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What’s Not Happening With Mr. Jones
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Roy Moore was removed from his position as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in November 2003 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for refusing a federal court's order to remove a marble monument of the Ten Commandments he had preposterously installed in the lobby of the Alabama Judicial Building. He has said repeatedly that 9/11 was divine punishment for American’s “blasphemous” toleration of homosexuality and women’s right to choose. (Was it also punishment for Moore’s long history of sexual predation against girls as young as 14 years old?) More
The Height of Racial Resentment: White Cops
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Researchers will surely continue to plow the 2016 U.S. presidential election looking for answers to Donald Trump’s victory for decades to come. What we know now, though, is that racial resentment played a prominent role in the equation. Michael Tesler has shown, for instance, that white racial resentment “was more tightly linked to [support for More
Democrats Have Much to Learn and the Odious Have Much to Teach Them
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
It was clear from the moment Donald Trump was elected president that 2017 would go down in history as one of the worst years ever in American politics.  It is now ending on an even worse note: with the president wandering off into dangerous non compos mentis territory as the consequences of his incompetence become increasingly manifest, and as the law closes in on him, his family, and the scoundrels who run the government for him.     More
Operation Jerusalem Capital: Second Balfour Declaration or Arab-Israeli NATO?
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
You have to admire the cynical brilliance of the electoral mummery of the United States, which yielded Donald Trump for president. From the point of view of the enterprising Robinson Crusoe-like US establishment, the “slurring” upstart, possibly godless brute, Man Friday, though as rich as Croesus, has usurped the management of the Exceptional Island of More
#Me Too: Women are Speaking Out, Are We Listening?
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
I’m not at all surprised by the recent explosion of allegations of sexual assault and harassment against men in powerful political, economic, and entertainment positions. Sexism has always been an integral part of American culture, and predatory businesses and men of power have long been exempt from responsibility for their transgressions. What did it for More
Out Walked Monk
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Usually Monk walked. He ambled across the city on feet as light as a tap-dancer. He weaved his way down block after block, whistling, humming, snapping his fingers. Monk liked to take different routes, but most of them led eventually to the Hudson River, where the large man in the strange hat would lean on More
The Demoralizing Impact of Trump, But Hope Has Arrived
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
It has been one defeat after another for working people, particularly the most oppressed: Native Americans, African Americans, undocumented immigrants, and the LGBTQ community. The corporate agenda is on a winning spree at the expense of almost everyone else. The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines were allowed to proceed. The Affordable Care Act has More
The Most Dangerous Place for Mexican Women is in the Streets
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
In Mexico, from 2012 to 2015, 10,010 women were murdered–seven a day, according to data from the National Health Information System (Sinais). But who are these women who were assassinated and what were the circumstances of the crime? Today, health statistics allow us to look at what’s happening on both the national and the state More
Assassins of the Image: the CIA as Cultural Gatekeeper
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
“There was a conversion of cultures between the milieu of the underworld and the world of the clandestine operative.” – Alfred McCoy “I would like to say to those who think of my pictures as serene… that I have imprisoned the most utter violence in every inch of their surface.” ― Mark Rothko Recent writing More
From Slave Trade to Debt: Occupation Disguised as “Discovery”
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
We have been told, and still are, that it was the pilgrims of the Mayflower that populated America. Had it been empty before? — Eduardo Galeano. What was really discovered [in 1492] is what Spain really was, the reality of Western culture and that of the Church at that time. (…) They did not discover the More
The October Revolution
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
News of the revolution in the tsarist empire came slowly to British India. Most of the newspapers relied upon wire services, which were controlled by the imperial state. Reuters was the main agency. K.C. Roy, a loyal Reuters man, nonetheless said of his service: “There is no gainsaying the fact that the news we receive More
The Grenfell Fire UK Establishment Circus
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
The Grenfell Tower fire establishment circus is well and truly underway, placed in motion by a ruling class never more efficient than when managing and palliating the anger of the poor after presiding over their deaths in acts of social murder, euphemistically referred to as ‘tragedies’, whenever they occur. Six months after a fire ripped More
Twisted Thinking: Police Militarization in Berkeley
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Though it proclaims itself against police militarization, Berkeley City Council has renewed three militarizing federal relationships: the Fusion Center (NCRIC), urban surveillence technology, and Project 1033. It apparently does not see how these projects work together, nor that they are pro-militarist. And in its conceit, it thinks it can control them each separately. That is More
Juvenile Delinquency in U.S. Government
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Just when, one wonders, did United States political discourse become the juvenile embarrassment that it is? Today, of course, we are in an environment when the president immediately responds to any criticism, usually using personal attack or insults to do so. One current brouhaha is instructive. On December 11, Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand More
Stupidity and Blindness Have Destroyed Whatever Democracy the US Ever Had
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Okay, somebody has to say this, so it might as well be me. The American political system exists as it is because of two reasons: 1) The majority of Republican voters are either incredibly ignorant or are simply incredibly selfish, and 2)  The majority of Democratic voters are so blinded by their fear of Republicans More
You are Working Harder and Getting Paid Less
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
The bad news: Your wages are declining. The worse news: Surveys documenting falling wage actually under-estimate how much your wages are declining. A recent entrant to this labor literature, a research paper titled “Decomposing the Productivity-Wage Nexus in Selected OECD Countries, 1986-2013,” studied 11 advanced-capitalist countries and found that in eight of them median wages More
The Axioms of the Other
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
In the delineation of differance everything is strategic and adventurous. Strategic because no transcendent truth present outside the field of writing can govern theologically the totality of the field. — Jacques Derrida, Margins of Philosophy In antiquity, axioms referred to what was obviously true to all. Now they simply refer to the background assumptions we More
Why Don Quixote?
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
The World Health Organization honored Cuba’s Henry Reeve Brigade in 2017.[i] Named after a US internationalist, its 48,000 health care workers throughout the South are more than all the rich countries combined. The Brigade has treated 3.5 million people in 21 countries since Fidel Castro created it in 2005. Some think Cuba’s medical internationalism an More
What Does Trump Mean by “Make America Great Again”?
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Donald Trump’s now ubiquitous slogan, “Make America Great Again!”, is often chanted at rallies, but rarely scrutinized in public discourse. What era in America’s past is Mr. Trump referring to when he says “Again”? Would Mr. Trump prefer America return to the days of slavery, Jim Crow and labor exploitation in unsafe factories, mines, foundries More
Towards a New Palestinian Beginning
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Now that the American mask has completely fallen, Palestinians require an urgent rethink in their own political priorities, alliances and national liberation strategy. Business should not go on as usual after US President Donald Trump accepted Israel’s definition of Jerusalem as its capital, thus violating the overwhelming international consensus on the matter. The Fatah movement, More
Escaping Reality: Roy Moore and the Rage of Decency
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
It all seemed to be the rage of decency.  Everywhere, moral indignation was on the rise. Since the election of Donald Trump to the White House, advocates, activists and arm chair commentators have been subjecting the Trump administration to every analysis except the one that counts: how did actually win. The Alabama Senate election, featuring More
Corporate Interests Are Warping the Internet
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
My identity was stolen this year. The perpetrator didn’t open credit cards in my name or gain access to my finances. Instead, they used my name to submit a comment to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of repealing net neutrality rules. Those rules, enacted in 2015, declared the internet to be a free More
A Story of Two Blockades: New York City and Yemen
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
On December 11, in response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, more than 50 concerned people including representatives of various peace, justice and human rights organizations and communities, gathered in New York City’s Ralph Bunche Park, across First Avenue from the United Nations. Our message, which was communicated on signs and banners and by More
Sinking in the Swamp
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Washington DC was a swamp at the beginning of 2017. When Donald Trump held his inauguration party that so many did not go to, it became an even muddier swamp. At the beginning of 2018 it is clear that there is a leaking septic tank in the middle of that swamp. The smell of corruption More
Prepare! Pursue!! Prevail!!!
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
The waves, the artificial tides of anti-Russian propaganda continue to beat upon the ears and eyes of Western citizens, spurred by US politicians, bureaucrats and tycoons whose motives vary from duplicitous to blatantly commercial.  It is no coincidence that there has been vastly increased expenditure on US weaponry by Eastern European countries. Complementing the weapons’ build-up, More
Into Africa: The Tanzania-Zambia Train to Nowhere
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
In which the author, exclusively for CounterPunch, goes by train but also by ferry, bicycle, plane, and rental car from Nairobi, Kenya, to Pretoria and Johannesburg, South Africa. This is Part IV. To read part I, click here. The Tanzania to Zambia Express: Already Five Hours Late I could have lingered longer in Dar es More
We Agree Assault is Bad, Now Let’s Agree on How to Punish It
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Our national debate about sexual harassment and assault seems to be missing a bit of nuance. As a woman who’s been sexually harassed and assaulted many times, here’s how I see it. Sexual predators aren’t the same as pigs. Roy Moore is a predator. His systematic, frequent pursuing of teenage girls at a shopping mall More
The Greatest Threats to Our Common Humanity
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
I would like to use this opportunity in the run-up to International Human Rights Day to focus on the greatest threats to our common humanity.  And why states need to throw their weight behind genuine international co-operation and human rights both individual and collective, social and economic, as well as legal and constitutional at home More
The Amoral Code of America’s Dirty Old Men
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Many of America’s leaders in politics and other fields have forced themselves on women, their deeds often masked by a sanctimonious decorum. To Donald J. Trump goes the distinction of having been caught in verbal flagrante—bragging about his attacks on women as he bantered off-camera—so he thought—with an accommodating interviewer. Despite the chorus of victims More
Trump & Co.’s Vile Anti-Immigrationism
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna displayed an odious hostility to liberty at a press briefing this week when he tried to associate immigration with terrorism. “If you have immigrant visa programs where the eligibility criteria are low to nonexistent or even an outright lottery,” Cissna, “you’re not selecting for the types of people that More
Trump’s Cruel Policy on Haitian Refugees
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Two months after experiencing the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010, my dad finally made it back home to Boston. What had started as a holiday vacation turned into weeks of sleeping outside the family home in Haiti, fearful that it would collapse on anyone sleeping inside. My family members lived More
Water Rights or Water Privileges?
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Oregon Public Radio had a story about the Deschutes River and its water flow problems. The Deschutes River which historically had one of the most constant flows of any river in the United States due to the abundance of springs that form its headwaters. The annual difference in high and low flows was about 6 More
What I Learned in Ghana 
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
I spent the past four months studying abroad in Accra, Ghana at the University of Ghana. If anyone is interested in study abroad I suggest the provider USAC, who put me in the same dorm as students from other programs who were paying three times the cost. It was certainly nice being outside of the More
It’s Capitalism
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
To say we’re approaching the brink is a yawner. Especially when Nobel Prize recipients are warning that we’re poised at a tantrum. They’ve called on Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to “tone down the rhetoric” to prevent nuclear disaster, that we’re a “tantrum away” from catastrophe. Isn’t it enough we have an epic urgency—that Mother More
Stop Trump movement
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Since the #GagMeElection of 2016 we have heard a great deal about “resistance.” Nevertheless, we’ve seen relatively little of it actually happening. Who is doing what toward what announced goal? The War Resisters League (full disclosure: I was on its National Committee years ago and especially love its secular nonviolent philosophy) is claiming to be More
The Real Internet Censorship Threat
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
In a particularly Orwellian example of the arguments for “Net Neutrality,” the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times preemptively complained that the Federal Communications Commission’s December 14 repeal of the two-year-old rule “sacrifices the free and open Internet on the altar of deregulation.” In fact, the “free and open Internet” did just fine — More
Peace on the Far Side of Nuclear Weapons
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
“. . . real security can only be shared . . .” I call it news in a cage: the fact that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. In other words, how nice, but it has nothing to do with the real stuff going on across More
Christmas Letter to Jesus
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
I am old enough to know there is no Santa Claus, so I am writing to Jesus with my wish list. It’s only been 2017-8 years since Jesus was supposedly around, and the Church of Rome was supposedly founded by his acolytes and continued since that time, so that only about 96 generations have passed More
China: From the Treasure Fleet to One Belt, One Road
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
The One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative is not China’s first attempt at global outreach. Before Colombus and his three ships discovered what would become the Americas, China had the greatest seagoing fleet in the world, up to 3,500 ships at its peak. The US navy has 430 vessels in its fleet. In the 15th century More
Trump’s Blueprint for State Capture
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
—–Scapegoat immigrants and minorities in order to capture the vote of whites who believe they have lost their sense of privilege. —–Nominate the least qualified people ever to head government agencies, a kakistocracy, and brag about how wealthy they are. —–Eliminate clean air and water controls to cater to industries and businesses that pollute and More
Jay-Z’s 4:44 Moves Black Radical Thought Through and Beyond the Classroom
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Trump’s America exposes a fundamental truth—that black lives will be sacrificed to the alter of white supremacy even after the white supremacists retire their hoods. This is not a new lesson. Jay-Z has been telling us so for all of these years. So, I asked my students to listen, closely. As a scholar and educator More
What About Our Debts, Pope Francis?
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
“It’s Satan who leads us into temptation – that’s his department.” Last week the Holy Pontiff, Pope Francis, said he believed that the line “Lead us not into temptation” in the Lord’s Prayer had been wrongly translated in English from the original language of the Bible.  Pope Francis told Italian Catholic television channel TV2000 that More
What Was Verifiably Great About America: Fragments of a Memoir Set to a Musical Soundtrack
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Having been born in a coal and steel company town but destiny delivered, as an adult, to reside, during extended intervals, in the East and West Coast cities of Los Angeles and New York City, and, at present, the continent of Europe, I have come to conclude, people born into situations providing economic advantage, both More
Froberger’s Musical Therapy
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
The season’s forced joyfulness pushes many towards melancholy.  All those carols and crooners, the triumphant blasts of angelic trumpets from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah, the smarmy yuletide tenor cajoling himself into song as chestnuts roast on the open fire at his backside: the immediate result of all this musical merriment can as easily More
A Man Turns
December 15th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Hush! She called him, Dusk and the first snow Are falling, come, join me On the deserted lake road For a twilight rendezvous Destined for us. Never one to refuse her siren call, He dressed and headed up, Silent in the silent snow, The noisy world shut-in for once, His pounding heart the sole sound More
Putin’s Syria “Victory” Won’t End the Proxy War
December 14th, 2017, 12:41 PM

Surveillance That Never Sleeps
December 14th, 2017, 12:41 PM
Just in time for Christmas, the Deep State wants to give America the gift that keeps on giving: never-ending mass surveillance. I’m not referring to the kind of surveillance carried out by that all-knowing and all-seeing Jolly Old St. Nick and his informant the Elf on the Shelf (although, to be fair, they have helped to acclimate us to a world in which we’re always being watched and judged by higher authorities). No, this particular bit of Yuletide gift-giving comes courtesy of the Deep State (a.k.a. the Surveillance State, Police State, Shadow Government and black-ops spy agencies). More