How about a prison where the prisoners run the show? Where they are armed? Where they can have sex, take a swim, catch a cockfight, use drugs? Where there’s surprisingly little violence? You definitely cannot make this up.
Finally, if you look hard enough, you can start seeing the back story to the urgency to remove Qaddafi. It’s an ugly story—and all the ugliness is not on Qaddafi’s side, not by a long shot.
Astonishing criticism of Israel’s leadership from its former spy chief. Let’s recognize this moment, the complex notions it expresses about Israel, and the possibilities raised.
An offer of astounding sacrifice by seniors in Japan’s nuclear aftermath. Anger can be a healthy thing, sometimes. And cuts in children’s health care that don’t even make sense fiscally.
With its nuclear disaster, Japan learned a hard lesson about finding less risky, more creative energy solutions. But this overpopulated island nation was already exploring some bold new directions. Like the most advanced eco-town in the world.
When the promising young American artist Stanley Glickman reluctantly accepted a drink from some pushy Americans who chatted him up in a café in Paris, he had no idea his beverage would send him into permanent Alice in Wonderland. A little-known story about MKULTRA, US government LSD experiments on American citizens, and one such citizen.
Today, the corporate media cautiously informs the public of some cell phone health risks. But if you were reading here, you knew about these risks long ago. And you knew the health consequences were potentially far greater and broader.
On Memorial Day, there’s a lot of talk about “supporting our troops” and “honoring our dead.” But one thing is left out of the discussion—the real story behind why they die.
As we enter yet another presidential election season, let’s consider the 1986 message from the band Timbuk 3, that “Presidential elections are planned distractions.” Is that just clever rhyming, or is there something to it?
Why would one of Israel’s most powerful firms be helping out Iran? Why don’t we hear more about the grip on Israel’s economy and political system of a handful of firms? And why don’t we hear more, in general, about private companies’ behind-the-scenes influence in the world’s democracies?
In this classic bit from early 90s, the comedian/commentator Bill Hicks weighs in on the First Gulf War, George HW Bush, manipulating the masses, and more.