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Archives from 2013
Another Killer Dam in Central America
ANNIE BIRD
The Lenca indigenous communities the Rio Blanco region of Intibuca, Honduras are struggling to survive. For over a hundred years, outsiders have attempted to take the bountiful Lenca lands on the shores of the Gualcarque River, attempts the communities have been able to r...
The Return of Podesta
ALAN FARAGO
The Washington Post o...
Afghanistan and U.S. ‘Status of Forces Agreement’
ROBERT FANTINA
The United States’ record of brutal invasion, overthrow and occupation is not new. Countless countries around the world have borne the brunt of the U.S.’s alleged attempts to ‘assist’ them obtain U.S.-style democracy, whether they wanted it or not. Once the leader...
Trouble in Berkeley Springs
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey came to Berkeley Springs this week as part of his statewide listening tour. It was billed as a town hall meeting. Morrisey said he wanted to hear from citizens about whatever was on their minds. But when one citizen r...
The Meaning of the Shovel
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
In America, ideas about what poetry is, and what language it may employ, begin in England with Chaucer and Shakespeare. Chaucer combined, in Italian forms of presentation, the Anglo-Saxon vernacular of the English people with the Norman French spoken at court by th...
A Q&A with Richard Wolff
ANDREW SMOLSKI
Recently, through an e-mail exchange I was able to ask Richard Wolff a few questions about economics and alternatives to capitalism. Dr. Wolff is a Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is currently a Visiting Professor in the Gra...
Will Les Clintons Scuttle Us/Iran Rapproachement?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut. They will if they can, and in league with the US Zionist lobby they well might. The latter is currently eager to fund and promote the Clintons’ new project, according to New Orleans sources close to political operative James Carville, a veter...
The Tate’s Anti-Painting Tunnel Vision
CHARLES THOMSON
The show “Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists” at Tate Britain did not exactly get off to a cracking start. At 5.30 p.m., half an hour before closing time on its opening day, there were precisely zero visitors in the five large rooms hosting the display. I...
The Lies of Power and the Powerful
RON JACOBS
On January 15, 1973 Richard Nixon announced a halt to offensive operations by US forces in Vietnam. Twelve days later a peace agreement was signed in Paris between the United States, northern Vietnam, the US client regime in Saigon, and the Provisional Revolutionary Gover...
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at the XXVII Guadalajara International Book Fair
MALU HUACUJA DEL TORO AND ELLIOT SPERBER
Considered the most important Book Fair in the Spanish-speaking world, and second in the world only to the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico, concluded this Sunday, December 8th, under heavy security. The unusually high le...
Sacramento Under Attack
SETH SANDRONSKY
“Outside interests are trying to attack our city,” said Sacramento Mayor Kevin...
Who’s Excited About Another Decade in Afghanistan?
DAVID SWANSON
With 196 nations in the world and U.S. troops already in at least 177 of them, there aren’t all that many available to make war against. Yet it looks like both Syria and Iran will be spared any major Western assault for the moment.  Could this become a trend?  Is ...
Federal Pipeline Safety Agency Approves Startup of Keystone XL Southern Half
STEVE HORN
DeSmogBlog has learned that TransCanada cleared the final hurdle for the southern half of its Keystone XL...
More Capitalism for the Chinese
PETE DOLACK
A deeper integration into the world capitalist system appears to be the goal of the Chinese Communist Party, a decision obscured but not occulted by the ritual “all hail the party” slogans littering the “communiqué” the party issued following this month’s much ...
For Our Vote To Make A Difference, It’s Time To Try New Tactics
MARK VORPAHL
In the 2012 national elections, despite an increase of over 8 million eligible voters from 2008, voter turnout declined from 131 million to 126 million, with 93 million not voting. These figures alone demonstrate a growing disbelief that people have any voice in the two-p...
Assuaging My Conscience
MISSY BEATTIE
Prior to Diana Wagman’s participation in Operation Santa 2013, she anticipated letters written by children, asking for toys. Later, overwhelmed to read “pleas from parents”, Wagman wrote a moving ...
Blanqui’s Eternity By the Stars
DOUG ENAA GREENE
Eternity By the Stars: An Astronomical Analysis Louis-Auguste Blanqui, translated an...
Obama, Prince of War
NORMAN POLLACK
POTUS, self-appointed voice of global democracy, is a sham; worse, delusional if he swallows his rhetoric, cruelly opportunistic if, as I believe, he doesn’t. The analogy that comes to mind here, fortunately a hypothetical, would be J. Edgar Hoover, at a service for Dr....
Can Global Warming be Fixed Quickly Enough?
GARY ENGLER
Even Vladimir Lenin was surprised when the Russian Revolution began in 1917. Is this just an interesting historical tidbit or a profound example of how fast seemingly stable political, social and economic systems can collapse? The subject of how long lasting...
The Story of a Writer’s Father
CHARLES R. LARSON
J. M. G. Le Clézio’s father, a military doctor, first went to West Africa in 1928 as part of the British colonial administration.  Earlier, he had practiced for two years in Guiana, but the work there was unrewarding.  Thus the shift to what in 1928 was still kno...
Caruso’s Cigarettes
DAVID YEARSLEY
Listening now to Enrico Caruso’s last recording made in September of 1920, you would never suspect that you are hearing the voice of a heavy smoker. Caruso favored strong Egyptian cigarettes, even enjoying them between an opera’s acts before heading back on stage. In ...
Where’s the Body Count from Shootings by the Police?
JAMES BOVARD
President Barack Obama, calling for new gun control legislation earlier this year, appealed to “all the Americans who are counting on us to keep them safe from harm.” He also declared, “If there is even one life we can save, we’ve got an obligation to try.” But ...
Inside the Honduran Elections
GREG MCCAIN
On November 24th, Hondurans went to the polls in record numbers to support new viable alternatives to the duopoly of the National Party and the Liberal Party. These two old political parties have enjoyed a century of rule and both are beholden to the US State Department, ...
Japan’s New ‘Fukushima Fascism’
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Fukushima continues to spew out radiation. The quantities seem to be rising, as do the impacts. The site has be...
Mandela and the African Liberation Struggle
HORACE CAMPBELL
Beijing. On Thursday December 5, 2013 the people of South Africa lost one of the foremost freedom fighters and revolutionary who made his mark on humans everywhere. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in South Africa in 1918 and matured as Africans in South...
A Digital Bill of Rights
BINOY KAMPMARK
Every global state, or clunky imperium, deserves its global counterpart, a balancing lever to ensure that it doesn’t fall into depravity. The state of global surveillance, so extensive it not so much subverts as pushes pass bills of rights and entitlements to privacy, d...
The Lotto of a Fukushima-style Nuclear Disaster
MICHAEL McGEHEE
It is a scary world and getting scarier every day. I live in the small town of Kennedale, Texas. Population: 7,068. We are just south of Fort Worth (whose city motto is: “Where the West Begins”), but just north of Mansfield, a fast-growing suburb. My family lives with...
Kerry’s Coup
NICOLA NASSER
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was scheduled to start his ninth trip of shuttle diplomacy between Palestinian and Israeli leaders on this December 11. However, the bridging “security arrangements,” which he proposed less than a week earlier on his last trip, have ...
From the Middle East to Lausanne
RAMZY BAROUD
Here in Switzerland, the train chugs along nicely between Geneva and Lausanne. The Alpine mountain range desperately fights to make its presence known despite the irritating persistence of low- hanging clouds. A friend had just introduced me to the music of J.J. Cale, but...
The Last Great Ethical Question
MICHAEL DONNELLY
The Democrats’ plans to double the logging on public forests in Oregon are meeting with resistance. Not many are challenging Big Timber’s tax treatment or unprocessed log exports or the inherent betrayal of what past Democrat administrations promised; but, at least it...
Chenai and the Chocolate Factory
KHADIJA SHARIFE
Madagascar is a miracle. Peter Tyson called his book on it The Eighth Continent: an island...
Institutional Racism
RODOLFO ACUÑA
In a recent exchange with Provost Harry Hellenbrand, he made the most amazing statement: he was offended by my assertions that California State University Northridge is a racist institution. Like they say on Facebook, I almost lol (laughed out loud). In my fifty-five year...
Must It Keep Getting Worse?
ANDREW LEVINE
It must be hard for people who came of age politically during the past thirty-five years to appreciate how it used to be taken for granted that increasing productivity would bring increasing wellbeing to the vast majority – higher wages and salaries, better social insur...
Last Gasps of the Nuclear Evangelists
LINDA PENTZ GUNTER
Pandora’s Promise, the pro-nuclear propaganda film whose billionaire backers ensured a prolonged distribution campaign, is finally fading from view. Its ignominious dispatch was helped along by the recent pronouncement by World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, that ...
Mother Earth in Chains
ADAM CHIMIENTI
In the latest development in the struggle over nature and resources in Ecuador, the government, likely at the behest of President Rafael Correa, ...
More Misleading Official Employment Statistics
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The payroll jobs report for November from the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the US economy created 203,000 jobs in November. As it takes about 130,000 new jobs each month to keep up with population growth, if the payroll report is correct, then most of the new jobs...
Obama Failed To Deliver Long-Overdue Apology To Mandela
LINN WASHINGTON JR.
When Barack Obama, the first black president of America, delivered remarks Tuesday during a South African memorial service for that country’s first black president, he muffed a historic opportunity to right a grave wrong done by the American government – one that help...
When Academics Fail Us
MARK GRAHAM
They have hearts but do not understand, eyes but do not see. They have ears but do not hear. They are worse than lost cattle. These are the heedless ones. — Qur’an 7: 179 What is it like to listen to Noam Chomsky and not ...
How the ANC Sold Out South Africa’s Poor
RONNIE KASRILS
South Africa’s young people today are known as the Born Free generation. They enjoy the dignity of being born into a democratic society with the right to vote and choose who will govern. But modern South Africa is not a perfect society. Full equality – social and ...
Mandela and the Politics of Immortality
FARZANA VERSEY
I saw a dead Nelson Mandela in 2010 for the first time. The symbolism of and reactions to his corpse in a work of art then and to his demise now make for an almost eerie comparison. December 10 Tuesday’s memorial service held at a stadium saw thousands, and many ...
The Need for an Ethical and Political De-Colonization of Human Rights
AJAMU BARAKA
“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” — Audre Lorde December 10 is recognized as International Human Rights Day and celebrated around the world. Various heads of states and leaders of ...
Why Did the U.S. and Iran Make a Deal?
ASHLEY SMITH
The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, along with Germany, signed an interim agreement with Iran at the end of November to temporarily freeze Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for limited relaxation of international sanctions. The agreem...
What Really Happened in Canada’s Duffy Scandal
MURRAY DOBBIN
With all the reporting on the Canadian Senate scandal you might think there’s not much more to be discovered. But reading the RCMP turned up in its Mike Duffy investigation is definitely worth...
Madiba in Palestine
ROBIN D.G. KELLEY AND ERICA LORRAINE WILLIAMS
Nelson Mandela’s death has produced both an outpouring of international solidarity, remembrance, and celebration commemorating Madiba’s leadership in defeating apartheid in South Africa. It has also generated a wave of historical revision and mythmaking—the sort of ...
The Syrian Guns of August
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Remember the thumping of Obama’s war drums for a US attack on Syria last August and September, including his spokesmen’s absurd invocations of Kosovo as a ...
Mandela: the Man Who Kept the Darkness at Bay
TOM CLIFFORD
They were fearful days in 1992 and 1993. Nelson Mandela was free but not elected. Apartheid had been scrapped, the 8pm bullhorn telling blacks to get off the urban streets had been silenced, but civil war seemed a real possibility. Guns were on the streets. At the Star ne...
America Soon to Become a Corporate North Korea?
DAVID MACARAY
We give ourselves too much credit for being a free-thinking and rebellious people. When we see North Korean citizens lining the streets of Pyongyang, ecstatically gushing over Kim Jong-Un, we snicker. When we’re told that they refer to this pompous dictator as “Brilli...
Stop the Blank Check to Israel
CASEY STINEMETZ
December 10 is Human Rights Day.  This day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the importance of human rights in our increasingly interconnected world. Human Rights are basic freedoms to which all humans are entitled: the r...
Colombia Develops New Strategy Against the Left
GARRY LEECH
It is becoming increasingly clear that right-wing elements in Colombia no longer need to slaughter leftist politicians on the grand scale of years past in order to preserve their hold on power. The right’s latest response to emerging democratic advances in Colombia has ...
Truly Honoring Mandela
CAROL MURRY
US President Barack Obama expressed his hope to meet Nelson Mandela during his 2013 trip to the Republic of South Africa. He spoke of trying to answer the call to action against apartheid issued by Nelson Mandela, after his release from 27 years imprisonment on Robben Isl...