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Archives from April 2013
Doctors Who Torture
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
Buenos Aires Last July at the Libertad (Freedom) prison in Uruguay was unusual. Miguel Angel Estrella, an Argentine pianist (and now Argentina’s Ambassador to UNESCO), was giving a concert in the same prison where he had been imprisoned and tortur...
The Clowns of the Italian Parliament
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It doesn’t seem fair.  The Italians have a lot more fun doing nothing than do we.  And, in addition, they have the Pope and former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. We have no one like the Pope to take pride in and it’s hard to match Berlusconi.  This all came to ...
Confronting the Empire
MISSY BEATIE
It’s likely we witnessed a rehearsal last Friday in Boston for the wedding of Be Afraid and Martial Law. Most Bostonians said, “I do.” And if they promised to obey, plenty of ‘villians, ‘ers, and other ‘onians across the US will, as well, while wearing ...
Within The National (In)Security State
PHIL ROCKSTROH
Life, as lived, moment to moment, in the corporate/consumer state, involves moving between states of tedium, stress, and swoons of mass media and consumer distraction. Therein, one spends a large portion of one’s economically beleaguered life attempting to make ends...
New York City, Just Like I Pictured It…
RON JACOBS
My stated reason for being in New York in 1973 was to go to school, but my real intent was to immerse myself in leftist politics and rock and roll culture.  Almost every weekend I headed to the Village and Lower East Side in search of weed and music or politics.  There ...
A House Divided
BENJAMIN FOGEL
COSATU is in the midst of the biggest crisis in its 27-year history. This crisis has arisen from an SACP-driven attempt to oust democratically elected COSATU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, under the guise of corruption charges. The conflict’s roots are in longst...
New Voices in Indie New Media
DAVID ROSEN
On April 20th, the Tribeca Film Institute held its 2nd “Interactive” conference as part of Tribeca’s 11th film festival. In the spirit of the wonderful eclecticism that marks the curatorial originality of the festival’s film select...
Running on Empty
MICHAEL McDAETH
There is a macabre irony to the Boston Marathon bombing; that of blowing off the legs of people at a running event. The victims lost their legs to this low flying violence as they stood behind barricades waiting for their loved ones who were using their legs to cross the ...
Liberty, Security, and Terror
SHELDON RICHMAN
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” It would be nice if Benjamin Franklin’s ...
The Problem With Green Party Leadership
MITCHEL COHEN
I agree with the main thrust of William Kaufman’s essay in CounterPunch, “Pwog Fantasies of Power“. My one caveat is that there is nothing wrong with listing what amou...
Farewell to the King of Heartbreak
PETER STONE BROWN
This morning while finishing my first cup of coffee and checking my Facebook notifications, an email came from a good friend of mine.  The title was “Possum.”  I knew what it was going to say and almost didn’t want to open it.  But I opened it and my fears were c...
Snow White, Bullfighter
KIM NICOLINI
It seems that we are living in a time where classic fairytales have become fodder for Hollywood mass-marketing strategies, where the tales of the Brothers Grimm have become grim exercises in salesmanship as Hollywood chews up and spits out a revised fairytale nearly every...
Afghan and American Misunderstandings
CHARLES R. LARSON
The best plan would be skip this review and run out and purchase a copy of Nadeem Aslam’s The Blin...
State Music, From Versailles to the White House
DAVID YEARSLEY
From the Versailles of Louis XIV to the White House of Barack Obama, state music functions have always been political, and the repertory and performers say much about the fashioning of leaders by themselves and their handlers. In the age of constant media exposure and pol...
Castro and Orloski
POETS' BASEMENT
Race in Education: Where do I Begin? by ANDRÉS CASTRO   Here’s to aboriculturists and gardeners with their bags of seeds and magic tricks, because we need to talk now more than ever. How do we agree...
What Motivated the Boston Bombers
GARY LEUPP
New details emerge every day, raising more questions. But the outlines of the stomach-churning story seem clear. Two young men, brothers who emigrated from Kyrgyzstan twelve years ago with their parents and sisters—high-achieving, “well-assimilated” immigrant me...
Thatcher’s Coup
JOHN PILGER
In the wake of Thatcher’s departure, I remember her victims. Patrick Warby’s daughter, Marie, was one of them. Marie, aged five, suffered from a bowel deformity and needed a special diet. Without it, the pain was excruciating. Her father was a Durham miner and had use...
The Demonization of Richard Falk
JEREMY R. HAMMOND
The Zionist organization UN Watch has cited a commentary by Professor Richard Falk on the Boston bombings in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon demanding that that Prof. Falk be reprimanded for it. Prof. Falk, who serves as the United Nations Special Rapporteu...
Reviewing the Korean Crisis
PAUL GOTTINGER
Things seemed to have calmed on the Korean peninsula for now.  This despite the fact that the U.S. and South Korea are continuing their outrageously provocative Foal Eagle “war games” through April 30.  The Foal Eagle is one of the ...
Eminent Europeans: Drop the Oslo Peace Process
PETER BELMONT
What we’re doing in the Middle East isn’t working. In fact, it’s making things worse. That’s the upshot of a letter from a group of 19 prominent Europeans to the E.U.’s top foreign policy official, Lady Catherine Ashton. The former officials, drawing on ...
The Echoes of Guatemala’s Nightmares Past
PATRICIA DAVIS
In a week of remarkable events and reversals in Guatemala, the genocide trial of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt came to an abrupt halt on April 18 as a judge ruled all proceedings to date invalid. The witnesses who testified for the prosecution—dozens of survivors ...
What’s the Deal with Common Cause and Big Fossil Fuels?
MAURA STEPHENS
The ostensibly citizen action-oriented, anticorruption nongovernmental organization (NGO) Common Cause appears to be helping fossil fuel industry shareholders to “fight” Big Oil Big Gas. But it’s a sham — nothing more than more calls for “regulations” and “r...
Hunting For The Boogie Man
JOHN GRANT
“In order to get our message before the public with some chance of making a lasting impression, we’ve had to kill people.” -Ted Kaczynski, The Unabomber Manifesto, 1995 April 19, 2013, is a date to remember, not so much for the killing...