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The Stealth Halal Jihadist Turkey
WAJAHAT ALI
American Muslim communities celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional Turkey feast represents an encouraging sign of integration with American values and rituals. But, of course, we Muslims fooled you. Yet again. You should have known that our baked...
Anti-Labor Republicans Hit New Low
DAVID MACARAY
For 76 years it’s been the job of the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) to enforce the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act (passed in 1935 and better known as the Wagner Act).  The National Labor Relations Act is the legislation that governs such things ...
The Bahrain Arms Deal
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. — Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man The question is why the United States was even thinking of selling arms to Bahrain.  The answer ...
The Nipplegate Case and the First Amendment
JULIE HILDEN
On November 2, a two-judge panel majority of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued its second opinion in a high-profile broadcast indecency case.  The opinion was especially interesting, for three reasons: First, the Supreme Court had sent the cas...
How the Occupy Movement Came to El Salvador
ALEXANDRA EARLY
SAN SALVADOR. At the U.S. embassy here on Thursday (Nov. 24), Ambassador Carmen Aponte held a gala Thanksgiving dinner for a select group of local and North American guests. Outside the castle-like embassy compound, there were some uninvited visitors as w...
Global Dignity
MISSY BEATTIE
Last week I attended a presentation by Robert Ford, the first United States Ambassador to Syria in five years.  Just two months ago, Ford was recalled from Syria because of safety concerns.  More than 3500 people, including children, have been killed there. Charm...
Killing Us Softly
DAVID Ker THOMSON
St. James Park, Toronto. It seems churlish to complain about having been insufficiently buffeted about the head, ears, and spleen, what with our community having experienced so many satisfactions in that regard during last year’s G20 and all.  But it mu...
Misanthropy’s Holiday
KATHLEEN PEINE
It’s not exactly “The Gift of the Magi” -the inevitable Black Friday footage that so marvelously serves to reinforce the notion that Americans are simply a cloudy plague of consumer beasts. And in most ways that really is what the country has become. Feeding on ...
I -Witnesses of the Mumbai Attacks
FARZANA VERSEY
“The spectators laughed. And my lawyer, rolling up one of his sleeves, said with finality, ‘Here we have a perfect reflection of this entire trial: everything is true and nothing is true!'” ...
Sharing the Turkey
LINH DINH
Thanksgiving is the occasion or requirement, not necessarily welcome, that one eats with many other people, while looking at their faces even. As a contemporary American, I take many meals alone while staring at a medium, which in my case is the computer and, before that,...
Greetings From the Cannabis Cup
JOHN SINCLAIR
Amsterdam. Highest greetings from the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, where I’m enjoying the heady ambience of this society where they just don’t care if you want to get high and where a couple thousand American youths are staggering around this we...
Don’t Mourn, Balkanize
PAUL BUHLE
Don’t Mourn, Balkanize!  Essays After Yugoslavia. By Andrej...
Scenes From the Life of Chet Baker
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Click here to read Part One: Chet Baker: the Junkie Beat. Chet Baker finally hit New York in May of 1954, fronting his own band, for a month long engagement at Birdland. By all accounts...
Women Are Better At Almost Everything
CHARLES R. LARSON
You have to hand it to Dan Abrams.  He’s in his mid-forties, never married, and either hoping that his book will get him hitched or frightened to death that, if it does, he’ll never live up to his wife’s expectations.  The claim on the back cover will probably dri...
Why I’m Joining the One Percent
BRIAN J. FOLEY
I marched with Occupy Oakland last Saturday, but I’ve had a change of heart. I’m joining the One Percent. The One Percent have fun. They have jobs and money.  Or just money, because when you have a lot of money, you don’t need to work. They live in houses, n...
Corseri, Silverstein and Whitman
POETS' BASEMENT
Mic Check: Now We Are The People! by GARY CORSERI (NOTE: “Mic Check” is one of the many wholesome developments of the Occupy Movement. A single speaker’s words are echoed by a spontaneous “chorus” of listeners. ...
Hitler: “Why Would Anybody Care About a Bunch of Dirty Hippies, Any Way?”
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Back to Tahrir Square
ESAM AL-AMIN
When former Vice President (and intelligence chief) Omar Suleiman announced on state television last February 11the transfer of power from Hosni Mubarak to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), millions of Egyptians began celebrating in the streets the culminati...
The Roads To War And Economic Collapse
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
November 23, 2011: The day before the Thanksgiving holiday brought three extraordinary news items.  One was the report on the Republican presidential campaign debate. One was the Russian President’s statement about his country’s response to Washington’s mi...
Let Them In
RALPH NADER
From New York City to Oakland, and several cities in between, the police, on orders from city officials, have smashed the Occupy encampments and evicted the protestors from public parks and spaces. More politicians from Congress to the state and local level want the Occu...
Payback Time in Libya
PATRICK COCKBURN
The detention of 7,000 people in prisons and camps by the anti-Gaddafi forces is not surprising. The conflict in Libya was always much more of a civil war between Libyans than foreign governments pretended or the foreign media reported. The winning anti-Gaddafi mil...
The Curiosity Mission and Catastrophe Tourism
KARL GROSSMAN
With NASA intending to launch a plutonium-fueled rover from Florida on Saturday—and admitting that a launch pad accident releasing the deadly plutonium fuel could reach as far as 62 miles away—the issue being raised by the area’s tourism officials is whether the lau...
Banks, Pentagon and Academic Pusilanimousness
LINH DINH
“I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy.” —GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain Not everything, mind you, but anything, which would put him on par with the dumbest American living under the heaviest...
Meet the Global Ruling Class
STEVEN COLATRELLA
Padua, Italy. Making economics and politics appear separate is one of the chief characteristics of capitalism as a system of class rule, as Ellen Mieksins Wood has pointed out in many of her writings. But it is how politics is manifested AS economics and e...
How They Gave Thanks in 1863
DAVID YEARSLEY
Brandenburg, Germany Expatriate Thanksgivings have a paradoxical feeling of closeness and distance. There’s the longing to recapture the spirit and flavor of the family table back home, but also a sometimes irresistible urge to take advantage of the remo...
Sainath on the World Economic Forum
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The Return of the Albuquerque Death Squads
DAVID CORREIA
Albuquerque. On November 13 of this year the Albuquerque police oversight commission cleared one of its own for the fatal shooting in September of 2010 of 19-year old Chandler Barr. The officer, a bicycle cop on her first day on the job, shot the mentally ...
Past the Point of No Return
MIKE WHITNEY
“Eurozone banks’ demand for European Central Bank funding surged to a two-year high on Tuesday, as fast spreading sovereign debt worries left lending markets virtually frozen and  the ECB the only available funding option for many institutions....
The Swing of That Truncheon Thing
RON JACOBS
While I truly empathize with the victims of the use of force by police against Occupy protesters these past few weeks, the fact that these acts of abuse occurred has served a very useful purpose.  For the first time in a long time, the role of police in a society that ca...
Droning On
JOHN FEFFER
Someday soon, you’ll be checking your new Clear Skies app as a routine part of your preparations to go out for the evening. First, you’ll look at your smart gizmo to read your latest email to make sure there hasn’t been any change in plans. A quick glanc...
The Puzzling Persistance of APEC
WALDEN BELLO
The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation has just concluded its annual summit in Honolulu, once President Obama’s home turf. It will probably be most remembered for the traffic jams it created in the Waikiki Beach area, to the consternation of residents and tourists alike....
Support the New Freedom Riders
JOSH RUEBNER
Fifty years ago, Freedom Riders braved beatings and arson by supremacists intent on maintaining apartheid in the Jim Crow South.  By challenging segregated transportation through nonviolent action, these African American and white activists set in motion a process that u...
Destroying Libya’s Welfare State
DAN KOVALIK
The other day, I was listening to the voice of “liberal” radio, NPR, and was surprised to hear its bizarre, and yet quite candid, report on what it apparently views to be one of the more hideous aspects of the Gadhafi years – a modern welfare state which looked afte...
What It Means to Occupy Los Angeles 

LESLIE RADFORD
Los Angeles All across Los Angeles you’ll find small, quiet occupations, clusters of tents sheltered by overpasses or erected in communities that emerge in the twilight and disappear at dawn. Most have been there for years, in places like Watts and S...
The People’s Police Commission
KEVIN CARSON
For years, the standard drill after a police beating or shooting, when it was a citizen’s word against a cop’s and the cop’s testimony was backed up by his Brothers in Blue, was “administrative leave” with pay for the cop — until a review board found “no evi...
The Case for Cougars
PHIL BROWN
While walking through the West Virginian highlands, John Davis was struck by the character of the forest: all the trees were middle-aged and the ground was covered with ferns. There were almost no saplings or wildflowers. “You could almost call them fern glades,...
Oregon and the Death Penalty
BINOY KAMPMARK
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber made a decision on Tuesday to impose a moratorium on the death penalty for the duration of his term in office.  The state under his previous stewardship has used it twice in the 1990s (Douglas Wright in 1996 and Harry Moore in 1997), and Ki...
Occupy Lulz
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Violence Goes to College
VIJAY PRASHAD
Before the assassin’s bullet cut him down, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., had been preparing his sermon for Atlanta’s Ebeneezer Baptist Church. The sermon was called “Why America May Go to Hell.” The theme of the sermon was simple, that the failure to address the a...
Slandering Israel?
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Sometimes when a debate seems all but settled, a prestigious voice can reopen it.  So it is with Richard Goldstone, who states the following  in a New York Times op-ed entitled “Israel and the Apartheid Slander”: “In Israel, there is...
The Arab Winter
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The Kingdom of Qatar in the Persian Gulf, ever vigilant in support of democracy, sent  hundreds of soldiers to help Libyan insurgents against the dictator Gaddafi.  It based a squadron of attack aircraft in Crete to bomb Gaddafi’s forces, and its military chief stated...
The Decline and Fall of American Labor
STEVEN HIGGS
Peter Seybold might have been born and educated in the Northeast, but the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) sociology professor found the Hoosier state’s labor movement intriguing from the dawn of his political awakening back in New Jersey...
The Epic Saga of the Italian Asbestos Case
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
It’s been twelve long years since a criminal investigation was first opened against Stephan Schmidheiny. Schmidheiny is one of the wealthiest men in Europe....
A Global Revolt
ROGER BURBACH
Editor’s Note: Occupy Oakland is part of a global movement that is questioning the basic structures of the political and economic system to an extent not seen since 1968. Whether it will succeed in changing these structures is unclear. But it has already...
The Stalking Horse Bidder
EILEEN APPELBAUM
Three years after being taken private by an affiliate of private equity firm Sun Capital Partners, Friendly’s – the family restaurant and ice cream chain known for its Happy Ending sundaes – filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  According to the filing,...
Don’t Stop Now
REBECCA SOLNIT
Last Tuesday, I awoke in lower Manhattan to the whirring of helicopters overhead, a war-zone sound that persisted all day and then started up again that Thursday morning, the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and a big day of demonstrations in New York City. It ...
Will the UN insist on Fair Trials for Ex-Regime Loyalists in Libya?
FRANKLIN LAMB
CounterPunch Exclusive Benghazi, Libya An affable gentleman, “Mahmoud” ushered this observer into the Benghazi People’s Court (Mahkamat al-Sha’b) and showed me the freshly painted courtroom where ...
Occupy Durban
PATRICK BOND
There they fell during 2011, one after the other in past-their-prime domino descent: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from Tunis, Hosni Mubarak from Cairo, Dominique Strauss-Kahn from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Muammar Gaddafi from Tripoli, Georgios Papandreou...
Obama’s Pepper Spraying Cops
DAVE LINDORFF
The growing number of video clips and photos showing police in Darth Vader-like riot gear assaulting peaceful demonstrators with everything from tear gas and mace to truncheons, point-blank shots with beanbags and rubber bullets, and of course the ubiquitous fist and club...
The Last Whistleblowers
DAVID SWANSON
Whistleblowing in our federal government may soon be a thing of the past, not because whistleblowers face more vicious retribution than ever before — although that is true; and not because important acts of whistleblowing now result in fewer reforms and less account...