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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from October 2008
Palin/Wurzelbacher 2012!
CHARLES R. LARSON
Now that the defeat of John McCain is almost a foregone conclusion, Sarah Palin has begun to distance herself from the 2008 Republican ticket, establishing a separate identity for her 2012 run for the presidency.  Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher ...
How to Bail Out the Taxpayers
JAMES G. ABOUREZK
When Henry Paulson and George W. Bush crafted their “bailout” legislation, it was hardly surprising that the plan consisted of giving the money to the Wall Street criminals who caused the economy to crash, without external review by anyone.  By the t...
The Last Lap
P. SAINATH
A specter is haunting America — the specter of socialism. (Well at least, it’s haunting the election campaigns of the two main candidates). All the powers of the Right have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter: Radio Show hosts and evange...
Meet the World’s New Currency: the Chinese Yuan
MIKE WHITNEY
Things are getting worse. Since September, $16 trillion has been erased from global stock market value. Losses in the US–where the financial turmoil originated–have been much smaller than other, more vulnerable markets. The Dow is down less than 40 percen...
Melting Pot in Hell
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Orthodox Jews and Latinos are clashing in Postville, IA. Somalis and Latinos are clashing in Shelbyville TN. Somalis, Latinos and Sudanese are clashing in Grand Island, NE. And you’d think it has nothing to do with slaughterhouses. It’s about pray...
What the Next President Must Do to Save FEMA
GREGORY V. BUTTON
While books like Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine and ...
The Empty Chair at Guantánamo
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Now here’s a problem that anyone with half a brain could have seen coming. On Monday the second trial by Military Commission at Guantánamo — in other words, the second US “war crimes” trial since the Second World War, following the unde...
The Specter of the Sixties
GARY LEUPP
Like over 3000 other academics, I’ve signed the “Support Bill Ayers” statement defending Ayers from the desperate, opportunistic attacks of the McCain campaign. I think it important to combat the depiction of a distinguished scholar as a “terr...
Share the Sacrifices, Share the Benefits
RALPH NADER
I wish to declare the principle of political equivalence as grounds for the moral authority to govern through shared benefits and sacrifices between these in Washington, D.C. who rule and the citizens who are ruled. Two simple, short bills in Congress will ill...
Chickenhawks and the Horrors of War
MIKE WHITNEY
MIKE WHITNEY — I have a nephew who is finishing up at Quantico after graduating from the Naval Academy last June. He’s bright and talented and wants to serve in the Marines. Naturally, his parents and relatives are worried that he will be deployed to Ira...
The Clean, Green Nuclear Machine?
BARBARA ROSE JOHNSTON
We are a world of some 192 separate nations. Yet, increasingly the notion of independent nation is irrelevant. In this World United, where economic, political, and environmental crises fester and erupt in local and globalized ways, we all "feel the pain" &#...
Greenspan’s Higher Power
MARY LYNN CRAMER
There was absolutely nothing flawed in former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s ideology or his understanding of what drives the market. Each corporation operates in accordance with its self-interest in the competition to increase profits no matter what...
Is Ranching Sustainable?
GEORGE WUERTHNER
I hear often from livestock proponents that ranching is an economically sustainable use of western rangelands. Unfortunately many interested in conservation also believe this myth, and it has unfortunate public policy implications. As University of Montana economist ...
Who Won the Cold War?
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Okay, you’re gonna need to fasten your seatbelt for this one. Hear’s a quiz for you:  Who was the third most ‘socialist’ president in American history? Hmmm…  Hard to say, eh?  I think we can all agree that F...
The Obamanations of Barack
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
No presidential contender I have seen, with the possible exception of Bill Clinton, has run a better campaign than Barack Obama. If for nothing else, one must hand it to him for the magnificent improbability of the effort – a guy whose last name sounds like ...
The Collapse of Omar Khadr’s Guantánamo Trial
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Hardly a day goes by without some extraordinary news from the Military Commissions, the system of “terror trials” conceived in the Office of the Vice President in November 2001, and their days now seem to be as numbered as those of the Bush administration...
Origins of the Fall
ALAN FARAGO
The Miami Herald Business Section reports, "Planning the cities of the future/ 2050", through an interview with the president of the Urban Land Institute, Richard M. Rosan. There is a backstory that today’s readers of The Herald are not privy to; that...
Scenes From the Global Class War
MICHAEL HUDSON
On Friday, October 24, the pound sterling dropped to just $1.58 (down from $1.73 earlier in the week, an enormous plunge by foreign-exchange standards), and the euro sunk to just $1.26, while Japan’s yen soared by 10 per cent. These shifts threatened to disrupt...
Palling Around with Dictators
JOHN DINGES
John McCain, who has harshly criticized the idea of sitting down with dictators without pre-conditions, appears to have done just that. In 1985, McCain traveled to Chile for a friendly meeting with Chile’s military ruler, General Augusto Pinochet, one of the wo...
McCain’s Vetters
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
John McCain has clearly learned from experience and anyone doubting it had only to watch the third debate. With all the thousands, if not millions, of things that have been written about Mr. Wurzelbacher, none has tumbled to the real reason John McCain introduced him...
The Fraternity of John McCain
VAL STRANGE
I went to the John McCain a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina last week and I have the autograph to prove it. But like, John McCain, I had to fight for it. I hustled over there after finding out about it an hour before, hoping to penetrate the press gates. But. Had...
Bolivia Rejects Neoliberalism
BENJAMIN DANGL
After months of street battles and political meetings, a new draft of the Bolivian constitution was ratified by Congress on October 21. A national referendum on whether or not to make the document official is scheduled for January 25, 2009. "Now we have m...
Nobody for President
TULI KUPFERBERG
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SEIU Learns the Meaning of "No"
STEVE EARLY
When CounterPunch last visited embattled members of the Puerto Rican teachers union in June, they were fighting their way through police lines to appeal to fellow workers from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), at the l...
Open Season
RICHARD RHAMES
Many years ago, after graduating from college and spending a year learning from a wonderful group of third graders at Biddeford’s Kennedy school, I took a position on the 3rd shift at a local electronic components factory. My brief career in public education wa...
Mocking Our Rights
NICOLE COLSON
John McCain seemed peeved about almost everything that happened at the final presidential debate October 15. Barack Obama’s plan to raise taxes on Joe the Plumber (or, should we say, "Joe" the "Plumber"), Obama’s ties to former 1960s r...
The Great Vote Fraud Hoax
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Phew…good thing some unscrupulous voter registration worker in the Philadelphia area didn’t use the names Octavius V. Catto and George H. White when padding voter applications with bogus names to get paid for work they didn’t do. If an erran...
How Maria Fell
DON SANTINA
It was hot in the vineyard east of Stockton on Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Hotter than the day before when the temperature reached 90 degrees by the early afternoon. Hotter than usual for May. Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez started work at 6 am in the vineyard, suc...
The Humorology of Power
BERNARD CHAZELLE
The worshippers who kneel at the altar of Humor never cease to marvel at the unique capacity humans have to make others laugh. They worship the worship, too, for the only thing cooler than having a sense of humor is to know that you have such a thing and that it real...
John Wayne Syndrome
BARRY CLEMSON
John Wayne is the classic American hero. He always came through and the bad guys always got what they deserved. For those readers too young to remember John Wayne’s movies, think Chuck Norris or Jet Li in their good guy roles. The story-line is always that evil...
Name That Candidate
JOE MOWREY
This week came exciting news. Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama for President. Yippie! The blogosphere is all atwitter. Our guy has worked hard, taken solid positions on all the most important progressive issues and managed to convince the exalted Mr. Powell to ...
Campaign by Codeword
BRIAN JONES
This year , I’m guessing a lot of people are going to dress up as John McCain or Sarah Palin for Halloween. If you’ve seen the videos of McCain/Palin rallies, you know what’s so scary about them. You’ve seen people call Obama a terroris...
Last Exit to Disneyland
ADAM ENGEL
It’s a long story…then again, aren’t they all… So I thought I was subletting an apartment, "rent stabilized" at $1350 from my sister, who was recently married, without realizing the absentee "landlord," BSG Managemen...
Boogiemen
ISHMAEL REED
One of the founders of the Neo-Confederate organization called The League of the South, which will probably renew its call for secession of the southern states if Barack Obama wins, was the late Grady McWhiney. In his book, “ Cracker Culture, Celtic Ways of the...
You Have the Right to Airport Harassment
ALLISON KILKENNY
Her name is Helen, a Muslim woman in her mid-twenties. She’s scared to talk to me even though I’ve told her that I will change her name for my article so the authorities will have no idea who she is. "I’m an easy target for this kind of ...
A Frustrated, Broken-Hearted Joy
LORENZO WOLFF
You’d think six months would be enough. You’d think that would be more than enough time for a private jet and a world tour. As good as this record is you’d think that after six months ...
Nuclear Power’s Big Con
JIM BELL
Nuclear Power was a mistake and remains a mistake. If the human family survives it, our descendants will wonder what we were thinking to justify leaving them nuclear power’s toxic legacy — a legacy they will be dealing with for hundreds if not thousands o...
Afghanistan the Un-Winnable
BINOY KAMPMARK
The US presidential candidates are warbling about what strategies will best suit Afghanistan in a post-Bush world.  Both Barack Obama and John McCain promise that the interminable conflict will be of “top priority” come 2009.  Neither has provid...
Iraq and the Arrogance of Washington
RON JACOBS
I should be used to it by now, but I’m not.  When I read statements from US policymakers telling the world that Iraq is still not capable of defending itself without US help, I am still angered and amazed at the bold-faced arrogance.  Most recently, s...
Whining About Winning in Iraq
SAUL LANDAU
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Down for the Count
MIKE WHITNEY
"The great inter-war slumps were not acts of God or of blind forces. They were the sure and certain result of the concentration of too much economic power in the hands of too few men (who) felt no responsibility to the nation." From the ...
Patriotism and the Labor Movement
DAVID MACARAY
“The greatest anti-poverty program ever invented was the labor union.” –George Meany There’s an undeniable truth which, if properly publicized, could make unions look pretty darn good even ...
Domestic Violence and Financial Stress
KRIS DE WELDE
We are in the midst of an economic crisis, that much we know.  October is national Domestic Violence awareness month, something few...
Waiting for the Curtain to Rise
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
So what happened to the Bush/Cheney pre-election attack on Iran? It’s like everything else. You think you have months. You put it on one side, in the “things to be done tomorrow” pile. Suddenly it’s a matter of weeks, then days. Then the momen...
The World’s Weirdest Pipe Organ?
MARK SCARAMELLA
If Musical Patriot David Yearsley can write about the Great Pipe Organs of the World on a hard-hitting political website like CounterPunch, then we think we should be able to write about the weird ones. No, I’m not talking about the pizza joints with cal...
Manufacturing Sympathy
SCOTT BOEHM
As the older brother of someone with Down Syndrome, I’ve been intrigued by Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s use of her son Trig during the campaign.  It’s strange to listen to her speak so tenderly about the “special l...
Taking Politics Seriously
ROBERT JENSEN And PAT YOUNGLBOOD
We have nothing against voting. We plan to vote in the upcoming election. Some of our best friends are voters. But we also believe that we shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that the most important political moment in our lives comes in the voting b...
Rightwing Obama Love
MARGARET KIMBERLEY
There are no omens of victory for John McCain. While Barack Obama can concentrate on campaigning in swing states like Missouri, John McCain is forced to work the crowds in red states which should be firmly in his column at this late stage in the campaign. Not one pol...
Don’t Let Them Execute an Innocent Man
MARLENE MARTIN
WHAT WILL be the fate of death row prisoner Troy Anthony Davis? Will the state of Georgia get its way and put him to death? Troy and his supporters held out hope that his case would finally be heard when the U.S. Supreme Court intervened in late September to s...
Post-Bush Scenarios
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
After war comes peace. With peace must come justice, or it will be meaningless. It is one of the most enduring lessons of history. With the end of the Bush presidency in sight and the desire for change strong, the next president’s inauguration on January...