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Archives from July 2010
The Saga of Shirley Sherrod
HEATHER GRAY
It would almost be a nice story if what recently happened to Shirley Sherrod and its resolution, with apologies from the government and offers of another job, was an isolated incident. It is not! Sherrod, a Black woman, and a USDA employee, was treate...
The "Pursuit of Happiness" Means a Job
PAUL BUCCHEIT
It’s guaranteed for all of us by the Declaration of Independence. While ‘happiness’ is a vague word, the unhappiness caused by extreme economic inequality has been clearly demonstrated by Richard Wilkinson and others, as it leads to ...
Greece and Wall Street
WALDEN BELLO
Cafés are full in Athens, and droves of tourists still visit the Parthenon and go island-hopping in the fabled Aegean. But beneath the summery surface, there is confusion, anger, and despair as this country plunges into its worst economic crisi...
Co-opting the Anti-Nuclear Movement
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
No medium of propaganda is as powerful and effective as film. Think of the classics, the most notorious efforts to to sway the public with the electrifying and collective passion of cinema: racial apartheid was justified in the US with Birth of a Nati...
Cops Kill Again in Oakland
DENNIS BERNSTEIN
Here we go again: last Saturday, July 19, another police kill at the same rail transit station in Oakland, California, where 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in the back last year. And while the circumstances of Saturday’s ...
Prague’s Calendar Affair
TOM CLIFFORD
Prague. The decision by a group of Czech women politicians to pose seductively for a calendar has drawn accusations that they are making an exhibition of themselves and demeaning politics. Officially the f...
The Last of His Kind
MICHAEL DONNELLY
I’m not gonna go so far as to say that David Vest’s new CD is his “Graceland.” It is, however, one of those excellent collections of songs that cover the range of an artist’s career; one that defines “The Music.&rdq...
Is the Israeli Right a More Credible Peacemaker?
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. A fascinating debate is entering Israel’s political mainstream on a once-taboo subject: the establishment of a single state as a resolution of the conflict, one in which Jews and Palestinians might potentially li...
A Liberal, But With Guts
JAMES ABOURESK
I first met Senator Byrd shortly after I was sworn in for my first term as a U.S. senator from South Dakota. It was January 1973. I knew Senator Byrd was from Beckley, West Virginia, because that is where my older sister, Helen R...
The Secret Colossus
BINOY KAMPMARK
"The intelligence world,’ says claim the authors of a CIA document on collection and analysis of intelligence  on Iraq, ‘is one of ambiguity, nuance and complexity’ (Jul 15, 2007).  All the more dire then, that the US ...
Opportunities in Haiti are Washing Away
MARK SCHULLER
It’s about 7:30 local time as write this. We’ll see if I can connect to the internet and post. I just got off the phone with Leslie, a friend and leader in Asanble Vwazen Solino (the Solino Neighborhood Assembly). Knowing the answe...
Nice Work If You Can Get It
BRIAN J. FOLEY
Like many CounterPunchers, I get lots of email from political groups seeking money. Many of the emails are worthwhile. Others, such as those from Democratic Party groups, aren’t. Today’s was from James Carville, on b...
The Big Disconnect
JESSE JACKSON
Will the U.S. once more sacrifice economic justice at home for war abroad? Dr. King used to say that the bombs dropped over Vietnam exploded in America’s cities. The war on poverty was lost in those jungles. And now? The w...
BP Sticks Finger in Dike and All’s Well …
DAVID UNDERHILL
The petro porn vanishes from the boob tube, and attention drifts. Almost three months of oily gushing from BP’s broken well at the bottom of the Gulf ends with a new spire of complex plumbing bolted atop the failed parts and squelching the spout...
Life Imitates Art
MARK WEISBROT
It’s nice when you make a documentary about how the major media outlets misrepresent reality, and the media response to the film proves your point. In fact, the media’s response to Oliver Stone’s “South of the Border,” wh...
America’s Defense Associations
JOHN STANTON
With the Washington Post’s series on Top Secret America  (a Pulitz...
Inside the Israeli Knesset
URI AVNERY
WHEN I was first elected to the Knesset, I was appalled at what I found. I discovered that, with rare exceptions, the intellectual level of the debates was close to zero. They consisted mainly of strings of clichés of the most commonplace varie...
Made in China
DAVID MACARAY
The U.S. no longer makes stuff.  In their wisdom, America’s politicians, academics and corporate leaders willingly relinquished our manufacturing base to the Third World.  Our trade deficit remains huge, we’re trillions of dollar...
Disrespecting the Yellow in the Tour de France
DAVID PRICE
For the first time in decades, yesterday’s daily awarding of the yellow jersey to the Tour de France’s race leader had an audible mixture of applause and loud boos. The awarding of the yellow jersey to two time Tour de France champion Albe...
Why Obama’s "Secure Communities" Program May be More Dangerous Than Arizona
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
It’s one of the Obama administration’s most important and secretive immigration enforcement programs. But despite growing concerns from civil libertarians and immigration activists about the way the program’s been designed and implem...
Palestinian Rights in Lebanon
FRANKLIN LAMB
The explosive issue of Palestinian civil rights for Lebanon’s refugees will move to  center stage under the Lebanese Parliamentary spotlight this week, with  meetings of parliamentary committees and a  legislative session now sche...
Why the CIA is Trying to Burn Amiri
GARETH PORTER
Contrary to a news media narrative that Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri has provided intelligence on covert Iranian nuclear weapons work, CIA sources familiar with the Amiri case say he told his CIA handlers that there is no such Iranian nuclear weapo...
Labor Fights Back
SHAMUS COOKE
If the U.S. economy eventually recovers and current trends continue, U.S. workers won’t be celebrating in the streets. The corporate establishment has made it clear that a “strong recovery” depends on U.S. workers making “great...
Incident at Willow Lake Mine
ADAM TURL
THOMAS BROWN died in the Willow Lake Mine at 1 p.m. on July 12 near the town of Equality in southern Illinois. Brown, a 61-year-old mine foreman who was planning to retire later in the year, was struck and killed by a 20-ton shuttle car loaded with co...
The Beauties and the Beasts
MIKITA BROTTMAN
She was once an international sex symbol: blonde, funny, desirable. Her sweet, pouting face was everywhere you looked. Yet despite her reputation as a fun-loving girl-next-door, this lovable charmer was privately troubled; her turbulent marriages made...