Month: March 2012

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‘War on Women’ Breaches Global Norms

The 1992 elections, sometimes called "the year of the woman," expanded the number of Democratic senators to five, (from left) Sens. Patty  Murray, Carol Moseley Braun, Barbara Mikulski, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

Republican bills taking aim at women’s reproductive freedoms have raised alarms about a “war on women,” a development that is shaking up the American political scene. But some of the legislation also is putting the U.S. outside the bounds of international norms,…

Banks Are Called on to Repent

The floor of the New York Stock Exchange

America’s banks remain under fire, including a public resignation by a Goldman Sachs executive disgusted by the firm’s abuse of its clients. New protests also include calls by some Christian churches for the banks to repent for their roles in the…

Tragic Lessons of Afghan Massacre

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. (Photo credit: U.S. Defense Department)

The massacre of 16 Afghans, including nine children, allegedly by a deranged U.S. Army sergeant has stirred more anger toward the decade-long, U.S.-led occupation of Afghanistan, but it also underscores how the stresses of endless war are shattering the psyches…

America’s Crimes of War

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta addressing troops in Afghanistan on March 14. (Photo credit: Defense Department)

A decade into the Afghan War, the atrocities by U.S. forces whether accidental or intentional keep piling up along with assurances from American leaders that “this is not who we are.” But the unwillingness to impose serious penalties and the failure…

Losing Faith in a Democratic Israel

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker

Since its founding in 1948 as a refuge for Holocaust survivors and other Jews, Israel has called itself a democracy but has restricted rights of Arabs inside Israel and under Israeli military occupation. This tension and the rise of Jewish fundamentalism are now…

America’s ‘Core Values’ in Afghan War?

U.S. Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban.

U.S. officials are expressing outrage and regret over the slaughter of 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children, allegedly by a deranged U.S. staff sergeant. But the terrible rampage was not an isolated atrocity in the decade-long war in Afghanistan, as Nat…

Reclaiming the Commons

March in Madison, Wisconsin, commemorating the first anniversary of the public uprising against Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union legislation. (Photo from OccupyWallSt.org)

A new law, known as H.R. 347, expands the power of the Secret Service and police to arrest protesters near a “protected person” or at special public events like nominating conventions, a further intrusion on the right of Americans to…

Republicans, a Threat to the Republic?

Gov. Sarah Palin campaigning for vice president in 2008. (Photo credit: Shealah Craighead/SarahPAC)

From the Archive: As Americans watch HBO’s “Game Change” about Election 2008 and reflect on the madcap Republican presidential race of 2012 they confront again the GOP’s modern tendency to promote patently unfit individuals for high office, as Robert Parry…

Why Are McCain Backers So Angry?

Poster for HBO's political drama, "Game Change"

From the Archive: HBO’s “Game Change” shows John McCain’s presidential campaign recklessly picking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate and then learning she lacked basic knowledge about the world. However, as Robert Parry reported in 2008, the campaign still…