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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from 2010
Australia Rejects Israeli-Ordered Media Censorship
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut Australia’s Parliament and mainstream media may not differ all that much from other western countries when it comes to chronic groveling to the Zionist lobby. But like citizens in many countries, Australians sometimes exhibit admirable independenc...
Here Comes Jeb
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
Can another Republican presidential candidate named Bush – George W.’s younger brother Jeb – actually make it to the White House in 2012?  It hardly seems possible given the ugly tarnishing of the Bush "brand" that occurred during Dub...
Baby Tooth Science
JOE MANGANO
The atom bomb tests over the Nevada desert are etched in the American consciousness, even though they ended nearly half a century ago. The clouds that looked like gigantic mushrooms rising into the stratosphere remind us of the Cold War-era American-Soviet race to te...
The Shape of Palestinian Statehood
JOHN V. WHITBECK
On December 17, Bolivia extended diplomatic recognition to the State of Palestine within its full pre-1967 borders (all of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem). Coming soon after the similar recognitions by Brazil and Argentina, Bolivia’s...
PFC Bradley Manning, Patriot
SHERWOOD ROSS
As the U.S. is now an international aggressor, do Americans still owe it allegiance? If a citizen releases information about crimes the U.S. commits, can he or she be legally punished? These questions arise in connection with the arrests of Australian Julian Assange ...
Iceberg Economies and Shadow Selves
REBECCA SOLNIT
After the Macondo well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, it was easy enough (on your choice of screen) to see a flaming oil platform, the very sea itself set afire with huge plumes of black smoke rising, and the dark smear of what would become five million barrels of o...
Predicting Torture
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
Eight-and-a-half years ago, I wrote a six-part series titled "Repeal the PATRIOT Act." In Part II...
Bloody Trophies
LINH DINH
We have an unprecedented capacity to absorb scandals. Wikileaks or no, Americans wake up each day to a new set of outrages, yet nothing changes. With hundreds of channel at our fingertip and a billion songs sloshing in our skulls, no crime against country, man or ear...
Ship of Fools 2
URI AVNERY
The expression “Ship of Fools” was used by a Swiss theologian 515 years ago as the title of a book harshly criticizing the Catholic church of his day. Its licentiousness, he foresaw, would lead to disaster. And indeed, shortly afterwards a monk named Mart...
The Voyage of the Golden Rule
LAWRENCE WITTNER
The "Golden Rule," the legendary 30-foot ketch that once terrified U.S. government officials, will return to the seas again this coming summer. The glory days of the "Golden Rule" occurred in 1958, when the atmospheric testin...
Secrets of the Ruling Class
SAM SMITH
While Wikileaks has begun to reveal some important state secrets, that’s not the only thing that is making the establishment extremely nervous. Another huge problem is that the documents are providing a chain of evidence illustrating that the people running our...
The Case of the Abused Cheerleader
JULIE HILDEN
This past September, in the case of Doe v. Silsbee, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled against a high-school cheerleader who refused to cheer for a basketball player whom she alleged had sexually assaulted her. (She continued to cheer for the baske...
Beware the Campaign for War Against Iran
SHELDON RICHMAN
Despite the horror with which the war party has received the WikiLeaks dump of secret diplomatic cables, at least some of the revelations were cheered. Those who have been agitating for an attack on Iran were pleased to see cables apparently reporting that the heads ...
From Golden State to Third World Nation
WILLIE L. PELOTE, Sr.
As Sacramento prepares to inaugurate Governor-elect Jerry Brown next month, much of the focus has been on the state’s looming budget deficit and how the legislature and Brown plan to bridge that gap. For years now, Californians have been ...
Ask, Tell, Don’t Kill
LAURA FLANDERS
Seventeen years after Bill Clinton’s "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" compromise, the institutionalized closet in the military should soon be gone. With the Senate vote to repeal, lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans have won the right to serve openl...
The French State Prepares for Class War
LARRY PORTIS
"Bring the War home.”  Here was a slogan that resonated throughout the Vietnam War era. It was a good formula, and temporarily successful in that it expressed and reinforced combativeness on the part of those who contested the war. The idea was that t...
Beyond START
ALICE SLATER
The Obama Administration will pay a heavy price to ratify the modest START treaty should it receive the required 67 Senate votes this week to enact it into law. The President’s originally promised the weapons labs $80 billion dollars over ten years for building...
Waiting for a New Economic Theory
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
Economic theories, for the most part, have emerged in response to particular social situations or governmental policies. For example, Francoise Quesnay’s 18th century Tableau Economique came into being in reaction to the plight of the French peasantry, excessiv...
Wikileaks and the First Amendment
RALPH NADER
Thomas Blanton, the esteemed director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University described Washington’s hyper-reaction to Wikileaks’ transmission of information to some major media in various countries as "Wikimania." ...
Brutality and Poultry
BINOY KAMPMARK
The scene is harrowing.  Bins filled with living gold fluff, the bodies of chicks readied for slaughter.  There is, of course, nothing new about slaughtering huge numbers of poultry, a process that takes place everyday. The Krasnaya Polyana poultry farm in ...
Evo’s Highway
JOHN SEVERINO
It sounds like something the IMF would have funded during the regime of General Banzer: a super highway cutting across Bolivia, linking Brazil with Peru and Chile?and thus with East Asian markets, and in the process plowing straight through a vitally important nature...
What H. Res 1765 Tells Us About the Peace Camp
SAMA ADNAN
As House Resolution 1765, formerly 1731 and 1734, passed in the House by a voice vote enjoining the Obama administration to oppose a unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence, the peace camp looked disheveled and mystified. With every loss in the halls of Co...
Reaganomics: a Defense
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
I admire Robert Reich, because he has a social conscience. However, if I were writing about the current Republican/Obama tax cut, I would not help the Republicans put Ronald Reagan’s name on it. In his recent article “Reaganomics Red...
The Tax-Payers’ Tab: a Cool $9 Trillion and Then Some
PAM MARTENS
On December 1, the Fed was forced to release details of 21,000 funding transactions it made during the financial crisis, naming names and dollar amounts. Disclosure was due to a provision sparked by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The voluminous data dump from the...
Time to Set Hector Lopez Free
GREG MOSES
Two weeks ago 21-year-old Hector Lopez was the poster-perfect picture for hope in the DREAM Act.  The story of his American dream, his abrupt deportation, and his heroic bid for asylum was featured in the New York Times just one day before the House of Represent...
Korea Steps Back From the Brink
MIKE WHITNEY
Realizing that its plan to intimidate North Korea has backfired and brought the peninsula to the brink of war, the Obama administration is now looking for ways to ease tensions. But South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak has decided to go ahead with the controve...
Why S/Sgt. R, USMC, Got Ruined
BRUCE JACKSON
The first person I ever knew about whom the word “he’s ruined” was used was a staff sergeant in my company in the Marines not long after the end of the Korean War. He may still be alive and he may still be hurting from what happened to him, so I&rsq...
The Great Fear
MAX BLUMENTHAL
Nine years after 9/11, hysteria about Muslims in American life has gripped the country. With it has gone an outburst of arson attacks on mosques, campaigns to stop their construction, and the branding of the Muslim-American community, overwhelmingly moderate, as a ho...
Hotel Workers Dig In
CARL FINAMORE
Nationally, hotels experienced a record 5.7 per cent rise in occupancy in 2010, leading analyst R. Mark Woodworth to comment that “the swift pace of recovery in the lodging industry has been remarkable?.a base has been established for very strong gains in both ...
Reprising US Fantasies in Vietnam
PATRICK COCKBURN
During the mid-1960s, America’s goal during a crucial stage in the Vietnam war was to defeat the enemy militarily. But it had no realistic political strategy to underpin the goal, and it was this which ultimately led to failure. America...
Cover-Ups, Coups and Drones
BILL QUIGLEY
Human rights advocates have significant new sources of information to hold the United States accountable.  The transparency, which Wikileaks has brought about, unveils many cover-ups of injustices in US relations with Honduras, Spain, Thailand, UK and Yemen over...
Bill Clinton’s Lies
FIDEL CASTRO
I am really sorry I have to disprove him.  Today, he is nothing but a good-natured looking man, fully devoted to a historical legacy, as if the history of the empire—and what is even much more important, the fate of humankind—were something guarantee...
Rez
DAVID Ker THOMSON
‘Walking for pleasure!  Why didn’t I drive?’ Frodo thought, as he always did at the beginning of an expedition.    ?The Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter Three (Ballantine, p. 108) Statistic...
The Brutal Price of Progress
GARETH PORTER
The Barack Obama administration’s claim of "progress" in its war strategy is based on the military seizure of three rural districts outside Kandahar City in October. But those tactical gains have come at the price of further exac...
The Year in Pills
MARTHA ROSENBERG
2010 will go down as the year the diet pill Meridia and pain pill Darvon were withdrawn from the market and the heart-attack associated diabetes drug Avandia was severely restricted. But it was also the year the Justice Department filed the first criminal, no...
Letter to a Discouraged Progressive
SHERRY WOLF
The year 2010 has not been kind to the majority of the world’s people. From the streets of Chicago to those of Port-au-Prince, Kabul and Athens, life has gotten harder for ordinary folks, while the ruling elites have become even more tyrannical than at any time...
American Exceptionalism
DAVID MACARAY
Although there are many (too many to list) superb categories in which the United States is undeniably “exceptional,” there are several important categories where we lag behind the world.  By “lag behind,” we don&rsq...
Forgetting Bradley Manning
LAURA FLANDERS
Julian Assange of WikiLeaks is out on bail?apparently headed for the 10-bedroom hom...
Object Not Found
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Hey, Ego:Shut up and relax? Take a snooze! Dream about what we could be If you would Shut up and relax! (ONE-I-VERSALLY CONSCIOUS?) Dream about what we could do If you would Sh...
Why Julian Assange is My Hero
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
I have high standards, apparently, because I can’t recall the last time I felt anyone was a hero. Julian Assange understands power relationships and he made a decision to delegitimize illegitimate power — or said another way, to disa...
Treating Magda
JOHN CARROLL, MD
Five days ago a 19 year old girl was admitted to our Cholera Treatment Center (CTC) with symptoms of severe cholera. She had been in another hospital but had been discharged and sent to our CTC. I will call her Magda. Magda...
Our Gay Commander-in-Chief
HARVEY WASSERMAN
As "conservatives" scream and yell about gays in the military, they might remember that in all likelihood we have already had a gay Commander-in-Chief. His name was James Buchanan. He was the 15th President of the United States. A Democrat f...
Obama’s March to Folly
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
In a recent opinion piece, "Kosovo and the Myth of Liberal In...
Slavery, Jim Crow and the White House
CLARENCE LUSANE
On December 15, 2010 the National Park Service inaugurated its new exhibit "The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in Making a New Nation" at the Liberty Bell Center pavilion in Philadelphia’s Independence Park. The pavilion has been built o...
Private Debt, Public Pain
NICK DEARDEN And TIM JONES
Barely twenty four hours after Ireland’s parliament voted through the multibillion euro EU and IMF “rescue” package, ...
Concentrating the Wealth
CHUCK COLLINS
In 2010, an essential moral test of a public policy choice is: Does it further concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a few? Or does it disperse concentrated wealth and power–and strengthen possibilities for a democratic society with...
Poisoning the Yakama
ROBERT ALVAREZ
Yesterday President Obama held a meeting with the leaders of indigenous people in the U.S. One important issue is the fact that tribal people, because of their subsistence lifestyle, are the most vulnerable group of humans to environmental contaminants. In 20...
Where’s the Oil?
CHARLOTTE DENNENT
Ever since the first WikiLeaks "dump" of classified documents began during the summer of this year, I’ve been looking for official documents that confirm what many serious — but often censored — journalists have known for a long time: that...
The Duke Energy Scandal
JOHN BLAIR
Duke Energy always rewards it creepy disgraced executives it seems. A couple of days ago James L. Turner resigned in disgrace after the Indianapolis Star revealed emails between him and his buddy, David Lott Hardy, who was the Chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulato...
Stop Fascism; Support Wikileaks
RON RIDENOUR
Julian Assange, key initiator of Wikileaks, has been granted bail despite the British government’s appeal made in behalf of the Swedish government. A British district court judge had waited two days before approving bail in the amount of $316,000, on the condit...