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Archives from September 2010
Going Mad in Delhi
BINOY KAMPMARK
Everyone has an opinion on it, and few seem to be positive. But the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi is on life support and there are many happy to turn off the switch.  In the face of this, New Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has specialised in the understatement.  ...
Anything Can Happen
MISSY BEATTIE
Eleven years ago, Christine O’Donnell, now Delaware’s Republican US Senate hopeful, admitted to Bill Maher that she “dabbled into witchcraft.” Yes, it’s weird. But so what? Here’s Frank Sinatra’s take on the ...
The Structural Readjustment of Detroit
TOM STEPHENS
“We inherited a hell hole.” – Mayor Dave Bing Between September 14 and 22, 2010, Detroit experienced five extraordinary, well-attended public meetings on the subject of land use and related public policy issues. ...
Money, Inc.
STEPHEN MARTIN
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until th...
The FDA and Frankenfoods
JEFF DEASY
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent enforcement letters warning food makers that they cannot label their products as free of genetically modified or genetically engineered ingredients. The letters were sent as a heated debate is taki...
Six Million Pakistanis Have Lost Everything
PATRICK COCKBURN
Rajanpur Ali Sher Khan stands precariously on a piece of broken road that once led to the land where he lived before it was torn apart by the flood. The road has been replaced by a deep lake. Mr Khan, a clan leader in Rajanpur District in south Punj...
Zionist Dialectics
M. SHAHID ALAM
“My God! Is this the end? Is this the goal for which our fathers have striven and for whose sake all generations have suffered? Is this the dream of a return to Zion which our people have dreamt for centuries: that we now come to Zion to sta...
Masturbating on the Edge of the Apocalypse
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
It’s the merry laugh on the lip of the abyss.  Christine O’Donnell, senatorial candidate with her “no hand jobs” program has cast an unfamiliar ray of sunshine over the surreal landscape of American politics.  In ter...
Being Black and "Difficult" in Hollywood
ISHMAEL REED
I interviewed Lou Gossett, Jr. in his lovely Malibu home on June 25, 2010. His talk ranged over a number of topics. After a distinguished career as a stage and screen actor and Oscar winner, the segregationists who run Hollywood will not cast him in the roles that meet hi...
Cheap Date
DAVID ROSEN And BRUCE KUSHNICK
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) held a public hearing on July 13th about the merger of Comcast-NBC Universal at Northwestern University’s Chicago campus. It might turn out to be the only public hearing that the FCC holds on this all-important mer...
Are Government Workers Overpaid?
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
The neoliberal turn in American politics is about to get more vicious.  Our corporate dominated media and political system is now turning its attention to the last area of the economy traditionally characterized by some modicum of worker security: the pub...
The Handwriting is on the Wall
GARY LEUPP
In the biblical story of Daniel, the Babylonian emperor Balshazzar, engaged in drunken revelry with his courtiers using goblets plundered during the conquest of Jerusalem, drinking toasts to the gods of gold and silver, is startled to see a hand appear on ...
Another Feeble-Headed Nuke Drops Dead
HARVEY WASSERMAN
As the “reactor renaissance” desperately demands new billions from a lame duck Congress, one of its shining stars has dropped dead. Other much-hyped “new generation” plans may soon die with it. For years “expert” r...
Higher Consciousness Won’t Save Us
NORMAN SOLOMON
Autumn 2010 is a time of disillusionment for many who deplore the USA’s current political trajectory. Some who’ve been active for progressive causes are now gravitating toward hope that individual actions — in tandem with higher consciousness, more down-...
True Majority and Pepsi
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
True Majority ought to change its name. Try: The Pepsi Generation. True Majority is the Ben & Jerry’s creation that has become a Democratic Party front group run by USAction. And True Majority has...
Global Warming, Killer Bears?
DOUG PEACOCK
Today’s grizzly bears of Yellowstone are staring down the greatest threat to their survival since the park was founded in 1872. The most important bear food in this ecosystem, the nuts of whitebark pine trees, has succumbed to an infestation of mountain pine beetles...
The End of Combat My Eye
JOHN LaFORGE
The press made a big deal of it. The president even starred in an Oval Office TV show about the “end to U.S. combat” in Iraq, which was announced on August 31. Mr. Obama said he’d fulfilled a promise to end the war. Obama’s bi...
Repression’s Reward in Honduras?
DANA FRANK
Why is the U.S. still supporting a repressive regime in Honduras? While Secretary of State Clinton continues to insist that democracy is marching forward in Honduras, President Porfirio Lobo’s ongoing coup government has been escalating its violent attacks against p...
The Curious Case of Latino Republicans
ALVARO HUERTA
In light of the GOP’s nasty attacks against Latino immigrants, how can any rational Latino vote Republican during the upcoming November 2nd elections?  Worse yet, how can any Latino be a member of a political party whose national platform centers on blaming bro...
Animal Experimentation Funny?
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Animal researchers usually try to display some respect for the animals they experiment on. They may do things they don’t want you to know about to animals and install elaborate security measures just to be sure, but they usually say they honor the animal’s sac...
The Rightwing Upsurge in the U.S.
MARK WEISBROT
Is America in the grip of a right-wing backlash that will hit the November elections like a hurricane? This narrative is gathering steam. It is fed not only by the minority partisan right-wing media but also its majority “liberal” counterpart, which loves a ho...
Return to Iberville
JAY ARENA
George W. Bush’s bulldozing of 5,000 badly needed and little damaged public housing apartments in post-Katrina New Orleans was one of the cruelest measures he imposed on the city’s poor and working class Katrina-survivors. Yet even Bush, and his henchman, Hous...
Managed Misconceptions
JAMES ROTHENBERG
Labeling something as a misconception assumes a burden of proof. The acceptance of the proof that something is indeed a misconception is dependent on the number of people desiring the proof. This is not always apparent. For example, one may hold a belief that nobo...
Why the Swedish Left Lost
JONATHAN MICHAEL FELDMAN
In the parliamentary elections held on September 19th, the Red-Green Alliance comprised of the Social Democrats, Green and Left parties lost out to the conservative alliance led by the Moderate Party. The Moderates were a few parliamentary seats shy of an election majorit...
The Real Merchants of Death
CONN HALLINAN
Accused Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout is a centerpiece for the book “Merchant of Death&rdqu...
Where’s Ed Newman When You Need Him?
ANTHONY PAPA
I was in London last week when news came of the death of the great NBC newsman Edwin Newman, 91 years old. Turns out he and his wife had been living in England since 2007 to be close to their daughter, but I suspect part of him chose to be there for the same reason the la...
New Orleans After the Press Went Home
RON JACOBS
It’s been a little over five years that Hurricane Katrina unwittingly conspired with certain corporations, the US and various Louisiana government agencies to change the face of the city of New Orleans forever.  The pictures of death and destruction and the sen...
The Bi-Partisan Attack on Public Workers
SHAMUS COOKE
States everywhere across the United States are facing the common enemy of extreme budget deficits. Many states have deficits in the multi-billion dollar realm, as the budget crises dominate the debates for the upcoming gubernatorial elections. In these debates, Republican...
Rejecting Paris
ANTHONY PAPA
Paris Hilton was rejected from entering Japan yesterday because of their immigration laws that allow the country to deny entry based on drug convictions. She was detained at Narita International Airport, outside of Tokyo, two days after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor dr...
When Machines Kill
JOANNE MARINER
What does it mean for a machine to "decide" to kill someone? I’m in Berlin, attending an interdisciplinary expert workshop on robotic weapons, where this question has come up. My job was to brief the participants about international l...
Locking Up Activists
JONATHAN COOK
A vague security offence of “contact with a foreign agent” is being used by Israel’s secret police, the Shin Bet, to lock up Arab political activists in Israel without evidence that a crime has been committed, human rights lawyers alleged this week. ...
The Myth That Kills
STEVE BREYMAN
If you’re like me, you can barely make it through a David Brooks column. Should you arrive at the bitter end, your face is screwed up–like you were sucking lemons or whiffing a fetid odor–in a painful mix of disbelief, consternation, and sadness at the w...
Switzerland and the Criminal Mind
BINOY KAMPMARK
Some news outlets found it surprising and out of character.  But the Swiss government has gone so far as to apologize to thousands of innocent men and women locked up in Switzerland between 1942 and 1981.  The young women held at the Hindelbank prison in the can...
The Next Mexican Revolution
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City As the 100th anniversary of the Mexican revolution steams into sight, U.S. and Mexican security agencies are closely monitoring this distant neighbor nation for red lights that could signal renewed rebellion. The most treach...
Fallout From the Mesherle Verdict
JESSE STRAUSS
Approximately seventeen people have been charged over the past three weeks with crimes related to the protests against former BART cop Johannes Mehserle’s involuntary manslaughter verdict on July 8th. Some of those recently charged were arrested that night, while ot...
Condemned by Their Silence
YVONNE RIDLEY
There are literally millions of people across the world who are now involved in the intriguing case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui and they fall in to several categories. The first is a huge army of ordinary people of faith and no faith who represent many different nationali...
Democracy in Arab Eyes
BOUTHAINA SHAABAN
On International Democracy Day last week, satellite TV channels across our region focused on the type of democracy imported, together with details of the bloodbaths, disasters, wars and American invasions driven by hatred for Muslims.  Democracy was invoked as an ide...
The Real Problems With Wind Energy
ROBERT BRYCE
Last month, I published a piece in the Wall Street Journal that has caused some discomfort among various advocates of wind energy.[1] Given that discomfort, it’s worth revisiting the thesis of my Journal piece. It was: several studies have conc...
The Terrible Tale of TARP
DEAN BAKER
Two years ago, the top honchos at the Fed, Treasury and the Wall Street banks were running around like Chicken Little warning that the world was about to end. This fear mongering, together with a big assist from the elite media (i.e. NPR, the Washington Post, the Wall Str...
Keeping It "In the Family"
PAM MARTENS
There was much to be learned last week from the feisty Michigan mom who let no dust gather under her feet before pouncing on the sexually suggestive cheer her six-year old daughter was expected to perform on a Madison Heights sports field.  Equally illuminating was t...
The Persecution of Pfc. Bardley Manning
MARJORIE COHN
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is accused of leaking military secrets to the public.  This week, his supporters are holding rallies in 21 cities, seeking Manning’s release from military custody. Manning is in the brig for allegedly disclosing a classified video depi...
Scoundrel Time at Kaiser
STEVE EARLY
San Francisco The stereotypical union battles of the past were fought by burly working-class heroes, on the picket-line and the proverbial “shop floor.” Think of tough-looking guys, wearing scally caps (and wielding baseball...
The Scandal That Wasn’t
JAYNE LYN STAHL
Okay, I admit it. Everybody’s got a weakness. For some, it’s Godiva chocolates. For me, it’s Jimmy Carter. How can one not like a man who says things like "Usually a president’s image is enhanced by going to war. That didn’t appeal to me...
New Tests Show Key Witnesses Lied at Abu Jamal Trial
DAVE LINDORFF And LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
During the contentious 1982 murder trial of Philadelphia radio-journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, a central argument of the prosecution in making its case for the conviction and for imposition of a death penalty was the trial testimony of two ke...
Where is the World Economy Headed?
MICHAEL HUDSON
Last Thursday MICHAEL HUDSON addressed the Council of Economic Advisors to the President of Brazil (CDES) . He offered an unsparing description of how the global economy is being shaped and exploited by Northern bankers. Then he outlined the w...
A Better Way to Measure Poverty
STEPHEN CRAWFORD and SHAWN FREMSTAD
The newly released poverty statistics paint a grim picture. Last year 43.6 million Americans — more than 14 percent — had income below the federal poverty line. But those numbers only give a partial picture of the problem. That’s be...
Safer at Most Speeds
RALPH NADER
Let’s celebrate some good news, before some qualifications are considered. Traffic fatalities in the U.S.A have dropped to a 60 year low. There were 33,808 deaths in 2009—a 9.7 percent decline from the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic S...
Martin Peretz in Love
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Martin Peretz is editor-in-chief of The New Republic. He acquired that position by simply buying the magazine in 1974. Although he resold it to a group of investors in 2002, they were, and apparently remain, his ideological soul mates for he continues to this day to be th...
Bait-and-Switch in Afghanistan
GARETH PORTER
In interviews in recent weeks, Gen. David Petraeus has been taking a line on what will happen in mid-2011 that challenges President Barack Obama’s intention to begin a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by that date. This new Petraeus line is the culmination of a bra...
The Banks and Their Protectors
JAMES B. RULE
Remember The Sorcerer’s Apprentice?   The wannabee enchanter sets a spell to get his broom to carry water to the magician’s workshop, but his skills don’t extend to stopping the process.   By the time the boss gets back, the place is ...