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Archives from 2014
Conversation with a CIA Interrogator
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
John Patrick Muldoon, “Picadoon” to those who knew him, was the first director of the CIA’s Province Interrogation Center (PIC) program in South Vietnam. Legendary CIA officer Lucien Conein told me I could find him at a particular bar in Washington, D.C. “Tell him...
The Siege in Sydney
BINOY KAMPMARK
Melbourne. The Sydney café siege continues to garner attention, producing a firestorm on social media and speculation from the commentariat. Much of it remains speculative, though members of the Australian government will be expressing some delight at its...
Senate Report Condemns Government Torture Abroad
RALPH NADER
The 528 page Senate Intelligence Committee report on C.I.A. torture may come as a shock to many, but would not have surprised the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). In 1991 and again in 1995, fed up with his dealings with this agency, he introduced a bill for it...
Chile’s Plantation Economy
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The developed world is just crazy in love with the “miracle of Chile,” as expressed by Milton Friedman some years ago. The accolades are everywhere, ranked as a “high-income economy” by the World Bank.  The country has the strongest sovereign bond rati...
The Invasion Of Panama
MATT PEPPE
Twenty five years ago, before dawn on December 20, 1989, U.S. forces descended on Panama City and unleashed one of the most violent, destructive terror attacks of the century. U.S. soldiers killed more people than were killed on 9/11. They systematically burned apartment...
Making a Joke of the Supreme Court
DAVE LINDORFF
Sometimes you really don’t need to write much to do an article on something. Writing about the inanity of Justice Antonin Scalia, the ethics-challenged, lard-bottomed, right-wing anchor of the Supreme Court, is one of those times. Scalia just weighed in on th...
Can the Israeli Left Regain Power?
URI AVNERY
ON MONDAY, the 19th Knesset voted to dissolve itself, less than two years after its election. For many of its members it was a sad day, a kind of political hara-kiri. They have no chance of re-election. Some of them are so forgettable, that I do not recognize t...
The $7 Million University President
LAWRENCE WITTNER
In a recent article about Shirley Jackson, the president since 1999 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (R...
Gluttony of American Finance
NORMAN POLLACK
Query: Can you have a counterrevolution without a revolution? In logic, perhaps not; in America, now illustrated by the pending $1.1tr Appropriations legislation, emphatically yes. The pressure is on, and to focus exclusively on Republican opportunism (lateness, threat of...
The Syrians will Rebuild Aleppo!
FRANKLIN LAMB
With the Syrian army inside Aleppo’s old city I had long sought an extended visit to the old city of Aleppo which is also one of this cradle of civilizations cultural and educational centers. Despite being in a continuing war zone, the visit materializ...
US Defies Conference on Nuclear Weapons Effects & Abolition
JOHN LAFORGE
VIENNA, Austria A pair of conferences here Dec. 6-9 have tried to raise public and government awareness of nuclear weapons. The first, a Civil Society Forum put on by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, brou...
The Way to Heaven & the Way to Hell
DAVID YEARSLEY
Immigration from East of the Mississippi and Europe was not sufficient to populate the North American Plains with white settlers and convert the region to agricultural production. Known as the Great American Desert during the mass migration to the West Coast during the 18...
The Logic of Torture
JEFF SPARROW
In his poem ‘Le Mur des Fédérés’, Eugène Pottier describes the pock-marked stone against which the supporters of the Paris Commune were systematically massacred. ‘Your history, bourgeoisie,’ he writes. ‘Is written on that wall/It is not a difficult te...
The Koch Brothers’ Governors: Butlers Selling the Public’s Silver
JEFFREY SOMMERS and MICHAEL HUDSON
The Koch Brothers are the closest thing the United States has to Russia’s oligarchs. They fuse ownership of the economy and state, using the latter to enrich themselves while making private gains through the public’s losses. Their idea of a “market economy” is to ...
Torture and the Violence of Organized Forgetting
HENRY GIROUX
With the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture, it becomes clear that in the aftermath of the loathsome terrorist attack of 9/11, the United States entered into a new and barbarous stage in its history, one in which acts of violence and moral ...
The CIA’s Disgrace
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
The disgraceful and unconscionable role of the CIA in President George W. Bush’s Global War on Terror included the sadistic torture and abuse that predated and exceeded the so-called Torture Memoranda of the Department of Justice; the pathetic mismanagement by CIA direc...
From Cosby To Ferguson
AARON DIXON
I knew there was something creepy about Bill Cosby when I ran into him in 1978 in San Francisco at Enrico’s, a trendy tourist stop on Nob Hill.  He was sitting with a white couple and I was passing out fliers for Huey’s upcoming trial. I handed the couple a flyer....
We Can’t Breathe
TARIQ ALI
‘We live in a post-racial society,’ Obama enthused, referring to his own victory, soon after entering the White House. It sounded hollow at the time, though many wanted to believe it. Nobody does today. Not even Toni Morrison. But the response of tens of thousands of ...
Ferguson and Ayotzinapa
ENRIQUE C. OCHOA and GILDA L. OCHOA
Mourning and outrage are shaking parts of the United States and Mexico. As U.S. families grieve and demonstrators denounce the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and many more at the hands of the police, people are also protesting state violence and police ...
African Ideological Ebola for Imperialists
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Qohaito is a mysterious, ancient, pre-Aksumite settlement in the Eritrean highlands, with several impressive monolithic columns rising towards the sky. It is said that right there, under the surface, exists another entire lost city. As you walk, the earth shakes, and some...
How We Lost Our “Freedom”
ANDREW LEVINE
In the wave of protests sparked by Grand Jury acquittals of the policemen who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the word “freedom” is seldom heard. It was different in the Civil Rights era. Then “freedom” was the watchword of the entire movement. ...
The Easy Lesson of World War I
JEAN BRICMONT
There at least two things that are easier to start than to end: a love affair and a war. No participant in WWI expected it to last as long as it it did or to have the consequences that it had. All the empires that participated in the war were destroyed, including eventual...
Drawing the Line
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Americans want to be loved, yet are feared almost everywhere in the world. Americans see themselves as just and righteous, yet daily countenance harrowing transgressions of international law and basic human rights. We believe ourselves to be agents of freedom, yet ...
Outsourcing Torture
CHRISTOPHER H. PYLE
According to the Senate report, the CIA’s torture was outsourced to private enterprise. Bruce Jessen and James E. Mitchell weren’t just hired to question prisoners. The former Air Force psychologists were paid $81 million to create a company that would torture ...
On Making “Alexander Cockburn: Beat the Devil”
ELIZABETH LENNARD
Perhaps the first moment of irony in the most ironical of all John Huston movies “Beat the Devil” is the opening credits: “Screenplay by Truman Capote and John Huston, based on the novel  Beat the Devil by James Helvick.” Who really wrote the mov...