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Archives from April 2011
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 ...