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Archives from March 2012
The Fighting in Gaza
URI AVNERY
“What have you learned in school today, my son?” “There was no school today. There is an emergency!” “And what have you learned from that, my son?” ACTUALLY, QUITE a lot. This week’s “round”, as the army likes to call it, foll...
Bond Market Madness
MIKE WHITNEY
Improving economic data has sent US Treasuries plunging as investors ditch low-yielding assets and load up on equities. This is the way the financial media is spinning the giant moves that have taken place in the bond market in the last week, but the media’s ...
Dealing With Iran
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and brother of the well-known pollster John Zogby, recently published an article on “Dealing with Iran” in ...
The Death of Investigative Journalism
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Fifteen years ago, in 1997, my Haitian friends helped to arrange my visit to Cite Soleil, then the largest and the most brutal slum (or ‘commune’) in the Western hemisphere, at the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. The arrangement was simple: my F-4 camera and I w...
Was Staff Sergeant Shooter On Dangerous Malaria Drug?
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Few remember the grisly summer of 2002 when four Fort Bragg soldiers’ wives were murdered within six weeks of each other and the malaria drug, Lariam, widely prescribed to troops deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq, was...
Ireland’s Debt and the Heart of O’Toole
CONN HALLINAN
Someone has pinched the heart of St. Lawrence O’Toole, and thereby hangs a typical Irish tale filled with metaphors, parallels, and some pretty serious weirdness. Who done it? The suspects are many and varied. Could the heist from Dublin’s Christ Church ...
Despair You Can Believe In
ROB URIE
In ways that will have long-term consequences for most Americans, the policies of economic and political subjugation of the last forty years, particularly of the 2000s, are being carried forward into this decade by an economic and political elite protected and supported b...
Should We Celebrate a Decline in Global Poverty?
ADAM PARSONS
You may be forgiven for missing the good news recently reported by the World Bank: that the number of people living in extreme poverty has declined in almost every region of the developing world. According to the ...
The Crisis in West Papua
EBEN KIRKSEY
Today five indigenous leaders in West Papua, the half of New Guinea under Indonesian rule, were charged with “treason.”  Hours ago they were each sentenced to three years in prison for peacefully protesting the government.  Barack Obama raised the issue of human rig...
Message From a Bleeding Heart
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
47% of young children in India are malnourished, and up to a third of the world’s undernourished children are Indian. United Nations Children’s Fund, 2011 The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says India has t...
Republican Implosion
SAUL LANDAU
“Romney now flaunting his wealth to impress voters!” (The Onion) I smiled weakly when Liberal Democrat friends guffawed last week over verbal foibles of Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. It was sort of funny when Romney said: “Mic...
The Gulf Oil Spill Case
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
The Justice Department should not settle the Gulf oil spill criminal cases with deferred prosecution agreements. That’s the take of David Uhlmann. Uhlmann is the former chief of the Department’s Environmental Crimes Section. And he’s currently a...
99 Percent Spring: the Latest MoveOn Front for the Democratic Party
THE INSIDER
A new social movement has arrived on the scene and it even has a sexy brand: “The 99% Spring.” Combining the “...
Is Stephen Harper Undermining Obama on Iran?
MURRAY DOBBIN
It might be useful for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to read a U.S. state department cable from Israel released by Wikileaks. It reveals that talk of Iran’s imminent production of nuclear weapons goes back to the early 1990s: “The head of the MFA’s [Mini...
The LA-ization of the San Francisco DA’s Office
FRED GARDNER
In a fluorescent Hall of Justice hallway, a silver-haired defense lawyer pulled a document from his worn but classy leather briefcase. “You have to read this,” he said to a reporter. “The DA is saying ‘all sales are illegal, all dispensaries are illegal.’ Can yo...
The Universe According to Santorum
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence enough to upset Darwin. Henry Brooks Adams, The Education of Henry Adams Now that it appears that Rick Santorum is more than a flash i...
“Bully” Falls Victim to the Worst of a Bad Ratings System
JULIE HILDEN
On Friday, March 30, the movie “Bully” will begin its theatrical run.  The movie’s topic is a timely and extremely important one: kids’ bullying each other, especially at school. At times, such bullying has led to suicides—including even the suicides of ...
The Bureaucracy of War
RON JACOBS
Bureaucracies repeat patterns until they learn new ones. The bigger and more entrenched the bureaucracy the less likely it is to learn anything. The US military is a bureaucracy. It tortured humans in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. It used the excuse of WMD to destroy Ira...
Afghanistan: the Wheels are Coming Off
JOHN GRANT
When does a determination to look on the bright side turn into a state of denial? That is, when do leaders of a secrecy-obsessed US government admit the decision-making surrounding the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan was misguided from the beginning and the endgame is a...
How Many Violations of US Arms Laws are Too Many?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut On March 6, 2012, the US Congressional Research Service released a report to the US Congress concerning Restrictions on the use of American weapons by recipient countries. For those who have followed the subject there was not a whole lot new in the ...
Of Unions, Nuns and Health Care
CARL FINAMORE
“With God on Our Side” is a very catchy book title. It also appears at first glance to be quite...
How Mitt Romney Tried to Win the Hip Hop Vote
JOHN ESKOW
Some observers think that Mitt Romney’s recent attempt to pander to white Southerners–by talking about “cheesy grits,” standing on a podium with Jeff Foxworthy, and straining to pronounce the word “y’all”—represented an absolute low in the art of crave...
Jazz Under the Nazis
CHARLES R. LARSON
Run to your bookstore and get a copy of Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues and relish this w...
Thielemann Upstaged by Explosive Tympany
DAVID YEARSLEY
Berlin No commander of an orchestral army is more imperious or more temperamental than Christian Thielemann, held to be the greatest German conductor of our time, indeed the only one of international standing. That state of affairs provokes defensiveness i...
Leonard Cirino (1943-2012)
POETS' BASEMENT
Leonard Cirino, long-time regular contributor to the Poets’ Basement (and inspiration to many other contributors) passed away on March 9. Like most who have been inspired and uplifted by Leonard’s poems, I’ve never met him in person, bu...
A Toxic System
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Goldman Sachs employee Greg Smith’s very public resignation, replete with...
NATO’S Craven Coverup of Its Libyan Bombing
VIJAY PRASHAD
Ten days into the uprising in Benghazi, Libya, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council established the International Commission of Inquiry on Libya. The purpose of the Commission was to “investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law in Libya....
The Myth of the Rational Market
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
One of the great economic myths is that markets are rational. Not a day passes without this myth being disproved scores of times, but the myth persists. For example, on March 14 Bank of America/Merrill Lynch reported that “yesterday US markets started the day off...
The Parasites of Big Finance
RALPH NADER
Morning after morning, New York City based casino capitalists trade with Greece and the latest rumors from Western Europe on their minds. What will affluent Germany do to bail out the collapsing, debt-ridden country of Greece? Will France go along with those plans?...
Opposing War in France
JEAN BRICMONT
Nowhere in NATOland is public opposition to “humanitarian wars” more muted than in France.  Only a few prominent voices were raised against last year’s assault on Libya.  Today, the few who attempt to arouse opposition to Western military intervention ...
The Wind Industry’s License to Kill
ROBERT BRYCE
In 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that the domestic wind turbines are killing about 440,000 birds per year. Since then, the wind industry has been riding a rapid growth spurt. But that growth has slowed dramatically due to a tsunami of cheap nat...
Rediscovering Poverty
BARBARA EHRENREICH
It’s been exactly 50 years since Americans, or at least the non-poor among them, “discovered” poverty, thanks to Michael Harrington’s engaging book ...
Health Care in the Occupied Territories
RAVI KATARI
Healthcare is a unique issue in international politics and discussions of modern civilization.  As an institutional entity, it has both a substantial and direct implication regarding the very existence of human populations.  That’s in contrast to markers such as emplo...
The Hidden Costs of the Keystone XL Pipeline
CURTIS MOORE
On January 18, 2012, President Barack Obama rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It would ship up to 590,000 barrels per day of “bitumin,” a kind of crude oil, ripped from the tar sands of Canada 1,700 miles south to refineries lining the Gulf of Mexico. ...
Occupy’s Growing Pains
SHEPHERD BLISS
I have been active in the historic Occupy movement since it first erupted onto public space. I have attended numerous meetings, rallies, teach-ins and other events, as well as written supportively about it. Since the Sept. 17 opening at Occupy Wall Street in New York, I h...
Ron Paul’s Path to Victory?
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Fukushima Roulette
JOHN LaFORGE
It’s been a year since the reactor meltdowns and catastrophic radiation releases from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor complex, and news of their far-reaching consequences still makes headlines the world over. Radioactive hot spots are still being discovered ...
Subprime at the Car Lot
MIKE WHITNEY
“Can you think of a better business model than being a Wall Street bank? You hand out 500 million credit cards to 118 million households, even though 60 million of the households make less than $50,000. You then create derivatives where you package billi...
Will Obama’s Wars Come Back to Bite Him?
ANDREW LEVINE
Can President Obama lose in November?   The consensus among those who claim to know is No, unless the economy tanks again; and this, the cognoscenti say, is unlikely to happen.  Therefore barring improbable contingencies, Obama will win a second term.   The rationale i...
Downstream Vengeance in California
BILL HATCH
Rep. Devin Nunes, a Republican from the biggest cow county in the USA, Tulare CA, booted home his San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act (HR 1837) to a big win in the House two weeks ago. An old-fashioned Western water grab got the Tea Party all hot and a few Blue Dog...
Bruce Springsteen’s Irish Wake
HARRY BROWNE
“They think they have purchased half of us and intimidated the other half… but the fools, the fools, the fools! — they have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.”...
Big Labor Folds, Endorses Obama
BRIAN TIERNEY
Back in 2010, Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers (AFT), lashed out at President Obama who she said was part of the “blame the teacher crowd” of education reform. “I never thought I’d see a Democratic presid...
Frack Job
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
To regulate or to prohibit. That is the question. Ask people on the ground who are being adversely a...
Six Ways the Media Has Misreported Syria
AFSHIN MEHRPOUYA
As in the case of Libya, from NY Times to Fox News, from Guardian to National Post and from Le Monde to Le Figaro, the Western mainstream media’s coverage of the Syrian conflict has been mostly simplistic and black & white with a Hollywoodian good (oppos...
The Impediment to Democracy in Haiti
MARK WEISBROT
When the “international community” blames Haiti for its political troubles, the underlying concept is usually that Haitians are not ready for democracy.  But it is Washington that is not ready for democracy in Haiti. Haitians have been ready for democracy for ...
Occupy Education v. the Gates Foundation
JESSE HAGOPIAN
“Gates Foundation, you will fail! Education is not for sale!” The chants of about 150 teachers, students, parents and Occupy Seattle activists reverberated off the windows of the global headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, announcing t...
No More GMOs
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Your Money or Your (Political) Life
JAMES ABOUREZK
Bibi Netanyahu’s experience with the United States government—all Israeli  governments—has been one of continuous shakedowns over the years.  Actually, Bibi didn’t start the habit of milking the American treasury. That started a few decades ago when in the 1970s...
How Israel Stacks the Legal Deck
GEORGE BISHARAT
Palestinian baker and activist Khader Adnan captured headli...