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Archives from 2014
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...
Children Crossing the Border
BUDDY BELL
From July 13 to July 20, I drove a small truck from Minneapolis, Minnesota down to McAllen, Texas. The truck went to Mexico and is now one of four vehicles on a ship destined for Cuba, a donation made possible through the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organizati...
The Disturbing Case of Mary Anne Grady Flores
NATHAN TAILLEUR
As Ithacans struggle to come to grips with the one-year sentence dealt Thursday to peaceful protester Mary Anne Grady Flores, questions have arisen concerning the Order of Protection she was jailed for having violated. Grady Flores, who has recently ...
The Pattern (Musically Annotated)
DAVID ROVICS
I’m getting older, and the pattern is now a familiar one. Israel starts committing war crimes on a daily basis in Gaza (or the West Bank, or Lebanon). “In response” to Hamas missiles. (Or Hezbollah provocations, depending. But always in response.) T...
What is Clintonism?
ANDREW LEVINE
There are no American politicians whose views on politics merit serious consideration for any reason other than the power they wield.  With only minor exceptions (from long ago), it has been this way since the founders’ generation passed. From genuine (though of...
Israel’s War of Attrition in Gaza
ROB URIE
Following World War II U.S. General Curtis LeMay, the reported inspiration for the psychotic General Jack Ripper in Stanley Kubrick’s dark comedy Dr. Strangelove, was said to have remarked that had the Allies lost the war he would likely have been hanged as a w...
Russia Bashing: Hatred, Hysteria and Humbug
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
“A civilian jet airliner shot down by US Navy surface to air missiles on 3 July 1988 as it flew over the Strait of Hormuz at the end of the Iran–Iraq War. The aircraft, an Airbus A300B2-203 operated by Iran Air, was flying from Bandar Abbas, Iran, to Duba...
Blowback on the Border
LAURA CARLSEN
After three years of relative silence, the U.S. press has finally “discovered” the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors piling up on the U.S. border. Although the coverage often began with moving stories of the hardships these young migrants faced...
MH17 – Sacrificed Airliner
ANDRE VLTCHEK
The special train carrying refrigerated corpses from the MH17 catastrophe has left the station of Torez, just a few miles from the crash site. People, who died a terrible death onboard the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200, will soon be reunited with their grieving familie...
Israel’s Goal is Not Peace
ROBERT FANTINA
For anyone interested in looking, the facts of Israel’s current, bloody genocide in the Gaza Strip are well-known. Israeli Prime Murderer Benjamin Netanyahu says, incredibly, that this is all for national security and to end the rocket fire, which has caused no deaths a...
Charlie Haden: the Great Liberator
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Charlie Haden was the master of tempo, the keeper of crazy beats. He set the pace for some of the most challenging and beautiful music of our time. He was a scrupulous musician, his playing as precise as it was nimble. He kept the rhythms rich and earthy for music that m...
The Paper Thin Underpinnings to Peace: Occupation and Intifada in 2014
GARY M. ENGLISH
Jenin. The current war in Gaza is an extension of the Second Intifada, however delayed.  The so-called “Peace Process” is and always has been a charade – a straw man held up by Israel and supported by the delusional if at times well-intentioned West...
The Student Loan Crisis: a Personal Memoir
CHRISTOPHER C. SCHONS
I’m now going to write about something that I never discuss. It’s something that makes my chest heavy, and my face flush. It’s an issue that in my early 20’s had me feeling crestfallen, and that still bothers me today. It also happens to be a matter that among t...