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Archives from 2012
Is Obama About to Betray Those Who Re-Elected Him Less Than Two Months Ago?
SCOTT HARRIS
One of the most contentious issues in the current “fiscal cliff” negotiations that’s angering progressive activists is President Obama’s offer to the GOP to change the way cost of living adjustments are made to Social Security benefits. According t...
A New Year’s Revolution
RONNIE CUMMINS
As a longtime writer and activist campaigning for decades on food and farming issues, most recently Prop 37, the California Ballot Initiative to label genetically engineered foods, I am reminded daily of the allure, indeed the addictive pleasure, of single-issue organizin...
Truth and Christmas
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
So it was Christmas, the pagan sorcerer’s fire festival.   Remember these ancient origins: the tree is lit on December 21, solstice, darkest day of the year, to re-ignite the sun and return the land to warmth.   The red and the white of the big bearded and the jolly...
Hagel Out
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
Is former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel, a sharp critic of US counter-terrorism policy, still President Obama’s top choice to replace Leon Panetta as defense secretary?   Apparently he was, but a highly reliable Republican source with close ties to the US Senate armed ...
On Killing Children (and Others)
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Here is part of an Associated Press announcement appearing in U.S. papers on 20 December 2012: ...
Those Laboring Days
LINH DINH
In the 1980’s and 90’s, even a klutz like me could find work as a manual laborer. I painted houses, washed windows and cleaned apartments and offices. At my first house painting job, I propped a ladder upside down against the wall, don’t laugh, and was n...
Violence American-Style
JOHN GRANT
The tendency to identify manhood with a capacity for physical violence has a long history in America. – Marshall Fishwick Violence is as American as cherry pie. – H. Rap Brown Wat...
Banning BPA
KARL GROSSMAN
It’s what the county legislature in Suffolk County, New York is noted for—passing first-in-the-nation laws.  It’s done that with laws banning the hand-held use of cell phones while driving, the sale of drop-side cribs and the supplement ephedra, and many statutes p...
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or “Moral Injury”?
SHEPHERD BLISS
“My God, what have we done?” combat soldiers sometimes gasp as they see those they or comrades just killed, especially when they include innocent children, women, and other civilians. “We knew that we killed them/…the terrified mother/ clutching terrified c...
China’s Year of Living Dangerously
PETER LEE
The passing year was the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) first opportunity to get up close and personal with the United States’ pivot back to Asia, the strategic rebalancing that looks a lot like containment. The PRC spent a lot of 2012 wrestli...
Italy, the Return of Politics
CHRISTOPHER J. BICKERTON
Paris. A couple of weeks ago, the secretary of Silvio Berlusconi’s rightwing People of Liberty party launched a vitriolic attack against the technocratic incumbent, Mario Monti. Stating clearly that Monti no longer enjoyed the support of his party, Angel...
Institutionalizing “Secret” Drone Strikes
MARK WEISBROT
There is perhaps no time in American history when our leaders have fought a war with so little support. More than ...
Democracy & Detroit, 2012
ELENA HERRADA
Detroit is the largest of the internal colonies of Michigan. It is followed by Benton Harbor, Flint, Muskegon Heights, Pontiac and Highland Park. The aforementioned cities have been occupied by “Emergency Managers” for the past several years. In 2009 Democratic...
A Militaristic Culture
LAURA L. FINLEY
Guns. Media. Mental Illness. Lax Security. All these and more have been offered as explanations for the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday, December 14 that left 26 people, including 20 children, dead. And all of those things may have played a role. B...
The Tale of the Onion
P. SAINATH
“My onions are big, aren’t they?” Chris Pawelski asked our group of visitors at his farm 60 miles from New York City. “Any idea why?” Because of consumer demand, we wondered? Perhaps bigger bulbs caught the customer’s eye better? “Nope,” said Pawels...
U.S. Energy Independence is a Sham
JOSHUA FRANK
Whether it is the hucksters pushing for the Keystone XL pipeline to cut across the Heartland, or the coal barons who are ramping up their exploits in Powder River Basin, a familiar refrain can be heard echoing throughout their propaganda: America must produce its own ener...
My Christmas Story
MICHAEL YATES
For Tatiana. When I was a boy, I wore mostly hand-me-down clothes. The neighbors next door had a son a year or two older than I, about my size, and I got his discarded shirts and pants. Grandma or my mother would alter them to fit me bet...
Regimen of Permanent Wars
RON RIDENOUR
We live in the Permanent War Age. The United States’ goal is simple—one that exposes a superpower’s arrogance and monetary greed, and one that appeals to the American Dream for the majority of its citizens—world domination! Most US Americans believe they ar...
Have a Merry War on Christmas
PAUL KRASSNER
This is my first tweet. I have Writer’s Block. I mean Twitter’s Block. I’m waiting for a cure to be developed. A minimalist summation of American culture in the Los Angeles Times on Conan O’Brien: “The Masturbating Bear will remai...
Approaching the Twilight of the Labor Movement
DAVID MACARAY
Private sector union membership in the U.S. stands at about 7-percent, meaning that 93-percent of all private sector jobs in this country are non-union, which makes those accusations of unions of being “too powerful” even more ridiculous and hysterical than they alrea...
Doing Time for Peace
DAVID SWANSON
Hundreds of Americans, young and old, are regularly going to prison, sometimes for months or years or decades, for nonviolently resisting U.S. militarism. They block ports, ships, submarines, trains full of weapons, trucks full of weapons, and gates to military bas...
Political Grinches Stealing Christmas From Palestinian and Syrian Refugees
FRANKLIN LAMB
Church of Notre Dame, Damascus. Church officials in Damascus advanced the hour of last night’s traditional Christmas Eve midnight service to 6 pm because few Damascenes’ venture out past sunset these days. The reasons include ubiquitous checkpoints, se...
Free Trade in Medicare
DEAN BAKER
Washington policy debates are chock full of rich people telling poor and middle-class people that they will have to tighten their belts. In fact, in the crazy upside down world of Washington this passes for “courage.” Cutting back Medicare is one of the favorit...
Stuff Jerusalem
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Or rather, fill it.  Gather as many as possible of the dedicated Jews and Zionists dispersed throughout the world, and settle them in settlements in the disputed areas of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank/Judea and Samaria in order to strengthen the power of the Israeli Stat...
What’s Wrong with the Economy?
MIKE WHITNEY
The reason the US economy is still sluggish 4 years after Lehman Brothers defaulted, is of lack of demand. Demand dropped off after the housing bubble burst and has never really recovered. Economist Dean Baker calculates that hit to demand is somewhere in the neighborhood...
Terror in a Christmas Tree
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Israel’s large Palestinian minority is often spoken of in terms of the threat it poses to the Jewish majority. Palestinian citizens’ reproductive rate constitutes a “demographic timebomb”, while their main political programme – Israel...
Carnage in the Congo
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
The UN has condemned Rwanda’s role in the carnage in the Congo for supplying arms and aid to the M23 rebels fighting the Congolese army in northern Congo yet provides the Rwandan military ten$ of million$ in arms and aid for the thousands of Rwandan “peacekeepers” o...
Psychoanalyzing Obama
WILLIAM MANSON
In the past decade or so, millions of people endured shockingly brutal, lawless warmaking and state terror on the part of Bush and his accomplices.  While millions were caught up in the whirlwind of destruction released by Bush et al., others back in the Homeland shook ...
The Politics of Partition of Historic Palestine
MAHMOUD N. MUSA
Paris. “At some point, Mr Abbas must admit to his people that most of the refugees will never return to Israel: that is the price of partition”. This statement appeared on page 14 of the issue of the Economist dated Sept...
The End
LINH DINH
The world just ended, and I’m still here, so maybe I’m already in hell, where I have reserved a booth jammed with half-forgotten faces, or maybe I’m shunted to heaven, thanks to a bureaucratic mix-up. Swedenborg said that heaven or hell can appear just like a...
The Bloody Legacy of Wayne LaPierre and the NRA
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Listening to NRA chief Wayne LaPierre lash out at any notion of gun control during that staunch gun advocate’s first public appearance in the wake of the horrific Connecticut school shooting triggered flashbacks to defiance I once heard from 1960s-era segregationist Geo...
What Egyptians Say About Their Referendum
MAYSSOUN SUKARIEH
Are you voting Yes or No on the constitution? Of course, yes, said a bearded young man in Shoubra while lining up to vote for the referendum. Have you read the constitution? No I haven’t but it is enough for me that it employs sharia as the...
Oligarch Smackdown: Live!
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Moscow. Who said the filthy rich are good for nothing? Their antics are very entertaining! The Nouveau Riche have always been notorious headline-stealers, but the newest crop of Russian oligarchs make the robber barons of previous generat...
Egypt’s Revolution Stumbles
MARK VORPAHL
The call for a new constitution was a key political demand of the Egyptian people when they overthrew the thirty-year dictatorship of Mubarak. Motivating this was the desire to begin dismantling the repressive bureaucratic state machinery they had suffered under and repla...
All Voting Got Me Was Jury Duty
CHRIS CHECKMAN
Let’s begin here with a confession: I’ve only voted ONCE since 1988. Okay, vent your spleens in any way you choose. You are right; but, only to a certain point, as I have had my reasons. Get your venom out; but, after that, take a breath. Then...
All I Want for Christmas
BENJAMIN WILLIS
Dear Santa, I just wanted to shoot you off this quick note to ask you for a gift this Christmas before tomorrow in case something catastrophic happens. I know that this year has been especially challenging for your crew as far as figuring out who’s been naugh...
Democrats, Social Security and the Fiscal Cliff
ROB URIE
With democrats ecstatic that political dysfunction has postponed their cutting the social insurance programs that Americans have paid for and count on for a few weeks, discussion of the intricacies of ‘chained CPI’ (Consumer Price Index) versus other measures of infla...
How the Colombia Trade Agreement Accelerates Human Rights Abuses
DANIEL KOVALIK
In October of 2011, President Obama, over the objections of the U.S. and Colombian labor and human rights community, submitted the Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) for passage by the U.S. Congress.   Congress quickly passed the FTA — which was originally negoti...
Guns, Race and America’s Collective Psychosis
ISHMAEL REED
When I appeared on a panel with Chris Hedges during the Miami International Book Fair, I told him and the audience that I appear in a book called ...
The Crass Cynicism of Right-to-Work Laws
ANDREW LEVINE
Teddy Roosevelt called their counterparts a century ago “malefactors of great wealth.”  They tried to buy the 2012 election for Mitt Romney, and the Senate for the GOP.  That was unwise, inasmuch as they have been getting all they could hope for from Barack Obama an...
Chomsky on Civil Liberties, Obama and the Future of Progressive Politics
STEVEN DUREL
Linguistics professor Noam Chomsky has been America’s premier political dissident since the Vietnam War. As a vocal critic of US foreign policy, the self-described “libertarian socialist” has been beloved by generations of students and activists. In the wake of the ...
Another Look at “Sustainable” Animal Farming
LEE HALL
Smeared with animal fat and loaded with poison, an M-44 is a tiny land mine.  The sodium cyanide-filled lure is one weapon of choice for Wildlife Services—a U.S. government agency deployed to battle predator animals around farms. Many casualties are collateral: ...
The Conviction Gap
NORMAN POLLACK
“I don’t think I’ve been on vacation.” No, Obama, you have been too busy servicing corporate wealth and major banking interests–as well as keeping the US embroiled in war, intervention, and your signature, armed drones for targeted ass...
Newtown’s Moral Authority for Action
RALPH NADER
Po Murray, a mother of four children in Newtown, Connecticut, the location of the shooting rampage that took the lives of 20 youngsters and six adults, met with about forty of her townspeople in the local public library to take their grieving to a new level of resolve tha...
The Border Security and Criminal Alien Consensus
TOM BARRY
Democracy in America works. One has only to observe the surge of bipartisan support for immigration policy reform following the November elections. Election results revealed the new demographics of a multiracial, multiethnic America that is pushing aside the anti-i...
Why the Washington Post Killed the Story of Murdoch’s Bid to Buy the US Presidency
JONATHAN COOK
Carl Bernstein, of All the President’s Men fame, has a revealing commentary in the Guardian today, though revealing not entirely in a way he appears to understand. Bernstein highlights a story first disclosed earlier this month in the Washington Post by his for...
What Would a Country Without Labor Unions Look Like?
DAVID MACARAY
What would a country without unions look like?  Before answering, we should clarify labor’s role, both historically and presently.  The purpose of a labor union is and always has been  to raise the standard of living for working people.  Simple as that.  And by “...
One Year After the West Coast Port Shutdown
PETER LITTLE
In the last few weeks of November and December, strikes have broken out or been threatened at the Ports of Oakland, LA, Portland, Seattle and beyond. These struggles of port workers (SEIU clerical, short haul truckers, ILWU longshore/security guards/clerical), against reg...
Police State India
ANDRE VLTCHEK
In the middle of December 2012, New Delhi was once again choking on a thick stratum of smog. Everyone around me was coughing, while I was supposed to be filming, for one of my documentaries. But in such conditions, filming became almost impossible, unless one was yearning...