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Archives from August 2012
Anne and Rachel: a Legacy of Two Martyrs
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
Sixty-Seven years after the end of World War II, a team of researchers and cameramen from the Anne Frank House in Holland showed up at the Capitol Lakes retirement center in Madison, Wisconsin to interview my father-in-law, Fritz Loewenstein. Fritz is the only known perso...
Wall Street’s War on the Cities
MICHAEL HUDSON
The pace of Wall Street’s war against the 99% is quickening in preparation for the kill. Having demonized public employees for being scheduled to receive pensions on their lifetime employment service, bondholders are insisting on getting the money instead. It is the sam...
The Finance Bomb
ROB URIE
A sort of joke making the rounds a few years back had (billionaire) Bill Gates walking into a working class bar. The joke was that the moment he did everyone in the bar on average became a billionaire. Understand—he didn’t give away any money or, other than possibly o...
Why You’re a Lot Poorer Than You Thought You Were
MIKE WHITNEY
You’re a lot poorer than you thought you were. According to a report by Sentier Research “real median annual household income… has fallen by 4.8 percent since the ‘economic recovery’ began in June 2009.” That’s worse...
An Interview With Cheri Honkala
LEE BALLINGER
Cheri Honkala was born into poverty in Minneapolis in 1963. For the past twenty-five years she has served as national director of the ...
Israel’s Master of Mischief
URI AVNERY
Avigdor Lieberman has a restless nature. From time to time he has to do something, anything. As Minister of Foreign Affairs he should be doing something about, well, foreign affairs. Trouble is, Israel’s foreign affairs are managed by others. The most impo...
Drought, Climate Change and Journalism 101
STEVEN HIGGS
An Aug. 23 segment on NPR’s Morning Edition about the 2012 drought touched my sentimental side when a Kentucky farmer’s voice quivered while he spoke to correspondent David Schaper. “My wife and I just look at each other every night, and we look at our c...
Return of the Yellow Dog
DAVID MACARAY
With Labor Day weekend approaching, it’s appropriate to take a moment and consider the status of the American worker.  Given the unemployment figures, the devastating export of American jobs to foreign countries, and, accordingly, the paucity of full-time jobs that off...
An Interview With Jean Bricmont
KOUROSH ZIABARI
Jean Bricmont teaches physics at the University of Louvain in Belgium. He is author of ...
The Soul Suckers of Endless Compromise
TOM WRIGHT
Every four years this happens to me again.  My phone stops ringing, my emails aren’t returned, my liberal friends avert their gaze if we chance upon the same aisle at Safeway. Was it something I said?  Did I hog the mushroom dip and the Cote du Rhone at their l...
Surrealism in Bolivia
CHELLIS GLENDINNING
A season has passed since I have checked in with you. My lack of communing is in part because I have been writing. I finished my first novel, called Objects, and am now working with a translator to submit a Spanish rendition to Bolivian publisher Plural Editores....
Is Canada Already at War With Iran?
YVES ENGLER
Two weeks ago an earthquake in northwest Iran killed 300, injured 3000 and affected 300,000 more people yet Canadians have raised relatively little for the victims. The reasons include a dearth of Canadian charities in Iran, general media indifference to suffering in an ...
The Need to Fight Border Regimes Worldwide
FRANKLIN GRAHAM IV and GABRIEL KUHN
In March 2001, a random group of travelers, artists, and aid workers gathered on the rooftop of a budget hotel in Essaouria, Morocco, a town best known for inspiring the Jimi Hendrix song “Castles in the Sand” – at least according to legend. Among the people sharing...
The Age of Unreason
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The reign of capitalism is now a worldwide phenomenon, achieving a pinnacle of influence that dominates politics and societal behaviour. Never before throughout the history of humankind has one principle of socio/economic theory had such profound impact on the world, riva...
Is There a Way Beyond Israeli Madness?
JOHN GRANT
The patient, by the name of Israel, walks into the room and instantly bursts into a tirade of arguments conclusively proving his credentials, and says that he is better than everyone else. – Ofer Grosbard, ...
What Part of Free Speech Does Whole Foods Not Understand?
DON FITZ
On Saturday August 18 several cars and a pickup truck with signs on top, in the windows or on bumpers drove into the Whole Foods Market (WFM) parking lot in Brentwood, which borders St. Louis, Missouri.  Police approached as soon as they arrived. “Yes, officer, ...
How Unions Could Do Much Better
ANN ROBERTSON and BILL LEUMER
The International Association of Machinists just succeeded in negotiating a humiliating defeat with Caterpillar after a 15-week strike. Workers lost considerable money by striking, and then lost even more with the new contract, accepting almost every concession the ...
What Do You Want From Death?
RON JACOBS
Novels that teach history by telling the life story of an individual can be fascinating journeys into humanity’s misadventures.  Likewise, they can also be equally tragic and entertaining.  Two such books that fit all of these adjectives and more are Michael Moorcock...
Divided Families
LAURIE MELROOD
It’s a steamy, overcast monsoon morning in Nogales, Sonora, just across the border from the United States. I’ve come to learn more about what happens to Mexican deportees, many parents of children, who are left off by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  in do...
Getting What You Paid for in Colorado
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Idle hands do the devil’s work — Anonymous The fault lies with us and not Scott Gessler. If we’d left him alone he’d not have focused on mischief.  And if the pay were better, a brighter lawyer would have sought the offi...
The Ecstasy of the Baseball Business
SAUL LANDAU
Seated in the upper upper deck at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, during a Giants-Rockies game, one would not know millions of people around the nation faced foreclosure or had already lost their homes and jobs, or that the country was in the midst of a presidential elec...
Greenwashing Sustainability
SHEPHERD BLISS
“Sustainability” has become a buzzword. But what does “sustainability” really mean? One definition is that it requires a triple-E bottom line—economics, the environment and equity. However, this word sometimes is used to “green-wash” and promote things that ...
The Empire Corrupted: From Nixon to North
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I came to the United States in, June of 1972, the month Nixon’s burglars broke into the Watergate, and I am writing these lines fifteen years later while Colonel North lectures Congress about the role of executive power in the Iran-Contra scandal. Looking at North&#...
Sleepless in America
MISSY BEATTIE
“I’m going to move.” “You’re going to move?” “I should move.” “Why should you move?” “Where will I move?” “Where will you move?” “Am I serious?” “Are you serious?” This is the dial...
Tribute to a Post-Colonial Leader
PETER MAYO
Valetta, Malta. Malta, a small island in the Mediterranean with a long history of colonisation, paid tribute last week to its former Prime Minister Dom Mintoff who died, on Monday 20 August, at the age of 96. He ranks with the likes of Michael Manley, Kwam...
There’s Politics and There’s Grace(land)
JAMES ROSE
Sometime in the first half of the 1980s, diminutive white New York Jewish boy Paul Simon, already an iconic music figure rarely out of the charts or the limelight throughout the 1960s and 1970s, placed a wobbly tape featuring some can’t-keep-still South African popu...
Beat Knowledge
MAT WARD
When it comes to giving the US empire a bad rap, few can be more qualified than radical rapper Marcel Cartier. “I was born in 1984 in Heidelberg, West Germany, to a Finnish mother and American father, who was at that time working for the US Army,” says ...
Dylan’s Whistle
GREG MOSES
Silly, narcissistic cutie pie gets his ass kicked, and so be it, says the visual track on Dylan’s new single, “Duquesne Whistle.”  Meanwhile the music track calls to mind a concert-induced rhythmic euphoria such that I saw the Dylan gang stoke up when t...
New Novels of the London Year
CHARLES R. LARSON
Martin Amis’s protagonist in his most recent novel, Lionel Asbo, changed his last name ...
The Political Lyre
DAVID YEARSLEY
Many have been the political leaders who have sought to bolster a flagging popularity through public music making. Tacitus relates how Nero took to the stage on one memorable occasion with his lyre and sweet voice. Insulating himself from failure, Nero packed the audience...
Anderson and Adams
POETS' BASEMENT
Rachel’s Song         by KEMMER ANDERSON             for Rachel Corrie A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and lamenting, Rachel weeping for her children ...
An Ex-Mormon Woman Looks Back at the Church
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Editor’s Note: Tonight Mitt Romney will accept the Republican nomination for president and publicly embrace his Mormon faith. For the first time, a Mormon stands a very good a chance of being the president. But what is Mormonism? What is it like to be a ...
Imagine No Republicans
ANDREW LEVINE
Biologists sometimes do thought experiments in which they reflect on the consequences of imaginary catastrophic events wiping out particular populations.  For a day or two, one could hope that a natural experiment of a similar type would soon transpire: that Hurricane Is...
Arms Sales: Obama’s Only Growth Industry?
PIERRE SPREY
The dry dollar numbers in the latest Congressional Research Service annual arms sales report  paint an...
Harry Kelber Challenges the AFL-CIO
RALPH NADER
“Why should I listen to anything Harry Kelber says?” exclaimed a visibly indignant Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. Maybe because Kelber, 98 years young, has been honestly fighting for labor rights as a worker, union organizer, pamphleteer, author, pro...
Romney’s China-Bashing
PETER LEE
Awkwardness seems to be a defining characteristic of the Mitt Romney campaign to be the next United States president and of his China policy, as well as of the candidate himself. Certainly, Romney does not have an easy row to hoe. A moderate Mormon plutocrat who se...
The Republican Co-option of Frank Lloyd Wright
SAM HUSSEINI
Virtually every media outlet has reported that the stage for the Republican convention is “inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright,” seemingly all reading off the same RNC press release. The claim is quite a stretch by any account. Christopher Hawthorne, architectura...
When Obama Whitewashed Rape
RILEY WAGGAMAN
Hello friends! Have you heard the terrific news? President Obama stands up for women, and speaks out against rape! “Rape is rape!” Except when the U.S. Military is doing the raping, of course, in which case political expediency requires Barack Obama to whitewash and c...
The Poisoning of Yasser Arafat
BINOY KAMPMARK
“It sounds to me like Arabian Tales from One Thousand and One Nights.” Moshe Yaalon, Israeli Vice Premier, Aug 29, 2012 It is the language ...
Hitchhiker Finds Drivers Suddenly More Willing to Give a Lift
DAVE LINDORFF
Sometimes a journalist just has to go with the story, even if it’s going all wrong. I had set out to stand up for the rights of hitchhikers everywhere, and against abusive policing, when I left the house yesterday afternoon and walked up the road to an intersecti...
The Gas Bath Riot and Other Tales of Mexican-American Resistance
RODOLFO ACUÑA
If you haven’t read David Dorado Romo’s “Ringside Seat To a Revolution: An Underground Cultural H...
A Bold New Call for a Maximum Wage
SAM PIZZIGATI
How about taking a moment this Labor Day to reflect about those Americans who earn the least for their labor? These Americans — workers paid the federal minimum wage — are now making $7.25 an hour. On paper, they’re making the same wage they made in July ...
The Pentagon is Like the Vatican
JOHN STANTON
“Only 17 percent of the all-volunteer force serves for more than 20 years, and they are endowed with a lifetime benefit. The current US military retirement system does not compensate for those in high risk situations or extenuating circumstances (e....
Parting With Sister Anne Montgomery
KATHY KELLY
Anne Montgomery died yesterday. I remember her words to me and to our young Iraqi friend Eva, sitting in the Al Monzer hotel in Amman, Jordan. This was in 2006, and she’d waited three weeks for a visa to enter Iraq as a peace witness. Anne had crossed into zones of conf...
The New Deal Illusion
GABRIEL KOLKO
What was the New Deal of the 1930s?  There are so many myths surrounding it, and to a large extent the Democratic Party’s credibility today is based on the assumption they were fundamental social innovators, progressive if you will, during the New Deal. But the ...
Kafkaesque Parole Practices Ruin Lives
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
The perplexing predicament confronting Daryl Brooks could confound writers Albert Camus and Franz Kafka, two authors acclaimed for their works about individuals subjected to surreal forms of injustice. Brooks, a community activist in Trenton, New Jersey, is facing ...
The Western Onslaught on International Law
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
A new film, “Compliance,” examines “the human desire to follow and obey autho...
Learning to Hate Longhorn Football
ROBERT JENSEN
I have never much liked football. But after 20 years as a professor at the University of Texas, I have learned to hate football, and really hate Longhorn football. I’ve also learned that some players hate the football machine as much as I do. As a child, I...
Is It the Drones or the Killings We Oppose?
DOUG NOBLE
US drone strikes make news every day, fostering worldwide outrage and public scrutiny. The drone has become an icon of US lethality and dominance, and it has understandably become a principal focus of our antiwar effort. But recent controversial revelations about p...
Rupert Murdoch’s Fukushima Flim-Flam
HARVEY WASSERMAN
With every atomic reactor disaster comes the inevitable whitewash. And Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal ...