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GOD SAVE HRC, FROM REALITY — Jeffrey St. Clair on Hillary Clinton’s miraculous rags-to-riches method of financial success; LA CONFIDENTIAL: Lee Ballinger on race, violence and inequality in Los Angeles; PAPER DRAGON: Peter Lee on China’s military; THE BATTLE OVER PAT TILLMAN: David Hoelscher provides a 10 year retrospective on the changing legacy of Pat Tillman; MY BROTHER AND THE SPACE PROGRAM: Paul Krassner on the FBI and rocket science. PLUS: Mike Whitney on how the Central Bank feeds state capitalism; JoAnn Wypijewski on what’s crazier than Bowe Bergdahl?; Kristin Kolb on guns and the American psyche; Chris Floyd on the Terror War’s disastrous course.
Archives from September 2012
Australia and the Security Council
BINOY KAMPMARK
“Australia, for the most part, is invisible in international politics and rarely rates a mention in international media” M. Connors, New Global Politics of the Asia...
The Tar Sands Lobby
YVES ENGLER
Last Tuesday Ambassador Gary Doer spoke at Washington D.C.’s Johns Hopkins University in support of heavy polluting tar sands oil. According to Sun news, Doer touted the job benefits of Calgary-based TransCanada’s plan to build a $7 billion pipeline ...
Victories in Quebec!
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Victories in Quebec! ...
Who Will Create More Jobs: Romney or Obama?
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
My prediction: The eventual answer will turn out to be a distinction without a difference.  Here’s why. Both political parties and their candidates for President now accept neoliberal ideology as being the incontrovertible truth.  This belief is more theologica...
The Slash Marks of White Supremacy
HANK SANDERS
Selma. He lectured me. “It would be so much better if y’all quit raising these kinds of issues and helped the City instead of hurting the City.” And on and on. He was talking about the protests of the new Nathan Bedford Forrest Monument being constru...
Neither Candidate
BILL QUIGLEY
Neither candidate is interested in stopping the use of the death penalty for federal or state crimes. Neither candidate is interested in eliminating or reducing the 5,113 US nuclear warheads. Neither candidate is campaigning to close Guantanamo prison. ...
Diplomat: Iran Offered Deal to Halt 20 Percent Enrichment
GARETH PORTER
Iran has again offered to halt its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, which the United States has identified as its highest priority in the nuclear talks, in return for easing sanctions against Iran, according to Iran’s permanent representative to the International At...
American Militarism
DAVE LINDORFF
There is a massive deception campaign in the US, and in its global propaganda, which seeks to portray the United States as a poor set-upon nation that would like world peace but just has to keep a military stationed around the globe to “police” all the world’s “tr...
The Villainy of Teachers
BRUCE NEUBURGER
  We were having a conversation in the teachers’ room and discussing the Chicago teachers’ strike and remarking on how the politicians and the media tried to bully the Chicago teachers with all this talk about how they were harming the interest of their st...
Flunking Charter Schools
PAUL BUCHHEIT
Now we know our ABCs. And charter schools get an F. The Chicago teacher strike is over, but the assault on our nation’s children has just begun. As with all free market systems, the price is set high enough to ensure a profit for the companies doing business,...
Romney Rescues the Democrats From Themselves
MICHAEL BRENNER
Mitt Romney’s meltdown has Democrats in a celebratory mood. They are so accustomed to living on thin political rations that their enthusiasm waxes whenever fortune smiles upon them. This sudden brightening of prospects in the Presidential election may have nothing t...
La-La Land Liberalism
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
When I moved to Vermont in 1993, it was considered to be the most radical state in the Union.  A few years earlier, when Ronald Reagan was still president, 180 Vermont towns passed nuclear-freeze resolutions in their town meetings.  Burlington’s socialist mayor Bernie...
To Vote or Not to Vote?
BRUCE E. LEVINE
“I don’t vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain,’ but where’s the logic in th...
Recognizing the Importance of Goldwater
THOMAS S. HARRINGTON
If you get a chance, you should take a look at the debate between Glen Ford and Michael Eric Dyson that aired as part of the September 7th edition of Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now. The extended interchange is valuable for many reasons. The most ...
Black and Hispanic Males Being Pushed Out of Schools
WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Black and Hispanic Males Being Pushed Out of Schools ...
Mitt’s Bad Week
ROB URIE
It was Spring of 2010, less than a year after the official end of the last recession but still deep in the throes of the Great Recession, that Barack Obama’s ‘deficit commission’ met for the first time. With close to twenty-five million people unemployed ...
So, Really, Why Do They Hate Us?
PAUL ATWOOD
Recent attacks on American embassies and consulates in numerous Muslim countries are claimed to be irrational and undue reactions to a film portraying the Muslim prophet Mohammed in a degraded manner. The film is intentionally sacrilegious and incendiary toward Islamic be...
The Full Romney
RALPH NADER
There was something missing from the release of a tape showing Mitt Romney pandering to fat cats in Boca Raton, Florida with these very inflammatory words: “There are 47 percent who are with him, (Obama) who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victi...
Romney and Netanyahu
URI AVNERY
Once upon a time, President Richard Nixon wanted to appoint a certain lawyer to the US Supreme Court. “But the man is a complete moron!” one senator exclaimed. “So what,” answered another, “There are a great many morons in the US, and they have a r...
The Free Speech Diary
ESAM AL-AMIN
Cairo, Egypt – September 15, 2012 With few exceptions, such as the Al-Jazeera network, many media outlets in Egypt and much of the Arab world are unprofessional and maintain questionable standards. Today at least four prominent publicati...
Medical Professionals Who Torture
STEVE REISNER and KATHY ROBERTS
In the history of state-sponsored torture, a rarely acknowledged truth is that accountability only takes place in countries where the torturing government has fallen from power.  Victors tend neither to acknowledge nor to hold themselves accountable for torture. ...
The Politics of Blasphemy
ANDREW LEVINE
It is unwise to displease deities – especially when they have human temperaments and superhuman powers.  It doesn’t take much to displease them either.  It’s as easy as hurling an insult their way. Deities don’t care either for affronts to anyone or anyth...
Why the Minimum Wage Shrinks
STEVE BREYMAN
It’s not easy to find a voter who believes that the United States Congress provides much value for the money. Were any of the rest of us to perform as poorly as our Member(s) of Congress, we’d be looking for new jobs. Congress has joined the oil industry and the banks...
An Interview With Paul Craig Roberts on Torture
NILANTHA ILANGAMUWA
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was educated at Georgia Tech, the University of Virginia, the University of California, Berkeley, and Oxford University where he was a member of Merton College. He has been the Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury in the Reagan administration, a...
Rahm Machiavelli
ELLIOT SPERBER
A considerable degree of confusion appears to be attending the ostensible conclusion to the Chicago Teachers’ strike. Indeed, with various interests proclaiming victory, it is difficult to arrive at a clear understanding of just what the outcome portends. Before add...