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Archives from December 2011
Assembly Time
KATHY KELLY
Kabul Arab Spring, European Summer, American Autumn, and now the challenge of winter. Here in Kabul, Afghanistan, the travelers of our small Voices for Creative Nonviolence delegation share an apartment with several of the creative and determined “...
A New Force in Latin America
MARK WEISBROT
Although most Americans have not heard about it, a historic step towa...
Should Bloggers Be Deemed Journalists?
JULIE HILDEN
On November 30, United States District Judge Marco A. Hernandez of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Portland Division, ...
Half of America in Poverty?
PAUL BUCHHEIT
Recent reports suggest that almost 50% of Americans are in poverty or at a “low income” level. The claim is based on a new supplemental measure by the Census Bureau that includes health care, transportation, and other essential living expenses in the poverty c...
The Arab Spring Effect
JAMES ZOGBY
Nine months into the “Arab Spring”, we surveyed public opinion in seven Arab countries and Iran, asking over 6,000 respondents about their primary political concerns and their degree of satisfaction with the pace of change taking place in their countries. What...
One Thousand Nights in Solitude
JOSEPH DANA
Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza celebrated the return of their loved ones last Sunday as the final wave of prisoners were released in an exchange between Hamas and Israel. However, one prisoner was notably absent. Marwan Barghouti, the jailed Fatah leader known...
The Dark Side of Sweden
RITT GOLDSTEIN
Dalarna, Sweden The film’s US opening was December 20th, with a Reuters review of David Fincher’s too-real thriller titled, “Dragon Tattoo” film paints Sweden in darkest shades.  But, the sad fact is that t...
The Legacy of the Iraq War
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
In the United States, the most significant event of 2011 hands down should have been the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Iraq. But for most Americans, the end of this illegal and immoral war and occupation hardly registers a ripple. The reason: the continue...
The Book of Jobs
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The Snow Fronde
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Moscow After an interminably long delay, the grey Moscow heavens were at long last generous with snow, dispensing heaps and heaps of the white stuff, turning cars into snow mountains and making sidewalks  impassable. This is a nice time of year: bare tree...
Bradley Manning: Hero or Traitor?
MARJORIE COHN
When he announced that the last U.S. troops would leave Iraq by year’s end, President Barack Obama declared the nine-year war a “success” and “an extraordinary achievement.” He failed to mention why he opposed the Iraq war from the beginning. He didn’t say tha...
The Case of the Alleged Twitter Stalker
JULIE HILDEN
On December 15, U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, ...
The Leading Cause of Breast Cancer?
JOHN LaFORGE
Profiteers in the medical CT scan business took a big hit last week from a major new government report on the causes of breast cancer. Published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the exhaustive analysis found th...
Humanitarian Aid in Haiti
JAKE JOHNSTON
“Donors and aid organizations prefer to be the boss of their own money. And they want to be in charge of how to spend it, where to spend it, and if to spend it at all,” Linda Polman, author of ...
The Price Tag for the Libyan War
TOM H. HASTINGS
So, how is that violent liberation working out for ‘ya? How much did the US spend trying to topple dictators Ben Ali in Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt? Oh, that’s right, like Filipino strongman Ferdinand Marcos, those brutal, corrupt, murdering lea...
Fracking Your Water
SHERWOOD ROSS
ExxonMobil Chairman/CEO Rex Tillerson sounded very confident when he told a congressional hearing last year that extracting natural gas by the “hydraulically fractured” process has not led to even one “reported case of a freshwater aquifer having ever been...
Durban and the Closing Door
ASHLEY DAWSON
South Africa, the birthplace of the policy of racial oppression and exploitation called apartheid, was a perfect destination for a conference designed to consolidate a new regime of climate-based inequality. ...
The Bi-Partisan Attack on Medicare
SHAMUS COOKE
Politicians are attacking Medicare and Medicaid on all sides–Democrats and Republicans alike. Obama’s national health care bill will slash hundreds of billions from Medicare over the next decade, an act supported by so-called “progressive” Democra...
Are We Gods?
NICHOLAS KRAMER
This holiday season, as you walk through a public area (any mall, grocery, or restaurant will do), start counting the people you see there. Look in their faces, listen to their conversations, and try to appreciate each of them not just as strangers, but as fellow human be...
Four Days of Death in December
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Thud of the Jackboot
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Too bad Kim Jong-il kicked the bucket last weekend. If the divine hand that laid low the North Korean leader had held off for a week or so, Kim would have been sustained by the news that President Obama is signing into law a bill that puts the United States not immeasurab...
Iraq Trembles Amid Renewed Sectarian Violence
PATRICK COCKBURN
A wave of bomb explosions sent plumes of smoke into the air across Baghdad yesterday, killing 63 and injuring 194 people in the worst violence for months. There is a growing sense of crisis in Iraq as the Shia prime minister Nouri al-Maliki tries to arrest his own Sunni v...