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Archives from September 2013
When “Emerging” Economies Start to Submerge
PATRICK BOND
In its most recent world public opinion survey, the ...
Death of an Adjunct
DANIEL KOVALIK
On Sept. 1, Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor who had taught French at Duquesne University for 25 years, passed away at the age of 83. She died as the result of a massive heart attack she suffered two weeks before. As it turned out, I may have been the last perso...
Obama’s Blowback Against Big Labor
RALPH NADER
Sitting in the office of the AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, one sees books on labor history, economics, corporate crimes and proposals for change piled up everywhere. Perhaps that helps explain why Mr. Trumka, a former coal miner who became a lawyer, presented his bes...
On the Fallacy of ‘Engaging’ with the Israeli Academy
HAIM BRESHEETH and SHERNA BERGER GLUCK
A standard argument against BDS – the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the Israeli occupation – and especially the academic boycott- has been the “‘need to engage” with Israelis. In fact, during the 46 years of the occupation, numerous effo...
31 Years After the Massacre at Sabra-Shatila
FRANKLIN LAMB
Shatila camp, Beirut. Each year, during the third week of September, Lebanon and this region, as well as international supporters, pause to reflect upon and commemorate the victims one of the twentieth century’s most horrific and cynica...
A Nation of Suspects
ALYSSA ROHRICHT
We all know that our phone calls are being monitored by the NSA – location, length of call, who we are calling and when. Likewise, our emails are being scanned by the NSA and our email providers alike. Recent court filings revealed what everyone already knew anyway ...
Trading Liberty for Security
NILANTHA ILANGAMUWA
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”, wrote Martin Luther King, Jr., in his infamous letter from Birmingham jail in April 1963. His words were aimed at the Jim Crow system and the unjust practices which prevented access to basic rights for some Ameri...
Amnesia About Use of Atomic Bombs, Agent Orange & DU Shells
N.D. JAYAPRAKASH
During a speech, which President Obama had rendered on 01 September 2013, he had expressed indignation and outrage at the human tragedy in Syria. Alleging that the Syrian Government was responsible for the use of chemical weapons o...
Fukushima Economics
ELLIOT SPERBER
A well-known, liberal economist was discussing the increasing polarization of wealth in the US, the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, and the minimum wage, among other issues, the other day on a relatively popular radio program. In addition to his other remarks, t...
The Charmed Life of a Big Time Bankster
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It’s been a really great year for Jamie Dimon.  As folks who follow such things know, he’s the chairman of the board of JPMorgan Chase and the chief executive officer of the bank. He almost wasn’t.  In May the bank held its annual meeting in Tampa Florida and ther...
Is the GOP Gaining a Secret Hispanic Edge?
STEWART LAWRENCE
Which of the nation’s two main political parties is more successful in wooing Hispanic voters?  The Democrats, of course.  In 2012, President Obama won a whopping 75% of the Hispanic vote, improving on the 67% he won in 2008. But paradoxically, perhaps, it&...
The Global Crisis of Legitimacy and Liberation
NOZOMI HAYASE
Half a year into Obama’s second term, it has become clear what has been done under his watch. He brought to the world massive banking fraud, drone attacks, indefinite detention, assassination of US citizens and an unprecedented war on whistleblowers. The rhetoric of hop...
‘Arab Spring’ Degrades Into Sectarian Counterrevolution
NICOLA NASSER
The blind sectarian rampage, which has been waging a war on worship mosques, churches and religious shrines have become a modern Arab trade mark phenomenon, since what the western media called from the start the “Arab Spring” overwhelmed the Arab streets. The ...
Poetry, Palestine and the Language of Resistance
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Samah Sabawi is the honored guest in this, the fourth installment in my Political Poetry series at Counterpunch. ...
The Flatulent “Left”
NORMAN POLLACK
Systemic criticism of Obama—in fact, all criticism, political, economic, ideological, environmental, etc.—is, on the part of liberals (running true to form) and so-called progressives (a bitter disappointment), like water running off a duck’s back. Cli...
The Israel/Rwanda Pact
ANN GARRISON
The holocaust and genocide industries will converge midway through the UN General Assembly’s general debate, at Cooper Union in New York City, when Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel teams up with Rwandan President Paul Kagame for “...
The Redefinition of Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait
PETER STONE BROWN
In June of 1970, Bob Dylan released his tenth album, a two-record set with the weighty title of Self Portrait. It had a self portrait on the cover done in a style similar to the painting he did for The Band’s Music From Big Pink the year before. For most o...
Chemical Weapons: a Quiz
GARY LEUPP
1. Which of the following is the most accurate statement? 1. chemical weapons were first used during the First World War 2. chemical weapons were invented and first used in the 19th century 3. chemical weapons have been around sinc...
Indian-Americans and the Problem of Passing
MALINI JOHAR SCHUELLER
As soon as Nina Davuluri, an Indian American born in New York City,  was named Miss America last Sunday, hateful posts started to appear on twitter. Within two days these had numbered to over 700.   Davuluri was castigated for being a terrorist, an Arab, a foreigner, bu...
Ironies of the National Security State
JUDY BELLO
A couple of days ago, a man walked into an important Naval Base in Washington DC carrying a high power military weapon and started shooting.   He killed 12 people and injured 8 more before being killed himself.    Live by the sword; die by the sword.   It would app...
Gov. Brown Appoints Water Lobbyist to California Department of Water Resources
DAN BACHER
The revolving door between corporate interests, water contractors and state government swung open once again on Wednesday, September 18 when Governor Jerry Brown appointed Laura King Moon of Woodland, a lobbyist for the state’s water exporters, as chief deputy director ...
Ethiopian Regime Repression
GRAHAM PEEBLES
They speak of democracy, but act violently to suppress dissenting voices and control the people through the inculcation of fear: they ignore human rights and trample on the people, they are a tyrannical wolf in democratic sheep’s clothing, causing suffering and misery t...
Sports Talk, 101
DAVID MACARAY
1.  “We didn’t underestimate them.  They were just a lot better than we thought they were.”—Sir Bobby Robson, famed English soccer coach, referring to a Cameroon team in the 1990 World Cup. 2.  “There will be a game where somebody scores more goals tha...
How Obama Lost the First Battle for Damascus
FATHER DAVE SMITH
A good propaganda system aims at controlling the public dialogue, and in the marketing of war one technique that has proven very successful in recent years has been to encourage public debate about a proposed war, but to do so within a framework that already assumes the b...
Politics of Impotence
DAVID ROSEN
Innumerable pundits have prattled on about Pres. Obama’s apparent geo-political impotence in the face of the Syrian crisis.  Talking heads — mostly of the right but also some, like Leon Panetta, espousing a more liberal sentiment — have complained bitterl...
Coal Barons, Refugees, and War Criminals
DAVE ROVICS
It was a long, cramped flight on South China Airlines. The Chinese man sitting in the seat next to me was fidgeting and agitated during the whole flight, except during the brief period when he slept. If I had any Valium with me I would have offered him some. The flight en...
What Do Ironman Triathlons and Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Have in Common?
KARYN STRICKLER
My 17-year-old son does not have to go to bed at night fearing that he will be burned out of his home and bed because I am working against MTR.  I’m not going to be run off the road, my truck overturned and left to my fate because of my activism.  I am not a 12-year...
Peace Be With You
MISSY BEATTIE
Daily, we learn more about Aaron Alexis and all the troubling signs. Joining the Navy in 2007, Alexis was cited multiple times for misconduct before his honorable discharge in 2011. He had an arrest record. Had discharged a firearm within city limits. Had shot out ...
Thousands March in Montreal Against Proposed ‘Charter of Quebec Values’
ROGER ANNIS
Sept 16, 2013–Several tens of thousands of people marched in Montreal on Saturday, Sept. 14 to ...
Murder, Class and Late-Capitalism in the Tenderloin
BEN TERRALL
A Portrait in the Tenderloin, a new mystery from the small press publisher Ithuriel’s Spear, is writer John Goins’ first novel...
Daddy’s Little Girl
CHARLES R. LARSON
Bob Shacochis’s The Woman Who Lost Her Soul is a dazzling virtuoso in almost every way: a ...
Salas-Rivera, Rebollo-Gil and Torres
POETS' BASEMENT
Estatua de la Libertad by RAQUEL SALAS-RIVERA 1. Estatua de la Libertad nadie te visita por gusto participemos entonces del lugar de las prendas en el centro del parque donde nadie se duerme entre rotos que nunca rec...
In an Age of ‘Realists’ and Vigilantes
JOHN PILGER
The most important anniversary of the year was the 40th anniversary of 11 September 1973 – the crushing of the democratic government of Chile by General Augusto Pinochet and Henry Kissinger, then US secretary of state. The National Security Archive in Washing...
The Armageddon Looting Machine
ELLEN BROWN
Five years after the financial collapse precipitated by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy on September 15, 2008, the risk of another full-blown financial panic is ...
Syria’s New Game
RAMZY BAROUD
Many US media commentators were fairly accurate in labeling some of the language used by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his recent New York Times article as ‘hypocritical’. But mainstream US media should be the last to point out anyone’s hypocrisy as it has bra...
Where Empires Fail
GUI ROCHAT
It is a common misconception that the power and might of the US is waning because of such ‘set-backs’ as the agreement forced upon it by the Russian propaganda on Syria’s chemical weaponry. On the contrary, the US fully employs the constant threat of the might of it...
New Oil-by-Train Dangers Exposed in Canada
ROGER ANNIS
For the second time in three months, a CP Rail train carrying toxic and flammable hydrocarbons has derailed in the city of Calgary. On September 11, eight railway wagons carrying close to one million liters of a highly flammable gasoline product (diluent) used in the pipe...
Fallacies on Whistleblowing
BINOY KAMPMARK
It did not take long for the critics to pounce on the shootings at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. on September 16 as the product not so much of a disturbed mind but one who had not been sufficiently policed and excluded. 13 people were left dead, one of them being...
Under the Dome
LOUIS PROYECT
In 2003, after the National Book Foundation presented Stephen King with a distinguished career award, a big hue and cry went up from all the snobbish critics and authors who regarded him in much the same way that Dumbo was viewed by the other elephants. King’s acceptanc...
Big Oil PR Pros, Lobbyists Dominate EDF Fracking “Study”
STEVE HORN
Alongside releasing its controversial findings on fugitive methane emissionscaused by ...
Egypt Joins Israel as Gaza’s Jailer
PAM BAILEY and MEDEA BENJAMIN
There was a time when activist groups that focused on helping the Palestinians in Gaza reserved their harshest language and protests for Israel, which long has prohibited both air and sea traffic in and out of Gaza; tightly limited exchanges through its Erez terminal; and...
A New Low for US/Latin American Relations
MARK WEISBROT
Yesterday’s cancellation of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s state visit to the White House, scheduled for next month, came as little surprise. Documents leaked by Edward Snowden, and reported by Glenn Greenwald and TV Globo, had caused an uproar in Brazil. Accord...
Israel Still Angling for Attacks on Syria and Iran
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. President Barack Obama may have drawn his seemingly regretted “red line” around Syria’s chemical weapons, but it was neither he nor the international community that turned the spotlight on their use. That task fell to Israel. It was ...
Fracking and Colorado Flooding Don’t Mix
PHILLIP DOE
A lot is being written in the state and national press about the terrible human devastation week-long rain storms have created in Colorado. The impact has been greatest along what is known locally as the Front Range, the flat land directly east of the Rocky Mountains. The...
10 Reasons Why Americans Opposed, and Averted, a US War on Syria
JANET WEIL
As I took part in rallies, marches, vigils, conference calls, personal conversations and meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area during the recent crisis over Syria, these are the reasons I heard that Americans opposed even a “limited” US strike on that country...
Serving America’s War Machine
DAVID CRONIN
For many years, I regarded “think tanks” as a godsend.  As a news reporter chasing deadlines, I’d regularly call their “experts” for quotes.  Usually, they could give me a few succinct lines that appeared to lend a story some intellectual h...
Viva Mexico! Vivan Los Maestros!
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City While President Enrique Peña Nieto gave the annual Viva Mexico! from the National Palace Sunday night, alternative “cries of independence” rang out around the country, not least at the capital’s Revolution Monument where striking public ...
Is Capitalism to Blame For the Syrian War Drive?
SHAMUS COOKE
Obama’s push for war in Syria seemed so deeply irrational, so crazed, that many people naturally asked, “Why is this happening?” And “who” wants it to happen? Few Americans actually believed that Nobel Peace Prizing winning Obama suddenly wanted...
What If American Colleges Abolished Football?
DAVID MACARAY
Hard as it may be to believe, in 1939, the University of Chicago abruptly dropped its football program, citing as its reason the astonishing fact that (according to school president, the uber-intellectual Robert Maynard Hutchins) the sport had evolved to the point where i...
Clay Shaw, Big Sugar and the Everglades
ALAN FARAGO
In obituaries, Florida Congressman Clay Shaw has been roundly praised as a moderate Republican and champion of the Everglades. A little too roundly. Shaw served 26 years in Congress, at a time when the GOP perfected polarization tactics as well as any southern De...