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Archives from August 2010
Utah’s New Immigration Law
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
Utah’s deepening internal debate over how best to handle its large  illegal alien population is raising interesting new questions about  the proper dividing line between federal and state authority over  immigration matters.  It’s also thre...
Mahmoud Abbas: Double Agent
JEFFREY BLANKFORT
This coming week we will witness the latest challenge for the man who is arguably the most extraordinary double agent in the Middle East. What is unusual about Mahmoud Abbas, or Abu Mazen, as he was known when his fellow Palestinians had yet to take his measure, is that m...
The Backward Slide Into Recession
MIKE WHITNEY
The economy is sliding backwards into recession. Ongoing deleveraging has slowed personal consumption and trimmed 2nd quarter GDP to a revised 1.6 per cent. As Obama’s fiscal stimulus dries up and the private sector slashes spending,  demand will continue to co...
Israel’s Vision Problem
PAUL LARUDEE
Israel and I are close in age, so it is not surprising that we suffer some of the same ailments. I have both myopia and hyperopia (nearsightedness and farsightedness), due to stretching of the eye globe and increasing rigidity of the lens, making it difficult to focus on ...
The Food Safety Shell Game
MARK KASTEL And WILL FANTLE
What isn’t being discussed in Congress, during the ongoing debate on the broken federal food safety system, is the root cause of the most serious pathogenic outbreaks in our food—the elephant (poop) in the room. The relatively new phenomena of nationwi...
Coping With the Flood
AYESHA IJAZ KHAN
Four weeks on, the floods that descended on Pakistan’s north-west, have engulfed the entire length of the country.  All along the increasingly ferocious Indus, large chunks of land in southern Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan are submerged in water, destroying cro...
Glenn Beck’s Redemption Song
ROBERT JENSEN
About halfway through Saturday’s “Restoring Honor” rally on the DC mall, I realized that I was starting to like Glenn Beck. Let me explain. It’s not that I really liked Beck, but more that I experienced his likeability. Whethe...
Give Me That Old Time Racism
JAMES ABOUREZK
I can still remember in the 1950s when, in Rapid City, South Dakota, a black African diplomat tried to get served in a Rapid City restaurant.  He was asked to leave.  After the newspaper reported the story, the owner of the restaurant said if he had known the gu...
What Is the US Legacy in Iraq?
PATRICK COCKBURN
A few days after the US announced that it had withdrawn its last combat brigade from Iraq, the local branch of al-Qa’ida staged a show of strength, killing or wounding 300 people in attacks across the country. Its suicide bombers drove vehicles...
Taliban Morale
GARETH PORTER
In an effort to introduce a story of "progress" into media coverage, Gen. David Petraeus’s command claimed last week that the Taliban is suffering from reduced morale in Marjah and elsewhere, despite evidence that the population of Marjah still believes th...
Floods and Debt
DAMIEN MILLET, SOPHIE PERCHELLET, and ERIC TOUSSAINT
Because of torrential rains lasting several days Pakistan is facing one of the worst predicaments in human and material terms for the last 80 years. The damage inflicted is stunning. About 22 million people are affected by the floods. Many infrastructures have been unable...
Driving Lessons on the Big Island
BEN PLEASANTS
Can a song played at rush hour over the Islands of Hawaii cause car crashes? Can a song make you suddenly sob and shake and weep and completely lose control of your automobile while you are driving from Honoka’a to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii? Can a song be ban...
Drug War on the Poor
LAURA CARLSEN
A wounded man, blood-covered and frantic, approached a military checkpoint in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, 100 miles south of Brownsville, Texas, with a horrifying story. Reportedly shot in the neck himself, the Ecuadorian would-be migrant to the United States led members of...
How Factory Farms Make You Sick
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Factory farms makes you sick. Let us count the ways. Just last week, more than half a billion eggs recalled. Why? Salmonella poisoning. More than 1,300 people sic...
Watermill at Gdansk
ISHMAEL REED
The August 20th press release came from Jorn Weisbrodt, Executive Director of Robert Wilson Works: “Over a year ago Robert Wilson was asked to participate as artistic director for the event celebrating ...
Race to the Bottom
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
While the harrowing economic hardship that started in late 2007 and early 2008 rages on, and countless people in the United States, Europe and other parts of the world are losing their jobs, their homes and their sources of livelihood, policy-makers in the advanced capita...
Knowing and Doing
RALPH NADER
Katsuko Nomura—a builder of consumer, labor, cooperative and women’s rights groups for over 55 years in Japan—passed away this month at the age of 99. She was one of the most remarkable civic leaders anywhere in the world. With her range of activities, s...
Pierce the Housing Bubble
DEAN BAKER
Virtually the entire economics profession insisted on ignoring the housing bubble as it expanded to ever more dangerous levels. Remarkably, even after the bursting of this bubble wrecked the economy and has given us the worst downturn in 70 years, most economists are stil...
Rebranding Iraq
RAMZY BAROUD
The soldiers of the US 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division hollered as they made their way into Kuwait. "We won," they claimed. "It’s over." But what exactly did they win? And is the war really over? It seems we are...
The GOP’s Midterm Strategy:
MIKE WHITNEY
On Tuesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on the estimated impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (a.k.a.–Obama’s $787 billion fiscal stimulus) The report provides conclusive evidence that the stimulus did ex...
Birthright Citizenship, “Anchor Babies” and the 14th Amendment
JULIA NISSEN
Recently, the somewhat repugnant term “anchor babies” has entered the immigration debate, as certain conservatives call for a reassessment of the 14th Amendment, claiming it wrongly protects the children of undocumented immigrants. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC...
Elias Khoury’s White Masks
CHARLES R. LARSON
The six chapter titles in this powerful novel are tantalizing indications of everything that will follow: “The Boxer-Martyr,” “Perforated Bodies,” “White Walls,” “The Dog,” “The Interrogation,” and “Provisi...
Visions for Latin America’s Future
BENJAMIN DANGL
Miners in Potosí, Bolivia, set off sticks of dynamite as cold winter winds zipped through the city, passing street barricades, protests, hunger strikers and an occupied electrical plant. These actions took place place from late July to mid-August against the neglec...
The Petulant Prince of Blackwater
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation. You do not find it among gross people.   Samuel Johnson, “ Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides” It’s hard to understand why Eric Prince is mad.  The settlement sounded like such a good ...
Postcard from … Futenma
JON MITCHELL
Okinawans are nowhere to be seen at this summer’s U.S. military appreciation day at the Futenma air base. This is shaping up to be the toughest year for Futenma Air Station since one of its helicopters crashed into a nearby university six years...
The Terrorists Have Won
MISSY BEATTY
On August 22, I was in Manhattan for the counter-protest to support the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero.  My friend Elaine Brower gave an impassioned speech, talking about the “gentlemen’s" club by the site, and a huge Century 21 clothi...
The Nazification of the United States
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Chuck Norris is no pinko-liberal-commie, and Human Events is a very conservative publication. The two have come together to produce an important article, “Obama’s US Assassination Program.” It seems only yesterday that Americans, o...
A Tale of Somali Pirates, Ethiopia and the U.S.A.
TOM MOUNTAIN
Pirates, warlords, Marxist guerilla turned G-20 statesman and the USA… the real story of the Somali pirates in the Horn of Africa is a tale that needs telling. This story starts in a place calling itself Puntland, after The Land of Punt, a onc...
Assange: The Amazing Adventures of Captain Neo in Blonde Land…
ISRAEL SHAMIR And PAUL BENNETT
…as no doubt the story of Julian Assange’s escapades in Sweden will be known once it inevitably makes its way into the hands of one of the goofier Hollywood directors – say Robert Zemeckis or Mel Brooks, or perhaps Stephen Herek of Bill & Ted’...
Thank You, Glenn Beck!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
This weekend brings us the August 28 anniversary of the March on Washington back in 1963. It was when Martin Luther King delivered his famous  “I have a dream” speech from the Lincoln Memorial. At least 250,000 people, 75-80 per cent black, rallied in the...
Floods for Pakistan; Floods of Money For its Leader
TARIQ ALI
A disaster of biblical scope: the floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains a month ago have affected more than 17.2 million people and killed over 1,500, according to Pakistan’s disaster management body | August is the monsoon season in Pakistan. This year a hard rai...
The Terrorists Have Won
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
On August 22, I was in Manhattan for the counter-protest to support the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero.  My friend Elaine Brower gave an impassioned speech, talking about the “gentlemen’s" club by the site, and a huge Century 21 clothi...
Why is Israel Terrified of a Ship Full of Women?
RANNIE AMIRI
“We will not even bring cooking knives.” – Samar al-Hajj, coordinator of the all-women Lebanese aid vessel Mariam The bloody wake left by the Mavi Marmara after the May 31 Israeli commando raid has not deterre...
A Union Fights for Its Economic Life
DAVID MACARAY
When engaged in contract negotiations, it’s illegal for a company to “plead poverty” in an effort to derail the union.  Management is not allowed to say that they can’t afford to give the workers a raise, or to suggest that if they granted the...
Israel / Palestine: What Really Matters and What Doesn’t
EDWARD LEWIS
Michael Neumann is a Professor of Philosophy at Trent University, Canada. He has long been a trenchant critic of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, and has written extensively on the topic for CounterPunch , notably his book  ...
On the Road to Skaneateles
DAVID YEARSLEY
The drive from Ithaca, New York, at the southern end of Lake Cayuga to the old-and-new money town of Skaneateles at the northern end of Skaneateles Lakes takes a little less than an hour, but traverses two worlds, the one affluent (at least in parts) the other rural and p...
How the Maharashtra Ended Famine
P. SAINATH
Maybe the government, the National Advisory Council (NAC) and other assorted enthusiasts of the Food Security Bill can learn from Maharashtra about moving towards ending hunger altogether. In 1963, the government of Maharashtra  (population in 2010 over 100 m...
The Odious Alan Simpson
DEAN BAKER
Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson, the co-chairman of President Obama’s deficit commission, has sparked calls for his resignation after sending an offensive and sexist note to Ashley Carson, the executive director of the Older Women’s League. While such call...
Uribe’s Parting Shot
LAURA CARLSEN
The rupture of diplomatic relations between Venezuela and Colombia after a special session of the OAS on July 22 marks increased animosity between the outgoing Colombian president Alvaro Uribe and Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez. The dispute ...
The Persecution of Lori Berenson
DANTE CASTRO ARRASCO
Lima. Once again the guardians of law and order fatten themselves on human suffering, assisted by their solicitous epigones of the press.  They wanted to produce a spectacle for the bleachers; they wanted to demonstrate the sacros...
Feminism Makes Another Curtain Call?
RON JACOBS
If one reads the New York Times and other popular journals, you will find the occasional feature discussing the end of feminism.  Depending on the editorial stance and intended audience of the journal, this article will either decry or celebrate the "return"...
Death and Taxes
SAUL LANDAU
That cliché in modern America should get re-worded: “Taxes Equal Death.” In 2010, unique in the world, the US military budget absorbs the lion’s share of the federal budget, under the aegis of security but actually to wage seemingly permanent war....
Of Wolves and Welfare Ranchers
GEORGE WUERTHNER
We continuously hear the livestock industry talking about “problem” wolves—those animals that attack untended livestock. Yet the real issue is “problem ranchers” who externalize one of the costs of doing business—namely operating a live...
It’s Not About Religion
GREGORY HARMS
Since the September 11 attacks, the topic of Islam, and in particular Muslim extremism, has come front and center in the news coverage and public discourse. This focus has in some cases spun off into strange and disturbing areas. One example in the news is the "Groun...
The Curse of the Muslim Seed
JOHN GRANT
“Taft is a fathead.” (Theodore Roosevelt, 1912) The anti-gay blog QueerHunt has just launched an expose that General David Petraeus is gay and has a secret Arab boyfriend he periodically meets in a D...
The Mercenaries and the NGOs
YVES ENGLER
Market extremists argue that the private sector can do almost everything better than governments. The most extreme do not concede the qualifier “almost” and argue that even the police and army should be privatized. The growth of private security compan...
Badgers, Buses and Trains
BILLY WHARTON
Mention the name Amtrak and you might be on the receiving end of some unexpected hostility. Tales of delays or strange transfers or even outright anger at high prices will likely ensue. In fact, for most people in America, the idea of a national rail system is a myth and ...
The Mosque and the Muslim Vote
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
In recent weeks, Republicans have expressed surprisingly muted criticism of President Obama’s handling of the Ground Zero mosque controversy. Some GOP leaders – everyone from anti-Zionist Pat Buchanan to libertarian Grover Norquist – have gone so far as ...
Hitchens: Bomb Iran Now
JUDITH BELLO
The Atlantic published a disturbing article recently, "The Point of No Return” by Jeffrey Goldberg, who makes the case that, since Israel is guaranteed to initiate an attack on Iran by next spring, the US should take the initiative and do the job itself. ...
Swaziland’s $200 Million Dollar Despot
MICHAEL MARQUSEE
Swaziland is a small country with a big problem. The 1.3 million inhabitants of the land-locked southern African kingdom live under the thumb of one of the world’s last absolute monarchies, a venal and repressive regime whose plunder of the country is systematic and...