June 17, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

June 17, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Joshua Holland: Corporate America Is Hoarding Tons of Cash: Why In the World Would Obama Think About Giving Them More Tax Cuts?

June 17, 2011
 The White House is desperate to get any measure that might boost the economy past a dysfunctional Congress.

Justin Alvarez: José Castrellón’s Priti Baiks

June 16, 2011
 The Panamanian photographer on his inspiration for the Priti Baiks series, Donald Trump, and the Kuna Indian’s love for heavy metal.

Chip Ward: How the West Was Lost: The American West in Flames

June 16, 2011
 The West is burning, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Even God told Noah this would happen.

Stephen Gutwillig and Tommy McDonald: An Exit Strategy from America’s Longest War—40 Years of Disastrous Drug Prohibition

June 16, 2011
 When will we abandon what is arguably the most disastrous public policy in American history since chattel slavery and the Jim Crow legacy?

Amardeep Singh: Has Jhumpa Jumped the Shark?

June 16, 2011
 A response to Lahiri’s latest essay in the New Yorker

Russ Baker: More Questions About The Libyan Sex Atrocity Reporting

June 16, 2011
 The media’s fondness for stories with a sexual component might be leading to shoddy reporting.

Michael Archer: Q&A with Alice Walker

June 15, 2011
 The Pulitzer Prize-winning author on her impending trip to Gaza, “SlutWalk,” and The Chicken Chronicles.

Scott Thill: Ecstasy As Treatment for PTSD from Sexual Trauma and War? New Research Shows Very Promising Results

June 14, 2011
 MDMA is gaining serious traction as a treatment option for soldiers and civilians suffering from crippling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Russ Baker: Did Qaddafi Really Order Mass Rapes? Or is the West Falling Victim to a Viagra-Strength Scam?

June 14, 2011
 The story of Qaddafi's “mass rapes” might be too crazy to be true.

Krystie Yandoli: The Mavs Snagged Their First Title. Now Can We Concentrate on Eliminating Homophobia in the NBA?

June 14, 2011
 NBA season’s over. There’s no better time to examine how the spate of recent incidents speak to the larger macho culture of the sport.

Robert Reich: The Swamp of Washington and the Morass of the Economy

June 14, 2011
 There’s no way out of this mess without bold leadership from Washington to rekindle consumer demand. Americans are scared. With reason.

Ari LeVaux: Is the USDA’s New Symbol of Dietary Correctness a Coup for the Dairy Industry?

June 13, 2011
 While there’s some good news when it comes to fruit and vegetables, the new guidelines seem tailored to encourage maximum dairy industry profitability.

Robert Reich: The Stalled Recovery, Smoke and Mirrors, and the Carnage on the Street

June 13, 2011
 What happens when the real economy catches up with the financial economy?

Marian Wang and Sergio Hernandez: A Reader’s Guide to Thousands of Sarah Palin’s Released Emails

June 12, 2011
 What to expect from 24,199 paper pages of emails from when Sarah Palin was governor of Alaska.

Jessica Mack: Teens Locked Up and Forced to Give Birth to Kids Sold into Slavery—How Can This Happen, and What Can We Do About It?

June 12, 2011
 Last week, BBC broke the story of what has been dubbed a “baby farm” in southern Nigeria. Now that we know this, what are we going to do about it?

June 10, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

June 10, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Justin Alvarez: David Simon Counter Offers Eric Holder’s Plea For The Wire’s Return

June 10, 2011
 What Simon thinks of the Department of Justice’s prosecution of our misguided, destructive and dehumanizing drug prohibition.

Anne Fernald: Rape, Revisited

June 10, 2011
 How different was it to be raped by a suitor in 1747 than today?

Sam Kerbel: On Cultism and Ascending to Valhalla: The Media’s Reaction to the Abramson Appointment

June 10, 2011
  The Wall Street Journal and Commentary’s condescending remarks about the first female editor of the New York Times reveal an underlying sexism.

Diana Abu-Jaber: Race, Food, and Cultivating Selective Deafness

June 10, 2011
 A Guernica fiction writer on how the search became more important than the homeland.

Tom Engehardt: 100 Percent Scared

June 10, 2011
 The rabble over the E. coli outbreak and terrorism teaches us a lot about how America works.

Arwa Aburawa: Saving Egypt

June 10, 2011
 Conservationist Mindy Baha El Din about the rise of the environmental movement in post-revolution Egypt, tourism and the challenges ahead.

Russ Baker: Born Again—And Brain Damage

June 10, 2011
 How George W. Bush may have been making a political calculation when he declared himself “Born Again.”

Rania Khalek: 5 WikiLeaks Hits of 2011 That Are Turning the World on Its Head—And That the Media Are Ignoring

June 9, 2011
  Is 2011 capable of exceeding 2010’s revelations? And what discoveries in 2011 has WikiLeaks unearthed thus far?

Alia Yunis: Further Reading After “Girls on Ice”

June 9, 2011
 What to read after Alia Yunis’s story of a girl dealing with her sister’s unexpected death.

Robert Reich: Jamie Dimon’s Bizarre Idea About Why The Recovery Has Stalled

June 9, 2011
 Someone should remind Jamie Dimon that a few years ago he and his colleagues on the Street almost eviscerated the American economy.

Bethlehem Shoals: Hockeyhell: The NHL’s LGBT Wars, and What Happens When Pro Athletes Make Progressive Statements

June 9, 2011
 Professional athletes are increasingly expressing their staunch political beliefs, from left to right. How do we distinguish when politics are simply commerce?

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: Why Progressives Should be Mad at Anthony Weiner

June 8, 2011
 Having cyber-infidelities may be a privacy issue, but by lying about his sexy TwitPics, Rep. Anthony Weiner may have put important progressive issues at risk.

Joshua Holland: 9 Signs That We May Be Living Through Another Depression

June 8, 2011
 Three in 10 Americans say we’re living through another depression—are they right?

Casson Trenor: 4 Lame Excuses for Shark Finning and Why it Must End

June 8, 2011
 The act of shark finning flies directly in the face of sustainable living. We need to outgrow this practice and embrace a positive relationship with sharks.

Peter Van Buren: Occupying Iraq, State Department-Style: A Frat House With Guns in Baghdad

June 7, 2011
 Even if the troops do finally leave, the question is: Will that actually bring the U.S. occupation of Iraq to a close?

Robert Reich: Why Washington Isn’t Doing Squat About Jobs and Wages

June 7, 2011
 Washington doesn’t want to admit the economy recovery has stalled, so it’s time for the unemployed to speak up.

Sarah Jaffe: Is Your Mobile Phone Transmitting Your Private Information to Corporations?

June 7, 2011
  Our mobile phones and computers are storing and sharing more and more personal information—but do we have control over who sees it?

Russ Baker: A Moment to Seize With Israel

June 7, 2011
 While some criticize Meir Dagan for recent comments on Israel, what we should really be asking is why this doesn’t happen more often.

Robert Reich: Back Toward Double Dip

June 6, 2011
 Will the stalling economy finally wake Washington up from the games being played over the debt ceiling?

Rebecca Bates: A File Sharing Program That Proves the Cliché

June 6, 2011
 What we discover when we sift through digital refuse.

Michael T. Klare: The Global Energy Crisis Deepens: Three Energy Developments That Are Changing Your Life

June 6, 2011
 If we don’t abandon a belief that unrestricted growth is our inalienable birthright the future is likely to prove grim indeed.

Elon Green: The 10 Greatest Villains of the AIDS Epidemic

June 5, 2011
 The history of the AIDS epidemic is littered with people who, through malice or cowardice, made an unimaginably awful situation even worse.

Molly O’Toole: Major International Leaders Plead for the U.S. and the World to Get Smart and Stop the War on Drugs

June 5, 2011
 The Commission on Drug Policy urged a shift from incarceration to consideration of a full range of alternatives, from decriminalization to legalization and regulation.

June 3, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

June 3, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Diana Abu-Jaber: Further Reading After “The Oracle”

June 3, 2011
 What to read after Abu-Jaber’s tale of a conflicted fat kid.

Bill McKibben: Three Strikes and You’re Hot: Time for Obama to Say No to the Fossil Fuel Wish List

June 3, 2011
 We now inhabit an all-new, far less hospitable, far more rugged planet of our own making.

Russ Baker: Cell Phones, Cancer, And You

June 2, 2011
 This week’s big news—that cell phones cause cancer—isn’t new to anyone who’s been paying attention for the past 16 months.

Chuck Collins: How Apple Avoids Paying Its Fair Share

June 2, 2011
 Apple looks downright patriotic next to master tax dodgers like General Electric and Boeing, but it still pays far less than it should.

Sarah Jaffe: Congress’s Culture of Wealth: How Insider Information Enriches Members of the House

June 2, 2011
 A new study reports that members of the House saw their investments outperform those of the average investor by 6 percent annually.

Rania Khalek: America’s Creeping Police State

June 2, 2011
 Imperialism abroad is destroying what is left of our democracy at home. From warrantless wiretapping to warrantless door-busting, this is what a police state looks like.

Sarah Jaffe: The Next Bubble Is About to Burst: College Grads Face Dwindling Jobs and Mounting Loans

June 2, 2011
 Today’s graduates face miserable job prospects, and experts say the student loan crisis could be worse than the credit card or housing bubbles.

Robert Reich: The Truth About the American Economy

June 1, 2011
 Robert Reich traces the history of the economy, from Depression to prosperity and now to stagnation.

Anna Clark: How I Went to Kenya, and Had to Re-Learn How to Be an Environmentalist

June 1, 2011
  Adapting to life in Kenya means adapting to an environment where it is harder to be a good environmentalist.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: 8 Comic Book Heroes That Spread Progressive Ideals

June 1, 2011
 Quintessential patriot Superman renounced his U.S. citizenship last month in protest. But he’s not the first comic-book hero to espouse progressive ideals.

Joshua Holland: Stop the Granny Bashing: Despite What You May Think, Our Seniors Are in Trouble

June 1, 2011
 We must fight the deficit hysterics’ relentless granny-bashing. Most people don’t grasp that this group has already been hit hard by budget cuts and the recession.

Joshua Holland: Five Eye-Opening Facts About Our Bloated Post-9/11 “Defense” Spending

May 31, 2011
 A dollar spent on guns is one less buck available for butter.

Tom Engelhardt: Dumb Question of the Twenty-first Century: Is It Legal?: Post-Legal America and the National Security Complex

May 31, 2011
 When it comes to acts of state today, there is only one law: don’t pull up the curtain.

David Chura: Teaching in Tough Places

May 31, 2011
 We need to pay homage to those who teach kids in the most difficult place of all: jail.

Rafia Zakaria: Curse of the Bomb

May 31, 2011
 The bomb that was supposed to deter and defeat has been unable to frighten anyone into leaving Pakistan alone.

May 27, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

May 27, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Amanda Marcotte: When Will Republicans Stop Saying Dumb Things About Rape? (Hint: When They Stop Hating Women)

May 27, 2011
 Glib comments about rape by anti-choice Republican lawmakers reveal that the anti-choice movement is deeply rooted in antagonism to women’s rights.

Russ Baker: With Prison, Try A Little Tenderness

May 27, 2011
 Are studies like this, by serious researchers, always ignored, or do people ever pay attention and actually change their minds?

Sarah Seltzer: Budget Cuts Most Likely to Affect Women: So Why Aren’t There Any Women on the Budget-Slashing Committee?

May 26, 2011
 Women’s groups worry that the budget will be balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable.

Jill Richardson: Factory Farms Produce 100 Times More Waste Than All People In the U.S. Combined and It’s Killing Our Drinking Water

May 26, 2011
  “Factory farms are dangerous to the environment; they are ticking time bombs of manure just waiting to be spilled into public waters.”

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Blundering and Adapting

May 25, 2011
 Syria has only one option: immediate cessation of state terror and a staged transitional process, or else the regime pulls the country down with it as it goes.

Dilip Hiro: Playing the China Card: Has the Obama Administration Miscalculated in Pakistan?

May 25, 2011
 A striking assessment of why Pakistan isn’t slated to lose any future showdown with the Obama administration.

Scott Thill: Employment Rockets! In the Unpaid Internship Sector

May 25, 2011
 The United States still counts a depressing 24 million unemployed, while the number of exploited unpaid workers keeps growing.

Christopher Hitchens: Refutations from a Stalinist Commissar-Lookalike

May 24, 2011
 This response to a response to a response to a response takes George Scialabba and Noam Chomsky to task for seemingly hasty analogies and false accusations.

Russ Baker: Trump is Not the Carnival Slideshow—The Political “Normal” Is

May 24, 2011
 The media accuses candidates like Trump and Palin of making the elections into a “circus,” but the real problems are the candidates who seem more legitimate.

Alyssa Battistoni: Are Well-Off Progressives Standing in the Way of a Real Movement for Economic Justice?

May 24, 2011
 Many progressives are affluent and well-educated. Does their elite status stand in the way of a movement to fight attacks on the working class?

Rebecca Solnit: Worlds Collide in a Luxury Suite: Some Thoughts on the IMF, Global Injustice, and a Stranger on a Train

May 23, 2011
 A genuine class war is being fought openly in our time, and last week, a so-called socialist put himself on the wrong side of it.

Ari LeVaux: Why The Lowly Little Sardine Should Be at the Top of Your Shopping List

May 23, 2011
 Wild seafood is wrought with environmental, ethical, economic, and health implications. But the sardine poses a solution to each of these problems.

Jake Whitney: Why Don’t You Profit When Pharmacies Sell Your Prescription Data?

May 23, 2011
 When, exactly, did we agree to allow others—data-mining firms, pharmaceutical companies, and who knows who else—to access personal data and profit by its dissemination?

Adele M. Stan: Accusing DSK of Sexual Assault Took Guts—But Union Protection Is Essential

May 23, 2011
 A woman attacked by her employer’s very powerful customer was perhaps empowered to come forward knowing her union contract meant she wouldn’t lose her job for it.

May 20, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

May 20, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Nomi Prins: Dominique Strauss-Kahn Sits in Prison While the IMF Keeps Ravaging Entire Economies Every Day

May 20, 2011
 The IMF can do far more damage trashing global economic well-being than the man behind the sex abuse scandal.

Tom Engelhardt: Bored to Death in Afghanistan (and Washington): Mating Déjà Vu with a Mobius Strip in the Graveyard of Empire

May 20, 2011
 If nobody told you otherwise, you could easily believe that almost every breaking Afghan story in the last four weeks came from some previous year of the war.

Ada Limón: Talk Derby to Me: Luck and the Longshot

May 19, 2011
 Both poetry and horse racing still give us a ticket to ride, a little bit of chance in our pockets. A little rally, rally, rally.

Russ Baker: Quick, Quick: Why Are We in Libya? A New Candor Prevails…Sort Of

May 19, 2011
 The writer dissects the New York Times and asks, “what was Britain’s particular reason for focusing on Qaddafi, as opposed to any other run-of-the-mill murderous thug in these general parts?”

Andrew Zawacki: On Slovenia, Antitranslation, and “One-night Stand” Poems

May 19, 2011
  What is it like on both sides of the translator-poet equation?

Jonathan Cook: Is Israel at a Strategic Dead End as Palestinian “Arab Spring” Arrives?

May 19, 2011
 The Palestinian “Arab Spring” is arriving and Israel has no political strategy to deal with it. Instead, Israel used the only weapon in its current arsenal—brute force.

Nick Turse: Obama’s Reset: Arab Spring or Same Old Thing?: How the President and the Pentagon Prop Up Both Middle Eastern Despots and American Arms Dealers

May 18, 2011
 The Pentagon is leaning ever more heavily on rich rulers in the Arab world to prop up the military-corporate complex at home.

Rob Boston: 10 Great Things About America That Drive Conservatives and the Religious Right Insane

May 18, 2011
 Religious Right groups and their allies in the Tea Party claim to respect American values, but much would change if they had their way.

Himanshu Suri: Post-9/11 All Over Again: The Hate-Mongers Who Bombarded the Internet After Osama bin Laden’s Death

May 17, 2011
 The Das Racist rapper reflects on 9/11 and how racism against Middle Eastern and South Asian people in America is still as alive as ever.

Russ Baker: Renewing Our Views, Japanese Style

May 17, 2011
 Japan has committed to building an entirely new, less nuclear-reliant energy policy. Maybe we should consider doing the same.

Paul Armentano: The 5 Worst States to Get Busted With Pot In

May 16, 2011
 Even a minor pot bust can be life-altering for people unlucky enough to be arrested in one of these five states.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: Was Ellen Willis—Feminist, Activist, Genius—The Best Rock Critic of All Time?

May 16, 2011
 A new anthology of the New Yorker’s first-ever pop music columnist helps rescue her writing from obscurity.

Peter Van Buren: The War Lovers: Why It Feels So Good to Be Embedded with the U.S. Military

May 15, 2011
 War pornographers can’t offer us an objective look at a world in which more and more foreigners only run into Americans when they are wearing green and carrying weapons.

May 13, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

May 13, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

William J. Astore: The Crash and Burn of Old Regimes: Washington Court Culture and Its Endless Wars

May 13, 2011
 Our wars and their impact are kept in remarkable isolation from what passes for public affairs in this country, leaving most Americans with little say about whether they should be, and how they are, waged.

Sarah Seltzer: Sluts Don’t Cause Rape, Rapists Do: Why “Slutwalks” Are Sweeping the World

May 13, 2011
 The idea behind the Slutwalks is simple, yet so often fails to get through: rape is rape, no matter what the victim wears, says or does.

Joshua Holland: Was the Killing of Osama bin Laden Legal?

May 13, 2011
 We don’t know whether the administration ordered the al Qaeda leader killed, but that hasn’t stopped an acrimonious debate.

Les Leopold: 7 Ways Hedge Funds Lie, Cheat, and Steal

May 12, 2011
 The billionaire head of the Galleon hedge fund was found guilty of 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy, but he’s not just an isolated “bad apple.”

Maura R. O’Connor: Afghanistan Base Life: A Vicious Groundhog Day

May 12, 2011
 The tempo of base life is strange. It swings from extreme boredom to high stress, day after day after day.

Russ Baker: 100 Percent Renewable Energy Laughable? Would 80 Percent Float Your Boat?

May 12, 2011
 The bottom line: visibility is crucial—if action is to follow. This is why we cannot depend on “old media” any more than on “old energy.”

George Scialabba: Hitchens Distorts Noam Chomsky

May 11, 2011
 George Scialabba on how “panting polemicist” Christopher Hitchens’s remarks against Noam Chomsky are evidence of a widespread and troubling failure among intellectuals.

Joel Whitney: Indian Farmers & Suicide, a New Report

May 11, 2011
 Every thirty minutes a farmer in India commits suicide, according to a new report. Last June, Guernica looked at why.

David Rosen: Salons: A New Intellectual Culture is Taking Shape Throughout the Country

May 11, 2011
 Amidst the long, drawn-out recovery from the Great Recession, an unprecedented flowering of intellectual life is underway.

Robert Reich: The Unbearable Lightness of Being Mitt

May 10, 2011
 Robert Reich on Mitt Romney, the political chameleon that says nothing in a crowd-pleasing way.

Robert Lipsyte: Millionaires v. Billionaires or Them v. Us?: Why the NFL Would Do Us a Favor By Calling Off the Coming Season

May 10, 2011
 How a labor dispute in the National Football League tells us everything we need to know about America.

Russ Baker: Osama, The Future, and the Power of Nightmares

May 10, 2011
 What we almost never see discussed is the bottom line. What is the long-term nature of the Islamic fundamentalist threat, or the nature of the worldview and grievances behind it?

Bethlehem Shoals: Why Do Progressive Athletes Still Get All the Crap for Speaking Out?

May 10, 2011
 Longtime Celtic and outspoken political firebrand Bill Russell is being honored with a statue, but professional sports still have a long way to progress politically.

Joshua Holland: Thanks to Decades of Conservative Spin, Americans Are Hopelessly Confused About Taxes, Spending and the Deficit

May 10, 2011
 Conservatives have spent 30 years divorcing the taxes we pay from the services they finance—no wonder the public doesn't know where their tax dollars go.