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Archives from March 2011
Obama Raises American Hypocrisy to Higher Level
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
What does the world think?  Obama has been using air strikes and drones against civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and probably Somalia.  In his March 28 speech, Obama justified his air strikes against Libya on the grounds that the em...
On Libya, Who Does Obama Think He is Fooling?
ANDREW LEVINE
The answer is: liberals. No surprise there; liberals are as confused about "humanitarian interventions" now as they were in the (Bill) Clinton days. They just don’t get it, and the ones who get it least are the ones who are most incline...
Radiation, Japan and the Marshall Islands
GLENN ALCALAY
When the dangerous dust and gases settle and we discover just how much radiation escaped the damaged Fukushima reactors and spent fuel rods, we may never know how many people are being exposed to radiation from the burning fuel rods and reactor cores, ...
Why the Attack on Libya is Illegal
CURTIS DOEBBLER
On 19 March 2011, Western nations started the third international armed conflict against a Muslim country in the last decade. They went to great pains to claim that the use of force against Libya was legal, but an application of international law to th...
Is Fukushima About to Blow?
MIKE WHITNEY
Conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are deteriorating and the doomsday scenario is beginning to unfold. On Sunday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) officials reported that the levels of radiation leaking into seawater at the Unit 2 reacto...
The Unfolding Crisis in Libya, a Chronology
GARY LEUPP
Touring Spain over Spring Break last week I didn’t have much time to follow the news about Libya; I was in a plane over the Atlantic as the “coalition” strikes began and kept up by watching al-Jazeera, BBC and CNN in Madrid and Barcel...
The Roots of Bahrain’s Crisis
JAMES ZOGBY
Frequently these days I am asked whether our past polling at Zogby International gave us any advance clues on the uprisings that have occurred in several Arab countries. The answer, of course, is no. We were surprised, as I believe were the demonstrato...
Syrian Regime May Hang On, But Future Looks Bleak for Qaddafi
PATRICK COCKBURN
The president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, is expected to announce reforms today including the end of the 50-year-old state of emergency, to try to defuse protests as thousands of people continue to confront troops. President Assad ...
Republican Dream Ticket Finally Emerges
CHARLES R. LARSON
The GOP dream ticket has finally emerged. Last week was a heady time for Republicans. As the world as we have known it continued crumbling, the Republicans/Conservatives/Tea Partiers plowed on with their agendas (reduce the budget, eliminate the budget...
Get the Hell Out of My Country!
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
America is, in fact, exceptionally bad when it comes to any of a whole host of measures, such as health, longevity, economic equality, crime, pollution, etc.  Over there in Sweden, on the other hand, the application of socialist ideas has turned o...
Deconstructing Nuclear Experts
CHRIS BUSBY
Since the Fukushima accident we have seen a stream of experts on radiation telling us not to worry, that the doses are too low, that the accident is nothing like Chernobyl and so forth. They appear on television and we read their articles in the newspa...
Who is Annexing Whom?
URI AVNERY
IN A rare late-night session, the Knesset has finally adopted two obnoxious racist laws. Both are clearly directed against Israel’s Arab citizens, a fifth of the population. The first makes it possible to annul the citizensh...
NFL Players and Owners at an Impasse
DAVID MACARAY
Within hours of the NFL’s collective bargaining talks breaking down, the owners initiated their anticipated Plan B, locking out the players (on March 12).  And it wasn’t long after the lockout was announced that TV sports commentators ...
Cruise Missile Marxists?
PHAM BINH
When the U.S. and its allies imposed a no-fly zone over Libya, cruise missile liberals at the New York Times and MSNBC jumped for joy. No surprise there. The surprise came when Marxist and self-described anti-imperialist Gilbert Achcar ...
How Ann Louise Bardach Helped Win the Second Battle Over the Solo Fax
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
Using the testimony of the journalist Ann Louise Bardach, the Government was able to introduce the Solo fax as evidence against Luis Posada Carriles.  In the fax, the defendant alerts his co-conspirators to the money orders they would receive from...
My Day in the Cells
ADAM RAMSEY
I was arrested outside Fortnum & Mason after the UK Uncut protest on suspicion of Aggrevated Trespass and Criminal Damage. Below is a summary of my experiences of the arrest and of being held. But before I write it, I want to be clear – I am not ...
Drilling the Sacred Butte
ANDREA PEACOCK
Aneth, Utah. I first climbed the sacred butte at the edge of the Greater Aneth oil field in 1998. My husband, Doug, had been here before and knew where to find hand- and footholds in a break along the steep sides. He told me there...
The US, Libya and Oil
CONN HALLINAN
Cynicism is not a healthy sentiment, and as the late Molly Ivins pointed out, it absolutely wrecks good journalism. But watching events in the Middle East unfold these days makes it a pretty difficult point of view to avoid. Let&...
Tells the Facts, Names the Names
MIKE WHITNEY
The housing market is now in full retreat. This week, the Commerce Department reported that sales of new homes plunged nearly 17 percent in February to a 250,000 annual pace. That’s a record low. At the same time, the median price fell 8.9 percen...
Systems Come Unglued
SAUL LANDAU
The human mind doesn’t easily process catastrophe. As Libyan forces battled, tens of millions witnessed televised images of ocean water rising over barricades, picking up cars, trucks, houses and other edifices and carrying them away – to somew...
Killing Civilians in Afghanistan is Terrorism
PATRICK KENNELLY
Afghans expect Americans to see the terrorism they bring to this poor country in the name of fighting terrorism. In Kabul, on the same day that ...
Israel May Have Squandered Its Last Best Chance for Peace
PATRICK COCKBURN
The bomb attack on a bus in Jerusalem this week killed one woman and wounded 24 people. The casualties were not high compared with similar bombings in the city over the last 20 years. I lived off the Jaffa Road for four years in the mid-1990s when bus ...
The Wandering Arab
CHARLES R. LARSON
This is a review of a book you will probably never read: Ameen Fares Rihani’s ...
Why Congress Must Debate Going to War in Libya
MARK WEISBROT
"The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." T...
Race and Politics in a Rural Louisiana Town
JORDAN FLAHERTY
A legal dispute in the rural Louisiana town of Waterproof has attracted the attention of national civil rights organizations and activists. Color Of Change, an online activist group that helped garner national attention for the Jena Six Case, recently ...