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Archives from November 2011
The Stealth Halal Jihadist Turkey
WAJAHAT ALI
American Muslim communities celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional Turkey feast represents an encouraging sign of integration with American values and rituals. But, of course, we Muslims fooled you. Yet again. You should have known that our baked...
Anti-Labor Republicans Hit New Low
DAVID MACARAY
For 76 years it’s been the job of the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) to enforce the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act (passed in 1935 and better known as the Wagner Act).  The National Labor Relations Act is the legislation that governs such things ...
The Bahrain Arms Deal
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. — Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man The question is why the United States was even thinking of selling arms to Bahrain.  The answer ...
The Nipplegate Case and the First Amendment
JULIE HILDEN
On November 2, a two-judge panel majority of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued its second opinion in a high-profile broadcast indecency case.  The opinion was especially interesting, for three reasons: First, the Supreme Court had sent the cas...
How the Occupy Movement Came to El Salvador
ALEXANDRA EARLY
SAN SALVADOR. At the U.S. embassy here on Thursday (Nov. 24), Ambassador Carmen Aponte held a gala Thanksgiving dinner for a select group of local and North American guests. Outside the castle-like embassy compound, there were some uninvited visitors as w...
Global Dignity
MISSY BEATTIE
Last week I attended a presentation by Robert Ford, the first United States Ambassador to Syria in five years.  Just two months ago, Ford was recalled from Syria because of safety concerns.  More than 3500 people, including children, have been killed there. Charm...
Killing Us Softly
DAVID Ker THOMSON
St. James Park, Toronto. It seems churlish to complain about having been insufficiently buffeted about the head, ears, and spleen, what with our community having experienced so many satisfactions in that regard during last year’s G20 and all.  But it mu...
Misanthropy’s Holiday
KATHLEEN PEINE
It’s not exactly “The Gift of the Magi” -the inevitable Black Friday footage that so marvelously serves to reinforce the notion that Americans are simply a cloudy plague of consumer beasts. And in most ways that really is what the country has become. Feeding on ...
I -Witnesses of the Mumbai Attacks
FARZANA VERSEY
“The spectators laughed. And my lawyer, rolling up one of his sleeves, said with finality, ‘Here we have a perfect reflection of this entire trial: everything is true and nothing is true!'” ...
Sharing the Turkey
LINH DINH
Thanksgiving is the occasion or requirement, not necessarily welcome, that one eats with many other people, while looking at their faces even. As a contemporary American, I take many meals alone while staring at a medium, which in my case is the computer and, before that,...
Greetings From the Cannabis Cup
JOHN SINCLAIR
Amsterdam. Highest greetings from the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, where I’m enjoying the heady ambience of this society where they just don’t care if you want to get high and where a couple thousand American youths are staggering around this we...
Don’t Mourn, Balkanize
PAUL BUHLE
Don’t Mourn, Balkanize!  Essays After Yugoslavia. By Andrej...
Scenes From the Life of Chet Baker
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Click here to read Part One: Chet Baker: the Junkie Beat. Chet Baker finally hit New York in May of 1954, fronting his own band, for a month long engagement at Birdland. By all accounts...
Women Are Better At Almost Everything
CHARLES R. LARSON
You have to hand it to Dan Abrams.  He’s in his mid-forties, never married, and either hoping that his book will get him hitched or frightened to death that, if it does, he’ll never live up to his wife’s expectations.  The claim on the back cover will probably dri...
Why I’m Joining the One Percent
BRIAN J. FOLEY
I marched with Occupy Oakland last Saturday, but I’ve had a change of heart. I’m joining the One Percent. The One Percent have fun. They have jobs and money.  Or just money, because when you have a lot of money, you don’t need to work. They live in houses, n...
Corseri, Silverstein and Whitman
POETS' BASEMENT
Mic Check: Now We Are The People! by GARY CORSERI (NOTE: “Mic Check” is one of the many wholesome developments of the Occupy Movement. A single speaker’s words are echoed by a spontaneous “chorus” of listeners. ...
Hitler: “Why Would Anybody Care About a Bunch of Dirty Hippies, Any Way?”
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Hitler: “Why Would Anybody Care About a Bunch of Dirty Hippies, Any Way?” ...
Back to Tahrir Square
ESAM AL-AMIN
When former Vice President (and intelligence chief) Omar Suleiman announced on state television last February 11the transfer of power from Hosni Mubarak to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), millions of Egyptians began celebrating in the streets the culminati...
The Roads To War And Economic Collapse
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
November 23, 2011: The day before the Thanksgiving holiday brought three extraordinary news items.  One was the report on the Republican presidential campaign debate. One was the Russian President’s statement about his country’s response to Washington’s mi...
Let Them In
RALPH NADER
From New York City to Oakland, and several cities in between, the police, on orders from city officials, have smashed the Occupy encampments and evicted the protestors from public parks and spaces. More politicians from Congress to the state and local level want the Occu...
Payback Time in Libya
PATRICK COCKBURN
The detention of 7,000 people in prisons and camps by the anti-Gaddafi forces is not surprising. The conflict in Libya was always much more of a civil war between Libyans than foreign governments pretended or the foreign media reported. The winning anti-Gaddafi mil...
The Curiosity Mission and Catastrophe Tourism
KARL GROSSMAN
With NASA intending to launch a plutonium-fueled rover from Florida on Saturday—and admitting that a launch pad accident releasing the deadly plutonium fuel could reach as far as 62 miles away—the issue being raised by the area’s tourism officials is whether the lau...
Banks, Pentagon and Academic Pusilanimousness
LINH DINH
“I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy.” —GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain Not everything, mind you, but anything, which would put him on par with the dumbest American living under the heaviest...
Meet the Global Ruling Class
STEVEN COLATRELLA
Padua, Italy. Making economics and politics appear separate is one of the chief characteristics of capitalism as a system of class rule, as Ellen Mieksins Wood has pointed out in many of her writings. But it is how politics is manifested AS economics and e...
How They Gave Thanks in 1863
DAVID YEARSLEY
Brandenburg, Germany Expatriate Thanksgivings have a paradoxical feeling of closeness and distance. There’s the longing to recapture the spirit and flavor of the family table back home, but also a sometimes irresistible urge to take advantage of the remo...