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Archives from August 2011
Airport Screening Follies
WILLIAM JOHN COX
Google “TSA stupidity” and you will find that almost one-and-a-half million websites have something to say about the subject. If the United States is to avoid another major terrorist attack on its air transportation system without placing greater restrictions ...
Eurozone Crackup
MIKE WHITNEY
“We believe that the market has now entered a major downtrend. It is a mistake to dismiss the slide we’ve seen to date as mindless and devoid of fundamentals as many strategists maintain. These are not just scary headlines—-they are scary fundamental...
Katrina Pain Index 2011
BILL QUIGLEY and DAVIDA FINGER
Six years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast. The impact of Katrina and government bungling continue to inflict major pain on the people left behind. It is impossible to understand what happened and what still remains without considering race, gender, and poverty. ...
Divided Rebels
PATRICK COCKBURN
The end of Muammar Gaddafi’s 41 years in power appears to be in hand as the rebels close in on Tripoli, though it is not clear if the old regime will collapse without a fight for the capital. It still has the men and the material to draw out the conflict, but its su...
Whither Gaddafi and Libya?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli. The large gold framed portrait of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi that adorned the wall behind the reception desk of my hotel since it opened many years ago has vanished.  Also gone are the 72 green flags that flew on the white poles have also been remov...
The Cast Expands in the Strauss-Kahn Saga
PAM MARTENS
The key card to room 2806 at the Sofitel hotel has unlocked Dante’s Inferno and it’s all set to come to a head tomorrow in the criminal division of the New York Supreme Court in lower Manhattan. Media reports have begun to circulate, from anonymous sources, that the D...
How Washington Lost Faith in America’s Courts
KAREN GREENBERG
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the unexpected extent of the damage Americans have done to themselves and their institutions is coming into better focus. The event that “changed everything” did turn out to change Washington in ways more startling t...
After Temporary Truce at Verizon, Big Organizing Challenge Remains
STEVE EARLY
The 45,000 Verizon union members returning to work on Tuesday, after a two week strike, would do well to remember the words of VZ’s Marc Reed when picket lines were taken down on Saturday. Said Reed: “We remain committed to our objectives.” Verizon’s execut...
How Washington Could Create Jobs Right Now
MICHAEL WINSHIP
I like to ask friends about the oddest summer job they ever had. One talks about how he used to don a rubber suit every morning at a Sylvania electronics plant in Syracuse, NY, and climb into a tank, where he dipped television tubes into some sort of mercury solution. He...
Dysfunction and Downgrades
JAMES ZOGBY
Several sad parallels can be found in the bumbling way Washington dealt with raising the debt ceiling and averting financial catastrophe, and the US’s overall handling of the search for Israeli-Palestinian peace. When Standard and Poor’s downgraded the ...
Tunisian and Egyptian Women Talk About Their Revolutions
CARL FINAMORE
Several women union leaders fresh from the frontlines in Tunisia and Egypt visited California at the invitation of the Sacramento Labor Council, AFL-CIO. They first appeared at the August 16 Women of Labor conference attended by 200 women union leaders throughout the stat...
Romancing the First Amendment
DAVID MACARAY
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress...
Rick Perry: One Lucky Son-of-a-Bitch
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Let’s get one thing straight from the start. Rick Perry is no blow-dry George Bush clone, even though he owes his political career about 50/50 to Bush and Osama bin Laden. So what is the political profile of the Texas Governor,  now officially in the race as a candida...
The Case Against Rating Agencies
MICHAEL HUDSON
In today’s looming confrontation the ratings agencies are playing the political role of “enforcer” as the gatekeepers to credit, to put pressure on Iceland, Greece and even the United States to pursue creditor-oriented policies that lead inevitably to financial cris...
Crisis and Class Struggle in the Eurozone
VICENTE NAVARRO
To understand the situation in the countries at the periphery of the European Union, four countries within the Eurozone, Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain, we have to understand the political context they have in common. All of them were governed by fascist or fascist-l...
The Return of the Generals
URI AVNERY
SINCE THE beginning of the conflict, the extremists of both sides have always played into each other’s hands. The cooperation between them was always much more effective than the ties between the corresponding peace activists. “Can two walk together, except the...
Waiting for the Endgame in Libya
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli Since this observer is not privy to any secrets around here and would not share them if he were, it’s fair enough to engage in frank discussions with former colleagues in Congress and new cyber acquaintances who work on the Hill. I got an ...
The Bush Legacy
SAUL LANDAU
Scores of millions of Americans – many who laughed at his fumble mouth antics – now feel the impact of George W. Bush’ eight year legacy. The man who made comedians’ careers has had his revenge. His tax cuts – they paled before the importance of the Iraq...
Pentagon Chit-Chat With Leon and Hillary
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
The invitation came to me from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s public affairs office to attend a “conversation” with Panetta and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton at the prestigious National Defense University in Washington. Although I knew it wasn&#...
The World According to Pastor Perry
DAVID ROSEN
On Aug. 6th, Texas Governor Rick Perry switched hats and officiated as Pastor Rick at a Houston spiritual conclave, “The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis.” At this gathering, Perry offered a four-star performance recalling Elmer Gantry,...
The US Government Won’t be Charged With Perjury Even When It’s Caught in a Lie
SALLY EBERHARDT
A chilling court decision unsealed at the end of April by a federal judge in California’s Central District reveals that the Obama administration is not only prepared to take advantage of the lies of the Bush administration, but is willing to up the ante. In a case ...
Deathwatch for the Euro?
MARSHALL AUERBACK
Forget about the S&P downgrade, which has had ZERO impact on the global equity markets. The downgrade was supposed to mean that it would be more likely that the US government would not be able to pay its debt than previously assumed.  If the markets took this warning...
US / Arab Disconnect
RAMZY BAROUD
As the Arab Spring continues to challenge dictators, demolish old structures and ponder roadmaps for a better future, the US remains committed to its failed policies, misconceptions and selfish interests. Arabs may disagree on many things, but few disagree on the f...
Punishments Don’t Fit the Crime
DAVE LINDORFF
There is a basic concept when it comes to justice that the punishment should fit the crime. It’s a concept that in Law-and-Order America has long vanished. Some states, like California, have done this with brutish “Three-Strikes-You’re-Out” policie...
Sketches of Spain in Revolt
V. NOAH GIMBEL
As the sun rose on August 2, Spanish authorities destroyed the tent-village that had come to symbolize what some participants have called the Spanish Revolution. The ruling Socialist Party, via the Ministry of the Interior and in conjunction with the right-wing Popular Pa...
Perry and the Politics of Evolution
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
“The progress of Evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence enough to upset Darwin.” Henry Adams, ...
Tea and Snake Oil
WALTER BRASCH
The Tea Party, mutant spawn of the Republicans, held their spineless parents and the nation hostage during the debt ceiling crisis, and is now demanding an even greater ransom. Flushed with what they mistakenly believe is success, they have launched an all-out assa...
Dances With Vultures
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
The Ames Straw Poll is in with Michele Bachmann out front. And just when we think it can’t get loonier, Texan Rick Perry, who recently prayed for rain in his parched state, swaggers his candidacy to show us the way, his way, god’s highway. Now, we have two Lor...
The Muckraker’s Holiday
DAVID Ker THOMSON
I’m floating in Tivoli Bays as deep in and as naked as your imagination can handle.  The kills and scatter-cats of the stump-tooth’d stone dentures called in these parts—not without justification—mountains loom and zoom.  K and I rake mud and letters f...
Obama’s Biofuels Insanity
ROBERT BRYCE
Barack Obama’s biofuels insanity continues. And it continues without any regard for history, basic arithmetic, or the recent spike in food prices. Last month, the Farm Foundation a centrist non-profit group based in Illinois, released a study which named biofuels as one...
Fightbacks at Home and Abroad
WAYNE CLARK
Unless you’ve been on vacation up the Amazon, you know that young people in England have been rioting in the streets. In response to the police shooting of a young father, they smashed windows, burned buildings and looted stores. Their actions were both mindless and...
Some Idiotic Shit
JOHN SINCLAIR
Joe Cain of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, another valuable informant for this column, has sent an alert detailing the several bills scheduled for votes in the Michigan Legislature this fall and says, “All of them are civil rights violations that in fac...
Wal-Marting the Oceans
DAN BACHER
The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), a national grassroots recreational fishing organization, this week slammed Wal-Mart’s contribution of $36 million to ocean privatization efforts through “catch shares” programs and the creation of so-called “...
The MIC at 50
BRUCE E. LEVINE
The majority of Americans oppose the U.S. government’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and believe that defense spending is the area that must be cut to reduce the federal deficit. However, many of us feel powerless to stop the ever-increasing bombings, invasions, and occu...
The Horrors of People Trafficking
CHARLES R. LARSON
In an author’s note at the beginning of In the Sea There Are Crocodiles, Fabio Geda states t...
Slipped Discs
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Ike Turner / Jackie Brenston: Rocket 88, a Proper Introduction...
Music on the Campaign Trail
DAVID YEARSLEY
Contrary to habitual dismissals of the Ames Straw Poll as “non-predictive” and generally silly, I find the exercise, even as experienced through the distorted lenses of television and YouTube, bizarrely refreshing. Given the county fair atmosphere of the event, with c...
Poet’s Basement
David Moser
Spring Prayer by DAVID MOSER Where do you get your life seed I give you soil and water neither mine to give and a pot made from soil and water neither light nor warmth within Grow I say filling ...
Shadow Warriors
CONN HALLINAN
For decades the U.S. military has waged clandestine war on virtually every continent on the globe, but, for the first time, high-ranking Special Operations Forces (SOF) officers are moving out of the shadows and into the command mainstream. Their emergence suggests the U....
The Caesar of Paint Creek, Texas
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
Could military veterans decide the Republican presidential contest?  They largely tilted the GOP race to war hero John McCain in 2008, by delivering the critical swing votes in South Carolina and Florida, and by offsetting the enormous surge of evangelical voters toward ...
The Saved and the Sacked
DAVID BROMWICH
Is it too soon to speak of the Bush-Obama presidency? The record shows impressive continuities between the two administrations, and nowhere more than in the policy of “force projection” in the Arab world. With one war half-ended in Iraq, but another dou...
How the Economy Will Die
MARK WEISBROT
The prevailing understanding of economic troubles in the U.S. and Europe, the world’s two largest economies, is misunderstood in a number of ways. First: Imagine that you are driving a car down a road packed with snow and ice and you are worried about an accident. A...
Tripoli on the Cusp
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli. Truth be told, some foreign observers, and  certainly this one, having been  based in Tripoli the past nearly eight weeks, have not taken very seriously occasional media predictions that Tripoli might soon be invaded by “NATO rebels” —...
Facebook Caves to the Prison-Industrial-Complex
KENNETH E. HARTMAN
In a decision setting back prisoners’ rights and helping to advance the interests of prison bureaucrats and their guard union allies, Facebook announced plans to work with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to shut down pages set up for pris...
Shorter Weeks, Longer Vacations
DEAN BAKER
The United States is suffering the enduring effects of a collapsed housing bubble, not a financial crisis. This is an important distinction, because it points to the necessity of relying on shorter workweeks and longer vacations to return to full employment. The fi...