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Archives from 2010
What a Glorious Blizzard
MITCHEL COHEN
What a glorious, glorious old time blizzard! It is sooooo beautiful, this Brooklyn, and the plows can’t keep up with the drifts. In returning from Manhattan, where I went to see the film "Social Network" wit...
Invoking the Espionage Act Against Assange
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
There have been some suggestions in the press that Wikileaks founder could and should be prosecuted under the Espionage Act. While this law has been on the books for almost 100 years and no court has ever declared any part of it unconstitutional, either facially or a...
State Lawlessness on the Rampage
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The year 2011 will bring Americans a larger and more intrusive police state, more unemployment and home foreclosures, no economic recovery, more disregard by the US government of US law, international law, the Constitution, and truth, more suspicion and distrust from...
Of Luxury Cars and Lowly Tractors
P. SAINATH
At least 17,368 Indian farmers killed themselves in 2009, the worst figure for farm suicides in six years, according to data of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). This is an increase of 1,172 over the 2008 count of 16,196. It brings the total fa...
Drug Industry Fraud
RALPH NADER
The corporate defrauding of taxpayers (eg. Medicaid and Medicare) and prescription drugs with skyrocketing prices was the subject of a report by Public Citizen’s Dr. Sidney Wolfe and his associates (see ...
The Latest Happy Face of the Ruling Class
ALLEN MENDENHALL
For decades Japanese leaders denied the existence of U.S.-Japanese agreements to shift the financial burden of U.S. military facilities in Japan from United States taxpayers to Japanese taxpayers. Yet Japan’s Foreign Ministry, pursuant to regulations it impleme...
"The Darkness to Expel!"
URI AVNERY
It is easy to despair before the filthy wave of racism that is engulfing us. The remedy for this despair: the growing number of young people, sons and daughters of the new Israeli generation, who are joining the fight against racism and occupati...
Learning From Lame Ducks
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
So, class, what have we learned from the past week or two of the lame duck Congress and our just plain-old lame president? A few things, actually.  Not ? since lameness trumps all else ? that they’ll necessarily matter, though. ...
Top Secret
MARK SCARAMELLA
(Overheard at an Air Force radar systems acquisition office, mid-1970s.) ? Hey, Sarge. You left the safe open again. Oh, get off my case. Nothing in there’s important. But op-sec. Don...
Out Here in the Sticks
BILL HATCH
Merced, California I have noticed in recent months that people inside the Beltway, regardless of the positions they hold there, have extracted by common agreement the first "r" in the word, "forward," creating a new word, "fo’war...
The National Image and Its Contradictions
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Benjamin Disraeli once labeled Britain’s government "an organized hypocrisy." That was in circa 1845. Things have not changed much and by now hypocrisy might well be seen as a common sin of democratic government. This is because in democracies straigh...
Why Washington Won’t Allow Democracy in Haiti
MARK WEISBROT
The polarization of the debate around Wikileaks is pretty simple, really. Of all the governments in the world, the United States government is the greatest threat to world peace and security today. This is obvious to anyone who looks at the facts with a modicum of ob...
Going After Dr. Frankel
FRED GARDNER
The Medical Board of California is trying to revoke the license of a pro-cannabis doctor ?for using cannabis. A hearing held in Los Angeles this week is supposed to determine whether or not Allan Frankel, MD, is fit to practice medicine.   ...
Who Will Act to Free Bradley Manning?
ERIC PATTON
The victorious army wins first, and then goes to war, while the defeated army goes to war first, and then seeks to win. ? Sun Tzu Successful coaches tell their teams to worry about themselves and not their oppon...
Get Assange
SHERWOOD ROSS
Two writers with close ties to U.S. intelligence agencies published a shocking article Dec. 23rd in The Miami Herald asserting that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is "a narcissistic nut" with "blood on his hands" and President Obama should do &q...
Dividing the Races to Benefit the Rich
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
The prospect of broadcast agitator Glen Beck recommending that his audience read a book with ‘Black Power’ in the title might seem less likely than President Obama standing up to the right-wing onslaught he faces daily. Yet, just as ...
Merry Christmas, You’re Fired
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
During the holiday season it is always good to be reminded of one’s many blessings. In the case of UBS employees they can be thankful that they work for UBS and not Sanofi-Aventis. The news they received shortly before Christmas is far less upsetting than the n...
Celebrating the Rebel Jesus
ROBERT ROTH
"Tell me, say ? what kind of man this Jesus is, my lord?" ? Buffy Ste.-Marie, "Ananais" The media distorted parts of Jesus’ message right from the start. The Gospels, and the first gener...
Lawless Police State
LINH DINH
As we police the world and become more of a police state each day, basic police functions are being neglected here at home. In Detroit, seven out of ten murders are unsolved. In Oakland, the police will no longer respond to a host of crimes, including burglary, theft...
Coexistence With Monsanto? Hell No!
RONNIE CUMMINS
After 16 years of non-stop biotech bullying and force-feeding Genetically Engineered or Modified (GE or GM) crops to farm animals and “Frankenfoods” to unwitting consumers, Monsanto has a big problem, or rather several big problems. A growing number of pu...
Intimate Journeys, Thwarted Desire
CHARLES R. LARSON
Damon Galgut’s In a Strange Room was short listed for the 2010 Man Booker Awa...
Jes Grew Report
RON JACOBS
"Jes Grew which began in New Orleans….They are calling it a plague when in fact it is an anti-plague." –Mumbo Jumbo-Ishamel Reed “ Jes Grew (comes) from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Topsy and Jam...
The People of the Year in the Middle East
RANNIE AMIRI
The 2010 Middle East People of the Year are: The Palestinians in Gaza, desperate to let the world know that nearly two years after the end of the 2008-2009 war, the cruel embargo on the territory persists; the siege by air, land and sea continue...
Who Really Rules California’s Wine Country?
WILL PARRISH
California’s  North Coast wine industry is a sprawling, multi-billion dollar enterprise.  It encompasses  hundreds of thousands of acres of prime agricultural land in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Marin, Lake, and Solano counties; commands millions of...
Another No Nukes Victory
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The atomic energy industry has suffered another astonishing defeat. Because of it, 2010 again left the "nuclear renaissance" in the Dark Age that defines the technology. But an Armageddon-style battle looms when Congress returns next ...
Civil Society and Counter-Terrorism
JOANNE MARINER
Last week I participated in the launch conference of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism ? The Hague (ICCT-The Hague), a newly-established think tank that will be carrying out research and analysis relating to counterterrorism. The confere...
The Wikileaks Cookbook
SAUL LANDAU
Julian Assange should write a new cookbook, and a certain best-seller. Take a Leak* would offer not only recipes about what to do with that rarely used political vegetable, but also what not to do when preparing the diplomacy menu. President Oba...
Cut the Work Week
EUGENE P. COYLE
We have been trained to think of unemployment and stagnant pay as a shortage of jobs. That fits the neoliberal sales message of endless growth and expansion. If we think of our problem as shortage of jobs and stagnant wages, the policy is always stimulus, more produc...
Making the Rich Happy
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Nicely in time for the end-of-year job ratings, President Obama has crawled from the political graveyard, where only a month ago wreaths were being heaped around his sepulcher. The Commentariat now gravely applauds his recent victories in the US Congress:  repea...
Staying the Course in Afghanistan
BRIAN M. DOWNING
The Obama administration’s review of the war in Afghanistan came and went. A precis of the review and the ensuing agenda had been leaked well beforehand and excited little interest let alone debate ? public attention is elsewhere. The military presented scads o...
Whitewashing Defeat
RAMZY BAROUD
He may still possess the poise of a confident leader and an eloquent intellectual, but the presidency of Barack Obama is now suffering its most difficult phase to date. Certainly, Obama cannot solely be blamed for all the factors that have stifled his country...
A Christmas Prayer From a Born Again Atheist
MYLES HOENIG
It’s easy for any born-again atheist to come down hard on religious piety and expose church hypocrisy for all its worth. But it’s that time when it’s expected to muster all one’s chits for God and bless the whole world, no exceptions. Re...
Trafficking With the Enemy
DAVID Ker THOMSON
Is there a state terrorist who’s more mollycoddled and subsidized than a driver? Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands, as the good book says.  Car terrorism is always at least one order of magnitude greater t...
Smooth Sailing for Oil Tankers?
CHRIS GENOVALI And MISTY MacDUFFEE
Recently, British Columbia MP (Member of Parliament) Gary Lunn asserted that professionals should be left to decide on oil tanker routes for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. Lunn made the statement in response to a private members bill introduced by opposition ...
The Women Who Gave Us Christmas
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
Before Christmas emerged as a commercial success it led a checkered social life. In the 13 colonies far from a Silent Night, Holy Night it was known as a heavy drinking, brawling festival, a raucous blend of July 4th and New Years Eve. But as t...
Covering Up the Murder of Nicola Calipari
MICHAEL LEONARDI
In a cable that was released by Wikilleaks, there is clear collusion between th...
Wikileaks’ Christmas Message
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
WikiLeaks is a modern-day Christmas story about the secrets of those who abuse power and pretend to represent what they are not.  According to the Biblical story, King Herod became “frightened” when he heard of the prophesized birth of a Messiah, who...
Kristmas Kitsch
DAVID YEARSLEY
Christmas is the most musical season. Melodies embedded in the memory are reanimated to light the fires of commerce, Christian devotion, and the family romance, packaging the Christmas Experience in song. It is impossible to avoid music and mu...
The Techno-Fantasies of Evo Morales
CHELLIS GLENDINNING
Cochabamba. On 22 January 2006, newly-inaugurated President Evo Morales made his exuberant procession through the streets of La Paz to join the throngs of supporters awaiting him in the Plaza de los H?roes.  To the excited crowds, Uruguayan writer Eduardo...
A Better Time? When?
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
It’s been so cold I’ve powered on the elliptical trainer. I prefer running through my neighborhood, in sunshine, observing people, reading bumper-sticker messages, and breathing fresh air. I was on the exerciser, though, and consumed enough by th...
Mining Peru
YVES ENGLER
A leading candidate for president in Peru’s April election “took his campaign” to Vancouver, reported the city’s leading daily. Earlier this month Alejandro Toledo ? who served a previous term as president ? met mining officials, investment ba...
What We Mean When We Talk About States’ Rights
LAURA FLANDERS
This week sees the 150th anniversary of the secession of South Carolina?the beginning of the U.S. Civil War. And of course, the anniversary brings with it the predictable repetition of myths: the South seceded because those Northern elites wouldn’t let them gov...
Obama’s Liberty Problem
BILL QUIGLEY And VINCE WARREN
The right to liberty is one of the foundation rights of a free people.  The idea  that any US President can bypass Congress and bypass the Courts by issuing an  Executive Order setting up a new legal system for indefinite detention of people  shou...
The Trial of Luis Posada Carriles
JOS? PERTIERRA
With a jury of five men and seven women empaneled, opening statements in the trial for immigration fraud against Luis Posada Carriles, will be heard tomorrow. Judge Kathleen Cardone is the presiding judge. The government attorneys will offer up the opening s...
After the Tax Cuts
DEAN BAKER
The enthusiasm of the U.S. business press for the compromise tax package worked out by President Obama and Republicans in Congress led to a mini euphoria of upbeat economic projections for 2011. While the economy will do better with this tax package than if no deal w...
The Problem with Stewardship
HAYDEN JANSSEN
Stewardship, on the surface a kind of benevolent relationship with the earth, has, in fact, harangued the environment and contributed to its demise. The unchecked adoption of stewardship by environmentalism is to blame for the environment’s devaluation. In lieu...
The Most Dangerous Man in Korea is Not Kim Jung Il
PETER LEE
Who is the most dangerous man on the Korean Peninsula? Maybe it’s not Kim Jung-il, but South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak. The big story in North Asia in 2010 was the destabilizing effort by South Korea to use its growing profile...
High-Risk Raids Into Pakistan
GARETH PORTER
This week’s leak to the New York Times of a proposal for U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) raids against Afghan insurgent sanctuaries in Pakistan may be intended to put more pressure on the Pakistani military to take action against those sanctuaries. ...
Demasculinizing Meat
FARZANA VERSEY
Raw meat racks hanging from claw-like hooks at the butcher’s are just bits of carcass ready to become food. Food for thought they aren’t. Not until Lady Gaga wrapped the scraps of the pink flesh splotched with congealed blood around her taut feminine body...
Negotiating With a Forked Tongue
DAVID MACARAY
The UAW’s recent endorsement of the U.S.-South Korean trade pact illustrates not only the difficulty of navigating the treacherous waters of global trade, but the schizophrenic nature of juggling two contradictory positions?steadfastly refusing to have anything...