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Archives from February 2011
Love in a Time of Freakout
CHELLIS GLENDINNING
Cochabama, Bolivia. I can hear the earnest bullhorns across the cornfields calling to the people of Marquina to join the countrywide manifestaciones/demonstrations this Friday.  Already the cities of Cochabamba, La Paz, and O...
Egypt’s Workers Revolt
MIKE WHITNEY
"The revolution in Egypt is an expression of the will of the people, the determination of the people, the commitment of the people….Muslims and Christians have worked together in this revolution, as have the Islamic groups, secular parties, nat...
Arab Voices Matter
JAMES ZOGBY
If one lesson is to be learned from the remarkable events unfolding in Egypt, it is that Arab public opinion matters. For too long Arab voices have not been listened to, nor have Arab sensibilities or aspirations been respected. The Egyptian people hav...
The Age of Idiocy
M. G. PIETY
The eighteenth century is known as "the age of reason." I was going through our magazines, trying to clear them out, when I ran across an article in the Dec. 11 issue of The Economist that made me fear the late twentieth and early twenty-firs...
Forcing Congressional Accountability
CARMEN YARRUSSO
"It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry." —Thomas Paine In its landmark ruling on the Pentagon Papers, the US Supreme Court said: "Only a free and unrestrained press can effec...
All Out War on Workers’ Rights in Wisconsin!
CHRISTOPHER FONS
Republicans in Wisconsin, after a fresh set of tax giveaways to corporations and limits on liability in a special session of the legislature this week have decided to go for the whole bratwurst and devour all public sector unions in one big gulp. ...
The Culture War on Jobs
LAURA FLANDERS
It might be the greatest bait and switch ever pulled on the American voter. For two successive election cycles we’ve been promised jobs, a recovering economy, attention to the Constitution. After the last one, triumphant Republican after triumpha...
The US as Israel’s Enabler in the Middle East
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
About ten days ago I had a particularly interesting discussion about Israel and its relationship to U.S. policy in the Middle East and to the events swirling there now, in Egypt and throughout the Arab world.  My interlocutor is one of the most as...
Obama’s $36 Billion Nuke Giveaway
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Barack Obama’s 2012 budget marks a major escalation in the nuclear war against a green-powered future, whose advocates are already fighting back. Amidst massive budget cuts for social and environmental programs, Obama wants...
Greenspan at Brookings
DEAN BAKER
The Brookings Institution stands alongside Harvard, Yale and Princeton, among the nation’s elite intellectual institutions. This is why it so striking that it chose to invite former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan to give the keynot...
How to End US Reliance on Dictators
STEVE BREYMAN
The Arab uprisings present US foreign policymakers with their greatest opportunity for a decisive shift in direction since 1989. Will they seize it? Unfortunately for the peoples of the former Soviet Union and East Bloc, the Georg...
Greens vs. the FBI
LINDA GREENE
The "green scare" is in full swing, with COINTELPRO-style targeting of environmental and animal rights activists. The green scare, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights, is "the repression of environmental activists by design...
Gang Validation
STEVE CHAMPION
On July 23, 2010, my cell was searched and three boxes of my property (legal material, books, notes, and personal writings) were confiscated and turned over to Institutional Gang Investigations (I.G. I.) for possible gang validation. The reason for the...
Beyond Tahrir Square
CARL FINAMORE
Cairo. As much as the Egyptian military would like it otherwise, recent days have shown that they are a long way from exerting control over the country’s affairs. The Egyptian people are not quite ready to put their dreams f...
Completing Egypt’s Revolution
TAMER BAHGAT And KHALID EL-SHERIF
A"Her length is a month’s journey, and width is ten months. Her sky is clear, her Nile is sweet and her land is most fertile. Her women are unique wonders, and her men are toys. A piper will bring the people together, and a stick will separa...
Quicksand
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
Today Judge Kathleen Cardone did not allow the Cuban inspector Roberto Hernández Caballero to testify and postponed the trial of Luis Posada Carriles until Tuesday of next week. Posada Carriles’ attorney threw a roadblock before the proceedings ...
Wikileaks on the US and Peru
BRENDA NORRELL
A Wikileaks cable reveals the US Embassy in Lima, Peru, identified Indigenous activists and tracked the involvement of Bolivian President Evo Morales, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Bolivia Ambassador Pablo Solon, prominent Quechua activist Miguel P...
The Inspector From Cuba
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
For the first time in the history of the thorny relations between the two countries, the United States Justice Department used a Cuban law enforcement official as well as the findings of a Cuban investigation to prosecute a former CIA agent who led a d...
A Palestinian Odyssey in a Middle East Ablaze
JEN MARLOWE
As pro-democracy demonstrations sweep across the Middle East, ousting dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, many in the West have expressed surprise that such a strong, sophisticated vision of a democratic future is being articulated by ordinary citizens and...
The Revolutionary Rebellion in Egypt
FIDEL CASTRO
Several days ago I said that Mubarak’s fate was sealed and that not even Obama was able to save him.  The world knows about what is happening in the Middle East. News spreads at mind-boggling speed.  Politicians b...
The Long Arab Revolution
VIJAY PRASHAD
The Arab Revolt of 2011 is unabated. Protests continue in such unlikely places as Bahrain. On Valentine’s Day, a protest march in Manama had no love for the al-Khalifah royals. It wanted to deliver its message. “Our demand is a constitution...
Mahfouz’s Prophesy
RAOUF J. HALABY
During the past sixty years US politicians have convinced Americans citizens that some of the world’s tyrants and dictators are "strong and dependable allies of the US." To wit the State Department’s official statements about Egyp...
18 Days That Shook Egypt
RALPH NADER
Colman McCarthy, a former Washington Post writer and founder of the Center for Teaching Peace, must be very happy with the news from Egypt. For twenty-five years, McCarthy has been persuading high schools and colleges to adopt peace studies in their cu...
NFL Owners vs. Players
DAVID MACARAY
With the NFL’s contract set to expire on March 3, and rumors of a lockout gaining momentum, fans are not only wondering if there will be a 2011-12 football season, they’re already blaming the NLFPA (National Football League Players Associat...
Carter Harassed with $5 Million Suit by Israeli Lawyers
JOHN V. WALSH
Eclipsed by the events in Egypt, news from its little neighbor has not gleaned much notice save for media angst that Egyptian democracy might not be as genial as was the Mubarak dictatorship to the relentless, long term ethnic cleansing of an indigenou...
International Law is Clear That Diplomatic Immunity is Not Absolute
YASMEEN ALI
Lahore, Pakistan. You cannot open the TV, or read a paper here without more and more news about Raymond Davis and his murderous act. His killing on Jan. 27 of two young Pakistanis has created international waves, too, plunging the Pakistan-Ameri...
Posturing Twits in the Howling Wilderness of the Pentagon’s Budget Debate
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Flash: In his 13 February 2011 op-ed column, The G...
The Siddiqui Case
VICTORIA BRITTAIN
In 2003 an MIT-educated expert in children’s learning patterns, Dr Aafia Siddiqui, disappeared with her three children in Pakistan. Was she, as the Americans said, an Al Qaeda operative who in 2008 emerged after five years undercover, carrying a ...
Deferring to Petraeus
GARETH PORTER
Despite evidence that the Taliban insurgency had grown significantly in 2010, the U.S. intelligence community failed to revise its estimate for Taliban forces as part of a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Afghanistan in December. ...
Egypt’s Great Awakening
MOHAMMED BAMYEH
Al-Qahira, The City Victorious, February 11, 2011 Never has a revolution that seemed so lacking in prospects gathered momentum so quickly and so unexpectedly. The Egyptian Revolution, starting on January 25, lacked leadership and ...
The War Against the Evidence From Cuba
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
The first witness from Cuba to testify in the trial of Luis Posada Carriles in federal court in El Paso is Roberto Hernández Caballero. Accompanied by FBI agent Omar Vega, Hernández Caballero got there early and waited in a solitary chair in the hall...
The Culture of Impunity, NATO Style
DIANA JOHNSTONE
On January 25, the Council of Europe overwhelmingly endorsed the Report it had commissioned from Swiss Senator Dick Marty on longstanding but officially ignored indications that Kosovo Albanian separatist fighters extracted and sold vital organs from p...
Cairo, One Day After Mubarak
CARL FINAMORE
Cairo I arrived at a nearly empty Cairo airport one day after President Hosni Mubarak resigned, an act deemed unthinkable only 18 days ago. Over one million tourists left Egypt in the last week according to the country’s press reports, so ...
Democracy and the US Dilemma in Egypt
NASEER ARURI
As millions of pro- democracy demonstrators barricaded themselves in Cairo’s Liberation Square for eighteen days before Hosni Mubarak finally succumbed to their demands and tendered his resignation, President Obama showered generous praise on the...
Cuba in the Wikileaks Mirror
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Hundreds of thousands of US State Department documents, in the form of cables from hundreds of embassies and consulates around the world, give us an in-depth picture of American interests and activities such as never before seen. Yet as we peruse cable...
Unconstitutionality of Obamacare
MARK SCARAMELLA
Why does an outback writer in Boonville, Mondocino county, California,  have to write on a left-wing website about how a right-wing judge did the left — and the American public — a favor? Why do I have to ex...
Finance Myths
DEAN BAKER
Most economists and financial experts would give the banking system in Spain high marks. It is well regulated and well capitalized. In September of 2008, when the financial world was melting down following the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Spain was rel...
International Speculation and Rising Food Prices
UMBERTO MAZZEI
Henry Kissinger once said that whoever controls food controls people. In other words, everyone surrenders when they see their children starve. That is how the U.S. government subdued the American Indians defending their lands, by exterminating the biso...
Tsunami in Egypt
URI AVNERY
Until the very last moment, the Israeli leadership tried to keep Hosni Mubarak in power. It was hopeless. Even the mighty United States was impotent when faced with this tsunami of popular outrage. In the en...
Toppling the Autocrat
TARIQ ALI
A joyous night in Cairo. What bliss to be alive, to be an Egyptian and an Arab. In Tahrir Square they’re chanting, "Egypt is free" and "We won!" The removal of Mubarak alone (and getting the bulk of his $...
Lupercalian Valentine’s Day
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
It’s Hearts ‘n’ Flowers time again, or maybe it’s Whips ‘n’ Floggers time for you. Whatever your fantasy or fetish—unless you live by yourself in an igloo with no wireless, or somehow manage to steer clear of love ...
Uruguay’s Conscience
CHARLES R. LARSON
I don’t remember when I’ve read a collection of such varied and original short stories as Mario Benedetti’s ...
The Shell Game of Haiti’s Reconstruction
MARK SCHULLER
On my first unsupervised trip on the subway to the city with high school friends to see a White Sox game, we were approached by a con artist. A group of suburban white kids decked to the nine in Sox paraphernalia, we were an easy mark. The point of the...
Obama and the Patriot Act
WALTER BRASCH
The U.S. House of Representatives this week did something it should have done years ago—it blocked the continuation of three of the more controversial parts of the PATRIOT Act. The vote was 277–148 to continue the Act, but a 2/3 majority (284 of th...
The Domestic War on Protesters
BRAD THOMPSON
Recent weeks have seen waves of popular protest sweep through the Middle East in Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan and notably the demonstrations in Egypt, which continue into their third week. The international response has included powerful expressions of suppo...
The Nature of "Revolutions" in the Middle East
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
Question: What is the nature of the “revolution” in Egypt and where is it going? Some news-making answers: Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (Iran’s Supreme Leader): “This is ...
Autumn of the Pharaoh
RON JACOBS
Hosni Mubarak just finished telling the people of Egypt and the world that he has no intention of stepping down from his seat of power until September.  In the meantime, his Vice-President and former head of Egypt’s internal security apparatus h...
Local Harvest for an Urban Landscape
RANDEL HANSON
How do you create a locally harvested food system for a city of 100,000? This question is being asked presently in a seminar, in Duluth, Minnesota and the broader western Lake Superior region, as well as in many other cities across the United States. I...
Tear Gassed in the Cévennes
LARRY PORTIS
The events I am about to relate are far less dramatic than those still occurring in Cairo, Bagdad and innumerable hot spots throughout the world. But they are no less typical of the times we now live—times pregnant with change, tension-filled and rep...
The Keynesian Moment Passes
RICK A. KUHN
The illusion that the global financial crisis opened a new era of social democratic possibilities, with state intervention to tame capitalism and promote fairness, is dissolving. Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman wrote ab...