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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
Archives from October 2012
The Dark Age of Money
JAMES C. KENNEDY
If you often wonder why ‘free market capitalism’ feels like it is failing despite universal assurances from economists and political pundits that it is working as intended, your intuition is correct.  Free market capitalism has become a thing of the past.  In t...
Obama’s Endless Kill List
BEN SCHREINER
Of the three presidential debates, Monday’s saw the only mention of U.S. drone warfare.  But after the challenger Romney quickly affirmed his support of President Obama’s drone program, stating that it is “absolutely the right thing to do,” the issue was summaril...
Mitt Romney: a True Political Cynic
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
Mitt Romney’s three debate performances in October 2012 have exposed his political cynicism, with the Republican candidate abandoning long-term positions in order to adopt more moderate ideas for the run-up to next month’s election.  Prior to the debates, Rom...
LOL Politics as a Sign of Deepening Despair
JEFF SPARROW
You’ve seen the clips from Bad Lip Reading, the YouTube channel that’s emerged as the undisputed winner from this election’s presidential debate by matching the candidates’ exchanges with perfectly synced gibberish. ‘The hot tub is cool now,’ says Mitt ...
In Defense of Black Females
DANIEL CHURCH
There is a hierarchy of attractiveness and what constitutes as beauty here at the edge of the empire. What I am speaking of is not indicative of how people actually feel (nor their needs or desires) but what is portrayed by Momma White Bread nightly on the electric soma a...
The African-American Case Against Obama
AFEWORKI MEKONNEN
Over the last little while, a few individuals, claiming to be Eritrean-Americans, have come on the popular Eritrean website, Dehai, and tried to influence their fellow Eritrean-Americans to vote for Barack Obama. I see this as akin to asking Eritreans to reward Obama for ...
Israel’s Formula for a Starvation Diet
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Six and a half years go, shortly after Hamas won the Palestinian national elections and took charge of Gaza, a senior Israeli official described Israel’s planned response. “The idea,” he said, “is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but no...
Prelude to a Dreary Election
BINOY KAMPMARK
There were no spectacular implosions, no remarkable points of stumbling.   The third and last debate between President Barack Obama and contender Governor Mitt Romney was not the most exciting affair, though it showed Obama to be far more accomplished, and the result fo...
A US / Israeli Defense Treaty?
BARRY LANDO
Paris. Several questions asked in the third presidential debate were never clearly answered. One of the most vital concerns Israel: What exactly is the U.S. commitment to that country?  It’s a question that an American president may suddenly be ...
Discovering Rachel Corrie
ELENA CARTER
On March 16, 2003, when Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer, I was thirteen. When I was in middle school, the death of a young woman on the other side of the planet didn’t mean much to me. My parents remember her. My parents’ friend, Peter Bohme...
In the Zone of the Homeless
MICHAEL DOLINER
I am living in the middle of the produce district in Los Angeles. Every morning trucks beeping and backing up wake me, especially the trucks dragging away the full dumpster and sliding in the empty one. Nearby are the toy, flower, and fabric districts. Also, spread among ...
The Case for VotePact
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The Killing of Benafshah
GIULIANO BATTISTON
It’s the 3rd of May 2009. The cold Afghan winter is already went. Spring has showed its impatient for many weeks. But now it is raining and it doesn’t seem to stop. Some military, foreign vehicles are patrolling along the main road that from Herat, chief to...
Libya and the Human Rights Double Standard
DANIEL KOVALICK
For some time to come, Libya shall stand as an enduring symbol of the West’s hypocrisy, and indeed duplicity, on the issue of human rights.   While the West, and especially the United States, justified its aerial bombardment of Libya last year on the pretense of...
Obama’s Betrayals: First the Base, Then the Party
DAVE LINDORFF
We know that there isn’t much “Hope” for “Change” — at least for progressive change — should President Obama win a second term as president. Even when he had the chance, with Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress...
A Faux Debate on Foreign Policy
MICHAEL BRENNER
What did we learn from the Presidential foreign policy debate? Not much specific or of substance. China did not make an appearance in the first hour. This is not surprising – for three reasons. These debates are more about self- presentation than candid statements of ...
Envy and Resentment
JAMES ROTHENBERG
Why do they hate us? The mere posing of the question strikes many Americans as unfair in the extreme. The media presents it as a tricky question, worthy of deeper study. At the top echelons of state management, the question has been settled for some time. George Ke...
A View Over the Bosphorus
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Istanbul. The heavy loaded cargo boats, passenger liners, cruise ships and plentiful ferries packed with tourists steam by the Maiden Tower rising from the black rock amid lucid waters; they gingerly make their way past the mountain-like mosques on the mai...
Constitutional Changes in Iceland
JOSÉ M. TIRADO
To some, it may not look like much. But the people have spoken. On a cool, clear Sunday, Icelanders cast either the most important vote in their history, a shining example for the democracies of the world, or a sham pseudo-revoluti...
Latin America’s Next Decider
MATEO PIMENTEL
Romney, Obama, as we Unitedstatesians say in our vernacular: same difference. Some of us care and some do not. Some think the vote counts for squat while many others can’t help but lament how the fate of the world and its Christ-charged duty hinges on this 2012...
Escape From Guyland
GAIL DINES
Feminists are busy people. We fight for equal rights, for stopping violence against women, for ending trafficking, prostitution, and stripping, and for a world where our children can have access to good education, health care, and day care. Now we have another job, becaus...
Mourning George McGovern
ALICE SLATER
It is eerily fitting that George McGovern’s passing has occurred in the final heat of a furious election campaign, precariously balanced between the Republocrats and the Democlicans, a tweedle dum/ tweedle dee choice between two corporately owned politi...
Money is Speech: a Musical History
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The Fall of My Friend Dinesh
VIJAY PRASHAD
Poor Dinesh D’Souza. He was hoisted on his own “petar,” Shakespeare’s little joke in Hamlet, substituting the old word for flatulence in place of petard, the spear. There he was on Rick Scarborough’s windy conference call pillorying President Obama for ...