Alternative Press Review Weekly News & Views Roundup (March 21-27, 2010)

Alternative Press Review Weekly News & Views Roundup

(March 21-27, 2010)
Cartoon of the Week
The Age of Technofascism
Peter Crabb, Culture Change
Promises of a glorious technology-enchanted future, suppression of the individual for the greater good of the corporatist industrial state, mass engineering spectacles, perpetual high-tech war, and rapacious disregard for the Earth’s ecosystems. That’s our culture.
Stop Hand-Wringing About Peak Oil and Climate Change and Do Something
Judith Schwartz, Alternet
“Transition” is predicated on the assumption that society cannot keep consuming energy and other resources at our current pace and that we’re better off accepting this reality and choosing how to adapt rather than letting ourselves get backed into a crisis. The idea is that the adaptation process can harness creative and even joyful possibilities that until now have laid dormant in our towns and cities. As Hopkins has been known to say, “It’s more like a party than a protest march.”
The Right to Get High
Allan Goldstein, OpEdNews
I'm done compromising on this issue. Either we are free or we're not. We have to have the courage to speak the truth about a practice that millions upon millions of Americans indulge in, always have and always will. Let it start with one courageous congressperson, let the 28th amendment be offered upon the floor of the House. "Congress shall make no law abridging the people's right to get high."
Not Feeling Well? Perhaps You're 'Marijuana Deficient'
Paul Armentano, NORML
Scientists have begun speculating that the root cause of disease conditions such as migraines and irritable bowel syndrome may be endocannabinoid deficiency.
Protest group covers for Obama and the Democrats
Samuel Davidson, WSWS
Outside of a few homemade signs, none of the official mass-produced placards mentioned Obama and the role of the Democrats in promoting the war. As for the speakers, one had the strange feeling that you could have heard the exact same speeches at the rallies held two years ago when George W. Bush was still president. One had to wonder if Obama’s name was censored from their remarks.
Obama and the age of permanent war
John Pilger, New Statesman
America has emerged from the era of outright aggression on the rest of the world and into the age of nuanced terror.
Soldiers on Sale... Who’s In Charge of These Hired Killers?
Eric S. Margolis, Information Clearing House
Private mercenary firms like Xe (formerly Blackwater) and DynCorp have raked in fortunes running private armies for the US. They are major donors to the far right of the Republican Party. Deeply worried civil libertarians call these private armies potential Brownshirts, after the Nazi Party’s private army in the late 1920’s.
Another Gulf War Syndrome?
Beth Hawkins, Mother Jones
Throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, contractors—many of the burn pits are operated by companies like former Halliburton subsidiary KBR—have dumped hundreds of tons of refuse into giant open-air trenches, doused the piles with fuel, and left them to burn. The trash includes plastic, metal, asbestos, batteries, tires, unexploded ordnance, medical waste, even entire trucks.
Journalist Allan Nairn Facing Possible Arrest in Indonesia for Exposing US-Backed Forces Assassinated Civilians
Amy Goodman interviews Allan Nairn, Democracy Now!
In the article, I described how the Indonesian armed forces, which are armed and trained by the United States, have been running a program of assassinating political activists, and I described in detail their assassinations in Aceh in 2009 in the run-up to the local elections there, where at least eight activists for the pro-independence PA, Partai Aceh, were assassinated.
Condoms = Arrest?
Nadia Berenstein, Ms. Magazine
Keeping a few condoms tucked in your handbag probably won’t land you behind bars—unless police profile you as a possible sex worker. Are you in an area known for street prostitution? Are you a transgender woman? Are you a woman of color? Do you have a prior record? If you answer yes to any of these questions, the number of condoms you’re carrying could suddenly become grounds for suspicion, even if you are not engaging in illegal activity.