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Archives from April 2014
Obama Plays With Fire in Ukraine
SHELDON RICHMAN
“The U.S. is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe … to ‘reassure’ allies there as Washington resumes its campaign of pressure on Russia over the Ukraine standoff.” — ...
The Day the Modern Peace Process Died?
MATT ROWLAND HILL
29 April: that was the date, according to John Kerry’s initial timetable, by which an agreement to end the Israel-Palestine conflict would be signed. But it now risks going down in history for another reason: as the day the modern “peace process” died.  The secreta...
Racism in the Bloodstream
JOSHUA ZELESNICK
A couple of months ago, I posted what I thought was a “bite-to-the-bone” precise critique of racism in this country to my Facebook page.  The Atlantic article penned by Ta-Nehisi Coates was called, “On the Killing of Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn.”  Coates...
Could the MH370 Disaster Herald a Pivot in Malaysia’s Foreign Policy?
NILE BOWIE
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China, and while 2014 was meant to serve as a symbolic year of friendship to deepen cooperation between the two countries, the un...
NATO’s Happy Days
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
These are ecstatically happy days for Nato, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a military grouping that is irrelevant in the modern world. As the BBC commented, “Russia’s President Vladimir Putin may have given a new sense of purpose to the world’s olde...
The Marshall Islands Versus the Nuclear Nations
BARBARA ROSE JOHNSTON
April 24, 2014. The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) filed landmark lawsuits against all nine countries that possess nuclear weapons. “Nuclear Zero” Lawsuits were filed in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) a...
Fast Food Britain
BINOY KAMPMARK
Brandon Lewis, high streets minister of the Cameron government, likes fast food.  Or rather, he likes it for others and sees it as his duty to defend the liberty to consume it, form, content and all. For Lewis, it was vital that governments prevent limiting the access of...
Re-Selling the F-35
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Last week the Defense Department released its new Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) on its major weapon programs.  These annual reports are the Pentagon’s effort at definitive cost analysis; they come in two forms: the ...
Defending the Defensible
VACY VLAZNA
“The Boycott is a Moral Substitute for War” — Bertha V Corrupts Oh dear, poor Israel. Poor Israel – the world’s 4th largest nuclear military power. Poor Israel – the serial war crimes, crimes against humanity,...
Save Net Neutrality
DAVID ROSEN
News reports are circulating that the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) plans to introduce new rules to end net neutrality.   According to the New York Times, “the principle that all Internet content should be treated equally as it flows through cables and...
Erdogan’s Apology
CESAR CHELALA
On April 23, Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan offered his condolences to the descendants of the Armenians who were killed by Ottoman troops during WWI in which many consider as the first genocide of the 20th century. Although it is an historic apology, Erdogan’s...
How Europe’s Budget Straightjacket was Born
TOM GILL
Guy Abeille is known as “Monsieur 3%” . He’s the inventor of a concept signed up to and repeated ad nauseam by all French governments of both right and left for three decades, and all EU countries from 1992 under the Maastricht Treaty: “The public deficit must no...
The Semantic War in the Middle East
URI AVNERY
Imagine a war breaking out between Israel and Jordan. Within two or three days the Israeli army occupies the entire territory of the Hashemite Kingdom. What will be the first act of the occupation authority? Establish a settlement in Petra? Expropriate land near Aq...
The Language of Land Grabbing
ALEXANDER REID ROSS
What did we learn from the Bundy standoff? Reactions are mixed, but certainly, the rhetoric of land grabbing has flown fast and loose. According to one journalist, “We learned that the government will do anything to private citizens in order to grab land and priv...
Communist at the Cotton Club
RON JACOBS
There’s a quote from Emma Goldman that reads, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.” I have always assumed this statement to be a rebuke of puritanical party ideologues afraid of anything that might wreak of capitalist depravity or, to put it...
Four Lonely Days in a Brown LA Haze
TOM WRIGHT
Well, I must be dreaming!  I went through airport security without having to take my shoes off.  And for once, they even let me keep my damn belt on. That was probably the first time since that shoe-bomber nut-job tried to take out East Lansing or wherever that I...
Hubert H. Harrison: a Giant of Black History
JEFFREY B. PERRY
Hubert H. Harrison (1883-1927) is one of the truly important figures of twentieth-century history. A brilliant writer, orator, educator, critic, and political activist, he was described by the historian Joel A. Rogers, in World’s Great Men of Color as “the fo...
Affirmative Action on Trial
NORMAN POLLACK
The Supreme Court’s ruling supporting a Michigan constitutional ban on the use of race as a criterion for admission to its public universities, one also found in constitutional amendments of California and other states, confirms the widespread antidemocratic surge gripp...
When Brazilians Were Tortured and Disappeared
MICHAEL UHL
“The Face of Evil,” flashed the eye catching headline in Brazil’s major daily on a morning late this March, and the accompanying photo of Army lieutenant-colonel Paulo Malhaes, retired, could not have portrayed a more convincing ogre had it been photo shopped by cen...
This Is Obscene
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
So, Sigourney Weaver portrays Elaine who is portraying Hillary. Bud, Elaine’s husband, is a former U.S. president and an inveterate philander who Elaine divorces. Bud’s a caricature of Bill Clinton. Well, maybe he isn’t. We don’t have documented evidence of Bill...
Sri Lanka in Eclipse
NILANTHA ILANGAMUWA
When human beings refuse to be malignant, cunning, ulterior, reprehensible, sinister, vicious and felonious we can achieve great things together. We fought for years to find those assumptions on the ground. We articulated ideology to adopt and changed the attitudes that w...
Scathing Report: School Privatization Hurt Poor Kids
RUTH CONNIFF
Gordon Lafer, a political economist and University of Oregon professor who has advised Congress, state legislatures, and the New York City mayor’s office, landed at the airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, late last night bringing with him a briefing paper on school pri...
A Tech Company Going Green?
ROBERT HUNZIKER
If, perchance, you have the opportunity to read the long list of health benefits from eating an apple a day, then for sure you’ll have an apple on your table every morning. It is a remarkable fruit that helps with almost every organ, crack, and crevice throughout the hu...
When Joan Baez Listened
CLANCY SIGAL
“Whither the left?” is a hardy perennial like a garden Peruvian lily.  I suspect that when the first Neanderthal crept out of his cave his first words, in Neanderthalese, were “whither the left?” We’re going hear a lot more of this soul searching in time...
Grace Abounding to the Chiefs of Globalization
STEPHEN MARTIN
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1Timothy 6:10, King James Bible A Jew may rob a Goy, he may ch...
Prefigurative Vegetarianism
JON HOCHSCHARTNER
Sylvia Pankhurst, a socialist, Ethiopian nationalist and a feminist, practiced prefigurative vegetarianism for some time, apparently out of concern for non-human animals. According to John P. Gerber, Pankhurst’s publication ‘Workers’ Dreadnought&#...
Negative P.R. for Lagos
CHARLES R. LARSON
In almost every way Teju Cole’s Every Day Is for the Thief is a prequel to his masterpiec...
The War on Kitsch
DAVID YEARSLEY
This year’s Boston marathon was preceded the week before by the commemoration of the first anniversary of last year’s bombing. The somber, patriotic ceremony began like a church service with the singing of hymn—Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.” The Russian-...
What We’re Listening to This Week
COUNTERPUNCH STAFF
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR The Ministry of Wolves: Music From Republik der Wolfe (Mu...
Running for Freedom in Bethlehem
HEIDI MORRISON
Palestine held its second annual marathon last week in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. There was not one loser in the bunch of roughly 3,000 local and international participants. Personal goals were achieved, categories of prizes awarded, and records broken. The greates...
Moral Crisis at Heart of Obama’s “Peace”
RAMZY BAROUD
To understand how thoughtless the US latest ‘peace process’ drive has been, one only needs to consider some of the characters involved in this political theater. One particular character who stands out as a testament to the inherently futile exercise is Martin Indyk....
Paul Ryan’s Austere Future for America
MARK BLYTH and JEFFREY SOMMERS
Mark Twain once noted, that while “history does not repeat itself, it does rhyme.” Congressman Ryan’s budgetary rhyme is to suggest every year, without fail, that only by cutting government spending will the economy grow. It’s an annual argument for austerity that...
Wall Street Greed
ELLEN BROWN
United States Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that the too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks are ...
Taking the Low Road to War
DAVE LINDORFF
The lies, propaganda and rank hypocrisy emanating from Washington, and echoed by the US corporate media regarding events in Ukraine are stunning and would be laughable, but for the fact that they appear to be aimed at conditioning the US public for increasing confrontatio...
Joe Biden Promotes U.S. as Fracking Missionary Force
STEVE HORN
During his two-day visit this week to Kiev, Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden unfurled President Barack Obama’s “...
What About Starting Stevens and O’Connor Institutes for Justice?
RALPH NADER
What do retired Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States do with their time and reputation? One of them – Justice Paul Stevens, 94, just published another book Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. This new work adds ...
The Revolt Against Hollande
TOM GILL
French President Francois Hollande is facing a revolt with the socialist party ranks over his government’s plan to slash public spending. After his freshly appointed prime minister, Manuel Valls, presented details of a package of 50 billion euros ($69 billion...
What is Russia Doing?
JAMES ROTHENBERG
There is a joke that I should be bored with by now but I’m going to write it once again, for two reasons. One is that humor receives a better reception than pedantry. The second is that I can’t find a simpler way of expressing the idea. Man on the street interv...
Abe’s Assault on Japan’s Constitution
TOM CLIFFORD
Yasukuni apologists will say that this a place where the war dead can be remembered and that Shinzo Abe’s offering of a Masakaki “sacred tree” branch to the shrine on Monday was perfectly within the remit of a Japanese prime minister. You can imagine the outr...
Putin’s Dilemma
MIKE WHITNEY
“The last decade of the twentieth century has witnessed a tectonic shift in world affairs. For the first time ever, a non-Eurasian power has emerged not only as a key arbiter of Eurasian power relations but also as the world’s paramount power.̶...
Blowback From Drone Strikes Over Yemen
PATRICK COCKBURN
An intensive bombing campaign carried out jointly by US drones and Yemeni government forces has left a reported 68 people dead in a three-day-long operation against al-Qa’ida suspects in the south of the country. The “massive and unprecedented” operation – ...
The Cowboy-Indian Alliance
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
Indigenous sovereignty is all about protecting the land, the water, the animals, and all the environment we share.” — Idle No More co-founder Sylvia McAdam It’s not everyday you see cowboys helping to set up a tipi encampme...
All the World’s a Strategy
JOHN K. WHITE
It seems everyone is playing the bad guy these days. From the ever deadlocked, hold-no-prisoners U.S. Congress and its sand-box politics to the ongoing finger-pointing between the super and not-so-super powers over what constitutes New Europe. From how unequal the world h...
The Failure of the Ukraine De-Escalation Agreement
RENEE PARSONS
With no evidence of any strategic thinkers beyond the ideological  neo-con crowd that President Obama has allowed to dominate the State Department beginning with Hillary Clinton as Secretary, the US government can take total credit for the on-going turbulence in Ukraine ...
Looking Back on Easter 2014
WINSLOW MYERS
When Jonathan Schell, the most cogent moral philosopher of the nuclear age, died of cancer last month, it left a rift in the moral fabric of our small planet, a hole similar in size to those left by the three Alberts—Camus, Einstein and Bigelow. Never heard of Bert Bige...
Unstoppable Obama
NORMAN POLLACK
Imperialism ad nauseam: If the new name of the game is liberal humanitarianism, the obfuscation is intentional, here, the militarization of advanced-capitalist expansion in pursuit of traditional objectives, from financial-commercial penetration to industrial outsourcing,...
Bellocchio Versus the Barbarians
LOUIS PROYECT
From April sixteenth to May seventh, the Museum of Modern Art is presenting a retrospective of the work of Italian director M...
Earth Day Greenwash
STEVE HORN
The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the cen...
A White Doctor in Africa
CESAR CHELALA
The perennial debate in the U.S. over health care costs vs. quality of care, and the increasing commercialism of many of my medical colleagues remind me of a meeting I had during one of my missions in Africa. I was visiting Río Muni, the continental half of Equato...