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THE DECAY OF AMERICAN MEDIA — Patrick L. Smith on the decline and fall of American journalism; Peter Lee on China and its Uyghur problem; Dave Macaray on brain trauma, profits and the NFL; Lee Ballinger on the bloody history of cotton. PLUS: “The Vindication of Love” by JoAnn Wypijewski; “The Age of SurrealPolitick” by Jeffrey St. Clair; “The Radiation Zone” by Kristin Kolb; “Washington’s Enemies List” by Mike Whitney; “The School of Moral Statecraft” by Chris Floyd and “The Surveillance Films of Laura Poitras” by Kim Nicolini.
Archives from October 2013
What Recovery?
MIKE WHITNEY
Buying a house is a lot like buying a car. If you don’t look under the hood, you could wind up with a lemon. Only with housing, it’s not as simple as checking the dipstick or looking for oil under the rear axle. No, smart home buyers check the data...
Sacrificial Wolves
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
I was prone on my stomach on a small knoll above the Lamar River, peering through my field glasses toward a stand of tall cottonwoods, their leaves a shimmering bronze in the autumn light. The morning air was crisp, hinting at an early snow in the dark, distant peaks of t...
The Language of Neoliberalism
JASON HIRTHLER
Outsource. Streamline. Downsize. Liberalize. Flexibilise. Get lean. Offshore. Lay off. If you use the Google Ngram Viewer to r...
Whose Interests are They?
ANDREW LEVINE
The late Margaret Thatcher, Conservative Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1979 to 1990, was hardly a deep or lucid thinker.  And unlike Ronald Reagan, her epigone, she wasn’t even our own. Yet, for the past three and a half decades, American politicians, Dem...
The Deadly Secrets of Plum Island
KARL GROSSMAN
Michael Carroll, author of the best-selling book, “Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government’s Secret Plum Island Germ L...
Al Qaeda’s Corridor Through Syria
VIJAY PRASHAD
On Tuesday night, suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Iraqi checkpoints along Highway 11, which runs from Baghdad to Syria via Ramadi. They bombed the checkpoint at Rutba as well as points just west of Ramadi. Thirty-seven people were killed in these attacks, a majority o...
Cops Unbound
JONATHAN CARP
On Tuesday in Santa Rosa, California, two of that city’s “finest” cowered behind a car door and gunned down a thirteen-year-old boy carrying a toy rifle. This little boy, Andy Lopez Cruz, was walking down the street with a fake plastic rifle when the two “heroes...
The Smear Campaign Against Social Security
JACK RASMUS
With the interim ‘debt ceiling/government shutdown’ agreement reached last week between the Obama administration and the Teaparty-driven U.S. House of Representatives, the real negotiations on deficit cutting—aka Austerity American Style—are about to begin again....
The Identity Crisis of Mexican Americans
RODOLFO ACUÑA
The debate as to what to name Chicana/o Studies will have future repercussions. The proposals are not new; they are not innovative; and they are symptomatic of the historical struggle of Mexican origin people in the United States to identify themselves. The problem...
The Unspoken Epidemic
DAVID ROSEN
In early October, two male teenagers at the Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, Riverside County, CA, were arrested on suspicion of raping a female student, a freshman.  One of the alleged perpetrators was a junior and on the football team.  Sadly, this will not ...
The Global Threat of Fukushima
KEVIN ZEESE AND MARGARET FLOWERS
The story of Fukushima should be on the front pages of every newspaper. Instead, it is rarely mentioned. The problems at Fukushima are unprecedented in human experience and involve a high risk of radiation events larger than any that the global community has ever experien...
European Drone War
CHRIS COLE
While there is rightly much media attention on the US drone war in Pakistan and Yemen, there is a very different but over-looked “drone war” taking place in Europe right now. In parliamentary committee rooms, in company boardrooms, and in packed public meeti...
Is Israel an Apartheid State?
URI AVNERY
Is Israel an apartheid state? This question is not going away. It raises its head every few months. The term “apartheid” is often used purely for propaganda purposes. Apartheid, like racism and fascism, is a rhetorical term one uses to denigrate one’s opponen...
The Politics of Sociopathic Narcissism
WILLIAM MANSON
In psychoanalytic thought, the radical analyst Wilhelm Reich is recognized as having laid the foundations for the clinical study of (pathological) character structures—or, in the more recent terminology, “personality disorders.”  Since the publication of Reich’s ...
The Wages of US Imperialism
WILLIAM C. LEWIS
Corporate imperial militarism controls U.S. society and wages destructive occupations abroad to serve the capitalist interests of the war-making, armaments manufacturing class whose bombs eradicate human beings for profit. Externalized racism and depleted uranium r...
Finally Someone’s Paying Attention to Our Imbalance!
LAURA FLANDERS
It was early and I hadn’t downed my coffee yet, but for a moment I thought I was reading something important in one of those tightly printed full-page ads  that appear from time to time in the New York Times. Headline: “Enact the Inform Act,” the ad called o...
What We Talk About When We Talk About Foundation Funding
MACDONALD STAINSBY
When discussions begin among environmentally concerned people about foundation funding and how it offsets resistance, a common complaint is that such a discussion is unnecessarily negative. With all of the world at stake, so goes the argument, we need to involve as many ...
Oil on the Tracks
ROGER ANNIS
Vancouver, British Columbia.  Another oil train derailment and explosion in Canada has sent nearby residents fleeing from their homes in the middle of the night. It happened at 1 a.m. on Saturday, October 19 on a CN Rail line outside the hamlet of Gainfor...
The Shady Ties Between de Blasio and the Clintons
RICHARD KREITNER
Last Monday, Hillary Clinton headlined a fundraiser at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan for Bill de Blasio, the man who managed her successful 2000 Senate campaign and last month declared himself “proud to come from the Clinton family.” Topping the list of co-chairs f...
Brand X and the Absurdity of Celebrity Culture
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Russell Brand is a celebrity, one of those pretty faces you see on ragged magazines at the check-out counter and think: “Who gives a flying f what he’s screwing this week?” At one point he was screwing Katy Perry, a teeny-bopper who makes recruitment music vi...
The Cruzifixion and the Resurrection
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Ever since I could remember I’d wished I’d been lucky enough to be alive at that great time-when something big was going on, like the Crucifixion.  And suddenly I realized I was.  Here I was living through another crucifixion. Ben Shahn, On pa...
The Fight For Economic Justice
RON JACOBS
On August 24, 2013 tens of thousands of people gathered to celebrate a protest fifty years ago when hundreds of thousands of other people marched and rallied in Washington DC demanding equal rights for African-American residents of the United States.  It was on that day ...
The Democratic Enemies of Medicare for All
GRAEME ANFINSON
When Barack Obama decided to take ownership of a right-wing idea pushing market exchanges for private insurance, with mandates and subsides to make sure everyone bought the product, as a fix for our embarrassing health care system- it was clear we were in trouble. Now, as...
The Fossil Fuel Paradigm
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
“Beam me up, Scotty.” That phrase is as well known to science fiction aficionados as “Gort, Klaatu barada nikto.” James Tiberius Kirk, the lead character and commanding officer in the futuristic space fantasy television series Star Trek (196...
Drone Island in the East River
DAVID SWANSON
Remarks at New York University forum with http://NYACT.net The primary problem with weaponized drones is that the wea...