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Archives from September 2011
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...