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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...
The Case of the Crush Videos
JULIE HILDEN
On April 20, the Supreme Court issued an 8-1 decision in US v. Stevens invalidating a federal law that was intended to reach "crush videos" and similar materials. In "crush videos," small animals, such as kittens or mice, are...
Iraq Rocked by Court Verdict
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil An Iraqi court has disqualified two members of the country’s newly elected parliament in a move which puts in doubt the outcome of last month’s election and is likely to increase political instability in the country. The...
The Great Gap in Financial Reform
RALPH NADER
Dear President Obama, Senator Schumer and Senator Shelby: On the eve of the portentous Senate debate over the extent to which the financial industry is to be so as to avert future megacollapses on the backs of taxpayers, workers and consumers, a...
Death Squads in Afghanistan
FRANCIS SHOR
It should no longer be a matter of dispute that US Special Forces in Afghanistan are responsible for an increasing number of murders, whether part of targeted extra-judicial killings or the result of bad intelligence.  From the attack on a bridal shower in Garde...
A Tale of Two Senators: McCain and Reid
STEWART LAWRENCE
For the first time in their respective political careers, US Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and John McCain (R-AZ) both face uphill battles for re-election this fall.  But the issue most likely to decide each man’s fate isn’t the state of ...
A Tale of Two Senators: McCain and Reid
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
For the first time in their respective political careers, US Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and John McCain (R-AZ) both face uphill battles for re-election this fall.  But the issue most likely to decide each man’s fate isn’t the state of ...
Mormons for Racial Profiling?
GREG MOSES
What’s up with the Mormons?  Orem, Utah legislator Stephen Eric Sandstrom last week pledged to follow the lead of “my friend” Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce and expand the number of states with show-me-your-papers bills aim...
Israel’s Big and Small Apartheids
JONATHAN COOK
Israel’s apologists are very exercised about the idea that Israel has been singled out for special scrutiny and criticism. I wish to argue, however, that in most discussions of Israel it actually gets off extremely lightly: that many features of ...
The Good, the Bad and the … "Misguided"?
JAYNE LYN STAHL
In what may be easily called the understatement of the decade so far, President Obama has characterized an Arizona measure that criminalizes undocumented immigration, just signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, as "misguided." Frankl...
Deepshit Horizon
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Twenty seven offshore rigs were built along southern California’s coastline in the 1960s. This was the inaugural boom era of deep water ocean drilling. Two key developments ushered it in. The first was a set of advances in mining technologies and...
Dr. Peter Watts
DAVID Ker THOMSON
Many a sad Sarnian chronicle can be told of the Straits of St. Clair, of crosses and double crosses in the urban boundary waters of Port Huron and Sarnia.  Amongst Canadian protectors of the largest lake in the world (Huron/...
Will a Congressional Rebellion Bring the Afghan War to an End?
MARK WEISBROT
Imagine the United States were spending an amount that exceeded 60 percent of its national income on the military and police. (For comparison, the U.S. Department of Defense budget – bloated as it is – is about 5 percent of GDP...
US Intervenes in Iraqi Election Row
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil The United States is trying to resolve the growing crisis over the formation of a new Iraqi government, with a deal between current prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and his main rival Iyad Allawi under which each man would hold the post of prime minister ...
Your Jerusalem v. the Real Jerusalem
JUST JERUSALEM Activists
More than a hundred activists from the Sheikh Jarrah movement published an open letter to Elie Wiesel in response to the letter Wiesel published last week in US newspapers. Here’s the letter’s full text: Dear Mr. ...
The Politics of the Tea Partyers
JAMES BOVARD
Many “tea party” activists staunchly oppose big government, except when it is warring, wiretapping, or waterboarding. A movement that started out denouncing government power apparently has no beef with some of the worst abuses of modern times. ...
Colombia’s Deadly "Democracy"
DANIEL KOVALIK
In his book, Colombia: the Genocidal Democracy, Father Javier Gira...
Demonizing Iran
DAVE LINDORFF
Just yesterday, the Wall Street Journal had a lead story about Israeli planning to possibly “go it alone” in an attack on Iran if the US were not to “succeed” in its diplomatic efforts to get Iran to “stop” it’...
The Trial of Baltasar Garzón
SCOTT BOEHM
On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King penned his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in response to criticism about the tactics of the civil rights movement.  King had been arrested for non-violently protesting segregationist laws through ...
Hillary’s "Feelings" About Cuba and the Castros
NELSON P. VALDÉS
"A few weeks back, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that they are opened to a dialogue with Cuba but that they clearly want to see fundamental changes in the Cuban regime. It is my obligation to respond to Mrs. Clinton, with all due respect, a...
Marijuana, Boom and Bust
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Marijuana was by no means the first boom crop to delight my home county of Humboldt, here, in Northern California, five hours drive from San Francisco up Route 101. Leaving aside the boom of appropriating land from the Indians, there was the timber boo...
The Shill on the Hill
IRA GLUNTS
Syracuse University President Nancy Cantor stands by her decision to invite Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase Chairman and CEO, to give the commencement speech at this year’s graduation ceremony, despite vehement and vocal protests by students. JP Mor...
Death by Imperial Profile
DAVID SWANSON
Franz Kafka’s book "The Trial" begins "Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning." There follow many thousands of words describing the ordeal o...
The Unquiet Grave
STEVE HENDRICKS
As the FBI told the story, it happened like this. On February 24, at a quarter to three in the afternoon, a rancher on that part of the South Dakota steppe that crumbles into the Badlands was looking for a place to run a fence lin...
The Decline of the Church?
SAUL LANDAU
Scandals distract the public from focusing on key issues. Sometimes, however, they also provide insights into the character of leading cultural and political figures — and their institutions. When the story finally broke — after perhaps centuries of cover...
The Envy of the World
CARL GINSBURG
Before a sold-out crowd of upstanding New Yorkers, including some of the most committed bankers in the world of finance – Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs and James Dimon of JP Morgan Chase among them – President Obama asked the audience of...