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Archives from February 2013
Facing Syria From an Israeli Bunker
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Golan Heights It is late afternoon and I am standing on top of an active, although temporarily abandoned, I...
The Kurds: Surprise Victors of the Iraq War (For Now)
PATRICK COCKBURN
The Kurds of Iraq are the big winners in the 10 years since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. They have also been lucky. Up to a few weeks before the invasion in 2003, the US was intending to invade northern Iraq from Turkey, along with 40,000 Turkish troops. The Kur...
The Other Bradley Manning
NOZOMI HAYASE
Activist Jeremy Hammond has been held without bail since his arrest in March. He is accused of hacking into the computers of private intelligence firm Stratfor and giving million of emails to WikiLeaks. He has been called the other Bradley Manning. While Manning revealed ...
Still Clueless About the Economy
DEAN BAKER
The latest fad in Washington economic policy debates is arguing over the level at which the government should stabilize the debt-to-GDP ratio. The doves are okay with a debt-to-GDP ratio of 73 percent or even 76 percent. The hawks want 60 percent or even less. This is the...
HIV-Positive Inmates Too Expensive for Private Prison Operators?
CHRISTOPHER PETRELLA
Defenders of the for-profit prison industry reflexively insist that privatization—or the process of subjecting “correctional services” to market pressures—will naturally generate efficiencies as companies respond to competitive forces. They claim that the “marke...
What the One-Percent Heard at the State of the Union
SHAMUS COOKE
When President Obama speaks, most Americans hear what he wants them to hear: lofty rhetoric and a “progressive” vision.   But just below the surface the president has a subtly-delivered message for the 1%, whose ears prick up when their buzzwords are mentio...
Poverty, Squalor and Nuns
DAVID MACARAY
As both a non-Catholic and atheist, I have all the creds I need when it comes to doing a number on the granddaddy of organized religions.  As a non-Catholic, I can mock their rituals, I can deplore their history, I can wail in indignation at their sexual molestation scan...
Rafael Correa, An Anti-Obama in Ecuador?
ADAM CHIMIENTI AND CARMEN L. ARIAS
Latin American elections always seem to get it these days. Western journalists cannot deny an opportunity to pass without throwing some stones. So it was hardly surprising when the words “dictator”(Reuters, BBC) and “handouts”(USA Today, CBS News) were thrown into...
Bradley Manning Faces 1000th Day in Prison
ALYSSA ROHRICHT
This Saturday, February 23rd, will mark the 1,000th day in prison without trial for PFC Bradley Manning, accused of releasing classified military documents to Wikileaks. Among the documents was the ...
Rising from Sleep on the Presidents’ Day
JOE RAMSEY
I rise refreshed on this holiday.  Thanking dead presidents for my extra three hours of sleep. Sipping my coffee slowly, savoring the foreign flavors, I think maybe we’ll put our differences as...
Life as Art
JAMES KEYE
If you want a “graphic” description of the trouble humanity is in, just look at especially the world of the graphic and plastic arts: it is a no-holds-barred, unregulated presentation of basic human process.  In essence we are desperately trying to do something new ...
Meditations on Christopher Dorner
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
The death by fire of Christopher Dorner evoked a rush of memories dating back to September 1971, when, in the wake of the Attica Prison Massacre, I began making plans to migrate from New York State to California. At age 21, I had no master plan, other than to get f...
Behind the Bombs
CONN HALLINAN
Now that the dust has settled—literally and figuratively—from Israel’s Jan. 29 air attack on Syria, the question is, why? According to Tel Aviv, the bombing was aimed at preventing the transfer of sophisticated Russian SA-17 anti-craft missiles to Hezbollah in South...
Israel’s Basic Contradiction
URI AVNERY
The sole contribution of Ya’ir Lapid to Israeli folklore so far is his saying that he would not join a move to block Binyamin Netanyahu, since this would mean joining forces with “the Zuabis”. This needs explanation to a foreign audience. The Zuabi family is ...
Educational Eugenics
MARK GRAHAM
Teachers and students are having a rough time in the United States—and not just because they are in danger of being murdered in their classrooms.  Public education itself is under attack, fueled by foundation dollars, government policies and media hype.  The problem i...
Obama’s Carnival of Fraud
NORMAN POLLACK
The big picture is clear, from drone warfare as escalation of sought-after global US military hegemony to the trivialization and evisceration of government’s regulatory functions, all pointing to a business-as-usual continuation of policies and practices going back, reg...
The Iranians and Unconditional Friendship
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tehran Truth be told, this American observer has attended his share of international  conferences and has traveled in more than 70 countries. But never has he  visited such a complex, evolving, striving and energized society, populated by idealistic peop...
Pseudo-Protests and Serious Climate Crisis
DAVID SWANSON
“You elected this president. You reelected this president. . . . Stop being chumps!” –Van Jones Going in, I was of mixed views regarding Sunday’s rally in Washington, D.C., to save the earth’s climate from the...
What’s War?
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
In the halls of Congress and confines of the Oval Office, the perception is that the U.S. is at war with an enemy called al-Qaeda.  Is this actually the case or is the claim an exaggerated piece of propaganda that has conveniently captured the minds of leaders whose abus...
A NOXious Protest
MYLES HOENIG
I did not attend Saturday’s protest in front of the White House for many reasons, including caring for an ailing parent. But there was something very bothersome about the event that was troubling from the beginning. Then it hit me. The NOXL sign repulsed me. Yes, no on ...
Fear By Another Name
MICHAEL BRENNER
Assassination of American citizens by presidential dictate, blanket suspension of habeas corpus indefinitely, massive wiretapping and surveillance with and without warrant, torture as the official policy of the United States government – these are trademarks of t...
The Passing of Ronald Dworkin
BINOY KAMPMARK
If we manage to lead a good life, we make our lives tiny diamonds in the cosmic sands. Ronald Dworkin, Justice for Hedgehogs (2011) The late legal philosopher R...
Inside the Hezbollah Bombing “Hypothesis” of an Israeli Tour Bus
GARETH PORTER
When European Union foreign ministers discuss a proposal to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation, Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov will present his government’s case for linking two suspects in the Jul. 18, 2012 bombing of an Israeli tourist bus...
Stopping Sexual Abuse of Children in Russia
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
One of the worst tragedies of post-Soviet Russia has been the increase in child abuse, particularly child prostitution. Besides the moral and ethical implications, the impact that sexual exploitation has on children’s health and future development demands urgent att...
The West’s War Against African Development Continues
DAN GLAZEBROOK
Africa’s classic depiction in the mainstream media, as a giant basketcase full of endless war, famine and helpless children creates an illusion of a continent utterly dependent on Western handouts. In fact, the precise opposite is true – it is the West that is reliant...
Obama, Housing and the Next Big Heist
MIKE WHITNEY
For those who missed President Obama’s latest giveaway to the Bank Mafia, we’ll repeat what he said here. This is an excerpt from Tuesday’s State of the Union Speech: “Part of our rebuilding effort must also involve our housing s...
The Ruthless War on Hackers and Whistleblowers
CHRISTIAN CHRISTENSEN
Stockholm, Sweden. At the height of the purported cocaine “epidemic” in the US in the 1980s, politicians and law enforcement officials felt something had to be done. What Congress did was to pass the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986: one of the most draco...
Christopher Dorner and the “Burner”
PETER LEE
The tactics employed against Christopher Dorner by the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department are attracting an awkward amount of interest since an audiotape surfaced with law enforcement officials referring to a munition as a “burner”. As in (all quotes from th...
When Ethnic Cleansing Is Next to Godliness
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
The Holy Bible is commonly viewed as “the gospel truth.” People readily refer to any source of authority for them as their “Bible.” In the past especially, witnesses in court trials, regardless of their belief, swore an oath on the Holy Bible “to tell the truth,...
Strictly Legal
HUGH IGLARSH
“In what follows it should always be remembered that there is no question of illegality involved. Everything reported is strictly legal, just as Hitler’s extermination of the Jews was legal – a little point I mention merely to suggest how much weight one...
Obama’s $9 Per Hour Minimum Wage
DAVID MACARAY
Legendary comedian Mort Sahl (who’s still alive and kicking, by the way) used to tell this joke during the Nixon administration.  If a man were drowning 15-feet from shore, President Nixon would throw him a 10-foot rope.  Then Henry Kissinger would go on television an...
Iraq on the Brink
RAMZY BAROUD
Soon after the joint US-British bombing campaign ‘Operation Desert Fox’ devastated parts of Iraq in Dec 1998, I was complaining to a friend in the lobby of the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad. I was disappointed with the fact that our busy schedule in Iraq – mostl...
The U.S.’s Grossly Corrupt Health Protection System
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR and JOSHUA FRANK
The nation’s biggest polluter isn’t a corporation. It’s the Pentagon. Every year the Department of Defense churns out more than 750,000 tons of hazardous waste — more than the top three chemical companies combined. Yet the military remains l...
When It Comes to the Minimum Wage, Obama’s No Teddy Roosevelt
RALPH NADER
How could Barack Obama say, in his State of the Union speech, “let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on earth no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour”? Back in 2008, Obama campaigned...
France Re-conquers Mali
GARY LEUPP
It’s hard to believe that just a decade ago the U.S. press was filled with the crudest sort of France-bashing. This was in response to President Jacques Chirac’s opposition to the U.S. war on Iraq, based as it was entirely on lies and destined as it was to a disastrou...
Post-Modernist Red-Baiting
LOUIS PROYECT
It was only a matter of time before the N.Y. Review of Books launched an ideological drone strike against Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s “...
Julian Assange and the Tilted Scales of Justice
NOZOMI HAYASE
Justice is one of the most important virtues of a healthy society. The basic idea is that when a wrong is committed, there is a system to help right that wrong in a way that is equitably applied. Marcus Tullius Cicero, orator and statesman of Ancient Rome once ...
At the End of Capitalism’s Rope
BENJAMIN J. GEORGE
Capitalism has an amazing duality inherent in its structure.  It can build homes in Fordist fashion yet yields homelessness.  It can produce enough food for all yet turns a blind-eye as much of the world starve.  It discovers cures for diseases but denies them to those...
Green Pot Head Pressure
LENNI BRENNER
A two-headed Martian recently dropped in on us and challenged me: “Folks back home love to ask what’s the wackiest thing about planets we visit. What should we say about this one?” Of course I told them that Marijuana is illegal. Thirty million American...
Tweeting as the World Burns
MICHAEL DONNELLY
“They say that hens do cackle loudest when there is nothing vital in the eggs they have laid.” —Ambrose Bierce “Bucket list item checked off: share a paddy wagon with Julian Bond. This is a broad movement,” Bill McKibben tweeted after his ...
The Coup of Coups
RON JACOBS
If there is one nation whose political situation has been omnipresent and important to the history of the past seventy-five years, it would be Iran.  Much to the dismay of those imperial powers that have tried to subdue and manipulate them, Iran’s people have refused t...
Western Art is Barking at China
ANDRE VLTCHEK
In Europe and the US, for years and decades, art has become sclerotic, toothless, and somehow synonymous with grant applications, ego trips, identical-looking museum buildings, hordes of tourists and the constant glorification of form over substance. Like Gucci and...
Opium of the 21st Century
DAVID ROSEN
We all know Marx’s famous line, “Religion is the opium of the people.”  However, his full reflection is more insightful and helpful understanding today’s postmodern “opium.” Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless wo...
The World Bank and the Palestinians
MATS SVENSSON
We used to meet at Borderline Restaurant, myself and three young, well-educated men (always men) from “The Bank.” We were discussing the recent World Bank meeting in Al Ram. President Arafat had just died in Paris. The meeting in Al Ram, therefore, had an unusually hi...
Venezuela: the Revolution Devalued?
CLIFTON ROSS
After months of rumors in opposition circles of a forthcoming devaluation, and denials of the rumor by Bolivarian government officials, the Venezuelan bolívar was finally devalued  by 47% on February 8th . Even though devaluation has become a fairly regular...
Our Atomic Dominoes Are Falling
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Two more atomic dominoes have hit the deck. At least a half-dozen more teeter on the brink, which would take the US reactor count under 100. But can we bury them before the next Fukushima erupts? And will we still laugh when Fox “News” says there...
Gays, God and the Boy Scouts
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It was a teachable moment-the young children holding up signs in Irving Texas outside the meeting place of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America.  It was also a surprise moment. On Wednesday February 6, 2012 the Executive Board decided to defe...
Drone Trust the Government
SHELDON RICHMAN
“Covert” drone warfare requires a level of confidence in politicians that they will never deserve. In the ...
Policing Oakland
DAN SIEGEL
Oakland’s community is in turmoil over crime and policing. A sharp increase in robberies, burglaries, and homicides has the public, especially middle class home owners, demanding solutions. Community activists, particularly young African Americans, Latinos, and thei...
Hijacking History
BARRY LANDO
What if a new film came out about 9/11, “based on a firsthand account of actual events,” that convincingly showed no Jews were in the World Trade Center that fateful morning. The fiery disaster, in fact, was a Zionist/CIA plot to justify launching “The War on Terror...