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Archives from March 2011
Inside America’s Drug Courts
MARGARET DOOLEY-SAMMULI
In Glynn County Georgia, reports This American Life, Lindsey Dills is the victim of horrifying injustice in the name of drug treatment. For forging two checks on her parents’ checking account when she was 17, one for $40 and one for $60, Ms. Dill...
Posada’s Tango
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
It’s one thing for an attorney to zealously defend his client’s interests and quite another for him to embrace the defendant’s premises.  An attorney is most effective, when he keeps a certain critical distance. ...
Obama on Libya
MEDEA BENJAMIN And CHARLES DAVIS
His lines may be better delivered, but Barack Obama is sounding – and acting – more like the heir to George W. Bush than the answer sold to the public in his award-winning ad campaign. Indeed, when not sending billions of dollars to repressive gove...
America’s Libyans
VIJAY PRASHAD
Libya was not fated for an Arab Spring. As Aijaz Ahmad once put it, “every country gets the fascism it deserves.” In that spirit, every country gets the rebellion it deserves. Libya did not deliver the uplifting spactacles of Tunisia or Egy...
Can "Pot Doc" be a Valid Speciality?
FRED GARDNER
Every TV station from San Diego to Crescent City has run a segment in which a reporter with a hidden mike visits a local MD who is known to approve cannabis use readily. The reporter tells the doctor about an old injury that has left him in chronic pai...
Operation Desert Sky
LAURA FLANDERS
Could Obama and his supporters take a break from celebrating so-called no-fly zones  — and take a look at what’s happening in Arizona? Qaddafi, after all, isn’t the only one using military technology against...
Now Greenspan Wants to Take It All Back
MICHAEL HUDSON
It all seems so long ago! On October 23, 2008, Alan Greenspan issued a mea culpa for his deregulatory policy as Federal Reserve Chairman. “Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholders’ equ...
George Monbiot, Nuclear Jihadi
JOSHUA FRANK
The British environmental writer George Monbiot has gone nuclear. Monbiot wasn’t always this way. In fact, he admitted just two weeks ago that he wasn’t sure exactly where he stood on the issue, writing, “I’m misinterpreted fo...
The Debit Card No Brainer
DEAN BAKER
Would you like to increase the sales tax in order to pay the banks another $12 billion a year in profits? That is the issue that is being debated in Washington these days. In case you missed it, this is because the issue is usuall...
Fukushima Fallout Hits the US
MIKE WHITNEY
Three of the six nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have partially melted down and plutonium is seeping into the soil outside. Plutonium is less volatile than other radioactive elements like iodine or cesium, but it’s also more d...
The Next Phase in Wisconsin
SAMIR SONTI
The recent social upheaval in Wisconsin, where during the last month hundreds of thousands of workers, students, retirees, and people without a job descended on the Capitol building in Madison to protest Governor Scott Walker’s overt union-bustin...
Why Mexico’s Drug War is Unwinnable
LAURA CARLSEN
In Matamoros, Tamaulipas, schools close down after officials receive bomb threats. Newspapers timidly report that the threats "could be related to" Gulf Cartel retaliation for the killing of one of their leaders, Tony Tormenta, in a military ...
Libya and the Holy Triumvirate
WILLIAM BLUM
The words they find it very difficult to say — "civil war". Libya is engaged in a civil war. The United States and the European Union and NATO — The Holy Triumvirate — are intervening, bloodily, in a civil war. To ...
Garden as If Your Life Depends On It–Because It Will
ELLEN LaCONTE
Spring has sprung—at least south of the northern tier of states where snow still has a ban on it—and the grass has ‘riz. And so has the price of most foods, which is particularly devastating just now when so many Americans are unemployed, und...
Assad Hopes Syrian Cabinet’s Resignation Will Defuse Protests
PATRICK COCKBURN
President Bashar al-Assad yesterday accepted the resignation of the Syrian cabinet in an attempt to defuse protests against his rule as hundreds of thousands of people attended pro-government rallies in most of the country’s cities. ...
Enemy Creep
KAREN GREENBERG
Just in case you thought that "political correctness" had been thoroughly discredited in the culture wars of the 1990s, it’s back — and this time it’s being treated as a stalking horse for terrorism and getting pummeled all ...
Bardach in Wonderland
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
Winter said its goodbyes to El Paso last night.  Spring is here.  But the equinox doesn’t bring flowers to El Paso: only dust, lots of dust.  Forty-mile-an-hour winds blew through this border town this afternoon.  Leaving the ...
Who are the Liquidators?
CHARLES M. YOUNG
The prime minister of Japan has said that his government is "not in a position where we can be optimistic" about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Is there any logical conclusion to draw from that statement other than that a large ch...
Gambling in Japan
JOHN FEFFER
The great kabuki actor Mitsugoro Bando VIII was a fan of fugu, or blowfish. Fugu is a rather bland, unremarkable fish except for one thing: its internal organs, particularly the liver, are highly toxic. Japanese chefs have to acquire a special certific...
Housing Market Blues
MIKE WHITNEY
The collapse in housing prices is gaining pace proving that the Fed’s bond purchasing program (QE2) has been an utter failure. While liquidity sloshes around in the equities markets, the distress on Main Street is more excruciating than ever. The...
There’s No "Safe" Dose of Radiation
HARVEY WASSERMAN
There is no safe dose of radiation. We do not x-ray pregnant women. Any detectable fallout can kill. With erratic radiation spikes, major air and water emissions and at least three rea...
Two Grandmothers, Two Priests and a Nun Go Onto a Nuclear Base
BILL QUIGLEY
Tacoma, Washington Two grandmothers, two priests and a nun were sentenced in federal court in Tacoma, WA Monday March 28, 2011, for confronting hundreds of US nuclear weapons stockpiled for use by the deadly Trident submarines. ...
The Cross-Examination of Ann Louise Bardach
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
The lawyer representing Luis Posada Carriles has a reputation for aggressive and effective cross-examination.  Today his job was to question one of the case’s star witnesses: Ann Louise Bardach. Anticipating the moment,...
NATO’s Fascist War
FIDEL CASTRO
You didn’t have to be clairvoyant to foresee what I wrote with great detail in three Reflection Articles I published in CounterPunch between February 21 and March 3: “The NATO Plan is to Occupy Libya,&rdquo...
How Monsanto is Exploiting the Food Crisis
ALFREDO ACEDO
At a press conference, the transnational’s Latin American President José Manuel Maduro went even further by blaming restrictions on GM corn production in the country for the high level of post-NAFTA imports of the staple. "Mexico’s de...
Obama Raises American Hypocrisy to Higher Level
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
What does the world think?  Obama has been using air strikes and drones against civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and probably Somalia.  In his March 28 speech, Obama justified his air strikes against Libya on the grounds that the em...
On Libya, Who Does Obama Think He is Fooling?
ANDREW LEVINE
The answer is: liberals. No surprise there; liberals are as confused about "humanitarian interventions" now as they were in the (Bill) Clinton days. They just don’t get it, and the ones who get it least are the ones who are most incline...
Radiation, Japan and the Marshall Islands
GLENN ALCALAY
When the dangerous dust and gases settle and we discover just how much radiation escaped the damaged Fukushima reactors and spent fuel rods, we may never know how many people are being exposed to radiation from the burning fuel rods and reactor cores, ...
Why the Attack on Libya is Illegal
CURTIS DOEBBLER
On 19 March 2011, Western nations started the third international armed conflict against a Muslim country in the last decade. They went to great pains to claim that the use of force against Libya was legal, but an application of international law to th...
Is Fukushima About to Blow?
MIKE WHITNEY
Conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are deteriorating and the doomsday scenario is beginning to unfold. On Sunday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) officials reported that the levels of radiation leaking into seawater at the Unit 2 reacto...
The Unfolding Crisis in Libya, a Chronology
GARY LEUPP
Touring Spain over Spring Break last week I didn’t have much time to follow the news about Libya; I was in a plane over the Atlantic as the “coalition” strikes began and kept up by watching al-Jazeera, BBC and CNN in Madrid and Barcel...
The Roots of Bahrain’s Crisis
JAMES ZOGBY
Frequently these days I am asked whether our past polling at Zogby International gave us any advance clues on the uprisings that have occurred in several Arab countries. The answer, of course, is no. We were surprised, as I believe were the demonstrato...
Syrian Regime May Hang On, But Future Looks Bleak for Qaddafi
PATRICK COCKBURN
The president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, is expected to announce reforms today including the end of the 50-year-old state of emergency, to try to defuse protests as thousands of people continue to confront troops. President Assad ...
Republican Dream Ticket Finally Emerges
CHARLES R. LARSON
The GOP dream ticket has finally emerged. Last week was a heady time for Republicans. As the world as we have known it continued crumbling, the Republicans/Conservatives/Tea Partiers plowed on with their agendas (reduce the budget, eliminate the budget...
Get the Hell Out of My Country!
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
America is, in fact, exceptionally bad when it comes to any of a whole host of measures, such as health, longevity, economic equality, crime, pollution, etc.  Over there in Sweden, on the other hand, the application of socialist ideas has turned o...
Deconstructing Nuclear Experts
CHRIS BUSBY
Since the Fukushima accident we have seen a stream of experts on radiation telling us not to worry, that the doses are too low, that the accident is nothing like Chernobyl and so forth. They appear on television and we read their articles in the newspa...
Who is Annexing Whom?
URI AVNERY
IN A rare late-night session, the Knesset has finally adopted two obnoxious racist laws. Both are clearly directed against Israel’s Arab citizens, a fifth of the population. The first makes it possible to annul the citizensh...
NFL Players and Owners at an Impasse
DAVID MACARAY
Within hours of the NFL’s collective bargaining talks breaking down, the owners initiated their anticipated Plan B, locking out the players (on March 12).  And it wasn’t long after the lockout was announced that TV sports commentators ...
Cruise Missile Marxists?
PHAM BINH
When the U.S. and its allies imposed a no-fly zone over Libya, cruise missile liberals at the New York Times and MSNBC jumped for joy. No surprise there. The surprise came when Marxist and self-described anti-imperialist Gilbert Achcar ...
How Ann Louise Bardach Helped Win the Second Battle Over the Solo Fax
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
Using the testimony of the journalist Ann Louise Bardach, the Government was able to introduce the Solo fax as evidence against Luis Posada Carriles.  In the fax, the defendant alerts his co-conspirators to the money orders they would receive from...
My Day in the Cells
ADAM RAMSEY
I was arrested outside Fortnum & Mason after the UK Uncut protest on suspicion of Aggrevated Trespass and Criminal Damage. Below is a summary of my experiences of the arrest and of being held. But before I write it, I want to be clear – I am not ...
Drilling the Sacred Butte
ANDREA PEACOCK
Aneth, Utah. I first climbed the sacred butte at the edge of the Greater Aneth oil field in 1998. My husband, Doug, had been here before and knew where to find hand- and footholds in a break along the steep sides. He told me there...
The US, Libya and Oil
CONN HALLINAN
Cynicism is not a healthy sentiment, and as the late Molly Ivins pointed out, it absolutely wrecks good journalism. But watching events in the Middle East unfold these days makes it a pretty difficult point of view to avoid. Let&...
Tells the Facts, Names the Names
MIKE WHITNEY
The housing market is now in full retreat. This week, the Commerce Department reported that sales of new homes plunged nearly 17 percent in February to a 250,000 annual pace. That’s a record low. At the same time, the median price fell 8.9 percen...
Systems Come Unglued
SAUL LANDAU
The human mind doesn’t easily process catastrophe. As Libyan forces battled, tens of millions witnessed televised images of ocean water rising over barricades, picking up cars, trucks, houses and other edifices and carrying them away – to somew...
Killing Civilians in Afghanistan is Terrorism
PATRICK KENNELLY
Afghans expect Americans to see the terrorism they bring to this poor country in the name of fighting terrorism. In Kabul, on the same day that ...
Israel May Have Squandered Its Last Best Chance for Peace
PATRICK COCKBURN
The bomb attack on a bus in Jerusalem this week killed one woman and wounded 24 people. The casualties were not high compared with similar bombings in the city over the last 20 years. I lived off the Jaffa Road for four years in the mid-1990s when bus ...
The Wandering Arab
CHARLES R. LARSON
This is a review of a book you will probably never read: Ameen Fares Rihani’s ...
Why Congress Must Debate Going to War in Libya
MARK WEISBROT
"The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." T...
Race and Politics in a Rural Louisiana Town
JORDAN FLAHERTY
A legal dispute in the rural Louisiana town of Waterproof has attracted the attention of national civil rights organizations and activists. Color Of Change, an online activist group that helped garner national attention for the Jena Six Case, recently ...