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Solomon: War Is Not Peace
Dec 12, 2009
Eloquence in Oslo cannot change the realities of war.
Schechter: Congo Communique
Dec 10, 2009
I came to the Congo in search of its future and instead found myself marching down memory lane. On Thursday we went to the Museum of Beaux Arts, really a school for teaching sculpture, a subject close to me because my late dad sculpted in stone and wood as a hobby.
Street: Obama's West Point Speech
Dec 03, 2009
War President Barack Obama's Afghan "surge" address from West Point  last night was unsurprising, given the fact that, as Alexander Cockburn has noted, "Obama has...surrounded himself with the same breed of intellectuals who persuaded Lyndon Johnson to escalate the [ Vietnam ] war."  As Tom Engelhardt has pointed out, Obama's "civilian advisors" on Afghanistan include a large number of military men, all predisposed by career background and philosophy to advocate increased force levels. Did it really make sense to be surprised, Engelhardt wondered more than two months ago, that Obama would opt for more troops, money, and war when the president had "turn[ed] crucial war decisions over to the militaryÃ¢Â€Â¦functionally turn[ing] our foreign policy over to them as well?"
Schechter: Fear The Double-Dip
Nov 30, 2009
Today, the same expression is being used to warn us that the recession we are still struggling with could, and is supposedly posed for recovery could fall even deeper into another dip. That d word seems to be a substitute for another-a depression.
Sharma: Biggest Land Grab
Nov 28, 2009
I think the eulogisation of Tata's has gone too far. Behind all the glamour, sobriety and humanitariasm that we read and hear about Tata's, there is a dark hidden side which is kept under wraps. It is time we look at the destructive role Tata's have played over the years in uprooting thousands of poor families, and the resulting destruction of livelihoods and the environment.
Schechter: Hedge Fund Perps
Nov 25, 2009
Danny Schechter Reports On How The Prosecutors Blew The First Big Case
Solomon: The War Stampede
Nov 22, 2009
Disputes are raging within the Obama administration over how to continue the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. A new leak tells us that Washingtonâ€™s ambassador in Kabul, former four-star general Karl Eikenberry, has cautioned against adding more troops while President Hamid Karzai keeps disappointing American policymakers. This is the extent of the current debate within the warfare state.
Solomon: Get Out of Afghanistan
Nov 17, 2009
There's a significant new straw in the political wind for President Obama to consider. The California Democratic Party has just sent him a formal and clear message: Stop making war in Afghanistan
Schechter: The Word In Johannesburg
Nov 11, 2009
There was lots of skepticism when I came to South Africa two years ago to show my film IN DEBT WE TRUST. While my critique of consumer debt resonated, the film's forecast of a financial crisis didn't. Their economy seemed to be doing well and it was hard to tell a society that tends to look inward that they would be affected by a financial crisis in America, l0,000 miles away.
Spannos: Rethinking Exploitation
Nov 06, 2009
A panel presentation given today, Friday November 6th, 2009 at the 7th international Rethinking Marxism conference, held at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Sharma: The Missing Link
Oct 31, 2009
The countdown has begun. The forthcoming UN Climate Change conference (popularly called CoP 15) scheduled to be held at Copenhagen from Dec 7-18 2009 is generating tremendous excitement. Climate change has suddenly become the buzzword. As top political leaders are getting ready to descend on Copenhagen, there is surely a thrill in the air.
Oct 27, 2009
Even as calls for an UPRISING against the practices of the big banks are being made, something else has begun to happen: a DOWNRISING has begun with members of the industry, prominent financial media outlets, and government officials beginning to turn against the banks they have been supporting.
Street: True Crime
Oct 24, 2009
Imagine, if you will, a small, predominantly white city with growing poverty and crime in a small, highly segregated black section of its South East side.
Solomon: Uncle Sam in Afghanistan
Oct 23, 2009
Almost eight years after choosing Hamid Karzai to head the Afghan government, Uncle Sam would like to give him a pink slip. But itâ€™s not easy. And the grim fiasco of Afghanistanâ€™s last election is shadowing the next.
Schechter: Stand Up Or Roll Over
Oct 21, 2009
On February 1, 1960, four students sat down at a lunch counter at the former Woolworth's store in Greensboro North Carolina...
Sharma: Dr Borlaug
Oct 19, 2009
The late agronomist Norman Borlaug, regarded as the father of the "Green Revolution", is credited with saving millions from starvation. Despite the criticisms of environmentalists, Borlaug had a strong appreciation for the centrality of farmers' livelihoods in maintaining food security, writes Devinder Sharma.
Schechter: Obamaâ€™s Prize
Oct 13, 2009
Does anyone among us remember Le Duc Tho? He was the brilliant Vietnamese negotiator at the Paris Peace talks who played Henry Kissinger for the fool he is. Back in l974, on a reporting trip to Hanoi for a Boston radio station, I had the good fortune to interview him as one of that countryâ€™s senior leaders and heroes.
Schechter: Media Failure
Oct 10, 2009
We know that Wall Street has not learned much from the crash it helped instigate. We know that our government, whatever its stated desire to clean up the markets and reform the financial behemoths, lacks the willingness and perhaps the clout to rein in the real power centers. We are not sure if they have been â€œcapturedâ€ by them, or just lack the guts to take on institutions and individuals that helped fund their rise to power.
Schechter: Russian TV
Oct 05, 2009
When the CBS suits shuttered WBCN in Boston, the radio station I used to work for, one more institution that at time was known for offering critical and independent news was snuffed out.
Solomon: War in Afghanistan
Oct 02, 2009
October 2009 has begun with the New York Times reporting that "the president, vice president and an array of cabinet secretaries, intelligence chiefs, generals, diplomats and advisers gathered in a windowless basement room of the White House for three hours on Wednesday to chart a new course in Afghanistan."