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Archives from 2014
Revolution in Reverse?
KATHY DEACON
Gerald Horne’s The Counter-Revolution of 1776 was overlooked by most liberal media when ...
Carrots for Cuba, Sticks for North Korea
JOHN FEFFER
Cuba and North Korea share a great deal in common. They are both led by dynastic rulers. They retain their nominal affiliation to revolutionary Communism. They suffer under U.S. embargoes that have been in place for decades. And although they registered significant econom...
The Police Were Created to Control Poor and Working Class People
SAM MITRANI
In most of the liberal discussions of the recent police killings of unarmed black men, there is an underlying assumption that the police are supposed to protect and serve the population. That is, after all, what they were created to do. If only the normal, decent relation...
America Stumbles Through Another Year
JOHN CHUCKMAN
The Palestinians are seeking a vote in the United Nations’ Security Council on a resolution favoring their statehood, unquestionably a reasonable proposal in the minds of most of the world’s people. Of course, the United States, a permanent member of the Security Coun...
The Outlook for the New Year
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Washington has shaped 2015 to be a year of conflict.  The conflict could be intense. Washington is the cause of the conflict, which has been brewing for some time. Russia was too weak to do anything about it when the Clinton regime pushed NATO to Russia’s border...
Lenin in 2015
ALEXANDER REID ROSS
A Historic Struggle A strike would ignite another strike. The army would fire on peaceful protestors, killing scores. A general strike would be declared, with infrastructure of popular power blossoming out of new councils comprised of a mixture of ...
US Republican Congress’ First Salvos
JACK RASMUS
In the recent November 2014 midterm elections, Republicans assumed majority control of the USA Congress. They deepened their previous control of the US House of Representatives and swept the US Senate. They now have solid, nearly veto proof majorities in both houses of Co...
The Imperial Presidency Comes to Kaneohe Klipper’s 16th Hole
GARY CHARTIER
Partisan combatants have quickly taken up sides in the public debate over US president Barack Obama’s preemption of a wedding planned by two US Army captains at a course at which he wanted to golf. Obama’s defenders stress that the White House was unaware of th...
Peace on Earth in 2015
ROBERT F. DODGE
At the beginning of each new year people around the world express their hopes and desires for seemingly elusive peace on earth. In the past year there have been many strides toward that goal. The greatest threat to peace and our survival, nuclear weapons, are at long last...
Peace Parenting and Non-Violent Resistance
TOM HASTINGS
Frida Berrigan sat straight up at the long dinner table. She was 12. Her younger brother Jerry and little sister Kate alternately jabbered and listened respectfully. It was a large table because her home was a community founded by her parents, Jonah House, in a tough neig...
Who Was Behind the Cyberattack on Sony?
GREGORY ELICH
The cyberattack on Sony Pictures unleashed a torrent of alarmist media reports, evoking the image of North Korean perfidy. Within a month, the FBI issued a statement declaring the North Korean government “responsible for these actions.” Amid the media frenzy, several ...
Cuba at the Crossroads
HORACE G. CAMPBELL
When the Cuban revolutionaries took power on January 1, 1959, the political leaders of the United States were initially ambivalent towards the Castro leadership but after the leadership nationalized foreign capital and set about major land reforms for the majority of the ...
Missing Flight Syndrome
BINOY KAMPMARK
As European flights lay freezing in airports across the capitals, with various de-icing procedures being implemented, the news about missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 began to makes its own way through the various channels. That sent a different sort of chill through discussi...
I am a 20th Century Escaped Slave
ASSATA SHAKUR
My name is Assata Shakur, and I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the US government’s policy towards people of color. I am...
Goodbye Privacy, Hello Censorship
PETE DOLACK
Internet privacy and net neutrality would become things of the past if the secret Trade In Services Agreement comes to fruition. And on this one, the secrecy exceeds even that shrouding the two better-known corporate giveaways, the Trans-Pacific and Transatlantic partners...
The CIA’s Torture Program Breeds Hate
KOUROSH ZIABARI
The recent report issued by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence disclosing the sophisticated torturing methods used by the CIA against the terrorism suspects has stirred widespread debate across the world on the permissibility of using such torture techniqu...
Citizen Activism has Shut Down the Vermont Yankee Nuke
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The Vermont Yankee atomic reactor is now permanently shut down.  Citizen activists have made it happen.  The number of licensed US commercial reactors is now under 100, where once it was to be 1000. VY pumped out its last few electrons yesterday, December 29, 201...
10 Good Things About the Year 2014
MEDEA BENJAMIN
It’s been a year of fervent activism on police accountability, living wages, climate change, personal freedoms, immigrant rights, an open internet and diplomacy over war. The electoral beating the Democrats received has prompted both the Administration and som...
Words Alone Won’t End Torture
CESAR CHELALA
“We are going to smash your hands to pulp like the Chileans did to Victor Jara.” Those were the words of the torturers in a Uruguayan prison spoken to my friend Miguel Angel Estrella, a pianist from Argentina. They were referring to the fate of the imprisoned ...
Why Capitalism Will be the Death of Us
WILLIAM BLUM
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria – the “superbugs” – if left unchecked, could result in 10 million deaths a year by 2050. New drugs to fight the superbugs are desperately needed. But a panel advising President Obama warned in September that “there isn’t a suffici...
The Need to Know
FRED RUSSELL
News organizations are the beneficiaries of two basic but unrelated principles: the right to know and the need to know. The first is grounded politically and gives these organizations the license to invade our privacy and conceal sources of defamatory or illegally obtaine...
Partners in Apartheid
T.J. PETROWSKI
Branches of Indigo Books and Music and its subsidiaries Chapters, Coles, SmithBooks, and IndigoSpirit are a familiar site to Canadians from coast to coast, thanks to the company’s monopoly control of retail-bookstore sales in Canada. But behind the inviting facade of ea...
Bring Back the Fun in Democracy
DAWSON GAGE
Presidential politics in the United States have long been a repository, and a vehicle, for the people’s aspirations towards a better life and a better country. Quite apart from the mechanics of elections and the actuarial plausibility of various contenders, any numb...
Irreversible Decline?
MIKE WHITNEY
“Saudi oil policy… has been subject to a great deal of wild and inaccurate conjecture in recent weeks. We do not seek to politicize oil… For us it’s a question of supply and demand, it’s purely business.” – Ali ...
American Exceptionalism and American Torture
WILLIAM BLUM
In 1964, the Brazilian military, in a US-designed coup, overthrew a liberal (not more to the left than that) government and proceeded to rule with an iron fist for the next 21 years. In 1979 the military regime passed an amnesty law blocking the prosecution of its members...
A Chronology of the Sony Hacking Incident
GARY LEUPP
In January 2013 Google CEO Eric Schmidt visited North Korea with an aide and his daughter, as well as frequent DPRK visitor, former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. He was of course given VIP treatment by his hosts in Pyongyang, and taken to Kim Il-song University to ...
A World Without Police
PETER GELDERLOOS
In two previous essay, I discussed the role of the Left in protecting the police through cautious reformism, and the effectiveness of a pacified, falsified—in a word disarme...
Turned Backs, The Mayor and the Police
NORMAN POLLACK
The funeral of Officer Ramos on Saturday, Dec. 27, turned into a Fascist spectacle as many in the ranks of the police turned their backs on NYC Mayor de Blasio—a Fascist spectacle because, already heavily militarized, already implicated in wanton killings of blacks nati...
The Company that Almost Ruined Cuban Hip Hop is a Profitable Global Operation
CARMELO RUIZ-MARRERO
Shortly before the US and Cuba reestablished diplomatic relations on December 2014, Associated Press exposed a cartoonish caper by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) (1). Apparently running out of ideas for undermining the Cuban revolution, the agency tur...
Broken Countries Policing
MATT PEPPE
Despite being ...
The West Needs More Than a White Knight to Defeat ISIS
PATRICK COCKBURN
There is a scene in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass in which Alice meets the White Knight who is wearing full armour and riding a horse off which he keeps falling. Alice expresses curiosity about why he has placed spiked metal anklets on his horse’...
Why We Supported the Hawkins Campaign for Governor of New York State
JON FLANDERS
Howie Hawkins is not a lawyer, businessman or scion of a wealthy family. Yet as a line worker for the United Parcel Service (UPS), he has managed to run for office numerous times from local to statewide, in the process helping to make the Green Party of New York State the...
Sea Change In US-Cuba Relations Makes Waves Deep In Desert
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Tinduf, Algeria. News about the historic change of relations between the United States and Cuba triggered cheers across the five Sahrawi refugee camps located near this Sahara Desert city located 1,100-miles southwest of Algeria’s capital of Algiers on the Med...
Marketing Madness
DAVE LINDORFF
Is it just me or does anyone else think like me that this whole uproar over the supposed foreign “threat” to Americans’ freedom in the form of warnings against showing a low-brow Hollywood comedy, “The Interview” is a pathetic farce? It hit bottom for me ...
Challenges of Water Access in Africa
CESAR CHELALA
One of the most notable changes in modern times is the rapid urbanization of our planet, which began in the 19th century. While in 1950, 29 percent of the global population lived in cities, that figure is estimated now at 50 percent and by 2030 it will reach 61 percent. I...
Who Is the “Most Evil” American in History?
DAVID MACARAY
Journalist Pete Hamill liked to tell the story of the time (before he quit drinking) when he and a writer friend were pounding them down in a New York City saloon, back in the late 1970s. After consuming a sufficient amount of alcohol, the two of them decided to list on a...
A Wildly Unproven Theory About “The Interview” Based on Ancient Hollywood Wisdom
CLANCY SIGAL
Here’s how I figure: Sony’s Amy Pascal, producer Scott Rudin and the marketing people took one look at Seth Rogen’s dog and knew it was a loser. Desperate, they devised a quietly brilliant marketing strategy to make it look as if the North Koreans were ...
Is Zero-Tolerance Policing Worth Chokehold Deaths?
ROBERT WILBUR and MARTHA ROSENBERG
Many in the U.S. were horrified at the death of Eric Garner, a 300-plus pound, asthmatic, diabetic African-American man with sleep apnea and six children ...
A Flicker of Hope in the Wasteland?
ANDREW LEVINE
In the wasteland that American politics has become, there are flickers of hope every now and then. In the winter and spring of 2011, there was the wave of worker-led resistance to efforts by Republican governors and legislators to destroy public-sector unions. ...
Police Violence and Violence Against the Police
ROB URIE
On March 31, 2004, one year after the launch of the U.S. war against Iraq, four U.S. military contractors, mercenaries, were ambushed and killed in the Iraqi city of Fallujah and their charred corpses were hung from a bridge. The indignation expressed by the American poli...
Nelson Mandela: His Meaning for Us Today
DOUG ALLEN
When Nelson Mandela died one year ago on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95, the outpouring of praise from the political and economic power elite and establishment media figures around the world was overwhelming. Mandela was often described as the world’s most admired hu...