NEW DIGITAL COUNTERPUNCH: Rob Urie on THE FAILURE OF LIBERAL ECONOMIC TINKERING; and Eric Draitser on THE NEW POWER STRUGGLE IN IRAQ. Inside the APRIL magazine: Douglas Valentine and Nicolas Davies detail the strategic use of torture and assassination by US forces during the Iraq War; RAVE ON: Lee Ballinger on the latest in the war on youth: police crackdowns on raves; THE AFGHAN WAR COMES HOME TO PHILLY: Dave Lindorff reports on the drone base in Philadelphia, which is now a legitimate target of Al Qaeda; FRACKING FRENZY HITS CALIFORNIA: Joshua Frank on the drive to frack the Monterrey Shale unrestrained by any environmental regulations; GOSPEL OF THE SLUMS: Daniel Edwards reports from Buenos Aires on Pope Francis’s hostility toward Liberation Theology during the Dirty War.

CounterPunch contributor DAVE LINDORFF is a producer along with MARK MITTEN on a forthcoming feature-length documentary film on the life of Ted Hall and his wife of 51 years, Joan Hall. A Participant Film, “A Compassionate Spy” is directed by STEVE JAMES and will be released in theaters this coming summer. Lindorff has finished a book on Ted Hall titled “A Spy for No Country,” to be published this Fall by Prometheus Press.