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Archives from June 2013
Israeli Propaganda, With Warts
LOUIS J. PROYECT
Out of a sense of duty to CounterPunch readers, I went to a press screening for “Israel: a Home Movie” that opens at the Film Forum in New York on July 10th. It might be more accurate to say that I went to monitor it since it had all the earmarks of a typic...
The (Hollowed) Politics Of Assaf’s Idolatry
HELGA TAWIL-SOURI
Now that no one buys our votes, the public has long since cast off its cares; the people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions and all else, now meddles no more and longs eagerly for just two things – bread and circ...
Don’t Cry For Me, America
ADAM CHIMIENTI
I have yet to spend too much time digging into the corporate press reaction to the latest news from Ecuador, but I’m sure it’s not pretty. The South American country recently announced that it is giving up “unilaterally and irrevocably, the…customs b...
Small Lies to Conceal Greater Lies
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
“I responded in what I thought was the most truthful, or least untruthful manner, by saying no.” – James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence in an ...
The Disease of Caretaker Governments
BINOY KAMPMARK
A tear should be shed, though keep in the singular.  Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard and probably last for some time, is no more.  Elected by unelected officials, she was knifed by the same individuals who encouraged the knifing of her rival, the...
A Radical Severing of Violence from Freedom
SAM KROP
There has recently been a great deal of debate around the topic of consent in sexual politics. Stakeholders in this debate have vocalized a wide range of positions, from positing the centrality of consent in questions of sexual ethics to considering the negative implicati...
Love Notes From a Charlatan
MISSY BEATTIE
I should unsubscribe to Organizing for Action (OFA)—a group supporting the election of Democrats, but I won’t, because I’m mining data from the obscenely insincere. The emails open with a clever ploy, use of the familiar, my given name. It’s almost intimate. Some ...
Rock n’ Roll Nation
RON JACOBS
It’s always interesting to see a history of a time and place in which one was at least a passive participant examined through academic perspective years later, especially by someone without any temporal connection. Sometimes the effort succeeds and sometimes it does...
Sleepwalking in Camden
LINH DINH
With 77,000 people, Camden has one public library left, and in a city where Walt Whitman spent 19 ...
More Than Doma
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, an acronym I dearly love—it being one letter short of ‘dogma’—was struck down by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. This decision came just days after two other momentous rulings, in which the 5th Amendment right to re...
Fuck tha (Turkish) Police
MICHAEL DICKINSON
he Sunday before last, while crossing Taksim Square in Istanbul on my way home from a morning visit to inspect the change in Gezi Park which had been wrought the evening before, I came across a spent CS gas cartridge lying at my feet.  I picked it up. The cartridg...
Alfred Kazin’s America
CHELLIS GLENDINNING
We wonder whether the dream of American liberty Was two hundred years of pine and hardwood And three generations of the grass And the generations are up: the years over We don´t know. –Archibald MacLeish, Land of th...
The Tragic Fate of Rajiv Gandhi’s ‘Action Plan’
N.D. JAYAPRAKASH
It is highly unfortunate that the twenty-fifth anniversary of the submission of the ‘Action Plan for a Nuclear Weapon Free and Non-Violent World Order’[1] by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi before the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 09 June 1988 during the Third Spec...
War’s Lasting Wounds
CHARLES LARSON
My admiration for William Wharton began in 1978 with the publication of his first novel, Birdy, the story of a young man who, well, believes that he is a bird—or at least that he should be able to fly like a bird.  By any measure, it’s an extraordinary novel t...
“Almira” in the Berkshires
DAVID YEARSLEY
Ars longa, vita brevis runs the aphorism. Art is long, life is short. Perhaps it’s fitting that a doctor—Hippocrates no less—came up with the phrase, since it conveniently lets his profession off the hook from of prolonging ephemeral earthly life. It’s a de...
Grayson and Orloski
POETS' BASEMENT
Homo Earthus Interruptis by ARABELLA GRAYSON We are the future fossil fuel: Tar baby tar sands for the 91tst century, dinosaurs of the Internet Age. Known as homo earthus interruptis, we feed a mutated sp...
Sequester Optionally Applied Only to Good Things
DAVID SWANSON
Spending cuts have been applied by Congress to both military and non-military spending. In my view, the military cuts are much too small and the non-military cuts should not exist at all.  In the view of most liberal organizations, the military cuts — like t...
The Snowden Affair
MICHAEL BRENNER
Political Washington is in a fit over the Snowden affair. It is little disturbed by PRISM, Tempera and related abuses against the Republic. Therein lies the unhappy reality of American democracy today. The ferocity of the assault on Snowden and his sympathizers suggests m...
Why Boycott Israel?
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Ido Aharoni, Israel’s Consul General for New York, and also “the founding head of Israel’s brand-management team and the originator of the Brand Israel movement” recently wrote an op-ed in the New York Post (19 June 2013). In it he took to task the famous...
The Roberts Court is Like a Box of Chocolates
KIMBERLÉ CRENSHAW
If Supreme Courts over time are arranged like boxes of chocolates, the Roberts Court defies the myth that you never know what you’re going to get. From the first bite into its discrimination decisions, the bitter nougat was always at odds with its enticing packaging. Ni...
Stunted Revolutions
BINOY KAMPMARK
Inequality is something the United States does well.  Depending on a range of indicators – the provision of housing, income, balanced and stable infrastructure, the presence of the death penalty in many states – the motor of the free world is not as well oiled as...
Eavesdropping on the Planet
WILLIAM BLUM
The above is the title of an essay that I wrote in 2000 that appeared as a chapter in my book ...
Ireland: Financial Playground for Global Elites
CAOIMHGHIN Ó CROIDHEÁIN
“So, so…[the €7 billion] is bridged until we can pay you back..which is never. [Loud laughter]” (Telephone conversation between Anglo Irish Bank executives in September 2008) Current ongoing revelations in the form of recorde...
If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?
JEFF COHEN
The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets – especially TV news – that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion have come to resemble state-controlled media o...