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Archives from June 2011
Gaza and Thoughts of a Starving Ireland
RAY McGOVERN
Thinking further here in Athens about how it came to be that I joined the passengers on “The Audacity of Hope” and why I feel so strongly about the oppression in Gaza, it struck me that my Irish genes (as well as my theology) may be playing a ro...
Obama’s War on Whistleblowers
LINDA GREENE
Teresa Chambers is the luckiest whistleblower in the United States. She lost her job as the first woman chief of the U.S. Park Police after she told the media in 2004 that the department was below the number required to perform the job adequately. She sued,...
Afghanistan
ERIC WALBERG
In Baltimore, the nation’s mayors debated and passed a War Dollars Home Resolution at their annual meeting, the first time they have taken a stand on war since they passed a similar resolution in 1971, during the Vietnam war. The anti-war resolution e...
Rightward Drift
JAMES ZOGBY
The contest has begun to determine who will be the Republican candidate to square off against President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential elections. For months now, individuals have been announcing their intention to run, or to form “exploratory c...
Rod Blagojevich and the Audacity of Hope
ANDREW LEVINE
It is hard to believe but just a few years ago one could still say the words “audacity of hope” without irony.  That has become impossible now that the author of those words has become the world’s foremost destroyer of hope.  But even in a context w...
Capulalpam
MIGUEL ?NGEL V?SQUEZ
For two days, Capulalpam de la Sierra Ju?rez in Oaxaca turned into a modern Babel of land disputes. The town was the site of the Third National Forum Building Resistance to Protect our Land, May 20 and 21, and the indigenous participants spoke a variety of differen...
Displaced Women Demand Justice in Port au Prince
BILL QUIGLEY And JOCELYN BROOKS
“We women demand!?” sang out a hundred plus voices “?Justice for Marie!” Marie, a 25 year old pregnant mother, was injured by government agents when they slammed a wooden door into her stomach during an early morning invasion of an e...
Senator Calls for US Special Forces to Attack the Gaza Flotilla
MAX SUCHAN, KATHY KELLY And ROBERT NAIMAN
Senator Mark Kirk Washington, DC 524 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC, 20510 June 29th, 2011 Dear Senator Kirk, We are Illinois residents writing to you from Athens...
What are You Going to Do About the Empire?
THOMAS NAYLOR
Then what are you going to do about the Empire?  More specifically, how will you deal with the following: Governance The complete loss of moral authority of a government owned, operated, and controlled by Wall Street, Corporate...
Showdown in Chicago
LEE SUSTAR
Chicago takes center stage for teachers’ struggles in July amid the annual convention of the National Education Association (NEA), a gathering of reform activists and the battle with Chicago’s new mayor over cancellation of teachers’ raise...
Mugged Then Shot
LINH DINH
“The United States has been a leader in the multinational effort to end bribery and corruption in international business practices.” ?Website of the U.S. State Department If absolute power corrupts absolutely, why shouldn’t the United St...
The Nuclear Gang Regroups
KARL GROSSMAN
As the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex continued to unfold, the nuclear gang?principals of the nuclear industry and pro-nuclear members of the U.S. Congress and the Obama administration?held a two-day “summit” in Washington...
We’ve Almost Lost Nebraska
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Humankind is now threatened by the simultaneous implosion, explosion, incineration, courtroom contempt and drowning of its most lethal industry. We know only two things for certain: worse is yet to come, and those in charge are lying about it—a...
Labor Fights Back in Oregon
SHAMUS COOKE
On only the second sunny weekend of the year in Portland, Oregon, 60 plus labor activists decided to spend their Saturday at the Electricians union hall (IBEW Local 48), at the United Labor Strategy Meeting ? an event unlike any other happening in the count...
The US Military’s A/C Bill for Iraq and Afghanistan Gives Me the Shivers
DAVE LINDORFF
The United States Military is spending $20.2 billion a year for air-conditioning the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read that again please: $20.2 billion just to provide air-conditioning for our troops in these two desert countries....
A World Overwhelmed by Western Hypocrisy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Western institutions have become caricatures of hypocrisy. The International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank are violating their charters in order to bail out French, German, and Dutch private banks. The IMF is only empower...
Scenes From Tripoli
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli. Entering Libya from Tunisia, the roughly 115 mile drive to Tripoli currently provides a fascinating if unsettling introduction to the current situation in Tripoli.  By the time I arrived at the hotel my mouth tasted as if I h...
Memoirs of Torturers
DAVID SWANSON
On September 18, 2009, seven former heads of the CIA publicly told President Barack Obama not to prosecute CIA torturers. On April 16, 2009, Obama had already publicly told Attorney General Eric Holder not to prosecute CIA torturers. On September 18th, Hold...
War Colleges
HENRY GIROUX
While there is an ongoing discussion about the increasing corporatization of higher education?extending from the attempted buying of faculty positions by  right-wing billionaires such as the Koch brothers to the increasing casualization of faculty labor an...
The Rich are Different
MICHAEL WINSHIP
Washington, DC, is a Potemkin village of alabaster and marble where the perpetually stalled and broken escalators of the city’s subway system are a perfect metaphor for the government’s inability to generate positive, upward movement. Yet w...
A Fuse Called Geronimo
LEONARD PELTIER
Everyone it seems knows something about Geronimo Pratt. To all of us, to every human being on the planet, he was a beacon of principle that we should all aspire to emulate. To those directly involved in the struggle, he was one of those gifted, tough as nai...
Coming Out for DREAM
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant youth have been speaking out publicly about the fear and indignity of living under constant threat of arrest and deportation in the only land they’ve ever called “home.”  And for over decade they...
Sacred Mantras
URI AVNERY
The Palestinians are planning something thoroughly obnoxious:  they intend to apply to the UN for statehood. Why obnoxious? Any Israeli spokesman (not to mention spokeswoman) will tell you readily: because it is a “unilateral” mov...
Is America Coming to Its Senses?
ANDREW BACEVICH
At periodic intervals, the American body politic has shown a marked susceptibility to messianic fevers. Whenever an especially acute attack occurs, a sort of delirium ensues, manifesting itself in delusions of grandeur and demented behavior. ...
The Salting of Florida
ALAN FARAGO
Drought, wildfires, floods. The first three minutes of network news is like a TV primer from the Book of Revelations. Al Gore, in Rolling Stone, was inventor of that line, but at some point in the not-so-distant future, destroyed drinking water wells in Sou...