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Archives from November 2011
Beleagured Assad
PATRICK COCKBURN
The Syrian government looks ever more isolated. The latest blow came yesterday when King Abdullah of Jordan became the first Arab ruler to call for Bashar al-Assad to give up power. King Abdullah’s outspokenness is a further sign Syria’s neighbors belie...
More Like a Bank Than a Union
DAVID CORREIA
In the aftermath of the police blitzkrieg that returned Zucotti Park to the bankers and brokers it may be useful to consider the alliances forged and enemies revealed during the short occupation of Liberty Park. If Occupy Wall Street has done anything in its relentless cr...
Choke Point Bab el-Mandeb
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
The Horn of Africa is one of the most strategically critical  regions in the world with the narrow passage where the Red Sea joins the Indian Ocean, the Bab el-Mandeb, being a potential choke point for much of the worlds commerce. Almost all of the trade between t...
How to Debate: a Tutorial From Lebanon
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Overcoming Contradictions
KATHY KELLY and HAKIM
Adelaide, Australia. At Tabor House Technical College, 21 young people sit in a semicircle looking curiously at Hakim and me. We’ve been invited to speak with them about the practice of justice.  Hakim, who has lived among Afghans for the past nine yea...
Credit Storm Batters Europe
MIKE WHITNEY
Credit conditions in the eurozone continue to deteriorate while yields on French, Spanish, Belgian and Italian bonds move higher. Italy’s 10-year yield increased 19 basis points to 6.89 percent on Tuesday, just a stone’s throw from the “unsustainable” ...
Waiting For Eviction
KATY SAVAGE
The first draft of these ideas, written in a notebook while living at Nashville’s Legislative Plaza with Occupy Nashville, was impounded by Tennessee State Troopers in the early hours of Friday, October 28th. We didn’t know when the ...
The Long Shadows of Nixon and Hoover
MICHAEL WINSHIP
J. Edgar Hoover passed away on May 2, 1972. The legendary FBI director lay in state at the Capitol rotunda, the doors kept open all day and night for the convenience of mourners. I remember because I was still at college in Washington then, and around 3 o’clock i...
Police State Tactics
DAVE LINDORFF
The ugly hand of the federal government is becoming increasingly suspected behind what appears to be a nationwide attempt to repress and evict the Occupation Movement. Across the country in recent days, ultimatums have been issues to groups occupying Portland, OR, ...
Love Those Occupiers?
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Donald Trump thinks Occupy Wall Street is ‘kind of cool’.   Obama likes it; the governor of the Bank of Canada likes it; the Fat Cats who like it are legion.  The mainstream media love it.  They make a big deal of it despite the fact that the Occupiers amo...
The Book Dumpers
KATHLEEN PEINE
5,000 books at Occupy Wall Street were unceremoniously placed in a dumpster (now the NYPD claim it was simply a “sanitation truck”) during the inevitable nighttime raid. I say inevitable due to the moral decay of those in power in NYC.  These books were al...
China’s Game
MICHAEL DOLINER
The US and NATO used Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorized a “no fly zone to protect civilians” in Libya, to launch the Libyan war. The war was also a war against China. They had to evacuate 30,000 of their citizens who were fulfilling contracts to develo...
Mayor Mike’s Evictions
CHARLES M. YOUNG
Manhattan–After watching the Packers beat the Vikings on Monday Night Football, I had insomnia, so it was kind of an accident that I checked my email at 2 a.m. and discovered the police were clearing Zuccotti Park. Everyone had been expecting an eviction since it al...
The New Religious Bigots
LAWRENCE SWAIM
Just when you think that the presidential primaries can’t get any dirtier, the politicians come up with something new. The latest is religious bigotry by proxy, or bootleg bigotry, as I like to call it. With Texas governor Rick Perry polling lower than Michelle Bachmann...
The Post-Modern Bull Connors
PHIL ROCKSTROH
For days now, we have endured demonstrably false propaganda that the fallen soldiers of U.S. wars sacrificed their lives for “our freedoms.” Yet, as that noxious nonsense still lingers in the air, militarized police have invaded OWS sites in numerous cities, i...
The Case for Regulation
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How The Oligarchy Gets Politicized
ALAN NASSER
The performance of the US economy from the mid-1970s to the present was no match for its relatively robust performance during what  economists call the Golden Age – 1949 to 1973. This was in fact the longest period of sustained growth in US history, when most (whit...
Mr. Amano and Regime Change
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
In an interview with Spiegel Online on April 19, 2011, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei...
Sex Scandals & Cover-Ups
DAVID ROSEN
Once again, America is being entertained by a series of sex scandals.  One involves the erstwhile corporate showman and Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain, and the other is engulfing Penn State’s football-team coaching staff and top university administrato...
U.C. Berkeley Chancellor Sends in Riot Police to Batter Students
MICHAEL LEVIEN
Berkeley The word ‘clash’ is often deployed in media coverage of protests that result in violence. Thus, the Thursday headline of U.C. Berkeley’s Daily Californian read: ‘Protesters, Police Violently Clash.’ The San Francisco ...
The 1994 Christian Children’s Fund Scandal
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier’s connection to the university’s football related sex scandal was not his first brush with scandal involving a major organization under his watch.  In 1994, while he was Chancellor of the University of Nebraska, Spanier was ...
Will Stephen Harper Destroy Canada?
MURRAY DOBBIN
The Harper government’s announcement that it will change the laws regarding capital gains taxes to encourage more charitable giving strikes an ominous note for the country’s political culture.  Harper is mimicking the Conservatives in Britain who are trying to pull t...
Exposing Cultural Myths at Occupy Oakland
SUSAN GALLEYMORE
What a welcome relief the Occupy movement’s trend of “leaderless” groups! True, this seemingly contradictory concept is difficult to absorb in a culture the promotes a leadership style that models the strongest, loudest, most persistent, and most vocal monopolizing ...
A Lesson for Labor From Occupy Wall Street
STEVE EARLY
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has given our timorous, unimaginative, and  politically ambivalent unions a much-needed ideological dope slap. Some might describe this, more diplomatically, as a second injection of “outside-the-box” thinking and new organizational blood....
Why Republicans Are Acting So Crazy
SAM SMITH
Not every change in national policy and events is announced with a new conference or presidential speech. A case in point is the rapid rise of apparent mental instability in the Republican Party. You used to just disagree with Republicans; now you have to worry whe...
Shout!
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Last Thursday, carrying a coffee back to my tent in Parliament Square in London after my morning visit to the public toilets in Green Park for ablutions, I noticed a line of metal fences along the pavement around Westminster Abbey, and a large crowd of most...
Staking Out David Albright
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Vulture Funds Gorge on Stricken Economies
OLAFUR ARNARSON, MICHAEL HUDSON and GUNNAR TOMASSON
The problem of bank loans gone bad, especially those with government-guarantees such as U.S. student loans and Fannie Mae mortgages, has thrown into question just what should be a “fair value” for these debt obligations. Should “fair value” reflect what debtors ca...
Big Finance Moves In
MIKE WHITNEY
Greek Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have both been forced from office and replaced by representatives of big finance. Mario Monti, who will replace Berlusconi, was formerly the European Chairman of the Trilateral Commissio...
Case Western Breakdown
DAVID PRICE
Social scientists and other scholars critical of the rapid cooption of our disciplines by military and intelligence agencies face increasing problems engaging in critical academic discourse with colleagues working in militarized settings.  The biggest obstacle to these i...
Hip Hop Occupies
VIJAY PRASHAD
For Heavy D, 1967-2011. I. We the 99. “Nobody got more welfare than Wall Street Hundreds of billions after operating falsely And nobody went to prison that’s where you lost me But my home, my job, and my li...
The Passing of the Postwar Era
ANDREW BACEVICH
In every aspect of human existence, change is a constant.  Yet change that actually matters occurs only rarely.  Even then, except in retrospect, genuinely transformative change is difficult to identify.  By attributing cosmic significance to every novelty and declarin...
Ireland and Greece: Blackjacked by the Banks
PATRICK COCKBURN
An American took his phlegmatic English friend to see the Niagara Falls. “Isn’t that amazing?” said the enthusiastic American. “Look at that vast mass of water dashing over that enormous cliff!” “But what,” replied the unimpressed Englishman, a...
Penn State’s First Amendment Victims
DAVE LINDORFF
A  huge part  of the Penn State child abuse scandal and coverup is not Joe Paterno or Penn State, or even the abuse of children, as vile as what happened to them is. I refer to  the lack of basic freedom for workers in the United State of America to speak out. O...
The Battles of Occupy Portland
SHAMUS COOKE
For those who were there, November 13th will be a day long remembered in Portland, Oregon. Occupy Portland again proved why it remains the 2nd strongest Occupy movement in the U.S. when it mobilized against police eviction. Instead of the Occupiers being evicted it was ...
The Holes in the Iran Nuke Report
V. NOAH GIMBEL
Much of the U.S. media, with instigation from hawkish voices in Israel, ...
Portland Stands Up
BRUCE SCHREINER
Faced with a 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning eviction from the three city parks occupied for more than a month, Occupy Portland and its city supporters turned out in mass Saturday night and well into Sunday morning.  At their height around the midnight deadline, crowds swelled...
Springtime for Hoover
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Clint Eastwood is one of Hollywood’s top movie directors. He’s directed (and starred in) many movies; from the great, redefining-the-genre western The Outlaw Josey Wales, the Oscar-winning Unforgiven, the preposterous Million Dollar Baby...
Guess Who Came to the APEC Dinner
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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 ...