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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from April 2010
Breaking Ranks
DAVID ROVICS
I can’t stand talk radio of any political persuasion, it’s all too repetitive and emotional. But I like to keep tabs on the media landscape out there, and in terms of who’s talking on the radio in much of the USA here are your choices...
Tax Grousing
LAURA FLANDERS
It’s tax time again, the time of year when Americans grouse about forking over part of their hard-earned cash to the dear old government. These days, there’s a whole movement dedicated to grumbling about taxes full time — IR...
An Avoidable Tragedy
KEVIN ZEESE
Were it not for the deliberate actions of Don Blankenship and Massey Energy the deaths of 29 miners in West Virginia would not have occurred. These deaths were foreseeable, even predicted, and this is not the first time Massey has caused the deaths of miners. ...
Nuclear Insanities
JULIEN MERCILE
Writing in the 19th century, Russian anarchist Michael Bakunin said that the State is “the most flagrant, the most cynical, and the most complete negation of humanity… this explains why kings and ministers, past and present, of all times and all countrie...
End of the Revolution
RON JACOBS
Back in 1989, the world was captivated by media images of hundreds of thousands of Chinese students and workers camped out in Tienanmen Square in Beijing.  Most were horrified as they watched elements of the Chinese People’s Army attack and kill hundreds o...
The Bank Loan That Could Break South Africa’s Back
PATRICK BOND
Just how dangerous is the World Bank and its neo-conservative president, Robert Zoellick, to South Africa and the global climate? Notwithstanding South Africa’s existing $75 billion foreign debt, last Thursday the bank added a $3.75bn loan...
The New War on Social Security
DEAN BAKER
Suppose our top generals described the growing threat from a hostile Middle East power. The country has tens of billions of oil dollars, a growing army, chemical and biological weapons, and is in the process of developing nuclear weapons. After carefully describing t...
The Virtues of Compost
SUSAN GALLEYMORE
Mayor Gavin Newsome passed a mandatory source separation ordinance in June 2009, that requires residents and businesses to separate organics and recyclables from their garbage. It came into effect in October and is the first of its kind in the U.S. Six months later, ...
Convincing Cubans
ROBERT SANDELS
The Brookings Institution has issued another one of those helpful cookbooks on how to prepare Cuba. The new recipes suggest adding more ingredients from the US public to lessen the awful taste of stale White House concoctions. Last year, Brookin...
The Case of the Decoy Prom
JULIE HILDEN
The case of Constance McMillen – the Mississippi teen who invited her girlfriend to her high school prom, but was told she couldn’t attend with a girl, or wear a tux as she had planned – has made national news as a blatant instance of discrimination...
"We Need Our Beer!"
BENJAMIN DANGL
For over a century workers at Denmark’s Carlsberg brewery have been allowed to drink free beer on the job throughout the workday. After the management ended that policy on April 1st, hundreds of workers went on strike. “We’ve a...
Rudd’s Refugee Woes
BINOY KAMPMARK
The Australian government, as is often the case on the perennial matter of refugees, is muddled about its role in the world.  The latest update in the sordid treatment it has offered Sri Lankan and Afghan refugees is that its information on the security conditio...
The Privatization of Wildlife
JOSHUA FRANK
It is just one more battle in the century-and-a-half-old range wars, where land and wildlife have come into direct conflict with selfish, private interests. It’s also a story of privileged ethnocentrism, where a once proud indigenous culture and the wild specie...
The Global War on Tribes
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
The so-called “Global War on Terror” is quickly growing outside the borders of Iraq and Afghanistan, into new battlegrounds in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and beyond. The Pentagon is vastly increasing missile and gunship attacks, Special Forces raids, and p...
Shooting in the Dark
GARETH PORTER
A Special Operations Forces raid on Feb. 12 on what was supposed to be the compound of a Taliban leader but that killed three women and two Afghan government officials demonstrated a fatal weakness of the U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan: after eight years of ...
Will WaMu Pay for Its Crimes?
MIKE WHITNEY
When the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on investigations convenes on Tuesday, they’ll be presented with a mountain of evidence showing that Washington Mutual intentionally issued subprime mortgages that they knew would fail, and then bundled the loans into secu...
Parsing Petraeus
NADIA HIJAB
The ripples from General David H. Petraeus’ testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee continue to spread. Mingled with excitement (or apprehension) about the administration’s tough words in response to recent Israeli expansionist plans, it may ...
No Knock-Out Blow in SEIU’s Courtroom Showdown
CAL WINSLOW
Amid news bulletins that Andy Stern is about to step down from his job as president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) , the union has fallen on its face again. Its multi-million dollar law suit against the new National Union of Healthcare Wor...
Is This Factory Farming’s Tobacco Moment?
WILL ALLEN And RONNIE CUMMINS
The nation’s chemical and energy-intensive food and farming system, Food Inc., is out-of-control, posing a mortal threat to public health, the environment, and climate stability. Economically stressed and distracted consumers have become d...
Mossad Operation Threatened Against Reporter
JONATHAN COOK
in Nazareth. An Israeli journalist who went into hiding after writing a series of reports showing lawbreaking approved by Israeli army commanders faces a lengthy jail term for espionage if caught, as Israeli security services warned at the week...
SNCC at 50
COREY D.B. WALKER
“By and large, this feeling that they have a destined date with freedom, was not limited to a drive for personal freedom, or even freedom for the Negro in the South. Repeatedly it was emphasized that the movement was concerned with the moral implica...
Where Your Taxes Go
DAVE LINDORFF
If you’re like me, now that we’re in the week that federal income taxes are due, you are finally starting to collect your records and prepare for the ordeal. Either way, whether you are a procrastinator like me, or have already finished and know how much ...
Behind the Afghan Fraud
CONN HALLINAN
All frauds have a purpose, mostly to relieve the unwary of their wealth, though occasionally to launch some foreign adventure: the 1965 Tonkin Gulf hoax that escalated the Vietnam War comes to mind. So what was the design behind “Operation Moshtarak,&rdq...
The Big Gamble
URI AVNERY
I MET Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Prime Minister, two weeks ago, and was again impressed by the calm and modesty he radiates. Generally, I meet him at demonstrations, such as those at the Bil’in fence. This time, too, there was no opport...
The Pope’s Cover-Up
GARY LEUPP
Given the rash of reports about the current pope’s alleged involvement in the cover-up of clerical child abuse in a number of countries, I thought I’d produce a timeline for the convenience of anyone studying the matter. It’s no doubt incomplete, bu...
The Savaging of Dawn Johnsen
JAYNE LYN STAHL
On a day when both a Supreme Court judge, and a controversial Democratic congressman announced their retirement, another major announcement largely slipped through the cracks. The President’s pick to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, Daw...
Hiba’s Story
FRANKLIN LAMB
Ein el Helwe Palestinian Refugee Camp, Lebanon. More than six decades after their expulsion from Palestine, Lebanon’s unwanted refugees just might be granted some basic civil rights. Granting even the most elementary and normally taken for granted civil...
Is the Fed Helping the Big Banks to Cook Their Books?
MIKE WHITNEY
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal revealed details of a cover up by the nation’s largest banks that have been engaged in potentially-criminal accounting activities to conceal the amount of debt on their balance sheets. The SEC has been notified of the allegati...
WOLA vs. Honduran Democracy
ADRIENNE PINE
America, the past year has seen increasing U.S.-Latin American hostilities, largely centered around the June 28th, 2009 violent military coup d’etat that ousted democratically-elected Honduran president Manuel Zelaya. And while the U.S. role in Honduras appears...
Martin Kramer, Harvard and the Eugenics of Zion
JEFF KLEIN
People were outraged when Martin Kramer’s support for measures to limit the births of “superfluous young men” among Palestinians in Gaza was circulated in the US recently.  Kramer, Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and lately a Vi...
The Black Death
RALPH NADER
The tragedy at the Massey Energy Company’s very profitable Upper Big Branch coal mine at Montcoal, West Virginia, which so far has cost 25 miners’ lives, is another reminder of the immense human and environmental cost of this fuel. More coal miners h...
Why They Call It King Coal
ALAN FARAGO
The mainstream media pushes West Virginia into the national spotlight either every four years, during a presidential election, or when coal miners are trapped, rescued or killed in their line of work. Network TV has a particular order when reporting co...
A New Wind Blows in Egypt
RANNIE AMIRI
“Western policy towards this part of the world has been a total failure, in my view. It has not been based on dialogue, understanding, supporting civil society and empowering people, but rather it’s been based on supporting auth...
The Losing Battle Against National Self-Determination
MARK WEISBROT
Of all the misunderstandings that guide U.S. foreign policy – including foreign commercial policy – perhaps the most important and long-lasting is the failure to recognize or understand what national self-determination means to most people ...
Storm Over Cameron Carpenter
DAVID YEARSLEY
John Roberts of San Francisco didn’t think much of last’s week’s Musical Patriot, “How Cameron Carpenter Blew It in Ithaca” and its contribution to the public discourse on music in the form of a &ldquo...
The Machinery of Death
JEAN CASELLA And JAMES RIDGEWAY
The state of Utah is going to allow death row inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner to choose how he dies–as long as he chooses either lethal injection or a firing squad. Gardner has been on death row since 1985, when he was convicted o...
How Israel Gagged on Its Own Gag Order
GILA SVIRSKY
This story is a testament to the Internet. And to Anat Kam, the whistleblower, who is widely regarded in Israeli security circles as a traitor and will probably soon be charged with “espionage”. Anat (I’ll use her first name, ...
The Price Tag on Safety
DAVID MACARAY
Back in 1993, on the eve of a union contract negotiation, I had a discussion with a young management staffer at the Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s Fullerton, California, paper mill.  We were talking about the mill’s safety record.  ...
The Looming European Debt Wars
MICHAEL HUDSON
Government debt in Greece is just the first in a series of European debt bombs that are set to explode. The mortgage debts in post-Soviet economies and Iceland are more explosive.  Although these countries are not in the Eurozone, most of their de...
The Most Dangerous Man in the World
SAUL LANDAU
In 2005, teaching a history class to university juniors and seniors, I mentioned the Vietnam War. I noticed glazed looks in the eyes of several students. I asked a young woman born about a decade after that war had ended: “You know when the Vietn...
The Railroading of Tonya Craft
WILLIAM L. ANDERSON
About 20 years ago, American prosecutors across the country were engaged in a large number of witch hunts, better known as the day care sex abuse hysteria. Innocent people found themselves charged with monstrous crimes of abusing dozens of children, an...
The Cover-Ups That Exploded
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The Pentagon is reeling after two lethal episodes uncovered by diligent journalism show trigger-happy U.S. Army helicopter pilots and U.S. Special Forces slaughtering civilians, then seeking to cover up their crimes. The worldwide web was trans...
The Dark Underbelly of Israel’s Security State
JONATHAN COOK
in Nazareth. Next week 23-year-old Anat Kamm is due to stand trial for her life — or rather the state’s demand that she serve a life sentence for passing secret documents to an Israeli reporter, Uri Blau, of the liberal Haaretz daily. She is char...
Silent Coup
DAVID PRICE
Throughout the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, independent grassroots movements to keep the Central Intelligence Agency off American university campuses were broadly supported by students, professors and community members. The ethos of this movement ...
The White House Whitewash Job
FARZANA VERSEY
Forked tongues are part of the political arsenal, therefore what the White House says and what the White House does rarely meet even the facile “Read my lips” dictum. Hamid Karzai was the fattened cat of American forei...
Maradona and Messi: Immortality Beckons
HARRY BROWNE
For whatever reasons, whatever the game, great players don’t often go on to become great coaches. Perhaps on their retirement from playing, these athletes have little more to prove, or to earn. In soccer, the top players wh...
Eccentric Obsessions
CHARLES R. LARSON
Several years ago, many of us were charmed by a quirky French novel called The Eleg...
Hot Chicks Who Rock
KIM NICOLINI
I love rock and roll. That’s no secret, so I was pretty enthusiastic about seeing The Runaways, the movie about the founding and demise of the 70s “Hot Chicks Who Rock” band The Runaways that eventually helped pave Joan Jett’s way to the Rock And...
The Big Break Up
DEAN BAKER
It’s not often that I disagree with Paul Krugman, but there are occasions where at least one of us is wrong. And the treatment of too-big-to-fail (TBTF) banks is one of them. Krugman argued in a column last week that breakin...
Mourning Has Broken
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
If you’re paying attention, you must be mourning West Virginia’s 25 dead miners, as well as the missing four, and outraged that greed has defeated safety and, thus, life. According to former employees, Massey Energy Company has been much mo...