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Archives from May 2010
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...