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Archives from April 2011
Why Nuclear Power Will Never be Safe
KARL GROSSMAN
With the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plants in Japan, some people ask: can nuclear power be made safe? The answer is no. Nuclear power can never be made safe. This was clearly explained by Admiral Hyman Rickover, the...
Kinds of Hawks
MICHAEL TRUE
"If voting made any difference, it would be illegal," according the late Philip Berrigan. This satiric comment seems especially relevant during our present military and economic crisis. President Obama proposes reasonabl...
Obama’s MexicoGate
LAURA CARLSEN
A secret operation to run guns across the border to Mexican drug cartels — overseen by U.S. government agents — threatens to become a major scandal for the Obama administration. The operation, called "Fast and Furious,&qu...
Decifit Fever
DEAN BAKER
We already knew that the folks involved in debating and designing economic policy had a weak understanding of economics, that is why they couldn’t see the $8 trillion housing bubble that wrecked the economy, but now it seems that they are breakin...
Pot, Music and the Feds
JOHN SINCLAIR
Oxford, Miss. The War on Drugs was still just a twinkle in Richard M. Nixon’s evil eye when the great John Lennon released his classic recording called "Imagine." That was in 1971, and Nixon launched his horribly m...
Jesus the Litigator
ANDREW J. SCHATKIN
I’ve been a New York-area lawyer for more than 30 years, but I also received a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1973. My theological studies intensified my desire to help make the world a more just and equal place. The pr...
Kate’s Kismet
GAIL DINES
For the last few months my British accent has been the bane of my life. Let me explain. Everywhere I go in this country I am accosted by locals asking me for details on the royal wedding. As if a lefty Jew from the north of England would have any insid...
The Myth of Humanitarian Catastrophe
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Despite a 2008 U.S.-Iraqi agreement requiring a total withdrawal from Iraq by the end of 2011, U.S. Admiral and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen is now “warning” Iraqi leaders that they only have a few weeks to decide if they want...
Spinning the Hospital Union Election
CARL FINAMORE
A bitterly contested election is occurring among employees at three of the oldest hospitals in San Francisco that have continuously provided healthcare since around the mid-1800s. A lot has changed over the last 150 years but surely, we can safely assu...
Washington on the Rocks
ALFRED W. McCOY And BRETT REILLY
In one of history’s lucky accidents, the juxtaposition of two extraordinary events has stripped the architecture of American global power bare for all to see. Last November, WikiLeaks splashed snippets from U.S. embassy cables, loaded with scurri...
The Role of Jews in the Palestinian Solidarity Movement
HENRY HERSKOVITZ And MICHELLE J. KINNUCAN
After Malcolm X returned from his epiphanic trip to Mecca, he was asked if White people could join his Organization of Afro-American Unity. He was very clear in his response: “They can’t join us. I have these very deep fe...
Disappearing Youth
HENRY A. GIROUX
With the upcoming elections taking place in Canada, there are a number of questions that need to be raised about the role of young people in politics. Such questions might focus on the role young people might play in imagining a social order in which the ultimate meas...
The Nuclear Disaster That Could Destroy Japan … and the World
HIROSE TAKASHI
Translated by Doug Lummis The nuclear power plants in Japan are ageing rapidly; like cyborgs, they are barely kept in operation by a continuous replacement of parts. And now that Japan has entered a period of earthquake activity and a major accident could happen a...
Libya and the Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
PATRICK COCKBURN
In Baghdad at the end of last year Waled Hamid brought a peculiar court case against a man who had sold him a house.  Mr Hamid said the vendor deliberately failed to tell him that the house was haunted and was in an area notorious for ghosts that ...
Jane Jacobs Five Years Later
ROBIN PHILPOT
Jane Jacobs passed away five years ago on April 25, 2006. She will be remembered for her matchless contribution to cities throughout the world. Less remembered—sometimes belittled—is her work on nations, national sovereignty, and the relation...
The Nuclear Disaster That Could Destroy Japan and the World
HIROSE TAKASHI
Translated by Doug Lummis The nuclear power plants in Japan are ageing rapidly; like cyborgs, they are barely kept in operation by a continuous replacement of parts.  And now that Japan has entered a period of earthquake acti...
The Big Shakedown
MIKE WHITNEY
The New York Times is bit late to the party but, better late than never, right? Times economics writer Binyamin Applebaum has just discovered that the Fed’s bond buying program–aka QE2–has lit a firecracker under...
Did Obama’s Election Kill the Antiwar Movement?
UNIVERSITY Of MICHIGAN NEWS SERVICE
Ann Arbor Since 2003, the antiwar movement in the United States has had much to protest with Americans fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya, but the movement-which has dropped off sharply the past two years-may be more anti-Republican tha...
Why Nuclear Power Will Never be Safe
KARL GROSSMAN
With the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plants in Japan, some people ask: can nuclear power be made safe? The answer is no. Nuclear power can never be made safe. This was clearly explained by Admiral Hyman Rickover, the...
Death of a Spiritual Rockstar
FARZANA VERSEY
Baba died on the morning of April 24, 2011. According to his own spiritual calculations, he was scheduled to depart earth in 2022. While I understand the grief of the followers, I do not understand the disposition towards worship. I usually do ...
Pigeon Shoots in the Quaker State
WALTER BRASCH
Take a pigeon. Now put that pigeon, along with thousands of others, into small coops that don’t give the bird much freedom to move. Don’t worry about food or water. It won’t matter. ...
The Banksters and the Climate Fund
PATRICK BOND
South Africa’s most vocal neoliberal politician, Trevor Manuel, is apparently being seriously considered as co-chair of the Green Climate Fund. On April 28-29 in Mexico City, Manuel and other elites meet to design the world’s biggest-ever r...
Geezer Uprising
DAVE LINDORFF
I am 62 and have just reached the age where I could apply for Social Security retirement benefits. Of course, I’d be crazy to do that and collect some $700 a month for the rest of my life, when I could keep working and wait until I’m 70 and...
Helen Thomas and the Political Cleansing of America
JAMES ABOUREZK
You remember Helen Thomas?  She was the senior White House Correspondent who always opened Presidential press conferences and closed them by saying the magic words:  “Thank you Mr. President.”  Her Wikipedia entry cites her p...
Stripmining American Jobs
RALPH NADER
It is time to apply the standard of patriotism to the U.S. multinational corporations and demand that they pledge allegiance to the United States and "the Republic for which is stands…. with liberty and justice for all." This July 4, 2011 w...
Javon Jackson at the Hayloft
DAVID YEARSLEY
Last Sunday just after 9:30 in the evening I walked from my house, up the crumbling path on the northern lip of Ithaca’s Cascadilla Gorge, over the bridge recently retrofitted with high black fences meant to hinder students from jumping into the ...
Fabricated Philanthropy
FARZANA VERSEY
It is being vilified as a yarn, for plagiarism, for making up the Taliban threats. Frothing mouths are expressing anger over being cheated. Cheated about what? A chronicler who took liberties in the telling of his story or one who embezzled funds from ...
Human Tsunamis
TRICIA REDEKER HEPNER
The world’s attention is understandably fixed on the post-tsunami nuclear disaster unfolding in Japan and the equally seismic political transformations shaking North Africa and the Middle East. Much speculation swirls around the impact of these e...
Joy and Sorrow
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Written on April 16th. I had emailed David Ker Thomson, telling him I was going to sit shiva. On the way to this shiva sitting with my best friend Joan, who’s Jewish, I mentioned that we were sitting shiva and she said: &qu...
The Fake Budget Debate in DC
SHAMUS COOKE
By definition, a "debate" requires two opposing sides holding mutually exclusive opinions. In the U.S. Congress, however, real debate has all but vanished. Instead, we are subjected to endless blather that — if you listen closely — is a s...
Is the Tide Turning Against Arab Freedom?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Is a counter-revolutionary tide beginning to favour the "strongmen" of the Arab world, whose regimes appeared a couple of months ago to be faltering under the impact of the Arab Awakening? From Libya to Bahrain and Syria...
How Green Became the Color of Money
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Panda Porn Back in the good old days, a corporation with an unappetizing relationship to the natural world would often try to burnish their image by luring an executive or top staffer from an environmental group onto their board o...
US Weapons Sales to Israel
JOSH RUEBNER
Israel may be forgiven for failing to realize the current fiscal woes of the United States. After all, U.S. military aid to Israel not only sailed unscathed through last week’s passage of the 2011 budget, but reached the record level of $3 billio...
The People Who Brought You Fukushima
SAUL LANDAU And JACK WILLIS
For 60 years the nuclear industry has promised the world cheap, safe and clean energy. As the Japanese government continues to extend its nuclear evacuation zone and with the eerie glow of the Fukishima plant as background, the pushers of nuclear power...
The Eros Effect and the Arab Uprisings
DAVID ZLUTNICK
George Katsiaficas is a professor, sociologist, author, and activist. He teaches at the Wentworth Institute of Technology and specializes in social movements, Asian politics, U.S. foreign policy, and comparative and historical studies. He is the author...
Measuring Radiation
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
What are Curies, Becquerels, Rems, Rads, Grays, Sieverts, Roentgens, Q, RBE etc.? Here are some answers (quotes are taken from my book, The Code Killers (URL for free download: www.acehoffman.org ). Let’...
Indelible Passions
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Back in Ireland when I grew up, Easter was a very serious affair. In my home town of Youghal many shops closed for the entire week, as you might expect in a country at that time vying with Poland, Spain and the Philippines as the most intensely Catholi...
A Crisis for Teachers’ Union Reformers?
LEE SUSTAR
Teachers’ union activists in Chicago are contending with their union president’s decision to back legislation that all but bans them from striking and makes major concessions to the corporate education "reform" agenda. ...
Can There be an End to Japan as a Nuclear State?
GAVAN McCORMACK
This article offers a general overview of the nuclear era that began in Japan less than a decade after the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and may well have been brought to its close by the events at Fukushima six and a half decades later. The Hi...
A New Nakba?
MYA GUARNIERI
Tel Aviv. Several weeks ago, Israeli authorities arrested M, a pregnant woman, along with her three-year-old, Israeli-born son. The young family—sans the father, who had been deported several months before—was briefly detained...
The Norwegians
DAVID Ker THOMSON
“Wednesday night Riverkeeper had its big annual dinner and we were, we’re graced with President Clinton and Bobby Kennedy and Sting and Trudie Styler, all of whom are environmental activists…”  —Paul Gale, Executi...
Rebellion in the Brazilian Amazon
RAÚL ZIBECHI
During the month of March 2011 the biggest social protest by workers in many years erupted in Brazil. More than 80,000 workers all over the country paralyzed the work of "progress" in the form of hydroelectric plants, refineries, and thermoel...
Fuel on the Fire
JAMES RIDGEWAY
When it was suggested the war in Iraq was about oil, Tony Blair ,then the British prime minister, had this to say on February 6,2003 "Let me just deal with the oil thing because… the oil conspiracy theory is honestly one of t...
Sudanese Family Saga
CHARLES R. LARSON
African writers have rarely chronicled the lives of closely-knit extended families the way that many Western writers, particularly in the nineteen century, have. I can think of no examples that concentrate on such dynasties, except for some of the work...