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Archives from July 2011
At Last! The Head of Ghad … General Younis
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
It is surely one of the great strategic screw-ups in the history of war and intelligence analysis. In March, after the second UN Security Council resolution used by NATO to launch its bombing campaign, the predictions were that Tripoli and thus Ghadafi would fall within t...
The Costs of War
VIJAY PRASHAD
“The impact of war is self-evident, since economically it is exactly the same as if the nation were to drop a part of its capital into the ocean” — Karl Marx, ...
The New Anti-Semitism
URI AVNERY
The Nazi Propaganda Minister, Dr. Joseph Goebbels, calls his boss, Adolf Hitler, by hell-phone. “Mein Führer,” he exclaims excitedly. “News from the world. It seems we were on the right track, after all. Anti-Semitism is conquering Europe!” “Good!...
Disastrous Outcomes From an Orchestrated Crisis
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
With the world concerned about US financial credibility and the poor outlook for the US economy, now is not the time for the Republicans to grandstand on the public debt. The debt ceiling needed to be quietly raised.  Instead, the Republicans started a fire and then thre...
Shadow Banking and the Repo Market
MIKE WHITNEY
“International markets are absolutely on tenterhooks, because up until now there really has been a pretty blithe assumption that sooner or later politicians would strike a deal, and it would probably be last-minute, but a deal would be done before Aug. 2...
Nuclear Power and the Nuremberg Code
STEVE BREYMAN
The German Parliament voted last week to phase-out nuclear power by 2022. Thus far lacking a legislative commitment, Prime Minister Naoto Kan says even resource-poor Japan should wean itself from nuclear power. Seventy percent of Japanese parliamentarians agree with him. ...
T. Boone’s Windy Misadventure
ROBERT BRYCE
Three years ago this month, T. Boone Pickens launched a multi-million dollar crusade to bring more wind energy to the US. “Building new wind generation facilities,” along with energy efficiency and more consumption  of domestic natural gas, the Dallas billionaire cla...
Lots of Posturing, No Solutions
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
It is self-evident that no sickness can be successfully cured without proper diagnosis of the illness. In their frantic efforts to remedy the plague of national debt and deficit, however, US policy makers tend to shy away from the root causes of the problem and focus, ins...
The Arab Awakening and the Western Media
RAMZY BAROUD
When President Ali Abdullah Saleh tried desperately to quell Yemen’s popular uprising, he appealed to tribalism, customs and traditions. All his efforts evidently failed, and the revolution continued unabated. When Saleh denounced women for joining men in demonstrat...
Arguing Libya
WILLIAM BLUM
On July 9 I took part in a demonstration in front of the White House, the theme of which was “Stop Bombing Libya”. The last time I had taken part in a protest against US bombing of a foreign country, which the White House was selling as “humanitarian int...
A Wicked, Heartless Folly
CHARLES ABUGRE
The invasion was planned and the opportunity to execute it was highly propitious. They say ‘time heals’ emotional wounds. If that is so why don’t I feel less enraged as the days go by since the outrageous invasion of Libya on ludicrous false prete...
Wall Street’s Code of Silence
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner were at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. this week for a discussion about their book – ...
When the Super-Rich Cry, “Class Warfare!”
MICHAEL WINSHIP
I ran into my friend Jeff Madrick a few weeks ago. Like a rabbit out of a hat, or so it seemed, he whipped from his coat a copy of his new book, ...
Whose Black President?
PAUL STREET
Consider the following quote from Progressive magazine editor Matthew Rothschild last October: “With economic pain at the highest level ever seen by most Americans, and with minorities especially hard hit, we’re seeing a revolt not by people of color, not th...
Ubasuteyama, USA
LINH DINH
Modern industrial civilization weakens the family, which is not necessarily bad, since it allows children to escape tyrannical parents. In such a society, the home is not so much a socializing haven as a motel, where wage earners drive back each evening only to ignore eac...
Islamophobia and the Internet
JEFF SPARROW
The massacre in Oslo has focused attention on the toxic influence of the Islamophobic blogosphere from which Anders Breivik cut and pasted much of his manifesto. But it’s important to recognise that the far right blogs do more than simply disseminate hatred ...
Stupid Empire Prevails
SAUL LANDAU
“The reason we have a Department of Defense is to break things and kill people. The problem we have now is that so much of the money is not going to the people who are breaking things and killing people.” — Ret. Marine General Arnold L. Punaro...
Monsanto’s Achilles Heel
RONNIE CUMMINS
“If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it.” – Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 1994...
The Crusader’s Tragedy
CAROLINE ROONEY
The Norway killings by Anders Breivik and the death of Amy Winehouse would seem to have little, if anything, to connect them, apart from sharing a fateful historical moment. And yet these events, happening alongside each other, compel cultural self-reflection on the kind ...
The G8 and NATO
RON JACOBS
The Group of Eight (G8) nations comprise around 53.0% of global nominal GDP and 42.5% of global GDP.  A primary reason for this is because they control most of the world’s capital.  This fact is directly related to these nations’ colonial and imperial histor...
Forced Evictions in Haiti
BEATRICE LINDSTROM and JOCELYN BROOKS
We watch an aged man pull his cart out of Sylvio Cator Stadium’s back gate, maneuvering it precariously between a parked car and a steep gutter.  His cart is heavy and stacked high with wood, tarp, and the bare essentials of his life.  He pulls the cart behind him, mu...
Crash
Missy Comley Beattie
I was listening to music when the plot of an old movie crashed through the guardrails of my mind. I searched for a title I couldn’t recall. Dennis Weaver’s face appeared. The actor portrays a motorist at the wheel of a sedan menaced by a huge tanker truck. Of ...
Air Rage
Helen Redmond
Go to the airport. Get on an airplane. See how class flies. Travel classes. Cabin classes: First Class. Business Class. Economy Class. No attempt to hide class. Class inequality in your face. Up in the air. Class bought. Booked. Unabashed class...
New Drugs, Same Mistakes
GRANT SMITH
Partisan bitterness has become a familiar feature of Capitol Hill politics. But given the recent debt debacle, it was little surprise that two committee rooms full of congressional lawmakers were giddy at the chance to sing bipartisan praises and wave through legislation ...
The Politics of Cornbread
L. H. O'CONNOR
Guns. You already know the right opinion to have on that topic, right? Well, maybe this is something you’ve not considered before. Guns are the biggest issue that keep a good portion of country folks voting Republican even when it may be the Democrats who bes...
The Fables of Obama
JOHN ESKOW
THE FABLE OF OBAMA AND THE SAND We are trekking through the Sahara at noon, canteens empty, dying of thirst. The Republicans cry: look! Look at the beautiful lake! We’re saved! Let’s kneel down and drink our fill! The scouts report: sadly, it’s a ...
If Congress Fails to Meet the Debt Deadline …
Brian F. Foley
If Congress doesn’t reach a deal to extend our debt ceiling, the economy might collapse, and We the People will become We the Paupers. As the author of a new “financial advice” book, I investigate below whether some time-tested money tips might still app...
Suicide Watch
Jack Random
As grains of sand drip one by one through the hour glass, marking time as we move toward the debt ceiling deadline, the political posturing takes on the appearance of a game of chicken or Russian Roulette. The comparisons are apt but as time slips on and the postur...
Bleed Space
David Ker Thomson
I walk the line. —Johnny Cash Cedarville, Ontario. Back to Grey County of the heart.  I filed from here in May last year, describing a crawl through a rare old cedar copse destined to disappear before the new tr...
Vermont’s Village Greens: an Alternative to Empire
Thomas H. Naylor
Where have all the village greens gone?  They have been destroyed one by one.  Oh, when will we ever learn, sang Pete Seeger, a long time ago. America needs a lot more village greens and far fewer unmanned drone aircraft, F-35s, and SUVs.  Village greens are sma...
Edgar Allen Poe Redux
Charles R. Larson
Let me say this up front: Mat Johnson’s Pym is one of the most inve...
“Hesher:” Signs of Life in a Home Plagued by Death
Kim Nicolini
Spencer Susser’s Hesher is a great little independent movie with a hard steel exterior and a tender heart. The movie features Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a kind of heavy-metal Shaman who arrives on the scene in a beat-up black van, a blur of tattoos and long hair. He barrel...
On Jan Brueghel’s “The Sense of Hearing”
David Yearsley
In contrast to their still-life ancestors from the 17th-century, modern visual depictions of music would best concentrate on technologies of sound and the regulation of the senses: instead of a lute reclining alongside a half-filled goblet, the artist would present an iPo...
Poets’ Basement
Charles Orloski
An Orange Peel by CHARLES ORLOSKI Today a technician displayed X-rays of my brain. It was orange, snarled spaghetti strands, something compound, had pre-frontal CEOs, thousands of sentimental sections, and a stri...
Naughty Children Need to be Punished
CHARLES R. LARSON
So you don’t like the way your Representatives and your Senators are acting? So you voted for Obama but now that you’ve seen his true colors you won’t vote for him again? So you think the Tea Party is running the country? Item: Airlines are ...
Youth Subdued
BRUCE E. LEVINE
Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination. Young Americans—even more s...
Information Wars
THOMAS KNAPP
Late last year, I called the first shots in Cyber World War One. I got the timing completely wrong. In fact, I was off by about 27 years. The real first shot in that war — heard ’round the world and widely lauded, but its implications not really unde...
Cannabis Proponent Deemed Sane
FRED GARDNER
On July 25, 2011, after an imposed hiatus of 15 months, Allan Frankel, MD, resumed seeing patients and authorizing Cannabis use. The Medical Board of California had suspended Frankel’s license for reasons unrelated to Cannabis —and then sought to revoke it pe...
Ballpark Liturgy
ANDREW BACEVICH
Fenway Park, Boston, July 4, 2011. On this warm summer day, the Red Sox will play the Toronto Blue Jays. First come pre-game festivities, especially tailored for the occasion. The ensuing spectacle — a carefully scripted encounter between the armed forces and...
Thinking the Unthinkable
DAVID MACARAY
Even though union membership hovers at about a 12-percent (down from a high of 35-percent in the 1940s and 1950s), there’s a way of looking at these figures that gives us cheer.  With the U.S. population at more than 300 million, that 12-percent figure converts to ...
The Weird Battle Over the Debt Ceiling
DEAN BAKER
Policy debates in Washington are moving ever further from reality as a small elite is moving to strip benefits that the vast majority need and support. The battle over raising the debt ceiling is playing a central role in this effort. The United States is currently...
Is the US Ready to Talk the Taliban?
GARETH PORTER
The Taliban leadership is ready to negotiate peace with the United States right now if Washington indicates its willingness to provide a timetable for complete withdrawal, according to a former Afghan prime minister who set up a secret meeting between a senior Taliban...
Killing Our Guy in Kandahar
CONN HALLINAN
The assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai in Kandahar July 12 is one of those moments when the long and bloody Afghanistan war suddenly comes into focus. It is not a picture one is eager to put up on the wall. Karzai, a younger half brother (because their father h...
The Strauss-Kahn Handlers Crank Out the Lawsuits
PAM MARTENS
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and aspirant to the ...
The Madness of His Method
BINOY KAMPMARK
Societies, if we are to take the Freudian line, prefer to subordinate chaotic urges in favour of dull order.  Civilization implies stability.  By the nineteenth century, human society was digesting a range of theories on ‘constants&rsqu...
Barack Obama, Changeling
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Damaged goods, send them back I can’t work, I can’t achieve, send me back Open the till, give me the change You said would do me good Refund the cost You said you’re cheap, but you’re too much...
Business as Usual in Colombia
JOSE DAVID TORRENEGRA
Not a week goes in Colombia without reports of assassinations and persecution of labor and political activists. Ana Fabricia Cordoba, gender activist and leader of displaced peasants, was shot dead on June 7th inside a street bus, after she foretold he...
My Lesson in Mindfulness
PAUL KRASSNER
In 1979, my life changed while I was covering the trial of Dan White for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Former police officer White had confessed to killing the progressive Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, who was...
Lies of the Libyan War
THOMAS MOUNTAIN
As exposed here on CounterPunch the lies used to justify the NATO war against Libya have surpassed those created to justify the invasion of Iraq. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both had honest observers on the ground for months following ...