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Archives from January 2012
The Obama Memos
The Obama Memos ...
The U.S., Indonesia & the New York Times
Why is the New York Times concealing the key role that the United States played in the 1965 coup in Indonesia that ended up killing somewhere between 500,000 and 1 million people? In a story Jan. 19—“Indonesia Chips Away At the Enforced Silence Around a Dark ...
How Hollywood’s Own Reality Undermines Its Position on Internet Policy
The furor over the latest legislative proposals to address online copyright infringement in the United States have cast the major American intellectual property companies – most notably, the entertainment industry — in a very negative light within the global I...
The Republican Inferno
When the GOP retook the House and promptly made it clear that the supreme goal was to prevent Obama’s re-election, they showed themselves to be united by opposition, as never before. Nothing mattered except turning the president out of office. Nothing seemed more in...
Facebook and the Degradation of Personhood
Behold homo sapiens lashed on the wheel of the digital social network: held frozen over a computer which is tied by a cord to a wall wherein the fiberglass cable carries the message; staring into the lit screen, the face pale in the unnatural light; or, with head bent in ...
Beyond Loser Liberalism
Last week Thomas Edsall had a column in th...
What’s Alinsky Got To Do With It?
This Sunday, at the Friends Meeting I attend, I shared a long, rambling account of my personal soap opera, which is what I call it, my life, my relationships, when I am not willing to be vulnerable about it all, but I still need to vent, and well, my reality, when I...
Anniversary of a Death in a New York Sweatshop
A year ago today, Juan Baten, a 22-year-old Guatemalan, was crushed to death while working in a Brooklyn tortilla factory.  Mr. Baten was one of 35,000 workers in a little-known, but indispensable part of New York’s food system: a sprawling industrial sector of foo...
Uproar Over Upcoming BDS Conference at Penn
It is not easy in the United States to have a real, factual discussion about Israel. When Norman Finkelstein came to give a lecture at my college a few years ago, a small minority of the faculty and students were enraged. The faculty boycotted the lecture, but the student...
Iran in the Shadow of War
As the prospect of a deadly confrontation between Iran and the United States increases, the fate of 78 million Iranians remains absent in the calculus of war on both sides. Invisible in the current war discourse, Iranians are caught between a repressive government with a ...
Talking With Ani DiFranco
She’s dealt with a lot of obstacles–dismissal of her music, sexist condescension, even attempts from Clear Channel to shut down her concerts. But over the past two decades, Ani DiFranco has remained thankfully relentless, and become a force to be reckoned...
Sh*t White Feminists Say
Sh*t White Feminists Say ...
Gingrich Plays the Race Card, as Press Cheers “Debating Skills”
South Carolina. It’s going to be the state that keeps on giving to President Barack Obama. I’m not talking votes; I’m talking hate. Newt Gingrich’s primary win has the pundits praising his “debating skills,” but the less prudish among us can be clear: Gingrich...
How Libertarian Dogmatists Are Sabotaging Ron Paul’s Campaign
If Ron Paul’s libertarian handlers and support base could escape their ideology, Ron Paul could be much better positioned to win the Republican nomination. Here are some suggestions. Ron Paul should be making the point that Social Security and Medicare are...
The Next Housing Bailout
Why are housing prices falling when the number of houses on the market continues to decline? Usually, when supply shrinks, then prices rise, right? So, why isn’t that happening now? The reason is that housing market never completely cleared, which is to say t...
The NDAA and Indefinite Detention
Last week was the tenth anniversary of the military prison at Guantanamo, with newspapers dutifully marking the occasion with “Guantanamo at Ten” columns, op-eds and blog posts. A handful of papers, including the ...
Nuclear Power in the US: a Rigged System
The nuclear power program in the United States was set up rigged—to allow the federal government to push atomic energy with state and local governments “pre-empted” on most issues. That’s what the State of Vermont was confronted with last week as a federal ...
The Decline of the American Empire
Why America Failed, which this book is not about, is nonetheless a devastating and eviscer...
10 Steps Toward Radical Revolution in the USA
“I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  1967 One.  Human rights must be taken absolutely...
Will Turkey Join Sick Men of Europe?
Are the Turks seeing the Ottoman Empire reborn or are they going to be the next victims of economic chaos in Europe and political turmoil in the Middle East? Is Turkey about to pay a price for the overconfidence bred by a decade that brought it triumphant success while it...
Back in Egypt’s Tinderbox
Cairo.  One year ago in February 2011, getting to Egypt wasn’t that easy. Back then, my London flight crew suddenly refused, in midair, to lay over in Cairo. Instead, we touched down in Athens where the airline did not actually even have...
Mr. McKibben, Take Heed
“Obama is now billed as a hero by the likes of Bill [McKibben,] who tweeted yesterday that: ‘the president acted decisively and bravely – and he listened to people, not money. a good day.’ ” So writes Michael Leonardi in a ...
Toxic Hair
My hair is at its best in the wintertime because I can then wear a hat, which flattens it down, especially if I sleep in the hat. Does it ever look like a nylon wig? Well yes, it does sometimes if I’ve been sleeping in the hat. But wiggy or not, w...
How the Media Enable the GOP Tax Agenda
How the Media Enable the GOP Tax Agen...