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Archives from April 2011
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...
Pakistanizing the Libyan War
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Barcelona. Taking the Cape is a time-honored term of art used in the Pentagon for luring your opponent into going for your solution, especially when it is not in his or her best interest.  The analogy is to waving the red cape in front...
Enough Already!
ALFREDO ACEDO
The clock on the Torre Latinoamericana strikes 5:00 on April 6th as the ragtag group that fills the esplanade of the Bellas Artes museum yells ‘No more blood!’ and ‘Down with Felipe Calderon!’. This is not a common place to begi...
Mubarak’s Fatal Mistake
ERIC WALBERG
The Supreme Administrative Court order to disband the National Democratic Party and confiscate its properties last week was based on the NDP’s violation of the constitution; namely, monopolising power, preventing legitimate competition from other...
Is the World Too Big to Fail?
NOAM CHOMSKY
The democracy uprising in the Arab world has been a spectacular display of courage, dedication, and commitment by popular forces — coinciding, fortuitously, with a remarkable uprising of tens of thousands in support of working people and democrac...
Welcome to Banktopia
MIKE WHITNEY
Let’s talk turkey. The dollar is getting hammered by the day. And the dollar is getting hammered by design, because the Fed wants a weaker currency to boost exports and lower the real burden of debt on the banks. (Yes, Martha, the banks are still...
Cornell Professor Seeks to Legalize Bribe-Giving in India
P. SAINATH
Kaushik Basu is Carl Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics,  Cornell University. He is currently on leave from Cornell, as the arts website there tells us importantly. For now,  he is chief economic adviser, mini...
Nigerian Election Carnage
CHARLES R. LARSON
Hundreds of people have been killed in riots in the Northern parts of Nigeria since the results of the weekend election were announced: Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the South, won. Forty thousand people (mostly southerners) have been displaced i...
Global Misers
LAURA FLANDERS
Here in the US all we seem to hear about is deficits and debt. Yet even the countries that hold a lot of our debt are concerned for our lack of investment at home. China’s pension fund head recently said that the U.S. govern...
The Obama-Gates Scam on Military Spending
GARETH PORTER
Last week Barack Obama announced that he wants to cut $400 billion in military spending and said he would work with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the Joint Chiefs on a “fundamental review” of U.S. “military missions, capabilit...
The Cost of Oil
JOHN CLARK
On this anniversary of the largest accidental marine oil spill in history, attention here in south Louisiana is focused on the consequences of that traumatic event. As the Deepwater Horizon disaster begins to recede into history, we have heard wildly d...
North Korea, America and the Lure of Food Aid
PETER LEE
Virtue is its own reward, intransigence is infinitely satisfying, and masturbation is an end in itself. That’s my feeling about the “three stage” negotiation process for North Korea, that requires a meeting of th...
Libya in the Face of Humanitarian Imperialism
GRÉGOIRE LALIEU
Jean Bricmont teaches physics in Belgium and is  a member of the Brussels Tribunal. His book, ...
Of Wolves and the Ethical Hunter
GEORGE WUERTHNER
In light of the recent successful delisting of the wolf by Congress, I have been thinking a lot about why I so strenuously object to killing wolves. I can accept hunting that I feel is legitimate—such as the hunting for food done by those who pursue ...
The UN and Saudi Women
JESSICA MACK
As revolutions and reforms sweep the Arab world, Saudi women continue to push for their rights. Inspired by their sisters in Egypt and Tunisia, a national women’s movement called Saudi Women Revolution has coalesced with clear and wide-ranging de...
Why Naoto Kan Should Resign
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
Many people think Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan should resign. He has bungled everything. He is an international fool. The only slightly logical reason I can think of for him not to resign is it would, of course, add to Japan&...
Bernanke Strikes Again!
MIKE WHITNEY
Now that the self sustaining recovery has taken hold, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke can end his bond buying program and allow the markets to return to normal. Not exactly. As it happens, Bernanke is now signaling...
Revolution and Confusion
PATRICK COCKBURN
Cairo Egypt is filled with signs of an unfinished revolution. Politics and everyday life are in a state of flux. Even the skylight high in the ceiling of the Cairo Museum, through which thieves entered at the height of the uprisin...
Is S&P Trashing US Debt to Help Crush Social Security and Medicare?
DAVE LINDORFF
Yesterday’s breathless anxiety-inducing headline was that Standard & Poors, the rating agency, has issued a “negative outlook” warning on US sovereign debt, claiming that the US, in comparison with other countries with a top AAA c...
A Way to Fix Our Education System?
DAVID MACARAY
An education question:  Whose fault is it when healthy fourth or fifth-grade students miss 15 to 20 days of school each year, when they regularly show up late to class, and when they rarely if ever complete their homework assignments?  Do we ...
The Arab Awakening, the Future of Israel and the Role of Islam
KOUROSH ZIABARI
KOUROSH ZIABARI: What’s your estimation of the recent developments in the region and how do you forecast the future of chained revolutions of the Middle East? Franklin Lamb: This truly historic regional uprising will, in my...
Tyranny of the Central Bankers
DEAN BAKER
The European Central Bank (ECB) announced earlier this month that it was raising its overnight lending rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.25 percent. This is very bad news for people across the eurozone countries and possibly the rest of the ...
Waiting for the Spark
RALPH NADER
What could start a popular resurgence in this country against the abuses of concentrated, avaricious corporatism? Imagine the arrogance of passing on to already cheated working people and the jobless enormous corporate losses? This is achieved through ...
The Heroic Legacy of Vittorio Arrigoni
RAMZY BAROUD
"Dear Mary,” wrote Italian justice activist Vittorio Arrigoni to a friend. “Do you (know who) will be on the boats?… I’m still in Gaza, waiting for you. I will be at the boat to greet you. Stay human. Vik.” ...
The Battle for Khimki Forest
ADAM FEDERMAN
Russian activists have held off construction of a major highway through an old growth forest outside of Moscow much longer than most would have imagined. What began as a seemingly provincial standoff between an embattled newspaper editor and journalist...
The Cowardly Congressman
JOHN BLAIR
Larry Buschon, Indiana’s 8th District Congressman considers the health of residents of SW Indiana expendable. In twenty-five votes he cast in his first two months in office he voted against environmental and health protections in all but one, and...
Maine’s Loony Tunes Governor
LAWRENCE REICHARD
It is clear that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has gone too far in his attacks on workers and has, in the words of Stephanie Miller, “woken the sleeping giant” of Wisconsin labor and progressives in the birthplace of U.S. progressivism. C...
The Ghost of Keynes at the IMF?
MARK WEISBROT
As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank gathered in Washington for their annual Spring Meetings, there was more talk about how much the IMF has changed. IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn quoted John Maynard Keynes in his spee...
Stopping the Machine
WILLIAM MANSON
Picture yourself back in 1911, reading the Sunday-supplements on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Imagine yourself a complacent Babbitt, quite satisfied with your Model T and telephone and daily newspaper. Any fears of world-destruction, of the extinction of a...
50 Years With Che
RON RIDENOUR
Che’s penetrating eyes stare at me seriously as I write about him. It is strange that I have never written about him before, other than to quote him. Perhaps it is because Che has been too large a figure for me to tackle? I don’t know. This...
Henry David Thoreau Versus the United States
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. ...
The Settler State
URI AVNERY
The other day, the almighty General Security Service (Shabak, formerly Shin Bet) needed a new boss. It is a hugely important job, because no minister ever dares to contradict the advice of the Shabak chief in cabinet meetings. The...
Meet the Gas Geezers
MAURA STEPHENS
This weekend, as 10,000 energetic, bright young people are converging on Washington, DC, for PowerShift 2011...
The Lobbification of Congress
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Lobbification is a word I have just coined for the corruptive process that bends politicians to the will of special interests–that is to the will of lobbies. The result of lobbification can be seen in the stilted and fawning behavior of the lobbified...
Double-Speak on Libya
BINOY KAMPMARK
Louis Guilloux suggested the idea: one writes not in order to say something, but to avoid saying anything at all.  The letter signed last week by France’s Nicolas Sarkozy, the United Kingdom’s David Cameron and US President Barack Obam...
Show Trials at Gitmo?
SHERWOOD ROSS
The future trials planned for prisoners in Guantanamo Bay detention camp will be "Stalinist show trials" as their preliminary proceedings "have already proven them to be Travesties of Justice," a distinguished international law auth...
The Repression in Bahrain
PATRICK COCKBURN
Bahraini government forces backed by Saudi Arabian troops are destroying mosques and places of worship of the Shia majority in the island kingdom in a move likely to exacerbate religious hatred across the Muslim world. "So far they have dest...
How Egypt’s Youth Forced the Issue
ESAM AL-AMIN
On March 22, 2011, Gen. Hasan Rowaini, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) met with a cross section of the youth leaders of the revolution, political activists, party heads, union organizers, and intellectuals. Since the fall of ...
George Harrison and the Taxman
DAVID YEARSLEY
For me it is life and taxes that are inseparable: I was born on April 15.  Only when I turned forty, six years ago did my friend David Borden, founder of the pioneering synthesizer trio Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company (of which...
Japan’s Biggest Problem
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
It’s hard to say what Japan’s biggest problem is right now. Is it mud in Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1, which is preventing proper cooling? A criticality event and accompanying steam or hydrogen explosion of the reactor pre...
The Invisible Recession
DEAN BAKER
Millions of Americans are still suffering from the Great Recession. People across the country are struggling to find jobs, and families nationwide have had banks foreclose on their homes. It is against this backdrop that President Obama gave his speech...
Can Libya Survive NATO?
VIJAY PRASHAD
The stalemate continues. No asp crawls up Qaddafi’s arm. NATO remains without triumph. To go around the stalemate, the leaders of Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa met in Sanya, China on April 14. Between discussions on the credit cru...
Why Canadians Must Say No to Harper
MURRAY DOBBIN
Medicare is turning out to be the sleeper issues in this election as Canadians continue to say that public health care – universal, comprehensive, publicly administered care, transferable across provincial lines – is their most important election i...
Toward Another Europe
ERIC TOUSSAINT
The crisis has shaken the European Union to its very foundations. Public debt is suffocating several countries that have been badly hit by the financial markets. With the governments currently in office, and the European Commission (EC), European Centr...
Squeezing Docs, Hiking Insurance, Hooking Patients
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Can anyone remember life before Ask Your Doctor ads on TV? All you knew about prescription drugs were creepy ads in a JAMA at the doctor’s office with a lot of fine print. Even if you knew the name of a drug, you’d never ask your do...
The Conference of Polluters
PATRICK BOND
Hosting the Durban COP17 – let’s rename it the ‘Conference of Polluters’ – starting in late November puts quite a burden on the African National Congress government in Pretoria: to pretend to be pro-green. E...
an Eerie Silence
ROBIN BLACKBURN
The news and entertainment media love anniversaries. So it is strange that the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War has been so low key. The BBC has a regular item each evening explaining the Secession crisis, in contrast to the shrugs of th...
Deflation is Right Around the Corner
MIKE WHITNEY
In June, the Fed’s bond-buying binge (QE2) will end and the economy will have to muddle through on its own. And, that won’t be easy, because QE2 provided a $600 billion drip-feed to ailing markets which helped to lift the S&P 500 12 per...
US Uncut
BRIAN TIERNEY
By Monday April 18th most Americans will have finished filing their taxes, helping to boost government revenue at a time when the only thing most politicians care to discuss is how to cut the deficit. But a large pack of corporat...
Energy
DAVID Ker THOMSON
"When it comes to energy, there are no easy answers.”  Actually, yes there are.  It’s rare that I’d disagree with something endorsed by that Tom Engelhardt over there at that TomDispatch, but the ...