Beset By A Million Bureaucrats

Anna Nemtsova – NEWSWEEK In establishing the Kremlin’s control, we lost our freedom of the press. Now the challenge is to expand democracy. From the magazine issue dated Mar 2, 2009 In February a Moscow think tank run by Igor… Continue Reading

Britain Admits Complicity in U.S. Rendition

By William Fisher NEW YORK, Feb 26 (IPS) – In a stunning reversal, Britain’s government admitted Wednesday that it participated in the ‘extraordinary rendition’ to Afghanistan of two terror suspects captured in Iraq. British Defence Secretary John Hutton told Britain’s… Continue Reading

What About Bagram?

By William Fisher NEW YORK, Feb 25 (IPS) – While human rights and legal advocacy groups applauded President Barack Obama’s decision to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay within a year, many immediately raised another thorny question: “What about… Continue Reading

Corruption Touched CIA’s Covert Operations

by Marcus Stern, ProPublica February 25, 2009. Paramilitary agents for the CIA’s super-secret Special Activities Division, or SAD, perform raids, ambushes, abductions and other difficult chores overseas, including infiltrating countries to “light up” targets from the ground for air-to-ground missile… Continue Reading

Betrayal: On David Grossman

By Eyal Press This article appeared in the March 9, 2009 edition of The Nation. In 1962, when David Grossman was an 8-year-old schoolboy in Jerusalem, his father handed him a Hebrew translation of Sholem Aleichem’s Adventures of Mottel, the… Continue Reading

Facebook Made Me Do It

Raina Kelley -Newsweek Web Exclusive Seven lies we tell ourselves about social networking. Everybody loves to complain about Facebook. But I’ve been wading through all the nonstop commentary about the over the last few weeks and I’ve made a startling… Continue Reading

Food Crisis Under the Spotlight

By Joyce Mulama NAIROBI, Feb (IPS) – Worldwide demand for food is expected to grow steadily over the next 40 years, but 25 percent of the world’s food production may be lost to ‘environmental breakdowns’ by 2050 unless urgent action… Continue Reading

Taliban As Common Enemy

Analysis by Beena Sarwar KARACHI, Feb 17 (IPS) – Since being elected to office five months ago, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has often declared that Pakistan’s single biggest challenge stems from ‘religious’ militants. These include the Taliban, the international… Continue Reading

Taliban As Common Enemy

Analysis by Beena Sarwar KARACHI, Feb 17 (IPS) – Since being elected to office five months ago, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has often declared that Pakistan’s single biggest challenge stems from ‘religious’ militants. These include the Taliban, the international… Continue Reading

Can Green Jobs Be Good Jobs?

By Jeremy Brecher The Nation – February 16, 2009 At the first Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference, held in Pittsburgh a year ago, advocates of green energy bemoaned their inability to get a modest renewable-energy tax credit through Congress over… Continue Reading