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Solomon: Canaries in a Political Mine
Oct 17, 2010
Take it from David Axelrod. “Almost the entire Republican margin is based on the enthusiasm gap,” the president’s senior adviser said last week. “And if Democrats come out in the same turnout as Republicans, it’s going to be a much different election.”
Sharma: Global Caste System
Oct 09, 2010
If Shylock was alive today, I am sure he would have floated a public stock offering and would have been amongst the richest in the world. Forbes magazine would have certainly included his name in the list of the top 50 billionaires, and The Economist would have included his name among the 15 most powerful people in the world.
Solomon: Higher Consciousness
Sep 24, 2010
Autumn 2010 is a time of disillusionment for many who deplore the USA’s current political trajectory. Some who’ve been active for progressive causes are now gravitating toward hope that individual actions -- in tandem with higher consciousness, more down-to-earth lifestyles and healthy cultural alternatives -- can succeed where social activism has failed. It’s an old story that is also new.
Schechter: London Calling
Sep 22, 2010
The British Capital pretty much looked like it did the last time I was here except for all the closed stores and businesses I passed on the way to the War and Media Conference that brought me here.
Solomon: Speech for Endless War
Sep 06, 2010
On the last night of August, the president used an Oval Office speech to boost a policy of perpetual war.
Schechter: Labor Day Lament
Sep 05, 2010
When your life and your work is as entwined as mine has been—fusing the personal and the political over all these years, it may be stretching things to consider yourself unemployed but that’s what I am as Labor Day approaches.
Schechter: Media Complicity in Financial Crimes
Sep 01, 2010
When you connect the dots in your writing or look for deeper explanations behind the decisions of policymakers, market makers and media-makers, it’s easy to be dismissed as a conspiracy nut.
Solomon: Petraeus Media War
Aug 17, 2010
It’s already history. In mid-August 2010, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan launched a huge media campaign to prevent any substantial withdrawal of military forces the next summer.
Schechter: Obama Economic Team Bails
Aug 10, 2010
In Washington, the Obama economic team has sprung a leak. First, Budget Director Peter Orszag, the calculating numbers savant, bailed. And now, “distinguished” economist Christina Romer, the only woman in that inner circle boys club has quit too.
Schechter: Whither Economic Agenda?
Aug 04, 2010
As we move into the dog days of summer, and a coming Congressional recess, the Obama Administration has shifted its focus back on to the economy and wants to convince one and all that an economic recovery is just around the corner.
Spannos: Gaza Tunnels to Cape Cod
Jul 24, 2010
Woods Hole is a village in the township of Falmouth, just a short ferry ride across from Martha’s Vineyard, with a proud reputation that far exceeds its size.
Shiva: Corporate Killing Fields
Jul 20, 2010
The Bhopal gas tragedy was the worst industrial disaster in human history. Twenty-five thousand people died, 500,000 were injured, and the injustice done to the victims of Bhopal over the past 25 years will go down as the worst case of jurisprudence ever.
Schechter: Wall Street Criminals
Jul 11, 2010
1500 Bankers went to Jail After the S&L Crisis. Almost None Today.
Solomon: Unanimous Conformity in the Senate
Jul 03, 2010
Every living senator voted Wednesday to approve Gen. David Petraeus as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.
Solomon: Great Screwup
Jun 24, 2010
When the wheels are coming off, it doesn’t do much good to change the driver.
Schechter: CNN Land
Jun 20, 2010
Somehow, I can’t escape CNN. Last Saturday I joined Ted Turner, Wolf Blitzer and more than 300 current and former CNN employees at a celebration of the network’s 30th anniversary at the National Press Club in Washington. I was there as one of the “CNN Originals,” the many staffers who helped originate what was mocked as the Chicken Noodle Network in Atlanta back in June 1980.
Schechter: Deceptive And Dishonest
Jun 15, 2010
Defending America covertly has become an ongoing theme for one more TV series. Salute the flag and praise NBC (GE) for its latest effort to persuade the population to accept the kind of secret operations that now drive the war in Afghanistan. Their latest show is called “Covert Affairs” and airs on the patriotically named USA Network.
Solomon: Israel & Harman in Tandem
Jun 05, 2010
When Israel attacked the Gaza aid flotilla, Congresswoman Jane Harman was engaged in a parallel assault. Israel’s government relied on the efficacy of violence; Harman’s campaign was counting on the power of paid media. In both cases, the targets were advocates of human rights for Palestinian people.
Schechter: Obama Talks Left, Moves Right
Jun 01, 2010
Is The President The Kind of Leader Chairman Mao Warned Us About?
Schechter: Criminal Case Against Goldman?
May 03, 2010
Will Goldman survive the assault? Will the threat of criminal charges being pursued against the world’s leading investment bank spill over onto others on Wall Street? Is the criminalization of the crisis underway, or is all this just a maneuver?