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When Republicans Debate
CHARLES R. LARSON
Setting: The Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, Virginia.  Enter, stage right, five white guys, identically dressed. Moderator:  We’ll start tonight with Governor Romney.  Tell me, Governor, just what makes you think that you’re such a big–? ...
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How Not to Celebrate an Anniversary
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
As 2011 ended the U.S. Senate voted 92 to 6 for the McCain-Levin amendments [S 1867] to the National Defense Authorization Act, and President Obama signed it. In the name of fighting terrorism, an astounding majority of Democratic and Republican leaders granted unlimited ...
Vulture Funds Profit Off Greek Misery
NICK DEARDEN
The hamstrung negotiations over a new Greek bail-out recommence tomorrow with little sign of resolution. As the Greek economy suffers from rapidly rising unemployment and debt levels, and its people experience rises in rates of suicide, murder and HIV, big profits still s...
Obama Delays U.S.-Israeli War Exercise
GARETH PORTER and JIM LOBE
Washington D.C. The postponement of a massive joint U.S.-Israeli military exercise appears to be the culmination of a series of events that has impelled the Barack Obama administration to put more distance between the United States and aggressive Israeli p...
Blind Man’s Bluff in the Middle East
BARRY LANDO
In a perilous spiral of assassinations, threats and counter-threats, the leaders of Washington, Jerusalem and Tehran keep ratcheting the tension. What is most alarming about the situation, is that the principle players and their advisors are engaged in an incredibly dange...
Collateral Savages
LINH DINH
It is a recurring theme: civilization committing barbaric acts to feed its refined gluttony. As we found out about American Marines urinating on dead Afghans, there was also a story about Brazilian loggers tying an eight-year-old girl to a tree and burning her to death. S...
Brothers Tread Cautiously
AMIRA HOWEIDY
This should be a time for the Muslim Brotherhood to savour their election victory. The final results of the parliamentary elections that ended yesterday will determine whether or not its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), secures a majority, ie half the P...
Is the GOP Self-Destructing?
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
I took a busload of students to New Hampshire last week to observe the Republican primary campaign process up close and personal. Alright, alright, I know what you must be thinking:  “Damn, Green, you sure must be a dedicated professor to do that!”  As it hap...
The End of Something
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
The euro is going down and may take the 17 nation euro zone with it, if not the entire 28 nation European Union.  Or maybe it will be the other way around?  Does it really matter? Having never recovered from the 2008 recession, the collapse of the euro will drive...
Billionaires Control Cricket in India
P. SAINATH
A little under five years ago, the cricket establishment in India privatized a national passion. They started an ‘Indian Premier League’ modelled on the NFL and The English Premier League (only this was happening with cricket), complete with privately-owned te...
Saving the American Safety Net
GERALD SCORSE
If raising the retirement age can save Social Security, the nation owes huge thanks to Ronald Reagan and Alan Greenspan. They raised it a generation ago, and retiring at 65 with full benefits is now history. The rise to 66, where it is today—and a scheduled rise ...
Happy Birthday, FLOTUS
CLANCY SIGAL
Presidential ‘First Ladies’ – FLOTUS – tend to get a pass because, after all, nobody elected them and a wife’s first duty – as Hilary Clinton reminded us during her husband’s sexual adventures– is to stand by her husband no matter what.   With one or...
Romney’s Top Contributors
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America’s Last Chance
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
America has one last chance, and it is a very slim one. Americans can elect Ron Paul President, or they can descend into tyranny. Why is Ron Paul America’s last chance? Because he is the only candidate who is not owned lock, stock, and barrel by the milita...
The Newsfakers
PATRICK COCKBURN
“Rumor” used to have a bad reputation. In Shakespeare’s plays it is assumed that “rumors” mean artful lies and the spreading of detailed but false accounts of victory and defeat. No journalist could credibly tell of massacre, torture and mass...
Air Force Invades the Rocky Mountains
CAROL MILLER
The Rocky Mountains burst out of the short grass prairies of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado with a special beauty that is part of the DNA of its residents and former residents. People from all over the world seek out these mountains. This is the “purple mount...
The Racism Dance
LINN WASHINGTON, JR.
As the racist rhetoric oozes from Republican presidential candidates, why are comments contained in Ron Paul newsletters from the 1980s and 1990s being widely considered more offensive than current bigoted banter uttered by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum? One answ...
Close the Gitmo Gulag
MARJORIE COHN
Travelers to Cuba and music lovers are familiar with the song “Guantanamera”— literally, the girl from Guantánamo. With lyrics by José Martí, the father of Cuban independence, Guantanamera is probably the most widely known Cuban song.  But Guantánamo is even mo...
Murderous Marines
BINOY KAMPMARK
There are Calleys in every army. What makes them dangerous is the set of circumstances in which their homicidal aberrations can run amok. Neil Sheehan, New York Times...
How the 1% Loves
LAURA FLANDERS
Lest any of us forget, some people have plenty of money to throw around. Take Valentine’s Day, coming our way soon. . Here’s what one four-star hotel in Chicago is offering, courtesy of a press release from their publicist. I’ve removed her name, otherwise, ...
The Toxic Crash of Phobos-Grunt
KARL GROSSMAN
Russia’s Phobos-Grunt space probe, with 22 pounds of radioactive Cobalt-57 on board, fell to Earth Sunday. The probe was launched in November to go to Phobos, a moon of Mars, but its rocket system failed to fire it onward from low Earth orbit. There is some confu...
From Worship to Wall Street
MEL KING AND WILLIAM ALBERTS
When a controversial protest movement arises, Christians often ask themselves, “What would Jesus do?”  Thus today the repeated question, “Would Jesus join the Occupy Wall Street Movement?” Certain Christians say Jesus would not be involved in Occupy Wall S...
99 to 1
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
George Randt is a doctor of internal medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He’s also a supporter of a single payer national health insurance system. Randt was in downtown Cleveland last month at a rally to protest cuts to public services. At the rally,...
The Hinckley Paradigm
DAVID MACARAY
You still hear people argue that the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center was an “inside job,” planned and orchestrated by George W. Bush and company.  They say it was staged to provide the U.S. with grounds for launching a full-scale invasion of Iraq. The th...
The Co-Conspirator’s Tale
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War on Iran: It’s Not A Matter of “If”
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The world’s press is choc-a-bloc with “if” questions about Iran and war. Will Israel attack? Is Obama, coerced by domestic politics  in an election year, being dragged into war by the Israel lobby? Will he lunch the bombers?  Is the strategy to force Iran into a c...
Live from Guantánamo
WELLS DIXON
Camp Justice, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba Today marks ten years since the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay.  As fate would have it, I am here for a week visiting one of my detainee clients. A decade ago, the first 20 prisoners arrived at this rem...
The Foreclosure-to-Rental Screwjob
MIKE WHITNEY
Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke wants US taxpayers to purchase more of the garbage loans and mortgage-backed securities (MBS) that the big banks still have on their books. (Cash for trash) That’s the impetus behind the Fed’s 26-page white paper that ...
The Shining Torch
URI AVNERY
“SHINING TORCH” sounds like the name of a Red Indian (or should I say Native American?) chief. In Hebrew, it is the literal meaning of the name of our latest political sensation: Ya’ir Lapid. This week, he announced his intention to enter politics and set up ...
Mitt Romney: Banker and Pornographer
DAVID ROSEN
Mitt is the man!  With wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, he’s a shoe-in to be the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential candidate. Mitt has proved the artful dodger.  So far, he’s succeeded as the political chameleon, effectively rebranding himself from social...
Whatever Happened to Al Jazeera?
RAMZY BAROUD
In the final days of the Libyan conflict, as NATO conducted a nonstop bombing campaign, an  Al Jazeera Arabic television correspondent’s actions raised more than eyebrows. They also raised serious questions regarding the journalistic responsibility of Arab media – or...
The Grim Implications of Obama’s New Defense Plan
JOSEPH GERSON
In early January the Obama Administration released the Pentagon’s new Guidance, ...
Defying the Macho
LAMIA OUALALOU
Antanas Mockus, mayor of Bogota, introduced a novel attempt at reforming Colombia’s male-dominated society one week in March 2001: from 7.30pm to 1am, only women were permitted to walk about town. To maintain parity, he handed over the city’s nightlife to men the week...
What Did Cuba Ever Do to Us?
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
“…they cannot forgive us that we are just so close to them, that we have made a Socialist revolution under the very nose of the United States!” — Fidel Castro, April 16, 1961 “And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that ...
Remembering Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1955)
TARIQ ALI
Saadat Hasan Manto’s centenary is being observed quietly by friends and admirers in Lahore. No official recognition or mention. He’s almost become a non-person. Manto died in Lahore in 1955. He was forty-three years old. The life of  one of our greatest short-story w...
The “Liberal” Media and American Foreign Policy
GREGORY HARMS
A recent article by Robert Naiman (Al Jazeera, Jan. 9) examines the New York Times’ current coverage of Iran’s nuclear program. In it he exposes a disappointing but unsurprising mishandling of the facts. References to the paper’s shameful prewar ...
Rumor and Anger Mount in Libya
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli This observer was stunned late last week when during a meeting in a Maghreb country with three high ranking former Libyan officials, among hundreds currently in hiding, and some organizing, in countries bordering Libya, one of them, in all earnest,...
The Real Reagan Economy
MICHAEL WALKER
Since the start of the presidential primary campaign, Republican candidates have missed few opportunities to laud the achievements of conservative hero and former president Ronald Reagan, or to portray themselves as his worthy successor. As Michele Bachmann declared after...
Killing Nuclear Scientists
BINOY KAMPMARK
In the last two years, lethal attacks have been conducted on Iran’s nuclear scientists with increasing regularity.  A pattern is emerging – assassinations and attempted assassinations are gathering pace as tensions between Iran and its opponents, primarily the US and...
On Getting Rich as a Tree Hugger
INGMAR LEE
Vancouver Island. I’m tired of being a tree-hugger. I’m tired of being called a radical by the Prime Minister for signing up to speak at the Enbridge Pipeline/Tanker Giga-Project hearings. I’m tired of being skinny and hungry and broke, e...
Once Upon the Senate
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Although the Senate is much given to admiring in its members a superiority less obvious or quite invisible to outsiders, one Senator seldom proclaims his own inferiority to another, and still more seldom likes to be told of it. — Henry Brooks Adam...
Inside the Clown Car
JOE GIAMBRONE
Less than a month into the new Justice Party, and already ossification and incompetence have settled into key positions. What took the Greens years to devolve into, the new effort seems to have happily achieved at stillbirth. The left in this country couldn’t strugg...
Woody Guthrie at 100
BILL MOYERS and MICHAEL WINSHIP
The traveling medicine show known as the race for the Republican presidential nomination has moved on from Iowa and New Hampshire, and all eyes are now on South Carolina. Well, not exactly all.  At the moment, our eyes are fixed on some big news from the great sta...
The Help at Downton Abbey
GAIL DINES
America is going nuts for Downton Abbey (DA) and its soap opera portrayal of life upstairs and downstairs. Thanks to Amazon UK, and a multi region DVD player, I am ahead of the curve and have seen all of season two. And it is insufferable. If DA is to be believed, ...
The Rodent Wore Armani
SHERRY WOLF
The financial capital of the U.S. empire cannot function without its subway system, which is the savior and curse of every New Yorker’s existence. More than 5 million people ride it on an average weekday. Though it can be maddeningly packed, filthy, delayed or su...
The Budgies Are Listless
CHARLES M. YOUNG
On Thursday, January 5, I was waiting for the elevator in the lobby of my building when I was joined by a woman who lives up the hall from me. She was carrying a grocery bag with The New York Times poking out the top. “Why did you buy it?” I asked. “They just raised...
Never Having to Say You’re Sorry
MISSY BEATTIE
“I will be true to my family, to my faith and to our country, and I will never apologize for the United States of America.” ~Mitt Romney, TV campaign ad. If we’re good parents, we teach our children to express regret to those t...
The Madonna and the Whore
JANE KALLIR
In the early years of the twentieth century, artists, scientists  and philosophers in Central Europe were preoccupied with what was commonly referred to as the “Woman Question.” The changing roles of men and women in industrial society had spawned both the women’s ...
Yesterday’s Prurience
CHARLES R. LARSON
The two novellas—“The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson” and “The Shielding of Mrs. Forbes”—published together as ...