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Archives from February 2011
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 “...