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Archives from February 2011
In Defense of Christina Aguilera
DAVID YEARSLEY
Few things are more entertaining than defenses of the indefensible, as was proven by the charge of the lite brigade into the blathersphere earlier this month to defend the honor of the United States’ National Anthem against the ...
Unbinding the Mind of US Media
RON JACOBS
The first newspaper I remember writing for was an underground paper some friends and I started at the high school I attended on a US military base in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  The name of the paper–DAVAI– was a Russian word which we...
Why Wisconsin’s Assembly Vote Was Illegal
ERIC JOHNSON-DeBAUFRE
Early Friday morning, the Republican leadership of Wisconsin’s state assembly rushed through Governor Walker’s bill that would strip most unionized state employees of their ability to engage in collective bargaining. As is by now familiar, ...
Assange and Swedish Extradition
BINOY KAMPMARK
In his decision on Thursday, Judge Howard Riddle, district judge of Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in South London found in favor of Marianne Ny of the Swedish authorities that the Australian national be extradited to Sweden to face interrogation fo...
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 Military Wants Us to Say We’re Sorry
LAI WA WU And VIJAY PRASHAD
One of us is in his forties, and has been involved in the Asian American movement for half his life, as an activist and as a writer. The other is in her early twenties, and is now an organizer with Student Immigrant Movement for immigrant rights, most ...
The CIA’s Killing Spree in Lahore
MIKE WHITNEY
When CIA-agent Raymond Davis gunned down two Pakistani civilians in broad daylight on a crowded street in Lahore, he probably never imagined that the entire Washington establishment would spring to his defense. But that’s precisely what happened....
The Business of Business in Libya
TARECQ AMER
Another North African country is in the throes of revolution, causing yet more confusion and consternation among western leaders. One can only imagine the chagrin these Europeans and U.S. American progenitors of universal morals feel as they woke up on...
Washington’s Echo Chamber
TOM ENGELHARDT
This is a global moment unlike any in memory, perhaps in history. Yes, comparisons can be made to the wave of people power that swept Eastern Europe as the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989-91. For those with longer memories, perhaps 1968 might come to mi...
The Push of Conscience and Secretary Clinton
RAY McGOVERN
It was not until Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walked to the George Washington University podium last week to enthusiastic applause that I decided I had to dissociate myself from the obsequious adulation of a person responsible for so much death, ...
Condi Weighs In
STEVE BREYMAN
She couldn’t resist adding her voice to the current discussion over the Arab uprisings. As the popular revolt in Egypt drove Hosni Mubarak from power, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice lamented in a February 16 Washington Post op-ed, &ldq...
The Israeli Media Fears the New Egypt
NEVE GORDON
During the climatic days of the unprecedented demonstrations, television news programmes spent most of their airtime covering the protests, while the daily papers dedicated half the news and opinion pages to the unfolding events. ...
Gov. Walker and the Ghost of Andrew Mellon
RICH BRODERICK
After the Great Crash of 1929, Andrew Mellon, one of the wealthiest men in America as well as Secretary of the Treasury, gave President Hoover a bit of advice right out of the playbook of laissez-faire capitalism. Liquidate, liqui...
Playing God in the Middle East
MICHAEL BRENNER
We are now in the 10th year of the first decade of the ‘war on terror.’ So the inevitable anniversary assessments are beginning to appear.  Iraq reappraisals specifically are back in vogue.  They favor the drawing of balance sheet...
On the Road to Ruin?
DON MONKERUD
America is on the "road to ruin," according to a former political candidate and TV entertainer, who rants about "danger" and "insanity." This Fox employee claims America is engaged in a struggle between "socialism&quo...
Collapse in Libya
BINOY KAMPMARK
The regimes are panicking in pools of blood.  The earth, it would seem, is moving beneath the feet of those who have stayed in power for decades.  The Libyan authorities have been trigger happy, butchering hundreds.  Those in Bahrain are...
Humanitarian War vs. Humanity
DAVID SWANSON
But look at the sort of rhetoric that successfully sells new wars: "This conflict started Aug. 2, when the dictator of Iraq invaded a small and helpless neighbor. Kuwait, a member of the Arab League and a member ...
The Spectre of a Black Europe
BEHZAD YAHMAIAN
While millions in the world are celebrating the popular uprisings in North Africa, Europe is watching with skepticism and fear. The fall of the African dictators will deprive Europe of valuable allies in the fight against irregular migration. The polit...
The Neo-Bigots and Black History Month
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Rep. Michele Bachmann and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, two right-wing Republicans eyeing presidential campaigns in 2012, provided a big boost for Black History Month recently with remarks challenging contentions that this recognition of ignored cont...
The Attack on Social Security
DEAN BAKER
The folks insisting on cuts to Social Security and Medicare have revved themselves up and are now in high gear. They see their final victory on the horizon with the possibility of a bipartisan deal involving substantial cuts to both programs. They argu...
The Col. isn’t Leaving Until the Press Agrees on How to Spell His Name
JAMES McENTEER
Khadafy, Qaddafi, Gaddafi or just plain Dick? The name of the despotic Libyan leader confounds Western headline writers. Everyone agrees he’s a bad guy. Paul Wolfowitz in the Wall Street Journal lists dozens of good reasons ...
Raymond Davis
SHAHID MAHMOOD
Raymond Davis is emblematic of the West’s relationship with today’s autocrats and dysfunctional democracies. His story highlights an impunity that the United States and its allies are discovering is very hard to cover-up in our digital age....
Class War in Wisconsin
JEFFREY SOMMERS
Enter Governor Scott Walker. A month into office, he was keen to establish himself as the new sheriff in town by reprising in the state of Wisconsin a simulacrum of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Painting by numbers, Scott Walker, following Reagan&#...
Protesting Austerity
ADAM PARSONS And RAJESH MAKWANA
In a dramatic series of events since late 2010, a new and intensified phase of public protest has erupted across both wealthy and poor regions of the world. Right across Europe, harsh programs of financial austerity have led to escalating protests and ...
Why Washington Never Understood Egypt’s Revolution
GRAHAM USHER
Barack Obama praised the Egyptian revolution with his usual eloquence. "Egyptians have made it clear that nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day," he said. "It was the moral force of nonviolence — not terrorism, not...
Iran is Not Egypt (Yet)
BRIAN M. DOWNING
Demonstrations and uprisings against authoritarian rulers are moving across the Middle East. Tunisia and Egypt have driven longtime strong men from office, Libya and Bahrain are in tumult, and Iran is experiencing a return of the demonstrations that to...
Why I Like Guns
CLANCY SIGAL
Although very rusty, I’m range-qualified on the M-1 rifle, .30-caliber  carbine, recoil-less rocket-propelled anti-tank weapon (bazooka), .30- and .50-calibre machine guns, M-2 flamethrower, Thompson "Tommy" submachinegun (beloved of Dillinger-er...
Madison, Week Two
ELIZABETH WRIGLEY-FIELD And RON JACOBS
"Meet me at the bottom, don’t lag behind Bring me my boots and shoes You can hang back or fight your best on the front line Sing a little bit of these workingman’s blues" – "Workingmen Blues #2-Bob...
When Will George W. Bush be Tried for His War Crimes?
SHELDON RICHMAN
We should take a small measure of satisfaction in former President George W. Bush’s cancellation of his trip to Switzerland after human-rights groups threatened to bring legal action against him for authorizing torture. Persons detained by the U....
The Libyan Labyrinth
VIJAY PRASHAD
In 1969, Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi (age 27) surprised the aged King Idris, then in Turkey for medical treatment. Inspired by the Free Officers in Egypt, Qaddafi and his fellow Colonels force-marched the fragile Libyan State and even more fragile Libya...
A Pyrrhic Victory in the UN Security Council
ADAM KELLER
Israel is becoming a liability to the United States, bringing US into the same international isolation into which Israel itself was cast. The so-called "Israel Lobby", which prevents Israeli misconduct from ever being co...
Israeli Army Will Cash In on Egyptian Revolution
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Israel has been indulging in a sustained bout of fear-mongering since the Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak was toppled earlier this month. The ostensible aim has been to warn the international community that the lengthy &...
Judge Henderson
BRUCE McEWAN
Superior Court, Ukiah, California When last we saw Eldon Hogan he was on his way to San Quentin. Eldon was only going for a visit, an evaluation to see if the people at the state prison thought young Eldon, 18, was their kind of guy, the kind of...
Street Politics in Bolivia
BENJAMIN DANGL
From across North Africa to Wisconsin, activists are navigating a new terrain of global protest and relationships with their governments. Whether in ousting old tyrants or dealing with new allies in office, the example of Bolivia holds many lessons for...
Obama to Teachers
MIKE WHITNEY
Teachers. These are the people who put Obama in office. They handed out the pamphlets, went from door to door, stuffed the envelopes, and manned the phone banks. They buttonholed people outside grocery stores, waved posters atop freeway overpasses, and...
The Beating of Chen Guangcheng
BILL QUIGLEY
Chen Guangcheng, a blind, 39 year old, self-taught, human rights lawyer in China who was recently released after years in prison has been put in home detention, isolated and beaten by authorities.   Winner of numerous human rights awards, Mr....
Biodiversity Versus Biotech
ALEXANDER REID ROSS
There are many different campaigns to preserve biodiversity here on Earth, and they all seemed to come together when two spunky Florida Atlantic University alumnus decided to climb a tree and fight for 700 acres of endangered Florida forest. While the ...
Does NATO Plan to Occupy Libya?
FIDEL CASTRO
Oil has become the principal wealth in the hands of the great Yankee transnationals; through this energy source they had an instrument that considerably expanded their political power in the world.  It was their main weapon when they decided to ea...
US Caught in Big Lie About Raymond Davis
DAVE LINDORFF
Talk about getting caught in a Big Lie. So desperate has been the US effort to get the killer Raymond Davis sprung from police custody in Lahore, Pakistan following his execution-style slaughter of two Pakistani intelligence operatives in broad dayligh...
Why Madison Matters
ANDREW LEVINE
Progressivess look at Wisconsin – and labor struggles to come in Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey and elsewhere – and rightly see Republicans on the attack. The Supreme Court’s dreadful Citizens United ruling gave corporations and labor unions carte...
The Year of Living Dangerously
CHARLES R. LARSON
Already the week is shaping up as a time when even slow learners will finally begin to understand reality. This is the week when things get out of control—a deadly precursor of the rest of the year. Not just overseas, where Middle Eastern governments...
How Democracy Could be Hijacked
ESAM AL-AMIN
“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” –Nelson Mandela January 25 was the date the Egyptian youth decided to launch their revolution.  As the...
Time to Topple Corporate Dictators
RALPH NADER
The 18 day non-violent Egyptian protests for freedom raise the question: is America next? Were Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine around, they would likely say "what are we waiting for?" They would be appalled by the concentration of economic ...
The Revolt in Bahrain
HUSAIN ABDULLA
Within a week of the launching of the people’s revolution in Bahrain, the number of martyrs has reached eight, all murdered in cold blood by the riot police and soldiers. Since the first peaceful demonstration at sunrise on Monday 14th February (...
The Libyan Wildcard
JAMES RIDGEWAY
By Sunday evening, the fighting in Libya was spreading to Tripoli, and the nation’s second largest city, Benghazi, appeared to be in the hands of the protestors. Over 200 people had been killed and hundreds more wounded by security forces, and Mu...
Badger Pride
PAUL BUHLE
Among the wonderfully silliest manifestations of solidarity in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda today was a brief troupe of four blow-up raindeer, 8 feet high, with a sign, WHITE TAILS FOR WORKERS. The issues of the deer populations never leave Wisconsin ...
Biodiversity Versus Biotech
ALEXANDER REID ROSS
There are many different campaigns to preserve biodiversity here on Earth, and they all seemed to come together when two spunky Florida Atlantic University alumnus decided to climb a tree and fight for 700 acres of endangered Florida forest. While the ...
The War in Madison
CHRISTOPHER FONS
Day five and six in Madison and momentum continues to build as finally Milwaukee Public School teachers, the largest district in the state, called in sick en masse and shut down the district.  The nation has now been inspired by Wisconsinites as t...
Stealing a Funeral
FATEMEH KESHAVARZ
On Monday, February 14, protesters returned to the streets of Tehran and a number of other cities (including Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashhad, and Rasht) in response to a call by the leaders of the Green Movement.  While the presence of the Basij and the ...
A Pyrrhic Victory in the UN Security Council
URI AVNERY
Israel is becoming a liability to the United States, bringing US into the same international isolation into which Israel itself was cast. The so-called "Israel Lobby", which prevents Israeli misconduct from ever being co...