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Archives from August 2012
The Security State
KEVIN CARSON
Stratfor internal documents posted on Wikileaks reveal that Abraxas corporation — a security state contractor with close ties to the spooks at the US National Security Agency — has developed a software system networking countless public surveillance cameras wi...
Hope and Despair for Lebanon’s Palestinians
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut. Remarkably, this Ramadan holiday season in Lebanon designees from both the Shia Higher Islamic Shiites Council and the Sunni Dar el Fatwa, figuratively speaking, pointed their binoculars deep into the eastern sky and in almost unheard of unison, pr...
Learning From Liechtenstein
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
Why should a tiny alpine nation nestled between the Swiss and Austrian Alps with a population of only 35,000 spread over 62 square miles, no airport, one hospital, 155 miles of paved roadway, and only irregular local train service be taken seriously by anyone?  Because i...
The Question of the Salute
BINOY KAMPMARK
“I believe that every man is born equal and should be treated that way.” Peter Norman, Australian sprinter, quoted in The Independent, Aug 20, 2012 ...
Oil and Ice
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Nuclear Cover-Up Threatens Great Lakes Region
MICHAEL LEONARDI
According to recent reports from the nuclear watchdog Beyond Nuclear and several Great Lakes environmental organizations, the NRC is up to its usual practices as an industry captured agency.  Collusion and flagrant cover-ups at the Davis Besse nuclear power plant on the ...
Decent Men vs. Strutting Ogres
LINH DINH
Bravo, Ecuador, for its noble, just and beautiful gesture in granting Julian Assange political asylum! In an era where just about every politician routinely breaks every promise, the Ecuadorian President keeps his to Assange, though doing so puts him in the crosshair of t...
How Drones Destroy Their Own OODA Loops
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Gaeta, Italia  This report by independent j...
When Workers Take Control
MARK VORPAHL
Many of today’s social expectations and political outlooks of the Labor Movement, and workers in general, were formed in the post World War II economic expansion. While the economy was expanding and there were steady jobs to be had, it appeared to be enough for many peo...
Subsidizing Greed
SCOTT KLINGER and SAM PIZZIGATI
A generation ago, on National Secretary’s Day, America’s top corporate executives used to take their prized office assistants out to lunch. Times change, and National Secretary’s Day has become Administrative Professionals’ Day. But somethin...
Veiled Muslim Women and Boozing Western Intellectuals
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Nairobi, Kenya. I am scared. As I am writing this essay, the Eid-ul-Fitr is approaching; festivities that will mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan are about to start. Some 20 percent of the world population, which is Muslim, is now coo...
The Forgotten Palestinians
PATRICK O. STRICKLAND
Tel Aviv. On May 15, the New York Times ran an editorial authored by Aaron David Miller under the title of “Preserving Israel’s Uncertain Status Quo.” Miller argues that the Israeli government’s attempts to achieve a “more peaceful and p...
A Tale of Two Swedens
RITT GOLDSTEIN
Falun, Sweden. The attack came at the afternoon’s end, this making the fourth I would report to the local police.  I was on the phone when the sickeningly familiar odor made itself known, known in a way that only nightmares that are real can, its prese...
On the Road to Ryan and Ruin
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
In the 132 years between 1797 and 1929, there was no effective regulation of U.S. economy. No federal agencies existed to control corruption, fraud and exploitation on the part of the business class. Even during the Civil War, economic management on a national level was m...
Let’s Start a Medicare and Social Security Action (MASS Action) Party!
DAVE LINDORFF
If you want to know how moribund the Democratic Party is, how completely owned by Wall Street the president is, and how sick our national politics have become, just consider Social Security. The president, earlier in his term, convened a “blue ribbon” panel, su...
How to Survive in a Perfect Mess
JOHN GRANT
When we talk about
settling the world’s problems,
we’re barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It’s a mess.
It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straig...
Behind the South Africa Mineworkers Strike
JEAN DAMU
The recent South African mineworkers massacre in which scores were shot and killed had its origins in long disgraced trade union organizing tactics but that in no way absolves the police and mine owners from being held in accountable. There is blood and blame enoug...
Rising Black Student Suspension Rates
WEBSITE OF THE WEEKEND
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Meet Barack Obama
ROB URIE
Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick, Paul Ryan, as with himself, is an uninformed opportunist who was born into wealth and privilege and whose proposed policies aim to perpetuate that privilege at the expense of the rest of the population with whom he nominally s...
Imperial Affront
CHRIS FLOYD
It is apparent that the nation of Ecuador will now be in the frame for what American foreign policy elites like to call, in their dainty and delicate language, “the path of action.” ...
The Housing Double-Whammy
MIKE WHITNEY
The nation’s biggest lenders are doing everything they can to reverse the slide in housing prices and put the market back on solid footing. And they’ve had some success, too. In Maricopa County, for example, where prices on some homes dropped more than 60 perc...
The Caterpillar Strike as Metaphor
DAVID MACARAY
Not that anyone—least of all American factory workers over the last three decades—needs to be reminded that corporations have very little respect for working people, the International Association of Machinists (IAM) strike against the Caterpillar plant in Joliet, Illi...
Striking Iran: Mad or Crazy?
URI AVNERY
Benjamin Netanyahu may be crazy, but he is not mad. Ehud Barak may be mad, but he is not crazy. Ergo: Israel will not attack Iran. * * * I have said so before, and I shall say so again, even after the endless talk ab...
After Capitalism
SAUL LANDAU
Reading Jerry Mander’s The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System (Counter...
Stumbling Towards Nuclear War?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The morons who rule the American sheeple are not only dumb and blind, they are deaf as well. The ears of the american “superpower” only work when the Israeli prime minister, the crazed Netanyahu, speaks. Then Washington hears everything and rushes to comply. Is...
The NYT and the School of Assassins
JOAN ROELOFS
Saturday, August 11, The New York Times printed a front page article about the nun, Sister Megan Rice, age 82, who committed civil disobedience at the Oak Ridge Tennessee nuclear reservation in a protest against nuclear weapons.  The article also informs us that...
Paul Ryan’s Vicious Budget
RALPH NADER
The cruel impoverishment of the debate among the presidential and congressional candidates took a gigantic leap into the pits with Mitt Romney’s selection of 42-year-old Rep. Paul Ryan from the deindustrialized town of Janesville, Wisconsin. Ryan is invariably described...
Murder in Progress
RODOLFO ACUÑA
When I write about the Chicana/o community, it is more in the spirit of an examination of conscience than an indictment.  Although I do not pretend to be member of any religious sect or group, it is a habit that I picked up after over twelve years of parochial schools. W...
Ransoming Children and Other Hip Debt Collection Strategies
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
[I]dealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it. Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead, Prologue It’s time for an update on activities occurring in the world of high...
Privatizing Space
PHILIPPE RIVIERE
Elon Musk, who set up the online payment company PayPal, is one of a group of entrepreneurs who made their fortune in IT and then turned their attention to space travel. He is now boss of California-based SpaceX: “I think it would be cool to be born on Earth and die on...
Romney Does Florida
ALAN FARAGO
Mitt Romney ventured into Miami this week and at a campaign stop at Palacios de los Jugos, only a day after introducing his running mate Congressman Paul Ryan. Romney, without Ryan, did not mention “Cuba”, once. It was a check-the-box visit to a key con...
Syrian Australians Demand an End to Foreign Intervention
CHRIS RAY
Sydney. Around 1500 people, mostly Australians of Syrian descent marched in Sydney on August 5, calling for an end to foreign intervention aimed at destroying the government of President Bashar al-Assad.  The Australian media gave the march almost no cove...
The Lifestyles of the Under One Percent
KARL GROSSMAN
It is the “under 1 percent” who come to the vaunted Hamptons by helicopter from Manhattan—and in the process blanket Long Islanders below with raucous noise. The racket of helicopters heading to and returning from what has become the main aerial gateway of th...
The New Masters of Capital
ROBERT HUNZIKER
When the elite of capitalism met in Davos for the 2012 World Economic Forum, the world did not stand still, tongue-in-cheek, but a vision or special revelation of some kind was expected if only because of their self-elevated status. However, the accolades for the event go...
Phasing Out the Brothers
ISHMAEL REED
“Any Republican vice-presidential candidate is going to be broadly anti-abortion, but Ryan goes much further. He believes ending a pregnancy should be illegal even when it results from rape or incest, or endangers a woman’s health. He was a cosponsor of th...
How Obama Created Paul Ryan
SHAMUS COOKE
Paul Ryan is suddenly a household name after becoming Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate. Before that, Ryan had only become right-wing leadership material in the last year, based on his proposed national budget that hacks away at the core of many national...
Black Men on Mars!
CECIL BROWN
Ezekiel saw that wheel Way up in the middle of the air Now Ezekiel saw that wheel Hurling way in the middle of the air – traditional spiritual On the day that Ray Bradbury died, June 5,  I had ass...
Ineptitude and Anti-Environmental Bias at Autism Panel
STEVEN HIGGS
The federal panel charged with allocating funds for autism research has squandered hundreds of millions in taxpayer money on ideological, nonscientific priorities. Its decisions have been financially irresponsible and practically ineffective. Its chairman should be fired ...
The Drums of War Pump Up the Volume
RON JACOBS
Rumors of war and echoes of 2003 are once again proliferating in the press.  From left organs like CounterPunch to the Jerusalem Post and the New York Times, stories about Israeli intentions against Tehran and US/Europe plans for Syria continue...
Pennsylvania’s Racist Voter ID Law
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
One week before a Pennsylvania court judge upheld that state’s controversial Voter ID law by concluding the measure’s impact was “neutral and nondiscriminatory,” critics of that law released a disturbing study documenting the law’s discriminatory impact on voter...
The General is an Idiot
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Three U.S. soldiers have been shot dead by an Afghan worker on a military base in southern Afghanistan in a deadly 24 hours for NATO-led forces in the country during which six soldiers died in rogue attacks. “Let me clearly say that those two incident...
Map Questing My Life
MISSY BEATTIE
Last week, I heard a disturbing story that sent me home to bed at a time I’m rarely horizontal.  I held a pillow, like a security blanket or a lover.  No comfort.  I could not detach from the woman’s words.  So rattled was I that I made a decision:  road trip to ...
A Woman’s Life Offered Unto Itself
MARY SOJOURNER
I wrote. When all was said and done, when I had known it was over, when I had barred the door behind my love, when I had burned his last letter, the one in which he diagnosed me as permanently broken and lost; when dust radio broadcast no more, and the word “much” mea...
The Tedium Twins
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
ROBERT MACNEIL (voice over): A Galilean preacher claims he is the Redeemer and says the poor are blessed. Should he be crucified? (Titles) MACNEIL: Good evening. The Roman procurator in Jerusalem is trying to decide whether a man regard...
Feeling Small in a Big Universe
KATHLEEN PEINE
I had a difficult time figuring out the strange familiarity that permeates the film Beasts of the Southern Wild. The characters move through a land of fanciful filth, mingling with uncultivated beauty- fantastic scenes, and sometimes gruesome characters. The la...
Students Dabbling in Revolution
CHARLES R. LARSON
Soledad Soliman, aka “Sol,” poignantly observes about life in general but, more specifically, her own situation: “The mind at the best of times is a ruinous house, with traps.” Those traps are apparent almost immediately in Gun Dealers’ Daughter, widel...
Traces of Cage in Bologna
DAVID YEARSLEY
A couple of hours south from Berlin the autobahn is being widened as it leaves the former East Germany and plows south into Bavaria. The resulting traffic jam is a long one, and I take little comfort from traffic announcements on the radio that it’s even worse elsewhere...
Three Poems by Daniel Marlin
POETS' BASEMENT
Go Back Where You Came From by DANIEL MARLIN                      In March 2012, Shaima Alwadi,  a 3- year-old Iraqi immigrant to El ...