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Archives from February 2012
Occupation in Amsterdam
JURRIAAN VAN OORTMERSSEN
Amsterdam protesters occupied Beursplein (Exchange Square – a modest-sized piazza in front of the building that houses Wall Street-based NYSE Euronext’s Amsterdam stock exchange AEX) on October 15 2011 – four weeks after Occupy Wall Street took off ...
The Arraignment of Bradley Manning
MISSY BEATTIE
Placing my coat and purse on the bench, I heard something like, “No sleeping, no sunglasses, no tampering with gadgets.”  I looked up as the soldier continued, “If someone has the urge to sleep, please stand up.” Then, I saw him, the young hero with pale s...
How Ryan Braun Exposed the Flaws in Drug Testing Programs
NORM KENT
After being exonerated by major league baseball yesterday from his potential 50-game suspension for a positive drug test, Ryan Braun owes all  fantasy baseball players an apology. In his press release  acknowledging the support he had from his family and friends,...
Oscar and the Bronze Beauties
WALTER BRASCH
it’s phony—and she knows I know it’s phony—but I have long ago stopped teasing her about it. In her never-ending quest to appear to be beautiful and healthy, she has slathered skin tanning lotion into every pore of her body, laid out on roofs and ...
Freedom From Religion
HOWARD LISNOFF
If a person is going to act fearlessly, then it’s best done when young. At least that’s how it worked out for me. Jessica Ahlquist is such a fearless person. Jessica took on the established and entrenched points of view of a large suburban community in Cranston, Rhode...
Two Bubbles That Went Pop
PAUL STREET
Long after its leading encampments have been torn down – often with brute force and (educationally enough) by predominantly by Democratic mayors and with the approval and involvement of a Democratic White House – the populist Occupy Movement deserves major credit for ...
Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball
PETER STONE BROWN
In 1944, writing a script for a radio show Woody Guthrie wrote: “I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good.  I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose.  Bound to lose.  No good to nobody.  No good for not...
The “Feminism” of Maggie Thatcher
GAIL DINES
I usually like watching Meryl Streep, but I seriously hope that she doesn’t win an Oscar on Sunday for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher. I couldn’t stand the thought of more people going to see such a dreadful piece of right-wing propaganda.  I actually paid money...
Left, Right and Paul
KEITH HOUSER
A wise old sage once revealed to me a profound truth.  He had fought and won many battles throughout his illustrious career, lancing the dragon of nuclear energy in his early years before moving on to further victories over the corporate titans of ecocide.  Now closer t...
Gateway to Global War
JUDITH BELLO
I’ve long thought that the red line that would indicate an intolerable assault on Asia and her assets runs through Iran.   However, at the moment I’m not so sure.  What I mean is, that a war with Iran, once initiated, would eventually draw in all of the Middle East...
Brazil’s Unique Voice
CHARLES R. LARSON
Most writers learn by imitation—at least that is the common assumption.  The late Brazilian writer, Clarice Lispector, obliterates that belief.  In a letter to Robert Lowell, written in 1963, Elizabeth Bishop, Lispector’s original translator, stated of her, “She...
Return to Babelsberg
DAVID YEARSLEY
If the cinema is an art, it is much more a business. Any major film festival, such as the one just concluded in Berlin, boasts a prestigious jury charged with rewarding the latest artistic achievement. This year the Golden Bear statuette for best film went to Caesar M...
Gardner, Silverstein and Orloski
POETS' BASEMENT
Casino by FRED GARDNER   old pharaoh built a wall so highwide and so strongtall it would forever never fall but they all come tumbling down recall: up to the walls of jeri...
Pentagon as Lying Machine
ANDREW COCKBURN
Washington DC Serving U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Danny Davis has been attracting notoriety following his courageous statement that senior military commanders have been systematically deceiving the American people about the war in Afghanistan.  As he points out...
In the Hole
BILL QUIGLEY
Today US Army Private Bradley Manning is to be formally charged with numerous crimes at Fort Meade, Maryland.   Manning, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by members of the Icelandic Parliament, is charged with releasing hundreds of thousands of documents expos...
The Humiliation of Greece
MIKE WHITNEY
“How can one speak of default in the future tense when we’re already bankrupt… Don’t you see the people scouring through garbage and sleeping on sidewalks? Those who led us to bankruptcy – the troika and the government – now cla...
Slaughter in Colombia
DANIEL KOVALIK
For years, it has been believed that Guatemala led the Hemisphere in mass slaughter in the modern era, with 200,000 victims in the 1980’s – about 94% of them at the hands of the U.S.-backed state and its death squad allies.    Very sadly, it appears that Colombia h...
Occupying Palestinian Water
STUART LITTLEWOOD
There are few crimes more despicable than stealing your neighbour’s water, and polluting what’s left, then watching him and his children suffer thirst, disease and ruin. Most of us would want nothing to do with the perpetrators of such evil. British Wat...
Iran, the IAEA and the Parchin Site
GARETH PORTER
The failure of a mission by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to get Iranian permission to visit a military testing site mentioned in its latest report has been interpreted in media coverage as a stall to avoid the discovery of confirming evidence of past work...
US and Egypt: a Relationship on the Rocks
JAMES ZOGBY
The US-Egypt relationship is on the rocks. If it is to be salvaged, both sides will need to change course and pay attention to the concerns of their respective publics, both of whom now hold negative views of each other. In the year that has passed since massive an...
The Glorification of Our Secret Killers
JOHN GRANT
The United States is finding the occupation of other nations more and more challenging. Consider the burning of Korans in Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, the bombing deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers and a host of other recent disasters. Economic challenges at home on...
Capitalista Virus
ROBERT HUNZIKER
One of the great contradictions of modern day nation-state socio-economics is how and why capitalists continue getting away with sticking average working people with their mistakes. Capitalists receive fees and interests payments for/on issuance of debt by countries a...
Occupy vs. the Global Race to the Bottom
ROBIN BROAD and JOHN CAVANAGH
Ever since the first tent was pitched in Zuccotti Park in September 2011, the Occupy protests have been giving life to a “99 percent movement.” Expect to hear a lot more from them: plans for a ...
Occupy Wall Street Sustainability
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