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Archives from 2014
Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Misery and Violence in the Age of Terrorism
HENRY A. GIROUX
The spectacle of violence and terrorism looms large in the post 9/11 world. As the recent beheading of James Foley by Islamic extremists makes clear, mass-mediated terrorism is now joined with the spectacle of violence, torture, and beheadings so as to open up a new space...
A Defiant Ecuador Seeks Solutions in Assange Case
EVA GOLINGER
Caracas. Two years ago, one of the most controversial figures of the age of cyberspace appeared on the doorstep of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. On the verge of losing an appeal in the British courts that could open the door to his extradition to Swede...
Corporations Spy on Nonprofits with Impunity
RALPH NADER
Here’s a dirty little secret you won’t see in the daily papers: corporations conduct espionage against US nonprofit organizations without fear of being brought to justice. Yes, that means using a great array of spycraft and snoopery, including planned electroni...
NATO – New York Times Convoy Fabrications
RENEE PARSONS
On Saturday, the entire humanitarian convoy of 227 trucks crossed back into Russia without incide...
Closing the Jihadist Highway
PATRICK COCKBURN
The murder of the US journalist James Foley by a British jihadi has reignited the barren debate in Britain about new government powers to tackle extremist Islamic groups. Dubious counter-terrorism specialists, the exact nature of their expertise frequently elusive, speak ...
Environmental Democracy
NORMAN POLLACK
Radicalism has many facets, the political-economic-ideological struggle to achieve social change, itself, then, an agency for the democratization of social structure and cultural values, being for me the primary one (and for others, no doubt other areas worthy of action a...
The Ignored History of the Migrant Refugee Crisis
MATT FORD
Friday July 25 will not make history as the first time a war criminal was greeted at the White House. Nevertheless, this was the day that Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, who has been condemned for his role in the torture and murder of civilians by the Guatemalan H...
Ferguson and Actual Justice
ELLIOT SPERBER
Killed at noon, just down the road from the grave of the slave Dred Scott, Michael Brown has now joined a perennially growing group of dead men and women (a group that only recently added Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, Renisha McBride, and others) ...
Earthquakes, Gods and California
BINOY KAMPMARK
We all want to enjoy the fruits of the quakes, so we all have to prepare for the downside too. – Ross S. Stein, United States Geological Survey, Aug 24, 2014 ...
Engaging North Korea
MEL GURTOV
U.S. relations with North Korea have been pushed into the background by events in the Middle East. But the so-called “North Korea nuclear issue”—“so-called” because the larger issue, which involves the interests of several countries, is security and strategic st...
Is Gaza Becoming an Internal Problem for Egypt’s Government?
ALESSANDRA BAJEC
Israeli airstrikes resumed bombarding Gaza after a 24-hour truce in Gaza collapsed last Tuesday, following one month and a half of intense fighting so far counting over 2,098 Palestinians killed and more than 10,550 injured. Another temporary ceasefire failed, another fre...
Voters Beware: Schumer vs. Democracy
CAROL MILLER
As more and more voters reject the fossilized two-party system, the political establishment is digging in its heels and doing whatever it takes to limit voter choices in statewide general elections. One of the most undemocratic ways to limit diverse ideas and opinions is...
Dispelling Fictions and Disrupting Hashtags
JULIAN VIGO
Last week there was a hashtag assault on gender critical women called #TERFweek enacted by a handf...
Monsanto and Ukraine
JOYCE NELSON
Finally, a little-known aspect of the crisis in Ukraine is receiving some international attention.  On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 bill...
Chasing Tragedy
RUTH FOWLER
I recently became a mother, which could explain why this current period of conflict strikes me even harder than usual. When one becomes a parent – even a middle class, white parent with all the privileges denied the majority of those whose tragedies litter our news ...
The Beheading of James Foley
GARRY LEECH
Without question, the beheading of US journalist James Foley was an inexcusable and savage act of violence by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The killing of non-combatants should always be condemned. But there is a clear discrepancy in the response of both the...
Ferguson in Context
BRYAN WINSTON
The sustained protests and direct action from people in Ferguson, Missouri have changed the debate on police brutality and received substantive responses from government.  Street demonstrations and targeted property destruction have shook a white governing structure that...
Understanding Ukraine in 15 Minutes
MIKE WHITNEY
If you want to understand what is going on in Ukraine, then you need to watch this ...
This is the Way the World Ends
ANDREW LEVINE
Are the pessimists, followers of Optim’s antonymous sibling, right?  In these waning years of the Age of Obama, it sure looks that way. Obama and his minions, abetted by a “bipartisan” consensus in Congress, are hard at work ending the world: pace T.S...
Racist Societies: Israel and the U.S
ROBERT FANTINA
One wonders how the racism that is so much a part of U.S. and Israeli society towards the Palestinians can have such strength. Racism against African-Americans in both countries is strong (witness the frequent shootings of black youths by whites in the United States, and ...
Freedom for Capital, Not People
PETE DOLACK
Libertarianism is a philosophy of might makes right. The natural philosophy for the age of neoliberalism, as well demonstrated by the Koch brothers, but also, it would appear, a justification for the ugliest elements of United States history. Consider the following...
Gunning for Vandana Shiva
LOUIS PROYECT
Perhaps nothing symbolizes the decline of the New Yorker magazine more than the hatchet job on Vandana Shiva that appears in the ...
Military Toys for Your Local Police
MEDEA BENJAMIN
In a brilliant August 17 segment of Last Week Tonight, HBO host John Oliver ripped into...
India is Where?
ANDRE VLTCHEK
India, where are you? Are you really in the BRICS camp, fighting for a new, free world, or are you now in bed with your former colonial master and her mighty offshoot? India, a BRICS country, is actually nowhere to be seen while Brazil, South Africa, Russia and Chi...
Son of Death
URI AVNERY
The war was over. Families returned to their kibbutzim near Gaza. Kindergartens opened up again. A ceasefire was in force and extended again and again. Obviously, both sides were exhausted. And then, suddenly, the war came back. ...