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The Third-Party Factor: Will 2012 Look Like 2000?
As another anniversary of the Afghanistan war passed this month amid growing "green-on-blue" attacks, analyzes the prospects for the occupation.
Breaking the silence on Israel
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine brought together civil rights leaders, authors, actors and others dedicated to revealing Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people. , one of the organizers and press officer for the event, describes the weekend of testimony.
Privatization Madness: Now Private Companies are Collecting Our Taxes
I went into my local township building Monday to settle up my local income tax bill. I had filed for an extension of my federal and state taxes back in April because of my father's unexpected death a few weeks before the tax filing date and the need to deal with his funeral and with arranging for care for my widowed mother, who has alzheimers, had taken up all my time.
Land of Elites
Few Americans have significant influence on the country or the lives of people in it. The number of Americans with real influence is very small, but their influence is very, very great. Although they are not organized into a formal institution, they nonetheless constitute the "invisible government" Edward Bernays wrote about in his book Propaganda in 1928
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.http://www.opednews.com/articles/Land-of-Elites-by-B-Sidney-Smith-121017-963.html
Palestinian Authority to Hold Sham Elections
Longtime Israeli collaborators Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad scheduled West Bank municipal elections on October 20, 2012. Democracy isn't on the ballot. Palestinians are skeptical for good reason. For the first time since January 25, 2006, they'll vote in an election much different from then. Fed up with institutionalized Fatah corruption and subservience to Israel, Hamas candidates swept to victory.
Mitt Romney: International Man of Mystery
The FBI's Fed Follies
The post-American Middle East
Redefining Happiness, Beating Consumerism
Study Shows How Prayer, Meditation Affect Brain Activity
As Sen. McGovern Nears Death, How the Antiwar Candidate Challenged Vietnam and Inspired a Generation