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Archives from April 2013
Divided We Fall: a Tale of Two Economic Realities
JASON HIRTHLER
“Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life.” These lines from schoolmaster Thomas Gradgrind open Charles Dickens’ ...
Recovery for the 7 Percent
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
“From the end of the recession in 2009 through 2011 (the last year for which Census Bureau wealth data are available), the 8 million households in the U.S. with a net worth above $836,033 saw their aggregate wealth rise by an estimated $5.6 trillion, while t...
Obama and the Black Economy
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
One has to believe in something or someone in order to betray it or them. From the start, President Barack Obama has shown little interest or loyalty in the issues that affect the poor, working class and people of color in the United States. For almost his entire f...
An Interview With Tariq Ali
AJIT SAHI
New Delhi. A clamour is up to name Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate at India’s general election next year. His backers say he should be judged for bringing development to his state. His oppo...
Time for Some Publicly-Owned Banks
ELLEN BROWN
“[W]ith Cyprus . . . the game itself changed. By raiding the depositors’ accounts, a major central bank has gone where they would not previously have dared. The Rubicon has been crossed.” —Eric Sprott, Shree Kargutkar, “...
Is Iraq on the Cusp of Partition?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Soldiers are deserting a beleaguered Iraqi army as it struggles to keep its hold on the northern half of Iraq in the face of escalating hostility from Sunni Arabs and Kurds who dominate in the region. Around the oil city of Kirkuk Kurdish troops have advanced so...
Did Obama “Radicalize” the Tsarnaevs?
SHELDON RICHMAN
If the Brothers Tsarnaev’s bombing at the Boston Marathon is an argument against immigration, then Tim McVeigh’s bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is an argument against reproductive freedom. Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev came to the Unit...
Syria and Sarin Gas: a Familiar Ring
ROBERT FISK
Is there any way of escaping the theatre of chemical weapons? First, Israeli “military intelligence” says that Bashar al-Assad’s forces have used/have probably used/might have used/could use chemical weapons. Then Chuck Hagel, the US Defence Secretary, p...
Criminally Incompetent in the EU
TOM McNAMARA
“Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence” — Napoleon Bonaparte As they say in top 40 radio, “And the hits just keep on coming!” More bad news out of the European Union...
On the Streets of Oakland
LINH DINH
Other people’s lives come fluttering to us in the tiniest fragments, and these we gather, when we bother to, into an incoherent jumble of impressions we pass off as knowledge. Further, our ears, eyes and mind are all seriously defective and worn-down, making intelligenc...
Sex in India
DAVID MACARAY
Although I lived and worked in India for two years (Peace Corps) and spent much of that time paying attention to important things, I never became an “expert” on anything.  While India was a magnificent country, populated by a wonderfully vibrant and generous people, ...
Among the Thugs
VIJAY PRASHAD
Delhi. “We are mere coolies working at the machines in these terrible times. We are mere dupes and fools to discover the diamond and to make a gift of it to the king, to adorn his crown.” — Nazrul Islam....
Let Us Now Praise Heinous Men
ANDREW LEVINE
Too bad for corporate moguls that they can’t yet patent news events.  If they could, they could turn the dedication ceremony for George W. Bush’s presidential library in Dallas last Thursday into one hell of a moneymaker.  Big Pharma could market the DVD as an emeti...
Despair Down Under
JOHN PILGER
Eleven miles by ferry from Perth is Western Australia’s “premier tourist destination”. This is Rottnest Island, whose scabrous wild beauty and isolation evoked for me Robben Island in South Africa. Empires are never short of devil’s islands; what makes Rottnest di...
The Fight for GMO-Free Food
KARL GROSSMAN
Will New York State be the first state in the nation to require the labeling of food containing what has become known as GMO—genetically modified organisms? More than 60 countries have enacted laws banning the use of GMO in producing food or requiring the labelin...
Obama and U.S. Military Divided Over Syria
SHAMUS COOKE
Has Syria crossed the “red line” that warrants a U.S. military invasion? Has it not? The political establishment in the United States seems at odds over itself. Obama’s government cannot speak with one voice on the issue, and the U.S. media is likewise ...
Economic Blockade and WikiLeaks
BINOY KAMPMARK
Julian Assange had been using that term for a time, but economic censorship is as close to the mark as any.  If you want to shut someone up, deprive them of funding, cut off the supply, hope they go quietly into the night, hopefully without breaking too many things on th...
Rainbows for the Ruling Class
RANDY SHIELDS
One of the great things about America is that it’s easy to be psychic here. This is the land of psychic opportunity. Anyone can hang out a shingle and predict the future. Anyone can read a palm that’s greased. If you want to know what’s going to happen n...
North Dakota’s Voter ID Law Threatens to Silence Native Americans
RUTH HOPKINS
One would think that if you’re a U.S. Congressman who insulted your state’s largest minority population and threatened bodily injury to their Tribally-elected leaders while in the process of verbally assaulting a Native American woman at a very public state coalition ...
France: Amnesty for Bosses, None for Workers
TOM GILL
France’s socialist government stands accused of ditching yet another pledge after it rejected this week a campaign for an amnesty of workers convicted for offences during strikes and other protest actions. The bill, which excludes those found guilty of physical v...
Our Nation of Sleuths
BARBARA NIMRI AZIZ
I think it was the cheering on that Friday night which most disturbed me. With thousands of police spreading through tranquil neighborhoods, FBI massive search engines working overtime, an army of tactic-geared men swarming through the city, military helicopters churning ...
Iceland’s Crippling Elections
JOSE M. TIRADO
With 94.8% of the votes tallied, Icelanders last night handed the governing coalition of the Social Democrat Alliance and the Left-Green Movement a crippling defeat, turning over the reins of power right back to the same coalition which wrecked the economy 5 years ago: th...
The Press and the Boston Bombing
AMIEN ESSIF
In the ruckus of commentary that has fogged the media since the Boston bombings, a few good words have been said, a few good insights, a few good ...