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Archives from August 2013
Obama’s Dark Theatrics
PAUL GOTTINGER
The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate himself, Obama, weighed in on the human rights abuses being carried out by the U.S. ...
Protesting Teachers Block Mexico City Airport
JOHNNY HAZARD
Thousands of teachers (seven thousand, according to detractors, more according to organizers), members of a dissident caucus within the dominant Mexican teachers union, blocked access to the Mexico City airport for about 11 hours on Friday July 23. The action was part of ...
The Limits to State Power
ANN GARRISON
The California prison hunger strike against inhumane prison conditions has passed its 50th day and Governor Brown has to decide.  WIll he negotiate about their basic demands, and if not, will he allow them to die protesting? At least 45 hunger strikers ha...
Vermont Yankee Joins the Tsunami of US Reactor Shutdowns
HARVEY WASSERMAN
In a huge victory for the grass-roots movement for a green-powered earth, Entergy has announced it will shut its Vermont Yankee reactor by the end of next year. “It’s fantastic,” says longtime safe-energy activist Deb Katz. “This is such a win for the peopl...
Object Permanence
MISSY BEATTIE
The Empire marches on. Next stop and drop, Syria. Accomplishing missions. The top stories on Google News this morning (Monday) are chemical weapons in Syria and Miley Cyrus’s gyrations and crotch grabbing as she performed “We Can’t Stop.” We. Can’t. Stop....
Freedom From Jobs
ELLIOT SPERBER
As the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march on Washington DC – the March for Jobs and Freedom immortalized by Martin Luther King’s iconic I Have a Dream speech – is celebrated and discussed around the country, it is important to note that though some gains...
Obama’s War Desk
DAVE LANNEN
Mr. Obama’s war desk is heavy with burdensome issues concerning Syria.  Given three minutes of his time I would share the following prospective – of which his advisors are ill-informed; that of a little girl and a soldier. The choreographed chaos in our tent h...
My Surprisingly Inspiring Trip to the West Bank
JEFF COHEN
As I prepared for a grueling fact-finding trip to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank (occupied for 46 years), Secretary of State Kerry announced that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to resume peace talks without preconditions. On the day ...
Socialists and the ‘Pet’ Contradiction
JON HOCHSCHARTNER
Socialists, like everyone else, absorb our culture’s contradictory messages regarding the value of animals. We learn that certain species, such as dogs and cats, should be cherished as members of our families. While other other species, such as pigs and chickens, sh...
A “New Idea” From 1980s
STEVE EARLY
In the run-up to their convention next month in Los Angeles, top AFL-CIO officials have welcomed closer ties with non-labor groups and associations of workers’ who lack bargaining rights. In an interview with USA Today this summer, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka claim...
Empty Life
CHARLES R. LARSON
A few years ago I read John Williams’ masterpiece, ...
Opposition to Iraq War May Save Syria
DAVIS SWANSON
Evidence of “weapons of mass destruction” is “no slam dunk,” U.S. officials are saying this time around, reversing the claim made about Iraq by then-CIA director George Tenet. Opposition to a U.S.-led attack on Syria is growing rapidly...
The Unrehearsed Flight to Transhumanity
NORMAN BALL
To the busy men of science, we laymen are the intended audience only for yesterday’s news. In part, it’s a sly tactic. They alert us belatedly to keep things forever from our reach. In another sense, they’re always flying by the seat of their pants on fire. Either w...
The Only Alternative
MICHAEL BRENNER
Innovation and fresh thinking are alien to American foreign policy – as is true in most countries. Conservatism of thought and method flows naturally from situations characterized by high risk and uncertainly – as is the norm in still unruly international relations. R...
Wakoski and Smith-Ferri
POETS' BASEMENT
“Frisked For Butterflies” by DIANE WAKOSKI It felt so frivolous to be patted down, not for weapons or drugs, but for some hitchhiking Lepidoptera, who might cling inside our coats, tucked restless und...
Red Lines Drawn with Syrian Blood
MUSA al-GHARBI
It doesn’t matter whether or not Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons. The US and its allies are likely to carry out an attack on Syria in the very near future; the reasons for this have nothing to do with the recent incident in Ghouta. In respo...
Preparing For More Slaughter in Syria
CHRIS FLOYD
At some point in the next few hours or days, it is likely that deeply damaged collection of moral cretins known as “Western leaders”, will sit down behind the gargantuan phalanxes of heavily armed security that keeps their well-wadded rumps safe and cozy and g...
The Politics of Death
RAMZY BAROUD
How many Egyptians have been killed since the January 2011 revolt? My pursuit for exact figures has proven to be futile. Various sources suggest all sorts of numbers, some scrambled in such a way as to make a political point. It is as if the life of the ordinary Egyptian ...
The Subterfuge of Syrian Chemical Weapons
NICOLA NASSER
The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on this August 26 removed the sword of the alleged Syrian chemical weapons from its sheath and let the snow ball of this subterfuge for a military aggression on Syria roll unchecked, raising the stakes from asking whether “it will ...
Beckoning Committed Climate Activists
PATRICK BOND
The northern hemisphere summer has just peaked and though the torrid heat is now ebbing, it is evident the climate crisis is far more severe than most scientists had anticipated. The latest report of the UN ...
Killing Civilians to Protect Civilians
MARJORIE COHN and JEANNE MIRER
The drums of war are beating again. The Obama administration will reportedly launch a military strike to punish Syria’s Assad government for its alleged use of chemical weapons. A military attack would invariably kill civilians for the ostensible purpose of showing the ...
Americans Oppose Criminal US Syrian Attack
DAVE LINDORFF
f you needed more evidence that former president Jimmy Carter was corre...
With Enemies Like This, Who Needs Friends?
KEVIN CARSON
The U.S. government’s persecution of Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning (who came out publicly as a transgender woman after sentencing) is the latest example of a general rule: In the transitional struggle between networks and hierarchies, sometimes networks’ most pow...
Ascent of the Kurds
CONN HALLINAN
For almost a century, the Kurds–one of the world’s largest ethnic groups without its own state–have been deceived and double-crossed, their language and culture suppressed, their villages burned and bombed, and their people scattered. But because o...
Study Abroad as Neo-Colonial Tourism
JESSICA NAMAKKAL
Amongst continued reports in the Western media of sexual violence in India, including gang rapes that have resulted in death, a young woman, a student at the University of Chicago, recently wrote an essay for cnn.com, ...