Exclusively in the new print issue of CounterPunch
ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the CIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives by Tag 'Occupy Wall Street'
Occupy Wall Street and the Significance of Political Slogans
MICHAEL D. YATES
Radical political movements always employ slogans that encapsulate in a few powerful words the aspirations of those fighting for a new world. The French revolutionaries fought under the banner, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” words that still resonate with radicals. ...
Zadie Smith, Jay-Z, Russell Simmons & Occupy Wall Street
RAVI KATARI
A recent interview with rapper and millionaire Jay-Z in T Magazin...
Occupy, Year One
CHIP GIBBONS
I’d like to start with a confession. When I first descended upon the Bowling Green statue in Lower Manhattan on the morning of Saturday September 17, 2011 to discover a handful of people doing yoga, I was not impressed. While my spirits were raised when a larger, but st...
Occupy, Year 2 Begins
VIJAY PRASHAD
Smiles. A mid-September sunny day in New York City draws those with the day off to go to the parks and laze along the avenues, walking by the workers on call, cleaning up after tourists, holding together a city that always seems held together by the sweat ...
Wherefore Art Thou Occupy?
ELLIOT SPERBER
As its anniversary is celebrated, we will no doubt be reminded that no matter what else it achieved, or failed to, Occupy Wall Street managed to introduce if not a new sensitivity to inequality to the world, it at least introduced a new phrase into popular political parla...
Playing Kravis’s Tune
JOHN HALLE
Last Tuesday, the New York Philharmonic celebrated the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music by performing works by this year’s recipient, the distinguished French composer, Henri Duttileux. According to the ...
Occupy’s Back and NYPD’s Cracked
CHARLES M. YOUNG
I got home at 10:00 pm on the nose, and the first thing I did was take off my shoes after 14 hours of May Day marching with 30-40,000 other conscientious objectors to capitalism. My feet hurt, okay? My second priority was turning on the local news, which happened to be Fo...
Talking With Chomsky
LAURA FLANDERS
A CounterPunch Exclusive Noam Chomsky has not just been watching the Occupy movement. A veteran of the civil rights, anti-war, and anti-intervention movements of the 1960s through the 1980s, he’s given lecture...
Who is Occupying Whom?
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
From the very outset I was an enthusiastic supporter of Occupy Wall Street. To me it represented the reawakening of the political left after four decades of uninterrupted slumber.  Maybe the radicalization of America had finally begun.  Americans might soon opt for jobs...
The Myth of the Rational Market
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
One of the great economic myths is that markets are rational. Not a day passes without this myth being disproved scores of times, but the myth persists. For example, on March 14 Bank of America/Merrill Lynch reported that “yesterday US markets started the day off...
A Bustle in Hedges’ Row
RANDALL AMSTER
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone on the American Left who has not either benefited from or been influenced by the writings of Chris Hedges. His is a singular and potent voice of progressive journalism, combining the best virtues of diligent reporting and unabashed...
Wall Street’s Secret Spy Center, Run for the 1% by NYPD
PAM MARTENS
On September 25, 2011, just eight days after the Occupy Wall Street protests began in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, the much acclaimed CBS News program, 60 Minutes, aired a fawning look at the thousands of surveillance cameras affixed to buildings and lampposts throug...
After Wisconsin
MICHAEL YATES
The most important thing that has taken place since Wisconsin is another uprising, the phenomenal Occupy Wall Street (OWS). It began in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park in September 2011 and spread rapidly to more than 2,600 towns and cities around the world. With OWS, the ang...
Demands for the 99%
ROBERT ROTH
In a helpful review and constructive critique of the current status of the Occupy movement, Ismael Hossein-Zadeh makes several good suggestions.  And I’ve seen some other comments more recently that seem worth sharing with you, in case you haven’t seen them.  Hossei...
Revolution as Assisted Suicide
ROB URIE
Last Fall New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, apparently fearing the early demise of New York’s number one tourist attraction and occasional pain-in-the-ass Occupy Wall Street, set up a series of meetings called “court dates” where we could come together to discu...
Occupy Wall Street at the Crossroads
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Power concedes nothing without a demand — Frederick Douglass Occupy Wall Street (OWS), giving vent to the pent up anger of the 99%, has inspired the people in the United States and other parts of the world to expose capitalis...
Life and Death at Exit 34
MISSY BEATTIE
Sister Laura and her partner Erma had to have two pets euthanized within a two-week period. Road trip. Geographical cure tour. And I’m the designated driver. I can’t remember when we left and had to locate the date on the computer’s screen to se...
Occupy Gets Booked
RON JACOBS
Occupy!...
Prism Break
RANDALL AMSTER
Social movements, when broadly construed and successfully applied, serve as something akin to elaborate filters. By holding a mirror up to society, a movement causes us to reconsider basic assumptions and structural processes...
What If Occupiers Armed Themselves?
BRIAN J. FOLEY
You’ve probably noticed that our government and corporate-owned media treat the Occupy Movement differently from the Tea Party. Think back to how some Tea Partiers brought guns to their protests, where some protesters even suggested killing President Obama. ...
OWS Meets Trinity Episcopal Church
LAURA FLANDERS
Occupy Wall Street attempted to set up a new camp on a dusty strip of church-owned land in lower Manhattan, Saturday. Occupy 2.0 failed (at least 50 protestors were arrested) but the effort did succeed in stirring up a storm about property, power and the church just in ti...
Raging Against the Machine
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
If it feels to you a bit reminiscent of 1968 these days, that’s because it is. And that’s a good thing. It’s starting to look like 2011 was the year of Basta!, when people finally woke up and found the voice with which to say Enough!  To say that it c...
Snatched For Photographing Michael Bloomberg’s Cops
STANLEY ROGOUSKI
My arrest, or, more accurately, my assault was personal. I was taking photographs of the police arresting Occupy Wall Street demonstrators at the December 12 Winter Garden flash mob, which had been organized in solidarity with the port shutdowns on the west coast, ...
It’s Not Only About Justice
ANDREW LEVINE
Egalitarian justice (or fairness) has been Topic A for political philosophers since even before 1971, when John Rawls published his monumental ...
The American Crisis at 235
RICH BERGEN
This December 19th marks the 235thanniversary of Thomas Paine’s...
Standing With Occupy Wall Street, Nov. 15-17
JOHN HALLE
I. Tuesday Morning: Surveying the Wreckage Red Hook, 4 A.M. Like a lot of people who have trouble sleeping I’m constantly monitoring the internet for news about Occupy Wall Street.  S...
The Foot Cavalry of the 99 Percent
STANLEY ROGOUSKI
In the Old Testament Book of Judges, the prophet Gideon, until then an obscure a younger son from the obscure tribe of Ma...
Where Will the Jobs Come From?
ROBERT URIE
In Ron Suskind’s book “Confidence Men” Barack Obama is reported in 2008 to have argued to his...
Crossing the Divide
MISSY BEATTIE
Among the emails I’ve received in response to my Occupy Wall Street (OWS) columns, is one from a man who says he’s the 1 percent.  Told me he prints my articles to use as toilet tissue.  I wanted to answer:  Hope you have multiple printers, cause you’re so full o...
Five Dumbest Reasons Not to Support the Occupy Movement
DAVID Ker THOMSON
My God, what’s happened? —Princess Diana *We could alienate the very people who might be our supporters. Reality check: That’s the kind of people you want to suck up to—people who would be of...
America’s Conscience is on the Streets
MARK WEISBROT
The Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread to ...
A Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street Alliance?
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Many are thinking about the Tea Party and its relationship (or lack thereof) with Occupy Wall Street.  I’ve received numerous complaints from some liberals who seem set on fostering an alliance between both forces in terms of what they promise will be a mass campaign t...
The ACLU and Occupy Wall Street
PETER WHITE
“So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we’ll be called a democracy.” — ACLU founder Roger Baldwin The best of times and the worst of times are our times now. Occupy Wall S...
It’s All We’ve Got
MISSY BEATTIE
“I like good strong words that mean something.” ~Louisa May Alcott, Little Women  Good strong words are essential.  Not merely during a debate but, also, in selecting a label, slogan, or to frame a mission. Take...
The Lessons of Obamamania
ANDREW LEVINE
Ten years ago in America, War Party fervor was on the rise, the media was in tow, and many a liberal was on board.  Thus began the Bush-Cheney era, one of the darkest moments in American history.  Those years seem like only yesterday, probably because on matters of subs...
The Untouchables of Zuccotti Park
STANLEY ROGOUSKI
In an October 9 article for the website Truthdig.com, Chris Hedges, the former New York Times bureau chief turned dissident journalist, gives us a...
The Vacancies of Capitalism
MIKE KING
Throughout the first several weeks of Occupy Oakland’s existence the analysis and discussion at the General Assembly and elsewhere has been about the need to construct an entirely different social order.  It is not so much that “the system is broken” but that it is...
Man, God and Secession at Yale
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
When I team taught a course on corporate strategy back in 1980 at the Yale School of Management with economist Martin Shubik and former New York Times chief financial officer Leonard Forman, I never dreamed I would be invited back to Yale thirty years later to be...
De-Fault Is Ours
STEVE FRASER
In 1729, when Ireland had fallen into a state of utter destitution at the hands of its British landlords, Jonathan Swift published a ...
451 at Zuccotti Park
PETER LINEBAUGH
The cowardly, nocturnal destruction of more than 5,000 volumes of “the People’s Library” last week, a repository of knowledge gathered by the Occupy Wall Street assembly at Zuccotti Park requires the most vigorous push-back.   Mayor Bloomberg of New Yor...
Detroit Police and the Occupy Movement
GEORGE CORSETTI
Police departments around the country could learn a few things from the Detroit police.   Many of these cities have had bloody confrontations with Occupiers including mass arrests, beatings and pepper spraying by police.  Meanwhile the Occupy Detroit group has enjoyed a...
Global Dignity
MISSY BEATTIE
Last week I attended a presentation by Robert Ford, the first United States Ambassador to Syria in five years.  Just two months ago, Ford was recalled from Syria because of safety concerns.  More than 3500 people, including children, have been killed there. Charm...
Killing Us Softly
DAVID Ker THOMSON
St. James Park, Toronto. It seems churlish to complain about having been insufficiently buffeted about the head, ears, and spleen, what with our community having experienced so many satisfactions in that regard during last year’s G20 and all.  But it mu...
Why I’m Joining the One Percent
BRIAN J. FOLEY
I marched with Occupy Oakland last Saturday, but I’ve had a change of heart. I’m joining the One Percent. The One Percent have fun. They have jobs and money.  Or just money, because when you have a lot of money, you don’t need to work. They live in houses, n...
Let Them In
RALPH NADER
From New York City to Oakland, and several cities in between, the police, on orders from city officials, have smashed the Occupy encampments and evicted the protestors from public parks and spaces. More politicians from Congress to the state and local level want the Occu...
Banks, Pentagon and Academic Pusilanimousness
LINH DINH
“I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy.” —GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain Not everything, mind you, but anything, which would put him on par with the dumbest American living under the heaviest...
The Swing of That Truncheon Thing
RON JACOBS
While I truly empathize with the victims of the use of force by police against Occupy protesters these past few weeks, the fact that these acts of abuse occurred has served a very useful purpose.  For the first time in a long time, the role of police in a society that ca...
The People’s Police Commission
KEVIN CARSON
For years, the standard drill after a police beating or shooting, when it was a citizen’s word against a cop’s and the cop’s testimony was backed up by his Brothers in Blue, was “administrative leave” with pay for the cop — until a review board found “no evi...
Violence Goes to College
VIJAY PRASHAD
Before the assassin’s bullet cut him down, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., had been preparing his sermon for Atlanta’s Ebeneezer Baptist Church. The sermon was called “Why America May Go to Hell.” The theme of the sermon was simple, that the failure to address the a...
A Global Revolt
ROGER BURBACH
Editor’s Note: Occupy Oakland is part of a global movement that is questioning the basic structures of the political and economic system to an extent not seen since 1968. Whether it will succeed in changing these structures is unclear. But it has already...