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HOW MODERN MONEY WORKS — Economist Alan Nasser presents a slashing indictment of the vicious nature of finance capitalism; The Bio-Social Facts of American Capitalism: David Price excavates the racist anthropology of Earnest Hooten and his government allies; Is Zero-Tolerance Policing Worth More Chokehold Deaths? Martha Rosenberg and Robert Wilbur assay the deadly legacy of the Broken Windows theory of criminology; Gaming the White Man’s Money: Louis Proyect offers a short history of tribal casinos; Death by Incarceration: Troy Thomas reports from inside prison on the cruelty of life without parole sentences. Plus: Jeffrey St. Clair on how the murder of Michael Brown got lost in the media coverage; JoAnn Wypijewski on class warfare from Martinsburg to Ferguson; Mike Whitney on the coming stock market crash; Chris Floyd on DC’s Insane Clown Posse; Lee Ballinger on the warped nostalgia for the Alamo; and Nathaniel St. Clair on “Boyhood.”
Archives from October 2006
Space Cowboy
BRUCE K. GAGNON
The White House has just released the new U.S. National Space Policy from the Bush administration. The new document makes several policy departures from past space doctrines. They include: * Calling for the deployment of offensive weapons syste...
Israel’s Minister of Strategic Threats
JONATHAN COOK
The furore that briefly flared this week at the decision of Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, to invite Avigdor Lieberman and his Yisrael Beiteinu party into the government coalition is revealing, but not in quite the way many observers assume. Li...
Hunting Hugo
CONN HALLINAN
There are times when the tensions between Venezuela and the Bush Administration seem closer to Commedia dell’arte than politics. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez compares President George W. Bush to the devil, right down to the smell of sulfur during a speec...
Uribe’s Failure to Learn from Colombia’s Past
JAMES J. BRITTAIN
At a time when the Colombian government is experiencing growing urban and rural opposition to state-induced political and economic policies such the VAT tax reform, new inequitable bilateral-trade agreements with the United States, and a significant reduction in s...
Afghanistan in 3-D
PETER HARLEY
The Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mr. Sproule, has identified three Ds which underpin our policy: defense, development and diplomacy. However much defense may be necessary for the other two Ds, it creates problems by killing local people. We may like ...
Upheaval from the Bottom
JOHN ROSS
The political cognoscenti on all sides of the border nonchalantly attribute the massive resistance of millions of Mexicans to the stealing of last July 2nd’s presidential election from leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) by the ruling PAN party and it...
The Vindication of Sibel Edmonds
JOHN STANTON
On October 10, 2006, FBI spokesman Bill Carter confirmed that matters raised by Sibel Edmonds and shielded form public view by the invocation of the US States Secret privilege were still under internal investigation by the Bureau. "Due to the fact tha...
Ethnicity and Baseball
MICHAEL DONNELLY
In 2004, Chevrolet aired a Spanish-language ad for the Silverado truck on Fox TV during baseball’s World Series. No English subtitles. And, no English voice-over at the end like Coors Light’s "Guey = Dude" ad, the sole other noted general mar...
Drinking Tea with Hizbullah
JOHNNY BARBER
In the village of Silaa in southern Lebanon, on the forty-day memorial of the killing of 8 residents by Israeli aerial bombardment, a lunch in commemoration of the dead was provided to the villagers by the Campaign for Civil Resistance. After we completed our visi...
Bioneers Sparks Drive-by Shots from New York Times
SHEPHERD BLISS
"First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Finally they integrate (or co-opt) what you have been saying all along," a wise person said decades ago. After seventeen years of ignoring the growing Bioneers, the New York Times finally evolved to ...
Academic Freedom on the Rocks
ROBERT JENSEN
This essay was commissioned by the guest editors of a special issue of the academic journal Social Text but rejected by the journal’s editorial collective on the grounds it was theoretically unsophisticated that included a "cheap shot" at professor...
Elie Wiesel for President?
DANIEL McGOWAN
Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has suggested Elie Wiesel to replace Moshe Katzav as President of Israel. Katzav is being forced to resign amid charges of rape. Wiesel’s qualifications for the job are unimpeachable. He is the icon of what No...
The Book of Rahm
JOHN WALSH
Last week in CounterPunch (1), I wrote that the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Congressman Rahm Emanuel, had worked hard to guarantee that Democratic candidates in key toss-up House races were pro-...
The American Way of Gore
PIERRE TRISTAM
"On the next floor below are the abdominal and spine cases, head wounds and double amputations. On the right side of the wing are the jaw wounds, gas cases, nose, ear, and neck wounds. On the left the blind and the lung wounds, pelvis wounds, wounds in the jo...
The World Needs Its Small Farmers
LAURA CARLSEN
World Food Day, commemorated on October 16, has become more of an exercise in expiation of sins than a renewal of a serious commitment to end hunger. Throughout the world, the press decries the latest Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) statistics: 852 ...
Truth and Consequences on Iraq
DAVE LINDORFF
The Bush administration, losing the war in Iraq, has come with a "new" strategy: setting a timetable for Iraq’s puppet regime and its fledgling army to "stand up" to the task of running the country so that the U.S. military can "stan...
The Story of My Kidnapping in Nablus
MICHAEL PHILLIPS
When I finished teaching my English class in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Nablus last Tuesday, the most pressing thing on my mind was getting to an Internet cafe to check my e-mail. It’s impossible to walk the streets of this crowded city without r...
When the FBI Came Calling
MARGUERITE ROSE JIMENEZ
I did not anticipate when I traveled to Cuba for research in March 2006 that the trip would be of interest or concern to the FBI. The purpose of my trip was both transparent and legal. As a full time graduate student conducting research for my thesis, and directly...
A US Fortress Rises in Baghdad
DAVID PHINNEY
Things began looking more sketchier than ever to John Owen as he boarded a nondescript white jet on his way back to Iraq in March 2005 following some R&R in Kuwait city. Employed by First Kuwaiti Trading & Contracting, the lead builder for the new ...
Not All Terrorists are Muslim
M. SHAHID ALAM
"While it may be true–and probably is–that not all Muslims are terrorists, it also happens to be true that nearly all terrorists are Muslim." Dan Gillerman, Israeli Ambassador to the UN, March 7, 2006 T...
The Silence at Home, as America Eats Her Young
Dr. TRUDY BOND
"Far more sinister . . . is the cult of victory that permeates every inch of American culture, from the football fields where it is practiced to the churches where it is preached. Conditioned to win at all costs, youth are reduced to passive vess...
James Baker Wants a Kinder, Gentler War
RON JACOBS
In recent days, reports have begun to appear in mainstream US media sources such as Time magazine and the Los Angeles Times hinting at a new strategy on Iraq from Washington. This strategy, which is scheduled to be officially made public after the November Congres...
The End of Habeas Corpus and the Belligerent Despot-in-Chief
RALPH NADER
On October 17th, George W. Bush, signed into law a bill he bulldozed through Congress that, in Senator Patrick Leahy’s prophetic words, would suspend "the writ of habeas corpus, a core value in American law, in order to avoid judicial review that preven...
What Do Ken Livingstone and a Fictional Character Named Artie Fishel Have in Common
GILAD ATZMON
Created by saxophonist, composer and author GILAD ATZMON, Artie Fishel is a fictional satirical character, conceived as the first artificial Zionist who, despite the best efforts of the radical lobbying group The Board of Deputies of British Jews and...
Israel’s Cluster Bomb War
SAREE MAKDISI
Of all the statistics to emerge from Israel’s recent war on Lebanon, the most shocking concerns the number of cluster bombs that Israel dropped on or fired into Lebanon. A cluster bomb is made up of a canister that opens and releases hundreds of indiv...