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Archives from June 2014
Hank Paulson Does Global Warming
ROB URIE
A recent ...
The Loneliness of Anti-Imperialist Fighters
ANDRE VLTCHEK
It is late at night and you cannot sleep. Ebrie Lagoon is right behind the window of your hotel, but it is hardly visible at this hour. You are in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. You are here because you were informed that the President of Ukrain...
What Did 9/11 Change?
MUSA al-GHARBI
Earlier this month, the White House unveiled its new foreign pol...
Rep. Issa: Shielding $300 Billion in Tax Evasion
RALPH NADER
The IRS has been under loud scrutiny as of late by House Republicans regarding the agency’s role in targeting conservative-leaning political nonprofit groups applying for tax exempt status. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) has led the charge in these fiery hearing...
Francis Fukuyama to the Box
PATRICK FOY
On Wednesday, June 25th, the Financial Times published an essay by Francis Fukuyama. He is the famed US political scientist, a “neoconservative” apostate and author of ...
ISIS and the New History
BINOY KAMPMARK
Liam Fox, the former UK Secretary for Defence, is a dangerous man. Within his inchoate Tory babble lies an authoritarian message, one fuming with a distorting kind of madness. Like every authoritarian message, an enemy hewn from a quarry of decent reserves is required. Th...
Capitalists Take on Climate Change
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The climate change/global warming issue has been in the mainstream for decades, but it still lacks the resonance required to turn heads. Maybe, in part, because it is doubtful the average American could name more than one climate change advocate (it’s all about leadersh...
Getting It Wrong on Iraq
BERT SACKS
“Those Iraqis have been fighting each other for centuries,” a friend recently said to me.  I have heard this mistaken view too often. I told him I had been to Iraq nine times, all before the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.  Not a single Iraqi ever said to me, “...
Use of Pilotless Drones for Assassinations Violates the Rule of Law
ALICE SLATER
A secret US government legal memo, prepared for President Obama, was recently ordered to be released to the public by a Federal Court responding to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. The Administration’s legal reasoning clearly fails to justify the...
California Teachers Take Another Hit From Politicians
ANN ROBERTSON and BILL LEUMER
With Democratic Governor Jerry Brown in office since 2011 and the Democratic Party winning a supermajority in the state legislature in 2012, one might think that organized labor was secure and riding high. At least, that is the impression organized labor projects during c...
The Saga of Migrant Children
BARBARA NIMRI AZIZ
“I’ll go anywhere, even to America.” It was 1994 when I heard these words, spoken by an Iraqi lad, Yasser. Yasser was  barely 20, plodding sadly from embassy to embassy. He was in Jordan when the vicious US-led world embargo, only four years into reducing th...
Profiles in Courage and Repression
ALFREDO LOPEZ
As bad as things get for our movement in this country, we are not yet feeling the full throttle of repression and, if one needs a reminder of that and perhaps a profile of what’s in store for us if we don’t organize now, the situation facing Internet activists...
Libya and the Attack on Women
VIJAY PRASHAD
Benghazi’s senior lawyer Salwa Bugaighis voted in Libya’s general election on June 25. The polling was spare. Threats of violence kept people at home. Despondency amongst the people did not help. An ongoing military campaign called Operation Karama (Dignity) led by Ge...
Israel’s Existential Threat
ANDREW LEVINE
Israel thrives on what it calls “existential threats,” fabricated perils that are just plausible enough to be believed. As social divisions mount, they help hold Israeli society together.  They also keep “diaspora” Jews on board. And they keep Weste...
The Desperate Choices Behind Child Migration
ALEXANDRA EARLY
As someone who just returned from living and working in El Salvador, I’m still having a hard time adjusting to our mainstream media’s never-ending wave of know-nothing commentary on the subject of immigration. A case in point is the column penned by New York Times...
Fragmentation of News and Causes
GILBERT MERCIER and DADY CHERY
“When the blind men had each felt a part of the elephant, the king went to each of them and said to each: ‘Well, blind man, have you seen the elephant? Tell me, what sort of thing is an elephant?’” When a typhoon hits the Philippines, an earthquake...
Central Bank Stock Buying Binge
MIKE WHITNEY
Central banks have shifted into stocks and are buying up everything that isn’t bolted to the floor. That’s the gist of the story that breathlessly appeared in the Financial Times about a week ago and swept across the blogosphere like a Santa Anna brushf...
New Cold War Sets Sights on Green Groups
ALEXANDER REID ROSS
When Russian commandos surrounded Greenpeace activists and arrested them for piracy, it created an international incident. The Arctic 30 have been released since, their boat returned to Greenpeace, and Russia commenced drilling in the Arctic. While Greenpeace is still agi...
Why Are Honduran Children Leaving?
SUYAPA PORTILLO VILLEDA & GERARDO TORRES ZELAYA
The spirited festivities of the Brazilian World Cup qualifying matches Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez enjoyed last week stood in stark contrast to the cold grey Homeland Security buildings where thousands of Honduran children met with U.S. officials to search f...
Why Sean Penn is Wrong About Haiti
KEVIN PINA
There are regular demonstrations in Haiti demanding the resignation of President Martelly, protests against the leveling of homes in downtown Port au Prince, protests against the confiscation of lands for tourism projects on the island of ...
Bernie Sanders Cannot Save US
RON JACOBS
In the spring of 1997, a drive to form a union amongst the housekeeping, bookstore, landscaping and trades workers at the University of Vermont (UVM) was well underway. The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers union (UE) had been enlisted to help those of us in th...
The Honduras Drug War
JOSEPH GROSSO
The inherent imbecility of the War on Drugs can most easily be measured in terms of sheer carnage. There are the decades of mandatory sentencing, racist policing, and inflated prison numbers that have many African Americans living on the economic fringes without voting ri...
The Future of the Kingdom of Spain
DANIEL RAVENTOS and JULIE WARK
Barcelona. With the abdication of King Juan Carlos I and proclamation of his son as the new King of Spain, Felipe VI (followed by two solid hours of hand-kissing by a fashionable line-up of 2,000 guests), Spanish newspapers have recently been awash with ar...
India’s Saffron Capitalism
RADHIKA DESAI
It is clear that the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in New Delhi is unapologetically devoted to corporate interests and promises to bring the wonders of Modi’s Gujarat ‘model’ to the rest of India. With a secure majority of its own in the Lok Sabha, the...
The Long Arm of the Anti-War Movement
DAVID McDONALD
History never turns out the way you expect or want. The world powers in 1914 knew there would be winners and losers in the wars they contemplated sending other peoples’ sons to die in, but they never imagined that one-sixth of the earth’s land would be remov...