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Archives from November 2012
The Morning After
ISHMAEL REED
Ann won’t quit crying. She wanted it so bad. She even ordered one of those carriages. You know the kind that the Queen rides in. She wanted to wave to the crowds as the Inaugural procession moved up Pennsylvania Ave. Got the bill for the white horses this morning...
Leniency for Generals, Jail Time for Whistleblowers
NATHAN FULLER
It’s no secret that the powerful in America are frequently immune to prosecution for committing far worse crimes than those by the powerless. Bush Administration torturers are on book tours while torture whistle-blowers are on trial. Wall Street executives are counting...
Bus Tokens and Welfare Queens
NORMAN BALL
“The president’s campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift.” –Mitt Romney If I will? Actually I’d rather not, Mitt. There’s an old saying I’ve never heard before that goes something like this: Never beat ...
An Interview with Diana Johnstone
KOUROSH ZIABARI
I read the article you co-authored with Jean Bricmont regarding the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s declaring EU the Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 2012. Why do you think they have made such a decision? I think they already knew that their choice will lead to...
Governor “Jokowi” Enters Jakarta on a Wooden Horse
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Could two men, no matter how dedicated and outspoken they are, save the city of 12 million that has for years looked and smelt like a decomposing carcass? Could they reform the savage capitalist system that cannibalized this entire urban area and the rest of the country f...
Santa’s Resignation Letter
BERNARD MARSZALEK
Greetings to All: I must admit that my joyful mission of spreading holiday cheer has grown more problematic over the decades. Until now, however, I have kept silent due to the devastating effect a major statement of my increasing despair would have, not only on the...
Colombia’s Peace
CHRIS GILBERT
Earlier this week, in the context of the current Colombian peace talks, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) declared an immediate, unilateral ceasefire until January 20, 2013.[1] This step h...
From Occupation to Liberation
RON JACOBS
Despite a myriad of obituaries for the movement that began in Manhattan in September 2011, the people of Occupy refuse to let it die.  There are hundreds involved in the Occupy Sandy effort in the New York City region following the devastation of Tropical Storm Sandy.  ...
The Classy Election
STEVE COBBLE
An Occupy Wall Street sign said it best: “They only call it class warfare when we fight back!” Over four long decades, American working families and poor people have seen wages stagnate, social services slashed, and our unions attacked. Since the Great ...
Taking the Offensive In Defense of The Safety Net
ROBERT ROTH
As the federal government approaches the “fiscal cliff,” a package of tax increases and spending cuts that would further undermine an already anemic economic recovery, the likely hazards of a bipartisan effort to reduce so-called “entitlements” like Medicare and S...
Beyond Our Sight
MISSY BEATTIE
As I write, Thanksgiving is several days away.  Thanksgiving.  I stare at the letters, separating the word.  Thanks giving and giving thanks.  I feel grateful for my family, our togetherness, and I am completely detached from the mythos I was taught years ago about th...
The New Electoral Season
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
“Political campaigns are designedly made into emotional orgies which endeavor to distract attention from the real issues involved, and they actually paralyze what slight powers of cerebration man can normally muster.” — James Harvey R...
Turkeys, Twinkies and Toxins
ELLIOT SPERBER
Because the history of the United States is comprised of contradictions (e.g. while its political institutions are rooted in the notion of freedom, its economic institutions arise from a foundation of slavery) it should come as little surprise to find that the holiday of ...
A Tragedy With Many Actors
CESAR CHELALA
The Israeli attack on Gaza is another act in the human tragedy playing out on Palestinian land. This military extravaganza designed to appeal to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral audience, is replete with the usual off-stage catcalls to “starve them out”...
50 Years of Bond, James Bond
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The most successful saga in postwar popular culture got off to a conscientious start after breakfast on a tropical morning in Jamaica early in 1952. Ian Fleming, forty-three years old and ten weeks away from his first and last marriage, knocked out about 2,000 words on hi...
Salmon on the Brink
DAN BACHER
On one historic day in 1992, I marched through the State Capitol Building and adjoining Senate Offices with hundreds of recreational fishermen, commercial fishermen and environmentalists working for the passage of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA). ...
Koreans, Longing for Their Homeland
CHARLES R. LARSON
Much of Young-ha Kim’s Black Flower reads is if it is non-fiction, not a novel.  It...
An Exquisite Irrationality
KATHLEEN PEINE
Looking at the movie poster and ads for the new movie “The Life of Pi” might give one the impression that this film is some sort of hokey, after-school adventure- a movie best left unseen, but to miss this luscious and original offering would be a tremendous ...
Ellenberger, Anderson and Williams
POETS' BASEMENT
The Watcher and the Watched, 2012 by HARRIET ANN ELLENBERGER             for Susan Robinson I send a poem to my friend, asking her, Do you think it is finished? My poem speeds off to jo...
Grand Theft Wall Street
MIKE WHITNEY
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) needs a bailout, but don’t expect the media to tell you why. Instead, they’ll give you some baloney about how the agency was used to “stabilize the housing market” following the gov...
The Cancer of Police Violence
MIKE KING
Police brutality and murder are arguably the most visible, direct and clear expressions of racialized state power in the United States.  To say this is an epidemic, however, as many have, is somewhat of a simplification.  An epidemic is an indiscriminate force of natu...
The Climate Cliff and the Press
DAVE LINDORFF
Run a google search of “World Bank” and “climate change” and you’ll discover that this month the World Bank released a major study predicting a global “cataclysm” if world-wide temperatures increase by a predicted four degrees celsius (that’s roughly 8 ...
Why Obama’s Killer Drones Violate International Law
JEFF BACHMAN
The United States has a long history of violating international law when its leaders believe foreign policy objectives justify doing so. The belief in the right of the United States to overthrow democratically elected governments (Guatemala, Iran, Congo), to train and ar...
Defeated in Afghanistan
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
“We must demonstrate to the people and to the Taliban that Afghan and International Security Assistance Forces are here to safeguard the Afghan people and that we are in this to win. That is our clear objective.” — General (‘Embedded’) Pet...
Was Obama’s Win Really a Victory for Unions?
BRIAN TIERNEY
After suffering almost two years of ramped up union-busting, the labor movement came out swinging in the recent elections. It swung its hardest in swing states like Ohio , delivering the 2012 presidential election to President Obama and propelling other labor-endorsed ca...
The Rise of Fascism in Greece
REV. JOSÉ M. TIRADO
There is a spectre haunting Europe. It is creeping into visibility in Spain, in Albania, Russia, Poland, France, England and perhaps most immediately, in Greece. It thrives on shadows; the darker places within us all, of fear and insecurity, then it glide...
The American Role in Israel’s Gaza Rampage
SHAMUS COOKE
As Obama tours Southeast Asia to strengthen his alliances against China, Gazans are being killed and maimed by the hundreds, with the possibility of an incredibly bloody Israeli invasion. The United States still wields tremendous power internationally; its actions and in...
The Strange Case of Wal-Mart and the National Labor Relations Board
JOHN LOGAN
For the first time in its half-century history, Wal-Mart is facing the prospect of significant labor strife. Wal-Mart workers throughout the country have been participating in short strikes and other workplace actions for the past two months. They are demanding higher wag...
Banning Nudity in San Francisco
BINOY KAMPMARK
The naked guys have been called our “canary in the coalmine”… what are we going to ban next? Leatherwear that’s too revealing? Scary drag queens? Joshua Alexandr, San Francisco, October 2012 The law might b...
The Politics of Hanging Kasab
FARZANA VERSEY
They dug a pit right there and buried him. They wanted no trouble. When people in charge of running a nation get worried about a terrorist who has been in their custody for four years and was on death row, it is time to pause. The Government of India, in ...
Political Capital
ANDREW LEVINE
After winning a second term fair and square (more or less), George W. Bush babbled on about the “political capital” he had gained.   He was so vociferous about this and so full of himself that one might suspect he had just learned the expression. The concept i...
The Limits of Israeli Belligerence
DINA JADALLAH
The war on Gaza combines the characteristic drastic brutality towards Palestinians and Arabs that Israel periodically demonstrates with the lack of effectiveness in achieving its stated goals that those who follow and support the resistance have come to expect (especially...
Libya & Creative Destruction
DANIEL KOVALIK
In his new book, Slouching Towards Sirte, which will be released in December, Maximilian ...
Israel’s Gaza Rampage: It’s Not Just War
DENNIS BERNSTEIN
Dennis Bernstein:  Noted Documentary Filmmaker, John Pilger,  is somebody who knows a great deal about  the Gaza Strip, and about the extreme conditions Palestinians there have been forced to endure under a Brutal Israeli Occupation. Pilger has actually made tw...
From Syria to Gaza
DAN GLAZEBROOK
With over 100 now reported killed by Israeli airstrikes, and a further 700 injured, the attack o...
Blasting the Palestinians Back in Time
PATRICK O. STRICKLAND
Ramallah. Sunday was thus far the bloodiest day since Israel launched its brutal assault on the besieged Gaza Strip: 30 Palestinians were killed by Israeli airstrikes; civilian casualties sky rocketed; and the number of injured surpassed 700. T...
Media Distortions on Iran’s Enrichment Program
GARETH PORTER
News stories on the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report suggested new reasons to fear that Iran is closer to a “breakout” capability than ever before, citing a nearly 50-percent increase in its stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium and the insta...
Priority One: Employment
MARK WEISBROT
As the much-hyped “fiscal cliff” looms at the end of the year, there is talk about “comprehensive tax reform” as part of a deal to achieve deficit reduction.  For Republicans and their allies who want to minimize the taxes paid by rich people, this is one strateg...
Petraeus Fell for the Wrong Reason
SHELDON RICHMAN
David Petraeus has fallen — but not as he should have. Before being disgraced by an extramarital affair, the retired four-star general and ex-CIA director should have been shamed out of public life for his horrendous military record in Iraq and Afghanistan. Are w...
In Solidarity With Walmart Strikers
KEVIN CARSON
Walmart is the largest employer in the U.S with more than 1.4 million workers. And it’s one of the most virulently anti-union employers. In the handful of cases where employees have managed to unionize (most notably meat cutters at the store in Windsor, Ontario), Walmar...
Foetus and Feminism
FARZANA VERSEY
Words like “pro-choice” did not even occur to her as they forced an iron rod into her vagina and, together with the blood, remnants of an unborn human being seeped out. She wept a little for the lost child and much more for the scalded part that was essential to her j...
The World Cannot Stand by as Palestine is Battered to Death
COUNTERPUNCH NEWS WIRE
We the undersigned watch with horror yet another ruthless and criminal Israeli  assault on the defenceless people of the Gaza Strip. The assassination of the  Hamas’ military commander, Ahmad al-Jabari, by Israel was intended to disrupt any chance for a permanent c...
Death in Gaza, Déjà Vu
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
It is a recurring nightmare. The sounds and smells are so familiar; the tension in the air so thick that you can see it like the grit and grime that collects on your clothes and shoes after being outside for only a short while.  In July, sand blows in off the shore whip...
The New Obama Doctrine: From Gaza to Goma
VIJAY PRASHAD
The Israeli assault on Gaza continues. The death toll rises over 100, infrastructure is destroyed, and the UN relief agencies are at wit’s end. A desperate tone has entered the dispatches from the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which has operated in occupied Palest...
The American Puppet State
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The United States government and a majority of the subjects, especially those members of evangelical churches, grovel at the feet of the Israeli Prime Minister? How is a country a superpower when it lacks the power to determine its own foreign policy in the Middle East?...
The Absolute Right of Palestinian Resistance
LYNDA BURSTEIN BRAYER
Once again the bombs are falling on the Gaza Strip, a stretch of territory excised from Palestine proper as a result of continuing illegal and illegitimate actions by Israel. In fact, Gaza has become a closed ghetto, first cut off from Palestine in violation of the partit...
In the Business of Killing Civilians
JOSHUA FRANK
While reports slowly spread that President Obama is secretly ...
Israel-Palestine – What is the U.S. National Interest?
RALPH NADER
Israeli elections are coming up in January so it is Palestinian hunting season again. Israeli cynics call it a time “for mowing the grass.” Out comes the well-worn playbook by Israel’s militaristic government that has worked to silence Israeli politicians and...
The Sea Eats Miami
ALAN FARAGO
After the 1992 super-hurricane Andrew, South Florida was in a state of shock, similar to coastal New Jersey and New York today. Andrew was a compact, category five hurricane. In South Dade where the impact was strongest, the morning after the storm, sun and blue skies pre...