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Archives from May 2011
The World Bank’s Africa Strategy
PATRICK BOND
A renewed wave of development babble began flowing soon after the February launch of the World Bank’s ten-year Strategy document, “Africa’s Future and the World Bank’s Support to It”. Within three months, a mini-tsunami of Afro...
How NATO Killed Qaddafi Family Members
CYNTHIA McKINNEY
Tripoli. How many times must a parent bury a child? In the case of Muammar Qaddafi it’s not only twice: once for his daughter, murdered by the United States bombing on his home in 1986, and again on 30...
A Democratic Middle East is Intolerable for Saudi Arabia
KOUROSH ZIABARI
Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History and Director of International Studies at Trinity College, Hartford, CT His most recent book, ...
Who Cares What Obama Says?
ROBERT FISK
This month, in the Middle East, has seen the unmaking of the President of the United States. More than that, it has witnessed the lowest prestige of America in the region since Roosevelt met King Abdul Aziz on the USS Quincy in the Great Bitter Lake in 1945...
Look Out Below!
MIKE WHITNEY
The slowdown has begun. The economy has started to sputter and unemployment claims have tipped 400,000 for the last seven weeks. That means new investment is too weak to lower the jobless rate which is presently stuck at 9 percent. Manufacturing–which...
Ain’t No New Thing
RANDY SHIELDS
The commanding voice that named the names, that directed a musical letter of rage (air mail special) to whitey on the moon, and lived to see a revolt (if not a revolution) televised in Egypt, has died. Gil Scott-Heron died Friday afternoon at age 62 in NYC&...
The Egyptian Revolution in Identity Crisis
PATRICK COCKBURN
Cairo Egypt opened its border with the Gaza Strip last week in a radical move that upends the 30-year-old alliance between the US, Israel and Egypt under the rule of President Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian foreign minister described the blockade of 1.6...
Dispatches From the End of Empire
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Well folks, there’s good news, and there’s bad news in America today. The good news is that people seem to be waking up just a bit to what’s being done to them. The bad news is that it really is just a bit t...
100 Years of Robert Johnson
DAVE MARSH
Somebody asked if Robert Johnson ever got to Chicago. I looked for the fact in a few...
How Offshoring Has Destroyed the Economy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
These are discouraging times, but once in a blue moon a bit of hope appears. I am pleased to report on the bit of hope delivered in March of 2011 by Michael Spence, a Nobel prize-winning  economist, assisted by Sandile Hlatshwayo, a researcher at New York ...
Testimony of a Fukushima Mother
SACHIKO SATO
At the first and third negotiation with Ministry of Education and Science, April 21  and May 23, 2011  Fukushima mother Sachiko Sato ...
Clinging to the Nuclear Option
RUDI H. NUSSBAUM
The national organization Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), committed to protecting public health, demands the de-commissioning of all currently operating nuclear plants in the US and urges members of Congress to refuse to subsidize the construction of new ones ...
The Greatest Generation?
FRANCIS BOYLE, Jr.
My father’s record in combat spoke for itself. I have here on display in my office his Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal with three bronze service stars, each awarded for “action against the enemy” at Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa, respectively...
Dylan at 70
DAVID VEST
When Bill Monroe celebrated 50 years on the Grand Old Opry, he said he was mainly proud that he had never missed a show and had only been late twice. That’s the way I think of Bob Dylan at 70 ? not as a genius poet songwriter but as a working mu...
Close Down the IMF
SHELDON RICHMAN
International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn is out after being charged with sexual assault against a hotel maid in New York. Unfortunately many members of the world’s governing elite stand ready to take his place. Who should succeed St...
Who’s Afraid of the Israel Lobby?
ANDREW LEVINE
Seldom has any country been as dependent on another as Israel is on the United States, and never in American history has the United States been as servile towards another country as it is towards this beneficiary of its diplomatic, economic and military lar...
Obama and AIPAC
JOSEPH GROSSO
Back shortly before he officially became presidential timber Barack Obama, in his bestselling book The Audacity of Hope, described a trip he had taken to the Middle East. Recalling a helicopter trip over Jerusalem he wrote: ‘I looked down at the Old City,...
Move Over, AIPAC
HARRY CLARK
The annual conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, took place in Washington the weekend of May 21-22 and the following week. As usual, the top of the federal government paid tribute—President Obama addressed the 6,000 strong delega...
Why COIN Won’t Work
JOHN STANTON
Sun Tzu, Boyd, Svechin, Creveld, Clausewitz, Luttwak, Dayan, and Alexander are just a few of the heavyweights cited by US military/political strategists these days as they attempt to redesign national security strategy, operations and tactics to secure US i...
The Jemima Code
ROBERT JENSEN
Austin. In the cafeteria-turned-classroom at UT Elementary School, Toni Tipton-Martin struggles to keep six restless boys focused on hot cocoa, the day’s nutrition lesson. She starts with a store-bought cocoa mix, guiding the stu...
The IMF After Strauss-Kahn
PHILIPPE MARLI?RE
London. In France, Dominique Strauss-Kahn epitomised to the point of self-parody the “gauche caviar” (champagne socialism): the Marrakech riad, the libertine lifestyle and a very, very wealthy wife. If Christine Lagarde succeeds hi...
A Jarring Disconnect
DAVE LINDORFF
In his latest speeches on the Middle East, President Obama, both at the State Department and at the G8 meeting in France, has pledged billions of dollars in economic aid to Middle Eastern countries, drawing a direct connection between the unrest and demonst...
On the Russian Fronts
ERIC WALBERG
On the eve of the 9 May Victory Day celebrating the defeat of fascism, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin raised eyebrows when he announced the formation of a "Popular Front". He was speaking at a United Russia conference in Stalingrad (ex...
Colombia and the FTA
DIANE LEFER
For five years, the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiated between the administrations of George Bush and Colombian president Alvaro Uribe was stalled in the US Congress because of violence against Colombian workers, including 51 union leaders ...
Cuba
SAUL LANDAU And NELSON P. VALD?S
"No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver"   ? Spanish saying (There is no worse blind person than the one who does not wish to see.) On May 13, Miami newspaper hea...