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Archives from April 2014
Ukraine and Georgia: Different Approaches
RENEE PARSONS
In October, 2009, less than one year after becoming President, the affable Barack Obama was awarded the ...
The Case of Mondragon
VINCENT NAVARRO
Mondragon is a cooperative that has 147 companies employing 80,000 workers. It was established by a Catholic priest, Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta (JMA), in the Basque country in Spain. As did many priests in that country, JMA sided with the popular classes against the fasc...
Left-Right Alliances
RALPH NADER
This week, my new book is coming out with a daring goal. It is to break through the corporate imposed gridlock that prevents those on the left and right from realizing they actually agree on and can activate new directions for our country. The book’s title – ...
Why Large Fires are an Ecological Necessity
MONICA L. BOND, CHAD T. HANSON and DOMINICK A. DELLASALA
This winter California suffered its most severe drought in decades, with record-low rainfall and meager mountain snowpack.  Drought, high summer temperatures, and wind together make the perfect storm for what some have termed “mega” forest fires that, in spite of fi...
Kerry’s Flap Should Prompt Reflection
MATT PEPPE
If the vast majority of Americans are still in denial that Israel is an apartheid state (which it has been for 47 years), how long will it take them to realize the U.S. is – and has been since its founding – an apartheid state due to its constitutional endorse...
The Real Solution to Scumbag Sports Owners
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Enough is enough, sports fans. It’s been known for decades that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a racist jerk. Ditto Daniel Snyder, the owner of that professional football team in our nation’s capital whose current horrific anti-indigenous team na...
Israeli Hypocrisy
ROBERT FANTINA
On Sunday, April 27, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on U.S. television, denouncing progress made in reconciliation talks between Fatah, which ostensibly controls the West Bank, and Hamas, the democratically-elected government in the Gaza Strip. ...
The “Good Neighbor” Charm Offensive
STEVE HORN
TransCanada has taken a page out of former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s playbook and deployed a...
Moms Are Making an Impact!
KARL GROSSMAN
A phenomenon in environmental activism in recent years has been the emergence of grassroots organizations “powered by the voices of mothers, dedicated to protecting children in global communities,” as one group, ...
Time to End Military/CIA Torture Once and For All
STEVEN REISNER
In the face of continued revelations of United States’ torture policies during the Bush administration, Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR), today sent letters to President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel demanding an end to all ongoing pr...
The Story of Venezuela’s Protests
Mark Weisbrot
In reacting to the protests in Venezuela, the biggest Western media outlets have drafted a charmingly simple narrative of the situation there. According to this story, peaceful protesters have risen up against a government because of shortages, high inflation, and c...
Racism in a Post-Racism World
KATHLEEN WALLACE
In the enormous unwritten book “Prominent Jackasses of History”, Louisiana physician Samuel Cartwright merits at least a whole chapter. In his version of “what I know about the negro” circa 1851, he came up with “Drapetomania”. A mental illness he invented to ...
The Bloody Politics of Bison Slaughter
ROSALIE LITTLE THUNDER and DARRELL GEIST
We write to you still in the aftershock of the unconscionable tribal participation in the most recent government slaughter of wild buffalo in Yellowstone National Park and Montana. We feel compelled to share our insight on how this corrosive process began. In the e...
Pay to Play Along: the Shameful Saga of the NAACP and Donald Sterling
TEKA-LARK FLEMING
The rejoicing —of the handpicked by corporate— leaders of the African-American community over the $2.5 million fine handed down by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to Clipper owner Donald Sterling and his indefinite ban is part of a larger problem. People with more...
What Destruction of Israel?
JOHN V. WHITBECK
Paris. When, in response to the threat of potential Palestinian reconciliation and unity, the Israeli government suspended “negotiations” with the Palestine Liberation Organization on April 24 (five days before they were due to terminate in any event),...
Catastrophe, Reform or Revolution?
ANDREW LEVINE
Catastrophes loom on the horizon: an ecological catastrophe caused by our reliance on fossil fuels; a nuclear catastrophe, caused by our reliance on nuclear power; and another kind of nuclear catastrophe caused by our government’s failure to pursue nuclear disarmament....
Losing Russia
JONATHAN POWER
When it comes to Ukraine the US and the EU are adopting a holier than thou attitude which, unfortunately, leads them not to worship at the alter of truth. Take the issue of the fuss made over alleged soldiers wearing Russian uniforms. They are not dressed in the sm...
Boob Jubilee
KRISTIN KOLB
It was soon the Ides of March and I was showering. No, this is not a tawdry attempt at Roman erotica. I’d felt like shit for weeks going on months. Insomnia, night sweats, gut issues. I’d recently moved to Vancouver and I wasn’t happy about it. I attributed i...
Will Big Oil Kill More in the Amazon?
STEPHEN WALLACE
The Pastaza and Kawapi Rivers in Ecuador come together near the border of Peru.   At their confluence fresh water pink dolphins rise to the surface and nod their heads as if to say hello.   Nearby toucans and parrots land on an open bank of the Pastaza to eat clay t...
Are Republicans, or Their Scientists, Wearing Rose-Colored Glasses?
ROBERT HUNZIKER
Planet Earth is seen through rose-colored glasses by 58% of congressional Republicans who refuse to accept the fact that humans are responsible for climate change. And, they have a right to their opinion, same as the other side on this issue. But, are they wearing ...
ExxonMobil Tar Sands Spill and Now a Tornado
STEVE HORN
On March 29, 2013, ExxonMobil‘s Pegasus ...
FCC Wants to Give Corporations Their Own Internet
ALFREDO LOPEZ
When a federal court trashed its “net neutrality” compromise policy in January, the Federal Communications Commission assured us that the Internet we knew and depended on was safe. Most activists didn’t believe federal officials and this past week the FC...
An Imperial Scam Coming to Your State Soon
JOHN V. WALSH
Just weeks before Tax Day, April 15, Governor Deval Patrick, Obama’s “close friend,” signed into law a bond bill that dispenses $177 million in Massachusetts State Taxes to the Pentagon for construction and “upgrades” of U.S. military b...
Letting the Rapist in the House
BINOY KAMPMARK
The cloakroom of hegemony can be a heavily stocked one. There are variations in style, dress and material – but at the end of the day, the accent is unmistakable. Imperial wear remains just that, an ominous warning to those who taste it, and those who would love it. In ...
The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges
WALTER BRASCH
Lackawanna College, a two-year college in Scranton, Pa., has become a prostitute. The administration doesn’t think of themselves or their college as a prostitute. They believe they are doing a public service. Of course, streetwalkers and call-girls also believe t...