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Archives from May 2010
Carville, Colombia and BP
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Some people are just nostalgic and seemingly can’t get enough of the go-go Clinton years.  Ever since 1992, the year his paymaster vanquished George H.W. Bush, high level marketer James Carville has backed political candidates in Latin America identifying ...
What’s Pelosi Afraid Of?
RALPH NADER
When the Republican Gingrich devolution took over Congress in 1995, it stripped the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of all its funding and left it a shell with no experts to advise committees and members of Congress. Whereup...
Immigrants R Us
TOM TURNIPSEED
The South Carolina Legislature is considering an anti-immigrant bill much like Arizona’s draconian law. It requires police to check a person’s residency status when stopped or detained for any reason and makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to solicit ...
Slaughter at Sea
STEPHEN LENDMAN
Even America’s major media can’t duck a crime this grave – attacking and slaughtering up to 20 Gaza Freedom Flotilla activists and injuring dozens more. New York Times writer Isabel Kershner headlined "At Least 10 Killed ...
Nukes in Canyon Country?
JOHN WEISHEIT
The nuclear power plant at Green River, Utah is a proposal of Blue Castle Holdings (BCH), which is an unregistered subsidary of Transition Power Development, a new start Utah limited liability company with no assets other than venture capital. The CEO is Aaron Tilton...
The Glorification of War
DAVE LINDORFF
And I am even sicker of politicians who wrap themselves in the bloody flag and try to rub off some of the stench of death from the bodies of those who have died, mostly in vain for worthless causes, in hopes that taking on some of the odor will cause them to be perce...
Rahm and Israel
URI AVNERY
Rahm Emmanuel is, so it seems, the American most hated by the leaders of Israel. He is considered the most dangerous opponent of the Netanyahu government in the White House. Behind closed doors, they shower him – if one is to believe the media – with anti...
The WASP Penchant for Zionism
MICHAEL NEUMANN
First things first: Yves Engler’s Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid  (Vancouver, British Columbia.  Red Publishing 2010.  167 pages.) is the only book that need be written on Canada’s policies towards Israel.   It is clea...
Israel’s Attack on Us All
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. It is quite astounding that Israel has been able to create over the past 12 hours a news blackout, just as it did with its attack on Gaza 18 months ago, into which our main media organisations have willingly allowed Israeli spokespeop...
As Dangerous as It Gets
BOUTHAINA SHAABAN
If The New York Times is capable of printing on its pages such a sinister, undiplomatic and uncivilized piece of writing, where do you go to get your news and reach your assessment of today’s world? I am referring to Thomas Friedman’s article "As Ugl...
Top Killing
LINH DINH
In 1951, the entire village of Pont-Saint-Esprit in France went mad. Wracked by physical and psychological convulsions, people stripped themselves or leapt from windows, became violent, thought snakes were knotted inside their bellies or flowers sprouting from their ...
Worse or Worser in the Gulf?
GREG MOSES
Shock and awe, misdirection, the whole truth turned upside down?  Could it be that the obscenity-driven confrontation between Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was a more exact replica of oil war sho...
Vietnam MIAs: Ghosts Return to Haunt McCain and the US Press
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The ghosts that haunt Senator John McCain are about 600 in number and right now they are mustering for an onslaught. McCain, one of America’s foremost Republicans and President Barack Obama’s opponent in 2008, is currently locked in a desperate bid for po...
Credit Storm in Europe
MIKE WHITNEY
Credit market turmoil in the Eurozone has ignited frenzied trading on global markets. On Tuesday, shares tumbled nearly 300 points on the Dow Jones before launching an unconvincing 257-point late-day comeback. Wednesday the mayhem continued; all the major indexes seesaw...
Is the Peace Movement Finally Awakening?
SHELDON RICHMAN
What America needs most today is a peace movement, a broad-based coalition that opposes not only the American empire’s operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (as well as less overt activities elsewhere), but also their attendant accretion...
Oh, What an Unlovely War
CLANCY SIGAL
I love war movies. Scenes of fighting men shooting the crap out of other fighting men nails me to the seat, goggle-eyed and excited as a kid. No matter how grisly the soldiers’ wounds, how suffocating the jungle heat and nasty the maggots crawli...
Arizona’s Rancid History
SHARON SMITH
On April 29, the Arizona legislature passed a law banning ethnic studies at all public and charter schools across the state. Although the law is specifically aimed at Mexican-American studies, the ban will also shut down African-American and Native American programs. Th...
The Reverend and the Rentboy
SAUL LANDAU
I laughed when 61 year old Reverend Baptist minister George Alan Rekers got outed after his most excellent European vacation with a 20 year Rentboy.com. “Anti-Gay Activist Cavorts With Male Hooker,” the headline might have read. Rekers,  co-cr...
Lebanon Marks Liberation Day
RANNIE AMIRI
“On this day, ten years ago, the residents of the Qonaytra and Ghandouriyeh were gathering for the funeral of a woman from occupied Qonaytra. On this day, the first decisive step was taken on the path of liberating the south. Those people took the i...
Shoes: the Outside Story, From Beckham to Clinton to Bach
DAVID YEARSLEY
Yesterday’s White House send-off of the U. S. World Cup soccer team by President Obama, Joe Biden, and Bill Clinton was notable for the attention  the sports-loving statesmen paid the players’ shoes—not their soccer shoes, but t...
DeBush, Debar, and Debunk
LAURA FLANDERS
Republican criticism of President Obama’s response to the Gulf of Mexico spill is escalating. The President needs to get down there, say his critics — even his friends. He says he’s heading back to the coast for his second visit, thi...
Hopelessness in the Workplace
DAVID MACARAY
Founded in 1916, the Conference Board, Inc. (originally known as the National Industrial Conference Board) is a non-profit organization supported by leading business executives from all over the world. With offices in New York, Hong Kong and Brus...
The Big Snatch
JOHN ROSS
Felipe Calderon’s state visit to Washington last week (May 19th-20th) and his appearance before a joint session of the U.S. Congress puts the Official Barack Obama Seal of Approval on a bogusly elected chief of state the legitimacy of whose presidency continues...
Deportation as Punishment
TANYA GOLASH-BOZA
Negril, Jamaica. Undocumented migrants are not criminals. Detention is not prison. Deportation is not punishment. These are truths in the legal system of the United States. However, undocumented migrants are treated like crimin...
Compulsory Armageddon
JOHN V. WALSH
The April 20 Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico is a gift from British Petroleum that keeps on giving – 11 human lives lost, 2,940,000 gallons of oil daily a 2,500 square mile oil slick, underwater plumes ten miles across, softball size tar balls washing up on ...
Iraq: Paralyzed, Dejected, Corrupt
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad        Seven years after the US and Britain invaded Iraq the country remains  highly unstable and fragmented. So divided are parties and communities  that no government has ...
Against Farmers
DAVID Ker THOMSON
Why the chicken crossed the street, and which came first, the chicken or the egg (to get away from the farmer and, no, the farmer, respectively) find their poignant answers here in the mists of half-magic Grey County, the headwaters of the Saugeen, Mu...
Not the Great Philippine Novel?
CHARLES R. LARSON
The narrator of Miguel Syjuco’s novel, Ilustrado, is also named Miguel S...
Ducking the Challenge
RAY McGOVERN
MEMORANDUM FOR: Congressman David Obey FROM: A Former Admirer SUBJECT: Ducking the Challenge “We can sit, frozen in our own indifference, as President Roosevelt once said…” That’s what you said yesterday in connection wit...
Targeting the Free Gaza Flotilla
JAMES MARC LEAS
According to an article in the Jerusalem Post on May 25, 2010, the Israeli “Navy is preparing an operational plan to stop the flotilla of nine ships–loaded with hundreds of international activists and thousands of tons of supplies–&n...
The Torture of Ameer Makhoul
JONATHAN COOK
A leading human rights activist from Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority was charged yesterday with the most serious security offences on Israel’s statute book, including espionage. Prosecutors indicted Ameer Makhoul, the head of Ittijah, an umbrella ...
Don’t Know Much About History
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Let’s give credit where credit is due. The Texas Board of Education, in a press release announcing its revision of the public school history curriculum, states that those revisions include explaining “instances of in...
The Great Telecom Rip-Off
DAVID ROSEN And BRUCE KUSHNICK
We all have an Aunt Ethel. She’s getting on in years but remains fiercely independent; she lives on a fixed income but in the same home she’s had for half-a-century. Sadly, most of her family has passed away and those who are alive are dispersed around the c...
Agent Orange and the Third Generation
SUSAN GALLEYMORE
Each year for the last five years the U.S. has welcomed a delegation of Vietnamese affected by spraying chemicals in Vietnam three decades ago. The Fifth Agent Orange Justice Tour ended recently. It focused national attention on grass roots and legisl...
Dancing with the Scarred
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
I’ve been thinking of marketing a concept in the genre that’s all the rage—Reality Television. My primary objective is to enlighten the public, however if financial success is a byproduct, I won’t complain. This I know:...
Brazil and the US
HARRY BROWNE
"… football was being tropicalized in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo by the poor who enriched it while they appropriated it. No longer the possession of the few comfortable youths who played it by copying, this foreign spor...
Paperless World
RAMZY BAROUD
The debate is no longer confined to a few academics in distant universities. It is now a widely prevalent, mainstream topic of discussion. How will the news of the future be distributed? The jury is still out, but not completely. Increasingly, we are driven t...
BP to Hell
BERNARD MARSZALEK
BP’s underwater oil geyser, now that we have video coverage, no longer remains invisible. It competes for Prime Time. And yet while visible, it remains unrecognizable – a strange, amorphous reality persists in our memory. The horror...
The Problems with Reglan
EVELYN PRINGLE
Although a black box warning for tardive dyskinesia was announced by the FDA in February 2009, lawsuits filed against the makers of Reglan (metoclopramide) allege the drug companies knew for decades that the risk of movement disorders was much greater than acknowledg...
McChrystal Returns to His Roots
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
For the past several years Americans have been inundated by reams of journalistic puff pieces extolling the virtues of the new US Counterinsurgency (COIN) Strategy documented by General Petraeus in his much ballyhooed COIN manual — which for the most part was a...
Among the Teabaggers
RICHARD WARD
I had less fun than Voltaire and am not a philosopher but a certain curiosity found me at a dinner a few evenings ago held by the Albuquerque Tea Party featuring as guest speaker the right’s own aging billy goat, David Horowitz. Flim flam man, wannabe Borscht B...
On the Backs of Women
LAURA FLANDERS
As states scramble to stay afloat — how are they balancing their budgets? On the backs of working women of course. The new big trend is to cut subsidies for child care. And with child care — poof – a critical lifeline to work...
More Jive Than Jazz
LINH DINH
Living up to its name, Yahoo News is more jive than jazz. Recently, it featured a “human interest” story of an American who had traveled to every country on earth but three. At each, he tended to stay no more than three days, eating strictly American food...
Unless Otherwise Directed …
JOHN GRANT
I’ve worked in journalism for 35 years. I did graduate study in journalism, I’ve worked as a daily newspaper reporter and I’ve freelanced magazine articles and newspaper op-eds. Now I blog. I’ve learned that certain idea...
Sneaking New Nukes Into War Spending
DEB KATZ
The House Appropriations Committee is preparing to vote on loan guarantees for three new nuclear power plants. These guarantees have been tacked on to emergency spending provisions for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. T...
A Crew of Incompetents
DEAN BAKER
The world is suffering from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. The crisis has left tens of millions unemployed in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere. The huge baby boomer generation in the United States, now on the edge of retirement, has seen much of its we...
A Mutually Assured Debacle
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Rather than addressing the fundamental problems in our military forces, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Congress, and President Obama are focused on mutually exclusive short term, tactical goals. With each going their separate way, none is likely to succeed, excep...
Why Afghanistan?
JAMES ROTHENBERG
What are we doing in Afghanistan? According to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, the Administration together with the Congress are working to complete our “mission”. This is good news for enthusiasts of American imperialism who naturally take ...
Killing Children
RON JACOBS
In Iraq, the news that families were having the doors to their houses kicked in by heavily armed US forces who then proceeded to awaken everybody in the house, overturn their bedding and other belongings and arrest the household’s menfolk became...
China’s Cool Hand Game
PETER LEE
China‘s plan to survive and thrive amid the Barack Obama administration’s Iran sanct...