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THE DECAY OF AMERICAN MEDIA — Patrick L. Smith on the decline and fall of American journalism; Peter Lee on China and its Uyghur problem; Dave┬áMacaray on brain trauma, profits and the NFL; Lee Ballinger on the bloody history of cotton. PLUS: “The Vindication of Love” by JoAnn Wypijewski; “The Age of SurrealPolitick” by Jeffrey St. Clair; “The Radiation Zone” by Kristin Kolb; “Washington’s Enemies List” by Mike Whitney; “The School of Moral Statecraft” by Chris Floyd and “The Surveillance Films of Laura Poitras” by Kim Nicolini.
Archives from October 2010
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...
Why the Debt Crisis Hit Europe Harder Than the Emergent Countries of the South
RAM ETWAREEA
Europe’s current indebtedness is deeper than that of South American countries. In most cases the ratio between external debt and GNP has reached 40% in 2010 in South American countries; in Greece, Spain, Portugal or Ireland, it is well beyond 100%. Though gover...
Money Wars
CONN HALLINAN
Are the U.S. and China on a collision course? Consider the following: During the 2010 mid-term elections, some 30 candidates for the House and Senate are blasting China for everything from undermining America’s financial structure to fuel...
When Drones Come Home to Roost
MICHAEL SCHWALBE
The age when war was limited to a clearly defined battlefield is long past. In modern wars, civilian populations are bombed, targeted for genocide +and terrorism, and made to suffer by wreckage of infrastructure. The dogs of war, once loosed, respect no fences. ...
Obama’s Black Site Prison
DAVE LINDORFF
A victory for the government in a federal court in New York Monday marks another slide deeper into Dick Cheney’s “dark side” for the Obama Administration. In a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has bee...
Was Juan Williams "Lynched"?
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
The firing of Juan Williams at National Public Radio has created a storm of controversy – and well it should.  Not simply because it was conducted so summarily, with such thinly-veiled animus, on what amounts to a pretext, apparently.  Or even because...
An Economic Disaster
DEAN BAKER
The economy is a goddamn disaster and President Obama deserves much of the blame. Sorry, I am not on the Dems’ payroll so I couldn’t contain myself when I read Bernard Avishai’s trashing of Paul Krugman. Avishai’s basic n...
The Juan Williams Affair
ALAN FARAGO
The problem with the Juan Williams affair is not his comment to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly; that Muslims in full dress on airplanes make him nervous– but Fox News itself. Over the course of many years, as the nation became more and more deeply immersed...
Wimps Can’t Win
CLANCY SIGAL
When did the American left become such sissies?  We are shocked, shocked!  We throw up our hands in horror, cowering behind prissy words like “divisive” and “sexist” and “uncivil” when frothing-mad homophobic Republican s...
Prostituting the Hobbit
BINOY KAMPMARK
Life has truly imitated art in New Zealand.  J.R.R. Tolkien might have well been amused about the idea that the filmic adaptation of The Lord of the Rings would take such hold in soil 12,000 miles from England.  It did, and with spectacular success.  S...
Why the Debt Crisis Hit Europe Harder Than the Emergent Countries of the South
RAM ETWAREEA
Europe’s current indebtedness is deeper than that of South American countries. In most cases the ratio between external debt and GNP has reached 40% in 2010 in South American countries; in Greece, Spain, Portugal or Ireland, it is well beyond 100%. Though gover...
Money Wars
CONN HALLINAN
Are the U.S. and China on a collision course? Consider the following: During the 2010 mid-term elections, some 30 candidates for the House and Senate are blasting China for everything from undermining America’s financial structure to fuel...
When Drones Come Home to Roost
MICHAEL SCHWALBE
The age when war was limited to a clearly defined battlefield is long past. In modern wars, civilian populations are bombed, targeted for genocide +and terrorism, and made to suffer by wreckage of infrastructure. The dogs of war, once loosed, respect no fences. ...
Obama’s Black Site Prison
DAVE LINDORFF
A victory for the government in a federal court in New York Monday marks another slide deeper into Dick Cheney’s “dark side” for the Obama Administration. In a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has bee...
Was Juan Williams "Lynched"?
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
The firing of Juan Williams at National Public Radio has created a storm of controversy – and well it should.  Not simply because it was conducted so summarily, with such thinly-veiled animus, on what amounts to a pretext, apparently.  Or even because...
An Economic Disaster
DEAN BAKER
The economy is a goddamn disaster and President Obama deserves much of the blame. Sorry, I am not on the Dems’ payroll so I couldn’t contain myself when I read Bernard Avishai’s trashing of Paul Krugman. Avishai’s basic n...
The Juan Williams Affair
ALAN FARAGO
The problem with the Juan Williams affair is not his comment to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly; that Muslims in full dress on airplanes make him nervous– but Fox News itself. Over the course of many years, as the nation became more and more deeply immersed...
Wimps Can’t Win
CLANCY SIGAL
When did the American left become such sissies?  We are shocked, shocked!  We throw up our hands in horror, cowering behind prissy words like “divisive” and “sexist” and “uncivil” when frothing-mad homophobic Republican s...
Prostituting the Hobbit
BINOY KAMPMARK
Life has truly imitated art in New Zealand.  J.R.R. Tolkien might have well been amused about the idea that the filmic adaptation of The Lord of the Rings would take such hold in soil 12,000 miles from England.  It did, and with spectacular success.  S...
The Futile Surge
GARETH PORTER
A newly released Wikileaks document on Iraq and the new political alignment between Moqtada al-Sadr and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki both provide fresh evidence that Gen. David Petraeus’s war against Shi’a militias in 2007-2008 was a ...
The Florida Growth Machine
ALAN FARAGO
Florida has three industries: tourism, agriculture, and construction/development. These industries are bound together by land speculation, avoidance of environmental regulations, and gaming buyers. The hucksterism expanded radically in the past decade to include the ...