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HOW MODERN MONEY WORKS — Economist Alan Nasser presents a slashing indictment of the vicious nature of finance capitalism; The Bio-Social Facts of American Capitalism: David Price excavates the racist anthropology of Earnest Hooten and his government allies; Is Zero-Tolerance Policing Worth More Chokehold Deaths? Martha Rosenberg and Robert Wilbur assay the deadly legacy of the Broken Windows theory of criminology; Gaming the White Man’s Money: Louis Proyect offers a short history of tribal casinos; Death by Incarceration: Troy Thomas reports from inside prison on the cruelty of life without parole sentences. Plus: Jeffrey St. Clair on how the murder of Michael Brown got lost in the media coverage; JoAnn Wypijewski on class warfare from Martinsburg to Ferguson; Mike Whitney on the coming stock market crash; Chris Floyd on DC’s Insane Clown Posse; Lee Ballinger on the warped nostalgia for the Alamo; and Nathaniel St. Clair on “Boyhood.”
Archives from 2014
Washington’s Secret Agendas
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
One might think that by now even Americans would have caught on to the constant stream of false alarms that Washington sounds in order to deceive the people into supporting its hidden agendas. The public fell for the lie that the Taliban in Afghanistan are terroris...
Christian Evangelicals Increasingly Support Palestinian Human Rights
ALISON WEIR
An article in Middle East Quarterly, a pro-Israel publication, reports that support for Israel is erodi...
The Rise of ISIS and the Origins of the New Middle East War
TARIQ ALI and PATRICK COCKBURN
Tariq Ali: I’m in conversation with Patrick Cockburn, who can  only be described as a veteran reporter and courageous journalist who has covered the wars of the United States in the Middle East since they began with the invasion of Iraq, and was reporting fro...
Tariq’s Ordeal
MARJORIE COHN
Last summer, Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old American citizen from Baltimore, accompanied his parents to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat for a six-week visit with relatives. The first friend Tariq made when he arrived was his cousin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, whom Tariq...
Another Terror Trap
WILLIAM COHN
Last Fall, we were told that the United States had to wage war against the Assad regime in Syria. This Fall, we are told the US must wage war against Syrian rebels seeking to overthrow the Assad regime. How can this be logically explained? Has the world changed so dramati...
When Deep States Collide
BILL BLUNDEN
It’s no secret that members of the so-called coalition against ISIS have been less than enthusiastic about substantive military action as the ...
The Power Politics of Capitalist Expansion
NORMAN POLLACK
Anything goes, for the demonization of Putin, even as now when the charge, surrounding himself with Oligarchs, is really looking in the mirror at America’s own image. I do not have to or want to apologize for insider-plutocratic dealings in shaping the post-Soviet Russi...
Holding FIFA Accountable
BINOY KAMPMARK
There is a sense of frustration in bringing that unruly and labyrinthine football entity known as FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) into the world of squeaky clean finance. It resists two terms with an almost tribal enthusiasm: accountability and ...
America’s Radical, Underground Climate Change Countermovement
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The year is 2050; rising seas have inundated Miami, America’s most recent ghost city, since Detroit. A deadly heat wave scorches Chicago, killing thousands of elderly, and a mega-drought has farmers in the Southwest on their knees, praying for relief, as a dreadful dust...
Don’t You Want to be in That Number?
LEE BALLINGER
The Compton middle school music teacher was asked: “Today, we hear our kids described as predators, as thugs, as worthless. What do you think?” “I don’t know any of those people,” he answered. “I love my job. I love my kids. Every day they come in my c...
Syria, the Latest Crusade
ANDRE VLTCHEK
The West is striking again; it is stabbing the very center, the heart of the Arab World. This time it is targeting the group – ISIS – which it created itself, and which it had been arming, feeding and pampering until just very recently. Airplanes and...
The Chomsky Paradox
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
One night over a bottle of Irish whiskey, Alexander Cockburn told me a story about Noam Chomsky’s teeth. One day the great brain went to the dentist for a check up after several years of neglect. During the examination, the tooth doctor noticed extreme wear on the ename...
Really the Invisible Man Blues
DAVE MARSH
The essay that follows is the chapter I wrote for the very fine anthology Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence edited by Kevin Alexander Gray, Jeffrey St. Clair, editor of CounterPunc...
Obama’s Bourgeois Presidency
ANDREW LEVINE
In the Age of Obama, inequality is on the rise and austerity politics rages on. Obama could do more to improve the lot of those made worse off by these developments.  But he really can’t be blamed for them – much. Enriching the “one percent” at ever...
U.S. Wars and the Climate Crisis
ROB URIE
As the cliché goes, no one rings a bell when a nation, or empire, is over. What is implied is gradual degradation, irresolvable circumstance as the default mode of social organization. Break or rupture that emerges as different political economy precedes this point of no...
Obama Rewrites History at the UN
GARRY LEECH
This week US President Barack Obama addressed the UN General Assembly and the unintended irony in his speech would be humorous if it were not so cruel—and dangerous. Obama touched on a variety of global issues from the Ebola epidemic to the Ukraine to the Islamic State ...
Does David Cameron Have Any Idea What Kind of War He’s Getting Into?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Britain is set to join the air campaign against Isis in Iraq, but, going by David Cameron’s speech to the UN General Assembly, the Government has no more idea of what it is getting into in this war than Tony Blair did in 2003. Mr Cameron says t...
How the Pentagon Exploits ISIS to Kill Surveillance Reform and Re-Occupy Iraq
NAFEEZ AHMED
As the US, Britain and France are maneuvering to escalate military action in Iraq and Syria against the ‘Islamic State’ in an operation slated to last “years,” authorities are simultaneously calling for new measures to tighten security at home to fend off the dang...
Why Obama “Must” Bomb ISIS
STEVE BREYMAN
Every national peace group (large and small, new and old, religious and secular) opposes Barack Obama’s war against ISIS in Iraq, and its recent extension to Syria. Their opposition extends to Obama’s Congress-sanctioned arming of “moderate” Syrian...
The CIA, the President, and the Senate’s Torture Report
ROB CRAWFORD
Astounding events over the last several weeks have once again put U.S. torture in the spotlight.  Evidence of spying by the CIA on Senate staffers investigating the Agency provoked an unprecedented apology from CIA director John Brennan, calls for his removal, and a resp...
Toward the Agro-Police State
CARMELO RUIZ-MARRERO
Monsanto is not just about seed. Last year the US biotech giant bought the Climate Corporation for $930 million. This is how the company describes itself: The Climate Corporation aims to help farmers around the world protect and improve their far...
The American Conquest of Europe
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Russia’s President Putin is reported to have said in a conversation a while back that he could be in Kiev in two weeks. In our press, this was reported as yet more evidence of aggressive intentions, but, given even a moment’s thought, that is a patently false interpre...
Obama’s House of Cards
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Obama’s September 24 speech at the UN is the most absurd thing I have heard in my entire life.  It is absolutely amazing that the president of the United States would stand before the entire world and tell what everyone knows are blatant lies while simultaneously demon...
Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
CHARLES R. LARSON
During the 1930s, the WPA sent out workers to interview men and women who had been slaves before the Emancipation Proclamation. It was 72 years after slavery had been abolished and the interviewees were old but their memories were still vivid. When probed by an interviewe...