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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the CIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from November 2011
The Rosenbaum Kidney Trafficking Gang
NANCY SCHEPER-HUGHES
A CounterPunch Exclusive On October 27, 2011 Levy Itzhak Rosenbaum, 60, a portly, sometimes risqué, “self-described” kidney matchmaker, pleaded guilty in a Trenton, NJ federal courtroom to three counts of acquiring,...
The Lessons of Obamamania
ANDREW LEVINE
Ten years ago in America, War Party fervor was on the rise, the media was in tow, and many a liberal was on board.  Thus began the Bush-Cheney era, one of the darkest moments in American history.  Those years seem like only yesterday, probably because on matters of subs...
The Untouchables of Zuccotti Park
STANLEY ROGOUSKI
In an October 9 article for the website Truthdig.com, Chris Hedges, the former New York Times bureau chief turned dissident journalist, gives us a...
The Vacancies of Capitalism
MIKE KING
Throughout the first several weeks of Occupy Oakland’s existence the analysis and discussion at the General Assembly and elsewhere has been about the need to construct an entirely different social order.  It is not so much that “the system is broken” but that it is...
Syrian Revolution Hijacked
PETER LEE
The Syrian revolution—a broad-based, non-sectarian, democratic anti-despot national movement—has failed. Mass demonstrations never materialized in Damascus and Aleppo.  The military and security forces didn’t crack.  The Alawite on Sunni crackdown (Alawites...
Man, God and Secession at Yale
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
When I team taught a course on corporate strategy back in 1980 at the Yale School of Management with economist Martin Shubik and former New York Times chief financial officer Leonard Forman, I never dreamed I would be invited back to Yale thirty years later to be...
Arrested for Supporting Local Business
LORI SPENCER
Oklahoma City. In the early morning hours of Black Friday, 10 members of Occupy OKC  discovered that chanting “Buy local!” in a crowded Walmart is an arrestable offense in the United States of America. It all started with a group of ...
We Need to Hire George Clooney
DAVID MACARAY
Back in the 1980s the Johns-Manville Corporation got hit with so many asbestos-related lawsuits that—given the company’s culpability and the gravity of the medical problems (asbestosis is incurable, and there were tens of thousands of valid cases)—it was forced to s...
The Worst of the One Percent?
DAN BACHER
  Brave New Films, the film studio that produced the ground-breaking documentary, “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price,” is holding an online vote to pick the “worst of the 1%.” They’re looking for the person who is doing the most with their...
Nothing Doing In Durban
ROBERT BRYCE
On Monday, leaders from dozens of countries began meeting at the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa. They might as well have stayed home. The meeting in Durban will fail, just as all previous climate confabs have fail...
Merck Pays a Pittance for Mass Deaths
FRED GARDNER
Q: Who killed more Americans —al Qaeda crashing airplanes into the World Trade Center, or Merck pushing Vioxx? A: Merck, by a factor of 18. One of the most downplayed stories of our time ended with a whim...
Jack Abramoff, Whipping Boy
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
“Jack Abramoff – he’s scum.” – Paul Begala, CNN Crossfire. “The most evil lobbyist ever to be operating in Washington.” – Margaret Car...
Return to MAD?
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
While nuclear weapons exist, there remains a danger that they will be used.  After all, for centuries national conflicts have led to wars, with nations employing their deadliest weapons.  The current deterioration of U.S. relations with China might end up providing us w...
An Irreversible Slide?
MIKE WHITNEY
“In every crisis there’s a point of no return….I’m increasingly convinced we’ve already passed that point of no return in Europe. The banks won’t lend to each other, the Germans won’t do Eurobonds, and the ECB won’t act as a lender of l...
Sham Wrestling at the World Economic Forum
P. SAINATH
The comforting thing about those sham wrestling ‘championships’ on television is that everybody knows they are a farce. Steroid-stuffed Cro-Magnons  stomp the living daylights out of  painkiller-primed  Neanderthals.  Good, unclean fun. The results are safely pred...
Who’s Talking About Corporate Profits?
QUENTIN GEE
Around this time last year, both the New York Times and the ...
Sucker Punched By Speculation
ALAN FARAGO
This terrible idea will not die: that the only way to revive the US economy is to reduce mortgages on homes and property purchased at speculative values. The fact that so many homeowners (like me) did not buy more house than they could afford, did not buy into the specula...
De-Fault Is Ours
STEVE FRASER
In 1729, when Ireland had fallen into a state of utter destitution at the hands of its British landlords, Jonathan Swift published a ...
On the 64th Anniversary of UN Resolution 181 Lebanon’s Palestinians Continue Their Descent
FRANKLIN LAMB
Embassy of Palestine, Tripoli, Libya Every year on November 29, approximately a quarter million Palestinian refugees who were forced into Lebanon, along with those in more than 130 countries where they have sought refuge following their ethnic cleansing fr...
Occupy Durban
BRYAN FERRELL
Most of the rich nations gathering at this year’s UN climate summit have already ...
Someone Else’s Children
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Just Another Goldman Sachs Take Over
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
On November 25, two days after a failed German government bond auction in which Germany was unable to sell 35 per cent of its offerings of 10-year bonds, the German finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble said that Germany might retreat from its demands that the private bank...
Dr. Taser / Mr. Clorox
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
On November 16 about two-hundred and fifty Oaklanders convened a general assembly in the city’s central square, Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza. It was yet another experiment in direct democracy, one of many public meetings held since the city’s encampment was e...
The Demonization of Iran
PATRICK COCKBURN
Iran has long been denounced in Washington as the source of much of the evil in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies see the hand of Tehran behind protests in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. As the last US forces leave Iraq by the...
NATO vs Pakistan
TARIQ ALI
The Nato assault on a Pakistani checkpoint close to the Afghan border which killed 24 soldiers on Saturday must have been deliberate. Nato commanders have long been supplied with maps marking these checkpoints by the Pakistani military. They knew that the target was a mil...
No Free Speech at Mr. Jefferson’s Library
PETER VAN BUREN
Here’s the First Amendment, in full: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, o...
The European Bank’s Ideological Zealots
DEAN BAKER
The European Central Bank (ECB) has been working hard to convince the world that it is not competent to act as central bank. One of the main responsibilities of a central bank is to act as the lender of last resort in a crisis. The ECB is insisting that it will not fill t...
Meltdown in Durban
CHRIS WILLIAMS
Consider the following: In October the Berkeley Earth project released the comprehensive results of a scientific study illustrating how temperature has changed since the 1800’s.  The study, backed in part by arch climate-deniers Koch Industries, was a systematic attemp...
Inside an Occupy Affinity Group
SHEPHERD BLISS
Our new Occupy affinity group (AG) recently met at “Mr. Mom’s” comfortable home. His four-month-old daughter mostly sleeps in a nearby swinging crib. Sometimes she rises and nestles into his chest, occasionally spitting up a white, milky substance over his dark shir...
One Demand Doesn’t Come Close to Covering It
JIM GOODMAN
Political decisions are made to increase economic growth. Economic growth is measured by corporate profit. Corporate profit decides who wins elections. So, how is this in the interest of the “common good”, how is this Democracy? Well, it’s n...
Two Cheers for “The Story of Stuff”
KEVIN CARSON
If you haven’t watched Annie Leonard’s “The Story of Stuff,” I suggest you do. These videos include detailed examinations of the waste economy, subsidized inefficiency and planned obsolescence. A recent installment, “The Story of Broke,” itemizes wastef...
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The “Left” and Libya
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The last time we met Michael Bérubé on this site was back in 2007, and he was up to his neck in a rubbish dump, where I’d placed him, in the company of other promoters of the 2003 war on Iraq: where, I asked, are those parlor warriors now? Had any of them reconsidered...
451 at Zuccotti Park
PETER LINEBAUGH
The cowardly, nocturnal destruction of more than 5,000 volumes of “the People’s Library” last week, a repository of knowledge gathered by the Occupy Wall Street assembly at Zuccotti Park requires the most vigorous push-back.   Mayor Bloomberg of New Yor...
Is Britain Plotting With Israel to Attack Iran?
JONATHAN COOK
Last February Britain’s then defense minister Liam Fox attended a dinner in Tel Aviv with a group described as senior Israelis. Alongside him sat Adam Werritty, a lobbyist whose “improper relations” with the minister would lead eight months later to Fox’s hurried ...
The Troubling Case of Saif Gadhafi
FRANKLIN LAMB
A CounterPunch Exclusive Zintan, Libya Despite the claims of the National Transitional Council of Libya (NTC)  that  Saif al Islam Gadhafi, the apprehended subject of an International Criminal ...
Germany’s “Failed” Bond Auction
MIKE WHITNEY
“We are caught, it seems, in one of those self-reinforcing loops that almost always presage a collapse.” — Michael Pettis, China Financial Markets Germany’s “failed” bund auction on Wednesday was a...
AF-PAK Sitrep
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
It is becoming increasingly clear that the AF-PAK war will end in yet another grand strategic defeat for the United States.  To date, President Obama, has been able to distract attention from this issue, but given the stakes in 2012, that dodge is unlikely to last. Get r...
When J. Edgar Hoover Tapped My Phone
SAUL LANDAU
As a kid I listened on the radio to “The FBI in Peace and War.” My parents had listened during the mid 1930s to “G-Men.” FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover helped produce those programs and, in the new biopic film, “J. Edgar”, we also learn that Hoover orchestrated ...
Newt, the Ultimate Beltway Swindler
MICHAEL WINSHIP
You maybe should think twice when even Jack Abramoff thinks you’re beneath contempt. Not that Newt Gingrich cares. Abramoff, America’s favorite convicted influence peddler, told NBC’s David Gregory that presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House G...
The “Decent Left” and the Libya Intervention
DAVID N. GIBBS
Even as NATO celebrates its victory over the Gaddafi dictatorship, there is growing unease about the operation. The Libyan intervention was supposed to be a model of legality, but ended up exceeding the terms set forth in Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorized...
Richard Grossman 1943-2011
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Last month, Richard Grossman sent me an e-mail. He wanted to let me know of legislation he helped draft that would criminalize the corporate form. It was classic Richard Grossman. “If people want to go into business, fine,” Grossman said. “But ...
Turkey and the Syrian ‘Abyss’
RAMZY BAROUD
When Recep Tayyip Erdogan became Turkey’s prime minister in 2003, he seemed to be certain of the new direction his country would take. It would maintain cordial ties with Turkey’s old friends, Israel included, but also reach out to its Arab and Muslim neighbors, Syria...
Student Loan Fury in the Occupy Movement
BRIAN McKENNA
Young people in the U.S. now recognize that the university has become part of a ponzi scheme designed to place on students an unconscionable amount of debt while subjecting them under the power of commanding financial institutions for years after they grad...
Detroit Police and the Occupy Movement
GEORGE CORSETTI
Police departments around the country could learn a few things from the Detroit police.   Many of these cities have had bloody confrontations with Occupiers including mass arrests, beatings and pepper spraying by police.  Meanwhile the Occupy Detroit group has enjoyed a...