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Archives from May 2010
Saving Gitmo
ANDY WORTHINGTON
President Obama’s hopes of closing Guantánamo, which were already gravely wounded by his inability to meet his self-imposed deadline of a year for the prison’s clos...
Number One in War
BILL QUIGLEY
US law officially proclaims Memorial Day “as a day of prayer for permanent peace.”  However, the US is much closer to permanent war than permanent peace.  Corporations are profiting from wars and lobbying ...
Political Misspeak
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Who hasn’t misspoken? Jeeez, I have—plenty of times—and especially if I’ve consumed one too many glasses of Cabernet. Do you remember when Condi Rice referred to George W. Bush as “my husband&rdquo...
Will Hezbollah Support the Right to Work for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut The current relationship between the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Hezbollah is not as clear cut as often assumed, despite the frequent and inspiring brotherly words of Hezbollah’s leadership and the fact...
Mexican Labor Union Under Siege
DAVID MACARAY
Any questions as to which American president Felipe Calderon most admires were answered last October when he fired 44,000 members of the independent Mexican Electrical Workers Union.   First, he refused to negotiate with them, then he fired ...
Lascaux, Lost Caul
CLAYTON ESHLEMAN
The cave of Lascaux, with its 600 paintings and 1500 engravings, is the most magnificent example of the Upper Paleolithic (32,000 to 9,000 years ago) creative force in human culture which surged into, and made sacred, for the first time, subterranean ...
Twisted Minds
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Attempts to rewrite the history of the economic crisis come in many forms; some come from the reactionary right, others from centrists and the liberal left – but all are pursued in the service of neoliberal corporatism.  I’ve written ...
France, Italy and Anti-Racist Posturing
HARRY BROWNE
It was April 1999, and I was in a Paris hotel room, idly watching television, amazed to see a TV chef scooping handfuls of "un peu de sel" to add to the soup. Then came an advertisement, from the station itself: "Nine months after World...
Obama and Attention Deficit Democracy
JAMES BOVARD
In his commencement address at the University of Michigan on May 1, President Obama warned that public ignorance subverts self-government.  Obama declared: “When we don’t pay close attention to the decisions made by our leaders, when ...
BP and the Perilous Voyage of Bama the Manatee
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
To the degree that Americans are paying attention to the environmental plight of marine wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico, they may focus most upon dolphins and whales.  However, the U.S. public is much less familiar with another marine mammal, the ...
LeBron James and the Culture of Narcissism
DENNIS LOO
Last week I watched LeBron James allow, without much of a fuss, his Cleveland Cavaliers to lose to the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs’ Eastern Conference second round, while the media storm around him speculated what team he would go to next...
Drugging Poor Kids
BRUCE E. LEVINE
Children covered by Medicaid are far more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic drugs than are children covered by private insurance, and Medicaid-covered kids have a higher likelihood of being prescribed antipsychotics even if they have no psychotic ...
The Pakistan Mess
SAUL LANDAU
Washington’s national security elite seethe and fume with resentment and frustration. Pakistan receives billions of U.S. aid dollars and remains a training ground for terrorists targeting the United States. On May 1, Faisa...
On Persuasion
DAVID Ker THOMSON
A non-confrontational style is wonderful for keeping us comfortable, giving us the appearance of wisdom, and maintaining popularity.  I indulge in it quite often.  Non-confrontation makes me seem as wise as Gandalf an...
Becoming a Writer
CHARLES R. LARSON
East Africa’s major writer, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, has written the first of what I hope will be a several-volume account of his life. ...
Israeli Think Tank Calls for Sabotaging "Delegitimizers" of Israel
JAMES MARC LEAS
While a report by an Israeli think tank has been widely condemned (1) for advocating that the Israeli government use its intelligence services to attack and sabotage non-violent human rights advocates, the...
The Limits of Liberalism
CHARLES DAVIS
In 2006 I did something monumentally stupid, something that can only be chalked up to pure, unadulterated ignorance and the folly of youth. I voted. For a Democrat. And I did so — wait for it — under the impression I might be helping ...
The Slow Disasters
H. DRAKE
By now the story is familiar: we have drilling by a powerful transnational corporation, a man-made disaster, a deadly explosion, the massive and uncontrollable flows of pollution, the devastation of animal life on a scale we can barely me...
The War Awaiting Kandahar
RAMZY BAROUD
Clad in his usual attire of a colorful, striped robe, Afghan President Hamid Karazai appeared more like an emperor as he began his fourth day in Washington. Accompanying him on a somber visit to the Arlington National Cemetery were US Defense Secretar...
BP and the Perilous Voyage of Bama the Manatee
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
To the degree that Americans are paying attention to the environmental plight of marine wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico, they may focus most upon dolphins and whales.  However, the U.S. public is much less familiar with another marine mammal, the ...
Israel is Becoming North Korea
GIDEON LEVY
In the end, we will only be left with Prof. Uriel Reichman. After we sent Prof. Noam Chomsky away, and there was no sharp rebuke by Israeli academics (who in their silence support a boycott of Bir Zeit University ), we will be left with a narrow and f...
Something About Rima
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Is the new Miss USA packing a bomb in her bikini? Rima Fakih, an Arab-American beauty who really knows her way around a stripper pole, has managed to upset prudes, neo-cons and anti-immigrationists alike. "It’s a sad ...
Oil, Water and Liability
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Why does pouring oil on the sea make it clear and calm? Is it for that the winds, slipping the smooth oil, have no force, nor cause any waves? Plutarch, Natural Questions, IX Eve...
Pete Peterson’s Pathological Obsession
JOHN HALLE
Pete Peterson has stepped up his mischief making. The last week of April found the most odious of Wall Street billionaires having assembled a parade of A-list Washington power brokers-up to and including former President Clinton...
Environmentalism is Dead
GREGORY VICKREY
Another tragedy befalls the environment and we can count on those that were once environmentalists to capitalize, figuratively and literally. As you read, perhaps a 1000 or so organizations are happily signing (or being bribed to sign) yet another ref...