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Archives from 2013
A Lost Atlantis in South Jersey
KATHY DEACON
The one-car train clatters along on its ancient tracks, headed for Cape May, New Jersey. The ride is bumpy and every so often the train lurches violently. Inside, the passengers, tossed around in their seats, are glugging down beer and engrossed in their card games. There...
US Plans ‘Gazafication’ of the West Bank
JONATHAN COOK
In recent days, US and European diplomats have been engaged in a frenzy of activity on the Israeli-Palestinian front, before they settle down for the usual two-week Christmas hibernation. A sense of urgency looms because Washington is supposed to unveil next month ...
Amnesty in the Russian Federation
ALEXANDER REID ROSS
Who will he pardon next? The astounding pardon of Mikhail Khodorkovsky is only the latest icing on a historic amnesty that President Vladimir Putin has offered Russia. The amnesty covers up to 25,000 prisoners, including the Arctic 30, Pussy Riot, and seve...
The Big Winner in the Budget Deal
ANDREW COCKBURN
“Whenever a fellow tells me he is bipartisan,” said Harry Truman, “I know he is going to vote against me.” The hosannas to bipartisanship accompanying the budget deal passed this week should have served as fair warning to the rest of us that...
Kim the Third
JOHN FEFFER
everal years before William Shakespeare wrote his first play, England was rocked by a bloody political scandal. Queen Elizabeth, the virgin monarch who had been on the throne for nearly three decades, was in a battle of wills with her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots. En...
Two Challengers – Both One of a Kind
RALPH NADER
Two distinctly different Americans with distinctly similar, independent thinking and progressive values passed away last week. The great accounting professor Abraham Briloff (age 96) who relentlessly and brilliantly took apart the failures of his profession to insist on h...
When Israel Was Apartheid’s Open Ally
LENNI BRENNER
Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, has opened up much of the American public to serious discussion of Israel’s realities. He’s no expert on Zionist history, but the Anti-Defamation League and other pro-Israel propagandists must now work ...
The Gospel of Thin in American Yoga
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
Few issues get more yoga women tied up in knots faster than the question of whether their beloved mind-body practice can actually help them lose weight, while toning and reshaping their body. Are there clear and unequivocal weight-loss benefits to yoga?  Suppose there ar...
Much Ado About a Handshake
W.T. WHITNEY
Attending a memorial event for former South African President Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro. Secretary of State John Kerry excused Obama; “He didn’t choose who’s there.” Yet the encounter told much abou...
Angel Face and the Open Prison
URI AVNERY
Seeing her face on the TV screen, one is struck by her beauty. It is the face of an angel, pure and innocent. Then she opens her mouth, and what pours out is vile and ugly, the racist message of the extreme right. Like seeing a cherub parting its lips and revealing...
The Hypocrite Goes to South Africa
MURRAY DOBBIN
Of all the hypocrisies revealed by Stephen Harper, perhaps none are so morally offensive as his sudden, solemn respect for Nelson Mandela. We will never know how Harper would reconcile his past attitudes towards apartheid with his trip to South Africa to honour the iconic...
Pakistan Outs Three US CIA Station Chiefs in Three Years
DAVE LINDORFF
For the third time in three years, a CIA station chief has been outed in Pakistan, a country where the CIA is running one of its largest covert operations. It’s a remarkable record of failure by the CIA, since each outing, which has required a replacement of the station...
Let Them Eat Feral Creatures!
DAVID ROSEN
Marie Antoinette, the legendary French queen, upon learning that the peasants were starving for lack of bread, supposedly declared, “Let them eat cake.”  This apocryphal statement was supposedly uttered d...
Globalization, Capitalist Democracy and End Times
STEPHEN MARTIN
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. -Roger ‘Verbal’ Kint, The Usual Suspects Who among us has not dreamt, in moments of ambition, of the miracle of a poetic prose, musical without rhythm and rhyme, ...
Pity JP Morgan/Chase
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
And whatten penance wul ye drie for that, young Edward, oh young Edward? — Edward,  Scottish Ballad One has to feel sorry for JPMorgan Chase. Several months ago it thought it had not only paid a sufficient amount in fines to m...
Screening Slavery
LOUIS PROYECT
In a podcast discussion between veteran film critic Armond White and two younger film journalists focused on their differences...
Dollarocracy
STEVE HORN
What’s the U.S. congressional response to the safety issues with the 485-mile southern half of TransCanada̵...
What Really Happened in Ukraine
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Kiev. It is freezing cold in Kiev, legendary city of golden domes on the banks of Dnieper River – cradle of ancient Russian civilisation and the most charming of East European capitals. It is a comfortable and rather prosperous place, with hundreds of sm...
Gordon Brown and Economic Inequality
JOHN K. WHITE
Many things are said and written during an economic crisis, especially one that has been going on for five years and counting. The Federal Reserve easing up too soon/not soon enough on the stimulus (whether quantitatively eased or not), inequality rising/shrinking, the na...
Abject Poverty or Domestic Servitude
GRAHAM PEEBLES
They work as maids, housekeepers, cleaners; they take care of children, the elderly and infirmed for wealthy and middle class families in rich and upwardly mobile nations. They are found throughout the world: in the G20 countries and the Gulf States, Latin America (where ...
From the Annals of Psychology
DAVID MACARAY
Do conspicuously gifted people—people who are prodigiously and undeniably skilled—go around boasting of their abilities? I can understand them occasionally “showing off” just to confirm or re-establish their creds, but I can’t see them needing to brag about stuf...
Walking in an Anthropocene Wonderland
PHIL ROCKSTROH
According to a recent, exhaustive study commissioned by the US Department of Energy and headed by a scientific team from the U.S. navy, by the summer of 2015, the Arctic Ocean could be bereft of ice, a phenomenon that will engender devastating consequences for the earth&#...
Inside Guantanamo
JOHN LAFORGE
Four more innocents were released from America’s Robben Island this month. Our offshore penal colony at Guantanamo Bay still holds 158 prisoners, 84 of whom have been cleared for release. The men sent home were never charged with a crime and were cleared four years ago....
UNRWA’s Bitter Winter Solstice
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus At UNWRA offices around the Levant this Winter Solstice, the day which astronomically marks the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days, ‘winters midterm’, is not being celebrated as it has been since ancient times...
The Devil Came Up to Vermont
RON JACOBS
According to the tale called The Iliad, the Greek god of war, named Ares, was “The most hateful of all gods….” Indeed, his father Zeus commanded him: “Do not sit beside me and whine, you double-faced liar.” Zeus treated him like this because Ares revele...