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Archives from 2012
The Financial War Against the Economy at Large
MICHAEL HUDSON
Today’s economic warfare is not the kind waged a century ago between labor and its industrial employers. Finance has moved to capture the economy at large, industry and mining, public infrastructure (via privatization) and now even the educational system. (At over $1 tr...
The Next Secretary of Defense
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
One of the most pressing problems facing the incoming Secretary of Defense is posed by our denouement in Afghanistan.  For reasons ...
All You Wanted to Know About Housing in Three Minutes
MIKE WHITNEY
There’s a ...
Longshoremen Strike Averted
DAVID MACARAY
On December 28, a potential strike by the ILA (International Longshoremen’s Association), representing East Coast dockworkers, was averted when union negotiators agreed to extend the contract for another month, and continue bargaining.  Both sides took this to be a hop...
Jailing Journalists in Plot-Mad Turkey
MICHAEL DICKINSON
In case you hadn’t heard of ‘Ergenokon’, it’s an alleged plot by a gang of ultranationalist secularists, who are accused of plotting to trigger a military coup to topple the ruling Islamic-slanted Justice and Develoment Party (AKP) in Turkey by fomenting chaos in ...
Burma’s Civil Wars
RENAU EGRETEAU
Burma’s president Thein Sein — through his envoy, former general Aung Min — has in just one year renewed most of the ceasefires agreed by the previous junta, including one with the powerful militia of the Wa minority in the north, who have produced and trafficked op...
Will Syria Go on the Offensive at the Hague?
FRANKLIN LAMB
La Maison  d’Avocats, Damascus. Even before the historic 139 to 8 vote of the UN General Assembly on  November 29 of this year which opened up a plethora of legal remedies for  Palestinians, a “legal intifada” — to borrow a phrase from Franc...
Our Intolerable Risk
PETER G. COHEN
In a 2012 Status of World Nuclear Forces report, The Federation of American Scientists (FAS, founded in 1945 by many of the original group of scientists who invented and built the first atomic bombs and who later came to oppose them) estimates that 1,800 Russian and U.S. ...
The Last Askari
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
One of, if not the last, Eritrean askari, aboy Welday Tecle Weldekidan Melkai Tensai of the village of Damba Minche in the Serai region has passed away at the age of 93. Aboy Welday was drafted into the Italian African Colonial Army, or “askaris” as they were k...
The Outrage of Guns in America
HOWARD LISNOFF
I logged onto the Internet between classes on Friday, December 14 in Troy, New York. Since the classes I teach would take the second part of their final exam, I quickly passed  by the New York Times breaking news item that stated a shooting had taken place at a ...
Note to Alexander
FRED GARDNER
The NY Times arrived this morning with the magazine devoted to “The Lives They Lived,” an extra round of obits for those who exited in 2012. Guess who wasn’t mentioned? I suppose if they’d included you we’d say “Nothing they love more than ...
Tarantino’s American Love Story
MICHAEL DONNELLY
I went to see Django Unchained with a screenwriter friend yesterday, forgetting that it was Christmas week and the matinees would be crowded. I’ve always been a little ambivalent about the already legendary director Quentin Tarantino’s movies. I think the...
America’s Deceptive 2012 Fiscal Cliff
MICHAEL HUDSON
When World War I broke out in August 1914, economists on both sides forecast that hostilities could not last more than about six months. Wars had grown so expensive that governments quickly would run out of money. It seemed that if...
FBI Ignored Deadly Threat to Occupiers
DAVE LINDORFF
New documents obtained from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security by the Partnership for Civil Justice and released this past week show that the FBI and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies began a campaign of monitoring, spying and disrupting the Occ...
Economic Plunder in Recent History
ROB URIE
In the mid 1990s Republican New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman ...
In Praise of Obstinacy
ANDREW LEVINE
There is no point denying it any longer: those of us who thought that Barack Obama’s invocations of “hope” and “change” was all hot air were wrong; we didn’t get it.  We didn’t realize that he wasn’t talking about the hopes for change of the people whose ...
A Person Called Nobody
URI AVNERY
SUDDENLY, I realized that a new star had appeared on the political firmament of Israel. Until yesterday I did not even know of its existence. A respected public opinion poll posed a Nixonesque question: From which politician would you buy a used car? The answer was...
It’s Easier Than You Think
RALPH NADER
It’s easier than you think.  That’s the way I start discussions and interviews about my new book titled, “Seventeen Solutions.” The “solutions” were selected for their long-overdue practicality, fairness, efficiency, safety, employment potential and re...
For Whom the Syrian Bell Tolls
PEPE ESCOBAR
The top geopolitical tragedy in 2012 is bound to remain the top geopolitical tragedy in 2013: the rape of Syria. Just as once in a while I go back to my favorite Hemingway passages, lately I’ve been going back to some footage I shot years ago of the Aleppo so...
Manufacturing Poverty
CHERI HONKALA
On December 10, community leaders all across the country held vigils and rallies outside Congressional offices to defend the safety net and protest the so-called “fiscal cliff” negotiations in Washington, DC. It was part of a coordinated national campaign on Internati...
The Deep Wound of Wounded Knee
JOHNNY BARBER
December 29th marks the 122nd anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee. It is a story that remains fresh in the lives of many indigenous peoples across America. Each generation is taught to never forget. In 1891, reviewing the history lea...
The PRI and Loathing in Mexico City
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City. Welcome to a new era in Mexico – or so some would have you believe. Twelve years after finally losing power in the democratic transition of 2000, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), aka “the dinosaur”, is back and attempting to ...
Desperately Seeking a Future
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Year on year the numbers of men women and children leaving Ethiopia in search of work and freedom from repression in one of the Gulf States and beyond is increasing. Lured by the often hollow prospect of earning enough money to support their family, United Nations High Co...