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Archives from March 2013
Wall Street’s Role in the Crisis in Cyprus
ROB URIE
Recent events in Cyprus, the seizure of bank deposits to affect bailouts of large private banks and the implementation of capital controls to limit the rate at which remaining bank deposits can be moved out of the country, suggest the global banking crisis widely presente...
China’s Shadow Bankers and the Vampire Squid
MIKE WHITNEY
“China is displaying the same three symptoms that Japan, the U.S. and parts of Europe all showed before suffering financial crises: a rapid build-up of leverage, elevated property prices and a decline in potential growth.” — Zhiwei Zhang,  No...
The Death of the Chicano Left
RODOLFO ACUÑA
Prior to 1986 a clear Left voice could be heard on immigration reform. Among its priorities was that there would be no guest worker program, there would be no employer sanctions, there would be a more humane border enforcement policy, and there would be a clear path to ci...
Agency of Fear
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
It’s nearing dusk on November 26, 2010. More than 25,000 people have gathered in a light rain at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland, Oregon to watch the annual lighting of the holiday tree, a 100-foot-tall Douglas-fir logged from the Willamette National Forest. ...
Egyptian Female Cartoonist Pokes Fun at Fundamentalists
MEDEA BENJAMIN
One of the women who spoke at the Women’s Assembly during the World Social Forum in Tunisia was not a political activist, but a cartoonist. Dooa Eladl is 34-year-old Egyptian woman who calls herself a Muslim anarchist. Her work appears in the p...
East African Opposition, Really?
ANDRE VLTCHEK
In the three Western outposts of the eastern part of Africa – Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya – the opposition had either been totally smashed or is rotting in jail. Alternatively, it has ‘ceased to exist’. In East Africa, those who are in power and those who ...
Israeli Idiocracy
URI AVNERY
So, finally our Prime Minister has apologized to Turkey for “operational mistakes” that “might have” led to the death of nine Turks during the attack on MV Mavi Marmara, the ship which tried to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza. It took him two years and t...
You Have the Right to Remain Silent, But …
DAVE LINDORFF
Willie James Sauls is unlikely to see the outside of a prison. Last fall a court in the state of Texas sentenced this 37-year-old man to 45 years in jail. His crime: he snatched the purse from an old woman. In Norway, meanwhile, a court sentenced Anders Behring Bre...
How Obama Chose War Over Peace in Syria
SHAMUS COOKE
With Syria on the brink of national genocide, outside nations have only two options: help reverse the catastrophe or plunge this torn nation deeper into the abyss. Countries can either work towards a peaceful political solution or they can continue to pour money, guns, a...
Guantánamo Widow
VICTORIA BRITTAIN
Zinnira Aamer sat on the sofa in her parents’ flat, talking so softly it was hard to hear her, in words so sad it was difficult to listen to them. She talked about her dreams, and voices in her head that told her sometimes that her husband had divorced her while he was ...
How Big Corporations are Unpatriotic
RALPH NADER
Many giant profitable U.S. corporations are increasingly abandoning America while draining it at the same time. General Electric, for example, has paid no federal income taxes for a decade while becoming a net job exporter and fighting its hard-pressed workers who ...
Honduran Cops, The Latest U.S.-Backed Killers
NICK ALEXANDROV
Official U.S. support for bands of killers dates back to the nation’s inception, likely one reason H. Rap Brown called violence “as American as cherry pie.” The country’s founding father helped start the trend when he sent General John Sullivan to Iroquois territo...
The Myth of the Aztec Tiger
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City. According to rumors spread by everyone from The Economist to The New York Times, Mexico has gone from being the bloody epicenter of the “drug war” to a roaring “Aztec tiger” in the space of three short months. Following l...
Weathered Underground
LOUIS PROYECT
Of the 647 film reviews I’ve written over the past 13 years, most cover political documentaries. When I review a narrative film, it is often about one made in a neorealist style with nonprofessional actors. My goal is to create a consumer’s guide for a leftwing a...
Once, When the Conservatives Were Vanquished
JOSEPH RICHARDSON
 London. Ken Loach’s ...
Shameful Double Standards on Israel
SHELDON RICHMAN
The right-wing seemingly never misses a chance to go after Barack Obama for his collectivism and dislike of America. Yet when Obama embraced blood-and-soil tribalism openly and implied that America was not the “land of the free” for everyone, the right-wing ...
The Neocons Won
GARY LEUPP
Reading an assortment of commentaries (“retrospectives”) on the tenth anniversary of the U.S. war on Iraq, and onset of the horrific occupation, I find most center their discussion on the now almost universally conceded fact that the war was based on false pretexts. T...
Easter Depends on Whistleblowers
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Most people fall from grace.  I was pushed– for being a whistleblower.  This story is about my “fall,” getting back up, and pushing back—with a lawsuit, that took 13 years.  It is also about today: how religious institutions keep silent their own potential ...
Obama’s Peace Antics in Israel
RAMZY BAROUD
At the precise moment US President Barack Obama’s Air Force One touched down at Ben Gurion Airport on March 20, persisting illusions quickly began to shatter. And as he walked on the red carpet, showered with accolades and warm embraces of top Israeli government and mil...
Canada’s Secretive Role in Iraq
YVES ENGLER
When a US-led coalition invaded Iraq the forward-looking Canadian government stayed out of the war. And if you believe that I have a bridge for sale in Moose Jaw at an excellent price. As part of the tenth anniversary of the invasion many media outlets lauded Canad...
Cyprus and the Eurozone Crisis
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
London. The economic crisis of the Republic of Cyprus follows the Greek tragedy of the past year. Only the scale this time is bigger, but the anger in the small island with one-tenth of the population of its neighbor no less. Pressure applied by the troika...
JP Morgan and Payday Loans
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” – Attributed to Henry Ford JP Morgan Cha...
Mo Yan and the Use of Satire
RON JACOBS
Since receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012, Chinese writer Mo Yan has been subjected to a torrent of criticism from western reviewers and other scribes.  Most of this criticism focuses on what they perceive to be a lackluster criticism of the Chinese governme...
Cyber Battles, Phoney Wars
BINOY KAMPMARK
It is sometimes hard to yawn when it comes to cyber catastrophes and predictions of global internet meltdown, but the latest round of clashes in the global internet backyard has some experts worried. This is exactly what has been happening for a week, with London and Gene...
Who Sells More Guns: the NRA or Hollywood?
JOE GIAMBRONE
I’ve seen Cold Dead Hand a couple of times, and I als...