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Archives from June 2011
Mediated Ignorance
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
The recent “debate” between Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and the non-partisan Politifact group is largely missing the point with regard to the current state of public ignorance.  Stewart recently argued in an interview on Fox New...
Out of the Wilders
FARZANA VERSEY
It was indeed "a beautiful day" as Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician, wrote after being acquitted for hate speech against Islam. It was a beautiful day not because it was a victory for freedom of speech, but because what Wilder...
Alabama, Where Intolerance is King
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Now that Alabama has passed what some describe as the harshest anti-immigration law in the country, it is interesting to see how Alabama has improved on the harsh anti-immigration ordinances passed by a small municipality. In ...
QE 3?
MIKE WHITNEY
No one expects the Fed to announce a rate-hike at the end of the today’s FOMC meeting, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a few surprises. The problem is that the recovery has stalled and the Fed can’t decide whether we’ve ju...
The US Needs to be More Like China
DAVID MACARAY
Say what you will about “authoritarian capitalism” (the term British historian Timothy Garten Ash uses to describe China’s economy), but when Chinese corporate executives disgrace themselves beyond any hope of redemption, they know what to do.  They ...
Suicide at HTS
JOHN STANTON
A staff sergeant on duty with the US Army TRADOC Human Terrain System (HTS) committed suicide in April 2011. He left behind his wife and children. Suicide has become a plague within the US Army. Whatever the reasons?despair, stress, relationship issues̵...
Defining an American State of War
TOM ENGELHARDT
Now that Washington has at least six wars cooking (in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and more generally, the global war on terror), Americans find themselves in a new world of war. If, however, you haven’t joined the all-volunteer military...
Sentimental Mass Murderer
LINH DINH
When Obama came into power, there were roughly 35,000 American troops in Afghanistan. Within two years, he tripled that number. Now, Obama announces that 10,000 soldiers will come home by the end of 2011, and 33,000 by the end of next summer. He surges twic...
The Real Rubio
ALAN FARAGO
In a June 19th column, “Rand and Rubio”, NY Times columnist R...
Fanning the Flames of Prejudice
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
John McCain said there was ‘substantial evidence’ linking wildfires in Arizona to illegal immigrants. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Does it surprise anyone that Arizona Senator John McCain has blamed undocumented immig...
Bilderberg vs. the SCO
ERIC WALBERG
Last week’s 10th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in the Kazakh capital Astana highlighted how the major rivals to empire, led by Russia and China — themselves rivals, are trying to fashion an alternative to US hegemony. ...
American Hypocrisy at the UN
ROBERT FANTINA
On June 17, 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution expressing support for equal rights for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. The United States had pushed for this resolution, and fully supported it. ...
Haiti, 17 Months After the Quake
BILL QUIGLEY
Haiti experienced a major earthquake January 12, 2010. Tens of thousands died, estimates range from 65,000 to 230,000 people killed. About 2 million more people were displaced. Haiti was already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with a per capit...
Token Withdrawals
PHYLLIS BENNIS
President Obama’s speech violated one of his most important campaign promises: to “end the mind-set that leads to war.” To the contrary, his announcement of a token shift of 10,000 soldiers leaving by the end of 2011,...
The Western Inferno
GEORGE WUERTHNER
The Wallow Fire is now the largest in recent Arizona history, encompassing more than 500,000 acres. The media discussion of the fire often leads to misinformation and misunderstanding of wildfires, and feeds the political agenda of politicians, and industri...
The Reshaping of Cuba
SAUL LANDAU And NELSON VALD?S
After more than half a century some myths need dispelling about U.S.-Cuba relations and Washington’s demand for “changes.” On the Cuban Revolution Ernest Hemingway said: “I think the people [of Cuba] now have a decent moment and I don’t believe that they eve...
Missing the Downturn
DEAN BAKER
That’s what people around the world should have been asking when the IMF presented its latest assessment of the fiscal and economic prospects for nations around the world last week. Much of the world remains mired in the worst downturn since the Great...
Deciphering Political Language
AHMED AFZAAL
For many Americans, the Israeli-Palestinian issue has become an unfathomable mystery enveloped in a dense fog of confusion. In order to clear some of the fog, I would like to enlist the help of a particular expert. The person I have in mind is George Orwell...
McCain’s Monstrous Lie
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
John McCain’s attempt to blame illegal immigrants for the wild fires raging in Arizona is only the latest attempt by the Republican Senator to scapegoat immigrants for America’s border problems and to distance himself from his one-time role as t...
Learning From the Community of the Land
SHEPHERD BLISS
While recently shoveling aged horse manure around berry vines on my small organic farm to fertilize them, which gives me great pleasure, I thought about what I have learned about the community of the land by farming over the last two decades. I noticed how ...
The Myth of Precision-Guided Coercion
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Vieux Port, St Raphael, France At the end of May the British press was filled with stories headlined “Gaddafi to be told to stand down or face Apache attack.” As of this writing, the Apaches have attacked, but Gaddafi has not stood down....
Gullibility and Fiction at the Philadelphia Inquirer
DAVE LINDORFF
Let me state from the outset: I have no problem with soldiers who inflate their war stories, any more than I am bothered by anybody who likes to spice up the tale of a youthful exploit. It’s different though, when exaggerations a...
Stop Blaming Teachers for Poor Student Performance
MYLES HOENIG
The Baltimore City Council, spurred by Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, deserves praise for its resolution endorsing the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action, to be held in Washington, D.C., on July 30. This march, and the national attention it b...
Destination Gaza
MEDEA BENJAMIN
“I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him,” said Dr. Martin Luther King as he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. These words will guide me ...
It’s Time to End the Bombing and Find a Political Solution in Libya
Dr. RUHAKANA RUGUNDA
At a meeting between the UN Security Council and the African Union High Level Ad hoc Committee on Libya on June 15, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations gave the African Union’s stand on NATO’s invasion of Libya....