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Archives from June 2011
Should Raising Your Kids in a Fouled Environment be Considered Child Abuse?
JOHN BLAIR
Evansville. Recently, someone chided methat if I was so concerned about the annual emission of 40+ million pounds of toxic chemicals by regional power plants in the Ohio River valley, and still chose to raise my kids here, that I shoul...
The Siege of Gaza Must End
KATHY KELLY
In late June 2011, I’m going to be a passenger on “The Audacity of Hope,” the USA boat in this summer’s international flotilla to break the illegal and deadly Israeli siege of Gaza. Organizers, supporters and passengers aim to nonvi...
Peru Whacks Monsanto
CARRIE BURGGRAF
The use of transgenic or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is an increasingly prevalent practice throughout the world that has pitted complex policy issues against one another. On one side of the debate is the ability of GMOs to feed the world’s ...
Too Big to Fail, Too Conflicted to Govern
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
At a hearing on Capitol Hill this week on “too big to fail” banks, both corporate parties were posturing. Strutting their stuff. Ripping into each other. But the reality? ...
A Realist’s Utopia
LANDON FRIM
This month marks the 44th anniversary of the Six-Day War between Israel and the bordering states of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan.  It was this conflict in June of 1967 which has shaped Arab-Israeli relations ever since, primarily because of Israel’s continue...
Godzilla, Stunned
JOE GIAMBRONE
The nuclear beast reels in confusion. Stopped cold in Germany, then in Japan where he had inflicted so much damage, the Italians have now risen up to put a halt to the big reckless lizard’s reign of terror. Even the Chinese remain on the fence, wait...
Selling Depression
MARTHA ROSENBERG
The discovery that many people with life problem or occasional bad moods would willingly dose themselves with antidepressants sailed the drug industry through the 2000s. A good chunk of the $4.5 billion a year direct-to-consumer advertising has been devoted...
Letting It Bleed
RON JACOBS
January 1970.  One of the top ten albums was the Rolling Stones Let It Bleed.  Another was the Beatles Abbey Road.  Then there was  The Doors and Creedence Clearwater.  It was the winter of 1970.  The Chicago 8 minus 1 trial was coming to an end.  Th...
Frantz Fanon 50 Years On
RICHARD PITHOUSE
On 6 December 2011, 50 years will have passed since the death of Frantz Fanon. Around the world people are getting together in universities, trade union offices, shack settlements, prisons, church halls, and other places where people try to think together, ...
The American West in Flames
CHIP WARD
Arizona is burning. Texas, too. New Mexico is next. If you need a grim reminder that an already arid West is burning up and blowing away, here it is. As I write this, more than 700 square miles of Arizona and more than 4,300 square miles of Texas have been...
Drones Over Yemen
THOMAS HUDSON
While thousands of Yemenis continue to take to the streets demanding elections and democratic reform in defiance of ongoing deadly government crackdowns, the US government, led by its Nobel Peace prize winning President, is beginning what may well beco...
The G8 and the Arab World
DAVID TRESILIAN
Paris. Meeting in the French resort town of Deauville, the leaders of the G8 group of the world’s leading industrialised nations announced a package of measures, part of a so- called “Deauville Partnership”, designed ...
Drones Over Yemen
THOMAS HUDSON
While thousands of Yemenis continue to take to the streets demanding elections and democratic reform in defiance of ongoing deadly government crackdowns, the US government, led by its Nobel Peace prize winning President, is beginning what may well become it...
Lifting Debt Ceilings
BINOY KAMPMARK
An insolvent giant?  A colossus weighed down by debt?  This is the situation the United States finds itself in over the raising of the debt ceiling after the last one was hit on May 16.  Bills designed to do so have been voted down in the House.  The Ob...
Breaking the Taboo
ANTHONY PAPA
“If you can’t control drugs in a maximum security prison, then how can you control drugs in a free society”? Those are my words that close Breaking the Taboo, a poignant new film about the global drug war. On May 31st...
The FBI Loosens Up
JOHN GRANT
Some years ago, I was photographing a constitutional law professor for a magazine article on his book, and while I composed my shots I employed the usual half-minded topical banter to keep things on course. The professor was pretty progressive and knew I wa...
Fukushima and the Nuclear Establishment
KARL GROSSMAN
The global nuclear industry and its allies in government are making a desperate effort to cover up the consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. “The big lie flies high,” comments Kevin Kamps of the organization Beyond Nuclear. ...
Brazil Breaks From the Neoliberal Era
MARK WEISBROT
From 2004 to 2010, Brazil’s economy grew at an average of 4.2 percent annually, or more than twice as fast as it had grown from 1999-2003; or for that matter, more than twice as fast as its annual growth from 1980-2000. This was despite the impact of ...
Obama as the Bernie Madoff of the Democratic Party
SAM SMITH
For the next year and a half you will be subjected to the latest developments in the great contemporary American fairy tale: a presidential campaign. True, we will get to pick who we want to be Goldilocks and who the big bad bears, but...
The Future of Colombia
DIANE LEFER
That’s what I hoped to find out from May 20-30 in Barrancabermeja, Colombia where I would offer a series of writing workshops and seek to answer questions of my own: How could theatre contribute to peace in a country where the armed conflict has gone ...
Two Jobs Obama Would Be Good At
ANDREW LEVINE
Barack Obama was good at running for President when he was a Rorschach figure upon whom all but the most retrograde voters could project their hopes. Were there not inordinately many retrogrades among us, he’d have won by an unprecedented landslide. ...
The Shot Heard ‘Round the World
GEOFFREY SMALL
While news headlines in nuclearized countries around the world tout the possible demise of Silvio Berlusconi, the real story in today’s Italian Referendum is about the defeat of nuclear power by a totally home-grown, grass-roots, citizen’s movem...
Fig Leaf Nation
LINH DINH
When any man falls, we laugh, and when an upright citizen is exposed as just ordinary slime, we hoot and holler. Glad it ain’t me, we reflect. At least I’m not important enough to be publicly shamed. Rest assure, us nobodies could disseminate a steady s...
Senator Webb’s Parting Shots
JOHN FEFFER
To get elected to the Senate, you have to meet certain requirements. You have to be at least 30 years old, a U.S. citizen for nine years, and a resident of the state you represent. Based on Jim Webb’s recent performance, I would like to propose a four...
Weiner Roast
DAVID ROSEN
In a year, will you remember, let alone care about, the Weiner roast? Unless something truly scandalous is further revealed (and you never know with politicians trying to hide something), New York Congressman Anthony Weiner will be campaigning for reelectio...
Wanted
MEDEA BENJAMIN And CHARLES DAVIS
After campaigning as the candidate of change, the man awarded a Nobel Prize for peace has given the world nothing but more war. Yet despite Barack Obama’s continuation ? nay, escalation ? of the worst aspects of George W. Bush’s foreign policy, ...
Israel’s Changing Demographics
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
If the historical goal of the state of Israel is to provide the world’s Jews a secure national home, a place of refugee in a world of real or potential anti-Semitism, it seems to have failed. It has failed not because this writer says so, but because ...
Fighting for FOIA
RALPH NADER
The 45th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) next month should remind all who have used this wonderful citizen tool against government secrecy and cover-ups of FOIA’s towering champion Congressman John Moss (D-Calif.). Last year alone...
Bloody Sunday, the Ongoing Cover-Up
EAMONN McCANN
June 15 marks the first anniversary of the publication of the report by Lord Saville into the killing in 1972 of 13 civil rights marchers in Derry by members of the Parachute Regiment. The report acknowledged the innocence of all of the dead and of the 13 w...
A Severe Case of Palinosis
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
I hope I never write another piece on Sarah Palin again. The woman is a disease, and I choose my words carefully there.  She is everything that is wrong with America, and indeed, that is the only reason I’m writing this at all.  Th...
The Shot Heard ‘Round the World
GEOFFREY SMALL
While news headlines in nuclearized countries around the world tout the possible demise of Silvio Berlusconi, the real story in today’s Italian Referendum is about the defeat of nuclear power by a totally home-grown, grass-roots, citizen’s ...
Torture Accountability After All?
STEPHEN SOLDZ
Those of us who opposed the Bush administration torture program have been demoralized by the lack of accountability for the numerous abuses committed as part of that program. President Obama decried torture, and said he would end it, but he also said he wan...
America and the Zenith Mentality
DAVID LINDORFF, Sr.
As a boy I knew old Lonnie Chase, who clammed for a living in the waters of Cape Cod. Not known for his erudition, his words were short and pithy. I remember his response to my question regarding the weather. After gazing skyward, seeming to be pondering ...
Too Big to Fail Redux?
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
We spent $700 billion to bail out the too big to fail banks on Wall Street. And yet, we might have to do it again. Why? Because the big banks are still too big to fail. ...
Creationist Economics
DEAN BAKER
Sometimes it can be fun to get inside a crazy worldview to ask how they deal with contradictory evidence. For example, how do creationists reconcile their view that all plants and animals were created in their current form around 10,000 years ago with fossi...
Turkey Goes for American COIN
JOHN STANTON
Maxie McFarland, an unrelenting supporter of the US Army’s Human Terrain System (HTS 1.0), has left his position as Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence of the US Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), G-2. According to TRADOC Public Aff...
Bloody Sunday, the Ongoing Cover-Up
EAMONN McCANN
June 15 marks the first anniversary of the publication of the report by Lord Saville into the killing in 1972 of 13 civil rights marchers in Derry by members of the Parachute Regiment. The report acknowledged the innocence of all of the dead and of the 13 w...
No! to Nuclear Power and Privatized Water
MICHAEL LEONARDI
After an inspiring mass mobilization of people across Italy with demonstrations of all kinds: banner drops, critical mass bike rides, workshops, information booths, film screenings, use of the social networking and facebook, people running nude through the ...
Taxicab Takeover
BRIAN TIERNEY
Amid the sweltering humidity at dusk in Washington, D.C., taxicab drivers line up their cars at a Sunoco gas station on the corner of 15th and U Street. The mostly African immigrant drivers circulate flyers among each other, discussing the fate of their job...
Gaza’s New Youth Movement
JOE CATRON
On a warm, sunny afternoon, I met Eman Sourani and Rana Baker in an airy outdoor caf? several blocks from the port of Gaza. Both are members of the Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (...
War of the Killer Robots
BRIAN TERRELL
In an article published on June 7, 2011, in Foreign Policy, "...
Militarism Run Rampant
WILLIAM J. ASTORE
I have a fairy tale for you. Once upon a time, a representative democracy was established with a constitution that distilled the wisdom of the ages. Its foundational principles included civilian control of the military and a system of checks and balances ...
Faking Success in Afghanistan
GARETH PORTER
During his intensive initial round of media interviews as commander in Afghanistan in August 2010, Gen. David Petraeus released figures to the news media that claimed spectacular success for raids by Special Operations Forces: in a 90-day period from May th...
Arab Spring … Is It Fall Already?
STEPHANIE WESTBROOK
This past weekend in the Montpellier, France, over 100 activists from 9 countries gathered for the first ever European Forum Against Agrexco. Delegates from Italy, UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Palestine joined the French organiz...
The Revolt of the Aganaktismeni
YORGOS MITRALIAS
Two weeks after it started the Greek movement of ‘outraged’ people has the main squares in all cities overflowing with crowds that shout their anger, and makes the Papandreou government and its local and international supporters tremble. It is now more ...
The March on Blair Mountain
CAROL POLSGROVE
Mountains are sacred the world over, and when about a thousand of us gathered at the foot of Blair Mountain June 11, you could feel the spirit rising. For five days, several hundred people had walked single file down roads from Charleston, West Virginia...
On the "Issue of Character" and Empire
PHIL ROCKSTROH
Late last month, poet, musician, and self-termed “bluesologist,” Gil Scott-Heron exited the hologram and returned to the source?to begin chanting, eternity will not be televised. In an earlier era, Stephen Spender feted the following trib...
Rising Anti-Americanism in Pakistan
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
On May 14, after deliberations of over 10 hours, the democratically-elected Pakistan Parliament in a joint session of both houses passed a unanimous resolution to reclaim Pakistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and national security against U.S. mi...
Revamping the WPA
MIKE WHITNEY
When the recovery began 2 years ago, the rate of unemployment was 9.5 percent. Today it’s 9.1 percent. Think about that for a minute. Doesn’t that prove that the market isn’t really self-correcting after all? I mean, if the market was self...
Border Control vs. Cleaning Up Wall Street
STEVE BREYMAN
Governor Cuomo’s recent decision to withdraw New York from the federal Secure Communities program?which sent the fingerprints of all jailed suspects to Homeland Security–got me thinking again about this country’s never-ending struggle with...