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Archives from November 2012
Truth and Trauma in Gaza
KATHY KELLY
Gaza City. Dr. T., a medical doctor, is a Palestinian living in Gaza City.  He is still reeling from days of aerial bombardment. When I asked about the children in his community he told me his church would soon be making Christmas preparations to lift the...
Refusing to Acquiesce in Gaza
JOSHUA BROLLIER
Gaza City. The past few days have been harrowing, yet still deeply inspiring in Gaza as people in the strip must carry on with their lives after the Israeli army’s deadly 8 day offensive operation “Pillar of Cloud” which ...
Free Trade and Economic Imperialism
ROB URIE
The modern dilemma is to understand just how unreasonable the reasoning classes are in both thought and action. Political ‘progressives’ were behind efforts to obliterate Native American cultures through forced assimilation and acculturation for the purported ‘benef...
Showdown in Egypt
ESAM AL-AMIN
Ever since the fall of former dictator Hosni Mubarak on that fateful day in February 2011, Egyptian society and its political factions have been sharply divided. On one side is the Islamic parties led by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) but also includes the more conservative ...
An Interview with Cornel West on Occupy, Obama and Marx
SHOZAB RAZA and PARMBIR GILL
This interview with Dr. Cornel West was conducted following the Oxford Union Debate on November 22nd 2012. SR: Why are you here speaking in favour of the Occupy Wall Street movement?  CW: The Occupy movement being the ma...
Pillars or Pandoras?
MIRIYAM AOURAGH
West Bank. The news is dominated by celebrations for a UN observer state. But it has only been a week since Gaza’s nightmare. The tiny densely populated city that really did experience ‘Pillar of Clouds’ as the Bible ...
The UN and Palestine
URI AVNERY
It was a day of joy. Joy for the Palestinian people. Joy for all those who hope for peace between Israel and the Arab world. And, in a modest way, for me personally. The General Assembly of the United Nations, the highest world forum, has voted...
Palestine, the UN and Australian Labor
RICK KUHN
One week Australia’s Labor Party Prime Minister Julia Gillard cheers on Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza, the next the parliamentary Labor Party caucus rolls her over recognition of Palestine by the United Nations General Assembly. In the United Nations, Labo...
Monetizing Japan
MIKE WHITNEY
“If possible, I’d like to see the Bank of Japan purchase all of the construction bonds that we need to issue to cover the cost.” Shinzo Abe, President of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Japan’s next prime minister has a plan for en...
Reining in Obama and His Drones
RALPH NADER
Barack Obama, former president of the Harvard Law Review and a constitutional law lecturer, should go back and review his coursework. He seems to have declined to comport his presidency to the rule of law. Let’s focus here on his major expansion of drone warfare ...
Genocide in Silence
DANIEL KOVALIK
The most catastrophic human rights disaster since World War II has been unfolding in the Democratic Republic of The Congo (“DRC” or “Congo”) since the mid-1990’s.   While the numbers of the victims are hard to know for certain, there are credible reports of a...
When Plutocrats Blame the Poor
JOSEPH RICHARDSON
London. In Charles Dickens ‘Hard Times’, there is a scene where one of the main...
Is the US Really Ending the War in Afghanistan?
DAVE LINDORFF
  It is amazing to watch politicians trying to weasel their way around their promises. President Obama is providing us with a good illustration of the art. During the latest presidential campaign and in the final televised debates, both Obama and ...
A Historic Victory for Palestine-Another Rejection of Occupation
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut The United Nations General Assembly vote of 11/29/12, which some in Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian refugee camps are calling a “birth certificate for our country” is the latest of more than 400 UN resolutions on the Question of Pale...
Wal-Mart’s Downward Wage Spiral
JOHN LOGAN
The retail giant’s low wages and poor working conditions drive down standards throughout a sector that is increasingly important to the entire US economy. On Black Friday, workers and their community allies protested for “consistent hours, better pay, and simpl...
Nuke Power’s Collapse Gets Ever More Dangerous
HARVEY WASSERMAN
In the wake of this fall’s election, the disintegration of America’s decrepit atomic reactor fleet is fast approaching critical mass. Unless our No Nukes movement can get the worst of them shut soon, Barack Obama may be very lucky to get through his second ter...
Paternalism and Ass-Covering in Spielberg’s “Lincoln”
LOUIS PROYECT
Which film about the abolition of slavery was intended to burnish the reputation of a contemporary President? If you answered that it was Spielberg’s lavishly praised “Lincoln”, you were right. When asked in a November 15th NPR interview whether he saw pa...
Livable Labor
JOHN GRONBECK-TEDESCO
Austin, Texas is the latest U.S. city to pass a groundbreaking measure that, if upheld, would require companies looking for tax incentives in Travis County to pay its employees $11/hour. This is particularly big news for the area’s large construction sector that has...
The Inevitable Constitution
OMAR KASSEM
Egypt will begin to acquire democratic institutions, first a Shura (or Senate), then a Parliament (after new elections), after a Constitution will inevitably be passed with article 2 stating that the source of all law will be ‘the principles of Islamic Sharī‘a’. Th...
The Accidental Terrorist
PETRA BARTOSIEWICZ
“People’s movements of resistance against deprivation, against unemployment, against the loss of natural resources, all of that is termed ‘terrorism.’” – Edward Said Following a decade on the run, suspected eco-sa...
Have Conservatives Really Seen the Light on Mass Incarceration?
JAMES KILGORE
I lived in South Africa from 1991 until 2002, during the difficult transition from apartheid to democracy. An interesting part of this history was that by 1994, apartheid had become so discredited that it was difficult to find a single white person who admitted to ever su...
Austerity — the Battle Cry of the 1%
MARK VORPAHL
Whether we are left with the Fiscal Cliff or a Grand Bargain, workers in the U.S. face massive cuts to programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, unemployment insurance, Food Stamp assistance and other needed social safety nets. This is an example of “aus...
A Different War in Gaza
RAMZY BAROUD
In life, some phenomena cannot be explained by ordinary logic or technical language, let alone official discourses. How did Gaza manage to fight back with such ferocity and undying vigor in quelling the latest Israeli war despite years of a bloody siege and one-sided war ...
As Bangladesh Burns
DAVID MACARAY
One very important reason why more than 100 workers (mainly women) died November 25 in the fire that engulfed Tarzeen Fashions, a textile plant outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, is because management chose not to spend the necessary money to prevent such a tragedy from occurring...
We Used to Make the Rich Poorer and the Poor Richer
DAVID SWANSON
Many of us have heard the current period referred to as a second gilded age.  Or we’ve seen the current inequality in wealth in the United States compared to that of 1929.  But we have not all given sufficient thought to what ended the first gilded age, what creat...