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Archives from August 2010
How to Become an Extreme Action Hero
ELIZABETH STREB
My adventure in life began with action, and I know it will end with action. At a young age I began to construct public moments for myself without asking for an audience. I thought I could garner the attention of passersby and loiterers, who might be...
The Smells and Sounds of Coco and Igor
DAVID YEARSLEY
Exiting its premiere on the last night of Cannes in May of 2009, director Jan Kounen’s Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky recently tiptoed to the end of a its very long red carpet and made a glamorous appearance in the wilds of Upstate New York. Another few days and th...
Lebanon Braces for a Turbulent Fall
RANNIE AMIRI
August has not seen a week without Lebanon making headlines. And mounting domestic and foreign pressures indicate the same may hold true in September. The need for an unprecedented joint visit by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah and Syrian Presiden...
Sweden’s Sexual Dystopia
CHARLES R. LARSON
All right, I confess. I’ve spent a major part of the last month reading Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy: ...
Whacking the Middle Class
DEAN BAKER
The middle class is getting whacked by the Great Recession. Fifteen million people are out of work, another 9 million workers can only find part-time jobs, and millions more have given up looking for work altogether. Those lucky enough to be employed are unlikely to see a...
California, Human Rights and the UN
MARJORIE COHN
On August 9, the California Assembly took the historic step of becoming the first state to agree to publicize the text of three ratified U.N. human rights treaties, and to submit the required reports to the State Department for consideration by the U.N. treaty committees....
A Kind of Barbarism
MISSY BEATTIE
Timothy McVeigh, convicted of killing 168 people in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, was parented by Irish Catholics. He referred to himself as agnostic yet wrote to a friend, prior to his crime: “I have come to peace with myself, ...
The Secrets in Israel’s Archives
JONATHAN COOK
History may be written by the victors, as Winston Churchill is said to have observed, but the opening up of archives can threaten a nation every bit as much as the unearthing of mass graves. That danger explains a decision quietly taken last month by Benjamin Neta...
The Economy is in Big Trouble
MIKE WHITNEY
Imagine the reaction at the White House when the Department of Labor released its weekly unemployment figures on Thursday. Jobless claims rose by 12,000 to 500,000 in the second week of August. There’s been no improvement in the jobs market in 9 months and now unemp...
The Myth of "Credibility Markets"
MARSHALL AUERBACK
It is time to distinguish between the truths and the myths propagated by Wall Street, among them the hoary old stand-by, that “if you don’t do anything with spending cuts, it doesn’t get you credibility.” This, in a word, enca...
Eat Pray Love Strike
DAVID MACARAY
To anyone who’s been paying attention, it’s clear that there aren’t enough strikes in the U.S.  There used to be thousands of strikes during the heyday of the post-war and 1950s.  Today there are but a scattered handful.  Even acknowledgin...
The Secret Murder of Ruben Salazar
PAUL KRASSNER
The Los Angeles Times has been publishing articles about the files on Ruben Salazar’s death being kept secret. Here’s an excerpt from my autobiography, ...
A Case of Decency Deficit
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
It is true that in any given population there will always be a range of decency. Some might use the term morality instead of decency, but morality is loaded with too many disputed meanings. The term decency, hopefully, has a broader recognizable footprint. At the lowest e...
Camouflage on the Home Front
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
The great threat to America’s security is United States’ foreign policy.  Why?  Because it commits the very “brutalities” attributed to the so-called “terrorists” it purports to be fighting.  How can this be in “the...
"This is What Success Looks Like"
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The last American combat brigade in Iraq has left the country, so the Pentagon announced this week. The 40,000 personnel from 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division began crossing into Kuwait August 19. The US combat mission in Iraq – Operation Iraqi Freedom ...
The Deus ex Machina Presidency: a Fantasy
PHIL ROCKSTROH
The devices employed in US election cycles and its national politics, in general, are akin to the dramatic conventions of children’s theatre. Every two to four years, voters are instructed to clap their hands and believe in Tinker Bell. "Children, you have to b...
Paradoxical River
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Click here to read Part One. Click here to read Part Two. I am standing next to the perimeter fence, looking across Hanford’s secret geography. Behind t...
Midnight on the Flotilla
RON JACOBS
The shock much of the world felt upon first hearing the news of the May 31, 2010 Israeli attack on the aid to Gaza flotilla has diminished since those first days.  The daily degradation and despair felt by many of Gaza’s residents hasn’t.  While UN o...
The Persistence of Missile Defense
TOM SAUER
What to do with a defense instrument that does not work in practice, agitates neighboring regional powers, and costs a lot of money in times of economic crisis? Common sense would suggest you abandon it. NATO, however, has a different idea. As part of th...
Trapped at Ground Zero
RAMZY BAROUD
The controversy over the right of Muslim Americans to build community center and mosque a short distance from the site of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is both strange and outright inappropriate. It should never be necessary for law-abiding Americans to justif...
The Lady Who Cried "Nigger"!
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
So, psycho-babble specialist Dr. Laura Schlessinger spins her shamed retreat from nationally syndicated conservative talk radio with claims that she’s collateral damage in America’s N-word War. Schlessinger sparked ire in some circles rec...
The Facebook Defamation Case
JULIE HILDEN
On July 22, a New York state-court judge dismissed a defamation case based on comments that were posted by a group of teenagers to their private Facebook group. The Facebook group appears to have had only at most ten (and possibly, at times, fewer) ...
Mean Gov. Dean
JOSHUA FRANK
There has been a bit of an uproar made over Howard Dean’s recent comments on the proposed cultural center to be built near Ground Zero. Joining Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Dean is the second high profile Democrat to oppose the building. If you missed ...
Lugar’s Strategic Leak
MARK WEISBROT
While President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and the new President of Colombia, Manuel Santos, met in Santa Marta, Colombia, last Tuesday and agreed to normalize relations after a fierce diplomatic fight, there are no indications that such détente is in the card...
Our Promiscuous Prehistory
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
What is it about the nature of human sexuality that virtually all civilizations throughout history have tried like the dickens to suppress?   Why is sex so often such a problem when it really *should* be a pleasure?  Why might your otherwi...