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Archives from December 2012
The Climate Deal Sham
ADAM PARSONS
The latest round of climate negotiations in Doha once again demonstrated the sheer lack of cooperation, goodwill and willingness – or ability – of the world’s governments to share responsibility for tackling climate change. Since the epochal failure to r...
Surviving the Prairies of Illinois
ALEX E. CHÁVEZ
A palpable enthusiasm has emerged over the 2012 Presidential election and how its outcome signals a major demographic shift in the United States. The excitement pairs with heightened anticipation that “Latina/o issues”—principally comprehensive immigration r...
Banks Don’t Go to Prison
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It was just an unfortunate coincidence that the reports were almost juxtaposed-the reports of the punishment given Stephanie George and that given HSBC and UBS.   Stephanie, of course, was not the first. ...
From Connecticut to Pakistan
MEL KING and Rev. WILLIAM ALBERTS
The horrible massacre in Newtown, Connecticut of 20 first-grade children and six teachers and other staff– and a mother and her son—has deeply moved the hearts of people across America.  Many have come together, especially in interfaith services, to express their...
From Pinkville to Newtown
ROBERT O. PILLSBURY
When I came back from Vietnam in early 1970, after spending a year in the jungle as an infantryman, the culture shock, the transition from carrying an automatic weapon for twelve months that became in essence an extension of yourself, in a foreign country that regarded us...
Considering Gun Control in the Broader Context
DAN WOODEN
The horrific slaughter of innocent children in Connecticut has led many of us to moments of deep introspection.  Many of us are re-considering our views on gun control.  Does it make sense to have weapons accessible to so many of us?  Others are asking questions about ...
The Other NRA
JP SOTTILE
Children are dying. They are caught in the crossfire between profits and an unassailable national identity, and their numbers only seem to increase with each passing news cycle. This carnage continues because a well-entrenched interest group refuses to relen...
Are Drug-Pushing Shrinks Manufacturing a Generation of Spree-Shooters?
JOE GIAMBRONE
Well, you probably don’t want to look at more than 60 different documented school shooters and stabbers who we...
Atheism and the Class Problem, Revisited
DAVID HOELSCHER
I want to briefly follow up on a recently published article of mine about atheism and economic justice. Doing so makes good sense, I think, because the piece is long, research-based, and addresses an unduly neglected topic. I’ll get to the article presently, but first l...
The Killing of Eric Mark
DAVID ROVICS
One evening in the spring of 1993 I took a bus across San Francisco, leaving the troubled, largely impoverished neighborhood of the Western Addition, populated mostly by the descendents of African slaves, in which I lived (representing, I suppose, the artistic hippie begi...
Will the Destruction of Nahr al Bared be Replicated in Yamouk?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Yarmouk Camp, Damascus Some Palestinian here in Damascus,  from the Palestinian writers union with whom this observer has been meeting,  including independent researcher  Hamad Said Al-Mawed are saying so. Admittedly there are some similarities b...
Why Not Talk About Work?
MURRAY DOBBIN
  Back in 1971, when I had my first job out of university as a CBC radio public affairs producer, one of the “items” we featured on the early morning show was called Shop Talk. It was a nationally syndicated three minute exploration of labour issue...
Zero Dark Thirty: Torture, Take Two
PETER LEE
I saw Zero Dark Thirty last night. Most of it, anyway.  In a bizarre incident, the theater fire alarm went off just as the Seal Team Six helicopter was about to touch down in Abbottabad.  The Arclight made the interesting decision to keep the movie running (or ...
All the Little Children of the World
MISSY BEATTIE
By the time you read this, I could be dead. By the time I submit this, you could be dead. Because I could decide to go to a mall.  Or you could. And you—you might be targeted at, well, Target.  Or in a Walmart parking lot. Your child and/...
Santa as Big Brother
DAVID ROSEN
If you go shopping this Christmas season, you really need to watch out because you will likely be tracked, profiled and, if you’re really not careful, digitally ripped off. In most stores, nearly all products, whether a toy or a piece of jewelry, comes with a hid...
Radiated at the Airport
JOHN LaFORGE
Holiday flyers take note: The federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been quietly removing its admittedly cancer-causing full-body X-ray scanners known as “backscatter” machines from seven large US airports. About 280 are still in use at about 40 air...
Why Does the American Academy of Pediatrics Put Corporate Profits Ahead of Children’s Health?
GARY NULL AND RICHARD GALE
The United Nations recently announced that its Fifth Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee session, scheduled for January 2013, would propose a binding treaty to ban ethylmercury (commonly known as thimerosal) from all medications and vaccines worldwide. That is welcom...
Taking a Stand
PATRICK O'KEEFE
Miranda Gibson is a 31 year old teacher, who has spent the past year engaged in a remarkably courageous act. Miranda has been living on a platform which sits 60 meters above the floor of an ancient Tasmanian forest. The tree that she has called home since December 14, 201...
Refugees in Their Own Land
RAOUF J. HALABY
In Early November a colleague requested that I compose a few thoughts for our church’s Advent 2012 booklet. I selected the Luke 2: 1-7 text for reasons personal, professional, and textual. What follows (with additional poi...
Fantasies of World Destruction
BINOY KAMPMARK
“What’s to be scared of, if it’s unavoidable?” Vladimir Putin, Dec 20, 2012 It did not end, and while there is much evidence to suggest our day...
Finding Guanyin in a Plastic Christmas Apocalypse
ADAM CHIMIENTI
‘Tis the season for rolling out the plastic Christmas trees, snowflakes, Santa faces, and life-size biblical figurines. Everywhere from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires to Taipei to Kinshasa and even in Antarctica, people spend hours and excess energy worrying about the best...
You Can Read It in the Funny Papers
RON JACOBS
When I lived in Berkeley, California during the 1970s and 1980s, I probably spent more money at Comics & Comix on Berkeley’s Telegraph Ave. than at any other store except for those that sold beer and food.  At the time, underground comix were still published fr...
The Columbia Records Story
CHARLES R. LARSON
Sean Wilentz’s dazzling history of Columbia Records’ 125 years of music-producing is a nostalgic trip through much of our common history, for what American during all those years cannot be familiar with the artists the company released even if an actual awareness of t...
Christmas’s Greatest Anti-Carol
DAVID YEARSLEY
An armchair psychologist might say it could only be a December baby born in the Great Depression who could have devised a song so devastatingly critical of the contradictions between consumerist Christmas and Christian charity as Bob Dorough’s Blue Xmas (To Whom It ...
Anderson, Dinh & Chaos
POETS' BASEMENT
Black Friday: December 14, 2012 by KEMMER ANDERSON   Darkness shrouds the dead. Gun-sight eyes shoot around the world: A magazine of bullets reads through our minds.   An assassin...
The Effects of Diplomacy as Subversion
MAXIMILIAN FORTE
Almost immediately after the armed attack in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, which resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, along with Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty, added to the destruction and looting of the U.S. facility in Ben...
The UN Stumbles on Israeli Settlements
VIJAY PRASHAD
On December 19, the US was saved from having to whip out its veto to defend Israel. The UN Security Council (UNSC) debated the issue of settlement building by Israel on the occupied Palestinian Territories. The bloc of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) hoped for a vote that ...
Hagel, Kristol and the Art of the Smear
STEPHEN M. WALT
I suppose I could be flattered that William Kristol is trying to use my endo...
Obama’s Just Another Chicago Player Throwing the Game
DAVE LINDORFF
If President Obama had been the commander of Allied forces during the invasion of Normandy 1944, he would have cut a deal with the Nazis when they launched the counter-offensive called the Battle of the Bulge, and WWII would have ended in Europe with a divided France and ...
Politics, Profits and Policing in South Africa
PATRICK BOND
Durban. As the official South African judicial investigating commission into the Marikana Massacre draws to a close in 2012, with many weeks of testimony in 2013 still ahead, what did the SA Police Service (SAPS) learn from their behavior? SAPS Brig...
Mali: West Africa’s Gate to Convenient Chaos, Intervention
RAMZY BAROUD
France is insisting on ‘rapid’ military intervention in Mali. Its unmanned drones have reportedly been scouring the desert of the troubled West African nation – although it claims that the drones are seeking the whereabouts of six French hostages believed to be ...
Rebel Controlled Yarmouk Palestinian Camp Empties Pending Government Counter-Attack
FRANKLIN LAMB
Yarmouk camp, Damascus A few thoughts rushed through this observers mind when he saw a distraught looking woman sitting alone, tightly holding two babies, at one corner of the vast parking lot of the central Damascus bus station known as Al-Soumariyeh . I...
America’s Hollow Concern for Children
DOUG NOBLE
The Newtown massacre seems to have awakened America’s concern for its innocent young children enough to revive gun control. And a ban on assault weapons might very well help ensure the safety of America’s children from assault by individuals. But it ...
Learning Our Penchant for Mass Murder
MIKE FERNER
“Do as I say, not as I do!” Perhaps in your innocent youth you heard a parent or older sibling mumble those words in your direction after you pointed out a mistake they made, an error on their part that fell below the standard you were told to observe? ...
Supplemental Security
SHAWN FREMSTAD and REBECCA VALLAS
For children with severe disabilities, parents are the “first responders.” It’s easy to forget that society didn’t always expect so much from these parents. In the early 1960s, some 70 percent of the public thought people with disabilities should be cared for in i...
Oliver Stone and Benicio del Toro in Puerto Rico
ELMA BEATRIZ ROSADO
San Juan, Puerto Rico. Film director Oliver Stone and Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro were the guests of honor by late November, and early December, at two universities in Puerto Rico. Stone had been invited to Puerto Rico by Mr. Del Toro and the Museo...
Were U.S Marines Used as Guinea Pigs on Okinawa?
JON MITCHELL
Tokyo. Newly discovered documents reveal that 50 years ago this month, the Pentagon dispatched a chemical weapons platoon to Okinawa under the auspices of its infamous Project 112. Described by the U.S. Department of Defense as “biological and chemic...
Attacking Gun Culture at Its Source
KEVIN CARSON
There’s an old saying about what happens when ideas, um … copulate. This column is the byproduct of a comment by Dawie Coetzee on the Center for a Stateless Society working group email, and a subsequent exchange of tweets I had with @SugarKovalczyk. Dawie pointed out ...
The Fact-Free Fiscal Cliff Debate
NEWK MINDSHAFTGAP
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it                               ...
The Problem of Gun Control
BINOY KAMPMARK
When something is considered natural, it is bound to have been fictionalised to begin with.  The debate on gun control in the United States is a case in point, the flipside of a fictionalised form of American exceptionalism. Gun control, according to such opponents as St...
Obama’s Vilification of Latin America
MARK WEISBROT
President Obama went too far in throwing gratuitous insults at President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela on Friday ...
The Coming Swindle of “Shared Sacrifice”
F. IVAN GOLDBERG
In recent weeks Washington pols have been running around with their hair on fire over the so-called fiscal cliff.  The fiscal cliff is a government edifice erected out of the inability of Congress and the Obama administration to reach an agreement on a set of policies to...
Syrian Minority Fear the End of Fighting More Than War Itself
PATRICK COCKBURN
Maloula, Syria. Two masked men armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles tried to kidnap a businessman called George Alumeh in the ancient Christian town of Maloula, north-west of Damascus, last week. It was not the first kidnap attempt on richer members of th...
Is America Adam Lanza?
SANFORD KELSON
One woman said after the shooting of 20 young children in Newtown, Connecticut: “I am Adam Lanza’s mother.” She is the mother of a boy who she believes is not so different from the shooter and she lives in fear. I ponder whether America, in ...
A Warrior Nation Weeps
MICHAEL McDAETH
Buried deep beneath our warrior nation’s handwringing exercises our true guiding principle is: violence works. Violence kept us on the continental shelf. It served us as we moved across the continent: all those little babies, young children, women, men, elderly; savages...
A Tale of Two Connecticut Cities
JAN B. TUCKER
I’ve spent some time traveling in Connecticut and have some friends there.  The massacre carried out in the Village of Sandy Hook, City of Newtown, County of Fairfield is certainly a national tragedy, but in comparison to what goes on every day in a city like the State...
Breaking Bad in Newtown
MICHAEL ROBESON
If you don’t watch television, apart from seeing the latest news reports of young Americans using legal firearms to slaughter large numbers of children, and I’m not referring Iraqis or Afghanis, you’re missing out on some really great Sunday School lessons.  If you...
UN Responds to Haiti’s Cholera Crisis by Sending Repackaged Aid
ROGER ANNIS
December 18, 2012–In a short ceremony in New York City on Dec. 11, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon ...
The Mysterious New Housing Bubble
MIKE WHITNEY
The rebound in housing is now in full swing. Housing starts are up, existing home sales are gaining pace, inventory is down, and prices are on the rise. According to a recent report by Corelogic “House prices are up 6.3% year-over-year in October, the largest increa...