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Archives from March 2011
Yoga Rage in the Nation’s Capital
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
It seems like a shocking but isolated incident – a grisly killing carried out in a posh clothing store located in the heart of Bethesda, Maryland, a fashionable Washington, DC suburb where violent crime is rare.  But last week’s shocking m...
The Chixoy Dam is Development at Its Worst
BARBARA ROSE JOHNSTON
Dear Mr. President: We live in chaotic times, where the costs of fueling our energy-dependent global lifestyles are all too apparent, as evidenced by the human suffering and environmental dead zone resulting from BP’s oil sp...
The Libyan Crusade
GEORGE KAZOLIAS
First I want to make it clear: Qaddafi does not like me and I don’t like him. He refused me a visa to report there more than once. But I have to voice my opinion against this war on Libya because it is wrong and risks creati...
Tony Álvarez Links Posada Carriles to the Bombings in Havana
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
Yesterday was a rough day. Today the witness reentered the courtroom with melancholy eyes, a slow step, and his shoulders sagging from the weight of his life’s burdens. But the Government did not have to force Tony Álvarez to come to El Paso to ...
How the Pentagon Supervised Raymond Davis’ Release and How the CIA Took Its Revenge
SHAUKAT QADIR
On February 23, at a beach resort, Gen Ashfaq Kiyani, Pakistan army’s chief assisted by a two star officer met with Admiral Mike Mullen, US Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, assisted by Gen. David Petraeus, and three other high ranking officials, ...
Informational Uncertainty in the Wake of Japan’s Nuclear Crisis
GREGORY BUTTON
"In a disaster of this magnitude timely and accurate information is of utmost importance." Jim Ricco, nuclear expert. [1] In recent days the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power have come under increas...
Talking With Jeff Halper About the Future of Palestine
GABRIEL HERSHMAN
The West Bank would empty of settlers overnight if they were asked to choose between American and Israeli citizenship, says activist Jeff Halper, a powerful exponent of the Israeli government’s moral bankruptcy Mention the ...
Stop Bombing Libya
MARJORIE COHN
Since Saturday night, the United States, France, and Britain have been bombing Libya with cruise missiles, B-2 stealth bombers, F-16 and F-15 fighter jets, and Harrier attack jets. There is no reliable estimate of the number of civilians killed. The U....
The Fall of a South Florida Banker
ILAN PAPPÉ
On the same day that Sergio Pino announced his resignation from the board of the bank he founded, US Century Bank in Miami had more bad news: the ratings agency, Fitch, withdrew its rating. In a public statement to South Florida Business Journal, Pino ...
The Badger Rebellion Comes to DC
BRIAN TIERNEY
After wiping out 50 years of union rights in Wisconsin, GOP state senators from the badger state made the journey to Washington, DC on Wednesday to attend a $1,000-a-head corporate fundraiser hosted by the BGR lobbying firm. But s...
What They’re Covering Up at Fukushima
HIROSE TAKASHI
Introduced by Douglas Lummis Okinawa Hirose Takashi has written a whole shelf full of books, mostly on the nuclear power industry and the military-industrial complex.  Probably his best known book is  Nuclear Powe...
Egypt, the American Way
GREGORY ELICH
In Egypt, a people’s uprising has succeeded in removing Hosni Mubarak from power. The main battle, however, lies ahead. Will there be a substantive transformation of Egyptian society, or will the economic and political system remain essentially u...
Israel’s Latest Apartheid Law
ILAN PAPPÉ
Those of us who have been veteran comrades in the struggle for peace and justice in Palestine have quite often been frustrated by the inability to galvanize enough support in the political and media establishments in the West against the brutal occupat...
A King Not Fit to Lead
JAMES ZOGBY
For all the fanfare and bluster, the US House of Representative’s Committee on Homeland Security hearings on "The Extent of Radicalisation in the Muslim Community and that Community’s Response" produced little of value. The entire...
Gaddafi is Likely to Fall, But What Next?
PATRICK COCKBURN
In the next few weeks Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is likely to lose power. The forces arrayed against him are too strong. His own political and military support is too weak. The US, Britain and France are scarcely going to permit a stalemate to develop whe...
The Danger of Spent Nuclear Fuel
ROBERT ALVAREZ
The spent fuel pools at Units 3 and 4 at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex are exposed to the open sky and might be draining. The radioactive dose rates coming off the pools appear to be life-threatening. Lead-shielded helicopters trying ...
Life and Death in the Fallout Zone
BARBARA ROSE JOHNSTON
In a nuclear crisis, life becomes a nightmare for those people trying to make sense of the uncertainties. Imaginably, the questions are endless. Radiation is invisible, how do you know when you are in danger? How long will this da...
Powering Down
LINH DINH
Motoyuki Shibata, noted translator of American literature and a University of Tokyo professor, emailed me, “I don’t know how much longer we can stay calm. Since the nuclear plants are down and we are not going to have the amount of electric...
The Mother of All Side Effects
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Americans are getting used to the withdrawal or severe restriction of drugs "previously thought safe." From last year’s Avandia warnings to the withdrawal of Vioxx, Bextra, Baycol, Meridia, Trovan and Fen Phen, "Pill Buyer Beware&q...
My Encounter With Augustus Owsley Stanley
PAUL KRASSNER
In 1967, there was a concert in Pittsburgh, with the Grateful Dead, the Velvet Underground, the Fugs and me, playing the part of a stand-up satirist. There were two shows, both completely sold out, and this was the first time any...
The Age of Disasters
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
An enormous oil spill off the coast of Louisiana (yes another one) seems to have occurred over the weekend. Light patches of "weathered oil" have appeared in the bays around Grande Isle. Reports of a petrochemical sheen upwards of 100 miles l...
Are We Running Out of War Names?
BRIAN J. FOLEY
Are we running out of names for military operations? I understand why this one couldn’t be called Operation Intervention in Libya (acronym: OIL). But why not Operation Libyan Freedom (OLF)? Or "Putting Qadaffi Down"...
Another Damned Intervention
BINOY KAMPMARK
In Albert Camus’s notebooks, one finds a confession that strikes a chord.  One is always caught in the vice of doing something and the helplessness of doing nothing at all.  In between, the human being is permanently stuck on a fence, p...
The Battle Over the Solo Fax
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
Today the prosecution suffered a profound setback.  Judge Kathleen Cardone ruled that a key document that links Luis Posada Carriles to the financing of a series of bombings in Havana in 1997 was inadmissible. Tony Álvarez...
Libya and the Hypocrisy of Humanitarian Intervention
JOHN V. WALSH
The stench of death hanging over protest centers in the Arab world is more than matched by the rank hypocrisy befouling Washington and the lesser capitals of Western Empire. There is, however, not the slightest allusion to “hypocrisy,” in t...
The Future of Yemen
SAMER AL-SABER
Will president Ali Abdulla Saleh leave this Friday or will Yemen become another Libya? When Middle East historians look back on the twenty first century, they will recognize it as the century of the Arab revolution.  This po...
Covering Up Civilian Casualties
GARETH PORTER And SHAH NOORI
The number of civilians killed in U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) raids last year was probably several times higher than the figure of 80 people cited in the U.N. report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan published last week, an IPS investigati...
The Scariest Workplace in America?
JERRY COLLAMER
Reading this will upset a bunch of folks living near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (called SONGS), between Orange and San Diego Counties, California. Because as far as I can tell, the truth percolating inside SONGS nuke plant ain’t ge...
Saudi Arabia Invades Bahrain
RANNIE AMIRI
“I saw them chasing Shiites like they were hunting.” – Rania Ali, Bahraini Sunni resident of Sitra, describing how police went after civilians seeking shelter, ...
The Politics of Nihilism
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
Life is absurd said French existentialist writers Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre back in the 1950s.  But surely there is no more appropriate description of life in the American Empire sixty years later.  Our meaningless lives are ruled by ...
How Japan Learned About "Nuclear Safety"
LAWRENCE W. WITTNER
Although people can be educated in a variety of ways, experience is a particularly effective teacher. Consider the Japanese, who today are certainly learning how dangerous nuclear power can be. Of course, the Japanese people also ...
The Shameful Abuse of Bradley Manning
DANIEL ELLSBERG
President Obama tells us that he’s asked the Pentagon whether the conditions of confinement of Bradley Manning, the soldier charged with leaking state secrets, "are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards. They assure me that they ar...
Chocolate Mousse and French Socialism
JENNIFER WILLSON
I’ve recently discovered that the French socialist system is best summed up by shared desserts. And I would have written about these findings sooner, but I was completely waylaid by a giant bowl of mousse au chocolat. No, re...
Welcome to Lagos
CHARLES R. LARSON
Welcome to Lagos, though you probably won’t pick Nigeria’s major city as the destination for your next vacation. Nor will any travel agency try to lure you there. There’s an absurd novel out there—Chris Cleave’s Little Bee—t...
The "Green" Nuclear Cabal
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
This is an excerpt from JEFFREY ST. CLAIR’s environmental history, Born Under a Bad Sky...
President MIA
WALTER BRASCH
As expected, Michael Moore, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka were in Madison, Wisc., to support and rally the workers in their fight against the union-busting governor and Republican-dominated state legislature. ...
Bill Clinton Leaves Town With Full Pockets, Empty Conscience
CARL FINAMORE
Former president Bill Clinton accepted a March 16 speaking engagement at the San Francisco Westin St. Francis, a hotel which is the subject of a worker-called boycott endorsed by UNITE-HERE Local 2, the San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and by nume...
Mexicoche
DAVID Ker THOMSON
I’m a carfighter on recon in the Distrito Federal.  Is this the car capital of the world?  If you push the button here on this pole, an icon on the pole opposite appears.  It depicts a little green man hunched over and running like...
Taking Stock of the Arab Revolutions
ESAM AL-AMIN
March 17 marked ninety days since Mohammad Bouazizi set himself ablaze in the southern city of Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia.  Protesting against the authorities, who insulted him and seized his sole means of sustenance, Bouazizi’s desperate act of...
The Food Speculators
BORIS KAGARLITSKY
About one-sixth of the world’s population — 1 billion people — suffers from malnutrition. Stories about global hunger tend to get ignored by the media even though the number of hungry people has been increasing rapidly in recent years. This p...
Pursuing Peace in Afghanistan
PATRICK KENNELLY
Last week, General Petraeus testified before Congress that the war in Afghanistan is making progress.  While Petraeus may believe his comments, the situation on the ground contradicts his statements.  Afghanistan is a country that is overwhel...
After Sendai
RICHARD FALK
After atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki there was in the West, especially the United States, a short triumphal moment, crediting American science and military prowess with bringing victory over Japan and the avoidance of what was anti...
Keeping Your Mind Off Japan
FRED GARDNER
Amenities turn into luxuries as you suffer a class fall.  Buying fresh-cut flowers and newly published books requires more “discretionary” income than you have. You either give them up or find other options. Access to a backyard, for e...
Dead Among the Living
TOLU OLORUNDA
Zombie values find expression in an aesthetic that is aired daily in the mainstream media, a visual landscape filled with the spectacle of destruction and decay wrought by human parasites in the form of abandoned houses, cars, gutted cities...
Revolution as Ego Trip
HUGH IGLARSH
Hollywood is an industry, of course, but it comes across more as a televised group therapy session, sustained by the media’s appetite for glimpses into the “inner life” of the calculatedly superficial. In this spirit, I’ve strun...
Gross Stupidity
SAUL LANDAU And NELSON P. VALDES
U.S. foreign assistance empowers those in Cuba who are working towards positive change to advocate for fundamental freedoms and free market-oriented solutions to meet the needs of Cuban citizens. – U.S. AID web page, March 2011 ...
Egypt Votes
TAMER O. BAHGAT And KHALID EL-SHERIF
The referendum scheduled for Saturday 19th March 2011 is intended by Egypt’s Supreme Military Council to be seen as a defining moment in the country’s democratic transition. With the cold, wet sensation of ink drying on their index fingers,...
Queen Esther’s Weapons of Mass Seduction
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Believe it or not, I used to be a Sunday school teacher.  In a way, I still teach Sunday school, except now I do it on Saturday nights and half my “class” is naked.  This Saturday, I will gather a group of a...
Andreas Scholl Versus the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
DAVID YEARSLEY
A single voice takes on a phalanx of fiercely trained soldiers of song. For many still, that lone figure, though a man, sounds like a woman, while the massed chorus he meets on the field of honor produces a sound drenched in masculinity, especially as ...
Why I Won’t be Hailing the Chief in El Salvador
ALEXANDRA EARLY
San Salvador. President Obama’s visit to El Salvador this week has become a focal point for protest organizing by Central American social movement organizations and their North American allies, who are equally outraged about...