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Archives from November 2010
Memo to Ireland
MIKE WHITNEY
Imagine that Yasser Arafat had succeeded in ending Israeli occupation and establishing a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. Now imagine that 10 or 15 years later, new Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, agreed to hand over control of his country’s b...
The Skin of Our Teeth
KARL GROSSMAN
As Thanksgiving 2010 arrives, thanks should be given for something that never happened decades ago: the use as planned of bases built all over the United States armed with BOMARC and Nike Hercules nuclear-tipped missiles. It was the 1950s and 60...
Palintology 101 (Part One)
CHARLES R. LARSON
Well, students, in the last twenty-four hours Sarah Palin has put her foot in her mouth again—at least twice. First, she diced that icon of the twentieth-century feminism, Barbara Bush, calling her a blue-blood, which is certainly the col...
Why Gen. Petraeus was Snookered by the "Taliban" Imposter
GARETH PORTER
The revelation that the man presumed to be a high-ranking Taliban leader who had met with top Afghan officials was an impostor sheds light on Gen. David Petraeus’s aggressive propaganda about the supposed Taliban approach to the Hamid Karzai regime. ...
Next Up: a "Flat Tax" for the Rich
MICHAEL HUDSON
The danger the United States faces today is that the government debt crisis scheduled to hit Congress next spring (when Republicans are threatening to vote against raising the federal debt limit as the government deficit soars) will provide an opportunity for the wea...
The Climate Loan Scam
NICK DEARDEN
UK loans to low income countries will make the poor pay twice for climate change. On Thursday, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell promised to stump up funds to ensure developing countries are better heard in climate negotiations. But it is di...
TSA’s Gestapo Empire
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
It doesn’t take a bureaucrat long to create an empire. John Pistole, the FBI agent who took over the Transportation Security Administration on July 1 told USA Today 16 days later that protecting trains and subways from terrorist attacks will be as high a priori...
A Tale of Two Elections
DAN BEATON
On November 7, Burma’s military regime held the country’s first elections in 20 years. While several parties participated, the electoral process, and the results that saw the regime’s Union Solidarity and Development Party win, have rightly been con...
First a Hand on Your Crotch, Next a Boot in Your Face
MICHAEL SCOTT
If the American public does not stand up and oppose the TSA enforced false choice between potentially dangerous irradiating body scanners or what amounts to federally mandated sexual harassment, then the Republic is almost certainly lost.(1) In the cause of fighting ...
Private Insurance Induced Stress Disorder?
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Pissed off? Maybe it’s your insurance company. A Maryland psychiatrist thinks it might be. Writing in the current issue of Psychiatric Times, Dr. Carol Paris lays out the diagnostic criteria for ...
BP’s Inside Game
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
By the morning of May 24, the tide had turned against President Barack Obama in the Gulf. Weeks of indecision at the White House and the Interior Department had shifted the balance of blame. BP was no longer seen as the lone culprit. Now, the Obama administration was...
Invasion of the Body Scanners
JAMES RIDGEWAY
On the eve of some of the busiest travel days of the year, airport scanners are causing hysteria–and with good reason. Never mind the puerile TSA screeners giggling at your naked body. It turns out that the things may pose serious health concerns. In a letter t...
Tear Down the Dam; Restore the Commons
DANIEL MOSS
"The eyes of the world are on Temacapulin.” So declared an anti-dam banner wrapped around a gazebo in the tiny Mexican village. Alongside it, banners named the Mekong River and the Naradama Valley. Solidarity is probably the single be...
The Marvels of Exile
YASSIN GABER
Celebrating what would have been the late Edward Said’s 75th birthday, Professor Judith Butler was invited by the American University in Cairo to give the sixth Edward W Said Memorial Lecture, organised around his birth anniversary (1 November 1935). ...
The Media as Middle Man
FARZANA VERSEY
Mumbai. The sudden interest in the involvement of some Indian media persons in what appears to be lobbying has posed the question about ethics, but it has a lot more to do with the cult of icons. Readers and viewers tend to blindly believe in t...
Ten Ideas to Starve the Wall Street Beast
PAM MARTENS
Dialogue on the economic crisis has focused on symptoms: bailouts, corruption on Wall Street, collapse in housing prices, intractable unemployment, Federal Reserve monetary policy.  Most people have been socialized to silence on the topic of the disease itself: ...
America’s New Entertainment
DON MONKERUD
A senator has an affair with the treasurer of his election campaign and political action committee, gives her a no-interest loan of $40,000, and pays $15,000 for her children’s private school tuition. After their affair becomes public, he fires her, gives her h...
Bush the Warmonger in His Own Words
RAY McGOVERN
Why should George W. Bush have been “angry” to learn in late 2007 of the “high-confidence” unanimous judgment of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies that Iran had stopped working on a nuclear weapon four years earlier? Seems to me he might have ...
Legal Lessons From the Green Scare
BEN ROSENFELD And LAUREN REGAN
"Anna” the 19-year-old FBI informant bought the materials and worked to keep the group focused on targets and timeframes. When 28-year-old Eric McDavid and his two younger friends failed to muster sufficient enthusiasm for Anna&rsqu...
Obamabush
RALPH NADER
After nearly two years out, I can imagine George W. Bush writing his successor the following letter: Dear President Obama: As you know I’ve been peddling my book Decision Points and while doing interviews, people ask ...
The Dangers of Embedded Journalism
PATRICK COCKBURN
Embedded journalism earned itself a bad name in Iraq and Afghanistan. The phrase came to evoke an image of the supposedly independent correspondent truckling to military  mentors who spoon-feed him or her absurdly optimistic information about the course of the w...
Healing From Empire
CLARE BAYARD
“Today we asking for more than a moment of silence. We are demanding justice.” This statement, published in a Veterans’ Day open letter from the Central Illinois chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), expla...
Another Free Ride for the Pentagon?
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
The Simpson-Bowles Deficit Commission will be reporting out its results in early December. We can expect that it will focus on domestic spending, especially entitlements, including Social Security. By the time the dust settles, it is quite likely that the Pentagon &#...
Livestock and Predators
GEORGE WUERTHNER
One of the unquestioned and unspoken assumptions heard across the West is that ranchers have a right to a predator free environment. Even environmental groups like Defenders of Wildlife more or less legitimize this perspective by supporting unqualified compensation f...
Sinking Ireland
DEAN BAKER
When a firefighter or medical team make a rescue, the person is usually better off as a result. This is less clear when the rescuer is the European Central Bank (ECB) or the IMF. Ireland is currently experiencing a 14.1 percent unemployment rate. As a result o...