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Archives from July 2010
The Liquor Store Wars
MAYTHA ALHASSEN
Liquor stores, or more colloquially “corner stores,” in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Washington, and other major metropolitan cities located in economically under-served, urban, majority-black neighborhoods have be...
Why "Sovereign Debt" is an Oxymoron
ELLEN BROWN
We did not hear much about “sovereign debt” until early this year, when Greece hit the skids.  Investment adviser Martin Weiss wrote in a February 24 newsletter: “On October 8, Greece’s ben...
How to End the Tea Party (and Scare Obama at the Same Time)
SAM SMITH
One of the reasons the left doesn’t do better is because it tends to view the right’s transgressions as a moral issue rather than as a pragmatic problem as, for example, a baseball coach would do if the Tea Party were the other team. ...
Standing With Private Bradley Manning
KEVIN ZEESE
The peace movement needs to stand with Bradley Manning and Wikileaks in their efforts to let Americans see the truth about what the military is doing in our name. We can handle the truth! Indeed, we need to hear the truth, not propaganda about how grea...
Criminalizing First-Graders
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
If you’re going to be six years old at some point in your life (and most of my readers have probably moved beyond that point) it is important to (a) carefully select where you choose to live and (b) behave. This is all brought to mind by a recen...
The Frame-Up
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
"Was this corporation willing to trade justice in the murder of 270 innocent people for oil profits?” Not too many guesses as to which oil company is under discussion: BP, current epitome of Big Oil at its foulest. But what populist rabble-...
Electoral Reform
STUART JEANNE BRAMHALL
There seems to be broad agreement – both on the left and the right – that the US faces a crisis of democracy. Americans simply don’t vote. Turn-out for off year elections averages between 25-33% of registered voters. In presidential ...
War on Terror or War of Terror?
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Critical evidence from the British government and other sources suggest that the “War on Terror” has actually destabilized the Middle East and increased the terror threat throughout the globe.  The former head of Britain&rsqu...
A Slow Motion Katrina
CLARE BAYARD
July 18th: I left New Orleans yesterday. On my way to the airport, I saw the front page of the Times-Picayune screaming “Leak Stopped.” Half of me aches for this to be true, but I’m terrified that the rest of the country will officia...
Shadow Banking Makes a Comeback
MIKE WHITNEY
Credit conditions are improving for speculators and bubblemakers, but they continue to worsen for households, consumers and small businesses. An article in the Wall Street Journal confirms that the Fed’s efforts to revive the so-called shadow ba...
Psychotic Morons
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The recently sacked US commander in Afghanistan, McChrystal, was a special forces freak who was complicit in or actually caused the cloak-and-dagger deaths of an unknown number of people. He and his knuckle-dragging rabble were and are unaccountable t...
Covert Government
TOM TURNIPSEED
Since 9/11, a collection of secret intelligence groups called the United States Intelligence Community (IC) has become a monstrous, overlapping hodge-podge of spooks with some 850,000 people having top secret clearances, according to the Washington Pos...
Spying in the Red Dawn of Wi-Fi
IGOR ATAMENENKO
In 1943, on his return from the Teheran conference, Stalin placed an important task before Beria: at all costs, to penetrate the working office of the U.S. ambassador, Averell Harriman. The ensuing operation, resulting in the successful eavesdropping o...
The Hariri Assassination
RANNIE AMIRI
In the Middle East, the link between political machinations, espionage and assassination is either clear as day, or clear as mud. As for the yet unsolved case of the February 2005 murder of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, ...
The Story of Leticia X
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
In October of 2009, I wrote a column about a brilliant high school DREAM student whose goal is to attend college in the fall of 2010. I referred to her as Leticia X. When she spoke to my class at the University of Arizona last fall, she had my student...
The Harsh Realities of Place
CHARLES R. LARSON
The two short stories (“Man on Pink Corner” and “The South”) that bookend ...
Empty Declarations
RAMZY BAROUD
Each time Israel fails to keep its ‘side of the bargain’, the Palestinian Authority responds with the same redundant language. The cycle has become so utterly predictable that one wonders why the Palestinian Authority officials even bother...
Cuba’s Prisoner Release
SAUL LANDAU And NELSON P. VALDES
On July 8, the Washington Post lead story ["Cuba to release 52 political prisoners, Catholic Church says"] reported Cuba had released five political prisoners with assurances of forty-seven more to come in the near future. Cuban President Ra...
Dropping the Bomb
DAVID SWANSON
The late Howard Zinn’s new book "The Bomb" is a brilliant little dissection of some of the central myths of our militarized society. Those who’ve read "...
Bye, Bye Rotten Butter Bombs
Cpt. PAUL WATSON
Operation No Compromise will see us retiring one of our tactical devices and implementing some new ones. Starting with the next campaign, Sea Shepherd crews will no longer deploy C6H12O6 > C4H8O2 + 2CO2 + 2H2, also known as Bu...
If Kosovo, Why Not Palestine?
JOHN V. WHITBECK
On July 22, the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion on the following question posed to it by Serbia: "Is the unilateral declaration of independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo in accordance wi...
A Tax Cut Nobody Needs
GERALD E. SCORSE
Cutting the federal deficit is a hot topic on Capitol Hill, and some kind of action seems certain. Congress is due to take up taxes for the first time in President Obama’s term (including the expiration of the Bush tax cuts), and a report from t...
Capital Strike?
GREG MOSES
So what if it is a capital strike that we’re facing?  Wouldn’t the answer lie in a genuine national bank?  It’s an interesting question to raise this month as China privatizes a fifty-year-old agricultural bank.  What ...
Obama’s Afghan War in Perspective
GARY LEUPP
Practically everyone now understands that the war in Afghanistan is going very badly. This is not because the Taliban and other “insurgent” forces are strong and their foreign foes weak. It is because of the Afghans’ indomitable spir...
How Psychologists Profit on Unending U.S. Wars
BRUCE E. LEVINE
While U.S. military psychiatrists are prescribing increasing amounts of chill pills, America’s psychologists are teaching soldiers how to think more positively about their tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else they are next ordered to ki...