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Archives from June 2012
Fighting for the Soul of the Carpenters’ Union
SHAMUS COOKE
All working people should pay attention to the egregious assault on union democracy happening in the Carpenters Union’s Pacific North West Regional Council, which covers all the Carpenter’s Locals in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Montana. The Unit...
The Wuss Factor
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
A new book by former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell is another display of this man’s savvy proclivity for self-promotion. However, irrespective of the monstrous ego of this man known in Philadelphia as “Fast Eddy,” Rendell is on target with the alar...
Libya’s Aftermath Spills Into Tunisia
VIKEN CHETERIAN
Dinesh Thalpawila said that Shusha camp was a legend, but it was hard to understand what he meant at first. The camp is in south Tunisia seven kilometres from the Libyan border, between the Mediterranean-edge highway and the desert. As the Libyan uprising turned into arme...
Brownian Motion and the Defense Budget
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
The defense budget politicians are going ga-ga over a monster they helped to create: the “sequester” of $492 billion out of the defense budget over the next nine years—the broadly undesired effect of the Budget Control Act and the failed Super Committee of 201...
Cuba: a Society in Motion
ROGER BURBACH
In Cuba change is in the air. But such change should not be read as an end to the revolution. “The United States and the exile community are dead wrong if they think that regime change will take place at any time in the near future,” said Julio Diaz Vazquez, a ...
Vote “No” on Obama?
MICHAEL BRENNER
Barack Obama received a blast last week from one of his former Harvard law professors who made the case that he “must be defeated.”  Roberto Unger’s argument boils down to a damning indictment spelling out charges that the President has betrayed the progressive...
Why None of Europe’s Attempts to Save Itself Will Work
XIMENA ORTIZ
Even if the Greek and other European publics are seen capitulating to the whims of elites for the moment, that deference will probably not last. The Greek people appear to have been spooked into falling into line, by the barest margin, with a bailout package. But througho...
Jimmy Carter’s Penance?
MISSY BEATTIE
In a New York Times (NYT) opinion piece, Jimmy Carter opens with: “The United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.” I read these words and focus on the present tense of “is”.  And I think:  When was this country e...
Single-Payer Supreme
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
We reject Romneycare. We reject Romney. We reject Obamacare. We reject Obama. Where does that leave us? With the American people. And for single payer. Medicare for all. On Thursday, Single Payer Action will again be...
Fukushima Forum
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The Evils of Humanitarian Wars
JONATHAN COOK
In a traditional cowboy movie, we know what to do: we look for the guy wearing the white hat to be sure who to cheer, and for the one wearing the black hat to know who deserves to die, preferably gruesomely, before the credits roll. If Hollywood learnt early to play on th...
China Embraces Ponzi-Bonds
MIKE WHITNEY
China is preparing to launch a program that will create the same complex debt-instruments that triggered the global financial crisis in 2008. The pilot program will allow banks to convert pools of loans into securities via off-balance shee...
Coup of the Elites
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The American plutocratic revolution is now complete. The proof is: There are no criminal charges for the housing bust and financial meltdown of 2008. Starting with Reagan in the 1980s, as of today the Right has won their decades-long overthrow for complete control of Amer...
Money, Power and Politics
ANN ROBERTSON and BILL LEUMER
There has been much talk recently about the impact of money on politics, especially in the wake of the Citizens United ruling that has ratcheted up the role of corporate money in political campaigns. Organized labor was quick to blame this ruling for its defeat in Wiscons...
The Coming Internet-Based Global War
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
If you think your computer might be vulnerable to hackers…. you’re probably right. Almost every week these days, I get an email from someone’s infected computer, asking me to open an attachment.  It was a local reporter’s system la...
Whatever Happened to the Arab Summer?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Remember the euphoria early last year when long-established police states across the Arab world were tumbling down. Facile comparisons were made with the fall of communist states in Eastern Europe in 1989. Commentators spoke glibly of irrepressible political change in the...
How the Growth Machine Ate Florida
ALAN FARAGO
John DeGrove was the father of land use planning in Florida and the principal architect of the state land use agency, the Florida Department of Community Affairs. The agency was established in 1985 to oversee compliance with the Growth Management Act. Most Floridians are ...
Understanding Sarkozy
EVAN JONES
Dave Lindorff (‘Red-Baiting Hollande’, CounterPunch, 13 June) bemoans the difficulty of getting decent coverage of France in the US media. The problem is pervasive in the English-language media, for which Continental Europe is a foreign planet. France has long been a ...
A Tragic Week in Paraguay
JAVIER MANUEL RULLI and RETO SONDEREGGER
Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo has just been removed from office by Congress through political impeachment, an express trial that lasted only 24 hours. This manoeuvre must be seen as a coup to the democr...
Everyone’s Assange
BINOY KAMPMARK
Julian Assange has a few tricks left up his sleeve after his 16-month battle to avoid extradition to Sweden, and seeking asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in London has been one of them.  He has managed to throw an assortment of spanners into the works of state since beco...
The Vampires of Daylight
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The Craziness of the Cuban Economic Blockade
ROBERT SANDELS
A Cuban official recently brought up a point that is seldom remarked in the foreign media, to wit, that the economic blockade — the centerpiece of US Cuba policy — is bad for the Cuban economy.  Who could have known? During a session in Geneva of the W...
Latvia’s Fake Economic Model
JEFFREY SOMMERS and MICHAEL HUDSON
Austerity’s advocates are declaring victory with Latvia’s battle against the European economic crisis and advocating it as the model for Greece & Spain to emulate.  Curiously, Latvians have been declaring this “win” by exiting their country. The “aus...
Egypt in Discouraging Times
MICHAEL NEUMANN
In those great days of January and February, Egyptians taught the world what courage is. Before then, it was thought obvious that if you were up against live fire, you ran like hell. No one so much as conceived the possibility that you should stand and fight, let alone wi...
Obama’s Killer Drones
MARJORIE COHN and JEANNE MIRER
The Bush administration detained and tortured suspected militants; the Obama administration assassinates them. Both practices not only visit more hatred upon the United States; they are also illegal.  Our laws and treaties prohibit torture. The Constitution forbids the g...