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THE DECAY OF AMERICAN MEDIA — Patrick L. Smith on the decline and fall of American journalism; Peter Lee on China and its Uyghur problem; Dave Macaray on brain trauma, profits and the NFL; Lee Ballinger on the bloody history of cotton. PLUS: “The Vindication of Love” by JoAnn Wypijewski; “The Age of SurrealPolitick” by Jeffrey St. Clair; “The Radiation Zone” by Kristin Kolb; “Washington’s Enemies List” by Mike Whitney; “The School of Moral Statecraft” by Chris Floyd and “The Surveillance Films of Laura Poitras” by Kim Nicolini.
Archives from June 2013
Treason
ROB URIE
U.S. military adventures have historically combined imperial ambition—the acquisition of territory and colonies, limiting the reach of competing empires and ‘acquiring’ economic resources—‘natural’ resources, existing economic infrastructure and labor, under a...
The Clintons and the Rich Women
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
President-in-waiting Hillary Clinton has never addressed her role in the midnight pardon of billionaire fugitive Marc Rich, who died this week. In fact, she’s rarely been asked her opinion on the free pass given to one of the world’s most wanted fugitives...
The Harrowing Tale of Ahmed Abu Ali
ESAM AL-AMIN
This month commemorates the sad tenth anniversary of the Abu Ali family’s nightmare. Their son’s ordeal began as one of the earliest and ugliest extraordinary rendition cases by the U.S. government. Ahmed Abu Ali was born to Palestinian parents in Houston, Texa...
Horror on the Roof of the World
UZMA ALSAM KHAN
Among the many casualties of the War on Terror, one of the most unmourned is the human impulse to revere beauty. Where does it come from, that sense of wonder upon witnessing the migration of butterflies, or a vast, kaleidoscopic sea, or a mountain too tall and steep for ...
Why Stocks Rise on Bad News
MIKE WHITNEY
Now there’s something you don’t see every day. On Wednesday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that the world’s biggest economy grew at a measly 1.8 percent, far-below analysts most pessimistic predictions. The news that the US econom...
The Unrelenting Economic War on Cuba
DANIEL KOVALIK
If it weren’t bad enough that the U.S. has imposed an illegal embargo against Cuba for over 50 years, it has also tried to prevent those interested in learning about this embargo (more accurately termed ablockade because the U.S. aggressively enforces it against...
Obama’s Grave Threat to Democratic Governance
ANDREW LEVINE
In the mid-70s, when de-Nixonification was a national priority, a not yet spineless Congress made it possible for Americans to access the files that their government kept on their activities.  Over the years, Administrations intent on keeping their foul deeds secret did ...
Return to Homs
PATRICK COCKBURN
Homs, Syria. Khalid is too frightened of travelling the 100 miles from Homs to Damascus to ask officials if they know what happened to his three sons, who disappeared 16 months ago as government troops over-ran the rebel stronghold of Baba Amr. He has not ...
Total Surveillance
KATE EPSTEIN
Although Edward Snowden’s recent revelations about the breadth and scope of the surveillance-industrial complex didn’t add many facts to the public record of the ongoing post-9/11 security state saga, it certainly brought the issue to the forefront, forcing everyone t...
An Epidemic of Military Suicides
TOM McNAMARA
Box me up and ship me home Pin my medals upon my chest Tell my mom I’ve done my best – Marine Corps Cadence Rennes, France. On June 10th of this year, Daniel Somers, a veteran of more than 40...
Power Grab by the Roberts Five
ROB HAGER
Bravo Greg Palast ["Ku Klux Kourt Kills King...
The Carpet-Bombing of the American Mind
NORMAN POLLACK
USG (we have become a nation of acronyms, my sentimental favorites being NSA, CIA, JSOC, POTUS, the more acronymic the more  sinister, dangerous, anonymous, lacking in accountability) thinks—and acts—big, no selective application of surveillance to individuals...
Laissez Unfair
JASON HIRTHLER
As the new atheists have tirelessly rehearsed over the past half-decade, religion poisons everything and should be replaced by some sort of secular credo. Well, perhaps they haven’t noticed, but we’ve already got one. As grim and myopic as your rural madrassa or subur...
Is the US Playing With Gas in Syria?
EVAN TAYLOR
Istanbul is rioting, Syria is enflamed, and the Palestinians still do not have a state, but it may be that the real catalyst for action in the Mediterranean is coming from miles under the sea.  Based on discoveries made in the last five years, Israel, Cyprus, and other s...
The Dishonesties of Isaiah Berlin
TARIQ ALI
David Caute, author of Isaac and Isaiah: the Covert Punishment of a Cold War Heretic,  has long be...
Kerry and Chutzpah
URI AVNERY
IF YOU happen to bump into John Kerry at Ben Gurion Airport, you may wonder whether he is coming or going.  He may well be wondering himself. For many weeks now he has been devoting most of his precious time to meetings with Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, t...
Is Edward Snowden a Lawbreaker?
SHELDON RICHMAN
Most people believe that Edward Snowden, who has confirmed that the U.S. government spies on us, broke the law. Even many of his defenders concede this. While in one sense the statement “Snowden broke the law” may be trivially true, in another, deepe...
Will the Real Traitors Please Stand Up?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
It is hard to understand the fuss that Washington and its media whores are making over Edward Snowden.  We have known for a long time that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying for years without warrants on the communications of Americans and people througho...
The White House Threatens To End Aid if Palestine Joins the ICC
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut Fatou Bom Bensouda, the Gambian-born deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), was never Washington’s first choice to succeed the inveterately self-promoting elitist ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. And it is doubtful t...
The West Reserves the Right to Interfere
RAMZY BAROUD
The distance between Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Istanbul’s Taksim Square is impossibly long. There can be no roadmap sufficient enough to use the popular experience of the first in order to explicate the circumstances that lead to the other. Many have tried to i...
Affirmative Action for the White Minority
MATEO PIMENTEL
I have heard my Nana’s stories about how her grade school teachers in El Paso, Texas. They beat her and locked her in broom closets because she did not speak English. I have heard my Tata’s recollections about how Jim Crow. He couldn’t sit in certain parts of the mo...
The Allegory of the Crabs
RODOLFO ACUÑA
There are reoccurring themes in Chicana/o history such as the Sleeping Giant that echo the aspirations and frustrations of a community.  This expression says that somehow we are going to wake up as a people and become a political force, and consequently get equal opportu...
Snowden’s Case for Asylum
DENNIS J. BERNSTEIN
The US government is putting on a full-court press to track down, arrest and prosecute Edward Snowden for blowing the whistle on the National Security Agency’s massive collection of data on phone calls by Americans and Internet u...
Obama Isn’t Really Opposing Keystone XL
STEVE HORN
Believe it or not, the precise route of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline ...