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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...