This is a quarterly even...
Real War Games
SAUL LANDAU
Write “war games.” Hit Google search. In a millisecond untold possibilities appear. I endure a Charmin toilet paper commercial where a cartoon bear wipes his butt with the tissues. Then I enter the real game: “You’re a young cadet, taking part...
Stealing Rivers in Colorado
PHILLIP DOE
“Unlike the Eastern States, we have large areas threaded by a single stream of water… If the local laws should permit these arteries of wealth and health to be monopolized by the few who chance to control their banks, to the entire exclusion ...
Tangled Webs
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Oh, what a tangled web we weave When first we practice to deceive. Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, 1808 In the course of three hours [in My Lai in 1968] more than 500 Vietnamese civilians were killed in cold blood at the hands of US troops...
Blow Out in the Gulf
KARL GROSSMAN
The massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico formed as now an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil (210,000 gallons daily) gush to the surface following an explosion at an oil rig is what other areas of the United States will face under President Barack Obama’s plan t...
Jim DeMint and Me
ALAN MAASS
I’m destroying freedom. Jim DeMint says so–in his appropriately titled book Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America’s Slide into Socialism. I’m not destroying freedom alone. I have help. For example, from a majority of the U....
We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Papers!
RON JACOBS
The new anti-immigrant law in Arizona (SB 1070) is more than a racist law.  It is a device designed to divide and conquer.  It’s not designed to just divide white-hued folks from brown hued ones; nor is it designed to merely divide citizens from non-c...
Slick Politics
DAVE LINDORFF
British Petroleum had a fail-safe system for it’s Deepwater Horizon floating deep-water drilling rig. You know, the one that blew up and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving a tangled spaghetti pile of 22-inch steel pipe one mile long all...
The State of Vaccine-Autism Research
STEVEN HIGGS
J.B. Handley concluded long ago that mercury is but one component in childhood vaccines that could be contributing to the epidemics of autism and developmental disabilities in American children. And after following two decades of ferocious debate and misdirected, ina...
The Future of Detroit’s Schools
PAUL ABOWD
Before Detroiters voted last fall on a half-billion-dollar bond measure to renovate and build new schools, the state-appointed financial manager Robert Bobb launched an “I’m In” campaign to keep kids in the public schools, which are hemorrhaging stu...
The Flight of the Deficit Hawks
DEAN BAKER
The deficit hawks are going into high gear with their drive to cut Social Security and Medicare. President Obama’s deficit commission is having a big public event on Tuesday in which many of the country’s most prominent deficit hawks will tout the need to...
The Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
BRUCE E. LEVINE
In 1987, prior to Prozac hitting the market and the current ubiquitous use of antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs, the U.S. mental illness disability rate was 1 in every 184 Americans, but by 2007 the mental illness disability rate had more than doubled to 1 ...
The Big Scam
JOHN ROSS
When I first returned to Mexico City in the wake of the great 1985 earthquake, the biggest drug pushers in that distant neighbor nation were Sherwin Williams Paint ("tinner" or "activo") and Resistol-Dupont glue ("chemo".)  Street k...
The Legality of Drone Warfare
JOANNE MARINER
Congress is holding hearings this week on the legality of the US government’s drone warfare program. Conducted by the National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the hearings will examine the CIA...
The Interrogation of Lloyd Blankfein
MIKE WHITNEY
Tuesday’s hearings of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations laid the groundwork for future criminal prosecutions of Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein and his chief lieutenants whose reckless and self-serving actions helped to precipitate the ...
Power Politics in Prague
TOM CLIFFORD
The largest polluter in the Czech Republic is expected to get approval for expansion despite a report advising against the move, objections by environmental groups and an apparent conflict of interest on the part of the public official making the decision. App...
Criminalizing the Undocumented
TANYA GOLASH-BOZA
There are many ways to become undocumented in the United States. Two of the most common ways are crossing the border undetected and overstaying a temporary visa. These are not criminal actions. The penalty for either of these is deportation – a civil procedure....
The Coming British Elections
BINOY KAMPMARK
What are we to make of Nick Clegg who now holds the banner of the Liberal Democrats in Britain?  The historian Max Hastings in The Daily Mail (Apr 28) is dismissive.  ‘It would be foolish to expect honesty from Nick Clegg and his party,’ he sugg...
Exploiting Low-Paid Workers at a Vo-Tech School
WALTER BRASCH
Art Welch, the in-school suspension supervisor at the Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School (Vo-Tech) in Bloomsburg, Pa., earns $8 an hour, only 75 cents above minimum wage. In the six years he has been at Vo-Tech, he has never had a raise. ...
The Age of Autism
STEVEN HIGGS
Nothing makes J.B. Handley laugh more quickly than the suggestion that he and other parents who question the safety of the American vaccine schedule are "radicals." The Portland, Oregon, businessman is a managing partner in a leverage buyout fund. And when ...
This is What Apartheid Looks Like
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
Those who think that there’s an immigration crisis in Arizona are correct, however, this is but part of the story. The truth is, a civilizational clash is being played out in the same state in which the state legislature questions the birthplace and legitimacy ...
Liberation Lotto
JOHN HALLE
Today’s New York Times finds the grey lady engaged in her usual gnashing of teeth and rending of garments over The Deficit, in this case, that of the State of New York which it describes as "alarming." The sum occasioning the sta...
White People Aren’t Into Black People Anymore
CECIL BROWN
"I called Clint,” my friend said, as he fumbled through his address book while we sipping a beer in a cafe in San Francisco. Clint? “Yeah, you called Clint? Clint who?” I give him another look. “You mean, Clint as in...
Is Iran Really a Threat?
RAY McGOVERN
With all the current hype about the “threat” from Iran, it is time to review the record—and especially the significant bits and pieces that find neither ink nor air in our Israel-friendly, Fawning Corporate Media (FCM). First, ...
What Really Triggered the Financial Crisis?
MIKE WHITNEY
Most people still don’t know what caused the financial crisis. They know it had something to do with subprime mortgages and Lehman Bros, but beyond that, it gets rather hazy. Unfortunately, Congress appears to be in the dark too, which is why their attempt to r...