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Archives from September 2013
Rouhani at the UN
PEPE ESCOBAR
He came. He listened. And he surfed. “I listened carefully to the statement made by President Obama today at the General Assembly… [I'm] hoping that they will refrain from following the short-sighted interests of warmongering pressure groups and we can ...
New York Times Fiction
RAMZY BAROUD
Mark Landler is a White House correspondent for The New York Times. Under the title “Through Diplomacy, Obama Finds a Pen Pal in Iran”, Landler wrote of President Barack Obama’s deep “belief in the power of the written word,” and of his “frustrating private co...
King Coal is Losing Its Crown
TED NACE
You wouldn’t want to be King Coal these days. The coal mining industry, once a pillar of the US economy, is in the dumps as demand for the carbon-intensive black rock continues to plummet. Here in the United States, coal demand ...
Obama tells UN America Opposes Violence to Suppress Dissent
DAVE LINDORFF
President Obama’s address to the UN General Assembly was such an astonishing string of brazen lies and falsehoods it must have had the assembled international delegates choking on their tea or coffee. Whether he was declaring that “together we have worked to end a dec...
A Small Item on the Business Page
FRED GARDNER
A small item on the business page, forwarded by Sunil Aggarwal, MD: Sanofi, the ...
Washington Will Only Continue Its Crimes
WILLIAM C. LEWIS
Perpetual mass-media deception and pervasive surveillance encompass a never ending train of abuse that won’t end any time soon. As long as armaments factories continue producing weapons of death for the fortune 500 Wall Street elite who reside in U.S. capitalist soc...
Tens of Thousands Walk for Sovereignty and Justicd for Canada’s First Nations
ROGER ANNIS
Vancouver, BC. It was an exceptional week in Vancouver for First Nations rights. Last week, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada held large, public sessions in the city consisting of witnesses and testimonials by victims and survivors of Cana...
The Case of the Missing H-Bomb
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Last week a report by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser (excerpted from his terrifying new book ...
Crushing the Middle Class
MIKE WHITNEY
The Federal Reserve presently lends money at a lower rate than anytime in history. In fact, the rate at which the Fed lends money is more than a full percentage point below the current rate of inflation. That means the Fed is subsidizing borrowing. Naturally, zero rates c...
De Blasio and the Left
LOUIS PROYECT
On August 16th I wrote an article for my blog titled “A Dossier on Bill de Blasio”  ...
45 Top Lies From Obama’s UN Speech
DAVID SWANSON
1. President Obama’s opening lines at the U.N. on Tuesday looked down on people who would think to settle disputes with war. Obama was disingenuously avoiding the fact that earlier this month he sought to drop missiles into a country to “send a message” ...
Colombia Anti-free Trade Strike Brings Gains for Left
STEVEN MATHER
Four tumultuous and sometimes violent weeks after Colombia’s national agricultural strike began, the most radical section of farmers has forced the government to sit down with its national leadership. The MIA met the government in the city of Popayán in Cauc...
Bedding Down With the War Machine
RON JACOBS
A couple weeks ago I wrote about a Pentagon contingency that would place a ground based missile defense site in Jericho, Vermont. Meanwhile, another weapons system basing is already being hotly contested in the state. Unlike the missile site, which is currently opposed by...
Understanding Kenya’s Westgate Mall Attack
PAUL GOTTINGER
The September 21 attack on Westgate shopping mall by al-Shabab militants was an absolutely gruesome act of terrorism, which deserves the utmost condemnation. ...
Time to Call the Syrian War What It Is
ALI E. EROL
As the cumulative number of Syrian internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees are reaching over seven million—one third of the country’s total population—we have to stop thinking about ‘Syrian civil war’ and start thinking about ‘Syrian genocide....
Why Mexicans Can’t Win
RODOLFO ACUÑA
Counted along with other Latinos of Mexican-origin people make up the largest minority in the United States. In East Los Angeles, the overwhelming population is of Mexican extraction. Why then is it that we can’t win? After all aren’t we the largest minority in...
The Bark of Greed
MICHAEL McDAETH
They call us consumers as they consume us. Our time, money, attention, work, all belong to them as they see it. We are born indentured in mind, body and spirit and there most of us remain. Theirs is not to ass...
The Antideutsch and Me
DAVID ROVICS
Last night another concert of mine in Germany was canceled due to pressure from a political tendency here known as the Antideutsch (Anti-Germans).  The show went ahead, in this case, but in a different venue.  In previous cases, shows have been canceled due to Antideuts...
It’s Still Class Warfare
DAVID MACARAY
It’s an old joke, but it bears repeating: An Oxford professor meets a former student on the street. He asks what he’s been up to lately. The student tells him he’s working on a doctoral thesis about the survival of the class system in the United States. The professo...
Disappearing River
JOHN WEISHEIT
“You’ll be sucking air before that gets done,” said Patricia Mulroy in August, according to the ...
US Credibility in Syria and the World
GEOFFREY McDONALD
Since the start of the civil war in Syria, America’s official position has been that the evil dictator must go; yet in announcing its intention to strike Syria as a punishment for its use of chemical weapons, America says that it is not intervening in the civil war, jus...
What We Could Do with a Postal Savings Bank
ELLEN BROWN
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is the nation’s second largest civilian employer after WalMart. Although successfully self-funded throughout its long history, it is currently struggling to stay afloat. This is not, as sometimes asserted, because it has been made obsolete...
How the US’s Somalia Policy Sparked the Kenyan Massacres
SHELDON RICHMAN
Last weekend’s hostage-taking — and the murder of at least 62 people — at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, has its roots in the U.S. government’s intervention in Somalia, which began in the 1990s. Although there is no justification for killing innocen...
How Obama Made Fukushima Worse
DOUGLAS A. YATES
The Obama administration’s failure to alert Americans to the danger of Fukushima radiation is motivated by corporate politics and the interests of the nuclear power industry. The March 11, 2011 earthquake off the northwest coast of Japan wrecked a complex of nuclear pow...
Palestine and the One-State Solution
JOHN V. WHITBECK
In an opinion article entitled “Israel Should Annul the Oslo Accords” which was published on September 21 in the New York Times, Danny Danon, Israel’s deputy defense minister, offered his own vision (presumably not radically inconsistent with that of h...