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Archives from September 2010
Is the Drug War a Class War?
LAURA FLANDERS
The war on drugs. We keep calling it that, it seems, because we like wars on abstract concepts. Like the war on terror, the war on drugs racks up one hell of a body count, and its victims are mostly innocent civilians with no more love for the corrupt regimes that rule th...
Gandhi’s Wisdom
URI AVNERY
SURFING THE television channels, I came across an interview with the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi on an American network (Fox – would you believe it). “My grandfather told us to love the enemy even while fighting him,” he said, &ldquo...
How ICE Illegally Deprived Saad Nabeel of His Freshman Year
GREG MOSES
As the 2009 graduates of Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas begin their sophomore year of college under new stresses of time and study, they do not forget that their classmate Saad Nabeel never got to finish the first semester of his freshman year.  And Nabeel&rsqu...
The Dismantling of Civil Society
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
How stupid are you? I mean, let’s just face it, shall we?  That is precisely the question the right has been asking the American public for thirty years (and more) now.  And that is the question the American public has been enthusiast...
Wolf Restoration
GEORGE WUERTHNER
A year ago I wrote a CounterPunch column asking rhetorically if hunters were stupid. In that article I wondered if hunters were aware of the fact that shooting wolves is unpopular with most Americans and if hunting of wolves continued,...
The FBI Raids in Context
RON JACOBS
On September 24, 2010 the FBI raided several houses and a couple offices in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago and North Carolina  under the guise of looking for proof that the people living in those houses were involved with organizations that "lent material support...
The Redistribution of Wealth
PATRICK IRELAN
The United States is undergoing a great redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich. President Obama and the Congress have done nothing to alter this trend. Despite the corporate media’s obsession with the alleged differences between the Democrats and the Rep...
Ahmadinejad Steals the Show
JAYNE LYN STAHL
All the furor, and media feeding frenzy over Ahmadinejad’s comments at a meeting of the United Nations on Thursday couldn’t have been better timed. When Iran’s Machiavelli decided to vent about the U.S. exploiting the bombing of th...
Spreading Democracy in Afghanistan
DAVE LINDORFF
US-led forces in Afghanistan sure did a bang-up job this week at promoting the concept of Western “democracy.” The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the puppet intelligence agency of the Afghan government, between them, ...
Scientists, Secrets and Wall Street’s Lost $4 Trillion
PAM MARTENS
Thanks to an ever growing influx of Ph.D.s from the Ivies and an insatiable demand for an algorithmic trading edge by secretive hedge funds and proprietary trading desks at the largest firms, Wall Street has become part physics lab, part ...
Miner Problems, Major Paralysis
JAMES McENTEER
Today is sunny and warm where I happen to be, with a light breeze, perfect for riding bikes with the dogs, enjoying a cool swim and eating lunch outside under the trees. But for thirty-three Chilean miners trapped more than two thousand feet below the earth’s surfac...
A Blurred Line in Bahrain
RANNIE AMIRI
The situation in Bahrain has deteriorated to such an extent that it can no longer be called a political crisis; it is now a human rights crisis. And the silence of those in the Middle East and West, particularly the United States, has been shameful. ...
The Danish Cartoon Affair
RUNE ENGELBRETH LARSEN
On September 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, some of which were extremely demonizing in their outspoken anti-Muslim symbolism. Four months later violent protests erupted outside Danish embassies in some Muslim ...
Why Does Israel Still Occupy the Palestinians?
SHIR HEVER
The majority of Israel’s anti-occupation movement, unfortunately, does not focus on the rights of Palestinians to live free, but on the damage that the occupation causes to Israeli society (Sternhell, 2009). The arguments that the occupation is a m...
High Noon for California Nurses
DAVID MACARAY
On September 4, approximately 43,000 healthcare workers at 331 Kaiser facilities in California began voting on whether or not to stay affiliated with their current union, the large (1.9 million) and influential Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which was forme...
Why Mitchell Said "No" to Hamas
RAMZY BAROUD
One key difference between Hamas and its rival, the Fatah movement in the West Bank, is that Hamas is accountable to a much more complex set of priorities and expectations. While Fatah is effortlessly co-opted, Hamas remains confined by ideological standards and the strin...
Jewels of Silent Film Music
DAVID YEARSLEY
There are few things worth giving up a perfect fall afternoon in Upstate New York for, but Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman with live music is one of them. A dinner break and a return for F. W. Murnau’s Sunrise,beginning as the sun sets on the other side of Lake Cayuga s...
The Collapse of Western Morality
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Yes, I know, as many readers will be quick to inform me, the West never had any morality. Nevertheless things have gotten worse. In hopes that I will be permitted to make a point, permit me to acknowledge that the US dropped nuclear bombs on two Japa...
Pragmatic Idealism
DAVID MODEL
Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq; drones flying over Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen Pakistan, special ops assassins in 70 countries; aid to Israel, Turkey, Columbia, Pakistan  and over 700 bases around the world.  All these actions are a result of policies conceived in the U.S....
Ramadan in Aida Camp
RICH WILES
From the barred windows of a four-storey house, strings run across the narrow main street of Aida Camp, well above head height, to the caged fence atop the walls of the Aida Camp Basic Boys School. Small plastic Palestinian flags hang down limply from the string. The outs...
Lessons From Arizona
JESSE STRAUSS
Arizona’s legislature passed the highly contested Senate Bill 1070 last April. The bill targets people who have crossed our southern border without documentation in a variety of ways. One example is that Arizona law enforcement officers, if following SB1070 as it was wr...
Glasgow’s Two Nations
JULIEN BRYGO
The Glasgow Art Club, housed in a Victorian mansion among the offices, wine bars and boutiques of the Merchant City district, was founded at the height of the industrial revolution, in 1867, by a painter who sold his work to cotton and sugar traders. Once a week Scotland...
Running for the Exits
LAURA FLANDERS
The Internet was all a-Twitter when news broke that Larry Summers, director of the National Economic Council, will step down by the end of the year. Summers — ring a bell? Maybe you remember his comments as president of Harvard that gender skew...
Red Capitalism in Vietnam
CHARLES LARSON
A couple of years ago when I spend some time in Vietnam, I was struck by the country’s virulent form of capitalism. Consumer goods were stacked up everywhere; the people seemed prosperous; the streets were clean and pretty much free of trash; moreover, everyone seemed t...
A Ten Percent Shift?
RALPH NADER
How does the Big Business-indentured Republican Party get away with expectations of a runaway election victory this November? If such a victory should occur in Congress and for many governorships and state legislatures, it will be due to a ten percent or so shift in voter...