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Archives by Tag 'Obama'
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 ...