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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
Archives from August 2012
Defining Inequality Down
DAVID GREEN
Since the recession of 2008, it has become increasingly apparent that for the past four decades the majority of the American population has gotten a raw economic deal. Computer applications and internet technology have made accessible raw data from the Census, the Bureau ...
The Republican “Small Government” Fraud
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
One of the most widely-advertised but falsest claims in American politics is that the modern Republican Party stands for “small government.” In the distant past, leading Republicans were indeed sharp critics of statism. And even today a few marginal party activ...
US Encourages Israel’s War Aims
SHELDON RICHMAN
While Israel—cheered on by its American boosters led by AIPAC and Mitt Romney—beats the drums ever louder for a war of aggression against I...
Obama Halts American Trips to Cuba
KEN SMITH
Until recently, Americans could travel to Cuba as part of academic, religious or research groups. But according to travel writers for USA Today and other major newspapers, government approval for such trips has come to a halt. This is despite a program authorize...
Are Rape Jokes Funny?
PAUL KRASSNER
Abortion was still illegal in 1970. At the time, as both an underground abortion referral service and a stand-up satirist, I faced an undefined paradox. Irreverence was my only sacred cow, yet I wouldn’t allow victims to become the target of my humor.  There was one pa...
Eros and Gender on Ice
M. G. PIETY
I have a friend who writes what he likes to refer to as “gay romance novels.” The novels are sufficiently sexually explicit, however, for some people to label them “gay porn.” I was surprised to learn that many of his readers were women. He met them, he explained,...
Lance, Tiger and Harry…Oh My!
BRIAN J. FOLEY
Methinks that if Lance Armstrong were innocent of charges he doped during the Tour de France, as he maintains, he wouldn’t avoid arbitration, where all the evidence, pro and con, could come out.  He wouldn’t, without this forensic fight (where he could vindicate hims...
The Man We Called “Suit”
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Romney’s Blood Money
SANDY SMITH-NONINI
Recent revelations about Mitt Romney’s highly profitable company Bain Capital help connect the dots between offshore tax shelters, shady investors; and the role that ill-gotten gains plays in today’s casino-like finance capital. Both the Los Angeles Times and H...
Assange, Pinochet and Diplomatic Double-Dealing
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
A decade ago, the British government of Labour prime minister Tony Blair decided to back President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq even though foreign office lawyers in London had warned that such an attack had no “legal basis in international law.” ...
The Fountainhead
URI AVNERY
I was not interested in Paul Ryan, the man about to be nominated by the Republican party for the office of Vice President, until the name Ayn Rand popped up. Ayn Rand, it was said, was one of the main inspirations for his particular philosophy. Since Ryan is being ...
Egyptian Military Checkmated
ESAM AL-AMIN
Ever since early April when he became an official candidate in the first post-revolution presidential election, Dr. Mohammad Morsi has been generally dismissed by most political observers as a weak and unimpressive politician. In fact, he was an accidental contender since...
The Neo-Gothic Politics of the Deep South
DAVID MACARAY
Saying this gives me no pleasure, but it needs to be said.  The 13 former confederate states now account for 144 seats in the Congress and 26 seats in the Senate.  That’s a lot of government power for a group of constituents who, 150 years ago, hated the federal gover...
The Katrina Pain Index, 2012
BILL QUIGLEY and DAVIDA FINGER
1 Rank of New Orleans in fastest growing US cities between 2010 and 2011.  Source: Census Bureau. 1 Rank of New Orleans, Louisiana in world prison rate.  Louisiana imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of the other 50 states.  Louisiana rate is five t...
Romney’s Big Tax Dilemma
DAVE LINDORFF
GOP presumptive presidential candidate Mitt Romney, as noted in my previous piece, Mitt’s Big Secret, is probably stonewalling demands that he release his 2009 and earlier IRS filings because th...
The Sentence of Death
B. SIDNEY SMITH
I was a staunch opponent of the death penalty, but in recent years I have had a change of mind on the issue. I now support the death penalty, but only for the privileged. This is not meant to be funny. There are generally two arguments made in favor of the death pe...
Liberties and Commons for All
PETER LINEBAUGH
Of the aristocratic and stylish six Mitford sisters, Jessica provides us with the Lazy Interpretation of Magna Carta beloved by sluggards everywhere.  As a lovely communist (two of her sisters were fascists) she was disowned by her family and fell from the social peaks o...
The New Lexicon of Rape
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
 Peacably if we can, forcibly if we must. — Henry Clay, Speech 1811 The campaign season thus far has convinced many of us that we have no idea whether social security cuts ...
Capitalism’s Sexual Affairs?
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The fourth-year national election cycle has a way of bringing out the worst and the best of political escapades, but it is the worst capers, like Rep. Todd Akin’s (R. MO) ridiculous “legitimate rape” statement that rings the public’s bell. Where does stuff like th...
Paul Ryan and the Contradictions of Conservatism
ROGER S. FOSTER
Three years ago, U.S. vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan published a short theoretical essay called ‘The Cause of Freedom cannot be separated from the Cause of Life’.[1] There are several reasons...
A Move to Free the Cuban Five
DANNY GLOVER and SAUL LANDAU
People stop in Victorville California 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles because they have to see someone at one of its several prisons (federal, state, county and city) or have prison-related business, or because they’re hot and tired coming back from Las Vegas to Los A...
The Romneys and the Black/White Achievement Gap
RICHARD ROTHSTEIN
We cannot remedy the large racial achievement gaps in American education if we continue to close our eyes to the continued racial segregation of schools, owing primarily to the continued segregation of our neighborhoods. We pretend that this segregation is nobody’s ...
Opposing the Eagle’s Talons
RON JACOBS
And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land. –  Mark Twain When my book ...
The Secret Scheme To Sabotage Mumia’s Appeal Rights
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Mumia Abu-Jamal, the internationally recognized American political prisoner, thwarted a Philadelphia judge’s secretive court order that could have eliminated his future appeal rights when he filed a last- minute motion on August 23rd challenging that order sentencing hi...