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Archives from 2011
Eugenics in America
DAVID ROSEN
On December 10, 2011, the New York Times ran a front...
Anatomy of a NATO War Crime
FRANKLIN LAMB
Sorman, Libya It was a warm early Monday morning along the Libyan coast on June 20, 2011. At approximately 0200 GMT the next day in NATO Headquarters in Brussels and 30 minutes later in its media center in Naples, staffers finished tabulati...
The Fraudsters
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It is with a pious fraud as with a bad action. It begets a calamitous necessity of going on. –Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason A number of people have begun wondering what the difference is between Jon Corzine and Berni...
The Criminal in Chief
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Liberals in Congress and in the general public have allowed their blind devotion to Obama obscure their understanding of the dramatic parallels between this administration and the previous one.  Obama’s high-minded idealistic rhetoric (which Bush also engaged in, it sh...
What’s So Great About Efficiency?
ROB URIE
Early in the last century the Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci developed the idea of hegemony as a hidden ideology behind political, economic and cultural domination. What is understood by dominant cultures as straightforward explanation of the natural world, co...
Assaulting Libraries
BINOY KAMPMARK
What is more important in a library than anything else – than everything else – is the fact that it exists. – Archibald MacLeish, ‘The Premise of  Meaning’, ...
The Mayberry Incident
KATHLEEN PEINE
The president was coming to town. And Neil Jednoralski was prepared. He’d taken his list and checked it twice. Handcuffs, Arrest Warrant, 4 guns! Check. Barack Obama was coming to Osawatomie, Kansas, reportedly to do a Teddy Roosevelt impression. Neil was goi...
Bullish
MISSY BEATTIE
A new day is upon us.  And let us never forget those who gave us this chance: the untold number of Iraqis who’ve given their lives; more than one million Americans, military and civilian, who have served in Iraq; nearly 4,500 fallen Americans who gave their last ...
Election
DAVID KER THOMSON
I guess the left didn’t get enough vomit to lick last go round.  Now they’re licking away at the same vomit, telling it how important it is.  All this talk of election.  I do my best to avoid it but it’s smeared on the walls like the effusions of a kid i...
Why Should We Care About Mexico?
LAURA CARLSEN
The cold, hard numbers of the poor and the dead are familiar. Instead we are told that we should care—or rather, worry—about Mexico for a very different reason. The State Department, the Pentagon, the press and members of Congress tell us, with increasing shril...
Looking at African-American Icons
CHARLES R. LARSON
Considering the cynicism many of us feel about the current state of American education, at least with the curriculum there is one vast improvement from the past: its diversity.  In the excellent public schools I attended in Iowa in the 1940s and 50s, I learned absolutely...
Willie Dixon Won’t Serve
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Click here to read  Part One. I’m the last one hired And I’m the first one fired I’m the only man That has never been satisfied I...
This is Johann – Get me Rewrite
DAVID YEARSLEY
Sacred texts exist to be reprinted, repackaged, translated again and again. Each generation, devout or doubting, comments and questions, elucidates and mystifies, interprets and reinterprets. The continuous interest in, and demand for, new versions of central texts, can t...
Poets’ Basement
BOOMA & Friends
Exquisite Corpse by BOOMA & Friends   The Fourteeners by GWEN STRACHAN, SHANNON ONGARO, ADAM HELLMAN, JESSIE SMITH, MICHAEL EARL...
The Plot to Oust America’s Nuclear Watchdog
ANDREW COCKBURN
In what may well be a temporary aberration, the Obama Administration appears to be sticking by Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, even though the nuclear industry most definitely wants him out.  The current assault on Jaczko has come in the form of ...
The Colossal Muddle
MIKE WHITNEY
“Today we have involved ourselves in a colossal muddle, having blundered in the control of a delicate machine, the working of which we do not understand. The result is that our possibilities of wealth may run to waste for a time—perhaps for a long time...
Nasty Bosses on College Campuses
VIJAY PRASHAD
“After 23 years @pomonacollege fires Felipa Sanchez for not showing her papers.” — Leigh Shelton, UNITE-HERE Local 11. When I got to Pomona College in the mid-1980s, the issue on the table was apartheid in South Afr...
The Joke is on Lowe’s
WAJAHAT ALI
The decision by Lowe’s, behemoth chain of retail home improvement and appliance stores, to ...
The Making of the American 99%
BARBARA EHRENREICH AND JOHN EHRENREICH
“Class happens when some men, as a result of common experiences (inherited or shared), feel and articulate the identity of their interests as between themselves, and as against other men whose interests are different from (and usually opposed to) theirs.”...
Remembering Pittston
BRIAN TIERNEY
After a year of revolutions, strikes, and protest occupations, a new era of struggle has shifted the political landscape. Workers and the poor have taken to the streets, occupying public squares and striking across the globe ...
The Struggle Emerges in Russia
LEE SUSTAR
Protests by tens of thousands of people in Moscow and other cities December 10 were by far the largest demonstrations in Russia since the collapse of the USSR two decades ago. The focus of the mobilizations was massive fraud in the December 4 parliamentary election...
At Last, a Progressive Alternative to Obama
STEVEN HIGGS
Americans who feel betrayed by timid, capitulatory leadership from Democrats like President Barack Obama now have a candidate to consider at the presidential level. On Dec. 12, 2011, former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson announced his candidacy on the Justice Party t...
My Week at Shakespeare & Co.
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Never doubt that simple acts of generosity and solidarity can change lives—and the world. George Whitman and his Shakespeare & Company bookstore have been uniquely powerful living proof of that.  And his daughter has guaranteed it will continue. ...
Putting the Pedal to the Medal
DAVID MACARAY
A few years back I heard a television commentator say that because the United States, unlike Britain, was not a monarchy, the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest and most distinguished honor we can bestow upon a civilian—was the “American equivalent of an Engl...
Reactor 4 is Falling Apart
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The Politics of Doomsday
CONN HALLINAN
In a recent New York Times article...
Rule By Troika
SERGE HALIMI
Former bankers Lucas Papademos and Mario Monti have taken over in Athens and Rome, exploiting the threat of bankruptcy and the fear of chaos. They are not apolitical technicians but men of the right, members of the Trilateral Commission that blamed western societies for b...
Slandering the Poor
Rev. JESSE L. JACKSON
Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich appeals to working Americans by slandering the poor. Gingrich recently denounced child labor laws as “truly stupid,” suggesting that schools should fire janitors and hire students under the age of 16 to clean the plac...
The New Chicken Littles
JOHN FEFFER
I decided to wait a couple weeks just to make sure. So far, so good. Citizens went to the polls in Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt. A plurality of voters threw their support behind Islamist parties. I take a look outside. The sky is still intact. Still, there is no sho...
Class Struggle on the Waterfront
BEN SCHREINER
With less than a month’s time with which to plan, Occupy Portland set out early Monday morning to shutdown the Port of Portland.  Braving the morning’s freezing fog, protesters began arriving at Kelly Point Park around 6 a.m. for a final staging before breaking into...
Xmas in Baghdad
NESREEN MELEK
In Baghdad I was in Catholic school from kindergarten until high school. The school was run by Catholic nuns, who spoke English and French.  Jews, Christians and Muslim students were attending the same school.  It took me a few years after I attended the school to rea...
FDA Strips Critic of Voting Rights
MARTHA ROSENBERG
It’s said that it takes 22 FDA safety officers to change a light bulb: 12 to defend the decision to install it, 8 to call it another “lighting option,” 6 to quote drug industry studies and one to say it doesn’t need changing, it just needs a better...
Looking Beyond the Dazzle of Plutocracy
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
The Telegraph, a UK newspaper, reports that police in that country are testing a ...
Omission in Osawatomie
JACK RANDOM
Like the sirens to Odysseus, President Obama’s address at Osawatomie, Kansas, was pleasing to the progressive ear but if you allow its seductive tone to capture you, it could well prove fatal to the cause. We have heard this song before.  It takes us back to the...
Walmart’s (and Hillary’s) Indian Invasion
P. SAINATH
Mumbai Foreign direct investment in retail may be on hold, but Hillary Clinton can stop worrying about Anand Sharma and Pranab Mukherjee. “How does (Commerce Minister) Sharma view India’s current Foreign Direct Investment guidelines? Which s...
Dear Newt…
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Russia and the Return of the Repressed
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Moscow saw its biggest demo in a decade last Saturday. It was a feel-good, peaceful manifestation of youthful Facebook users, and it was already nicknamed the Likes Parade, as the prospective participants had clicked on “like” in response to the call to demonstrate. T...
It’s Not Only About Justice
ANDREW LEVINE
Egalitarian justice (or fairness) has been Topic A for political philosophers since even before 1971, when John Rawls published his monumental ...
Did the Pentagon Help Strangle the Arab Spring?
NICK TURSE
As the Arab Spring blossomed and President Obama hesitated about whether to speak out in favor of protesters seeking democratic change in the Greater Middle East, the Pentagon acted decisively.  It forged ever deeper ties with some of the most repressive regimes in the r...
Libya Still Under Arms
PATRICK HAIMZADEH
Last month, the main concern in Tripoli was getting your hands on a sheep to slaughter, as tradition requires on Eid al-Adha (feast of the sacrifice). Libyan sheep were 25 dinars a kilo (around $27), about twice the price before the revolution, and many families were only...
Iran, the Islamic Revolution and the Language of War
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
No revolution, as far as I know, has achieved all that it promised. A revolution is a response, rather than a solution, to the problems that triggered it. In Iran’s case, there had been years of repression under an absolute monarch who was installed by external p...
The Republicans and the Palestinians
ROBERT FANTINA
As each election approaches, few candidates miss making a trek to worship at the altar of the American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC). There they pay homage, hoping to be anointed with the generous largess that that organization dispenses, mainly through its m...
Noriega Comes Home
DAVID MACARAY
On December 11, Manuel Noriega—the 77-year old ex-general, ex-Panamanian dictator, and ex-CIA employee—returned home to face additional charges, after having already served 17 years in a U.S. prison for drug trafficking, and a year and a half in a French prison for mo...
The Gap Between Human Rights Scholars and Human Rights Professionals
JOANNE MARINER
Recent years have witnessed an explosion in academic thought and writing on human rights topics.  What was once the province of a few marginal idealists is now an established scholarly field, with a couple of dozen specialized journals, hundreds of university courses, an...
The American Crisis at 235
RICH BERGEN
This December 19th marks the 235thanniversary of Thomas Paine’s...
I Ain’t Got No Home
TINA LYNN EVANS
Can we truly be at home in the marketplace? What kind of place is the marketplace, anyway, and how is it related to places like our communities, our homes, and the places we love in the natural world? Has the marketplace effectively replaced these physical/mental places b...
Paul v. Newt, Round Two
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Why the US & Israel May Agree to Bombing Iran
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
The arguments for attacking Iran are crazy, like those for attacking Iraq in response to 9-11.  But that does not mean such an attack by the American and/or the Israelis will not occur. Indeed, I think the political pressure for such an attack is increasing.  My ...
Did the US Give Green Light for Ben Ali’s Overthrow?
ROB PRINCE
A  friend, relative of a Tunisian family in Colorado, today took me for a ride in the hills above the Mediterranean just 2 kilometers north of La Marsa. On the way, we passed the residency of the French Ambassador  and nearby, one of the trashed out mansions of the Ben ...