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Archives from May 2011
The New Face of War
CONN HALLINAN
The assassination of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden did more than knock off America’s Public Enemy Number One, it formalized a new kind of warfare, where sovereignty is irrelevant, armies tangential, and decisions are secret. It is, in the word...
I am Done With Voting
JOHN SHAKOUR
The election of 2008 put the final nail in the coffin. The debates between Obama and McCain for President and Biden and Palin for VP were mile stones in electoral sanity. There was never a clearer choice. A mad crazy man teamed up with a know nothing w...
Scenes From the Mundane Life of a Drunk
KIM NICOLINI
I love Raymond Carver’s writing and his ability to capture small, seemingly mundane human moments and turn them into things of beauty and art. When I discovered that the movie Everything Must Go is based on a Raymond Carver short story, there was...
Ren?, Can We Begin a Dream Collaboration Project?
PHIL ROCKSTROH
Descartes, I’ve heard tale: On the night before you published your treatise, Rules For The Direction Of The Mind, you dreamed: Walking a city street, you found yourself leaning so far to the right, that, as you proceeded along the sidewalk, your ...
The Middle East Through the Looking Glass
IRA CHERNUS
Tuches aufn tish: Buttocks on the table. That’s the colorful way my Yiddish-speaking ancestors said, “Let’s cut the BS and talk about honest truth.” It seems like a particularly apt expression after a week watching the shadow-boxing ...
Crisis in the Eurozone
MARSHALL AUERBACK
When the euro was launched, leading German politicians used to argue, with evident relish (and much to the chagrin of the British in particular), that monetary union would eventually require political union. The Greek crisis was precisely the sort of event ...
When the Bad Moon Rose
JAKE ROHRER
“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There is also a negative side.” ? Hunter Thompson On Christmas eve, 1967, John Fogerty announced ...
Breakup of the Eurozone?
MICHAEL HUDSON
Last month Iceland voted against submitting to British and Dutch demands that it compensate their national bank insurance agencies for bailing out their own domestic Icesave depositors. This was the second vote against settlement (by a ratio of 3:2), and Ic...
Holy Herb
JOHN SINCLAIR
420 Cafe, Amsterdam I’m crossing the English Channel on the Stena Line steamship as I write this, moving on from London to Amsterdam for the next 10 days, and then on to Italy. It was a rough April in the Motor City with one cold, gray day afte...
The Politics of Law-Breaking
TANYA GOLASH-BOZA
Barcelona. Let he (or she) who has never broken the law hurl the first insult. One of the most popular refrains we hear these days about undocumented migrants is that they are criminals because they broke the...
Fukushima and the Radioactive Sea
HARVEY WASSERMAN
New readings show levels of radioisotopes found up to 30 kilometers offshore from the on-going crisis at Fukushima are ten times higher than those measured in the Baltic and Black Seas during Chernobyl. "When it comes to the...
En Garde, Legarde!
MIKE WHITNEY
French Finance Minster Christine Lagarde has emerged as the front-runner in the race to replace ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. She is a champion swimmer, an accomplished attorney, and a competent bureaucrat. She’s also a friend of Wall Stre...
The BBC’s New Censors
AFSHIN RATTANSI
Now, the BBC is even trying to stop the politicisation of British youth! The BBC has released a statement proclaiming that late night music shows were not the place for political controversy ? young people might be listening. It c...
Bibi and the Yo-Yos
URI AVNERY
It was all rather disgusting. There they were, the members of the highest legislative bodies of the world’s only superpower, flying up and down like so many yo-yos, applauding wildly, every few minutes or seconds, the most o...
The Case of Mariem Megalla
ANTHONY PAPA
Mariem Megalla is a 24-year veteran forensic technician with the New York Police Department. She was suspended from her job last year when she was caught falsifying drug test results at the NYPD’s crime lab in Jamaica, Queens. Because of this, t...
The Search for War
NORMAN SOLOMON
In times of war, U.S. presidents have often talked about yearning for peace. But the last decade has brought a gradual shift in the rhetorical zeitgeist while a tacit assumption has taken hold — war must go on, one way or another. "I...
The Absurd US Stance on Israeli Nukes
SAM HUSSEINI
On Tuesday, at a rare joint session of Congress for a foreign leader, members of Congress will clapped hands raw for Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel — a nation many members of congress are incapable of speaking simple truths abou...
Just Another Day in the Incarceration Society
SHERWOOD ROSS
The Supreme Court’s recent decision ordering California to reduce its overcrowded prisons by 30,000 inmates is as welcome as a ray of sunlight streaming through prison bars. State officials have known for decades of the horrific, if not criminal,...
Torture and the Damage Done
PETER WEISS
Osama bin Laden’s death has laid to rest the mystery of his whereabouts. His body lies under the ocean. But now his death raises another increasingly popular question. Was he tracked down thanks to tips elicited through the torture of captured al...
Mubarak in the Dock
PATRICK COCKBURN
The former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is to be tried for conspiring to kill demonstrators whose protests brought an end to his 30-year rule. The move by the military government is seen as an attempt to satisfy growing popula...
Attacking the Memory of Workers’ Struggle
BRIAN TIERNEY
If you thought the bipartisan crusade against workers to roll back union rights would be enough to soften the saber rattling of corporate class warfare, think again. Not content with the legislative assault on workers’ rights in states...
The Case of Detainee U
YVONNE RIDLEY
London The tabloid media here are going to have a feeding frenzy over the next few days after international soccer star Ryan Giggs was dramatically revealed as the figure behind the so-called super privacy injunction. Now t...
The Housemaid, Her Union and Strauss-Kahn
DEAN BAKER
One very important fact has been largely absent from the coverage of the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and leading candidate to be the next president of France. The hotel ho...
The IMF
CHRISTINE AHN And KAVITA N. RAMDAS
As Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the world’s most powerful financial institution, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), spends a few nights in Rikers Island prison awaiting a hearing, the world is learning a lot about his history of treating w...
Inside Philly’s Veterans Court
JOHN GRANT
John Fleming is a 58-year-old African American born and raised in Philadelphia who served in the Army from 1969 to 1972 maintaining nuclear weapons in silos in Germany. It was 10:45 AM on Friday outside Courtroom 1006 in Philadelp...
UN Cuts Food, Expands War in Somalia
THOMAS MOUNTAIN
Asmara, Eritrea. As the UN funded African Union "peacekeepers" expand their military occupation of Mogadishu the UN relief agency announces an over 2/3 cut in food aid to one million Somali refugees due to a "fundin...
The Cards in Pakistan’s Deck
DILIP HIRO
Washington often acts as if Pakistan were its client state, with no other possible patron but the United States. It assumes that Pakistani leaders, having made all the usual declarations about upholding the "sacred sovereignty" of their count...
General Amidror’s Gift
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Yaakov Amidror is a retired Israeli Major-General and currently head of Binyamin’s Netanyahu’s National Security Council.   This is a bit surprising, though not because of Amidror’s political views:  he opposed, for ins...
Harper’s Goal
MURRAY DOBBIN
In observing Stephen Harper for the past 20 years, I have often been reminded of the line from Shakespeare: "The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers."   Replace lawyers with scientists, and you captu...
Revitalizing the AFL-CIO
RALPH NADER
When Harry Kelber, the 96 year old relentless labor advocate and editor of The Labor Educator speaks, the leadership of the AFL-CIO should listen. A vigorous champion for the rights of rank-and-file workers vis-?-vis their corporate employers and their...
NATO’s Feast of Blood
CYNTHIA McKINNEY
Tripoli. While serving on the House International Relations Committee from 1993 to 2003, it became clear to me that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was an anachronism. Founded in 1945 at the end of World War II, NAT...
Greece in Meltdown
MIKE WHITNEY
Stocks dropped on Monday as Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis deepened and bond yields across the EU periphery headed sharply higher. The euro fell hard against the dollar ($1.40) while the Greek 10-year bond spiked to 17 per cent before mounting a ...
Fukushima Goes Global
ROBERT ROTH
To a limited extent, you can protect yourself and others against cancer from radiation.(1) But such means offer limited protection at best, and meanwhile massive amounts of irreparable damage are being caused ongoingly by the Fukushima disaster. Here...
Obama the Minimalist
PATRICK BOND
Here in Palestine, disgust expressed by civil society reformers about Barack Obama’s May 19 policy speech on the Middle East and North Africa confirms that political reconciliation between Washington and fast-rising Arab democrats is impossible....
Church Burning in Egypt
PATRICK COCKBURN
Cairo "I shouldn’t have told them I am a Copt," says Hani Armanius Agib, recalling how his admission, as he tried to join a Coptic demonstration, that he is a Christian to a crowd of Muslims led to him being beaten up and his wal...
The Autistic Confederacy
SAM SMITH
The French students who drew a connection between contemporary economics and autism have made one of the more profound observations of our time. Technically, the kind of autism exhibited by leading economists – and (although the students did not ...
The Resistance in Obama Time
BILL QUIGLEY
Since President Obama was inaugurated, there have been over two thousand six hundred arrests of activists protesting in the US.   Research shows over 670 people have been arrested in protests inside the US already in 2011, over 1290 were arre...
Netanyahu and the One-State Solution
NEVE GORDON
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address US legislators on Tuesday. He will, no doubt, tell members of Congress that he supports a two-state solution, but his support will be predicated on four negative principles: no to Israel’s full withd...
The Global Arms Bazaar
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
Despite the vast rivers of blood and treasure poured into wars over the centuries, the nations of the world continue to enhance their military might. According to a recent report from the prestigious Stockholm International Peace ...
Crossing Bones at Zero Line
PAUL FITZGERALD And ELIZABETH GOULD
The stakes are perhaps as high as they have ever been for the post-Cold War United States as Senator John Kerry wades through the Central Asian quagmire in Islamabad. Ironies abound. A war begun ten years ago by Skull and Bonesman George W. Bush requir...
Obama’s Big Immigration Speech
ALVARO HUERTA
President Obama’s recent immigrant speech in El Paso, Texas, amounted to "much ado about nothing" for Latinos. Instead of sympathetic words for immigrants in a re-election, campaign-style format, we need for Obama ...
Strauss-Kahn’s Legacy at the IMF
MARK WEISBROT
Now that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned from his position as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), it is worth taking an objective look at his legacy there. Until his arrest last week on charges of attempted rape and sexual a...
When Worlds Collide in a Luxury Suite
REBECCA SOLNIT
How can I tell a story we already know too well? Her name was Africa. His was France. He colonized her, exploited her, silenced her, and even decades after it was supposed to have ended, still acted with a high hand in resolving her affairs in places l...
Obama and the Iron Cage
JOHN MEARSHEIMER
Barack Obama gave a major speech on the Middle East last week and it is clear from the subsequent commentary that he impressed few people. The main reason is that he did not say much new or indicate that there would be any serious changes in US policy...
The World We Want is the World We Need
VIJAY PRASHAD
We must love one another or die – W. H. Auden Capitalism is like a roller coaster. The dynamism of ruthless profit pushes against the constraints of humanity and technology to produce the boom years. But the very pressures of cutti...
The Crisis in America’s Ghettos
SHERWOOD ROSS
In case you didn’t know it, what’s called a "recession" in White America is called a "depression" in Black America. During much of last year white unemployment held steady at around 8.8 percent. Down the block, though, i...
What NATO is Doing to Libya
PATRICK COCKBURN
Flames billow up from the hulks of eight Libyan navy vessels destroyed by Nato air attacks as they lay in ports along the Libyan coast. Their destruction shows how Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is being squeezed militarily, but also the degree to which the U...
Will NATO Bomb Spain?
FIDEL CASTRO
Nobody can assure us that in its agony, the empire won’t be dragging human beings down to catastrophe. As we know, while our species remains alive, everybody has the sacred duty to be optimistic. Ethically, any other behavio...
Stop All Military Aid
TOM H. HASTINGS
Israel is now dictating conditions to the US and upbraiding President Obama for having the nerve to suggest finally following UN Resolution 242, which has long called for a return to the 1967 borders of Israel. He says it should be the border of the tw...
Words From the First Intifada
DANIEL DRENNAN
In 1987, after the First Intifada started, I remember sitting in a coffee shop in New York and overhearing words that stung and burned and never left me. I wrote down my thoughts in a sketchbook at the time, but never brought them forward; I forever re...