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Archives from February 2011
Study War Some More
STEVE BREYMAN
Dear 112th Congress: You are surely as inspired by events in Cairo, Tunis, and Benghazi as the rest of us. And you are surely as distressed by events in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan as your fellow Americans. Now is as good a ti...
The Writing on the Wall
M. G. PIETY
"Why Didn’t the U.S. Foresee the Arab Revolts?" was the title of an article in Friday’s New York Times. Six scholars, academics, political appointees and think tankers debate the issue in The Times online. They all appear to belie...
Same Cover, Same Lies
ROBERT ANDERSON
The story of Raymond Allen Davis is one familiar to me and I wish our government would quit doing these things – they cost us credibility.   Davis is the American being held as a spy working under diplomatic cover out o...
Behind Closed Doors
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
He has visited many private law firms. In both in the UK and the USA. He has given private briefings. And advised corporate clients of what would be acceptable under the new UK Bribery A...
Irish Election Makes Room for the Left
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. Something changed in Ireland last Friday, when we cast our votes in parliamentary elections to replace the government that has overseen the utter collapse of the house of cards that was the state’s economy, and ratif...
Mad as Hell in Madison
RALPH NADER
The large demonstrations at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin are driven by a middle class awakening to the spectre of its destruction by the corporate reactionaries and their toady Governor Scott Walker. For years the middl...
The Crazy Prophet
URI AVNERY
"WHY DON’T the masses stream to the square here, too, and throw Bibi out?” my taxi driver exclaimed when we were passing Rabin Square. The wide expanse was almost empty, with only a few mothers and their children enjoying the mild wint...
Kipling Goes to the Oscars
DANIEL LINDVALL
‘Take up the White Man’s burden send forth the best ye breed […] To wait in heavy harness On fluttered folk and wild Your new-caught, sullen peoples Half-devil and half-child. – Rudyard Kipling, &...
Why a Government Shutdown Would Imperil the Power of Congress
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Congress should think twice before forcing a government shutdown as the consequences could be the loss of the power of Congress to control spending through authorization and appropriation bills. Congress permitted President George...
An Empire of Lies
JONATHAN COOK
Last week the Guardian, Britain’s main liberal newspaper, ran an exclusive report on the belated confessions of an Iraqi exile, Rafeed al-Janabi, codenamed "Curveball" by the CIA. Eight years ago, Janabi played a key behind-the-scenes r...
A Gentleman on the Stand
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
At 9:00 a.m. sharp, Judge Kathleen Cardone entered the courtroom. Her last encounter with the defense attorneys and prosecutors had been exactly one week ago, when the judge continued the trial to "calmly deliberate" about whether to grant ei...
The Koch Brothers’ Plan for Wisconsin
JEFFREY SOMMERS
The Koch Brothers have instructed Scott Walker to go for complete victory.  Wisconsin’s governor is implementing that order.  Yet, what does complete victory mean? The United States has had three major economic cri...
Pay Attention to Their Men
CHARLES R. LARSON
Great story-tellers leave a unique signature on their work–usually something amorphous but so distinct that you recognize their genius immediately, even though it may take years to fully understand them. Part of the pleasure of reading is figurin...
Speaking Half-Truths to Power
MARC ESTRIN
In the midst of cries for freedom in the Middle East and Africa, Ian McEwan claimed the Jerusalem Prize for Literature, in a sumptuous convention center in a city officially described as the eternal and undivided capital of Israel. ...
The National Costs of Crushing Workers in Wisconsin
LAURA FLANDERS
So that’s what they mean by from welfare to work. First you go force the poorest Americans into the workforce, then you go after their bargaining power. Wisconsin has long been the eye of this storm. "We have an environ...
Tar Sands to Toledo
TRUDY BOND
"I am extremely pleased with the announcement that BP has given the green light for the Sunrise project in Alberta." – Ohio Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur Democratic leaders in Congress are...
How Timidity in Washington Wrecked the Economy
DEAN BAKER
We now have even more evidence that inept policies from Washington are causing enormous suffering across the country. It is not quite the line that the right-wingers are pushing. The new evidence is that the stimulus worked and was in fact more effecti...
What $3 Trillion Bought the US
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
One bit news coming out of Iraq suggests that in at least one respect Iraq has modeled itself after its invaders. It comes as a welcome antidote to the bad news coming out of other places in that part of the world. In Bahrain whe...
Three Ways Labor Can Fight Back
DAVID MACARAY
There’s no denying it:  In politics and commerce, slogans are gold.  No matter how inane or inaccurate, a clever slogan has a good chance of changing public opinion.  Recall Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign from some ...
The Case Mounts Against the CIA’s Raymond Davis
DAVE LINDORFF
Pakistani and Indian newspapers are reporting that Raymond Davis, the CIA contractor in jail in Lahore facing murder charges for the execution-slayings of two young men believed to by Pakistani intelligence operatives, was actually involved in organizi...
California Healthcare Workers, the Law and the Future of American Labor
CAL WINSLOW
The siege of the capitol in Wisconsin has moved trade unionism center stage – quite rightly and none too soon, as the right now has placed public workers in its crosshairs. More, this bottom-up (so far) rebellion, led by groups like the Madison teach...
Remembering the Things We Used to Do
LARRY LIVERMORE
This past Monday was the seventh anniversary of my father’s death.  Were he still alive, he would have been 98 the previous week; as it was he made it to 91, and in his latter years was fond of telling me that while he’d witnessed both...
It Sure Looks Like Osama is Winning the Great War on Terror
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
From Washington DC we hear brave talk about Uncle Sam leading the charge for democracy across the Arab world, and thus restoring himself to high esteem in Arab eyes as something other than the sponsor of tyranny and torture by neoliberalism, the electr...
The Palestinian Authority’s Meaningless Deadlines
RAMZY BAROUD
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his supporters in the Fatah party want us to believe that dramatic changes are underway in the occupied Palestinian territories. This is part of a strategy intended to offset any public dissatis...
Bahrain and the "Freedom Contagion"
RANNIE AMIRI
“Saudi Arabia did not build a causeway to Bahrain just so that Saudis could party on weekends. It was designed for moments like this, for keeping Bahrain under control.” – Dr. ...
Things That Go Bang!
CONN HALLINAN
Reading the headlines about U.S.-China relations might lead one to conclude that current tensions between the two have less to do with political differences than chemical imbalances: "The Chinese Tiger Shows Its Claws" vs. "China Helps D...
Projecting the New Bogeyman
TOURAJ DARYAEE
This month a new film was released in the US entitled Iranium, which is a combination of name of the country Iran with uranium. In the past Hollywood had made a number of movies such as Not Without My Daughter, filmed in 1991 in Neve Ilan, Israel and m...
America’s Changing Sexual Appetites
DAVID ROSEN
In America, a teenager is more likely to use a condom during sex than an adult. This was one of the most revealing findings from the 2010 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB) study, a comprehensive snapshot of current American sexual p...
Madison
PAUL BUHLE
A small and curious bulletin begins this note from the front lines: as of several hours ago, the head of the Wisconsin professional police association announced that its members would not eject demonstrators from the Capitol building, and suggested som...
Operation Payback
MIKE WHITNEY
When police use their power to carry out personal vendettas, innocent people suffer. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies conducted a massive nationwide roundup of drug trafficking suspects this week, arresting more t...
More and More Gore
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
More and More Gore The fall of 1993 saw Gore broker a bizarre deal to trade missiles for dead whales. On September 23 of that year he entertained Norway’s prime minister, Gro Brundtland, at the White House. Brundtland, a fe...
Egypt / Turkey and Israel
ERIC WALBERG
While Egypt’s revolution was very much about domestic matters — bread and butter, corruption, repression — its most immediate effects have been international. Not for a long time has Egypt loomed so large in the region, to both friend...
Biofuels, Soaring Food Prices and Iowa
ROBERT BRYCE
When the chairman of the world’s largest food company says that using  food crops to make biofuels is “absolute madness,” sensible people should take heed. Alas, President Obama, along with a Congress that i...
Innocence Exhumed
WILLIAM MANSON
The image of a little boy sometimes appears unbeckoned in my mind, disturbing otherwise innocuous musings. A few years ago, his father–a man of grave composure, perhaps beyond grief–accompanied his child when he appeared on the "Democr...
Obama’s Puzzling Silence
RALPH NADER
President Obama uses his bully pulpit to tout profit-seeking corporations, but he rarely uses it to promote nonprofits that deliver social justice at home and abroad. When Mr. Obama went to India in November, for example, he was a...
The Politics of Cut and Run
HELEN REDMOND
Federal cuts. State cuts. City cuts. But cut with what? President Obama said, “I think it’s important that we don’t try to make a series of symbolic cuts this year that endanger the recovery. We’ve got to ...
AmortiNation
MISSY BEATTIE
Years ago, I was on my gynecologist’s examining table, feet in stirrups, in need of the morning-after pill. He handed me a brochure—info about the med—and said, "Read this, if you can think in this position." "If I coul...
Supreme Ironies in Wisconsin
WALTER BRASCH
There are a lot of ironies in the Wisconsin fight between the Republican-dominated legislature and the working class. On Tuesday, Feb. 22, the State Senate unanimously passed a resolution to honor the Green Bay Packers for winning...
A Path to Transition and Reform in Egypt
TAMER BAGHAT And KHALID EL-SHERIF
"Today we reign in our valley and restore the glory of our past, and build glory with our hands. A country we sacrifice for and which sacrifices for us. A country with justice we support, and with God’s support we build." – Ahmed...
The Strategy Behind the Budget Battles
ALLAN J. LICHTMAN
Republican responses to budget challenges nationally and in Wisconsin come together as part of a long-standing strategy to destroy institutions that allegedly sustain the American left. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Republicans in the state legis...
Rightwing Manipulation of the Wisconsin Revolt
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Spin has always been a major problem when it comes to interpreting public opinion.  Manipulation of opinion surveys is easy enough for those seeking to muddy the waters of political debate regarding the current war on unions.  A recent survey...
Driving Mad
LINH DINH
Driving her kids to school, a South Carolina woman, Amy Lynn Stewart, encountered a group of teens walking in the middle of the road. She honked but they would not get out of the way, so she plowed into them, hitting four. They were 12, 13, 13 and 14-y...
Cable Cooking and the War on Assange
ISRAEL SHAMIR
The latest chapter in the quest for open government finds our embattled knight holed up within the grey brick Georgian walls of Ellingham Hall while the dark forces outside attempt a disorderly checkmate. The British courts have long debated whether to...
Conflicts of Economic Interests in Egypt
MARY LYNN CRAMER
Nobel Laureate and aspiring Egyptian Presidential Candidate, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, objected to the BBC reporter attributing recent events in Egypt to the "Youth Movement." ElBaradei complained that calling the "revolt" a "yout...
The Plunder of South America
DAVID Ker THOMSON
Andrés Dimitriu is taking mate as I meet him in a dark room that is not in any of the fancy university settings to which we might legitimately have laid claim. Mate consumption is halfway between smoking a pipe and drinking tea, ...
No Food for Thought
SAUL LANDAU
In upmarket restaurants one wouldn’t know the world is suffering from a food crisis. As I observed young executives and professionals slurping oysters and chasing them with martinis at a downtown San Francisco watering house last month without gl...
Local and Organic Food and Farming
WILL ALLEN, KATE DUESTERBERG And RONNIE CUMMINS
More and more consumers and corporations are touting the benefits of “local” foods, often described as “sustainable,” “healthy,” or “natural.” According to the trade publication, Sustainable Food News, lo...
A Cynical Danse Macabre
FIDEL CASTRO
Whe policy of plundering imposed by the United States and their NATO allies in the Middle East has gone into a crisis. It has inevitably unravelled with the high cost of grains, the effects of which can be felt more forcefully in the Arab countries whe...
The Winegrape Octopus
WILL PARRISH
“When at last the land, worn out, would refuse to yield, they would invest their money in something else; by then they would have all made fortunes.” – Frank Norris, The Octopus, 1901 ...
Tells the Facts, Names the Names
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Remember the neoconservatives’ plan of “domino effect” following the overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq? It was supposed to be followed by the toppling of other “unfriendly” heads of “...