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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 ...