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Archives from July 2010
Rising Tensions in the Persian Gulf
BRIAN M. DOWNING
Once again US political and military figures are hinting at military attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Few looking back on US ventures in the Middle East will be struck by exceptional farsightedness or appropriate gauging of likely consequen...
Government Has Run Amok Since 9/11
SHELDON RICHMAN
Those who understand the exploitative nature of big government suspected that the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks had little to do with the security of the American people and much to do with power and money. Still, the magnitude of the scam, as rev...
Jobs, Stimulus and Debt
MARK WEISBROT
In much of the world, including the United States and Europe, a debate is taking place about whether the government’s first responsibility should be to reduce unemployment – which is at elevated levels – or to reduce government defic...
National Insecurity Complex
DAVE LINDORFF
The White House’s initial response to the release of 92,000 pages of raw reports from the field by US forces in Afghanistan for a period from 2004-2009–that it was a threat to national security and to the lives of American troops–was...
The Great Myth of Counter-Insurgency
CONN HALLINAN
As the chopper swung around to land, the Taliban opened up, sending journalists scrambling for cover and Marines into full combat mode. According to Matthew Green of the Financial Times, “The crackle of gunfire lasted about 20 minutes and contin...
The Story of Evo Morales
RON JACOBS
Although the rhetoric against the left-leaning governments in Latin America in the US media has calmed down since the Obama administration moved into the White House, it is safe to assume that the continuing popularity of these governments and their a...
Rogue State
JORDAN FLAHERTY
Three months ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law the notorious SB 1070, a bill that put her state at the forefront of a movement to intensify the criminalization of undocumented immigrants. Since then activists have responded thro...
Trillions for Wall Street
MIKE WHITNEY
On Tuesday, the 30-year fixed rate for mortgages plunged to an all-time low of 4.56 per cent. Rates are falling because investors are still  moving into risk-free liquid assets, like Treasuries. It’s a sign of panic and the Fed’s lame...
Taft-Hartley Revisited
DAVID MACARAY
“The most effective anti-poverty program ever invented was the labor union.” —George Meany There are three important things that need to be remembered about the ...
The Great Marijuana Boom
BRUCE McEWEN
Everyone in a position to know says this is another banner year for the marijuana cultivation business, Mendocino County franchise.  Mendocino county is about three hours drive north of San Francisco. Sheriff A...
Sickened Ire
BARRY CRIMMINS
Yesterday I went to a doctor for a preliminary consultation for a colonoscopy. The entire procedure was to be covered by a state agency because I am 57 years old; have no health insurance; and a family history of colon cancer. This was surprising to m...
Letter to an American Hero
JOHN GRANT
Inmate PFC Bradley Manning TFCF – Theater Field Confinement Facility APO AE 09366 USA Dear PFC Manning: The New York Times just reported on 92,000 classified military field reports from Afg...
Is Cameron Douglas’ Life in Danger?
ANTHONY PAPA
Cameron Douglas – who recently received a reduced sentence (from 10 years to five) in exchange for his cooperation – is now likely to face a very tough time in prison. It was reported yesterday that the information given to authorities by ...
Shin Bet Exposed
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. The arrest by Israel’s internal security service, the Shin Bet, of an Israeli Jew accused of killing at least four Palestinians has thrown a rare light on the secret police, including attempts by one of its agent...
The Predatory Nature of Home Loan Modifications
JEANINE MOLLOFF
Zobari Kina and his wife were trying to live the ‘American Dream,’ namely owning their own home.  Like far too many people these days, the economic tsunami caused by Wall Street had reduced their income and as a result forced Kina and...
US Treasury is Running on Fumes
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The White House is screaming like a stuck pig. WikiLeaks’ release of the Afghan War Documents “puts the lives of our soldiers and our coalition partners at risk.” What nonsense. Obama’s war puts the lives...
Sickened Ire
BARRY CRIMMINS
Yesterday I went to a doctor for a preliminary consultation for a colonoscopy. The entire procedure was to be covered by a state agency because I am 57 years old; have no health insurance; and a family history of colon cancer. This was surprising to m...
The Sinking of the Cheonan and Its Political Uses
GREGORY ELICH
Much has been written about the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan, and the evidence is widely regarded as clearly pointing to North Korean culpability. In the Western press, the case has generally been presented as solid and irrefutable. Th...
Another Reverse Racism Scam
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Yet another Republican attack charging “reverse racism” is in play, this one datelined Philadelphia. The usual suspects – right-wing operatives, conservative media commentators and GOP Congressmen – are po...
How Shirley Sherrod Saved a White-Owned Farm in South Georgia
HEATHER GRAY
In March 2010, Shirley Sherrod spoke before the NAACP in Douglas, Georgia. As the first Black director of the USDA’s Rural Development in Georgia, and a long history of advocating for justice and civil rights in the rural south, Shirley had much...
The Afghan War Springs a Leak
GARETH PORTER
The 92,000 reports on the war in Afghanistan made public by the whistleblower organisation WikiLeaks, and reported Monday by the Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel, offer no major revelations that are entirely new, as did the Pentagon Papers...
Climate of Fear on the Border
RANDALL AMSTER
One of the unspoken tragedies and implicit intentions of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, is the promotion of a climate of fear among certain segments of the population. This fear-mongering strategy has been cooked up by the bill’s l...
Worse Than Hiroshima?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, accordin...
A Decade of Declining Housing Prices
MIKE WHITNEY
The housing depression will last for a decade or more. This is by design. The Fed has been working with the banks to withhold inventory so prices do not fall too fast or too far. That way the banks can manage their write-downs without slipping into in...
The Poor Must Die
CHRIS FLOYD
News from Blighty: the disparity in death rates between the well-off and the poor in the UK  is now greater than at any time since 1921. The London Review of Books points to a new study by the British Medical Journal that shows that by 2007, &quo...