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Archives from April 2011
Tunisian Tiger
CHARLES R. LARSON
Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s audacious Post- Post-Colonial novel, Montecore, focuses on the troubled relationship between a father and his son and that father’s life-long friend. Abbas, the father, and his friend, Kadir, gre...
Daydreaming of Cuba for Dollars
SAUL LANDAU And NELSON P. VALDES
Almost fifty years after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the university professor tuned in to his i-Pod radio. A news bulletin interrupted "It’s Make Believe Ballroom Time" to announce an El Paso jury had acquitted Luis Posada Carriles, well-kn...
Tells the Facts, Names the Names
HEATHER GRAY
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and we in South will once again have to endure the rhetoric about the glory of the Confederacy and invariably distortions of the truth. As memorials will be installed here and there to mark various...
China Syndrome
CARMELO RUIZ-MARRERO
For four centuries before the 1898 Spanish-American war, Europe was practically the only destination of Latin America’s much-coveted raw materials, from gold and silver to sugar cane and spices. Then in the 20th century the United States took Eur...
What’s Really Going On in Libya?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
It looks as though eastern Libya will slide into the Mediterranean under the sheer weight of western journalists assembled in Benghazi and Misrata.  A tsunami of breathless reports suggests that Misrata is enduring travails not far short of the si...
A Disgraceful Collapse
RAMZY BAROUD
Shocking is not a sufficient term to describe Justice Richard Goldstone’s decision to recant parts of the 2009 report on alleged war crimes in Gaza. The document, known as the Goldstone Report, was compiled after a thorough investigation ...
The Iraq Alumni Association
MICHAEL BRENNER
The 2003 Iraq alumni association is studded with stars. Its reunion would be a cheerful occasion for mutual congratulations. Donald Rumsfeld is promoting his self serving memoir on the talk show circuit where he is received as a respected elder statesm...
Ideological Bunga-Bunga
FARZANA VERSEY
Nude heads wearing Gandhi caps have become the new face of corporatised India’s conscience. It happens to be at around the same time when the Mahatma’s clay feet are being grounded in a book that is sought to be banned for its allusion to h...
The Remaking of Canada
MURRAY DOBBIN
Stephen Harper’s announcement that he is going to reach his deficit elimination goal a year early – by 2014 –  and do it by lopping $11 billion off federal spending is in effect lifting the veil on his long feared “hidden agend...
Lethal Ideologies
WILLIAM PFAFF
Paris. The determination of the Republican congressional majority to destroy the country’s legacy of what once was known (in religious circles, at least) as social justice is being accomplished amidst the ignorance of the va...
No Future to Win
LAURA FLANDERS
Paul Mason of the BBC called them "the graduates with no future." They’ve been at the center of protest movements around the world, from Tunisia to Wisconsin. GRITtv contributor Gary Younge reported on Spain’...
Libya
KEVIN CARSON
Some disconcerting facts, or at least disconcerting questions, are beginning to emerge regarding Obama’s Libyan intervention. First of all, the Asia Times reported on April 2 ("Exposed: The U.S.-Saudi Libya Deal") ...
Putting the Pentagon Out of Business
RON JACOBS
It’s a seemingly impossible task and, even if it is seriously attempted, it is a task that will require the commitment of many more than are currently engaged.  Those who join in the endeavor will find themselves up against some of the most ...
The Obama Doctrine
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi passed through Beirut a couple of weeks ago and gave a terrific lecture at AUB entitled “P...
The Diploma Mill Profiteers
MIKE WHITNEY
Student loans are a big business. In fact, student debt now exceeds $895 billion which is more than the total Americans owe on their credit cards. And, most of these loans are underwritten by the US government, which means that the taxpayer is on the h...
Whole Foods or Whole Hypocrisy?
RONNIE CUMMINS
“The reality is that no grocery store in the United States, no matter what size or type of business, can claim they are GE-free. While we have been and will continue to be staunch supporters of non-GE foods, we are not going to mislea...
Iceland’s Message to Portugal
NICK DEARDEN
This week has witnessed two very different reactions to European debt. At one end of Europe, Iceland’s voters decided once again not to accept the payment terms of their ‘creditors’, the British and Dutch governments, following the co...
The Economics of Islamophobia
LAWRENCE SWAIM
Under President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, the corporate upper class started exporting basic industry offshore, where wages were lower. That was a staggering blow to the middle class in the American rust belt. The same corporate CEOs likewise used glo...
Lust Murder
DAVID ROSEN
The bodies of murdered prostitutes are, once again, capturing media headlines. On eastern Long Island, NY, along Ocean Parkway, the bodies of ten young women, dumped in burlap sacks, have been discovered. In Memphis, TN, near Mount Carmel Cemetery, the...
NATO Irradiates Libya
THOMAS MOUNTAIN
NATO aircraft are routinely equipped with anti-armor missiles fitted with depleted uranium war heads. It has been widely reported that NATO has fired hundreds of anti-armor missiles in many parts of Libya, including in the immediate environs of the Lib...
American Celebrity and Armenian Genocide
JEFF HOWISON
Istanbul. Prior to moving to Istanbul last summer, I had never spent any significant time outside of the United States. I was born in Ohio and had never been to Europe, let alone Asia. I suspected that upon moving here I would be ...
How Green Became the Color of Money
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Bush Saddles Up "I’m both a compassionate conservative and a passionate conservationist,” pronounced Interior Secretary Gale Norton in late February 2001, during a speech at Bob Packwood’s Dorchester Confere...
Principle Over Principal?
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Congressional Republicans constantly remind us that principle is more important than principal. They are willing to shrink government at all costs. The latest example comes from the new budget agreement that has an impact on the IRS and tax collections...
Syria and the Delusions of the Western Press
PETER LEE
On April 10, a mysterious and bloody incident occurred near the seaside town of Banyas, in Syria. Nine members of a Syrian army patrol were shot to death and twenty five were wounded—the single bloodiest incident in the Syrian u...
The Battle Over PTSD
JOHN GRANT
“The battle over the meaning of a traumatic experience is fought in the arena of political discourse, popular culture and scholarly debate. The outcome of this battle shapes the rhetoric of the dominant culture and influences future p...
Drift to Live
BRIAN AWEHALI
Q: You’ve been sentenced to four years in prison, right?          A: Yes… I’m now locked up with over twenty counterrevolutionaries who were involved in th...
Endless War and Empire
MEDEA BENJAMIN And CHARLES DAVIS
Death and taxes are the only certainties in life. And as it turns out, they go hand in hand. While our fiscal woes have led Congress to slash ...
Pakistan Objects
GARETH PORTER
The Pakistani military’s recent demands on the United States to curb drone strikes and reduce the number of U.S. spies operating in Pakistan, which have raised tensions between the two countries to a new high, were a response to U.S. military and...
America’s Know-Nothing Policymakers
JAMES BOVARD
The United States is attacking Libya based on vague hopes that peace will triumph after the NATO bombing ceases. There are plenty of reasons to doubt whether a few hundred cruise missiles will beget harmony in the Libyan desert. But one of the biggest ...
Sayonara Chernobyl! Hello Fukushima!
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
Fukushima is now officially as bad as Chernobyl was: An INES (International Nuclear Event Scale) level seven "major nuclear accident." Say goodbye, Chernobyl. You will soon be forgotten. (Except for...
The Jerusalem Expulsions
JONATHAN COOK
Jerusalem. Munther Fahmi is known as the "bookseller of Jerusalem". Among his customers are to be found Tony Blair, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter and Hollywood actress Uma Thurman. In a city riven by political and soc...
Hail to the Trump!
CHARLES M. YOUNG
In the past few months, Obama has had time to play golf. He’s had time to fill out his NCAA basketball playoff bracket. He’s had time to go to Chile, a country prone to terrible earthquakes, and sell them new nuclear reactors. He’s ha...
War of the Euphemisms
ROBERT NAIMAN
The Obama administration set a bad precedent by launching a surprise war for regime change in Libya without congressional authorization or informed public debate, in violation of the letter and spirit of the War Powers Resolution enacted by Congress in...
Does Obama Fear the War Complex?
TOM TURNIPSEED
Obama won the Presidency campaigning as a peacemaker but has approved $40 billion for arms sales to other countries in his first year in the White House compared to the $34.5 billion President G.W. Bush approved in his last year in office according to ...
First, Fire the Economists
DEAN BAKER
Last month, the International Monetary Fund’s Independent Evaluation Office issued a remarkable report. The report quite clearly blamed the IMF for failing to recognize the factors leading up to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depressio...
America and the Great Disappointment
MICHAEL WINSHIP
I was considering having myself dusted with ash and measured for sackcloth last week, so many are the current predictions of impending apocalypse. There’s the contingent that follows the ancient Mayan calendar and predicts the end of the ...
Cuomo the Cutter
RALPH NADER
When liberals and progressives have nowhere to go, New York’s new Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo can move toward the corporatist-right of the political spectrum with impunity. Brandishing an inherited $10 billion state deficit, Cuomo has earned...
Fronting for Citigroup
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) wants to wipe out the cops. If it were up to her, Capito would get rid of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — the top cop on Wall Street. ...
Putting People to Work
ALAN NASSER
"Our greatest primary task is to put people to work." – Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1933 inauguration address No reasonable economist denies that the economy’s problems are grave and ...
Who Would You Flush?
LINH DINH
Is it possible to commit worse violence against Oceanus? We choke it with swirling plastic, spew oil and corexit stew, vomit irradiated slop into its lapping maw. Water, first element, symbolizes purity and fertility. It’s s...
Not Licensed to Kill
DAVE LINDORFF
There was a truly bizarre and telling paragraph at the end of a Wall Street Journal news report today on Pakistan’s demand that the US bring home hundreds of CIA and Special Forces personnel operating undercover in that country, and that it halt ...
Obama the Conceder
ANDREW LEVINE
In aesthetic theory, "sublime" denotes an incomprehensible vastness; aesthetic contemplation of sublime things elicits awe. Sublimity is neither good nor bad in a moral sense; it is an aesthetic property only. But great villainy can be sublim...
An Inconvenient Truth in Honduras
RODOLFO PASTOR CAMPOS
At the same time that the police and the Honduran army were brutally repressing popular protests of teachers, students, and resistance members for the sixth day in a row, Julissa Reynoso was greeting Honduran President Porfirio Lobo at the presidential...
Obama’s Libyan Escapade
ANDREW BACEVICH
It is a commonplace of American politics: when the moving van pulls up to the White House on Inauguration Day, it delivers not only a closetful of gray suits and power ties, but a boatload of expectations. A president, being the ...
Earthquake and Nuke Fatigue
RICHARD WILCOX
Tokyo. It appears there is a cover-up as to the severity of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. We in Japan are being told by the government that there is a plan to monitor food safety to ensure the public will not be expo...
Japan’s Nuclear Volcano Erupts
MIKE WHITNEY
Shares plunged across Europe, Asia and the United States on Tuesday as the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant deepened and Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency raised its radiological event scale to its highest level. Condition...
Attack of the Nuclear Apologists
HELEN CALDICOTT
Soon after the Fukushima accident last month, I stated publicly that a nuclear event of this size and catastrophic potential could present a medical problem of very large dimensions. Events have proven this observation to be true despite the nuclear in...
The Party of Compromise
LAURA FLANDERS
The ink on the compromise that kept the government open—barely–isn’t even dry and they’re already talking about the next round of cuts in Washington. The New York Times led off this week with an article about O...
Canada and the F-35
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
As an American, I am extremely reluctant to presume to offer Canada advice on how to proceed with the purchase of the F-35 "Joint Strike Fighter." However, the airplane is the culmination of such malevolent trends in my own country’s de...
The Danville Episode
DAVID MACARAY
Who would have imagined that Sweden—of all countries—with its heavily unionized workforce, its social programs, its liberated sexual attitudes, its minimum wage of $18 per hour, and its 5 weeks of guaranteed paid vacation, would dare treat the Unit...