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Archives from May 2012
Accountability in Higher Education
M. G. PIETY
There’s been a lot of discussion among academics of Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s book Academ...
Empty Talk From the G8
VIJAY PRASHAD
WHEN the Group of Seven (G7) was formed in 1974, its charge was to provide confidence to a global population uncertain about the major structural features in the world. The members of the G7 were Canada, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and West...
Ducking the Real Cost of US Wars
DAVE LINDORFF
Whether he ever said it or not, I’m going to borrow from a quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln and alter it a bit to say: “American politicians must love war veterans — they keep making so many more of them.” The truth though, is that American pol...
Obama’s Secret Warriors
ANDREW BACEVICH
As he campaigns for reelection, President Obama periodically reminds audiences of his success in terminating the deeply unpopular Iraq War.  With fingers crossed for luck, he vows to do the same with the equally unpopular war in Afghanistan.  If not exactly a peacemaker...
The NYT’s Love Letter to Death Squads
CHRIS FLOYD
I must, at last, admit defeat. I simply have no words, no rhetorical ammunition, no conceptual frameworks that could adequately address the total moral nullity exposed in Monday’s New York Times article on the death squad that Barack Obama is personally ...
The World Bank and the Green Economy
PATRICK BOND
The debate over the Green Economy rages on next month in Rio de Janeiro, at the International Society for Ec...
Dirty No More!
DIANE LEFER
Last month I learned about a genocide I had never known of before. It happened not in an isolated unknown part of the world, but in Southern Italy, the ancestral home of members of my own family. Even more shocking to me, Southern Italians themselves are only now beginnin...
Tony Blair Before the Leveson Tribunal
BINOY KAMPMARK
Arctic cool Robert Jay QC keeps humming along, and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is the latest star in its procession to be questioned.  There was anticipation – this, the man Rupert Murdoch favoured in a dramatic turnaround in the 1997 elections; this indiv...
Beyond Indignation
DANIEL RAVENTOS and JULIE WARK
The present situation of Europe is such that it can only lead to further social and political polarisation. Less than five years ago things were so different that it seems as if we were living in another world. Since 2008 the living conditions of the great majority of Eur...
A Eurovisionary Contest
Rev. JOSE M. TIRADO
With even the New York Times noting it’s widespread appeal Saturday...
Michelle, Stop Your Husband!
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Syria After the Massacre
PATRICK COCKBURN
Damascus Parts of Syria are convulsed by civil war, while in other areas life continues almost as normal. At the same moment as more than 30 children had their throats cut and dozens of civilians were killed by shelling in Houla in central Syria on Friday,...
Meltdown at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
KARL GROSSMAN
The resignation last week of the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is another demonstration of the bankrupt basis of the NRC. Gregory Jaczko repeatedly called for the NRC to apply “lessons learned” from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disa...
Toxic Time Bombs
STEVEN HIGGS
The pernicious impact of toxic chemicals in the body, from suspected roles in autism to human response to everyday stress, can manifest themselves in future generations, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Texas (UT) and Washington State Univers...
No One Hears the Poor
KATHY KELLY
Kabul. Here in Kabul, Voices co-coordinator Buddy Bell and I are guests at the home of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APV), where we’ve gotten to know four young boys who are being tutored by the Volunteers in the afternoons, having “retired” from the...
The Myth of Equal Rights
JACK RANDOM
The civil rights movement illuminated the hypocrisy of the liberal promise.  It made overt, and recorded on television for the world to see, an old daily fact of American life:  that a black person who protested his condition, or moved one step out of line, ...
A Cuban March Against Homophobia
DON FITZ and JACQUELYN OMOTALADE
“This discussion has changed my mind about homosexuality.  Now I understand what my lesbian friend went through.  When she graduated from medical school in Cuba, she cried.  She told me that she could live her life the way she wanted to when she was in Cuba.  But no...
Battlelines Being Drawn for Next Phase: a Plus for Palestinians?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut The official results of the first round of the historic Egyptian presidential elections, the first ever in Mother Egypt where the results were not known in advance, present an encouraging snapshot of “new democratic Egypt” given that the choice...
Jerry Brown’s Terrorizing Tactic
ANN ROBERTSON and BILL LEUMER
Current political developments in California highlight the gaping chasm that divides the established political process – which is routinely mislabeled as “democratic” – with the positions embraced by the vast majority of Californians. Unfortunately, Califor...
Social Security’s Dual-Income Trap
SALVATORE BABONES
U.S. workers have paid a reduced Social Security tax rate of 4.2 percent for the past year and a half, down from the ordinary rate of 6.2 percent. For most Americans, this has meant some welcome tax relief. But one group is still paying more than its fair share. Fa...
Torie Osborn’s Insurgent Run
STEVE EARLY
In 2008, thousands of Obama campaign volunteers got fired up about electoral politics in a way they hadn’t been before. Four years later, some are now running for office themselves. But few have made a bigger splash in local Democratic circles than 61-year-old Tor...
“Hundred Meters … or You Will be Shot!”
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It’s Back to 1980, With the JCS Auctioning Off the Presidency From the Pentagon Battlements
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Let me whisk you to 1980 on one of Obama’s miracle drones. In the right-center we had incumbent President Jimmy Carter, derided as a man of peace, el wimpo. True his top foreign policy man was an unreconstructed Polish cold war warrior burning to bringing ...
The Sacking of a Revolution
ESAM AL-AMIN
Fifteen months after millions of Egyptians -led by the revolutionary youth- were united in their demand to end a corrupt and suffocating dictatorship, they were now divided as they headed to the polls in the last two days in order to elect a new president. During this tra...
The Negation of the Palestinian State
URI AVNERY
On May 15, the anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, its Arab citizens observed a day of mourning for the victims of the Naqba (“catastrophe”) – the mass exodus of half the Palestinian people from the territory which became Israel. Like every ye...