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Archives from September 2012
New Challenges Grip Lebanon’s Palestinian Camps
FRANKLIN LAMB
Shatila Camp. The Sabra-Shatila Massacre: it seems like a dozen weeks, not 30 years ago. This year American citizens received messages to stay away from Beirut and the annual commemoration of the Israeli facilitated Massacre at Sabra-Shatila from their S...
On a Pedestal of Nuclear Immorality
SAUL LANDAU
What did Iran do to us to merit heavy U.S. sanctions? The media doesn’t ask this question. Oh yeah, 30-plus years ago Iranian zealots grabbed some CIA and Embassy folk in Teheran and held them hostage, and then let them go, and Reagan took credit. But before we plunge i...
Endependence Day
RODOLFO ACUÑA
Instead of the usual 16th of September celebrated in most Mexican American communities, MEChA students at California State University at Northridge hold an “Endependence Day.” The event has the blaring of the mariachis, the jarabe tapatio, and gritos, but i...
Going the Way of the Whigs
MICHAEL TRACEY
Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson ambled into a modestly-populated auditorium at NYU Tuesday afternoon, looking a tad forlorn. Yes, the former two-term New Mexico governor and GOP exile will appear on the ballot in all 50 States come November — pen...
A Toxic Stimulant
MARK VORPAHL
If foxes are put in charge of rebuilding a chicken coop, it is a given that the chicken’s new quarters will be less than secure. In terms of rebuilding the economy, with the predatory interests of Wall Street dictating the “solutions” proposed by both the Re...
Romney’s Faith and the Asset Strippers
SEAN FENLEY
Mitt apparently was filmed, in this now prominent video, at the home of a Boca Raton asset stripper. A private equity/leveraged buyout guy just like Mitt himself: a living vampire, a bloodsucker, a leech, a walking undead. A man who even has neighbors who cloned t...
The Path to Peace in Afghanistan
JOHNNY BARBER
Kabul. On this International Day of Peace I am sitting in Kabul, Afghanistan with a handful of youth that want nothing but peaceful coexistence in their lives. This in some respects is like a dream because their entire lives have been surrounded by war, de...
China Scare
DAN La BOTZ
To call this feature-length film xenophobic, fear-mongering and hysterical almost understates the case. The whole thing is so over-the-top that, like a bad horror movie where you can see the strings moving the monster, it leaves us numbed and bored or perhaps laughing. Ye...
Off the Mark With Femen
BINOY KAMPMARK
If you are interested [in registering], it’s not complicated.  You just have to take off your t-shirt. Eloise, Femen co-ordinator in France, Sep 19, 2012 The founding of the militant anti-p...
Under the Hanging Tree
KATHLEEN PEINE
Assuming you aren’t color blind, when you look for the numbers in those tests with the multicolored circles, you are a bit startled when they pop out at you. Once they register upon your eyes you can’t un-see them. Many optical illusions work this way too- when you no...
Romney, Taxes and Dependence on Government
SHELDON RICHMAN
Mitt Romney isn’t just out of touch; he’s also out of sync with the movement to shrink government. In an interview clarifying his now-infamous speech to donors, captured on clandestine video, Romney said, “I think people would like to be paying taxes.” Come...
Breaking Loose
MISSY BEATTIE
Laura and I spent the day looking at property in Carroboro/Chapel Hill.  For me, there’s only one address in the area—a green design with retail on the first floor. Laura’s search is focused on something with a well, a pond, and garden space—city mouse and countr...
Vagina Gazing at the New York Times
GAIL DINES
The New York Times book review cover page last Sunday looked a lot like Cosmopolitan, with its pink graphic of a high heeled shoe overpowering a man’s dress shoe.  The catchy headline read “A Woman’s Place.” Underneath the picture were two r...
Kato Kaelin Finally Speaks
DAVID MACARAY
Kato Kaelin, O.J. Simpson’s former friend, minion, and rent-free tenant, made news a couple days ago by admitting that he always believed O.J. Simpson had, in fact, brutally murdered those two people—Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Ka...
Springsteen in Washington
RON JACOBS
Miami Steve’s guitar ripped open the unholy Washington, DC night. This September evening’s show had begun.  In the city where false bravado passes for politics and compassion is a weakness, Springsteen and his E Street Band jumped full bore into the song “Prove It ...
Beat the Devil
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
My father wrote Beat the Devil in 1949, some of it in the house we had just acquired three miles outside Youghal, County Cork, and some in a summer cottage taken for August in the tiny village of Ardmore, which was all of eight miles away, across the Blackwater i...
Leon Rosselson and the Art of Radical Songwriting
SCOTT BORCHERT
“I have to point out that after fifty years of writing songs, the world’s in a worse state now than when I started,” Leon Rosselson explains in the liner notes of his new collection ...
Shout Case Dismissed!
MICHAEL DICKINSON
This morning as I was heading for Westminster’s Magistrates Court in London to attend my trial I passed a full rubbish bin with a black silk cushion with a large imitation diamond stitched in the middle lying on the top.  It was brand new, still with its label attached...
PTSD, After War
CHARLES R. LARSON
Remember the absurd projections by the Neo-cons before we invaded Iraq?  It was going to be a quick, surgical operation—over in a short time.  It wouldn’t cost much ($50 billion, as I remember).  We’d be welcomed by the Iraqis with open arms?  God, how we we...
The Many Faces of Sriti Jha
B. R. GOWANI
One characteristic of a good actor is the ability to perform the character naturally with little evidence to the individual’s own personality. ...
Vincent Herring’s Bop Benediction
DAVID YEARSLEY
The history of music is full of accounts harried travelers stumbling onto the stage before an impatient audience with little sympathy for the difficult journey just completed.  I wouldn’t count Madonna’s recent Philadelphia stunt of arriving some two-and-a-half hours...
Annsfire and Davies
POETS' BASEMENT
Event Horizon by JOAN ANNSFIRE   Gathered at the threshold of the possible we speak out, exchange ideas, our call and response reverberates with the acoustic harmony of resistance: Who...
The Waning of the Modern Ages
MORRIS BERMAN
La longue durée —the long run—was an expression made popular by the Annales School of French historians led by Fernand Braudel, who coined the phrase in 1958. The basic argument of this school is that the proper concern of historians should be the a...
Deferring to Netanyahu
GARY LEUPP
Last Saturday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” (the longest-running series on U.S. television, dating back to 1947) veteran journalist David Gregory interviewed Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during “a special hour” on the theme of “Turmoil in the Middle E...
The Great American Tax Debate Misses the Point
EILEEN APPELBAUM
Casting the tax debate as an argument in which liberals want to use the tax system to reduce income inequality after the fact by taxing the wealthy at higher rates than middle and lower income classes, while conservatives favor flat taxes that tax rich and poor at the s...
Tax-Free Capitalism
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The wealthy capitalist elites are at war against taxes! This undeclared war is so substantive that its consequences have undermined the ability of major governments to provide social services to ordinary citizens, and it is a direct cause of unsustainable, mushroom...
America’s New “Separate and Unequal” Societies
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
After studying the 1967 U.S. urban riots, the Kerner Commission’s report indicted White America’s institutions and society for creating and condoning a destructive environment of segregation and poverty in the racial ghettos, and warned, “Our nation is moving toward...
When the Police Team With ICE: More Racial Profiling
TANYA GOLASH-BOZA
The Justice Department released a report on September 18, 2012 that found that deputies in Alamance C...
In Defense of Free Speech
JOE GIAMBRONE
Freedom of speech is essentially dying by the day here in the modern world.  Threats are real and slippery slope test cases have been piling up to where we must seriously address this issue if we are to avoid slipping into Orwellian double-speak and mandated speech stri...
The End of the Chicago Teachers’ Strike
MATT REICHEL
From my perspective as a native of Chicago, alum of its public school system, and activist of various sorts, little could be more gripping than this current Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike. Normally, the intriguing tales of social movement action occur in foreign coun...
On Teachers
TOLU OLORUNDA
The teacher must have a genuine interest in mental activity on his own account, a love of knowledge that unconsciously animates his teaching. —John Dewey, How We Think[1] ...
Hempstalk and the Coming End of Prohibition
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Another Portland Hempstalk  has come and gone.  This free annual weekend after Labor Day celebration of Cannabis Culture, bi...
Immigrants Are Losing the Policy Fight, But…
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Immigrants Are Losing the Policy Fight, But…...
Searching for Answers to a Police Killing
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Oakland. All summer long the slaying of teenager Alan Blueford by a police officer festered in the city of Oakland, a metropolis already stained by its troubled police department which for nearly ten years has been spiraling toward federal receivership due...
Why QE3 is Bound to Backfire
MIKE WHITNEY
You’d think that the Fed’s announcement of “unlimited monetary easing” would send stocks into the stratosphere, but that hasn’t been the case. Equities barely managed a 2-day rally before sliding back into the red on Monday and Tuesday. Inves...
The Problem With Proverbs
PATRICK COCKBURN
My father, Claud Cockburn, invented a game in which participants made up national sayings that had to be completely meaningless but sound appropriate to their purported country of origin. An example could be the traditional Norwegian saying, “the tree is tall...
NATO’s Shift in Afghanistan
BINOY KAMPMARK
The deceptive ways a loss in war is described can be contagious.  Retreats are often regarded as odious, but sometimes necessary.  These can either have the genius of the British spirit of tactical withdrawal, or a more laughable concept of an honourable peace.  When t...
A Sea Change in US-Israeli Relations?
DAVE LINDORFF
The situation in the Middle East has reached a dangerous point, to be sure, but there are also signs that a sea change may be taking place here in the US which could herald a whole new relationship between the US, Israel and the rest of the Arab and Islamic world. ...
Reflections on New York’s Fattest
CHARLES M. YOUNG
Is there anything less threatening than a morbidly obese cop on motor scooter? Okay, 25 morbidly obese cops on motor scooters–that’s even more unthreatening. When I’m out in the streets chanting, “Show me what a police state looks like! THIS is what a p...
The Hollow Man and the Pathological Liar
CHARLES R. LARSON
There’s the apocryphal Indian story where the swami is asked what holds up the world.  When he answers, “A turtle,” the follow-up question becomes, “What’s holding up the turtle?”  And the swami’s answer: “It’s turtles all the way down.” The R...
Mr. President, You Are Abetting Murder in Honduras
ANDY THAYER
Dear President Obama: Put simply, your support of the coup regime in Honduras is killing people.  During a recent fact-finding tour of Honduras organized by the Chicago-based La Voz de los de Abajo, I was part of a delegation that spoke to dozens of people in seve...
Out of the Frying Pan
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Leaving Tel Aviv on Sunday 16th September (the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year,  I had trouble at the airport.  I wasn’t even wearing the FREE PALESTINE T-shirt that had caused so much trouble in Jerusalem!  After commenting on the fascist behaviour a...
Zadie Smith, Jay-Z, Russell Simmons & Occupy Wall Street
RAVI KATARI
A recent interview with rapper and millionaire Jay-Z in T Magazin...
Police Shootings in Wichita
MIKE SHATZ
Since the 9/11 terror attacks and the ensuing wars, there has been a nationwide trend towards militarization of American police forces. In cities around the nation, officers appear to be operating under rules of engagement that might be better suited to a patrol in occupi...
Crown Obama: It’s Over
BEN SCHREINER
The most remarkable aspect of the now widely watched video of an “off-the-cuff” Romney, paradoxically enough, was just how unremarkable his recorded comments really were. Sure, Romney managed to slur as parasitic all those who fe...
Mitt: “One Thing Hitler Did Right”
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Mitt: “One Thing Hitler Did Right” ...
Islamophobia, Left and Right
JEFF SPARROW
‘Koran discovered with coffee cup stain on the front cover, US marines deployed to all Starbucks franchises.’ The quip, retweeted by celebrity atheist Richard Dawkins, exemplifies the belligerent incomprehension with which so many...
The Ghost of Mary Dyer
DAVID MACARAY
Although we regularly hear people (commentators, politicians, citizens) refer with pride to our Founding Fathers, it’s unclear whether they’re familiar with the relevant dates.  Because if they had done the arithmetic, they surely would’ve noticed that every one of...
The Inexplicable Massacres
PEGGY THOMSON
September 18, 1982. A day that will live in infamy. At least as far as many Lebanese and Palestinians are concerned. And yet it often feels like I’m the only person in America who remembers it. For it was on this day thirty years ago that the world first learned about w...
The Jobs Crisis, the “Unemployable,” and the Fiscal Cliff
SHAMUS COOKE
With the November elections right around the corner, the millions of unemployed and under-employed have little reason to care. Aside from some sparse rhetoric, neither Democrats nor Republicans have offered a solution to job creation. Most politicians seem purposefully m...