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THE DECAY OF AMERICAN MEDIA — Patrick L. Smith on the decline and fall of American journalism; Peter Lee on China and its Uyghur problem; Dave Macaray on brain trauma, profits and the NFL; Lee Ballinger on the bloody history of cotton. PLUS: “The Vindication of Love” by JoAnn Wypijewski; “The Age of SurrealPolitick” by Jeffrey St. Clair; “The Radiation Zone” by Kristin Kolb; “Washington’s Enemies List” by Mike Whitney; “The School of Moral Statecraft” by Chris Floyd and “The Surveillance Films of Laura Poitras” by Kim Nicolini.
Archives from June 2011
A League of Fans
RALPH NADER
Why do many serious readers of newspapers go first to the Sports section? Maybe because they want to read about teams playing fun games by sports journalists and columnists, who have more freedom to use imaginative words and phrases than others in their cra...
Killing the Wild West
LAURA LEIGH
You learn many interesting things traveling on public lands following the wild horse issue in the American West. You learn that after standing in sub-zero temperatures, attempting to document winter roundups, that returning to the rela...
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 with a...
Idolizing Absolute Power
JAMES BOVARD
The Christian Science Monitor published a piece I wrote  last month wrote opposing allowing the U.S. government to kill Americans without a warrant, trial, or any judicial niceties.  The article, “...
Greed and Slaughter on the Western Range
MARILYN WARGO
This summer the federal Bureau of Land Management, which overseas most of the nation’s federal lands, intends to take approximately 10,000 more horses from their legal, designated ranges in Western states. Beginning July 1st ther...
Encounter in Jerusalem
MATS SVENSSON
Jerusalem. It is early evening in Ram, a neighborhood in the outskirts of Jerusalem. The workers are on their way home to their families. The queue is long. I am sitting in my Audi, in the diplomats’ queue. I am alone, there’s no q...
Nuclear Catastrophe Imminent in Nebraska?
JOSEPH GIAMBRONE
When I wrote last week about the Nebraska reactor surrounded by floodwaters I, like most, still considered it a highly remote possibility of cataclysm. Upon further investigation, it seems much more likely now. The New York Times has e...
Bobby Kennedy Was No Hero
DAVID MACARAY
It’s a mystery why John F. Kennedy is still regarded as the family moderate?cautious, pragmatic, shrewd and calculating?while brother Bobby gets to be portrayed as the impetuous, left-leaning, idealistic humanitarian.  It’s a mystery because even a cur...
Preparing to Sail to Gaza
KATHY KELLY
Last week, newly-arrived in Athens as part of the US Boat to Gaza project, our team of activists gathered for nonviolence training. We are here to sail to Gaza, in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade, in our ship, “The Audacity of Hope.” Our t...
Hemingway and Us
CLANCY SIGAL
A man can be destroyed but not defeated. ? Ernest Hemingway Fifty years ago, Ernest Hemingway, writer, sportsman, big-game hunter, soldier, poseur, genius and Nobel Prize winner shot himself with his favorite Boss doublebarrel shotgun at his h...
The Deep Green Meaning of Fukushima
DON FITZ
Humanity must decrease its use of energy.  The decrease must be a lot (not a little bit) and it must happen soon.  A failure to do so will lay the foundation for the destruction of human life by some combination of climate change and radiation. ...
The Undoing of Libya
VIJAY PRASHAD
NATO headquarters shares with the caves of al-Qaeda the error of hubris. The jihadis believe that it was their rag-tag mujahideen that chased the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan. Nothing in their world-view allows them to share the glory with the United Sta...
The Demonization of Gaddafi
PATRICK COCKBURN
In the first months of the Arab Spring, foreign journalists got well-merited credit for helping to foment and publicize popular uprisings against the region’s despots. Satellite TV stations such as Al Jazeera Arabic, in particular, struck at the roots...
Development and Migration
LAURA CARLSEN
President Obama’s speech in El Paso on May 10 put the immigration debate back on the table. In reaffirming his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform, he attempted to reframe a debate that has been dominated by a focus on security. ...
Imperial Rounding Error in Iraq
PETER LEE
For students of the IMF vs. Chinese theories of economic development, I think  the details of the Chinese struggle to keep its Congo copper project going in  the teeth of  Western disapproval strikingly illustrates some conspicuous  and interesting  d...
Understanding Class and Species
JASON HRIBAL
“I will have a degree,” the Harvard graduate student sneered, “and you will be serving my kids fries at a drive-through on our way to a skiing trip.” “Maybe,” Will replied, “but at least I won’t be unoriginal.” –...
Vajazzled in Essex
BRENDAN O'NEILL
London. Is there a right way and a wrong way for a woman to worship her vagina? Judging from this week’s weird media debate about "vajazzling", there clearly is. On Monday evening, Newsnight c...
Obama and Rendition
V. NOAH GIMBLE
The day after Barack Obama took office, he signed a series of executive orders mandating the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as the global network of secret, CIA-run "black site" prisons. In addition, he committed the U...
The Villification of Smokers
WALTER BRASCH
The federal government has launched what may become one of the most effective propaganda campaigns in American history. Beginning September 2012, every cigarette manufacturer must display one of nine government-approved graphics on the top hal...
Cosi Fan Tutte at Drottingholm
DAVID YEARSLEY
The  location and miraculous preservation of the theatre at Drottningholm which I described last week make it a must for devotees of 18th-century opera as well as those in search of a whiff of Sweden’s illustrious past as a European super po...
Picture President Newt
SAUL LANDAU
The world’s people face transcendent issues: climate change (tornadoes, tsunamis, droughts, hurricanes), seemingly endless wars in Asia and Africa, mass uprisings, growing world hunger ? and the ever present nuclear (weapons and power) threat....
America’s Tahrir Square
DAVID ROSEN
The world is watching in stunned amazement as the Arab Spring plays out. People in one nation after another in North Africa and the Middle East have taken up the tactic of nonviolent, mass popular assembly to shame political leaders into addressing out...
Assault on Detroit
TOM STEPHENS
US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan labeled Detroit "ground zero" in education reform by video conference. He pointed out that Detroit students have posted the worst scores in the nation in math, reading and science, levels that shocked lo...
Our Corporate Military
KEVIN CARSON
Nicholas Kristoff, in a New York Times op-ed ("Our Lefty Military," June 16), lauds the "astonishingly liberal ethos" that governs the military internally ? single-payer health insurance, job security, educational opportunities, fre...
Bedtime for Punk Rock Relevancy?
COLIN KALMBACHER
Spite. Look it up. I was on the cusp of 15. About to begin high school. I’d be older than everybody else, but then, I always was. The currents of fate and bureaucracy had decided not only would I be fo...