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Archives from November 2011
Here Comes Moore Trouble
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Michael Moore is first and foremost a story-teller – in the fine Celtic tradition. Moore has put his heart and soul into a memoir, ...
Cesium Blankets Japan
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The Corporatization of the American University
STEVEN HIGGS
Peter Seybold traces the pernicious influence corporatization has had on the American campus back almost a decade before the Reagan Revolution of 1980, to a memo written by Richmond, Va., attorney Lewis F. Powell Jr. to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in late summer 1971....
The Double Standard
ROBERT FANTINA
The fact that there is a double-standard in effect for all aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, favoring, of course, Israel, is no secret. The mainstream United States media, little more than a pawn for the government, ignores the countless, horrific abuses heaped...
Ex-Inspector Rejects IAEA Iran Bomb Test Chamber Claim
GARETH PORTER
A former inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repudiated its major new claim that Iran built an explosives chamber to test components of a nuclear weapon and carry out a simulated nuclear explosion. The IAEA claim that a foreign scientist...
Huge Stakes in Syria
PATRICK COCKBURN
President Bashar al-Assad’s enemies are closing in for the kill. The Arab League is suspending Syria, and Turkey, once a close ally, is leading the pack in seeking to displace the government that has ruled for 40 years. Arab leaders are talking to West European stat...
The Bloodshed in Honduras: Obama’s Disgrace
MARK WEISBROT
Imagine that an opposition organizer were murdered in broad daylight in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador or Venezuela by masked gunmen, or kidnapped and murdered by armed guards of a well-known supporter of the government.  It would be front page news in the New York Tim...
How the 99% Won in the Fight for Worker Rights
ANDY KROLL
No headlines announced it. No TV pundits called it. But on the evening of November 8th, Occupy Wall Street, the populist uprising built on economic justice and corruption-free politics that’s spread like a lit match hitting a trail of gasoline, notched its first major p...
The Army in Haiti
NIA IMARA
The United States has a long history of sowing violence in Haiti.  Nearly one hundred years ago, the Marines invaded Haiti and occupied the country for nineteen years, over the course of which they killed thousands of Haitians who attempted to resist the repression.  Th...
Obama and Labor: the Self-Defeating Alliance
ROB URIE
Last week SEIU (Service Employees International Union) echoed the language of the Occupy Wall Street movement to give an early endorsement to Barack Obama in his re-election bid for the presidency in 2012. For both tactical and strategic reasons this endorsement works aga...
The Austerity Regime
JACK RANDOM
“An urgent, tough and structural redesign of the International Monetary Fund is needed to prevent crises…  Meanwhile, inequality in our countries will grow because of those [IMF] reforms; tears will be shed and poverty caused for those millions excluded...
Goldman Sachs: New Master of the Eurozone
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Are Drum Circles Protected Under the Constitution?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
From Manhattan, to Nashville, to St Louis, to Portland, Oregon, to Oakland, California, the police this week moved in to clear out the Occupy Wall Street protesters from the various downtown plazas or squares where they’d established their peaceable focos. ...
First Steps in Reforming the U.S. Financial and Tax System
MICHAEL HUDSON
The Occupy Wall Street movement has many similarities with what used to be called the Great Awakening periods in America. Such periods always begin by realizing how serious the problem is. So diagnosis is the most important tactic. Diagnosing the problem mobilizes power f...
Bad Moon Rising Over Great Sirte Bay
FRANKLIN LAMB
CounterPunch Exclusive Report Sirte, Libya This observer, with his sandaled feet comfortably dug into the sand of a chilly Mediterranean beach and huddled next to a camp fire with a congenial and bright g...
Powergrab at the ECB
MIKE WHITNEY
“Time is running out fast. I think we have maybe a few months — it could be weeks, it could be days — before there is a material risk of a fundamentally unnecessary default by a country like Spain or Italy which would be a financial catastrop...
Will the Euro be Destroyed?
DEAN BAKER
We could be living through the last days of the euro. That is not a happy thought. While there were many negative aspects to the rules governing the European Central Bank and the eurozone economies, no one can want to see the economic chaos that will almost certainly foll...
Sex, Corruption and the Kool-Aid Massacre
PAUL KRASSNER
November 18th marks the 33rd anniversary of the Jonestown massacre. Jim Jones, founder of the 8,000-member People’s Temple in San Francisco, once asked Margo St. James, founder of the prostitutes’ rights group, COYOTE (Call Off Your Old ...
Weimar Revisited
URI AVNERY
“YOU AND your Weimar!” a friend of mine once exclaimed in exasperation, ”just because you experienced the collapse of the Weimar Republic as a child, you see Weimar behind every corner.” The accusation was not unjustified. In 1960, during the Eichmann trial...
Memories of Libya, 1982
SAUL LANDAU
In the early Spring 1982, I accompanied former US Senator Jim Abourezk (D-SD) to Libya. National Geographic had asked him to get Libyan permission to film several sites of Roman ruins. He met with officials I walked Tripoli’s streets. At a coffee shop near the ho...
Retaking the Offensive in the Battle of the Story
STEVE STALLONE
For the Occupy movement, as in battlefield of the narrative, whose story is being told, whose perspective is the dominant frame, who are perceived to be the heroes and villains, the criminals and victims, is crucial. Remember when the stock market crashed in late 2...
From Westminster Abbey to Blair Mountain
CLANCY SIGAL
My first time in Westminister Abbey, London, I was taken inside by a coal miner friend who was down from South Wales for a brief London holiday. Suitably awed, we gawked at Poets’ Corner, the Coronation Throne, the tombs and effigies of prelates, admirals, generals ...
Sidewalk Utopianism
BERNARD MARSZALEK
I have seen references in the news coverage of Occupy Wall Street to the “Culture of Greed,” which strikes me as a meaningless term. Think of what comes to mind with its opposite – the Culture of Generosity. This grammatical construction, of course, is not unique, o...
Is Israel Preparing to Attack Iran?
NEVE GORDON
Skimming the newspapers as I rushed to get my children ready for school, I suddenly understood that Israel might actually be preparing for a military attack against Iran. “[United States Secretary of Defence Leon] Panetta Demanded Commitment to Coordinate Action in ...
Trade Unions Give Occupy Philly An Offer They Can’t Refuse
JOHN GRANT
With a $55 million construction contract “imminent” for Dilworth Plaza — home since early October for Occupy Philadelphia – the city trade unions and those in Occupy Philly determined to hold-out in the Plaza have come to a showdown. Everything in life ...
Transcontinental Occupation
RON JACOBS
Like most other social justice activists I know, I have been following (and taking part in) the Occupy Wall Street movement.  The encampment in Burlington, VT was in City Hall Park in Burlington’s downtown district for over two weeks.  After a tragic suicide in th...
Who Benefits From Austerity Politics?
ROB URIE
With so called “technocrats” being installed in Italy and Greece to lead governments through austerity programs, the discussion of who benefits from these programs and who pays remains largely in the background. When benefits are discussed they are usually couched in ...
The Reality of “All-American Muslim”
WAJAHAT ALI
For those constantly fretting about the inability of Muslims to integrate or assimilate into western culture, fret no more! American Muslims finally have their own ...
Labor Movement Honors A “Truly Courageous Man”
DAVID MACARAY
On November 16, Napolean Gomez Urrutia, General Secretary of the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros, Metalurgicos y Similares de las Republica Mexicana (National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Allied Workers of the Mexican Republic), commonly known as “Los Mine...
Have the Feds Overreached on Medical Marijuana?
FRED GARDNER
Occasionally the iron heel comes down on people who are widely respected and/or have the resources and will to fight back effectively.  “The feds have overreached,” says Steve DeAngelo, who runs Harborside Health Center in Oakland and has been presented by the IRS wi...
From the Vatican to Penn State
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
“There is only one religion although there are a hundred versions of it.” — George Bernard Shaw, Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant. Penn State and the Vatican have some things in common (although there’s been...
The Mexican Race for 2012
PAUL IMISON
It could get fun now. Five years after he and 17 million other Mexicans were cheated out of the presidency in the fraud-marred election of 2006, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) of the Democratic Party of the Revolution (PRD) has won his party’s candidacy for 2012. Th...
Something’s Rotten in the Crime Lab
ANTHONY PAPA
On February 18, 2011 the Nassau County Crime lab was closed down because of grave concerns about the integrity of testing evidence.  A multitude of errors were found to be committed that jeopardized thousands of cases. It was estimated that 3,000 drug convictions might h...
Stopping an Attack on Iran
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The global Occupy Movement has come to life just in time. War is the health of the corporate state. The 1% needs its endless cash flow to stay in power. As the slaughters in Iraq and Afghanistan transform into something less visible, the 1% war machine must ...
In Praise of Failure
DAVID Ker THOMSON
Is the Occupy Movement unsuccessful, as a friend of mine has recently written on CounterPunch? What’s been going on with the Occupy movement? Some of the bravest and best participant/writers have been talking about a war.  And it is a war, but an...
The Media and the Penn State Scandal
WALTER BRASCH
There is nothing the media love more than a good celebrity sex scandal. Since the story of Scarlett Johansson’s purloined nude pictures had run its course, and the media squeezed every drop of ink it could from the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries engagement/wedding...
Call It a Revolution
MISSY BEATTIE
Snarling riot cops evicted protestors and raided Zuccotti Park Tuesday morning, two months after Occupy Wall Street (OWS) was launched in lower Manhattan.  Spin-off groups across the country were shut down as well. Just minutes after I wrote the above paragraph, m...
Altered Realities, Rearranged Lives
CHARLES R. LARSON
If you make the decision to tackle Haruki Murakami’s massive new novel 1Q84—925 oversi...
The Junkie Beat
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
“I’m running out of everything now. Out of veins, out of money.” –William Burroughs Chet Baker was a no show. The trumpeter and singer was slated to perform at a concert in Laren, Holland, which was being broadcast live a...
Falling in Love With the Salt Princess
DAVID YEARSLEY
Berlin Perhaps the best test of whether something is a classic is not whether it maintains cultural currency over decades, or even centuries, but whether it can captivate all ages of children at any given historical moment. If a book, play, movie, or piece...
Dick the System
BILL GLAHN
Bang Tango always seemed to be one of those bands with impeccably bad timing. With a style rooted in the “hair band” tradition and a name rooted in “cock rock” decadence, their first album, Psycho Café, arrived in 1989. Or just as grunge ...
Monica Rico, Three Poems
POETS' BASEMENT
Tread by MONICA RICO There was nothing to be done except to kiss the drunk girl hoping now she would let us take her home a place I remembered so vaguely from high school it shocked even you. We dro...
Menu for Today’s Tricky Planet: Use Your Head
GABRIEL KOLKO
We live in an enigmatic age, far more complex as the years go by and certainly since the disappearance of the Soviet Union in 1991.  With the failure of so many reformers avoidance of  cynicism about all causes is now an overwhelming challenge.  In a sense, it is the r...
The Coming War on the Occupy Movement
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
As I begin to write this, Occupy Oakland circulates in a by-now familiar pattern: forced from the camp at the break of day, the occupiers reconvened as they have done before on the steps of the Public Library. Later, they will attempt to close a repeating circuit that str...
Occupy AIPAC?
ANDREW LEVINE
Back in 2004, George W. Bush, full of “political capital” and hell bent on besting his predecessors in beating back the twentieth century, discovered that Social Security was still a “third rail” in American politics.   But that was before Democratic victories i...
Time for a Workplace Homicide Law
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
“April 2010 was a deadly month.” “Forty-seven people died.” “They did not die because they...
Lessons from the Crackdown
PATRICK MADDEN
Despite the recent series of brutal and highly coordinated military-style police crackdowns on Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country, protestors, activists, students, and workers have boldly geared up for a new round of what promise to be furious political bat...
OWS Survives the Eviction
DAVID KELLEY
6:15 pm, November 15 Zucotti Park, New York City  As I approached Zuccotti Park in the drizzle I could see that others were as tense as I was.   I had no idea if I would even be able to get there after the 1:00 am police evictions of the ...
Dricks’ Nuclear Tricks
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
Victor Dricks is up to his usual tricks. Dricks is the Region IV Public Affairs Officer for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  He’s based in Arlington, Texas, nearly 1500 miles away from Southern California.  Half a country, and half a world awayR...