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SHOCK AND AWE OVER GAZA — Jonathan Cook reports from the West Bank on How the Media and Human Rights Groups Cover for Israel’s War Crimes; Jeffrey St. Clair on Why Israel is Losing; Nick Alexandrov on Honduras Five Years After the Coup; Joshua Frank on California’s Water Crisis; Ismael Hossein-Zadeh on Finance Capital and Inequality; Kathy Deacon on The Center for the Whole Person; Kim Nicolini on the Aesthetics of Jim Jarmusch. PLUS: Mike Whitney on the Faltering Economic Recovery; Chris Floyd on Being Trapped in a Mad World; and Kristin Kolb on Cancer Without Melodrama.
Archives from July 2013
Economic Recovery by Statistical Manipulation
JACK RASMUS
Facing the prospect of a 2nd quarter GDP report showing economic growth less than 1% (some professional forecasting services predict as low as 0.5%), and a year to year growth of the US economy likely to come in at barely 1%–compared to a 2011-12 already tepid 1.7%&...
What We Learned From the Manning Show Trial
KEVIN CARSON
Major Ashlend Fein, US Army prosecutor in Bradley Manning’s court martial, caught my attention when he referred to Manning as an “anarchist” in closing arguments. As an anarchist, I’d be proud to share that label with Manning. But I’ve never heard from any relia...
The Return of Martin Indyk
MICHAEL BRENNER
The Obama administration is turning its alchemic powers toward Palestine.  It is aiming to fashion a ‘success’ out of the shambles created by its lame failure to stand up to the Israeli government of Bibi Netanyahu.  This is the sternest test to date of its talent a...
Race Traitor
NORMAN POLLACK
This is a touchy topic.  Liberals and progressives of current fashion had best stay away from it or hide under the bed sheets, too those enthralled by political correctness (often the same crowd), for, as I wrote in a New York Times Comment (July 29) in response t...
Is Turkey Thriving?
T. SABRI ÖNCÜ
On 27 May 2013, Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University published a commentary titled “Why Turkey is Thriving?” at Project Syndicate. He argued,  “Long-term growth stems from prudent monetary and fiscal policies, the political will to regulate banks, and a combination...
Convicting Bradley Manning
BINOY KAMPMARK
“[I]t is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other the inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanours committed...
Fidel Castro and the Power of Faith
RICARDO ALARCÓN
  On March 10, 1952, former dictator Fulgencio Batista seized power in Cuba again. This happened eighty days before the elections in which he would have received the least votes. With one blow, he overthrew the president, abolished the constitution, dis...
The EU’s Anti-Hezbollah Move
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus An admittedly quick survey of Damascus based analysts and political factions reveal only contempt for last week’s EU vote adding the “military wing” of Hezbollah to its “terrorist” blacklist.  During discussions which included normally...
Hated in Egypt
RAMZY BAROUD
When I left Gaza for the first time on my own, twenty some years ago, I was warned of a notorious officer who headed Egypt’s State Security Intelligence at the Rafah border. He “hates Palestinians,” I was told. My friends and neighbors in Gaza warned me not t...
The Flight Home
RAOUF J. HALABY
Vague as it is, my first memory of Jalal dates back to late 1948. Khalo Anton and Auntie Angel and their 6 children, and Anton’s sister, the widowed Katrina Halaby, and her 5 children, resided in a house located in a Jericho Bayy...
J’Accuse
THOMAS L. KNAPP
Dear President Obama, I possess neither Emile Zola’s writing talent nor his penchant for presidential flattery, but I think I may perhaps lay rightful claim to some semblance of his well-developed sense of moral outrage. I address you as “preside...
The Egyptian Revolution’s Next Struggle
MARTIN MARGOLIS
Cairo. Within the western press accounts of recent developments in Egypt have almost invariably been framed by a simplistic narrative that has managed to incorporate the full gamut of orientalist tropes about the Middle East. A power hungry military regime...
A Nuclear Free World
DAVID SWANSON
We’ve managed to outgrow or to come within sight of outgrowing cannibalism, slavery, blood feuds, duels, capital punishment, child labor, tar and feathering, the stocks and pillory, wives as chattel, the punishment of homosexuality, and listening to Rush Limba...
Oscar Grant Was Not the “Exception”
JESSE STRAUSS
After a month of mixed emotions and avoiding watching “Fruitvale,” the feature film about Oscar Grant III, I walked out of the theater stumped. Last night, my sister asked me to join her to watch the movie, particularly because of my relationship with the rebe...
The Disastrous Consequences of Raiding Public Pensions
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Detroit’s bankruptcy and a high profile lawsuit in San Jose highlight a national effort led by fiscal conservatives to undo the basic promise embodied in public employee pensions – a guaranteed, defined retirement benefit. If they succeed in unraveling public ...
A Barbarism That Dares Not Speak Its Name
JOHN PILGER
The election campaign in Australia is being fought with the lives of men, women and children. Some drown, others are banished without hope to malarial camps. Children are incarcerated behind razor wire in conditions described as “a huge generator of mental illness”. T...
The Meaning of the Manning Verdict
KATE EPSTEIN
Although Manning was not convicted of the harsher “aiding the enemy” charge, which would have introduced a death-eligible charge into the government’s anti-whistleblower toolbox, he was convicte...
A Hard Rain
CHRIS FLOYD
This week, super-compassionate, deeply-caring progressive David Atkins (of Hullabaloo) read a story in the New York Times about farmers in the “Deep South” suffering from ruined crops after weeks of unusually heavy rains. The farmers face economic dis...
Why Did Washington Hate Hugo Chavez?
MIKE WHITNEY
Eva Golinger, winner of the International Award for Journalism in Mexico (2009), named “La Novia de Venezuela” by President Hugo Chávez, is an Attorney and Writer from New York, living in Caracas, Venezuela since 2005 and author of the best-selling books, “...
Why No Revolution Exists in Syria
SHAMUS COOKE
The era of Arab Spring euphoria is long ended, having devolved into doubt, confusion or wholesale rejection. Libya and Syria put an abrupt end to the Arab Spring celebrations, with the current situation in Egypt adding to the frustration. Part of the problem in dec...
The Fed Deception
TOM McNAMARA
“The Federal Reserve is no more Federal than Federal Express” - Dennis Kucinich, former Democratic Congressman from Ohio’s 10th District “There is no institut...
The Gentleman Whistleblower
JACK CLANCEY
Hong Kong. “Gentlemen do not read each other’s mail,” Henry Stimson famously commented when in 1929, as the U.S. Secretary of State, he withdrew funding from the Black Chamber program that had been deciphering messages sent by foreign ambassadors. By...
EPA Censored Key Pennsylvania Fracking Water Contamination Study
STEVE HORN
A must-read Los Angeles Times story by Neela Banerjee demonstrates that – once again – the Obama administration ...
Banks as Public Utilities
ELLEN BROWN
Establishing a city-owned San Francisco Bank is not a new idea. According to City Supervisor John Avalos, speaking at the Public Banking Institute conference in San Rafael in June, it has been on the table for over a decade. Recent interest was spurred by th...
Jay Z & Belafonte
CARL FINAMORE
Veteran civil rights activist and world-renowned entertainer Harry Belafonte hit a raw nerve last year when he suggested Black artists be more outspoken about their besieged communities. “I think one of the great abuses of this modern time,” he observed, ...