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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
Archives from January 2014
What It Means to Lose Pete Seeger
DAVE MARSH
I met Pete Seeger about 40 years ago on the Clearwater, a refurbished 19th century sloop which had begun its then seemingly hopeless task of cleaning up the shores and waters of the Hudson River. Like a lot of the things that Pete got involved in, it was a hopeless task u...
Obama Takes on Inequality
ANDREW LEVINE
Because the level of inequality in the United States is so extreme, because the condition of the “middle class” is deteriorating, and because there is so much need in the midst of plenty, increasing numbers of Americans are becoming troubled. Inequality has bee...
It’s the Other Oscars
JOHN PILGER
It’s celebrity time again. The Golden Globes have been, and the Oscars are coming. This is a “vintage year”, say Hollywood’s hagiographers on cue.  It isn’t. Most movies are made to a formula for the highest return, money-fuelled by marketin...
What is the Real Price of Starting Another Cold War?
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
In the late 1980s, the leaders of the west promised Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev that they would not expand eastward if the Soviet Union pulled out of Eastern Europe and ended the Cold War.  That promise was not kept.  A triumphal West stuck it to the Sovi...
How Markets Will be the End of Us
ALI E. EROL
Thanks to the capitalist policies prioritizing profit over sustainability, and what policymakers perceive as ‘short-term gains’ over long-term human survival, the issue of climate change is more in focus than it ever was. From the looks of it, the same policies that b...
Land Conflict and Injustice
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Hedonism is said to be the hallmark of a civilization in decline. Is it fear or avarice that consumes the revelers, content to avert their gaze as their countrymen, doused in poverty, burn on the party pyre. There are many fires raging in India; the agrarian crisis...
Obama’s ‘Raise’ for Federal Workers is a Bad Joke
DAVE LINDORFF
President Obama, five years late, in his fifth State of the Union speech, decried the terrible income gap in the US, a gap which has worsened during his years in the White House. Saying he was tired of the obstruction of his policies by Republicans in Congress, he said he...
Fraud-Ridden Banks Are Not L.A.’s Only Option
ELLEN BROWN
“Epic in scale, unprecedented in world history.” That is how William K. Black, professor of law and economics and former bank fraud investigator, ...
Obamaphelia: a Short History and Diagnostic Guide
PAUL STREET
Obamaphelia, “the Obama disease:”  a delusional belief that Barack Obama is a progressive, peace- and justice-oriented, liberal and even left politician and policymaker.  The belief is maintained despite abundant evidence to the contrary dating ...
New Jersey’s Education Cerf-dumb
MICHELLE RENEE MATISONS and SETH SANDRONSKY
In this class bludgeoning era of public education, when repression is used to silence dissent and school employee and student displacement is the new normal, anyone following predatory education reform tactics knows private money is trying to manipulate the fate of local ...
In Search of Ward Churchill
JOSHUA FRANK
It has been nearly nine years since Ward Churchill was the talk of Fox News and the target of a concerted campaign to remove him from his teaching post at the University of Colorado. Well, as many of you know, they were successful. No longer living in Colorado, Ward i...
Tuning Out Obama
MIKE WHITNEY
If you didn’t catch Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, you’re not alone. According to Nielsen ratings, Obama’s hour-long presentation garnered less than 34 million viewers, an all-time low for the president and the “second...
The Plagiarisms of Damien Hirst
CHARLES THOMSON
Last week I was interviewed on BBC1’s prime time The One Show about Damien Hirst’s plagiarism. Damien Hirst naturally did not accept the invitation to appear, but in the past his reaction to such accusations has ranged from “It’s just gibber...
Memories of Seeger and Aloni
URI AVNERY
Pete Seeger touched my life only once. But what a touch. It was a few days before the 1967 Six-Day War. After almost three weeks of mounting tension, the war fever was nearing breaking point. I knew that the war was only days, perhaps hours, away. Dina Dinur...
Why is the Fed Tapering?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS and DAVE KRANZLER
In former times, the rise in the gold price was held down by central banks selling gold or leasing gold to bullion dealers who sold the gold. The supply added in this way to the market absorbed some of the demand, thus holding down the rise in the gold price. As th...
The Realms of Impunity
BINOY KAMPMARK
It will only get worse, but the last few days have been interesting in the accumulating annals of massive surveillance. Britain’s equivalent of the National Security Agency, GCHQ, has been placed under the legal microscope, and found wanting. The legal briefs who...
A Perverse Loyality
MURRAY DOBBIN
The dictionary definition of perverse says (of a person or their actions) “…showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences.” Well, that just about sums up Prime Minister Stephen H...
Super Bowl Sex
DAVID ROSEN
The Super Bowl is to be played on Sunday, February 2nd, “Groundhog Day,” at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford NJ.  The accompanying media spectacle is blunting the firestorm over NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s Bridgegate scandal.  Nevertheless, while the “b...
Leading Sri Lanka Into the Abyss
NILANTHA ILANGAMUWA
Another diplomatic battle has erupted against the glorification of the lawless and authoritarian regime in Sri Lanka. We understand that this panoptic regime’s political existence depends on plundering, not only the wealth of the nation, but also the personnel liberties...
Spy Games
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
He that’s secure is not safe. — Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac In the face of the most recent revelations about the relationship of the NSA to many of our smartphone apps that neither we nor the apps knew w...
Yoga’s Court Jesters
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
It’s official:  The Babarrazzi – the self-styled court jesters of the American yoga scene – have called it quits.  The quirky – and shadowy — intellectual collective that made it oh-so-hip and fashionable to stigmatize American yoga teachers as unprinciple...
Washington Keeping An Eye On Its “Backyard”
NICK ALEXANDROV
The Salvadoran presidential election, pitting the progressive FMLN’s Salvador Sánchez Cerén against the right-wing ARENA Party’s Norman Quijano, is this Sunday. Roberto D’Aubuisson, a School of the Americas graduate, founded the latter party in 1981, around the sa...
The Innocence of American Imperialism
AHMAD BARQAWI
Another day, another American atrocity in Iraq revealed. By now, it’s become a very familiar (albeit unfortunate) tale; gory pictures of American marines’ criminal shenanigans in third-world countries surface, with little to zero indignation from the mainst...
Bernanke’s Biggest Beneficiaries
JACK RASMUS
In a few more days, Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, retires. During the last eight years under his tutelage the Fed performed its primary function and bailed out the banking system, injecting between $15 and $20 trillion in the process.  Most of that...
Remembering the Overthrow of Haiti’s Jean-Bertrand Aristide
YVES ENGLER
This is the first in a four part series leading up to the 10th anniversary of the February 29, 2004, overthrow of Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s government in Haiti. -YE Eleven years ago this weekend Canada organized an international ...