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Archives from April 2010
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...