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Archives from June 2012
Greek Sacrifice?
MARSHALL AUERBACK
George Soros probably understands the nature of the immediate problem facing the Eurozone (namely, the accelerating bank run which, amongst other things, potentially exposes Germany to trillions of contingent euro liabilities).  But even Soros reflects the prevailing –...
Why the ObamaCare Ruling Stinks
DAVE LINDORFF
Looking on the bright side, the Supreme Court has ruled that something that President Obama has done is definitively not unconstitutional. That’s probably the best that can be said of the 5-4 decision by the High Court today in upholding the ironically named Affo...
Fed Trifecta: Record Profits, Low Wages, & High Unemployment
MIKE WHITNEY
Middle class families in the US saw a sharp drop in their real income (down 7.7 percent) and a nearly 40 percent decline in their net worth between the years 2007 to 2010. These are the findings of the Fed’s tri-annual ...
Supreme Court Ruling Means Health Care Remains a Commodity
MARK DUDZIC
Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision that substantially upholds the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was widely praised by the national labor movement. “Working people won a resounding victory,” ...
Touching Letters From Barack Obama
RALPH NADER
I’ve been getting a variety of letters from President Barack Obama. The salutation is often: “Dear Ralph.” One of them asks me for $25, adding “Ralph, this is that moment. This is the time to be in with me.” He writes that “I need your voice,” that America n...
Did the New York Times Lead Anthony Shadid to His Death?
ALISON WEIR
Anthony Shadid was an astounding journalist. By 43 he was legendary for his courage and lyrical, powerful reporting. He had received the Pulitzer Prize twice for his moving reports from the middle of the Iraq war and had built, as the Washington Post noted...
Apple’s American Workforce and the Service Economy
MATT VIDAL
The New York Times recently published an in-depth article on “...
The Real Story Behind Issa v. Holder
FRED GARDNER
All my life I would have sympathized with the Black man being hounded by a vicious Caucasian (who happens to be the richest man in the United States Congress). But watching Attorney General Eric Holder taking verbal abuse from Rep. Darrell Issa last week, all that came to...
Syria Through the Looking Glass
RON JACOBS
When wading into the ever muddied waters of the West’s never ending war against the people and states of the Middle East, it is useful to have some kind of mechanism if one is trying to find a bit of clarity.   The mechanism I prefer is that of history.  While not in...
Brutality Couldn’t Be Stopped Forever on the Greenline…Now It’s Here!
URI AVNERY
Tel Aviv. Don’t tell anyone, but in many a demonstration, when we were standing and proclaiming our message of peace and justice, knowing that not a word about it would appear in the media, I secretly wished for the police to come and beat us up....
The Tale of a “Trusting Fool”
SAUL LANDAU
What did Cuba do to the United States to merit 53 years of castigation? In 1960, those dirty Caribbean Commies joined the “evil” side in the Cold War – the Soviets, one recalls, offered substantial aid, not threats. But in 1991 the USSR disappeared. So...
Is Your Foster Child on Chemical Restraints?
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Three years ago, Mirko and Regina Ceska of Crawfordville, FLA told former Gov. Charlie Crist their two adopted 12-year-olds had been prescribed 11 pills a day, including the powerful antipsychotic Seroquel, reported the ...
It Came From Washington
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
When President Reagan nominated me as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, he told me that we had to restore the US economy, to rescue it from stagflation, in order to bring the full weight of a powerful economy to bear on the Soviet leadership in orde...
ObamaCare as Corportists United
CLARK NEWHALL, MD
In an eagerly anticipated opinion on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as “Obamacare’, an unusual alignment of justices upheld the Act nearly entirely.  The crucial part of the decision found the ‘odd bedfellows’ c...
Truth in Vietnam, Torture in Brazil
MICHAEL UHL
The message of John Grant’s article, “The Vietnam War and the Struggle for Truth”, should be heard as an alarm bell by all who were blind-sided and unsettled upon learn...
Health Care and the Hollow Hope
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Conservative partisans and activists should have learned a blunt lesson about political power and how it’s exercised in the United States in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on “Obamacare” this last week.  Many conservatives hoped the court would take an activ...
Why the ObamaCare Ruling was a Victory for the Corporate Right
FRANK SMECKER
The recent SCOTUS ruling on the ACA (Affordable Care Act) resulted in a quid pro quo between the nation’s public and private sectors: the private health insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies are to receive billions of dollars in a federal handout in exchange ...
Hands Off Syria!
JUDY BELLO
This week is “Hands off Syria” week, with the United National Antiwar Coalition, with a call out for groups across the nation to take a stand against western antagonism of Syria and  Iran.  I volunteered a week or so ago to create a ‘fact sheet’ ...
The Hour is Late
RONNIE CUMMINS
“The problem goes beyond parties and politicians. It’s the system . . . . All our politicians are in the pocket of elites who own, lobby, litigate, bully and bribe their way into every element of our lives. Even single cell organisms unite and fight for su...
The Future of Occupy Oakland
C. H. ACHERON and MIKE KING
Like so many others, I now feel that the window is opening once again. And I would like to squeeze myself through it. But we must be careful; the gap is still narrow, and if we look closely, we can see that the window ...
Netanyahu’s Message to Obama Campaign
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut Presidential candidate Barack Obama is being targeted by the US Israel lobby from A to Z, (Ackerman, Gary & Aipac to Zuckerman, Mort & the Zionist Organization of America) as no American President seeking re-election has been in the country...
Lessons From the Colorado Fires
GEORGE WUERTHNER
These graphic photos of the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado show clearly why it’s essential to have community wide standards for reducing home flammability in the WIldlands Urban Interface (if they are permitted to be built in the first place). Metal roofs, in particu...
Gone Banana Republic
LINH DINH
On top of its brusque and decidedly unromantic sexual fondling, TSA agents have also been caught stealing electronics, jewelry and cash. A TSA manager ran a prostitution ring from a motel room, and a supervisor is a defrocked priest, kicked from the pulpit for molesting t...
Guajiros for Change!
BENJAMIN WILLIS
US agricultural exports are usually the last thing the casual observer of the US-Cuba conundrum thinks about. It’s not a sexy topic like the Cuban 5. It’s not politically charged like Alan Gross’ situation. It doesn’t engender the emotional respons...
The Scheme to Define Away Palestinian Refugees
SALMAN ABU SITTA
In May 2012, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) made an outstanding discovery, which had escaped scores of politicians, diplomats and experts for six decades. He discovered that the number of Palestinian refugees is not five million as United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)...
The Man Who Seeks Transparency
B. J. SACHS
Ecuador. When I was an activist in the anti-Vietnam war movement and a budding civil liberties attorney, I remember getting really stumped by the following: Only congress has the power to declare war. Wow, I thought. While civil libertarians and conserva...
The Trojan Horse and the Golden Calf
ELLIOT SPERBER
The prevailing opinion concerning the release of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the constitutionality of Obama’s health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, was that the court’s upholding of the law would amount to a powerful victory for Obama. The reas...
Can Rapping be a Crime?
JULIE HILDEN
Earlier this month, the D.C. Court of Appeals—the highest court in the District of Columbia, and thus D.C.’s equivalent of a state supreme court—...
Memo to the J14 Movement
PATRICK O. STRICKLAND
JERUSALEM. The organizers of Israel’s J14 movement demand social justice. Outraged by the increasing concentration of wealth and the soaring cost of living, many Israelis have stood up and called for cheaper housing, food, education, and taxes, among oth...
The Kind of Person She Was
MISSY BEATTIE
A garden table and two chairs decorate the sidewalk in front of one of the clothing stores here in the center of the Kingdom of Cross Purposes.   Annie, who worked in this shop, often sat outside, a cigarette hanging from her mouth.  Her little dog hovered nearby.  I ...
A Vermont No-Fly Zone?
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
For months the debate has raged in Vermont over the possible replacement by the Air Force of the Vermont Air National Guard’s aging fleet of F-16 fighter jets with state-of-the-art F-35 jets. Not only will the controversial new fighters cost $115 million a piece, but th...
Not Dark Yet
PHIL ROCKSTROH
Almost exactly ten years ago, in June of 2002, my wife and I were driving through Colorado, on our way from Los Angeles to New York City. In the early afternoon, while paused to tank-up our Toyota Corolla, at a massive convenience store/self-service gas island that boaste...
Anger: Its Uses and Limitations
WINDY COOLER
The subject this hour is my blog. In addition to someone being obsessed with the search term “Windy Cooler and divorc...
On the Fringes in Djibouti and Soweto
CHARLES R. LARSON
In Passage of Tears, twenty-nine-year-old Djibril (or “Djib” in the shortened version)...
Double Header Under the Failing Sun
DAVID YEARSLEY
Copenhagen With alcohol, song, and fire, the celebration of Midsummer in Scandinavia tries to ward off the melancholy that can haunt the occasion. The beauty of the seemingly endless twilight marks a climax—the longest day of the year, but also an end. F...
Jared Carter and Charles Orloski
POETS' BASEMENT
Moment of Silence by JARED CARTER We went back to the old fieldhouse. The band still plays the National Anthem before the tip-off, but no Baptist minister takes the mike to call for a moment of silence –...
Things You Could Buy Instead of Health Insurance
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What the Market Does to Our Souls
ALAN NASSER
We live in new times. For about thirty years American capitalism featured a small but not insignificant concession to social democracy, what we are taught to call “the welfare state”, in which government contributed to the provision of a degree of material security wh...
Obamacare Wins, We Lose
JOHN STAUBER
It was a brilliant move by far Right (but oh so likable) Chief Justice Roberts to side with the Dem-appointed Justices and uphold ObamaCare.  After all, this is a massive victory for corporate power, forcing citizens to buy an expensive insurance product that won’t...
What’s It Going to Be: Chinatown or Wal-Mart?
ROBERT HUNZIKER
On June 26th, 2012 the Wal-Mart PR team drove home the point of their plans to open a new store in Chinatown (Los Angeles) with a special cultural touch, a traditional Lion Dance, using dancers from the East Wind Youth Foundation, to ward off bad luck because o...
What’s Really Happened to America’s Soldiers?
NAN LEVINSON
“PTSD is going to color everything you write,” came the warning from a stepmother of a Marine, a woman who keeps track of such things.  That was in 2005, when post-traumatic stress disorder, a.k.a. PTSD, wasn’t getting much attention, but soon it was pr...
Giving Juvie Lifers a Chance
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Anita Colon was crying when she received the telephone call, but the caller knew hers were tears of joy. The caller was her brother dialing her from a prison in Pennsylvania, where he is one of 480 persons serving a life-without-parole sentence for a crime ending i...
Taxing Financial Transactions
SARAH ANDERSON
The leaders of France and Germany may have their differences on the big question of the day — stimulus versus austerity. But they do agree on one thing — taxing financial transactions. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was hot on the idea of a sma...
10 Sure Signs America Is in Decline
DAVID MACARAY
Now that it’s painfully clear the U.S. is on a downward slide, the only question worth asking is when, precisely, did everything start to fall apart.  At what point in time did the pendulum begin swinging the other way?  Accordingly, history buffs, philosophers, and a...
Fail Better
MARC ESTRIN
In his penultimate novella, “Worstward Ho” (1983), Samuel Beckett writes “...
Once Upon a Bayou
JORDAN FLAHERTY
Days before the wide release of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” the filmmakers returned to Montegut to sho...
Don’t Cry for Us, Arizona
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
If Gov. Jan Brewer and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are cheering and excited about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s SB 1070, then you know something is wrong. And when both promise that there will be no racial profiling, that’s akin to the...
The Art of Getting Money
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Syria and the Phantom
CONN HALLINAN
What was that Turkish F-4 Phantom II up to when the Syrians shot it down? Ankara said the plane strayed into Syrian airspace, but quickly left and was over international waters when it was attacked, a simple case of carelessness on the part of the Turkish pilot tha...
An Interview With Freeman Dyson on the Origins of Life on Earth
SUZAN MAZUR
“Then after that came us — stage six. That’s the end of the Darwinian era, when cultural evolution replaces biological evolution as the main driving force. “Cultural” means that the big changes in living conditions are driven by h...