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Archives from February 2012
Santorum and God’s Will
HENRY GIROUX
The possibility of an authoritarian and ethically dysfunctional family in the White House in 2013 certainly has caught the attention of a number of liberals and other progressives. After all, what progressive or decent conservative for that matter would support Rick Santo...
Middle East: Stupid is the Order of the Day
PETER LEE
The stupid Attack Iran obsession seems to have infected virtually all discussion of the Middle East. Marc Lynch  of G.W. University said something stupid…then Amnesty International said something stupid…and how about those stupid Islamic terrorist plots? ...
The Ghost and the Machine
KATHY KELLY
Fazillah, age 25, lives in Maidan Shar, the central city of Afghanistan’s Wardak province.  She married about six years ago, and gave birth to a son, Aymal, who just turned five without a father. Fazillah tells her son, Aymal, that his father was killed by an American...
Chipping Away at the NDAA
JOANNE MARINER
Two positive steps have just been taken toward limiting the scope of the detention provisions of the...
What is to be Done Next?
STAUGHTON LYND
Greetings. I write from Niles, Ohio, near Youngstown. I take part in Occupy Youngstown (OY). I was asked to make some “keynote” remarks on the occasion of OY’s first public meeting on October 15, 2011. I am a member of the le...
An Injury to One is an Injury to All?
MICHAEL LEONARDI
There is an attack on workers going on across America. Corporate bosses are turning to the lockout as their first measure of negotiating with workers who strike for legitimate grievances and economic justice. There were 17 lockouts across the country in 2011 with the most...
Pakistan: a Dangerous Uncertainty
JUNAID S. AHMED
Lahore. Relations between the Pakistani government and the military have been tense recently, even resulting in rumours of an impending military coup. A coup is not very likely at this stage, but the situation has created the environment for at least one n...
Conscience and the Military
CLANCY SIGAL
Even though the Occupy Wall Street movement, especially in the United States, is winter-hibernating – Oakland, California’s dorky vandals notwithstanding – I can’t forget an image from last October’s Zuccotti Park events.  If you recall,  down in Times Square,...
Oil Over Troubled Waters
KWEI QUARTEY
In 2007, Tullow Oil and partner Kosmos Energy discovered substantial petroleum reserves in the Ju...
Climate Market Failure
PATRICK BOND
Durban. In 2007, former World Bank chief economist Nick Stern termed climate change the worst ‘market failure’ in history – since those who pollute greenhouse gases are not charged, and since they threaten future generations and vast swathes of natur...
Resurrecting Ayn Rand: Hedge Fund Money Teams Up With Koch & BB&T
PAM MARTENS and RUSS MARTENS
Gary Weiss, the Wall Street writer who was ahead of his time with his comprehensive chronicle of Wall Street corruption in 2006 (...
Terrorists to the Right of Them, Terrorists to the Left of Them.
VIJAY PRASHAD
My favorite reaction to the NYPD interventions into the lives of Muslims in the greater NYC area was at the website Gawker. The website decided to read the NYPD dossier on Newark, NJ for restaurant suggestions. Amin’s Halal Restaurant, on Williams Avenue, gets a good ra...
The Monster in the Mirror
AFSHIN RATTANSI
A sizeable minority has opposed the “government” – actually representatives of a crony corrupt elite – for decades, now. Members of that minority have been imprisoned in per capita numbers higher than Stalin’s Soviet Union or Mao’s China. The government sancti...
No Public Education, No Democracy!
SIMONE HARRIS
I teach English at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, California.  I love my school, my amazing colleagues, and the kids who enter my classroom each year.  But I hate what is happening to public education. From the national to the local level, our public schoo...
What’s Really Pushing Up the Price of Gas?
MIKE WHITNEY
Is the Fed’s “Easy Money” policy pushing up the price of gas? The editors of the Wall Street Journal seem to think so. Here’s how they summed it up in an article last week: “Oil is traded in dollars, and its price ...
The Chocolate Sweatshop
DAVID MACARAY
What happened recently at the Hershey candy factory, in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, has to be considered one of the weirdest and most outrageous labor stories of the new year. First the outrageous part.  According to a story in the New York Times (February 21)...
Canada Lobbies Against US Banking Reform
MURRAY DOBBIN
You can say one thing for the powers that be in the banking industry. They’ve got a lot of nerve. This past week, our own finance minister, Jim Flaherty, along with Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of Canada, came out strongly in opposition to a modest p...
Huey Long and the Burden of History
KATHLEEN PEINE
Every individual is a blend of struggling motivations, except perhaps for the garden variety sociopaths that seem to occupy many places of power these days. Most of us, however endeavor to exhibit the noble of our character as we try to calm the howls of ego that so often...
The Hucksters of Empire
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
With the publication of his courageous new book, Why America Failed (John Wiley, 2012), Mo...
Mothers and the Market
BRIAN J. FOLEY
Conservatives, God bless them, refuse to apply their beloved “market theory” to the issue of abortion.  They say they want to save unborn children, but they give pregnant women little incentive to carry a baby to term. An abortion is inexpensive, at least rel...
Should Target Tell Your Parents You’re Pregnant?
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Ayn Rand: the Tea Party’s Miscast Matriarch
PAM MARTENS
Gary Weiss, long time Wall Street reporter and author, has written a new book, due out this week from St. Martin’s Press, on the rising influence of Ayn Rand in modern politics.  Titled ...
Tales of the Israel Lobby
JAMES ABOUREZK
When I was Chairman of the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC), we had two bombing incidents.  I had no idea who was responsible, but I had a guess.  Someone unknown placed a bomb in the doorway of ADC’s Boston headquarters.  The staff there called the ...
Our Very Own Oscar Night in Rimini
MICHAEL HUDSON
I have just returned from Rimini, Italy, where I experienced one of the most amazing spectacles of my academic life. Four of us associated with the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) were invited to lecture for three days on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and...
Killing the Doctors When They Refused to Cry Uncle
BRIAN McKENNA
Last week the world lost a brave war correspondent, Marie Colvin, when she lost her life covering the strife in Syria. Marie was first an anthropologist before becoming a journalist, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in the field from Yale in 1978. During her und...
Lying for the Cause?
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
On 24 February, the Scientific American carried a revealing blog by John Horgan entitled, ...
Missing Foundations
LINH DINH
Americans are living on borrowed time, economically. Like air conditioners, copper pipes and aluminum siding of a foreclosed home, what remains of our prosperity will be violently stripped away. There is no economic recovery because the foundations for such are simply not...
Sex Trafficking
LAURA AGUSTÍN
It is good luck for Good Men that sex slavery has been identified as a terrible new phenomenon requiring extraordinary actions. In the chivalric tradition, to rescue a damsel in distress ranked high as a way knights errant could prove themselves, along with slaying dragon...
‘But That Would Be Torture!’
DAVE LINDORFF
I just received an object lesson into how easily we Americans are able to compartmentalize our principles and our sense of basic human decency. My father, David Lindorff Sr., who is 89, recently took a bad fall, hitting the back of his head on the bedpost and suffe...
The Economic Crisis and Iran
BEN SCHREINER
On February 21, to great media fanfare, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surpassed the 13,000 mark for the first time since the 2008 collapse.  Appearing on NBC’s Today Show the following morning, Jim “Bear Sterns is not in trouble” Cramer jubilantly pro...
High Noon at the West Coast Docks
DANIEL BORGSTRÖM
HIGH NOON is a 1952 morality play about people deciding whether or not to stand up to the forces of corruption and criminality.  Scenes from it often come to mind, since I’ve repeatedly seen people around me facing up to analogous situations here in Oakland, at the...
The Pettiness of Australian Politics
BINOY KAMPMARK
The stumbling of the Australian Labor Party into a realm of dark psychosis is being affirmed on an hourly basis.  With the party being torn apart in true civil war fashion (the enemy, in such wars, is always within the household), the blood is flowing onto the streets. ...
Time on the Cross With Rick Santorum
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Surely Rick Santorum is the most fanatical Christian to run for the Republican nomination in the modern era, maybe any era. Next to him Pat Robertson, billionaire founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, who ran for the nomination in 1988, has the tolerant, glassy-e...
A Shining Victory for Non-Violence
URI AVNERY
A PALESTINIAN village, somewhere in the West Bank. In the middle of the night, banging on the door and shouts in Arabic: “Israeli army. Open up!” Somebody – most often the mother – opens the door. The heavily armed soldiers rush in and drag the v...
The Slide to War
CONN HALLINAN
Wars are fought because some people decide it is in their interests to fight them. World War I was not started over the Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination, nor was it triggered by the alliance system. An “incident” may set the stage for war, but no one keeps shootin...
The Persecution of Judge Garzon
SAUL LANDAU
On September 11, 1973 (28 years before the World Trade Center-Pentagon attack), General Augusto Pinochet, leading a gang of treasonous officers, ordered Chilean air force jets to fire missiles at the Presidential Palace. By the end of the day Pinochet had seized power in ...
The Israeli Plot to Murder a Former US Senator
COUNCIL for the NATIONAL INTEREST
James Abourezk represented South Dakota in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 to 1973 and in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 1979. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including ...
Shadid in the War Zone
RALPH NADER
Anthony Shadid, called the “most gifted foreign correspondent in a generation” by his then Washington Post colleague, Rajiv Chandrasekaran (author of the widely heralded book “Imperial Life in the Emerald City”), didn’t really need a byline. ...
The Future of Greece May Not be as Bad as It Looks
PATRICK COCKBURN
Maria Svoronou has three jobs and was finishing a twelve hour day as euro zone leaders were finalizing Greece’s rescue package in Brussels. For all her hard work, she earns only Eur 870 a month and says that “if the situation gets any worse, I won’t be able to survi...
Dissent and the Politics of Control
ROB URIE
Political strategy in the West operates on contrived dualisms where an “in” group argues of the dangers that an out group poses and the “out” group argues that life under the in group is an ongoing disaster that will only end when the out group replaces the in gro...
Obama is Coming to My Town
RON JACOBS
Barack Obama is coming to the town where I live.  Like most other towns he will visit this election year, the state this town is in voted for Mr. Obama in 2008.  It is a state full of Democrats and liberals.  Many of those Democ...
On the Environment Canada is a Rogue State
MURRAY DOBBIN
There are so many areas of conventional democratic governance being challenged or eliminated by the Stephen Harper wrecking crew it is hard to keep up. Those searching for a line in the sand that even this government won’t cross still haven’t found it. So far, it seem...
The Greatest Judge of His Era?
JOHN DEAN
Last Fall, George Washington University law professor Orin Kerr reported on the ...
Marie Colvin (1956-2012)
FRANKLIN LAMB
Marie Colvin left Beirut on Valentine’s Day on a mission to illegally enter Syria from Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley en route to Homs, Syria. Her clear intention was   to document the conditions of the civilian population in Homs who had been under heavy attack for the pre...
Calderon in Juarez
PAUL IMISON
Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s much-publicized visit to Ciudad Juarez on the US border last week – the proverbial “scene of the crime” – was as well-timed as it was cynical. With his National Action Party (PAN) facing a tough re-election campaign ahead of J...
The Abandonment of the Barrio
RODOLFO ACUÑA
Throughout the history of Mexican Americans, education has been considered the stairway to the middle-class. Education meant security and basics such as health insurance. This heaven meant better jobs and a small house or two for old age. As with the European immig...
How to Phase Out Nuclear, Coal and Oil in 25 Years
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
We can phase out the three poisons – nuclear, coal and oil – in twenty-five years. And replace them with solar, wind and energy efficiency. ...
The War on Labor
JACK RANDOM
“When you are approaching poverty, you make one discovery which outweighs some of the others.  You discover boredom and mean complications and the beginnings of hunger, but you also discover the great redeeming feature of poverty: the fact that it annihilates the futu...