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FATTENING WALL STREET — Mike Whitney reports on the rapid metamorphosis of new Fed Chair Janet Yallin into a lackey for the bankers, bond traders and brokers. The New Religious Wars Over the Environment: Joyce Nelson charts the looming confrontation between the Catholic Church and fundamentalists over climate change, extinction and GMOs; A People’s History of Mexican Constitutions: Andrew Smolski on the 200 year-long struggle of Mexico’s peasants, indigenous people and workers to secure legal rights and liberties; Spying on Black Writers: Ron Jacobs uncovers the FBI’s 50 year-long obsession with black poets, novelists and essayists; O Elephant! JoAnn Wypijewski on the grim history of circus elephants; PLUS: Jeffrey St. Clair on birds and climate change; Chris Floyd on the US as nuclear bully; Seth Sandronsky on Van Jones’s blind spot; Lee Ballinger on musicians and the State Department; and Kim Nicolini on the films of JC Chandor.
Archives from October 2011
Marine Down in Oakland
SHEPHERD BLISS
Marine Scott Olsen made it through two tours in Iraq without an injury, but back home in the United States he was critically wounded by a police riot. Heavily-armed police injured Olsen and other unarmed citizens on Oct. 25 when they attacked the non-violent Occupy Oaklan...
Someone Got Rich and Someone Got Sick
CHIP WARD
What if rising sea levels are yet another measure of inequality? What if the degradation of our planet’s life-support systems — its atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere — goes hand in hand with the accumulation of wealth, power, and control by that corrupt and ...
American Crisis Politics
ERIC WALBERG
American voters now have a clear view of who they can vote for next year, with Barack Obama as the Democrats’ certain candidate and Mitt Romney as the Republicans’. Both candidates offer much the same prescriptions for the multiple crises facing their country ...
Basketball Players Are Still Laborers
DAVID MACARAY
The on-going labor dispute between NBA (National Basketball Association) owners and the players union is continuing to draw national attention, as each passing day without an agreement puts the league closer to not having a season at all.  Indeed, David Stern, the NBA Co...
Yesterday in Oakland
KEN KNABB
This seven-minute video gives a pretty good brief impression of what happened in Oakland yesterday, following the police ...
Making a Bigger Occu(pie)
CARLO FILICE
With the various Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, talk of economic and social fairness is in the air. Demonstrators are complaining about the vast inequalities in wealth and political influence between the rich 1 percent or so and the remaining 99 percent. Are th...
Civil Rights Leaders Condemn Oakland Police Violence
CounterPunch Newswire
The Oakland Police Department (OPD) flagrantly violated its own Crowd Management and Crowd Control Policy and foundational principles of international human rights law during its dispersal on Tuesday morning of peacefully assembled citizens at Occupy Oakland. ...
Global Rich List
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The Fight for Autonomy in Oakland
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Oakland. In a pre-dawn raid Tuesday involving hundreds of officers drafted from seventeen departments across northern California, the notoriously aggressive Oakland Police violently raided and wiped out that city’s Occupy encampment. By sunrise...
Desperate Students
Rev. JESSE L. JACKSON
The sign at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration revealed the struggles of America’s young: “A B.A., $30,000 in student debt and no job.” Young people are graduating from college into the worst jobs market since the 1930s while carrying record levels of student debt...
Radiation Reporting
JOHN LaFORGE
The ongoing radiation catastrophe stemming from three out-of-control nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan has taken a back seat to far graver news events of late: Michael Jackson’s doctor, fund-raising by presidential hopefuls, the World Series, and Netflix stock. ...
U.N. Tally Excluded Most Afghan Civilian Deaths in Night Raids
GARETH PORTER and SHAH NOORI
Washington DC/ Kabul A July United Nations report asserting that only 30 civilians died in targeted raids in Afghanistan  during the first six months of 2011 reflected only a very small  fraction of night raids in which civilians were killed, according t...
The Classroom at the End of the Occupation
CLIFTON ROSS
Oakland. The first tweet from the Occupy Oakland had gone out just a few minutes before three and we managed to make it to the plaza in about half an hour. When my wife Marcy and I arrived at Frank Ogawa Plaza, now redubbed, “Oscar Grant Plaza, the flims...
NATO: the Brutal Alliance
FIDEL CASTRO
NATO’s brutal military alliance has become the most perfidious instrument of repression known in the history of humankind. NATO took on that global repressive role as soon as the USSR, which had served the United States as an excuse for its creation, ceased to ex...
The Razing of Occupy Oakland at Sunrise
MIKE KING
Oakland. In the early morning on Tuesday, starting before 5 am, the police temporarily destroyed Occupy Oakland, sending in a riot squad of over 500 that outnumbered protesters almost 3 to 1.  Oscar Grant Plaza (officially Frank Ogawa Plaza) was too geogr...
Is the CIA Still an Intelligence Agency?
SHAUKAT QADIR
Early September 2011, a former intelligence official commented to the Washington Post that, “The CIA has become one hell of a killing machine”. He then attempted to retract, but his words were on record. But is that really what it should be: a hell of a killing machin...
Sword of Peterloo
CLANCY SIGAL
“Wow!” exclaimed secretary of state Hillary Clinton when an aide showed her a Blackberry with Gaddafi’s capture as she was visiting Pakistan to twist a few arms.  Her ‘wow’ may be ambiguous – an expression of real surprise, but I fear not.   I...
Women Against Malthus
JOHN V. WALSH
This Halloween the neo-Malthusians, many dressed up as environmentalists, will have a big scare for us – the birth of the 7 billionth person on “space ship” earth.  We will hear again of the demographic disaster sure to befall us with yet another mouth to feed.  B...
Revulsion and Fury, as Students Remember Man Who Shot Qaddafi
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli University The people I had hoped most to be able to find on returning to Libya were eight students from Fatah University (now renamed Tripoli University) who became my friends during three months in Libya this summer.  They had all been strongly ...
The Clichés of Economic History
WILLIAM E. SHAUB
Understanding economic theory, in law and in principle, requires a certain perception of the world. One perception requires an understanding of the world as one would like it to be. The other, which is perhaps more in touch with reality, demands an acceptance of the worl...
31 Days of Foreclosures
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Occupy the System
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR and JOSHUA FRANK
It’s not too cool to be ridiculed But you brought this upon yourself The world is tired of pacifiers We want the truth and nothing else And we are sick and tired of hearing your song Telling how you are gonna change right f...
The Arab Spring and the Coward’s War on Libya
TED HONDERICH
The thoughts in this essay are those touched on in a public conversation with Tariq Ali in The Gower Street Lecture Series, arranged by Waterstones Bookshops and held in University College London. Tariq’s knowledge of the societies of the Arab Spring is won...
The Closing of the American Mind
VIJAY PRASHAD
I. That Strange Brown Man, Gandhi. Gandhi is standing in the bustle of Occupy Boston. The wry smile, the flapping ears, and the walking stick in hand. A sign flags near his knees, “The world holds enough for everyone’s NEED, bu...
Curbing Oligopolies
MOSHE ADLER
The call to “occupy Wall Street” is a call to occupy corporations. But how do we actually do that?  Here are three ways. 1.  Occupying the Boardroom The first thing to recognize about our big corporations is that they have thousands an...
Love Fest in the Hindu Kush
PAUL FITZGERALD and ELIZABETH GOULD
In the wild gyrations surrounding the Obama administration’s AfPak scenario, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent swing from ...
No Party For Europe
DEAN BAKER
Jean Claude Trichet will be retiring as head of the European Central Bank at the end of the month. He will step into retirement having wreaked the sort of destruction on the European economy that hostile powers can only dream about. Tens of millions of people across the e...
Taking On the EPA
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Marsha Coleman-Adebayo is an African American graduate of Barnard College and MIT. She worked for years at the Environmental Protection Agency. ...
Challenging the Old Boys Network in the Vatican
BILL QUIGLEY
We never thought it would end up on a hard wooden bench inside a police station in Piazza Cavour.  Maryknoll priest Fr. Roy Bourgeois, young Erin Saiz Hannah of Women’s Ordination Conference in the US and Miriam Duignan from ...
Lynching Black Africans in Libya
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Black Libyans by the racist para-militaries who now rule Libya. Bodies of black men hanging from highways. Bound and tortured bodies of Africans dumped along the roadsides. Am I talking about Libya or Louisiana? And all under the approving eye of the first B...
Busted for Defending a Nurses Station
BOB SIMPSON
Chicago. The Occupy Movement world-wide speaks for what Johnny Cash, The Man in Black, called,”The poor and the beaten down, livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town.” We want to change the global economy so that working people can live in dignity...
Hillary and Qaddafi
KATHLEEN PEINE
Another Halloween season is upon us, with the scary bloodless dead guy masks, the wild mobs clamoring for goodies, and well heck, that’s just Libya. I have to say that I’m against the death penalty on principle except when I’m not, but I only consider a selec...
Mitt, We Hardly Knew Ye!
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Fury Mounts Among Greek People
PATRICK COCKBURN
Athens Greece last week  was paralysed by a 48-hour general strike that began Wednesday and cast doubt on the unpopular government’s ability to implement reforms demanded by the European Union in return for further bailout money. Black-maske...
The Myth of Greek Profligacy
MARSHALL AUERBACK
Historically, Greeks are very good at constructing myths.  The rest of the world?  Not so much.  Reading the press, one gets the impression of a bunch of lazy Mediterranean scroungers, enjoying one of the highest standards of living in Europe while making the frugal Ge...
The War on Terror in Australia
JEFF SPARROW
Footage from the recent police raid on the Occupy Melbourne camp in the city square has been circulating globally: ugly Youtube clips of protesters dragged by the hair, cracked over the head, menaced by dogs and so on. Why did the conservative lord mayor, Robert Do...
Totally Corrupt America
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Last March I reviewed Matt Taibbi’s important book Griftopia, an entertaining account of...
Homeless in America
BARBARA EHRENREICH
As anyone knows who has ever had to set up a military encampment or build a village from the ground up, occupations pose staggering logistical problems. Large numbers of people must be fed and kept reasonably warm and dry. Trash has to be removed; medical care and rudimen...
Another Immoral Adventure
NICHOLAS KRAMER
“I have authorized a small number of combat-equipped U.S. forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces… On October 12, the initial team of U.S. military personnel with appropriate combat equipment deployed to Uganda. During the next ...
It’s Nashville, It’s America
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
The night of the Global Day of Action here, an active-duty soldier from Fort Campbell opened the GA in full throat, not needing the people’s mic to be heard by about 65 people gathered on the steps under the gaze of the state capitol, but using it anyhow, for effect:...
Destroying Estonia
JEFFREY SOMMERS and MARKKU SIPPOLA
The elite financial press continues to promote  their Baltic austerity model.  Last month in CounterPunch,  Michael Hudson and I showed how Anders Aslund, from the bank-funded Petersen Institute, kicked the snowball down the hill to roll and grow regarding the...
Killing Gaddafi
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. This verse from the Bible speaks aloud of the manner of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, as well as his brutal killing. It is also a lesson for those who fought Gaddafi. The end of him has left a...
What the Establishment Isn’t Telling You About Libya
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Washington is erupting in euphoria and self-congratulation over Muammar Gaddafi’s death.  That celebration was predictably followed by further adulation in our sycophantic press system, which never saw a foreign intervention it didn’t like.  The usual propaganda abo...
Doing the Work
ELIZABETH HELPERN
New York City. Last Saturday I found myself sitting cross-legged in the middle of Times Square singing peace songs and wondering to what exactly I was committing. Arrest? Pepper spray? Beating? About half an hour earlier I had arrived at what was being ...
Muammar Gaddafi: In Memoriam
FAWZIA AFZAL-KHAN
Was he a “mad dog” as Ronald Reagan dubbed him, or  “the King of Kings” as some leaders of African nations  crowned him, or “Brotherly Leader and Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,” as he ...
Bolton: “Wars Were For Oil.”
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Imperial Massacres
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Denied post mortem imagery of Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, the world now has at its disposal photographs of Muammar Qaddafi, dispatched with a bullet  to the head after being wounded by NATO’s ground troops outside Sirte. Did the terminal command, Finish Him Of...
Qaddafi, From Beginning to End
VIJAY PRASHAD
On the dusty reaches out of Sirte, a convoy flees a battlefield. A NATO aircraft fires and strikes the cars. The wounded struggle to escape. Armed trucks, with armed fighters, rush to the scene. They find the injured, and among them is the most significant prize: a bloodi...
Banks on the Brink
ANDREW COCKBURN
“If the Occupiers start chanting ‘Mark to Market,’” an attorney highly conversant with the darker workings of the Wall Street-Washington complex told me, “we’ll know they’re serious.”   Such a call would quickly presage the collapse of our “too big to ...