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Archives from June 2012
Radioactive Conflicts of Interest
ROBERT ALVAREZ
The U.S. government is going out of its way to downplay radiation hazards in the aftermath of one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents. Last month, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) heralded an Energy Department-funded study indicating t...
Mexico’s Spring of Discontent Reaches Climax
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City. It’s been a long time coming but the outcome of the Mexican presidential election next Sunday is no longer a sure thing. Say “gracias” to those students from the University Iberoamericana in Mexico City – alternatively written off by t...
Public Teachers in the Crosshairs
DAVID MACARAY
During my twenty-odd years as a union rep in a big-time factory (a 44-acre paper mill), I had occasion to talk to over a hundred people about the things we most regretted in our lives.  It’s true.  That was our topic of discussion….regrets.  Things we ...
Obama’s Second Latin American Coup?
SHAMUS COOKE
The recent coup against Paraguay’s democratically elected president is not only a blow to democracy, but an attack against the working and poor population that supported and elected President Fernando Lugo, whom they see as a bulwark against the wealthy elite who...
The Menacing Plots of the MKO
KOUROSH ZIABARI
The ill-omened, inauspicious plots of the terrorist gang Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization against Iran seem to have no end. The recent letter signed by 44 U.S. Senators addressed to President Obama in which it was implied that time for diplomacy with Iran is over and other ...
Obama’s Leaked Diary
LINH DINH
6/16/12—Email from Lewinsky. Says she misses the spotlight, wants to get acquainted. Think I’ll pass. Bill’s taste ain’t mine, and she is fifteen years older. This photo can’t be recent. Nice negligee though. Michelle got similar, but when it’...
Local Governments in Crisis
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Failure in Rio
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The predictable word is in from Rio: failure. The conference twenty years on from the huge Earth Summit, Rio 92, has been unable to produce even the pretense of an energetic verbal commitment of the world’s community to “sustainable principles.” The reason? T...
How the Euro Might be Derailed
MARSHALL AUERBACK
The European financial officials are preparing their policy package to deal with the current crisis for the meeting scheduled next week. It is not clear whether any of the proposals will be able to stop the ongoing bank run. Here are some of the rumored proposals: ...
The Great Pretender Throws His Base a Bone
MIKE WHITNEY
Barack Obama has the worst record on immigration of any president in US history. No one else comes close. In the last 3 and a half years, Obama has rounded up, detained and deported more than 1.2 million immigrants, roughly 400,000 per year. That’s more than double...
Obama Sells Out Labor and the Environment … Again
ROB URIE
This week the Obama administration was caught hiding behind secrecy agreements to mask its role in the latest ‘free-trade’ deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The pact is designed to further shift legal and regulatory authority from governments to mu...
Why Milošević Yielded
ANDREW COCKBURN
Paul Wilson, in his review of Madeleine Albright’s Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembranc...
The Social and Ecological Crises of Capitalism
CHRIS WILLIAMS
“It’s impossible!” I said. “No Johnny, we’re impossible.  It’s like it always was ten million years ago.  It hasn’t changed.  It’s us and the land that’ve changed, become impossible, Us!...
Washington and Damascus
SAUL LANDAU
Syria has become dangerous. Syrians get killed and wounded almost daily. Their neighbors have also felt the impacts of violence: refuges in Turkey and outbreaks of fighting in Tripoli’s streets in Lebanon where peace depends on a nuanced arrangement between Christians a...
Our Muslim Brothers
URI AVNERY
Everybody knows by now why we are stuck in Palestine. When God instructed Moses to plead with Pharaoh to let his people go, Moses told him that he was unfit for the job because “I am slow of speech and of a slow tongue” (Exodus 4:10). Actually, in the He...
Health Care is a Right, Not a Mandate
MARK VORPAHL
Any day the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most at risk is this act’s “individual mandate” which requires everyone to buy health insurance from a private insurer or face a steep fine. If...
A Dream Deferred
JOSEPH NEVINS
Yannick Grijalba would seem perfectly suited to benefit from the immigration policy reform announced by the Obama Administration last week, one that one will postpone the threat of deportation for many young people living in the United States without government authorizat...
The State of Siege in Gaza
RAMZY BAROUD
On June 14, fifty international organizations marked the fifth anniversary of the Israeli siege on Gaza by calling on Israel to end its blockade of the small, impoverished strip. “For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been under blockade ...
A World of Refugees
AUGUSTA CONCHIGLIA
Under international law, a stateless person is one who “is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law” (...
Are Palestinians Being Scapegoated Over Army Killings in Lebanon?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut The killings of three Palestinian refugees this past week including Ahmad Qassim  from Nahr al Bared ( ‘cold river’) camp near Tripoli and 15 year old Khaled al-Youssef from Ein el Helwe (‘ the beautiful eye’)  30 miles south of Beirut in ...
Fidel in Haiku Mode
NELSON P. VALDES
Recently a number of journalists and commentators have wandered whether Fidel Castro has lost his marbles [or as it is said in Cuba, “perdió la chaveta"].  Thus, Paul Haven of the  Associated Press in Havana on June 19th“ wrote, “So acolytes and detracto...
Chris Hayes and the Elites
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
I consider myself to be a huge fan of MSNBC talk show host Chris Hayes.  His Saturday – Sunday morning political news analysis talk show known as Up w/Chris Hayes is hands down the best news commentary program on American television.  It is arguably the only ...
When Anonymous Money Speaks…
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix. –Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller, Plain Speaking The mark of a great politician is the ability to change his/her mind.  Mitch McConnell is a great politician.  (So...