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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the CIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from July 2014
It’s Raining Bombs and Shells
Dr. MONA EL-FARRA
I’m still alive.  I don’t know what this means, but I can say that most of the time I can still walk and do some work with people who need help.  It all depends on my luck.  And here, for people living in Gaza, luck means how close to you the bombs fall from Israel...
The Past’s Dead Hand
CONN HALLINAN
A major cause of current tensions in the East and South China seas are two documents that most Americans have either forgotten about or don’t know exist. But both are fueling a potential confrontation among the world’s three most powerful economies that is far more un...
Why I Criticize Israel
ERIC DRAITSER
A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a podcast and transcript from prominent author, neuroscientist, and atheist Sam Harris entitled ...
Why Hamas’s Fight is Legitimate
WILLIAM JAMES MARTIN
It is important to understand the genesis of the present round of violence between Israel and Hamas, really between Israel and the people of Gaza. Both President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and the American news media have consistently described the conflict as Israel ...
Gaza: Where International Law Has Gone Down in Flames
PHYLLIS BENNIS
As Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip rages on, ceasefires come and go. Most last just long enough for Palestinians to dig out the dead from beneath their collapsed houses, get the injured to overcrowded and under-resourced hospitals, and seek enough food and wate...
Jobless Kabul and the Works of War

KATHY KELLY


Kabul Last week, here in Kabul, the Afghan Peace Volunteers welcomed activist Carmen Trotta, from New York, who has lived in close community with impoverished people in his city for the past 25 years, serving meals, sharing housing, and offering hosp...
Three Women Working Against Cruel and Unusual Punishment
ROBERT WILBUR & MARTHA ROSENBERG
As the nation is horrified by another botched execution, a capital defense lawyer in Texas, legal scholar in New York and the former warden of San Quentin work against capital punishment. There were only three people in the room: Jeanne Woodford, the chaplai...
Gaza and the Global Refugee Crisis
MEL GURTOV
By the time John Kerry left Tel Aviv and a 12-hour ceasefire began on July 26, 2014, the body count in Gaza had reached 856 Palestinians and 40 Israelis dead, as well as several thousand wounded. Now, the ...
Canada’s Pro-Israel Zealots
YVES ENGLER
From a left-wing community once at the forefront of struggles against racism, unconditional support for Israel has turned a significant proportion of Toronto Jews into promoters of hatred against “Arabs” and into allies of right wing, bigoted, homophobic Christian Bib...
Community Self-Defense Against Megaminería
RAUL ZIBECHI
When states act to facilitate the business of multinationals and leave communities unprotected, as with mining, those communities have no choice but to  defend themselves by their own means–through self-defense organizations, mobilization of affected communities, or th...
The Children of Gaza
MIKE ROSEN
Don’t mention the children. Don’t name the dead children. The people must not know the names of the dead children. The names of the children must be hidden. The children must be nameless. The children must leave this w...
Sometimes The Border Crosses You
MICKEY Z
“The cup of forbearance has been exhausted.” – President James K. Polk, 1846 According the Washington Post, Texas Governor Rick Perry “reportedly plans to dispatch the Texas National Guard to the U.S. border with Mexico...
The War Netanyahu Cannot Possibly Win
RAMZY BAROUD
When the bodies of three Israeli settlers – Aftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 – were found on June 30 near Hebron in the southern West Bank, Israel went into a state of mourning and a wave of sympathy flowed in from around the world...
The Media Ignores the CIA in Ukraine
BILL BLUNDEN
A few days back the Economist published an essay which dismissed the idea of fascists in Kiev as an illusory product of Russian propaganda[1]. This is a narrative which the editors at the Economist have put forth on a number of ...
Wishful thinking on Israel / Palestine
JASON HIRTHLER
Author and serial dissident William Blum once wrote that if he were president, he’d be assassinated in about four days into his term. He said that his policies would include ending wars, apologizing to victims, and dismantling military bases in absurd locations. And it ...
Genocide and US Hypocrisy
ROBERT FANTINA
President Barack Obama continues, incredibly, to defend the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. In a news report from July 29, he proclaims that Israeli Prime Murderer Benjamin Netanyahu “’consistently said he would embrace a cease-fire that permits Is...
Intelligence Gathering, Subjects and Citizens
BINOY KAMPMARK
I just want my Constitution back. -Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive, July 29, 2014 Both Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack are familiar names in the world of whistleblowing. They are currently visiting Australia, giving talks ...
How US Immigration Policies Endangered Central American and Cuban Children
W.T. WHITNEY, Jr.
Leaving parents behind, 57,000 children crossed into the United States without papers between October 2013 and June, 2014. They were fleeing deadly violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Numbers have been up for three years.  No arrangements were in place alon...
Escalation of Sanctions a Step Toward War
NORMAN POLLACK
The cylinder turns, which is the fatal bullet? Or, are all the chambers loaded? America, particularly under Obama, has pressed for global counterrevolution on a grand scale, perhaps more than Bush father and son and even Clinton, the quartet together exhibiting a presiden...
Glacial Melt and Its Politics
ROBERT HUNZIKER
America’s single most pressing issue for the foreseeable future is a changing climate, more important than immigration, health care, or the ever-present wars because those can be fixed. The changing climate cannot be fixed once broken it stays broken, and it gets worse ...
Netwar in the Big Apple
JAY TABER
Architects of the Final Solution In the run-up ...
Civilizing War Has Failed
DAVID SWANSON
Probably the biggest news story of 1928 was the war-making nations of the world coming together on August 27th and legally outlawing war.  It’s a story that’s not told in our history books, but it’s not secret CIA history.  There was no CIA.  There ...
How I Became an Arab
DAVID STANSFIELD
It all started with Jasmine from Morocco, fifty-five years ago. And a postcard. Just a nice picture of Casablanca, but on the back she had drawn a curious, but strangely beautiful, pattern of swirling lines and curlicues that danced up and down on my skin. The design was ...
Israel’s Pretexts for War in Gaza
KEVIN CARSON
A story I missed back in April just came to my attention today. It seems Fatah (the secular nationalist guerrilla organization that formed the single largest component of the PLO) and Hamas announced their reconciliation and plans to form a unity government – “a deve...
Portugal’s Top Oligarch Goes Down in Flames
TOM GILL
Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva Salgado is known in Portugal as “Dono disto tudo,” or “Owner of everything.’ The oligarch’s family has been calling the shots in Portugal for over a century. It’s the largest shareholder of the country’s biggest sto...
In Geneva, Another Pro-Palestine Protest
KATE BOND
Most people know Geneva as the hub of the UN. Slick and cosmopolitan, it is Switzerland’s second most populous city, with a population of 200,000 and a patchwork of nationalities. A massive forty per cent of its inhabitants are foreigners. Understandably, given its cent...
The America That Won’t Be
ANDREW SMOLSKI
“The trick of the reformer is to act as if the values espoused are happening in reality, but leave them as only words. Radicals know, values are more than words, they involve action and sticking to principle.” On some random day about a year ago I was listening...
Shifting the Paradigm on Israel
AJAMU BARAKA
“… To be committed to justice we must believe that ethics matter, that it is vital to have a system of shared morality.” – bell hooks “Out of nowhere many soldiers jumped out and ambushed Samir. They shot him first in the leg, yet ...
The Future of the BRICS Development Bank
HORACE G. CAMPBELL
At the end of the Sixth BRICS[1] Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil on July 16, 2014, the leaders of the BRICS countries announced the “Fortaleza Action Plan.” This plan is in the context of the Fortaleza Declaration, [...
Vila Autodromo, Brazil’s Favelas, and the Contest Before the Games
TYRONE SIMPSON
Since Germany’s stunning lopsided victory over their national team last Tuesday, many Brazilians find themselves negotiating the bittersweet taste that likely comes with hosting a sports tournament that they did not win. In having their sense of national pride rudely sn...
The Folly of Hobby Lobby
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Christianity is fundamentally imperialistic.  Its aim is to convert and control people with its assumed biblically revealed one true savior of the world.  The tip of its evangelizing iceberg is seen in the folly of Hobby Lobby. Following its recent Supreme Court ...
In Gaza, Children Are Pawns of War
CESAR CHELALA
In one of its latest attacks, the Israel Defense Forces killed ten people in a Gaza park, nine of them children. As the number of Palestinian dead soars over one thousand, most of them civilians -of which at least a quarter are children- one wonders how this kind of behav...
Explaining Gaza to My Granddaughter
GARY ENGLER
“Grandpa, why are they killing kids in Gaza?” A deep breath to compose my thoughts. “You said most people were good, but I think only bad people could drop bombs on little kids. There was a boy crying on TV. He lost his whole family.” “Most ...
Detroit Water Debt as PETA’s Latest P.R. Platform
LEE HALL
After the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department cut off water service to 17,000 households with overdue bills, and a thousand protesters took to the streets, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) ...
Obama Administration Exporting Climate Change by Exporting Coal
STEVE HORN
Greenpeace USA has released a major new report on an under-discussed part of President Barack Obama&...
The Cultivation of Hate
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
If there were any doubts that Western “leaders” live in a fantasy make-believe world constructed out of their own lies, the G-7 meeting and 70th anniversary celebration  of the Normandy landing dispelled the doubts. The howlers issuing from these occasions are...
Doing the Refugee Cartwheel
BINOY KAMPMARK
A cursory glance at the Australian media landscape yields a few standouts, not in the manner of steely objective analysis, but wholehearted demagoguery. The Australian, Rupert Murdoch’s organ extension down under, shows itself to be the bellicose voice of yesteryear, on...
Lancet: an Open Letter for the People of Gaza
Paola Manduca, Iain Chalmers, Derek Summerfield, Mads Gilbert, and Swee Ang
We are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care and protect health and lives. We are also informed people; we teach the ethics of our professions, together with the knowledge and practice of it. We all have worked in and known the situation of ...
The Law Enforcement Investigation of the Andy Lopez Shooting
JAN B. TUCKER
In None Dare Call It Conspiracy, the late John Birch Society theorist Gary Allen opined that “To think that the scientifically engineered Crash of ’29 was an accident or the result of stupidity defies all logic. The international bankers who promoted the in...
Escaping a Failed State
COSME CAAL
Gate 31 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal in Los Angeles is packed with white American tourists, volunteers and missionaries, waiting in little huddles. And there too are Guatemalans and American/Guatemalan children waiting to depart for Central America. Everyone ...
How Israel Spins War Crimes
PATRICK COCKBURN
Israeli spokesmen have their work cut out explaining how they have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, compared with just three civilians killed in Israel by Hamas rocket and mortar fire. But on television and radio and in newspapers, Isra...
Israel Has Lost
SUNERA THOBANI
Israel may yet win its current battle in Gaza, but only by killing even more of the Palestinians it holds captive there with no means of escape. Israel is, of course, a major military power; indeed it is the most militarized nation in the world....
The Poor Man’s Terrorist Watch List
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
1. Cops (especially narcs). While cops do not, strictly speaking, have a political agenda (most don’t even vote, they just linger around the booths looking mean and tough), they are, nonetheless, habitual liars who, by nature, enjoy violence and intimidat...
Gaza’s Children Trapped in Despair
NORMAN POLLACK
The Gazan death toll has climbed above 1,100, no end in sight. Hamas is demonized for rejecting the cease-fire extension, mention of its one-sided character–Israeli troops remain in place, as are the full parameters of the Occupation, notably, the long-term, dispiri...
Relevance of Hannah Arendt’s “A Report On The Banality Of Evil” To Gaza
HAMMAD SAID
“We want the nations of the world to know…….and they should be ashamed”   Ben Gurion explaining rationale for Eichmann’s trial [i] ...
Gaza in the Light of the Stars
WINSLOW MYERS
There is a solution to the difficult problem of war, but it is evolutionary. That feels bizarre to us humans, uncongenially abstract. No, we cannot grow new brains and hearts. But we can evolve how we think—and feel. We can become more responsive to what realit...
Aviation Responsibility in times of War
BINOY KAMPMARK
It is very similar to driving a car. If the road is open, you assume that it is safe. If it’s closed you find an alternate route. -Tony Tyler, International Air Transport Association, Jul 20, 2014 Political mileage, extension, and m...
On the Causes of Investment Decline in the US Economy
JACK RASMUS
Is the chronically stagnant US economic recovery since 2009 (predicted in my 2010 book, ‘Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression’), the result of insufficient income growth for most households—that is then necessary to stimulate consumption demand that, in turn...
Palestine, War and the Lethal Role of Journalists
COUNTERPUNCH NEWSWIRE
John Pilger first made the film ‘Palestine Is Still The Issue‘ in 1977. It told how almost a ...
Cracks in the Concrete of Capitalism
ANACRISTINA ROSSI
In a Monthly Review article several years ago, “What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism,” John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff put forward a point of view sometimes heard on the Left: that we cannot save the earth from becoming inhospitable t...