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Archives from June 2010
No Repeal of Whaling Ban
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
A five-day International Whaling Commission conference in Morocco failed to produce an agreement that would authorize hunting whales in national and international waters.  Anti-whaling countries were defiant in their opposition to initiatives aim...
High Times Puts on a White Coat
FRED GARDNER
High Times magazine sponsored the original "Cannabis Cup" in Amsterdam in 1987. The event inspired plant breeders and publicized their strains and their seed companies. It has been held annually ever since —a fine excuse for a trade sh...
Putting Petraeus in Perspective
PATRICK COCKBURN
General David Petraeus has a high reputation but his real abilities are not the ones usually attributed to him. He is, above all, a general with an acute sense of US politics combined with a realization of the importance of understanding the politics ...
Loose-Lip McChrystal Did Obama a Huge Favor
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Just when Barack Obama’s presidency was drowning in BP’s crude oil, a megalomaniacal US Army general called Stanley McChrystal, commander of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, did him several huge favors. ...
An Uprising of Bones
JOHN ROSS
Under the martial cadence of muffled drums, the bones rolled solemnly up the elegant Paseo de Reforma atop a dozen military vehicles. Four skulls could be spotted in one large glass urn. "Look Papi, there goes Hidalgo!" a small boy pointed e...
Three Cheers for Renée Fleming
DAVID YEARSLEY
The musical terrain stretching between the entrenched aesthetic positions of parents and those of their teenage children is dotted with mines and ordnance laced with mustard gas. After enduring countless bombardments of Lady Gaga singing “Alejan...
Revoking BP’s Charter
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Some would criminally prosecute BP America and its executives for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Others would debar BP from federal contracts. But a group called Green Change is calling for the corpo...
Three Cheers for Renée Fleming
DAVID YEARSLEY
The musical terrain stretching between the entrenched aesthetic positions of parents and those of their teenage children is dotted with mines and ordnance laced with mustard gas. After enduring countless bombardments of Lady Gaga singing “Alejan...
Gaza Starves More Slowly
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. As Israel this week declared the “easing” of the four-year blockade of Gaza, an official explained the new guiding principle: “Civilian goods for civilian people.” The severe and apparently arbi...
The Miron Brothers
ANDREA PEACOCK
Fred and Paul Miron are like mirrors, reflecting two sides of the universe: night and day, good and evil, light and dark. You hear it in their voices—Fred the elder brother, talks of his life in the pleasant tone of a man who has enjoyed the bea...
Shock and Awe From Ottawa
DAVID Ker THOMSON
Toronto, Wednesday, 1:20 p.m:  “Did you feel it?”  The woman in the teal skirt tells me she definitely felt it.  We huddle together in the wind vortexing between the TTC and the new barely inhabited Quantum Towers. &nbs...
Why Firing the General Was an Act of God
PAUL KRASSNER
The volcano in Iceland was considered an Act of God. Smoke from the volcano caused countless flights to be canceled. The Rolling Stone correspondent was stuck in Paris. Embedded there, he hung around with talkative drinkers. Th...
Europe’s Fiscal Dystopia: the "New Austerity" Road
MICHAEL HUDSON
Europe is committing fiscal suicide – and will have little trouble finding allies at this weekend’s G-20 meetings in Toronto. Despite the deepening Great Recession threatening to bring on outright depression, European Central Bank (ECB) pr...
General Petraeus and His Senate Vassals
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Whatever you may think of General Stanley McChrystal and his succession by General David Petraeus, something very sad is about to happen. The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has already scheduled its hearing for the constitutionally required co...
Overthrowing Darwin
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The world has arisen in some way or another. How it originated is the great question, and Darwin’s theory, like all other attempts to explain the origin of life, is thus far merely conjectural. Jean Louis Agassiz, Evolution an...
Can Iraq Form a Government?
JUDITH BELLO
Recently, we haven’t been paying a lot of attention to Iraq. When we do hear something, we hear about a prolonged and possibly rather disorderly process reflecting an incompetent or maybe recalcitrant embodiment of Democracy. There are, in fact,...
Defending My Father … and the Constitution
NOOR ELASHI
The case perhaps most notably authorized by the Material Support Law, which was upheld by the Supreme Court on Monday, was that of the Holy Land Foundation, once the largest Muslim charity in the United States. My father, Ghassan Elashi, co-founded th...
No Shelter From the Storm
MISSY BEATTIE
I was running through my sister’s neighborhood in KY and saw that “Support the Troops They Want Victory You Should, Too” sign in a yard. For a long time, after my nephew Chase was killed in Iraq, my sister had a large board, propped ...
The Death of Black Politics
MARGARET KIMBERLEY
New York Rep. Charles Rangel is among the many Black elected officials that make periodic figurative and actual pilgrimages to Israel, swearing undying loyalty. In a shamelessly groveling performance last week, Rangel took part in a Times Square press...
Revisiting Guazapa
WHITNEY COLE And ALEXANDER BROCKWEHL
The new documentary film Guazapa: Yesterday’s Enemies begins with the monumental event in the country’s modern history – the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero. It was he, more than any other contemporary Salvadoran, who possessed abi...
Capital Speaks
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
This Saturday tens of thousands of Americans, from all walks of life, men and women of all races, immigrants and citizens, young and old, from all regions of the country, will gather in hundreds of town hall meetings. There they will "weigh in on...
Getting Out of Palestine
M. SHAHID ALAM
When veteran journalist Helen Thomas was asked recently if she had any comments on Israel, she shot back, “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.” She apologized for the remark, but, as the campaign against her escalated, she chose to...
Iraqi Power Chords
KIM NICOLINI
As a general rule, I’m a fan of rock documentaries. As an artist and writer, I find the rock documentary formula inspiring. Whether I like the particular band or not isn’t really the issue.  The traditional rock documentary is about t...
Why McChrystal Did Obama a Big Favor
GARETH PORTER
Despite President Barack Obama’s denial that his decision to fire Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as commander in Afghanistan and replace him with Gen. David Petraeus signified any differences with McChrystal over war strategy, the decision obviously...
The Forty Year War on the Environment
ALAN FARAGO
In The New York Times, Jeb Bush offers a rare glimpse of what we have been missing since the former governor of Florida– and putative lynchpin of the Karl Rove/ Grover Norquist wing of the GOP– left office. Jeb! derides President Obama bla...
Is Petraeus McChrystal’s Replacement or Obama’s?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Our petulant president’s ego can’t handle a general letting off steam. Neither can any of the spoiled children who comprise “our” government in DC, the capital of the “superpower.” Generals h...
Economic War on the "Lesser People"
JOHN HALLE
Were the objective of Pete Peterson’s $1 billion campaign to gut Social Security any less odious, it would easy to admire it as a marvel of public opinion engineering, a true masterpiece in the manufacture of consent. A bi...
The Sociopathic General
JOHN GRANT
Following the tidal wave of media buzz over General Stanley McChrystal in Rolling Stone, you quickly notice the story succumbing to the gravity of our media-circus culture, to the point it has become a story about celebrity and score keeping. ...
Militarizing the Gulf Oil Crisis
ANNE McCLINTOCK
In the Gulf, the forever spill has become the forever war. A calamity of untold magnitude is unfolding and, alongside it, a strange militarization has emerged, as the language for managing the crisis becomes the language of war. ...
Time for a Second Stimulus
MIKE WHITNEY
Alan Greenspan has joined the ranks of the deficit hawks and is calling for austerity measures to reduce government spending. In an op-ed in last Thursday’s Wall Street Journal titled "U.S. Debt and the Greece Analogy", Maestro Greensp...
President Obama, What Would Your Mother Say?
S. EBEN KIRKSEY
President Obama turned his back on Indonesia recently — canceling his visit there for the second time this year. His mother, Ann Soetoro, was a cultural anthropologist who spent much of her adult life helping economically-marginalized people of ...
Workers and Players
HARRY BROWNE
"France’s dishonor is complete,” said one newspaper headline. A thousand other headlines across France and the world said something similar. So why do I, as an Irish fan carrying seven months of ill-will toward the French for the way ...
The Oil Industry’s Go-To Judge Comes Through
DAVE LINDORFF
As the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico continues to spew out ever more toxic oil and methane into the sea, floating toxic sludge, by the millions of gallons, starts destroying the wetlands across the American Southeast, the dead hand of President Ronald...
A Grand Day for Monarchism
BJÖRN KUMM
It is official: Sweden is in love. At least with its Crown Princess and with the monarchy. Last Saturday, June 19, Crown Princess Victoria married her former gym teacher Daniel Westling, a young man of what would long ago have b...
The Obama-McChyrstal Showdown
DEEPAK TRIPAHTI
The fate of the top United States military commander and the chief architect of American policy in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, is in the balance. General McChrystal has been summoned to explain to President Obama on Wednesday (June 23) a ...
Witnessing Against Torture: Why We Must Act
KATHY KELLY
Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. U.S. Constitution Am...
The McChrystal Shield
JAYNE LYN STAHL
What better way to insulate the White House, the Defense Department, and the State Department from the glare of media scrutiny than by publication of a scathing profile the leading general in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal? Cl...
Protesting Israel at the Oakland Docks
SUSAN GALLEYMORE
Long before 5:30 a.m. on June 20 about 800 protesters traveled the mile from West Oakland’s BART station, near San Francisco, to Berth 57 of the Oakland docks. The early risers were determined to block the gates and discourage longshoremen from ...
Did the CIA Conduct Medical Experiments on Detainees?
SHELDON RICHMAN
As time goes by, the record of the Bush administration gets worse and worse. It could turn out that the most egregious offense of the Bush-esque Obama administration will be that its Justice Department let Bush-Cheney & Co. off scot-free. ...
Turkey, the US and Empire’s Twilight
CONN HALLINAN
When U.S. forces found themselves beset by a growing insurgency in Iraq following their lighting overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the most obvious parallel that came to mind was Vietnam: an occupying army, far from home, besieged by a shadowy foe. But Pat...
A Biologist With Courage and Vision
JOHN HOLT
Rosalind passed away on Sunday June 6, following a valiant 5-year battle with breast cancer. To the end, she kept hoping for a miracle; in the end, it was she who was the miracle. Rosalind first came to Boulder in 1975 for a post-doctor...
Lethal Force on the Border
LAURA CARLSEN
Sergio Hernandez Guereca’s short life revolved around the U.S.-Mexico border that ultimately led to his death. On June 7, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot the 15-year-old Hernandez in the face in Mexican territory betw...
The Social Security Fixation
DEAN BAKER
The deficit hawks have been pushing the line in recent months that we have to make cuts in Social Security, along with some revenue increases, in order to reassure the bond markets about the creditworthiness of the U.S. government. According to this a...
Capito, Cash and Capitulation
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Here we are in small town, West Virginia. Berkeley Springs, Morgan County, West Virginia, to be exact. Where our member of Congress — Shelley Moore Capito (R) — comes to see us maybe twice a ye...
Iran, BP and the CIA
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
The offshore oil drilling catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico brought to us by BP has overshadowed its central role over the past century in fostering some other disastrous events. BP originated in 1908 as the Anglo-Persian Oil Co...
Why Money Doesn’t Make the World Go Round
RICK KUHN
The global financial crisis that began in 2007 was clearly about money, credit and finance. For mainstream economists and politicians, from neoliberals like John B. Taylor at Stanford, and Tony Abbott, through pragmatists like Barack Obama and Austral...
When Force Doesn’t Work
URI AVNERY
NIGHT. UTTER darkness. Heavy rain. Visibility close to nil. And suddenly – a flash of lightning. For a fraction of a second, the landscape is lit up.  For this split second, the terrain surrounding us can be seen. It ...
Why You Should Care About the University of Miami NIH Scandal
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Some say the incident in which the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) assured the University of Miami’s medical school dean if he hired Charles Nemeroff, MD the disgraced researcher, Nemeroff could still pull in governmen...
Why the Oil Spill Will Change Nothing
SHAMUS COOKE
As is typical with U.S. politicians and media, an extremely serious topic has nearly been reduced to absurdity. Once the urgency of the Gulf oil eruption has been fully sterilized, the stage will be set for business as usual politics — with the ...
An Israel Beyond Zionism?
LUDWIG WATZAL
Jeremy Milgram is a member of “Rabbis for Human Rights” and a participant in the inter-religious dialogue in Israel. He lives in Jerusalem. LUDWIG WATZAL: What do you think of Israel´s handeling of the Gazean ...