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Archives from November 2011
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...