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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 February 2014
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...