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Archives from July 2012
Get Ready for Another Round of Deficit Hysteria
MARSHALL AUERBACK
Warren Harding once said, “I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they’re the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights! “  One can well sympathise with the deceased President every ...
Israel’s Annexation Plan
JONATHAN COOK
The recently published report by an Israeli judge concluding that Israel is not in fact occupying the Palestinian territories – despite a well-established international consensus to the contrary – has provoked mostly incredulity or mirth in Israel and abroad. L...
Assassination and the Constitution
JOANNE MARINER
Does the Executive Branch—including, specifically, the Pentagon and the CIA—possess unreviewable power under the US Constitution to carry out targeted killings of Americans overseas? A lawsuit filed this morning by the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rig...
The Hidden Persuaders
RALPH NADER
Ask yourself when was the last time you saw any of those tiny ads on Google and Facebook and rushed to buy the products or services. For that matter, ask yourself whether any radio or television advertisements prompted you to go out and buy the product. Sure the ne...
Taxmageddon? Bring It On!
SALVATORE BABONES
It’s January 25, 2001, the first week of the Bush presidency and more than half a year before the September 11 attacks. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan testifies before the Senate Budget Committee, asserting: “If current policies remain in place, the ...
Latin America Moves Left and Forward
CARMELO RUIZ-MARRERO
The Foro de Sao Paulo (FSP), a forum that brings together most of the Latin American left, had its 18th meeting in the Venezuelan city of Caracas on July 4-6. In attendance were representatives of practically all of the Foro’s member organizations, includ...
A Red Dawn Over Durham?
STEVE EARLY
Durham, England. Although their histories are quite different, the British Labour Party and our U.S. Democrats have one thing in common: both like to avoid too much public cuddling with workers—particularly, any sector of the organized working class whos...
Get the Teachers
DAVE LINDORFF
Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of Washington, DC’s public schools, who left under a cloud after the mayor who appointed her, Adrian Fenty, was defeated in a re-election bid in which Rhee’s contentious tenure was the main issue, is at it again. Rhee, a sha...
Donor Dollars Aiding Political Repression in Ethiopia
GRAHAM PEEBLES
An ideological poison is polluting all life within Ethiopia, flowing into every area of civil society. Local governance, urban and rural neighbourhoods, farming, education and the judiciary all are washed in Revolutionary Democracy’, the doctrine of the ruling party. Hu...
Climate and the Food Crisis
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The Age of Disruptive Climate Change, and its impact on the supply of food, is a major source of modern-day uprisings, toppling governments around the world. The United States is “the breadbasket of the world,” and the largest exporter of corn, soybeans, and wh...
In Your Eyes, I’m a Terrorist
TAREK MEHANNA
In the name of God the most gracious the most merciful. Exactly four years ago this month I was finishing my work shift at a local hospital. As I was walking to my car I was approached by two federal agents. They said that I had a choice to make: I could do things ...
The Story of Change
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Clinton in Cairo
ESAM AL-AMIN
Over the past weekend Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Egypt for the first time since the election in late June of Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Dr. Muhammad Morsi. During her visit, Clinton not only met with the new president but also sat with Field...
A Coup Over Land
BENJAMI DANGL
Each bullet hole on the downtown Asunción, Paraguay light posts tells a story. Some of them are from civil wars decades ago, some from successful and unsuccessful coups, others from police crackdowns. The size of the hole, the angle of the ricochet, all tell of an escape...
Technology and Inequality
DEAN BAKER
The people who have been the winners in the massive upward redistribution of income over the last three decades have a happy story that they like to tell themselves and the rest of us: technology did it. The reason why this is a happy story is that technology develops to ...
Our Perverse War on Drugs
FIRMIN DeBRABANDER
Perhaps the most humiliating legacy of our nation-building venture in Afghanistan is the stubborn narco-state flourishing under our noses. The opium crop in Afghanistan has doubled since US forces deposed the Taliban, and the drug trade threatens to dominate the country a...
Ethiopian Regime Crumbles: Enter CIA
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
With its foundations irreparably cracked and its edifices of power crumbling the Ethiopian regime headed by Meles Zenawi is turning more and more to the CIA to make the critical decisions in the ministries of power in the capital Addis Ababa. Faced with growing nat...
Protest and Repression in South Africa
PATRICK BOND
Durban, South Africa. The recent surge of unconnected community protests across South Africa confirms the country’s profound social, economic and environmental contradictions. But if activists fall before a new hail of police bullets, or if they lack an ...
Extending the Empire to New Frontiers
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Recent wars from Libya to Afghanistan and Pakistan in a region of vast natural wealth and strategic importance highlight a phenomenon as old as humanity. Iraq and Libya had oil, but their leaders were longtime foes of the United States, now the world’s lone hegemon. Sad...
The Political Pathology of Deficit Panic
MATTEA KRAMER
We’re at the edge of the cliff of deficit disaster!  National security spending is being, or will soon be, slashed to the bone!  Obamacare will sink the ship of state! Each of these claims has grabbed national attention in a big way, sucking up years’ worth o...
Fear and Failure in Arizona
RODOLFO ACUÑA
When you rarely win, you learn not expect much. I never considered myself poor but when I was growing up I never remember my parents telling me that I was going to college or encouraging me to enter a profession. Indeed, when I would read my maternal grandmother who I lov...
Red Alert for San Francisco Teachers
ANDY LIBSON
On May 10th, 1880 United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) teachers, counselors and paraprofessionals voted overwhelmingly (97%) to authorize a strike vote. The UESF strike vote was the first step of a two-step process for strike authorization. The vote was a big step for...
Greenwashing Shale Oil Extraction?
STEVE HORN
At the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008, former Vice President Al Gore called the possibility of fossil fuel corporations extracting oil shale “utter insanity.” Insanity, though, doesn’t serve as a hinderance for deeply entrenched and powerful fo...
Arizona’s Banned Book List
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Soulless Killing Machines
CONN HALLINAN
“…it may be a surprise to find some moral philosophers, political scientists, and weapons specialists believe unmanned aircraft offer marked moral advantages over almost any other tool of warfare.” —Scott Shane, national securi...
Wendell Potter, Single-Payer and the Big Lie
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Single payer, living wage, cutting the military industrial complex. The American people want it. And we can’t get it. Why not? Because good people continue to lie to themselves. The big lie? The Democratic Party is better than the Republican Party. ...
Five Reasons the Super-Rich Need Big Government
PAUL BUCHHEIT
Wealthy individuals and corporations want us to believe they’ve made it on their own, without the help of government or the American people. Billionaire financier Sanford Weill blustered, “We didn’t rely on somebody else to build what we built.” He...
The Real Libor Scandal
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS and NOMI PRINS
According to news reports, UK banks fixed the London interbank borrowing rate (Libor) with the complicity of the Bank of England (UK central bank) at a low rate in order to obtain a cheap borrowing cost.  The way this scandal is playing out is that the banks benefitted f...
Immigration, Racism and the Supreme Court
MARJORIE COHN
The issue of immigration has been tossed about like a political football for some time. Democrats argue that migrants who have spent many years in the United States should be permitted to apply for lawful status. Republicans criticize these proposals as “amnesty.” But...
At the Precipice of War
BEN SCHREINER
The familiar menace of U.S. war drums have resumed at a fevered pitch, as Iran finds itself once again firmly within the Pentagon’s cross hairs. According to multiple reports, the U.S. is currently in the midst of a massive military build-up in the Persian Gulf o...
The Morality of Drones
DAVE LINDORFF
Are weaponized drone aircraft more moral than the more traditional killing machines used in warfare?  In an opinion published in Sunday’s New York Times, the paper’s national security reporter, Scott Shane, argues outrageously that they are. But his a...
Targeting Single-Payer Advocates
HELEN REDMOND
President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act sucks.  It isn’t change in the dysfunctional American health care system that any one should believe in or defend. And yet that is exactly what liberals and  progressives are doing. Led by spin doctors at ...
Stitching Up Injured Children
JEN MARLOWE
Bahrain. It was nighttime, and we were watching from some distance, but we believe we saw the shot hit somebody in the head, the boy was injured in the same neighborhood, and his was the only head injury from that particular neighborhood on that particular...
Popping the Media Bubble on Police Violence
JOHN HALLE
In the early morning hours of December 4, 1969, the FBI and the Chicago Police Department stormed Black Panther organizer Fred Hampton’s apartment, spraying Hampton’s bedroom with machine gun fire, concluding their visit with a bullet to his head to ensure t...
Ex-Reuters Hack Fights for Real Democracy
MAT WARD
Reading this former Reuters reporter’s analysis of the news industry is like watching an episode of detective series Columbo unfold. Like the seemingly innocent Inspector Columbo, Patrick Chalmers at first comes across as disconcertingly naive. But, jus...
In Defense of Baseball
DAVID MACARAY
Somebody once said that America’s downward trajectory (crushing debt, promiscuous warmongering, naked avarice) coincided with football replacing baseball as the national pastime.  Baseball used to be the country’s favorite sport; now it’s football.  An elegant, pa...
Insurance for Corn, Not Kids?
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Would You Dodge the Draft in Afghanistan?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Two years after he was sacked by President Obama as the top commander in Afghanistan for suggesting to Rolling Stone magazine that the real enemy were “the wimps in the White House”, General Stanley A McChrystal has recycled a perennial chestnut: Brin...
In Remembrance of Things Lost
RAMZI KYSIA
As we slog through the scorching summer of 2012, I’ve been thinking about our drone attacks...
Attacking Iran Through Sanctions
CONN HALLINAN
Now that the talks with Iran on its nuclear program appear to be on the ropes, are we on the road to war? The Israelis threaten it almost weekly, and the Obama administration has reportedly drawn up an attack plan. But in a sense, we are already at war with Iran. C...
A Market in Ruins
MIKE WHITNEY
According to a recent report by Clear Capital, “The nation’s home prices rebounded with quarterly and yearly gains of 1.7%.” The Home Data Index (HDI) report, which was released on July 10, shows that “Regional performance improved across the boardR...
Pensions Under Attack
MARK VORPAHL
On Friday, July 6, President Obama signed into law a bill that would renew transportation programs and extend low interest rates on student loans for one year. While this minimal gesture resulted in, no doubt, sighs of relief from those burdened by student debt, tucked aw...
The Most Successful Terrorist of the 20th Century?
URI AVNERY
Two former Prime Ministers of Israel are in the news these days. They represent two of the many faces of Israel. They also raise a universal question: which is preferable – an honest fanatic or a corrupt pragmatist? Yitzhak Shamir died two weeks ago an...
End the Prison-Industrial Complex, Now!
ROB URIE
Most readers probably know the outline of this story: beginning in the 1970s the incarceration rate in America, the proportion of the population sent to prison, started to rise exponentially. The rate of incarceration in America is now the highest in the world. And in abs...
Summer of Rage in Mexico?
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City. If Mexican democracy means anything to you, then don’t look to the country’s Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) – the authority responsible for organizing fair and transparent elections – to defend it. For the second consecutive electio...
Is the End of Prohibition at Hand?
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Back in 1970, I was part of a group of about thirty protesters who descended upon the Michigan State Capitol to protest the hard-time incarceration of our friend, ally and hero ...
Romney the Possessed
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
A Mitt Romney presidency would greatly worsen America’s moral decline.  It is not about his money, but about his moral sense.  It is not about his worth, but his views on other people’s worthiness.  Not about his inheritance, but his attitude toward the disinherite...
News Digested
LINH DINH
7/1/12—Citing Iran’s nuclear ambition, America and her hushed puppies impose oil embargo on Islamic republic. Going on four years now, the global economic depression has kept oil price in check, so this embargo is meant to stop it from dropping furthe...
The Bravest Theater in the World
MICHAEL DICKINSON
First the good news.  On July 12, Nabil Al-Raee, the Artistic Director of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, was released after more than a month in detention following his arrest at his home in the early hours of the morning in June by Israeli Armed Forces, Not accuse...