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Archives from 2014
Ebola, Capitalism and the Idea of Society
ROB URIE
Thomas Duncan didn’t have health insurance when h...
A Secular History of Islam
TARIQ ALI
I never believed in God, not even between the ages of six and ten, when I was an agnostic. This unbelief was instinctive. I was sure there was nothing else out there but space. It could have been my lack of imagination. In the jasmine-scented summer nights, long before mo...
Why You Can Hardly Believe a Word of What You Read About ISIS
WILLIAM BLUM
You can’t believe a word the United States or its mainstream media say about the current conflict involving The Islamic State (ISIS). You can’t believe a word France or the United Kingdom say about ISIS. You can’t believe a word Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Q...
Obama’s “Stupid Shit”
ANDREW LEVINE
Returning from his trip to Asia last April, Barack Obama told reporters aboard Air Force One that the guiding principle of his foreign policy is “don’t do stupid shit.” Really?  Since Day One he has been doing nothing but. Future historians will debat...
A Caliph in a Wilderness of Mirrors
PEPE ESCOBAR
I’m aiming at you, lover Cause killing you is killing myself  - Orson Welles (director), The Lady from Shanghai,1947 He’s invincible. He beheads. He smuggles. He conquers. He’s ...
Neoliberal Economics Comes to Iran
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Tired of the oppressive financial hardship, wrought largely by the imperialist economic war against Iran, the Iranian people elected Hassan Rouhani president (June 2013) as he promised economic revival. He premised his pledge of economic recovery mainly on his alleged abi...
The Anti-Semitic and Pro-Terror Myths
ROBERT FANTINA
Distractions: The Anti-Semitic and Pro-Terror Myths There is still, in some circles, a tendency to equate opposition to the unspeakable, apartheid practices of Israel with anti-Semitism. Zionists successfully made this illogical comparison for generations, ...
The CIA and the Art of the “Un-Cover-Up”
ALEXANDER COCKBURN and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
In late 1996, John Deutch, at the time director of the CIA, traveled to a town meeting in South Central Los Angeles to confront a community outraged by charges that the Agency had been complicit in the importing of cocaine into California in the 1980s. Amid heated exchang...
The Humanism of Ali Mazrui
HORACE G. CAMPBELL
Ali A. Mazrui the great humanist joined the ancestors on Sunday October 12, 2014 in Binghamton, New York where he had lived since 1989. He had been living with his family and working as the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Institute of Glo...
The World’s Richest Man Tries to Defend Income Inequality
DEAN BAKER
A review of French economist Thomas Piketty’s best-selling book “Capit...
Eye in the Sky
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
The monks of medieval Europe who spent their days illuminating manuscripts were workmen first, artisans certainly and sometimes artists, their work – apart from praising God and preserving His holy word – being that of archivist and historian. More than mere decorator...
Why Military Intervention Will Never “Fix” the Middle East
Col. DOUGLAS MACGREGOR
American military interventions tend to follow a familiar pattern.  The path to intervention begins when Washington decides to support one side in an ongoing conflict.  Regardless of its true nature, the side Washington chooses is elevated to sainthood while the side Wa...
Venomous European Journeys!
ANDRE VLTCHEK
It was noxious. On a poster, a young African woman is resting on the ground, her breasts are exposed, one leg bent suggestively. Right behind her, a wild-looking black girl with red hair is wagging her hips. What I am observing is not an ancient pornographic cartoo...
The Meaning of the British Vote on Palestine
URI AVNERY
If the  British parliament had adopted a resolution in favor of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the reaction of our media would have been like this: “In an atmosphere of great enthusiasm, the British parliament...
Lay of the Land: City Boy
J.P. KEMMICK
I don’t know what to do in the wilderness and I seldom go to it. I live in Missoula, Montana, perhaps one of the best cities in America for easily accessing world-class wilderness areas, and yet I am an infrequent visitor to the hills surrounding town. Sometimes, when I...
Overlooking the Obvious With Naomi Klein
CRAIG COLLINS
First off, I want to congratulate Naomi Klein on her inspiring book.  This Changes Everything...
Obama’s UN Hypocrisies
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
In his September 2009 address to the UN General Assembly President Obama candidly admitted that much international distrust of his country had been created because, among other things, “on certain critical issues, America has acted unilaterally, without regard for the i...
Fracking Diaries
PHILLIP DOE
The headline should have read, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and U.S. Representative Jared Polis deny public vote on fracking with last minute deal giving backyard fracking the continued green light in Colorado. Instead Lynn Bartels, reporting in the hedge fu...
New Seeds, Old Pesticides
JIM GOODMAN
I doubt very many people have ever heard or seen a “tank mix.” Simply put, it is a mix of several crop chemicals used together to control a variety of weeds. I have not looked into a swirling mix of chemicals in a crop spray rig for probably 20 years–that’s about ...
The Islamic State and the Jewish State
AHMAD MOUSSA
The two most significant turmoil’s in the Middle East today are Israel’s continued occupation, oppression and colonization of the Palestinian people reflected most recently in Operation Protective Edge as well as the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the L...
Nazi Germany and the Swedes
LOUIS PROYECT
In the course of researching my CounterPunch article on TV adaptations of Swedish Marxist detective novels, I became familiar with the looming presence of Nazi sympa...
Ebola: Everything You Need To Know Right Now
CHRIS MARTENSON
The current Ebola outbreak, unlike others throughout history, is lasting a very long time; with cases now being reported on a variety of continents well outside of its equatorial African origin. I’m not especially worried about Ebola striking me or my loved o...
The Rule for Respectable Commentary
JOHN V. WALSH
There is a simple rule that is followed scrupulously by U.S. commentators of every stripe on world affairs and war – with a very few notable exceptions, Paul Craig Roberts and Pepe Escobar among them. This rule allows strong criticism of the U.S.  But...
The Demise of Senate Democrats
RENEE PARSONS
If any of the mainstream media are to be believed, you would think that the future of the country, the very foundation of our Republic and what’s left of its democracy hung by a thread on the results of the upcoming 2014 Congressional election, especially Republican con...
Love, Jihad and Political Lust
FARZANA VERSEY
Mumbai. Chanting hymns and spraying holy Ganga water, a group of religious leaders and students from the rightwing conducted the purification ritual of a 26-year-old woman inside a police station in Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh. Her ...