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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the CIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from January 2013
The Suffering in Syria
JAMES ABOUREZK
The violent uprising in Syria has produced some predictable and sorry results.  Aside from the numbers of people dying prematurely as a result of the fighting, there are tens of thousands of Syrian civilians, consisting mostly women and children, both inside and outside ...
When Will We Realize That It Is Murder?
TOM MCNAMARA
Saint-Cyr, Coëtquidan, France. In his essay “A Hanging,” George Orwell recounts, in great de...
England’s War on Whistleblowers
JOSEPH RICHARDSON
London. Years before George Orwell wrote such books as ‘...
Women in Combat: Gender Neutral Killing?
JOHN GRANT
The Pentagon — and the United States government in thrall to it — is congratulating itself on overcoming a hurdle that other nations have long gotten beyond or never faced in the first place. Feminists and progressives sympathetic to women’s rights are expec...
Venezuela Hate-Fest
MARK WEISBROT
Last week there was a real media hate-fest for Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, with some of the more influential publications on both sides of the Atlantic really hating on the guy.  Even by the hate-filled standards to which we have become accustomed, it was impressi...
The Politics of Integration in Turkey
MATHEW NASHED
My friend Sema and I were sitting on the rooftop of her parents’ house. We overlooked the landscape of her little village called Aknehir, a name which in English translates into white river, and a suburb of the southern Turkish province of Hatay. Focused in our v...
Fallujah Revisited
HAIFA ZANGANA
It took the British government five weeks to take note of the mass demonstrations in Iraq.  These started last week of 2012 and are comparable in size, energy, and peaceful nature to the protests that toppled other Arab regimes, albeit expanding mainly in the capitals of...
Is the Party Over?
LOUIS PROYECT
Over the past month the British Socialist Workers Party has been convulsed over the revelation that a central leader of the party might not only have been guilty of sexual assault but that the central committee covered up for him. Before the days of the Internet, t...
Helping Improve the Burmese People’s Health
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
Following recent events in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi has asked that foreign governments take a more active role in increasing aid. This is the right time to support Burma’s precarious public health system as a way to improve the Burmese people’s dismal health status. Th...
Banning Rushdie in Kolkata
BINOY KAMPMARK
He might have written a very indulgent autobiography about his travails and joys as the world’s most conspicuous writer in persecution, but a few authorities are certainly not willing to let him forget his mischief making potential. There is more than just a litt...
Speak No Evil
MICHAEL McKEE
Long the disclaimer of those bearing bad news, the phrase “don’t shoot the messenger” may soon become a rallying cry of the American public. Under an ostensibly liberal, Democratic president, government prosecutors have ushered in a new era of targeting whist...
The “Long War” Rhetoric is Back
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The bloodshed at the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria has brought into focus the deteriorating situation in north and west Africa and the role of France in the region. The rhetoric of the “long war” against terrorism is back. So is Western military involvement in yet...
Whatever Happened to “Good Jobs”?
CARL GINSBURG
It is hard to pinpoint the precise moment when “good jobs” disappeared from national discourse, ignored by our leaders and the media that cover their agenda.   The phrase was invoked during President Obama’s campaign—that is, his first run for the presidency. ...
Richard Cohen, Conflicted About Torture
STEVE BREYMAN
It’s 2013 and Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen is still conflicted about torture. Why? The proximate cause is that he went to the movies, and saw “Zero Dark Thirty,” which impressed upon some viewers the efficacy of torture in unearthing the whereabout...
Rios Montt on Trial for Genocide
NICK ALEXANDROV
Efraín Rios Montt, Guatemala’s former dictator, may yet face the consequences of his actions.  Last Monday, Judge Miguel Angel Gálvez announced that both Montt, 86, and José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, another former general, must “stand trial on charges of geno...
The Iran Nuke “Threat”
BEN SCHREINER
They say you can’t kill that which has never lived.  It’s useful advice when analyzing the persistence of the so-called “Iranian nuclear threat.” According to a report in ...
‘Obama Recession’ or Full Employment?
Dr. MARGARET FLOWERS AND KEVIN ZEESE
There are lots of inter...
Where are the Protests Against James Franco’s “Feel-Good” Torture Porn?
GAIL DINES
Celebrities have been speaking out against the movie Zero Dark Thirty because of its favorable portrayal of torture used in pursuit of Osama Bin Laden. Some have even risked their membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I wish these celebri...
End the Nuclear Lobby
PETER G. COHEN
For decades the peace movement has been satisfied with scraps from the table of nuclear weapons and their beneficiaries. Even the New START Treaty was offset by the Obama administration promise to spend $185 billion in this decade on modernization of nuclear weapons and d...
Women & Children First! (to be Harmed by Radiation)
JOHN LaFORGE
“Woman and children first” is redefined in the nuclear age, now that science has shown that they are far more susceptible to the ravages of radiation than men and boys. The nuclear power and weapons industry, people living near reactors, practitioners of nuclea...
Plant a Tree for Palestine
JOSIE SHIELDS-STOMSNESS
For 112 years, the Jewish National Fund has played a central role in the on-going displacement and dispossession of Palestinians from their land and homes. The JNF was instrumental in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 and continues to play a central role in maint...
The Politics of Islamophobia
ANDREW LEVINE
Western peoples have long viewed the Muslim world through an “orientalist” filter –imagining a backward, exotic and vaguely sinister “other.”  But, until recently, they were seldom preoccupied with what they imagined. There was scholarly interest, of cou...
Rally Time on Wall Street
MIKE WHITNEY
Stock bubble? What stock bubble? As the Dow Jones edges closer to its October 9, 2007 closing high of 14,164, the mood on Wall Street has changed from cautious optimism to outright euphoria. Traders are now in seventh heaven as shares continue to charge upwards buo...
The Economics of the Cuban Embargo
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
The time has come and almost gone for Washington to repair its broken relations with Cuba. For 53 years the White House has maintained a punishing embargo on trade with Cuba. Its proponents, with the goal of removing Cuba’s revolutionary government, still plead: ...
Djindal Unchained
DAVID MACARAY
There’s no longer any doubt.  Piyush “Bobby” Jindal, governor of Louisiana, clearly wants to be our president.  Having vaulted onto the national stage in February, 2009, when he gave the Republican’s response to Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress (a...
The NYT Does Gaza, Again
STEVE BREYMAN
It’s a news article! It’s a news analysis! It’s an op-ed! The Times’ is at it again in Gaza. Fares Akram’s recent piece about Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit to the Strip can’t quite make up its mind about what it is. It’s clear, howeve...
Grading the Deficit Hawks
DEAN BAKER
The news that the United Kingdom is facing the prospect of a triple-dip recession with a negative growth figure in the fourth quarter of 2012 should be the final blow to the intellectual credibility of the deficit hawks. You just can’t get more wrong that this flat eart...
Being Morbid on the Party Strip
BINOY KAMPMARK
Death for dinner and death for afters.  Nightclubs and venues of evening entertainment with poor safety policies, aided by authorities indifferent to the welfare of pleasure seekers are the weeds of entertainment.  The body count from such negligence keeps rising, but s...
Putin’s Baby Crime
ISRAEL SHAMIR
To the many crimes of President Vladimir Putin, a new one was added last month: kicking babies, sweet, innocent, plump babies — out of sheer wickedness.  This crime was discussed ad nauseam, until it became a meme which was ...
Michael Moore, Inc.
MARK EPSTEIN
I thought Michael Moore was supposed to be a director…    I thought he was supposed to have made some documentaries… I guess Michael Moore, having become “Inc.”, now has other priorities, such as propagandizing for those institutions that have “honored...
Straight to Video
JAMES McENTEER
Quito. “I’d like to thank the members of the Academy. Or at least, one of them…” You won’t hear that speech at the upcoming Oscar ceremonies. But movie fans in Ecuador, where I live, and in many other so-called “developing” countries, ...
Cairo Before the Blast
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Cairo, January 28, 2013. The smoke everywhere, tear gas, riot police with light and heavy weapons, protesters, religious cadres, even common thugs. Passionate speeches and confusion: I spoke to dozens of people and nobody knows what to do. Where are the p...
Egypt Aflame Over Protests
CARL FINAMORE
Cairo. Late this evening, President Mohammad Morsi declared Emergency Law in three provinces around the Suez Canal that are ablaze in protests. He frankly conceded the government was losing control. The strategic area around the Suez Canal earns the...
How Many Kids Have You Killed Today?
DAVE LINDORFF
I personally found the president’s inaugural speech not just insipid, but disgusting. It reached its gut-churning nadir near the end where he said: “We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war&...
Michael Moore’s Repellent Defense of “Zero Dark Thirty”
DAVE CLENNON
Wow! Michael Moore sure can make up a lot of dialogue for scenes he thinks happened off screen, in “Zero Dark Thirty.” He freely invents quotes for President Obama, writing words no one else has ever quoted Obama as saying. ...
Trickle-Down Sadism
LINH DINH
Tales of madness are subjective. I mean, what is insanity exactly? If all of your ghastly indiscretions, mental and actual, were strung together, they could wrap this earth many times over, ditto mine, so all of us can easily be deemed deranged, including you, solemn past...
Obama as Daniel Boone
NORMAN POLLACK
The January 26 edition of the New York Times has three items relevant to the issue of gun control, an editorial pleading for the restoration of funds for the CDC for the study of gun violence, its argument being that this is really a public health problem; an arti...
No Urgency for Haiti’s Poor
JOHN CARROLL, MD
Port-au-Prince. How long should we let hundreds of thousands of Haitians live in horrid tents and shacks after the earthquake of 2010? They have been living in squalid conditions for three years now. 

And how long should we let a two year old little b...
Saudi Arabia v. Qatar, Redux
PETER LEE
My article on the competing strategies of Saudi Arabia and Qatar received a considerable amount of thoughtful comment and pushback by e-mail and on the Web, more than I’m accustomed to ...
Elite Optimism Amid Endless Crisis
BEN SCHREINER
An economic recovery has begun. - President Obama, Second Inaugural Address President Obama’s optimism — baseless as it may be — was s...
A Nation Blind to Itself
NICK ALEXANDROV
Several commentators and activists have remarked in the past week that, if Martin Luther King, Jr. were still alive, he likely would have supported the left-wing protesters at Obama’s inauguration, rather than celebrating the event as some kind of culmination of the civ...
The Eritrean “Coup” That Never Was
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
The New York Times and its cult followers in the American media, amongst others, manufactured an attempted “coup” that never happened in the small East African country of Eritrea. The story of this “attempted coup” began last Monday morning, Januar...
How to Attack Women, One House Bill at a Time
CAROL NORRIS
Dear Representative Brown, Brava!  Author! It takes real hard work and quite a bit of creativity to outdo the extraordinary comments and efforts of many of your peers in public office regarding rape.  To name but a few, we start off with the “legitimate ...
Nature’s Capital is the Limiting Resource
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Only in science fiction can humans escape the consequences of destroying their own habitat. In Robert A. Heinlein’s ...
Democracy in America, Revisited
MORRIS BERMAN
Since American democracy is in the process of disintegrating, it might be worthwhile to reflect on the nature of the phenomenon, and the sources of its dialectical death.  In 1982 the eminent French scholar, Pierre Manent, published a study of Alexis de Tocqueville’s ...
The All Powerful Fed
MIKE WHITNEY
Has housing really turned the corner? According to Calculated Risk— the nation’s number 1 economics’s blog– it has. Back in February 2012, CR’s Bill McBride boldly announced “The Bottom is Here”, and, sure enough, prices ha...
The Opacity of a Shadow War
NICHOLAS SAIDEL
The Obama administration scored two victories this month, both of which expand its ability to wage its targeted killing campaign against America’s “enemies” unencumbered by checks from the Judicial Branch, Congress or the American people.  The first vic...
The Trouble With Roe
LAURA FLANDERS
The Supreme Court Decision legalizing a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy turned forty years old this week. Protestors turned out at the court in support of the decision and also against. For opponents, the problem is the way Roe was decided. The problem for suppor...
Why Economic Inequality is Not Good for the Economy
ROB URIE
The nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw multiple discourses on the relationship between concepts of ‘truth’ and power—social, political and economic. The ‘view from nowhere,’ the rhetorical device of science and economics used to claim that truth exists in ...
Obama’s Unprecedented Number of Deportations
TANYA GOLASH-BOZA
Between 1892 and 1997, a total of 2.1 million people were deported from the United States. A change in laws in 1996 permitted the number of deportees to increase from 70,000 in 1996 to 114,000 in 1997. In 1998, the number of deportees rose to 173,000. The numbers stayed f...