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Archives from March 2013
The Battle of Cyprus
ELLEN BROWN
“If these worries become really serious, . . . [s]mall savers will take their money out of banks and resort to household safes and a shotgun.” — ...
“Smart Power” and the Afghanistan Novel
PADMAJA CHALLAKERE
In the context of the much-talked about Afghan drawdown of 2013-14, it is relevant to consider the successful Afghanistan novel and the work it has done in waging the Afghanistan war. One could argue that the Afghanistan Novel is the ghost in this war machine. Novels like...
The Disasters that U.S. Intervention Created
SHELDON RICHMAN
Americans have forgotten about the Iraq war, which began 10 years ago this week, and the Afghan war, the longest in American history, but the U.S. government is still throwing its weight around in both countries. The Iraq war, the pretext for which was nonexistent ...
The Unheard Voices of Palestinians
ALAN WIEDER
David Grossman did the interviews for his book, The Yellow Wind, in May 1987, six months bef...
Obama, Israel and Palestine
ROBERT FANTINA
One wonders when, if ever, the nonsense that spews forth from the mouths of the U.S.’s elected, so-called representatives, ceases. Less than five months after his victory over a truly frightening oppon...
The Occupation and the Resistance
ASHLEY SMITH
George W. Bush declared victory and an end to combat operations on May 1, 2003, but the war in Iraq was, in fact, just beginning. The U.S. military would hunt down the Baathist leadership one by one, eventually killing most of them, including Saddam Hussein himself...
Hey Iraqis: How’s that “Liberation” Stuff Workin’ Out For Ya?
KEVIN CARSON
On March 19 Donald Rumsfeld, former US “Defense” Secretary and ongoing sociopath and moral leper, celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War with this tweet: “10 yrs ago began the long, difficult work of liberating 25 mil Iraqis. All who played a role in histo...
North Dakota Enters the Political Ice Age
JEFF ARMSTRONG
North Dakota ushered in spring this year with temperatures dipping below zero, but the physical climate was relatively balmy when compared with the political ice age emanating from the state capitol in Bismarck. The state has grabbed national headlines over the leg...
A Veteran’s Assessment of the Iraq War
CESAR CHELALA
Ten years later we are all aware of the damage caused in Iraq by the war: the thousands of civilians killed, including women and children, the destruction of the infrastructure, the millions now living under the poverty line, the high levels of corruption that make Iraq o...
The Ugly Truth Behind Obama’s Cyber-War
ALFREDO LOPEZ
Last week, a top U.S. government intelligence official named James Clapper ...
A Draft-Dodging, Zionist Friendly, Rghtwing Texan Islamist to lead Syria?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus. For the past year, a plan C or D, depending on how one numbers the failed US-Israel projects in Syria was badly needed for those presuming to topple the Assad government. And this week, according  to Congressional staffers, both Tel Aviv ...
The Pain of the Ogaden Somali People
GRAHAM PEEBLES
“Every night, they took all of us girls to [interrogations]. They would separate us and beat us. The second time they took me, they raped me… All three of the men raped me, consecutively”. Human Rights Watch (HRW) report i...
The Leninism of Chavez
CHRIS GILBERT
Caracas. In the many homages to Hugo Chávez in recent weeks, there is an important element that suffers almost complete neglect. For want of a better term we could call it “Leninism.” By this, of course, I do not mean the tired, formulaic (and...
The Legacy of Horror for Children in Iraq
HOWARD LISNOFF
Children are innocent and often the innocent victims of U.S. warfare. Despite protections, most written after the carnage of masses of civilians during World War II, the U.S. quickly jettisoned its commitment to the protection of civilians and children by the rules of int...
The USA Attacked Iraq Because Saddam had W$D
BART GRUZALSKI
Ten years ago the US launched its indiscriminate “shock and awe” attack on Bagdad.  Much of the country opposed the war, the so-called justifications for the war were full of holes and non-sequiturs, and today we see the war as a calamity.  Seymour ...
The Year of the Concentrate
FRED GARDNER
The Winter/Spring 2013 issue of O’Shaughnessy’s came out February 14 with a page-one article by Jeffrey Hergenrather, ...
The 10 Year Mark in Iraq
RON JACOBS
The news had come overnight. US planes were raining a shock and awe of murderous destruction on the people of Baghdad, rendering parts of the city into ruins.  The residents hid in shelters if they could and prayed their children would survive. Meanwhile, soldiers and ma...
Once I Was Decisive, Maybe
MISSY BEATTIE
I drove to North Carolina to visit family and consider again a move from Baltimore to Chapel Hill. I’m indecisive, inertia’d. I need someone to say, “Honey, we have a job opportunity here. What do you think?” Because this is way it was, the reason for all t...
The Second War on Suffragettes
YVONNE RIDLEY
London. In a few weeks time the 100th anniversary of the death of heroic suffragette Emily Wilding Davison should be marked with a minute’s silence at the iconic Epsom Derby but this small act of remembrance is being resisted by the very same Estab...
Fortune’s Fools
PHIL ROCKSTROH
“Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.” — Miles Davis As a general rule, musicians, artists, and writers, as well as those possessed of an ardor for self-awareness and a commit...
When Chileans Said “No” to Pinochet
SAUL LANDAU
The new film, “No”, takes place in Chile in 1988 as the nation faced a plebiscite — a vote of all citizens –on whether to keep General Augusto Pinochet in power, or not. The Army commander who seized power after a 1973 military coup against elected Preside...
From Shock and Awe to Wall Street
KEVIN ZEESE and MARAGAET FLOWERS
This week marks the tenth anniversary of the “Shock and Awe” US invasion of Iraq. The ravages of that invasion continue at home and in Iraq, the US is still at war in Afghanistan (troops and contractors remain in Iraq) and unofficially waging war on countries...
Albania’s Brutal History
CHARLES R. LARSON
Novels about life under totalitarian regimes are generally not very uplifting.  Think of Romanian novelist Herta Muller’s recent works translated into English.  Or go back a little further—to the Baltics or Eastern Europe—and fiction that dwells on Communism’s...
Orloski and D’Errico
POETS' BASEMENT
Looking for Cirino’s bones by CHARLES ORLOSKI   Sun rays entered barn-windows – March 9, 2012, a chicken started to run, a cow awaited milking, a groundhog sensed something amiss, never present, b...
The Retrospective We Deserve
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
March 19, 2003 marked the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.  For those who remember those polarizing days, it doesn’t seem like so long ago, although I’m constantly reminded of how much time has passed every day when I lecture with my 18 year old s...
The Madness of King George Revisited
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
It is trite to say that madness occurs when the mind governing decisions and actions becomes systemically disconnected from the real world. But in the Versailles on the Potomac, where madness has risen to a high art form, reinforced by pseudo science, i...
Return of the Living Dead
PEPE ESCOBAR
Uncle Marx never thought about this one: history repeating itself as double tragedy after already being a farce in the first place. Let’s examine the case in hand. First of all, take a close look at this Wall Street Journal op-ed from September 2002, in the hysteri...
Rachel Corrie’s Rafah Legacy
RAMZY BAROUD
“Hi Papa .. Don’t worry about me too much, right now I am most concerned that we are not being effective. I still don’t feel particularly at risk. Rafah has seemed calmer lately,” Rachel Corrie wrote to her father, Craig, from Rafah, a town located at the southern...
War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in Iraq
AJAMU BARAKA
This month marks the tenth anniversary of the U.S. attack on Iraq, one of the most egregious expressions of naked power and imperial ambition since the Second World War. The attack defied both an outraged world opinion — expressed by global mass demonstrations  ...
Argo and the Stolen Truth About Iran
MAHMOOD DELKHASTEH
This year’s Oscar-winning movie ‘Argo’ recently spurred Iran’s former president, Abolhassan Banisadr to write an ...
Is She Muslim?
BARBARA NIMRI AZIZ
Some years ago, I accompanied Arab feminist and writer Nawal Al-Saadawi to an interview with National Public Radio at their New York studio. Saadawi was already recognized as a dissident and a provocative thinker. The host began by asking: “Are you a good Muslim?” Uns...
Sealed in the House of Privilege
LAWRENCE MISHEL
David Brooks recently wrote a misguided column critic...
Sri Lanka on the Knife Edge
NILANTHA ILANGAMUWA
“When a dog howls at the moon, we call it religion. When he barks at strangers, we call it patriotism.” – Edward Abbey Another howler has emerged from Sri Lanka. And, neither laughing nor crying will make any...
Teach the Children War
DAVID SWANSON
The National Museum of American History, and a billionaire who has funded a new exhibit there, would like you to know that we’re going to need more wars if we want to have freedom.  Never mind that we seem to lose so many freedoms whenever we have wars.  Never min...
Drenched in Debt
ALYSSA ROHRICHT
I wasn’t sure what to write about today. I wrestled back and forth with different topics, knowing I needed to write something but lacking the focus to really tackle any of the topics I would normally jump at.  Truth be told, I’ve been distracted. Hugely distr...
Can God Forgive Jorge Mario Bergoglio?
NANCY SCHEPER-HUGHES
Dedicated to Jack Kernaghan, SJ. There are sins and there are mortal sins. There are crimes and there are heinous crimes. Finally, there are abominations, sins so violent and godless that they cried  out to heaven for vengeance–or so I was taught in...
Will Israeli Settlers Receive Obama’s Blessing?
JONATHAN COOK
Those who hoped that Barack Obama would be arriving in Israel to bang Israeli and Palestinian heads together, after four years of impasse in the peace process, will be sorely disappointed. The US president’s trip beginning today may be historic – the first of h...
Snyder’s Coup
MIKE WHITNEY
“The democratic rights of Detroit’s citizens are being trampled to protect the interests of Snyder’s wealthy CEO friends and their lobbyists.” — Lon Johnson, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Far-right Governor Rick S...
The Curious Case of Yoani Sanchez
BENJAMIN WILLIS and MARIA ISABEL ALFONSO
Yoani Sanchez’ long-awaited arrival to the United States has been heralded as a victory for the opposition in Cuba and an example of how citizen journalists, armed with social media, can bring about democratic change in authoritarian societies. However, a closer loo...
The Fight for Home Goes On
DANIEL WOLFF
The fight for home is still being fought in New Orleans, more than seven years after Katrina. And it’s in full-swing in the New York metropolitan area, months after Sandy. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced he wanted to use $400 million in federal ...
More Apartheid
CESAR AGUEL
Where? Well . . . Take a guess. Choose two places and one does not count. We are of course referring to the new measures taken by the Israeli Transport Ministry, for the daily transfer, back and forth, of Palestinians residing in the Occupied Territor...
Obama Marks Iraq War Anniversary with War Summit in Israel
BEN SCHREINER
A decade after the American-led invasion of Iraq, the U.S. is once again preparing to set the Middle East ablaze.  In fact, President Obama will touch down in Tel Aviv ten years to the day “shock and awe” was first unleashed for what appears to be little more than a ...
Caribbean and Latin American Integration
CARMELO RUIZ-MARRERO
Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It was late afternoon when our flight from Miami arrived at the Toussaint L’Overture airport in Port Au Prince. Someday the fine folks at American Airlines will have to explain why it makes sense to fly from Puerto Rico to Hait...
The Plague of Wall Street Banking
KEVIN ZEESE and MARAGAET FLOWERS
The economic news this week highlights what happens when governments are unable to confront the root cause of the financial collapse – the risky speculation and securities fraud of the big banks.  What happens? They blame the people, cut their benefits, tax their savi...
Obama and the Grand Bargain
SHAMUS COOKE
President Obama’s recent closed-door sessions with Republican congressmen to reach a “grand bargain” has roused suspiciously little attention in the mainstream media. What scant reporting has occurred presents the following narrative: President Ob...
Inside Harvard’s World Model UN Conference
BINOY KAMPMARK
It all seems like the sweet idealistic guff of elementary school. Ideas are yet to form their hard lines, and one entertains hopes that a bully will get his comeuppance eventually.  Good will triumph, and the murky world shall be ordered.  But a model United Nations Con...