A review of Denis Lehane’s recent book Unperson, A Life Destroyed quotes how this award winning journalist – “refused to work undercover for the CIA and MI5 who, in revenge, spread [false] rumours that he was insane, an alcoholic and a serial rapist …. He was [later on in London] arrested on a trumped-up charge of terrorism, forbidden to choose any lawyers, tried in his absence and condemned to a psychiatric prison”
By MITU SENGUPTA - June 18-20, 2010
[Sex and the City 2] has been justly disparaged for its absurd plotline, crass materialism, shallow feminism and palpable Orientalism. But here’s a point the movie’s numerous critics have missed: what’s really worrying about Sex and the City 2 is not its Orientalism or crass materialism, but how easily this seemingly benign bubble-gum flick ends up fighting a very macho war of global one-upmanship on the bodies of women and gay men.
By Paul Street - June 10, 2010
“As an African American woman, with three young children who will never know a world in which a black man could not be president of the United States, I was beyond thrilled [when Obama was elected US President]. Yet when I walked out of the election night party, full of hope and enthusiasm, I was immediately reminded of the harsh realities of the New Jim Crow. A black man was on his knees in the gutter, hands cuffed behind his back, as several police officers stood around talking, joking, and ignoring his human existence...What did the election of Barack Obama mean for him?”
-- Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
By BILLY WHARTON - May 5, 2010
Multinationals have torn up the globe converting the repression of workers into cheap labor and free trade agreements into new market opportunities all in the name of ever-increasing profit margins. Left in their wake are legacies of environmental destruction, corrupt governments and employer violence. This process is precisely what a documentary...entitled The Cola-Case aims to expose.
By John Pilger - April 23, 2010
The American sports writer, Dave Zirin, is one of the few to break media silence on the corporate distortion and corruption of sport. His forthcoming book Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love...blows a long whistle on what money power has done to the people’s pleasure, its heroes like [Tiger] Woods and the communities it once served.
By Tapani Lausti - March 31, 2010
As the latest NATO "surge" in Afghanistan progresses with the inevitable "regrettable" civilian casualties, the [British Broadcasting Corporation] is there following uncritically the military operation. No one critical of the NATO occupation and surge is allowed to appear in front of the cameras. BBC correspondents take everything at face value..."NATO is trying to minimize civilian casualities", one BBC reporter solemnly declared. This is the way the Soviet media covered the Russian disaster in Afghanistan.
By GREGORY ELICH - March 24, 2010
"The god of the Holy Bible...is ferociously vindictive, neurotically jealous, intolerant, vainglorious, punitive, wrathful, sexist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, sadistic and homicidal...Beware of those who act in the name of such a god. Were we to encounter these vicious traits in an ordinary man, we would judge him to be in need of lifelong incarceration...At the very least, we would not prattle on about how he works his wonders in mysterious ways."
-- Michael Parenti, from God and His Demons
By Paul Street - March 21, 2010
Under reigning U.S. media rules, Uncle Sam is always...a noble, benevolent, democratic, and well-intentioned force in the world...[It] is never a violent, mean-spirited, murderous, and criminal oppressor and imperialist. The U.S. occasionally and unfortunately makes tragic “mistakes” and tactical errors in the design and execution of its inherently virtuous foreign policies but those policies are never fundamentally immoral, illegal, and imperial in nature.
By Alexander Billet - March 12, 2010
Since Cash's death in 2003, there have been no shortage of forces who have sought to manipulate and reclaim his legacy for themselves...[T]he conservative right have been notably smug in morphing this most rebellious of country legends into one of their own...It's easy to imagine the likes of Glenn Beck squirming at this batch of songs, though...And in their own way, they reveal a stunning answer to any confusion on whose side this artist stood.
By Krystalline Kraus - March 9, 2010
The movie Avatar might empower indigenous people to rise up and defend the earth but it does nothing to empower people with dis/abilities.
The banking crisis was not cataclysmic; the financing bubbles that caused it had been developing for many years. So where were the banks’ auditors? Why were bank financial statements showing high levels of profitability right up to the point of the financial collapse? What went wrong with the audit of these banks? Could it have had something to do with excessive standardization? Less than a decade after Arthur Andersen, has the CA profession learnt anything?
By MICHAEL DONNELLY - January 15-17, 2010
The top-down nature and utter lack of grounding in a wide-spread, active-participation, place-based citizenry is precisely what's wrong with environmentalism today and why we keep losing...[T]he professionals undermine, drive out or co-opt any such assemblage that arises...usually taking credit for any gains the citizens have achieved. To the non-profit pros, the function of any "membership" consists of writing donation checks, swallowing/parroting false victory claims, signing Petitions and voting lock-step for Lesser Evil Democrats.
New book chronicles inner workings of Saipan's garment factories from first ever first-hand perspective of a former garment factory worker.
By Ron Jacobs - January 21, 2010
The US involvement in Afghanistan that began under [former US President] Jimmy Carter was not an accident. It was the result of a concerted effort by the US Right to regain its power in the wake of the US defeat in Vietnam...[W]hat it meant for Afghanistan was that Washington "was (now) backing a class of mullahs and landowners that had been fighting any social reform for generations"...The mujahedin war and what followed destroyed the social progress made under previous Afghan governments.
The Voices of Participatory Democracy in Venezuela: A Review of Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots
There are many different ways that the corporate media continues to misrepresent the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. Many critics of this biased media coverage have directly challenged the demonization of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but very few critics, if any, have exposed the media’s virtual erasure of the vibrant and growing participatory democracy in Venezuela (also featuring a video interview with co-author Carlos Martinez).