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Archives from 2014
The Case Against Labor-Market Individualism
ALAN NASSER
Ever since J.P. Morgan convinced major nineteenth-century industrialists that the key to averting recurrent economic contractions was to forego fratricidal price competition in favor of consolidation holding prices steady and minimizing economic instability, organization ...
How AIPAC and the NRA Came to Rule American Politics
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
The problem of special interests or lobbies was one of the foremost concerns of the Founding Fathers of the United States. In their day they were called factions. James Madison, who is considered the architect of the U.S. Constitution, devoted the entire tenth Federalist ...
Egypt’s Convenient War
RAMZY BAROUD
Sinai is both heaven and hell. This triangular desert boasts an arid landscape of hopeless horizons often interrupted by leftover military hardware from previous wars. The land is comprised of breathtaking beaches, incredible history, and a fusion of fascinating cultures ...
The Illusion of Democracy
GILBERT MERCIER
From people’s rule to a broken social contract It is ironic, considering democracy’s pitiful state worldwide that, in accordance to its etymology, it literally means “common people’s rule” or, more simply, “people’s power.” T...
Who Really Runs the South African Show?
PATRICK BOND
The biggest credibility crisis ever to hit South Africa’s independent media is unfolding this week. There is a serious risk that fewer than a half-dozen power-crazed corporate managers will destroy the waning integrity – and at minimum, the ownership structure – of ...
Rosie the Riveter Doesn’t Do Red Carpets
CARL FINAMORE
Amid all the bustling and hustling of rush-hour traffic in the center of San Francisco’s financial district, several dozen UNITE-HERE Local 2 protestors began picketing one of the city’s premier luxury accommodations, the Paris-themed Le Meridien Hotel. Only a ...
Is an Iranian Nuclear Deal in the Works?
GARETH PORTER
US and Iranian negotiators are working on a compromise approach to the issue of Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities, which the Barack Obama administration has said in the past Iran was refusing to make concessions on. The compromise now being seriousl...
Of Cuba and Carpetbaggers
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Last month, Independent candidate and former CBS newsman Ed Rabel ran into Republican candidate Alex Mooney’s mother — Eulalia (Lala) Mooney — at the Founders Day Festival in Capon Bridge, West Virginia. Rabel, Mooney, Democrat Nick Casey and Libertarian Davy...
A Transgender Woman Meets the Marine Corps
WALDEN BELLO
As I peered at Jennifer Laude’s serene face in the open casket, I saw the wound on her forehead that was barely covered concealed by the mortician’s make up. I did not see the bruises on her neck and shoulders, but I was told that they were severe. “They seemed to h...
The Moral Blindness of Our Leading Liberals
CHRIS FLOYD
Behold the quintessential earnest progressive liberal in the highest moral dudgeon: ...
Palestine, Israel and the ADL
ROBERT FANTINA
On October 24 of this year, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) which, according to its website, “…was founded in 1913 ‘to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all’,” printed an overview of what it called ‘Anti-Isra...
The Syrian Labyrinth
CONN HALLINAN
Reese Erlich’s informative and insightful book “Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War ...
How Israel is Turning Gaza into a Super-Max Prison
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth It is astonishing that the reconstruction of Gaza, bombed into the Stone Age according to the explicit goals of an Israeli military doctrine known as “Dahiya”, has tentatively only just begun two months after the end of the fighting. Ac...
Hawaiian Workers Fight Kaiser Pension Take-Away
STEVE EARLY
Mary Ann Barnes, the newly arrived president of health care giant Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii, recently informed hospital workers that the world figure she most admires is the late Mother Teresa—because of “her humanity and selflessness.” Pictured wearing a l...
Ebola Quarantine Policy as Libertarianism
NORMAN POLLACK
Privatization of the mind: in the face of a viral disease with the potential for (i.e., capable of) spreading to pandemic proportions, anything that smacks of the communal good trumping individuals’ presumed rights is anathema, lest it Collectivize America and raise the...
Death, Taxes and the Cuban Blockade
MATT PEPPE
The famous expression about the only things that will happen with absolute certainty, death and taxes, is actually missing one: the annual vote in which 99% of the world’s nations declare that the blockade against Cuba is illegal and must end. Yesterday, for the 23r...
US Midterm Elections: Past and Present
JACK RASMUS
With the U.S. House of Representatives already firmly in control of the Republicans, and dominated by their ultra-conservative Teaparty faction, should Republicans in 2014 now also take the Senate, the U.S. Congress will quickly become even more aggressively pro-corporate...
Bioterrorism, ISIS and Ebola Mania
BINOY KAMPMARK
Does demagoguery have an inventive side? Only if you assume semi-literacy is virtuous, and that imagination lies in the name of the manipulative. The combination of both Ebola and terrorism are the evil twins of the same security dilemma. It is manufactured. It is a confe...
McCain’s (Latest) Big Lie
WILLIAM BOARDMAN
BuzzFeed, moving up from cute-cat-tricks to catty-Senator-tricks, caused a few ripples in the political swamp on October 22 with its belated, skewed reporting of Republican Senator John McCain calling U.S. Admiral John Kirby an “idiot” on a rightwing radio show in Nor...
Some Hard Facts About “Terror”
JOHN CHUCKMAN
We are having an outbreak of reports in the Canadian press about “home grown” terrorists, “radicalized” young men of Muslim faith traveling out of the country to participate in extremist groups abroad, a relatively insignificant phenomenon which has received inord...
U.S. Sends Planes Armed with Depleted Uranium to Middle East
DAVID SWANSON
The U.S. Air Force says it is not halting its use of Depleted Uranium weapons, has recently sent them to the Middle East, and is prepared to use them. A type of airplane, the A-10, deployed this month to the Middle East by the U.S. Air National Guard’s 122nd ...
The CIA, the Contras and Drugs
CARMELO RUIZ-MARRERO
San Juan, Puerto Rico. In late 1986, Washington was rocked by revelations that the Ronald Reagan administration had illegally aided a stateless army known as the contras in Central America. Thus began the Iran Contra scandal. The contras were an irr...
Obama’s Hypocritical Crusade Against Extremism
JAMES BOVARD
In his speech last month to the United Nations, President Obama summoned foreign leaders to join his “campaign against extremism.” Obama has repeatedly invoked the “extremist” threat to justify attacking abroad and seizing more power at home since taking office in...
Risky Business
MIKE WHITNEY
Here we go again. Last week, the country’s biggest mortgage lenders scored a couple of key victories that will allow them to ease lending standards, crank out more toxic assets, and inflate another housing bubble.  Here’s what’s going on. ...