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Archives from 2012
Are the NRA’s Horse-Head-in-the-Bed Days Over?
MARTHA ROSENBERG
2012 will be remembered as the year the nation stood up to bullies–including the bullies dictating national gun policy. Perhaps the only good thing to come out of the Newtown massacre is it pried state and federal lawmakers out of the NRA’s cold, dead hands....
Do Arabs Cry For Their Children Too?
TOM MCNAMARA
Rennes, France. Once more tragedy befalls America. But this time the tragedy is even more bitter due to the fact that such a large number of young children were involved. A gunman, identified as Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people, 20 of them children &#...
The Fiscal Cliff is a Diversion
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The “fiscal cliff” is another hoax designed to shift the attention of policymakers, the media, and the attentive public, if any, from huge problems to small ones. The fiscal cliff is automatic spending cuts and tax increases in order to reduce the deficit by an...
Misdiagnosing the Culture of Violence
MIKE KING
“We are more than governed through an imagined, improved, state of affairs.  We are subjugated in the present by a concern for achieving this better future, leaving us blind to the naturalizations of the capricious dominations and violence that come wi...
The Contras, Crack and Senator Inouye
THOMAS MOUNTAIN
The USA’s longest serving and reputably most powerful Senator, Daniel “The One Armed Bandit” Inouye has died in a hospital outside of Washington D.C. at the age of 88, bringing an end to the career of one of the most loyal, and criminal, careers in service to Pax Am...
Sandy Hook and What Counts As Catastrophe
DYLAN QUIGLEY
I cannot stop consuming news about the horror of Friday morning in Sandy Hook Elementary. The slow drip of facts and numbers is overwhelming but I cannot stop myself from seeking out more. Hardly anyone I speak to even wants to repeat aloud the details that make the floor...
The Men Behind the Curtain at Nazarbayev (World Bank) University
STEVE HORN AND ALLEN RUFF
A year ago, on Dec. 15, 2011, Kazakhstan state security forces ...
David Ravelo’s Fight for Justice
TOM WHITNEY
Colombian political prisoner David Ravelo, jailed since September 14, 2010, learned late in November, 2012, that he had been convicted and sentenced to 18 years in jail. His case, based on spurious evidence, reflects epic military, police, and judicial repression carried ...
The Government and Your Guns
DAVID SWANSON
We’re in the grip of twin madnesses, and those who have overcome one of them can still be completely controlled by the other. The first madness is the idea that spending a trillion dollars a year on weaponry and war preparations makes us safer, that 1,000 mil...
Violence and the American Mind
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Had it not been for the Newtown massacre of twenty children and six adults, before the gunman killed himself, at an elementary school in the United States, this column would have been about the latest events in Egypt, where a struggle is taking place between Islamist and...
Arrest All Torturers
JOE GIAMBRONE
“We are committed to building a world where human rights are respected and protected by the rule of law. Freedom from torture is an inalienable human right.” –George W. Bush, June 26, 2003 ...
Fuck You, America
CHRIS CHECKMAN
Dear America, Fuck you! Fucking fuck you! I love the land mass, and it’s place on the map. I love, for the most part, the weather. The people? Ehh, give or take. Beyond that stuff, I am, for the most part, glad to have been born here....
Behind the Connecticut Massacre
JERRY KROTH
Each time there is an outbreak of homicidal mania, whether Columbine, Virginia Tech, or Adam Lanza’s slaughter of twenty eight innocents in Connecticut, the media directs us to stories about gun control and the need for better policing of individuals with mental illness...
Descent Into Holy War
PATRICK COCKBURN
Damascus. It is one of the most horrifying videos of the war in Syria. It shows two men being beheaded by Syrian rebels, one of them by a child. He hacks with a machete at the neck of a middle-aged man who has been forced to lie in the street with hi...
Understanding Hamas at 25
RAMZY BAROUD
“In a moment of high theatre he dropped to his knees, placed his lips on the ground and kissed the land he has commanded by proxy”. This is how Robert Tait of the British Telegraph worded the moment Khaled Meshaal arrived in Gaza on Dec 07. Tait’s report on what man...
America’s Addiction to Violence
MARK GRAHAM
The United States is the number one supplier of weapons on the planet, its military the world’s largest employer.  Violence has become America’s major export to the world and we have reaped the financial rewards.  The only problem is we’re addicted to the drug we...
Remember All the Children, Mr. President
BILL QUIGLEY
Remember the 20 children who died in Newton Connecticut. Remember the 35 children who died in Gaza this month from Israeli bombardments. Remember the 168 children who have been killed by US drone attacks in Pakistan since 2006. Remember the 231 childr...
Obama’s War on Syria and its Implications
SHAMUS COOKE
The Obama administration has already declared war on Syria, even if it isn’t “official” yet. Consider the facts, all of them acts of war: The U.S. now recognizes a group of Syrian exiles to be the official government of Syria; the U.S. is providing dire...
Some Observations on the Gun Control Debate
KEVIN CARSON
As tends to happen after each such horrific occurrence, the school shooting in Connecticut was the occasion for reviving the debate over gun control in the United States. Given the quality of this debate, I’m not really interested in engaging either the smug libe...
Feigning Panic at the Cliff Edge
DAN DeWALT
Thank God for the fiscal cliff. With the election over, the media needed something upon which they could incessantly fixate, and our daily updates on the fate of the cliff-hanger negotiations are plenty of fodder to hold us until we have the final Christmas sales figures ...
Connection to the Land Cannot Not Be Broken
JOSHUA BROLLIER
Gaza City Yesterday in al-Faraheen, Gaza, Israeli Occupation Forces shot and wounded an unarmed 22 year old farmer, Mohammed Qdeih, from behind. Mohamed and nine others went out to their fields in the early afternoon, walking approximately 250 meters from ...
America’s Teachers: Heroes or Greedy Bastards?
DAVE LINDORFF
I’ll be brief here. Let’s just note that the heroic teachers who died while courageously trying to protect their kids at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and the others who survived but stayed to protect the kids, were all part of a school system where...
Nike Blackmails Oregon
BEN SCHREINER
At the behest of Nike, Oregon hastily convened a special one-day legislative session on Friday in order to ensure the global behemoth retains its preferential tax status in the state. The spectacle of an emergency legislative session to pass a tax break for a singl...
Yes to Gun Control…Especially in the US Military
PATRICK BARR
I’m in favor of gun control … especially in the US armed forces. The question of gun control gets on the front pages each time — too often — a citizen goes beserk and kills lots of innocents.  Again, we find ourselves in mourning after another tra...
Zombified America
MICHAEL LEONARDI
My daughter is 4 and she goes to school in this country of the United States. My wife and I are seriously contemplating leaving for her safety, not only from the sporadic violence but from the toxicity of poisoned air and water and land and the incredible emotional burden...
NRA: No Rational Answer
BRIAN FOLEY
Shootings are now a slice of Americana, bringing out SWAT teams, burly police chiefs, grief counselors, media speculation about the usually-20-something-year-old-male shooter’s motive, and impromptu flower pile memorials.  They also bring out the peculiar logic of the ...
The Crisis for American Labor
ROB URIE
American labor is in crisis. This is no news to people who have been paying attention—the passage of Michigan’s ‘right to work’ bill last week makes it the ...
City on a Hill, Slum in the Valley
JASON HIRTHLER
All through the fall, you could hear them chanting their glib platitudes, each candidate posturing as a champion of hardworking Americans. Now, as the country lists toward our season of mass consumption, you can listen to the publicans gravely intone the perils of the “...
The Future of International Law and Human Rights
CIHAN AKSAN and JON BAILES
Richard A. Falk is professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University and an appointee to two United Nations positions on the Palestinian territories. He has authored, edited or contributed to 40 books, including ...
Egypt’s Constitution, the Opposition, and the Dialogue of the Deaf
ESAM AL-AMIN
December 8 was the day President Muhammad Morsi had chosen two nights earlier during his address to the nation. In his speech, he called for an open dialogue with the opposition and other political parties as they tackled the political crisis engulfing the country since h...
Cambodian Horror Show
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Do you know how one can turn a little child; say 5 or 6 years old, into the most productive beggar? I did not know, but I was told by a mother who was pimping her own girls at night, while forcing them to beg during the day: “Make sure that the kids a...
Why Remember Iraq?
PHILIP GIRALDI
Most Americans would prefer to forget that we are approaching the first anniversary of the expulsion of U.S. military forces from Iraq. The Republican Party, which rallied behind George W. Bush to invade the country and occupy it, has suffered from a short memory re...
“This is Palestine. I Drew Her Bleeding.”
VIJAY PRASHAD
For Mohammed Ziad Awad Salayma, age 17, killed on his birthday (12-12-12) because, being hard of hearing, he did not understand Israeli soldier Nofar Mizrahi, who shot him at point blank range. There is something hapless about Guy Delisle’s character in ...
The Mystery of Syria’s Missing Spokesman
PATRICK COCKBURN
Damascus. Senior Syrian government officials said that the recognition of the opposition coalition as the legitimate government by the US and many other countries would not change the situation on the ground. The Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisa...
Glimpses of Post-Chavez Venezuela
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
On Monday, December 10th, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez returned to Cuba for urgent cancer surgery, sparking a predictable wave of speculation about the seriousness of his illness. Here, timing reveals as much as anything: while Chávez was successfully ree...
How Torture Works
PETER LEE
Everybody breaks under torture. From Winston Smith to Jason Bourne. Torture would work on me, for example. If somebody starts crushing my fingertips with a pair of pliers, I’m going to tell them my ATM PIN, Batman’s secret identity, whatever. But ...
Alaska Natives Take on Fossil Fuel Disinformation in Kivalina
CHRISTINE SHEARER
For the Inupiat peoples of Kivalina in the  Arctic of Alaska, the price of further climate change denial could be the complete devastation of their lives and culture. Their crumbling village must be relocated to survive. But neither the government, nor the fossil fue...
Exporting Arms to Questionable Regimes
BINOY KAMPMARK
The German armaments industry has a good reputation for doing what it does best – exporting high grade and stylistic means of killing well.  But during the Merkel years, a trend has emerged in what has come to be called the Merkel Doctrine.  Der Spiegel took ...
The Winter That Wasn’t
CAROL MILLER
Ojo Sarco, New Mexico. It is early winter, in the year of the Winter Heat Wave, 2012. There has been day after day of temperatures into the 60’s. The sun-filled, passive solar house is heating to the mid-70’s everyday and the adobe walls radiate back t...
At the Muslim Brotherhood’s Sit-In
MAYSSOUN SUKARIEH
Cairo. Signs cover over the front of the Constitutional Court at the Maadi Corniche in Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood sit-in has been here since December 2. The signs read, “The Presidency is a Red Line” and “Morsi is Red Line.” Abdel Fattah, one of...
What the Beatles Missed About Ravi Shankar
TARIQ ALI
Ravi Shankar was a virtuoso sitar player long before he became a cult for a drug-fuelled hippy g...
Damascus Street Notes
FRANKLIN LAMB
“Who does that obnoxious woman think she is?” demanded a staffer who works in the Russian Embassy media office inside the vast windowless soviet style massive high walled compound which belongs to his country, here in Damascus. “Viktor” had been invited to ...
The Rape of Fukushima Dai-Ichi
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
Dressed all in white from head to toe (including a respirator), it was a shotgun wedding.  Or worse, a rape.  But one way or the other, U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials were out to force themselves and their radiation on a helpless Japan — again.  Hi...
The Stoning of Oliver Stone
LOUIS PROYECT
On November 22nd the New York Times Sunday Magazine showcased a hatchet job by Andrew Goldman on Oliver Stone’s 10-part Showtime series “The Untold History of the United States” that is based on Stone and Peter Kuznick’s ...
Monsanto Gets Its Way in Ag Bill
JIM GOODMAN
“The Farmers Assurance Provision” is the title of a rider, Section 733, inserted into the House of Representatives 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Somehow, as a farmer, I don’t feel the least bit assured. The only assurance it provides is that Monsa...
Canadian Aid in Palestine
YVES ENGLER
Few aspects of Canadian foreign policy have been mentioned more times over the past two weeks than Ottawa’s 300 million dollar five year aid program to the Palestinians. Ever since the Globe and Mail reported on November 26 that Prime Minister Stephen Harper thre...
Grappling with Phantoms
PHIL ROCKSTROH
“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” ―James Baldwin As we draw near to the Winter Solstice and the days shorten, one’...