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Archives from October 2011
The Spirit of the Age
TARIQ ALI
“A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth glancing at,” wrote Oscar Wilde, “for it leaves out the one country at which humanity is always landing. And when humanity lands there, it looks out, and seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is t...
Cold Cash
CARL GINSBURG
Protesters at Zuccotti Park spent a very long weekend in an October snow, tarps and tents providing scant protection against some early flurries.  Zuccotti sits on the south edge of Tribeca, a tony, toasty neighborhood of the 1 percent, where loft and condo prices still...
Is Goldman Sachs Poised to Takeover Europe?
MIKE WHITNEY
Goldman Sachs is about to take over Europe, but you wouldn’t know it by reading the papers. On Tuesday, G-Sax alum, Mario Draghi, will take the helm at the European Central Bank replacing retiring ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet. The appointment has slipped...
Talking With Michael Moore on OWS
DAVEY D AND DENNIS BERNSTEIN
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 25, the heavily armed Oakland Police Department in conjunction, with 16 other police departments from all over Northern and Central California, stormed the Occupy Oakland Encampment, fully dressed in helmets, and riot gear, and ...
This Time, Let’s Really Crash the Party
ANDREW LEVINE
The slow but inexorable dissolution of feudal society that began centuries ago in England and Western Europe made two historical transformations possible: the rise of capitalism, an economic system based on market relations and private ownership; and the entrance into the...
Casino Capitalism and Higher Education
HENRY GIROUX
The state of uncertainty…is a joint product of ignorance and impotence—the two dragons which the Enlightenment heirs of St. George promised , resolved and tried hard to kill, or at least to chase away from the...
Is Capitalism Losing the Debate?
CARL FINAMORE
A remarkable shift in mass public opinion is occurring right before our eyes. It does not happen often. Normally, only when there is a severe breakdown in public confidence about the future. Now is such a time. Millions are demanding clear explanations for t...
Jumping to the Front of the Occupy Parade
MICHAEL DONNELLY
I went with friends to the Occupy Portland event at Pioneer Courthouse Square Portland at Noon last Friday. It was headlined by the band Pink Martini who played a bunch of songs in between a series of speakers. The GLBT folks were out in force and somewhat dominant in ...
The US Casts Its Vote in the Mexican Election
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City The Mexican presidential election won’t take place until next July, but with the Institutional Party of the Revolution (PRI) riding high in the polls, Washington is already making it clear who gets their – and the US corporate-industrial/NA...
Democracy Failure in Arizona
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
The experiment in Democracy seems to be failing badly in Arizona. Here, government, the state legislature, law enforcement, the educational system, the courts and the media are a testament to this colossal failure. Here, rampant hate and bigotry starts at the top and here...
Occupying in the Shadow of Frank Rizzo
JOHN GRANT
Philadelphia It was 10:30 pm on Dilworth Plaza, the concrete apron around Philadelphia City Hall that’s home for over 100 tents in the Occupy Philadelphia movement. The air was clear and the temperature was pleasant. Occupiers collected in cluster...
The Iranian Escalation
MARK WEISBROT
The Obama Administration announced two weeks ago that a bumbling Iranian-American used car salesman had conspired...
Yoo Loses a Debate
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Will Tillikum, the “Killer Whale,” Get Standing and His Day in Court?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Remember Tillikum? Back in 2010 I likened this proud mammal, at 6 tons and 22 feet long the largest orca whale in captivity, to Spartacus. Tillikum was kidnapped by whale-slavers  off...
Understanding Tunisia’s Elections Results
ESAM AL-AMIN
In early 1994 a small Islamic think tank affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) planned an academic forum to host Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of the main opposition party in Tunisia, Ennahdha. The objective of this annual event was to give Western academi...
Quo Vadis, OWS?
RALPH NADER
The question confronting the Occupy Wall Street encampments and their offshoots in scores of cities and towns around the country is quo vadis? Where is it going? This decentralized, leaderless civic initiative has attracted the persistent attention of the ...
The Never-Ending Eurofiasco
MIKE WHITNEY
Imagine if the local fire chief, in the spirit of conservation, decided he’d use no more than 1,000 gallons of water to put out any given house fire. Do you think the citizens would support that policy if their town was burned to the ground? And, yet, this is the sa...
Living in a Delusional World
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
I have come to the conclusion that Big Brother’s subjects in George Orwell’s 1984 are better informed than Americans. Americans have no idea why they have been at war in the Middle East, Asia and Africa for a decade.  They don’t realize that their...
After Qaddafi
JOANNE MARINER
Qaddafi’s much-abused body has finally been laid to rest, in an unmarked grave in the desert.  His fate has fallen off the front pages of the U.S. news, eclipsed by the European debt crisis, the elections in Tunisia, and the bid by “Joe the Plumber” for a seat in C...
Industrial Homicide in the Coal Mines
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
The United Mine Workers of America held a press conference in Charleston, West Virginia to release ...
The Politics of Obesity
DAVID ROSEN
A specter is haunting America, the specter of obesity.  According to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control’s 2007–2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), nearly three-quarters (73.7%) of all Americans 20 years and older are either overweigh, o...
The Rise of the Tea Party
SCOTT BORCHERT
Scott Borchert: Your primary focus as a scholar is on media and communications — so why a book on the Tea Party? Anthony DiMaggio: I’ve also researched and participated in social movements and interest group politics consistently for the last ten y...
A Gathering of the Tribes
LINH DINH
A protest sign in NYC, “FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I FEEL AT HOME...
New York Chic
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
One of the things I remember most about becoming a student at Columbia University in 1957 was the arrogance of the Columbia College football fight song.  “Oh, who owns New York?  Why, we own New York.  C-O-L-U-M-B-I-A.”  A not so subtle reminder of the fact that C...
City of Exquisite Decadence
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
When she screened a film (or “movie,” as she unfailingly called them), Pauline Kael usually sat in the back row, directly under the projector.  Dramatically breaching cinema decorum, she talked during the showings, especially during porn flicks, loudly narrating the ...
Going Down Fighting
SHEPHERD BLISS
Occupy Oakland won a resounding Oct. 26 victory by mobilizing 3000 people to respond to a police riot. They took down the police fence that exiled them from the plaza in front of city hall, set up tents again, and returned to dancing and receiving massage and acupuncture ...
Police Can Also be Traitors
JOE GIAMBRONE
“…or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -Amendment 1 This law that I believe all police swear to uphold has been vi...
Martin McGuinness’s Deadly Ambush
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. Martin McGuinness says he never killed anyone during his years — however many years it was — in the IRA.That’s as may be. But this week he certainly delivered a killer blow to the presidential hopes of one Sean Gallagher. In a Dublin ...
The Twittersphere Unmasked
MONA CHOLLET
Internet use became commonplace at least 15 years ago, but some people still cannot grasp that it is a user-created medium. The web is presented as a convergence of pre-existing means of acquiring information, but French researcher Dominique Cardon objects to that view; h...
Form in Front of Content
JOSHUA SPERBER
In mere weeks Occupy Wall Street has challenged prevailing perceptions of the U.S. left, the status quo, and the relationship between the two. Overcoming the police suppression and media blackout of its vulnerable beginnings, OWS has absorbed energy and tactics from the M...
A Movie Warns Us
SAUL LANDAU
Occupy Wall Street activists everywhere agree: the system has become dysfunctional. The angst – or anger — among citizens reaches beyond economic collapse and the government’s inability to improve the situation. Frustration and puzzlement persist: why do Preside...
Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman
RON JACOBS
There’s a character in Michael Moorcock’s novel about the 1980s titled  King of the City for whom everything is for sale.  A hippie turned capitalist predator, this character works with national and local British governments in allowing public works...
Joe the Plumber Rides Again
DAVID MACARAY
On October 25, Samuel Wurzelbacher (aka Joe the Plumber) announced he would be seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress, running as a Republican, representing Ohio’s 9th congressional district.  The 9th is currently represented by Democrat Marcy Kaptur...
Deadline in Bangor, Maine
LAWRENCE REICHARD
Coast to coast, from Oakland to Atlanta, cops are busting up Occupations.  The right is fighting back against what might be the most vibrant, vital, dynamic and fast-growing movement for social change this country has seen since at least the movement against the U.S. war...
The Politics of Envy
ROB URIE
One of the theories of the practice of psychology encountered in college is “egoism,” the argument that all people at all times act in their own self-interest. The theory is circular in that once the premise is accepted, any argument that runs counter to it is presume...
Herman Cain, American Dreamer
MARK T. HARRIS
As a relative unknown seeking the Republican presidential nomination, Herman Cain’s recent success in the polls has taken the field by surprise. It shouldn’t. Since entering the primary race, Cain had an advantage over other Republicans in that he just hadn’t...
Invaded Under False Pretexts
FIDEL CASTRO
On February 23rd, under the title of “The Cynical Danse Macabre”, I set out: “The policy of plundering imposed by the United States and their NATO allies in the Middle East has gone into a crisis. ” “Thanks to the treason committed by Sadat at Camp...
The Fight of Our Lives
MAX SCHWARZ
On October 25th James Miller, a professor at the New School for Social Research, weighed in on the Occupy movement in an Op-Ed in the New York Times.  In this piece, Miller warned against extremist, anti-democratic elements who threaten to undermine the nascent movement....
The Moral Movement
MISSY BEATTIE
Some years ago, my husband, youngest son, and I watched Ultimate Fighting—grappling—during which two contenders slammed and choked each other while writhing on a mat.  The contest ended when one of the opponents tap, tap, tapped the mat, in surrender. Barack O...
The Booby Trap
FARZANA VERSEY
All eyes have been on our mammaries the whole of October. Was it breast cancer awareness month or does the Big C stand for the Big Consumer gifted another marketed opportunity wrapped with a pink ribbon? This is not to belittle those who have suffered and the survi...
We Shall Not be Moved
PHIL ROCKSTROH
Until recent events proved otherwise, the hyper-commercialized surface of the corporate state gave the appearance of being too diffuse–too devoid of a center to pose a threat of totalitarian excess. Accordingly, as of late, due to the violent response to OWS protest...
When the Mob Rules
STEPHEN MARTIN
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war. Winston Churchill, remarks at a White House luncheon, June 26, 1954 Where was the dead body found? Who found the dead body? Was the dead body dead when found? How was the...
Final Ramblings of a Celebrated Atheist
CHARLES R. LARSON
Portuguese novelist and Nobel Prize (1998) winner José Saramago’s final novel, Cain, mu...
Meet Annette Dasch
DAVID YEARSLEY
Berlin In the course of the 19th century the designation “virtuoso” become an often ambiguous compliment, if not a downright backhanded one. The word began to refer increasingly to technical prowess that came necessarily at the expense of tr...
Poet’s Basement
Robert Davies, Frank Ford & Jon Taylor
Melons and Mendelssohn by ROBERT A. DAVIES Melons and Mendelssohn mellow days of autumn the end of harvest andante season. And yet our country teeters, weapons plentiful as the fallen leave...
Slavery Footprint
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Oakland on Strike!
MIKE KING and GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
[Mike is reporting from the ground in Oakland, former Oakland resident George contributed political analysis] A major victory has been won. For only the second time in Oakland’s recent political history, mass action in the street has forced the hand of c...
Gaddafi and the Bacchae
PETER LEE
I suppose the Western media caravan has moved on, and there isn’t going to be a lot of interest in the latest ...
Reversing the Lens on Pakistan
CONN HALLINAN
“Terrorism is not a statistic for us.” —Asif Ali Zardari, president of Pakistan This is a Pakistani truism that few Americans understand. Since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, Pakistan has lost more than 35,000 pe...
The Long Shadow of Algeria
DAVID PORTER
While Tunisia had its first post-“revolution” election on October 23rd and Egypt will follow on November 28th, an infamous, but relevant, date in Algerian history is also rapidly approaching. January 11th will be the 20th anniversary of the milit...