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Archives from 2014
The Laramie Projection
JoANN WYPIJEWSKI
I thought I was done writing about the complexity of Matthew Shepard’s murder. Last year Steve Jimenez published ...
ISIS: the Useful Enemy
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
The dark force of ISIS is apparently an invincible and unstoppable war juggernaut that is mercilessly killing and conquering in pursuit of establishing an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In reality, however, it is not as out of control as it appears. It is, indeed, caref...
QE, Debt and the Myth of a Liberal Left
ROB URIE
The economic theories, rhetoric and policies of the current era descended from strategies of repression of eighty years ago. Coming out of the Great Depression liberalism was the ‘pragmatic’ effort to preempt an energetic left by tempering the more suicidal tendencies...
Starving Central America
NICK ALEXANDROV
“The drought has killed us,” a young Honduran, Olman Funez, explained last summer. He was referring to what the World Bank ...
The X-Rated Free Market
DANIEL RAVENTOS and JULIE WARK
Is the pornography market the only free one? The question might seem provocative. Or a gross oversimplification. But it might also shed some light on certain points, namely those related with the political shaping of markets, to declare our interest in the matter at the o...
Tears for Bhopal
VIJAY PRASHAD
The name Warren Anderson (1921-2014) would mean little for the reader in the West. He was just another CEO, the head of Union Carbide – now owned by Dow Chemicals. He died a month ago in Florida, but news of his death was not released until now. In India, “Warr...
15 Reasons Why Americans Think We’re Still in a Recession
MIKE WHITNEY
1: Wage Stagnation:  Why America’s Workers Need Faster Wage...
The Gloating of the Neocons
GARY LEUPP
The greatest crime of the twenty-first century so far was the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. Broadly conceived by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney immediately after 9/11, it initially lacked a coherent justification . But as Condoleezza Rice noted at the time, the tr...
The FBI Can Bypass Encryption
BILL BLUNDEN
Encryption has gained the attention of actors on both sides of the mass surveillance debate. For example in a speech at the Brookings Institution FBI Director James Comey complained that strong encryption was causing U.S. security services to “go dark.” Comey describe...
Beating Neoliberalism in Brazil
PEPE ESCOBAR
Sun, sex, samba, carnival and at least until the World Cup hammering by Germany, the “land of football”. And don’t forget “vibrant democracy”. Even as it enjoys one of the highest soft power quotients around the world, Brazil remains submer...
Bowling for Meltdowns
JOHN LaFORGE
Weakening radiation standards; a cap on accident liability; reactor propaganda vs improvements; old units running past expiration dates; revving the engines beyond design specs …. You’d think we were itching for a meltdown. The Environmental Protection Agency h...
Time to Put the Poor in Charge
MATEO PIMENTEL
Centuries ago, explorers, and economically charged navigators, firmly put to rout the idea of a “flat” world. Today, rather than equalizing development’s inborn global disparity, and rather than leveling the economic playing field, globalization has ushered into exi...
Changing the Course of Apartheid
JAIME OMAR YASSIN
In August a coalition of activists successfully blocked a Zim-owned ship for ...
How Ken Burns Murdered Jazz
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Ken Burn’s interminable documentary Jazz starts with a wrong premise and degenerates from there. Burns heralds jazz as the great American contribution to world music and sets it up as a kind of roadmap to racial relations across the 20th century. But surely tha...
NATO: a Rebellion in the Ranks?
JOHN FEFFER
Vladimir Putin, the wily strategist of Russian revanchism, is well on his way to reconstructing the Warsaw Pact. That, at least, is what the pundits of The Washington Post are making it out to seem. Last week, Jackson Diehl ...
The Crashed Hopes of Europe’s Refugees
DANIEL RENWICK
Moral indignation is in the air, and rightly so. At a time of the greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War, when more mig...
Prime Minister “Chickenshit”
URI AVNERY
When a high-ranking official of one country calls the leader of another country “chickenshit”, it may be assumed that the relations between the two countries are not at their best. In fact, they may be considered somewhat less than cordial. This week, I...
Fight for New Indonesia
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Just a few days have passed since your inauguration, Mr. President, and the people; at least a great number of the people in your country, are now expecting, even demanding a change, an immediate metamorphosis of the nation. They think that because you have become the Pre...
The Houthi Advance on Yemen’s Capital
GABRIELE vom BRUCK
Last month the international media awoke to the fact that while the world has been focused on the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq, Yemen’s capital had been seized by Shia rebels, known as the Houthis, who, they said, had become “Yemen’s ...
Plenty of Evidence of Possible Harm From GMOs
ROBERT ROTH
Oregon prepares to count votes this Tuesday on what I hope will make it the first State to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As I write on October 30, the GMO behemoths – Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, et al. – have spent about $17...
The Media and the Paranoid State
RON JACOBS
In 1975, West Germany was often under varying degrees of lockdown. Roadblocks were set up at autobahn exits and identification was checked; groups of heavily armed police were seen in city centers holding machine guns and looking menacing; and airports were under armed gu...
Haunted by Blackwater
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
At first blush it seemed like a great idea and the only question it raises is why in the world no one in the administration suggested it. Of course its mention causes the reader to contemplate the not so savory role in Iraq of Blackwater, a firm founded and formerly heade...
Fascism, American-Style
JOHN STANTON
“Unbeknownst to most Americans the United States is presently under thirty presidential declared states of emergency. They confer vast powers on the Executive Branch including the ability to financially incapacitate any person or organization in the United S...
Gloves Come Off in Lebanon
FRANKLIN LAMB
Mohammad Hussein Fadallah, Husseiniya, South Beirut Historically, the term “religious war” (Bellum Sacrum) was used to describe various European wars among Christian denominations spanning mainly the 16th to the 18th century such as the Seven ...