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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
A Warning to Ferguson Police
BILL QUIGLEY
Police officers should approach Ferguson protestors with caution and fully respect their constitutional rights. That is the clear message from recent court awards and settlements against police force abuses against demonstrators. New York City just paid out $17.9 m...
Crony Capitalism Out of Control
RALPH NADER
Two recent news items about the voracious drug industry should call for a supine Congress to arouse itself and initiate investigations about the pay-or-die drug prices that are far too common. The first item—a page one story in the New York Times—was a...
The Swiss Gold Referendum
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In a few days the Swiss people will go to the polls to decide whether the Swiss central bank is to be required to hold 20% of its reserves in the form of gold.  Polls show that the gold requirement is favored by the less well off and opposed by wealthy Swiss invested in ...
Outsourcing Customs Tax Collection in Haiti and Beyond
DADY CHERY
Haitian President Michel Martelly, along with dozens of cabinet ministers and members of the private business sector, went on a European tour from October 27 to November 2, 2014, to promote the notion that Haiti is “open for business” with Europe. We are beginning to ...
Israel’s Worst Fear
MATT PEPPE
The recent murder of four Jewish worshipers in a Jerusalem synagogue has drawn intense media coverage, with the situation being described as “...
The Virus of Prejudice
BINOY KAMPMARK
Paranoia is the first symptom of a plague. Nicholas Powers, The Indypendent, Oct 28, 2014 The Ebola virus has assumed every single form of terror imaginable. It has resulted in the closure of borders. It has seen people targeted by me...
Beauty and Police
PETER LINEBAUGH
Aura Rosser, a forty-something Black mother of three, was shot to death by police here in Ann Arbor, on November 9, 2014. What kind of human being was she? At the moment the answer depends on what the police suggest (drug addict) and what her sister is reported to ...
From Jerusalem, Yet Another Great Leap Backwards
ANDREW LEVINE
Before World War I shattered the illusion, it was widely assumed in the West that wars between European powers — and in the Americas and perhaps also in eastern Asia – were on their way to becoming relics of a less civilized past. Over the centuries, Cathol...
The First Un-War
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Picture the circumstances. You’re evaporating politically, less and less remains of you every week. The nation itself is quivering with anxiety, freaking out over each new virus or decapitation posted on Instagram. The economy, six years after the crash, continues to be...
The Crisis Over California’s Water
JOSHUA FRANK
The following article appeared last August in the CounterPunch print edition, Volume 21, Number 7. “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting o...
The Climate Crisis is Capitalism
ROB URIE
Much Western discourse around environmental crisis reiterates the self-serving frame that ‘the world,’ rich and poor, global North and South, capitalist and communist, produced global warming. The assertion is posed as pragmatic, as avoiding the Cold War oppositions t...
Why Mainstream Economists’ Theory of Finance is Useless
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Following in the footsteps of the financial big wigs at the head of the Federal Reserve Bank (Alan Greenspan, followed by Ben Bernanke), most mainstream neoclassical economists optimistically projected that the 2002-07 financial expansion would continue indefinitely. Not ...
Is Israel Losing the Battle to Wage War on Iran?
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
The world’s attention is focused once again on the negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, commonly referred to as P5+1. Many are speculating about whether these negotiations will bear fruit by November 24, 2014, ...
The Punishment of Cuba
WILLIAM BLUM
For years American political leaders and media were fond of labeling Cuba an “international pariah”. We haven’t heard that for a very long time. Perhaps one reason is the annual vote in the United Nations General Assembly on the resolution which reads: “Necessity ...
Vox Populi
MIKE WHITNEY
Anyone who follows the news regularly, knows that the media has done everything in its power to smear Vladimir Putin and to demonize him as a tyrant and a thug. Fortunately, most people aren’t buying it. Yes, I’ve seen the polls that say that Putin and ...
Washington Plays Russian Roulette
PEPE ESCOBAR
These are bleak times. I’ve been in serious conversation with some deep sources and interlocutors – those who know but don’t need to show off, privileging discretion. They are all deeply worried. This is what one of them, a New York strategic planner, s...
“Security” In the West’s Client States
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Perhaps you thought that the security at the Atlanta or Newark, or Dallas airports is bad, obnoxious, the worst in the world… Think twice… Of course it all began there, in the United States, from the first glory days of that hypocritical and deranged “War On...
Silicon Valley Sells the Illusion of Security
BILL BLUNDEN
This week the USA Freedom Act was blocked in the Senate as it failed to garner the 60 votes required to move forward. ...
What Really Happened to the Wobblies
STAUGHTON LYND
The Wobblies are back.  Many young radicals find the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) the most congenial available platform on which to stand in trying to change the world. This effort has been handicapped b...
Jerusalem: the Unholy City
URI AVNERY
In its long and checkered history, Jerusalem has been occupied by dozens of conquerors. Babylonians and Persians, Greeks and Romans, Mamluks and Turks, Britons and Jordanians – to mention just a few. The latest occupier is Israel, which conquered and annex...
Down, Out and Evicted in San Francisco
BEN TERRALL
James Tracy is a well-respected San Francisco social justice organizer who has been defending the housing rights of poor and working class people since the 1990s. A poet who also wrote the very useful The Civil Disobedience Handb...
A History of Political Terror
DAVID ROSEN
Peter — Abdul-Rahman — Kassig, a 26-year-old American aid worker and former Army Ranger, is the latest hostage to be beheaded by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, aka Islamic State).  Raised a Methodist, he converted to Islam during captivity.  His...
My Town Fought Wal-Mart – and Wal-Mart Won
CHRISTOPHER ORLET
Four years ago, the developer of a proposed Wal-Mart supercenter in Florissant, Mo. (pop. 52,000) appeared before city leaders. For decades Wal-Mart had wanted to open a supercenter in my hometown and on this particular Monday evening a representative from THF Realty –...
Secrets of the UK Nuclear Bomb Tests Revealed
CHRIS BUSBY
Secret documents released to me as a result of an order by the Judge in the nuclear test veteran pension appeals (the late HH Hugh Stubbs) reveal valuable evidence about uranium in fallout. The documents show that fallout from atmospheric nuclear testing contains e...
Law and Order Without Racism?
GEOFFREY McDONALD
The public debate raised by events in Ferguson Missouri asks: is America still a racist country? Obama weighs in with the question: is the justice system meeting its own standards? Everyone is invited to form an opinion on whether or not a police killing contradi...