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Archives from October 2010
It’s the Muslims Fault!
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
"Happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction . . . requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual suppor...
"Is This Normal?"
DAVID SMITH-FERRI
In a small storage shed at the edge of town, we watched as fourteen-year-old Sayed Qarim signed a simple contract agreeing to borrow and repay a no-interest, 25,000 afghani loan (roughly $555). Daniel from the Zenda Company, the loan originator, counted out the crisp...
Chamber of Horrors
DAVID MACARAY
Many people—including working men and women—still regard the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a patriotic, pro-American organization.  And why wouldn’t they?  It’s been around long enough to have become a household name, and it’s ma...
Break Out the Clothespins
MICHAEL DONNELLY
I’m not buying the “Democrat Bloodbath” scenario that’s being relentlessly pimped by the corporate media – “The Democrats are going to lose 20,000 seats in Congress; hundreds of statehouses…blah, blah, blah…” I ...
Fear of Growing Up
CHARLES R. LARSON
It’s difficult to think of Jean-Christophe Valtat’s 03 as a novel as its publisher...
Wind Turbine Syndrome
Dr. NINA PIERPONT, MD
Wind turbines majestically threshing the wind — what marvels of human engineering! To stand beneath one is breathtaking. To live near one can be hell on earth. So I have been told by countless people who suddenly find themselves grievously ill from the subtle y...
Kirchner’s Legacy
MARK WEISBROT
The sudden death of Néstor Kirchner yesterday is a great loss not only to Argentina but to the region and the world. Kirchner took office as president in May 2003, when Argentina was in the initial stages of its recovery from a terrible recession. His role in ...
Squeezing Hezbollah
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut is abuzz over some pretty bizarre events that have been unfolding the past few months concerning Hezbollah and the UN created International Tribunal for Lebanon, set up in 2007 to bring to justice those involved in the Valentine Day 2005 assassination of then ...
America’s Jobs Losses are Permanent
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Now that a few Democrats and the remnants of the AFL-CIO are waking up to the destructive impact of jobs offshoring on the US economy and millions of American lives, globalism’s advocates have resurrected Dartmouth economist Matthew Slaughter’s discredite...
Leaking the Truth
SHELDON RICHMAN
WikiLeaks has released close to 400,000 U.S. classified military documents relating to the Iraq war. The American people, the theoretical masters of the government, were not supposed to see them. So, just as it was when the website released 77,000 documents on the Af...
Winning the War in Afghanistan at $50 Million per Kill
NICHOLAS C. ARGUIMBAU
Michael Nasuti of Kabul Press recently published an article in which he calculated that killing each Taliban soldier in Afghanistan costs on average of $50 million to the US. The article, seemingly carefully. researched with all assumptions laid out so that anyone ca...
All They Ask For is an Unfair Advantage
MICHAEL WINSHIP
I attended a screening this week of Alex Gibney’s new documentary, Client 9. It’s the story of the rise and fall of New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer, brought down by imperial hubris and a reckless penchant for ladies of the evening. ...
Getting Back to the Real Constitution?
KIRKPATRICK SALE
There’s much talk these days, particularly by the Tea Party types, about getting back to the “real” Constitution, forcing the Obama government to honor the “original intent” of the Founding Fathers, and “understanding the Constitut...
Gitmo’s Indelible Stain
SHERWOOD ROSS
Although U.S. officials have attributed the torture of Muslim prisoners in their custody to a handful of maverick guards, in fact such criminal acts were widely perpetrated and systemic, likely involving large numbers of military personnel, a book by a survivor sugge...
Washington: Where Smart People Go to Do Stupid Things
SAM SMITH
One of the reasons that Barack Obama was elected was that many people thought he was extremely intelligent. And they assumed that meant he would also be competent. Unfortunately, these two qualities – while not necessarily mutually exclus...
Wal-Mart and New York City
JOSEPH GROSSO
‘They’ll have the battle of their lives. Wal-Mart exploits workers…and we want no part of that.’ So thundered Brooklyn City Councilman Charles Barron this past spring when word got out that Wal-Mart was eyeing space in a forthcoming 630,000 s...
Kirchner’s Legacy
MARK WEISBROT
The sudden death of Néstor Kirchner yesterday is a great loss not only to Argentina but to the region and the world. Kirchner took office as president in May 2003, when Argentina was in the initial stages of its recovery from a terrible recession. His role in ...
Squeezing Hezbollah
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut is abuzz over some pretty bizarre events that have been unfolding the past few months concerning Hezbollah and the UN created International Tribunal for Lebanon, set up in 2007 to bring to justice those involved in the Valentine Day 2005 assassination of then ...
America’s Jobs Losses are Permanent
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Now that a few Democrats and the remnants of the AFL-CIO are waking up to the destructive impact of jobs offshoring on the US economy and millions of American lives, globalism’s advocates have resurrected Dartmouth economist Matthew Slaughter’s discredite...
Leaking the Truth
SHELDON RICHMAN
WikiLeaks has released close to 400,000 U.S. classified military documents relating to the Iraq war. The American people, the theoretical masters of the government, were not supposed to see them. So, just as it was when the website released 77,000 documents on the Af...
Winning the War in Afghanistan at $50 Million per Kill
NICHOLAS C. ARGUIMBAU
Michael Nasuti of Kabul Press recently published an article in which he calculated that killing each Taliban soldier in Afghanistan costs on average of $50 million to the US. The article, seemingly carefully. researched with all assumptions laid out so that anyone ca...
All They Ask For is an Unfair Advantage
MICHAEL WINSHIP
I attended a screening this week of Alex Gibney’s new documentary, Client 9. It’s the story of the rise and fall of New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer, brought down by imperial hubris and a reckless penchant for ladies of the evening. ...
Getting Back to the Real Constitution?
KIRKPATRICK SALE
There’s much talk these days, particularly by the Tea Party types, about getting back to the “real” Constitution, forcing the Obama government to honor the “original intent” of the Founding Fathers, and “understanding the Constitut...
Gitmo’s Indelible Stain
SHERWOOD ROSS
Although U.S. officials have attributed the torture of Muslim prisoners in their custody to a handful of maverick guards, in fact such criminal acts were widely perpetrated and systemic, likely involving large numbers of military personnel, a book by a survivor sugge...
Washington: Where Smart People Go to Do Stupid Things
SAM SMITH
One of the reasons that Barack Obama was elected was that many people thought he was extremely intelligent. And they assumed that meant he would also be competent. Unfortunately, these two qualities – while not necessarily mutually exclus...