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Archives from February 2013
Chagnon’s War
LOUIS PROYECT
The best way to understand Napoleon Chagnon’s contribution to anthropology is to tune in to one of those television wildlife documentaries showing an alpha-male baboon beating and biting the living bejeezus out of a rival, or being beaten into submission himself. As the...
Democrats’ Complicity in Political Murder
NORMAN POLLACK
Today’s New York Times (Feb. 21) features an article on White House strategy for pushing through John Brennan’s appointment as CIA Director, with a photograph of him standing alongside an admiring Diane Feinstein, aka Madame Apologist for CIA-JSOC Paramilitary ...
Goodbye Black Studies!
CECIL BROWN
I met this girl, when I was 10 years old And what I loved most, she had so much soul She was old school, when I was just a shorty Never knew throughout my life she would be there for me On the regular, not a church girl, she was sec...
Asian Pivot, African Target
EVAN TAYLOR
Barack Obama loves basketball, and the media loves to analyze his maneuvering of U.S. Foreign Policy as if it were a basketball game.  The first term was the “Asia Pivot,”—Barack backing down China in the lane, clearing out space for U.S. influence in Vietn...
In Defense of Baby Boomers
DAVE LINDORFF
I’m fed up with the trashing of the Baby Boom generation. Sure you can find plenty of scoundrels, freeloaders, charlatans and thugs who were born between 1946 and 1964, but you can find bad and lazy people in every generation. In fact, the so called “Greatest G...
The Interrogation of Paul Krassner
DAVID MACARAY
To say Paul Krassner has lived an eventful life is an understatement. He invented The Realist, America’s premiere counter-culture journal. He co-founded the Youth International Party (Yippies). He was a child violin prodigy who, at age 6, was the youngest person ...
The Riddle of the Israel Lobby
URI AVNERY
One of the most interesting and prolonged private debates I have had in my life was with the brilliant Dr. Nahum Goldmann. The subject: American peace initiatives. It was an unequal debate, of course. Goldmann was my elder by 28 years. While I was a mere editor of ...
Big Brother Wears Google Glasses
ALYSSA ROHRICHT
In 20...
India: Growing Inequality and Destructive Development
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Upon a foundation of deep spirituality and philosophical treasures, proclaiming unity, justice and service, New India, horns honking in violation of the good; is racing, no time to spare towards the Alter of Materiality and Market Fundamentalism. Under the careful ...
China, Cyberespionage and Cyberwarfare
PETER LEE
Evan Osnos is the China columnist for the New Yorker. My impression is that he usually covers the social issues/human rights/dissident beat. However, yesterday, riffing off the news about organized Chinese hacking of US government and private websites, he ...
The Case of Marco Rubio
RODOLFO ACUÑA
Senator Marco Rubio strongly criticized the first draft of President Obama’s immigration reform plan saying “It’s a mistake for the White House to draft immigration legislation without seeking input from Republican members of Congress… ,” predicting that...
The Pathology of the Processed Food Industry
MANUEL GARCIA, JR.
The “Western Way Of Life” is an eating disorder. We are increasingly a culturally stunted, attention-deficit herd of obese individuals, the gooey interiors of mechanical beetles whose carapaces are the obese automobile-like trucks we drive in a constant tangle...
Bradley Manning and the Appalling Silence of Gay, Inc.
ANDY THAYER
One of the signature traits of LGBT subculture in the United States is its adoration of celebrity.  If a well-known person voices the most milk-toast notion that gays are human beings, let alone deserving of legal equality, banner headlines in the gay press are guarantee...
Monsanto vs. Vernon Bowman’s Farm
THOMAS L. KNAPP
In 1860, pro-slavery apologist Edmund Ruffin forcefully argued in support of a proposition: “[T]he greater profits of slaves as property, compared to other investments for industrial operations.” I’ve no doubt that IG Farben functionaries, touring their shiny...
Palestinians Disqualify U.S. as Peace Broker
NICOLA NASSER
The “unbreakable alliance,” which will be confirmed by the upcoming visit of President Barak Obama to Israel, will disqualify the United States as an honest broker of peace in the Arab – Israeli conflict in Palestine, a Palestinian veteran peace negotiator says....
Junk Food and Crazy Leftists
RAVI KATARI
An extraordinary investigative piece appeared in the NYT Magazine...
Unmaking Equality
AGNIESZKA KAROLUK
On Thursday, January 24th Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the US military will lift the ban on women serving in combat. Many women’s groups and feminist activists saw this announcement as an unqualified victory.  According to Kiki Cardenas writ...
The TED Model Talk That Went Viral
RUTH FOWLER
Let’s set aside my issues with TED talks for the moment to… Oh OK, since you asked the $6,000 price ticket and the fact t...
Manufactured Statecraft
JOSEPH LAMB
“Good Words are better than bad strokes.” -Shakespeare, Julius Caesar President Obama candidly remarked in his State of the Union address that, “The greatest nation on earth cannot go from one manufactured crisis to another”...
Plastic Free
KARL GROSSMAN
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week announced that he would push for a ban on polystyrene food packaging. “One product that is virtually impossible to recycle and never biodegrades is Styrofoam—something that we know is environmentally destructive and that...
Drugs, War and Occupation
RON JACOBS
The United States invaded Afghanistan over eleven years ago. Men and women who were seven and eight years old are now enlisting in the military. Some of them will end up walking the streets and trails of that faraway land before their enlistments are up. Even if the Obama...
Brotherhood of the Exonerated
ANTHONY PAPA
As an activist, I receive many requests for help from people who suffer from injustice or are imprisoned. Recouping lost freedom is the ultimate goal, but it is rarely achieved. However, once in a blue moon, through determination and help from others, this goal is met....
Picking Hatreds in Oz
BINOY KAMPMARK
The play Hate, written with sparkling venom by Stephen Sewell, is a bitter, corrosive account of a wealthy Australian rural family.  The family is political, the scheming father John Gleason, a believer of hate – for it is hate that built the country, hate that ...
The Horsemeat Burger Racket
STEPHEN MARTIN
Recent events in Europe have demonstrated the fallacy of free market Capitalism as a neoliberal Orthodoxy, context of Food Standards enforcement. The presence of horse DNA in burgers and ready meals offered up unknowingly by such Corporate behemoths in Little Britain as T...
Wanted: a New Plan
MISSY BEATTIE
An email arrived from Jon Carson, Executive Director of Organizing for Action. You know, one of those mass sends with a personal touch, (“Missy~”). If you opened yours, you’ll recognize these sentences: Maybe you’ve seen firsthand how gun violen...
Prognosticating the Oscars
KIM NICOLINI
About five years ago, I swore I would never watch the Academy Awards again because every year watching the awards pissed me off more and more. The Oscars aren’t about awarding the “best” of anything. They aren’t about honoring great filmmaking or acting but about ...
On Being Stalked
CHARLES R. LARSON
At the end of James Lasdun’s chilling account of being stalked, Give Me Everything You Have...
Three Poems by Paul Lojeski
POETS' BASEMENT
 Sweeping the Beach             (for Karen) by PAUL LOJESKI   The island man extended the broom out and then drew it in, piling up last night’s seaweed on the white sand...
The U.S. Empire & Modern Day Christian Martyrs
DANIEL KOVALIK
In their landmark book, Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman devote a chapter to the media’s unbalanced coverage of the murder of one priest in Poland in 1984 as compared to the coverage of the 72 religious killed throughout Latin America bet...
The French Woman, the Generals and the Dogs of Iztapalapa
ROBERT SANDELS
On January 22, the Mexican Supreme Court (SCJN) freed Florence Cassez, a French citizen imprisoned since 2005 on kidnaping and related charges. The court could not decide her guilt or innocenc...
Deranging America
LINH DINH
The coarsening of a people doesn’t happen overnight. When I came to the States in 1975, the Gong Show was about as rude as it got on television. Some earnest sap would get bumped for crooning, “Feelings, nothing more than feelings,” but no one ever got screamed at, ...
“Rational’ Totalitarianism
GUI ROCHAT
(A commentary on Noam Chomsky’s talk “Public Education and the Common Good.”)  “To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub” — Hamlet The United States before nineteen sixty were for the European e...
The Debt-to-GDP Diversion
DEAN BAKER
Morgan Stanley director Erskine ...
Stop Becoming “the Evil That We Deplore”
NORMAN SOLOMON
Congress waited six years to repeal the Tonkin Gulf Resolution after it opened the bloody floodgates for the Vietnam War in August 1964. If that seems slow, consider the continuing failure of Congress to repeal the “war on terror” resolution — the Authori...
Toward a Literacy of Rebellion
GREG RUGGIERO
In the dead of winter, 1994, a mysterious caller left a voice-message on my answering machine. Speaking in English, but with a Mexican-sounding accent, the female voice simply said, “The compañeros asked me to call you to thank you for the pamphlet you made abou...
Evil Traffickers and Innocent Children?
NEIL HOWARD
The UK Guardian recently featured a heartrending story on ...
To Look and Communicate
SUBCOMANDANTE MARCOS
 “ … the passage to humanity today is called ‘rebellion’…” I’m going to tell you something very secret, but don’t go spreading it around…or, go ahead, spread it around, it’s up to you. In the early days o...
Life and Death in the Frack Zone
WALTER BRASCH
José Lara just wanted a job. A company working in the natural gas fields needed a man to power wash wastewater tanks. Clean off the debris. Make them shining again. And so José Lara became a power washer for the Rain for Rent Co. “The chemi...
Barack Obama: Two Kinds of Awful
ANDREW LEVINE
There is something to be grateful for: lesser evil arguments for reelecting Barack Obama are “so last year.”    Should we be grateful too that he won?  Very likely.  But that is small consolation for the fact that we must now look “forward” to four more years...
Liberal Fascism in America
NORMAN POLLACK
Is liberal fascism a misnomer?  Perhaps Sinclair Lewis’s antecedent question is more basic, Can it happen here? Fascism comes in several varieties without losing its distinctive structural-ideological-political features, all of which point to an hierarchical soc...
Imperial Jockeying in Africa
BEN SCHREINER
As “the peril of guerrilla war looms” for t...
Pain Relief in Haiti
JOHN CARROLL, MD
Most Haitians have very difficult lives and many of them suffer from painful conditions that are never treated. And their pain is ignored too, not because “Haitians have a higher pain tolerance”, but because Haitians are poor. When Haitians have medical...
Hollywood’s Imperial Propaganda
JOE GIAMBRONE
Hollywood likes to pretend that things aren’t political when they are.  It’s that bi-partisan nationalist myth that if both corporate parties agree to cheer for the empire, then everyone cheers for the empire.  It’s gotten so bad now that races like the Oscars and...
Aaron Swartz and the Fight for Information Freedom
ALFREDO LOPEZ
In the madness of our media-fed consciousness, the greatest threat to an informative news story is time. Given enough time, and the dysfunctional and disinformative way the mainstream media cover news, even the most important and revealing story quickly dies out. T...
The Grand Bargain Returns
KEVIN ZEESE AND MARGARET FLOWERS
As the economy shows signs of recession, the leeches return. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles have issued a new report calling for even deeper austerity. It is not what the economy needs as it stagnates and sputters toward a possible new collapse. Their report combined wit...
Photographing Tragedy
RAMZY BAROUD
When one looks at scenes of fleeing refugees from Syria via images of their squalid refugee camps and hears their pleas for solidarity, mercy or for God’s help to end their suffering, one finds eerie similarities between their experiences and those of the Palestinians, ...
Shale Gas Bubble Looms
STEVE HORN
Two long-awaited reports were published today at ShaleBubble.org by the ...
Paying Homage to the Ghost of Uncle Ted
DANIEL CHURCH
Another exciting and productive romp is underway in the Alaska Legislature as our chosen lords decide on a slew of important topics including (but not limited to): homosexuality in the Boyscouts, exempti...
The New Libya
MAXIMILIAN FORTE
This weekend, marking the second anniversary of the start of protests that would usher in a bloody and prolonged NATO-led coup to overthrow the Libyan Jamahiriya and Muammar Gaddafi, offers many reasons to celebrate for those whose intention was the demolition of Libyan s...
There’s Still a Foreclosure Crisis
MIKE WHITNEY
“I still worry about further price declines. There’s no really concrete reason for an upturn now. A recent survey of home buyers didn’t find any sudden change in optimism and there seems to be a souring on the idea of home ownership. That might reverse again...