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Archives from October 2012
Enough Already!
ANDREW LEVINE
With the (likely) reelection of Barack Obama only a week off, do any Obama supporters have anything but lesser evil arguments to offer in his behalf? The ever loyal Melissa Harris-Perry does.  She wrote in The Nation (Nov. 5) that Obama’s reelection wil...
Afghanistan: the Smell of Defeat
MIKE WHITNEY
“These two visions, one of tyranny and murder, the other of liberty and life, clashed in Afghanistan. And thanks to brave US and coalition forces and to Afghan patriots, the nightmare of the Taliban is over and that nation is coming to life again.”...
Survival and Dignity in an Afghan Winter
KATHY KELLY
“Mirwais, son of Hayatullah Haideri. He was 1½ years old and had just started to learn how to walk, holding unsteadily to the poles of the family tent before flopping onto the frozen razorbacks of the muddy floor. “Abdul Hadi, son of Abdul Ghani. ...
The Inequality Gap
DEAN BAKER
There is no serious dispute that the United States has seen a massive increase in inequality over the last three decades. However there is a major dispute over the causes of this rise in inequality. The explanation most popular in elite and policy circles is that t...
Colombia’s Agent Orange?
JENNY O'CONNOR
A core element of U.S. anti-drugs policy in Colombia has been the destruction of coca fields by aerial chemical fumigation thus impacting the cocaine trade at its source. The continuation of this policy is based on three core myths: (1) That fumigation ca...
The Lowdown On California’s Prop 34
SUSAN E. LAWRENCE, M.D.
When Bobby Maywether was pardoned, he was suddenly released back into the free world from San Quentin’s Death Row, where he had been imprisoned for the previous twelve years.  His burden of terrible childhood abuse compounded by the violence and cruelty of prison life,...
The Gillard White Paper on Asia
BINOY KAMPMARK
It has a familiar ring to it. Australia, that White Tribe of Asia, is now sounding desperate, hoping for recognition in a region it has struggled to comprehend since the days of British colonisation. If human beings are seeking to find the common thread o...
The San Francisco Giants of Real Estate, Tech and Finance
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Easily the biggest winners of this year’s World Series are the owners of the San Francisco Giants baseball club. The Giants franchise is owned by a limited partnership called San Francisco Baseball Associates, L.P. There are 32 partners invested in the club...
Drowning on Wall Street and Ending World War II
DAVID SWANSON
Imagine if George W. Bush had stood on the smoking ruins of the World Trade Center and declared, “We are going to continue our pursuit of world domination and environmental destruction until the oceans rise, the storms surge, and this spot and all the surrounding st...
The Twisted Logic of Drone Warfare
TOM MCNAMARA
A recent article in the Washington Post entitled “...
The Banal Evil of Voting
JOSHUA SPERBER
A 2004 Pew poll showed that while 38 percent of Americans would be reluctant to vote for a Muslim presidential...
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The Romney Doctrine
GENE GRABINER
In May of 2012, Mitt Romney made his now famous 47% speech to a secret group of very wealthy donors. In this presentation, we see the “Romney Doctrine” in full relief. In fact, we rarely, (perhaps never), have seen a more open class analysis of our country made by a p...
Drone Wars from Britain
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Now we know that not only did the United Kingdom already have drones, but more are coming to join the Royal Air Force for surveillance and combat operations in foreign lands. And, for the first time, they will be controlled from Britain. According to a report in the Guard...
David Brooks and the Politics of Moderation
STEVE BREYMAN
In his October 25 column for the New York Times, David Brooks declares it a “good time” to define moderate politics for us. He’s called to this public service because of Mitt Romney’s recent “aggressive appeal[s] to moderate voters,” and the President...
Is Obama Opting to the Lose the Election?
DEAN BAKER
There are few issues that matter more to the public than Social Security. It is a hugely popular and hugely successful program. Social Security was set up to provide retirees and disabled workers with a core income either in retirement or in the event a disability ...
Free of the Deadly Internet!
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
First off, this hypocrisy: publishing a piece on the Internet that decries the Internet.  No allowance for it.  It is straight-up hypocrisy.  Best to shut up, crawl back in my cave, ass in hand, and utter not another word.  Yet, and yet.  For the thousand and thousan...
The Politics of Indignation
HRVOJE SIMICEVIC
Peter Mayo is an author and professor of sociology at the University of Malta. His latest book is ...
Obama in 2012, American Death Squads in 2016
AMOS BURRITT
What would be best sign of a true dictatorship in this country?   Most people would probably say it would be the government’s power to kill you, or lock you away forever in prison, without ever needing clear evidence that you are guilty of any crime, and without ever ...
Surfing From San Onofre to Fukushima
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
At a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) meeting about San Onofre held in Dana Point, California on October 9th, 2012, it was the unionists who tried to crowd out our shut-down message.  To entice them to do so, Southern California Edison (SCE) had offered workers all-yo...
Labor’s Big Test
MARK VORPAHL
For some time now, Labor has been punched into a corner when it comes to state legislation. Over the last two years legislation has been passed in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan that has attempted to gut largely public workers of their union rights. In addi...
How the Clinton Administration Nixed an Iran Nuke Deal
GARETH PORTER
In 1998, the Defence Department vetoed a delegation of prominent U.S. nuclear specialists to go to Iran to investigate its nuclear programme at the invitation of the government of newly-elected Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, according to the nuclear scientist who was...
Election Season 2016 is Just Around the Corner
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it. – Harry Truman, Memoirs  A number of people have asked how it is that three weeks before the electio...
Music Matters
DAVID ROVICS
To whom it may concern: I have been a regular listener to (and more recently sometimes viewer of) Democracy Now! for about twelve  years now.  It’s one of the best daily news shows on radio anywhere, and among progressives in the US it’s easi...