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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
Archives from 2014
Listening While White
ELISA SALASIN
My family sat around the dinner table Monday night, waiting and listening for the grand jury decision on whether Officer Darren Wilson would be indicted in the shooting death, the murder, of Michael Brown. We listened as Prosecutor Robert McCulloch began his statement, an...
You Didn’t Really Think Darren Wilson Would be Indicted, Did You?
RON JACOBS
Did you really believe Darren Wilson was going to be indicted for murdering Michael Brown? Did you think a cop was going to face a trial for gunning down a young man he thought should be arrested? Do you think the law treats all people equally-civilian and cop, rich and p...
From Dred Scott to Michael Brown
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
It has been fairly obvious from the beginning that the predominate belief in Ferguson and St. Louis was that Darren Wilson, the killer of Michael Brown, was not going to be indicted by a Bob McCullough-led grand jury. Political & legal authorities in the area have not...
The Failure of the Iran Nuclear Negotiations
GARETH PORTER
After more than a year of negotiations between the United States and Iran, the two sides have failed to reach an agreement by the agreed deadline in July.  They have agreed to continue negotiating, but the failure to meet the deadline was clearly not caused by the lack o...
Hagel’s Departure
MEDEA BENJAMIN
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was supposed to steer the Pentagon away from a decade of war, including bringing US troops home from Afghanistan and paving the way for a reduction in the Pentagon budget. Instead, the Obama administration has opted for remaining...
‘A More Expansive Mission’ in Afghanistan?
DR. HAKIM
President Obama has authorized ‘a more expansive mission for t...
Obama Extends War in Afghanistan
KATHY KELLY
News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year. The order “to ...
Forget ‘Fair and Balanced’
DAVE LINDORFF
One searches almost in vain for honest reporting on the Ukraine conflict in the US corporate media, which is simply parroting the US government position, which is that the rebels in eastern Ukraine are simply tools of Russian aggression against Ukraine. Yet the mur...
The Global Warming Bubble
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The Global Warming Bubble is prodigious and growing exponentially. It makes the 2007-08 Financial Bubble look like child’s play. And, here’s the basic issue: Bubbles are not recognized until after they pop. Then, it’s too late, witness the U.S. Financial Panic o...
Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Orwellian Nightmares
HENRY A. GIROUX
The shadow of Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society with its all-embracing reach of surveillance and repression now works its way through American politics like a lethal virus. Orwell’s dystopian apparition of a totalitarian society with its all-encomp...
A Warning to Ferguson Police
BILL QUIGLEY
Police officers should approach Ferguson protestors with caution and fully respect their constitutional rights. That is the clear message from recent court awards and settlements against police force abuses against demonstrators. New York City just paid out $17.9 m...
Has the End Finally Come for Iraq’s Christians?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Two years ago Jalal Yako, a Syriac Catholic priest, returned to his home town of Qaraqosh to persuade members of his community to stay in Iraq and not to emigrate because of the violence directed against them. “I was in Italy for 18 years, and when I came bac...
Crony Capitalism Out of Control
RALPH NADER
Two recent news items about the voracious drug industry should call for a supine Congress to arouse itself and initiate investigations about the pay-or-die drug prices that are far too common. The first item—a page one story in the New York Times—was a...
The Swiss Gold Referendum
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In a few days the Swiss people will go to the polls to decide whether the Swiss central bank is to be required to hold 20% of its reserves in the form of gold.  Polls show that the gold requirement is favored by the less well off and opposed by wealthy Swiss invested in ...
Outsourcing Customs Tax Collection in Haiti and Beyond
DADY CHERY
Haitian President Michel Martelly, along with dozens of cabinet ministers and members of the private business sector, went on a European tour from October 27 to November 2, 2014, to promote the notion that Haiti is “open for business” with Europe. We are beginning to ...
Israel’s Worst Fear
MATT PEPPE
The recent murder of four Jewish worshipers in a Jerusalem synagogue has drawn intense media coverage, with the situation being described as “...
The Virus of Prejudice
BINOY KAMPMARK
Paranoia is the first symptom of a plague. Nicholas Powers, The Indypendent, Oct 28, 2014 The Ebola virus has assumed every single form of terror imaginable. It has resulted in the closure of borders. It has seen people targeted by me...
Down in the Basement, Trying to Do Dylan
PETER STONE BROWN
For the past 50 years, songwriters of all kinds have been trying to write Bob Dylan songs with various degrees of success. The list of people doing this is long and includes not only the singer-songwriters who immediately followed in Dylan’s wake but also groups such as...
Occupy Back on Campus
DAVID LAU
Rain after a long drought, mobilization after a lull in the struggle. On November 19th the University of California ...
Blaming People Not Banks for the Mortgage Crisis
DEAN BAKER
It is more than a bit bizarre that anyone could take exception to homeowners borrowing against the equity in their houses. While it is good if people are able to accumulate equity in their homes, often families and individuals need to borrow money. Some borrowing may be f...
You are Nothing, You Can’t Do Anything!
OMAR SHABAN
We die a hundred times a day, whilst sitting in the darkness. The Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, Hamas, won a majority of the mandate in the parliamentary election in January 2006. Hamas then formed a government itself since other political ...
Beauty and Police
PETER LINEBAUGH
Aura Rosser, a forty-something Black mother of three, was shot to death by police here in Ann Arbor, on November 9, 2014. What kind of human being was she? At the moment the answer depends on what the police suggest (drug addict) and what her sister is reported to ...
From Jerusalem, Yet Another Great Leap Backwards
ANDREW LEVINE
Before World War I shattered the illusion, it was widely assumed in the West that wars between European powers — and in the Americas and perhaps also in eastern Asia – were on their way to becoming relics of a less civilized past. Over the centuries, Cathol...
The First Un-War
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Picture the circumstances. You’re evaporating politically, less and less remains of you every week. The nation itself is quivering with anxiety, freaking out over each new virus or decapitation posted on Instagram. The economy, six years after the crash, continues to be...
The Crisis Over California’s Water
JOSHUA FRANK
The following article appeared last August in the CounterPunch print edition, Volume 21, Number 7. “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting o...