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Archives from October 2012
The Day JFK Made Me a Socialist
GARY ENGLER
Fifty years ago today President Kennedy shook my faith in church, school, the USA — and pretty much every other form of authority. On Oct. 22, 1962, in our living room in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, I watched JFK on TV announce that the Soviet Union had put missiles...
“I Ain’t Collateral Damage. I am Somebody”
SCOTT PARKIN
This past weekend I went to West Virginia to say goodbye to my friend Larry Gibson. He passed away on September 9th on his home on Kayford Mountain, West Virginia. Hundreds turned out to Charleston’s civic arena to pay homage to this simple man who had...
The Romney Lexicon
KEVIN CARSON
As Thomas L. Knapp observes in a recent column, Mitt Romney — famous for complaining about the 47% who expect to be taken care of — “whined that the Obama administration has been...
Longshore Union Faces the Grain Monopolies
JACK HEYMAN
The Oregonian has reported grain talks between the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers’ Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are heating up.  An “epic showdown” is looming because workers in Portland, Seattle, Tacoma and Vanc...
What Wyclef Exposed
MARK SCHULLER
Before he bared all to ...
Bolivia: Life at the Extreme Edge of Climate Change
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The Earth is really truly changing right before our eyes, weather patterns are more erratic than ever before, storms more severe, droughts more parched, and glaciers disappearing faster than ever. This is climate change, and it is different… different from what anybody ...
Caring for America
STEVE EARLY
America’s growing workforce of home-based care-givers has provided the labor movement with its main source of recent  membership growth, in a period of overall union decline. Some of these gains were rolled back last year in states like Wisconsin, Ohio, and Mic...
McGovern’s Legacy
KARL GROSSMAN
George McGovern, who died yesterday, was prescient about America. When he ran for president 40 years ago, he well-understood what the federal government of the United States had become, among other national dysfunctions. It’s a shame he wasn’t given an opportun...
Enough of this Obamination
BART GRUZALSKI
Obama long ago lost the support of those of us who voted for hope and change.  He has lost those who are anti-war, wanted single payer healthcare, wanted the wealthy to pay more taxes; he’s lost environmentalists, progressives, Occupiers, citizens concerned about const...
Ballots, Bullets, Balls and Brains
ELLIOT SPERBER
As the presidential election approaches, and many are already casting their votes, a consideration of the multiple meanings of the concept of the ballot may offer some measure of insight into the current political, ideological, and historical situation. Currently c...
Dubious Radio Awards
MARTHA ROSENBERG
You would never know there’s a recession going on by listening to commercial radio in 2012. Car dealership ads were exceeded only by home remodeling and bank ads. In fact, if unemployment is really going down, it’s probably all the contactors trying to “...
Fidel, Alive and Kicking
STEPHEN LENDMAN
Responding in longer form to erroneous reports of his death, Mark Twain was quoted saying, “Reports of my death were greatly exaggerated.” The same holds for Fidel Castro. Earlier reports pronounced him dead or dying. Each one was false. Given their sou...
Hate Crime Against the Elite?
BINOY KAMPMARK
It has been said before: the definition of a crime, at least in its English context, is determined by what the upper class feel the underclass should not be doing. Elite disapproval finds its way into the criminal statutes with astonishing regularity.  The number of cri...
On the Bad Faith of Liberals
MATT REICHEL
Judging from the Twitter-sphere, the presidential election is an addiction for some: akin to alcoholism, but a lot less fun. This affliction actually runs much deeper than the election itself, though it presents its symptoms most acutely in these final weeks of the bullsh...
Police Brutality on Tape
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“Kick-a-Nigger” Politics
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to car...
Why Revive the System?
ROB URIE
One of the more telling stories of Western economics takes me back to my days as a wee lad studying at university. Ben Bernanke (Chairman, Federal Reserve) and Andrew Abel had co-written the imaginatively titled ‘...
Beware the Mormon in the Grass
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
In the beginning, as we know, was the Word of one Joseph Smith Jr., founder of the Mormon Church, finder of the so-called Golden Plates from which he was able to translate the Book of Mormon.  Joseph Smith today in Mormon theology is considered “the prophet, priest and...
Follow the Money, Find the Leader
P. SAINATH
The point is not whether Barack Obama wins re-election as President. The point is not whether Mitt Romney can win. The point is that you can’t dream of contesting without a billion dollars. That figure merely ensures you can run, not ...
Selection by Debate
ANDREW LEVINE
The pundits’ verdict is in: Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney in Debate Number Two. Because they have a more than plausible case, and because the target audience, the voting public, is easily sold, the impression has registered.  No matter what happens in the third ...
Turning Health Care Into Corporate Profits
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Dr. Robert S. Dotson argues that Obamneycare is two versions of the same thing. A person has to be gullible and uninformed to believe the claims of Obama and Romney that their replacements for Medicare will save money and improve care.  What the schemes do is convert pub...
The Civil Society Ploy
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
Can the United States export democracy to another country, the way it exports Coca Cola? Apparently the government,particularly, USAID, and the mass media – think so. But, some tricky issues emerge because we – the USA – the ‘city on the hill”...
The Pentagon’s New Plan to Confront Latin America’s Pink Tide
NICK ALEXANDROV
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was in Uruguay recently, where he spoke of the need to strengthen the southern hemisphere’s police forces.  This proposed policy has a precedent, almost unknown in this country, but potentially indicative of what awaits Latin America...
The Syrian Agony
GRAHAM PEEBLES
From peaceful demonstrations in March 2011 inspired by the atmosphere of hope that swept through northern Africa, to bitter, brutal conflict, war, the human disease is rampaging through Syria. Destroying the lives of innocent men women and children upon their homeland, re...
The Prisoner and the Kayaker
CARMELO RUIZ-MARRERO
The Prisoner An unusual and very original political act. An athletic milestone. A feat of endurance. A hazardous journey. These and many other words have been used to describe the maritime journey of Puerto Rican e...
Our Leningrad
ANDRE VLTCHEK
“No one is forgotten and nothing is forgotten”. That is what is engraved in Gold on the granite stone, right behind the statue of the Motherland, spreading her arms in grief. The Piskariovskoye Memorial Cemetery is in the city of St. Petersburg –186 mass grav...
Can Progressives Bring Democracy to the USA?
GREGORY WILPERT
Whether or not progressives should support Obama in 2012 is not only a matter of whether Obama would be better as president than his Republican opponent, but also a question of what are the other strategic choices that progressives have when confronted with the ballot and...
How the Marikana Movement Stunned Neoliberal South Africa
PATRICK BOND
How long can the amazing upsurge of class struggle in South Africa go on? Living here 22 years, I’ve never witnessed such a period of vibrant, explosive, but uncoordinated worker militancy. The latest news from the labour front is that 12 000 workers were fired on Octob...
America’s Drone Terrorism
SHELDON RICHMAN
In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the U.S. safer by enabling “targeted killing” of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral impacts. This...
The Man With the Uzi
URI AVNERY
There was this young Israeli who was captured by cannibals. They put him in the cooking pot and were about to light the fire, when he expressed one last wish: “Please box my ears!” When the cannibal chief obliged, the Israeli jumped up, leveled his Uzi and mowe...
Privatization Madness
DAVE LINDORFF
I went into my local township building Monday to settle up my local income tax bill. I had filed for an extension of my federal and state taxes back in April because of my father’s unexpected death a few weeks before the tax filing date and the need to deal with his fun...
The Future of Water
ALAN FARAGO
When the Clean Water Act was passed by Congress forty years ago under a Republican administration, I was a clueless college undergraduate at Yale. Laws belonged to those serious looking law school students around the corner, perhaps including two I may have passed crossin...
The US Elections and the Middle East
RAMZY BAROUD
US elections are manifestly linked to the Middle East, at least rhetorically. In practical terms, however, US foreign policies in the region are compelled by the Middle East’s own dynamics and the US’ own political climate, economic woes, or ambitions. There is little...
Is the Dream Ending?
RODOLFO ACUÑA
A lot more thought has to be paid to the question, “why Chicana/o Studies?”  CHS are not the whim; they are not a fad. They are part of the historical reasons for the struggle of the Mexican American community to obtain equal protection.  If we forget these reasons,...
Where are the Clergy?
MEL KING and Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Our two fathers would have much to say to today’s presidential and Senate candidates who are pandering for middle class votes?  As if tens of millions of economically struggling families, like the ones in which we were raised, did not even exist.  In the face of such ...
Why Do They Hate Me?
MIKE ROSELLE
Rock Creek, West Virginia. I get usually along with most people, at least after I get to know them. Here in Rock Creek, I get along with my neighbors, many of whom are coal miners. The local activists, who are mostly older, many even older than I am,  are...
The Ghosts of Colombia
W. T. WHITNEY
October 11 marked the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Jaime Pardo Leal, presidential candidate of the Patriotic Union (UP) electoral coalition formed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and Colombian communists. The toll of murdered UP...
Damascus Street Notes
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus The half hour drive from the Lebanese border at Maznaa to Damascus is always pleasant with the wide, well paved and maintained highway, cutting through rolling hills often with large herds of goats and sheep lazily watching the traffic below. As t...
On the Borderlines
MATTHEW NESHED
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. -Albert Camus There is a line that divides the little Turkish town of Kelis from the Syrian city of A...
The Bomb in Joe’s Old Neighborhood
JEN MARLOWE
A few days ago, I walked down Platform #2 at the New Rochelle train station in Westchester, NY towards my two-year old friend, Joe, his parents, grandparents, and baby brother. I watched Joe’s face change from confusion to surprise to delight as he recognized me. Soon, ...
Biz Stone, Capitalism and Twitter
BINOY KAMPMARK
Mediocre but Ambitious – this is the management credo of the MBA. The credo got a boost with the emergence of such social technologies as Twitter.  Chatter can always be a substitute for thinking – noise over substance, garrulousness over contemplative reticence.  A...
Fracking Your Future
STEVE HORN
In Pennsylvania – a state that sits in the heart of the Marcellus Shale basin &#...
Bringing the People of Iran to Their Knees
SOHEIL ASEFI
Berlin. The European Union agreed to new sanctions against Iran on Monday, October 15 to force Tehran to comply with international demands that it scale back its nuclear program. At the same time, violence and protest in Iran as currency drops in value was...
Reflecting on George McGovern
RON JACOBS
Like many of my generation, it is with a certain regret that I read about George McGovern’s failing health.  His campaign for the Presidency was, with the possible exception of Jesse Jackson’s 1984 run, the last radical run for the White House by any...
Indian Children of the Migration
PRADEEP BAISAKH
Khageswar Benya and Panchami Benya from Muribahal block of Balangir district of Odisha, an Indian state, are the children of regularly migrating parents. For last five years they have been accompanying their parents almost regularly who have migrated to w...
Guess Who Isn’t Coming to Dinner?
MISSY BEATTIE
hi, K gave me your email. hope that’s ok. she thinks you’re terrific and that we might click: same adjectives. about me (quick sales pitch): i’m fit, fun, smart, romantic and adventuresome. i”m a trial lawyer; don’t hold that against me. love...
Cinema After 9/11
LOUIS PROYECT
“Film after Film, or What Became of 21st-Century Cinema” is a collection of articles...
Chinese Geek Show
CHARLES R. LARSON
Much of Yan Lianke’s epic novel, Lenin’s Kisses, reads as if it has been lifted from a...
Music of Generosity and Genius
DAVID YEARSLEY
Few musicians have been more beloved both for their music and their personal qualities than was John Stanley, organ virtuoso, composer, and conductor whose tricentenary has now almost passed, though with little comment or commemoration. Stanley was born in 1712, two years...
Three Poems by Chellis Glendinning
POETS' BASEMENT
#24 by CHELLIS GLENDINNING   wisps of that Paris, you know which one frescoes are cracked by shrapnel manuscripts scrawled in ink, clacked out on Remington’s raspy renderings of Parlez-...