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Archives from October 2012
The Victims Among Us
BRIAN HARPER
Though this marathon of a presidential campaign has produced little substantive discussion about policy or actual plans to solve our nation’s problems, there is no question that there have been many memorable one-liners. You didn’t build that. No one’...
A Letter to Obama Supporters
DAVID MASCIOTRA
I am writing this letter as a friend who believes in the same principles that you proudly trumpet: fairness, human rights, honesty, and communitarian commitment to the common interest and public good. Over the past three years, but especially during the past six months, I...
Voting Green in a Swing State
B. SIDNEY SMITH
I live in a purple part of the country (Virginia) and move in academic circles, so of course I know many, many people who will be voting for Obama. It is impossible to know, but if I sodomized the Easter Bunny in front of their children the look on my Obama-voter friend...
Jimmy Savile and the BBC
BINOY KAMPMARK
Why the surprise, the sense of shock, the orchestrated gasps of revulsion? The late ghastly, self-indulgent radio and television presenter Jimmy Savile, who would effectively confess on live television that he would so anything to everything, is now sending posthumous tre...
The Underside of Energy Indpendence
ELLIOT SPERBER
Among the social, political, and economic issues that Obama and Romney seem to have no difficulty agreeing upon is the notion that the United States needs to achieve “energy independence.” Arguing that its reliance on the importation of sources of fuel puts th...
Green Party Populism
STEPHEN LENDMAN
Imagine a political party wanting America governed progressively. Imagine its platform stressing social justice, human and civil rights, peace, disarmament, and other populist policies America’s duopoly spurns. More on this below. On October 23, ...
Big Profits and More Concessions
CARL FINAMORE
California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) has four medical campuses in San Francisco and is the city’s second largest private employer with 6000 employees and “over 1500 doctors and allied health practitioners.” It is owned by Sutter Health, a huge healthcare provide...
Russell Means: Warrior for the People
BRENDA NORRELL
The life of Russell Means, Lakota warrior for the people whose stance of never backing down inspired a generation of Native American rights, was celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Kyle, South Dakota. Means piercing words and clarity of style on American Indian rights, p...
Self Immolation and The Left
JOHN HALLE
Even in the age of extreme reality television, nationally broadcasted suicides remain a blessedly rare occurrence.  And so the suicide which occurred during a Huffington Post sponsored debate on third party voting probably should have received more attention that it did....
Kingdom Come Concepts
MISSY BEATTIE
This cold sore is hot—a fireworks display.  I’ve named it Stupid. For a month, I’ve made the bed usually before having a cup of espresso.  Definitely before heading out to run.  Because I’ve been prepared.  For the call from my real estate agent, “Som...
No Compromise in Defense of Democracy
BART GRUZALSKI
Across progressive websites and here at CounterPunch many have written persuasive articles about the choice between Obomney and Romobama, about how ...
“Argo, Fuck Yourself”
KIM NICOLINI
I have to admit that the numerous times I saw the trailer for Ben Affleck’s Argo (too many to count!), I wasn’t very enthusiastic about it. I wondered who the hell would want to watch this movie about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis as seen through a Hollywood-C...
War, and Even Deeper Pains
CHARLES R. LARSON
Consider the following scene in Hold It ‘Til It Hurts: “Wh...
The Light Brothers
DAVID YEARSLEY
Born October 19th, 1862 Auguste Lumière—the elder of the two brothers, who later became the world’s first filmmakers—would have celebrated his 150th birthday last week. If one defines the cinema as the projecting of a moving image in a ...
The Moral Case for Silence
NORMAN POLLACK
Herman Melville’s story, “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” written 160-odd years ago, is now more relevant than ever.  Bartleby faces out to a blank wall–the subtitle is, “A Story of Wall Street”–his highest assertion of self being:R...
The Age of Hell
CHRIS FLOYD
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When War Passes for Foreign Policy
P. SAINATH
“Take the profit out of war,” said Kevin Zeese, one of the more important activists of the Occupy Movement in the United States, “and you take out war.” His audience was made up mainly of U.S. war veterans gathered in New York to observe — and protest — the 11...
Blood Libel
BRUCE JACKSON
The senior curator of a large art gallery that is currently putting together an exhibit of my photographs said a curious thing to me recently. “I want you to know we’re okay on your exhibit, we’re on track, but several of our usual Jewish contributors have turned us...
Consumer Protector Caves to the Banks
MIKE WHITNEY
Richard Cordray might be the most powerful man in America today, and you’ve probably never even heard of him. As head of the new US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Cordray can effectively set the clock back to 2005 and inflate another gigantic, e...
The Scoop on Vouchercare
F. IVAN GOLDBERG
In this short essay I want to examine what is really behind the Republicans’ “fix” of Medicare, what its proponents euphemistically call ‘premium enhancement’ and what is more commonly referred to as a voucher program.  The idea is that instead of a government ...
The Economic Realities of Social Security
DEAN BAKER
It is remarkable that Social Security hasn’t been a more prominent issue in the presidential race. After all, Governor Romney has proposed ...
Voting for Obliteration
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
God help them if Obama and Romney ever had to participate in a real debate about a real issue at the Oxford Union. They would be massacred. The “debates” revealed that not only the candidates but also the entire country is completely tuned out to every real pro...
The Trouble With Rust-Bucket Reactors
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The US fleet of 104 deteriorating atomic reactors is starting to fall.  The much-hyped “nuclear renaissance” is now definitively headed in reverse. The announcement that Wisconsin’s Kewaunee will shut next year will be remembered as a critical dam break.  O...
Why Did They Debate?
NILANTHA ILANGAMUWA
Colombo, Sri Lanka. Do they really understand the shape of the earth? Do they think the earth has a pyramidal shape where the big man is sitting on the top while all the other countries are lying on the floor to lick the big man’s feet?  After ...
The Blood of Cities
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
When Bill Clinton was elected in 1993 US Treasury bond yields were trading around 5 percent. Within a year prices dipped and yields shot upward of 8 percent. The bond market —meaning a relatively elite coterie of highly paid investment managers working for the largest g...
The Dark Age of Money
JAMES C. KENNEDY
If you often wonder why ‘free market capitalism’ feels like it is failing despite universal assurances from economists and political pundits that it is working as intended, your intuition is correct.  Free market capitalism has become a thing of the past.  In t...
Obama’s Endless Kill List
BEN SCHREINER
Of the three presidential debates, Monday’s saw the only mention of U.S. drone warfare.  But after the challenger Romney quickly affirmed his support of President Obama’s drone program, stating that it is “absolutely the right thing to do,” the issue was summaril...
Mitt Romney: a True Political Cynic
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
Mitt Romney’s three debate performances in October 2012 have exposed his political cynicism, with the Republican candidate abandoning long-term positions in order to adopt more moderate ideas for the run-up to next month’s election.  Prior to the debates, Rom...
LOL Politics as a Sign of Deepening Despair
JEFF SPARROW
You’ve seen the clips from Bad Lip Reading, the YouTube channel that’s emerged as the undisputed winner from this election’s presidential debate by matching the candidates’ exchanges with perfectly synced gibberish. ‘The hot tub is cool now,’ says Mitt ...
In Defense of Black Females
DANIEL CHURCH
There is a hierarchy of attractiveness and what constitutes as beauty here at the edge of the empire. What I am speaking of is not indicative of how people actually feel (nor their needs or desires) but what is portrayed by Momma White Bread nightly on the electric soma a...
The African-American Case Against Obama
AFEWORKI MEKONNEN
Over the last little while, a few individuals, claiming to be Eritrean-Americans, have come on the popular Eritrean website, Dehai, and tried to influence their fellow Eritrean-Americans to vote for Barack Obama. I see this as akin to asking Eritreans to reward Obama for ...
Israel’s Formula for a Starvation Diet
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Six and a half years go, shortly after Hamas won the Palestinian national elections and took charge of Gaza, a senior Israeli official described Israel’s planned response. “The idea,” he said, “is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but no...
Prelude to a Dreary Election
BINOY KAMPMARK
There were no spectacular implosions, no remarkable points of stumbling.   The third and last debate between President Barack Obama and contender Governor Mitt Romney was not the most exciting affair, though it showed Obama to be far more accomplished, and the result fo...
A US / Israeli Defense Treaty?
BARRY LANDO
Paris. Several questions asked in the third presidential debate were never clearly answered. One of the most vital concerns Israel: What exactly is the U.S. commitment to that country?  It’s a question that an American president may suddenly be ...
Discovering Rachel Corrie
ELENA CARTER
On March 16, 2003, when Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer, I was thirteen. When I was in middle school, the death of a young woman on the other side of the planet didn’t mean much to me. My parents remember her. My parents’ friend, Peter Bohme...
In the Zone of the Homeless
MICHAEL DOLINER
I am living in the middle of the produce district in Los Angeles. Every morning trucks beeping and backing up wake me, especially the trucks dragging away the full dumpster and sliding in the empty one. Nearby are the toy, flower, and fabric districts. Also, spread among ...
The Case for VotePact
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The Killing of Benafshah
GIULIANO BATTISTON
It’s the 3rd of May 2009. The cold Afghan winter is already went. Spring has showed its impatient for many weeks. But now it is raining and it doesn’t seem to stop. Some military, foreign vehicles are patrolling along the main road that from Herat, chief to...
Libya and the Human Rights Double Standard
DANIEL KOVALICK
For some time to come, Libya shall stand as an enduring symbol of the West’s hypocrisy, and indeed duplicity, on the issue of human rights.   While the West, and especially the United States, justified its aerial bombardment of Libya last year on the pretense of...
Obama’s Betrayals: First the Base, Then the Party
DAVE LINDORFF
We know that there isn’t much “Hope” for “Change” — at least for progressive change — should President Obama win a second term as president. Even when he had the chance, with Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress...
A Faux Debate on Foreign Policy
MICHAEL BRENNER
What did we learn from the Presidential foreign policy debate? Not much specific or of substance. China did not make an appearance in the first hour. This is not surprising – for three reasons. These debates are more about self- presentation than candid statements of ...
Envy and Resentment
JAMES ROTHENBERG
Why do they hate us? The mere posing of the question strikes many Americans as unfair in the extreme. The media presents it as a tricky question, worthy of deeper study. At the top echelons of state management, the question has been settled for some time. George Ke...
A View Over the Bosphorus
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Istanbul. The heavy loaded cargo boats, passenger liners, cruise ships and plentiful ferries packed with tourists steam by the Maiden Tower rising from the black rock amid lucid waters; they gingerly make their way past the mountain-like mosques on the mai...
Constitutional Changes in Iceland
JOSÉ M. TIRADO
To some, it may not look like much. But the people have spoken. On a cool, clear Sunday, Icelanders cast either the most important vote in their history, a shining example for the democracies of the world, or a sham pseudo-revoluti...
Latin America’s Next Decider
MATEO PIMENTEL
Romney, Obama, as we Unitedstatesians say in our vernacular: same difference. Some of us care and some do not. Some think the vote counts for squat while many others can’t help but lament how the fate of the world and its Christ-charged duty hinges on this 2012...
Escape From Guyland
GAIL DINES
Feminists are busy people. We fight for equal rights, for stopping violence against women, for ending trafficking, prostitution, and stripping, and for a world where our children can have access to good education, health care, and day care. Now we have another job, becaus...
Mourning George McGovern
ALICE SLATER
It is eerily fitting that George McGovern’s passing has occurred in the final heat of a furious election campaign, precariously balanced between the Republocrats and the Democlicans, a tweedle dum/ tweedle dee choice between two corporately owned politi...
Money is Speech: a Musical History
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The Fall of My Friend Dinesh
VIJAY PRASHAD
Poor Dinesh D’Souza. He was hoisted on his own “petar,” Shakespeare’s little joke in Hamlet, substituting the old word for flatulence in place of petard, the spear. There he was on Rick Scarborough’s windy conference call pillorying President Obama for ...