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Archives from August 2013
Once Again, the Answer Is Bombing
JOHN GRANT
Here we go again. Polls suggest the American people are fed up after two full-bore wars and the killing of an ambassador in Benghazi following our escapade in Libya. Yet, the Obama administration seems poised to launch another war in Syria. “We can’t do ...
Bombing for Peace
JOHN LaFORGE
High altitude bombing and long-range missile attacks always bring nightmares of dead children and suicidal veterans. The president’s plans for rocketing yet another mid-east country without a UN mandate are being rationalized by pointing to bad actions by others — in ...
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing and Potential Pardons
ANTHONY PAPA
Last week I listened with great interest to a speech Attorney General Eric Holder presented in front of the American Bar Association. Holder passionately spoke about halting the use of laws that have led to mass incarceration, which in turn, has broken the federal prison ...
Miley Cyrus Twerks; America Goes Insane
JOHN ESKOW
The events of last Sunday were horrific.  Poison was loosed upon innocent civilians—men, women, and children—so it was no wonder The Huffington Post covered the story in such depth, devoting seven front-page stories to it, stories full of righteous wrath...
In Rush to Strike Syria, U.S. Tried to Derail U.N. Probe
GARETH PORTER
After initially insisting that Syria give United Nations investigators unimpeded access to the site of an alleged nerve gas attack, the administration of President Barack Obama reversed its position on Sunday and tried unsuccessfully to get the U.N. to call off its inve...
War With Syria and its Repercussions
SHAMUS COOKE
A U.S. invasion of Syria could be the first war based on a Youtube video.  After a video was released sh...
Only a Peace Conference Can Stop Further Bloodshed
PATRICK COCKBURN
American, British and French air strikes by planes or missiles look probable in retaliation for the  alleged use of poison gas by the Syrian army against people in rebel-held areas of Damascus. Controversy rages about whether or not this is the right thing to do, a...
The Liberals’ Class Problem
GEOFFREY McDONALD
The rich get richer, the poor get poorer – that’s hardly a secret in America today. It forms the subject of political debates, speeches by economists, stories on the evening news, and protests in the streets. Everyone seems to agree that it’s one big social problem ...
Obama Commemorates the March on Washington
NORMAN POLLACK
It befouls the memory of Dr. King to have invited Obama to speak. He represents the antithesis of everything Dr. King dreamed of and worked for. Yes, I was there in 1963, where the air was filled with the spirit of justice, justice not as an abstraction, not as a catchwor...
Cruise Missile Morality
RON JACOBS
Here Washington goes again, talking about blowing up homes, military buildings and people in faraway lands. Of course, the reason presented to the US populace for this bluster before the crime is based on a morality that considers a military response to have some kind of ...
Law and Not War in Syria
TABITHA TROUGHTON
In what world does bombing a country on the pretext of bringing peace make sense? This is not quite a rhetorical question. Here in the UK we see the results all around us, from Libya and Iraq to the fundamentalist insanity which rules what is left of Afghanistan. But the ...
Memorializing Martin Luther King, Jr.
MICHAEL YATES
We often visit the monuments and museums along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and each time I am surprised at my heightened emotions when we are there. Maybe it is because the museums are free and some of the memorials grand and inspiring, and I can imagine for a ...
10 Do’s and Don’ts for Progressives Discussing Syria
RAMAH KUDAIMI
With Syria back in the news due to the horrific chemical weapons attack last week that killed hundreds and threats from the US to engage in military strikes, below are some do’s and don’ts for progressive/radical anti-war organizations/activists in the US as you figur...
Dr. Hansen, We Need You at Fukushima and Diablo Canyon
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The horrifying news from Fukushima worsens daily. It is an unparalleled global catastrophe that cries out for anyone and everyone with nuclear expertise to pitch in. Topping this list should be Dr. James Hansen. Hansen is a climate scientist and a hero of the globa...
The Dark Horse in the New York Mayoral Race
ROBERT WILBUR AND MARTHA ROSENBERG
Reports of Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s sexting recidivism have vaulted Democrat Christine C. Quinn into the front-runner position. Quinn, currently speaker of the New York City Council, is ...
The Best and Worst of “Boston Strong”
MEL KING AND Rev. WILLIAM ALBERTS Ph.D.
The Boston Marathon bombings brought out the best in—and revealed the worst about—Americans. Understanding these two contrary realities would really make Boston—and America—‘STRONG.’ The horrific Marathon bombings, which tragically killed three persons ...
Witness to War Crimes
TOM H. HASTINGS
How culpable is the person who watches a mugger rob someone and does nothing? What is our social psychology as we ...
Borders Without Scruples
NORMAN BALL
“International borders are never completely just. But the degree of injustice they inflict upon those whom frontiers force together or separate makes an enormous difference — often the difference between freedom and oppression, tolerance ...
Obama’s Fateful Line in the Sand
ANDREW LEVINE
To die by cobra is not to die by bad pork — Gregory Corso, “Bomb” Who would have imagined that, five years into Barack Obama’s tenancy of the White House, American whistleblowers would seek refuge in Russia (or Chi...
The Katrina Pain Index, 2013
BILL QUIGLEY
Eight years after Katrina, nearly a hundred thousand people never got back to New Orleans, the city remains incredibly poor, jobs and income vary dramatically by race, rents are up, public transportation is down, traditional public housing is gone, life expectancy differs...
Syria in the Crosshairs
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
I found it truly scary to read that some high officials in the Obama Administration are so disconnected from reality that they consider the 1999 war in Kosovo to be a ...
Forcing Obama into a Prolonged Syrian War
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tehran The Bandar-Zionist lobby collaboration, currently the cocktail party talk of many in Washington,  is not  a case of strange bedfellows given three decades of mutual cooperation which started during Prince Bandar’s long tenure as Saudi ambassad...
The Leveraged Buyout of America
ELLEN BROWN
Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How have they pu...
Who Are The Terrorists?
GENE GLICKMAN
“Everyone is talking all about crime, crime; But tell me: who are the criminals?” – Peter Tosh, “Equal Rights” To paraphrase Peter...
Another Western War Crime In The Making
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Washington and its British and French puppet governments are poised to yet again reveal their criminality. The image of the West as War Criminal is not a propaganda image created by the West’s enemies, but the portrait that the West has painted of itself. The UK ...
The Anti-Free Trade Strike in Colombia
STEVEN MATHER
As Colombian peasants ended their eighth day of an anti-free trade agreement strike last night by forcing President Juan Manuel Santos to the negotiating table, thousands of protesters banging pots and pans filled the main plaza of the capital Bogota in solidarity....
How Not to Think About Drones
BRIAN TERRELL
The latest defense of remote control killing by the U.S. appears in the September issue of The Atlantic, “...
Prison Medicine and the California Hunger Strike
COREY WEINSTEIN, MD
The Federal court decision on August 19 giving the state permission to force-feed hunger strikers deemed “at risk of near-term death or great bodily injury” is a shameful one. It violates long-established international law. The World Medical Association confirms force...
Reacting to Egypt
MIKE WHITNEY
Andy Libson is a member of La Voz, a schoolteacher, and member of United Educators of San Francisco and the reform caucus, Educators for a Democratic Union. He’s been keeping a close eye on Egypt, which he’s ...
Human Rights Need Not Apply
BEN NORTON
What do xenophobia, bigotry, racial profiling, apartheid, torture, mass incarceration, private prisons, and 21st-century slavery have in common? They are all intimately linked, featured prominently, in a web of lies, greed, and capital. Welcome to the Land of the Free, th...
50 Years Later
Rev. JESSE L. JACKSON Sr.
This Wednesday, Aug. 28, on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “Dream” oration, President Barack Obama will speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, joined by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter....
Obama’s War Itch
NORMAN POLLACK
Humanitarian intervention is the liberalization of aggression, liberalism itself having already poisoned the well with its cant about social welfare and labor rights while force-feeding corporate monopolization and the financialization of capitalism through its policy of ...
US Uses Past Crimes to Legalize Future Ones
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris. The liberal warhawks are groping around for a pretext they can call “legal” for waging war against Syria, and have come up with the 1999 “Kosovo war”. This is not surprising insofar as a primary purpose of that US/NATO 78-day bombing ...
Chelsea Manning and the Criminals of American Empire
KATE EPSTEIN
Chelsea Manning, formerly Bradley, came out as a woman on Thursday, one day after she was sentenced to 35 years at a military detention center for men in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Her case highlights the hypocrisy of America’s criminal justice system, as well as the lar...
We Must All Help Egypt
TOM HAYDEN
Excerpts from a speech to the Vancouver, Canada rally to stop the massacres in Egypt, Saturday, August 24, 2013 I am moved to see Egyptian-Canadians, supported by longtime peace activists, mobilizing today against the military dictatorship which has seize...
Tilting Towards Syria
BINOY KAMPMARK
The recent escalation of tensions in Syria with the alleged use of chemical weapons against the civilian population is a cause of concern for the international community.  These attacks allegedly took place in the east and south-west of Damascus on Wednesday, purportedly...
How Will Obamacare Affect Unionized Workers?
DAVID MACARAY
With most major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly and often pejoratively referred to as “Obamacare,” set to go into effect in January 2014, union members across the country have been wondering how the PPACA will affect the ...
What Would the Rev Martin Luther King Think of Obama’s Presidency?
CLANCY SIGAL
Any of us who participated in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom will celebrate its 50th anniversary...
Avaricious Brilliance for Economic Disaster
RALPH NADER
The widening circle applauding megamillionaire Larry Summers –of Harvard University, Washington, D.C. and Wall Street – agrees on one word to describe the colossal failure – Brilliant! That circle includes Barack Obama, who appointed Summers in 2009 to be his chief ...
The AFL-CIO’s New Strategy
SHAMUS COOKE
After years of embarrassing denial, the AFL-CIO recently took its first baby step in addressing the crisis that has engulfed organized labor: it recognized there was a problem. In the run up to its national convention in early September in Los Angles, AFL-CIO President R...
Lying About Syria
DAVID SWANSON
“U.S. prepares for possible retaliatory strike against Syria,” ...
Advancement Through Incompetence at the Fed
DEAN BAKER
There has been a major debate in Washington policy circles over who should replace Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve Board chair when his term expires in January. The two leading contenders are Janet Yellen, the current vice-chair of the Fed, and Larry Summers who served as...
Time for a Missile Ban Treaty
ALICE SLATER
This July, only one day after the US celebrated another anniversary of its Declaration of Independence from tyranny, it was reported that once more, a test of US anti-missile defenses against incoming long-range ballistic missiles, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base ...
Chelsea Manning and the State’s Abusive Transphobia
NATHAN GOODMAN
Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower who released evidence of US war crimes to WikiLeaks, has announced that she identifies as a woman. “Given the way I feel and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible,” she wrote in a statement....
Manning, Snowden and the U.S. Coup in Iran
ROB URIE
With the CIA finally admitting the open secret this week that it and its counterparts in the British oil mafia (‘intelligence’ service) were behind the overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected leader Mohammad Mossadegh in a coup it orchestrated in 1953 the economi...
The CIA Came at Night
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
They came for Jabour at night. He was ordered by the men to turn around and face the wall, while his hands were cuffed and his legs shackled. A blindfold was fastened to his head. He was led from his cell in an Islamabad jail to a waiting van. Jabour was then drive...
The Specter of Another Clinton Presidency
ANDREW LEVINE
By the end of the nineteenth century, after decades of struggle, socialists and other proponents of “change we can believe in” (to use an expression Barack Obama has forever befouled) gained the right to operate freely and to contest elections nearly everywhere that g...
13 Things the Government is Trying to Keep Secret From You
BILL QUIGLEY
“We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted…the Patriot Act.  As we see it, there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government se...
Taper Turbulence
MIKE WHITNEY
The mood on Wall Street has changed dramatically since the Fed announced it planned to scale-back QE by the end of 2013.  Although the Central Bank continues to purchase $85 billion of US Treasuries (UST) and Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) per month (as it has since ...
The Bitter End of the Arab Spring
VIJAY PRASHAD
Over the weekend of August 16-18, 30,0000 Syrians crossed into Iraq over the Peshkhabour Bridge that spans River Tigris. They left the towns of Aleppo, Efrin, Hassake and Qamishly for the Kurdish region, where UNHCR field officers were stunned to see them. “The factors ...