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Archives from June 2011
How US Mayors Passed an Antiwar Resolution
DAVID SWANSON
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has just done something it hasn’t done since Vietnam, passing a resolution that supports efforts to speed up the ending of our current wars and calls on the President and Congress to “bring these war dollars home to...
Libya, Canada’s Other Ugly War
MURRAY DOBBIN
NATO members, including Canada, are continuing their bombing campaign against Libya in a war that may just break the record for the casual breaking of international law, and lying about the motives for the war. There is no mandate to engage in “regime...
Farewell to Mississippi With Love and Anger
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
On July 1, 1966, when thirty year old Norma Watkins bid farewell to her husband of ten years, her four young children, and the good life in Jackson, Mississippi, she was effectively engaging in a personal act of secession from the Magnolia State.  Not only...
The Great Escape from Kandahar
PATRICK COCKBURN
It was one of the great prison escapes in history in terms of the ingenuity and perseverance of those involved. It happened at 10pm on  April 25 this year in southern Afghanistan when, after five months tunnelling, Taliban diggers finally broke through the...
Core vs. Periphery in the EU
ERIC TOUSSAINT
From 1980 to 2004 joining the European Union was quite popular among large sections of the populations in concerned countries. Portuguese, Greek and Spanish citizens regarded their countries’ participation in the European integration both as a guarant...
Can Grover Norquist Save American Unions?
DAVID MACARAY
The practice known as “union-busting” isn’t limited to goon squads cracking heads, or companies hiring public relations firms that specialize in scare tactics and intimidation.  In its broadest sense, union-busting describes what congressional Democr...
The Dangerous, Undemocratic Pretensions of "Civil Society"
P. SAINATH
Mumbai The 1990s saw marketing whiz kids at the largest English daily in the world steal a term then in vogue among sexually discriminated minorities: PLUs ? or People Like Us. Media content would henceforth be for People Like Us. This...
Climate Meetings Have Become Conferences of Polluters
PATRICK BOND
Judging by what transpired at last week’s global climate negotiations in the former West German capital, Bonn, it appears certain that in just over five months time, the South African port city of Durban will host a conference of procrastinators, the ‘C...
The Traumatic Brain Injury Epidemic
CONN HALLINAN
“We are facing a massive mental health problem as a result of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a country we have not responded adequately to the problem. Unless we act urgently and wisely, we will be dealing with an epidemic of service related psy...
Strange Definitions of War and Peace
Rep. RON PAUL
Last week I joined six Republican and three Democrat colleagues to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its illegal war against Libya. Now that more than 90 days have passed since the president began bombing Libya, no one can seriously claim...
A Few Simple Steps to Reduce Prison Populations
MARC GARDNER
Dear Governor Brown, California Assembly Bill 109 proposes to move thousands of parolees and non-violent felons to the county jails, which seems tantamount to digging a new hole to bury what you’ve just excavated. It’s supposed to ...
Desperately Seeking Legitimacy
RALPH NADER
The meticulous Harvard Law Review editors should be rolling over in their footnotes. The recidivist violations of constitutional and statutory requirements by their celebrated predecessor at that journal ? Barack Obama has reached Orwellian dimensions in th...
Those Libyan Atrocities
PATRICK COCKBURN
In war, accounts of atrocities need to be treated with scepticism. Surveying a battlefield where he had once fought, the great Confederate general Stonewall Jackson turned to an aide and asked: "Did you ever think, sir, what an opportunity a battl...
Obama Doubles Down on the War on Terror
KAREN J. GREENBERG
In the seven weeks since the killing of Osama bin Laden, pundits and experts of many stripes have concluded that his death represents a marker of genuine significance in the story of America’s encounter with terrorism. Peter Bergen, a bin Laden exper...
An American Jew Sails to Gaza
JANE HIRSCHMANN
People often ask me why I am part of a team to organize a U.S. Boat to Gaza that will be sailing this month with the next International Flotilla to break the siege of Gaza. They often make clear they are asking because I am an American Jew, whose family sur...
Haiti Between the Storms
MARK SCHULLER And MARK SNYDER
The rains have stopped, for now. In the past couple of days a ‘tropical depression’ has hovered over Haiti, bringing high winds blowing dust and a slight break in the 100-plus temperatures. But as everyone knows, the hurricane season is far...
Nuclear Nightmare Worsens
JOE GIOMBRONE
It’s worse, a lot worse. The lies told by TEPCO and the Japanese government are but the tip of the iceberg. More than 80% of the Japanese people distrust anything their government says about Fukushima. Shinbun news reports on the propaganda:...
"It Smells Like There’s a Dead Body in the Damn Car!"
JOHN ESKOW
The young woman who seems to have committed the most heinous and mystifying of all crimes — the murder of her own two-year-old daughter — rarely shows even a flicker of affect. Grave-pale and dead-eyed, she sits lumpily in court and listens as ...
What’s the Nuclear Energy For, George?
CHRIS BUSBY
As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology. . . . A crappy old plant with inadequate safety features was hit by a monster earthquake and a vast tsunami. The electricity supply failed, knocking out the cooling sys...
From South Lebanon and Long Island with Hate
FRANKLIN LAMB
Hanan is the Islamophobic Lebanese woman, Hanan Qahwaji, who as a child lived in the South Lebanon village of Marjayoun overlooking the Lebanon-Palestine border during three years of the on-again off-again Lebanese Civil War before she became an Israeli col...
Haiti Between the Storms
MARK SCHULLER And MARK SNYDER
The rains have stopped, for now. In the past couple of days a ‘tropical depression’ has hovered over Haiti, bringing high winds blowing dust and a slight break in the 100-plus temperatures. But as everyone knows, the hurricane season is far from...
Dershowitz Promotes Settlement for Strauss-Kahn as Hotel Housekeeper Lawyers Up
PAM MARTENS
To women working in the shadows around the world, she embodies the spirits of Anita Hill, Norma Rae and Rosa Parks.  She has done for hotel room attendants what the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 did to expose sweatshop conditions for garment workers.  In summ...
Are We on the Brink of Burying Nuke Power Forever?
HARVEY WASSERMAN
This may be the moment history has turned definitively against atomic energy. To be sure: we are still required to fight hard to bury reactor loan guarantees in the United States. There are parallel struggles in China, India, England...
Looking for a Good Shaman
BRIAN McKENNA
“You must help me if you can” — Jackson Browne, “Doctor my Eyes” In his song, Jackson Brown asks the Doctor “to help me understand” a world “with . . .evil.” The artist “hears the cr...
If Racism is Over, Why are Whites Still Kicking Me in the Ass?
CECIL BROWN
“…keep this nigger boy running…” —Ralph Ellison, ...
Two Summer Reads
CHARLES R. LARSON
Here are two widely different summer reads?for a lounge in your back yard, at the beach, or in bed late at night?...
How the US Routinely Violates Human Rights at Home
VALERIE BURCH
Mohammed Uddin lived in New York City for 15 out of his 41 years. Back in Bangladesh, he wouldn’t be able to get the life-sustaining heart medication he takes daily for a rare form of severe hypertension called Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. On the t...
The Sorrows of Afghanistan and Pakistan
VIJAY PRASHAD
Cleverly, the Washington establishment seeks to reorder events so that it can take credit for things it did not do and pass on the blame for things it did do. President Barack Obama not only wants to share the Arab Spring’s glory but, with the Group o...
The Second Spanish Invasion of Northern California
WILL PARRISH
The Spanish wine corporation Grupo Codorn?u is accustomed to doing things in a big way.  It is reputed to own a greater expanse of vineyard acreage than any wine company in Spain, which in turn has more land under grapevine cultivation than any nation in t...
Obama’s Libya Defense
DAVID SWANSON
The arguments made to “legalize” war, torture, warrantless spying, and other crimes by John Yoo and Jay Bybee and their gang are looking rational, well-reasoned, and impeccably researched in comparison with Obama’s latest “legalizati...
Will US Mayors Vote Against the War?
MEDEA BENJAMIN
Senate Armed Services Chair Carl Levin?a Democrat from Michigan–had just put down the gavel, marking the end of the confirmation hearing for Leon Panetta to be the next Secretary of Defense, when Detroit-born CODEPINK activist Tighe Barry jumped up. ...
Definitely Bachmann Over Weiner
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Rep Anthony Weiner is gone and a good job too. Though progwessive publications like The Nation were disposed to clamor for his political survival as a champion of the left, and to deprecate his foolish sexual exhibitionism as an inconsequential blemish in ...
America’s Judge Dredd Moment
JOHN STANTON
According to the US Department of Justice, “Defending national security from both internal and external threats remains the [Department’s] highest priority. National security threats are constantly evolving and adapting, requiring additional resources t...
Turmoil at the Top
CONN HALLINAN
On the surface, the recent turmoil in Teheran looks like a case of the clerical elite, led by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, slapping down an independent minded President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, though the battle is couched in vocabulary that does more to obscur...
The Recline of the West
RICH BRODERICK
A few days ago, I made a trip to Wat Po, a huge complex of Buddhist temples, stupas and learning halls attached to the Royal Palace in the center of Bangkok. I was there not to gain enlightenment, however, but a Thai massage. In the end, I got some of both....
Mexico’s Biggest Drug Lord
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City Rhen Osama Bin Laden bit the dust in Pakistan last month, the world’s media rushed to speculate as to who might replace him as the World’s Most Wanted Man. The name thrown up most frequently, on account of how mysticall...
Miracle at Drottningholm
DAVID YEARSLEY
Stockholm. The fine baroque palace of Drottningholm is about an hour’s trip by slow vintage ferry from the center of Stockholm. Drottningholm means Queen’s Island and the first castle was built in this then-remote spot in the late 16th c...
Why Regime Change in Libya?
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
In light of the brutal death and destruction wrought on Libya by the relentless US/NATO bombardment, the professed claims of “humanitarian concerns” as grounds for intervention can readily be dismissed as a blatantly specious imperialist ploy in...
Did Egypt Really Open Rafah Crossing?
RAMZY BAROUD
For most Palestinians, leaving Gaza through Egypt is as exasperating a process as entering it. Governed by political and cultural sensitivities, most Palestinian officials and public figures refrain from criticizing the way Palestinians are treated at the R...
What Gates Didn’t Fix
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Robert Gates has been called the best secretary of defense in recent memory. On the other hand, he has a reputation with some as a slick career bureaucrat with a knack for avoiding blame but pocketing credit. Both are true. “Best...
When Only "Crazies" See the Bank Giveaway for What It Was
MICHAEL HUDSON
Financial crashes were well understood for a hundred years after they became a normal financial phenomenon in the mid-19th century. Much like the buildup of plaque deposits in human veins and arteries, an accumulation of debt gained momentum exponentially u...
Union Busting in Wisconsin
DAVID MACARAY
Following their supreme court’s recent 4-3 ruling, Wisconsin now becomes one of only six states in the union (joining North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Texas) where it’s illegal for public employees to engage in collective bargaining...
Bachmann’s Crusade
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
Actor Tim Robbins, long considered the poster boy for Hollywood liberals, along with his wife Susan Sarandon, once donated $5,000 to ten Republican congressional candidates ? one of which is currently running for president. Can you gue...
The Oil Speculators
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Where are the anti-tax activists when you need them? They should be protesting outside of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, denouncing the agency for failing to take action. And they should be applauding a new legislative propo...
Dying for Love
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
During Barack Obama’s presidency, we’ve witnessed a convergence of paths, a union of pathologies. Obama is Bush. Bush is Obama. One could have been fashioned from the other’s rib. Mission position accomplished. Mission expanded. ...
The Crime Decline Dividend
TOM REIFER
The dramatic drop in crime rates in San Diego County ? with the exception of hate crimes and bank robberies – mirrored to varying extents around the country, cries out for explanation, especially given the context of economic crisis, usually thought t...
A Bloody Awful Question of Liquidity
STEPHEN MARTIN
When they can get you asking the wrong questions they don’t have to worry about the answers – Thomas Pynchon, “Proverbs for Paranoids,” Gravity’s Rainbow It is a dangerous form of treatme...
Subversives
MARK CHMIEL
“Don’t give up, don’t give in, don’t give out.” –John Lewis, one of the 1961 Freedom Riders My friend Hedy Epstein joined the “Move over AIPAC” protests in Washingto...
Goldman Sachs’ Libyan Gambit
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Good news for investors whose investments have gone south comes from unlikely sources. Libya is one of them and Goldman Sachs another. The news is certain to convince many that there is no better manager of their money than that fabled institution that wa...
Secrecy at the Fed
MARK WEISBROT
The recent release of documents showing that the Federal Reserve loaned tens and possibly hundreds of billions of dollars to foreign banks in 2008 and 2009 has raised more questions about Ben Bernanke’s Chairmanship of the Fed. T...