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Archives from 2012
Okinawa: Notes From the “Evil Island”
ANDRE VLTCHEK
It is all about barbed wire, warnings and checkpoints. And to make it worse, Futenma air force base is right in the middle of an extremely densely populated urban area. Several middle-aged Japanese citizens are besieging the sedans and SUV’s driven by the US mili...
Predator-Automatons?
WILLIAM MANSON
“Automaton—person who behaves like a robot…” —Oxford Desk Dictionary...
The Nuclear Waste Dump Formerly Known as San Onofre?
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
Southern California Edison, the operator of the (non-operating) San Onofre Nuclear Waste Generating Station, is running out of options. Even the federal regulators are coming down hard on them.  The public remains deeply skeptical, while local elected officials co...
Tragedy of Syria’s Palestinians and Centrality of Right of Return
RAMZY BAROUD
It must have been 2007, although I cannot remember the exact date. I do recall getting lost in what seemed like a futile search for the headquarters of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Rome. There was a meeting of NGOs and some General Assembly body, consist...
We are Adam Lanza’s Mother
JUSTIN FELDMAN
Nancy Lanza ...
Foreclosures and the Police State
LESLIE RADFORD
Van Nuys. The Hernandez family, who became ...
SNAFU 2012
RON JACOBS
Each year seems to go quicker than the last. This phenomenon is partially related to the shrinking proportion of my life each year represents. It is is also due to the ever-increasing volume of events that seem to occur every annum and our expanding awareness of them. The...
Fiscal Chicken
WALTER BRASCH
Talk show hosts and other bloviators have spent hours giving their versions of the fiscal cliff. In fewer than 750 words, I’ll explain the truth. Taxes and the deficit are intertwined. If Congress can’t come up with a plan to solve those problems, the U....
The ANC and the Exploitation of South Africa
ERIC DRAITSER
This week’s elective conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa highlighted what has become an ever more apparent and painful reality to working people in that country and political observers around the world – the revolution of 1994 effe...
Pregnant Women are NOT Incubators!
DAVID ROSEN
One contributing factor to Pres. Obama 2012 reelection victory was that the Christian right shot itself in the proverbial foot over of the issues of rape and abortion.  The now (in)famous comments by a half-dozen Republican candidates regarding rape helped expose the fu...
Fiscal Cliff or Fiscal Slope?
D. SIDNEY POTTER
Now that we know that Mr. Obama has been re-selected as President, will he be Mr. Hope or Mr. Nope.   Real estate experts (i.e., think tankers, economists, investors and hedge fund managers), are in general agreement on about half a dozen policy points that could shift t...
2013 Unoccupied
JOE GIAMBRONE
“Fight not unless the position is critical.” –Sun Tzu, The Art of War The ”...
Why We Should be Grateful to the NRA
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Such as do build their faith upon Holy text of pike and gun. — Samuel Butler, Hudibras, pt.I  The NRA showed the importance of a thoughtful response to the tragic events in Newtown by maintaining a respectful s...
Rock and Roll Crashes Washington’s Elite Holiday Party
LORI SPENCER
It was a few days before Christmas, 1970, and Elvis Presley was suddenly obsessed with a strange notion. Not another late-night private shopping spree for Lisa Marie, or a cross-country hamburger run this time. No, what Presley had in mind was far more important: the trum...
Stop Crying About Facebook
ERIC PATTON
The left loves to cry over shit it can’t do anything about, and one of the favorite objects of its whining is Facebook. If you believe in capitalism — if you believe that an economy should be organized along the lines of private ownership of the means o...
Done in Our Name
MISSY BEATTIE
This on Facebook:  “See Your 2012 Year in Review.  Look back at your 20 biggest moments from the past year.” I read the announcement, balked, and refused to click the link.  How dare they?  How dare “it”?  As if this social networking service unde...
Always, For the Sake of Religion
CHARLES R. LARSON
Africa’s first Nobel Prize laureate, Wole Soyinka, has published his latest book: Of Africa...
Two by José M. Tirado
POETS' BASEMENT
Lamentations in Times of Peace qnd War by JOSÈ TIRADO   Part 1. American Snapshots: The Blinking Lost   I. On Sundays, the drive-by church frenzy awakens evange...
Imperial Lockstep
JASON HIRTHLER
Imperial adventures are nothing new in the Middle East. Neither is their glorification, as Peter O’Toole’s pained Lawrence of Arabia eternally reminds us. But for a decade or so now, things have been heating up, as if to coincide with climate change and fears...
How to Grow Up Under Occupation
GUI ROCHAT
In 1940, when I was six years old, we were living in a small town in the Netherlands at the mouth of one of the Rhine subsidiaries. My father who was an eye surgeon needed a large house so that he could have the correct distance in his practice room for measuring people...
The Asian Pivot: Four More Years
CONN HALLINAN
In March 1990, Time Magazine titled an article “Ripples in The American Lake.” It was not about small waves in that body of water just north of Fort Lewis, Washington. It was talking about the Pacific Ocean, the largest on the planet, embracing over half of...
Gaza’s Only Fisherwoman
JOSHUA BROLLIER
“The problems started for me at eighteen,” Madleen Kulab said quietly, sitting just meters from the shore of the Mediterranean. “The police and port authorities did not want me to sail as a woman.” Though Madleen has emerged from this recent challenge, receiving a...
Why the Self-Defense Doctrine Doesn’t Legitimize Israel’s Assault on Gaza
JAMES MARC LEAS
Supporting all aspects of the Israeli assault on Gaza in November, President Obama gave Israeli forces a green light, ...
Zapatista March
TIM RUSSO
Only the resonating echo of rain pattering down on the cobblestone streets of Chiapas’ colonial cities sounded as tourists from around the globe awaiting the end of the world in the center of the Mayan Civilization were surprised by the silent marches of more than 4...
African Odyssey Turns to the South
GUILLAUME PITRON
It’s noon, and Etienne Bokoli, a Congolese translator, is getting impatient. Babasar, from Senegal, has been inside the refugee reception centre since seven this morning. The high winter sun is beating down on the tin roofs of Messina, a small South African town near th...