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Archives from April 2013
Tracking CEO Compensation
SAM PIZZIGATI
Under current U.S. law, all our publicly traded corporations must annually disclose exactly what they pay their top executives. So why do all those CEO pay scorecards we see every spring show such different results? USA Today ...
The Terror of Capitalism
VIJAY PRASHAD
Delhi. On Wednesday, April 24, a day after Bangladeshi authorities asked the owners to evacuate their garment factory that employed almost three thousand workers, the building collapsed. The building, Rana Plaza, located in the Dhaka suburb of Savar, produ...
Back to Recession
MIKE WHITNEY
The media is calling it a “Spring swoon”,  but it’s really just the next phase of the long slump. After a strong showing in the first quarter (Q1), the economy is starting to lose steam for the forth year in a row. The main cause for the slow...
The Weapons Oligarchy
JOHN LaFORGE
With the Pentagon having secured its annual 47 percent of the April 15 federal tax haul ($1,335 billion out of a total of $2,890 billion) it’s a good time to consider the mountains of money being wasted on useless weapons or just plain stolen. Without a public up...
Cuba Policy: Fruitless, Mean and Cruel
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDÉS
In their 54-year-old effort to bring down Cuba’s revolutionary government and restore obedience in our Caribbean neighbor, U.S. officials have compiled a spectacular record of failure, overshadowed only by the determination to persist in their pursuit of wrongheaded...
Chernobyl at 27
JOSEPH J. MANGANO and Dr. JANETTE D. SHERMAN, MD
The 27th anniversary of the catastrophic nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl reminds us of both a sad legacy and a positive impact on the future. The bad news came first.  Chernobyl stunned many with the first total core meltdown of a nuclear reactor.  A mas...
Obama’s Flawed Korea Policies
CONN HALLINAN
In the current crisis on the Korean Peninsula the Obama administration is virtually repeating the 2004 Bush playbook, one that derailed a successful diplomatic agreement forged by the Clinton administration to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons? While the ...
The Russians Came
URI AVNERY
When the huge immigration wave from the Soviet Union arrived in 1990, we were glad. First of all, because we believe that all immigration is a good thing for the country. This, I believe, is generally the case. Second, because we were convinced that this spe...
As Others See Us
RALPH NADER
In watching the massive media coverage and the reaction to the brutal bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the wise poem “To A Louse…” composed in 1785 by the Scottish poet Robert Burns came to me: “O wad some Pow’r the giftie gi...
Pick Your Dystopia
PEPE ESCOBAR
How cozy it would be to summon the retro-spirit of Burt Bacharach to define our geopolitical future and start singing, “What the world needs now / is love, sweet love”. Sorry to scratch the vinyl. We interrupt this lovey-dovey to bring you breaking news...
Blowback and the Cycle of Violence
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
The United States and the Central Intelligence Agency have never acknowledged the potential for “blowback,” or negative fallout, from their military and covert actions.  The Watergate burglary by the veterans of the Bay of Pigs was an obvious example of blowback.  C...
Sweden, Russia, Nato, and Extraordinary Political Theatre?
RITT GOLDSTEIN
Dalarna, Sweden “Will there be war?” (”Kommer det bli krig?”) was the question posed in the 22 April report by the one of country’s most respected papers, Svenska Dagbladet (SvD), its article revealing some alleged particulars of a Russi...
Different Seasons of the Arab Spring
CARL FINAMORE
In northern Africa, winters are usually mild and summers normally dry and hot. The glorious Arab Spring revolts in this part of the world can also be measured in this same way – sometimes hot, in fact, blazing hot; sometimes warm; sometimes mild and sometimes just p...
An Interview With John Stauber on the Impotence of the Progressive Movement
NICK RUIZ
Nick Ruiz: It’s great to talk with you today, John. I came across your CounterPunch article, The Progressive Movement...
Talking With Julian Assange
MEDEA BENJAMIN
I had an opportunity to interview WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been granted political asylum since June 2012. Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex allegations, although he has never been charged. Assang...
Japan Shakes the US Pivot to Asia
PETER LEE
Oscar Wilde wrote, “When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.” Perhaps this is how Kurt Campbell feels today. Campbell, after all, as assistant secretary for East Asia in Hillary Clinton’s State Department, was a key architect and ...
The Verdict on Cyber Information Sharing
BINOY KAMPMARK
The Congress of the United States is showing again why it remains schizophrenic in its appraisal of rights and obligations – encouraging of various whistleblower protections on the one hand while suggesting at points why they should be prosecuted, and extolling the virt...
Los Angeles to San Onofre: “Not So Fast!”
HARVEY WASSERMAN
A unanimous Los Angeles City Council has demanded the Nuclear Regulatory Commission conduct extended investigations before any restart at the San Onofre atomic power plant. The move reflects a deep-rooted public opposition to resumed operations at reactors perched ...
Decoding the Arrest of Musharraf
JP SOTTILE
The drone war may have just taken out a high value target—former President of Pakistan and Bush Administration partner in the War on Terror, Pervez Musharraf. No, he didn’t get blown to bits by a ...
The Death of an Anarchist
ISHMAEL REED
Upon hearing of Audrey Goodfriend’s death, my partner, Carla Blank, burst into tears. I’m sure that many of those attending a standing room only memorial for Audrey, held at the Hillside Club in Berkeley on March 31st, had the same response. Audrey was named appropri...
Pushing Al Qaeda to Take on Hezbollah
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut “This is one damn fine idea, what took us so long to see a simple solution that was right in front of our eyes for Christ’s sake”, Senator John McCain of “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” and “no-fly zones for Syria” notoriety, reportedly demand...
The Lands of the Jewish National Fund
YVES ENGLER
In 2010 the Auditor General apparently called on the Canada Revenue Agency to “investigate or revoke” the Jewish National Fund’s charitable status. But this request seems to have been ignored in deference to a “charity” that has long particip...
Confronting Polemics With Alfredo Guevara
LOUIS PROYECT
This week Alfredo Guevara, the father of revolutionary Cuba’s film industry, died of a heart attack at the age of 87. The N.Y. Times obituary was refreshingly honest about the role he played: A committed Fidelista, Mr. Guevara nevertheless insisted th...
Change or Fight the Democrats?
RON RIDENOUR
Occupy Wall Street’s dynamic grass roots movement is quiescent and may or may not return. Its respite or demise is due to a combination of deliberate and apparently nationally directed police violence and federal, state and local government spying, as well as to its own...