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Archives from February 2013
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...