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THE DECAY OF AMERICAN MEDIA — Patrick L. Smith on the decline and fall of American journalism; Peter Lee on China and its Uyghur problem; Dave Macaray on brain trauma, profits and the NFL; Lee Ballinger on the bloody history of cotton. PLUS: “The Vindication of Love” by JoAnn Wypijewski; “The Age of SurrealPolitick” by Jeffrey St. Clair; “The Radiation Zone” by Kristin Kolb; “Washington’s Enemies List” by Mike Whitney; “The School of Moral Statecraft” by Chris Floyd and “The Surveillance Films of Laura Poitras” by Kim Nicolini.
Archives from July 2012
Hebron: the Occupation’s Ugly Face
PATRICK O. STRICKLAND
Hebron. A winding road, smooth and freshly paved, carries passengers from Jerusalem to Hebron, situated deep in the stomach of the West Bank. This route, like 80 percent of the total highway system in the West Bank, is prohibited for Palestinian use...
Escape From Economics
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Readers ask me from time to time to recommend a book from which they can learn about economics. The problem with reading a book to learn economics that is taught in the universities and practiced in Washington is that economics is now a highly formalized subject ba...
The Variables of Violence
MICHAEL MINCH
Can anything be said in the wake of the most recent murderous eruption, this time in Aurora, Colorado?  On one hand, many people jump forward quickly with new laments, calls for greater gun control, appeals against such control, and frankly, everything we’ve heard so m...
The New Police Surveillance State
DAVID ROSEN
Occupy Wall Street’s (OWS) nationwide May Day campaign was undertaken in New York and some 100-plus other cities.  Its goal was twofold.  First, it sought to focus attention on the major banks, the principal culprits in the still lingering fiscal crisis.  Second, it ...
Americans and Historical Amnesia
RODOLFO ACUÑA
What Americans just don’t get is that most people see history differently than they do. In order to break this down, every semester I show Robert Wuhl’s HBO special “Assume the Position 101.” Wuhl proposes that U.S. history is Pop Culture and he discusses differen...
An Interview with Laura Flanders on Alexander Cockburn
DENNIS BERNSTEIN
Well, sad news for us who love and believe in real journalism.  Radical journalist, author, and Nation columnist, Alexander Cockburn died.  Cockburn wrote the Nation’s “Beat the Devil” column and later edited “CounterPunch” with Jeffrey St. Clair.  I know...
America’s Baleful Worldwide Pressure
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The overweening arrogance of the United States in conduct of its foreign relations is evident throughout the world. A morning glance at international headlines will usually light on some intriguing gobbet of  Washington conceit, generally a lecture, a scolding or a spite...
Convention Slush Funds
RALPH NADER
Chairman Reince Priebus Republican National Committee Phone number:202-863-8500 Fax number: 202-863-8773 Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic National Committee: Phone number: 202-479-5100 ‎ Fax number: 202-226-2052...
The Next Stage in the Destruction of Syria
SHAMUS COOKE
The U.S. media has made its intentions clear: the ‘rebels’ attacking Syria’s government must have more support to advance Syria’s “revolution.”  This was the result of the much-hyped advance of Syria’s rebels into the country’s two...
Supreme Court, Inc.
HILARY MATFESS
The media spectacle surrounding the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act eclipsed another important judgment the Court made that week. In American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock, the Court voted 5-4 to reaffirm its Citizens United v. Federal Elec...
Wall Street be Damned
SANDY LEON VEST
Bill Moyers observed recently that poor people haven’t “lost their voice.” Rather, he said, “They can’t afford a voice.” That “voice,” as more and more Americans are beginning to understand, is further muffled by Washington political elites, aided a...
Mitt the Twit
BINOY KAMPMARK
Mitt Romney is now going about the business of inflating Israeli expectations as being their most staunch of friends.  He had just been in London for the Olympics opening ceremony.  He saw fit, on his visit to Blighty, to comment on the inadequacy of security preparatio...
The Frack War Comes Home
PETER RUGH
The war came home this weekend, as thousands of people whose land has been under siege by the U.S. government and corporate interests gathered in Washington, D.C. No, they weren’t victims of drone attacks or 10-plus years of fighting in Afghanistan. They were ordinary A...
TARP: Even Worse Than You Think
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Nukes on Mars
KARL GROSSMAN
World Nuclear News, the information arm of the World Nuclear Association which seeks to boost the use of atomic energy, last week heralded a NASA Mars rover slated to land on Mars on Monday, the first Mars rover fueled with plutonium. “A new era of space...
Israel Rewarded … For What?
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Israel has barely put a foot right with the international community since its attack on Gaza more than three years ago provoked global revulsion. The right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu has serially defied and insulted foreign lead...
All Eyes on Syria
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
In 1995, I had a rare opportunity to spend some time in Syria, where the Damascus Trade Fair was taking place. A normally secretive Arab country had opened its doors to a select group of Western journalists, businessmen and officials. The event was aimed at showing glimps...
Romney’s Iran Campaign
JEFF KLEIN
As Mitt Romney completes his electoral swing through Jerusalem, it is tempting to view this as just a cynical campaign maneuver.  No doubt the candidate – in an effort coordinated the Republican Jewish Coalition and Bill Kristol’s Emergency Committee for Israel R...
The Tax Havens of the Super-Rich
SAM PIZZIGATI
Are America’s rich getting richer? Certainly. Every official yardstick shows that America’s most affluent are upping their incomes much faster than everyone else. How fast? Between 1980 and 2010, ...
Business Groups Take Left Flank
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
On corporate crime, business executives, corporate think tanks, business magazines and newspapers are starting to take the left flank of both the Republican and Republican parties. No leaders of the Republican or Democratic Party are calling for tougher sanctions a...
Israel’s Plan for Syria
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Moscow. Israel retains its ability to control the Syrian ‘Islamist’ rebels. Netanyahu is not worried about Syria’s possible disintegration. Despite the received wisdom claiming that Israelis prefer a stable and familiar Assad to the great...
Gun Rights: From the Black Panthers to the NRA
PATRICK HIGGINS
Just as misplaced debates about civilian gun control were emerging in the wake of the massacre in Aurora, a billboard was raised in Idaho by a libertarian organization placing the face of the Aurora shooting suspect beside that of President Obama. The text surrounding Jam...
How Far is the ECB Really Prepared to Go to Save the Euro?
MARSHALL AUERBACK
Re-reading Mr Draghi’s market-moving remarks earlier this week, one gains a sense that the European Central Bank chief recognizes that the ECB has a banking run on their hand. Most market participants have understandably focused on Mr Draghi’s pledge that the ...
The Bomb and the Drone
ED KINANE
The lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki belong always before us.  The agony of those two cities must remain our dark beacon. Hiroshima/Nagasaki wasn’t so much about targets as about audiences. We ...