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Archives from October 2009
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...