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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 ...