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Archives from November 2010
Against Jane Jacobs
DAVID Ker THOMSON
As she left the room, her followers were “sucked up in her wake like sand particles drawn into the vortex of a giant worm…” –from Children of Dune "What an extraordinary rendition,” I think ...
Haiti’s New Normal
Dr. JIM MORGAN
The day started like a typical Haitian Sunday. Relaxed. I had made plans the  day before with Junior to catch a ride to St Damien’s hospital in Tabarre.  Fr  Rick lives there and I wanted to meet up with him and to go to mass. He’s been &nb...
Cantor Crosses the Line
RANNIE AMIRI
Even the United States Congress’ most rabid pro-Israel supporters have not dared propose what incoming House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) has. Cantor ...
Guilty Until Proven Guilty
KAREN GREENBERG
Liberty versus security, that initial heated debate over the war on terror, is again rearing its head with much bravado, nowhere more so than in our nation’s courtrooms where American justice continues to pay the price. Over the course of ...
The Last Word, One Hundred Years Later
CHARLES R. LARSON
Leave it to Mark Twain to have the last word. He died in 1910 while working on his autobiography which he insisted should not be published in its entirety for a hundred years. He believed his opinions—especially about religion and politics—were so controv...
Where Skin Color is the Dividing Line
BRENDA NORRELL
Tucson. The racially-charged political climate in Arizona, and how this affects Indigenous Peoples, was the focus of the Southern Border Indigenous Peoples Roundtable Symposium. O’odham from both the United States and Mexico described the reality of livi...
The Governor and the Power Plant
CAROL POLSGROVE
Anyone who thinks Indiana’s Republican Governor Mitch Daniels should run for president hasn’t paid much attention to the dark cloud hanging over Duke Energy’s new coal gasification plant — a massive industrial complex rising up at the edge of ...
Hyatt’s Dirty Safety Record
CARL FINAMORE
The Hyatt Corporation just posted quarterly profits that jumped six hundred percent with their stock prices climbing at around the same rate. Along with this jumping and climbing, the corporation has taken up running, as in running away from the worst safety record i...
Hotel Workers Rising
BRIAN TIERNEY
They clean rooms, wash sheets, cook meals and carry luggage for weary travelers the world over. They toil in an industry that has taken advantage of its largely immigrant workforce and kept many of them below the poverty line. But now they are leading a new w...
No Alternative in Afghanistan?
RON JACOBS
"There is no alternative to continuing the military operations."   So said the chief of NATO in a meeting with the press before a NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal on November 15, 2010.  This was a day after Washington’s warden in Afghani...
War is a Drug
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
When the ugly truth breaks through – which it rarely does – it’s like a slap across the face. Yesterday, slapped across the face. Then slapped again. And then again. ...
The Fatal Flaw in the Iran Missile Docs
GARETH PORTER
The most important intelligence documents used to argue that Iran had a covert nuclear weapons research and development programme in 2003 – a set of technical drawings of efforts to fit what appears to be a nuclear payload into the reentry vehicle of Iran’...
The Banalization of Torture
JOANNE MARINER
Last week saw a few more steps toward the banalization of torture. On Monday night, it was former President George W. Bush on television, acknowledging his personal responsibility for ordering the waterboarding of Al Qaeda suspects in CIA custody. On...
An Orientalist Masterpiece
RICHARD ESTES
On Sunday, I had the opportunity to watch about 4 hours of the approximately 5 1/2 hour French miniseries about the notorious Carlos the Jackal at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. You can also apparently rent a shorter version on cable if you have the Sundance Cha...
The Truth About Capital Gains
GERALD SCORSE
When it comes to taxes on capital gains, the emperor suddenly has no clothes. He’s been stripped bare, in bipartisan fashion, by the co-chairs of President Obama’s fiscal commission. The chairs are Republican Alan K. Simpson and Erskine Bowles, a ...
No News is Not Good News
DAVE LINDORFF
Is it news when police photograph and videotape demonstrations? Apparently for American editors and reporters, making that news judgement depends on where the demonstration occurs and what nationality the police are. When a...
Dancing With Dangl
CLIFTON ROSS
If you were delighted that Hollywood finally took the new political turns of South America seriously, but were disappointed that Oliver Stone, in “South of the Border,” offered only the standard fare of “superstars” in a tired and untrue narra...
Here Come the FrankenSalmon
JEFF DEASY
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may soon approve the sale of genetically engineered (GE) salmon to American consumers. Incredibly, the FDA may do so without requiring that the fish be labeled as genetically engineered. Marion Nestle, a professor i...
Shelving START?
ROBERT ALVAREZ
Republicans see shelving New START as a serious foreign policy blow that will further weaken Obama’s presidency. Senator John Kyl (R-AZ), the Republican point-man for nuclear arms policy in the Senate, has tossed cold water on the ratifica...
The Anti-Incumbent Movement Failed
JOEL S. HIRSCHHORN
For some years a number of groups have been advocating voting out incumbents in Congress, both the House and the Senate, as a path to reform and improve the US political system. You might have thought that with this year’s incredible widespread public anger wit...
Facing a Leaderless Globalization
BEHZAD YAGHMAIAN
As the dust slowly settles after the stormy G20 summit in Seoul, the world begins to deal with a new crisis of leadership. The G20 meeting started amidst high hopes for reducing tension between the participants, particularly between the United States and China, and c...
NATO’S True Role in US Grand Strategy
DIANA JOHNSTONE
On November 19 and 20, NATO leaders meet in Lisbon for what is billed as a summit on “NATO’s Strategic Concept”.  Among topics of discussion will be an array of scary “threats”, from cyberwar to climate change, as well as nice prote...
Don’t Ask, Don’t Care
MICHAEL WINSHIP
Although I grew up in a small town, I live in the West Village of Manhattan, New York City, just three blocks from Christopher Street and the Stonewall Inn, where in 1969 a police raid led to angry demonstrations that marked the start of the gay rights movement. Yet ...
Wooing the Economic Royalists
NORMAN SOLOMON
In his first term, President Franklin Roosevelt denounced “the economic royalists.” He drew the line against the heartless rich: “They are unanimous in their hate for me — and I welcome their hatred.” What a diffe...
Ireland’s Suicide Pact with the EU
MIKE WHITNEY
Ireland could be the next Lehman Brothers. That’s what has the markets worried. If Irish leaders refuse to accept a bailout from the EU’s new European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), then bondholders will be forced to take haircuts on their investmen...
Are They Really Opposed to the Death Penalty?
KENNETH E. HARTMAN
They stand outside in the night holding candles, singing songs of protest, holding up photos of condemned men, and decrying the brutality of state-sanctioned execution. The next day, at the inevitable press conference, after the ritualized lamentations for the now de...
The Political Slaughterhouse
JAMES BOVARD
At a time when the Obama administration is endorsing one horrendous Bush policy after another, from targeted killings to state secrets to indefinite detention to endless war, it is time to recognize how the “conventional wisdom” has led Americans to the p...
Seoul Searching on Trade and Currency
DEAN BAKER
It would be great if the leaders of the G-20 countries knew a little economics. It might make their meetings more productive and less confrontational. The central area of dispute at the recently concluded meeting was the decision by the Federal ...
Why Aristide’s Party Won’t Vote
JUDITH SCHERR
Dr. Maryse Narcisse is a physician, coordinator of the Fanmi Lavalas executive committee and spokesperson for Fanmi Lavalas in Haiti. Fanmi Lavalas is the political party founded in 1996 by President Jean Bertrand Aristide, now living in forced exile in South Africa....
Defense Cuts Go Mainstream
PETER CERTO
Exceeding the expectations of many arms control advocates, the deficit panel commissioned by President Obama earlier this year has actually proposed $100 billion in cuts to the Pentagon budget. The cuts come primarily from unnecessary weapons procurements, overseas b...
The Hypocrisies of Mario Vargas Llosa
VICENTE NAVARRO
Since Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature, we have seen his beatification in the conservative-liberal media, presenting him as a fighter for human rights worldwide and especially in Latin America. In one press report after another, he is...
Obama’s Bribe
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth Watching the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians drag on year after year without conclusion, it is easy to overlook the enormous changes that have taken place on the ground since the Oslo Accords were signed 17 years ago....
Bush at Large
RALPH NADER
George W. Bush is on a roll—a money roll with a $7 million advance for his book Decision Points and a rehabilitation roll to paint his war crimes as justifiable mass-slaughter and torture. His carefully chosen interviewers—NBC’s Matt Lauer a...
Off-Base America
NICK TURSE
The construction projects are sprouting like mushrooms: walled complexes, high-strength weapons vaults, and underground bunkers with command and control capacities — and they’re being planned and funded by a military force intent on embedding itself ever ...
Alienation 101
SHERRY WOLF
I never thought I’d feel this way, but thank god I went to college in the 1980s. Every day when I pick up the newspaper (and yes, I am one of those fossils who reads it in pulp form), it has some new story about how even the most enjoyable educational experienc...
QE2 as Self-Inflicted Wound
PETER LEE
It doesn’t seem that President Obama was prepared for the global firestorm of criticism QE2 has ignited. (QE1 was the TARP-era liquidity jolt to the financial system.) Overseas, QE2 is not seen as a Hail Mary attempt to goose the U.S. econ...
Conspiracy in Theory
FRANK GREEN
San Diego. The 9/11 conspiracy movement, seemingly the most hopeless of causes when it emerged years ago, is still nibbling at the edges of the mainstream. Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, a seasoned conspiracist on this issue, has appeare...
The Unending Occupation of Iraq
GARETH PORTER
A special envoy from President Barack Obama raised the possibility in a secret meeting with senior Iraqi military and civilian officials in Baghdad Sep. 23 that his administration would leave more than 15,000 combat troops in Iraq after the 2011 deadline for U.S. wit...
Blood on His Hands
SHELDON RICHMAN
As George W. Bush hawks his memoir, Decision Points, he seems especially driven to justify his decision to invade and occupy Iraq. He emphasizes how sickened he was at learning that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction, though not too sick to kid about i...
TSA and America’s Zero Risk Culture
RICHARD FORNO
The lede on the DRUDGEREPORT most of Monday showed a Catholic nun being patted down at an airport security checkpoint, with the caption starkly declaring that "THE TERRORISTS HAVE WON." He’s right. Ten years...
Springsteen’s "Promise" and the Price You Pay
HARRY BROWNE
"Remember," says Bruce Springsteen to a bandmate, "there’s always room to throw out.” The black-and-white footage shows an astonishingly beautiful young Springsteen in the studio,  some time late in 1977 or early ...
Is the American Public About to Toss Israel?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Ever so slowly over the past two decades, and gaining momentum since the April 2002 Israeli destruction of the West Bank town of Jenin, American attitudes toward Israel are changing.  The ...
How the Fed and the Treasury Stonewalled Mark Pittman to His Dying Breath
PAM MARTENS
On the President’s first day in office on January 21, 2009, he issued an Open Government memo promising the American people a new era of transparency. On March 19, 2009, under the President’s orders, the Attorney General’s office issued detailed gui...
How Much Gold Does George Bush Own?
ALAN FARAGO
I am not going to read George Bush’s memoir. But who I do read is Jim Grant, of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer. This weekend, I found a copy of Grant’s weekly report dated October 12, 2001. Although the Bush wars had not been invented, the housing b...
Unsustainable, Ungovernable, Unfixable
THOMAS NAYLOR
The myth that Vermont is somehow different from the rest of the United States was thoroughly shattered on November 2nd, when Vermont voters overwhelmingly embraced the American Empire in the campaign for governor. Democratic Senator Peter Shumlin edged out Republican...
One-Sided Deal
NEVE GORDON
Imagine a sheriff offering the head of a criminal gang the following deal: ‘If you agree to stop stealing from your neighbours for three months, I’ll give you cutting edge weaponry and block any efforts by other law enforcement authorities to restrain you...
The Long Disease of War
CLANCY SIGAL
Although warlike by nature, I was raised by an antiwar mother who preached (but sometimes did not practice) pacifism. Perhaps I inherited a dominant rage gene from my absent father, who served jail time as a war protestor even though he, too, had a violent personalit...
Palestine and the Fate of the UN
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
The United Nations celebrated its 65th birthday (1945 to 2010) on 24 October 2010. At 65 the world body has lasted 27 years longer than its predecessor, the League of Nations (1919 to 1946). Will the UN go another 65 years? To help answer that question a quick look a...
The Stimulus Package in Kabul
TOM ENGELHARDT
You must have had a moment when you thought to yourself: It really isn’t going to end, is it? Not ever. Rationally, you know perfectly well that whatever your “it” might be will indeed end, because everything does, but your gut tells you something d...
The War Over Food Stamps
DAVID MACARAY
Although people tend to associate the Food Stamp Program (FSP) with Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society,” or lump it with the domestic initiatives of Richard Nixon (whom Noam Chomsky referred to as “our last liberal president”), the program ...