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Archives from September 2011
The Constant Mind Rape
LINH DINH
The physical violence of a crime is often accompanied by another kind of violation, an assault against the mind, for the criminal must disguise his evil deed. A murderer, rapist or merely adulterer will lie and spin, to conceal and/or rationalize what he has done. ...
Southland Grocery Workers Poised to Strike
DAVID MACARAY
Unless last minute negotiations result in management backing off their demand that health care benefits be drastically altered, members of the UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) are ready to walk off their jobs at Vons, Albertsons and Ralphs grocery stores as early...
Libya: Whither International Law?
COURTENAY BARNETT
For those who think that anything good is going to come out of this NATO led war in Libya, and feel that it is a mainly a question of some wrongly supporting Gadaffi, I beg to differ. The choices really are- 1.  A government in power under Gadaffi; or...
From SDS to SSDP (We are Devo)
FRED GARDNER
“Carl Oglesby dies at 76; led Students for a Democratic Society,” was the headline on the obit in the LA Times. The description of SDS seems accurate (although nobody ever called it “the SDS”):  “The SDS had been...
Sept 22: The Big One is Coming
CARL FINAMORE
The sudden release of stored energy could easily describe earthquakes, of which we are very familiar in California. But this week, tremors of a different sort will shake the state from north to south The sudden release of pent up frustrations from more than 23,000 ...
Ali on the First Black Prez
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Is Fascism Coming to America? And If So, Dressed as What?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
But first, a simple rule for killers: If you are going to murder someone in the United States, don’t try to get the job done in Texas. Keep your captive alive in the car till New Mexico, which recently banned the death penalty, or press on to California, which retai...
Three Big Challenges Threatening the Arab Uprisings
ESAM AL-AMIN
With the fall of Muammar Qaddafi’s headquarters in Bab Al-Aziziyyah in Tripoli on August 23, Libya became the third country to oust its long-serving dictator after the fall of Tunisia’s Zein-al-bedin Ben Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. The fa...
Geithner’s European Junket
MIKE WHITNEY
 On Thursday–exactly 3 years after Lehman Brothers defaulted igniting the greatest financial crisis in 70 years–the world’s most powerful central banks launched a massive intervention to staunch a liquidity squeeze in the...
Cameron and Sarkozy’s Coy Victory Lap in Tripoli
PATRICK COCKBURN
David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy were careful during their first visit to Libya since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi to avoid anything evoking comparisons with President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” rhetoric after the occupation of Iraq. They know ho...
Palestine at the UN
URI AVNERY
“WILL THIS be the happiest day of your life?” a local interviewer asked me, referring to the approaching recognition of the State of Palestine by the UN. I was taken by surprise. “Why would that be?” I asked. “Well, for 62 years you have advocated ...
Welcome to the Post-Modern Gilded Age
DAVID ROSEN
One word dominates political discourse in America today: Jobs!  It was the centerpiece of recent the debate between Republican presidential contenders and the Democratic president’s speech to the nation. The official unemployment rate stands at 9.1 percent; whe...
Are the Taliban Winning?
GARETH PORTER
Gen. David Petraeus wrote in his 2006 counterinsurgency manual that the U.S. command headquarters should establish a “narrative” for the counterinsurgency war – a simple storyline that provides a framework for understanding events, both for the population of...
The Irish Debt Crisis Story
LIAM LEONARD
Sligo, Ireland. By the mid-1990s, the historically troubled Irish economy began to move into a phase of rapid growth. Of course, the Irish economy could only improve from lows of the 1980s, but this economic success was measured against the collapse of eco...
The Not-So-Super Committee
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Touted as the “Super Committee” by pundits, the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee-created by the August 2 Debt Deal between President Barak Obama and the congressional Republicans-has turned out to be not so super.  The real s...
The Real Reason the US Wanted Gaddafi Gone
MURRAY DOBBIN
Powell River, BC When the U.S. invaded Iraq riding a pack of lies and monstrous manipulation, the entire U.S. elite, including major news services, academics, and politicians from both parties, lined up to cheerlead and off they went to war. It was one of ...
The Legal Flaws in the Palmer Report
RICHARD FALK / PHYLLIS BENNIS
The latest United Nations report on last year’s lethal flotilla incident – in which nine people were killed and many injured by Israeli commandos on board a humanitarian ship bound for Gaza – was released at the beginning of September, and generated much controvers...
29 Years After the Massacre at Sabra Shatila
FRANKLIN LAMB
Sabha, Libya. “The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind” was the general consensus following a discussion between this observer and a gathering of Palestinian refugees in Sabha, Libya, many of whom would very much like to travel to Shatila camp in...
The Killing Machines
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
In an interview for an article about the machinations of the Central Intelligence Agency one of the Washington Post’s sources described it as “one helluva killing machine.”  Then, according to the reporter, he ‘blanched’ at his words and altered them to “one...
Goodbye Obama
GEORGE OCHENSKI
It’s getting harder and harder to figure out how President Obama is going to win re-election when his administration continues to abandon its base in favor of traditional Republican supporters. Nothing illustrates this better than two recent incidents. OnThursday, A...
Two Green Communists
PETER LINEBAUGH
Given the overall pollution of the seas, the land, the atmosphere, as well as the geological layers beneath the seas, the world, considered as a chemical organization, is undergoing an inversion. Dangerous gases derived from beneath the seas are being consumed on earth an...
The New Scramble for Africa
CONN HALLINAN
Is current U.S. foreign policy in Africa following a blueprint drawn up almost eight years ago by the rightwing ...
The Sotheby’s Economy
ARI PAUL
While most of America suffers through recession and unemployment, luxury retailers and service providers are doing quite well. With corporate profits remaining high, the moneyed elites continue to enjoy 5-star hotels, private jets, fancy jewelry, and splendid works of art...
Tearing the Veil From Israel’s Civility
WILLIAM A. COOK
Gilad Atzmon’s insight into the organism created by the Zionist movement in his book, The Wanderi...
Hendrix at the Crossroads
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
“If I don’t meet you no more in this world then I’ll meet you on the next one And don’t be late, don’t be late…” –Jimi Hendrix, “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” On a spring ni...
Two September 11ths
PETER MAYO
The past week led to several reflections on the significance of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. This is as it should be. The memories of the several victims of this dastardly attack demand this. Equall...
Pipeline to the White House?
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Whenever the usual centrist/corporatist Democratic Party presidential candidate needs to burnish the old Green credentials, they can always count a on a cabal of funders, professional “greens,”  incurious media and gullible public to buy into whatever do-nothing/so...
Kidnapping, Torture and the Red Sox
RAYMOND J. LAWRENCE
On Sunday, September 11, the Schenectady Gazette featured several opinion pieces relating to the 9-11 jihadist attack in 2001. None of the pieces so troubled my sleep as the offering by Daniel T. Weaver, “Richmor Role Should Be Investigated.” The reaso...
Let It Grow
JOHN SINCLAIR
I left Amsterdam last week, after the shit hit the fan in Michigan, and the Dutch authorities were striving to match the sheer idiocy of the anti-marijuana crusaders in the United States by forcing 58 licensed cannabis coffeeshops out of business pursuant to a recent ...
The Liberal Gun Nut
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
My father and I, at his house in the Catskills, playing the Goldman Sachs-Mini 14 game: We tramp out into the hardwoods, among the butterflies and the mosquitoes, with the rifle, a Ruger Mini-14 .223 banana-clipped at 30 rounds.  Fast action semi-automatic, modeled after...
The Mugging of SpongeBob
WALTER BRASCH
SpongeBob SquarePants may be hazardous to your mental development—if you’re a four-year-old. At least that’s what two psychologists at the University of Virginia claim, based upon a study they conducted that m...
A Bio-Horror Movie for a Post-9/11 World
KIM NICOLINI
As a general rule, I love a bio-horror movie, the kind when a killer infectious disease comes on like a storm and levels almost the entire human race. Usually the deadly epidemic is a result of some insidious government-meets-big-pharma conspiracy. There are big bad guys ...
“Bad Laws Have to be Broken!”
MICHAEL DICKINSON
London. On Tuesday morning, September 13th, as I was taking the sun at the open flap of my tent in the Peace Camp opposite the Houses of Parliament in London’s Westminster Square, a young man came along with a tray selling slices of fruit and ginger cak...
How They Do Commemorations in Berlin
DAVID YEARSLEY
Berlin I am distrustful of memorial services, not only because of the way memory is exploited by and manipulated through them, but because they inevitably indulge in the most embarrassing forms of kitsch, forms which music often decorates or even fundament...
Life’s Unexpected Happenings
CHARLES R. LARSON
Brooke Bayoude, the nine-year-old central character of Ali Smith’s quirky new novel, There but f...
Poets’ Basement
Susan Deer Cloud / Paul Jojeski
Reading the Names, 9/11/2011 by SUSAN DEER CLOUD Today I stood under sky, violet at dawn then moving to rain by noon. I started reading the names of the dead … every Indian who died in ...
Mapping US Poverty
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Executive Orders and the Tea Party
ANDREW LEVINE
If Republican candidate debates are an indication, executive orders have become anathema to Tea Partiers.  This is bad news for Rick Perry– and not just because in a lapse from his usual know-nothing, puritanical moralizing, the Texas governor issued an executive ...
Power Politics, NATO, and the Libyan Intervention
DAVID N. GIBBS
The recent NATO intervention against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya has been a considerable source of contention among many on the left, with self-proclaimed progressives, most notably Juan Cole, openly supporting this military action. The intervention clea...
Disaster in the Eurozone
MIKE WHITNEY
Martin Tomley previously worked at a major US bank. Now he writes on financial matters and the economy at ...
Wake of the Flood
RON JACOBS
I’ve been up and down the east coast of the United States a couple times in the past month.  From Asheville, NC up to southern Vermont via Interstates 26, 81 and 88, my first trip traversed the lands soon to be submerged in the floods that came with tropical storms...
Did 9/11 Really Change Everything?
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
The American people are told, again and again, that 9/11 “changed everything.” Is this really true? The answer is both yes, and no. Yes, because 9/11 prompted policies of regime change, preemptive strike, and humanitarian intervention, which, in turn, tr...
President Obama’s Shameful Silence in the Face of Israel’s Murder of a Young American
DAVE LINDORFF
Among the many shameful and cowardly things that President Barack Obama has and has not done, few can rival his complete unwillingness to express outrage at the Israeli military’s murder of a young American teen executed at close range during the Israeli Defense (sic) F...
Ethiopia Bombs Itself, Blames Eritrea
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Recently released Wikileaks Ethiopia files expose how Ethiopian security forces planted 3 bombs that went off in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on September 16, 2006 and then blamed Eritrea and the Oromo resistance for the blasts in a case that raises serious questions...
Metallica in Mexico
LEE BALLINGER
In 2003, Metallica performed in the prison yard at San Quentin. Frontman James Hetfield was uncharacteristically introspective at the mic: “If I didn’t have music in my life it’s quite possible I’d be in here or, not even here, be dead. I’d much rather be alive....
The Battle of Longview
MARK VORPAHL
Anyone who still believes that U.S. workers and the labor movement are incapable of mounting a struggle against the conditions that the economic crisis is forcing on us has not been paying attention. Evidence to the contrary was vividly provided on the morning of Septembe...
Veterans for Peace and the Call for Obama’s Impeachment
MIKE FERNER / JOHN WALSH
Mike Ferner is a writer from Ohio and a former VFP President who is now serving as  interim director of Veterans for Peace. He writes, I just read the Counterpunch ...