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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...