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Archives from February 2011
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...