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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
Archives from May 2011
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...