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Archives from October 2010
The Violence Debate
RAMZY BAROUD
An American activist once gave me a book she wrote detailing her experiences in Palestine. The largely visual volume documented her journey of the occupied West Bank, rife with barbered wires, checkpoints, soldiers and tanks. It also highlighted how Palestinians resisted ...
Crackpot Curriculum
CHARLES M. YOUNG
So in August I went back to Wisconsin, which was glowing green under a brown cloud of mosquitos. Lotta water this past summer, and the most mosquitos since, oh maybe 1965, which is when the Schmoes first played in public at the ninth grade Halloween dance at Van Hise...
Palestine’s Olive Harvest Horror
RANNIE AMIRI
“Lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it … ” Quran 24:35 “...
After the Coal Rush
LEE BALLINGER
There is a war going on for the soul of Appalachia, a war over coal and music. In a May 16 editorial penned for the Nashville Tennessean, singer Emmylou Harris described the core of it: “Mountaintop removal is an extreme form of strip mining where coal companies use...
Ecuador’s Failed Coup
LAURA CARLSEN
The Sept. 30 attempted coup in Ecuador that killed three and held the elected president hostage serves as a warning. Democratic transitions remain fragile and incomplete in Latin America and some of the boldest moves away from colonialism and toward inclusive societies ar...
Bob Dylan and America
PETER STONE BROWN
Historian, professor and writer Sean Wilentz’ new book Bob Dylan in America is neither b...
Bunker U
DAVID Ker THOMSON
“You know, you want to make any sense on foreign policy in Canada, you talk to Janice Stein.” –Michael Ignatieff  [Muckamuck tribe] Not to be sexist and all, but surely there’s a special place in h...
The Arms Sale Economy
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The trumpet’s loud clangor Excites us to arms. John Dryden, "A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day" It is time for an update on arms sales and the economy and happily, the news ...
Thank God for France
MIKE WHITNEY
Thank God for France. While American liberals tremble at the idea of sending an angry e mail to congress for fear that their name will appear on the State Department’s list of terrorists, French workers are on the front lines choking on tear gas ...
Ecuador’s Challenge
BENJAMIN DANGL
The recent right-wing coup attempt in Ecuador shed light on the rupture between President Rafael Correa and the country’s indigenous movements. This rocky relationship demonstrates the challenges of protesting against a leftist leader without empowering the rig...
Why French Protestors Have It Right
MARK WEISBROT
The demonstrations that have rocked France this past week highlight some of its differences from the United States. This ...
Ignoring the Social Benefits of Drinking
SUZY DEAN
London "Awareness raising” has become a common objective for health campaigns concerned about the dangers of alcohol. The gruesome ...
The Ignored Dark-Sides of Joblessness
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Two of my oldest and dearest friends in life are unemployed and suffering – facing full-blown collapse monetarily and mentally. Both have graduate degrees, multiple skills, commendable work records and zero job search success despite dilig...
Rising Tensions in the China Seas
CONN HALLINAN
On the face of it, it is hard to explain why a minor collision between a Chinese fishing boat and a Japanese Coast Guard vessel this past August escalated to the point where Beijing and Tokyo came to the edge of breaking relations. But the incident mir...
Arise, Ye Homeowners of America, You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Mortgages!
DAVE LINDORFF
The American Revolution, for all the pious talk about freedom and the Rights of Man, was at bottom simply a matter of people not wanting to pay their taxes.  It was about rank self interest, and it was a powerful movement. That rank self-in...
"War Does This to Your Mind"
KATHY KELLY
Kabul. Khamad Jan, age 22, remembers that, as a youngster, he was a good student who enjoyed studying. “Now, I can’t seem to think,” he said sadly, looking at the ground. There was a long pause. “War does this to your mi...
Your Money, Our Life
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Every year we run a fundraiser. As you know, we’re doing one right now.  Every year we say that unless we raise $75,000 we’ll be forced to cut back severely on what we offer you. If you’ve been reading the CounterPunch website or newsletter for...
How to Destroy Your Marriage
CHARLES R. LARSON
Dinaw Mengestu’s first novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, was not only widel...
A Dialectical Approach to the Qu’ran
M. SHAHID ALAM
In the Qur’?n man appears in a variety of capacities: as prophet, messenger, sage; as Muslim, Momin, Jew, Christian, Magian, Sabian; as disbeliever, skeptic, hypocrite, idolater; as tyrant and his victims crying out for justice; as one whose self-regard has made him...
An Iraq Surge Vet on Wikileaks
JOSH STIEBER
Dear members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other willing parties, This is an anticipatory letter aimed to advise you on your response and responsibility for the coming Wikileaks release, expected on October 23rd. Based on the Whi...
Dishonest Broker
AVI SHLAIM
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been both a major concern of American diplomacy since 1967 and the arena of persistent failure. There are many reasons for America’s failure to broker a peace deal between Israel and the ...
High School Rumors and the First Amendment
JULIE HILDEN
Last week, on October 13, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a very unjust First Amendment student-speech ruling. The case was DeFabio v. East Hampton Union Free School Dist., and the student, Daniel D...
Ten Questions for Tea Partiers
RALPH NADER
Here are ten Questions for Tea Partiers that they want or do not want to answer. I say it this way because people who call themselves Tea Partiers do not have the same view of politics, government, Big Business or the Constitution. Their opinions range...
Heroes and Myths
TOLU OLORUNDA
“[F]ilm, at its most compelling, lives in our mind somewhere between our memories and our dreams. … At times, bullshit can only be countered with superior bullshit.” —Norman Mailer ...
Building Bamiyan Peace Park
DAVID SMITH-FERRI
The city of Bamiyan, with a population of roughly 60,000, has only one paved street, a wide, two-kilometer road without lanes that is a site of constant activity from 5 a.m. to curfew, at 10 p.m., and is referred to as the “Bazaar” because it is lined on both ...
Invisible Israel?
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Michael Oren is the Israeli ambassador to the United States. This means he stands in a line of foreign diplomats who are often quite out of the ordinary. For one thing they may well be ex-Americans. Oren (nee Bornstein) was born in upstate New York and grew up in West Ora...
A Glimpse into the Silicon Heart of the CIA’s Drone Program
JOANNE MARINER
The Suffolk County courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts, is an unlikely place to learn about the CIA’s drone program. Yet a contract dispute currently being litigated in Superior Court there offers a rare glimpse into the computer systems and software that are at the...
Bernanke’s Biggest Problem
MIKE WHITNEY
The United States conducts monetary policy the same way it conducts foreign policy: unilaterally. When Fed chairman Ben Bernanke signaled last week that he was planning to restart his bond purchasing program (Quantitative Easing) he didn’t consult with allies a...
French Fury in the EU Cage
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris. The French are at it again – out on strike, blocking transport, raising hell in the streets, and all that merely because the government wants to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62.  They must be crazy. That, I suppos...
The Next Idiot Might Be You
ALAN FARAGO
This election cycle in the United States, televised debates only seem worse than in recent decades. What changed is the urgency of the economic meltdown and the unwillingness of Americans to confront how globalization imposed structural changes on a society ill-prepa...
Artist Resistance in Honduras
BILL QUIGLEY And LAURA RAYMOND
Today, October 21, the democratic resistance in Honduras will celebrate Artists in Resistance Day.  This event contrasts directly with today’s official recognition of Honduras Armed Forces day.  The resistance, which is working for a truly democratic ...
Red Hot France; Tepid Britain
TARIQ ALI
France is grinding to a standstill as millions of workers and students erupt in the streets at the government’s prposal to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. Across the Channel, the new Tory Chancellor has announced savage cuts in public expenditures that ...
QE2 and Foreclosures
PATRICK MADDEN
It might seem astonishing that right in the middle of the run-up to the second biggest bank bail-out in the history of capitalism (another round of ‘quantitative easing’ worth around 500 billion, dubbed QE2 by traders and analysts), that Bank of America (...
The Great General Johnson
DAVE MARSH
General Johnson died last week. He wrote the first great rock’n’roll song not about rock’n’roll itself exactly but about why the music would prevail. And he wrote a ton of other stuff, though that one and “Patches,” his deeply affe...
Digging Deeper
ANTHONY PAHNKE And MARK N. HOFFMAN
The 10-week-long captivity-turned-spectacle of 33 Chilean miners has seized the attention of audiences from Asia, to Latin America, to the United States. “It was reality TV at its best,” proclaimed one CNN reporter. Another observed that, “overall, peopl...
Professor Joe: Oakland’s Next Mayor?
ISHMAEL REED
When Joe Tuman was my student at the University of California at Berkeley, I don’t remember his receiving any grade less than an A. When I met his parents I could understand why. They were hard working Azerian Americans who provided their sons with good role models....
Mortgage Mayhem
DEAN BAKER
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is good at telling fairy tales. Mr. Geithner first became known to the general public in September of 2008. Back then he was head of the New York Federal Reserve Board. He was part of the triumvirate, along with Federal Reserve Board Ch...
Sarkozy Under Siege
PHILIPPE MARLIÈRE
When he entered the Elysée palace in 2007, Nicolas Sarkozy dreamed of a glorious destiny. Enthusiastic commentators predicted that his casual populism would revamp the Bonapartist right, and that his Gallic brand of neoliberal policies would sell the “Am...
Bamiyan Diaries
DAVID SMITH-FERRI
Bamiyan Province in Afghanistan, a stunningly beautiful mountainous region, is located in the center of the country, roughly 100 miles from Kabul. Most people here live in small, autonomous villages tucked into high mountain valleys, and work dawn to dusk just to scratch ...
Dork is the New Cool
PETE REDINGTON
Like you, I was unbelievably excited to hear that Billy Wimsatt was coming out with a new book. Like you, reading his other books were life-changing experiences. ...
I’m Not Going Down Without a Fight
MIKE ROSELLE
At 9:00 am on October 20th my jury trial on criminal trespass, obstruction and conspiracy will be held in the Circuit Court of Raleigh County, West Virginia and presided by the Honorable Judge Hutchinson. "Hutch" is the judge that had earlier claimed that he was...
The State of Bla-Bla-Bla
URI AVNERY
Will Germany enact a law that demands that every Turk aspiring to citizenship swear allegiance to the “German Federal Republic, the Nation-State of the German People”? Sounds like a ridiculous idea. Will the US Senate...
The Media and the Far Right
RALPH NADER
Last Sunday in the October 10, 2010 New York Times, two very lengthy features appeared on the rancid Ann Coulter and the blogger Pamela Geller—a grotesque anti-Semite against Arabs who flaunts her sweeping bigotry as a badge of pride. Geller eve...
Mr. Coburn Goes to Haiti
TRUDY BOND
“ . . . the end result will be a lower standard of living for the United States . . .” –Tom Coburn in explaining his hold on S3317, Haiti Rebuilding Act Jonathan Katz of the AP lit up ne...
Our Not-So-Great Depression
SHERRY WOLF
What shall we call this era marked by a jobs desert and a future of austerity as far as the eye can see? If the 1930s was the Great Depression, is this the Not-So-Great Depression? The Little Depression That Could? I’m no e...
Killing Carnivores for Cash
CAMILLA FOX And CHRIS GENOVALI
Coyotes throughout the Province of Nova Scotia will now be snared and trapped in a government-sponsored bounty spree, which officially commenced on October 15th. The killing, euphemistically called "a pelt incentive plan," will pay $20 per c...
Union-Busting in Iraq
SHERWOOD ROSS
It is only in comic books and Hollywood movies that America’s superheroes exist to defend the underdog. In practice, the armies of America have fanned out around the globe to show they are the willing servants of the corporate overdog. As Noam C...
The Koch Empire and Americans for Prosperity
PAM MARTENS
Lily Tomlin said it best: “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.” Despite two solid years of progressive media tracking the billionaire Koch brothers’ funding of right wing front groups, new details ha...
From the White House to Obama’s House
CLARENCE LUSANE
As he faces a critical juncture in his presidency, it is perhaps useful for President Obama to reflect upon an obscure but relevant anniversary. On October 17, 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt officially changed the name of the president’s residence to the “...
Why the UN Rejected Canada’s Bid for the Security Council
YVES ENGLER
In a harsh international rebuke Stephen Harper’s government lost its bid for a UN Security Council seat last week. The vote in New York was the world’s response to a Canadian foreign policy designed to please the most reactionary, shortsig...