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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 May 2014
How Should We Write and Fight?
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Why are the streets of New York, Washington D.C., London and Paris so orderly, so quiet? Are we – opposition investigative journalists, philosophers and documentary filmmakers – doing such a terrible job? Are we not providing the North American and Euro...
The Great Economic Misdirection
ROB URIE
A central challenge for left critiques of capitalism as it exists today is the distance between the mythologies that craft understanding of the issues for the great majority and more probable explanations based on examination and analysis. The issues are that concentrated...
The Menace of Boko Haram and Fundamentalism in Nigeria
HORACE G. CAMPBELL
‘I will sell your girls in the market.’ — Abubakar Shekau From time to time in the life of a society, one episode or a series of episodes shock the social system and brings to the fore long festering sores that need...
The Audacity of Fear
JAN OBERG
Lund, Sweden. In a speech by the President of the United States of America – read by millions in all corners of our world in minutes – rest assured that every single word has been weighed with utmost care. With this in mind, ...
The Politics of Plunder
ANDREW LEVINE
Calls for reparations for African-Americans are pleas for justice.  They are raised every now and then, but seldom attract much attention. Lately, however, attention is being paid — in the blogosphere and even in the outer fringes of the corporate media.  ...
An Interview with Henry Giroux on Democracy in Crisis
C.J. POLYCHRONIOU
1. It is widely believed that the advanced liberal societies are suffering a crisis of democracy, a view you share wholeheartedly, although the empirical research, with its positivists bias, tends to be more cautious. In what ways is there less democracy today in place...
Japan Hits the Skids
MIKE WHITNEY
Plunging retail sales and rising inflation have rocked Japan’s anemic economy and cast doubt on the future of Abenomics. While the US Commerce Department announced that first-quarter growth in the United States had slipped into negative territory for the first time ...
100 Best Non-Fiction Books (in Translation) of the 20th Century … and Beyond
ALEXANDER COCKBURN and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
As the clock clicked down on the arrival of the new millennium, Alex and I were bemused at the spate of “100 best of the century lists” pouring forth from the New York Times, the New Yorker, Salon, the Guardian and other liberal publications. The lists were predi...
The Birth of a Eurasian Century?
PEPE ESCOBAR
The unipolar model of the world order has failed. – Vladimir Putin, St Petersburg, May 22 In more ways than one, last week heralded the birth of a Eurasian century. Of course, the US$400 billion Russia-China gas deal was c...
The Israeli-Palestinian Talks Were Set Up to Fail
ALAIN GRESH
“The negotiations had to start with a decision to freeze settlement construction. We thought that we couldn’t achieve that because of the current makeup of the Israeli government, so we gave up,” a senior official in the Obama administration told Nahum Barnea of the...
The Whistle-Blower as Deep Mole
DAVID MACARAY
There’s an intriguing idea based loosely on the turn-of-the-century union practice of “salting” a workplace.  Salting consists of union activists secretly hiring into an anti-union shop in order to promote unionism from within.  It’s a technique that was used fa...
An Ode on Whistleblowers and Revolutionaries
ALYSSA ROHRICHT
May 27th marked exactly four years of prison time for whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Four years for releasing documents disclosing torture and abuse by US and allied forces: rape, whippings, electric drills used on body parts, waterboarding, beatings, murder. Fou...
Selling the Never-Ending War on Terror
STEVE BREYMAN
Mark Landler’s “US Troops to Leave Afghanist...
The Democrats’ New Fake Populism
SHAMUS COOKE
It would have been hilarious were it not so nauseating. One could only watch the recen...
The Danger Is Intervention
SHELDON RICHMAN
A lot of people are warning against America turning “isolationist.” We can dismiss the warnings—special pleadings, really—emanating from other countries, where people have free-ridden on American taxpayers for decades. If Europeans are worried about defending them...
What the EU Elections Tell Us
BINOY KAMPMARK
A moment of discomfort, perhaps. Right-wing parties trumpeting, fuming, fulminating their way into an institution they don’t particularly like – the virus coming in and taking hold of the frail, and at times oblivious body. This is more than a suggestion that the stat...
A World Run by Shareholders
SERGE HALIMI
The threat of the American free-trade eagle crossing the Atlantic to ravage Europe’s ill-protected lambs has taken over public debate after the EU election campaign. It’s arresting, but politically dangerous. It ignores the risk that local authorities in the US may so...
Why Green Capitalism Will Fail
PETE DOLACK
Green capitalism is destined to fail: You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. We can’t shop our way out of global warming nor are there technological magic wands that will save us. There is no alternative to a dramatic change in the organizat...
Compassionate Torture
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Executions, far from being useful examples to the survivors, have, I am persuaded, a quite contrary effect. . . . — Mary Wollstonecraft, Letter 19 (1796) It makes you proud to be an American.  I mean a lesser country wo...
The Destructive Momentum of Militaristic Ideology
RALPH NADER
Memorial Day – the origins of which stem from Decoration Day in 1868 which recognized the Union soldiers who had perished – is a day of lost opportunities. No, I’m not referring to consumers missing out on store sales and the advertising hoopla by television markete...
Obama’s Narrowing Latino Options
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
Publicly, the Obama White House remains confident that key Democratic voter groups will show up at the polls this November, allowing the party to retain control of the US Senate and minimize its losses in the House.  But don’t believe a word of what you hear from top D...
Why are They Afraid of the Syrian Elections?
RICK STERLING
The Presidential Election in Syria takes place next Tuesday, June 3.   With a revised 2012 Constitution,  Syria is no longer a one party state and there are multiple candidates for office. Running against Bashar al Asad are former communist and legislator Maher al Hajj...
Patagonian Dreams
URI AVNERY
During hisshort visit to Israel, Pope Francis laid a wreath on the grave of Theodor Herzl. That was not a usual gesture. Foreign heads of state are obliged to visit Yad Vashem, as did the pope, but not the grave of Herzl. It is not like the Tomb of the Unknown Sold...
The New (Old) Obama Doctrine
JOHN STANTON
The Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for FY 20...
Obama’s ProtoWar Against Russia and China
ERIC SOMMER
Russia and China are both under attack by a multi-pronged U.S.-led ‘proto-war’ which could erupt into ‘hot war’ or even nuclear war.   ‘Protowar’ or ‘proto-warfare’ is the term I have coined to describe the use of multiple...