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Archives from August 2012
When Will Palestinians Become Human?
AMER ZAHR
We Palestinians have been struggling for a long time.  I am not speaking of the struggle to be recognized as an independent state, or the struggle to be recognized in the United Nations, or even the struggle to be recognized in international courts.  I am speaking, ra...
Pot Injustice Pervades Public
NORM KENT
Recently, the city of Denver said it was going to deny medical marijuana dispensaries the right to advertise on city billboards.  A few years ago, I remember other cities denying strip clubs the right to solicit on billboards as well, claiming the ads distracted drivers ...
Boy Scout Bigotry
JOHN LaFORGE
The camping and knot-tying club Boy Scouts of America has reaffirmed its discriminatory exclusion of about 10 percent of all boys — the gay ones — and of any out lesbians who volunteer as Cub Scout den mothers. The BS’s flagrant bigotry is rationalized and accepted,...
A Sane Approach to Psychiatric Drugs
BRUCE E. LEVINE
Millions of people believe that psychiatric medications have saved their lives, while millions of others report that their psychiatric medications were unhelpful or made things worse. All this can result in mutual disrespect for different choices.  I can think of no bett...
Remembering Howard Zinn
CHIP GIBBONS
August 24, 2012 would have been Howard Zinn’s 90th birthday. Zinn was one of many thinkers and activists who played a significant role in developing my political consciousness. In addition to helping to shape my views of how social change occurs he is probably among...
Free to be Phyllis
LINDA UEKI ABSHER
After a long weekend, I logged into Facebook and saw this: “Phyllis Diller Dies at 95” My heart stopped.  Yes, she was extremely old and testimonials from the past week notwithstanding, considered passé: clownish and sexless, mostly existing as a huffy foil ...
The Abortion War
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The Decline of Political Protest
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris. Once upon a time there was an organization called Amnesty International which was dedicated to defending prisoners of conscience all over the world. Its action was marked by two principles that contributed to its success: neutrality and discretion....
Why Cheaters Prosper
MIKE WHITNEY
Now there’s something you don’t see every day. If I told you that the Wall Street Journal ran no less than 3 articles in the last week promoting more regulations, you’d think I was crazy. But it’s true. And, for once, the WSJ...
The War in Mali
CONN HALLINAN
The reports filtering out of Northern Mali are ...
Dr. Frankenstein and the APA’s Decade of Monstrosities
ROY EIDELSON
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, written nearl...
America’s Descent Into Poverty
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The United States has collapsed economically, socially, politically, legally, constitutionally, environmentally, and morally. The country that exists today is not even a shell of the country into which I was born.  In this article I will deal with America’s economic co...
The Boutique Philosophy of Ayn Rand
DAVID MACARAY
Mitt Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, made news by declaring himself to be an unabashed admirer of quasi-philosopher Ayn Rand.  Reportedly, Rand’s books are required reading for Ryan’s staff.  I think the case can be made that Ayn Rand appeals to people for the s...
Tax the Rich or Privatize the State?
SHAMUS COOKE
The Great Recession and its possible continuance has brought the issue of privatization to the forefront of American politics. But most Americans aren’t even aware that this debate is happening, because the media and politicians aren’t using the word “p...
Peace Talks Begin in Colombia
DANIEL KOVALIK
According to Colombia’s El Tiempo, 75% of Colombians want a dialogue between the Colombian government and the guerillas.    And, this stands to reason, for Colombia has been devastated by over 50 years of armed conflict which has cost the lives of hundreds o...
On Translating Securityspeak into English
KEVIN CARSON
One might wonder, reading the American “national security” community’s pronouncements, if they refer to the same world we live in. Things make a little more sense when you realize that the Security State has its own language: Securityspeak. Like Newspeak...
Among the Paulites in Tampa
JEFF TAYLOR
Tampa. I’m a delegate to the Republican National Convention. First, two disclaimers:  (1) In writing about proceedings in Tampa, I’m speaking for myself, not for my state delegation, state party, or any other group.  (2) Any criticism of Mitt ...
Privatizing the Social Healthcare ‘Brand’
HOUMAN BAREKAT
London. The musician and satirist Tom Lehrer famously quipped that satire died the day Henry Kissinger was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.  He might have saved his breath if he had known what was coming.  This week, the UK’s Conservative-led coalition gov...
Fast-Tracking Evictions in Spain
TOM GILL
The Spanish government has come up with draft legislation that it claims will jumpstart the country’s t...
Rabbi: “Pray for the Annihilation of Iran”
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Authoritarian Politics in the Age of Casino Capitalism
HENRY GIROUX
The United States has entered a new historical era marked by a growing disinvestment in the social state, public goods, and civic morality. Matters of politics, power, ideology, governance, economics, and policy now translate unapologetically into a systemic disinvestment...
The Deadly Silence Over Fukushima
KARL GROSSMAN
Amid the cover-up of the Fukushima nuclear power disaster, the title of Kimberly Roberson’s book rings so unfortunately true: ...
Todd Akin and Rightwing Science
ALLAN J. LICHTMAN
Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri did not misspeak when he misrepresented the nature of rape and women’s biology in a television interview. Rather Akin repeated what is conventional wisdom on the right, opening a trap door into a subterranean world of id...
Rohrabacher’s Plan to Partition Iran
TOURAJ DARYAEE
From time to time it is important that one provide a teach-in to nonacademics and educate those who promote wrong and harmful ideas. As a history professor I would like to teach a history lesson to Mr. Dana Rohrabacher, the honorable Congressional Representative of Califo...
Payoff in the Pit of the Plutocracy
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Jeff Connaughton was a lobbyist, a Senate aide and a White House lawyer. He says he came to Washington, D.C. as a Democrat and left as a Plutocrat. Now he’s written a book –...