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Archives from July 2012
An Irreplaceable Man
FRED GARDNER
The most incisive political journalist of our time, Alexander Cockburn, died on Friday, July 19. We were friends for many years. Shellacked on a file cabinet in the garage is a photo of Alex in the summer of 1990 taking a picture of a gravestone in Trinidad, CA. ...
Reagan: the Real Story
MICHAEL K. SMITH
He had but the foggiest idea what the policies of his own administration were. When not programmed by his staff he talked nonstop about Hollywood or whiled away the hours watching T.V. Bored with his duties, he came to work reluctantly, amusing himself doodling and noddin...
The Delegation From Nowhere
PETER CERTO
The Olympic Games can draw unexpected visitors. Remember the Jamaican bobsled team? This year, it’s the delegation from nowhere. Beginning in the games’ opening week, residents along the rocky coast of southwest England will meet Nowhereisland. N...
Another Bland Stump Speech
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The End of Rupert Murdoch?
JEFF SPARROW
When word broke of his resignation from the News International board, Rupert Murdoch was faffing about on Twitter. ‘Britain more an entitlement state,’ he explained to his 300, 000 or so followers. ‘Bigger than ever with growing debts. Is it too late to chang...
Rich Man, Poor Man Long Island-Style
KARL GROSSMAN
Poverty and extreme wealth on Long Island, where I live, have been in the national spotlight in recent days. HBO this month broadcast a powerful documentary “Hard Times: Lost on Long Island.” Filmmaker Marc Levin followed four Long Island families who suddenly became ...
Mexico’s Summer of Resistance
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City. The #YoSoy132 pro-democracy movement that emerged in the weeks leading up to the Mexican election can already boast a handful of victories – having three of the four candidates appear in a third TV debate hosted by students; persuading thous...
Rotten Ronnie
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Paul Craig Roberts is in terminal denial. The entire basis of his defense of the Reagan Administration rests on the need to preserve his source belief: it had to be good, I was in it. I un...
Cockburn the Fighter
JAMES RIDGEWAY
I did not know Alex Cockburn was at the end of the line. While he is now being widely remembered as an iconoclast and a raconteur, what’s said less often is that he was also a person of great courage and dignity, and the way he met death was true to himself and to h...
The West in Flames
WILLIAM DEBUYS
Dire fire conditions, like the inferno of heat, turbulence, and fuel that recently turned 346 homes in Colorad...
The Mechanics of Alex Cockburn
ROBERT POLLIN
Alex Cockburn and I became close friends in the mid-1980s, when my family and I were living in Riverside, CA and I was teaching at UC-Riverside.  The location is important, because one of the main reasons I got to know Alex so well was because he loved coming to Riversid...
A Possible Strategy for Organized Labor
DAVID MACARAY
Which of the following scenarios would be “most beneficial” to a society?  Scenario A,  where $100 million is spent by randomly mailing 100 million people a check for $1.00, or Scenario B, where that $100 million is spent to build a brand new modern library in a cit...
The Unbearable Waves of Heat
SHAMUS COOKE
The U.S. heat wave is slowly shaking the foundations of American politics. It may take years for the deep rumble to evolve into an above ground, institution-shattering earthquake, but U.S. society has changed for good. The heat wave has helped convince tens of mill...
The Sky as It Falls
KATHY KELLY
Kabul. For the Afghan Peace Volunteers, living in a working class area of Kabul’s “Karte Seh” district, daily problem-solving requires a triage process. Last week, upon arrival, I looked at the sagging ceilings over the kitchen, living room an...
Confronting American Chauvinism
LARRY EVEREST
Don’t get me wrong, I love most sports. But I’m going to have my TV remote (with mute!) at the ready for the upcoming summer Olympics. You know the drill—soaring, beautiful feats of heart, talent and skill by athletes from around the world will be twisted in...
Shoot to Kill
CHARLES R. LARSON
So let’s take the NRA argument.  If everyone in the Colorado movie theater had had a gun, this wouldn’t have happened.  The crazed shooter would have been shot.  Except that that wouldn’t have happened.  There would have been a general shoot-out in the theater, ...
In Depth: With Alexander Cockburn
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Shrinking Wall Street
MOSHE ADLER
If you want to make Adam Smith, the founder of economics, and George Stigler, the Nobel Prize winning economist, spin in their graves, say the words “LIBOR scandal.”  LIBOR — London Interbank Offered Rate — is, as everyone learned this past week...
The Logic of Limiting Violence
M.G. PIETY
The issue of gun control is once again in the news, thanks to the mass shooting in Colorado last week. All the putatively-lefty pundits in the main-stream media are trotting out their tired arguments in favor of stricter gun control laws in what ought to be clear to anyon...
Three Big Lies of the Super-Rich
PAUL BUCHHEIT
When it comes to the economy, too many Americans continue to be numbed by the soothing sounds of conservative spin in the media. Here are three of their more inventive claims: 1. Higher taxes on the rich will hurt small businesses and discourage job creator...
False Indicators From Buenos Aires Bombing
GARETH PORTER
Immediately after the terror bombing of a busload of Israeli youth in Burgas, Bulgaria, both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...
The Irreverent Sting of Alexander Cockburn
DAVID PRICE
I started reading Alexander Cockburn during the early 1980s while in college, mining The Evergreen State College library’s back issues of The Village Voice.  In the present, it is easy to lose sight of how sharp and unique his early critiques of the media ...
The Privatization From Hell
EVAN JONES
On 11 September 2009, A France Telecom employee threw herself out of the office window to her death. Hers was the 23rd suicide in the company since early 2008. There was another France Telecom suicide only several days previously. There were suicides before 200...
No RIP for Alexander Cockburn
DAVE LINDORFF
ThisCantBeHappening! lost a valued friend Friday night with the death, from cancer, of Alexander Cockburn, 71. Alex and his comrade-in-arms Jeffrey St. Clair at Counterpunch magazine have helped our struggling little online left alternative newspaper mightily by running m...