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Archives from July 2013
Desperate House (and Senate) Wives
DAVID MACARAY
Whether the husband is a Democrat or Republican, it doesn’t really matter. I’ve always felt sympathy for the loyal wife of the politician who disgraces himself by getting caught consorting with prostitutes, or circulating photographs of his private parts, or fornicati...
Labor Takes a Stand
JACK GERSON
Two years ago, Wisconsin public workers and services were under assault. Hundreds of thousands of workers converged on the state capital, Madison, to fight austerity cuts proposed by Gov. Scott Walker. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 shutdown Bay ...
The Moral Verdict on Bradley Manning
NORMAN SOLOMON
The sun rose with a moral verdict on Bradley Manning well before the military judge could proclaim his guilt. The human verdict would necessarily clash with the proclamation from the judicial bench. In lockstep with administrators of the nation’s war services, ju...
Why the US Has No Right to Lecture Latin America
DANIEL WICKHAM
Venezuela has announced that it is ending efforts to improve ties with the United States after the Obama administration’s nominee for the role of ambassador to the United Nations labelled the country “repressive.” Samantha Power, who is widely known for her strong s...
The Assassination of Julian Assange
JONATHAN COOK
I have just watched We Steal Secrets, Alex Gibney’s documentary about Wikileaks and Julian Assange. One useful thing I learnt is the difference between a hatchet job and character assassination. Gibney is too clever for a hatchet job, and his propaganda is all the more ...
Women Amidst the Cordite
VIJAY PRASHAD
Why did Congresswoman Amina al-Mogherbi and City Councillor Dr. Najat al-Kikhia resign from their posts? Why have Amina Mahmoud Takhtakh and Dr. Mariam Talyeb gone underground? These are the less dramatic stories of today’s Libya. More dramatic are the bomb blasts and t...
Why the Justice Department Can (and Must) Criminally Prosecute George Zimmerman
ERIC C. JACOBSON
A Florida jury’s recent acquittal of George Zimmerman from all criminal culpability in the death of Trayvon Martin has stunned the nation and provoked a crisis in our race relations reminiscent of the Rodney King officers’ state trial fiasco. President Barack O...
The Exterminators
MICHAEL BRENNER
Captain Ahab’s obsessive hunt for Moby Dick was driven by the thirst for revenge. The great white whale had maimed Ahab – in soul as well as body. Ahab was consumed by the passion to restore his sense of self, and make himself whole again, by killing his nemesis – a...
A Shameful Day to Be a US Citizen
DAVE LINDORFF
I have been deeply ashamed of my country a number of times. The Nixon Christmas bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong was one such time, when hospitals, schools and dikes were targeted. The invasion of Iraq was another. Washington’s silence over the fatal Israeli Commando raid ...
The Logical (and Coming) End to the US Empire
ROBERT P. ABELE
There are numerous legal and ethical arguments that can and have been made in opposition to U.S. foreign policy of raw aggression. For an example of the illegalities of U.S. Empire, examine the Geneva Conventions, all four of which directly proscribe what they each call ...
Walk Like an Egyptian
S. FITZGERALD JOHNSON
Egypt’s ongoing political war has taken another, increasingly fascistic turn. The struggle turned most spectacularly in early 2011, and was waged continuously, then under the cover of social peace, until July 2013. Contemporary Egypt is experiencing a more acute crisis ...
The Boycott of Israel, Eight Years In
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement directed toward Israel is eight years old. It was started back in 2005, when a coalition of Palestine-based social and economic organizations called for such a comprehensive effort. At first the BDS movement appe...
Hysteria, Madness and the Forgotten War
CLANCY SIGAL
Sixty years ago this week the “forgotten war” came to an inconclusive end. 

The ...
Love the Kids, Hate Gangs
RODOLFO ACUÑA
I have often said that I hate gangs but love the kids. Keep in mind that street gangs are products of society, made up of kids with fewer alternatives than others. Poverty and a lack of opportunity spawn street gangs, and public hostility and isolation complete the proces...
A Further Irish Engagement with the Greek Crisis and the Greek Left
HELENA SHEEHAN
“Things have gone very quiet in Greece, haven’t they?” So many people said that to me in the past six months or so. I responded that there was a lot going on, even if international media weren’t covering it. There were civil mobilisations of teachers and tr...
Freedom of the Press is Real National Security
NORM KENT
The buildings that fell on September 11, 2001 in New York City took down more than steel and concrete, and stripped us of more than 3,000 lives. The attack on the World Trade Center was a precursor to a government assault on our civil liberties. From airport scanne...
The Manning Trial Rests
BINOY KAMPMARK
Moral courage – not afraid to say or do what you believe to be right. -Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, The Memoirs of Field Marshall Montgomery, 1958 The farce is done, and one might say that the ...
Belafonte in Tallahassee
JACK McCARTHY
Harry Belafonte came to Tallahassee this past Friday and he wasn’t here to sing “The Banana Boat Song.” The singer, actor and veteran political activist/dissident was here to join the 11 day occupation of  Florida Governor slick Rick Scott led b...
What John Kerry Really Did in Vietnam
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
With John Kerry currently in full Henry Kissinger regalia, parading around the Middle East, brow-beating the Palestinians and their allies in the region and Europe into signing onto a deeply flawed peace accord that primarily serves Israeli and American interests, it ...
The Age of Regression
JOHN PILGER
London. I have known my postman for more than 20 years. Conscientious and good-humoured, he is the embodiment of public service at its best. The other day, I asked him, “Why are you standing in front of each door like a soldier on parade?” “Ne...
Obama’s Legacy, Before Snowden and Now
ANDREW LEVINE
Like Jackie Robinson, Barack Obama will be remembered for crossing a seemingly infrangible color line. However the comparison stops there.  Playing in the major leagues, even for the Brooklyn Dodgers, hardly compares with becoming President of the United States....
Obama’s Plan for Economic Immiseration
ROB URIE
President Barack Obama spoke at length on the economy on Wednesday in the first of what is reported to be a series of speeches he will give around the country to push his economic ‘agenda.’ A question for his supporters is why Mr. Obama is now purporting to promote th...
Another Journalist with Children in the Israeli Military
ALISON WEIR
The New York Times recently published a news ...
In Defense of Leaderless Revolutions
PETER GELDERLOOS
Barcelona. Cihan Tugal (“The End of the “Leaderless” Revolution” July 10, 2013) effectively picks apart the populist and premature claims of a successful re...
The Weiner Affair, Phase Two
GARY LEUPP
Ok, someone has to write this, so why not me? Having proudly analyzed the affair of the tea-trade senator Larry Craig, the White House night-time visits of male prostitute-journalist “...