The NY Times’ Ostrich Act on JFK Assassination Getting Old

Reading Time: 4 minutes The New York Times is back with its latest installment in the cover-up of the Kennedy Assassination.

Libya: Connect the Dots-You Get a Giant Dollar Sign

Reading Time: 12 minutes 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.

US Government Experiments on Americans—LSD and MKULTRA

Reading Time: 13 minutes 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.

How Do You Support Your Troops—Regular, Special or Super?

Reading Time: 7 minutes 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.

The Odd, Odd Israeli-Iran Connection

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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?

Oil Tax Breaks

What They Don’t Tell You About Oil Industry Tax Breaks

Reading Time: 11 minutes Wonder why the Senate couldn’t bring itself to clamp down on oil industry freebies? Because the “black gold” outfits can be one scary bunch. How scary? You have no idea….

The Meaning of Daley

Reading Time: 3 minutes A few days ago, the Obama Administration floated a trial balloon to see if there would be any opposition to the appointment of William Daley as the President’s Chief of Staff. There wasn’t, and so they’ve gone ahead and made it official. That they were concerned about a backlash is evident from the original reporting. Read More

Something to Sleep On

Reading Time: 3 minutes The New York Times lead story describes how a series of private equity firms managed to repeatedly flip the venerable Simmons mattress company, earning themselves huge profits while the company became increasingly mired in debt and ultimately forced into bankruptcy and massive layoffs, with ordinary investors, employees, and company retirees taking a huge hit. I Read More

Fair and Balanced Nukes?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Yesterday’s New York Times represented a kind of quiet sea change. A front-page article addressed the quality of intelligence analyses of Iran’s nuclear intentions, against the background of the West’s mounting confrontation with Tehran. Unlike the largely credulous articles written by Judith Miller and others that provided crucial fodder for justifying the invasion of Iraq Read More

Credit Where Credit Ain’t Due

Reading Time: 2 minutes Two large debit-card issuers have suddenly decided to clean up their acts in the face of pending legislative action against them. The bigger question is: what’s to prevent them from pulling a bait and switch, first voluntarily revising their rapacious practices and then, when the threat of legislation dies down, ramping those practices right back Read More

Wild Acorns?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Conservative activists and talk show hosts, continuing a crusade begun during the presidential campaign, have been calling for their compatriots to dig up dirt on appointees and beneficiaries of Obama administration funding. The result has been an effort by the Democrats to quickly blunt any controversy by terminating links with anyone deemed controversial. Recently, a Read More