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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 May 2008
Raiding Big Meat; Arresting the Wrong People
MARTHA ROSENBERG
You’d think the 290 Guatemalans, 93 Mexicans, 2 Israelis and 4 Ukrainians arrested and detained in Postville, Iowa on May 12 were working at a call center. Instead of knockers, stickers, bleeders, tail rippers, flankers, gutters, sawers, and...
How We Got Into This Mess
SAUL LANDAU
Bush made a sacrifice. He stopped playing golf, to symbolize his sympathy with the troops in Iraq. He did not, however, stop playing give video golf. For Bush to forgo other pleasures might require he start another war.  How did we get into ...
Petraeus’ Iran Obsession
ANDREW COCKBURN
Seven weeks ago, as exclusively reported in CounterPunch, President Bush signed what was formally designated as a "lethal finding" authorizing stepped-up covert actions on various fronts against Iran.  The...
Turning Back the Clock on Cuba
ROBERT SANDELS
The Council on Foreign Relations issued a report in May on what the  next president should do to improve US Latin America policy. The report  (U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality) was  written by a task co-chaired by Charlen...
The Trial of the Raytheon 9
SHAUN HARKIN
Eamonn McCann is a founder of the1960s civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, a veteran socialist and trade unionist, and one of Ireland’s most widely read journalists. He is the author of ...
Linking Internet Censorship and Atomic Reactor Terror
HARVEY WASSERMAN
US Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman are linking internet censorship with atomic power in a way that should terrify us all. McCain is the real power behind Lieberman-Warner global warming bill on which the Senate could vote as early as Tuesd...
Here’s the Truth You’ve Been Running From
BASSAM ARAMIN
Honorable General Ehud Barak, you don’t know me personally.  I am a seeker of peace, and I struggle with all my strength and ability for the realization of a just peace that will bring calm and prosperity to Palestinians and Israelis together....
A Plague on Both Your Houses (of Congress)
DOUG GIEBEL
In a season of noble commencement speeches, this observer offers a few words in the national interest. Dear Members of the House and Senate: I will be brief and dispense with a humorous opening, for men, women, children and this planet are in distress. ...
Meet South America’s New Secessionists
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Having failed to halt the tide of South America’s Pink Tide, Washington is seeking to cultivate relationships with secessionist leaders in order to facilitate the breakup of countries which share left leaning governments.  In Bolivia, the Unit...
Talk is Cheap
DAVE LINDORFF
What the hell is Barack Obama talking about? He says that America should be talking with leaders in Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, Korea, Syria. Fine. But he calls this “talking with our enemies.” What enemies? Let’s get something strai...
Mexico’s Battle Over Oil
LAURA CARLSEN
On April 8, President Felipe Calderon dropped a political bomb on the Mexican political scene. The Senate received an executive initiative that would fundamentally change the structure and operations of the oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex). Key o...
Inside the Washington Game
WILLIAM S. LIND
When the world was young and hope dared live in Washington, a small group of people put together something called the Military Reform Movement. Its purpose was to measure defense policies and programs by the standard of what works in combat rather than w...
A Union Fable
DAVID MACARAY
Playing off Barack Obama’s inspiring book title, “The Audacity of Hope,” let’s take a moment to consider something that, for organized labor, which, seemingly, has lain dormant for decades, is not only audacious and hopeful, but w...
Fear and Loathing in the Northern Rockies
CHRIS GENOVALI
Having recently attended the 20th annual North American Wolf Conference in Pray, Montana, it has been particularly dismaying to learn that literally days after the gray wolf was de-listed from the Endangered Species Act in the United States, trophy hunte...
What to Do About the Price of Oil
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Is Big Oil ripping off consumers? Are Wall Street speculators manipulating oil markets? What should be done? Whether or not Big Oil is improperly restricting refinery capacity, whether or not Wall Street traders are driving up the traded price of ...
Bill Clinton and the Rich Women
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Despite her campaign’s ongoing slurs against Bill Richardson, the nation’s only Hispanic governor, Hillary Clinton probably feels like she has Puerto Rico, the final primary, in the bank. Those delegates were sown up nine years ago on August ...
Why Puerto Rico Won’t Matter
DAVE LINDORFF
There are a number of reasons why the Puerto Rican Democratic primary election set for this coming Sunday won’t matter, in terms of Hillary Clinton’s failed bid for the party’s nomination. The main one is that she’s not goi...
Puerto Rico, Obama and the Politics of Race
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
The longer the Democratic nominating process goes on, the more the issue of race exposes ugly fissures within the party.  With his early wins in Iowa and Wisconsin, two states with a predominantly white electorate, Barack Obama hoped that he would b...
The Most Lucrative Incentive for Nuclear Power in the History of the United States
KARL GROSSMAN
The just-published Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town is a book abo...
Deceiving the Dead
Col. DAN SMITH
One can only wonder at the temerity of the timing for the release of the latest book by a former Bush administration insider – Scott McClellan’s ...
Opening Windows in Pakistan
IJAZ KHAN
In 1985, in classroom in London, Professor Geoffrey Williams explained revolution with a quote from Prof. Hans Kelsen as ‘a Law creating fact’. Revolution replaces existing legality and creates new legality. Legitimacy flows from the act of p...
Fry ‘Em!
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Coming soon, from the folks who brought you the microwave – Raytheon!  After more than ten years in the making and at a cost of over 40 million dollars, ‘Silent Guardian’, or Active Denial System, (ADS, in it’s formal mood), ...
Why Vincent Bugliosi Wants to Prosecute George W. Bush for Murder
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
Former California prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi wants President Bush charged with murder. Bugliosi – who in the early 1970s successfully prosecuted Charles Manson for the murder of Sharon Tate and six others – lays out his case against B...
What Would Smedley Butler Do?
BRIAN McKENNA
"To wage war, become an anthropologist." That’s the opening line from a 2007 article in the U.S. Army War College journal "Parameters." The feature, by Oxford educated historian Patrick Porter, says, "from the academy to th...
With Friends Like These …
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
A country really gets the message about its importance to America when a major event affecting it, in which the US is deeply involved, is given a mere 55 words on page 9 of the New York Times. The May 14 attack on Damadola, a village in the North West Fr...