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Archives from June 2011
Obama’s Singularities
WILLIAM A. COOK
"We arouse and arrange our memories to suit our psychic needs." – Michael Kammen, Columbus in History If George W. Bush could attest to his mission from God Almighty to invade Iraq– ‘I’m driven...
Nuclear Power? What’s the Alternative?
JOE GIAMBRONE
Glad you asked. It turns out that the alternative energy market is the new gold rush of the 21st century. That’s the good news. In the wake of Italy’s overwhelming rejection of high-risk atomic power, Reuters tells ...
Turkey Rising
RAMZY BAROUD
Many commentators today are basing the success of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the June 12 elections largely on its ability to guide the country through a decade of remarkable growth. Economic indicators are often seen...
The Anguish in the American Dream
ROBERT JENSEN
Whether celebrated or condemned, the American Dream endures, though always ambiguously. We are forever describing and defining, analyzing and assessing the concept, and with each attempt to clarify, the idea of an American Dream grows more incoherent y...
In the Land of Hope and Dreams
DAVE MARSH
Clarence Clemons, said both my daughter and Bruce Springsteen this week, passed through his life doing exactly what he wanted to do. Bruce said the rest, which amounted to admitting that you can’t really do that, and the result of trying to is co...
The Drug War at 40
HELEN REDMOND
U.S.A. United States of Addiction. To the war on drugs. 40th Anniversary this year. NixonFordCarterReaganBushClintonBushObama. Happy 40th anni...
The Open Door in Afghanistan
GARETH PORTER
President Barack Obama’s speech announcing that the 33,000 "surge" troops in Afghanistan will be withdrawn by "summer" 2012 indicates that he has given priority to the interests of the military and the Pentagon over concerns b...
Obama, Still Better Than Bush?
ANDREW LEVINE
A gullible portion of the electorate here in the Homeland  and a gullible slice of the entire world expected a great deal from Barack Obama.  But anyone who paid close attention to his run for the White House, and who managed not to succumb t...
Against Travel
DAVID Ker THOMSON
It’s cloud illusions I recall. ?Joni Mitchell I’ve been hanging out a lot with a friend my age these days.  Like me, she was a transcontinental hitch-hiker in the seventies.  For you young&rsqu...
Not Single-Payer in Vermont
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Look at the headlines that came out of Vermont last month. CBS News: Vermont Governor Signs Single Payer Health Law. Democracy Now: Vermont Governor Signs Single Payer Health Law. Kaiser...
The True Meaning of Marriage
STEVE BREYMAN
One vote in the State Senate separates gay and lesbian New Yorkers from the right to wed. While there have been some surprises among the opposing forces?Roy McDonald’s change of heart?those arrayed on either side of the issue are mostly familiar ...
Amnesty Questions Claim That Gaddafi Ordered Rape as Weapon of War
PATRICK COCKBURN
Human rights organizations have cast doubt on claims of mass rape and other abuses perpetrated by forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, which have been widely used to justify Nato’s war in Libya. Nato leaders, opposition ...
Nail That Coffin Shut!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
How many nails does it require to whack down forever the coffin lid on European social democracy? Lenin, outraged in 1914 at the sight of Social Democratic parties across Europe rallying behind their national flags and voting war credits to unleash th...
Palestine’s Own Spring
ALAIN GRESH
The images of Palestinians massed at Israel’s borders on 15 May represented a dream for some, and a nightmare for others. On the 63rd anniversary of the declaration of the Jewish state and of the nakba (catastrophe) for the many thousands of Pale...
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...
The Eco-Sex Movement
BINOY KAMPMARK
Annie Sprinkle, PhD has been in the sex advocacy business for years.  She was colorfully present on Friday, along with her partner in crime Elizabeth M. Stephens, at the Femina Potens Gallery on Mission Street in San Francisco.  A good crowd ...
Bankers Gear Up for the Rape of Greece, as Social Democrats Vote for National Suicide
MICHAEL HUDSON
The fight for Europe’s future is being waged in Athens and other Greek cities to resist financial demands that are the 21st century’s version of an outright military attack. The threat of bank overlordship is not the kind of economy-killing...
Ending the War on Drugs
YOLANDE CADORE
"America’s public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive." These were the words of President Richard Nixon on June 17th, 1971. ...
Turning Back Time
JOHN SINCLAIR
420 Caf?, Amsterdam. When I got back to Amsterdam last week and checked into my headquarters at the 420 Caf?, I received an urgent message from the proprietor, Michael Veling, in response to my last column, which talked about atte...
The Mother of Intervention
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Yesterday, I said to my sister Laura, "I don’t believe in hell, but if I’m wrong, I’ll be removing wallpaper there." I’ve spent the last four days working on her condo, stripping the walls of dark green and br...
One Tiny Voice
WILLIAM MANSON
Last night I heard something. We were all celebrating–kind of a going-away party for Bob and Gretchen. They’ve had a great year?Bob’s a big oil company honcho, you know, and we were toasting (and roasting?) him about his six-figure ...
Revolution in Their Eyes
AMIRA HOWEIDY
Palestinian intellectual and ex-Knesset member Azmi Bishara followed Egypt’s 25 January Revolution minute by minute from the Qatari capital Doha where his think tank — the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Study — is based. ...
Burned at the Stake for Being Poor
RON JACOBS
One of the places I lived at in Berkeley, California in the 1970s was owned by the biggest landlord in the part of California known as the Eastbay.  He owned buildings in the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito and Albany.  In addition, h...
Writing Our Own Stories
SUSAN ABULHAWA
Anger was my first reaction after listening to US president Barack Obama’s two recent speeches, one to the world and another to AIPAC, the powerful Israeli lobby in the US. I went around to my friends with questions like "who does he think h...
Exposing Israel’s Most Dangerous Secret
SALEH EL-NAAMI
Drivers will only dart a glance at that mammoth structure nestled in the dunes south of Rishon Litsion southeast of Tel Aviv as they speed on their way. It is forbidden to turn off the Tel Aviv-Rishon Litsion highway onto the side road leading up to th...