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Archives from July 2011
Jamaica Restructured
MARK WEISBROT
As the eurozone authorities move closer to accepting the inevitable Greek debt default/restructuring, there are some who have pointed to the Jamaican debt restructuring of last year as a model. It’s hard to imagine a worse disaster for Greece. I...
What’s So Great About Winning, Anyway?
CLANCY SIGAL
"This is town full of losers and, baby, I was born to win."? – "Thunder Road", by Bruce Springsteen Mrs Thatcher was fond of saying, "Any man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himse...
Libyan Rebels in Retreat
KIM SENGUPTA
Fresh diplomatic efforts are under way to try to end Libya’s bloody civil war, with the UN special envoy flying to Tripoli to hold talks after Britain followed France in accepting that Muammar Gaddafi cannot be bombed into exile. ...
COIN of Base Metal
MICHAEL BRENNER
Counterinsurgency (COIN) is a growth industry. It employs hundreds of thousands ? theorists, analysts, field researchers and operators. They serve in think tanks, foundations, universities, military academies, command staffs and ? not least ? in the g...
Who Will Protect Us From the Police?
MICHAEL CALDERON-ZAKS
I should mention my connection to both San Francisco (where I was born, raised, and reside) and Seattle (where I received a Bachelors degree), where 19-year old Kenneth Harding is from and had an exaggerated criminal past. I say exaggerated because even his one conviction...
Worse Than Herbert Hoover
Marshall Auerback
It’s actually a bit over the top and unfair to compare Barack Obama with Herbert Hoover – unfair that is, to the memory of Herbert Hoover.   The received image of the latter is the dour, technocrat who looked on with indifference while the country went to pieces.  ...
The Death of Amy Winehouse
Binoy Kampmark
The writing was on the wall even before news came of the Saturday demise of Amy Winehouse at the age of 27.  Her ‘unexplained’ death (or was it a broken heart?) at such a tender age paralleled that of others who perished before reaching the age of 30.  The door to t...
We’re Here Because We’re Here Because We’re Here …
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Beaulieu Sur Mer, France The old German army had a term of art for describing the US strategy in Afghanistan: nicht schwerpunckt, meaning there is no center of effort or unifying idea around which to shape and coordinate the ever...
Even the Birds Have Left Afghanistan
DAVID SWANSON
Comparing the brain sizes of migratory birds and U.S. presidents may not help explain this one. Birds have been avoiding Afghanistan for some years now. Afghans with higher educations have been leaving for decades. War profiteers, and occupation pro...
We’re Here Because We’re Here Because We’re Here …
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Beaulieu Sur Mer, France The old German army had a term of art for describing the US strategy in Afghanistan: nicht schwerpunckt, meaning there is no center of effort or unifying idea around which to shape and coordinate the ever...
Oslo and the War on Terror
MICHAEL BRENNER
The Oslo attacks should prompt a rethink of the terrorist threat and how we approach it. For the bloody mayhem produced by a single Norwegian has no resemblance to the threat perception that has launched a thousand reports, military action across thre...
Worse Than Herbert Hoover
MARSHALL AUERBACK
It’s actually a bit over the top and unfair to compare Barack Obama with Herbert Hoover ? unfair that is, to the memory of Herbert Hoover.   The received image of the latter is the dour, technocrat who looked on with indifference while ...
Obama’s Ambush on Entitlements
MICHAEL HUDSON
You know that the debt face-off is as staged as melodramatically as a World Wrestling Federation exhibition when Obama makes the blatantly empty threat that if Congress does not “tackle the tough challenges of entitlement and tax reform,” t...
Cuba’s Revolution
RON RIDENOUR
Fifty-eight years ago, on July 26, 1953, 160 Cuban rebels attacked Moncada Barracks near Santiago de Cuba. Had the rebels been able to take the fort with 1,000 troops?a good possibility?it would have started a revolution that might well have defeated t...
The Drive to Cut Social Security Benefits
DEAN BAKER
There is a full-fledged drive to cut Social Security benefits by lowering the annual cost-of-living adjustment for people already receiving benefits. The plan involves changing the index for calculating the cost of living. The new index, which is known...
No Standing O for Obama
JAMES ZOGBY
A few months back I had a quick exchange with President Barack Obama about the US standing in the Arab world. When I mentioned that we would be conducting a poll to assess Arab attitudes two years after his Cairo speech, he responded that he expected t...
Has Pakistan Declared Independence From US?
SHAUKAT QADIR
Pakistan Here’s what the FBI said after arresting Dr. Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai on July 19t: that ‘The Pakistan military plotted to tilt US policy’ and that Fai has been an ISI agent assisting in trying to tilt US pol...
The Death of Amy Winehouse
BINOY KAMPMARK
The writing was on the wall even before news came of the Saturday demise of Amy Winehouse at the age of 27.  Her ‘unexplained’ death (or was it a broken heart?) at such a tender age paralleled that of others who perished before reachin...
Vietnam’s War on Carbon Limits
ROBERT BRYCE
Given the parlous state of the US economy, discussions about climate change, carbon dioxide emissions, and cap-and-trade schemes have largely disappeared from the political discussion. That’s a good thing. Why? Even if the ...
The Limits of Airpower
PATRICK COCKBURN
Air strikes are becoming the main Western means of controlling the Middle East and South Asia without putting soldiers on the ground where they might suffer politically damaging casualties. Britain, France and the US have used only airpower to wage war...
Radiation is Good for You?
KARL GROSSMAN
Among the nuttiest theories about radiation is that it is good for you. Yes, radiation is good for you – it exercises the immune system. That’s what some nuclear scientists claim. They call it the "hormesis...
San Francisco Police Claim Harding Shot Himself
CARL FINAMORE
San Francisco Nineteen-year old Kenneth Harding Jr., was shot and killed on July 16 as he ran away from two police officers interrogating him for his alleged failure to pay a $2 fare for a ride on the city’s light-rail train. ...
Palestine’s Norwegians
VIJAY PRASHAD
Sitting on an Amtrak train from New Haven to Washington, DC on Friday, I was enjoying my thriller, Kjell Ola Dahl’s The Man in the Window. Dahl’s police procedural novels are set in Oslo, Norway, where the remarkable detectives Frank Fr?lic...
Pesticides in Your Toothpaste
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Most people know by now that the orgy of antibacterial dish, body and laundry soaps that emerged in the 2000s do less to protect people from germs than to build new and better germs via antibiotic resistance. They also know that such bacterial overkill...