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Archives from April 2012
Nuclear Titanics
KARL GROSSMAN
On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, The Japan Times yesterday ran an editorial titled “The Titanic and the Nuclear Fiasco” which stated: “Presenting technology as completely safe, trustworthy or miraculous may seem to be a thi...
Why Jim Kim Should Resign From the World Bank
PATRICK BOND
The situation for the many constituencies hopeful about Jim Yong Kim’s ‘election’ as World Bank president is comparable to early 2009. Barack Obama entered a US presidency suffering institutional crisis and faced an immediate fork in the road: make the change...
Pothole Nation
SAM PIZZIGATI
Investing in infrastructure used to be a political no-brainer. Politicians of nearly every ideological stripe supported government spending on everything from school buildings to bridges. The more conservative pols would typically favor highways, the more liberal p...
Legal Atrocities
CHASE MADAR
Anyone who would like to witness a vivid example of modern warfare that adheres to the laws of war — that corpus of regulations developed painstakingly over centuries by jurists, humanitarians, and soldiers, a body of rules that is now an essential, institutionalize...
Gaitán, OAS, and Cuba
W. T. WHITNEY, Jr.
“Hegel remarks somewhere that history tends to repeat itself. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce” Karl Marx, The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonapart On April 9, 194...
In the Shadow of the Extreme Center
BHARAT BHUSHAN
Tariq Ali is still searching for socialism with a human face. He sits on the editorial board of the New Left Review and is a regular columnist for The Guardian, CounterPunch and the London Review of Books. He compares Marx with the Prometheus of Greek mythology who stole...
The Return of Judge Roy Moore
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It’s hard to keep Alabama out of the news.  Two of its recent newsworthy events deserve attention.  The first is its attempt to improve on the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, a 76-page statutory creation as remarkable for its length as for...
The Crackdown in Bahrain
PATRICK COCKBURN
Double standards have notoriously marked Britain and America’s response to the Arab Spring. But nowhere is the hypocrisy more glaring than in their reactions to the uprisings in Bahrain and Syria, where both countries’ governments have used the full might of t...
The Not-So-Secret Servicing (Alleged)
MISSY BEATTIE
While in Colombia, prepping for President Obama’s involvement in the “Submit” of the Americas, eleven members of the Secret Service and five military personnel pursued pleasure (allegedly) at the hands (?) of prostitutes.  These men were flown home after being reli...
The Aristocrat, the Woodchuck and the Fractivist
LISA BARR
As you read this my day will have been well underway.  I’m leaving to watch a meeting between two Irishmen with very little seemingly in common, class wise.  The aristocrat and the ‘woodchuck’ if you will. Yes. I used the classist ‘W’ phrase desi...
Block Wall Transformed With Pallets
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Farewell Gastro-Porn: Is the Foodie Frenzy Finally Fizzling Out?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
THIS has been a bad year for grand restaurants in the three- to four-star range and the clang of their closing doors raises the question – is the whole gastro-frenzy that stirred into life in the mid-1970s finally lurching towards closure? Goodbye Iron Chefs, sayona...
Leave Us Out of Another Middle East War
JAMES G. ABOUREZK
One of the most vivid memories I have of my service in the U.S. Senate was of an early Democratic caucus. It was in January of 1973, not long after President Richard Nixon and his secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, had ordered the carpet bombing of Hanoi in an effo...
World’s Apex Bully Leads World Into Lawlessness
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The US government pretends to live under the rule of law, to respect human rights, and to provide freedom and democracy to citizens. Washington’s pretense and the stark reality are diametrically opposed. US government officials routinely criticize other governmen...
Whatever Happened to the Arab Spring?
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Within the first few months of 2011, the U.S. and its allies lost three loyal “friends”: Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Zine el-Abbidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and Saad Hariri in Lebanon. While Mubarak and Ali were driven out of power by widespread popular uprisings, Hariri was ...
Gunter the Terrible
URI AVNERY
STOP ME if I have told you this joke before: Somewhere in the US, a demonstration takes place. The police arrive and beat the protesters mercilessly. “Don’t hit me,” someone shouts, “I am an anti-communist!” “I couldn’t give a damn w...
Yes, the 99% Spring is a Fraud
CHARLES M. YOUNG
With hindsight gained by googling “MoveOn” and “co-opt” after the fact, I can’t claim that nobody tried to warn me. Many websites with left and even liberal politics had said in so many words, “Be wary of this organization called The 99% Spring. It is a Trojan...
Maximum Security Prison, Turn Left After “Hooters” Sign
DANNY GLOVER and SAUL LANDAU
Highway 15 connects California’s Inland Empire with Las Vegas – accounting for the relative thickness of Saturday morning traffic. So we don’t stare too long at signs advertising Gentleman’s Clubs – showing no gentlemen, but rather attractive young women. Did yo...
Spain Marches Toward a Depression
MIKE WHITNEY
“Other countries have gone through similar experiences. Latin American countries suffered a lost decade after 1982, and Japan has been stagnating for a quarter of a century; both have survived. But the European Union is not a country and it is unlikely to su...
U.S.-Israel Deal to Demand Qom Closure Threatens Nuclear Talks
GARETH PORTER
Washington DC The Barack Obama administration has adopted a demand in the negotiations with Iran beginning Saturday that its Fordow enrichment facility must be shut down and eventually dismantled based on an understanding with Israel that risks the collaps...
Let Them Eat Money
ROB URIE
One of the businesses of Wall Street in the 1980s was the “bucket shop;” firms with networks of stockbrokers who defrauded senior citizens with phony stories about the businesses and prospects of the companies whose stocks they were selling. The companies for the most...
Trial of the Century?
JOANNE MARINER
With last week’s announcement that charges against Khalid Shaikh Mohammad and his four co-defendants had been authorized, the on-again, off-again military commission proceedings in the 9/11 case have now officially begun. The United States is seeking the death penalty a...
The Arrest of George Zimmerman
MARK VORPAHL
Weeks after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey has announced that his killer, George Zimmerman, will be charged with second degree murder. Though originally allowed to walk scot free without any charges, Zimmerman is now behind bars. It ...
Barrio For Sale
RODOLFO ACUÑA
Aside from the injustices in Arizona, i.e., the scraping of a highly successful education program, the evident war against Mexicans, and the nullification of the U.S Constitution, I was seduced to the struggle by David A. Morales...
Enforcing the Culture Wars
DAVID ROSEN
There is a proposal making its way through the Arizona legislature that would criminalize consenting adults making “pornography.” One would think that in an age of cheap digital video cameras and Apple’s Final Cut software as well as hundreds of thousands of ...
Privatization Hounds Bay at the Moon
DAVID MACARAY
One of the biggest con games going on at the moment is the sustained attack on the U.S. public school system.  It’s being perpetrated by predatory entrepreneurs (disguised as “concerned citizens” and “education reformers”) hoping to persuade the parents of scho...
The Rich Are Different Than You and Me
BILL MOYERS and MICHAEL WINSHIP
Benjamin Franklin, who used his many talents to become a wealthy man, famously said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes.  But if you’re a corporate CEO in America today, even they can be put on the back burner – death held at bay by the best medi...
Kick Some Ass with the Working Class
RON JACOBS
Damn. That’s the word I kept repeating as I read Gregg Shotwell’s recently published book Autow...
Holding Tightly
MISSY BEATTIE
One year ago, I was in Kentucky, at my mother’s bedside after she made a decision to stop eating.  Her death wasn’t unexpected.  She had lived a long, meaningful life with much more joy than sorrow. I remember a little poem she loved to quote, one I’ve Goog...
“Mama, will Baba Roumieh visit us in Shatila camp?”
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut It’s official according to the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI will visit Lebanon from the 14th to the 16th September, in just five months’ time. By coincidence or design, the Pontiff’s visit will coincide with the International commemoratio...
We Are All Levantines Now
PHILIP MANSEL
The Levant means “where the sun rises”: the eastern Mediterranean. Levant is a geographical word, free of associations with race or religion, defined not by nationality but by the sea. The great Levantine cities of Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut were windows on the wor...
Chaos and Cholera
MARK SCHULLER
This Tuesday, April 10, Rick Santorum, who had given Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney a serious run for his money, ...
Budgets Are Moral Documents
ROBERT DODGE, MD
This week the nation funds our priorities as we pay our annual tax bill. “Our budget is a moral document and it is either going to reflect the best of who we are or the worst”.  This was so eloquently stated by the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners. Tax expenditures thus...
Lebanon’s War-Torn Past
CHARLES R. LARSON
It is impossible to read Anthony Shadid’s painful account of restoring his ancestral house in Lebanon without an awareness of the author’s premonitions of his own mortality.  Days before the publication of ...
The Violins Sing, But Not the Gondolieri!
DAVID YEARSLEY
Venice The gondoliers don’t sing anymore. Maybe if you flip them enough extra Euros, I was told, would a rare helmsman harboring the vestiges of the prized vocal traditions be bribed into song. Along with Venice’s many opera houses and the cloistered f...
Williams, Hahn & Moser
POETS' BASEMENT
Vultures that Stalk Children by HEATHCOTE WILLIAMS   In the southern Sudan Near the village of Ayod, A tiny, naked And wizened infant Crawls across dusty scrubland.   ...
Profiling the Supremes
ELAINE CASSEL
As a lawyer and teacher of psychology, I have more than a passing interest in the intersection of behavior and the law. Three days of Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were an intellectual feast for me.  The first time I listened to the audio tapes,...
Media Madness
RALPH NADER
March Madness comes once a year. Media Madness is year-round. What the mass media choose to cover and feature try to turn the priorities of any sane society upside down. People of vice, war, money, spectator sports and business receive media attention – oftentime...
The Irrationality of the Case against Iran’s Nuclear Program
GARY LEUPP
President Obama has informed the Iranians they have one “last chance” to avoid attack. They must suspend higher uranium enrichment, close down the Fordow  enrichment facility, and “surrender” their stockpile of uranium enriched to 20 per cent purity. Iranian offi...
Democracy in America Today
ANDREW LEVINE
What a miserable prospect: a presidential election between a lackluster incumbent unable any longer to conjure up even an illusion of hope and the foremost chameleon in national politics who happens also to be by far the least colorful candidate in the Republican circus....
MoveOn’s 99 Percent Spring, Obama and the Dems March in Lock-Step
THE INSIDER
In an earlier installment, I noted that eight ...
Indigenous Autonomy and Immigration
DEVON G. PENA
A recent poster prepared by Michigan State University assistant professor and artist,  Dylan Miner, asks that we R...
Obama’s Attack on Oaksterdam U.
HARVEY WASSERMAN
At freedom’s core is protection from arbitrary police power and the right to choose one’s own medicine, as well as to express one’s opinion, however controversial. All three of these rights have taken very troubling recent hits. Mired in im...
Who Owns the Palestine Solidarity Movement?
RAMZY BAROUD
A few years ago, after I spoke at a conference in South Africa, Ronnie Kasrils, then the country’s Minister for Intelligence Services, leaned towards me and said, “I agree with everything you said, but in order for the boycott of Israel to become adopted by wo...
Europe’s Economic Maginot Line
DEAN BAKER
In the build-up to World War II, the French military created the Maginot Line. This barrier, which utilized state of the art military defenses, was intended to defend France from a ferocious assault by Hitler’s armies. When the attack ultimately came, the Germans made q...
Syria and the Usual Suspects
THOMAS KNAPP
The usual suspects are at it again — doing their damnedest to escalate a war they have no intention of either fighting in or paying for themselves, and to involve you in it. US Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (of the “Connecticut for Liebe...
Getting Kofi Annan for Free
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