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Archives from October 2013
What Recovery?
MIKE WHITNEY
Buying a house is a lot like buying a car. If you don’t look under the hood, you could wind up with a lemon. Only with housing, it’s not as simple as checking the dipstick or looking for oil under the rear axle. No, smart home buyers check the data...
Sacrificial Wolves
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
I was prone on my stomach on a small knoll above the Lamar River, peering through my field glasses toward a stand of tall cottonwoods, their leaves a shimmering bronze in the autumn light. The morning air was crisp, hinting at an early snow in the dark, distant peaks of t...
The Language of Neoliberalism
JASON HIRTHLER
Outsource. Streamline. Downsize. Liberalize. Flexibilise. Get lean. Offshore. Lay off. If you use the Google Ngram Viewer to r...
Whose Interests are They?
ANDREW LEVINE
The late Margaret Thatcher, Conservative Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1979 to 1990, was hardly a deep or lucid thinker.  And unlike Ronald Reagan, her epigone, she wasn’t even our own. Yet, for the past three and a half decades, American politicians, Dem...
The Deadly Secrets of Plum Island
KARL GROSSMAN
Michael Carroll, author of the best-selling book, “Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government’s Secret Plum Island Germ L...
Al Qaeda’s Corridor Through Syria
VIJAY PRASHAD
On Tuesday night, suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Iraqi checkpoints along Highway 11, which runs from Baghdad to Syria via Ramadi. They bombed the checkpoint at Rutba as well as points just west of Ramadi. Thirty-seven people were killed in these attacks, a majority o...
Cops Unbound
JONATHAN CARP
On Tuesday in Santa Rosa, California, two of that city’s “finest” cowered behind a car door and gunned down a thirteen-year-old boy carrying a toy rifle. This little boy, Andy Lopez Cruz, was walking down the street with a fake plastic rifle when the two “heroes...
The Smear Campaign Against Social Security
JACK RASMUS
With the interim ‘debt ceiling/government shutdown’ agreement reached last week between the Obama administration and the Teaparty-driven U.S. House of Representatives, the real negotiations on deficit cutting—aka Austerity American Style—are about to begin again....
The Identity Crisis of Mexican Americans
RODOLFO ACUÑA
The debate as to what to name Chicana/o Studies will have future repercussions. The proposals are not new; they are not innovative; and they are symptomatic of the historical struggle of Mexican origin people in the United States to identify themselves. The problem...
The Unspoken Epidemic
DAVID ROSEN
In early October, two male teenagers at the Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, Riverside County, CA, were arrested on suspicion of raping a female student, a freshman.  One of the alleged perpetrators was a junior and on the football team.  Sadly, this will not ...
The Global Threat of Fukushima
KEVIN ZEESE AND MARGARET FLOWERS
The story of Fukushima should be on the front pages of every newspaper. Instead, it is rarely mentioned. The problems at Fukushima are unprecedented in human experience and involve a high risk of radiation events larger than any that the global community has ever experien...
European Drone War
CHRIS COLE
While there is rightly much media attention on the US drone war in Pakistan and Yemen, there is a very different but over-looked “drone war” taking place in Europe right now. In parliamentary committee rooms, in company boardrooms, and in packed public meeti...
Is Israel an Apartheid State?
URI AVNERY
Is Israel an apartheid state? This question is not going away. It raises its head every few months. The term “apartheid” is often used purely for propaganda purposes. Apartheid, like racism and fascism, is a rhetorical term one uses to denigrate one’s opponen...
The Politics of Sociopathic Narcissism
WILLIAM MANSON
In psychoanalytic thought, the radical analyst Wilhelm Reich is recognized as having laid the foundations for the clinical study of (pathological) character structures—or, in the more recent terminology, “personality disorders.”  Since the publication of Reich’s ...
The Wages of US Imperialism
WILLIAM C. LEWIS
Corporate imperial militarism controls U.S. society and wages destructive occupations abroad to serve the capitalist interests of the war-making, armaments manufacturing class whose bombs eradicate human beings for profit. Externalized racism and depleted uranium r...
Finally Someone’s Paying Attention to Our Imbalance!
LAURA FLANDERS
It was early and I hadn’t downed my coffee yet, but for a moment I thought I was reading something important in one of those tightly printed full-page ads  that appear from time to time in the New York Times. Headline: “Enact the Inform Act,” the ad called o...
What We Talk About When We Talk About Foundation Funding
MACDONALD STAINSBY
When discussions begin among environmentally concerned people about foundation funding and how it offsets resistance, a common complaint is that such a discussion is unnecessarily negative. With all of the world at stake, so goes the argument, we need to involve as many ...
Oil on the Tracks
ROGER ANNIS
Vancouver, British Columbia.  Another oil train derailment and explosion in Canada has sent nearby residents fleeing from their homes in the middle of the night. It happened at 1 a.m. on Saturday, October 19 on a CN Rail line outside the hamlet of Gainfor...
The Shady Ties Between de Blasio and the Clintons
RICHARD KREITNER
Last Monday, Hillary Clinton headlined a fundraiser at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan for Bill de Blasio, the man who managed her successful 2000 Senate campaign and last month declared himself “proud to come from the Clinton family.” Topping the list of co-chairs f...
Brand X and the Absurdity of Celebrity Culture
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Russell Brand is a celebrity, one of those pretty faces you see on ragged magazines at the check-out counter and think: “Who gives a flying f what he’s screwing this week?” At one point he was screwing Katy Perry, a teeny-bopper who makes recruitment music vi...
The Cruzifixion and the Resurrection
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Ever since I could remember I’d wished I’d been lucky enough to be alive at that great time-when something big was going on, like the Crucifixion.  And suddenly I realized I was.  Here I was living through another crucifixion. Ben Shahn, On pa...
The Fight For Economic Justice
RON JACOBS
On August 24, 2013 tens of thousands of people gathered to celebrate a protest fifty years ago when hundreds of thousands of other people marched and rallied in Washington DC demanding equal rights for African-American residents of the United States.  It was on that day ...
The Democratic Enemies of Medicare for All
GRAEME ANFINSON
When Barack Obama decided to take ownership of a right-wing idea pushing market exchanges for private insurance, with mandates and subsides to make sure everyone bought the product, as a fix for our embarrassing health care system- it was clear we were in trouble. Now, as...
The Fossil Fuel Paradigm
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
“Beam me up, Scotty.” That phrase is as well known to science fiction aficionados as “Gort, Klaatu barada nikto.” James Tiberius Kirk, the lead character and commanding officer in the futuristic space fantasy television series Star Trek (196...
Drone Island in the East River
DAVID SWANSON
Remarks at New York University forum with http://NYACT.net The primary problem with weaponized drones is that the wea...
Hymn to the Koch Brothers
DAVID MCDANNALD
Dear Esteemed Brothers, On the way back from my father’s village, I’ve decided to take time to think over topics connected to our common interests. News of your conquests in America first reached us here in the backwater like word of a distant storm. It was in ...
Eavesdropping, Drones, an Integrated Posture
NORMAN POLLACK
We are taught to pick-and-choose, but defining the nature of society, its propensity to democracy or fascism, is not like entering the ice cream parlor and selecting chocolate or strawberry.  Policies are not discrete.  When POTUS personally selects candidates for assas...
Death As a Winning Argument
DAVID MACARAY
As a college freshman I was lucky to have had a wonderful professor for my Introduction to Philosophy class.   Her name was Dr. Virginia Ringer.  She was irreverently funny, conscientious, modest, brilliant, and an extremely tough grader, which, instead of making us re...
Bully Blowback
MISSY BEATTIE
Another school shooting. Another candlelight vigil.  On Monday, October 21st, a Nevada teacher was murdered and two 12-year-old boys were wounded. The shooter, described as a “nice kid”, killed himself at the scene. Student Amaya Newton said, “...
Commercialization and Conflict
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Developing Divisions Participation is a cornerstone of the democratic ideal. It sits alongside those other marginalized tenets: social justice, freedom and equality. Forgotten principles in a world of corporate politics driven by the quest for endl...
An Injunction Against the Truth
WALTER BRASCH
Monday morning, Oct. 21, 2013. Vera Scroggins, a retired real estate agent and nurse’s aide, was in Common Pleas Court for Susquehanna County, Pa., to explain why a temporary injunction should not be issued against her. Before her were four lawyers and several em...
Demanding a New Political Agenda
ANDREW SMOLSKI
We, the people, need to take a hold of the American working class idea of “Fuck ‘em” when someone wants to tell us that we just can’t do something. In this brief and vulgar remark is the belief that of course this is how it is, but we will not succumb to it, that ...
The Corruption of the Innocent
KIM NICOLINI
I had (with notable doubt) high hopes for Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Stephen King’s Carrie. I know that taking on Brian De Palma, whose 1976 film starring Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie in iconic history-making performances, was no short order to fill. On the o...
The Unfulfilled Promise of “American Promise”
GREGORY A. THOMSON
The treatment of African American boys in the American education system is rife with severe misunderstandings, discrimination, and widespread damaged outcomes. An achievement/outcome gap between Black boys and other children has been well documented and persists, but the ...
Bringing Maternal and Child Health Care to Northern Nigeria
CESAR CHELALA
Abuja, Nigeria Every day, 2,300 children under-five and 145 women of childbearing age die in Nigeria, making the country the second largest contributor to the under-five and maternal mortality rate in the world, according to UNICEF statistics. This situati...
Honk If You No Longer Display a Bumper Sticker
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Before social media, if you wanted to make an instant friend or enemy on the basis of your opinions, all you had to do was put a bumper sticker on your car. America Love It Or Leave It, My Country Right or Wrong and If You Don’t Like The Police, Next Time You’...
Congo Paris Congo
CHARLES R. LARSON
Alain Mabanckou’s Blue White Red conjures up a sense of déjà vu.  Though no fault of hi...
The Princes of Capital and the King of Instruments
DAVID YEARSLEY
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, for an organ concert last Sunday. The organ is a wind instrument whose bellows are its lungs. There is something ironic, therefore, in the fact that Duke University, a place that flourished thanks to tobacco money, ...
Young, Hruška-Cortés & Tirado
POETS' BASEMENT
The Perilous Hike into Deep Wilderness by TOM YOUNG Beyond the dead-end lot’s shot-up gate, the worst behind, lighting out into roadless. But too often at first their exorcism of trashed fire-pits, girdled bark, ...
Why ObamaCare Will Fail to Solve Our Health Care Crisis
Dr. MARGARET FLOWERS
In what is perhaps the greatest corporate scam ever, not only did the health insurance corporations write the federal health law, called the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to enhance their profits, but now they also have the government and non-profit groups doing the work of ...
Obama’s Drone Killing Campaigns
DAVID LINDORFF
Last week President Obama was largely successful at blacking out from the American public word that Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai, the courageous Pakistani advocate of girls’ education nearly killed by Taliban gunmen a year ago, used a photo-op invitation t...
The Sectarian War at Hand
RAMZY BAROUD
Doha The warm waters of the Gulf look quiet from where I am sitting, but such tranquility hardly reflects the conflicts this region continues to generate. The euphoria of the so-called Arab Spring is long gone, but what remains is a region that is rich wit...
How Libya Fell Off the Media Map
PATRICK COCKBURN
Seldom has the failure of a state been so openly and humiliatingly confirmed as happened in Libya last week with the brief kidnapping the Prime Minister ...
A Modest Proposal to the Anti-Defamation League
ALISON WEIR
Dear Abe Foxman, Thank you! Our organization, If Americans Knew, is enormously honored by our inclusion in your recent ...
What If ObamaCare was a Fighter Jet?
JP SOTTILE
Imagine if you will…an epic government failure. Chronic mismanagement and cost over-runs. Incomplete software coding, timely political donations and undelivered promises. And zero accountability. Now, imagine the outrage. No, really. You will actual...
Justice and Reparations in Haiti
FRAN QUIGLEY
The month of October brings an unwelcome anniversary for Jacqueline Olonville. A 54 year-old mother and grandmother who sells plaintains by the road that runs through the village of Bocozelle, Haiti, Olonville was one of over half a million Haitians who were sicken...
Serialization of Political Murder
NORMAN POLLACK
At the last moment, checking Webster’s on serialization, I was struck by its application to music—“based on a series of tones in an arbitrary but fixed pattern without regard for traditional tonality”—which, transposed to political reality, says it all: ...
Does the World Have a (Marxist) Future?
JONATHAN FELDMAN
On October 19 and 20th, Stockholm played host to “Marx 2013,” a conference on Marxism involving hundreds of participants and leading Marxist thinkers from the United States, France, Germany and Sweden: ...
Liberals and the Libertarian “Contagion”
TREVOR HULTNER
It’s impossible to make this stuff up, folks. Salon.com columnist Tom Watson, in an article on the upcoming “Stop Watching Us” rally in Wash...
Association for Humanist Sociology Votes to Support the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
COUNTERPUNCH NEWS WIRE
The membership of the Association for Humanist Sociology, an organization dedicated to scholarship and action in the service of justice and peace, has voted to support the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. The call to boycott came out of Palestinian civil society a...