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Archives from March 2012
You Really Think the Killers of Trayvon Martin and Those 16 Afghan Villagers Will Ever Do Time?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I’d say the chances of George Zimmerman spending time behind bars for killing Trayvon Martin are about the same as Sergeant Robert Bales doing time for killing those 16 Afghan villagers the night of March 11. Zero. Like most things that happen in America these da...
Snapshot of Systemic Police Abuse
LINN WASHINGTON, JR.
I don’t know Temple University photojournalism major Ian Van Kuyk, despite his enrollment in Temple’s Journalism Department, where I teach. ...
The New Mandela
URI AVNERY
MARWAN BARGHOUTI has spoken up. After a long silence, he has sent a message from prison. In Israeli ears, this message does not sound pleasant. But for Palestinians, and for Arabs in general, it makes sense. His message may well become the new program of the...
Obama Apologetics
ANDREW LEVINE
In ancient Greece, an “apology” was a formal speech presented by a defendant in a legal proceeding; thus Plato recounted Socrates’ defense against charges of impiety and corrupting the youth in a dialogue called “The Apology.”  Early Christian writers used the ...
Israel Shields Public from Risks of War with Iran
GARETH PORTER
Tel Aviv The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been telling Israelis that Israel can attack Iran with minimal civilian Israeli casualties as a result of retaliation, and that reassuring message appears to have headed off any widespread Is...
Born Again! George Galloway Stuns Labor, Shakes Up Britain
TARIQ ALI
London George Galloway’s stunning electoral triumph in the Bradford by-election on Thursday 29th March has shaken the petrified world of English politics. It was unexpected and for that reason the Respect campaign was treated by much of the m...
Five Challengers of the Neoliberal Jackboot
VIJAY PRASHAD
The governments of the five large countries of the Global South, the BRICS states, met in New Delhi this week for their fourth summit. These five countries, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, are home to forty per cent of the world’s peoples, and their share...
The Perverse Logic of Wolf Hunts
GEORGE WUERTHNER
The hysteria that surrounds wolf management in the Rockies has clouded rational discussion.  Wolves are hardly a threat to either hunting opportunity or the livestock industry. ELK NUMBERS ABOVE OBJECTIVES For instance, the Wyoming Fish and Game reports: ...
Intellectual Incest
RODOLFO ACUÑA
It has always been difficult to convince Anglo-Americans that they should know more about Latinos.  It did not seem to matter to Anglos that their ignorance spawned stereotypes that damaged Mexican American children. Even after World War II and the Korean Wars wh...
Why Sgt. Bales Should be Sent Back to Afghanistan for Trial
SAUL LANDAU
Western media has focused attention on Sgt. Robert Bales’ background. He allegedly murdered 16 Afghan civilians, 9 of them children, near Kandahar. After the bloodbath, Bales returned to his base and confessed. The media delved into Bales’ childhood, his marria...
The Beasts We Have Built
MISSY BEATTIE
On Tuesday in “Great Decisions,” I co-taught the class whose topic was “Exit from Afghanistan and Iraq.”  Abandoning the textbook, I wanted current news.  So much has happened in the past month that I decided to print, print, print articles more relevant to the ...
The Race to Legislate Creationism
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
“Darwin’s theory, like all other attempts to explain the origin of life, is thus far merely conjectural.” Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz, Evolution and Permanence of Type (1874) It’s time for an update on the pr...
We Are All Luddites
DAVID ROSEN
This year, 2012, marks the 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprising, when English textile workers smashed looms with hammers.  Few words in the English language invoke such perjorative connotation as Luddite.  It signifies the machine breaker, someone who op...
It’s Time to Revive the Civil Rights Movement
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
We mourn Trayvon Martin, the young African American who, armed only with candy and a soft drink, was shot dead for the offense of “walking while black.” George Zimmerman, the vigilante who shot him, has not been arrested, apparently pr...
How to Beat Poverty in India
P. SAINATH
One Tendulkar makes the big scores. The other wrecks the averages. The Planning Commission clearly prefers Suresh to Sachin. Using Professor Tendulkar’s methodology, it declares that there’s been another massive fall in poverty. Yes, another (‘more dramatic in the r...
Papa Had a Brand New Bag
RON JACOBS
When I was in junior high back in 1967-68, many of my Saturday afternoons were spent at the outdoor basketball courts across the highway from my house.  These courts were where I learned about many things besides basketball, which I was never very good at.  Sex, beer an...
Secure Communities on Thin ICE
TANYA GOLASH-BOZA
There are ten million undocumented migrants in the United States who risk deportation if apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE only has ...
Adam, Darwin and Androids
FARZANA VERSEY
Science has a problem with morality, but will create a robot with a conscience. Is there a difference between insecure theism and insecure science? Neither accepts an element of doubt – doubting of its completeness in isolation to all else. One can accept such ri...
The African Roscius
CHARLES R. LARSON
If you have never heard of Ira Aldridge—“the most visible black man in Europe in the middle of the nineteenth century”—his biography, by Bernth Lindfors, will come to you as a revelation.  How can that be?  Aldridge, who was African American, left the United Sta...
How a Hooker Trumped the Berliner Ensemble
DAVID YEARSLEY
Berlin  It’s not only dangerous to have the headphones on or the earbuds in when on the bike; I want to hear what’s going on, whether it’s the blackbirds whistling in the chestnut trees or the metrobus bearing down on my back tire. Helmet on ...
Four by Lojeski
POETS' BASEMENT
Where Sleep Lives by PAUL LOJESKI On waking, the feeling of climbing rapidly from deep beneath the ground, of coming up and up against my will rushed upon me...
Footloose Montana
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The AFL-CIO is in a Deep, Defensive Rut
RALPH NADER
Dear Mr. Trumka, You have come to your leadership position of our country’s labor federation of unions with 13 million members the hard way. Starting by working in the coal mines, then becoming a lawyer, heading the United Mine Workers, then becoming the Secretar...
Egypt: A Culture of Subjugation is Dying
PATRICK COCKBURN
Cairo It is a gun battle people in the Shubra district in central Cairo still talk about six months after it happened. In a dispute over a piece of land he had seized amid the small shops and densely crowded streets, Mohammed Shaban, who had escaped from p...
A Jobs Bill for Wall Street
ROBERT HUNZIKER
It’s about time Congress focuses attention on jobs for Wall Street, and it appears they are going overboard to help in the new JOBS Act that recently passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 380-to-41. After all, last year Wall Street cash bonuses fell 14% to $1...