Archive | July, 2010

  • The Magic Kingdom

    Pacho Maturana, Colombian, a man of vast experience in these matters, says that football is a magic kingdom, where anything can happen.  The recent World Cup confirmed his words: it was a strange World Cup. Strange were the ten stadiums where the matches were held, beautiful, immense, which cost a fortune.  No one knows what […]

  • Child Labour

    Ali Farzat is a Syrian cartoonist. | Print

  • Piranesi Etching

    “Seeing that the remains of the ancient buildings of Rome, scattered for the most part in gardens and fields, are being day by day reduced by the injuries of time or by the greed of their owners. . . , I decided to preserve them in these plates.”                                         — Piranesi, Antichita Romane                                               (Roman Antiquities), 1756 […]

  • Hunter

    “The best part of the law of Arizona is that I can now hunt immigrants legally.” Tomás Rafael Rodríguez Zayas (Tomy) is a Cuban cartoonist.   This cartoon was published in Cambios en Cuba on 13 July 2010.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] | Print

  • To War?

    “Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned . . . everywhere is war.” — Bob Marley, “War,” 1976 (lyrics adapted from a speech by Haile Selassie I at the UN in 1963) Every few months the specter of a new American war in the […]

  • A Lesson in Bad Faith: The Vienna Group’s Response to the Tehran Joint Declaration

      The countries comprising the “Vienna Group” (i.e. USA, France, and Russia, plus the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA) have expressed their “Concerns about the Joint Declaration Conveyed by Iran to the IAEA.”  Iran has repeatedly declared that the Tehran Brazil-Iran-Turkey Joint Declaration was never intended as a final binding document, but as a basis […]

  • The Impact of Social Security Cuts on Retiree Income

    Executive Summary: There has been a serious push in policy circles to cut Social Security benefits for near- and/or current retirees.  The argument for such cuts has been based on the deficits in the federal budget; the finances of the Social Security program have been at most a secondary consideration. However, the finances of the […]

  • Can the European Welfare State Survive?  Can National Public Radio Survive?

    NPR wants to convince listeners that the European welfare state is on its last legs.  While it tells listeners this, nothing in the piece actually supports this case. For example, it implies that growth is grinding to a halt in Europe because of its generous welfare state, noting that Europe is expected to grow just […]

  • Negotiations

    The spur of the Arab Peace Initiative can’t move the wooden horse of negotiations on the path of peace, tethered as the horse is to the Israeli position. Fahd Bahady is a Syrian cartoonist.  This cartoon was published in his blog on 30 June 2010; it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.  The text […]

  • Infusion, Interrupted

    “If I were in your place, I wouldn’t end the bed rest.  You can get disconnected from the tube of dollars.” Tomás Rafael Rodríguez Zayas (Tomy) is a Cuban cartoonist.   This cartoon was published in Cambios en Cuba on 12 July 2010.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] | Print

  • ‘God Helps Those Who Help Themselves’: Interview with Norman G. Finkelstein, Part 1

    Norman Finkelstein is one of the world’s foremost public intellectuals writing about the Israel-Palestine conflict.  He is the author of many books on the topic, most recently Beyond Chutzpah, an exhaustive account of Israel’s human rights record, and This Time We Went Too Far (reviewed in New Left Project), an analysis of the Gaza massacre […]

  • Some Mistaken Notions about Latin America (and the World)

    “The current crisis means the end of neoliberalism and of US hegemony, and this crisis will lead to the end of capitalism.” The greatest error of this view lies in thinking that a model, a hegemony, or a social system will come to an end without being destroyed and replaced by another, without the global […]

  • Fayetteville as in Fate

    . . . I mix metaphors among them like a reckless cook throwing things into a pot hoping they don’t explode when they touch each other, hoping they don’t turn bitter when the heat rises . . . Mohja Kahf is a poet and professor of English.  This poem is included in her E-mails from […]

  • The Publicist: Henry Luce, Time Inc., and “The American Century”

    A starlet in a strapless dress smiles on the cover of the February 17, 1941, issue of Life.  Then, there are ten pages of ads: Oldsmobile, Knox Gelatine, Bendix automatic home laundry, Birds Eye Frosted Foods.  Further in, between one photo essay on iceboating and another on a woman racecar driver, there is an editorial, […]

  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: A Review of Michael Lebowitz’s Socialist Alternative

      Michael Lebowitz.  The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development.  New York: Monthly Review Press, 2010.  Pp 192; $15.95 Only about ten or fifteen years ago, leftist theory was in a sorry state.  It seemed as if socialism had ceased to be a viable project with the fall of the Soviet Union.  Instead of an alternative […]

  • Eradicating the “Iranian Threat”

    The United States and its Arab and European allies are hard at work to eradicate Iran’s small nuclear program, ignoring Israel’s big fat nukes. Fahd Bahady is a Syrian cartoonist.  This cartoon was published in his blog on 30 June 2010; it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.  The text above is an interpretation […]

  • India: The Choice before the Maoists

    The Maoist leadership claims that it had nothing to do with the Jnaneshwari Express accident that killed 150 persons.  I am willing to take their word for it.  But this also means that those who caused the sabotage, while nominally belonging to the ranks of the Maoists, were acting on their own.  Nobody commits such […]

  • Netanyahu Pushes the United States to Make War on Iran: Will Obama Say No?

    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States last week was capped off on Sunday with the broadcast of a previously-taped interview on Fox New Sunday.  The interview covered a range of important topics, including the state of the U.S.-Israel relationship and prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace.  But it is the Prime Minister’s remarks […]

  • The Theory of U.S. Foreign Policy — I

    United States foreign policy has been generating defeats for well over a decade now but never at such a fast and furious pace as during the last few months. . . . What is the reaction in the American ruling class to this consistent and comprehensive failure of foreign policy?  One might expect mounting criticism […]

  • Paris, October 1961

      Leïla Sebbar, The Seine Was Red. Paris, October 1961: A Novel (translated by Mildred Mortimer).  Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2008.  xxiv + 116pp.  $17.95 U.S. (pb).  ISBN 10-0253-2202-38. The official French obfuscation of the police violence against Algerians in Paris in October 1961 has inspired long-term personal and collective memory retrieval that […]