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Archives from April 2014
What is a Uighur Refugee?
PETER LEE
To understand the context of this tweet from Human Rights Watch’s Ken Roth: ‘Kenneth Roth ‏...
Keeping Our Side of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Bargain
CounterPunch Newswire
April 16, 2014 Dear President Obama, During the closing session of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on March 25, 2014, you cited a number of concrete measures to secure highly-enriched uranium and plutonium and strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation...
Why Higher Education Should Rid Itself of College Athletics
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
The late March ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that NCAA players are legally allowed to form student athletic unions sent shockwaves through the college sports community.  The ruling was celebrated by many liberals and progressives who want to see college at...
Ukraine: From Crisis to Catastrophe
PATRICK COCKURN
‘In the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of champagne,” said Paul Claudel, the French poet, dramatist and ambassador to the United States in the early 1930s. He was downplaying hopes of avertin...
John Kerry’s Self-Deception
BINOY KAMPMARK
Ukraine has become a cauldron of dissimulation and provocation. Pro-Russian and pro-coup agitators are engaging in an open brawl, nudged by respective supporters and factions from East to West. The recent annexation of Crimea has put the authorities in Kiev on guard – w...
Putin, Petrodollars and Canada’s Useful Idiot
MURRAY DOBBIN
Stephen Harper’s embarrassing behaviour regarding the crisis in Ukraine — demonizing Vladimir Putin and upping the rhetoric — must be welcomed in the U.S. which created the crisis in the first place and apparently believes it still has something to gain ...
The Campaign to End Ben & Jerry’s Business with Israeli Settlements
MARK HAGE
In March 13, 2013, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (VTJP) launched a campaign calling on Ben & Jerry’...
NJ Gov Christie Castigated for Roadblocks on Cannabis
LINN WASHINGTON JR.
The spirited protest outside the front door of the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, where nearly 150 demonstrators bashed NJ Governor Chris Christie for scandalous obstruction of the state’s medical marijuana law, featured the presence and participation of the youn...
Stop Capitulating, Start Converging
SCOTT McLARTY
In early April, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim issued a dire warning about the consequences of global climate change and increasing economic inequality. The combination of the two, ...
Speaking for the Dispossessed
CONN HALLINAN
“One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return. One must negotiate this passage as nobly as possible, for the sake of those who are coming after us.” — James Bald...
Zealots on the Range
JOHN F. BOROWSKI
An email from an ex-student (this past Thursday) alerted me that a certain “computer person” named “Alex Hart” had posted my home address on the “Bundy Ranch”Facebook page. Previously, I had posted articles about the current Bundy situation, suggesting that in...
Alaska Gas Scandal is Out-of-Country, Not Out-of-State
STEVE HORN
A legal controversy — critics would say scandal — has erupted in Alaska’s statehouse over the future of its natural g...
Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Climate Change Version
ROBERT HUNZIKER
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted into the atmosphere and absorbed by the ocean may be invisible to the naked eye, but it is extraordinarily visible in its effect, as will be chronicled herein, and it shows up in the weirdest places. Burning oil, gas, and coal spews ton...
Obama’s Drug Clemency Plan
ANTHONY PAPA
On Monday, a White House official told the press t...
Obama Endorses a Forgery
DIANA JOHNSTONE
On Friday, April 18, President Obama voiced his righteous indignation over anti-Semitic fliers pasted on synagogue walls in the pro-Russian eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.  The fliers, calling on all Jews to register or face expulsion, had appeared the day before and ...
Economic Imperialism and the One Word You Can’t Say
JASON HIRTHLER
One reason the United States and the West aren’t particularly interested in defending their neoliberal policies is because by the time their effects are felt in a particular location, the world and its five-minute attention span has already moved on. Once the glamour of...
Christianity, Guilty as Charged!
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Motto: verse from Colossians 3:22: “Slaves, obey your masters.” It is Easter and I am mourning for all those hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, who were forced to ‘die for Jesus’… They vanished so the Christian dogma of some crucified man fr...
Robocop NATO Dreams of War
PEPE ESCOBAR
The US State Department, via spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki, said that reports of CIA Director John Brennan telling regime changers in Kiev to “conduct tactical operations” – or an “anti-terrorist” offensive – in eastern Ukraine are &#...
Iraq’s New Wave of Suicide Bombers
PATRICK COCKBURN
A wave of suicide bombings carried out by foreign volunteers entering Iraq from Syria is killing some 1,000 civilians a month, bringing the country back to the brink of civil war. Many of the bombers are likely to have entered Syria across the 500-mile border with Turkey ...
The Myth of the Pro-Labor Democrat
ANN ROBERTSON and BILL LEUMER
As the standard of living of working people continues its four-decades-long steady decline, the number of people who classify themselves as “middle class” has correspondingly dropped, including by almost 10 percent in the past six years alone. Under the circumstances ...
Titillations of Nuclear War
NORMAN POLLACK
For America, the prospect of the structural-ideological constancy of war preparation and occasional conflagration is a delight, conviction, compulsion. For how else demonstrate hegemony? How else, by arrogating to itself guardianship—and chief beneficiary—of the world...
Conversation with a Police Chief
DAVE LINDORFF
There was a time when, growing up in a suburban area around Mansfield, a university town in northeastern Connecticut, I could go days without seeing a police car. These days, though, when I go back there to visit my old hometown, I see them everywhere. Where once there wa...
Behind the Egyptian Junta’s Iron Curtain
MEDEA BENJAMIN and KATE CHANDLEY
After a recent CODEPINK delegation to Egypt ended up in deportations and assault, we have become acutely aware...
The Signing of the Palestinian Spring
VACY VLAZNA
At the low point of the farcical ‘peace’ process stalemate, President Mahmoud Abbas signed, on Tuesday 1st April 2014, letters of accession to 15 multilateral treaties and conventions, (a right gained following Palestine’s upgrade to Observer State status by the UN ...
Tony Abbott, the NDH and Australia’s Fascist Affair
BINOY KAMPMARK
There he goes again. While the Australian prime minister fantasises of a network of free trade alliances that do far more for bigger powers than they do for Australia, Tony Abbott has been lax with the historical record. This latest play with history may be idiosyncratic,...
Garcia Marquez is Gone, But Not the World He Described
CHRIS GILBERT
Caracas. One of the greatest Latin American authors, Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, died last Thursday. As with any writer whose work becomes a mass culture phenomenon, his...
The Return of Stefan Zweig
LOUIS PROYECT
When a publicist from IFC invited me to a press screening of Patrice Leconte’s “A Promise” (the film opens Friday in NY), I could not resist. Leconte was one of my favorite directors and I considered his “Ridicule” a masterpiece. Since IFC described “A Promise...
A Cure for Climate Change
ELLIOT SPERBER
As Easter Sunday melds into Easter Monday, and as technophiles and other overly zealous techno-fetishists prattle on about their market-based (that is, their faith-based) and tech-based fixes for climate change, a foolproof, low-tech and (dare I say) “shovel ready&#...
The Ukraine Imbroglio and the Decline of the American Empire
ARNO J. MAYER
When discussing the Ukraine-Crimea “crisis” it might be hygienic for Americans, including their political class, think-tank pundits, and talking heads, to recall two striking moments in “the dawn’s early light” of the U. S. Empire: in 1903, in the wake of the Sp...
The Strangelove Effect
JOHN PILGER
I watched Dr. Strangelove the other day. I have seen it perhaps a dozen times; it makes sense of senseless news. When Major T.J. “King” Kong goes “toe to toe with the Rooskies” and flies his rogue B52 nuclear bomber to a target in Russia, it...
White-Washing White Terrorism
AJAMU BARAKA
Overland Park, a city of fewer than 200,000 in the heartland of the U.S. just south of Kansas City, is an unlikely setting for a terrorist attack. But on April 13, Frazier Glenn Cross, aka Frazier Glenn Miller, brought terror to Overland Park. With the intention to “kil...
An Inadequate Defense Budget?
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Many Republicans and numerous Democrats, especially on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, have been characterizing the US defense budget as inadequate.  They propose to release the Pentagon from the statutory spending caps set by the Budget Control Act of 20...
G-20 and US Tell Japan to End QE
MIKE WHITNEY
It looks like QE is going to end with a whimper instead of a bang. The bigwigs in the G-20 have put the kibosh on Japan’s money printing extravaganza. While most analysts expect the Bank of Japan (BoJ) to announce more “easing” in the days ahead t...
Ground Troops to Ukraine, Really Mr. Ambassador?
Col. DOUGLAS MACGREGOR
In a 15 April OPED published in the Washington Post, former Ambassador and Bush Deputy National Security Advisor, James Jeffrey, now a fellow at the Washington Institute argues for the commitment of American ground forces to “quell the crisis” in Ukraine.  In ...
In the Oil Fields of Ecuador
RICHARD WARD
I travel from Quito to Lago Agrio, just south of the Colombian border, to see for myself the destruction the oil industry has wrought in this part of Ecuador.  On the way the bus rolls through a soggy, green landscape, at one point on a road that snakes alongside the Rio...
Whatever Happened to Minding Our Own Business?
RENEE PARSONS
It had been some time since I tuned into a Senate hearing on CSpan – this one was the Senate Foreig...
Boston and Baghdad
RALPH NADER
Greater Boston and its citizens are the focus of media attention in recognition of the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that took three innocent lives and injured over 264 people, some of them severely. City leaders praised the heroism of the first respon...
The Bangkok Protests
ANDRE VLTCHEK
They really should have a dedicated flight connecting some of the cities consumed by the ‘protests’ orchestrated in Washington, London and Paris. A flight schedule that would connect Bangkok – Beijing – Moscow – Kiev – Caracas and Havana, maybe with...
Money and Income Inequality
ROB URIE
Part of the challenge of addressing political economy is the different realms that economic and philosophical discourse exist in. Western (capitalist) economics can be informed by history but it can’t accommodate it. This can be seen in response to French economist Thom...
Are Western Policies Evil or Desperate?
ANTHONY F. SHAKER
The United States, France and England—today’s bald-faced fiction of an “international community”—believe they can use their twin battle horses, “human rights” and “democracy,” indefinitely in their effort to destabilize international relation...
America’s “Exceptional” Reality
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Mainstream media are intensively focused on last year’s Boston Marathon victims in their run-up stories to this year’s April 21st Marathon.  It is enough to divert people’s attention from what our government does to countless more human beings in our name—which w...
Prostrating for Peace at the Palace
EAMONN McCANN
 “Oh Irish men forget the past And think of the day that’s coming fast When we will all be civilisedNeat and clean and well-advised Won’t Mother England be surprised Whack fol the diddle all the di do day.”...
What Makes America Exceptional?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
World events permitting, I am going to take a few days off. Many of you write to me asking for financial advice or for explanations of the pros and cons of different investments. I don’t give financial advice and cannot answer such a large number of individual ...
“Part of the Way With LBJ”
ANDREW LEVINE
“All the Way With LBJ” was a slogan in Lyndon Baines Johnson’s campaign for the presidency in 1964.  “Part Of The Way With LBJ” was a Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) slogan. After Johnson won the election, he intensified the war in Vietnam. ...
An Urban Life
KATHY DEACON
In the open doorway of a high-ceilinged room, she stands a few feet from an unsmiling thirtyish man—Is he in the advertising department as well?  Penciled on the back of the photograph is the date 1966. When Mona Lourie first arrived at the Village Voice,...
Havoc in the Kingdom
NICOLA NASSER
Survival is the key word to understand the Saudi dynasty’s latest external and internal policies. These are designed to pre-empt change but paradoxically they are creating more enemies in a changing world order marked by turbulent regional geopolitics and growing intern...
US Nuclear Weapons Proliferation
JOHN LaFORGE
The corporate media is focused on the question of how or if Iran could ever break out of its promise under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to eschew nuclear weapons and use reactors only for civilian purposes. So many headlines refer to sanctions imposed against Iran ...
Deans of Medical Schools on Drug Company Boards?
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Walid Gellad, MD, MPH is both assistant professor of medicine and assistant professor of health policy at the University of Pittsburgh and a physician in the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pittsburgh Healthcare System. He is coauthor of a recent research letter in...
Crime and Punishment in Italy
TOM GILL
What’s the punishment for a 300 million euro tax fraud? If you are in Italy and your name is Silvio Berlusconi it is about a week hanging out with people your age. A court in Milan ruled earlier this week that as his sentence the 77-year-old billionaire medi...
The Oslo Criminals
URI AVNERY
The death of Ron Pundak, one of the original Israeli architects of the 1993 Oslo agreement, brought that historic event back into the public eye. Gideon Levy reminded us that the Rightist rabble-rousers, in their furious onslaught on the agreement, called the initi...