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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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The War is Trauma Portfolio ...
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...