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 September 2009
Curry Bashings in Oz
BINOY KAMPMARK
Indian officials and figures are not happy.  At least when it comes to gestures on the part of Australian politicians to pacify them over claims that Australia is a safe destination for their vast pool of students. Attacks on Indian students, whether racially mo...
Dancing With the Hammer
JOE ALLEN
September 21 was the season premiere of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, one of the most popular shows on network television. Its popularity is due to two reasons: the love of "second acts" (popular actors, athletes or media personalities of yeste...
Italy’s Fallen Soldiers
STEPHANIE WESTBROOK
On Monday, walking through the center of Rome, you couldn’t help noticing the Italian flags on display at shops, bars and restaurants. Merchants associations had printed up color copies of the flag to be placed in shop windows with the words "In honor of t...
Goodbye "Norma Rae"
DAVID MACARAY
The saga of the real-life “Norma Rae” came to an end September 18, when Crystal Lee Sutton, the woman on whom the classic 1979 movie was based, died in Burlington, North Carolina, of brain cancer, at the age of 68.  It was Sutton who, in 1973...
The Shortfall at the FDIC
MARSHALL AUERBACK
Federal regulators are “seriously considering a plan to have the nation’s healthy banks lend billions of dollars to rescue the insurance fund that protects bank depositors” (as the New York Times recently informed its readers.)That would enable the ...
Death Pays
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The fun has not gone out of banking after all. Following the disastrous fall of 2008, conventional wisdom had it that many of the things that made banking fun, like amazing bonuses and fascinating (if not understood) financial instruments were going to follow the din...
Fixing the Patriot Act, Restoring the Constitution
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
At the end of this year, three provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act will sunset unless Congress acts to reauthorize them. In my view, Congress should take this opportunity to revisit not just those three provisions, but rather a broad range of surveillance laws enacted ...
Even in Indiana, Doctors Support National Health Insurance
STEVEN HIGGS
Don’t count Dr. Aaron Carroll among those who were stunned by a Sept. 13 New England Journal of Medicine survey that said American physicians overwhelmingly support national health insurance. A researcher at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Carroll wa...
The Economy is a Lie, Too
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Americans cannot get any truth out of their government about anything, the economy included. Americans are being driven into the ground economically, with one million school children now homeless, while Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke announces that the recessi...
Apocalypse Porno
RICHARD NEVILLE
Today’s weak signals are getting stronger, as the extensive range of perils facing the planet start to bite. Another day, another drama. A chunk of prime waterfront in Byron Bay falls into the Pacific. The shrinking glaciers in Tibet threaten food supplies in I...
The First Shots of the Trade War
SHAMUS COOKE
With the G-20 summit approaching, cheerful talk of “international cooperation” fills the White House press-room. These comments carry with them the implication that “free trade” is integral to “cooperation,” a fact made explicit in...
The Waldorf-Astoria Summit
URI AVNERY
NO POINT denying it: in the first round of the match between Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu, Obama was beaten. Obama had demanded a freeze of all settlement activity, including East Jerusalem, as a condition for convening a tripartite summit meeting, in t...
Taliban Rising
GARETH PORTER
The leak of the "initial assessment" of the war in Afghanistan by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top commander in the war, with its blunt warning that "[f]ailure to provide adequate resources" is likely to result in "mission failure", w...
The United States in Afghanistan
GABRIEL KOLKO
The United States scarcely knew what a complex disaster it was confronting when it went to war in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. It will eventually – perhaps years from now – suffer the same fate as Alexander the Great, the British, and the now-defunct S...
Pot and the Right to Pursue Happiness
NORM KENT
During his tenure as the Fort Lauderdale Police Chief, the late Ron Cochran was one day asked how he relieved the stress of his tension-filled job:  “Like everyone else” he quipped, “I smoke a joint.” “Only kidding”, he...
How Much Repression Will Hillary Clinton Support in Honduras?
MARK WEISBROT
Now that President Zelaya has returned to Honduras, the coup government – after first denying that he was there – has unleashed a wave of repression to prevent people from gathering support for their elected president. This is how U.S. Secretary of State ...
The Sound of Money
MISSY BEATTIE
Joe Biden has issued a warning ridiculously peculiar given a system in which Republicans and Democrats are interchangeable. Biden’s concern: if Republicans, during the 2010 election cycle, gain the 35 House seats that are in Republican districts, Barack Obama&r...
The Murder of Annie Le
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
It started when she was seen going into the lab, but wasn’t seen going out.  Yale graduate student Annie Le (MED ’13) entered Yale’s 10 Amistad Street medical building after leaving her keys, purse and phone in her office at the Sterling Hall o...
After the CIA Torture Report
KAREEM SHORA
With the release of the CIA report detailing torture methods in secret prisons, we are at a critical juncture with an opportunity to regain our nation’s credibility in the world. The acts described in the report are morally reprehensible and a direct affront to...
Zelaya’s Return
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Manuel Zelaya, the ousted leader of Honduras who was overthrown in a right-wing military coup in June, has made an incredible political gamble: yesterday he returned to the troubled Central American nation in a bid to reclaim the reins of power. In the capitol of Teg...
The Huge Hole in Gen. McChrystal’s Afghan Counterinsurgency Strategy
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
The centerpiece of the General Stanley McChrystal’s "new" counterinsurgency strategy of "clear, hold, build" is the accelerated training and expansion of the Afghan Army and Police Forces (ANSF), in addition to a major increase in the size o...
Zelaya’s Brazilian Gambit
GREG GRANDIN
This is a rapidly changing situation. GREG GRANDIN will update as situation warrants. AC/JSC In a bold move, the democratically elected president of Honduras Manuel Zelaya – ousted in a military coup in June – has returned to Tegucigalpa, entering...
Who’s the Pimp?
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Acorn is a poor people’s grassroots organization. Earlier this month, some of it’s employees were caught on tape giving advice to two young right-wing activists posing as pimp and prostitute. Pfizer is a wealthy and powerful multinational ...
Mexico Convulsed by Paranoia
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City More virulent than last spring’s Swine Flu panic here and cranked up by Mexico’s two-headed TV demon, a pandemic of paranoia is sweeping this neighbor nation as Felipe Calderon embarks on the back half of his battered presidency.  ...
Is Anything Better Than Nothing?
VIJAY PRASHAD
Reports of distress pile up with disarming regularity. The latest one comes from the United States Census Bureau, which reports that the poverty rate is now 13.2 per cent, the highest level since 1997. Almost 40 million Americans live below the poverty line, which th...
The Afghan Folly
TARIQ ALI
Italian, British and German soldiers are being returned from Afghanistan to their countries in coffins. Why? Through no fault of their own but because politicians of centre-right/centre-left despatched them to fight an imperial war on behalf of Washington. In Italy, ...
Trashing Single-Payer
DAVE LINDORFF
In an article in the Sunday New York Times, headlined “Medicare for All? ‘Crazy,’ ‘Socialized’ and Unlikely,”reporter Katherine Q. Seelye did her best to damn the idea of government insurance for all with faint praise. To b...
Gen. McChrystal’s Salespitch
RON JACOBS
The prematurely released McChrystal paper on Afghanistan is a revealing document of the prevailing Pentagon mindset on the US-led war in Afghanistan.  The paper acknowledges that the US and its allies face a "resilient and growing insurgency" and that ...
Tom Friedman’s Idiocy Atomique
HARVEY WASSERMAN
France’s atomic power industry is a failed radioactive flame. Its 58 reactors are unpopular, unsafe, uneconomical, dirty, direct agents of global warming, weapons proliferators and major generators of atomic waste for which there is no management solution. ...
Why Your Doctor May Have PTSD
PAUL SIMPSON, M.D.
I keep hearing that our healthcare system is broken and needs to be fixed. I disagree. We don’t have a broken healthcare system because the arrangement we have for healthcare in this country does not satisfy the definition of the word “system.” A sy...
Convergence in Pittsburgh
JEB SPRAGUE
As media and government delegates prepare for the G20 Summit to be held Sep. 24-25 in Pittsburgh, local business and activist groups are promoting clashing visions of days to come. Hit hard over the last quarter of the twentieth century with a collapsing steel...
Joe Wilson’s Immigration Hypocrisy
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
If Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina is so concerned about illegal immigration and the possibility that migrants might buy government sponsored health insurance then he should stop pushing for free trade agreements in Latin America. It’s an important poi...
Will Trumka or the Steelworkers Push Labor Into Battle?
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
I was wrong. In my dispatch previewing the AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh, on this site last week, I predicted that the grassroots initiative for a resolution to commit the labor federation to a single-payer health care policy would present the convention with one ...
Backstage at the AFL-CIO Convention
CARL FINAMORE
Any large national convention attracting over 1000 delegates and 2000 guests like the 11.5 million-member AFL-CIO gathering in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 13-17, is necessarily well-scripted and choreographed. This is to be expected. Scheduled appea...
Thoughts on Saving an Old Barn
DAVE LINDORFF
For the last two weeks, I’ve been contemplating the mysteries of a post-and-beam barn, trying to work out how to rescue the long-ignored structure from the fate of many barns of its vintage (probably about 150 years old), which is total collapse. This p...
Sliming Goldstone and His Report
URI AVNERY
Is there no limit to the wiles of those dastardly anti-Semites? Now they have decided to slander the Jews with another blood libel. Not the old accusation of slaughtering Christian children to use their blood for baking Passover matzoth, as in the past, but of...
CIA Torturers Running Scared
RAY McGOVERN
Seven CIA directors—including three who are themselves implicated in planning and conducting torture and assassination — have asked the President to call off Holder. Unable to prevent Attorney General Eric Holder from starting an investigation of t...
Women, War and Afghanistan
LINA THORNE
I want the women of Afghanistan to be liberated. Do I have to support the war? Short answer: No. In fact, supporting the war only works against their liberation. If you can’t stand the idea of ...
Will Trumka or the Steelworkers Push Labor Into Battle?
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
I was wrong. In my dispatch previewing the AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh, on this site last week, I predicted that the grassroots initiative for a resolution to commit the labor federation to a single-payer health care policy would present the convention with one ...
New Deal Liberalism Writes Its Obituary
ALAN NASSER
Since the administration of Jimmy Carter, the Democratic Party has been galloping to the right like there’s no tomorrow. Countless opportunities to mobilize constituencies against the depradations of Reaganism/neoliberalism were lost, or better, deliberately mi...
The Post-Bubble Malaise
MIKE WHITNEY
We keep hearing that "The worst is behind us", but the spin doesn’t square with the facts. Sure the stock market has done well, but scratch the surface and you’ll find that things are not as what they seem. Zero hedge–which is quickly beco...
Boycott Derails Jerusalem Rail Line
JONATHAN COOK
in Nazareth. An ill-fated light railway under construction in Jerusalem was originally heralded by Israeli officials as a way to cement the city’s “unification” four decades after the city’s Palestinian half was illegally annexed to Isr...
The Kuwaiti Who Met Bin Laden
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly struck another decisive blow to the credibility of the Bush administration’s detention policies at Guantánamo (and ...
The Prohibitionists’ Manifesto
FRED GARDNER
"Marijuana Dispensaries and the Federal Government: Recommendations to the Obama Administration" is a well researched, smoothly argued, copiously annotated Prohibitionist position paper that recently appeared on the ...
The Nuclear Dump in the Mediterranean Sea
MICHAEL LEONARDI
Now being overshadowed by the deaths of 6 Italian soldiers in the growingly unpopular war in Afghanistan, another deadly and sinister Tragedy is brewing. In the beckoning blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea that surround the Italian Peninsula and its islands, and wh...
What Happens in Congress Stays in Congress
DAVID MACARAY
In 1935, as part of the National Labor Relations Act (popularly known as the Wagner Act), the federal government gave labor unions the “right to organize,” which meant, among other things, that it was now a federal crime for companies to attempt to dissua...
When Gossip Came Back and Our Modern Age was Born
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The Seventies are back, or so claims People magazine. I can see why. It’s nostalgia for the last sane decade in American political life, when people assayed the state of the nation amid the embers of the Sixties and of the Vietnam War and elected politicians wh...
Dialing Up The Clash
LORENZO WOLFF
One of the most irritating questions that you can ask a musician is “What kind of music do you play?” It’s a pretty comical scene picturing a young Manu Chao or Les Claypool trying to answer this. After fifteen minutes of inarticulate gibberish, bot...
Hacking the Sky
JASON MARK
Earth is busted. Like a supercomputer whose elaborate code has developed a few bugs, the core operating systems of the planet are frayed: Ocean populations are collapsing, forests are disappearing, soils have become thin. Perhaps most worrisome, the globe’s atm...
Flags for Hiroshima
ELIN O'HARA SLAVICK
Note: ELIN O’HARA SLAVICK’s Flags for Hiroshima is on exhibit at the Cosign Project i...