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Archives from June 2013
The Spy Who Wouldn’t Spy
TOM CLIFFORD
The  simplicity of the US constitution’s fourth amendment is as refreshing as it is clear. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons   houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and n...
The Climate in Obamaland
SASHA ROSS
To begin his speech on climate change at Georgetown, President Obama evoked the image of earth as seen from space in 1968. “[W]hile the sight of our planet from space might seem routine today, imagine what it looked like to those of us seeing our home, our planet, for t...
The New Wild West
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Dancing to the tune of their corporate benefactors, governments of the ruling G8 countries are enacting complex agriculture agreements delivering large tracts of prime cut African soil into the portfolios of their multinational bedmates. Desperate for foreign inves...
After DOMA, What?
CHARLES PIERSON
Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court decided two cases on same sex marriage.  United States v. Windsor struck down section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which limits the word “marriage” for federal purposes to one man and one wom...
Raising the Minimum Wage by Executive Order
RALPH NADER
Dear President Obama, June 25th marked the 75th anniversary of the federal minimum wage law in the United States, known as the Fair Labor Standards Act. When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed this legislation, his vision was to ensure a “fair day’s pay...
“Edward Who?” Said the Doctor
ALEXANDER REED KELLY
If you’re an American working in the service sector, you probably don’t have the luxury of expressing an opinion about Edward Snowden. Snowden, you may or may not know, is the former intelligence contractor and National Security Agency employee being pursued by...
Time for an Economy Of, By and For the People
KEVIN ZEESE & MARGARET FLOWERS
The reaction to Ben Bernanke suggestion that it may be time to wind down the easy money policies which have been injecting $85 billion into the hands of Wall Street each month show that the ‘recovery’ has been a fraud. In the weeks since the Fed chairman first ...
The Grassroots Battle to End the Drone War
DENNIS BERNSTEIN
Long time peace activist, Kathy Kelly, is co-coordinator of the Chicago-based Voices for Creative Nonviolence.  Kelly just returned from her twelfth trip to Afghanistan, and is now trekking 195 miles across Iowa, with other members of her group and other peace groups, t...
Why the Ruling Class is So Upset About Edward Snowden
GARY LEUPP
I don’t have a weak stomach, but I confess that watching TV news does get me nauseated. So I do so sparingly. I have of course been following the coverage of the Edward Snowden story, just to see how opinion is being shaped. In the days immediately after June 5, ...
Egypt’s Fateful Day
ESAM AL-AMIN
Egypt is imploding. The old revolutionary groups are at each other’s throats. The unity of purpose displayed during the incredible eighteen revolutionary days in early 2011 is not only long gone, but it has been replaced with mistrust, acrimony, and hostility. Al...
Obama in Africa
HORACE CAMPBELL
In recent years, the United States has increasingly been sidelined in areas of deep economic transformation in Africa because US engagement with Africa has been primarily through militarism and military relations. The visit of US President Barack Obama to Africa should be...
Global Bond Fire
MIKE WHITNEY
The stock market rout continued on Monday as shares dropped sharply in markets around the world. China’s Hang Seng was particularly hard hit (down 449 pts) following reports on state media of a “moratorium on transfers, online banking, and counters.”  T...
Everywhere is Taksim
AMY AUSTIN HOLMES
The everyday praxis of occupied Taksim was in some ways more radical than that of Occupy Wall Street or even Tahrir during the 2011 uprising – but their demands, so far, have not been. What started out as a protest tactic became an experiment in communal living. ...
Smearing Alice Walker
JEFFREY BLANKFORT
In the comments section of a recent online article in the right wing New York Jewish publication, Algemeiner, not to be confused with the Frankfurter Allgemeine but conceivably with Der Sturmer, there was an argument over whether or not the “Mossad ...
Bono’s Faith Offensive
HARRY BROWNE
When I was 18 and in my first year in college in Boston, a mutual friend helped me score a lunch date with a beautiful, sophisticated older woman. Since I was neither beautiful nor sophisticated, she suffered through our meal, until I revealed, in an unwise bout of autobi...
The Tal Kalakh Peace Deal
PATRICK COCKBURN
Damascus. Once a rebel stronghold, the town of Tal Kalakh on the Syrian side of the border with Lebanon changed sides at the week-end and is now controlled by the Syrian army. The switch in allegiance is the latest advance by government forces into areas w...
Empty Lectures About the Sanctity of the ‘Rule of Law’
DAVE LINDORFF
The spectacle of the US threatening Hong Kong, China, Russia and now little Ecuador with all manner of reprisals if they don’t respect the “rule of law” and hand over whistleblower Edward Snowden to the tender mercies of the US national security apparatus is delicio...
An Anti-Immigrant Bill Masked as Reform
JUSTIN FELDMAN
On Monday, 67 senators voted for cloture on Hoeven-Corker, a “border security” amendment to the immigration reform bill. The vote virtually guarantees that immigration reform will pass in the Senate. At the same time, it also guarantees the bill’s costs ...
Obama’s Love Affair With Fracking
STEVE HORN
Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced his administration’s “...
The Vacant Climate Plan
ANNE PETERMANN
Yesterday, President Obama announced his new Climate Action Plan in a nationally televised speech. He described the emerging climate crisis and its impacts–both past, present and future, while be suffered the heat of an abnormally warm June day in Washington, DC....
It Isn’t Snowden Who Needs Clemency
THOMAS KNAPP
A White House petition asking US president Barack Obama to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has passed the 100,000-signature mark, theoretically compelling a response from the Obama administration (I say “theoretically” because the finish line on these petition...
Obama’s Informants
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address more than 50 years ago is famous for its warning about the military-industrial complex, but he also warned that permanent war and a “permanent arms industry” would do great harm to American rights and liberties.  Over the pas...
Brazil 2013: Mass Demonstrations, the World Cup, and 500 Years of Oppression
TOMAS ROTTA
Brazil has a long history of top-down reforms that have inadequately addressed the profound inequality that divides the country. The mass demonstrations, provoked by public transportation fare increases and World Cup costs, are finally calling attention to issues that can...
Rafael Correa, the Press, and Whistleblowers
ADAM CHIMIENTI
Once again, we are witnessing a growing frustration with “tiny” Ecuador. The United States government is clearly not happy with what would be the latest diplomatic slap in the face coming from the South American country, i.e. the pending arrival of NSA whistleblower E...