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Archives from May 2011
On the Death of Soren, a Favorite Cat
DAVE LINDORFF
Our cat died two days ago. Soren, a little female, orange and white with a long tail and soft but fairly short fur, was a spirited, willful, and very intelligent creature. She could be incredibly affectionate and also could turn o...
Equity and Justice for Whom?
CURTIS DOEBBLER
Heads of states, religious leaders, politicians, activists, lawyers, academics ? even homeless people living on the streets of some of the poorest countries in the world ? all talk about equity and justice. These principles are a...
Too Big to Do Time?
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
The U.S. government won convictions against 23,506 drug traffickers nationwide during 2010, sending 96 percent of the offenders to prison, according to U.S. Sentencing Commission statistics. Yet one of the biggest entities busted ...
Oprah’s Divine Comedy
FARZANA VERSEY
They were discussing thighs. The woman was wearing a blue garish printed veil, the uncovered face revealed a touch of kohl in her dark eyes. She was telling her host that what Moroccan men are most attracted to in women are thighs ? they like them thic...
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
DON MONKERUD
When it comes to hypocrisy, few can keep pace with Newt Gingrich, ace "fiscal conservative." He maintains a $500,000 Tiffany account for his pompadour-styled third wife, whom he married after a secret six-year affair when he was married and s...
The Trust Deficit
M. REZA PIRBHAI
For more than a decade, Americans have been wondering if they can trust Pakistan. Their primary concern is whether the Pakistani establishment (or elements within it), which receives financial aid and publically proclaims allegiance, is privately actin...
The Hidden History of Mexico / US Labor Solidarity
DAVID BACON
In the period since the North American Free Trade Agreement has come into effect, the economies of the United States and Mexico have become more integrated than ever. Through Plan Merida and partnerships on security, the military and the drug war, the...
Factories of Fame
SAM SMITH
Attempting to find some justification for my continued viewing of "American Idol," it finally dawned on me that I was actually watching a detailed exposition about the manufacturing of one of the last products made in any significant quantity...
The Militarization of India
YASMIN QURESHI
India is today the world’s largest importer of arms. These include fighter jet planes, missiles and radar systems for strategic partnerships and geo-political power. India is also investing in security and surveillance to combat foreign threats ...
Democracy Talks
MICHAEL WINSHIP
Bill Moyers has a new book out. In the interest of full disclosure, I edited the book with him and co-wrote its introduction. And in the interest of what may seem to be shameless self-promotion, I urge you to read it. If you don&#...
What Lurks Around the Corner of Disney’s "Prom"
DAVID YEARSLEY
Hollywood’s rating system works in one direction: the older you get, the more “mature” is the content you’re allowed to see without your parents, bearing in mind that maturity and the Hollywood movie generally stand in oxymoroni...
Our Burning World
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
On Sunday, I awakened, went to my living room, and thought: This looks like a funeral parlor. Exhausted by bedtime, I’d removed the heavy red drapes, wooden rods, all the hardware, and I used one-woman ingenuity?placing a ...
Distorting the Syrian Uprising With the Help of the (UK) Independent
PETER LEE
The Syrian government has banned foreign and, I would imagine, anything but state-media reportage on the ongoing unrest. So I guess that foreign journos have little to chew on except reports relayed by dissidents and their own, un...
Can a Tomb Bring Egyptian Tourism Back to Life?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Egypt has opened to the public the tombs of leading retainers of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun at Saqqara, south of Cairo, in a desperate bid to lure back tourists who have avoided the country since the revolt in February that toppled President Hosni Mubarak...
Welcome to Gaza
RAMZY BAROUD
The Palestinian security officer at the Rafah border was overly polite. He wore a black uniform and walked around self-assuredly, as he instructed weary travelers on their next moves before being allowed back into Gaza. On the other side of the border,...
Arnold’s Decade of Deceit
DAVID ROSEN
Hollywood is a scripted town where the release of gossip, like a new blockbuster movie, is carefully timed to maximize box-office potential. The recent revelations about former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s adulterous relations with...
Communism as Comedy
CHARLES R. LARSON
Although her publishers categorize A Guided Tour through the Museum of Communism...
Love Child
CLANCY SIGAL
Like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 13-year-old son by his former housekeeper, I’m a "love child" ? the spawn of a liaison between my single mum and her married lover, my dad. I wouldn’t be alive today if my father had not betrayed...
A Warning From Finland
BORIS KAGARLITSKY
Moscow. Finnish elections don’t usually make headlines in Europe. But this spring Finnish voters managed to spoil the mood among Brussels bureaucrats and the liberal public by giving the nationalist True Finns party the thir...
Falsehoods on Freedom
RON JACOBS
While a comparison to the coronation of George the Fifth as Emperor of India might be a bit of a stretch, the recent tour of Barack Obama to the British Isles does have an uncomfortable similarity with the 1860 visit to Canada and the United States by ...
Save the Economy, Hike the Deficit!
MIKE WHITNEY
How do you light a fire under Congress? How do you get these guys to do what they’re paid to do? We’re 5 years into this slump, millions of people have lost their homes and jobs, 44 million people are on food stamps, t...
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
DAVID Ker THOMSON
God is dead, but only recently so?he’s still sort of hanging around.  Is that the message of my life merely, or is it really in the Cohen brothers’ True Grit?  The film has trickled down through the cinema system to our local semi...
America’s Top Hypocrites
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Was there ever a nation so marinated in hypocrisy as America? At home and abroad President Barack Obama trumpets Uncle Sam’s virtues and dispenses patronizing homilies to other nations on how to behave themselves and honor freedom and democracy. ...
Greed, Glitz and Gluttony
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
Although I can claim no kinship with McGill University Professor R. T. (Thomas) Naylor, whom I have never met, I am an admirer of his work as an economist, a historian, a criminologist, and a political journalist.  Even though he tackles very weig...
A Disgusting Lovefest
ESAM AL-AMIN
When Israeli Prime  Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the U.S. Congress in a joint session on May 24 it gave the right-wing extremist Israeli leader 29 standing ovations?four more than it even gave Barack Obama in his State of the Union addres...