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Archives from November 11th, 2011
He’s No Bill Clinton!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
As he prepares to follow Gov. Rick Perry into the oubliette of campaign history Herman Cain can at least console himself that as an alleged harasser of women, his was certainly a classier act than that of a man who not only got elected president in 1992 but was triumphant...
Terror and Revenge Engulf NATO’s Libya
FRANKLIN LAMB
CounterPunch Exclusive Benghazi  The “new Libya” has entered its own “Terror” which is spreading inexorably, aided by NATO member states including American, French and British SAS units known loc...
Where Did the Left Go?
SERGE HALIMI
The Occupy Wall Street protests in the US are also directed against the Street’s representatives in the Democratic Party and the White House. The protesters probably don’t know that Socialists in France still consider Barack Obama exemplary. Is there a misunderstandin...
Europe’s Crash Landing
MIKE WHITNEY
“Italy is now mathematically beyond the point of no return.” –Barclays Capital  The situation in Europe gets more depressing by the day. Policymakers have waited too long and now events are beyond their co...
Fed Up With Netanyahu
URI AVNERY
“YOU CAN lie to all of the people some of the time, and to some of the people all of the time, but you cannot lie to all of the people all of the time.” This slightly altered quotation from Abraham Lincoln has yet to be absorbed by Binyamin Netanyahu. He thinks...
America’s Illegal Drug Complex
DAVID ROSEN
American capitalism consists of a constellation of rackets.  The Occupy Wall Street movement has focused a spotlight on the banking and financial-services racket.  Others have exposed the military-industrial complex, the extraction industries, the insurance, pharmaceu...
The Seizure of the Gaza Boats
RAMZY BAROUD
Another mission accomplished, or so it seems. Israeli navy ships have managed to thwart yet another civil society ‘provocation’ (as described by a spokesman for the Israel Embassy in Dublin, Irish Times, November 4). Thus the 27 activists from nine countries ab...
The Coming Crash of Phobos-Grunt
KARL GROSSMAN
The big problems Russia is now having with a space probe it launched this week to go to a moon of Mars underscores the dangers of the planned launch in coming weeks of a NASA mission involving a plutonium-fueled rover that is supposed to go to Mars. Russia launched...
Death and Police Opportunism at Occupy Oakland
MIKE KING
A young man was shot dead outside Occupy Oakland in a dispute with a group of men Thursday afternoon.  At a vigil for the young man Thursday night, on the one month commemoration of the occupation, nerves are frayed both by the violence many witnessed earlier and the lik...
Challenging the Legitimacy of the System
SAUL LANDAU
An advanced university degree can’t help you find a position –for a year or more. Yet, stocks, bonds, and derivative dealers, and those peddling hedge (evade, prevaricate, get around, beat around the bush) funds amass money (including tax dollars). Pious government of...
This Stupid Democracy Thing
PETER LEE
It’s finally become clear to everyone the key problem in the current Eurozone crisis is just too much democracy. Pesky voters opposed to austerity measures get in the way of efforts to cut government expenditures in order to reduce deficits and make repayment of ...
Sugar Daddies of the Tea Party
PHILLLIP DOE
It’s interesting about Bill Koch, the energy and mining billionaire and Tea Party sugar daddy, though his brothers seem to be more the Tea Party groupies than he.  He reminds me of Marie Antoinette, not in his looks, but in his mindless pursuits. She prized ...
Happening Here
MISSY BEATTIE
Because something is happening here But you don’t know what it is Do you, Mister Jones ~~Bob Dylan’s ”Ballad of a Thin Man” Something is happening here, this movement called Occupy. It’s the 99 percent vs...
The Wrath of Rand
FIRMIN DeBRABANDER
Many have commented on the remarkable callousness fashioned by this Republican presidential field. Most prominently, Herman Cain maintained that the poor and unemployed are responsible for their own plight; Ron Paul claimed that people who refrain from buying health insur...
The Problem That Vexes
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free; The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, Tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! –Part of t...
Tragedy in Vermont
RON JACOBS
In an incident that can only be described as tragic, a man took his life inside a tent at the Burlington, VT Occupy camp the afternoon of November 10, 2011.  Like every Occupy camp, the one in Burlington, VT. has a fair share of men and women without homes living there....
Progressive Collapse
MARC SALOMON
After ten years on the record, the San Francisco experiment in progressive in local candidate electoral politics is over.  That which began as a mobilizing reaction to development gone wild and political corruption has been coopted and neutralized by developers and corr...
Pulp Fiction
DAVID THOMSON
The truck has no chassis skirt so it’d be good for killing children on corners. —June 3rd, 2011 prophecy in CounterPunch. The state has killed over a hundred of us in the city since I arrived...
The Pending Police Crackdown on Occupy Portland
BEN SCHREINER
On Thursday, Portland Mayor Sam Adams announced that Occupy Portland would be forcibly cleared from its present encampments this Sunday morning at 12:01 am. Occupy participants in Portland have now occupied two city parks (Chapman and Lownsdale Squares) for one mon...
To End All Wars
HARVEY WASSERMAN
As the numerologists note our arrival at 11/11/11, our attention is better focused on this day as the anniversary of the end of the useless, worthless, horrifying war that turned so much of 20th Century into a twisted, violent mess. And on how we must prevent the same fro...
Can the Occupy Movement Civilize the USA?
BOB SIMPSON
“What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures.”...
Street Messiahs
FARZANA VERSEY
“America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing…I can’t stand my own mind.” – Allen Ginsberg Space is being occupied. What does that space stand for? What does its occupation convey? There are q...
Flying Solo With Keith Jarrett
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Keith Jarrett concerts often unfold like a running feud: with his piano, with the venue, with the acoustics, with the audience, with his own precarious emotional state. The piano player is notoriously temperamental, thorny, moody. Jarrett is a compulsive artist, if...
Into the Wasteland of LA
KIM NICOLINI
Bellflower, Evan Glodell’s fiercely independent first film, is a beautiful slice of apocalyptic cinema with a pulsing heart that flirts with the edge of emotional and aesthetic cardiac arrest. Set in the outer sprawl of L.A. and featuring a 1972 Buick Skylark a...
Moby-Dick Redux
CHARLES R. LARSON
There’s a stunning journey in Matt Kish’s Moby-Dick in Pictures and an equally fascina...