25 years since the Mack Avenue Fire Inquiry
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-23
The Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party (US), campaigned to expose the terrible social conditions, created by capitalism, that killed seven young children in Detroit.
Star Wars Redux: Trump's Space Force
Karl Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
If Donald Trump gets his way on formation of a Space Force, the heavens would become a war zone. Inevitably, there would be military conflict in space. The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 which designates space as the global commons to be used for peaceful purposes–and of which Russia and China, as well as the United States, are parties–and the years of work facilitating the treaty since would be wasted.
Democrats Finally Deviate From "Let's Start World War 3" Midterm Platform
Caitlin Johnstone | iranian.com | 2018-06-22
Rachel Maddow finally took a break from her relentless warmongering toward Russia, Syria and North Korea to have a pretend cry about the plight of immigrant children on her hit MSNBC show. It was arguably the climax of a loud nationwide outcry against a federal policy of separating parents from their children when they are arrested for […] | The post Democrats Finally Deviate From "Let's Start World War 3" Midterm Platform appeared first on The Iranian.
The Nuclear Status Quo
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Peace, love and Donald Trump? I get the skepticism regarding the tentative nuclear disarmament agreement the president and Kim Jong-un reached last week, but not the cynicism — not the outright dismissal. It's too easy to hate Trump, but he isn't the point. In his reckless unpredictability — in his lust for applause and desperation…
Hungering for Nuclear Disarmament
Kathy Kelly | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
In the state of Georgia's Glynn County Detention Center, four activists await trial stemming from their nonviolent action, on April 4, 2018, at the Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay. In all, seven Catholic plowshares activists acted that day, aiming to make real the prophet Isaiah's command to "beat swords into plowshares." The Kings Bay is home port…
Indifference to a Hellish World
Tamara Pearson | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Obligatory apathy: We live in a society that despises any sign of caring about just how bad things are for most people. The planet is corroding and smoldering, and time and resources are going into nuclear weapons and sending humanity into its own carefully prepared hell. The unequal global economy is efficiently stimulating the starvation…
Could "Tough Love" Salvage Lebanon?
Franklin Lamb | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
"You could qualify for U.S. and Western aid to salvage Lebanon or you can cede what's left of your country's sovereignty to Iran. But you cannot do both." A US Congressional staffer after his boss recently introduced legislation to cut off all aid to Lebanon until it…
Israel To Displace 21 Families While Its Army Holds Drills In West Bank
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-06-22
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at night, Khirbat Hamsa al-Foqa village, in Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank, and handed warrants to 21 families, ordering them to leave their dwellings while the army conducts live fire training. The soldiers handed 18 orders to 21 families, instructing them all to …
Civilization and Its Absence
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
If the goal of a film, whether fictional or documentary, is to show rather than tell, then Nikolaus Geyrhalter is in a class by himself. Born in 1972, the Austrian documentary filmmaker has 52 credits to his name. Six of his greatest works have now been collected into a DVD set that is available from…
Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians, Injure Five Others, Near Bethlehem
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-06-22
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday evening, five young Palestinian men, and shot five others, in Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. Several armored military jeeps invaded the towns, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes, causing damage, and abducted five young men, including Ahmad …
Why the Freedom Flotilla Must Sail: A Conversation with Portuguese MP Bruno Dias
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-06-22
The President of the Portugal-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Group Says the Oppressed People of Gaza Need Hope and Solidarity | The post Why the Freedom Flotilla Must Sail: A Conversation with Portuguese MP Bruno Dias appeared first on The Real News Network.
What's Hippie Food? A Culinary Quest for the Real Deal
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Last April, I emailed the editor of the Anderson Valley Advertiser (AVA) and asked if he knew of a place "that makes and serves hippie food." He replied,…
The 'Soft Coup' and the Attack on the Brazilian People
Celina Stien-della Croce | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
In 2016, when former President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff was removed from office, I asked my dad- a New Yorker who religiously reads the morning paper- what he thought about the political situation in Brazil. He had read a New York Times article about the alleged corruption scandal, about the mismanagement of money and how…
Struggle and Defiance at Colombia's Feast of Pestilence
James Jordan | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
There is a scene in Arturo Alape's novel, El Cadaver Insepulto (The Unburied Corpse) that sums up Colombia's current reality. A small group of authorities have been called to enter the apartment of an elderly woman who has not been seen in the community for days. Her apartment is at the top of Bogotá's historic hillside Candelaria…
USA's "Soft" Coup in Ethiopia?
Thomas Mountain | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
The USA has launched a "Soft Coup" in Ethiopia in an attempt to relieve growing revolutionary pressure from the Ethiopian people after three years of failed martial law rule. These past three years had seen brutal repression with thousands killed and tens of thousands thrown into regime dungeons with no end in sight. The devil…
Electrocuting Oral Tradition
Geoff Dutton | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
What little we know of prehistory comes from divining the remains and rubbish of hominids who didn't write down what they were up to. The day may come when alien archeologists puzzle over what we were up to after books went extinct. Texts they encounter may refer to a thing called "Internet," which they will…
Nikki Haley: Damn the UNHRC and the Rest of You Too
Ann Garrison | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
On Tuesday, June 19, our UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced US withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) now meeting in Geneva. The UNHRC is stacked with human rights abusers including Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and, till now, the US itself, but this is still an ugly gesture, like refusing to accept the jurisdiction…
Why Wild Horse Island is still wild
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Late last week, the headline "Wild Horse Island wows visitors" greeted readers across Montana. The thrust of the article highlighted a tour by the Montana Preservation Alliance, conducted by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. While the island's natural amenities and wildlife drew praise, missing was the reason Wild Horse Island is still…
Between Two Deserts: Visual Vignettes From An Iranian-Kuwaiti Bidoon In New Mexico
Ajam Media Collective | iranian.com | 2018-06-22
The following graphic story by Zahra Marwan, an Albuquerque-based illustrator, explores themes of migration and statelessness. The story is told through a series of visual vignettes based on the author's memories of her family in Kuwait, who are categorized as bidoon (or without nationality) by the Kuwaiti state. For more, visit her website, Two Desert Illustrations. […] | The post Between Two Deserts: Visual Vignettes From An Iranian-Kuwaiti Bidoon In New Mexico appeared first on The Iranian.
A Reduction of Economic Warfare and Bombing Might Help
Don Qaswa | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
My colleagues at Lancet have provided me with the information given below. Elaboration on all statistics can be provided, upon request. Suicide is a worldwide public health problem, with 800 000 recorded suicides per year, and an estimated 16 million episodes of self-harm per year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15–29 year olds,…
When Cuban Polyclinics Were Born
Don Fitz | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
As discontent increases with overly expensive and totally inadequate US health care, it is time to look closely at the beginnings of the modern Cuban medical system. Like the US, Cuba had unintegrated, overlapping medical institutions that failed the poor, especially black, population of the island. Though several European countries have developed health care systems…
Antarctic Ice Sheet Melting 3x Faster Than Expected: Sea Level Rise Inevitable
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-06-22
A major new study shows that Antarctica's ice sheet is melting far faster than previously and than has been predicted, meaning that sea levels will rise faster than expected. We speak to the study's lead author, Prof. Andrew Shepherd | The post Antarctic Ice Sheet Melting 3x Faster Than Expected: Sea Level Rise Inevitable appeared first on The Real News Network.
A Watershed Moment in Palestinian History: Interview with Jamal Juma'
Ida Audeh | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
For weeks now, Palestinians everywhere have been galvanized by events taking place in the Gaza Strip, the site of weekly (since March 30) mass protests demanding the end of the siege and blockade of Gaza (in place now since 2007) and the right to return to the homes from which they or their elders had…
The Afghan War is Killing More People Than Ever
Edward Hunt | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Seventeen years into the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history, violence has never been worse. In 2017, more than 20,000 Afghans died, a new record. The dead include an estimated 10,000 Afghan security forces, 10,000 Taliban forces, and 3,438 civilians. Although there is no reliable data on Afghan casualties available to the…
Neoliberalism, Pipelines, and Canadian Political Economy
Christopher Jones | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
The national debate about how to get diluted bitumen to trans-oceanic markets by means of a twinning of the existing Kinder Morgan pipeline route between Alberta and British Columbia — known as the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project — illustrates the sad state of economic planning, diversification and vision in Canada. The current policy of…
The Pain of Puerto Ricans is a Profit Source for Creditors
Lara Merling | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Puerto Rico was already in trouble after suffering a "lost decade" without economic growth after 2005, leading to a default on its public debt and mass migration from the island. That was before it got hit with one of the most powerful storms in history, Hurricane Maria, on September 20, 2017, followed by criminally inadequate…
What Does Optimism Look Like Now?
Patrick Bobilin | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
We're living in deeply dire times. Each day we're confronted with a new moral crisis. The latest to come in June 2018 had us in an extremely dark place, with children being separated from their parents at the border. We've seen a spike in mental illness, a rise in high profile suicides, and a continued…
Trump's War on Sex
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
In May, Pres. Donald Trump gave the keynote speech for the Susan B. Anthony List annual "Campaign for Life," a gathering tosupport political candidates who oppose abortion. "When I ran for office, I pledged to stand for life," he proclaimed. "And as president, that's exactly what I've done. And I have kept my promise, and I think everybody here understands that fully."
MAGA, Trump Style
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Donald Trump slithered into the White House, ushered in by the bizarre Electoral College which, for the second time in sixteen years, succeeded in thwarting the will of the small percentage of U.S. citizens who actually vote. He vowed to 'Make America Great Again', which in and of itself should have disqualified him, since it…
Big Oil's Man in Foreign Policy
Jim Hightower | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
The Koch brothers' extremist political agenda of empowering multinational corporations to reign as sovereigns has always been inextricably entwined with the profiteering agenda of their wholly-owned, $100-billion-a-year industrial conglomerate. The brothers' plutocratic view of business-as-government even has a name: Pompeo. As in Mike Pompeo, the Trump regime's latest secretary of state. Years ago, while living…
My Friend Margot Kidder: Sharing a Love of Dogs, the Wild, and Speaking Truth to Power
Louisa Willcox | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
She could not be dead, I thought, she had survived so much — blizzards at the Standing Rock pipeline protest, her public breakdown, and even flying in the stratosphere as Lois Lane in the movie Superman. Yes, she was a celebrity — but I saw Margie simply as my friend. I had seen her just…
One Israeli Soldier Injured During An Invasion In Deheishe
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-06-22
One soldier was injured, on Thursday at dawn, during protests that took place after dozens of soldiers invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, and abducted one Palestinian. The army said dozens of Palestinians hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at the military vehicles, wounding …
Why is Tariq Ramadan Imprisoned?
Barbara Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Harvey Weinstein isn't in jail; neither is actor Kevin Spacey, chef Mario Batali, TV host Matt Lauer, nor New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman. Although some might like to see them behind bars. Even convicted felon Bill Cosby is free until he's sentenced in September. (Being out of jail does not of course imply any…
The Ever-Shrinking Space for Hazara Ethnic Group
Rohullah Naderi | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
The hunger strike by Ms. Jalila Haider, a human rights attorney and founder of a nonprofit organization, "We the Human — Pakistan", has highlighted the plight of the Hazara ethnic group and the persecution they face in Pakistan. Her daring hunger strike grabbed the national headlines in the Pakistani media and forced Pakistan's Chief of…
Children in Cages Create Glimmers of the Moral Reserve
Patrick Higgins | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Are children in cages the turning point? Under huge public pressure, President Trump issued an executive order that instead of children being put in cages, they would now be locked up together with their parents. Crisis resolved, let's not forget that they are "illegals." As good citizens, we voice our concerns but ultimately do not…
'I Refuse to Let This City Sweep My Son's Death Under the Rug'
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-06-22
In our ongoing series of stories investigating the consequences of decades of unconstitutional and racist policing we spoke to Greta Carter-Willis, whose 14-year old son was shot dead by police in 2006 in the kitchen of her Southwest Baltimore home | The post 'I Refuse to Let This City Sweep My Son's Death Under the Rug' appeared first on The Real News Network.
Why We Still Need Pride Parades
Robin Carver | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
The sun was invisible behind a sheen of Saturday clouds as I crossed the intersection in six-inch platform heels. I was comfortable, and modestly dressed — but even modest outfits are loud on my six-foot-six trans body. A car horn grabbed my attention as I made my way across the sidewalk, so I turned to…
Melania Trump Visits Migrant Children Near Border
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-22
The first lady engages with children, mostly from Guatemala, in classrooms at Texas facility a day after the president eases his policy on separation of migrant families. | The post Melania Trump Visits Migrant Children Near Border appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
Intolerable Opinions in an Intolerant Time
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
In 1638, John Lilburne was put on secret trial by the Star Chamber of Charles I. His crime? The writing and distribution of seditious pamphlets that skewered the legitimacy of the monarchy and challenged the primacy of the high prelates of the Church of England. He was promptly convicted of publishing writing of "dangerous consequence and evil effect."
Immigrant Kids are Suffering From Trauma That Will Last for Years
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Let's be clear about something: Separating children from families, as the Trump regime is doing to undocumented immigrants, isn't just cruel. It's going to cause irreparable damage to the children involved — and probably to the parents too. The difference is that developmental trauma — trauma experienced in childhood — is much more difficult to…
The Unsurpassed Power trip by an Insuperable Control Freak
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon.com, Inc. 410 Terry Ave N Seattle, WA 98109 Dear Mr. Bezos: You've come a long way from being a restless electrical engineering and computer science dual major at our alma mater, Princeton University. By heeding your own advice, your own hunches and visions, you've become the world's richest person — at $141…
Give It Up, Ya Mahmoud
Raouf Halaby | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Dear Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, If my salutation does not accord you the decorum one extends to heads of state, then so be it. For far too long, Ya Mahmoud, you've tried to convince yourself and the world that you are the President of the Palestinian Authority. Authority over what, may I ask? Authority over the…
End the Wars to Halt the Refugee Crisis
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Europe is facing the most significant refugee crisis since World War II. All attempts at resolving the issue have failed, mostly because they have ignored the root causes of the problem. On June 11, Italy's new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, blocked the Aquarius rescue ship, carrying 629 refugees and economic migrants, from docking at its…
Photos Of Iranian Women Watching Soccer At Azadi Stadium For The First Time Since 1979
Ali Nejad | iranian.com | 2018-06-22
For the first time since 1979, Iranian women were allowed to Azadi Stadium to watch soccer in the same venue as men. | The post Photos Of Iranian Women Watching Soccer At Azadi Stadium For The First Time Since 1979 appeared first on The Iranian.
Celebrating the End of Slavery, With One Big Asterisk
Jessicah Pierre | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
During the week of June 19, cities around the country mark Juneteenth — the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, this holiday marks the day when Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with…
Armenia's Velvet Revolution: Ruben Malayan's Posters of Protest and Hope
Paul Von Blum | truthdig.com | 2018-06-22
The artist's works document a monumental step toward democracy in his home country and offer stunning examples of the art of the protest poster. | The post Armenia's Velvet Revolution: Ruben Malayan's Posters of Protest and Hope appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
Pro-War Media Deserve Slamming, Not Sainthood
James Bovard | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
The media nowadays are busy congratulating themselves for their vigorous criticism of Donald Trump. To exploit that surge of sanctimony, Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg rushed out The Post, a movie depicting an epic press battle with the Nixon administration. Critics raved over the film, which the New York Post enthusiastically labeled "journalism porn of the highest order."
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Misery is not the only thing that "acquaints a man with strange bedfellows," as Shakespeare put it; geopolitical machinations and international animosities do as well. Even so, the not-so-secret marriage of convenience — or is it only an affair? — between Israel, on the one hand, and Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf monarchies, on the other, is mind-boggling. Hovering over that strange liaison is, of course, Donald Trump's America.
Can Former Lebanese MP Mustafa Alloush Turn Even the Coldest of Middle Eastern Sceptics into an Optimist?
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Mustafa Alloush is one of those very few politicians who might turn you into an optimist — even in the Middle East. He's a much loved doctor, a black belt judo expert, a novelist in waiting, a scourge of uneducated clerics, an enemy of corruption, a critic of all and maybe even a minister in the…
We Subsidize the Wrong Kind of Agriculture
Brian Wakamo | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-22
Summer: the season of barbecues, baseball games, and backyard fun. It's also the time of year when the American farming industry comes into full swing producing the crops we hold near and dear. The pastoral ideal of golden fields of corn and wheat is what comes to mind for most people, and they'd be on…
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