Link Roundup

May 15, 2009

A poetry project goes on summer vacation, Obama changes his mind on military commissions, a Columbia Professor says there is no genocide in Darfur, and more.

Watch: Rumsfeld confronted as war criminal for humanitarian deaths

May 14, 2009

Is this a fair use of freedom of speech? Or just obnoxious? Is Donald a war criminal?

Robert Reich: The Truth Behind the Social Security and Medicare Alarm Bells

May 13, 2009

Don’t be confused by these alarms from the Social Security and Medicare trustees. Social Security is a tiny problem. Medicare is a terrible one, but the problem is not really Medicare; it’s quickly rising health-care costs and a system that is inefficient and wasteful.

WATCH: The tortured humor debate on Jon Stewart

May 12, 2009

Stewart demonstrates the hypocrisy of right-wing torture apologias, criticizing Wanda Sykes

Norman Solomon: A Progressive Challenge to Jane Harman

May 12, 2009

Marcy Winograd’s race to unseat Jane Harman in California’s 36th District in 2010 reflects — and is likely to help nurture — a growing maturity among progressives around the country who are tired of merely complaining about centrist Democrats in Congress.

Nick Turse: A Woman at the Edge: Tough Times, Domestic Violence, and Economic Abuse

May 11, 2009

As part of the “Tough Times” series he has been doing on America in meltdown mode for TomDispatch.com, Nick Turse ventured into the world of domestic abuse recently and discovered what tough times can really mean for some women.

Best of the Web 2009

May 10, 2009

Guernica Fiction featured in Dzanc Books Best of the Web 2009.

Robert Reich: What Will Happen to Banks that Fail the Stress Test, When You and I Own Wall Street

May 7, 2009

The outcome of the “stress tests” will be that the banks needing extra capital will get it from the Treasury. The Treasury will simply swap debt for equity – turning what the banks owe the government into shares of stock in the banks. The question becomes, what type of shareholders should the public become?

Norman Solomon: We Need a Green New Deal

May 6, 2009

Seventy-five years after the start of the New Deal, and nearly 40 years after the first Earth Day, the need for basic change on behalf of social justice and ecology is clear.

Dilip Hiro: Defying the Economic Odds

May 5, 2009

In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, a new world order is emerging — with its center gravitating towards China. As the world melts down, China grows.

Standing Before History: Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa at PEN

May 4, 2009

On May 2, as part of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, Guernica co-presented an event honoring Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nigerian writer and environmental activist hanged by a Nigerian military court for trumped up charges.

David Bollier: Who Should Own Antiquities?

May 3, 2009

The clash of justifications for property rights in ancient works of art.

Standing Before History: Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa

May 2, 2009

Guernica is proud to cosponsor this night of remembrance at PEN World Voices Festival on Saturday, May 2 with Ken Wiwa, Richard North Patterson, readings by Steve Connell and Sekou, and moderated by Okey Ndibe.

Robert Reich: The Auto Bailout Is Going Off the Road

May 1, 2009

There is no reason taxpayers should pay billions more to GM when they are laying off workers. The purpose of any auto bailout is to help American auto workers keep their jobs, not save an auto industry that’s a tiny fragment of what it was before.

Francis Reynolds: An Interview with W. J. T. Mitchell (Part 2)

April 30, 2009

The University of Chicago professor and leading image theorist on stereotypes, the presidential campaign, and the legacy of the “war on terror.”

Francis Reynolds: An Interview with W. J. T. Mitchell

April 29, 2009

The University of Chicago professor and leading image theorist on stereotypes, the presidential campaign, and the legacy of the “war on terror.”

Philip C. Winslow: Cultural Cross-Currents in the West Bank

April 28, 2009

Attempts at apolitical cultural events have been thwarted by deep-rooted and distinctly anti-modern undercurrents in the town of Jenin.

Robert Reich: How Obama Can Succeed in the Next Hundred Days and Beyond

April 26, 2009

So far Obama has found a workable balance, requiring increasingly fancy footwork, and some rebalancing will be needed. The central question for the next 100 days is how deftly he finds new footing.

Tom Engelhardt: Killing Civilians

April 24, 2009

How safe do you actually want to be?

Norman Solomon: Obama: Beyond Savior or Trickster

April 23, 2009

Rejecting Obama iconography and demonology is necessary for a healthy progressive movement. We won’t get far by trying to leapfrog the actual political conditions of the country. Our task is to change them.

Robert Reich: Where Government Spending Should be Trimmed — And Why It’s Necessary to Fast-Track Universal Health Care

April 20, 2009

Republicans seem hell bent on becoming a tiny, whacky minority. Obama should stop trying to court them and fast-track health care.

Jan Hively: Sharing the Work, Spreading the Wealth

April 18, 2009

How the economic stimulus plan could open the way for a commons-based society.

Letter to the Editors: A Response to Joel Peckham’s essay ‘Guided by Voices’

April 17, 2009

Zionism was not simply a response to worldwide anti-Semitism. The earliest Zionists were caught up in the colonialist and nationalist ideology of their day.

David Bollier: Dozens of Roads Going Private

April 16, 2009

U.S. PIRG report documents the sell-off of public highways and construction of private toll roads.

Robert Reich: We Need More Stimulus, Not More Bailout

April 14, 2009

Tim Geithner believes that the economy will be rescued when banks lend again, but most people are already carrying too much debt and don’t want to borrow more money. As he prepares to return to Congress for what will be, if he even gets it, the last money Congress will give the administration, he needs to focus on stimulus rather than bailout.

Roane Carey: Don’t Flash the Yellow Light

April 13, 2009

Mixed messages from Washington could lead to catastrophe in Iran.

Robert Reich: Why We’re Not at the Beginning of the End, and Probably Not Even At the End of the Beginning

April 11, 2009

President Obama has begun urging Americans to refinance their homes so they can save money and start spending again, and the nation’s biggest banks are claiming their operations are profitable this year. But, this is only because of the flood of money the Fed put into the economy, not because we’ve reached the beginning of the end.

Philip C. Winslow: War Crimes on Trial in Sierra Leone

April 10, 2009

A journalist and foreign correspondent reflects on his time spent in Sierra Leone as, this week, three of that country’s war criminals were sentenced to long prison terms for multiple war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Norman Solomon: Getting a Death Grip on Memory

April 9, 2009

A recent New York Times article told of research being done on the possibility of erasing certain memories. While the research scientists are just scratching the surface in this field, American media outlets have been at it for a long time.

Tom Engelhardt: Terminator Planet: Launching the Drone Wars

April 8, 2009

As you sit in that movie theater in May watching the latest installment in the Terminator series, actual unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), pilotless surveillance and assassination drones armed with Hellfire missiles, will be patrolling our expanding global battlefields, hunting down human beings.

Readers respond to Aiding is Abetting: An interview with Dambisa Moyo

April 7, 2009

Democracy has almost always preceded the creation of a large middle class.

Choruss: A Correction

April 7, 2009

We the editors regret any implication, in our blog that ran last Wednesday, that Choruss hoped to break or circumvent the law.

Robert Reich: Why You Should Work for a Hedge Fund

April 7, 2009

The hedge fund managers who raked in billions last year wouldn’t have done nearly as well had taxpayers not bailed out Wall Street to begin with. Now, these are exactly the sort of investors Tim Geithner is trying to lure in to buy troubled assets from banks, with an extraordinary offer financed by you and me and other taxpayers.

Norman Solomon: Democrats and War Escalation

April 6, 2009

Obama’s insistence on increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan will fracture his base inside the Democratic Party. If he insists on leading a party of war, there will be those within the party who organize to transform it into the party for peace.

Guernica PotPourri

April 5, 2009

A smattering of news from Guernica’s anonymous newshound.

Letters: A Response to Guernica’s Interview With Dambisa Moyo

April 4, 2009

At Guernica we love hearing what you, the reader, think about the essays, interviews, stories, and poetry we publish. Here, Frank Williams, of Industries of Africa, responds to our recent interview with African author and economist Dambisa Moyo.

Robert Reich: It’s a Depression

April 3, 2009

This is still not the Great Depression of the 1930s, but it is a Depression. And the only way out is government spending on a very large scale. We should stop worrying about Wall Street. Worry about American workers. Use money to build up Main Street, and the future capacities of our workfo

John Sevigny: Pierre Toutain-Dorbec’s ‘Confronting the Past – The Aftermath of the Khmer Rouge Regime’

April 2, 2009

“Straight” portraiture is one of humanity’s oldest art forms, with the first known example made 27,000 years ago on a cave wall in France. But in spite of its long history, portraiture is one of the most difficult art forms to “get right.” The photographs of Pierre Toutain-Dorbec, like the paintings centuries before by Diego de Velazquez, do just that.

The 4th Annual Asian American Writers’ Workshop/Cave Canem Celebration

March 30, 2009

Guernica is proud to be collaborating with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to bring you this night of readings from Sapphire, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Jessica Hagedorn, and more.

Tom Engelhardt: The Great Afghan Bailout

March 30, 2009

It’s time to change names, switch analogies.

Guernica PotPourri

March 27, 2009

A smattering of news from Guernica’s anonymous newshound.

Jake Whitney: Dambisa Moyo and whether Western aid helps or hurts Africa

March 26, 2009

Is it time to re-think Western aid to Africa?

Norman Solomon: These Colors Won’t Run… Afghanistan

March 25, 2009

Last week, some members of Congress sent President Obama a letter that urged him to “reconsider” his order deploying 17,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. The list of signers was tragically short.

Guernica PotPourri

March 23, 2009

A smattering of news from Guernica’s anonymous newshound.

Tom Engelhardt: Economic Dirty Bomb Goes Off in New York

March 22, 2009

With a whimper, not a bang…the old neighborhood empties.

David Bollier: What the AIG Bonus Scandal Has Illuminated

March 20, 2009

The shock is not the greed, inequity and political complicity, but seeing it so starkly.

Garry Leech: Troubling New Military Strategy in Afghanistan

March 19, 2009

With the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan struggling on the battlefield against a resilient insurgency and opium poppy cultivation on the rise it has been suggested that the United States should import the counterinsurgency and counternarcotics model currently being employed in Colombia to Afghanistan. This stance fails to recognize gross violations of human rights, a massive refugee crisis and record levels of opium poppy cultivation, which have occurred as a result of Plan Colombia.

Robert Reich: In the Wake of AIG: Obama’s First Priority

March 18, 2009

Before it can clean up Wall Street or do much of anything else, the Administration has to clean up the way it’s been trying to clean up Wall Street.

Guernica PotPourri

March 17, 2009

A smattering of news from Guernica’s anonymous newshound.

Robert Dreyfuss: Killing a Chicken to Scare the Monkeys

March 16, 2009

Is the Israel lobby in Washington an all-powerful force? Or is it, perhaps, running scared?

Guernica PotPourri

March 14, 2009

A smattering of news from Guernica’s anonymous newshound.

Philip C. Winslow: Benjamin Netanyahu and the Settlements

March 13, 2009

Many Palestinians and Israelis sense a gloomy déjà vu while Benjamin Netanyahu is prime minister of a rightist, nationalist Israeli government.

Robert Reich: Is Obamanomics Conservative or Revolutionary?

March 12, 2009

Looking at the small picture Obamanomics can seem conservative. However, when you look at how it reverses the economic philosophy that has dominated America for over 25 years, it becomes something quite different.

Guernica PotPourri

March 11, 2009

A smattering of news from Guernica’s anonymous newshound.

Wikileaks: Murder in Nairobi

March 9, 2009

Two Wikileaks-related senior human rights activists have been assassinated.

Nick Turse: Breaking the Banks

March 9, 2009

The struggle to feed America’s nouveau needy.

Guernica PotPourri

March 5, 2009

A smattering of news from Guernica’s anonymous newshound.

March Content Launched: The Plagues

March 4, 2009

Guernica’s March issue is just a click away. Mark Dowie, the Indian 9/11 meets the Indian Katrina, Islamic art, with an update, and more.

David Doody: Alejandro Zambra’s Bonsai

March 3, 2009

Alejandro Zambra’s novella Bonsai is a book that seems to come about almost accidentally through its telling.

Tom Engelhardt: The Imperial Unconscious

March 1, 2009

Afghan faces, predators, reapers, terrorist stars, Roman conquerors, imperial graveyards, and other oddities of the truncated American century.

Wikileaks: Pentagon Pulls Strategic Communications Machine Offline

February 27, 2009

Wikileaks has cracked the encryption to a key document relating to the war in Afghanistan. The document, titled “NATO in Afghanistan: Master Narrative”, details the “story” NATO representatives are to give to, and to avoid giving to, journalists.

David Doody: Sad News

February 26, 2009

Poet and essayist Bill Holm dies at 65.

Thom Blaylock: An Idea for Immediate Stimulus

February 26, 2009

Dynamic debit cards not rebate checks or tax cuts the answer to quick capital injection into the economy.

Wikileaks: UN Indicts Kenyan Police for Hundreds of Extra-Judicial Killings

February 26, 2009

Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur has recommended the sacking of Kenya’s Attorney General and the Police Commissioner over hundreds of extra-judicial killings.

Susan Campbell: Sorry, We’re Not Done Yet

February 26, 2009

It’s a little too soon for a Post-Feminist World.

Norman Solomon: Freeing Up Resources…for More War

February 25, 2009

In his first speech to Congress, the new president threw down a 90-month-old gauntlet, reaffirming the notion that committing to war halfway around the world will make Americans safer.

Robert Reich: Obama’s Goal: Halving the Budget Deficit by 2012. Really?

February 24, 2009

Does Obama’s goal to cut the budget deficit in half by 2012 make sense in regards to the economic challenge we face now?

Ada Limón: The Story of Bag

February 23, 2009

A narrative for hard times.

Guernica PotPourri

February 21, 2009

A smattering of news from Guernica’s anonymous newshound.

Robert Reich: The New Deal and the New New Deal

February 20, 2009

Countering conservative claptrap.

John Sevigny: Miguel Rio Branco: violence and light

February 19, 2009

Trained as a painter, photographer Rio Branco renders subject and color inseparable.

Tom Engelhardt: Burning Questions

February 18, 2009

What does economic “recovery” mean on an extreme weather planet?

Robert Reich: Geithner’s ‘Stress Test’ for Banks, and a Stress Test for America

February 17, 2009

Instead of rewarding executives of insolvent banks that would otherwise fail, we should be helping insolvent families for whom failure spells disaster.

Wikileaks: Latest Afghan Death Data

February 17, 2009

A confidential NATO report issued last month reveals that civilian deaths from the war in Afghanistan have increased by 46% over the past year.

Philip C. Winslow: Weapons of War in Gaza: Israel and International Law

February 14, 2009

Although investigations into the hyper-violent 22-day war should be done, Israel, along with all states and non-state belligerents, must go further and review the weapons they use and how they use them.

Guernica PotPourri

February 13, 2009

A round-up of news from the week.

Dahr Jamail: Iraq’s ‘Teflon Don’

February 12, 2009

The new Fallujah up close and still in ruins.

David Bollier: Kudos to Wikileaks for Prying the Information Loose!

February 11, 2009

Web collective makes public thousands of Congressional Research Service reports.

Robert Reich: What Geithner Needs to Do

February 10, 2009

The tab may be close to $2 trillion. But what, exactly is the plan? We still don’t know.

Wikileaks: Change You Can Download

February 10, 2009

Wikileaks has released nearly a billion dollars worth of quasi-secret reports commissioned by the United States Congress.

Tom Engelhardt: The Empire v. The Graveyard

February 6, 2009

Whistling past the Afghan graveyard, where empires go to die.

Guernica PotPourri

February 4, 2009

A smattering of news from other places to get your news.

Norman Solomon: Why Are We Still at War?

February 3, 2009

We have seen and heard it proved again and again that, as retired Army general William Odom put it in 2002, “Terrorism is not an enemy…It’s about as sensible to say we declare war on night attacks and expect we’re going to win that war.” And still, as we speak, the deployment orders for more troops to Afghanistan are going through the channels.

Robert Reich: The Real Fight Starts After the Stimulus is Enacted

February 2, 2009

Those who support the stimulus as a desperate measure to arrest the downward plunge in the business cycle might be called cyclists. Others, including me, see the stimulus as the first step toward addressing deep structural flaws in the economy. We are the structuralists.

Guernica PotPourri

January 31, 2009

A smattering of news from other places to get your news.

John Sevigny: Slavery in the Sunshine State

January 29, 2009

Since 1997 — though the very word evokes faded images of Frederick Douglas, the Underground Railroad, and overloaded ships arriving from Africa — slavery has been making headlines and drawing sharp rebukes from farm worker advocate groups and others in Florida.

Paul Rogat Loeb: Saving the world, one furnace at a time

January 28, 2009

How one purchase can make a difference instead of encouraging the same consumption for consumption’s sake that has helped create our current problems.

Jimmy Carter: Hamas Can Be Trusted

January 26, 2009

The former president says that Hamas has honored its agreements with him and that during the ceasefire there were no major rocket attacks, until Israel attacked Gaza.

Norman Solomon: 44 Years Later, LBJ’s Ghost Hovers Over the 44th President

January 26, 2009

Last week — and 44 years ago — there were many reasons to celebrate the inauguration of a president after the defeat of a right-wing Republican opponent. But in the midst of numerous delightful fragrances in the air, a bad political odor is apt to be almost ineffable.

Tom Engelhardt: Waltz with Bashir

January 25, 2009

As a 19-year-old Israeli soldier, Ari Folman took part in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon and was on duty in Beirut during the notorious massacres in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila. Tom Engelhardt brings us an excerpt from his new graphic novel, Waltz with Bashir.

Robert Reich: An Open Letter to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Michelle Malkin

January 25, 2009

In a time like this, when tempers are riding high and many Americans are close to panic about their jobs and finances, you have a special responsibility to consider the accuracy of what you say and the consequences of inflammatory and erroneous statements.

Robert Reich: How America Embraced Lemon Socialism

January 25, 2009

If anyone has a good argument for why the shareholders of the losing sectors of the economy should not be cleaned out first, and their creditors and executives and directors second — before taxpayers get stuck with the astonishingly-large bill — let’s hear it.

Tony Karon: Change Gaza Can Believe In

January 22, 2009

Tearing up Washington’s Middle East playbook: the unexpected opportunities the Gazan disaster opens for a new American policy in the Middle East in the Obama era.

John Sevigny: Texas thugs

January 20, 2009

In one last act of disregard for the law, George W. Bush commuted the prison sentences of two Border Patrol agents, and in so doing disrespected the federal jurors who convicted them.

Dustin Luke Nelson: 100 Things Americans May Not Know About the Bush Administration Record

January 19, 2009

An early draft of the recent White House release of “100 Things Americans May Not Know About the Bush Administration Record” has recently been uncovered.

Norman Solomon: The Return of Triangulation

January 18, 2009

While it’s too early to gauge specific policies of the Obama presidency, certain aspects are reminiscent of Bill Clinton’s presidency. Progressives need to do more than vent their disappointment. They need to be involved.

John Sevigny: Port of Patras Refugee Camp

January 16, 2009

With his exhibition, Greek photographer George Poutachidis shows us refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan, driven out of their native countries awaiting a chance to get to Europe, a continent run by governments who do not want them.

Robert Reich: Criteria for TARP II

January 15, 2009

What should be done with the next $350 billion of taxpayer bailout money?

David Doody: On Dealing With the C.I.A.

January 13, 2009

Why does everyone wear kid gloves when dealing with the C.I.A.?

Luc Sante: Détournement

January 13, 2009

Searching does not always lead to finding.