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Archives from 2014
Crocodile Tears for Iraq
NICK ALEXANDROV
“This is an act of ethnic cleansing, if you will, almost genocide,” a U.S. military official ...
Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed
PATRICK COCKBURN
There are extraordinary elements in the present U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria that are attracting surprisingly little attention. In Iraq, the U.S. is carrying out air strikes and sending in advisers and trainers to help beat back the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq a...
Outsiders in Ferguson
KANISHKA CHOWDHURY
Since the outbreak of the protests in response to the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, there has been a lot of talk in the media and on blogs disparaging “outsiders” who are participating in the protests. These comments echo the official line: f...
Haiti: Where Will the Poor Go?
SETH DONNELLY
During my last trip to Haiti this June with a delegation of students and human rights observers, we were exposed to the raw violence of the ongoing forced dispersal of the poor. On May 31st, the Martelly regime intensified a process—in the name of “eminent domain”...
Breaking the Gaza Stalemate
JOHN V. WHITBECK
After the breakdown in the six-day “pause” to permit negotiations on a long-term Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire and the resumption of Israel’s onslaught against the caged people of Gaza, concerned people everywhere are wondering how the conflicting demands of the tw...
When Race is Equated With Class
AARON VASINTJIN
dealing with a significant event in America’s history, and perhaps a trigger that could kick-start a new anti-racism movement. Instead of focusing on the facts of the shootings, which have been debated at length elsewhere, I want to quickly criticize one claim that I...
Marijuana and the Developing Brain
FRED GARDNER
Because so many Prohibitionist mouthpieces are liars and clowns, it’s hard to take seriously their assertions about marijuana use harming “the developing brain.” Much of the alleged evidence involves studies in which young rodents were given stupendously high doses ...
Ferguson is a Wake-Up Call For America
DAN SIEGEL
Police officers killed 400 people in the U.S. in 2013. Most died with barely a public trace – brief news coverage, a grieving family, a sparsely-attended funeral. Michael Brown’s death was not unique. He was African American, young, and male. He was una...
The ICC Should Live Up To Its Mandate
CESAR CHELALA
The 1998 Rome Statute, the International Criminal Court’s founding charter, states that one of the critical ICC’s tasks is that “the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole must not go unpunished.” However, under pressure from the ...
Living in the Moment in Gaza
MONA EL-FARRA
We are always waiting for something in Gaza. Yesterday I waited from the morning for the electricity to come on at my apartment. I’ve been asked to write an article for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to use in their upcoming lobbying at Parliament and I needed to...
What Does the Fed Have to do With Social Security? Plenty
DEAN BAKER
Most of the people who closely follow the Federal Reserve Board’s decisions on monetary policy are investors trying to get a jump on any moves that will affect financial markets. Very few of the people involved in the debate over the future of Social Security pay much a...
Racial Repression and the Murder of Mike Brown
ROB URIE
Few who heard the eyewitness accounts of the murder of eighteen-year-old Mike Brown ...
Israel’s Most Important Source of Capital: California
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Last Saturday between one and two thousand protesters marched on the Port of Oakland to blockade one of its busy marine terminals and prevent an Israeli ship from docking. After confronting a line of police guarding the waterfront the protesters declared victory; the Zim ...
How the Pentagon Militarized the US Police Force
BENJAMIN DANGL
“Have no doubt, police in the United States are militarizing, and in many communities, particularly those of color, the message is being received loud and clear: ‘You are the enemy,’” ...
Uprooting The Liberal Climate Agenda
SCOTT PARKIN
“You can’t hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree.” ― Malcolm X Somewhere between the Bay Area’s environmental non-profit bubble and multi-million climate march planning in New York City, 21 people in the Utah d...
The US War Culture Has Come Home to Roost
GILBERT MERCIER
Police violence in the United States should not surprise anyone. In Ferguson, Missouri, we have witnessed the use against US citizens of Iraq-tested war technologies. On August 17, 2014, a police force using armored vehicles and military tactics fired rubber bullets and t...
US-Israeli Regional Hegemony
NORMAN POLLACK
Alliance systems can be a perfidious or at least unscrupulous thing, entered into by the parties, whether two or more, in the hope of maximizing each’s national self-interest covering a multitude of purposes–military, political, ideological, defensive, offensive, ...
Pre-empting Imperial Wishes
BINOY KAMPMARK
There is a thesis in it. Versions of it certainly circulate: smaller, and weaker powers, tend to pre-empt the wishes of their masters or those who would promise to protect them. If performed successfully, rewards might issue from the mighty protector, be it in the form of...
The Dilemma of the Liberal Zionist
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Liberalism, framed as a socio-political ideal, argues that human beings are good and social progress ach...
How To Dissipate the Protest in Ferguson
JOHN GRANT
There was a moment during MSNBC’s live coverage of Ferguson, Missouri, Monday night through 2AM Tuesday morning when Chris Hayes and one of his guests conceded the police (now augmented by National Guard troops said to be guarding a police command center) begrudging...
The Ongoing Crisis in Ukraine
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Having served Washington’s propaganda purposes, the downed Malaysian airliner and the alleged Russian armored column that entered Ukraine and was allegedly destroyed have dropped out of the news even though both stories remain completely and totally unresolved. ...
Thank You Michael Brown
BARBARA NIMRI AZIZ
Michael Brown is dead. Eighteen years old, a young man gunned down—not just shot–by police in his neighborhood in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown’s experience earns international attention not because he is dead, but because of sustained outrage, first by his g...
Ukraine Humanitarian Aid Flounders
RENEE PARSONS
As the violence in east Ukraine continues to spiral out of control, it is readily apparent that US diplomatic efforts to bring peace to the region are non existent – except to stir opposition against a 280 vehicle humanitarian convoy stalled at the border and to rei...
Coming to a Ferguson Near You
JOSE M. TIRADO
Lifted from the normally arthritic corridors of his suffering, he listened, Aghast as all the asinine assumptions about loss and death, About race and riots were spoken from rube mouths Unaware of anything but pseudo-cerebral responses and knee-jerk a...
Palestine, Israel and CNN
ROBERT FANTINA
As the current cease-fire in the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip draws to a close, reports indicate that the two parties are not close to an agreement to extend it. However, it is difficult to know what is actually happening, if one bases their knowledg...