The media myth of ‘once prosperous’ and democratic Venezuela before Chávez
Economists typically use GDP per capita to assess how rich a country is. It is basically a measure of the average income per person. If journalists cared to be at all precise when they say that Venezuela had once been “rich,” then that’s a statistic they’d cite.
Policing the poor and minorities as counter-insurgency
Here are seven counterinsurgency features of policing and the inequities in the criminal justice system.
AEP 59: The American Trap sprung on Tiktok and Huawei, with Carl Zha
Back with Carl Zha of Silk & Steel podcast, who we last saw in our episode on the India-China border conflict.
The people of Colombia are cracking up the walls of war and authoritarianism
The protests that started with the national strike called by Colombia’s central union on November 21 to protest pension reforms and the broken promises of the peace accords have persisted for two months and grown into a protest against the whole establishment. And the protests have continued into the new year and show no signs of stopping.
Imagining a free Palestine should be commonplace—that’s why I wrote the novel ‘Siegebreakers’
The siege of Gaza is crushing the people who live under it, and it is crushing all of our imaginations.
Inside the neoliberal laboratory preparing for the theft of Venezuela’s economy
Among the academics pushing hard for regime change in Venezuela is Ricardo Hausmann, now an adviser to Juan Guaido, who has “already drafted a plan to rebuild the nation, from economy to energy.”
What can Noam Chomsky’s co-author teach us in the age of Trump?
The story goes that Einstein’s theory of relativity began with a simple question: What if a person could sit on a beam of light? A single inquiry led to an entire field of study, and perhaps the world’s most famous scientific breakthrough.
The late Ed Herman’s questions were less playful. They were about war and death, lies and power politics, but they too created entire areas of study. If properly considered, they can even guide us through the perilous age in which we’re living.
The Much-Maligned Views of Rania Khalek on Syria
The people that have written about Rania [Khalek] publicly range from truly creepy stalkers to left academics who fired off a quick set of libels and then expressed dismay at the responses to them. But other than people talking about her, it is in fact rather difficult to find any sources for these “views” of hers that apparently disqualify her to speak or publish on any topic.
Palestine Doesn’t Get to Have a 9/11
“Our community is expanding: MRZine viewers have increased in number, as have the readers of our editions published outside the United States and in languages other than English. We sense a sharp increase in interest in our perspective and its history. Many in our community have made use of the MR archive we put […]
The Mumbai Attacks
The scale of the attacks is incredible: the Taj, the Oberoi Trident, a major train station (CST), a major hospital (Cama), a cafe that’s favored by tourists (Cafe Leopold), the Jewish center, all in different parts of the city. Some attackers came by sea, others set off bombs, others just entered buildings or public areas […]
The Writ of the State: Is Pakistan’s Insurgency Fueled by Too Little State, Too Much, or the Wrong Kind?
ISLAMABAD JULY 8, 2008 — Another couple of days of bombings in Pakistan and Afghanistan, each with its own message and each by a different group. A couple of days ago the Americans hit a wedding party and killed over 20 people in Afghanistan. In Kabul yesterday the Indian embassy was struck by a suicide […]
On a Quest for Secular Piety: Reviewing Tarek Fatah’s Chasing a Mirage
Tarek personally asked me to review his book, Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State (CM). With a book being favorably reviewed in the Canadian (and US and UK) media, including the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Huffington Post, the UK Guardian, and the Asper-family owned newspapers (Ottawa Citizen and […]