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Archives from January 2011
First, the Lies
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
This is a perjury case, the prosecutor announced during his opening remarks on the first day of trial. His strategy is to first show the jury the lies the Luis Posada Carriles told to Immigration authorities, and then, perhaps early next week, tell the jury the truth...
Why the Obama Birth Certificate Story Won’t Go Away
SAM SMITH
Just because a story shouldn’t matter doesn’t mean that it won’t. A case in point is the controversy about Barack Obama’s birthplace. The standard liberal response to this issue has been to dismiss those questioning the president’s place...
Where Urban Legends Come to Life
BOADIBA
Images, flashbacks, nightmares materialize behind our eyelids; we can’t escape our own eyes: The armored car lifts four feet off the ground, then comes down hard blowing all four tires with a huge sound. A corpse han...
Milton Rogovin, Portraitist to the People
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
Milton Rogovin, one of the great documentary photographers of the twentieth century, died at his home in Buffalo, New York, on January 18. He was 101 years old – like many an old Red, outstripping the reaper far beyond the average limit for less kinetically idealis...
Art’s Theater
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
"Your Honor, I ask myself whether Attorney Hernández is trying to confuse and obfuscate the jury," Prosecutor Jerome Teresinski complained in annoyance this morning. The problem arose when the prosecutor tried to introduce into evidence the naturalization ...
The Idiocy of the Ivory Study
M. G. PIETY
I just finished reading a review by Tom Nagel in The New York Review of Books of books by Sissela and Derek Bok on happiness and I can tell you one person who isn’t happy–me. Did you know that one of what Nagel considers the "interesting results" of...
Demographic Nonsense
DEAN BAKER
The debate over the demographic trends in the United States and other wealthy countries can be described a debate between those who care about our children and those who want more of them. This is apparent once a little bit of logic is applied to the tales of demogra...
The Mind of Jared Lee Loughner
CLANCY SIGAL
What a bunch of garbage; liberal, democrat, conservative, republican. It’s all there to control you! … I’m sick of it." – from ...
The Most Business-Friendly President Ever?
MIKE WHITNEY
On Tuesday, Barack Obama made the case for easing regulations in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. The article, titled "Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System", was accompanied by a caricature of a scissor-wielding businessman slashing-away at red tape,...
Seroquel’s Toll
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Even though AstraZeneca’s antipsychotic Seroquel is the fifth best-selling medication in the US according to drugs.com, exceeded only by Lipitor, Nexium, Plavix and Advair diskus, its safety, effectiveness, clinical trial and promotion records are highly checke...
Is GE’s Jeffrey Immelt Really an American?
DAVE LINDORFF
If President Barack Obama had announced this week that he was appointing Japan’s Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda, to head his new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, one can imagine the shock wave that would go through the American body politic. ...
What Arabs Could Learn From Japan
BOUTHAINA SHAABAN
In Japan, where the sun eternally shines first on a lively and energetic people, who faced nuclear bombs, experienced the humiliation of American occupation and the ugliest forms of destruction, but who rose up to the challenge with the determination to build and the...
The War on Public Workers
STEVE BREYMAN
Government worker bashing is nearing a crescendo as we stare into the abyss of American public finances. There’s nary a mayor, governor or president who hasn’t found his or her work force an irresistible target of criticism for "greedy unions," ...
Inside the Charnel House
LINH DINH
Kermit Gosnell spent more than 30 years performing illegal abortions. Many of his clients were 6, 7 or even 8 months pregnant. If babies were born alive, as they often were, he killed them by snipping their necks. He punctured women’s uteruses, left fetal bits ...
Black Swan, Dark Power
DAVID YEARSLEY
Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, which will doubtless figure prominently in the Academy Awards nominations to be issued next week, is a horror flick en pointe: terrifyingly claustrophobic, often painful, massively melodramatic, and ultimately self-destructive.&nb...
Occupation Has No Future
DAVID ZLUTNICK
In the Fall of 2009 I had the privilege of following a delegation of US veterans and war resisters traveling to Israel/Palestine to meet with their Israeli counterparts in an effort to strengthen connections between the US and Israeli anti-militarist movements and to...
Insurgent Anthropologies
CHRISTOPHER CARRICO
Just as it is ironic for the name of the fight against Western cultural imperialism to be invoked in defense of oppressive traditions and inherited privilege in the non-Western world, it is also ironic for the protection of Western values to be invoked in defense of ...
The US Has a Choice in Tunisia
NICOLA NASSER
The ongoing Tunisian Intifada (uprising) cannot yet quite be termed a revolution; Tunisians are still revolting, aspiring for bread and freedom. This Intifada will go down in history as a revolution if it gets either bread or freedom and as a great revolution if it g...
Will the Tea Party Congress Block Justice for Black Farmers?
HEATHER GRAY
In November 2010 Congress finally passed a bill that would appropriate monies for the lawsuit filed by blacks against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It was a long time coming.  The passage was not without conflict in the Senate and critics i...
Into the Future
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Astonishing theater unfolded in Washington, DC when former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and former Vice Presidents Richard Cheney and Joe Biden were taken into custody and transported to a courthouse soon after arriving in the United States. Photographe...
The Depth of the Betrayal
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed into law tax breaks for the rich, continuing for two more years the infamous tax breaks enacted by President George W. Bush. Obama’s rationale, it was the only way he could get an extension of unemployment insurance ...
What Goes Around, Comes Around
DAVID MACARAY
In his June, 2010, CounterPunch interview (which he expands upon in his excellent book “Aftershock”), former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich notes that the challenge facing the American economy isn’t simply to provide jobs, jobs, and more jobs. ...
The Lead Prosecutor in the Cuban Five Case Refused a DHS Request to Press Criminal Charges Against Posada Carriles
JOS? PERTIERRA
The U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the Cuban Five in Miami, Caroline Heck Miller, refused to press criminal charges against Luis Posada Carriles despite a request to do so from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), testified DHS attorney Gina Garrett-Jackson today in c...
Generalizing Tunisia
RAMZY BAROUD
When faced with problems, most authoritarian regimes maintain a policy of rigidity when the appropriate response would be flexibility, political wisdom and concessions. This policy gives authoritarian leaders their ability to control their populations to serve the in...
An Ecological Bomb in the Mediterranean
MICHAEL LEONARDI
While the global and Italian national media focuses on allegations of Berlusconi’s latest sexual exploits including reports of hedonistic orgies with teenage prostitutes at his luxurious villas, the much more devastating story of the intentional sinking of ship...