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Archives from September 2011
Groove on the Tracks
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
“The softer you play, the stronger it gets.” – Miles Davis In 1942, nineteen year-old William “Red” Garland went eight brutal rounds with Muhammad Ali’s idol, Sugar Ray Robinson. Garland lost badly th...
How the Cricket Caucus Made a Killing
P. SAINATH
Mumbai Air India might not be doing as well we’d like it to. But the braveheart who flew it fearlessly into dense clouds of debt is doing okay. Praful Patel (who no longer holds the aviation portfolio) added, on average, over half a million rupees (j...
Obama Should Quit
PAUL STREET
On March 31, 1968, United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson told a national television audience that he would not seek and would not accept the nomination of the Democratic Party for another term in the White House. “When the address was over,” author Hampton Si...
Walking on Eggshells in the West Bank
MARIA KHOURY
It has been a frustrating month living on the ground in Palestine, while you hear the whole world talk about your location.  Something strange has happened lately and all of sudden all eyes are on Palestine.  I am not sure if is good or bad, because when we say Pales...
The Rights of Guns
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It was not a good year for Gabriella Gifford.  It was not a good year for the six people who were killed at the same time she was shot and wounded.  That could have boded ill for the gun. It didn’t. The gun has had a very good year.  Of course it’s not yet over....
And Justice for All?
ANUJA SAUNDERS
Each school morning my two children have to stand up and recite a little ditty about “justice and liberty for all.” Now I accept that this probably gives me the creeps because, being British, I was raised in a culture which makes rather less hoopla about flags and so ...
Surrealism in Tampa
ALAN FARAGO
I admit, when Newt Gingrich last night took credit for creating a couple of million American jobs when he was Speaker of the House and looked down to see if his nose had grown six inches, I was in the minority of observers of the Republican debate in Orlando who remember ...
The Hollywood Myth of Male Bonding
JOE ALLEN
EIGHT SEASONS of the HBO show Entourage ended on a predictably happy note on September 11. All four of the guys (Vince, Eric, “Drama” and Turtle) flew off in private jets–rich and happy–into the sunset. Even Ari, the agent, seemed happy in self-...
Gay During Apartheid
CHARLES R. LARSON
Never in my reading life have I encountered a scene as tortured as André Carl van der Merwe’s depiction of a rigidly conservative father confronting his son’s homosexuality and recognizing that his son just might, after all, be a human being.  Sadly, it’s a littl...
From Mozart to Nono, By Way of Pollini
DAVID YEARSLEY
Berlin After a rainy and cold summer, sunny weather has graced Berlin’s September. At 52º North, summer evenings in Berlin are long, the winter ones short, by December even non-existent. Over the course of September, when the concert season gets going a...
Poets’ Basement
JOAN KRESICH
Keep Your Name by JOAN KRESICH Haiti, keep your name Taina people called you high mountain Haiti high mountain Your gentle people swimming out to greet the jackal Columbus, nothing b...
How to Photograph Cops
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Class War Indeed!
ANDREW LEVINE
It is hardly news that American politicians use political words with little regard for their meaning or that their laxness (and ignorance) exceeds the norm even for our political culture.  Lately, Republicans have been especially culpable; witness the drivel, continuing ...
The Lost Opportunities of Barack Obama
ROBERT FANTINA
It was just three short years ago when much of the United States, and the rest of the world, thrilled to the idea of the ‘audacity of hope’ and ‘change we can believe in.’ After eight disastrous years of President George Bush, years of escalating poverty, war, fea...
Meet Judge Freesmann, the Latest Killer Jurist
DAVE LINDORFF
There is a whole rogues’ gallery of charlatans, cowards, racists and liars involved in the 22-year lynching of Troy Davis, the black man who whose life was summarily terminated by the state of Georgia and by the United States of America last night, but one of them, ...
The Incompetence of Political Consultants
DEAN BAKER
Political consultants have a well-deserved reputation as being some of the most incompetent human beings ever to walk the planet. Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton’s top aid in her 2008 presidential campaign, famously remarked that the American people will not elect someone na...
America, On Your Knees
SAUL LANDAU
Imagine this scene: 3 million Christians brought together in Washington DC in 2013 by incoming President Perry – to pray to God to stop warming the climate and promising in return to stop sinning: having abortions, practicing homosexuality – even same sex marrying....
The Disappearance of Palestine
SANDY TOLAN
It’s the show that time and the world forgot. It’s called the Occupation and it’s now in its 45th year. Playing on a landscape about the size of Delaware, it remains largely hidden from view, while Middle Eastern headlines from elsewhere seize the day.  Diploma...
The Border Patrol’s History of Abuses
BRENDA NORRELL
The Tucson-based humanitarian organization No More Deaths released a new report on Wednesday, “A Culture of Cruelty: Abuse and Impunity in Short-Term US Border Patrol Custody,” documenting rampant abuse by the US Border Patrol. The report reveals that US Borde...
Graphic Foreign Policy
JOHN FEFFER
Living in Japan in the late 1990s, I was struck by the sheer number and variety of manga or comic books. You could go to a manga store and find an entire aisle devoted to your particular genre: golf manga, comics about the Japanese yak...
European Outrage at Davis Execution
LINN WASHINGTON, JR.
London. Hearing hard-core Republicans applaud the use of the death penalty during a recent televised forum for GOP presidential can...
Elizabeth Warren on the Debt Crisis
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What TEPCO and the Media are Hiding
TAKASHI HIROSE
When did the radiation start to leak from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and how far has it spread? About this our greatest interest, the Japanese Government announced nothing for several days (at least until March 17) after the ear...
The Costs of the Great War on Terror
VIJAY PRASHAD
When Bush declared the Global War on Terror (GWOT), it felt odd. The U.S. had already involved itself in combat with the social forces that attacked it on 9/11. To make such a formal declaration of war allowed the administration to do two things: first, on the surface, to...
The Arab Autumn
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Autumn in the Middle East hasn’t the melancholy connotations you attach to it in the West. For you, this is the season of dying; leaves change color and fall and birds fly south. For us, this is the jolly season of awakening after stupefying summer heat; grass hatches a...
U.S. Night Raids Aimed at Afghan Civilians
GARETH PORTER
U.S. Special Operations Forces have been increasingly aiming their night-time raids, which have been the primary cause of Afghan anger at the U.S. military presence, at civilian non- combatants in order to exploit their possible intelligence value, according to a new stud...
Calderon’s Last Grito
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City Many Mexicans may breathe a sigh of relief that last Thursday’s “Grito de Independencia” (the “Cry of Independence” enacted every September 15) was the last under “drug warrior” Felipe Calderon, whose six-year term has unleashed n...
Rahm vs. the Chicago Teachers’ Union
LEE SUSTAR
CAN WORKERS’ solidarity overcome a billionaire-funded, union-busting effort led by one of the country’s best-connected and most aggressive politicians? That’s the question facing teachers in Chicago–and their answer, to quote the mayor’...
Mocking the Dying, Profiting off the Work of Uninsured Artists
DAVE LINDORFF
The first thing that needs to be said to the heartless boneheads who, at the last Republican presidential debate, cheered at the idea of letting a hypothetical 30-year-old cancer victim who hadn’t bought health insurance die, is that this is no mere  hypothetical situ...
The Problem With Brazil’s Central Bankers
MARK WEISBROT
In recent days the press has reported that President Dilma Rouseff ...
Haiti, the Long Defeat
JOHN CARROLL, MD
Port-au-Prince. Jean-Baptiste, Maxime, and Yarnie have all died in the last few years. All three were young Haitian Hearts patients who were operated at OSF-Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria a decade ago. However, OSF’s administrative ...
Executing Troy Davis
JEN MARLOWE
Motivational posters line the hallways en route to the visitation room.  Images of rock climbers, an eagle soaring over clouds, a collection of hands of all pigmentation on a basketball, each with an inspirational one-word message:  LEADERSHIP, OPPORTUNITY, ACHIEVEMENT...
Tony Bennett: “They Flew the Planes, But We Caused It”
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The Maker or the Tool?
STEPHEN SOLDZ
Did you ever demand any answers? The who, the what or the reason why? Did you ever question the setup? Did you stand aside and let them choose while you took second best? Did you let them skim the cream off and then give to you the rest...
The War Against Witness
V. NOAH GIMBEL
Former Army Intelligence officer Adrienne Kinne has a very valuable open secret which, if told under oath, could lead to the first ever conviction of U.S. soldiers on war crimes charges. But since she told her story publicly in an interview with journalist Amy Goodman on ...
The One-Sided Veto
NEVE GORDON and YINON COHEN
US President Barack Obama’s decision to use the US’ veto prerogative if the United Nations votes to recognise a Palestinian state will constitute a blow to those seeking peace in the Middle East. His administration’s claim that peace can only be a...
Of Kabul and Tet and Generals
CONN HALLINAN
“Now we can see [success in Vietnam] clearly, like the light at the end of a tunnel” –Gen. Henri Navarre, commander French forces in Vietnam, May 20, 1953 “A new phase is starting…we have reached an important point when the end begi...
The Taiwan F-16 Sale
PETER LEE
There is a good reason for politicians to support United States arms sales to Taiwan. It’s good politics. And that’s true on both sides of the Pacific. As Jens Kastner reported in Asia Times Online on June 22, President Ma Ying-jyeou has made his stated...
Egypt’s Awakening, Israel’s Denial
AMIRA HOWEIDY
Israel which lost its “strategic asset” -as some of its leaders accurately described ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak- has been watching the Egyptian revolution since its onset with a mix of apprehension and concern, but its been watching closely nonetheless. Yet for som...
The International Trade in Health Care
Dean Baker and Jagdish Bhagwati
The notion of international trade in health care may seem strange. The issue may also seem far removed from the current policy preoccupations in Washington. However, we believe it is finally time trade played a central role in the current debt debate. One of the ba...
A Modern Day Auto de Fe in Arizona
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
Justice. That’s a word not normally associated with Arizona. With Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his military tank still on the loose, this will not be changing anytime soon. In Arizona, Arpaio is colorful, but he is actually the least of them. Just recently, Sen. John M...
Death’s Cheerleaders
KATHLEEN PEINE
He’s just a commodity anyway! I find it grimly amusing that so many people were stunned by the Republican debate crowd who happily cheered on the demise of the 30 year old who wouldn’t pay his insurance tolls. By my way of thinking, at least the sociopathy is c...
The Great Greek Bond Bazaar
Éric Toussaint
In July-September 2011 the stock markets were again shaken at international level. The crisis has become deeper in the EU, particularly with respect to debts. The CADTM  interviewed Eric Toussaint about various facets of this new ...
A Primary Challenge to Obama
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The Pillaging of Latvia
JEFFREY SOMMERS and MICHAEL HUDSON
This past month’s economic data show that the global economic crisis continues to worsen, and by its duration and severity threatens to become known as the Great Depression II.  Yet, even though it is evident to most that our problems arose from finance run wild, comme...
A Short Fable From the Eurozone
MIKE WHITNEY
Let’s say you wanted to start a new country, but you knew nothing about civil institutions, bureaucracy or history. All you cared about was creating an environment that was good for business, where budget discipline and trade agreements were the law of the land....
Siemens Abandons Nuclear Power
KARL GROSSMAN
The just-announced decision by Siemens, a major player in the nuclear industry, to withdraw entirely from nuclear power is a significant declaration by a corporation about nuclear power and the world’s potential energy future. “The chapter is closed for us,” ...
Through AIPAC-Colored Glasses
MEDEA BENJAMIN and ALLISON McCRACKEN
During August recess this year, 81 members of Congress went on a junket to Israel funded by the Israel lobby group AIPAC (well, funded by the American Israel Education Fund, but they are really ...
Obama’s Arc of Instability
NICK TURSE
It’s a story that should take your breath away: the destabilization of what, in the Bush years, used to be called “the arc of instability.”  It involves at least 97 countries, across the bulk of the global south, much of it coinciding with the oil heartlands of the...
Cuban Five: a Cruel and Bizarre Decision
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
On Friday, September 16, a federal district court judge made a bizarre ruling concerning one of the Cuban Five defendants who completes his jail sentence on October 7.  Judge Joan Lenard ruled that René Gonzalez, who has already served thirteen years in a federal penite...