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Archives from November 2008
Palling Around with Ray the Plumber
RICHARD RHAMES
“ ‘The guy’s 57 years old. He’s a grandfather. He’s not a threat to society,’ (Doug) Sneed said. ‘At 57, what’s he going to do, go out and rob banks? What revolution? There is no more revolution. Those t...
Who is Paying for the Iraqi National Intelligence Service?
PATRICK COCKBURN
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Obama and the Rogue Regime
RALPH NADER
Barack Obama is receiving lots of advice from many people these days about the collapse of Wall Street, the sinking economy and the quagmire wars he will inherit from the Bush regime. However, there is one important matter that he alone can address with his legal tra...
McCain Owes America an Apology
BILL QUIGLEY
John McCain spent months fanning the fear-filled fires of folks scared of terrorists, socialists, and anti-Americanism in his campaign for President.  On election night he made a fine concession speech and walked away – but the fires are still burning.&nbs...
The Withering Palestinian Economy
JONATHAN COOK
The sun is sinking fast behind the trees of an olive grove on the outskirts of the West Bank village of Nilin. After a day of confrontations between the Israeli army and the Palestinian villagers over Israel’s building of its separation wall on Nilin’s la...
Boycotting Israeli Settlement Products
OMAR BARGHOUTI
A spate of recent news reports on international companies moving out of the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) to locations inside pre-1967 Israeli borders gives the impression that boycotting products originating in illegal Israeli colonies is on its way to becomi...
The Last Bastion of Hate
HOWARD LISNOFF
Veterans Day 1972 was as depressing a day as I had lived through since becoming a war resister during the Vietnam War.  I had lost my appeal to the military and had been ordered to active duty, an order that I refused to follow. Just days before, George McGovern...
Bailing Out the Big Three
LEE SUSTAR
The Bush administration’s Wall Street bailout may be a prelude to a sweeping government intervention in the auto industry–even before Barack Obama takes office January 20. And if the government does step in to rescue General Motors, Chrysler and Fo...
Guilt by Participation
VIJAY PRASHAD
Barack Obama’s victory in the U. S. presidential election warmed the hearts of millions around the world. When Jesse Jackson wept, I cried too. I had worked for Jackson’s campaign in 1988. With Jackson’s defeat came the long hibernation of American ...
What Indy Media Heroes Can Teach Us
JEFF COHEN
Independent media outlets that contributed so mightily to the stunning election result are about to be tested as to their “independence.” With Democrats in control, will these outlets be guided by principle or just partisanship? Will they speak truth to p...
More Alaska Fun
STEVE CONN
An Alaskan Update: Why a new 814 vote spread between Senatorial candidate Begich over Senator Stevens in Alaska? Indians and Eskimos who had to leave their rural villages for the cities because of the high cost of fuel, may have read Mark Begich’s proposed plan...
The Two Trillion Dollar Black Hole
PAM MARTENS
Purge your mind for a moment about everything you’ve heard and read in the last decade about investing on Wall Street and think about the following business model: You take your hard earned retirement savings to a Wall Street firm and they tell you that ...
The Hispanic Vote in South Florida
ALAN FARAGO
In Florida on November 4th, Barack Obama made historic inroads with the Hispanic vote. In southeastern Congressional districts, three Cuban American Republican incumbents, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario and Lincoln Diaz-Balart faced credible Democratic challengers; Annet...
Remembering a Black Radical in a Barack Obama America
BOKAR TURE And DEDRICK MUHAMMAD
Ten years ago, Nov. 15, 1998, Kwame Ture–formerly known as Stokely Carmichael–died. He died as he lived, fighting against social injustice, fighting with every bit of strength, intelligence and charm that was in his body. He died challenging the embargo a...
Rescuing Joe Lieberman
DAVE LINDORFF
The word is that Barack Obama, in keeping with his promise of a new post-Bush/Cheney era of “civility in government,” is telling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid not to eject the treacherous Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) from the Democratic caucus. Th...
Against Volcker
PATRICK BOND
One of Barack Obama’s leading advisors has done more damage to Africa, its economies and its people than anyone I can think of in world history, including even Cecil John Rhodes. That charge may surprise readers, but hear me out. His name is Paul Volcker...
Break Up Big Oil
KARL GROSSMAN
This summer, the price of gasoline had skyrocketed in the United States in a few short months to $4.50 a gallon. The oil companies were claiming the fault was China and India going car-crazy and guzzling up gas, problems in the Middle East, then it was refinery capac...
An Obama Litmus Test
DAVID MACARAY
“Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the ease with which the many are governed by the few.” —David Hume With Barack Obama and company poised to t...
Act Now to Save America’s Public Forests
GEORGE WUERTHNER
Lost in the political excitement of the Presidential election cycle was the recent introduction of the largest and strongest nationwide forest protection bill in U.S. history, the Act to Save America’s Forests 2008. The Act, sponsored by Representative A...
Heavy Weather
SUSIE DAY
Barack Hussein Obama, newly elected President of the People’s Republic of America, today announced his choice of William Ayers, a former leader of the 70s militant antiwar group, the Weather Underground, for U.S. Secretary of Defense. The appointment allays con...
Scattered Families
JOHANNA BERRIGAN
“Without the human stories that bring people and their suffering so vividly to life…there is little chance of public opinion reengaging with the biggest political calamity of our time.” –Madeleine Bunting, The Guardian ...
The Big Mystery Election in Alaska
STEVE CONN
The big election mystery in Alaska? Really, just stuff about Alaska nobody from Outside cared about before November 4, 2008. Stuff – like my dockworker-artist friend, Charlotte, who voted for Ralph Nader and Ted Stevens because Stevens wrote a personal (not mec...
The Machine Grinds On
MORTON SKORODIN
The machine grinds on relentlessly. Now it’s: give Obama a chance. This means: Public, go back to sleep. In the meantime Obama and the state machinery work at feverish pace. Take a look at the people who have quickly been announced as contenders for high...
What Obama Can Learn From FDR
ALLAN J. LICHTMAN
In planning his transition to the presidency, Barack Obama could do no better than follow the precedents for governing set by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Congressional Democrats should heed the FDR model as well. Roosevelt not only won an unprecedented four presidenti...
My Michelle Moment
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
American democracy is a tattered thing.  One could devote a lifetime to describing its major failings, many of which are baked right into the institutional structure of the practice. American democracy is a heartbreaking thing.  To be a progressive, ...
Ask Your Doctor for a Free Sample
CHARLES R. LARSON
Newly-approved FDA changes: 1). For adults with Chronic Idiopathic Mucus (Mucosusnimium) Ask your doctor about getting relief with prescription FLEMNOMO. FLEMNOMO is the only prescription medicine approved to treat Chronic Idiopathic Mucus,...
Green Coal?
PETER MONTAGUE
Is coal green? Don’t laugh. There are major environmental groups who have received major grants to convince the public that "clean coal" is just around the corner and that we should be investing many billions of dollars each year in "clean...
A New Unifying Paradigm?
Col. DAN SMITH
This year the Western world observes the 90th anniversary of 11/11/11: the month, date and hour at which the guns of World War I fell silent. “Over there,” where the dying and the destruction occurred, November 11th is still known as Armistice Day...
BP’s Big Spill on the North Slope
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
The Justice Department sold out the American people when it settled an oil spill case against BP Alaska as a misdemeanor. "It was a sellout and the citizens of this country were cheated by the Department of Justice," said Scott West, the EPA agent in...
Moving Beyond Hope
RON JACOBS
I can’t deny the exhilaration I felt on Tuesday, November 4th when the presidential election was called for Barack Obama.  When people in my working class multiethnic neighborhood started setting off firecrackers and shouting out their windows, my housemat...
How to Vote Against Your Own Interests
JAMES G. ABOUREZK
During my first year as a U.S. Senator, I was visited by a member of the Brazilian parliament.  He was in the opposition to the dictatorship in Brazil, and that he was sick because of what he knew about the torture the military junta undertook in order to stay i...
Latin America Sends Obama a Piece of Its Mind
LAURA CARLSEN
Congratulations have poured in from Western Hemisphere leaders, press, and citizens. Most celebrate how the United States "has broken racial barriers" by electing the first African-American president. In countries struggling with issues of diversity and dis...
A Holy Union for a Deuce of a Swindle
ERIC TOUSSAINT
The bailing-out of private banks and insurances companies in September-October 2008 amounts to a strong political choice that was anything but unavoidable and that looms large on our future at several decisive levels. First the cost of the bail-out is entirely...
Obama’s Victory and the Future of Race in the United States
DAVID ROEDIGER
In the afterglow of Barack Obama’s election the temptation to make hasty generalizations regarding the present and the future of race in the U.S. has proven irresistible. The film director Michael Moore, for example, found the election signaled the utter transf...
Anger and Hope
BILL QUIGLEY
"No one cares about the children, living or dead,” one furious father of children in the collapsed school outside of Port au Prince Haiti swore Sunday in an interview.  “No one has come to provide any counseling to the children and families who ...
And We Are Not Saved
COREY D. B. WALKER
“Freedom answers the need of the spirit, but must be sustained by the experience of the body.” Michael Manley “Politics makes visible that which had no reason to be seen. . . .” ...
Obama’s Man in Afghanistan
PETER LEE
To civilian liberals of a hawkish bent, General Petraeus projects the reassuring image of the thinking person’s general. It’s kind of hard to wrap one’s head around the idea that operating death squads might be an integral and perhaps the vital comp...
Look on the Bright Side, Dammit!
BILL HATCH
on the story of one foreclosure; and Kristian Williams on police torture in Chicago. Only in CounterPunch newsletter! Get your copy today by ...
Guilty By Torture
ANDY WORTHINGTON
The case of Binyam Mohamed just gets weirder and weirder. For the last six months, the British resident and Guantánamo prisoner, who was seized in Pakistan in April 2002, has been engaged in a transatlantic struggle to secure evidence relating to his “ex...
Conned Again?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
If the change President-elect Obama has promised includes a halt to America’s wars of aggression and an end to the rip-off of taxpayers by powerful financial interests, what explains Obama’s choice of foreign and economic policy advisors?   Indeed, O...
A Bone in America’s Throat
JEFF HALPER
Even before the voting began, Israeli politicians and pundits were asking: Will an Obama Administration be good for Israel? “Be good for Israel” is our code for “Will the US allow us to keep our settlements and continue to support our efforts to pre...
Paulson’s Folly
PETER MORICI
The Treasury is injecting another $27 billion into AIG and raising the taxpayers’ investment to $150 billon. Secretary Paulson appears more intent on helping his pals on Wall Street than protecting taxpayer interests. AIG has solid businesses in industri...
The Advent of a New Black Politician
ANTHONY OLSZEWSKI
From around 1830 through the 1950s, a sad, shameful, and central feature of American popular culture was the minstrel show. White performers darkened their faces by applying burnt cork. Minstrel spectacles of the worst sort were crude attempts at  humor through ...
Farley Mowat’s Last Book? Maybe Not
PAUL WATSON
Farley Mowat has written his last book. Well maybe. At 87, he says that writing is like breathing and Farley is very much still breathing so I’m not so sure that Otherwise will be his last book. He does insist it will be the last book he goes on a promot...
Great Expectations
TARIQ ALI
Barack Obama’s victory marks a decisive generational and sociological shift in American politics. Its impact is difficult to predict at this stage, but the expectations of the majority of young people who propelled Obama to victory remain high. It may not have ...
Our Obama Problem
JEAN BRICMONT
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Getting the Change We’ve Earned
DAVE LINDORFF
Now that the street dancing is over, and President-elect Barack Obama is measuring the drapes for the new Oval Office (let’s hope he loses the mounted Saddam Hussein matching pistol set and that he has the direct hard-wired link between the Vice President&rsquo...
Obama, Emanuel and Israel
JOHN V. WHITBECK
In the first major appointment of his administration, President-elect Barack Obama has named as his chief of staff Congressman Rahm Emanuel, an Israeli citizen and Israeli army veteran whose father, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, was a member of Menachem...
Sarah Palin’s Limited Engagement
ALAN FARAGO
The longer America listened to Sarah Palin, the less it liked her a heart beat from the presidency. The antipathy wasn’t just a matter of expensive clothing from Nordstroms or Saks. Ted Stevens, Don Young, Sarah Palin; a majority may not clearly grasp it, but A...
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
DAVID YEARSLEY
There is no substitute for live musical performance. It is not only that the human ear is still, and will probably always be, far more sophisticated and sensitive than the best microphones. Experiencing music delivered by living beings is always about much more than ...