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Archives from 2013
Don’t Plan on Retiring
MIKE WHITNEY
Millions of older Americans say they will never be able to retire. They simply don’t have the savings. According to CNN, “Roughly three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with little to no emergency savings…50% have less than a three...
Boeing Workers Take a Stand & Take the Heat
CARL FINAMORE
Local IAM District 751 union leaders in the state of Washington are feeling the fallout of Boeing’s extremely well-orchestrated counteroffensive begun immediately after Nov. 13 when 67% of union members rejected the company’s concessionary contract extension thr...
Profits May Rise, Profits May Fall, the Capitalist System Doesn’t Care at All
MICHAEL D. YATES
A left-wing economist with whom I have a marginal acquaintance sent me an email a few days ago. He was angry that I had accused him of being a “true believer.” This was in reference to what Karl Marx termed the “tendency of the rate of profit to fall.” Put simply,...
The Future of Lebanon
KARIM MAKDISI
A new phase in the conflict in the Arab mashriq (Levant) has begun, and it is Lebanon, as ever, where the message has been delivered. After several deadly car bombs in Beirut and Tripoli over the past year designed to terrorize ordinary civilians and destabi...
Bank Corruption Down Under
EVAN JONES
On 25 November Lawrence Tomlinson issued a report[1] exposing yet another spectacular case of bank bastardry in the UK. Tomlinson had been commissioned by the British Business Minister, Vince Cable, to examine any difficulties that small business faced in escaping the deb...
Britain and the European Court of Human Rights
BINOY KAMPMARK
The cart of legal sobriety is truly getting away when parliamentarians start seeking exemptions from laws in the name of upholding them. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has been the solemn target for many a British politician since it came into being. It ...
Disasters Every Day
JEAN-CHRISTOPHE GAILLARD and JAKE ROM D CADAG
The Philippines was hit by 536 natural disasters between 1950 and 2012 (1), according to the emergency events databa...
Major Social Transformation Is Close
KEVIN ZEESE and MARGARET FLOWERS
The current social movement that exploded onto the national scene with the 2011 Occupy Movement is following the path of successful movements so far. The social movement in 2014 is poised to begin an exciting era of broadening and deepening the growing consensus for socia...
Amidst the Whirlwind of Climate Science Denial
ROGER ANNIS
The ice storm that struck central and eastern Canada and northeastern United States, on Dec. 20-22 should be viewed not only an important news event but also a big climate change story. Not because the storm was a direct consequence of the Earth’s average warming te...
One Era Ends, Another Begins
THOMAS L. KNAPP
Well, we’re about to wrap up another year, so it’s time to throw out my dual nominations for “The Most Impactful Person of 2013.” The envelope, please? And the co-winners are … Edward Snowden and Satoshi Nakamoto. Edward Snowden, because in 2013 hi...
The Courts and the NSA
WILLIAM A. COHN
Prague.  A new year of media noise begins, and with it an avalanche of propaganda. With the public growing wary of privacy intrusions, the NSA debate is heating up and the message from power centers will focus on the effectiveness of the spy program in st...
On the Jewish State of Israel
JOHN V. WHITBECK
 Paris.  News reports continue to suggest that one of the primary roadblocks to any agreement in the current round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is the understandable Palestinian refusal to accept the Israeli demand that Palestine explicitly recogn...
Sunni Monarchs Back YouTube Hate Preachers
PATRICK COCKBURN
Anti-Shia hate propaganda spread by Sunni religious figures sponsored by, or based in, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies, is creating the ingredients for a sectarian civil war engulfing the entire Muslim world. Iraq and Syria have seen the most violence, with the...
The Pivot to Nowhere
PATRICK FOY
With 2014 now upon us, a cosmological question may have occurred to you. Where is America going to “pivot to” next? Being a foreign policy and history buff, I’ve thought about it. Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs columnist of the Financial Time...
How the New Great Game Will be Played
PEPE ESCOBAR
The big story of 2014 will be Iran. Of course, the big story of the early 21st century will never stop being US-China, but it’s in 2014 that we will know whether a comprehensive accord transcending the Iranian nuclear program is attainable; and in this case the myri...
Privacy Rights
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut The answer to this question is being pondered across America in light to the two seeming mutually contradictory US Federal Court decisions handed down this month from Courts in Washington DC and New York. The legal issue of what rights are le...
Why Snowden Has Already Won
JEFF MACKLER
Edward Joseph Snowden, 30, former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and the world’s most ardent whistleblower, continues to be the bane of U.S. government surveillance and spy operations. Rarely a week passes when government denials of gross spying operations ar...
A Human Rights Manifesto
RON JACOBS
Julie Wark has written a manifesto for justice. Simply titled A Human Rights Manifesto, her book ex...
Democrats’ Moral-Political Bankruptcy
NORMAN POLLACK
An end-of-year article in the New York Times, Jonathan Martin and Michael D. Shear’s “Minimum Wage Key to Democrats’ 2014 Strategy,” (30 Dec.), enables one to foresee what the coming year will be like: deft, cautious appeal for votes on an obviously significant hu...
Demanding Justice for Andy Lopez
SHEPHERD BLISS
Christmas Eve is when many families gather to celebrate and exchange gifts. But what would you do when a beloved child of your immediate or extended family had been killed two months before? This Christmas Eve a committee of the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez met...
Spence, Haeder and Beaudin
POETS' BASEMENT
 Adirondack Night by EMILY SPENCE The moon gently ascends out of a stand of quiet birch. It backlights them so...
A Long Ferment in the Middle East
PATRICK COCKBURN
Soon after the Libyan capital fell to the rebels in August 2011 I got to know a 32-year-old man called Ahmed Abdullah al-Ghadamsi. We met when he tried to evict me from my hotel room, which he said was needed for members of the National Transitional Council, in effect the...
Israel Has Been “Singled Out” in the US for a Very Long Time
THOMAS S. HARRINGTON
As has been widely reported, the American Studies Association, the umbrella organization of academics devoted to the study of US literature, history and culture, recently voted to join the movement to boycott Israeli academic institutions. In the days since that hi...
US Treasuries Cross Into Danger Zone
MIKE WHITNEY
10-year Treasuries veered into the danger zone on Friday as yields broke through the crucial 3 percent barrier signaling a slowdown in housing sales due to higher mortgage rates. Fixed rate mortgages are expected to edge higher even though the rate on the 30-year loan inc...
The Good War, Revisited
ALEXANDER COCKBURN and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Each Pearl Harbor day offers a fresh opportunity for those who correctly believe
that Franklin Roosevelt knew of an impending attack by the Japanese and welcomed it as
a way of snookering the isolationists and getting America into the war. And year by year the eviden...