Exclusively in the new print issue of CounterPunch
THE WHITE TERRORISTS — Yvette Carnell writes a scathing history of Lynching in America; Ajamu Baraka on Netanyahu the Rejectionist; Patrick Smith on Reinventing the Foreign Correspondent; Peter Lee on the escalating cyberwar between the US and China; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Real Israeli Defense Force: the US Congress. Plus: Mike Whitney: Getting Cured in Vietnam; JoAnn Wypijewski on Gramsci, Chick Webb and the Art of Living Well; Chris Floyd: Learning About the Rapture from Michele Bachmann and Lee Ballinger: Driving Nat King Cole.
Archives from April 2009
Homework, Testing and Stealth Apartheid in Education
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Humans are a species of ape that evolved more developed brains to compensate for the greater dangers of living on the ground instead of sheltering in the trees. Monkeys cluster into troops of several families each, for the mutual protection of the young, and to exert...
Calling for a Coal Moratorium
JOSHUA FRANK
Ted Nace is the author of Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate America and the Disabling of Dem...
Free John Walker Lindh!
DAVE LINDORFF
Enough is enough. It’s time to free John Walker Lindh, poster boy for George Bush’s, Dick Cheney’s and John Ashcroft’s “War on Terror,” and quite likely first victim of these men’s secret campaign of torture. Lindh is ...
Putting the Bush Years on Trial
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The notion of putting the Bush years on trial has never held allure for President Obama; even less so that of putting Wall Street in the dock. From his lips has always dropped the catechism of uplift and forgiveness, of “moving forward”. He and his adviso...
Roman Legends, Book Burning and History’s Hunt
RICHARD RHAMES
“audacious still to gaze on her humbled court with tranquil face, and valiant enough to take the scaly asps in hand, that she might drink with her body their deadly venom, ferocious all the more in her studied death;...
Who Ordered the Torture of Abu Zubaydah?
ANDY WORTHINGTON
For the defendants of the use of torture by U.S. forces — still led by former Vice President Dick Cheney — this has been a rocky few weeks, with the publication, in swift succession, of the leaked report by the International Committee of the Red Cross (...
The Fight to Save Mexico’s Mangroves
KENT PETERSON
Standing in front of the Vicente Guerrero Elementary School as the children played, Obdulia Balderas recalls when she came to Zihuatanejo in the state of Guerrero more than 40 years ago. A young schoolteacher from the Guerrero town of Taxco, Balderas was haunted by t...
Of Tea Parties and Teleprompters
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Is it possible that the regressive right has, given its electoral unraveling of late, decided to swap the whole politics thing for vaudeville? ‘Cause if it hasn’t, I’m really having a hell of a hard time explaining what’s going on with ...
Democratic Lobbyists Key to Fight Against Employee Free Choice Act
CHRIS KROMM
If you missed, Tom Frank had a provocative column in the Wall Street Journal yesterday about the likely demise of the Employee Free Choice Act — the bill that labor has made its #1 priority for the new era of Obama and Democratic politics. First, it̵...
Obama and the Housing Crisis
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
It appears that the housing crisis will play a major role in defining the Obama administration; unfortunately, it is not entirely clear that the President is up to the challenge.  There appears to be no end in sight for increasing home foreclosures.  Constr...
The Debt Looters
GREG MOSES
It wasn’t the housing bubble exactly.  It was more the way the bubble was blown.   In the official language of the International Monetary Fund report for April 2009, “the crisis was largely caused by weak risk management in large in...
Protecting the Bald Eagle
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
As if U.S.-Venezuelan relations could become no more bizarre, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has now donated an island to the state of New Jersey.  No, what you are reading is not an article for The Onion or a conceptual skit for Comedy Central.  T...
The Ethanol Scammers Rent a General
ROBERT BRYCE
The ethanol scammers have no shame. None. And neither does the ethanol industry’s new hired gun, General Wesley Clark. Last week, the EPA announced that it was considering raising the volume of ethanol that could be blended into gasoline from the current...
Rodgers, Hammerstein, Michener and Nostalgia’s Clammy Embrace
DAVID YEARSLEY
There is no form of entertainment more expert at the manipulation of memory than a Broadway musical. First the overture sets off on its serpentine paths through the listener’s mind, dropping its route-finding breadcrumbs with insouciant precision. For children,...
Middle East Spies
RAMZY BAROUD
The reverberations of the Israeli war on Gaza are still felt throughout the Middle East. One could in fact speak of a silent war being waged in the region. Now that Israel’s clear intentions in Gaza – discrediting Hamas and ultimately ousting them...
Are Leading Democrats Afraid of a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Torture?
JEREMY SCAHILL
There are not exactly throngs of Democratic Congressmembers beating down the doors of the Justice Department demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a special Independent Prosecutor to investigate torture and other crimes. And now it seems that whatever C...
Wherefore Art Thou American Dream?
STEPHEN MARTIN
‘It is a game, everything is a game.[ ..]It is a game in order to survive’. Samuel Beckett. This one goes out to the ones I loathe. The ones trying to hide lying eyes as would deceive concerning dream turned ...
The Haitian People Need a Lobbyist
RICHARD MORSE
Port-au-Prince. If the Haitian government tells you these last Senate elections were fine; don’t believe them. If the United Nations tells you these last Senate elections in Haiti were fine; don’t believe them. If the OAS (Organizatio...
Mr. President, Calderon is Not Mexico
LAURA CARLSEN
President Obama’s visit to Mexico has produced vague and contradictory statements, centered on worn-out strategies. Many people who had hoped for a new approach that would seek to redress the inequities of the binational relationship will find little in these d...
The Quicksand Economy
ALAN FARAGO
When Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner spoke to the Economic Club in Washington yesterday and said the United States bears a substantial share of responsibility for a global economic crisis and its multi-trillion dollar costs, he might have pointedly singled out th...
The Battle Over New York’s Marcellus Shale
ADAM FEDERMAN
In an age of diminishing resources, the discovery of an untapped oil or natural gas reserve can stir messianic visions. Salvation is to be found in tar sands and what were once prohibitively expensive methods of extracting crude oil or natural gas from the earth. &ls...
The Financial Experts
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
I was gratified the other day to discover a good collection of R. K. Narayan’s novels at our local library. Among them was The Financial Expert, a story I had been meaning to re-read for some time. This novel’s hero, Margayya, is often acclaimed by critic...
Deconstructing the Taliban
FAWZIA AFZAL-KHAN
"Although she believes her days are numbered, Joya is not fearful for the future. "I am not frightened because we will all die one day," she says. "What matters is that we fight despite the risk and we sacrifice despite the cost. Only ...
Obama Plays Hamlet on Torture
RAY McGOVERN
"The aim of torture is to destroy a person as a human being, to destroy their identity and soul. It is more evil than murder… " — Inge Genefke – (1938-) Danish Doctor & Human Rights Activist We...
The Real Heroes of Durban
NADIA HIJAB
Barack Obama feels able to counsel others — most recently Armenians and Turks — to work through their pasts "in a way that is honest, open and constructive." Otherwise, he cautions, unresolved history "can be a heavy weight." And yet O...
Business Gets Carded
ROB LARSON
The business world is up in arms about the Employee Free Choice Act. EFCA would make it easier for workers to unionize, by obliging companies to recognize a union once a majority of workers sign verified union cards. This would replace the more common practice of vot...
How the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Buried the Madoff Scandal for at Least Four Years
EAMONN FINGLETON
An old maxim has it that newspaper editors separate the wheat from the chaff, then print the chaff. By this standard, the editors of the Wall Street Journal showed special deftness in their handling of the Madoff affair. They used the occasion of whistleblowe...
Are Members of Congress Being Blackmailed?
DAVE LINDORFF
For some time now, many Americans have wondered  how Congress, the elected body that the nation’s Founding Fathers saw as the bulwark of liberty, could have been so thoroughly unwilling to, or incapable of challenging the dictatorial power-grabs and the ei...
Selling Out Single-Payer
HELEN REDMOND
“As we roll out new products we will continue to price businesses for appropriate margins. We will not sacrifice profitability for membership.” – Angela Braly, Wellpoint CEO At the Health Care for America No...
The Torture Commission Trap
MICHAEL RATNER
Today I awoke to read that a number of human rights type groups have  called on President Obama to create a commission of accountability to  investigate and report publicly on torture and the cruel and inhumane  treatment of detainees. There is not a w...
Obama’s Feel Good Meeting with Colombia’s Uribe
TEO BALLVÉ
With all that happened at the Summit of the Americas, it was easy to miss a significant about-face by the Obama administration. No, it wasn’t the administration’s supposedly softer stance toward Cuba. Nor was it Venezuela’s well-received offer...
Chernobyl Could Happen Here
HARVEY WASSERMAN
A catastrophe like Chernobyl could happen here. It’s the radioactive core of the second biggest lie in US industrial history. The atomic pushers say such a disaster is “impossible” at a US reactor. But Chernobyl’s explosion spewed radi...
The Battle to Take Back the New School
BARUCHA CALAMITY PELLER
Owing to pending legal issues, as well as continuing intimidation from school administration towards student organizers, all the New School students are quoted anonymously in this article, at their request. CB.  "We occupied a university building, wo...
U.S. Lacks Capacity to Win Over Afghans
GARETH PORTER
President Barack Obama and other top officials in his administration have made it clear that there can be no military solution in Afghanistan, and that the non-military efforts to win over the Afghan population will be central to its chances of success. The re...
Torture Evidence and Terror Blacklists
JOANNE MARINER
The Obama administration’s release last week of four Bush-era memos on the abusive interrogations of detainees in U.S. custody has raised a host of questions. The memos, written by Justice Department attorneys, purport to authorize CIA interrogators to use a ra...
White Privilege in the Americas
AISHA BROWN And DEDRICK MUHAMMAD
"Usted quien es … Gánese el baloto para que se cambie el color." "Who do you think you are?…Go win the lottery and change your color," a metro policeman whispered to Afro-Colombian leader Carlos Rosero, founding member of...
The Tyranny of Bad Economics
DEAN BAKER
It is often said that the there are few forces as destructive as the power of bad economics. Rarely has this been more clearly demonstrated than in the current crisis. While the bankers’ greed fed the housing bubble, the incompetence and/or corruption o...
The Fatal Thread
CHRIS FLOYD
With the release of the U.S. Senate’s report on the Bush Administration torture program, it is now incontrovertibly clear &ndash...
Eliminating Bad Pentagon Habits
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
When the Ripon Society Forum contacted me to write an essay that identified five Defense Department programs to eliminate, I s...
Housing Sales and Fixing the Economy
PETER MORICI
It seems an article of faith that the first signs of recovery will emerge in the housing market. March data for existing and new homes sales, due out Thursday and Friday, will be trumpeted crocuses of spring if those beat expectations. Banks report new mortgag...
Obama’s Afghan Plan
VIJAY PRASHAD
President Barack Obama inherited two seemingly intractable wars, in Iraq and in Afghanistan, alongside a financial crisis that continues to escalate. Obama positioned himself against the unpopular Iraq war, but he did not place himself in the anti-war camp. It had be...
Obama’s DoJ Backs Prosecution of Medical Marijuana Providers
FRED GARDNER
Flags flying, soldiers dying all the politicians lying–business as usual It’s official –under Barack Obama, the Department of Justice will not restrain federal prosecutors targeting medical marijuana prov...
Jay Bybee’s Conspiracy to Torture
DAVE LINDORFF
If the day comes that Congress finally does its duty and begins an impeachment effort against 9th Circuit Federal Appeals Judge Jay Bybee, the former Bush assistant attorney general who in 2002 authored ...
Argentina Remembers
BENJAMIN DANGL
The weekend that the hemisphere’s Presidents met in Trinidad at the Summit of the Americas marked the same weekend that Cuba defeated the US in the Bay of Pigs invasion 48 years ago. At the Summit, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega recalled the invasion in a s...
Lindy Blake’s Great Escape
RANDY ROWLAND
RANDY ROWLAND was one of 27 GIs imprisoned at the Presidio of San Francisco stockade who staged a non-violent protest in October, 1968. They were charged with mutiny by Army brass trying to suppress dissent. The first three “mutineers” to be ...
The Unemployment Channel
GREG MOSES
Ah, the common folk.  How we do pile up.  Come May Day 2009 there will be about 14 million unemployed, twice the seven million who were unemployed in June of 2007.  Speaking about this on the stock market channel—which I have been watchin...
Saving Lives in Gaza
SONIA NETTNIN
On US tour, Norwegian Dr. Mads Fredrik Gilbert talked about his recent work saving peoples’ lives in Al-Shifa Hospital, located in Gaza City, Gaza, during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead. The bombardment began December 27, 2008 and continued throughout most ...
SAG Should be Praised, Not Assailed
DAVID MACARAY
On Friday, April 17, after nearly a year of negotiating, a humbled and restructured Screen Actors Guild (SAG) reached tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on a two-year contract.  The following Sunday the 71-me...
The Death of Bassem
FRANK BARAT
On April the 17th, like any Fridas afternoon for the last four years, the small village of Bil’in, north of Ramallah, was preparing for the usual demonstration against Israel’s annexation wall (some people call it apartheid wall or separation wall. The Is...
Legal Purgatory and John Demjanjuk
BINOY KAMPMARK
The Ukrainian-born John Demjanjuk has been living in a fashioned legal purgatory.   Stripped of American citizenship after his alleged role as a death camp guard emerged, the courts have been breathing down his neck.  Despite persistent legal interest,...