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Archives from 2014
Where Hucksters Rule
ANDREW LEVINE
In less than two weeks, this year’s midterm elections will be history; hardly anyone cares. Why would they?  There are some state and local elections in the offing where the outcomes matter.   But at the national level, it is a wasteland. The results ar...
Let the Democrats Rot
ROB URIE
When considering elections in the U.S. the tendency is for voters to look at the issues placed in front of them rather than at history, political trajectory and who it is that chooses the issues? On their face Republicans, broadly considered, are more direct shills for th...
A Short History of “Black Paranoia”
ALEXANDER COCKBURN and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The fury among American blacks sparked by Gary Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series was powerful enough to cause serious concern to the U.S. government, urban mayors, and major newspapers, and even prompted CIA Director John Deutch to make an extraordinary appearance at a ...
The Un-Making of Civil Rights in the USA
ALEXANDER REID ROSS
In 1892, Homer Plessy sat in a “white car” of a segregated East Louisiana Railroad passenger train, and was promptly arrested. Released on $500 bond, Plessy and his group, Comité des Citoyens (Committee of Citizens), initiated court proceedings against the arresting ...
Order-Givers and Order-Takers
MICHAEL D. YATES
In the summer of 2001, I worked as a front desk clerk—we were called guest service agents—at the Lake Hotel in Yellowstone National Park. The work was hard. We spent long hours on our feet, dealing with a steady stream of demanding guests and a constant barrage of pro...
Israel, Palestine, and Netanyahu’s Agenda
ROBERT FANTINA
As the United States continues to babble about a negotiated settlement to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Israeli Prime Murderer Benjamin Netanyahu has clarified for the world what the U.S., and any thinking person, has known for years: Israel simply isn’t interested....
The Long Battle Over Pesticides, Birth Defects and Mental Impairment
Dr. JANETTE D. SHERMAN, MD
The recent number of articles in the popular press concerning loss of intellect among children exposed to chlorpyrifos is important in the case of this pesticide. Although in-home use of chlorpyrifos was restricted in the U. S in 2000, it is widely used in agriculture, an...
Andrew Young: Prophet of Urban Renewal or Big Oil’s Reverend for Rent?
STEVE EARLY
In his remarkable six decade career in public life, 82-year old Andy Young has been many things to many people: civil rights movement minister and courageous ally of Dr. Martin Luther King, Democratic Congressman from Georgia, U.S. emissary to the United Nations under Pre...
Blame It on Glasnost
PEPE ESCOBAR
A specter haunts the elites of the Empire of Chaos; the new Russia-China strategic partnership. It’s manifesting itself in myriad ways – energy deals, investment deals, a closer political alliance inside the G-20, the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Org...
Freest Under Czech Communism!
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Milan Kohout is a thinker, performer, and professor. He was born in Czechoslovakia, where he lived before signing of ‘Charter 77’, and immigrating to the United States, where he became a naturalized US citizen. Mr. Kohout got thoroughly disappointed with capitalis...
The “Sex Offender” Regime is Cruel and Unusual Punishment
JUDITH LEVINE
If it’s true that all seven of the football players arrested for hazing in the Sayreville, New Jersey, War Memorial High School locker room ...
The ‘Medicine’ of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
PETE DOLACK
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is as dangerous as ever. Denying access to medicines, increased surveillance of Internet usage and mandatory patents at the behest of multi-national corporations are some of the corporate goodies stashed in the TPP’s intellectual property c...
All the Missing Muhammads
URI AVNERY
It sounds like a joke. But it isn’t. About a month ago, on the eve of the Jewish New Year, the government statistical office published a set of interesting items about the population of the state. It is intended as a gift for the citizens. The population is g...
Why Did East Germany Really Go Under?
VICTOR GROSSMAN
“Humpty-Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty-Dumpty had a great fall. “ The children’s rhyme and its words Wall and Fall came to mind in connection with commemorations of the fall of the Berlin Wall – actually its opening up. Is such an...
How Publicly Subsidizing Private Schools is Destroying Community Schools
TODD ALAN PRICE
Over twenty years ago, a group of education policymakers and politicians came together and created a fundamentally flawed policy of providing a public subsidy for private schools in Milwaukee. This subsidy program is now poised for statewide implementation, and unlike twe...
The Looming Financial Crisis
RAJESH MAKWANA
As the prospect of global financial crisis beckons once again, will our elected leaders finally accept the need for an entirely new economic approach that breaks away from the primacy of growth and profit – or will their hand be forced by a resurgence of mass public...
The Women Behind the Block the Boat Movement
DAIKHA DRIDI
Behind the success of the California-based Block the Boat campaign are a multitude of activists, and two exceptional women in particular. One of them is 32, a tiny little woman with long black hair and the voice of a determined little mouse, never stumbling on a wo...
Meet the New Proletariat
DAVID ROSEN
On Wednesday, October 23rd, Ashoka Mukpo, NBC News’ 33-year-old freelance cameraman and reporter suffering from the Ebola virus, was released from bio-containment unit at Nebraska Medical Center.  “The knowledge that there’s no more virus in my b...
Lost in the Ozone Again
STEVE BREYMAN
This un...
The New Surge in Afghanistan: Drug Production
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Voutenay sur Cure, France. All news coming out of Afghanistan is depressing, and it seems the country is collapsing more deeply into chaos day by day.  The new President, Ashraf Ghani, is a good man with progressive ideas for his people — but he’s tak...
Political Minimalism and “The Death of Klinghoffer”
LOUIS PROYECT
Since I could not justify spending hundreds of dollars for tickets to “The Death of Klinghoffer” at the Met, I did the next best thing, which was to take out a CD from the Columbia University library. Something told me that the work was a bit off, so I wanted...
Why Obama Rejected Peace With Iran
SHAMUS COOKE
How did Obama manage to botch U.S. foreign policy so stunningly? The promising speeches he gave in 2008 earned him the Nobel Peace Prize. But his inspiring words have since been buried in the rubble of Libya, Palestine, Iraq, and Syria. The region that once viewed Obama...
Support Will Parrish
CAL WINSLOW
“The old robber barons of the Middle Ages who plundered sword in hand and lance in rest were more honest than this new aristocracy of swindling millionaires. Atlantic Monthly August 1870 Will Parrish is a young journalist In Mendoci...
The Government Antidote to Poverty, Disease and Terrorism
CESAR CHELALA
Despite enormous technological advances, humanity continues to grapple with three enormous burdens: poverty, disease and terrorism (both individual and state-sponsored.) Although the policies aimed at solving those problems are different, there is one approach that can he...
The Iran-US Tango
REZA FIYOUZAT
Four steps forward, four steps back, Right foot forward, left foot back, Two steps sideways, one step back. It is a remarkable feat to witness the inexplicable and sudden disappearance of the legions of ...