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Archives from January 2013
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...