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Archives from August 2010
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...