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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 2014
The $5 Billion the Pentagon Doesn’t Need
WILLIAM D. HARTUNG
On Nov. 10 the White House forwarded a request to Congress for an additional $5.6 billion to fight the war against the Islamic State. This is pocket change by Pentagon standards. The president’s new war funding request equals only about 1 percent of the PentagonR...
Did America Really Shift to the Right?
HARVEY B. FEIGENBAUM
Republicans made major gains in the recent midterm Congressional elections. They returned to the majority in the Senate and improved their majority in the lower chamber, the House of Representatives. Understandably, Republican partisans were gleeful. Their adversaries in ...
What Happened to Burma’s Missing 9 Million People?
GUY HORTON
Last year, when I was in Ma Ja Yang in Northern Kachin State, Burmese fighter bombers, at the height of the peace process, had just flown low over the nearby IDP camp. Two terrified children dug themselves into an earth bank for refuge. In heavy rains the bank coll...
Australia’s Submarine Fiasco
BINOY KAMPMARK
The defence portfolio presents states with pressing conundrums. The modern state, with the continuing mania with outsourcing, privatisation and links with a range of global contractors, has every reason to assume that the old defence ideas have turned to dust. The only th...
Shifting Spending on Violence
DAVID RAGLAND
In the lead-up to the grand jury outcome in the Michael Brown murder the St. Louis and Ferguson-area police have ramped up their preparation- with stockpiles of more weapons and rhetoric that contributes to the public frenzy. While I understand the need for securit...
Going Down to Highway 61, Again
RON JACOBS
U.S. Highway 61 is the subject of a number of American songs. Blues pianist Roosevelt Sykes cut “Highway 61 Blues” in...
Citizens Shouldn’t Have to Force the Government to Enforce the Law
JIM GOODMAN
This is a story from Wisconsin, but similar stories are playing out every day all over the US. Stories about big dairy farms, hog farms, poultry farms. Stories about people whose health, homes and communities were adversely impacted by putting too many animals in too smal...
Unconditional Support for Israel?
SOUAD SHARABANI
I am a journalist based in Toronto Canada. I was born in Iran to Iraqi Jewish parents who immigrated to Israel in the mid 1950s. I emigrated from Israel.   However, the remainder of my family stayed behind. My family and I are Arab /Sephardic Jews. Culturally li...
Police Violence in Toronto
AJAMU NANGWAYA
“Random stops of people who are not suspected of having knowledge of any specific crime under investigation is not a ‘recognized policing reason,’ except for military police in occupied territories.” – ...
Do Rents Really Rise Without Human Intervention?
PETE DOLLACK
It takes a lot of money to get people to vote against their own interests, and the real estate industry has plenty of money. Ideological obfuscation plays its part, too, and both contributed to a recent pair of defeats in San Francisco’s uphill fight against gentrificat...
The Business of “Art vs. Commerce” in Hollywood
LOUIS PROYECT
Starting around this time each year I try to catch up with the American narrative films that I anticipate my colleagues in New York Film Critics Online will be considering for awards at our yearly meeting in early December. Unlike those who get paid to review junk like ...
Stand for Something
NELL MYHAND
Heart pounding and stomach churning with anger Keith slowly raised his hands as he stood stock still. He took a deep breath and said to his friends Michael and Malik, “Don’t move.” They were at the pier when the police pulled up, blinding headlights on high b...
Plague
MICHAEL McDAETH
When ebola or some other plague adapts itself to the industrial world, when it can stream itself, when it goes wireless, when it learns to fly, the people of this fair land will see how far off the road they veered. The plague has its task to perform. To remind the...
Dickens’ Last Words, Sort Of
CHARLES R. LARSON
Thomas Hauser’s purported final words of the great nineteenth-century novelist take the form of a memoir, written shortly before his death (in 1870) and kept from publication until today. In many ways, the story is illuminating (especially about Dickens’ early career,...
Getting in Tune
DAVID YEARSLEY
On being subjected to long stretches of tuning at some early music concerts I’m reminded of the old joke about going to a fight and having a hockey game break out. Even if the tuning doesn’t actually take longer than the musical works on the program, its repeated erup...
Dividing the Spoils
BILL MOYERS & MICHAEL WINSHIP
We’ve been watching Congress since the mid-term elections and reading Zephyr Teachout’s terrific history book, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Fran...
Vengeance is Obsolete
WINSLOW MYERS
Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks on the tragic occasion of the deaths of three Israeli teens at the hands of Palestinians reverberate further than he might think. Understanding their implications is key to what the late Jonathan Schell called “the fate of the earth.”...
Russia Invades Ukraine: Again. And Again. And Yet Again
WILLIAM BLUM
“Russia reinforced what Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion on Wednesday [August 27], sending armored troops across the border as it expanded the conflict to a new section of Ukrainian territory. The latest incursion, which Ukrain...
Who Rules the World?
BENJAMIN DANGL
With a $4 billion price tag, the recent US midterm election was the most expensive in the country’s history. For the first time in eight years, the Republicans gained complete control of Congress, as well as won victories in key Senate and gubernatorial races across the...
Talk of a Third Intifada
RAMZY BAROUD
When a journalist tries to do a historian’s job, the outcome can be quite interesting. Using history as a side note in a brief news report or political analysis oftentimes does more harm than good. Now imagine if that journalist was not dependable to begin with, even mo...
Bank of North Dakota Outperforms Wall Street
ELLEN BROWN
While 49 state treasuries were submerged in red ink after the 2008 financial crash, one state’s bank outperformed all others and actually launched an economy-shifting new industry.  ...
The Leak That Almost Stopped the Iraq War
SAM HUSSEINI
“I felt it was explosive, it really made me angry when I read it. … I genuinely hoped that the information would strengthen the people’s voice. … It could derail the entire process for war.” So said Katharine Gun recently when asked about inf...
The Grand FIFA Cover-Up
BINOY KAMPARK
“It [the Garcia report] must be made public. That is the only way FIFA can deal with the complete loss of credibility.” Reinhard Rauball, President of the German Football League, Nov 16, 2014 It seemed cheeky of them, but it coul...