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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...