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Archives from September 2011
Admiral Mullen’s Haqqani Act
GARETH PORTER
The U.S. threat last week that “all  options” are on the table if the Pakistani military doesn’t cut its  ties with the Haqqani network of anti-U.S. insurgents created the  appearance of a crisis involving potential U.S. military escalation in  Pakis...
The Real Crisis in the Eurozone
MARK WEISBROT
Three months ago I wrote ...
End Game for Bashar al Assad?
PETER LEE
It is looking more and more like game over for Bashar al Assad in Syria. Ironically, this is in spite of the fact that Bashar has apparently demonstrated that an authoritarian regime, left to its own devices, can often do a good job of crushing determined domestic ...
Affirmative Action Meets 21st Century White Supremacy at Berkeley
MIKE KING
The University of California – Berkeley College Republicans staged an anti-affirmative action bake sale this week on UCB’s Sproul Plaza to protest Senate Bill 185, that would re-introduce affirmative action in the state of California.  The bill recently passed in the...
America’s Dangerous Game at the UN
JOHN V. WHITBECK
The number of UN member states extending diplomatic recognition to the State of Palestine has now risen to 131, leaving only 62 UN member states on the wrong side of history and humanity. ...
The U.S. Southern Command & the 4th Fleet
RAY DEL PAPA
Starting October 6 thousands of people will gather for three major actions, in Washington DC, at the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada and in Miami Florida, at the US Southern Command in Miami. These events all target U.S. militarism, and directed toward but...
Fighting Back Against Nuclear Power
MICHAEL LEONARDI
As the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Nuclear Industry, and Obama administration continue to push nuclear energy as safe and clean, a grassroots insurgency is growing from the awakening depths of the growingly vociferous American maelstrom. Fukushima’s three meltd...
Bangladesh’s Seduction by Celluloid
BINOY KAMPMARK
Since 1972, Bangladesh has been firm about the films of the monster that we all know as Bollywood, a beast so prolific it disgorges some thousand films a year.  No viewings of Bollywood films have been permitted in Bangladesh’s cinemas – till now. The power of...
The Inspiring Life of Eddie Zheng
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Did the Rabbani Hit Really Kill Peace Talks?
GARETH PORTER
Much of the mainstream media is covering Rabbani’s death as the end of the peace process with the Taliban. Did the Taliban assassination of Berhanuddin Rabbani, the chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council, bring a potentially permanent end of peace talks in Afghan...
As the Drone Flies
RALPH NADER
The fast developing predator drone technology, officially called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, is becoming so dominant and so beyond any restraining framework of law or ethics, that its use by the U.S. government around the world may invite a horrific blowback. ...
Fractures in Bahrain
PATRICK COCKBURN
Senior Bahraini police officers suspended for torturing detainees are being swiftly reinstated in a sign of a growing struggle for power within the al-Khalifa royal family over the extent of the repression to be used against pro-democracy protesters. In addition, 9...
Biggest Healthcare Strike Ever
CAL WINSLOW
California healthcare workers have now taken their fight to another level – on Thursday, September 22, some 21,000 struck the huge Kaiser Permanente chain, 24 major medical centers – while more struck Sutter, Kaiser’s healthcare partner in crime, also a giant in the...
Corporatizing the Post Office
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
The United States Postal Service Board of Governors is dominated by corporate executives, lawyers, and lobbyists. And according to consumer advocate Ralph Nader, that’s a key reason why the Postal Service is in trouble....
Planting the Seeds of Peace
ROB NIXON
The Kenyan activist, Wangari Maathai, is dead at 71. With her passing we have lost one of our era’s great environmental visionaries. Maathai came from an impoverished, rural background; it was her belief in the environmentalism of the poor that propelled her life’s wo...
In the Shadow of the Wall
MATS SVENSSON
Today’s wall is longer, higher and it does not stop terrorist activities inside the West Bank. Houses are demolished, land is destroyed and people are dying. It is night. He is dark and it is dark. The fear comes out of his eyes. He is being chased by dogs and be...
Wall Street vs. Everybody
LINH DINH
“Wall Street got drunk […] It got drunk and now it’s got a hangover.” —George W. Bush As usual, Bush got it wrong. Wall Street soberly and cynically got the rest of us drunk on dreams of homeownership, a robust stock portfo...
In Pursuit of Political Amnesia
KATHLEEN PEINE
They thought they glimpsed a flash of Rick Perry’s soft underbelly. Eyes certainly strained from behind the Medicare benefit bifocals.  Yes, it was a soft underbelly! He showed a moment of compassion by mentioning that it was hardly fair to deny children of illegal im...
Hip Hop and the Crack Generation
BRENT WOODIE
I was born into the crack era.  Although not old enough to take part in the crack game, it did not leave me immune to the detrimental effects the drug had on my community.  Growing up in the Bronx, I was surrounded by crack users, drug sellers and poverty.   I f...
“I Will be a Hummingbird”
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Saving the Rich, Losing the Economy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Economic policy in the United States and Europe has failed, and people are suffering. Economic policy failed for three reasons:  (1) policymakers focused on enabling offshoring corporations to move middle class jobs, and the consumer demand, tax base, GDP, and car...
The Philosophy Behind “Occupy Wall Street”
VIJAY PRASHAD
“Speculators may do no harm as bubbles on a steady stream of enterprise. But the position is serious when enterprise becomes the bubble on a whirlpool of speculation. When the capital development of a country becomes a byproduct of the activities of a ca...
The Decline and Fall of Just About Everyone
PEPE ESCOBAR
More than 10 years ago, before 9/11, Goldman Sachs was predicting that the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) would make the world economy’s top ten — but not until 2040.  Skip a decade and the Chinese economy already has the number two spot all to its...
The Fear Gauge in the Eurozone
MIKE WHITNEY
Funding fears, political gridlock and plunging stocks have pulled the eurozone deeper into crisis. On Friday, the gauges of market stress continued to widen signalling more turbulence in the days ahead. Libor –the rate at which London-based banks borrow from each o...
Does UN Bid Herald Death of Old Guard?
JONATHAN COOK
Amid the enthusiastic applause in New York and the celebrations in Ramallah, it was easy to believe — if only a for minute — that, after decades of obstruction by Israel and the United States, a Palestinian state might finally be pulled out of the United Nati...
The Hollywood Big Shot and Israel’s Nuclear Triggers
AFSHIN RATTANSI
Israel has a good friend in Rupert Murdoch. Here in the UK, I’m still not sure which is worse – to see a mob of MPs suddenly united against the police, press and seemingly themselves or a mob cowering before Rupert Murdoch and his empire. But aside from the cessp...
Notes of a Wall Street Demonstrator
JOHN HALLE
When I arrived at Zuccotti Park at approximately 12:15,  the march which was just getting under way initially appeared to be small, marginal and unimportant.  By describing it in this way, I do not mean to denigrate it. After all, I have spent a good part of my life att...
Environmentalism in the Age of Disbelief
ALAN FARAGO
In a recent interview, former Maine Senator George Mitchell ...
At Sea with the N-Word
MIKITA BROTTMAN
A couple of years ago, when I was teaching at a graduate institute in California, I had a dream that I was teaching Joseph Conrad’s novel, ...
Greenwashing the Pentagon
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Populist for a Day
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Did you catch Obama’s populist twitch? The moment when he tossed aside the stifling cloak of compromise, and like Joshua before the walls of Jericho issued the trumpet call to the disheartened Democratic base that henceforth it will be the battlements guarding the untax...
The Futile Undertaking of Palestinian Statehood
ESAM AL-AMIN
Today, September 23, Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas submits, to the UN the application for Palestinian statehood for the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967. What are the implications of this effort? Does it serve the Palestinian ...
The Middle East Turned Upside-Down
PATRICK COCKBURN
The political world has turned upside down in the Middle East since the Arab Awakening erupted. The region has been convulsed by the most radical changes since the end of imperial occupation and the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948. One significant develop...
Abu Mazen’s Gambit
URI AVNERY
A WONDERFUL SPEECH. A beautiful speech. The language expressive and elegant. The arguments clear and convincing. The delivery flawless. A work of art. The art of hypocrisy. Almost every statement in the passage concerning the Israeli-Palestinian issue was a ...
Meanwhile, Back in Iraq
PHYLLIS BENNIS
Almost 50,000 U.S. troops occupying Iraq. We are still paying almost $50 billion just this year for the war in Iraq. And while we don’t hear about it very often, many Iraqis are still being killed. There’s an awful lot of discussion underway about the m...
The Big Plunge
MIKE WHITNEY
While the Fed’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) promised more monetary easing on Wednesday, the announcement was overshadowed by an exceedingly gloomy report on the state of the economy.  The official statement warned of  “significant downside risks to the econ...
Arms, China and Obama
CONN HALLINAN
The recent decision by the Obama Administration to sell $5.8 billion in arms to Taiwan is a bit of a head scratcher, rather like the hunter who goes into the woods with one bullet. Seeing a deer to his left and a turkey to his right, he shoots in the middle. It will ann...
America’s Shambles in Afghanistan
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
In the course of research for a paper on US-Pakistan relations I came across a speech given by President Obama in March this year, titled  ‘A New Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan’.  It was interesting and quite informative, if misguided and engagingly ingenuou...
Why Kosovo But Not Palestine?
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
In his September 21 speech to the United Nations, President Obama announced that he would veto U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, because its independence was not a result of a negotiated settlement with Israel. He said that “peace depends upon compromise among p...
How KBR Killed My Career
BUNNATINE GREENHOUSE
My name is Bunnatine Greenhouse; I am the  former Civilian Procurement Executive and Chief of Contracting for the United States Army Corps  of Engineers and in that position I was responsible  for awarding and managing over $23 Billion in  government contracts each ye...
Can China Save the World Economy?
DEAN BAKER
That is a question that people should be asking as the other potential candidates withdraw from the race. At the moment, the economies of the United States, Europe, and Japan are all suffering from weak growth or worse. The debt crisis of eurozone countries threatens anot...
A Lost Decade
JAMES ZOGBY
“To govern is to choose, and the choices made [by the Bush administration] in 2002 were fateful. The United States began that year shocked and wounded, but with tremendous strategic advantages. Its population was more closely united… World opinion ...
Greek Tragedy
NICK DEARDEN
Everyday the same news – Greece lurches nearer to a default, the financial markets panic, and governments come up with a few more euros or some soothing words to calm them for a few hours. The meltdown has been put off for another day. Almost every commentato...
The Rise of Qatar
AKRAM BELKAID
The Qatari authorities are aware that hydrocarbon reserves will not last forever, and they intend to profit from the financial security that oil and natural gas exports have brought them (80% of external revenue, 60% of total revenue) by diversifying the economy. At the e...
Executioners in the Suites
PHAM BINH
An innocent Black man put to death despite a wave of international protests. A Texas ...
The Midnight Train to Georgia
RON JACOBS
Clyde Edgerton’s latest novel explores US racism and class in a subtle but incisive manner.  The novel’s title, ...
Rules of Engaging
MISSY BEATTIE
Here in the Realm of Cross Purposes, I sat on D’s balcony in what he calls a cheap chair.  But it’s the anti-gravity adjustable recliner and it does everything but what should be consensual.  My hands worked the arms, forcing it forward, then back. I told him I coul...