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Archives from September 2013
Durban’s Brutal Underside
RICHARD PITHOUSE
Durban, South Africa. Nkosinathi Mngomezulu was shot  in the stomach on Saturday morning. He was shot at the Marikana land occupation at Stop 1, Cato Crest in the city of Durban, South Africa during an eviction. He’s currently in the Intensive Care ...
Protesters Expose Secret Negotiations
KEVIN ZEESE
This afternoon, September 23rd, protesters concerned about the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) covered the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative with banners calling for a democratic process and a release of the treaty’s text. The group, which included members...
Life at the End of the Line
ETHAN NUSS
“My son died from cancer. He was only 26,” he said as his eyes quivered and filled with tears. I struggled to complete the community health survey that brought me to this man’s humble front porch, which was next door to a menacing, industrial car-crushing fac...
Time for a New War on Poverty
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
Only a couple of weeks ago, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful “I Have a Dream” speech, I was reminded of the Rev. King’s last birthday, in January 1968. He combined it with w...
Obama’s Justice Department’s Brazen Disregard for the First Amendment
NORMAN SOLOMON
There’s something profoundly despicable about a Justice Department that would brazenly violate the First and Fourth Amendments while spying on journalists, then claim to be reassessing such policies after an avalanche of criticism — and then proceed, as it did thi...
Oslo Revisited
JEFFREY BLANKFORT
“I don’t like making comparisons with Germany, but if it’s another Munich, we’re the Germans and the Palestinians are the Czechs.” – SHLOMO GAZIT, former head of Israeli military intelligence, November 17, 1993 It is ...
Is the Israel Lobby Only a Chimp Among Gorillas?
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Some friendly criticism of our article “The People Against the 800 Pound Gorilla” provides a welcome opportunity to clarify the discussion.  Shamus Cooke, while largely agreeing with the points made by Jean Bricmont and myself, reproaches us for focusing on the pro-I...
The New Western Travesty
JOSHUA FRANK
As my wife Chelsea and I drove through Arizona on our annual pilgrimage from California to Montana, orange smoke billowed along the darkened horizon, signals of hearts shattered and landscapes scorched. Days earlier nineteen hot shot fi...
EU More Extreme than US on Trade
DAVID CRONIN
If proof was needed that the European Union’s bureaucracy was headed by ideological extremists, it can be found in the approach being taken to trade negotiations with the US. Barack Obama has rightly encountered much criticism for allowing those Wall Street i...
Reefer Madness Redux
BILL QUIGLEY
While Colorado and Washington have de-criminalized recreational use of marijuana and twenty states allow use for medical purposes, a Louisiana man was sentenced to twenty years in prison in New Orleans criminal court for possessing 15 grams, .529 of an ounce, of marijuana...
Ending One War
DAVID SWANSON
Remarks on September 21, 2013, at the Nashville Festival for Peace, Prosperity, and Planet. Thank you to Elizabeth Barger and the Nashville Peace and Justice Center and to all of you, and happy International Day of Peace! From a certain angle ...
Drugs are Bad, Got It?
KEVIN CARSON
Every once in a while a government functionary slips up and inadvertently lets out the truth about how things work, in tones so frank it leaves us shaking our heads and wondering if we really heard correctly. That’s what happened when Blake Ewing, an Austin area assista...
Obama, Putin, and World Politics
NORMAN POLLACK
It is now September 20th, ten days after Obama addressed the nation on the administration’s Syrian policy. In the preceding run-up to his bombing of Syria’s chemical-weapons facilities and installations, an all but certain event, a storm of protest broke ou...
Down and Out in London vs. Paris
MICHAEL BRENNER
There will always be an England dear to the hearts of Americans who adore the quaint – especially where the natives speak in an intelligible tongue. The Brits high regard for the United States further warms the cockles of the Anglophilic heart. Imitation being the u...
The Moral Power of the People
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
While the threat of military force brought Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the negotiating table, it was the threat of moral force that brought President Obama to that table.  Huge numbers of American voters, and others, shouted a forceful No! to another war, no matt...
The Financial Core of the Transnational Capitalist Class
PETER PHILLIPS and BRADY OSBORNE
The institutional arrangements within the money management systems of global capital relentlessly seek ways to achieve maximum return on investment, and the structural conditions for manipulations—legal or not—are always open (Libor scandal). These institutions have b...
How Neoliberalism Works
NATHAN GOODMAN
Libertarian Harry Browne famously wrote that government “knows how to break your legs, hand you a crutch, and say, ‘See, if it weren’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk.’” But with deficits and recessions looming, governments have been getting ...
Capitalism and US Oil Geo-Politics
ROB URIE
There is a long-standing tension between political, cultural and economic explanations of national policies and international relations. Cultural explanations have tended to either tie closely to artifact—e.g. the Sharia prohibition against paying interest on loans, or ...
In the Chambers of the Secret Courts
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Perhaps even the Sun King himself appreciated the irony of his secret tribunals being conducted in a court where daylight was not permitted to penetrate. The sinister proceedings of the Chambre Ardente took place in a room blanketed by thick black curtains in the depths o...
Obama’s Grotesque Hypocrisy Over Cluster Munitions
DAVE LINDORFF
Syrian civilians and children should count themselves lucky that mass opposition in the US, the UK and much of the rest of the world to the idea of a US bombing blitz aimed at punishing the Syrian government for allegedly using Sarin gas in an attack on a Damascus neighbo...
The Crisis at Fukushima 4
HARVEY WASSERMAN
We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis. There is no excuse for not acting. All the resources our species can muster must be focussed on the fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4. Fukushima’s o...
Bernanke’s Head Fake Sends Stocks Soaring
MIKE WHITNEY
Fed chairman Ben Bernanke shocked the world on Wednesday when he announced there would be no change in the Fed’s $85 billion-per-month asset purchase program dubbed QE. The announcement sparked a buying frenzy on Wall Street where all three major indices shot to rec...
Stolen Wars
URI AVNERY
If somebody steals something precious from you, say a diamond, you may be angry. Even God himself said so.  When He sent a worm to kill the gourd which provided shade for the prophet Jonah in the desert, He asked him maliciously: “Doest thou well to be angry for...
The Military Turns Really Ugly in Egypt
MOHAMED MALIK and MOHAMAD OMAR
Giza. Various reports have been floated in the media about the events at Kirdasa yesterday, such as 15 police officers were killed, which led to a full army assault with tanks and helicopters, many dead and hundreds injured. The town was surrounded as Hama...