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Archives from October 2010
Worldwide Concentration of Wealth
DANIEL RAVENTÓS
Studies on poverty and the poor abound but studies on wealth and the wealthy are not so plentiful. Around the world, university departments of Sociology, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, academic publications in the social sciences, a host of government department...
Wagner v. the Machine
DAVID YEARSLEY
For all its much-hyped and massively expensive high-tech stage machinery, the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold seems surprisingly underpowered, as if so much money and mental power went into the behemoth contraption dominating...
Obama’s Hawkish Policy in India
FARZANA VERSEY
The most telling aspect of Barack Obama’s trip to India in early November is his planned visit to all the sites targeted in the Mumbai attacks of November 28, 2008. He will also stay at the Taj Hotel. Commentators have been quick to gloat that this move will co...
Is It Time to Stop Listening to David Shambaugh on China?
PETER LEE
I usually discount China-bashing rhetoric pretty heavily. But then I read a quote from David Shambaugh in the New York Times: “This administration came in with one dominant idea: make China a global partne...
Xbox. vs. Wikileaks
JOHN GRANT
The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. -Opening line in William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” I recently took a tour of Best Buy to see what’s going on in the world of cons...
The New Old Dylan
PETER STONE BROWN
Way back in the early 1960s, my brother and I would buy Bob Dylan songbooks.  They would usually, though not always follow an album’s release and be titled after the album title.  These songbooks didn’t always include all the songs that were on ...
Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The good news first: we’re getting the encouraging impression that more and more of you CounterPunchers out there are taking us seriously when we tell you it’s crunch time and the wolves are circling the wagons and we need your money to keep CounterPunch ...
Worldwide Concentration of Wealth
DANIEL RAVENTÓS
Studies on poverty and the poor abound but studies on wealth and the wealthy are not so plentiful. Around the world, university departments of Sociology, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, academic publications in the social sciences, a host of government department...
A Sordid and Destructive Affair
BRIAN HOREJSI
Citizens around the world, particularly in self described progressive nations, have long been suspicious and distrustful of government(s) that exclude the public from decision making. While they have rarely done anything about transgressions of their democratic right...
Bernanke Gets His Pink Slip
MIKE WHITNEY
Question: What is the difference between a full-blown Depression and an excruciatingly "slow recovery"? Answer–Inventories and a bit of fiscal stimulus. On Friday, The Bureau of Economic Analysi...
Flatworm Economics
JOE BAGEANT
Ferrara, Italy. Sitting in a bottliberia, one of those wine bars that brings out food to match your particular choice of wine, mystified by the table setting. What was that tiny baby spoon for? Cappuccino surely, at some point, but why no big spoon to go with ...
Deficit Rises, Hypocrisy Rises Faster
GERALD E. SCORSE
Over the eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency, GOP lawmakers and some Democrats turned a budget surplus into the $1.2 trillion hot potato handed off to President Obama. Suddenly, having gotten fiscal religion, GOP lawmakers and some Democrats speak piousl...
"Man Up," Juan Williams
RANNIE AMIRI
“Prejudice squints when it looks and lies when it talks.” – Duchess d’Abrantès Prejudice is insidious. It rears its head in the least expected situations and...
Protest Met With Rubber Bullets
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Israeli police injured two Arab legislators yesterday in violent clashes provoked by Jewish rightwing extremists staging a march through the northern Arab town of Umm al-Fahm. Haneen Zoubi, a parliament member who has become a...
When Criminals Vote …
MICKEY Z.
Election Day is mental illness in plain view—unabashed, unfettered lunacy not even trying to masquerade as sanity. If we woke up, it would take perhaps 3-5 seconds to recognize this: Obama is a heinous criminal. His Republican rivals (sic) are heinous criminals...
Class War in America
DAVID ROSEN
The great unspoken two words of American political discourse are class war. The moral and political premise of the modern, post-World War II “American Century” is that the U.S. had overcome class divisions and struggle. Everyone, or nearly everyone save t...
Vietnam’s Revolution in the Revolution
RON JACOBS
When the United States first entered the war in Vietnam in defense of colonial France, the conflict was already decades old.  Indeed, it may have been the most protracted anti-colonial struggle of the twentieth century.  France’s domination of the reg...
Our Third Karpian Moment
RICHARD ANDERSON-CONNOLLY
In 2008, after a financial seizure that was the inevitable consequence of 40 years of rising inequality, a spectre was haunting America – the spectre of economic reform. Yet by means of skillful misrule Obama and the congressional Democrats managed to avoid dir...
Time for a New Theory of Money
ELLEN BROWN
The reason our financial system has routinely gotten into trouble, with periodic waves of depression like the one we’re battling now, may be due to a flawed perception not just of the roles of banking and credit but of the nature of money itself. In our economi...
Charging Rove With Racketeering
BOB FITRAKIS And HARVEY WASSERMAN
Ohio election attorney Cliff Arnebeck has filed a two-count complaint against The Partnership for Ohio’s Future, an affiliate of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Arenbeck charges that the Partnership is "…not truly independent, bu...
Democracy is Effigy
DAVID THOMSON
Those who have, those who used to have, and those who are trying to have. But they are all united in their imbecile worship of Authority.   —Gustave Flaubert, Sentimental Education You’ve s...
Obama as a Salesman
RAMZY BAROUD
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to claim that the resumption of peace talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority have thus far yielded nothing of value, at least not as far as settling the decades-long struggle. For one, the media...
America’s Happy News Media
DAVE LINDORFF
When I lived in China back in the early 1990s, it was entertaining to read the Chinese newspapers, all of them state-owned. In them, China’s government was always making excellent decisions, the economy was always improving, the leaders of other nations were al...
Arizona Blues
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
When people the world over think of Arizona, nowadays, they generally think of Gov. Jan Brewer, Sheriff Joe Arapio or state rep. Russell Pearce – the poster children of the state’s move toward legalized discrimination and racial profiling. If they are clo...
DIY Horror Film-making
KIM NICOLINI
"Not based on a true story. Not based on true events. Just true.” These are the opening lines of the movie Catfish. Packaged and sold like as a documentary, the movie follows the exploits of two “real life” brothers, Ariel...
It’s the Muslims Fault!
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
"Happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction . . . requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual suppor...
"Is This Normal?"
DAVID SMITH-FERRI
In a small storage shed at the edge of town, we watched as fourteen-year-old Sayed Qarim signed a simple contract agreeing to borrow and repay a no-interest, 25,000 afghani loan (roughly $555). Daniel from the Zenda Company, the loan originator, counted out the crisp...
Chamber of Horrors
DAVID MACARAY
Many people—including working men and women—still regard the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a patriotic, pro-American organization.  And why wouldn’t they?  It’s been around long enough to have become a household name, and it’s ma...
Break Out the Clothespins
MICHAEL DONNELLY
I’m not buying the “Democrat Bloodbath” scenario that’s being relentlessly pimped by the corporate media – “The Democrats are going to lose 20,000 seats in Congress; hundreds of statehouses…blah, blah, blah…” I ...
Fear of Growing Up
CHARLES R. LARSON
It’s difficult to think of Jean-Christophe Valtat’s 03 as a novel as its publisher...
Wind Turbine Syndrome
Dr. NINA PIERPONT, MD
Wind turbines majestically threshing the wind — what marvels of human engineering! To stand beneath one is breathtaking. To live near one can be hell on earth. So I have been told by countless people who suddenly find themselves grievously ill from the subtle y...
Kirchner’s Legacy
MARK WEISBROT
The sudden death of Néstor Kirchner yesterday is a great loss not only to Argentina but to the region and the world. Kirchner took office as president in May 2003, when Argentina was in the initial stages of its recovery from a terrible recession. His role in ...
Squeezing Hezbollah
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut is abuzz over some pretty bizarre events that have been unfolding the past few months concerning Hezbollah and the UN created International Tribunal for Lebanon, set up in 2007 to bring to justice those involved in the Valentine Day 2005 assassination of then ...
America’s Jobs Losses are Permanent
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Now that a few Democrats and the remnants of the AFL-CIO are waking up to the destructive impact of jobs offshoring on the US economy and millions of American lives, globalism’s advocates have resurrected Dartmouth economist Matthew Slaughter’s discredite...
Leaking the Truth
SHELDON RICHMAN
WikiLeaks has released close to 400,000 U.S. classified military documents relating to the Iraq war. The American people, the theoretical masters of the government, were not supposed to see them. So, just as it was when the website released 77,000 documents on the Af...
Winning the War in Afghanistan at $50 Million per Kill
NICHOLAS C. ARGUIMBAU
Michael Nasuti of Kabul Press recently published an article in which he calculated that killing each Taliban soldier in Afghanistan costs on average of $50 million to the US. The article, seemingly carefully. researched with all assumptions laid out so that anyone ca...
All They Ask For is an Unfair Advantage
MICHAEL WINSHIP
I attended a screening this week of Alex Gibney’s new documentary, Client 9. It’s the story of the rise and fall of New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer, brought down by imperial hubris and a reckless penchant for ladies of the evening. ...
Getting Back to the Real Constitution?
KIRKPATRICK SALE
There’s much talk these days, particularly by the Tea Party types, about getting back to the “real” Constitution, forcing the Obama government to honor the “original intent” of the Founding Fathers, and “understanding the Constitut...
Gitmo’s Indelible Stain
SHERWOOD ROSS
Although U.S. officials have attributed the torture of Muslim prisoners in their custody to a handful of maverick guards, in fact such criminal acts were widely perpetrated and systemic, likely involving large numbers of military personnel, a book by a survivor sugge...
Washington: Where Smart People Go to Do Stupid Things
SAM SMITH
One of the reasons that Barack Obama was elected was that many people thought he was extremely intelligent. And they assumed that meant he would also be competent. Unfortunately, these two qualities – while not necessarily mutually exclus...
Wal-Mart and New York City
JOSEPH GROSSO
‘They’ll have the battle of their lives. Wal-Mart exploits workers…and we want no part of that.’ So thundered Brooklyn City Councilman Charles Barron this past spring when word got out that Wal-Mart was eyeing space in a forthcoming 630,000 s...
Kirchner’s Legacy
MARK WEISBROT
The sudden death of Néstor Kirchner yesterday is a great loss not only to Argentina but to the region and the world. Kirchner took office as president in May 2003, when Argentina was in the initial stages of its recovery from a terrible recession. His role in ...
Squeezing Hezbollah
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut is abuzz over some pretty bizarre events that have been unfolding the past few months concerning Hezbollah and the UN created International Tribunal for Lebanon, set up in 2007 to bring to justice those involved in the Valentine Day 2005 assassination of then ...
America’s Jobs Losses are Permanent
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Now that a few Democrats and the remnants of the AFL-CIO are waking up to the destructive impact of jobs offshoring on the US economy and millions of American lives, globalism’s advocates have resurrected Dartmouth economist Matthew Slaughter’s discredite...
Leaking the Truth
SHELDON RICHMAN
WikiLeaks has released close to 400,000 U.S. classified military documents relating to the Iraq war. The American people, the theoretical masters of the government, were not supposed to see them. So, just as it was when the website released 77,000 documents on the Af...
Winning the War in Afghanistan at $50 Million per Kill
NICHOLAS C. ARGUIMBAU
Michael Nasuti of Kabul Press recently published an article in which he calculated that killing each Taliban soldier in Afghanistan costs on average of $50 million to the US. The article, seemingly carefully. researched with all assumptions laid out so that anyone ca...
All They Ask For is an Unfair Advantage
MICHAEL WINSHIP
I attended a screening this week of Alex Gibney’s new documentary, Client 9. It’s the story of the rise and fall of New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer, brought down by imperial hubris and a reckless penchant for ladies of the evening. ...
Getting Back to the Real Constitution?
KIRKPATRICK SALE
There’s much talk these days, particularly by the Tea Party types, about getting back to the “real” Constitution, forcing the Obama government to honor the “original intent” of the Founding Fathers, and “understanding the Constitut...
Gitmo’s Indelible Stain
SHERWOOD ROSS
Although U.S. officials have attributed the torture of Muslim prisoners in their custody to a handful of maverick guards, in fact such criminal acts were widely perpetrated and systemic, likely involving large numbers of military personnel, a book by a survivor sugge...
Washington: Where Smart People Go to Do Stupid Things
SAM SMITH
One of the reasons that Barack Obama was elected was that many people thought he was extremely intelligent. And they assumed that meant he would also be competent. Unfortunately, these two qualities – while not necessarily mutually exclus...