I’ll be lazy and just grab three feature articles from a mainstream “left” site for now. I figure most readers know the outline of the story, but wanted to acknowledge it publicly anyway. The consensus is true enough: the death toll in Haiti’s recent severe earthquake was far higher than it would have been in [...]
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Politics, said Bismarck, is the art of the possible. Yet we are living in a time when politics as widely practised is quite the reverse: the art and worship of the Impossible, namely of the impossible dream of fostering infinite greed, infinite accumulation, infinite “growth,” on a finite planet; of fighting infinite war to control [...]
I live on a moderate-sized sailboat. It reduces my carbon footprint to inhabit about 300 square feet instead of the 1100 I enjoyed in my house on land. (Actually, I confess that I also “inhabit” a storage unit — but it isn’t heated — and I do sometimes take a bath — sweet luxury — [...]
By reader request a rant of DeAnander’s from Stan’s Man on Fire review thread has been promoted to a frontpage article. I believe Stan posted this review in headbanging frustration at the liberal idiocy of this recent “fair and balanced” discussion of porn at Alternet. The two “debating opponents” — neither of whom, of course, [...]
It’s common knowledge that the Israeli occupation, and Israel in general, are Third Rails in US public discourse — touch them and die (politically, anyway). Through a peculiar combination of (1) commemoration (some would say exploitation) of the Nazi epoch, (2) down-n-dirty realpolitik in DC, and (3) the strong Biblical literalist strain in American culture [...]
A few closing thoughts for the evening… on immigration. The Republican chiefs — beholden to the same business interests as Democratic chiefs for big chunks of campaign cash — are now being hoisted on their own petard by the demands of capital accumulation. One of those demands is cheap, throwaway labor inside the US to [...]
an essay by Derrick Jensen Iâ€™m scared to write this essay, scared to have it published, scared it will be read by police officers or customs agents, scared that the next time Iâ€™m stopped for some traffic violation or the next time I try to cross a border, some police officer or customs agent will [...]
More than once, we have remarked here about the emerging “national” consciousness of the nascent Latin@ movemen tin the US; and of its potentially tectonic consequences. Bradblog (a commercially successful whitelib site) has posted some stunning footage of this state-sponsored xenophobic terror, featuring Jonathan Mann’s riskily-acquired footage, the that is a must-see.
Jephraim Gundzik writes for Asia Times on financial matters; and he is one of a handful of investment advisers who seems to maintain some connection with Planet Earth. This is not an optimistic assessment; and some have been saying for some time that the magic carpet of the housing market had faulty aerodynamics. The crisis [...]
Hezbollah’s big challenge By Pepe Escobar BEIRUT – “You are in heaven and those who killed you will go to hell,” reads a poster in a middle-class, predominantly Sunni neighborhood in north Beirut. Those depicted in heaven include Saddam Hussein, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri (killed in a car bombing [...]