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Archives from May 2010
Even Picnics in Israel are Political
NEVE GORDON
Picnics like almost everything else in Israel are often political. Oz Shelach underscores this point in his collection of short stories Picnic Grounds, where he describes how a history professor takes his family on a picnic in the pine forest near Giv...
The Eurozone’s Self-Inflicted Crisis
MARK WEISBROT
The current turmoil in financial markets around the world is another illustration of the damage that can be done by a bloated and politically powerful financial sector, combined with finance ministers and central bankers who identify with this sector ...
Winds of Change in Chicago
LEE SUSTAR
IF REFORMERS in the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) win union elections June 11, it will shake up City Hall, rattle teachers unions–and provide a rebuke to President Barack Obama’s education policy. In the first round ...
Israel’s Nukes Out of the Shadows
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Israel faces unprecedented pressure to abandon its official policy of “ambiguity” on its possession of nuclear weapons as the international community meets at the United Nations in New York this week to con...
Change Colombians Can Believe In?
FORREST HYLTON
Given the unprecedented wave of corruption scandals that have marked Colombian President Alvaro Uribe’s second term in office (2006-10), it is fitting that his appointed successor and former minister of defense, Juan Manuel Santos, is in trouble...
Oil Wars Come Home to Roost
GREG MOSES
Even the birds are pissed.  Whether it’s the Mockingbird who guards the footpath down by the bus stop.  Or the Blue Jay who cusses across my back deck.  Or even the frigging Grackle who buzzed me early morning at the grocery-store...
Containing the Meat Spill
FIRMIN DeBRABANDER
Navigating a mind-numbing office park near the interstate the other day, I was stalled at a traffic light, and a curious billboard caught my attention: “Prime rib dinner potato and salad for under $10 call 410-252-xxxx”. The billboard stoo...
Watching the Pentagon Channel
CHARLES M. YOUNG
The Pentagon Channel is not the Military Channel. The Military Channel is Hitler plus top ten lists. You wanna know about the failed plot to assassinate the Fuehrer in 1944 and then learn the ten best attack submarines of all time–the Military C...
Reaffirming Afghanistan’s Al Capone
GARETH PORTER
Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s team once talked openly about the need to remove Ahmed Wali Karzai, Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s brother and the most powerful man in Kandahar, from power. Last October, as reports of Wal...
Something’s Gotta Give
LAURA FLANDERS
At the very time when the social safety net is most needed, investors the world over are calling it a drag on the world economy. Here in the U.S., wages are stuck, income is down, unemployment remains around 10 percent, with al...
Merkel’s Savage Blitz Through Euroland
MIKE WHITNEY
Angela Merkel has let a minor brush-fire on the periphery turn into a raging inferno that’s sweeping across the continent.  Absent Berlin’s fumbling diplomatic effort and its ferocious attachment to Hooverian economics, the Greek matt...
Arizona and the Big Picture
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
The first rule of any boycott is to keep your eyes on the prize; translated, this means never lose sight of the problem, the objectives, the solutions and the bigger picture. Arizona is speeding towards an apartheid state. Some ...
Chomsky at the Gate
URI AVNERY
A LOCAL TV station told us this week about a group of Israelis who adhere to conspiracy theories. They believe that George W. Bush planned the destruction of the Twin Towers in order to further his wicked aims. They believe that...
Washington and the Small Time Commies
LINH DINH
The working class and peasants of Thailand were protesting a system that had repeatedly disenfranchised them, most notably in the ouster of populist Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Streaming in from the provinces, these men, women and children set ...
Overcoming the Bush Legacy
RAMZY BAROUD
When former US President George W. Bush left the White House, he left behind one of the most unpleasant legacies in history. He redefined the US’ role in world affairs, tainted the country’s reputation, and left his successor with a politi...
The Fair Report Privilege
JULIE HILDEN
On May 11, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its decision in a significant case involving libel law. In the ruling, the court recognized a conditional "fair report" privilege. That privilege protects news organizations from being sued for ...
Take a Hike
RANDALL AMSTER
You’ve probably heard about the three hikers being held in Iran since last summer. Their case has become a political football, highlighting the inherent tensions and absurd machinations of the U.S.-Iran relationship. If you’ve followed the...
The Battle for Australia’s Wealth
BRIAN McKINLAY
Australia, sometimes dubbed “the Lucky Country,” is now the scene of a mounting and increasingly acrimonious struggle over a proposed new tax of 40% on the profits of the major international mining companies. A...
The Story of Abir Mohammed
KATHY KELLY And JOSHUA BROLLIER
Islamabad. Abir Mohammed, a refugee from Bajaur, says that the battles which raged in his home province since 2008 have dramatically changed his life.  We met him in a crowded Islamabad café where he politely approac...
US / Israel Challenged on Iran
RAY McGOVERN
The times may be a-changin’ – at least a bit – with the United States and Israel no longer able to dictate to the rest of the world how crises in the Middle East must be handled, though the new reality has been slow to dawn on Secret...
Prosecute Massey for Manslaughter
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
A group of citizen activists are calling on the state of West Virginia to prosecute Massey Energy for manslaughter. The group has set up a web site — ...
BP and the Audacity of Greed
DAVE LINDORFF
Even as BP’s blown well a mile beneath the surface in the Gulf of Mexico continues to gush forth an estimated 70,000 barrels of oil a day into the sea, and the fragile wetlands along the Gulf begin to get coated with crude, which is also headed ...
The Radiological Legacy of Nuclear Testing in the Marshall Islands
ROBERT ALVAREZ
The radiological legacy of U.S. nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands remains to this day and will persist for many years to come. The most severe impacts were visited upon the people of the Rongelap Atoll in 1954 following a very large ther...
The Chicago Boys’ Free Market Theology
MICHAEL HUDSON
Many academics recently received a petition signed by 111 University of Chicago faculty members, explaining that “without any announcement to its own community, [the University] has commissioned Ann Beha Architects, a Boston firm, to remake the ...
Stage Managing a Catastrophe in the Gulf
ALAN FARAGO
From the very first, the Gulf Oil Spill has been about "managing expectations". Coast Guard Admiral Mary Landry used exactly that term in an early televised press conference about "Top Hat", the first failed intervention to stop te...