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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...