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Archives from April 2011
Judge Goldstone’s Bogus Test of War Time Culpability
LYNDA BURSTEIN BRAYER
Wikileaks has once again brought attention to the question of Israel’s war crime culpability in the military “Operation Cast Lead”  it conducted from 27th Dec 2008 – 18th Jan 2009, a period of twenty three days, against the...
China’s Surge
MARK WEISBROT
Various observers have noted this week that China’s economy will be bigger than that of the United States in 2016. This comes from the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) latest projections, which were made in its semi-annual April ...
Palestinian Reconciliation
URI AVNERY
IN ONE word: Bravo! The news about the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas is good for peace. If the final difficulties are ironed out and a full agreement is signed by the two leaders, it will be a huge step forward ...
Toward a Liberation Psychology
BRUCE LEVINE
The following is an excerpt from Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists...
Selective Vigilantism
TARIQ ALI
The US-Nato intervention in Libya, with United Nations security council cover, is part of an orchestrated response to show support for the movement against one dictator in particular and by so doing to bring the Arab rebellions to an end by asserting w...
What the Drug War has Wrought
JOHN SINCLAIR
Only the most nave, cynical or deluded among us can subscribe to the pervasive mythology of drug police, prosecutors and judges as fearless warriors valiantly fighting a depraved horde of heartless pushers and evil dope fiends whose anti-social pursuit...
Planet Clarion Calling
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Americans were offered closure Wednesday to one of among the multifarious strands  of our national dementias. It took the drab guise of the “long-form” birth certificate, signed and filed in Hawaii on August 8, 1961, indicating that th...
Grand Theft Benny
MIKE WHITNEY
It’s the biggest flim-flam in the nation’s history. But, thanks to the Congressional Research Service, the scam has been exposed and the public can now get a good look at the type of swindle that passes as monetary policy. ...
A Fire That Could Burn Everyone
FIDEL CASTRO
You may agree or not with Gaddafi’s political ideas, but no one has the right to question the existence of Libya as an independent state and member of the United Nations. The world has not yet reached the point which, in my...
Against Writing
DAVID Ker THOMSON
If we were something recognizably human and free for three million years, from noon till five minutes before midnight, so to speak, was there a decisive break with that utopian temporal mode?  The Golden Age: good times, so ...
Keeper of the Urn
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
After cremation, the ashes are put in a bag and then boxed or placed in an urn for the home, somewhere, anywhere, including under the ground. My father was a veteran and wanted some of his remains at the national cemetery. And it’s a rule there&#...
Time to Close California’s Nuclear Plants
NORMAN SOLOMON
The facts all point to this “inconvenient truth” — the time has come to shut down California’s two nuclear power plants as part of a swift transition to an energy policy focused on clean and green renewable sources and conservat...
The Return of Domestic CounterInsurgency?
BRENDAN McQUADE
David Petraeus’ appointment as CIA director speaks to the increasing dominance in counterinsurgency in policy and raises a series of troubling questions about general militarization of American society. Petraeus is the man who literally rewrote t...
Pure Joy
CHARLES R. LARSON
Once in a great while, a book, a movie, or a play comes along that creates a such an extraordinary response that all you want to do is shout from the hilltops so the experience can be shared with everyone you know. This is the way I feel about Claus Wi...
The Hard Hand of King Hamad
PATRICK COCKBURN
A Bahraini national security court has sentenced four men to death for killing two police officers during the pro-democracy protests that were crushed by the authorities last month. The sentences are likely to deepen divisions between Bahrain’s S...
How Obama and Trump Imprison Voters
SAM HUSSEINI
A group of demonstrators recently got into an Obama fundraiser to protest the imprisonment of Bradley Manning, the alleged source of the WikiLeaks cables. They sang a song to Obama. Part of it went: "We’ll vote for you...
The Coke Brothers Conspiracy
PAUL KRASSNER
I was fortunate enough to accompany Ken Kesey and his psychedelic Band of Merry Pranksters when the Grateful Dead played the Pyramids–and won–at a series of outdoor concerts in 1978. During that week, Kesey and I were dinner guests at the h...
“Glibness, Superficial Charm, Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth, Deceitful, Cunning, Manipulative, Lacks Remorse, Callous, Lacks Empathy, Does Not Accept Responsibility for Own Actions, and Impulsiveness … “
G. I. WILSON, USMC Ret.
This essay attempts to make it easier for you to identify the quality and character of military officers and civilian bureaucrats, to increase your awareness and recognition of careerism and its consequences. As Americans, we all must exercise more car...
Natural Born Racism
DEVIN BURGHARD
Now that President Obama has attempted to quell the surge of birtherism by providing a copy of his oft-requested long form-birth certificate, will that satisfy the birthers? Will they go away now? Nope. Long ...
China’s Flank of Discontent
PETER LEE
Beijing embarked on a well-received charm offensive at the BRICS summit at the city of Sanya on China’s Hainan Island. Chinese President Hu Jintao and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met on April 13 in a sidebar of the gathering of leaders f...
Return to Regime Change
RAMZY BAROUD
The brutality of Libyan leader Moammar Ghaddafi, and his refusal to concede power, is costing Libya much more than innocent lives. The country is now also facing a possible loss of future independence and sovereignty. From its early days, the Libyan re...
The CIA’s Human Hurricanes
SAUL LANDAU
"He who sows winds will reap hurricanes." "Quien siembra vientos recogerá tempestades" – Spanish proverb Luis Posada Carriles, now in his 80s has returned to Miami as a triumphant hero aft...
Return to Chernobyl
IRIS CHENG
We have just returned after completing an important mission in Ukraine taking around 70 journalists from 18 countries with us to Chernobyl, nearly 25 years after the nuclear catastrophe. It was one of the largest media trips Greenpeace has organized. T...
Petraeus at CIA
RAY McGOVERN
The news that President Barack Obama has picked Gen. David Petraeus to be CIA director raises troubling questions, including whether the commander most associated with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will tolerate objective analysis of those two confl...
The Easter Message Most Christians Didn’t Hear … and Should Have
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Last Sunday most Christians probably heard a traditional Easter message.  Like “Hope is Back!,” sponsored by the National Council of Churches, produced by Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, and televised on ABC stations.  ...
Slave Power Shall Rise Again
RICHARD BRODERICK
April 2011 marked the anniversary of the two most seminal events in American history. Naturally enough, both involve violence. The first is the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord when members...
Of Tea and Snow Leopards
SHAFQAT HUSSAIN
OK, maybe just one cup of tea and not three, and just three schools not eleven. Whatever the truth about numbers, Greg Mortenson did a commendable job of building some schools in the peaceful and never-Talibanised Baltistan, and some in restless and Ta...
Corporate America’s War on Political Transparency
ROBERT WEISSMAN
It’s a modest notion. Companies that bid for government contracts should disclose their campaign spending, in order to diminish the likelihood that contracts are a payoff for political expenditures. The...
Turning Shoppers Into Intentional Citizens
MURRAY DOBBIN
The flurry of poll-driven news like ...
Is Ron Paul More Progressive Than Obama?
CHARLES DAVIS
Ron Paul is far from perfect, but I’ll say this much for the Texas congressman: He has never authorized a ...
How to Arm a Dictator
NICK TURSE
In recent weeks, Yemeni protesters calling for an immediate end to the 32-year reign of U.S.-backed President Ali Abdullah Saleh have been met with increasing violence at the hands of state security forces. A recent pledge by Saleh to step down, one of...
Eric Cantor and AIPAC
DAVID SWANSON
In May 2009, Congressmen Eric Cantor (R., Va.) and Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) wrote to President Barack Obama about U.S. policy toward Israel. Their staff sent the letter as a PDF but forgot to change the name of the file to something other than "AIPAC...
A Victory for Labor
DAVID MACARAY
With all the bad news organized labor has received recently—and there’s been plenty of it, from attacks on the collective bargaining rights of public sector workers, to smear campaigns against school teachers, to more jobs being lost to globali...
The Economics of the Arab Spring
RICHARD JAVAD HEYDARIAN
There’s no doubt the ongoing Middle Eastern revolutions make ample use of democratic slogans, encouraged by the civic spirit of millions that have marched for liberty and equality. Though many factors are contributing to the historic changes that...
By Appointment With the Future Queen
FARZANA VERSEY
Two days after Kate Middleton and Prince William walk down the aisle, a group of workers will take to the streets to celebrate the working class. If there is any contradiction it will be ignored. Or perhaps, there is no contradiction. The working class...
The Torture Mill
GARETH PORTER
Starting in late 2005, U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan began turning detainees over to the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS), despite its well-known reputation for torture. Interviews with former U.S. and NATO dipl...
Credibility and Intervention
PATRICK COCKBURN
The Syrian army is moving to crush in blood the protesters calling for democracy and the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad and his regime. Unburied bodies lie in the streets of Deraa, the city in the south which has been at the centre of the popul...
The Takeover of Benton Harbor
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
Benton Harbor, Mich., is a town of nearly 11,000 people, about 90 percent of whom are African American. It is a catalogue of the misery of the industrial Midwest. It was the headquarters and manufacturing center of Whirlpool, but the last Whirlpool pla...
Chernobyl 25 Years Later
RALPH NADER
The disaster at Chernobyl’s reactor on April 26, 1986 continues to expose humans, flora and fauna to radioactive lethality especially in, but not restricted to, Ukraine and Belarus. Western countries continue to reflect an under-estimation of cas...
A Doomed Man
RON JACOBS
"The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man."  –Huey Newton For as long as I can remember, Baltimore has had the reputation as a corrupt and tough town. City Hall...
Hyperinflation? No Way
MIKE WHITNEY
The Federal Reserve is not going to push the economy into Zimbabwean hyperinflation. That’s pure bunkum. The Fed’s plan is to weaken the dollar to boost exports and to force China to let its currency appreciate to its fair-market value. By ...
A Victory for Mumia
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
The federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, in a stunning smack at the U.S. Supreme Court, has issued a ruling upholding its earlier decision backing a new sentencing hearing in the controversial case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted k...
We Are Troy Davis
JEN MARLOWE
Last Monday, I attended the funeral service of Virginia Davis in Savannah, GA. Reverend Dr. Warnock delivered a passionate eulogy for Virginia, which ended with a powerful call to action: The best way to honor Virginia’s life, he said, is to figh...
Born in the Bahamas, Raised in the US, Deported to … Haiti?
TANYA GOLASH-BOZA
As someone who writes about deportation, I hear and write about heartbreaking stories on a regular basis. Trust me, then, when I say that the deportation of people born in the Bahamas from the United States to Haiti is just about as bad as it gets. ...
A Run on Grameen Bank’s Integrity
PATRICK BOND
Bangladesh’s once-legendary banking environment is now fatally polluted. The rot is spreading so fast and far that the entire global microfinance industry is threatened. Controversy ranges far beyond poisonous local politics, the factor most ofte...
The Pain in Spain
CONN HALLINAN
When the current economic crisis hit Europe in 2008, small countries on the periphery were its first victims: Iceland, Ireland, and Latvia. Within a year it had spread to Greece and Portugal, though the GDP of both nations—respectively 11th and 12th ...