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Archives from November 2012
Netanyahu Gives Obama His Comeuppance
ANDREW LEVINE
Pity the reporters and editors of the “quality press” and their NPR counterparts who must struggle to reinforce one of conventional wisdom’s more preposterous tenets: that Israel has to massacre Gazans every now and then to protect its citizens from “terrorist” ...
Are US Troops Targeting Journalists?
DAVE LINDORFF
During the Vietnam War, which US forces fought from 1960 through 1974, and which cost the lives of several million Southeast Asians and 58,000 Americans, eight American journalists died. Not one of them was killed by American fire. In the Iraq War, 136 journalists ...
Egyptian Revolts
MAYSSOUN SUKARIEH
Cairo. “We are not thugs, and we are not criminals,” It is the sentence that every single protester in Mohamed Mahmoud street used as they began to tell me about the protests that began on November 19. That day is significant. It is the first anniversa...
Micro Militarism
MICHAEL SCHWALBE
My ATM receipts now tell me, beneath my checking account balance, that the North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union SUPPORTS THE TROOPS!  The classical music station I listen to runs a dedication to “the men and women of our armed forces, who work ...
The Politics of Cuban-Americans
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
Several of our friends expressed shock when they learned that President Obama had won some 48% of south Florida’s Cuban-American vote. One asked: how can you explain that a reputedly reactionary community would yield such a high percentage vote for a Democrat? Th...
Gaza: Same Time, Same Place
RAMZY BAROUD
Many key phrases have been presented to explain Israel’s latest military onslaught against Gaza, which left scores dead and wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flexing his muscles in preparation for the Israeli general elections in January, suggested s...
Morsi Bites the Bullet
ERIC WALBERG
At last Egyptian politics is moving. President Mohamed Morsi is slowly building on his summer ‘coup’, when he stared down Egypt’s generals and put his men in the top army and defence positions, following terrorist attacks in Sinai which the army, so old ...
Hurricane Sandy and Sick Building Syndrome
Dr. BERNT DANIELSSON, MD and RITT GOLDSTEIN
As many still struggle to address the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, another facet of this epic battle is underway, though, many remain unaware of it.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many of the people of New Orleans found themselves faced with unusual hea...
Weaponizing Trauma
NICOLA PERUGINI
The recent operation “Pillar of Defence” coincided with a widespread use of social media by the Israeli army. A military tweet sent by the army spokesperson’s account on November 18 reads: ”‘Harmless’ rockets? Staggering number of kid...
The Ongoing Battle Over GMOs and Food Safety
CARMELO RUIZ-MARRERO
The battle for safe food is not over, despite the defeat in California. California’s Proposition 37, which would have made it mandatory to label foods containing ingredients from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), was narrowly defeated on Nov. 6 as a resu...
Why is Obama Silent Over the New Congo War?
SHAMUS COOKE
The last Congo war that ended in 2003 killed 5.4 million people, the worst humanitarian disaster since World War II. The killing was directly enabled by international silence over the issue; the war was ignored and the causes obscured because governments were backing gro...
The Politics of the Exodus Myth
WILLIAM A. COOK
“I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.” – Exodus 23:27 During this interlude in Israel’s second unprovoked ...
Revisiting America’s Longest War
BRIAN J. TRAUTMAN
The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan – the longest war in U.S. history – entered its 12th year last month (October). The war was launched ostensibly to bring those responsible for the attacks of 9/11 to justice and to prevent future acts of terror on American soil. To achi...
Why Israel Desires to be Hated by Palestinians
OREN BEN-DOR
Yet another massacre is unfolding in Gaza, the largest prison in the world.  We are surrounded by familiar chatter: ‘Israel’s right to defend itself’; ‘Palestinians’ legitimate resistance to (the 1967) occupation’; ‘who started it this time?’ Most insidio...
Into Africa
CONN HALLINAN
Africa is probably the single most complex region of the world and arguably its most troubled. While the world concerns itself with the Syrian civil war and the dangers it poses for the Middle East, little notice is taken of the war in the Congo, a tragedy that has taken ...
The Rise of “Sub-Imperialism”
PATRICK BOND
The heads of state of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa BRICS network are coming to Durban in four months, meeting on 26-27 March at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Africa’s largest venue. Given their recent performance, it is reasonable to expect an...
Obamacare in an Economy of Death and Destruction
ADAM CHIMIENTI
Imagine for a second if you will, holding a card in your hand, roughly the same dimensions as a credit card, with a chip somewhere in the middle, similar to a sim card used in cell phones. Most of the front portion of this card features a waving flag of the United States...
Kafka in Israel
LINH DINH
“We want to be troubled no more by Arabs; room to breathe; a skyline cleansed of them; no more bleating of sheep knifed by an Arab; every beast to die a natural death; no interference till we have drained the carcass empty and picked its bones clean. Cleanliness, nothin...
How the Hamas Victory in Gaza Can Bring Civil Rights to Palestinians in Lebanon
FRANKLIN LAMB
The current festive celebrations in Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian refugee camps reflect the intense euphoria being witnessed throughout Gaza and occupied Palestine, Arab and Muslim countries, as well as relief among people of good will globally. This observer’s spec...
The Big Winner is Hamas
URI AVNERY
The mantra of this round was Once And For All. “We must put an end to this (the rockets, Hamas, the Palestinians, the Arabs?) Once and For All!” – this cry from the heart was heard dozens of times daily on TV from the harassed inhabitants of Israel’s batter...
The Road to Mandalay
MICHAEL BRENNER
  President Barack Obama paid a much heralded visit to Myanmar this week.  This first foreign trip abroad  since reelection magnified Myanmar’s freedom.   There seems little else to warrant giving Myanmar top priority. It is geographica...
Mental Wage-Slavery
CLAYTON ROSATI
1) The Poverty of Marx’s Math: Or, Marx Thinks Wages Suck. It’s confusingly true. Workers under capitalism are shortchanged. And one of the central but hardest to appreciate lessons about our current economic order is that “profi...
‘Operation Pillar of Defense’ – Was a Crime
ADAM PARSONS
The conflict in Gaza may have come to an inauspicious end last night following a ceasefire agreement, but there is little reason to rejoice for the Palestinian people. Although a ground assault of the Gaza Strip was narrowly avoided, still well over 1,500 air strikes by F...
It’s the Message Not the Wrapping Paper
RODOLFO ACUÑA
I am often asked what ideology I favor, and what tactics should Chicanas/os use to achieve equality. If I were living in the 19th Century I would take the question seriously. However, while this kind of conjecture is interesting, let’s face it, we live in ano...