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Archives from June 2013
Lessons of the Snowden Revelations
ALFREDO LOPEZ
If Edward Snowden’s goal in blowing his whistle was to spark a public debate about privacy and surveillance, he has marvelously succeeded. Everybody’s talking about Snowden, his revelations and their significance. The talk, predictably, is contentious a...
Are the Armed Forces a Rape Culture?
JOHN LaFORGE
US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan have produced quagmires of crime, corruption and abuse, beginning with the torture of prisoners, the creation of offshore penal colonies, and repeated airborne attacks on shepherd boys, wedding parties, TV crews and allied troops — a...
Rocking São Paulo
BRENDAN LEVY
São Paulo. Last Thursday, June 13th, I was crossing a bridge on foot in the center of São Paulo with my wife after doing some shopping when the military police stopped us and asked us to open our bags. “What do you have in here? Are there an...
Detroit’s Retired City Workers in the Crosshairs
ANN ROBERTSON & BILL LEUMER
With Detroit’s finances looking increasingly dire, the city’s creditors are beginning to face off with one another, each trying to minimize their losses. The city’s pension fund, which supports retired city workers, has found itself in direct conflict with a formida...
James Gandolfini and the Sopranos
GREGORY A. THOMSON
The Sopranos, Tony, and James Gandolfini. For me, a huge pile of contradictions. I loved the show: exemplary writing, compelling characters, and Gandolfini was beyond superb. I’ve seen every episode. But as one who grew up literally surrounded by real life mobsters, I s...
A Hunger Strike for Justice at Guantanamo
DENNIS BERNSTEIN
A group of veterans from various wars are now on a long-term, hunger strike to close down Guantanamo and free, and free most of the remaining prisoners who continue to languish in horrific conditions there, with no apparent date in sight for their release, even though the...
What’s Really Happening in Nepal?
SUFYAN BIN UZAYR
With the exception of Mt. Everest, Nepal has very little that the mainstream media finds newsworthy. You cannot really blame the Western media though — this small land-locked country of South Asia does not get much coverage in regional Asian press either. Naturally,...
The Mystery of S&P Debt Ratings
DEAN BAKER
S&P announced last week that it was upgrading its assessment of U.S. debt, shifting its outlook to neutral from negative, suggesting that it may restore its highest Aaa rating in the not-too-distant future. While we may all want to celebrate S&P’s vote of confid...
The National Security State and the Whistleblower
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
A major problem in the United States is not there are too many whistleblowers…there are too few.  Where were the whistleblowers when the Central Intelligence Agency was operating secret prisons; conducting torture and abuse;  and kidnapping individuals off the str...
Pakistan’s Filthy Rich Elections
TARIQ ALI
The antics of mainstream politicians in Pakistan (or the whole of South Asia) no longer appear unique, just a more extreme version of some of their European and North American counterparts. The South Asians could, in fact, be regarded as pioneers, shamelessly and shameful...
Totalitarianism Goes Folksy
NORMAN POLLACK
Obama in Europe for the G-8 meetings appears to have been found out as one contemptuous of civil liberties for starters, and for that reason, contemptuous as well of a whole range of democratic tenets, from elemental legal guarantees of doing justice, to seeking peaceful ...
Justice for M.C.
LEE HALL
A South Carolina hospital is being sued for irreparable harm caused by surgery on a toddler’s genitals. M.C. was 16 months old, in the care of South Carolina’s Department of Social Services, when doctors and department officials determined the chil...
The Naked Imperialism of Humanitarian Intervention
AMAJU BARAKA
Some critics from the left and the right characterized my recent article “Syria and the Sham of Humanitarian Intervention” as an unnecessarily harsh indictment of a policy that provides a necessary tool for the inter...
Syria Is Becoming Obama’s Iraq
SHAMUS COOKE
In perfect Bush-like fashion, President Obama has invented a bogus pretense for military intervention in yet another Middle East country. The president’s claim that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons — and thus crossed Obama’s imaginary “...
Thatcher at Her Most Divisive
GARETH RICE
Harri Holkeri remains something of hero in Northern Ireland. When he went there as a peace negotiator he knew that he would be firefighting. Thanks to Margaret Thatcher the anti-British flames reached an all time high and ”The Troubles” were at their bloodiest. ...
War by Another Name in Syria
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut. The Group of Eight leaders meeting in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, having called for an international conference on the ongoing crisis in Syria to be held “as soon as possible” could not agree on much else that might end the civil w...
The Stunning Illogic of the New York Times
DAVE LINDORFF
So New York Times columnist Tom Friedman and former Times executive editor Bill Keller are both saying that the massive NSA spying program on all Americans’ communications is a needed thing because if they don’t do it, then maybe there could be another m...
The Israel Lobby and Traumatic Memory
LAWRENCE SWAIM
Edward Snowden speaks of an electronic “architecture of oppression,” based on the mania of our national security state to control the communications of humankind at large. But there are other systems of control—emotional and cultural rather than digital—whose mech...
Seeds of Change in Ethiopia
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Thousands march in the capital The people of Ethiopia have been suppressed and controlled for generations. Under the current EPRDF government, freedom of expression has been curtailed and an atmosphere of fear and intimidation fostered. Peaceful assembly has...
Dispatch From Rio
JONATHAN FRANKLIN
Rio de Janeiro For anyone fortunate to be in Brazil Sunday night, the raucous and peaceful outpouring of an estimated 250,000 street protestors was indeed historic. What began as disgust with shoddy public transportation exploded to include issues ranging ...
Child Exploitation Bonanza
RAMZY BAROUD
Last night at the hotel lobby of an Arab Gulf country, a family walked in aiming for the westernized café that sells everything but Arabic coffee. The mother seemed distant as she pressed buttons on her smart phone. The father looked tired as he buffed away on his cigare...
America: Its Own Worst Enemy
ARNO J. MAYER
America is at war.  To be sure, the global and perpetual war on terror has not been declared—by Congress.  The enemy the U.S. is fighting is neither a nation-state nor an empire but a largely spectral hydra-headed nebula without nerve center.  Washington and its alli...
What Should be Expected From President Rowhani?
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
On June 15, 2013, Hassan Rowhani became Iran’s president-elect and raised expectations about the outcome of future meetings between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, collectively known as the P5+1. From 2003 to 2005 Rowhani hea...
Flames of Resistance and Hope in Turkey
TARIQ ALI
Zeynep Bilgehan: You released a solidarity message for the protestors from Ankara. First of all how long hav...
Drones for Jesus
DAVID SWANSON
Liberty University  in Lynchburg, Va., was founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell. Its publications carry the slogan “Training Champions for Christ since 1971.” Some of those champions are now being trained to pilot armed drones, and others to pilot more traditional ...
Zimbabwe: The Revolution Examined
ERIC DRAITSER
As I sit down to write the second part of my series on Zimbabwe, I am struck by the difficulty of the task before me. In the first article, Zimbabwe: The Revolution Continues, I atte...
Greed, Corruption and Big Coal
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Check out this cast of characters. Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy. He lives in a big house. Hugh Caperton, a mine owner, who alleges that Massey drove him out of business. He lives in a big house. Scott Segal, one of the wealthiest t...
Lesser of Two Evils
DAVID MACARAY
The argument against government regulation of commerce goes something like this. These regulations are cumbersome, confusing, expensive, inefficient, vaguely “unconstitutional,” and, ultimately, counter-productive, because they hurt the very businesses and indu...
Spying on the G20 Summit
MARCIA MITCHELL
Today’s news is yesterday’s news—release of additional details about a shocking international surveillance operation that took place in 2009. And the 2009 spy operation was a remake of a questionable international surveillance operation that took place in 2003. ...
Chuck Todd, Syria, and the “Objective” View of U.S. Foreign Policy
JUSTIN DOOLITTLE
Chuck Todd is NBC News’s political director and White House correspondent. He is presented as a straight reporter and analyst, not a commentator with opinions, even though he ...
Divide and Rule in Africa
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Divide and rule is a law of imperialism and western style “democracy” is how imperialism implements this law in neocolonial Africa. It’s called “elections” and with it’s winner take all diktats division, conflict, ethnic cleansing, mass murder and civil war ar...
An 18-Hole Crash Course in Race and Class
STEVE EARLY
Newspaper sports sections are big on nostalgia. They like nothing better than to take readers down memory lane, with fabled rivalries recounted by gimpy survivors, and some “great moment in sports” captured in grainy old action shots. But the indispensable Natio...
The Conscience of Edward Snowden
NOZOMI HAYASE
As the revelations of mass NSA surveillance raised shock-waves around the globe, 29-year old Edward Snowden came forward to identify himself as the one behind the largest leak in NSA history. His ...
Israel Stirs the Pot in Syria
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. For much of the past two years Israel stood sphinx-like on the sidelines of Syria’s civil war. Did it want Bashar al-Assad’s regime toppled? Did it favour military intervention to help opposition forces? And what did it think of the increasin...
Snowden’s Constitution, Obama’s Constitution, and Criminal Law
ROB HAGER
Edward Snowden is not a constitutional lawyer.  But his public statement...
Mr. Obama, Tear Down That Wall!
RODOLFO ACUÑA
The word trust is linked to belief. It is almost impossible to trust a person if you do not believe him. The negation of trust is a lie that evokes a sense of betrayal.  In personal relationships, you can love a person, but if you do not believe him, you don’t trust hi...
The NSA and the Rest of Us
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Context One: It is 1971 and the United States is mired in a losing war in Vietnam. Thousands of young American soldiers are coming back to the U.S. in coffins or physically and psychologically maimed. Scenes of war can be witnessed nightly on the evening news. In t...
An Insight Into Palestinian Resilience in Gaza
SARAH MARUSEK
In the eyes of many Westerners, Gaza is a dangerous and war torn place. Even activists, including myself, often imagine Gaza primarily as a place of suffering, and one that has unfairly come to eclipse the affliction of all of Palestine. But while Israel’s wars of aggre...
The Chemical Weapons Pretext for War on Syria
BEN SCHREINER
In the wake of having its illegal domestic surveillance dragnet exposed, laying bare (yet again) the utter duplicity and criminality of the U.S. ruling class, Washington is once again digging deep to conjure up a pretext for yet another war of aggression in the Middle Eas...
Is Naomi Wolf working for the NSA?
DAVE LINDORFF
I hate to do this, but I feel obligated to share, as the story unfolds, my creeping concern that the writer Naomi Wolf is not whom she purports to be, and that her motive in writing an article on her public Facebook page speculating about whether National Security Agency ...
Public Enemy Number One: the Public
KEVIN CARSON
It’s important, when listening to the official shapers of opinion in the media, to ask ourselves what they really mean by the words they use. As Orwell pointed out in “Politics and the English Language,” those in power use language to obscure meaning more often than...
The Syrian Target
PATRICK COCKBURN
Syria is close to following Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya as the target of a major Western military intervention. It certainly looks that way after the American decision last week to send weapons to the rebels i...
The Newest American Value: Keep Your Mouth Shut!
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
Mark Wahlberg’s character in “Broken City” says: “What is this? Everybody speaks in half sentences now?” Nobody wanted to tell him a thing. Keeping your mouth shut has become so much a part of the culture, that when somebody does speak out – like NS...
Terrorists Without a Cause
MURAD BATAL AL-SHISHANI
Moshe Gammer, a history professor at Tel Aviv University died a day after the 15 April bombing of the Boston marathon. He had been an early scholar of the history of the North Caucasus, its societies and culture, which academics usually passed by. He had written books an...
The Iranian Elections
JUDITH BELLO
The Iranian presidential election seems to have been implemented smoothly and the people have elected a moderate-reformist cleric named Hassan Rouhani.   Use of the terms, ‘moderate’ and ‘reformist’ can be confusing to us over here as a number of...
What Future Leakers Can Learn from Snowden
PAUL GOTTINGER
Edward Snowden’s leak of top-secret information on the NSA was undoubtedly an act of extreme bravery, which has already brought more transparency to our government. For this we should all be thankful for his sacrifice. Unfortunately, Snowden has made mistakes that have...
Surveillance and the Corporate State
ROB URIE
With all of the fear mongering the subject has received in recent decades, Americans have in fact had remarkably little to fear directly from ‘terrorism.’ While actual attacks have been spectacular—they were designed to garner attention, they are both rare and far l...