Exclusively in the new print issue of CounterPunch
HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
Archives from April 2013
Pwog Fantasies of Power
WILLIAM KAUFMAN
Yesterday the Green Party of the United States unveiled its Green Shadow Cabinet. And a rather long shadow it casts—I counted no less than 73 members (several of whom are CounterPunchers), including a Secretary of Space and a Commissioner of Comedic Arts, both of whom ...
The “Light-Skinned” Men Threat to America
TIMOTHY KOECHLIN
After the explosion in West, Texas, witnesses across the country report having seen groups of “light skinned” men plotting to endanger innocent Americans. There is mounting evidence that the explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas — which killed 14...
The Boston Bombing was an All-American Spectacle
RUTH FOWLER
I’ve been loathe to contribute to the ever-increasing canon of American experts who feel that their unique and exceptional opinion about the Boston Marathon Bombers is important and worthy enough to merit yet another shittily written blog post or op-ed. “There...
Farewell Max Baucus
JOSHUA FRANK
Yesterday, Montana Senator Max Baucus announced he was set to retire at the end of his current term. As one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington he will surely leave a void, at least for the DC lobbyists that pay to play. However, as a native Montanan, I can assur...
What Dzokhar Tsarnaev and Bradley Manning Have in Common
ALYSSA ROHRICHT
The media is ablaze right now with discussions about Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Bomber, and whether or not he should receive a fair trial as an American citizen. A few politicians and genera...
The Lockdown Society Goes Primetime
MICHAEL SCHWALBE
“Lockdown” escaped prison long ago.  A Google Ngram chart shows the word first popping up in books in the mid-1960s but gaining little currency until around 1990, at which time its frequency soars.  The Ngram chart nearly mirrors a chart of the explosive growth in t...
Drones, Sanctions and the Prison Industrial Complex
BRIAN TERRALL
Yankton Federal Prison Camp. In the final weeks of a six month prison sentence for protesting remote control murder by drones, specifically from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, I can only reflect on my time of captivity in light of the crimes that bro...
What Deficit Reduction is Really About: Weakening Workers’ Bargaining Power
DEAN BAKER
Few academic papers have ever received as much attention or had as much influence on public policy as “...
Gay About Marriage
BINOY KAMPMARK
Marriage is such a testy issue at the best of times, an institution that has been both sacralised and demonised in equal measure for the millennia that humans have formalised it.  The galvanised opposition to same-sex marriage in France wasn’t enough to derail the trai...
Diaspora Jews Must Speak Out
SAM BAHOUR
You are born in a country, say the United States. As such, you become a citizen of that country. You are issued a passport from your country of citizenship which allows you to travel to other countries, as a tourist, a foreigner. Of course, you can apply for residency or ...
What If the Tsarnaevs’ Motive Was Revenge for U.S. Foreign Policy?
SHELDON RICHMAN
On the day of the Boston Marathon bombings, President Obama stood in the White House briefing room and ...
Perpetual Emotion War Machine
NORMAN SOLOMON
As a perpetual emotion machine — producing and guzzling its own political fuel — the “war on terror” continues to normalize itself as a thoroughly American way of life and death. Ongoing warfare has become a matter of default routine, pushed along by mainl...
The Flag Flies at Half-Staff
HOWARD LISNOFF
There is a cemetery in rural Massachusetts where the U.S. flag flew at half-mast on Saturday. Cemeteries in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts have both a haunting and historical character. Their graves are often stained from centuries of wear and mark the place...
Margaret Thatcher a Freedom Fighter?
ALAN MACLEOD
Margaret Thatcher’s face stares out at me from the front ...
For Accused Boston Bomber, Rule of Law Is the Right Choice
CHRIS EDELSON
Since 9/11, there have been two main schools of thought when it comes to presidential power.  Some argue that the president must be able to do whatever is necessary to defend the nation–whether that means ordering secret electronic surveillance in violation of fede...
Freed by Richie Havens
ANTHONY TARRANT
My father spent 26 years as Vice President of a family owned manufacturing company in Saratoga Springs, NY.  He hired many people during the 1960’s, worked with and befriended many of them.  It was through them he came to possess a number of albums that would f...
Boston Overkill
ANDREW LEVINE
For anyone who watched the World Trade Center collapse on television in the days after September 11, 2001, the repetitive display of pictures of the terror attack on the Boston Marathon was déja vu all over again. Not having been there, I can’t judge the mood, b...
Friends of Israel Defense Forces Raises $27 Million Under NY Media’s Radar
JEFF BLANKFORT
It isn’t every day or night that a tax-exempt non-profit American charity rakes in $27 million in the space of a few hours. When it happens in New York at such a well known landmark as the Waldorf-Astoria, arguably the city’s most famous hotel, it should be news, righ...
The Best Union in the World Goes on Strike
DAVID MACARAY
Why is it easier to respect (maybe “respect” isn’t the right word) a self-confessed racist (“I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t like black people.”) than an obvious racist who goes around sanctimoniously pretending he has no prejudices?  Dante was awar...
A Wall Street Tax
DEBORAH BURGER
The nation is now considering cuts to Social Security that would take away a week’s grocery money from elderly women, many already living at the margins.  They will join some of the nation’s children...
Un-trialled in Guatemala
JAMES ELLIOTT
The world was seeing something incredible. Unprecedented to all, unimaginable to most, and unbearable for the few in the dock: the brutal Efrain Rios Montt, president of Guatemala during its most brutal and bloody massacres in 1982, was on trial for genocide; the first fo...
Venezuela Survives Another Attempt at Regime Change
MARK WEISBROT
While most of the news on Venezuela in the week since the April 14 presidential election focused on the efforts of losing candidate Henrique Capriles to challenge the results, there was another campaign based in Washington that was quite revealing.  And the two were mos...
Los Angeles at Ground Zero
LINH DINH
Sightseeing buses are for those who deeply dread the places they’re visiting. You can’t really see a city or town from a motorized anything, so if you claim to have driven through Los Angeles, for example, you haven’t seen it. The speed and protection of a car preve...
A Green Agenda for Our Food System
MARK A. DUNLEA
A Green Shadow Cabinet (greenshadowcabinet.us) is being launched on Earth Day to provide an alternative to the co...
Nail-Biting Time at Kaiser
CAL WINSLOW
We’re now in nail-biting time for workers at California’s huge HMO, Kaiser Permanente. Some 45,000 service and technical employees there received ballots from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) at the beginning of April; the ballots must be returned by May 1, w...