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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 2014
The Decline of the CIA
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
CIA director John Brennan is promoting a reorganization scheme at the Central Intelligence Agency that will make it more likely that intelligence analysis will be politicized to support the interests of the White House and senior policymakers.  The organizational change ...
Israel’s Model of Political Despair in Jerusalem
JONATHAN COOK
Relations between Israelis and Palestinians have descended into a dangerous melee of tit-for-tat attacks and killings, with the violence of the past few weeks centred on Jerusalem. The city, claimed by Israel as its “undivided capital”, has been torn apart by clashes ...
The Politics of Thanksgiving
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
With family excitement about Thanksgiving, you would never know November was Native American History Month. President Obama publicly announced the month, but many more Americans will be paying attention to his announcement of Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving remains...
Michael Brown was Killed Because He Didn’t Prostrate Himself to Police Authority
DAVE LINDORFF
What’s wrong Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson’s killing of the unarmed 18-year-old black teenager, Michael Brown, and with a Grand Jury decision not to indict him for that outrageous slaying, is what is wrong with American law enforcement and American “justice...
The Rise and Fall of Palestine’s Socialists
RAMZY BAROUD
When news reports alleged that the two cousins behind the Jerusalem synagogue attack on 18 November were affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a level of confusion reigned. Why the PFLP? Why now? The attack killed five Israelis and woun...
“I Hate That Oil’s Dropping”
STEVE HORN
Outgoing Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) chairman...
Thanksgiving for Social Scientists
RALPH NADER
I wish there could be a Thanksgiving for the applied bounty that could come from the hundreds of thousands of political scientists, economists, sociologists, psychologists, and anthropologists. I am referring especially to those social scientists who are full-time,...
Foiling Liberty
BINOY KAMPMARK
You always know when the British Home Secretary comes clean about the number of “terror plots” that have been foiled that something ugly is waiting around the corner. The dossier of justification is just about to be thrown at civil liberties – we got the necessary r...
The Grapes of Taybeh
MARIA C. KHOURY
As I woke up to heavy rain and severe wind storms in one of the highest mountain regions in Palestine, I gave glory to God  to be alive for another day and continue to keep my hope that all people of this region will learn to love humanity.  The only good thing about th...
Lessons From Bolivia
STEPHAN LEFEVBRE and JEANETTE BONIFAZ
President Evo Morales came to power in Bolivia in 2006 amid widespread discontent. The country had been experiencing a long-term economic growth failure, with income per capita in 2005 lower than it was ...
Ferguson and the Right of Resistance
AJAMU BARAKA
Barack Obama, the obsequious errand boy for the financial and corporate plutocrats who own the U.S. government, made a pathetic appearance on national television to try to persuade the “natives” to remain peaceful in response to the non-indictment of the Ferguson kill...
America’s Cluster Bomb Congress
JAMES BOVARD
Tens of thousands of Americans have been bushwhacked by a single arcane sentence in a 673-page law Congress enacted six years ago. The IRS is seizing both federal and state tax refunds for individuals whom the Social Security Administration accuses of having received exce...
Climate Change and the End of California’s Big Agriculture
JOSHUA FRANK
It’s bone dry in California, and as I wrote in a recent print issue of CounterPunch magazine, it’s likely to remain that way for a long, long time thanks t...
A Brief History of Jerusalem
GARY LEUPP
The most recent Zionist reiterations of the claim to “eternal” Jewish ownership of East Jerusalem—as part of an “undivided, eternal capital of Israel” as specified by a “Basic Law” passed by the Israeli Knesset in 1980—make me want to review the Bi...
Prosecutors Falsely Push Prison Term for Innocent Teen
LINN WASHINGTON JR.
Nasheeba Adams was both ecstatic and sad as she stood outside of Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center courthouse recently hugging her son Tomayo McDuffy. She was ecstatic because minutes earlier Philadelphia’s District Attorneys Office had withdrawn highly su...
Oh No! The American Jihadis are Coming!
DAVE LINDORFF
You read it in USA Today: The latest “threat to America” is “thousands of jihadis” with Western passports,” returning from battle in Syria and Iraq to wreak havoc and destruction in the “US homeland.” It’s a nightmare profoundly hoped for b...
State Justice Failed Michael Brown
KEVIN CARSON
More than three months after Darren Wilson executed Michael Brown in broad daylight in Ferguson, Missouri, the grand jury’s decision is in. No state prosecution, no justice from the state’s court system, for his crime. Wilson will never be tried, let alone convicted. ...
Spiritual Radicalization
NORMAN POLLACK
I know that I am consciously going against the ideological grain of contemporary radicalism. I do so, not to hurt the feelings of many I’ve known and the untold millions I shall never know, both of whom I regard as brothers-and-sisters in arms, at whatever age, joined t...
Six Thoughts on the Ferguson Uprising
JOHN HALLE
1) I honor, respect and admire those participating in the Ferguson uprising. All of them: not just those engaging in what the bien pensant have designated as acceptably “non-violent” forms of protest. 2) Ferguson is unusual in having an overwhelmingly ...
Empower Women to End World Hunger
CESAR CHELALA
A new report from the Bread for the World Institute entitled “When Women Flourish…We Can End Hunger,” states that women and girls are disproportionately affected by hunger and poverty because of discrimination practices against them. The report calls on the U.S. g...
Celebrating the Genocide of Native Americans
GILBERT MERCIER
The sad reality about the United States of America is that in a matter of a few hundreds years it managed to rewrite its own history into a mythological fantasy. The concepts of liberty, freedom and free enterprise in the “land of the free, home of the brave” are a me...
Why We Won’t Wait
ROBIN D.G. KELLEY
Wait. Patience. Stay Calm. “This is a country that allows everybody to express their views,” said the first Black president, “allows them to peacefully assemble, to protest actions that they think are unjust.” Don’t disrupt, express. Justice will be serv...
The Dumbing Down of National Security Policy
MEL A. GOODMAN
The forced resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel points to two major problems in the national security policies of the Obama administration that have not been corrected in the past six years.  The obvious problem is the failure to name a powerful secretary of d...
Trotsky at the IMF
MIKE WHITNEY
The International Monetary Fund has finally admitted that it was wrong to recommend austerity as early as it did in 2010-2011. The IMF now agrees that it should have waited until the US and EU economies were on a sustainable growth-path before advising them to trim the...