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Archives from May 2013
The Merchants of Shame
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Two weeks ago my restorative slumber was rudely aborted by the shattering opening chords of “Search and Destroy” by th...
Capitalism and Economic Imperialism
ROB URIE
With ‘recovery’ the dominant economic theme in the capitalist media the unqualified inference is we all benefit. Left out is the fundamental tension of capitalism—profits care not whether they derive from zero-sum transfers or from shared growth. Unless social power...
Deflation Smackdown
MIKE WHITNEY
“Under a fiat money system, a government… should always be able to generate increased nominal spending and inflation, even when the short-term nominal interest rate is at zero.” Ben S. Bernanke, “Deflation: Making...
Is It Possible to Rid the World of the Go-Go One Percent?
PETER LINEBAUGH
Utterly exhausted I dozed off on the train, leaving in the netted compartment attached to the back of the seat in front of me a copy of Crisis and Revolution in Europe with its commanding sub-title, People of Europe, Rise Up!  It is a manifesto and anal...
How Syria Became a More Dangerous Quagmire Than Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
For the first two years of the Syrian civil war foreign leaders regularly predicted that Bashar al-Assad’s government would fall any day. In November 2011, King Abdullah of Jordan said that the chances of Assad’s surviving were so slim he ought to step down. In Decemb...
Return of the Tea Party?
ANDREW LEVINE
Two years ago, optimists had something to be optimistic about.  Today there is nothing: the Occupy movements have gone dormant, and the historic struggles that preceded them — the massive and prolonged demonstrations in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and other ...
How AIPAC Rules
JEFF KLEIN
Last week the Senate passed Resolution 65, mandating a new round of sanctions against Iran and promising to support Israel if it should choose to launch a unilateral war.  The bill contradicted explicit US policy in a number of areas:  it imposed secondary penalties on ...
Of Scalps and Savages
RUTH HOPKINS
Before I head out the door, I watch Morning Joe on MSNBC. It’s part of my workday routine. Yesterday they were talking about the latest issue of the New Republic and its lead story, entitled, “How the NRA is Going Down: This is How the NRA Ends.” Since the Newtown t...
The Social Costs of Capitalism
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
When I was a graduate student in economics, the social cost of capitalism was a big issue in economic theory.  Since those decades ago, the social costs of capitalism have exploded, but the issue seems no longer to trouble the economics profession. Social costs a...
The Iniquities of the Iraq War
JOHN PILGER
The dust in Iraq rolls down the long roads that are the desert’s fingers. It gets in your eyes and nose and throat; it swirls in markets and school playgrounds, consuming children kicking a ball; and it carries, according to Dr. Jawad Al-Ali, “the seeds of our death...
War Crimes as Policy
DOUGLAS VALENTINE and NICOLAS J.S. DAVIES
In February the Guardian and BBC Arabic unveiled a documentary exploring the role of retired Colonel James Steele in the recruitment, training and initial deployments of the CIA advised and funded Special Police Commandos in Iraq. The documentary tells how the Comm...
Criminalizing Childhood
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Beware of punishing wrongfully. — The Teaching for Merikare, c. 2135 B.C. “We have to be darn careful not to put any children into the juvenile-justice system who don’t need intensive rehabilitation.”  Those were ...
Beyond Anti-Chinese Propaganda with Andre Vltchek
ADAM CHIMIENTI
When I heard that Andre Vltchek was going to visit Cuba and Venezuela, I understood this would be a rare opportunity to discuss the issue of China’s international presence with someone who is unapologetically hailing China as a great hope for the world. Those who read C...
The Imperial Mindset
JUSTIN DOOLITTLE
Max Boot, one of the nation’s leading ...
Ya’ir Lapid: Good-Looking, Well-Spoken, Shallow and Insincere
URI AVNERY
Tel Aviv. Ya’ir Lapd, the freshman parliamentarian and Treasury Minister, has declared that from now on he will deliver all his important speeches outside the Knesset, confining his Knesset appearances to the legal minimum. The reason: members fro...
Men Get Sick, Too
ISHMAEL REED
Harriet Freed, in the Tikkun Daily, wrote:  “The original Women’s Liberation Movement was a movement of both race and class integration, a vision of justice for all. It saw female liberation as the basis for social revolution.” She claims that the movement w...
Guarding Assange in London
BINOY KAMPMARK
They set the rules about what a win was.  They lost in every battle they defined. Their loss is total. We’ve won the big stuff. – Julian Assange, Salon, May 10...
The Swedish Riots
RITT GOLDSTEIN
Dalarna, Sweden. The Swedish riots appear to have ended, but while most of the media fumbles about to understand what happened, the answers arguably seem to have been provided 12 March, over two months before the unrest began.  At that time I interviewed...
Marching Against Monsanto
JAMES ANDERSON
People across the globe protested May 25 during the global day of action against Monsanto. More than 500 came to “the belly of the best” in Creve Coeur, Mo., just outside of St. Louis, to raise public awareness and chant, “What do we want? Labeling! When...
The Labs of Boston, Woolwich and Chhattisgarh
FARZANA VERSEY
“As we heard the instant matters before us, we could not but help be reminded of the novella, “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad, who perceived darkness at three levels: the darkness of the forest, representing a struggle for life and the sublime; (ii)...
The Language Wars of France
SERGE HALIMI
Paris. A single market, a single currency, a single language? The doors and bridges shown on Euro notes already reflect the fluid nature of deals between businessmen with no home and no history. So should students be free to cross borders, using English a...
Oil Wars: a Moral Cancer
WILLIAM MANSON
“Something is rotten in the state…” – Marcellus, in “Hamlet” In our times, in a media-saturated culture in which well-packaged and comforting lies are explicitly preferred to unsettling truths, those who reveal sordid...
Settling Scores in the Theater of Endless Wars
MISSY BEATTIE
I know vengeance personally, the anger that drives a fantasy to action. I admit that it feels too good to be good. I also admit my own complicity in being taken advantage of, but I lied only to myself. My saga is nothing compared to what’s be...
Get Israeli Peace Leaders Before Congress
RALPH NADER
The new Secretary of State John Kerry taking four trips to the Israeli/Palestinian region in the past two months means yet another U.S. effort for a negotiated peace process between the Palestinians (under ruthless occupation) and the very dominant Israelis. Why should th...
Shaky ‘Diplomatic Breakthrough’ on Syria
ALESSANDRA BAJEC
As Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the US Secretary of State John Kerry are preparing for an international conference in Geneva this month, a new foreign-fed arms race looms over Syria. The EU’s 27 members failed to renew the arms embargo, potentially paving the ...
Krugman’s Austerity Blinders
JOSHUA SPERBER
The liberal case against austerity has recently gained momentum with the exposure of Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff’s calculation errors in their influential pro-austerity paper, “Growth in a Time of Debt.” Amon...
Ecocide And The Soul Of A Nation
PHIL ROCKSTROH
The reality of and the outward toll inflicted by greenhouse gas engendered Climate Change is clearly evident (to all but the corrupt and devoutly ignorant) e.g. increasingly destructive and deadly tornadoes and hurricanes, destruction of marine life, severe droughts and r...
Capitalism Described, Capitalism Disassembled
RON JACOBS
The fundamental problem of capitalism is that “it is structured, in its very operation, to make it impossible for millions, even billions, to be free in any meaningful sense.” This statement appears in the concluding chapter of economist Geoff Mann’s imp...
The Left Had No Choice But To Die
MATT FORD
“This is the politics of exhaustion. We have become a generation of leftovers” “We remain strangely impassive in the face of our own extinction” – Jeffre...
President Obama Will Have to Prove He’s a Changed Man
DAVE LINDORFF
Some on the left are writing hopefully these days that perhaps President Obama has finally realized he needs to back off on his warlike posture on drones and the War on Terror. They are seeing his talk about scaling back the use of drone killing machines and of reconsider...
So What If Freedom Isn’t Free?
SHELDON RICHMAN
“Freedom isn’t free.” We’ve all heard this glib line. It usually is uttered as an admonition to those who criticize some government imposition that is defended in the name of national security. The last time I heard it I had just condemned military conscrip...
Bernanke’s “Stimulus” for the 1%
MARK VORPAHL
When I heard that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress last week that it was too soon for the Fed to end its extraordinary stimulus programs, I did a double take. “What stimulus programs?” I thought. Where are the jobs programs? Whe...
Mad Men’s Alpha Male Blues
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
For the past five years, the weekly dramatic series “Mad Men” has been the toast of American television.  In its first four years on the air, the show won an unprecedented four straight Emmys for Outstanding Drama.  Its top stars, including Jon Hamm as Don Draper an...
Undercover Drug Cop Arrests Autistic Student
ANTHONY PAPA
When it comes to the war on drugs, I thought I had seen it all. But I was shocked beyond belief when I read a ...
Fracking “Shock Doctrine” Unveiled
STEVE HORN
The shale gas industry has performed the “shock doctrine” at the 11th hour of the ...
The Bodies of War
DANNY ALEXANDER
In March, paralyzed Iraq veteran Tomas Young received national attention for a “Last Letter” he wrote to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, calling out their “insane vision” and demanding that they “beg for forgiveness” from both the Ameri...
Zimbabwe and Its Exiled
CHARLES R. LARSON
You come across a title like this ( We Need New Names) and a writer whose given name is NoV...
Three Poems by Paul Lojeski
POETS' BASEMENT
Friendship by PAUL LOJESKI Frank called to say George was going soon. That he’d refused more treatments: they were useless, nothing would cure him or even make him more comfortable. So he’d taken to...
Obama Hands Out the Hemlock
PAUL GOTTINGER
In Plato’s Trial and Death of Socrates Socrates is charged with corrupting the youth for the ghastly crime of encouraging his students to ask questions. The philosopher defended himself by saying he is actually a gift to Athens because like a gadfly to a horse, h...
Afghanistan: Is It Really the End Game?
CONN HALLINAN
“Gunmen in Pakistan on Monday set ablaze five trucks carrying NATO equipment out of Afghanistan as the international military alliance winds down it combat mission there, officials said.” -Agence France Presse, 3/1/13 There is no...
Syrian Rebels Turn on Their Political Leadership
PATRICK COCKBURN
Syrian rebel groups have strongly criticised their political leadership outside Syria, saying it has no real connection to the rebellion and calling for half of its members to be drawn from fighters inside the country. The rebuke follows a chaotic week for th...
Obama’s Personal Responsibility Snake Oil
AJAMU NANGWAYA
United States president Barack Obama appears to never pass up an opportunity when addressing Afrikan Americans to shift the responsibility for their success to personal effort and not the removal of structural barriers that are connected to white supremacy, sexism and cap...
Canada’s Gunboat Diplomacy
YVES ENGLER
People seldom think of Canadian foreign policy when the term “gunboat diplomacy” is used, but they should. It is not just the USA, Great Britain, France or other better-known imperial powers that use military force as a “diplomatic” tool. For example, Postm...
California’s Fracking Frenzy
JOSHUA FRANK
California’s Gold Rush may have ended well over a century and a half ago, but there are new prospectors in town and these suits aren’t toting tattered tents and rusty old pans. Instead the new Golden State pioneers employ geologists and lease expensive extractio...
Return of the Housing Bubble?
DEAN BAKER
Recent data showing house prices rising at their fastest rate since the collapse of the bubble have many people asking whether we are seeing another bubble. That is a good question. At the national level the answer would almost certainly be no. Different indexes sh...
Republic of War
SHELDON RICHMAN
Republicans are upset about President Obama’s May 23 foreign-policy address, yet politics aside, it’s hard to say why. “We show this lack of resolve, talking about the war being over,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) ...
Gaza Held Hostage to Egypt’s Turmoil
RAMZY BAROUD
Air of uncertainty is engulfing most matters related to Egypt. Since the Egyptian revolt started over two years ago, the country remains hostage to a barefaced power struggle with many destructive implications that have polarized society in unprecedented ways, perhaps in ...
Why I’m Incorporating Myself
BRIAN J. FOLEY Inc.
I’m sick of being shoved around by big corporations. They get to pollute the air I breathe; fire my friends, depriving them of health care and retirement funds; pull out of the community I live in, “downsizing” the workforce and leaving the city it probably never pa...
A Big Win for Seattle Teachers
DYLAN MURPHY
On Monday, May 13, Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda announced that “High schools may opt out of MAP [Measures of Academic Progress Test] in 2013-14.” This announcement was greeted with spontaneous celebrations by teachers and students at Garfield High ...
A Jurisprudential Cesspool
NORMAN POLLACK
When someone steals something, in this case a precious object, we call him a thief (to put it mildly), but when what has been stolen, and that by the highest officials of government and law, we can and should call them despots, for what has been stolen, most obviou...