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Archives from November 2010
Indian Givers
JAMES McENTEER
South Africans of Indian descent are commemorating the arrival of the first indentured Indian workers here one hundred fifty years ago. In November 1860, two ships brought nearly 700 laborers from India to Durban. By 1911 more than 150,000 indentured Indian workers h...
Holder v. Assange
SHERWOOD ROSS
Maybe because he’s from Australia, a U.S. satrap on the far rim of the American Empire, that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange doesn’t know that Washington does not allow anyone to steal information unless it orders them to do so. Attorney General Eric Hol...
Why Wikileaks is Good for Democracy
BILL QUIGLEY
“Information is the currency of democracy.” – Thomas Jefferson. Since 9-11, the US government, through Presidents Bush and Obama, has increasingly told the US public that “state secrets” will not...
Missing the Mark on Deficits
RALPH NADER
The recent reports by the two deficit commissions–one appointed by President Obama (fiscalcommission.gov) and the...
Fabricating Terror
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Why does the FBI orchestrate fake terror plots? The latest one snared Osman Mohamud, a Somali-American teenager in Portland, Oregon. The Associated Press report by William Mall and Nedra Pickler (11-27-10) is headlined in Yahoo News: “Som...
Wikileaks and the New Global Order
JONATHAN COOK
The Wikileaks disclosure this week of confidential cables from United States embassies has been debated chiefly in terms either of the damage to Washington’s reputation or of the questions it raises about national security and freedom of the press. The ...
The National Security State Cops a Feel
TOM ENGLEHARDT
It’s finally coming into focus, and it’s not even a difficult equation to grasp. It goes like this: take a country in the grips of an expanding national security state and sooner or later your “safety” will mean your humiliation, your degradat...
The Long Run to the Bottom
BILL MANSON
Now would you just stop arguing, and listen a minute?  The days of this “yeoman-farmer” you mentioned are gone, pal!  People need jobs, “good jobs,” sure, even jobs with a “Living Wage.”  What do mean, this fella Mar...
Haiti’s Fouled-Up Election
GINA ULYSSE
The events that unfolded in Haiti’s presidential elections yesterday came as no surprise. There was fraud, confusion and mayhem. It had been predicted. Voters showed up to polls and did not find their names on registration lists. In some instances, there ...
When the Bubble Burst
DEAN BAKER
For a mainstream economist Brad DeLong is about as good as you get. He is widely read in a number of areas including even (heaven forbid) economic history. He also is extraordinarily open-minded, recognizing that neo-classical economics may not hold all truths past, ...
Why Not Declare Class War and be Done With It
DAVID MACARAY
Not only has the so-called “trickle-down” theory of economics been revealed to be a cruel hoax, but most of the good industrial jobs have left the country, the middle-class has been eviscerated, the wealthiest Americans (even in the wake of the recession) ha...
Obama’s Indian Outing
P. SAINATH
Now that the media’s gush and drool over the Obama visit has run dry — thanks to other far more interesting events — it might be worth looking at a couple of ‘outcomes’ that much of our media seemed pretty taken with. ...
Assange in the Entrails of Empire
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Our real-life Neo did it again! In this new installment of Wiki-Matrix, the intrepid Julian Assange assaults the Empire while being pursued by ravenous Pentagon generals, shadowy CIA agents and overheated Swedish feminists. Excuse me ...
Memo to Tea Party Senators
WINSLOW WHEELER And SANFORD GOTTLIEB
To: Senators-elect Ron Johnson (Wisconsin), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Kentucky), Marco Rubio (Florida), and Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania) From: WINSLOW WHEELER and SANFORD GOTTLIEB, Center for Defense Information, Washington, D.C. Subject: The Pentagon ...
Condom Morality
DIANE CHRISTIAN
The present Pope Benedict XVI has made headlines by changing his moral position on the use of condoms. Where he before said such use was always ‘an intrinsic evil,’ he last week said that use of a condom by a male prostitute might be the beginning of moral r...
The Road to Vote in Haiti
JOHN CARROLL, MD
I walked to church in LaPlaine this Sunday morning. I usually go to Mass at La Chapelle Marie Auxiliatrice de Sarthre. Salesian priests say Mass and run the parish. The fifteen minute walk was very easy. There were hardly any moving vehicles in the...
The Yahoos are in Charge
DAVE LINDORFF
One of the major talking points issued by the Republican Party to its newly elected members of Congress is that they should always say in interviews that they are worried about the impact of government deficit spending on their grandchildren. It s...
Hammering Ireland
MIKE WHITNEY
The terms of the EU/IMF’s €85 billion ($113 billion) bailout for Ireland are much worse than analysts had anticipated. Ireland will be required to use its National Pension Reserve Fund (NPRF) to shore up its insolvent banks and to maintain government opera...
Pilot Protests Underscore Passenger Safety
CARL FINAMORE
Several hundred pilots from the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) picketed Newark Liberty International airport on November 22 and Houston airport on November 23 with signs reading “Who’s Flying Your Plane?” The union also schedu...
Glenn Beck, Julian Assange and the Battle of Ideas
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
For those who pay attention to the battle of ideas that constantly goes on in the United States, two people presently have center stage. One is a man whose expertise is in the creation of alternate realities by playing fast and loose with the facts. This sort of ente...
The Stench of US Economic Decay Grows Stronger
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
On Thanksgiving eve the English-language China Daily and People’s Daily Online reported that Russia and China have concluded an agreement to abandon the use of the US dollar in their bilateral trade and to use their own currencies in its place.  The Russia...
Fairness and the Bristol Stomp
WALTER BRASCH
Almost all children hear a set of conflicting statements from their parents, relatives, and friends. They’re told if they study hard, if they work hard, they can achieve whatever they want. It’s the "American Dream." But they’re also told ...
Thanksgiving of the Drones
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Just before I arrived in Vietnam in 1970, as a young, gung-ho, kill-a-commie-for-freedom, Australian army captain, President Richard Nixon of the United States ordered the invasion of a neighboring nation.  Not a neighbor of America, of course,  but a place...
Asking For Whom the Bell Tolls
DAVID Ker THOMSON
Seeing gurneys of babies trundled through the chiaroscuro of old black-and-white footage at the start of Scott Noble’s Human Resources, the gurneys in the tunnels of God only knows what kind of institution, the viewer does well to brace herself for the coming o...
Obama’s Fading Empire
TERRENCE PAUPP
Amid rising deficits, engagement in wars in the Middle East, and a crisis of joblessness and unemployment, President Obama embarked upon a three day trip to India during the second week of November.  As it turns out the centerpiece of the president’s agend...
The End of the World as We Know It
RON JACOBS
It’s the end of the world as we know it.  Slavoj Zizek has several ideas why.  Foremost among them is the coming end of the economic system we know as capitalism.  Although you wouldn’t know it by its champions around the world (especially ...
Russia and NATO
ERIC WALBERG
The results of the NATO summit were as predictable as a Soviet Communist Party congress, with the word “peace” replaced by “war”. NATO’s embrace of the US agenda of missile defence, nuclear arms, and its new role as global policeman surp...
America’s First Graphic Novelist
CHARLES R. LARSON
Hooray for The Library of America. What an inspired idea to reprint all of Lynd Ward’s novels in woodcuts with an illuminating introduction by Art Spiegelman. I still remember purchasing my first Ward novel, sometime around 1950, in a used bookstore. That title...
How (Not) to Legalize Pot
STEVE HEILIG
Maybe I should have wagered money with some of my friends regarding the outcome of Proposition 19, the doomed “legalize marijuana” initiative in California. I knew, or felt strongly, that it would fail by a fairly wide margin. My friends seemed to feel co...
The Navy’s Toxic Tentacles
ELLEN TAYLOR
At a recent city council meeting Eureka, California Mayor-elect Frank Jager questioned a petitioner’s opposition to the U.S. Navy’s Northwest Training Range complex. Wasn’t she in favor of a well-trained Navy? In his opinion national security intere...
Obama Surrenders Palestinian Rights
RAMZY BAROUD
The Middle East policies of US President Barack Obama may well prove the most detrimental in history so far, surpassing even the rightwing policies of President George W. Bush. Even those who warned against the overt optimism which accompanied Obama’s arrival t...
Gouged While Flying
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Herewith an explanation of what might appear to the casual traveler to be nothing more than the kind of corporate greed to which we have become accustomed. It is an explanation for the reason for changes that airlines have introduced to the traveler that significantl...
Bombing the Senses
SAUL LANDAU
The long recession has reduced consumption, so how does the “business community” – an oxymoron since businesses try to destroy their competitors – sell its crap to people it laid off? The potential buyers. Advertisers — the avant garde o...
Normalizing Blowback
FRAN SHOR
"Blowback,” as the late Chalmers Johnson reminded us in his insightful book of the ...
Staying, Not Going
GWYNETH LEECH
There was dire and somewhat funereal news from Crain’s Business last week in an article called ...
Ireland and the House of Cards
HARRY BROWNE
Around here lately there’s been much talk about the Easter Rising. It’s nothing particularly interesting: just the “Men of 1916” turning up as the stars of a series of rhetorical questions that boil down to: “Was it for this that they ga...
Evo Answers NATO
FIDEL CASTRO
There are moments in history that require a speech, even if it is as brief as the “Alea jacta est” (“The die is cast”) pronounced by Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon.  It had to be crossed that day, precisely when the ministers o...
The Appalling BC Tar Sands Pipeline
INGMAR LEE
Jody Whitney, Manager, Aboriginal Consultation & Regulatory Compliance, BC Region Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Box 50, One Bentall Centre Suite 660, 505 Burrard St. Vancouver, BC V7X 1M4 Tel 604 694 7750 ...
Run, Russ, Run
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
"What do the next two years hold?” I asked in my column in The Nation, right after the November 2 elections. “Already there are desperate urgings from progressives for Obama to hold the line. Already there are the omens of a steady stream of concessi...
What to Fear: Hospitals
BILL MANSON
In today’s upside-down world of hyperbolized “threats,” the relative magnitude of fear is almost inversely proportional to any actual risk involved.  Take the obvious example, terrorism.  First and foremost, keep in mind Edward Herman&rsqu...
The Defense Budget and the Deficit
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Based on my experience at the Senate Budget Committee, I learned that reading different deficit reduction plans can be tricky. Some use CBO or other "baselines" as a basis for comparison, but those baselines can be a mystery to some and differ – somet...
Power Grabs at the Airport
LINH DINH
This July, traveling by Greyhound, I arrived in Detroit from Windsor, Canada. A dog sniffed all passengers for drugs, and a border agent checked our bags. U.S. citizens produced IDs, while foreigners displayed visas and/or passports. Nothing was out of the ordinary e...
Perpetual War in Afghanistan
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The war in Afghanistan is about perpetual war, not Afghanistan. It’s about preventing democracy in the United States, not bringing it to Southwest Asia. And it is the tombstone of the Obama Presidency. To justify the fight, they’...
The Women of AIM
BRENDA NORRELL
Women in the American Indian Movement shared stories of lives lived with great courage, as federal agents stalked them and attempted to intimidate them, during the AIM International Conference. The AIM Women’s Leadership panel brought toge...
Haiti’s Sham Elections
BILL QUIGLEY And NICOLE PHILLIPS
Haiti needs legitimate leaders right now.  Unfortunately, the elections set for  November 28, 2010 are a sham.  Here are five reasons why the world community  should care. First, Haitian elections are supposed to choose their...
World Strike Day 2012
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Istanbul. "Strike for no money! That’s rich! how we gonna live with no money? I’ve heard it all now.” In 2005 CounterPunch published an essay I wrote talking about the idea of abol...
The Greedy and the Needy
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Usually, my neighbors here in the condo complex are friendly and cooperative. During last year’s harsh winter, we worked outside, removing snow, chatting, and helping each other. During association meetings, we discuss community issues. Occasionally, there&rsqu...
Food Should Not be a Poker Chip
SARAH ANDERSON
This Thanksgiving, most farmers around my hometown in central Minnesota are celebrating a good harvest. Rain for once fell at the right time in the right amounts, and prices for many crops grown in Litchfield are high. After yo-yoing up and down...
Canadian Thanksgiving
DAVID Ker THOMSON
"Free-range turkey,” I muse to Liam in the very present tense of several weeks ago.  We stare at the small blue-tinged skin of the creature.  Someone has cut off her head and then, perhaps seeking to flesh out the meaning of the word “overk...
Rethinking the Global Economy
RAJESH MAKWANA And ADAM PARSONS
As the 21st Century unfolds, humanity is faced with a stark reality. Following the world stock market crash in 2008, people everywhere are questioning the unbridled greed, selfishness and competition that has driven the dominant economic model for decades. The old ob...