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Archives from February 2014
Obama’s Dumbest Plan Yet
MIKE WHITNEY
“Washington and Brussels … used a Nazi coup, carried out by insurgents, terrorists and politicians of Euromaidan to serve the geopolitical interests of the West.” — Natalia Vitrenko, ...
How International Financial Elites Change Governments to Implement Austerity
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Many countries around the world are plagued by all kinds of armed rebellions, economic sanctions, civil wars, “democratic” coup d’états and/or wars of “regime change.” These include Ukraine, Venezuela, Syria, Thailand, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Som...
On Academic Labor
NOAM CHOMSKY
The following is an edited transcript of remarks given by Noam Chomsky via Skype on 4 February 2014 to a gathering of members and allies of the ...
The National Endowment for Democracy in Venezuela
KIM SCIPES
As protests have been taking place in Venezuela the last couple of weeks, it is always good to check on the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the US Empire’s “stealth” destabilizer.  What has the NED been up to in Venezuela? Before going into details, ...
Google Money
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
If you google “money,” the search engine called Google, from which that verbification is derived, will tell you that there are 1.12 billion results (as of February 27, 2014). That sounds like a lot of anything, but consider this fact: Google Inc. makes $1.12 billion i...
Defender of the Rockies
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Five years ago, I was sitting at a campfire in the foothills of the Bridger Mountains of western Montana, with a few close friends, sipping whiskey while watching a dazzling sunset dissolve behind the ragged peak of Haystack Mountain on the distant horizon. It was my 50th...
After Al Qaeda
ANDREW LEVINE
The Bush-Obama perpetual war regime has gotten nearly all it can out of Al-Qaeda. But Obama is taking his time moving on.   He and his advisors haven’t yet quite settled on a suitable replacement. Therefore they continue to stir the pot throughout the Mu...
Dr. Strangelove Over Ukraine
JEFFREY SOMMERS
Events in Ukraine are providing plenty of theater, but little economic change. Since the USSR’s collapse the ‘set’ has been changed many times over several acts of our long-running Ukrainian ‘play.’ Rotating oligarchs shift in and out looting the ‘set,’ but ...
Rejectionist in Vienna
JASON HIRTHLER
This weekend we got word that, in the ever-fragile negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 cohort of Western allies, the latest round of which occurred in Vienna last week, the Obama administration has ...
The Latest Call for Humanitarian War in Syria
AJAMU BARAKA
With the predictable failure of the Syrian peace conference, the call for the Obama administration to wage a humanitarian war to save civilians in Syria is once again being championed by some elements of the mainstream media in the U.S. This shouldn’t be a surprise to a...
Ukrainian Democracy: A Barrier to Washington’s Goals
NICK ALEXANDROV
When Ukraine is the topic, the major U.S. media outlets agree: “Europe and the United States have made a priority of fostering democracy in the former Soviet republics,” David M. Herszenhorn wrote in the New York Times.  The Washington Post asserted tha...
Chuck Hagel’s A-10 Legacy
WINSLOW T. WHEELER and PIERRE M. SPREY
When he spoke about next year’s defense budget on February...
Problems in Ukraine? Blame Russia!
PETER LEE
Orwell would be pleased that the pro-European opposition in the Ukraine stuck it to Putin and the ex-Bolshies. Maybe he would have been less pleased with the linguistic legerdemain that is emerging the as the mainstay of the new Ukrainian regime. The current...
Japan’s March Towards Militarism
SAUL TAKAHASHI
Events in Japan have been worrying to many outside observers, in particular since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese Prime Minister in seven years to visit the now internationally infamous Yasukuni shrine late last December. The visit  was followed with...
How to Get Away With Spying on Muslims
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
One of the first questions law students are taught to ask is: what does the case stand for?  The case of Hassan v. City of New York stands for the proposition that what you don’t know can’t hurt you.  Therefore, we learn, you cannot collect damages from a bad...
Venezuela’s Future
CHRIS GILBERT
 Caracas. In one of his last important public discourses, popularly known as the Golpe de Timón speech...
Their Mothers, Their Fathers
URI AVNERY
It is the summer of 1941. Five youngsters – three young men and two young women – meet in a bar and spend a happy evening, flirting with each other, getting drunk, dancing forbidden foreign dances. They have grown up together in the same neighborhood of Berlin. ...
Capitalism 2.0
JOHN K. WHITE
Few would argue that our economic system is in need of an overhaul, what with income and wealth inequality beyond levels thought possible in an enlightened world, national debts and mortgage defaults at bursting points, corporate lobbyists and tax evasion realigning the n...
Remembering the Panjwai Massacre
Z. FAREEN PARVEZ
 “Even if all forms of complicity are not equivalent, they are irreducible. The question of knowing which is the least grave of these forms of complicity is always there… but it will never dissolve the irreducibility of this fact.” - Jacques D...
The Oscar Showdown
KIM NICOLINI
It’s that time of year again. This Sunday evening they will roll out the red carpet, thousand dollar gowns, parade of stars, bad musical numbers and tasteless jokes in the 2014 Academy Awards during which little gold statuettes will be passed out to members of the film ...
Killing Trotsky
LOUIS PROYECT
Although the movement he created is on its last legs, Leon Trotsky is still a compelling figure for the artist based on the evidence of three novels focused on his sojourn in Coyoacan that have appeared in the last several years. Barbara Kingsolver’s “...
Ethiopian Persecution, Threats and Kidnapping
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Hidden and isolated from the world the armed conflict raging in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia goes unnoticed. The killing and raping of innocent civilians at the hands of the military and their paramilitary partners in crime the Liyu police, the false arrests, torture and...
Prelude to World War?
JOHN STANTON
On 24 February 2014 US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel held a press conference to announce some of the details of Pentagon’s 2015 budget.  Beyond the news of cuts in warfighting machinery and personnel–and the pox of “irresponsible” sequestration on the fede...
The Michelangelo of Flamenco
TAO RUSPOLI
“Paco is the greatest flamenco guitar player of all time, and he killed flamenco,” another great Paco said to me in 1998, when I was living in Seville studying the flamenco guitar. Paco Valdepeñas was a toothless 78 year-old-man, great flamenco dancer, and ...
Down on Motor Vehicle Safety
RALPH NADER
Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), the longest serving member of Congress in history (59 years), did much good and much bad. Reports of his retirement stressed his work in championing Medicare, civil rights legislation, and several environmental laws. Less noticed was his v...
Justice for Palestine
RON JACOBS
On February 6, 2014, The Washington Free Beacon reported that a bill was int...
State Banks Would Mean Jobs, Credit and Investment
PETE DOLACK
One of the many problems with the current banking system is that your tax money helps fuel speculation. Unless there is a public bank that your local government can place deposits into, revenues are the playthings of big banks. Some of that money will go toward inv...
Keynes in Handcuffs
NORMAN POLLACK
I am not an expert on Keynes, nor even—thank God—an economist (!), but the malarkey tossed around about how the Obama stimulus prevented another Great Depression and is responsible for the present prosperity we now allegedly enjoy (if only those churlish Republicans w...
Observing Democracy in El Salvador
BUD ALCOCK
Panchimalco, El Salvador — Thirty years ago, on a miserably hot and humid July day in 1983, I went to Washington DC with my wife and two-year-old son in his stroller. We were there with tens of thousands to protest US involvement in civil wars in Nicaragua...
The Strategy of Global Corporate Imperialism
GILBERT MERCIER
Empires as National and Cultural Megalomaniac Dreams Once upon a time, national entities and cultures aspired to build empires. The impulse was the erroneous assumption of being a superior civilization. It was about exporting an extensive set of as...
Support the Venezuelan Protesters?
ALAN MACLEOD
In recent days, angry anti-government protests have erupted in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. If we are to believe some influential Venezuelan bloggers, the government is sending ...
Raining on the Red Carpet
CLANCY SIGAL
“Big ‘stupido’…running up to get an Oscar dying with excitement only to crawl back dying with shame (because a different director wins).  Those crummy Academy voters; to hell with their lousy awards.   If ever they did vote me one, I would never, nev...
The U.S. Government’s Selective Outrage Over Human Rights
JUSTIN DOOLITTE
Wrapping up a two-day trip to Saudi Arabia recently, a high-ranking State Department official sharply criticized the ruling family’s egregious and intensifying human rights abuses. “Lack of progress in Saudi Arabia has led to a great ...
Organizers Worth Their Salt
JANE SLAUGHTER
Bosses hate a salt—a pro-union worker who’s taken a job with the intent to organize. A few unions are recruiting salts these days, usually young people who apply for low-wage jobs in retail, hospitality, or logistics. But unions are reluctant to talk about salt...
Spaths Are Everywhere
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
They refer to themselves as “spaths”. “Empaths” are those of us with empathy. Just a little something I learned while navigating the web for information about sociopaths. Seems they’re everywhere—significant others, neighbors, the men and women elected to repr...
Looking Back on the Overthrow of Jean-Bertrand Aristide
YVES ENGLER
This is the third in a series leading up to the 10th anniversary of the February 29 2004 overthrow of Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s government in Haiti. Read Part One ...
Fracking and the Moral Arc of the Universe
MARK LICHTY
In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “The moral arc of the universe bends towards justice.” To the hundreds of families on the list of those harmed in Pennsylvania fracking country, these words do not ring true. With a legislative and executive branch virtua...
Kenya’s Brutal, Secret History
CHARLES R. LARSON
When asked what inspired her to write Dust, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor responded, “Kenya: quest...
Bach in the Late Afternoon
DAVID YEARSLEY
To go to an afternoon concert is to step into the past, and not only when the music to be heard happens to have been composed long ago. By its very placement after that increasingly rare caesura in the work or school day once known as a lunch break and before the promised...
What We’re Listening to This Week
COUNTERPUNCH STAFF
Jeffrey St. Clair John Coltrane Quartet: The Complete Sun Ship Sessions...
Is China the Next Real Estate Bubble?
CESAR CHELALA
Real estate in China has experienced a remarkable expansion in recent years. This development, however, has not gone parallel with the demand for real estate. If the situation reaches a crisis point, the consequences will be serious for the Chinese economy and for the wor...
The Indie Pop of Jeremy Messersmith
KATHLEEN WALLACE
This winter has had its share of exquisite album releases from talented young artists. “Heart Murmurs...
Future Of Bitcoin “In Doubt?”
THOMAS L. KNAPP
Sane news coverage of Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox‘s collapse would look something like this: “Wow! The Internet’s largest Bitcoin exchange just vanished into thin air … and instead of collapsing, Bitcoin is still trading at about $500! What a robust, resilient ...
The Greatest Propaganda Coup of Our Time?
MIKE WHITNEY
There’s good propaganda and bad propaganda. Bad propaganda is generally crude, amateurish Judy Miller “mobile weapons lab-type” nonsense that figures that people are so stupid they’ll believe anything that appears in “the paper of record....
Teaching Workers
MICHAEL D. YATES
Karl Marx’s famous dictum sums up my teaching philosophy: “The philosophers of the world have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.” As I came to see it, Marx had uncovered the inner workings of our society, showing both how it funct...
Whither Ukraine?
MARILYN VOGT-DOWNEY
It’s not just that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was a coward for fleeing in the dead of night from angry and rebellious Ukrainian nationalists in Western Ukraine to what (he hoped) would be a friendlier population in the Russian-speaking Eastern Ukraine. Of cou...
Interpreting the Climate Impasse
SUBHANKAR BANERJEE
The two countries I know best are India and the US. I spent the first 22 years of my life in the former, and the following 24 in the latter, where I continue to live. Recently I returned home, after spending three months in India. The combination of what I saw there in pl...
The Evolving Global Economic Crisis
JACK RASMUS
Much like a perfect storm at sea is the consequence of three converging bad weather fronts, three significant global economic trends have begun to intensify and converge in recent months: (1) a slowing of the China economy and a parallel growing financial instability in i...