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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...