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The Mexican-U.S. Border: A Breeding Ground for Interference, Corruption and Xenophobia
Last month Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, gave the green light to reinforcing security on the southern border of the United States. In a few words, to throw more fuel on the fire of xenophobia and racism at a time when the conservative ultra-right is asking for new sacrifices to be placed at the electoral altar.
Dark Humor and Exploiting Anti-Mexican Phobias: Machete
Rosa Martha Villarreal
When my husband and I heard that the mock trailer Machete was in development as a full-blown slasher film, we anxiously awaited its release. As we surveyed the pre-release critical reviews, we were astonished to find that the film was already labeled as “controversial” and “racist” by the legions of paranoid American nativists.
How to Replace the War System
Michael N. Nagler
About the murderous rampage of US soldiers from the 5th Stryker Combat Brigade, who killed and dismembered Afghani civilians evidently "for sport," the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported on September 20, "Army officials have not disclosed a motive" for the outrage. Let me try.
Important Facts About Foreclosure and Mortgage Fraud
Barbara Ann Jackson
Foreclosure fraud is the best means by which unscrupulous 'foreclosure mill lawyers' deceptively auction and bid (or insiders bid) and acquire those properties; and results in some neighborhood blights.
Too Funny for Words
When my dad, Allen Funt, produced “Candid Microphone” back in the mid-1940s, he used a clever ruse to titillate listeners. A few times per show he’d edit out an innocent word or phrase and replace it with a recording of a sultry woman’s voice saying, “Censored.” Audiences always laughed at the thought that something dirty had been said, even though it hadn’t.
Mexican Newspaper Takes Stand Against Drug Cartels
The murder of a photography intern at a prominent Mexican newspaper earlier this month has finally prompted Mexican media to stand up to the drug cartels.
Obama Argues His Assassination Program is a "State Secret"
At this point, I didn't believe it was possible, but the Obama administration has just reached an all-new low in its abysmal civil liberties record.
America's System Failure: Only a Wave of Democratic Participation Can Save This Country
There is a widespread consensus that the decade we've just brought to a close was singularly disastrous for the country: the list of scandals, crises and crimes is so long that events in another context would stand out as genuine lowlights.
Dark Curtain of Totalitarianism Descending on the United States
The F.B.I. broke down Mick Kelly's door around 7 a.m., and it wasn't to get an early cup of coffee from a man employed as a food service worker at the University of Minnesota.
Are Americans Too Constitution Obsessed?
The Economist's Lexington makes a provocative case that Americans' veneration of the Constitution and its framers has become unhealthy.
What the Pot Legalization Campaign Really Threatens: Alcohol Industry Profits
Here's a fact that even drug policy reform advocates can acknowledge: California's 2010 ballot initiative to legalize marijuana does, indeed, pose a real threat, as conservative culture warriors insist. But not to public health, as those conservatives claim.
One and a Half Cheers for American Decline: The Future's Not Ours and That's Good News
Here's a polling question you’re not likely to see discussed in your local newspaper or by Washington-based pundits: “Do you think America is in a state of decline, or do you feel that this is not the case?” Sixty-five percent of respondents chose as their answer: “in a state of decline.”
A Birthright That Shouldn't Be
It would be best to get rid of the anachronism of birthright citizenship, but that may be impossible. So how about enforcing the immigration laws we've got?
America's Torture Doctrine
Long before there was Jack Bauer to hold a blow torch to someone's chest, there was the blood-soaked march across the ages, and the planet, inspired by fundamentalist religions. Sacrifices to Gods eventually waned, Inquisitions passed, and formal witch trials disappeared, to be supplanted by a new type of faith: The State.
Why Hillary Clinton Was Right About Colombia and Mexico
Thomas E. McNamara
By recognizing the parallels between the two conflicts, the U.S. and Mexico can learn valuable lessons from Colombia's battle with narco-insurgents.
Sorry, Immigration Reform Is A Federal Responsibility
The federal government has shirked its responsibility to address immigration challenges. Frustration in Utah is understandable. However, state action would be costly and unwise.
The Ultimate Political No-Brainer
William Rivers Pitt
I am beginning to strongly suspect the Democrats in Congress would vastly prefer to lose their majority status come November, rather than continue to carry the apparently onerous burden of being in charge.
Mexican Politics and ‘La Barbie’s’ Extradition
George W. Grayson
If Valdéz Villarreal spilled the beans in Mexico, he might embarrass the hugely corrupt Federal District and Mexico state law enforcement agencies and, in the process, sully the images of the politically ambitious heads of these jurisdictions.
Tea Party, Not Progressives Make a Statement
The Real News Network
Norman Solomon: As Tea Party splits Republican vote, Progressives advised to support Democrats,
Medical Marijuana's Tremendous Potential for Curing Ailments
As a medical doctor and botanist, my aim has always been to filter out the cultural noise surrounding the genus Cannabis and see it dispassionately: as a plant with bioactivity in human beings that may have therapeutic value. From this perspective, what can it offer us?
Mexico's Modern Revolutionaries
The coincidence of centennials has given breath to the hypothesis that Mexico explodes every 100 years in social upheaval, and some leftists are eagerly expecting renewed fireworks in 2010. Indeed, conditions are ripe for revolution here.
Drug Wars in Juarez Fuels Boom in El Paso
In spite of the ever-increasing number of casualties being seen in Juarez, Mexico, the American “War on Drugs” has to profess a victor on the physical front.
9 Years After 9/11, Has Religious Tolerance Changed in America?
Nine years after the 9/11 attacks, a national conversation has arisen surrounding tolerance of religious and cultural differences in America. Jeffrey Brown moderates a conversation with four different perspectives.
Mexico Marks Progress in 200th Year
Antonio O. Garza
On Sept. 16, Mexico celebrates its bicentennial. Two hundred years young and a burgeoning democracy, Mexico has much to celebrate and many significant challenges that must be faced head on.
The Wrong Solution in Mexico
John M. Ackerman
The Obama administration is right to consider boosting funding, but increased militarization to combat drug cartels is misguided. The U.S. would be wiser to address rampant corruption.
9/11: The Rest Should Be Silence
This past Sunday was beautiful, bright and warm, not unlike the sky blue day when those two airliners hit the World Trade Center in 2001, just a mile or so from where I live. That day, a Tuesday, was a bit hotter, a bit more humid, yet just as sunny and promising.
Want An Exciting Career? Become A Union Organizer!
If you're seeking an exciting career that's really fraught with risk and danger and that makes the world a better place, forget about joining the Army: become a labor organizer!
The More Things Change, the More They Will Stay the Same
With Labor Day the 2010 mid-term elections kick into high gear. Actually, the campaigns have been running in overdrive for months now, fueled by voter anger, Democratic desperation, Republican optimism, Tea Party enthusiasm and the blog-fueled 24/7 news/discussion cycle.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
I am fascinated by media coverage with headlines like 'Mexico under Siege.' Why is the coverage of crime in Mexico so overblown and generalized, with no distinctions between the country's troubled areas and places like Puerto Vallarta, which has a lower crime rate than most American cities?
The 'Great Wall of America' and the Threat from Within
Cynicism, hypocrisy and an entirely un-American urge to exclude are the foundation of the barrier that stretches along the border with Mexico.
Finally: It Looks Like Mexico Is Taking Civic Cooperation Seriously
Guillermo Ramon Adames y Suari
So finally, Mexico seems to be opening the “civic door”. As most people seem to be more and more concerned with the inefficiency of our various governments, more and more people seem to take over the needs of the Mexican population.
Arizona Politics: You Have Now Entered the Twilight Zone
After watching Wednesday's Arizona gubernatorial debate, I noticed a comment on my Facebook page opining that if Gov. Jan Brewer wins the election after her abysmal and somewhat bizarre debating performance, we in Arizona have officially entered the Twilight Zone.
What Drove James Lee?
On September 1 James Jay Lee stormed into the Discovery Channel’s office and took several hostages. He had a long list of grievances, most related to the human population and the environment. His rhetoric made him sound more like a real-life Kodos the Executioner than an environmental activist.
Hillary Clinton vs. Sarah Palin 2012?
OK, picture this: unexpectedly Hillary Clinton runs in the next Democratic presidential primary and wins. Sarah Palin wins in the GOP primaries too, holding off a bevy of Republican men. In 2012, there is a presidential race between these two women. Do we have any doubt who would win that race?