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Archives from March 2013
Think What a Leader Like Chavez Could Do in the Arab World
BARBARA NIMRI AZIZ
World attention has moved away from Venezuela. So excuse me if I am slow to follow, my thoughts remaining just a little longer with Hugo Chavez and what his life represents to me. I must be one of millions on the sidelines of history who wants to be on record as an admire...
Howard Zinn in Chicago
BENJAMIN J. GEORGE
This past January the 27th was the anniversary of Howard Zinn’s death. For all who knew Howard, be it through his books, speeches or from marching along side him on the restive streets of pr...
The Brave New World of Online Education
BARRY LANDO
Paris. A few weeks ago, I decided to apply to go back to college–to one of the 20 top liberal arts colleges in America. It turned out to be deceptively simple: No SAT exams, no mammoth tuition fees, no huge student loans, no nail-biting wait to see i...
Wolverines on the Brink
GEORGE WUERTHNER
I attended the Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent wolverine listing hearings in Helena, Montana.  Opponents, including a number of Montana state legislators as well as MDFWP, argued that wolverine populations were “stable” or even “increasing” and therefore did...
The Healthcare Delivery Con
NORMAN BALL
Innocent enough at first blush, the term healthcare delivery abets a clever linguistic ploy. It serves as the cognitive launch-point for a debate about the broken healthcare delivery systemand how best to fix it. The phraseology fosters t...
Apple Wants Your Money or Your Life
ALEXANDER REED KELLY
In the everyday game between man and corporation, it is taken for granted that the house always prevails. Apple’s winning streak hit a snag last week however, when I won an exception to the company’s policy governing the replacement of warrantied hard drives....
Is Kuwait Trying to Scapegoat the Palestinians?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus The Imam Musa Sadr, Sheik Mohammad Yaacoub, and journalist Abbas Badreddine case, like the Tell Tale Heart in Edgar Allen’s Poe novel, will not stop crying out for justice despite more than three decades of political efforts to close the file....
What Killed Neruda?
CESAR CHELALA
The recent order by a Chilean judge to exhume and then conduct an autopsy on the remains of the poet Pablo Neruda may throw light on the real cause of death of Pablo Neruda, a Chilean writer whom Gabriel Garcia Marquez called “the greatest poet of the 20th century — i...
One Issue Only
MISSY BEATTIE
My mother talked to the television, disputing anyone with a pro-war message. When George Bush appeared on the screen, she’d turn away, but still talk. At first this was humorous. After Daddy died, she became pessimistic. When she said the world should end,...
Where Quiet Beauty is Meshed with Violent Reality
KIM NICOLINI
Thirty minutes into Kim Nguyen’s film War Witch (2012) (simply titled Rebelle in its original French Canadian release) I knew I was watching something like nothing I had seen before. Nguyen’s film is based on true stories of child soldiers captured in Bu...
Adventures Down the Alimentary Canal
CHARLES R. LARSON
So—if you assume as I did that Mary Roach’s Gulp will be straight narration down the ali...
The Soundtrack of Imperial Revisionism
DAVID YEARSLEY
Now that the salt has finally settled to the bottom of the 2012 movie season popcorn tub, it’s time to pick through the recalcitrant kernels and send them back to the molars for last rites. Today I’m rolling around two of them in my mouth: Oscar winner for best pictur...
The Gospel of Judas
MICHAEL DICKINSON
“The execution of a scapegoat in Roman-occupied Palestine results in the birth of a false faith that will conquer the Western World.” FADE IN. INT. A SEALED ROCK TOMB – NIGHT. Flickering oil lamps stand at each corner of a raised slab on which li...
Bethany W. Pope
POETS' BASEMENT
from Persephone in the Underworld by BETHANY W. POPE   1 Into the Chasm   This is what I see from the base of the yew: Ravelled roots, twisted and hard, spri...
The Confiscation Scheme Planned for US and UK Depositors
ELLEN BROWN
Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England dated...
If You Carve Africa, Africa May Carve You
PATRICK BOND and KHADIJA SHARIFE
Durban. The reach of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) leaders was palpable this week, not just here in Durban where they gathered on Tuesday and Wednesday to plan investments and infrastructure, but everywhere on the continent where extra...
How Corporate Power Seized the Internet
NORMAN SOLOMON
If your daily routine took you from one homegrown organic garden to another, bypassing vast fields choked with pesticides, you might feel pretty good about the current state of agriculture. If your daily routine takes you from one noncommercial progressive website ...
Detroit and the International War of the Rich on the Poor
RICH GIBSON
Every Detroit teacher was fired in the fall of 2012. Apparently, the nation did not notice. Hence, this story. On March 26, 2013, 78% of the voting members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers ratified a contract which DFT president, Keith Johnson, called, ...
Why France Won’t Intervene in the Central African Republic
SASHA ROSS
The French seem to have taken an active interest in rescuing Africa from itself. They struck Libya in the name of democracy and moved to invade Mali a year later under the same premises. So now that former French colony, the Central African Republic, has been overrun by r...
World Social Forum Opens in Tunisia
JORDAN FLAHERTY
Tunis, Tunisia Tens of thousands of people marched through downtown Tunis on Tuesday in a spirited march celebrating the beginning the 13th World Social Forum – the first to be held in an Arab country. The majority of marchers were from Tunisi...
Slimy Double-Talk About the F-35
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
A Marine F-35B Lightening II Joint Strike Fighter prepares to land vertically at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 21. “This marks the first vertical landing of a Marine Corps F-35B outside of a testing environment,” the corps said. The...
DOMA and the Supremes
ALYSSA ROHRICHT
For the last two days, the Supreme Court Justices have listened to arguments for and against California’s controversial Proposition 8 law, a law that bans same-sex marriage in the state, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 law that bars the federa...