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Archives from 2014
Escalation of Sanctions a Step Toward War
NORMAN POLLACK
The cylinder turns, which is the fatal bullet? Or, are all the chambers loaded? America, particularly under Obama, has pressed for global counterrevolution on a grand scale, perhaps more than Bush father and son and even Clinton, the quartet together exhibiting a presiden...
Glacial Melt and Its Politics
ROBERT HUNZIKER
America’s single most pressing issue for the foreseeable future is a changing climate, more important than immigration, health care, or the ever-present wars because those can be fixed. The changing climate cannot be fixed once broken it stays broken, and it gets worse ...
Netwar in the Big Apple
JAY TABER
Architects of the Final Solution In the run-up ...
Civilizing War Has Failed
DAVID SWANSON
Probably the biggest news story of 1928 was the war-making nations of the world coming together on August 27th and legally outlawing war.  It’s a story that’s not told in our history books, but it’s not secret CIA history.  There was no CIA.  There ...
Intelligence Gathering, Subjects and Citizens
BINOY KAMPMARK
I just want my Constitution back. -Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive, July 29, 2014 Both Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack are familiar names in the world of whistleblowing. They are currently visiting Australia, giving talks a...
In Geneva, Another Pro-Palestine Protest
KATE BOND
Most people know Geneva as the hub of the UN. Slick and cosmopolitan, it is Switzerland’s second most populous city, with a population of 200,000 and a patchwork of nationalities. A massive forty per cent of its inhabitants are foreigners. Understandably, given its cent...
The America That Won’t Be
ANDREW SMOLSKI
“The trick of the reformer is to act as if the values espoused are happening in reality, but leave them as only words. Radicals know, values are more than words, they involve action and sticking to principle.” On some random day about a year ago I was listening...
Shifting the Paradigm on Israel
AJAMU BARAKA
“… To be committed to justice we must believe that ethics matter, that it is vital to have a system of shared morality.” - bell hooks “Out of nowhere many soldiers jumped out and ambushed Samir. They shot him first in the leg, yet he man...
The Future of the BRICS Development Bank
HORACE G. CAMPBELL
At the end of the Sixth BRICS[1] Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil on July 16, 2014, the leaders of the BRICS countries announced the “Fortaleza Action Plan.” This plan is in the context of the Fortaleza Declaration, [...
Vila Autodromo, Brazil’s Favelas, and the Contest Before the Games
TRYONE SIMPSON
Since Germany’s stunning lopsided victory over their national team last Tuesday, many Brazilians find themselves negotiating the bittersweet taste that likely comes with hosting a sports tournament that they did not win. In having their sense of national pride rudely sn...
The Folly of Hobby Lobby
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Christianity is fundamentally imperialistic.  Its aim is to convert and control people with its assumed biblically revealed one true savior of the world.  The tip of its evangelizing iceberg is seen in the folly of Hobby Lobby. Following its recent Supreme Court ...
In Gaza, Children Are Pawns of War
CESAR CHELALA
In one of its latest attacks, the Israel Defense Forces killed ten people in a Gaza park, nine of them children. As the number of Palestinian dead soars over one thousand, most of them civilians -of which at least a quarter are children- one wonders how this kind of behav...
Explaining Gaza to My Granddaughter
GARY ENGLER
“Grandpa, why are they killing kids in Gaza?” A deep breath to compose my thoughts. “You said most people were good, but I think only bad people could drop bombs on little kids. There was a boy crying on TV. He lost his whole family.” “Most ...
Detroit Water Debt as PETA’s Latest P.R. Platform
LEE HALL
After the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department cut off water service to 17,000 households with overdue bills, and a thousand protesters took to the streets, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) ...
Obama Administration Exporting Climate Change by Exporting Coal
STEVE HORN
Greenpeace USA has released a major new report on an under-discussed part of President Barack Obama&...
The Cultivation of Hate
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
If there were any doubts that Western “leaders” live in a fantasy make-believe world constructed out of their own lies, the G-7 meeting and 70th anniversary celebration  of the Normandy landing dispelled the doubts. The howlers issuing from these occasions are...
Doing the Refugee Cartwheel
BINOY KAMPMARK
A cursory glance at the Australian media landscape yields a few standouts, not in the manner of steely objective analysis, but wholehearted demagoguery. The Australian, Rupert Murdoch’s organ extension down under, shows itself to be the bellicose voice of yesteryear, on...
Lancet: an Open Letter for the People of Gaza
Paola Manduca, Iain Chalmers, Derek Summerfield, Mads Gilbert, and Swee Ang
We are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care and protect health and lives. We are also informed people; we teach the ethics of our professions, together with the knowledge and practice of it. We all have worked in and known the situation of ...
The Law Enforcement Investigation of the Andy Lopez Shooting
JAN B. TUCKER
In None Dare Call It Conspiracy, the late John Birch Society theorist Gary Allen opined that “To think that the scientifically engineered Crash of ’29 was an accident or the result of stupidity defies all logic. The international bankers who promoted the in...
Escaping a Failed State
COSME CAAL
Gate 31 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal in Los Angeles is packed with white American tourists, volunteers and missionaries, waiting in little huddles. And there too are Guatemalans and American/Guatemalan children waiting to depart for Central America. Everyone ...
How Israel Spins War Crimes
PATRICK COCKBURN
Israeli spokesmen have their work cut out explaining how they have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, compared with just three civilians killed in Israel by Hamas rocket and mortar fire. But on television and radio and in newspapers, Isra...
Israel Has Lost
SUNERA THOBANI
Israel may yet win its current battle in Gaza, but only by killing even more of the Palestinians it holds captive there with no means of escape. Israel is, of course, a major military power; indeed it is the most militarized nation in the world....
The Poor Man’s Terrorist Watch List
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
1. Cops (especially narcs). While cops do not, strictly speaking, have a political agenda (most don’t even vote, they just linger around the booths looking mean and tough), they are, nonetheless, habitual liars who, by nature, enjoy violence and intimidat...
Gaza’s Children Trapped in Despair
NORMAN POLLACK
The Gazan death toll has climbed above 1,100, no end in sight. Hamas is demonized for rejecting the cease-fire extension, mention of its one-sided character–Israeli troops remain in place, as are the full parameters of the Occupation, notably, the long-term, dispiri...
Relevance of Hannah Arendt’s “A Report On The Banality Of Evil” To Gaza
HAMMAD SAID
“We want the nations of the world to know…….and they should be ashamed”   Ben Gurion explaining rationale for Eichmann’s trial [i] ...