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Archives from September 2010
Have Immigration Activists Won the Battle But Lost the War?
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
With the mid-term elections a scant six weeks away, immigration reform has largely fallen off the nation’s radar screen, a casualty of the fear and apprehension that most congressional Democrats feel about a volatile, hot-button issue that could make or break their ...
Why Belong to a Union?
DAVID MACARAY
One of the more compelling reasons for belonging to a union (besides the wages, benefits, etc.) is the job security it provides.  The following account of a woman—whom I’ll call “Gloria”—employed at Kimberly-Clark’s Fullerton paper...
Banning Slaughter
KATHY KELLY
In the early 1970’s, I spent two summers slinging pork loins in a Chicago meat-packing factory. Rose Packing Company paid a handful of college students $2.25 an hour to process pork. Donning combat boots, yellow rubber aprons, goggles, hairnets and floor length whit...
Assange Beseiged
ISRAEL SHAMIR And PAUL BENNETT
The plot thickens as our favorite hero of the Matrix; our own “Captain Neo” Julian Assange, faces danger yet again. When we last parted company with the legendary founder of WikiLeaks, he was breathing...
Is the Nuclear Renaissance Dead Yet?
HARVEY WASSERMAN
America’s much hyped "reactor renaissance" is facing a quadruple bypass. In actual new construction, proposed projects and overseas sales, soaring costs are killing new nukes. And the old ones are leaking like Dark Age relics on the brink of disaster. ...
Chile’s Ghosts
BENJAMIN DANGL
Late in the afternoon on September 4th, 1970 a crowd gathered in central Santiago, Chile to celebrate the election of socialist president Salvador Allende. Among the participants in the celebration were the leftist folk singer Victor Jara and his wife Joan. ...
The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations
DEAN BAKER
In a country with almost 15 million people out of work, it is amazing that any economists still have jobs. This one is their fault first and foremost. Economists are supposed to know about the economy and provide advice on how to avoid disasters before they happen and hel...
How the Corporados Wrecked Retirement
RICHARD TRUMKA
Today’s retirement security crisis is just one of the many painful consequences of the failed economic policies of the past 30 years-policies of radical deregulation and corporate empowerment. These policies allowed — and even encouraged...
Return to the Cove of Blood
MICHAEL DALTON
Taiji town, in Wakayama prefecture, is a sleepy little fishing village on the eastern coast of Japan about four driving hours from Osaka (Kansai) international airport. Taiji is considered the birthplace of traditional whale hunting in Japan, with a history that dates bac...
Business as Usual in Iraq
MARJORIE COHN
Last week, President Obama ceremoniously announced that U.S. combat operations had ended in Iraq. As Democrats face an uphill battle in the upcoming midterm elections, Obama felt he had to make good on his campaign promise to move the fighting from Iraq to Afghanistan. Bu...
Foundations and the Environmental Movement
MICHAEL BARKER
Daniel Faber is Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative at Northeastern University. He completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1989, and his first published book was...
Obama’s Thatcherite Gift to the Banks
MICHAEL HUDSON
I can smell the newest giveaway looming a mile off. The Wall Street bailout, health-insurance giveaway and support of real estate prices rather than mortgage-debt write-downs were bad enough, not to mention the Oil War’s Afghan extension. But now comes a topper: the...
Doomsday for Democrats?
RALPH NADER
It is astonishing how many Democrats in the past three months have been making the worst case scenario for their prospects in the November mid-term Congressional elections. Do they believe that the most craven Republican Party in history needs their help in such a self-fu...
The Hyper-Inflation Mirage
MIKE WHITNEY
The Fed can create as much money as it likes without any risk of inflation provided the money is tucked away where no one can spend it. And this, in fact, is what the Fed has done. They have exchanged $1.7 trillion in reserves for non performing loans and mortgage-backed ...
I Have a Dream
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
This week, Barack Obama called for a $50 billion spending program to launch a long-term public works infrastructure upgrade of road, rail, airport and other transportation facilities over the next six years. According to coverage in the New York Time...
Growth Has Little to Do With Jobs or Reducing Poverty
DAVE LINDORFF
Faced with the bad, but hardly surprising news, that poverty has increased in the US on his watch, to a record level not seen since before President Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty in 1965, President Obama is declaring that the answer to poverty and joblessness...
The Venezuelan Economy
MARK WEISBROT
The bulk of the media often gets pulled along for the ride when the United States government has a serious political and public relations campaign around foreign policy. But almost nowhere is it so monolithic as with Venezuela. Even in the run-up to the Iraq War, there we...
The Heart of Corporate Darkness
STEPHEN MARTIN
‘Mistah Kurtz, he dead’ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness. It really is so very difficult to attempt to understand what is going on in the World today, though p...
Poverty Rising
SAUL LANDAU
I’ve visited the San Francisco Bay Area, California’s Central Valley, Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC, Miami and other areas over the last year. In each one, I witnessed a notable increase in poverty. Unemployment has increased ...
The Fading Light of American Democracy
PAUL CANTOR
"America was targeted for attack,” President George W. Bush declared on September 11, 2001 “because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.” That may have been true once but unfortunately ever since September 11, 1...
Baptism for the Dead
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
“As for that,” said Waldershare, “sensible men are all of the same religion.” “And pray, what is that?” inquired the prince, “Sensible men never tell. “ Benjamin Disraeli, ...
Meet the Real Mitch Daniels
JOHN BLAIR
For public consumption Mitch Daniels wears his "conservative" hat but as governor of Indiana, he over saw one of the largest intrusions of the public sector into the private sector ever, in any state. In 2006, Daniels was the first to promo...
Idiot Bosses and Valiant Women
DAVID MACARAY
No matter what the enterprise, most employees know who the hard workers are, even though it’s not their job to know.  They know who hustles, pitches in and lends a hand, who goofs off and avoids work, and who strives to keep the operation going by performing th...
The Photo Before the Storm
RAMZY BAROUD
A picture is not always worth a thousand words. The recently released photographs of Palestinian and Israeli leaders in Washington during their first direct talks in many months certainly don’t say anything new. It was the status quo at its best, a mere proc...
Outlook Grim
DEAN BAKER
If there were ever a time where the basic Keynesian logic held true it is now. Demand from the private sector has plummeted as a result of the housing bubble’s collapse in the UK, Spain, Ireland and elsewhere. This has put an end to a construction and consumption bo...
High Plains Trudgery
DAVID YEARSLEY
An increasing number of drawing-room revolutionaries have begun to discuss their strategies for overthrow that despot, the musical score.  Rather than treat the notes on the page with slavish admiration, these musicians—Uri Caine’s gloriously rough-and-tu...
The Growing Boycott of Israel
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
On September 5, 2010 the Israel newspaper Ha’aretz published an article the headline of which read "Anti-Israel Economic Boycotts are Gaining Speed." The subtitle went on to state that "the sums involved are not large, but their international signific...
Marketing Political Fragmentation
MARCUS BREEN
Australian media reports carried somewhat tepid images late on Tuesday afternoon of a smiling Julia Gillard, the first female Prime Minister of Australia. Finally, 17 days after the election on August 21 she and the Australian Labor Party were celebrating victory. ...
Selling Off Af-Pak
TARIQ ALI
A few days ago, the West’s favorite Pakistani journalist, Ahmed Rashid, wrote a ‘guest column’ on the BBC website in which he suggested that the Afghan governance model be transferred to Pakistan: “Pakistan’s...
Walking in Reagan’s Shoes
MIKE WHITNEY
The Fed’s Beige Book, which was released on Wednesday, provides a sobering look at an economy that is sputtering-along on empty. Nearly all the districts reported slower activity amid "widespread signs of deceleration". The stimulus-fueled rebound which po...
The IED War
GARETH PORTER
Gen. David Petraeus claimed limited success this week in the war within a war over the Taliban’s planting of roadside bombs, but official Pentagon data shows the Taliban clearly winning that war by planting more bombs and killing many more U.S. and NATO troops since...
The End of the American Century?
DAVID ROSEN
The American Century emerged out of the ashes of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and reached its nadir in the wake of the al-Qaeda attacks of September 11, 2001. Looking back, the attacks of 9/11 seems to signal an end to a “century” ...
Time for Progressives to Fight Back
NORMAN SOLOMON
At this bleak political moment, gaining congressional power for progressives might seem like pie in the sky. More and more desperate efforts are underway to stave off a Republican takeover of Congress. But the necessity of trying to prevent right-wing rule on Capitol Hill...
Toward Justice
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Our experiences and what we do with them shape and determine our trajectory. Often, they change us gradually; sometimes, they are immediately life altering. So much so that months, even years later, a thought, a song, even an aroma can transport us, abruptly, into the pas...
The Kairos Document
TIMOTHY SEIDEL
Much is said about Palestine-Israel.  There is no shortage of reporting, analysis, and opinion.  And there is no shortage of expressions of personal commitments to ‘peace’.  One need only glance at recent headlines to discover this, especially w...
The Persecution of the Roma
SAM BECK
The European Union must be held accountable if European states continue to expel Roma from member countries. The expulsions are taking place because Roma have created settlements not only in designated campgrounds but also within urban boundaries. This is not new. However...
The Koran at Fahrenheit 451
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
By the end of the week, the air was so thick with pieties about the need for tolerance and respect for all creeds that one yearned for the Rev. Terry Jones, mutton chop whiskers akimbo, to rescind his last minute cave-in, stiffen his spine, then toss those Korans into the...
The Silence of the Israeli Intelligentsia
LISA TARAKI
The ongoing buzz in the Israeli media around statements issued by artists and academics against lecturing or performing in the colony of Ariel – built on occupied Palestinian land – betrays a stark contradiction in the positions of the Israeli intelligentsia. ...
Blair Speaks
BINOY KAMPMARK
So former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has penned a personal tale.  How apt that it should come out now, what with the Polanski dramatisation of Robert Harris’ ...
While Russia Burned
BORIS KAGARLITSKY
Since so many predictions about the future are negative, few people want to wait around to see whether they come true. Perhaps that is why the Russian authorities and society prefer to ignore information about impending problems. When the world began speaking about global...
No Good Men Left Here
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
We already know enough from the Wikileaks Afghan archives to conclude that the news of the so-called “Kill Team” in Afghanistan – twelve US Army soldiers wantonly murdering and mutilating Afghan civilians – is no news at all.  It is the norm o...
The Misnomer of Peace Talks
JOHN CHUCKMAN
I don’t know how anyone given the task could draw a map of Israel: it is likely the only country in the world with no defined borders, and it actually has worked very hard over many decades to achieve this peculiar state. It once had borders, but the 1967 wa...
The Corruption Conundrum
JOHN GRANT
Corruption is more and more being built up as our greatest problem in Afghanistan. It’s all over the newspapers and the TV. At the epi-center of this corruption, the Kabul Bank we helped create and maintain has run aground and there’s talk in the air of a fina...
Cars and Class
BIANCA MUGYENYI And YVES ENGLER
A new political party, which won office in Montréal’s Plateau Mont-Royal borough last November, has begun to widen sidewalks, add bike paths and close some streets to traffic. By doing so, critics have accused them of engag...
Citizen of the World
CHARLES R. LARSON
Some weeks ago when I wrote about Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, I expressed my admiration for Larsson’s elaborate plotting, his ability to create such suspense that his novels become addictive, almost impossible to put down. I attributed much of his succ...
The Mideast’s Quiet Peacemaker
RANNIE AMIRI
There are few Arab governments that would accord Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a warm welcome. One has been Syria, the other Iraq. A kindly reception was conferred only by certain parties in Baghdad though, and the same is likely to hold true when he visits Lebano...
The Twin Towers
FARZANA VERSEY
If Michelangelo is considered a computer virus, then it dismantles the notion of posterity. Why is it that young people who were children on September 11, 2001 will remember that date but not substantial chunks of other pasts? For a generation that believes reality shows ...
Peace Process Déjà Vu
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
We’ve been here many times before.  The “peace process” through which the U.S. allegedly seeks to broker a long lasting stability between Israelis and Palestinians reaches back a number of decades.  Many readers of the American press will no do...
It’s Time for Helicopter Ben to Drop Some Money on Main Street
ELLEN BROWN
In 2002, in a speech that earned him the nickname “Helicopter Ben,” then-Fed Governor Bernanke famously said that the government could easily reverse a deflation, just by printing money and dropping it from helicopters.  “The U.S. government has a t...
The Rest Should be Silence
MICHAEL WINSHIP
This past Sunday was beautiful, bright and warm, not unlike the sky blue day when those two airliners hit the World Trade Center in 2001, just a mile or so from where I live. That day, a Tuesday, was a bit hotter, a bit more humid, yet just as sunny and promising. ...