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Archives from October 2009
Can Ignorance and Arrogance Win Hearts and Minds?
DAVID MACARAY
Arguably, two critical assumptions responsible for the events in Iraq (and the pending disaster in Afghanistan) are (1) that men who wear ties and jackets and carry briefcases and Blackberries are “smarter” than men who wear funny clothes and ride camels,...
Criticism of Israel
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Israel’s defenders, increasingly besieged, increasingly proclaim that antisemites hide behind criticism of Zionism or Israel.   This is quite true, but what sort of ‘hiding’ is involved?  Antisemites do not literally hide out of sight...
Housing Rebound? Not So Fast
MIKE WHITNEY
Senate Democrats are a dogged bunch. And they’re not easily deterred from their primary duty of kowtowing the big banks. Case in point, the first-time home-buyer tax credit, the controversial bill which provides an $8,000 tax credit (re: subsidy) for new home b...
Matthew Hoh Speaks Truth to Power
GARY LEUPP
There are currently about 124,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and 65,000 in Afghanistan. There were 142,000 in Iraq and 31,000 in Afghanistan when Bush left office. By my count, that’s 16,000 more imperialist troops occupying foreign territory, being where they...
Pay Curbs and Bank Loans
MARSHALL AUERBACK
How appropriate that with Halloween just around the corner, the Fed and Treasury have announced a coordinated effort that will put the central bank at the forefront of pay regulation on the zombie firms now kept alive courtesy of US government largesse. Trick or trea...
Roman Roads and Modern Emperors
CONN HALLINAN
Carsulae, Italy. The Via Flaminia emerges from a hillside—literally—and climbs up a gentle hill toward a ruined forum. Like all Roman roads, it was well built, considerably more so than the modern ones jammed with trucks and cars that crisscross th...
Blair or Karadzic for EU President?
EAMONN McCANN
It would surely be perverse of Radovan Karadzic to challenge Tony Blair for the presidency of the EU and risk splitting the war criminal’s vote. A record as a war criminal will hardly enhance any candidate’s chances. But neither does it seem to be ...
Will the Pope Bring the Taliban Into His Flock?
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
If it had happened a few centuries ago it would have been part of the Counter-Reformation. Occurring now, it was still pretty significant. It was the news that Pope Benedict XVI had invited members of the Anglican Communion to abandon their church and join his. His i...
When Small Countries Lead the Way
MARK WEISBROT
Among the conventional wisdom that we hear everyday in the business press is that developing countries should bend over backwards to create a friendly climate for foreign corporations, follow orthodox (neoliberal) macroeconomic policy advice, and strive to achieve an...
Psychologist Complicity in Torture Challenged
STEPHEN SOLDZ
For years dissident members of the American Psychological Association, along with non-member psychologists, have fought the associations policies promoting psychologist participation in military and intelligence interrogations. These dissidents argued that psychologi...
Palin’s Pet Doug Hoffman Has Taliban Ties
LAURA FLANDERS
One week before Election Day, the special election to fill a vacant House seat in New York’s North Country is heating up. It’s a three-way split, pitting a Republican, a Democrat, and a Conservative against one another. It’s close. And the co...
What a "Jobless" Recovery Means for Young Workers
ALEXANDRA EARLY
I’m glad to hear on the news that the economy is doing better. But, frankly, my own household doesn’t feel it. My under-30 partner and I don’t own any stocks, so we’re not benefiting from Wall Street’s recovery.  We’re both st...
Agaisnt Prometheus
FRANK JOSEPH SMECKER
Derrick Jensen is the prize-winning author of A Language Older Than Words, ...
Three Years Later, Brad Will is Still Dead
JOHN ROSS
Three years after he was gunned down by Oaxaca state security agents October 27th 2006 while filming a confrontation between activists and local police during the oft-violent campaign to oust tyrannical governor Ulisis Ruiz Ortiz (URO), a prominent member of the once...
Peace Cycle to Palestine
SUSAN GALLEYMORE
The Peace Cycle, an annual ride for peace from London, just ended in Jerusalem. At the same time, Ehud Olmert just ended what he may have hoped would be a victory lap speaking around the United States and Palestinian school children from the villages of Tuba and Magh...
America’s Drug Crisis
DAVE LINDORFF
Next time you see a junkie sprawled at the curb in the downtown of your nearest city, or read about someone who died of a heroin overdose, just imagine a big yellow sign posted next to him or her saying: “Your Federal Tax Dollars at Work.” Kudos to...
Israeli Exceptionalism
M. SHAHID ALAM
Why is an economist writing a book on the geopolitics of Zionism? This is easily explained. I could have written a book about the economics of Zionism, the Israeli economy, or the economy of the West Bank and Gaza, but how would any of that have helped me to understa...
The Dismal Science
GREGORY TRAVIS
At first, I was horrified to learn that Sweden’s Royal Academy of Sciences had gone ahead this year and awarded a prize in Economics. That horror abated some when I learned it had been awarded, for the first time ever, to a woman. And it abated more when I unde...
How to Reduce Unemployment, Rebuild the Middle Class and Free Ourselves From Wall Street
MOSHE ADLER
Ten percent of Americans are unemployed, and many doubt that President Obama’s stimulus will create enough jobs to reduce this rate significantly. But given the structure of our labor force, more jobs is not necessarily what we need anyway. Our workforce includ...
A Rare Victory for Lebanon’s Palestinians
FRANKLIN LAMB
Yarmouk Refugee Camp, Damascus. Known simply as  “the General”, Michel Naim Aoun was born in a peaceful mixed Christian-Shia area of Haret Hreik, now a core Hezbollah zone. He rose from poverty to become the head of Lebanon’s newly creat...
What’s Happening in Mali?
VIJAY PRASHAD
Tucked away in the corners of the news media sits a report that the U. S. government will provide $5 million in trucks and military equipment to Mali. The aim of this donation is to help the Malian military fight the group known as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQ...
Elections in Afghanistan, the Second Time Around
BRIAN M. DOWNING
It is a testament to the strength of our commitment to democracy that we Americans believe elections will solve the problems of a country – any country. This is a nice civics lesson but the lessons of history are otherwise. And it is not a sound principle of fo...
Honduran Coup Myths Dispelled
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
Two new reports dealing with the June 28 military coup in Honduras have demolished the arguments of the current de facto government and its foreign apologists that the coup was consistent with the Honduran constitution and that most Hondurans welcomed the illegal ous...
What Obama Really Needs
RALPH NADER
I just received a letter from President Obama. Right there on the outside envelope are the words “I need you.” After not answering several letters which I have mailed and faxed to him, I was, for the briefest of moments, curious about this personal plea f...
The Danger of Towing the Line Behind Israel
BOUTHAINA SHAABAN
At a time that most countries of the world felt a sense of relief for the positive steps taken by Iran and the West, which promise a let up in tensions on the regional and international level, Israeli analysts, writers and rulers single themselves out by expressing e...
Pentagon Dirty Bombers
DAVE LINDORFF
The Nuclear Regulator Commission is considering an application by the US Army for a permit to have depleted uranium at its Pohakuloa Training Area, a vast stretch of flat land in what’s called the “saddle” between the sacred mountains of Mauna Loa a...
How You Can Save Pacifica
IAIN A. BOAL
The tsunami of abuse triggered by the alarm I sounded about the new crisis at Pacifica Radio in CounterPunch only confirms my diagnosis, were it not for the fact that among the torrents of sewage from envenomed nutballs there were many...
Black Tuesday and How We Got Out of It
MIKE WHITNEY
October 29, marks the 80th anniversary of the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the event which most historians point to as the beginning of the Great Depression. On Black Tuesday, traders dumped 16 million shares in one day, sending the markets into freefall.  In the...
San Francisco Braces for a Major Labor Dispute
CARL FINAMORE
The Law of Momentum, one of the most powerful postulates of physics, describes a collision “where the momentum gained by one object is equal to the momentum lost by the other object.” Physics is of course one of the “hard” sciences, but the sa...
Here Comes That Third Party
JAYNE LYN STAHL
Hoping for a 3rd party to come along, and do away with the two party paradigm? Well, stay tuned because something is happening in a New York congressional race which portends that change is en route, but not the change you had in mind. While she may have left ...
Power Plays in Florida
ALAN FARAGO
Today President Obama takes the bully pulpit for a new energy future to a rural, conservative town in Florida; Arcadia where Florida Power and Light is building the largest solar energy facility in the nation. But in its home state, Florida Power and Light in mired i...
Bombs Will Go Off in Baghdad, Whether the US is There or Not
PATRICK COCKBURN
The savage suicide bombings in the heart of Baghdad yesterday show how far the violence in Iraq is from being over. It is as if those who order these bombings know that they only have to repeat these atrocities every couple of months to destabilize the country. ...
Gagging Michael Pollan
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Even if agribusiness could shut Michael Pollan up, the outspoken author of Omnivore’s Dilemm...
When Gitmo and Abu Ghraib Come Home
BILL QUIGLEY And DEBORAH POPOWSKI
The Louisiana Board that licenses psychologists is facing a growing legal fight over torture and medical care at the infamous Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons. In 2003, Louisiana psychologist and retired colonel Larry James watched behind a one-way mirror in...
The Execution of Cameron Willingham
MICHAEL SNEDEKER
"The only statement I want to make is that I am an innocent man convicted of a crime I did not commit. I have been persecuted for twelve years for something I did not do. From God’s dust I came and to dust I will return, so the Earth shall become my throne...
Gridlock on the Way to Copenhagen
PATRICK BOND
After the weekend in which 350.org and thousands of allies valiantly tried to raise global consciousness about impending catastrophe, we can ask some tough questions about what to do after people depart and the props are packed up. No matter the laudable big-tent act...
Heading for the Tiber
BINOY KAMPMARK
Pope Benedict XVI is nothing if not wily.   The Catholic Church issued a call last week stating that it would enable Anglicans to convert to Roman Catholicism, thereby undermining an already conflicted Church amounting to 77 million followers.  Disaffe...
Paranoia for Breakfast
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
A few years ago I fell in with this circle of people – a high proportion of which are certifiably insane – who correspond by email with each other over politics.  I would call it a seriously mixed blessing, except that I’d never go far enough a...
Will the Dollar Remain the World’s Reserve Currency in Five Years?
MIKE WHITNEY
Menzie Chinn, co-author of The Economic Integration of Greater China, teaches economics at the...
Are You Ready for the Next Crisis?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Evidence that the US is a failed state is piling up faster than I can record it. One conclusive hallmark of a failed state is that the crooks are inside the government, using government to protect and to advance their private interests. Another conclus...
Obama’s Dirty War on Immigrants
SHAMUS COOKE
Under Bush, immigrant communities lived in a constant state of fear — terrorized by “Homeland Security” agents arresting anyone who appeared Latino and lacked ID. Families were separated, children left parentless, property abandoned, and long-lastin...
A Tsunami Called Goldstone
URI AVNERY
According to a Chinese saying, if someone in the street tells you that you are drunk, you can laugh. If a second person tells you that you are drunk, start to think about it. If a third one tells you the same, go home and sleep it off. Our political and milita...
The Power Behind the Drone
JAYNE LYN STAHL
Dick Cheney, a former vice president, just accused Barack Obama, a sitting president, of "dithering around" and not moving quickly enough when it comes to deciding whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan. But, why does Dick Cheney care? What is hi...
What Really Prompted Iran to Build the Qom Enrichment Facility?
GARETH PORTER
The Obama administration claims that construction of a second Iranian uranium enrichment facility at Qom began before Tehran’s decision to withdraw from a previous agreement to inform the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in advance of such construction...
The Great Dollar Collapse Debate
MIKE WHITNEY
The "dollar debate" on the Internet has been ferocious and emotionally-charged, but sadly lacking in logic. To oppose the "dollar will crash" theorists is like arguing a woman’s right to choose with the fist-waving throng assembled outside a...
Damn Near Dead at Yale
DAVID YEARSLEY
It’s 250 miles from Ithaca, New York to New Haven, Connecticut where I spent last weekend discussing J. S. Bach and women at a conference held at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale. That’s a bit longer than the distance the 40-year old  J. S. Bach...
A Fistful of Your Own Teeth
LORENZO WOLFF
A few days ago I went to the bank to take out some money. The teller was a quiet, mild-mannered guy in his mid thirties wearing a blue and white striped shirt with a starched collar that couldn’t quite cover what appeared to be a pentagram tattooed on his neck....
Unlearning the CIA
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
When I first met ex-CIA officer Bob Baer in Washington DC, I thought, The guy looks nothing like George Clooney.  But Clooney, who won an Academy Award playing Baer in the film Syriana, had in fact captured something about the posture, the pathos, the weariness ...
Gainful Employment
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
It is difficult to be optimistic during these times. Especially when you read about a woman with ovarian cancer whose husband has lost his job and, therefore, has no health insurance for his family. With limited options and a wife whose illness requires treatment, th...
Max’s Hollow Utopia
KIM NICOLINI
If you’re like me, you probably wondered how anyone could possibly adapt Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book, Where The Wild Things Are, into a feature-length film. The book consists of a total of ten sentences and relies on illustrations and i...