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Archives from January 2013
Another Assault by Corporations on Consumers’ Right to Know
KATHERINE PAUL AND RONNIE CUMMINS
How do you keep consumers in the dark about the horrors of factory farms? By making it an “act of terrorism” for anyone to investigate animal cruelty, food safety or environmental violations on the corporate-controlled farms that produce the bulk of our meat, eggs and...
Indian Farmers Trapped and Desperate
GRAHAM PEEBLES
India has the largest number of smallholder farmers in the World, 600 million by some estimates. From this army of workers one impoverished desperate man, or indeed woman, with a noose of debt around their neck takes his or her own life on average every thirty minutes, A ...
Obama: Words and Deeds
RALPH NADER
A friend asked me what I was thinking while listening to President Obama’s inaugural address. Here were my reactions: Obama: “They [the Patriots of 1776] gave to us a republic, a government of and by and for the people.” The flood of money-shaping elec...
The Importance of Revenue
ANDREW FIELDHOUSE
Via Ezra Klein comes a ...
Jakarta’s Killer Floods and the Elites
ANDRE VLTCHEK
It is ‘biasa’ – business as usual – at the ‘Mall Of Indonesia’ in North Jakarta. As if there has been no tragedy of a great magnitude that occurred in this city just a few short minutes drive from its pseudo-Baroque arches and security guards. ...
Night of the Optimists
URI AVNERY
It was the night of the optimists. Tuesday at 10.01 pm, a minute after the ballot boxes were sealed, the three TV news programs announced the results of their exit polls. The dire predictions of the pessimists were scattered to the winds. Israel has n...
The Movie “Zero Dark Thirty” Wishes It Was But Isn’t
PETER LEE
As the moving finger of chaos hovered over Mali and Algeria last week, I took another look at Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 masterpiece, The Battle of Algiers. I am somewhat puzzled that this movie is not at the heart of the Zero Dark Thirty debate. B...
From Wounded Knee to Idle No More
RON JACOBS
The American Indian Movement’s (AIM) best known and most controversial protest began in February 1973 in Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a small town on the Pine Ridge reservation. Wounded Knee Two began as a conflict within the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) tribe between the s...
The March of the MegaStores
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The plots, plans and antics of multinational jumbostore companies are in the news at the moment, and reports show that many of them are, to be kind, not altogether to be trusted. Adverse publicity has been met by energetic damage control on which no expense has been spare...
Celia Sanchez and the Cuban Revolution
SAUL LANDAU
It’s about time,”I commented when I heard that Nancy Stout had written a biography of Celia Sanchez...
US-led Sanctions Contribute to the Destruction of Syria’s Millenary History
FRANKLIN LAMB
What a difference a week can make. The heaviest snow in Syria in a quarter-century, some claimed, last week’s storm closed for a time even the main highway from Damascus to Beirut. But that was then and now its spring in Damascus, or so it feels to those of us us...
Obama Silent on Labor
BRETT WARNKE
Women.  Gays.  African-Americans.  All are groups whose historical and contemporary injustices have mobilized America’s liberal base.  President Obama offered acknowledgement in his second inaugural and even a few historical allusions, mentioning “Seneca Falls, Se...
Herzog in Siberia
LOUIS PROYECT
Back in 1954 François Truffaut coined the term auteur (the French word for author) to describe how certain directors shape their films according to a unique creative vision. According to auteur theory, directors such as Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, Alfred Hitchco...
Why I Won’t be Voting for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ in Any Category
DAVE CLENNON
I’m a member of Hollywood’s Motion Picture Academy.  At the risk of being expelled, for disclosing my intentions, I will not be voting for Zero Dark Thirty—in any Academy Awards category. Everyone who contributes skill and energy to a motion p...
Pebble Mine: Qui Bono?
KEEGAN BIRCHFIELD and STACY VEGA
Pebble Mine is a hot topic today both in Alaska and nationally.  Proponents and opponents have spent millions to assess impacts both economically and environmentally, but we shouldn’t we take a more holistic approach to impacts?  In a best case scenario, Pebble Mine l...
This N-Word Sh-t is Completely Effed Up
JOHN ESKOW
The one and only time my mother ever kicked my ass was when I called Sammy Russo a nigger.  The whole scenario was bizarre, for at least four reasons: 1) though I was eight years old, and verbally acute, I did not know the actual meaning of “nigger;” 2) my friend Sam...
Obama DOE Fracked Gas Export Study Contractor’s Tobacco Industry Roots
STEVE HORN
At first, it was kept secret for months, cryptically referred to only as an “...
End of the Culture Wars?
DAVID ROSEN
The reelection of President Obama represents not only the popular support by a majority of voters for a second Democratic administration, but the deeper crisis gripping the Republicans.  While 2012 was a significant victory, its real significance will only be fully evide...
Why I Do Not Want to Leave Palestine/Israel
LYNDA BURSTEIN BRAYER
It is not by accident that I have been asked on several occasions, and not least by members of my own family, why I remain in the Jewish state of Israel. I am an implacable anti-Zionist and have left the Jewish religion formally, becoming a possible “meshumedet̶...
A New Model Drone Resolution
DAVID SWANSON
In the absence of state or federal laws, localities around the United States are proceeding to put unmanned aerial vehicles in our skies as they see fit.  The federal government has authorized the flight of 30,000 drones, and the use of drones up to 400 feet by police de...
Sport and the Sublime
M. G. PIETY
I watched a lot of TV as a kid. That was before cable, so finding something interesting could be challenging. I was channel surfing one day when I happened on some diving. I didn’t know anything about diving. but even people who don’t know anything about it can apprec...
Feeling Like a Big Shot
MISSY BEATTIE
I’ve been lying in bed, temperature elevated, bones on fire, achy, and questioning the decision to reject Big Pharma’s flu vaccine. Vowing to better prepare for the next germ wave, I hit  Google—to search symptoms, foods to bolster the immune system, tips. A...
The Great Dismal
PHIL ROCKSTROH
“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”  – Albert Camus The repercussions of our acts — the constructs we create — endure well past the dissolution of our ...
Dilemmas of an Online Film Watcher
JOE GIAMBRONE
I clicked over here and over there, looking for something watchable. Site after site, they want more and more information about me. First it was my email address. And my birthday (which they never got accurately). And my name (ditto). Now I’m the subject of numerous dat...
Forging An Independent Foreign Policy
CESAR CHELALA
On January 23, 2013, The Jerusalem Post reported on a meeting held by Chuck Hagel, President Barak Obama’s defense secretary nominee, in which Hagel stated his strong commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to maintaining Israel’s qualitative...