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Archives from February 2013
The Divine Farce
JOSEPH GROSSO
If the recent report from the Italian newspaper La Repubblica is true than it turns out that the first Pope to resign his post in almost six hundred years did so, at least in part, due to the existence of a faction of gay Vatican officials being blackmailed by outs...
Money, Politics and the Roberts Court
ROB HAGER
On Monday, February 25, 2013 the Supreme Court denied certiorari in ...
O Labor, Where Art Thou?
DAVID MACARAY
It’s astonishing that we have all these people out there—all these wildly opinionated, patriotic folks—who, without any prompting, will spontaneously burst into rhapsodic discourse about how much they admire the “checks and balances” written into the U.S. consti...
Medal of Dishonor
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Drone warfare has become one of the key weapons in the United States government’s global “war on terror.”  But drones especially present a moral challenge for all Americans in this manufactured war.  They are the glaring tip of American imperialism, and must be ca...
The Axis of Tiny Handcuffs
CHASE MADAR
Outrage over the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre may or may not spur any meaningful gun control laws, but you can bet your Crayolas that it will lead to more seven-year-olds getting handcuffed and hauled away to local police precincts. You read that right.  ...
Turkey’s Difficult Choice in Palestine, Israel
RAMZY BAROUD
An Israeli-Turkish rapprochement is unmistakably underway, but unlike the heyday of their political alignment of the 1990’s, the revamped relationship is likely to be more guarded and will pose a greater challenge to Turkey rather than to Israel. Israeli media re...
Servants and Their Bosses
DEAN BAKER
The retirement of the baby boom cohorts means that the country’s labor force is likely to be growing far more slowly in the decades ahead than it had in prior decades. The United States is not alone in facing this situation. The rate of growth of the workforce has slowe...
Fallout from the Western Offensive in Mali
DAVID URRA
Plenty has been written and re-written about the events taking place in the Middle East, but it has not always been easy to comprehend that these events are the result of a unique plan that has been developing in the shadows and has only become visible in its final phases...
The Push for Sequester Cuts
ERIC ZUESSE
Republicans in Congress have decided to reject economists, the Congressional Research Service, and the International Monetary Fund, in order to argue that the sequestration cuts will be good for the economy. To do this, they also misstate Keynesian economics, and t...
Microsoft and Google’s Pathetic, Revealing and Frightening War
ALFREDO LOPEZ
If it wasn’t so harmful, it would be funny: a marketing battle between the two technology giants MicroSoft and Google over who lacks integrity and is exploitative. It’s been going on for a while and with every thrust and block the thing becomes more grotesque ...
Argo Apostasy
GARY CORSERI
A friend sends me a PressTV posting by Dr. Kevin Barrett  As is usually the case at...
Monsanto University
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Last month the University of California intervened in a high stakes U.S. Supreme Court case on the side of the agribusiness giant Monsanto Company by filing an ...
Occupy Wall Street and the Significance of Political Slogans
MICHAEL D. YATES
Radical political movements always employ slogans that encapsulate in a few powerful words the aspirations of those fighting for a new world. The French revolutionaries fought under the banner, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” words that still resonate with radicals. ...
Did Pat Robertson Finally Come to Jesus?
JP SOTTILE
When Pat Robertson speaks, people listen. Sometimes ...
Beppe Grillo and Italy’s Five Star Movement
TOM GILL
Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement is now Italy’s largest party, only overtaken in terms of seats in parliament by Pier Luigi Bersani and Silvio Berlusconi by the alliances they have built with smaller parties – SEL and the Northern League respectively. S...
Politicization of Justice
NORMAN POLLACK
Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Supreme Court, Allito’s majority opinion, took a significant step in linking counterterrorism to the ugly strain of anticommunism, McCarthyism, redbaiting, going back to the 18th century Alien and Sedition laws, and defining much of the ...
Libya’s Nightmarish Winter
MURRAY DOBBIN
The West’s hypocrisy and oil-greed are coming home to roost with a vengeance in Libya as the Arab spring in that country turns into a nightmarish winter characterized by armed gangs, economic collapse, a decline in services by an incompetent government and increasing po...
Progressive Caucus Folds
NORMAN SOLOMON
For the social compact of the United States, most of the Congressional Progressive Caucus has gone missing. While still on the caucus roster, three-quarters of the 70-member caucus seem lost in political smog. Those 54 members of the Progressive Caucus haven’t si...
Big Pharma Has A Rare Week
MARTHA ROSENBERG
The sound you hear is Pharma swinging from the rafters. Two news stories this week may reinfuse revenue streams in an industry whose blockbuster pill “bubble” has burst.  As Lipitor, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Singulair, Concerta and several other drugs have lost pat...
Informing Our Consent
JEREMY MOHLER
A quarter century ago, Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman established the Propaganda Model in a book called ...
Former Insiders Criticize Iran Policy as U.S. Hegemony
GARETH PORTER
“Going to Tehran” arguably represents the most important work on the subject of U.S.-Ir...
The Destruction of Conscience in the National Academy of Sciences
DAVID H. PRICE
Last Friday, esteemed University of Chicago anthropologist Marshall Sahlins formally resigned from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the United States’ most prestigious scientific society. Sahlins states that he resigned because of his “objections to the ...
LIBOR: Viewing the Biggest Financial Crime in History
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
It’s been five years since a few academics and ...
The Greek Economy is Kaput
MIKE WHITNEY
“The Greek economy is finished. The Greek economy is in a great, great depression… There is no power, no force within the Greek economy, within Greek society that can avert it….Imagine if we were in Ohio in 1931 and we were to ask: What can Ohio poli...
One Nation, Under Monsanto
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In the United States everything is polluted. Democracy is polluted with special interests and corrupt politicians. Accountability is polluted with executive branch exemptions from law and the Constitution  and with special legal privileges for corporations,...