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Archives from 2010
Peter King, Witch Hunter
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Peter King is the envy of (a) former Senator Joseph McCarthy and (b) the folks in Salem MA who were looking for, respectively, communists and witches. It was a hard task that they each attacked with persistence and fortitude. It was hard because to the untutored eye,...
The Myth of the "Jolly Green Giant" Exposed
DAN BACHER
Political leaders, NGO representatives and the corporate media have incessantly greenwashed the deplorable environmental legacy of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in a series of photo opportunities, press releases, news conferences and awards ceremonies over the past ...
David F. Noble: In Memoriam
DENIS G. RANCOURT
Arguably the greatest critical historian of science and technology died on Monday December 27, 2010, suddenly and unexpectedly of natural causes and within a few days of being admitted to hospital. His family was by his side. David Noble is sur...
How Green Became the Color of Money
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
In the early summer of 1995, Jay Hair quietly resigned as head of the National Wildlife Federation. This Napoleonic figure had transformed a once scruffy, apolitical collection of local hunting and gun clubs into the cautious colossus of the environmental movement wi...
One Kidney and 19 Years for an $11 Robbery
ANTHONY PAPA
At long last the Scott sisters will be free! Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour in a totally bizarre act of compassion, based on public pressure, used his commutation powers to grant the sisters their freedom. Governor Haley Barbour suspended the life senten...
Obama and the Boy in the Metal Box
MICHAEL TEITELMAN
On December 3, President Obama exercised the constitutional power of pardon for the first time in his presidency.  He could not have made a more politically and morally inconsequential use of this power.  Sadly, it is another manifestation of the Obama admi...
Capitalism in Crisis
MARY LYNN CRAMER
Creating jobs is not the raison d’?tre nor the primary goal of a Capitalist economy. Creating profits for the purpose of Capital accumulation and expansion is the sine qua non and essential function of Capitalism. Often larger profits can ...
Civil Rights in the Age of Neoliberalism
JORGE MARISCAL
The widespread celebration around the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) was certainly justified. The fundamental unfairness of a policy–at its core a free speech issue?that forced U.S. servicewomen and men to lie about an important part of thei...
David F. Noble: In Memoriam
DENIS G. RANCOURT
Arguably the greatest critical historian of science and technology died on Monday December 27, 2010, suddenly and unexpectedly of natural causes and within a few days of being admitted to hospital. His family was by his side. David Noble is sur...
Serfing USA
DAVE LINDORFF
Along with the staggering theft in broad daylight of Americans’ assets that has occurred in the course of the ongoing financial crisis, as taxpayers funded multi-trillion bank bailouts and banks stole homes through foreclosures with the help of fraudulent paper...
Out Lickspittle Press
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Anyone who doesn’t believe that the US is an incipient fascist state needs only to consult the latest assault on civil liberty by Fox News (sic). Instead of informing citizens, Fox News  informs on citizens. Jason Ditz reports on antiwar.com  that Fox...
Detention and Torture
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN And DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Author’s Note: With the news of President Obama’s plan to make indefinite detentions a permanent feature of our legal landscape, we thought it apropos to re-publish an updated, edited excerpt from a law review article we wrote in 2006 (THE ...
Make Believe Counter-Insurgency
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
War, the old saying goes, is "hell." But what about video war? Polls show that many Americans are fast souring on US military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan. But, paradoxically, sales of video war-games like Call of Duty, which allow consumers to beco...
A Year of Fall and Decline
DAVID SWANSON
The fall and decline of an empire can take many years, but certain "benchmarks" (as imperial courts have been known to call them) can measure the progress in one year alone. Take, for example, the year 2010. This year opened with the U...
Killer Fires and the Homeless
BILL QUIGLEY
Eight young people, who the Fire Department said were “trying to stay warm,” perished in a raging fire during the night in New Orleans.  The young people were squatting in an abandoned wood framed tin walled warehouse in a Ninth Ward neighborhood bor...
Enough Grandstanding About Khodorkovsky, Ms. Clinton!
YVONNE RIDLEY
I wonder if Hillary Clinton really believes in the pompous invective that sprays from her lips with the rapidity of machine gun fire. We had a classic example of it just the other day when she let rip in her grating, robotic monotone over a Moscow court?s deci...
ObamaCare: Worse Than You Thought
JOHN V. WALSH
Prod a Democrat Party loyalist on the shortcomings of ObamaCare and you are likely to get two retorts: come 2014 at least everyone will be covered; and from the moment when Obama signed the law pre-existing conditions can no longer be used by the insurers to deny cov...
Peter Hoekstra and the CIA
JAMES BOVARD
On December 21, the Central Intelligence Agency gave its Agency Seal Medal to Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. Hoekstra has labored almost ceaselessly to assure that the CIA can break federal laws with impunity. CIA ...
The Fight Against Cholera
FIDEL CASTRO
The UN, at the instigation of the US, creator of poverty and chaos in the Republic of Haiti, had decided to send its occupation troops into Haitian territory, the MINUSTAH (UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti), which in passing introduced the  cholera epidemic int...
The Case of the "I (Heart) Boobies!" Bracelets
JULIE HILDEN
This Fall and Winter, an unusual First Amendment conflict has been playing itself out in public schools across the country — from California, to Minnesota, to Montana, to Pennsylvania, to Utah. On one side are students who are wearing bracelets proclaiming &quo...
God-TV Helps Israel Oust Bedouins
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. A sign posted a few kilometres north of Beersheba, the Negev’s main city, announces plans to plant a total of a million trees over a large area of desert that has already been designated "God-TV Forest". The Jew...
Wal-Mart Strikes Again
DAVID MACRAY
“Anything that can be digitalized can be outsourced.” ?John Sweeney, former president, AFL-CIO It didn’t get much media attention, but on December 8, Wal-Mart announced that beginning January 1, 2011, it woul...
The Absurdity of Hi-Tech Servitude
BILL MANSON
If we often define "freedom" in entirely political terms, we will understandably focus on the recent assault on civil liberties, notably in the United States. Yet in today’s all-encompassing, profit-driven Marketplace (erroneously termed a "socie...
A Silly Dream?
DAVID KRIEGER
A note recently came to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation that said: "Are you folks out of your minds? The nuclear genie is out of the bottle and isn’t going back in. Shortly even non-state actors will have nukes! Quit wasting your time on this silly dream....
Making the Imperial Army More Diverse
STEPHANIE VAN HOOK And MICHAEL NAGLER
In 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech at Ebenezer Baptist Church called "Beyond Vietnam," where he declared that his conscience would not allow him to remain silent on the question of Vietnam, on the horrors of war, on the threat of violence to our ...