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Archives from June 2010
BC’s Killer Whales Get Their Day in Court
MISTY MacDUFFEE And CHRIS GENOVALI
As British Columbia’s southern resident killer whales are welcomed back to local waters, many scientists and citizens are growing increasing concerned for their future.   Even with new arrivals to our local pods, the population still n...
A Short History of BP
M. KAMIAR
British Petroleum is the UK’s largest corporation. It is among the largest private-sector energy corporations in the world. It is a vertically integrated cartel that operates oil and natural-gas exploration, marketing, and distribution all over ...
The NYT and the Flotilla Inquiry
ALISON WEIR
The New York Times, whose regional bureau chief has a son in the Israeli military, reports that Israel has just appointed a panel charged with investigating its attack on an aid flotilla that killed nine aid volunteers, including a 19-year-old America...
Helen Thomas: an Appreciation
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The propagandists for the Israel Lobby, who occupy the Wall Street Journal editorial page while pretending to be journalists, are determined to remove Helen Thomas from the annals of journalism. In case you have already forgotten, a few days ago the d...
Deconstructing Obama’s BP Speech
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Obama’s speech to the nation addressing the gulf disaster was filled with more eye candy than substance, laden with propaganda and deception.  It was primarily intended to exonerate his administration for its inaction and incompetence in de...
Closing BP’s Escape Routes
ROBERT WEISSMAN
BP generates enough cash to absorb its liabilities from the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. But that doesn’t mean it will. One of the benefits of the corporate form is that it gives giant corporati...
The Retail Sales Slump
DEAN BAKER
The Commerce Department reported that retail sales in May were down by 1.2 percent from April. This surprised most economists who had expected a modest increase. The media were filled with accounts of economists trying to explain why consumers were st...
The Iron Lady Meets the Pitbull in Lipstick
LAURA FLANDERS
It’s a political cartoonist’s dream: Sarah Palin is reportedly planning a trip to England to meet her political idol, Margaret Thatcher.  The Iron Lady, Britain’s first female prime minister, the infamous union-buster of the 80s...
Gulf Crisis Implodes Presidency
GREG MOSES
Flanked above his left shoulder by what looked like a pair of turkey legs dressed in a red-striped diaper, the President of the United States spent twenty minutes Tuesday night capitulating in a fight that he refuses to win. The...
The Scourging of Helen Thomas
RALPH NADER
The termination of Helen Thomas’ 62-year long career as a pioneering, no-nonsense newswoman was swift and intriguingly merciless. The event leading to her termination began when she was sitting on a White House bench under...
Eyewitness to the Israeli Assault on the Mavi Marmara
DAVE LINDORFF
Kevin Neish of Victoria, British Columbia, didn’t know he was a celebrity until he was about to board a flight from Istanbul to Ottawa. “This Arab woman wearing a beautiful outfit suddenly ran up to me crying, ‘It’s you! From A...
What Bhopal Started
P. SAINATH
Over 20,000 killed. Over half a million victims maimed, disabled or otherwise affected. Compensation of around Rs. 12,414 per victim on average on the 1989 value of the rupee. $ 470 million total. And that divided between 574,367 victims.) Over a quar...
The Arizona Spasm
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
As a result of several recent draconian laws, Arizona’s image has taken a drubbing internationally. And yet, Arizona is but the spear. In reality, its politics are not that dramatically different from other states and not that different from Was...
South of the Border
PRAIRIE MILLER
Cuban leader Fidel Castro was interrogated some years ago by the New York Times, demanding to know why freedom of the press is not allowed in Cuba. Meaning, of course, beyond buzzwords, the inclusion of pro-capitalist reporting. To which Fidel’s...
The Next Housing Crisis
MIKE WHITNEY
Did the Federal Reserve collude with the big banks to hold millions of houses off the market until the Fed finished adding $1.25 trillion to the banks reserves?  Did the Fed do this to make it appear that its bond purchasing plan (quantitative ea...
The Africans are Coming!
TOLU OLORUNDA
“In what particular, sir?” … “Oh, you know very well what I mean. I mean—well—well—do you feel you are the equal of a White man?” ...
Helen Thomas’ Watergate Scoop
FRED GARDNER
The alacrity —the relief— with which her fellow journalists allowed Helen Thomas to be offed is shameful but understandable.  She showed them all up. She was the only one whose questions weren’t mealy-mouthed, the only anti-war ...
Israeli Raid Coverage
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
An American art student loses an eye when struck in the face by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli Defense Force (IDF) personnel breaking up a demonstration in the occupied West Bank which itself is a protest against the deadly commando raid on the ...
The Most Dangerous Country in the World for Journalists
PATRICK COCKBURN And TERRI JUDD
Baghdad Hot-headed and buoyed by youthful defiance, Sardasht Osman ignored the death threat texts that flashed up on his phone and his brothers’ pleas to tone down his articles criticizing the Kurdish regional government....
Fears of Cultural Extinction on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast
JORDAN FLAHERTY
As BP’s deepwater well continues to discharge oil into the Gulf, the economic and public health effects are already being felt across coastal communities. But it’s likely this is only the beginning. From the bayous of southern Louisiana to...
Montana’s Frontline Against Big Oil
TOM WOODBURY
Missoula. Even more than Louisiana, Montana stands on the front lines in America’s imperialistic war on the environment, a war that is being fought to feed our desperate addiction to crude oil. Somew...
America’s Worst Generation
STEVEN HIGGS
For we radical environmentalists, whose warnings and arguments have been ignored, maligned and ridiculed since the Reagan Revolution dawned three decades ago, the Gulf of Oil disaster evokes a wicked brew of emotions and attitudes. ...
In the Service of the Rich
DEAN BAKER
The supposed free market fundamentalists are once again running to get a helping hand from Big Government. Apparently, the Republicans are outraged over the fact that many homeowners are now "strategically defaulting" on their mortgages. The...
The Do-Nothing President
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
What do nine dead Gaza activists in the Mediterranean, nine-plus percent unemployment, and ninety years of oil catastrophe clean-up have in common? How about one astonishingly tepid president? How about on...
Going After the Wrong People
DAVE LINDORFF
What does it say about the the American government, its president, and its military today, that the the largest military/intelligence organization in the history of mankind has launched a global manhunt for Julian Assange, head of the Wikileaks organi...
Attacking Humanitarian Aid
EVE SPANGLER
On May 31 Israel attacked a humanitarian aid convoy bound for Gaza in international waters. Was this an act of self-defense, a stupid miscalculation, or a strategic (albeit costly) necessity? Israel, of course, argues for the legitimacy of th...
Why the French Hate Chomsky
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris, June 12, 2010. Dear Noam, It was a long-awaited pleasure for your many friends and admirers to see you in Paris. I know it was tiring, but you mustn’t think you wore out your voice for nothing...
Stones in Exile
PHYLLIS POLLACK
Stones in Exile, the long awaited documentary film directed by Stephen Kijak about the making of the Rolling Stones’ tenth studio album, 1972’s Exile On Main St., will be released on June 22, 2010. The DVD is from E...
The Re-Education of Helen Thomas
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
Moab. Note: These thoughts were implanted in Helen Thomas’ brain after a long and grueling surgical intervention conducted by Likudnik neurosurgeons, who were assisted by U.S. Congressmen, the White House press pool and a ...
Who is Afraid of a Real Inquiry?
URI AVNERY
If a real Commission of Inquiry had been set up (instead of the pathetic excuse for a commission), here are some of the questions it should have addressed: 1. What is the real aim of the Gaza Strip blockade? ...
Iran’s Presidential Election One Year Later
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
One year after his feverishly contested reelection as the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seems be to standing on firmer political ground than any other time of his presidency. Having withstood all the relentless destabilization plots, both fro...
Who Should We Root For?
HARRY BROWNE
"Harry, keep it simple for us sports fans/idiots,” a CounterPunch reader emailed me last week. “As with the Phoenix Suns, is there any political or moral reason to support one team over another in the World Cup?” In my r...
Red Cards for Fifa, Coke and South African Elites
PATRICK BOND
Durban, South Africa The World Cup™ began with the home team drawing Mexico 1-1 on Friday at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium, with the US and England playing to the same score the following night, two hours west,...
Can Public Schools Censor Off-Campus Speech?
JULIE HILDEN
On June 3rd, an en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit re-heard two First Amendment cases that involve speech by public-school students. In each case, the speech occurred off campus, but it still resulted in the school’...
How NYC May be Revolutionizing the Way Kids Eat
JOSHUA FRANK
When one envisions a stereotypical school lunch, a plate of leathery cheese pizza and a high fructose-laden soda with a side of green jello may come to mind. Fortunately this concept of lunch is soon to be tossed in the trash at a handful of New York ...
The State as Protection Racket
T. P. WILKINSON
I always ask myself when someone says or writes "loss", where did the money go? Even when a ship is lost at sea there is generally wreckage. Of course the ocean is bigger than the economy and it is possible that a ship’s remains disapp...
Funding Both Sides in Afghanistan
ERIC WALBERG
War junkies popped their champagne corks on 7 June to celebrate the 104th month of US military engagement in Afghanistan, America’s longest war in history (Vietnam lasted 103 months). Presumably they toasted the five NATO soldiers killed on 6 Ju...
The West Needs Wolves
GEORGE WUERTHNER
Despite the dire predictions from hunter advocacy groups that wolves are "destroying" elk herds, the real problem for Montana and other western states is not that wolves eat too many elk; rather the problem is that they do not eat enough....
World Cup Profiteers
PATRICK BOND
Durban, SA. On June 11, South Africans start partying like no time since liberation in April 1994, and of course it is a huge honor for our young democracy to host the most important sporting spectacle short of the Olympics. Al...
Suffocating the Planet
MISSY BEATTIE
If you spot me, carrying my Chanel handbag, don’t worry. You do not have to duck or run. I am not packing heat. I will not carry a weapon of any caliber of destruction, from the teensy to the massive. Except for a tube of red lipstick. ...
From Jim Crow to Juan Crow
JOSEPH NEVINS
In 1960, four college students in Greensboro, North Carolina held a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter, a historic event which proved to be a key spark in the Civil Rights movement. Fifty years later, young people are sitting in once again and chall...
The New Right History
SAUL LANDAU
The Texas State Board of Education approved a new social studies curriculum to reflect American History as it should have happened. Board member Cynthia Dunbar (R) elucidated the core of the Board’s premise: America was and should be “a Ch...
Head Fakes
LINH DINH
American racists are living through tough times. The president is half black, half white, with a Muslim father. The governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, is Indian-American, and Nikki Haley, who is of Sikh descent, may become the next governor of South...
Corrie and Dogan: Murdered, American Heroes
RANNIE AMIRI
“You [Israel] killed 19-year-old Furkan Dogan brutally. Which faith, which holy book can be an excuse for killing him? … The sixth commandment says, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ Did you not understand? I’ll say agai...
Toy Story
CHARLES R. LARSON
Rarely has a title summed up the contents of a book as accurately as I Am Nujood, ...
Agency Breakdown
LARRY TUTTLE
The British Petroleum Gulf of Mexico story is an eery reminder of our experience with the Formosa Silver Butte abandoned mine near Roseburg, Oregon. In 1993 and 1994, several tons of Formosa mine tailings sloughed into the Cow Creek drainage, a major ...
Blue and Blind
DAVID YEARSLEY
There is a certain kind of love that makes the besotted see aspects of the beloved in the face of every subsequent object of affection, even long after the initial affair has ended. Perhaps it is the color of the eyes, the shape of the lips, the sound...
Milo Mindbender in Afghanistan
JOHN GRANT
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: "We’re gonna come out of this war rich!" Yossarian : "You’re gonna come out rich. We’re gonna come out dead." ...
Budget Nightmare at Pentagon
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Change is coming to the Pentagon. The prevailing wisdom is that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates brings it. Real change is, indeed, in the wind, but it is not coming from Gates. The long overdue program terminations and overhead savings Gates pursues...
How to Buy a Judge
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
"No matther whether th’ constitution follows th’ flag or not, th’ supreme coort follows th’ iliction returns." – Finley Peter Dunne It is y...