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Archives from March 2011
Too Smart to Fail?
JOHN SUMMERS
Our institutions tremble and sway, but it’s a rare week that passes without opinion leaders reminding us of the stability, excellence – nay, glory – of the US higher education system. Here is the last American piety, a liturgy incante...
The Dark Side of “Comprehensive Soldier Fitness”
ROY EIDELSON, MARC PILISUK And STEPHEN SOLDZ
The January 2011 issue of the American Psychologist, the American Psychological Association’s (APA) flagship journal, is devoted entirely to 13 articles that detail and celebrate the virtues of a new U.S. Army-APA collaboration. Built around posi...
Ann Louise Bardach Takes the Stand
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
Today the jury in El Paso heard Luis Posada Carriles take responsibility for the bombings in Havana in 1997.  He did so in a tape recording made in June of 1998 by New York Times journalist Ann Louise Bardach when she interviewed him in Aruba....
Why are They Making War on Libya?
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Reason Number One: Regime change. This was announced as the real objective the moment French president Nicolas Sarkozy took the extraordinary step of recognizing the rebels in Benghazi as "the only legitimate representative ...
Inside America’s Most Dangerous Nuclear Plant
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
This essay is adapted from Born Under a Bad Sky: Notes From the Dark Side of the Earth by ...
How Catastrophe Heralds a New Japan
KOJIN KARATANI
I was on the streets of Tokyo when the earthquake struck.  The ground shook violently, while buildings swayed around me for a long time.  It was beyond anything I had experienced before, and I sensed that something terrible had happened. ...
Will Fukushima Be Worse Than Chernobyl?
Dr. JANETTE SHERMAN, MD
A little over six months ago I wrote: " Given profound weather effects (earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, etc.), human fallibility, and military conflicts, many believe that it only a matter of time before there is another nuclear catastrophe. Nuclea...
Cattle vs. Conoco
ANDREA PEACOCK
Blanco, New Mexico. Chris Velasquez sees the impacts of gas development in the San Juan Basin of northern New Mexico through the eyes of a rancher, and those of a man whose roots in this country pre-date both the gas rigs and the ...
A Community of Small Nations for a Sustainable Planet
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
There seems only one cause behind all forms of social misery:  bigness.  Whenever something is wrong, something is too big. – Leopold Kohr, The Breakdown of Nations N...
Running in the War Years
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
As a community, Tucson is readying to take part in scholarship run/walk for Consuelo Aguilar on April 3, 2011. It’s purpose: to bring about cancer awareness. When she passed on to spirit world in Feb. 2009, she was the heart and soul of our Arizo...
US Mideast Policy is Far Beyond Double Standards
SAM HUSSEINI
Some are saying that the U.S. is engaging in double standards by intervening in Libya and not in Bahrain or Yemen or Saudi Arabia. I don’t agree. For several reasons: First off, we’re way beyond &...
Atomic Snow Jobs
CHIP WARD
When nuclear reactors blow, the first thing that melts down is the truth. Just as in the Chernobyl catastrophe almost 25 years ago when Soviet authorities denied the extent of radiation and downplayed the dire situation that was spiraling out of contro...
Obama the Counter-Revolutionary
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
In my book Overcoming the Bush Legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan (Potomac Books, I...
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...
I Wish You Egypt
OMAR BARGHOUTI
I wish you Egypt! I wish you empowerment to resist; to fight for social and economic justice; to win your real freedom and equal rights. I wish you the will and skill to break out of your carefully concealed prison walls. See, in our pa...
Cruise Missile Liberalism
MEDEA BENJAMIN And CHARLES DAVIS
When all you have is bombs, everything starts to look like a target. And so after years of providing Libya’s dictator with the weapons he’s been using against the people, all the international community – France, Britain and the United St...
Bombing Libya
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
In 1987 I was a member of the 1st US Peace Delegation to Libya. We went there to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the US bombing of Libya in 1986. In April 1986 US warplanes struck Tripoli at 2 am. They bombed the Gaddafi family...
How the War on Libya was Sold
JEFF SPARROW
Has there ever been a war justified more glibly? One supposes so but it’s hard to recall when. Even the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, as disastrous as they proved, involved the public articulation of a more-or-less coherent plan, something t...
Salazar’s Folly
JOSHUA FRANK And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
In a move that is likely to go down as one of the largest energy policy blunders of the Obama years, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday announced that his office was opening the door for 2.35 billion tons of new coal mining operations in Wyoming...
Shaking the World Economy
DEAN BAKER
The world is witnessing a horrible tragedy in northern Japan, an earthquake followed by a tsunami and now the risk of a nuclear catastrophe. Even if the nuclear threat can be contained we will still see a humanitarian disaster, with more than 10,000 de...
Spewing from Meltdowns
JOHN LaFORGE
Well-reported plumes of radiation have spread to California and beyond from the wrecked six-reactor complex at Fukushima, Japan. What’s worse in terms of citizen awareness, clouds of disinformation are circling even faster. ...
US Nuke Plants are a Ticking Time Bomb
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr
A timely report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, based on data from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), contains troubling news about the state of America’s vast network of nuclear power plants. The repor...
Zones of Radiation and Alienation
TOM ENGELHARDT
"Seldom more than thrice annually did any layman or stranger travel the old road that passed the abbey, in spite of the oasis which permitted that abbey’s existence and which would have made the monastery a natural inn for wayfarers if the road...
Intervening in Libya
VIJAY PRASHAD
On March 19, 2011, the United Nations Security Council voted for Resolution 1973 to establish a “no-fly” zone over Libya. The violence against civilians and media personnel is cited as the reasons for the new resolution (an earlier one, 197...