Making Sense of the Immigration Situation
Aug04

Making Sense of the Immigration Situation

  Sarah Palin came out of her hibernation last month to urge America to impeach President Obama for deliberately allowing in illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, the Republican House has passed a bill speeding up the deportation of child migrants from Central America, currently kept in detention centers. Republican talking heads have been fabricating stories about 3,000 murders supposedly committed by illegal immigrants in the past 6...

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The Age of “Free Trade” Agreements
Jul05

The Age of “Free Trade” Agreements

“Free trade agreement” might be one of the worst misnomers in economic policy. After all, how much do free trade agreements have to do with real free trade, given that the US already has an average tariff rate of 1.6%? Following the great success of NAFTA, which displaced Mexican farmers, increased food prices, and provided little economic growth, the US government under Obama has tried to negotiate three more free trade...

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The Ignored Crisis in Bahrain
Jun28

The Ignored Crisis in Bahrain

  In contrast to my last ambitious mega-post on the “partisan divide,” this short article is meant to simply outline the situation in Bahrain, put it in the context of the Arab Spring, and explain what it indicates for US foreign policy. Decades ago, Noam Chomsky made the distinction between “worthy” and “unworthy victims” to describe the way the American media ignores certain crises or...

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It’s Not a Crime If We Do It
Nov09

It’s Not a Crime If We Do It

Last month, President Obama told the UN that “America is exceptional… because we… stand up not only for our own narrow self-interest, but for the interests of all.” It’s unclear how the administration’s use of drones and targeted killings in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia serves the interests of the people anywhere, in the US or abroad. The more apparent fact is that the program, which Amnesty International concludes “may...

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Obamacare, Minus the Propaganda
Oct18

Obamacare, Minus the Propaganda

  The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has a pretty bad reputation among ordinary people (though many people don’t even know that both refer to the same law), mostly due to misinformation and right-wing propaganda. Polls have found that a majority of people oppose Obamacare, even though the same majority supports individual provisions of the law. Its detractors have labeled it “socialist”, while its...

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Obama’s Imperialist UN Speech
Sep28

Obama’s Imperialist UN Speech

A few days ago, Obama decided to address the UN on a number of issues, most importantly, American foreign policy in the Middle East. This seemed predictable, given all the attention being given by the media to relations between Iran and the US. I’ve written about why Iran poses no threat to America and how our sanctions are both illegal and immoral. Considering that we overthrew a democratic government in Iran in 1953 and then...

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