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Archives from January 2011
The Law of the Jungle
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and as true as the sky; And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back— F...
Why Military Spending is Untouchable
ANDREW BACEVICH
In defense circles, "cutting" the Pentagon budget has once again become a topic of conversation. Americans should not confuse that talk with reality. Any cuts exacted will at most reduce the rate of growth. The essential facts remain: U.S. military outlays ...
Bernard-Henri Lévy Indicted!
TARIQ ALI
On January 28, activists belonging to the PIR (Parti des Indigènes de la République) are organizing a trial of Bernard-Henri Lévy in the old PCF/CGT stronghold of Saint Denis. Norman Finkelstein and myself are the only non-French who are giving evidence against BH...
The Man in the Gray Woolen Suit
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
A new stage in the trial of Luis Posada Carriles in El Paso began today. Thus far, the prosecution has put into evidence only the lies that the Defendant made during hearings regarding his application for asylum in 2005 and interviews about his application for citize...
Why Do Americans Take It in the Face?
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
All throughout the Arab world, the despots are on the run. Fueled by Facebook and Twitter, the Arab street is aflame. In the United States, instead of fueling the resistance, social media is like a hypnotic drug. ...
Obama and Our Disney Nukes
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Barack Obama is about to address a nation whose greatest potential liability is its Disneyesque illusion of atomic power. Despite the nation’s huge debts and fears of foreign terror, America’s 104 licensed reactors are the most dang...
No Words for Egypt, Mr. President?
LAURA FLANDERS
In the State of the Union speech, Barack Obama did get applause for saying that the US stands with the people of Tunisia. Now, he didn’t mention the two decades of support the US had given the dictatorship. The President did not have anything to say abou...
Corruption at the Supreme Court
DON MONKERUD
Tea Partiers, Republicans, and protectors of public morality are right about corruption in government. The only problem is they are looking in the wrong place. Their real target is closer to home-a shock to some but that’s what new investi...
A Left / Tea Party Alliance?
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
Ever since the Tea Party first emerged on the national scene as a "citizens protest" against health care reform, skeptics on the left have treated it as a stalking horse for the right.  And why not? Surveys show that an overwhelmingly majority of Tea P...
The Tip of the Iceberg
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
Several heated clashes between the defense and prosecution attorneys dominated the morning session in the seventh day of Luis Posada Carriles’ trial in El Paso. Before Judge Kathleen Cardone convened the jury, prosecutor Jerome Teresinski outlined a number of c...
Assange and Posada in the Propaganda System
EDWARD S. HERMAN And DAVID PETERSON
By an historical coincidence, both Julian Assange and Luis Posada Carriles were brought before Western courts around the same time in late 2010 and early 2011—Assange in Britain and Posada in the United States. The contrast in their treatment by the U.S.-Anglo syst...
The "Corrupt Betrayers" of the Palestinian People
MICHAEL NEUMANN
The Al-Jazeera leaks concerning Palestine have provided lots of new material for the tough guys of the Israel/Palestine conflict. These hard cases have been around at least since the Oslo Accords of 1993. Most of them are university types – graduate students an...
Tells the Facts, Names the Names
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. For more than a decade, since the collapse of the Camp David talks in 2000, the mantra of Israeli politics has been the same: "There is no Palestinian partner for peace." This week, the first of hundreds of leaked con...
The Persecution of Pvt. Bradley Manning
DAVE LINDORFF
Looks can be deceiving. When you see photos of Army Specialist Bradley Manning, the fresh, slightly pudgy-faced 23-year old private who has spent the last seven months in solitary confinement, first in Kuwait and later at the Marine base at Qu...
Dying to be a Carpenter
DAVID CORREIA
Las Vegas has always been a dangerous place to be a carpenter. By the summer of 2008, workplace accidents at the $10 billion CityCenter project cost six carpenters their lives. As if the constant threat of injury on the job wasn’t enough, it turns out unemploym...
The Politics of Violence in America
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
Although I am no fan of either Sarah Palin or the Tea Party crowd, blaming them for the tragic shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson is patently absurd.  Equally problematic is the idea that the Tucson massacre was caused by the uncivil nature ...
Prisoners on Their Own Island
MIKE WHITNEY
MW–In your article in CounterPunch titled "Haiti and the Aid Racket", you said that "The catastrophe in Haiti has revealed the worst aspects of the U.S. government and the NGO aid industry". Can you explain w...
Toward a Global Solution Outside the System
SERGIO FERRARI
The World Social Forum (WSF) is practically the only space for convergence of social movements on a planetary scale, so it is essential to continue strengthening it. This is the stance of Éric Toussaint, global justice analyst, who knows the World Social Forum from ...
The Problems with the ‘Gorgon Stare’ Surveillance System
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
After Secretary of Defense Gates criticized the Air Force in 2008 for providing insufficient support for the Army in combat, Gorgon Stare development appeared in DOD budget documents as a response. It is a "wide-area airborne surveillance system" typically ...
Reefer Madness Forever
FRED GARDNER
"Marijuana’s Role in the Tucson Shooting" was the extremely misleading headline on an article by Joe Califano that the Huffington Post ran Jan. 21. Why is that supposedly liberal site disseminating propaganda by a leading Drug Warrior? There is no evi...
Mental Illness on the Factory Floor
DAVID MACARAY
Whether or not the accounts of Jared Loughner’s erratic behavior prior to his Tucson murders were “exaggerated,” they evoked some potent memories.  As a former union officer, I represented two young men who were diagnosed as psychotic.  Bo...
I Have Been Summoned to Appear Before a Grand Jury
MAUREEN MURPHY
I have been summoned to appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago on January 25. But I will not testify, even at the risk of being put in jail for contempt of court, because I believe that our most fundamental rights as citizens are at stake. I am one of ...
The Palestine Papers
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Many people told them so — told them, meaning told the United States and Israel and even the overeager Palestinian leadership, that the Oslo agreement in1993 wasn’t fair, that it made too many demands of the Palestinians and virtually no enforceable deman...
The Overuse of Antibiotics
RALPH NADER
Reading a recent issue of Public Citizen’s excellent Health Letter titled "Know When Antibiotics Work," I recalled the recent tragic loss of a healthy history professor who was rushed to a fine urban hospital, with a leading infectious disease special...
Is the Vermont Health Plan Single Payer?
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
The Governor of Vermont calls it single payer. The Harvard professor who came up with it calls it single payer. But single payer activist Dr. Margaret Flowers says it’s not single payer. Flowers ...