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Archives from September 2013
Benefits at the Top, Sacrifice at the Bottom
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
Five years after the beginning of the financial collapse and the Great Recession, where are we? This week, President Obama offered Americans a progress report. He hailed thedamage to the slow recovery by manufacturing another unnecessary budget crisis. The presiden...
Subsidies for Me, But Not for Thee
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. — John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address One of the questions the curious voter from time to time wonders, is how a person can distinguish go...
Into Your Life It Will Creep
RON JACOBS
The year was 2001. George W. Bush was president. The party for the rich that was the 1990s was nearing its end but nobody wanted to acknowledge it. War was on the horizon and all hell was about to break loose. The Twin Towers fell in September of that year and we were tol...
Financial Terrorism
MIKE WHITNEY
The Lehman Brothers default on September 15, 2008, was the biggest incident of financial terrorism in US history. When Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson and Fed chairman Ben Bernanke convened an emergency meeting with leading members the US Congress  and their aide...
Do College Professors Deserve a Living Wage?
KEITH HOELLER
When running for reelection last year, Vice President Joseph Biden specifically singled out professors as one of the major reasons for the skyrocketing cost of college tuition:  “Salaries for college professors have escalated significantly,” he said.  Last month Pre...
Egypt: In the Eye of the Storm
ANDRE VLTCHEK
They say thousands of people died during and after the 3 July 2013 coup d’ état in Egypt. Semi-official and conservative counts speak of 1,600 victims. Once again people are disappearing; they are dying. During the protests, snipers have been positioned on t...
Child Trafficking and Adoption in Haiti
JULIAN VIGO
UNICEF estimates that approximately 300,000 Haitian children are restavèk (child slaves) and that 3,000 children are trafficked out of Haiti each year.  However, these figures are widely considered conservative both because there are no serious studies to date on this s...
Exposing the Invisible Empire
BINOY KAMPMARK
This is the world we accept if we continue to avert our eyes.  And it promises to get much worse. – Barrett Brown, The Guardian, Jul 2, 2013 ...
Inside Fracakademia’s Latest Assault on Science
STEVE HORN
The long-awaited Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)-sponsored ...
Labor’s Days in La La Land
STEVE EARLY
As AFL-CIO leaders packed up to leave Los Angeles last Wednesday, they basked in the glow of favorable media coverage of their five-day convention. The meeting concluded, per usual, with fulsome delegate praise for President Rich Trumka’s carefully scripted chairing and...
Humanitarian Murder
DAVID SWANSON
This past Sunday night on “60 Minutes” John Miller of CBS News said, “I’ve spoken with intel...
The Economy, Labour and the 2015 Canadian Election
MURRAY DOBBIN
With the formation Unifor, a “new kind of union” and the country’s largest private sector union, there is at least a chance that the long slumber of the labour movement is over. An organization that big, with a radically new mandate, cannot help but influence develo...
Eliminating Nuclear Weapons
LAWRENCE WITTNER
he apparent employment of chemical weapons in Syria should remind us that, while weapons of mass destruction exist, there is a serious danger that they will be used. That danger is highlighted by an article in the September/October 2013 issue of the Bulletin of the...
Pynchon Takes Manhattan
ALAN CABAL
Thomas Pynchon has written a love letter to Manhattan in his latest opus, Bleeding Edge. Set...
The CIA, the Press and Black Propaganda
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
As soon as Kevin Drum at Mother Jones absolved the CIA of spewing poison gas as a provocation, many on the Liberal Left cautiously threw their weight behind Obama and the thrill of waging a punitive war on Syria. “Perhaps regime change is a good ide...
Remembering AIPAC’s Last Defeat
JEFFREY BLANKFORT
“We prefer to stay out of the public eye. We don’t want AIPAC to become the issue.” — ROBERT ASHER, Former president and chair of AIPAC board, Oct. 1, 1988, Jerusalem Post. Int. Ed. “A lobby is like a night flower: ...
Police are More Dangerous to the Public Than Criminals
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The worse threat every American faces comes from his/her own government. At the federal level the threat is a seventh war (Syria) in 12 years, leading on to the eighth and ninth (Iran and Lebanon) and then on to nuclear war with Russia and China. The crimin...
The Endgame in Syria / Ending the Games in Syria
MUSA al-GHARBI AND ST MCNEIL
In philosophy circles, ...
WikiLeaks and Defining Journalism
BINOY KAMPMARK
hey are at it again, those eager policy makers keen to define what journalism actually is. To be a journalist, or not to be one, may well be the difference between punishment or protection under the latest discussions by members of the U.S. Senate. The Senate Judiciary Co...
The Fed, QE, and Jobs
JACK RASMUS
Over the past five years the US central bank, the Federal Reserve (Fed), has printed nearly $4 trillion in liquidity (money) which it has provided to banks and professional investors. This is called ‘Quantitative Easing’ (QE). QE means the Fed essentially prints money...
Longshore Union Got a Raw Deal from the AFL-CIO
CARL FINAMORE
On August 29, 2013, the 60,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced it was leaving the 13-million member AFL-CIO. The ILWU explained it was taking this action because of  “the Federation’s moderate, overly compromising poli...
Trust and Verify and Vomit
JOHN GRANT
The media didn’t waste time lining up US leaders to trash Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent op-ed...
Labor Leaders, Obamacare, and the Fate of the Unions
SHAMUS COOKE
A funny thing happened a couple of months ago: labor leaders finally awoke from their coma and realized that Obamacare was not only bad for unions, but for working families in general. Once the biggest salespeople of the bill’s passage, union leaders are sudd...
Syria is an Epic Victory for the SuperPower of Peace
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The United States is not now bombing Syria. Let’s savor that again: for the moment at least, the United States is not now bombing Syria. That alone qualifies as an epic, unprecedented victory for the SuperPower of Peace, the global movement to end war, win...
The People Against the 800 Pound Gorilla
JEAN BRICMONT and DIANA JOHNSTONE
The past ten days have seen what could be the start of an historic turning point away from endless war in the Middle East.  Public opinion in the United States, in harmony with the majority of people in the world, has clearly rejected U.S. military intervention in Syria....
From Russia Without Love
ANDREW LEVINE
In the dramas of Greek and Roman antiquity, playwrights who found that they had backed their characters into hopeless situations would sometimes deploy a plot device called a Deus ex Machina.   From out of nowhere, a god would be lowered onto the stage in a crane...
Syria and the US Imperial Project
ROB URIE
In recent decades American political discourse has relied heavily on the very short memories of the American public for its effect. When George W. Bush initially pushed his disastrous war on Iraq he was met with large-scale resistance—the largest anti-war protests in hi...
Chemical Hypocrisy
BEHROOZ GHAMARI-TABRIZI
On August 26, 2013, John Kerry gave a rare and pointed speech in which he sent a clear message to the Syrian regime. “Wh...
The Martyrdom of Lehman Brothers
ANDREW COCKBURN
Now that five years have passed since Lehman Brothers died, very nearly taking the global financial system over the cliff in the process, it is surely time to erect a suitably inscribed tombstone over the grave. Among possible legends that might be etched under ...
Eluding Peace—A Presidential Primer
JASON HIRTHLER
With almost pathological haste, Western governments have moved to undermine Russia’s sensible proposal for Syria to hand over its chemical stores, thus avoiding the needless carnage being proposed by the United States. In an ...
When the US Used Cancer as a Weapon
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
At the close of the first Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was denounced as a ferocious villain for ordering his retreating troops to destroy Kuwaiti oil fields, clotting the air with poisonous clouds of black smoke and saturating the ground with swamps of crude. It was justly ca...
Is the Housing Recovery Over?
MIKE WHITNEY
Mortgage rates are rising and the housing market is getting weaker.  In May of 2013, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage was 3.59%. Today it is 4.71%, more than a full percentage point higher. That means that the payment on a $200,000 loan is 15 percent more than it would h...
Obama’s Perverse Priorities
RALPH NADER
Short of an ongoing hot war, the imbroglio over the proposed bombing of Syria has occupied the precious time of President Obama, and therefore the mass media, unlike anything else on his plate. Moreover, it portends absorbing much more of his time and political capital in...
Drones and Gadflies
BRIAN TERRELL
On May 23, President Obama gave a major address from the National Defense University, ON THE FUTURE OF OUR FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM, in which he acknowledged for the first time the US government’s still officially secret program of assassination by remotely controlled dr...
The Problem With the Big Green’s Naomi Klein Gripe
MACDONALD STAINSBY
A few days ago a minor shizzle storm erupted on the climate-acting internet. Well-known anti-corporate author and researcher Naomi Klein gave an interview where she made some comments that, apparently, made some of the more corporate and right wing members of the environm...
Syria, Prepare Yourself for Rape!
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Syria is next! She is already marked, cornered, psychologically ravished, and now petrified. She is tied, exposed, and told to expect the worst. She is where we tried to get her for years, where our regime has wanted her to be. Well, actually, not yet, she is not t...
The Problem With American Exceptionalism
RODOLFO ACUÑA
The reaction on Wednesday morning’s cable programs to an op-ed by Russian President Vladimir V. Putin were way out of line. One Hispanic U.S. Senator even said that Putin almost made him vomit. This kind of  response is a proble...
“Go Tell It on the Mountain, From the Peaks of Qasioun!”
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus. At the height of the war scare here in early September, a group 9 primarily Sunni, Christian, and Alawite students and activists, led by a charismatic and agnostic pro-Hezbollah Lebanese Shia woman from Hermel in Lebanon’s North Bekaa Valley, s...
The Capitalist Caused Humanitarian Crisis in Syria
NICHOLAS ALBERT
The global elite and their underlings in the White House have been clamoring for a yet another “humanitarian” war by appealing to the emotions of the public. This time around, the target is not North Korea or Iran, but the Middle Eastern country of Syria—another nat...
America’s Ridiculous Position on Syria
JOHN CHUCKMAN
I read that an American Senator, Bob Menendez, wanted “to vomit” when he was supplied with a copy of Vladimir Putin’s New York Times’ op-ed piece about Syria. Well, I’m sure it wasn’t just a matter of Sen. Menendez’s delicate stomach: there h...
Honduras on the Brink of Change
SUYAPA PORTILLO VILLEDA
It is hard to imagine right now that Honduras is on the brink of change after all the post-coup challenges that remain. Crime rates are high–a reported 88 murders per 100,000- making Honduran cities some of the deadliest in Latin America. Employment rates are at an ...
Why Israel is Furious
URI AVNERY
Here is another Jewish joke: A hungry young Jew sees an announcement outside a local circus: anyone who climbs to the top of a 50 meter pole and jumps onto a tarpaulin below will win a prize of a thousand rubles. Out of desperation he goes in, climbs the pole and s...
Crises Today, Catastrophe Tomorrow
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
If one is inclined to make a list of worrisome trouble spots plaguing the world, there would be a lot to choose from: Syria, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Bahrain, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Kashmir, Congo, Iran, those pesky disputed islands lying between China, Japan and the Phil...
Are Seniors the Vanguard of American Yoga?
STEWART LAWRENCE
It’s one of the paradoxes of today’s youth- and beauty-obsessed yoga culture that one of the oldest and most established yoga styles has become one of the least known:  Iyengar Yoga, named for its legendary founder B.K.S. Iyengar, isn’t complicated or e...
The People Say No to War … Finally
SHELDON RICHMAN
The Constitution did not keep President Obama from attacking Syria. The people did. Think about that. Obama, his top advisers, and many of his partisans and opponents in Congress insist that the president of the United States has the constitutional authority to att...
Maldives at the Crossroads
JOHN FORAN AND SUMMER GRAY
From sky level to sea level, looking through the thickly paned and weathered openings of a rumbling fuselage, vivid colors zoom into focus around tiny islands loosely connected by a vibrant underworld of coral reef.  An awe-inspiring sight.  Yet lately, not even the mes...
Why is the Party of Jefferson So Hamiltonian?
KEVIN CARSON
Robert Reich (“Syria and the Reality at Home in America,” Nation of Change, September 7), noting that the share of the population either working or seeking work was at a thirty-year low, writes “A decent society would put people to work — even if this required mor...
Empire, Hypocrisy and Deflection
MISSY BEATTIE
According to Barack Obama, the use of chemical weapons is an act that must be punished. If the USA fails to smite the Assad regime, we could lose our moral authority, our street cred, our interests in a region vital to our supremacy. And there you have it—the necessity ...
A Missile-Base in Vermont
RON JACOBS
This week, the Vermont news media published stories stating that the Pentagon is considering building a Ground-based Midcourse Defense base in Jericho, Vermont, a small town near Burlington and Montpelier. When people think about Vermont, Jericho is what people think of; ...
They Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Warrant
BOBBIE STEIN
It is not news to me, after practicing criminal defense and teaching in law schools for over 25 years, that the police don’t always follow the letter of the law. But somehow…when four uniformed police officers appeared at my back door, I rather naively assumed tha...