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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the CIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
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...