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CounterPunch Spring Donation Drive

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Click amount to donate direct to CounterPunch $25 $50 $100 other use Paypal The Final Days: Of the Fundraiser or CounterPunch? There are only three days left in the CounterPunch annual fund drive. This act of yearly extortion of our readers is a crucial part of our annual budget and is what enables us to Read more

War By Other Means

David Macaray writes a short history of economic sanctions; Purple Heart Nation: historian Jerry Lembcke on the fetishization of war wounds; Argentine journalist Daniel Edwards assays the political influence of the late Eduardo Galeano on the imagination of the American Left; in Free-Range Capitalism, journalist Stan Cox reports on the economic and environmental wreckage inflicted by […] More

Marx: a Hero for Our Time?

Suddenly, everyone from the Wall Street Journal to Rolling Stone seems to be talking about Karl Marx. Louis Proyect delves into this mysterious resurgence, giving a vivid assessment of Marx’s relevance in the era of globalized capitalism. THE MEANING OF MANDELA: Longtime civil rights organizer Kevin Alexander Gray gives in intimate portrait of Nelson Mandela Read more

The Last Toxic Gasp of Nuclear Power

Inside the dynamite new issue of CounterPunch magazine: John LaForge takes an unflinching survey of the state of the nuclear power industry in the wake of Fukushima: its ailing plants, leaking pipes, security threats, accumulating radioactive waste and escalating costs. David Macaray charts the end of the middle class in America over the last 50 Read more

How AIPAC Became King of the Hill

The new issue of CounterPunch magazine is hot off the press and it’s an explosive edition, headlined by Jeffrey Blankfort’s searing history of the Israeli lobby in American politics. Blankfort charts the rise of AIPAC, how it craftily avoided having to register as a foreign agent, how it has played presidents against congresses, and congresses Read more

The Endurance of Wikileaks

Julian Assange’s pal Binoy Kampmark writes on the resilience of Wikileaks; Charles Pierson peers through the fog to get at the truth about civilian deaths from drone attacks in Pakistan; Nick Alexandrov assays the disturbing reversion of Honduras in the wake of the latest fraudulent elections; Lee Hall writes a heart-rending essay on the imperiled bobcats of the Read more

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The NSA and Its Enablers

Peter Lee’s cover story on the NSA and Its Enablers is ground-breaking and disturbing; the irrepressible Andre Vltchek contributes a vivid dispatch from the streets of Cairo; Ron Jacobs conducts a probing interview with Bill Ayers; Lee Ballinger compares and contrasts James Brown and Jay Z; the wonderfully astute eye of Kim Nicolini surveys the Read more

CounterPunch Annual Fund Drive!

Looks Like We Made It! Thanks to all of you (more than 2200) CounterPunchers who sent donations, bought subscriptions and books, and helped us to our goal.  It’s a bare-bones budget, so we say to the rest of the hundreds of thousands of fans of our site still fumbling for their credit cards or check Read more

KILLING DETROIT

Darwin Bond-Graham on the planned destruction of America’s greatest industrial city; AMERICAN AMAZON: Susanna Hecht on the surreal history of American attempts to turn the Amazon into a colony for slavers and speculators; FOCUSING HIROSHIMA: Jeffrey St. Clair interviews artist elin o’Hara slavick on her startling new project photographing radioactive objects from the Hiroshima bombing; Read more

SYRIA AND THE HYPOCRISY OF COLONIALISM

Jennifer Loewenstein explains why the Syria civil war is an engineered catastrophe by tracing the grim history of French and British colonial meddling in the Middle East; SNOWDEN & LATIN AMERICA: Daniel Edwards reports from Argentina on the reaction to Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA spying and the strong-armed tactics to keep him from gaining Read more

THE DARK SIDE OF THE NEW ECONOMY

Darwin Bond-Graham surveys the wreckage of the Bay Area, where the gap between the super-rich and everyone else has never been wider or more repulsive; NADER LOOKS BACK—Laura Flanders goes one-on-one with Ralph Nader on his career, the minimum wage, the state of the American Left and his nostalgia for, yes, Richard Nixon; TRUTH AND Read more

A Social History of Wiretaps

Anthropologist David Price recounts the history of government wiretaps in America, which began soon after the development of the telephone, and the changing public attitudes toward domestic spying by intelligences agencies; TWILIGHT OF THE POST-WORLD WAR II ORDER: Peter Lee profiles the new Japan: aggressive, militaristic, nostalgic for the old empire; MY HOLLYWOOD ADVENTURE WITH Read more

Hollywood and the CIA

Film historian Ed Rampell details Hollywood’s entangled relationship with the CIA and the Pentagon; HOUSES OF THE DEAD: Nancy Kurshan exposes the cruel human rights offenses taking place inside America’s vast gulag of Control Unit Prisons; BROTHERHOOD OF SUMMER:  David Macaray charts the history of the most powerful union in the US: the Baseball Players Read more

WAR CRIMES AS POLICY

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 Read more

BLIND FAITH IN DRONES

Tom Barry on the proliferation of drones, from the CIA to the military to the drug warriors; BIG BANG THEORY IN NORTH KOREA: Peter Lee on how the latest nuclear weapons tests might change the power dynamics on the Korean peninsula; AFGHANISTAN: THE GARDEN OF EMPIRES: Julien Mercille on opium, guns and counter-insurgency in Afghanistan; Read more

The Strange Saga of the Kissinger Papers

In the new CounterPunch magazine, historian Christopher Dietrich details the extraordinary lengths Henry Kissinger has taken to block public access to his papers; A SHORT HISTORY OF RIGHT-TO-WORK LAWS: labor journalist David Macaray charts the origins of the 60-year campaign to destroy organized labor; FRACKING AND THE GREAT GAME: Steve Horn on the globalization of Read more

Annual Fundraising Appeal

Now, Back to Work Thanks to all of you CounterPunchers who sent donations, bought subscriptions and books, and helped us to our goal.  It’s a bare-bones budget, so we say to the rest of the hundreds of thousands of fans of our site still fumbling for their credit cards or check books, we accept help Read more

THE ARAB SPRING AT A CROSSROADS

Esam Al-Amin surveys the new Middle East, from the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, to the aftermath of the overthrow of Qaddafi and the civil war in Syria, and outlines the economic and political challenges facing the fledgling Arab democracies; THE BI-PARTISAN PLAN TO GUT MEDICARE: Dave Lindorff digs beneath the rhetoric to expose the Read more

SPECIAL 32-PAGE TRIBUTE ISSUE FOR ALEXANDER COCKBURN

GO ASK ALEX by Jeffrey St. Clair; COCKBURN’S PROMONTORY by Peter Linebaugh; RIDICULING THE CELEBRATED; CELEBRATING THE RIDICULED by Frank Bardacke; ON SOCIALISM, CAPITALISM AND PEOPLE’S LIVES by Robert Pollin; DINER WITH ALEX AND GORE VIDAL by Ben Tripp; GATHERER OF WORLDS by JoAnn Wypijewski; CONNOISSEUR OF TRAILING EDGE TECHNOLOGY by Pierre Sprey; ALEX THE Read more

THE HUMILIATION OF JP MORGAN

$6 billion in losses; botched swap operations; fraudulent financial reports; rate-rigging; deceptive sales practices; manipulation of energy markets. Mike Whitney rakes through the multiple scandals at JP Morgan Chase; THE FAKE WAR ON COPS: Kevin Carson explodes the myth that violence against police officers is rising; in fact, it’s never been safer to be a Read more

JIM CROW IN THE FIELDS

Loans denied, humiliating terms, racist insults, farms foreclosed. Heather Gray reports on the struggle for justice by the South’s black farmers; ZONES OF EXTRACTION: Irish historian Iain Boal travels to Cornwall, recounting the social and environmental legacy of mining that extends from Penzance to California; CAMERON’S ASSAULT ON THE POOR: Joseph Richardson exposes the brutal Read more

SLASH-AND-BURN ECONOMICS

Mike Whitney takes apart Mitt Romney’s economic resumé, from his career as a corporate raider at Bain Capital to his fleeting, but disastrous, tenure as governor to his embrace of Paul Ryan’s austerity scheme; THE CIA BACK ON CAMPUS: David Price digs through piles of once secret documents showing how intelligence agencies and the military Read more

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