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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the CIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from March 2012
SOS From Emergency in Afghanistan
MICHAEL LEONARDI
For several days the NATO war lords in Afghanistan have been heavily bombing the village of Mirbandao in the Helmand province of the south of Afghanistan. The Italian medical aid and anti war group called Emergency has a hospital for war casualties located in the Helmand ...
White House Burning
DEAN BAKER
I have enormous respect for Simon Johnson. I first recall seeing him one late evening on a Bill Moyers segment in the middle of the financial crisis. I couldn’t quite believe that the former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund was complaining about th...
Who is Occupying Whom?
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
From the very outset I was an enthusiastic supporter of Occupy Wall Street. To me it represented the reawakening of the political left after four decades of uninterrupted slumber.  Maybe the radicalization of America had finally begun.  Americans might soon opt for jobs...
The Life and Passion of Henry A. Wallace
CARMELO RUIZ-MARRERO
In November 1940 an American drove from Washington DC to Mexico City. His road trip would turn out to be of great historical importance for the development of agriculture worldwide. In the course of this grand tour, he established the foundations and fundamentals of the g...
Sri Lanka: Charades and Its Price
NILANTHA ILANGAMUWA
Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet. - African proverb Columbo, Sri Lanka.  The entire country, not just its diplomatic missions, is in a dilemma today. This has...
The War is Trauma Portfolio
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Ayn Rand’s Nightmare is Today’s Wall Street
PAM MARTENS
The high priestess of corporate deregulation and free markets, Ayn Rand, wrote a novella in the 1930s.  It was published in the U.S. in 1946 under the title, ...
How a Mountain Dies
MIKE ROSELLE
O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth That I am meek and gentle with these butchers! -William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 1 Rock Creek, West Virginia. Highway 3 follows the route of th...
Bid to Overthrow Assad Fails
PATRICK COCKBURN
The year-long effort to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad and his government has failed. Two or three months ago, it seemed to come close to succeeding, as insurgents took over enclaves in cities such as Homs and Deir el-Zour. There was talk of no-fly zones and foreign ...
Above the Drone of War, Voices for Peace
DAVID SMITH-FERRI
In 1876, at the so-called Battle of the Little Bighorn when U.S. Cavalry regiments attacked an Indian village along the Little Bighorn River in Wyoming, the first casualty was a ten-year old Lakota Sioux boy named Deeds. Unaware that U.S. troops were nearby planning an at...
Why the Supreme Court Should Kill ‘Obamacare’
DAVE LINDORFF
The US Supreme Court has a chance to do the people of America a big favor, perhaps atoning at last for its shameful betrayal of the electoral system in 2000 when a conservative majority stole the Florida, and national election, for George W. Bush, and for the liberal-led ...
The Legacy of Shays Rebellion
HOWARD LISNOFF
The final battle of Shays’ Rebellion took place on a plain tucked between the ridges of the rolling hills of the Berkshires in extreme western Massachusetts. The battle that marked the end of the rebellion is now used for corn fields probably much like this land was far...
Big Greed
MISSY BEATTIE
Fast forward.  The Chinese labor model has come to the United States.  Workers toil in dire conditions.  Each must sign a pledge that he or she will not commit suicide.  Still, suicide nets adorn factory facades. Is this a possibility?  Think about it. ...
Nicolas Sarkozy and Criminal Visitations
BINOY KAMPMARK
Collaring readers for ‘visiting’ internet sets?  Jailing them for perusing matter accessible through the all pervasive world wide web, where curiosity abounds and internet sites are stumbled across and sampled like novelty gift items?  This is the latest desperate l...
Why Florida’s Atrocious Stand-Your-Ground Law Had Little to do With the Murder of Trayvon Martin
JACK McCARTHY
Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” law is a legal abomination and needs to be chucked. However, Florida’s ridiculous invitation to murder, aka the “Stand your ground” law, had very little to do with the blatant injustice sur...
The Mortgage-to-Lease Alternative to Foreclosure
EILEEN APPELBAUM
The decline in housing prices as the bubble popped and the air went out of the housing market has devastated families forced out of foreclosed homes and communities with boarded up and deteriorating properties.  An obvious solution, with support from ...
Single-Payer Docs to Rally at Supreme Court
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Medical doctors and other single payer activists will rally at the Supreme Court Tuesday March 27 at 8:30 am to urge the justices to strike down the individual mandate. In...
Whoops! More Drilling Doesn’t Drop Gas Prices
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The Myth of the “Knowledge Economy”
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
“In the 21st century, the best anti-poverty program around is a first-class education,”  President Obama famously declared in his 2010 State of the Union Address, just as millions of high schoolers across the nation were embarking on the annual ritual of...
The Ghetto Within
URI AVNERY
RACIST HATE crimes are particularly ugly. If the victims are children, they are even more so. If they are committed by an Arab against Jewish children, they are also incredibly stupid. This was demonstrated this week again. IF INDEED an Arab al...
Racist Violence is Used to Maintain an Unjust Social Order
ROB URIE
Speakers at a recent rally and march to protest the murder of the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin by a white, self-appointed, guardian of the racist social order in Florida rightly pointed to the broader institutional racism that permeates race relations in America....
How Long Will Stock Prices Remain Disconnected From Reality?
MIKE WHITNEY
Last week, the experts were sure that, “The recovery is finally here”. This week, not so much. The optimists pointed to manufacturing, retail sales and employment as signs of a strengthening economy, but what they were really jazzed about were the moves...
Child Soldiers: a Symptom of War, Poverty & Imperialism
DANIEL KOVALIK
I have seen a number of articles written recently about the problem of Child Soldiers in various conflicts abroad – most notably in Africa and Colombia.   What has struck me about these pieces, and the discourse about this phenomenon in general, is that they treat the...
Is Scott Walker a Conservative Without a Conscience?
JOHN DEAN
By way of preface, a few years ago, when I wrote Conservatives Without Conscience...
Evidence Homeland Security Coordinated Occupy Crackdown
DAVE LINDORFF
If you want to know where the real government of the United States is located, just check out one of the documents...
America’s Obsession With Israel and Iran
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The United States is obsessed with Iran and Israel.  It’s not just the Administration in Washington that enjoys this weird fixation, because many Americans, including all Republican presidential candidates, agree with Israel that Iran is an enemy and must be dealt wit...
“Stability” Trumps Democracy in Egypt
CHARLES DAVIS and MEDEA BENJAMIN
Confronted with popular protest, the country’s unelected rulers have doubled down on repression, jailing peaceful activists and killing dozens of civilians who have the gall to exercise their rights. Those who state security forces haven’t killed for demanding...
On to the Next War!
SAUL LANDAU
Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) want war with Iran and refuse to learn lessons from the futile wars this country has perpetrated since US troops landed in Korea in 1950. They begin with “facts not in evidence,” as lawyers say. “The pro...
Rebellious Spring, Murderous Winter
RON JACOBS
The last twenty or so months have certainly been months of insurrection.  This is perhaps no truer anywhere on earth than in the Middle East and northern Africa.  Indeed, there is even a phrase describing this fact.  That phrase is “the Arab Spring.”  Exactly what...
Karen Coulter and the Power of Grassroots Activism
DOUGLAS BEVINGTON
Grassroots biodiversity protection groups are the unsung heroes of the segment of the environmental movement devoted to defending wildlife and wild places. One excellent example is the ...
The Neoliberal Hoax
ROBERT HUNZIKER
Neoliberalism is the most powerful force in economic history; like a black hole in deep outer space, it consumes everything. The great prophets of neoliberal economic policies like Milton Friedman claim economic freedom is a necessary condition for political freedo...
Won’t You Still Please Come to Chicago?
PAUL STREET
Vetoed by the recent White House announcement that the 2012 G8 meetings had been moved to Camp David, the original and provocative idea of combining the G8 and the NATO summits in Chicago this May belonged to the city’s authoritarian, militaristic, and left-loathing cor...
The Ambassador of Vitriol
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut  One fellow who works at the Beirut US Embassy tells the story of how, each year around the time of the vernal equinox, since 2005 when Jeffrey Feltman became the American Ambassador (given Jeff’s domination of US Middle East Policy, he ...
The Food, the Bad and the Ugly
P. SAINATH
Mumbai The government of India’s economic survey presented to parliament in the ongoing session shows a truly dismal foodgrain availability situation. Every year for the past seven, the country’s agriculture minister Sharad Pawar (also the boss...
They Hate Us for Our (Reproductive) Freedom
KATHLEEN PEINE
The barrage of late, regarding reproductive legislation shouldn’t be viewed as an assault only on women, but an attempt to curtail and contain the entire population, men included. It’s a broad, scorched earth policy that won’t end with this patchwork of ...
UC Berkeley and Its Lawful Business
AMANDA ARMSTRONG and MICHAEL SHANE BOYLE
We are graduate students and teachers at UC Berkeley.  Like thousands of other people here at Berkeley, we have participated in rallies and demonstrations and marches against the privatization of the University of California. In early March of this year, however, we each...
Vermont Yankee, State Rights and the Future of Nuclear Power
JAMES MARC LEAS
If the decision by Federal District Court Judge Garvan Murtha in the recent Entergy Nuclear case surviv...
Jersey Shore Meets a Fighting Teamster
STEVE EARLY
Boston From Jersey Shore to the short-lived All American Muslim to the much glitzier Shahs of Sunset, there seems to be no ethnic community left untouched by the national carny show known as “Reality TV.” Alwa...
Their Pope Dead, Egypt’s Copts Fear Worse Times
PATRICK COCKBURN
Cairo The death of Pope Shenouda, who led Egypt’s Coptic Christian Church for  40 years, has increased fears among Copts that they will face persecution  and discrimination as Islamic parties become more powerful. Hundreds of thousands of mourn...
Marching Against the Madness of Nuclear Energy
LINDA PENTZ GUNTER
An affinity group of eight anti-nuclear activists with the New England-based Safe And Green Energ...
Labor, the Environment and the Occupy Movement
MICHAEL LEONARDI
For many of us that have been involved with the Occupy movement from its onset, we find it questionable that the UAW is attempting to co-opt the movements language. The leadership of much of organized labor has proven to be almost completely out of touch with the O...
Bradley Manning for Congress
DON SANTINA
When the Irish patriot, Bobby Sands, began his hunger strike for recognition of political prisoners on March 1, 1981, no one could have predicted that six weeks into his fast he would become an elected member of the British Parliament.  After all, he was a prisoner in th...
Partners in the Freedom Struggle
MATT MEYER
“The lack of historical consensus regarding John Brown,” asserted longtime labor, racial justice, and international activist Bill Fletcher, “speaks to the ideological confusions we continue to face.” Fletcher — a columnist for Black Commentator, Senior Sch...
Helping Toads Cross the Road to Make Whoopee
RANDY SHIELDS
For the past two years I’ve been a volunteer for the Roxborough, Pennsylvania Toad DETOUR (Defending Emerging Toads of Upper Roxborough). It’s not the thousands of migrating amphibians who are being detoured, however, it’s that non-native rumbling beast, the car....
On World Water Day Obama Approves Aquifer-Destroying Pipeline
DAN BACHER
After rejecting the controversial Keystone XL pipeline proposal in January, President Barack Obama yesterday announced his plan to fast- track the construction of the pipeline’s southern end at a speech in Cushing, Oklahoma. As Native American activists...
Occupy World Street!
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
Ross Jackson is an interesting guy who has just published a very interesting and timely book entitled ...
Page-Turners, by Land and by Sea
CHARLES R. LARSON
Far as I can tell, none of Audrey Schulman’s earlier novels has anything to do with Africa, which is amazing given the depth of feeling and understanding, the sensitivity, for the continent expressed in ...
Bach’s Incredible Feet
DAVID YEARSLEY
On Wednesday J. S. Bach’s  birthday rolled around for the 327th  time. He’s been dead, though not so comfortably, for 262 of those anniversaries. His bones have been moved twice and subjected to various moldings and manipulations. His skeleton (see image)...
Three by KJ
POETS' BASEMENT
groundbreaking by KJ the paradox of bodies is she should rise when i am ready to get down on my knees in a retrograde motion of stars flipping over its not so much that i don’t know...