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Archives from August 2014
Surplus Military
LAURA FLANDERS
U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police. Great. Now can we have a review of the distribution of military influence throughout US society? What we’ve learned so far is that under a federal...
Progress in Pakistan Depends on Women’s Participation
RIZWAN ZULFIQAR BHUTTA
Women have a vital role in the progress of human society. Yet, women’s contributions to progress aren’t always acknowledged by or even included in history books. In her 1998 book, “You Can’t Kill the Spirit: Women and Nonviolent Action,” writer Pam McAllister sp...
The Latin Americanization of U.S. Police Forces
COSME CAAL
Guatemala City. From Guatemala City I have been keeping up with the events in Ferguson, Missouri and my heart goes out to those United States citizens who are actively resisting a brutal local police state. I sit awake at night and contemplate how one of t...
Nuclear Faultlines
KARL GROSSMAN
As aftershocks of the 6.0 Napa earthquake that occurred Sunday in California continued, the Associated Press this week revealed a secret government report pointing to major earthquake vulnerabilities at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plants which are a little more than 200 mil...
The NSA Search Engine
BINOY KAMPMARK
The Intercept was already getting the intelligence community excited with its revelations that the National Security Agency had decided to mimic inspector Google. Through creating a search engine in the manner of those pro-transparency pioneers, the intelligence community...
Is Ferguson the American Spring?
JOHN HALLE
Some on the left are viewing the Ferguson uprising as the long awaited ...
Sanctions & the Dollar
CONN HALLINAN
The recent round of sanctions aimed at Moscow over the crisis in the Ukraine could backfire on Washington by accelerating a move away from the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. While in the short run American actions against Russia’s oil and gas industry will in...
The Picket of the Zim Piraeus
PETER TURNER
I am one of the “autonomous activists” referred to in the press releases of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center.  I am not affiliated with any of the groups listed as endorsers on the AROC website.  I am an experienced waterfront activist who participate...
Denmark to Go Military in Iraq
JAN OBERG
Lund, Sweden. Unless something totally unforseen happens, Denmark will begin to participate in the war against ISIS and Co., this week. But a week ago it was only a humanitarian mission. There is indeed something rotten in the – rogue ...
Palestinian Children are Children Too
CESAR CHELALA
Talking recently to a friend who lives in Tel Aviv she told me, “We are so shocked by the death of this little four-year-old boy….he was such a beautiful child. The whole country is in shock.”  She was referring to the death of Daniel Tragerman, who was killed in h...
The ISIS Panic
MICHAEL BRENNER
The grotesque beheading of James Foley is stirring passions in Washington policy circles.  From the highest levels of the Obama administration to the media pundits, emotions are flaring over what the United States should/could do.  The act in itself has changed nothing ...
The Killing of Kajieme Powell
DONNA VOLATILE
If you have not seen the unedited video footage showing the cold blooded murder of Kajieme Powell ...
Challenging the Shelter Model of Domestic Violence Services
LAURA FINLEY
Since the first shelter for domestic violence victims was opened in 1973 in St. Paul, Minnesota, countless women and children (and a few men) have benefitted from the chance to flee abusers to a safe location. It is important to recognize the four decades of assistance th...
National March on Ferguson
DON FITZ
You are invited to join us at the National March on Ferguson, on Saturday, August 30, 2014.  The Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition will begin the march at 10 am at “Ground Zero,” the corner of W. Florissant Ave. and Canfield Dr. (63135).  This site of o...
Keynes is Dead; Long Live Marx!
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Many liberal economists envisioned a new dawn of Keynesianism in the 2008 financial meltdown. Nearly six years later, it is clear that the much-hoped-for Keynesian prescriptions are completely ignored. Why? Keynesian economists’ answer: “neoliberal ideology,” which ...
Colonization by Bankruptcy
ELLEN BROWN
If Argentina were in a high-stakes chess match, the country’s actions this week would be the equivalent of flipping over all the pieces on the board. – ...
Children in Detention
BINOY KAMPMARK
Detaining children in makeshift, harsh facilities has become a feature of global political practice. The grounds are common – inadequate or no documentation; irregular or ‘illegal’ arrivals with their parents.  Despite the high minded rhetoric of child protection t...
Top 10 Ways to Build a Better Economic System
GARY ENGLER
For the numerous readers who asked: “But what can we do?” after reading my Top 10 Reasons to Hate Capitalism published here on CounterPunch: 10. We can elect governm...
The Police-Industrial Complex
BRIAN TRAUTMAN
The police response to public protests in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the deadly August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, Jr., an unarmed eighteen-year-old black man killed by a white police officer, was a prime illustration of the hyper-aggressive nature of policing in ...
ISIS Raises the Stakes
PATRICK COCKBURN
The killing of James Foley by Isis caused an upsurge of international revulsion and cond...
A Teacher in Kabul

KATHY KELLY
Kabul Here in Kabul, one of my finest friends is Zekerullah, who has gone back to school in the 8th grade although he is an 18-year old young man who has already had to learn far too many of life’s harsh lessons. Years ago and miles fr...
The Decline of the Fifth Republic
ALEXANDER REID ROSS
After just two years in power, French Socialist François Hollande has become one of the least popular leaders in Europe. He has taken much of the blame for chipping away at France’s social wage and for the rise of the radical right wing. Rather than listening to his ec...
Women Peacebuilders Needed in Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations
VANESSA THEVATHASAN
The latest breakdown in Palestinian–Israeli negotiations and resumed armed conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza mark an opportune time to recognize and encourage women’s contributions to peace. Setting a stunning example, Palestinian and Israeli women from ...
The Bright Side of a Beheading
BEN SCHREINER
A mere year after having run into both popular and military resistance in their drive to bomb Syria, Washington’s political elite is once again busily prepping a hesitant American public for a plunge further into the Middle East. Unlike a year ago however, when t...
Listen, White Conservatives
CHARLES R. LARSON
You don’t believe in science or mathematics, you refuse to believe that climate patterns are changing, and you don’t seem to understand why black people (and some white people) are upset about a young black man, named Michael Brown (who was unarmed), who was killed by...
Sociopathic Syndrome
MURRAY DOBBIN
Remorselessness is all the rage in politics, art and commerce. Who’s smiling? I confess. I have been binge-watching TV series. Lately I have narrowed my watching mostly to The West Wing, an old favourite about a Democratic president, Jed Bartlet, portr...
Pope Francis, ISIS and the United Nations
LAWRENCE WITTNER
Sometimes, amid the heated political debate about what should done by the U.S. government in world affairs, a proposal cuts through the TV babble of the supposed experts with a clear, useful suggestion. That proposal came on August 17, when ...
Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Misery and Violence in the Age of Terrorism
HENRY A. GIROUX
The spectacle of violence and terrorism looms large in the post 9/11 world. As the recent beheading of James Foley by Islamic extremists makes clear, mass-mediated terrorism is now joined with the spectacle of violence, torture, and beheadings so as to open up a new space...
A Defiant Ecuador Seeks Solutions in Assange Case
EVA GOLINGER
Caracas. Two years ago, one of the most controversial figures of the age of cyberspace appeared on the doorstep of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. On the verge of losing an appeal in the British courts that could open the door to his extradition to Swede...
Corporations Spy on Nonprofits with Impunity
RALPH NADER
Here’s a dirty little secret you won’t see in the daily papers: corporations conduct espionage against US nonprofit organizations without fear of being brought to justice. Yes, that means using a great array of spycraft and snoopery, including planned electroni...
NATO – New York Times Convoy Fabrications
RENEE PARSONS
On Saturday, the entire humanitarian convoy of 227 trucks crossed back into Russia without incide...
Closing the Jihadist Highway
PATRICK COCKBURN
The murder of the US journalist James Foley by a British jihadi has reignited the barren debate in Britain about new government powers to tackle extremist Islamic groups. Dubious counter-terrorism specialists, the exact nature of their expertise frequently elusive, speak ...
Environmental Democracy
NORMAN POLLACK
Radicalism has many facets, the political-economic-ideological struggle to achieve social change, itself, then, an agency for the democratization of social structure and cultural values, being for me the primary one (and for others, no doubt other areas worthy of action a...
The Ignored History of the Migrant Refugee Crisis
MATT FORD
Friday July 25 will not make history as the first time a war criminal was greeted at the White House. Nevertheless, this was the day that Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, who has been condemned for his role in the torture and murder of civilians by the Guatemalan H...
Ferguson and Actual Justice
ELLIOT SPERBER
Killed at noon, just down the road from the grave of the slave Dred Scott, Michael Brown has now joined a perennially growing group of dead men and women (a group that only recently added Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, Renisha McBride, and others) ...
Earthquakes, Gods and California
BINOY KAMPMARK
We all want to enjoy the fruits of the quakes, so we all have to prepare for the downside too. – Ross S. Stein, United States Geological Survey, Aug 24, 2014 ...
Engaging North Korea
MEL GURTOV
U.S. relations with North Korea have been pushed into the background by events in the Middle East. But the so-called “North Korea nuclear issue”—“so-called” because the larger issue, which involves the interests of several countries, is security and strategic st...
Is Gaza Becoming an Internal Problem for Egypt’s Government?
ALESSANDRA BAJEC
Israeli airstrikes resumed bombarding Gaza after a 24-hour truce in Gaza collapsed last Tuesday, following one month and a half of intense fighting so far counting over 2,098 Palestinians killed and more than 10,550 injured. Another temporary ceasefire failed, another fre...
Voters Beware: Schumer vs. Democracy
CAROL MILLER
As more and more voters reject the fossilized two-party system, the political establishment is digging in its heels and doing whatever it takes to limit voter choices in statewide general elections. One of the most undemocratic ways to limit diverse ideas and opinions is...
Dispelling Fictions and Disrupting Hashtags
JULIAN VIGO
Last week there was a hashtag assault on gender critical women called #TERFweek enacted by a handf...
Monsanto and Ukraine
JOYCE NELSON
Finally, a little-known aspect of the crisis in Ukraine is receiving some international attention.  On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 bill...
Chasing Tragedy
RUTH FOWLER
I recently became a mother, which could explain why this current period of conflict strikes me even harder than usual. When one becomes a parent – even a middle class, white parent with all the privileges denied the majority of those whose tragedies litter our news ...
The Beheading of James Foley
GARRY LEECH
Without question, the beheading of US journalist James Foley was an inexcusable and savage act of violence by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The killing of non-combatants should always be condemned. But there is a clear discrepancy in the response of both the...
Ferguson in Context
BRYAN WINSTON
The sustained protests and direct action from people in Ferguson, Missouri have changed the debate on police brutality and received substantive responses from government.  Street demonstrations and targeted property destruction have shook a white governing structure that...
Understanding Ukraine in 15 Minutes
MIKE WHITNEY
If you want to understand what is going on in Ukraine, then you need to watch this ...
This is the Way the World Ends
ANDREW LEVINE
Are the pessimists, followers of Optim’s antonymous sibling, right?  In these waning years of the Age of Obama, it sure looks that way. Obama and his minions, abetted by a “bipartisan” consensus in Congress, are hard at work ending the world: pace T.S...
Racist Societies: Israel and the U.S
ROBERT FANTINA
One wonders how the racism that is so much a part of U.S. and Israeli society towards the Palestinians can have such strength. Racism against African-Americans in both countries is strong (witness the frequent shootings of black youths by whites in the United States, and ...
Freedom for Capital, Not People
PETE DOLACK
Libertarianism is a philosophy of might makes right. The natural philosophy for the age of neoliberalism, as well demonstrated by the Koch brothers, but also, it would appear, a justification for the ugliest elements of United States history. Consider the following...
Gunning for Vandana Shiva
LOUIS PROYECT
Perhaps nothing symbolizes the decline of the New Yorker magazine more than the hatchet job on Vandana Shiva that appears in the ...
Military Toys for Your Local Police
MEDEA BENJAMIN
In a brilliant August 17 segment of Last Week Tonight, HBO host John Oliver ripped into...