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Greenwald Botches NSA Leak
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA material was not well executed. One of several mistakes was that he sought refuge in Hong Kong, which, as the Times ...
Miss Nixon Yet?
MYLES B. HOEING
s this Obama’s U-2 moment? Back in 1960 while the US was flying spy missions over the Soviet Union one of its planes was shot down. President Eisenhower at the time denied its existence two weeks befor...
An Open Letter to Dianne Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee
NORMAN SOLOMON
Dear Senator Feinstein: On Thursday, when you responded to news about massive ongoing surveillance of phone records of people in the United States, you slipped past the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. As the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, you seem to ...
Justice Served in Afghanistan?
TOM McNAMARA
The New York Times recently reported that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales...
President Obama Will Have to Prove He’s a Changed Man
DAVE LINDORFF
Some on the left are writing hopefully these days that perhaps President Obama has finally realized he needs to back off on his warlike posture on drones and the War on Terror. They are seeing his talk about scaling back the use of drone killing machines and of reconsider...
Bernanke’s “Stimulus” for the 1%
MARK VORPAHL
When I heard that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress last week that it was too soon for the Fed to end its extraordinary stimulus programs, I did a double take. “What stimulus programs?” I thought. Where are the jobs programs? Whe...
Obama Hands Out the Hemlock
PAUL GOTTINGER
In Plato’s Trial and Death of Socrates Socrates is charged with corrupting the youth for the ghastly crime of encouraging his students to ask questions. The philosopher defended himself by saying he is actually a gift to Athens because like a gadfly to a horse, h...
The Iraq War is Not Over for the Iraqi People
JUSTIN DOOLITTLE
In 1946, the ...
Yahoo’s Tumblr, Google’s Makani and Noah Cross’s Future
ALREDO LOPEZ
Toward the end of Roman Polanski’s masterpiece “Chinatown” an exchange takes place between “hero” Jake Gittes and the super-rich Noah Cross when Gittes finally realizes that Cross has seized control of Los Angeles’ water supply. ...
John Kerry’s Political Posturing on Palestine
ROBERT FANTINA
As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attempts to put his particular spin on resolving the generations-old crisis of Israeli oppression of the Palestinians, he has travelled to the World Economic Forum. There he waved the possibility of $4 billion investments in the Pales...
Advice From an Afghan Mother and Activist
KATHY KELLY
When she was 24 years old, in 1979, Fahima Vorgetts left Afghanistan.  By reputation, she had been outspoken, even rebellious, in her opposition to injustice and oppression; and family and friends, concerned for her safety, had urged her to go abroad. Twenty-three...
One Nation, One World
MICHAEL D. YATES
CounterPunch editor Jeffrey St. Clair’s essay, “The Silent Death of the American Left,” succinctly discusses the absence of a left-wing presence and activism...
How Obama and Al-Qaeda Became Syrian Bedfellows
SHAMUS COOKE
For a president that is executing Bush’s “war on terror” against Al-Qaeda and “its affiliates,” it seems odd that President Obama has targeted the secular Syrian government for “regime change.” Equally odd is that Obama’s str...
Obama DOJ Charges Aluminum Bucket In Leak Investigation
RILEY WAGGAMAN
In an unusual but bold move, the Justice Department has targeted a random aluminum bucket suspected of leaking “several drops of water,” according to a boastful White House press release. The Obama administration has prosecuted six suspected leakers usi...
Corporate Corruption And The Special Interest State
DAVID ROSEN
“I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists in Washington that their days of setting the agenda are over.” Guess who said these memorable words? In November 2007, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama uttered this now all-but-forgotten campaign promis...
The ‘Terror’ Act of Woolwich
BINOY KAMPMARK
It is an object study.  Two men in a car, which is driven into another man.  The attacked individual is then hacked to death by a meat cleaver or kitchen implement in broad daylight.  There may be several instruments used.  There are religious chants – or at least t...
Drones = Assassinations = War Crimes
NORMAN POLLACK
Journalist Scott Shane, with an assist from Mark Mazzetti, reports in the New York Times (May 22) on the decline in armed drone strikes. Perhaps, for all the wrong reasons, drone warfare is now under review–i.e., in the words of one national-security expert, these s...
The National Mantlepiece
NORMAN POLLACK
Picture with me a vast luxurious hunting lodge, high-ceilinged, massive oak beams, bear and other trophy rugs, an inner sanctum of America’s ruling groups, formally known as “Interpenetration,” but more affectionately, to its members, “Co-Partnership,” to signif...
Worse Than The AP Phone Scandal
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
Before Attorney General Eric Holder oversaw a Justice Department that secretly seized AP journalists’ phone records, he was guilty of something even worse, and closely related to the AP scandal. He argued a little-known case before the Supreme Court called Holder v. Hum...
Is Obama the Scariest President Ever?
PETER DUDINK
In a world run by emperors or presidents, perhaps we should ignore Socrates’ injunction to know ourselves and instead know those who rule us. During his recent speech to Ohio University graduates, posted at ...
Recurring Nightmares?
KEVIN ZEESE AND MARGARET FLOWERS
The weekly news is like a recurring bad dream that is becoming an even worse nightmare. While the investor class cheers a rising stock market, the rest of us sink. The headline that jumped out at us this week came from Bloomberg News, ...
Secrecy, Drones, Prisons and Kill Lists
ALYSSA ROHRICHT
On Monday, the Associated Press revealed that the Department of Justice used subpoenas to obtain phone records of its editors and reporters from April and May 2012. The records were obtained due to the investigation and supposed leak to the AP last year that the CIA had ...
Syria Endgame Approaching Fast
SHAMUS COOKE
The tempo of events in Syria has accelerated in recent weeks. The government forces have scored ...
Stopping the Drones
BINOY KAMPMARK
Alternate realities in the conflict Pakistan is waging against insurgents in its tribal areas tend to be regular affairs. Intrinsic to them is the contorted relationship the country has with the United States, three bits domestic violence to two bits political expediency....
Yemenis Have Moms Too
JODIE EVANS AND CHARLES DAVIS
He disappeared more than a decade ago, just 18-years-old and teaching abroad, separated from  his family for the first time in life. His mother and father, sick with worry, heard nothing. For all they knew he was dead. Then, one day they opened a newspaper and ...
Obama, Syria and the Arrogance of Imperialism
RON JACOBS
Imperialists are not just arrogant, they are stupid.  Pretending that they might get a different result than previous US administrations have obtained before, the Obama administration is planning to send lethal arms to Syrian rebels.  According to the Washington Post...
The Non-Closure of Guantánamo
BINOY KAMPMARK
Guantánamo’s resplendent carceral facilities remain a classic example of double realities, the co-existence of totemic impulses and the reflex of taboo.  On the one hand, it has become an institutional reminder of the extensive, vague and indefinite “war” on terro...
Reviewing the Korean Crisis
PAUL GOTTINGER
Things seemed to have calmed on the Korean peninsula for now.  This despite the fact that the U.S. and South Korea are continuing their outrageously provocative Foal Eagle “war games” through April 30.  The Foal Eagle is one of the ...
Obama is Comfortable with Bush’s Inferno
RALPH NADER
George W. Bush is riding high. A megamillionaire, from the taxpayer-subsidized Texas Rangers company, he makes $150,000 to $200,000 per speech, receives a large presidential pension and support facilities and is about to dedicate the $500 million George W. Bush Presidenti...
From Tragedy May Spring Compassion
KEVIN ZEESE and MARAGAET FLOWERS
This has been another eventful week of resistance in the United States. We have much to share about what happened this week and what is coming up in the near future. But first, we want to remember the bombing in Boston on Monday and show appreciation for ...
The Desolationists
RANDY SHIELDS
You’ve heard of the “isolationist” right but I want to tell you about the “desolationist” left. The desolationists rose up recently, decrying Obama’s “gaffe” of calling California Attorney General Kamala Harris “...
The Doctrine of Kimilsungism
NILE BOWIE
Each year on April 15th, North Koreans pay homage to the founder of their nation, Kim il-Sung – the most revered figure in the North Korean psyche. Despite the tense state of affairs on the Korean peninsula and war-like rhetoric emanating from the North, the mood in the...
How Obama Defanged the EPA
JOSHUA FRANK
It was a tumultuous tenure, productive by some accounts, lackluster by most, but one thing is for certain, Lisa Jackson’s short time as administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency was anything...
What’s Annoying the North Koreans?
GREGORY ELICH
Relations between the United States and North Korea have reached ...
Who Will Save Social Security and Medicare?
SHAMUS COOKE
Before Social Security and Medicare existed, the elderly were either completely dependent on their children or were left to beg in the streets. These programs thus remain sacred to the vast majority of Americans. They allow the elderly dignity and independence instead of...
How Obama Chose War Over Peace in Syria
SHAMUS COOKE
With Syria on the brink of national genocide, outside nations have only two options: help reverse the catastrophe or plunge this torn nation deeper into the abyss. Countries can either work towards a peaceful political solution or they can continue to pour money, guns, a...
Obama’s Peace Antics in Israel
RAMZY BAROUD
At the precise moment US President Barack Obama’s Air Force One touched down at Ben Gurion Airport on March 20, persisting illusions quickly began to shatter. And as he walked on the red carpet, showered with accolades and warm embraces of top Israeli government and mil...
Keystone XL Contractor Green-Lighted BP’s Explosive Caspian Pipeline
STEVE HORN
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Almost 11 years ago in June 2002, ...
Return Guantánamo to the Cuban People
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
To restore good relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, damaged by several years of neglect, is one of many difficult tasks now facing the Obama administration. A measure that could have far-reaching consequences and notably improve the U.S.’ battered image in t...
The Real Obama?
LINN WASHINGTON Jr.
The History Channel is catching righteous hell for crafting the character of Satan in its miniseries “The Bible” to bear an uncanny likeness to U.S. President Barak Obama. Is it just coincidence that the dark-skinned Satan in this HISTORY chan...
Syria Teeters on Obama’s “Red Line”
NILE BOWIE
The pages of history tell us that beautiful civilizations emerged and prospered in the ancient cities of Damascus and Aleppo, some of the oldest continually inhabited cities on earth. The harrowing circus of brutality that is the Syrian conflict, now in its third year, wi...
The Occupation and the Resistance
ASHLEY SMITH
George W. Bush declared victory and an end to combat operations on May 1, 2003, but the war in Iraq was, in fact, just beginning. The U.S. military would hunt down the Baathist leadership one by one, eventually killing most of them, including Saddam Hussein himself...
Obama and the Grand Bargain
SHAMUS COOKE
President Obama’s recent closed-door sessions with Republican congressmen to reach a “grand bargain” has roused suspiciously little attention in the mainstream media. What scant reporting has occurred presents the following narrative: President Ob...
Why Republicans Hate Thomas Perez
DAVID MACARAY
We’ll all need to buckle up in preparation for some dramatic and historical confrontations in the coming weeks.  No, we’re not talking about college basketball’s “March Madness”  (Go UCLA!)  We’re talking about the confirmation hearings of Thomas Perez, Pre...
The Second Iran Hostage Crisis
NILE BOWIE
From talk of “red lines” and cartoon bombs to having “all options on the table”, an undeniably delusional logic emanates from leadership in Washington and Tel Aviv regarding the alleged threat posted by Iran’s nuclear program. When Israeli P...
Chavez Succeeded Where Obama Failed
SHAMUS COOKE
When President Obama campaigned in 2008 in Portland, Oregon over 70,000 people came to hear his speech. And although I missed the event, I was intrigued by the raw emotion that the candidate’s words inspired in my community. Obama re-visited Oregon during his 2012...
Obama’s Evil Empire
SEAN FENLEY
A thrilling scene took place recently with the United States Senate, playing host as its backdrop. Reichsmarchall Brennan Barack Obama’s kill-list aficionado, had to overcome a Mr. Smith-style filibuster. He had to do this in order to get the Attorney General to resci...
Obama is the Worst US President Ever
RON RIDENOUR
Yes, I mean it: the worst ever! We’ve had James Monroe and his doctrine of supremacy over Latin America. We’ve had Theodore Roosevelt and his invasion of Cuba; Nixon, Reagan, Bush-Bush and their mass murder, and all the war crimes and genocide committed by most...
Ethiopia’s Anti-Apartheid Movement?
ALEMAYEHU G. MARIAM
In her recent commentary in the New York Review of Books, “Obama: Failing the African Sp...
A Quest for New Jobs Where None Exists
JOHN WALSH
“Those jobs are not coming back.” The late Steve Jobs to Barack Obama. Hot on the heels of his State of the Union address with its emphasis on the moribund job market,...