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Archives from July 2012
The Business of Kaboom
RAOUF J. HALABY
While surfing the cable news channels during the post noon hours of July 19, 2012, to catch up on the sordid danse macabre that is unfolding in Syria, I accidentally caught the last 90 seconds of a CNN report on a US-funded “Weapons Fair” in Jordan. For a few...
On Drones, James Holmes, and Concentrated and Diffused Violence
ELLIOT SPERBER
In the aftermath of the most recent mass murder in the United States, the killing of twelve and the wounding of dozens of innocent moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, one hears repeated expressions of bewilderment. Beyond the calls for the execution of the perpetrator,...
The Left, Reagan and Cockburn
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In Memoriam:  Alexander Cockburn, co-editor with Jeffrey St. Clair of CounterPunch, has died after his silent two-year battle with cancer.  Although he didn’t please everyone, his was an important voice. His mother was an English aris...
Remembering Alexander Cockburn
COUNTERPUNCH READERS
Paul Krassner The death of Alex is a terrible loss to his family, friends, colleagues and readers…He was an uncompromising journalist, with style and wit, information and insight, so prolific that there was a rumor he had a m...
Alexander Cockburn: Does the Left Have a Plan?
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Farewell, Alex, My Friend
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Our friend and comrade Alexander Cockburn died last night in Germany, after a fierce two-year long battle against cancer. His daughter Daisy was at his bedside. Alex kept his illness a tightly guarded secret. Only a handful of us knew how terribly sick he truly was...
Does It Matter What Israelis Do?
SAUL LANDAU
Western leaders met in Paris last week to discuss possible intervention in Syria where almost 10,000 people have died over the last year of internal conflict. The West has never even considered holding such a meeting on Israel’s murderous behavior, however, despite a Ju...
The Meaning of Libor-gate
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The price of Treasury bonds is supported by the Federal Reserve’s large purchases. The Federal Reserve’s purchases are often misread as demand arising from a “flight to quality” due to concern about the EU sovereign debt problem and possible failure of the euro....
Why North Carolina is a Swing State
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
Some thoughts on the political legacy of Andy Griffith.  Griffith, who was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, on June 1, 1926, died on July 3 at the age of 86 in the town of Manteo. “Funerals are for the living,” my mother is quick to say, but Griffith barely...
Would Putin Make a Better President Than Obama?
MIKE WHITNEY
“Every rouble spent in the social sphere should ‘generate justice.’ An equitable social and economic system is the main requirement for ensuring our sustained development during these years.” — Russian President Vladimir Putin...
The Plight of Labor on the Campaign Trail
ROB URIE
With Barack Obama and Mitt Romney trading barbs over the outsourcing of jobs, the facts are that Mr. Obama has repeatedly given full-throated endorsement to the neo-liberal policies behind outsourcing. And Mr. Romney has actually outsourced jobs through his business at Ba...
An Honest Outlaw
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
“To live outside the law you must be honest,” sings Bob Dylan in “Absolutely Sweet Marie,” a tune that has always struck me as a comic rejoinder to Leadbelly’s great prison song “Midnight Special.” But those lines by Dylan could also be an epitaph for the li...
The Anti-Union Court
DAVID MACARAY
People who interpret Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ vote not to overturn “Obamacare” as evidence that this enigmatic Justice may, in fact, be more “liberal” than previously thought, need to go back and rethink their position.  Indeed, Robert...
How Banks Cheat
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
I think a lie with a purpose is wan iv the’ worst kind an’ the mos’ profitable. — Finley Peter Dunne On Lying There was something refreshing about Bernie Madoff.  He robbed Peters to pay Pauls and it worked well...
Titanic Banks Hit Libor Iceberg
ELLEN BROWN
At one time, calling the large multinational banks a “cartel” branded you as a conspiracy theorist.   Today the banking giants are being called that and worse, not just in the major media but in court documents intended to prove the allegations as facts.  ...
Divide et Impera
URI AVNERY
Tel Aviv. Whatever is happening to the Israeli social protest movement? Good question. It is not only being asked abroad, but in Israel, too. Last year the movement reached its peak in a giant demonstration. Hundreds of thousands marched in T...
Persian Gulf Incident
DAVE LINDORFF
Things are getting out of hand in the Persian Gulf. The murderous cannon firing by nervous and trigger-happy Navy personnel on the supply ship USS Rappahannock off the coast of Dubai earlier this week, which killed an Indian fisherman and wounded three of his compa...
Libor and Africa: Nothing New Here
KALUNDI SERUMAGA
While Africa’s rulers have become world famous for rigging elections, Europe’s’ financial class are acquiring their own reputation for rigging financial results. Both acts will have the effect of weakening democracy worldwide. Greece’s’ democracy is still...
This is How Duvalier Started
MEENA JAGANNATH and FRAN QUIGLEY
Port-au-Prince. An unrelenting sun beats down on the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince, and sweat pours off the three dozen men and handful of women who sing, dance, and wave home-made signs as they block the entrance to the government Ministry of Social ...
Restarting a Broken Nuke
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined that (in their opinion) Southern California Edison did NOT mislead the NRC about design changes to their failed replacement steam generators for San Onofre Nuclear (Waste) Generating Station. The billion-dollar mista...
The FIFA Cabal
RICARDO GUERRA
After years of deliberations and resisting the use of any sort of technology to officiate football matches, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the pre-eminent lawmaking body of the game, recently approved new systems to help determine if a ball crosses t...
The Guardians of the Defense Budget
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
It was probably the most ballyhooed congressional hearing on defense for the year. As the monthly economic news continues to show poor job growth, and as the elections heat up, the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Buck McKeon, and defense contrac...
In the Time of Legal Coups?
BRETT WARNKE
A June coup in Paraguay deposed left-leaning President Fernando Lugo and resembles others in recent years, specifically, the desire of the plotters to give the transition an appearance of legal legitimacy.  NYU Professor Greg Grandin said in an interview, “The Paraguay...
Free Julian Assange
MAIREAD MAGUIRE
As concerned citizens of the World know, the Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is currently inside the Ecuadorian Embassy, in London, having gone there to ask for political asylum.  I would add my voices to that of  many people of conscience, around the worl...
The Politics of Dumpster Diving
MISSY BEATTIE
Carla’s a “baltimoron.”  It’s what she said in her email, when she told me she likes my articles, read that I’m going to Turkey, and would be happy to come over, meet the person behind the words, and provide information about the country she’s visited twice....
Disabling the Government
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The “GOP right wing is serious about disabling government.” This is the chilling byline from The Hill’s Congress Blog, July 19, 2012 by Former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) referencing:  H.R. 4078- Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act. H.R....
The Empire Project, Another Round
RON JACOBS
There is a debate currently taking place in the Burlington, Vermont region over the Pentagon’s desire to station F-35 fighter bombers at an Air National Guard base nearby.  As usual, the proponents of the planes and their “bedding down” (as the Pentagon calls this ...
Schools Not Jails
JOHN GRANT
About 50 people converged on Tuesday afternoon July 17 along Route 29 in Montgomery County near the Graterford State Prison to declare their opposition to the building of more prisons and the expansion of existing prisons like Graterford in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvani...
Lie to Me
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
There has never been a television series titled Corporate Crime. But one of the best series that touched on the topic is called Lie to Me. Lie to Me had 48 episodes over three seasons on Fox. The series ran from January 2009 to January 2011. (You can watch them al...
The Ongoing Struggle for Prison Reform
KENNETH E. HARTMAN
Here they go again.  In an act of breathtaking bureaucratic indifference, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is moving to effectively dismantle the Progressive Programming Facility at California State Prison – Los Angeles County.  This time ...
Now’s Not the Time for Hezbollah to Cut-and-Run
FRANKLIN LAMB
Dahiyeh, South Beirut. This observer admits that politically speaking, things might appear a bit tough for Hezbollah these days but will spare the dear reader the tedium of a laundry list of what the Party has experienced over the past 20 months in terms o...
The Dark Knight Rises: a Bleak, Bold and Unflinching Vision
WAJAHAT ALI
The Dark Knight Rises is filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s A Tale of Two Cities featuring Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) as Sydney Carton with a cape and a cowl and fictional Gotham City as his 18th century France and thinly veiled reflection of t...
When I Started Hating America
RANDY SHIELDS
Yesterday, July 19, was former Democratic senator and presidential candidate George McGovern’s 90th birthday. I thought of McGovern recently because I was trying to pin down when I first started hating America. I’ve been a little tired of all these Osama and An...
Troubled Love, Loathing and Dependence
CHARLES R. LARSON
At one place in Dirt, David Vann’s relentlessly unsettling story about the members of a revengefu...
Free Tickets!
DAVID YEARSLEY
Receiving a free ticket at the entrance to theater is a unique gift. The crowd streams into the sold-out hall as you curse yourself for not having been more organized about ordering tickets, and ponder whether it might just be worth it anyway to pay twice the value to the...
Duke, Ford & Chaos
POETS' BASEMENT
Come Here by DONNY DUKE   They drain you. They punish you. Not everybody on the boat spoke English. I dunno, Everyone in the class was talking about it, Your grandpa, Clo...
Raising the Minimum Wage Works
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Assassination Nation
DOUG NOBLE
[Editor's note: Information in this article pertaining to the Phoenix Program was derived primarily from the ground-breaking investigative work conducted by Douglas Valentine, author of ...
The Relentless Decline of the News
STEVEN HIGGS
NBC News, if that’s what it is or can still be called, devotes a substantial amount of resources to stories on opinion polls. Its website boasts five such reports between July 11 and 13, 2012. Their subjects range from American confidence in organized religion and &...
War on All Fronts
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The Russian government has finally caught on that its political opposition is being financed by the US taxpayer-funded National Endowment for Democracy and other CIA/State Department fronts in an attempt to subvert the Russian government and install an American puppet s...
The Missing Racial Profiling Argument in the Arizona Case
JUSTIN FELDMAN
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Before you get into… what the case is about, I’d like to clear up at the outset what it’s not about. No part of your argument has to do with racial or ethnic profiling, does it? Saw none of that in your bri...
The Battle of Damascus
BINOY KAMPMARK
While the Russians are being painted as international law’s bogeymen, indifferent to choosing sides in a conflict when the only side to pick can only ever be that of peace, the Syrian opposition forces are nibbling, if not slaughtering their way, into view with their re...
Talking Palestine to Power
SONJA KARKAR
Today, there is no excuse for not knowing the truth about Palestine.  Even taking the disinformation spread in mainstream media, there are enough glimpses one gets of an oppressed people in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem that should compel us to ask questions. Th...
What’s Really Driving Income Inequality?
DAVID ROSNICK
Over the last several decades, inequalities in both incomes and wealth have grown substantially within the United States and in other high-income nations. In the United States, for example, the income share of just the top one half of the top 1 percent grew from 5.39 perc...
Morrissey’s Apartheid Shame
MICHAEL DICKINSON
A fellow teacher approached me after the weekly timetables had been handed out on Monday at the language school where I work part-time in Istanbul.  Would I be willing to exchange my Tuesday night for his Thursday night this week with the class we share?  No problem, I ...
Netanyahu and Iran
GARETH PORTER
The perception that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is threatening to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities unless sanctions and diplomacy succeed in shutting them down has been the driving force in the Iran crisis. But although Netanyahu and Defence Ministe...
A House Call in Haiti
JOHN CARROLL, MD
Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Many years ago while working in a free clinic in Peoria, Illinois, I came to realize how a house call could teach much more about a patient than seeing the patient in the office. Office visits are artificial and don’t tell you near...
About That Bulgarian Bomber…
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Better Than Lesser Evilism, Version 2012
ANDREW LEVINE
If the idea is to vote in a way that brings about the best outcome, and if “best” and “least bad (or “least evil”) mean the same thing, then it is a simple point of logic that, in elections with only two candidates – or where only two candidates have a non-tri...