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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?
Schechter: Going After Goldman
Apr 20, 2010
Fox Business News was engrossed in interviewing a blonder than thou reality TV bimbo when the news that the Securities And Exchange Commission was filing fraud charges against Goldman Sachs broke on Friday afternoon.
Schechter: Organize Against Wall Street
Apr 15, 2010
In politics, it’s always all about the narrative, about how issues are framed.
Solomon: Can't Cover the Blood
Apr 02, 2010
President Obama has taken a further plunge into the kind of war abyss that consumed predecessors named Johnson, Nixon and Bush.
Schechter: 7th Ann. War On Iraq
Mar 21, 2010
American media loves anniversaries of major events. They become ideal "news pegs" to do follow-up stories. You would think that they would have pulled out the stops for the seventh anniversary of the US war on Iraq, a war that was described by the Pentagon in its first days as a "cake walk" and designed as a quick intervention modeled after the in-out combat of Operation Desert Storm ending Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.
Solomon: Public Option Disaster
Mar 19, 2010
Not long ago, the most prominent supporters of the public option were touting it as essential for healthcare reform. Now, suddenly, it's incidental.
Shah: Star Wars Malaria Killer
Mar 16, 2010
Doesn’t Nathan Myhrvold get enough attention? The guy is the former chief technology officer of Microsoft, a multimillionaire, a gourmet chef, a prize-winning photographer and keeper of multiple higher degrees from prestigious institutions. As the CEO and founder of Intellectual Ventures, a private outfit that invests in “pure inventions,” he frequently finds himself in the news.
Shiva: Water Wisdom
Mar 15, 2010
Since 1966 - and as a consequence of the introduction of the Green Revolution model of water-intensive, chemical farming - India has over-exploited her groundwater, creating a water famine.
Spannos: Crisis of Global Governance
Mar 14, 2010
Standing before an audience at the Brookings Institute on March 8, a day before meeting U.S. President Barak Obama, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou made the case that today’s European crisis involves American interests and that today there is a “crisis of global governance.”
Schechter: Whither Financial Reforms
Mar 10, 2010
What will it take? What are they waiting for? What part of the reality of a systemic crisis that will get worse don't they get?
Szczepanczyk: Solidarity Gaming
Feb 27, 2010
I agree that markets for many important reasons must be abolished and replaced. The projects around a participatory society, including participatory economics, certainly rank among the more detailed proposals for a more just successor economy and society. But in his commentary about the Olympics, Albert seems to imply that sports themselves essentially won't change, even if the economics surrounding them will change to that of a participatory economy. We'd presumably still have sports and games, presumably with a competitive ethos, complete with winners and losers, even if we'd have jobs balanced for desirability and empowerment, remuneration per effort and sacrifice, and participatory planning instead of markets or command planning.
Spannos: European Hegemony in Crisis
Feb 24, 2010
Scrambling to stabilize the current Greek financial crisis inspectors from the European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund descended on Greece the eve of today's 24-hour general strike. It was the second such strike in two weeks, with as many as 2 million workers expected to take action against the Papandreou governments forced "austerity measures." The workers do not want to pay for a crisis they did not create themselves. Yet Papandreou is eagerly imposing these measures anyway so that Greece can become "credible again."
Shah: Extraordinary Measures
Feb 23, 2010
Compared to, say, espionage or alien warfare, the drug development business rarely appears on the big screen, and its few cinematic portrayals generally involve sinister white-coated characters doing shadowy experiments. In that sense, the new film Extraordinary Measures, in which a desperate father and biochemist race to develop a cure for a rare genetic disease, marks a refreshing departure. Although not exactly the stuff of industry jingles, there are no bad guys here, either.
Scipes: Lets Make Money
Feb 21, 2010
A Review of "Lets Make Money", a film by Erwin Wagenhofer. Distributed by Bullfrog Films, 2008
Solomon: Dollars for Death
Feb 16, 2010
When the U.S. military began a major offensive in southern Afghanistan over Presidents Day weekend, the killing of children and other civilians was predictable. Lofty rhetoric aside, such deaths come with the territory of war and occupation.
Schechter: It Was 20 Years Ago Today
Feb 12, 2010
It was 20 years ago Thursday February 11th when Nelson Mandela's Liberation Band began to play.
Street: The People's Historian
Jan 29, 2010
The news of Howard Zinn's death hit me like a ton of bricks. I did not expect to cry and then about 10 minutes after getting the e-mailâ€¦it hit me - three times. The last time I looked down and saw that I was standing in my den about one foot away from one of my old "instructors' copies" of Zinn's masterpiece, A People's History of the United States, 1492-Present.