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Archives from February 2014
Obama’s Dumbest Plan Yet
MIKE WHITNEY
“Washington and Brussels … used a Nazi coup, carried out by insurgents, terrorists and politicians of Euromaidan to serve the geopolitical interests of the West.” – Natalia Vitrenko, ...
How International Financial Elites Change Governments to Implement Austerity
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Many countries around the world are plagued by all kinds of armed rebellions, economic sanctions, civil wars, “democratic” coup d’états and/or wars of “regime change.” These include Ukraine, Venezuela, Syria, Thailand, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Som...
On Academic Labor
NOAM CHOMSKY
The following is an edited transcript of remarks given by Noam Chomsky via Skype on 4 February 2014 to a gathering of members and allies of the ...
The National Endowment for Democracy in Venezuela
KIM SCIPES
As protests have been taking place in Venezuela the last couple of weeks, it is always good to check on the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the US Empire’s “stealth” destabilizer.  What has the NED been up to in Venezuela? Before going into details, ...
Google Money
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
If you google “money,” the search engine called Google, from which that verbification is derived, will tell you that there are 1.12 billion results (as of February 27, 2014). That sounds like a lot of anything, but consider this fact: Google Inc. makes $1.12 billion i...
Defender of the Rockies
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Five years ago, I was sitting at a campfire in the foothills of the Bridger Mountains of western Montana, with a few close friends, sipping whiskey while watching a dazzling sunset dissolve behind the ragged peak of Haystack Mountain on the distant horizon. It was my 50th...
After Al Qaeda
ANDREW LEVINE
The Bush-Obama perpetual war regime has gotten nearly all it can out of Al-Qaeda. But Obama is taking his time moving on.   He and his advisors haven’t yet quite settled on a suitable replacement. Therefore they continue to stir the pot throughout the Mu...
Dr. Strangelove Over Ukraine
JEFFREY SOMMERS
Events in Ukraine are providing plenty of theater, but little economic change. Since the USSR’s collapse the ‘set’ has been changed many times over several acts of our long-running Ukrainian ‘play.’ Rotating oligarchs shift in and out looting the ‘set,’ but ...
Rejectionist in Vienna
JASON HIRTHLER
This weekend we got word that, in the ever-fragile negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 cohort of Western allies, the latest round of which occurred in Vienna last week, the Obama administration has ...
The Latest Call for Humanitarian War in Syria
AJAMU BARAKA
With the predictable failure of the Syrian peace conference, the call for the Obama administration to wage a humanitarian war to save civilians in Syria is once again being championed by some elements of the mainstream media in the U.S. This shouldn’t be a surprise to a...
Ukrainian Democracy: A Barrier to Washington’s Goals
NICK ALEXANDROV
When Ukraine is the topic, the major U.S. media outlets agree: “Europe and the United States have made a priority of fostering democracy in the former Soviet republics,” David M. Herszenhorn wrote in the New York Times.  The Washington Post asserted tha...
Chuck Hagel’s A-10 Legacy
WINSLOW T. WHEELER and PIERRE M. SPREY
When he spoke about next year’s defense budget on February...
Problems in Ukraine? Blame Russia!
PETER LEE
Orwell would be pleased that the pro-European opposition in the Ukraine stuck it to Putin and the ex-Bolshies. Maybe he would have been less pleased with the linguistic legerdemain that is emerging the as the mainstay of the new Ukrainian regime. The current...
Japan’s March Towards Militarism
SAUL TAKAHASHI
Events in Japan have been worrying to many outside observers, in particular since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese Prime Minister in seven years to visit the now internationally infamous Yasukuni shrine late last December. The visit  was followed with...
How to Get Away With Spying on Muslims
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
One of the first questions law students are taught to ask is: what does the case stand for?  The case of Hassan v. City of New York stands for the proposition that what you don’t know can’t hurt you.  Therefore, we learn, you cannot collect damages from a bad...
Venezuela’s Future
CHRIS GILBERT
 Caracas. In one of his last important public discourses, popularly known as the Golpe de Timón speech...
Their Mothers, Their Fathers
URI AVNERY
It is the summer of 1941. Five youngsters – three young men and two young women – meet in a bar and spend a happy evening, flirting with each other, getting drunk, dancing forbidden foreign dances. They have grown up together in the same neighborhood of Berlin. ...
Capitalism 2.0
JOHN K. WHITE
Few would argue that our economic system is in need of an overhaul, what with income and wealth inequality beyond levels thought possible in an enlightened world, national debts and mortgage defaults at bursting points, corporate lobbyists and tax evasion realigning the n...
Remembering the Panjwai Massacre
Z. FAREEN PARVEZ
 ”Even if all forms of complicity are not equivalent, they are irreducible. The question of knowing which is the least grave of these forms of complicity is always there… but it will never dissolve the irreducibility of this fact.” - Jacques D...
The Oscar Showdown
KIM NICOLINI
It’s that time of year again. This Sunday evening they will roll out the red carpet, thousand dollar gowns, parade of stars, bad musical numbers and tasteless jokes in the 2014 Academy Awards during which little gold statuettes will be passed out to members of the film ...
Killing Trotsky
LOUIS PROYECT
Although the movement he created is on its last legs, Leon Trotsky is still a compelling figure for the artist based on the evidence of three novels focused on his sojourn in Coyoacan that have appeared in the last several years. Barbara Kingsolver’s “...
Ethiopian Persecution, Threats and Kidnapping
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Hidden and isolated from the world the armed conflict raging in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia goes unnoticed. The killing and raping of innocent civilians at the hands of the military and their paramilitary partners in crime the Liyu police, the false arrests, torture and...
Prelude to World War?
JOHN STANTON
On 24 February 2014 US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel held a press conference to announce some of the details of Pentagon’s 2015 budget.  Beyond the news of cuts in warfighting machinery and personnel–and the pox of “irresponsible” sequestration on the fede...
The Michelangelo of Flamenco
TAO RUSPOLI
“Paco is the greatest flamenco guitar player of all time, and he killed flamenco,” another great Paco said to me in 1998, when I was living in Seville studying the flamenco guitar. Paco Valdepeñas was a toothless 78 year-old-man, great flamenco dancer, and ...