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Archives from 2014
What the Mayor Laughed At
PETER LINEBAUGH
Shirley Beckley stood to speak at the podium facing the City Councilors and their video camera. It had been more than a month since an Ann Arbor police officer shot and killed a forty-year old woman, Aura Rosser. People in Ann Arbor, as with people across the natio...
Ruble Takedown Exposes Cracks in Putin’s Defense
MIKE WHITNEY
“The plunge of the Russian currency this week is the drastic outcome of policies implemented by the major imperialist powers to force Russia to submit to American and European imperialism’s neo-colonial restructuring of Eurasia. Punishing the Putin reg...
Hillary the Inevitable?
ANDREW LEVINE
Anything can happen in two years time. For now, though, it looks like Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States. The reasons are obvious: opposition from within the Democratic Party will be too little too late; and, on the off-chance that some...
Torture and State Power
ROB URIE
“[F]or an act to constitute torture as defined in [the federal torture statute], it must inflict pain that is difficult to endure. Physical pain amounting to torture must be equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as or...
Learning From Ferguson
PETER GELDERLOOS
The announcement of the non-indictment of Darren Wilson caught me on the road, traveling to visit family for the Thanksgiving holiday. The next day I found myself in a protest, one of over a hundred occurring across the country. There I witnessed a scene that has played o...
Torture With Impunity
BARRY LANDO
Paris. The U.S. Senate’s shocking report on CIA torture during the George W. Bush administration’s War on Terror has provoked a storm of outrage, and calls for at least some form of punishment of those responsible. It’s unlikely those calls will ever...
The CIA’s Secret Killers
ALEXANDER COCKBURN and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Some time in early or mid-1949 a CIA officer named Bill (his surname is blacked out in the file, which was surfaced by our friend John Kelly back in the early 1990s) asked an outside contractor for input on how to kill people. Requirements included the appearance of an ac...
The Cuba Paradox
BINOY KAMPMARK
Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US are being re-established. This should not be deemed remarkable, though the infantile paranoia of Washington’s politicians, strung along by the strong Cuban-Florida lobby, has made it so. Countries and regimes can always disag...
The US and Cuba: What Really Happened, What Will Change?
BENJAMIN WILLIS
A few days after Thanksgiving I was at a social gathering and a member of the Cuban mission to the UN asked me why I hadn’t written anything about Cuba lately and if I thought there was any significant changes on the horizon. I told him exactly what I thought. ...
Crisis? What Crisis?
JOHN K. WHITE
During the last major financial crisis of 2008, bad positions on more than $60 trillion worth of over-leveraged credit default swaps were unwound at the same time, creating a chain of events that brought the international banking system to a halt, resulting in a wave of b...
Vermont Democrats Go South On Single Payer
STEVE EARLY
“Vermont…is the only state with universal single-payer health coverage for its residents.” –James Fallows in The Atlantic, April, 2014 For nearly four years, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has been basking in the...
What Direction Will Cuba Go?
ANDREW KAHN
If it was about justice and a rethinking of US foreign policy – or even a shift to decency and respect – there would have been an immediate indication by President Obama that the recently passed sanctions versus Venezuela would be vetoed by the president. Of c...
Marco Rubio’s Rabid Campaign Against Cuba
MATEO PIMENTEL
Carl Gustav Jung, the father of analytical psychology, attributed hypocrisy to individuals who are unconscious of “the shadow-side” of their nature. From this idea arose a simple argument: If people better understood their natures, they might love their neighbors more...
Splendid Isolation
URI AVNERY
Almost a thousand Israeli personalities have already signed an appeal to European parliaments for their governments to recognize the State of Palestine. I am honored to be among the signatories, which include former ministers and members of the Knesset, diplomats ...
Go West, Young Han
PEPE ESCOBAR
November 18, 2014: it’s a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province, 300 kilometers south of Shanghai, the first train carrying 82 containers of export goods weighing more than 1,000 tons left a massive ware...
The War at Home Meets the Wars Abroad
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
Do you ever get a sense of déjà vu? When you get a creepy feeling that you’ve been there before, or experienced something before? On Saturday, December 13, I was marching in a #BlackLivesMatter march down 4th Avenue in downtown Olympia, Washington,...
How Liberal Democracy Promotes Inequality
WALDEN BELLO
The evidence from Thomas Piketty, the United Nations, and other sources is quite conclusive: Rates of global inequality are simply unprecedented. And neoliberalism is to blame. In his celebrated book ...
Finally, Freedom for the Remaining “Cuban Five”
ARNOLD AUGUST
On December 17, 2014, simultaneous public television announcements were made by Cuban President Raúl Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama. They both indicated that steps are being taken toward the normalization of relations between the two neighbours. In this context, ...
The Forgotten Futility of Torture
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
It has long been known that torture does not work. One can go back to the Enlightenment. In 1764 Cesare Beccaria published his groundbreaking work, On Crimes and Punishments. Beccaria had examined all the evidence available at that time and concluded that individ...
NATO’s Destruction of Libya
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
On March 19, 2011 the United States led NATO countries in a blitz of aircraft and missile strikes against the government of Muammar Gaddafi,  Libya’s batty dictator who was visited in 2004 and 2007 by British prime minister Tony Blair, in 2007 by French president Sarko...
Getting Away With Torture
SHELDON RICHMAN
Now we have it straight from the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Under any common meaning of the term, CIA detainees were tortured. I also believe that the conditions of confinement and the use of author...
The Grassroots Fight Against the Sixth Great Extinction
MONICA BOND
Earlier this year, a study was published in the prestigious journal Science showing species of plants and animals are becoming extinct 1,000 times faster than they did before humans. This is about 10 times faster than biologists had previous believed. The officia...
The Taxi Drivers of Kuwait City
LOUIS ALLDAY
Over the past week I have had countless conversations with taxi drivers in Kuwait City. These drivers hail from a number of different countries including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Egypt and Yemen. The overwhelming majority of those with whom I spoke have been in Kuwait...
Drug Wars and Neoliberalism
RON JACOBS
The Western Hemisphere has been subjected to Washington’s war on drugs for more than forty years. Countless lives destroyed, billions of dollars wasted, civil liberties and human rights violated on a massive scale; and drug trafficking continues today unabated with ...