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Archives from March 2013
Reducing Production
DON FITZ
The question is not should we advocate reducing production within capitalist society but rather: How do we best relate to those struggles that are already occurring?  Activists across the globe are challenging the uncontrollable dynamic of economic expansio...
Achebe’s Legacy
CHARLES R. LARSON
Chinua Achebe—Africa’s greatest novelist—has died in a hospital near Boston. When Achebe’s ...
Remembering Oscar Romero, El Salvador and Iraq
MICHAEL McKEE
This weekend marked the 33-year anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero. An unofficial saint to much of Central America, Romero was killed shortly after petitioning then U.S. president Jimmy Carter to halt aid to the Salvadoran government, as w...
Has Everyone Improved Except Working People?
DAVID MACARAY
Not to wax nostalgically, but when we look back at the social progress made over the last half-century or so, we have much to be proud of. Granted, in many instances it was unfortunate we had to wait so long before these progressive measures took root, but late to the par...
Droning On
MICHAEL BRENNER
Drones are still hovering over the capital – figuratively, for the time being. The images generated by Eric Holder’s disquieting testimony and Rand Paul’s filibuster are lingering. They have not ignited an uproar of protest against targeted assassinations, signature...
Something is Rotten in the State of Israel
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
It is said that the devil has about him the smell of fire and brimstone (sulphur). Evil deeds are often described as “most foul.” On the other hand, people who appear, accurately or not, as always innocent are described as “smelling like roses.” There seems, then,...
As Berezovsky Lay Dying
AFSHIN RATTANSI
You would have needed a Hogarth rather than neoclassical David to paint the dead body in a bathtub at a mansion, some 40km West of London found on the morning of Saturday 22nd March 2013. Zionist and Russian fugitive and business partner of the brother of Presi...
Solitary Confinement and the Totalitarian Abyss
NORMAN POLLACK
Chalk up another victory to the dark forces of the hegemonic demiurge, the unrestrained, irresistible thrust of monopoly capitalism in the throes—we are speaking here of the US, because, as a world system, capitalism is still capable of thrusting up new centers of globa...
Cuba’s Princess of the Internet
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
Liberal and conservative Americans alike have celebrated Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez. She’s become the new “resistance to Cuban communism” heroine, a world-renowned troublemaker inside communist Cuba. Yoani also acquired semi-princess status in western Europe...
Obama Fails in the Mideast
SAM BAHOUR
Ramallah. As I watched President Barack Obama’s helicopter pass above my home, just before landing at the Palestinian Presidential Compound next to Ramallah, I just shook my head in disappointment, first as an American, then as a Palestinian. I thought: ...
The Causes of Global Inequality
RAJESH MAKWANA
As international negotiations on a new set of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) continue, it is worth reflecting on some of the limitations and failures of the MDG framework. Significantly, the program represents the only internationally agreed framework for trying to a...
The Real Obama?
LINN WASHINGTON Jr.
The History Channel is catching righteous hell for crafting the character of Satan in its miniseries “The Bible” to bear an uncanny likeness to U.S. President Barak Obama. Is it just coincidence that the dark-skinned Satan in this HISTORY chan...
America’s Willing Executioners
ROB URIE
Ten years after the invasion, occupation and widespread destruction of Iraq was set into motion the revisionist apologetics are flying fast and furious. These include the denial of culpability for crimes committed, the systematic undercounting of the innocents slaughtered...
Our Chavez: Huey Long
MIKE WHITNEY
“Every man a king, but no one wears a crown.” – Huey P. long, Governor of Louisiana Americans are committed to capitalism and prefer free market solutions whenever possible. Wrong. The truth is that support f...
The Sociocide of Iraq by Bush/Cheney
RALPH NADER
Ten years ago George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, as war criminals, launched the sociocide of the people of Iraq – replete with embedded television and newspaper reporters chronicling the invasion through the Bush lens. That illegal war of aggression was, of course, based o...
The Self-Delusions of Empire
JOSEPH RICHARDSON
London. Each generation views history through the lens of its own political standpoint. During the 19th century, Whig historians had no qualms about arguing that the present was the blessed culmination of years of development along predestined l...
The Radioactive Ghost of Chiang Kai-shek
ADAM CHIMIENTI
On March 9th, 2013, over 200,000 anti nuclear activists took to the streets around Taiwan as the debate over nuclear power is once again heating up. A proposed referendum in July or August is now touted as the ultimate arbiter of the fate of nuclear plant Numbe...
Soldier Suicides
ALYSSA ROHRICHT
On March 21, 2013  at around 11 p.m., a tragedy occurred as a U.S. Marine shot and killed two co-workers at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia and then committed suicide. While this instance is a tragedy in itself, it marks an alarming trend among U.S. active-d...
Obama, Israel, and the Politics of Catharsis
NORMAN POLLACK
Obama’s Middle East mission, given star treatment at every turn, demonstrates, like the famous Cairo speech in his first term, verbal subterfuge, a handy cover for insinuating US power in the region even more than sought by his predecessors.  Oil is too simple a reason...
The Annexation of Tunisia’s Revolution
SERGE HALIMI
Almost everyone in Tunisia believes that the benefits of the revolution are in danger. Perhaps from a “secular” opposition that refuses to admit that the conservative An-Nahda Islamists were the clear winners in the National Constituent Assembly elections in October ...
Syria Teeters on Obama’s “Red Line”
NILE BOWIE
The pages of history tell us that beautiful civilizations emerged and prospered in the ancient cities of Damascus and Aleppo, some of the oldest continually inhabited cities on earth. The harrowing circus of brutality that is the Syrian conflict, now in its third year, wi...
Feeding Frenzy of the Kleptocracy
P. SAINATH
Forbes has just added an ‘errata’ to Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s budget speech. The minister had found a mere 42,800 people in the country with a taxable income in excess of $184,000 a year. Forbes, the Oracle of Business Journalism, does not list taxabl...
The Speech That was Not Delivered
URI AVNERY
Note: This text was written on Wednesday, a day before President Obama made his historic speech in Jerusalem. It appears that my text  came much closer to his actual speech than I had dared to hope. Some passages are almost identical. Readers may want to compare the text...
NATO in the Arctic
RITT GOLDSTEIN
Dalarna, Sweden. The catastrophe of global warming is rapidly bringing accessibility to the Far North, an often discussed ‘rush’ to claim land and resources ongoing as I write this. Historically, there have been numerous other ‘rushes’ for land and ...