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PARIS, THE NEW NORMAL? — Diana Johnstone¬†files an in-depth report from Paris on the political reaction to the Charlie Hebdo shootings; The Treachery of the Black Political Class: Margaret Kimberley charts the rise and fall of the Congressional Black Caucus; The New Great Game: Pepe Escobar assays the game-changing new alliance between Russia and Turkey; Will the Frackers Go Bust? Joshua Frank reports on how the collapse of global oil prices might spell the end of the fracking frenzy in the Bakken Shale; The Future of the Giraffe: Ecologist Monica Bond reports from Tanzania on the frantic efforts to save one of the world’s most iconic species. Plus: Jeffrey St. Clair¬†on Satire in the Service of Power; Chris Floyd on the Age of Terrorism and Absurdity; Mike Whitney on the Drop Dead Fed; John Wight on the rampant racism of Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper;” John Walsh on Hillary Clinton and Lee Ballinger on the Gift of Anger.
Archives from August 2001
Texas Germans, Cactus Smuggling And Other Adventures In the Lower Deserts
Alexander Cockburn
I had been planning to head straight across Texas to El Paso with a detour south to Big Bend state park which sits on the north bank of the Rio Grande, also passing through Marfa which used to, maybe still does, feature Rock Hudson’s house in Giant, then coming nort...
From the Bloodbaths In East Timor to a Suicide in Arlington
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Sandra Jenkins woke up about 6 am on a muggy June morning outside Washington, DC in 1999 to find a note from on her husband on the night-table beside the bed. “Spread my ashes at our house in Fadden.” She called a friend and told her, “I think Merv has d...
The Stink In Florida:
Jack McCarthy
Even the most die-hard media critic “centrist” must concede one thing: the vaunted Republican Party “attack machine,” is no myth. Through intimidation and just plain aggression–as opposed to the passive aggressive liberal democrats...
Condit Ka-Chung
David Vest
Congressman Gary Condit’s woeful interview with Connie Chung reminds us that it is now more than a century since Oscar Wilde detected a “decay in the art of lying.” But Wilde, who might have saved himself with a lie he would not tell, was born in Ire...
Will The Democrats Doom ANWR?
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
As CounterPunch has been predicting, sensible Republicans know well that any onslaught on ANWR will cost them long-term public support. As CounterPunch has also predicted, the Labor/enviro alliance melts speedily to slush in the face of prospective jobs for organized labo...
Babbitt: I Was Wronged!
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Not so long ago we drew a harshly unflattering portrait of an unalluring invertebrate known as Bruce Babbitt. We described how, contrary to all his pledges when he was Secretary of the Interior in Clinton time, this same Babbitt is now toiling for a scumbag DC law firm ca...
From New Orleans to Midland, Texas
Alexander Cockburn
I love scrubby old state highways, warm with commercial life. Highway 90 runs from Florida through Alabama and Louisiana, then on across Texas. I got onto it at Mobile and trundled westward into New Orleans, in time to go along and pay my respects to John Sinclair, fo...