In the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 13, Azerbaijan launched an aggressive military assault along the borders of the Armenian Republic. Observers of politics in the post-Soviet space may be forgiven for thinking that the center of fighting was the disputed, Armenian-inhabited region of Nagorno-Karabakh (also known as Artsakh by Armenians).
Canada, the most affluent of countries, operates on a depletion economy which leaves destruction in its wake. Your people are driven by a terrible sense of deficiency. When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too More The post The Costs of Unlimited Growth: A View from
Abigail Disney, who proclaims that “Class traitors are my patron saint,” is probably the Magic Kingdom’s most disloyal royal. As the grandniece of Walt Disney and granddaughter of Roy Disney, Abigail was born into true show business royalty. But increasingly dismayed by the Walt Disney Company’s contemporary unfair business and labor practices, she became
In Orwell’s novel 1984 we encounter the instrumentalization of language to influence our thinking, the notion of “newspeak” as a hybrid tool to control the minds of a population.  Cognitive dissonance and the manipulation of emotions such as fear and hate play a role is comprehensive brainwashing. Today we witness throughout the United Nations system More
Knock the megachurch. Bash the prosperity gospel. Both are parts of American culture in the neoliberal age. For an interesting take on this cultural feature of U.S. society, I recommend “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul,” in theaters and streaming on Peacock. In the film, director-writer Adamma Ebo focuses on a black megachurch pastor and his More The post Saving
Laws in our nation are supposed to reflect societal values, which include preventing injustice and needless cruelty, but our legal system is too often used to protect powerful interests at the expense of the vulnerable. Among the most abused creatures on earth are the billions of animals who are exploited on factory farms. Millions are More The post Will SCOTUS
It was all about the Queen until it wasn’t. And it was precisely at that point that Charles didn’t sing along. When it came time for “God Save the King” at the end of his mother’s funeral in Westminster Abbey this week the newly sovereign lips were still while the thousands sang around him. The most delusional monarchists might have imagined that millions spread
As the megadrought continues, we are seeing the stories of falling water levels in the Colorado River, with Lake Mead and Lake Powell at 27% of capacity. Flows in the River decreased by 19% between 2000 and 2014, while climate change induced temperature increases can lead to further reduction in flow of 20% by midcentury, More The post The Colorado River’s Endangered
Traditionally great visual European art was meant to be unchanging. And there was a canon composed of such timeless masterpieces. To be sure, this canon gradually expanded to include works by previously little known Western artists and, more recently, also art from other cultures. But these expansions of the canon aimed to identify additional time-tested
A recent New York Times article stated that President Biden tells his staff, when discussing weapons shipments to Ukraine, that he’s trying to avoid World War III. His strategy is to slowly and incrementally ship to Ukraine ever more dangerous and powerful weapons believing if the U.S. shipped all these weapons at once, the Russians More The post “Trying to
I’ll tell you a secret, dearest motherfuckers, if you promise to tell everyone else. The two-party system is nothing but a great big fucking distraction. When it comes down to the big money issues like war and peace, there is virtually zero difference between the Democrats and the Republicans, and both of these thieving cliques More The post How Weaponizing
Ah, the children! They belong to us, sayeth the Department of Defense. At least some of them do. It’s a little more complicated than it used to be, thanks to one of the changes that occurred back in 1973, a year of startling historical significance. That was the year of the Roe v. Wade decision More The post The military to American youth: You belong to me appeared
This is the nineteenth in a series about a journey, by train and bicycle, across Russia to Crimea shortly before the war began. Being in Yalta, even with rain and mud cascading out of the surrounding hills, reminded me of my friendship with Curtis Roosevelt, Anna Roosevelt’s son and FDR’s oldest grandchild, who died in More The post Letter From Crimea: Roosevelt’s
Dave Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!, awoke at five in the morning on May 30, 1989 to the sound of three FBI agents shouting his name in his Tucson, Arizona home. Foreman’s wife Nancy answered the door frantically and was shoved aside by brawny FBI agents as they raced toward their master bedroom where her husband was sound asleep, naked under the sheets, with
Trust Northern Ireland to inject a few drops of rancour into the royal obsequies, though this is scarcely a surprise in a place where murals of Queen Elizabeth II adorn gable ends in unionist districts and republicans have just become the largest political party. More The post How Northern Ireland’s Unionists are Embarrassing Themselves Over King Charles’
The population is two and half years older now than it was in February of 2020. This matters because the huge baby boom generation is now mostly in its sixties and seventies. It is hardly a secret, even to labor economists, that people who are age 66 and a half are less likely to be working than people who are 64. More The post The Non-Mystery of a Smaller Labor Force
For 55 years, Israel has cherry-picked the Geneva Convention which governs the laws of occupation. Throughout this whole period, the international community has been complicit in this deception by doing nothing about it. This has to end if progress is ever to be made in resolving the tragic conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The situation More The
On October 1st, the U.S. military will start spending the more than $800 billion Congress is going to provide it with in fiscal year 2023. And that whopping sum will just be the beginning. According to the calculations of Pentagon expert William Hartung, funding for various intelligence agencies, the Department of Homeland Security, and work More The post
In my check of banana prices recently, one Oregon supermarket (Trader Joe’s) was still charging 19¢ each. Its neighborhood rival (Safeway) was charging 29¢. A gallon of gas at my neighborhood Astro station was $ 3.75 last August, and just dropped from $5.29 two weeks ago to yesterday’s $4.95. Interest in those prices led to More The post Nixon’s Famous Price
The Greanville Post recently republished China watcher Jeff Brown’s 2015 piece, ‘The Myth of Chinese Capitalism’. Brown calls the supposed myth, “One of the greatest fabrications of Western media, among academics and on Wall Street…” He asserts that the West promotes a “self-assuring message…that China is fully in the fold of Western capitalism, 
As I write, there remains a grave danger that the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Energy plant in Ukraine, Europe’s largest, could have a meltdown, similar to the catastrophic one at Chernobyl. All it would take is for the electricity needed to keep the cooling pools where the used fuel rods are stored to end; and that has already happened More The post Active Today or
It’s September, the deadline for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife decision on relisting wolves, and yet not a word from USFWS Director Martha Williams, recently a guest speaker at the annual Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus supported by the Safari Club and other trophy organizations. Rarely have so many comments been delivered on an issue as there More The post A Deafening
During the royal cortege’s procession down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile a man in the crowd was wrestled to the ground by police when he yelled “you’re a sick old man” at Prince Andrew. A woman who held an “abolish monarchy” sign at a proclamation ceremony for Charles in Edinburgh was charged with a criminal offence. A barrister was interrogated by a police officer after
The Russians, however, have no illusions that the US military support for Ukraine is confined to mere shipments of weapons or limited to financial transactions. On August 2, the Russian Defense Ministry accused the US of being “directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine”. The Ministry’s statement was citing an admission by Ukraine’s deputy head of military
Extreme heat killed Tule Lake in the northeast corner of Siskiyou County in northern California. “The story of Tule Lake is one of loss. Farmers in the area are idling croplands. Workers are moving out. This once wetland for millions of migrating birds is a lonelier area.” The death of Tule Lake resurrects the Dust Bowl More The post Extreme Heat appeared first
When you buy produce, you might assume that it is farmed and harvested with minimal standards of justice or it wouldn’t be legal to sell in grocery stores all across America. But farmworkers in the most productive valley in the US have a request. It’s a simple enough ask: that farmworkers in California be allowed More The post Justice for Farmworkers appeared
I have had many people ask me if there is not a better way to fight inflation than the current route of Federal Reserve Board rate hikes. Just to remind people, this route fights inflation by slowing the economy, throwing people out of work, and then forcing workers to take pay cuts. The people who More The post Do Workers Have to Take It on the Chin to Fight Inflation?
Right-wingers are making a big deal out of the decision by people in Martha’s Vineyard not to take into their homes the immigrants that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shipped to them a few days ago. The right-wingers are saying that feeding the immigrants and caring for them was not sufficient. The people of Martha’s Vineyard, More The post Right-Wing Hypocrisy on
In Vienna, China’s permanent mission to the United Nations has been rather exercised of late. Members of the mission have been particularly irate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and its Director General, Rafael Grossi, who addressed the IAEA’s Board of Governors on September 12. Grossi was building on a confidential report by the IAEA More The
Here’s a nightmare scenario: Unable to recruit enough soldiers from the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin takes North Korean leader Kim Jong-un up on his recent offer to send 100,000 North Koreans to join the Russian president’s ill-fated attempt to seize Ukraine. Kim has also promised to send North Korean workers to help rebuild that country’s More The
On the first of September 2022 – eighty-three years after Nazi Germany attacked Poland, a parliamentary committee in Poland has filed its estimate of the economic damage caused by Nazi Germany’s invasion and occupation in World War II. The parliamentary committee found that the losses amounted to 6.2 trillion zlotys, roughly US$1.32 trillion or
One of the greatest weaknesses of presidential leadership over the past 60 years has been the lack of presidential experience in the military and the inability to control the military.  Several weeks before his seminal Farewell Address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower told his senior advisers in the White House, “God help this country when someone sits in
Great Britain today – England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland -- is dirtier and more run down than it was a half century ago; its four nations are more divided internally and from each other; and its people are poorer, fatter and grumpier. British unions are weak, and large corporations are strong. Industries are hardly regulated, resulting in disasters
By November 1948, the postwar “Baby Boom” in the United States had been roaring along for nearly three years. But America’s media spotlight didn’t go whole-hog on babies until that November, the month that saw the young Queen Elizabeth give birth to her first, the British empire’s future king. More The post The First Billionaire to Become UK’s King appeared
“On polio, we simply cannot roll the dice,” said Dr Mary T Bassett, the New York health commissioner a week ago. In July the first polio case in nearly a decade was identified in an unvaccinated man in Rockland County in upstate New York. Governor Kathy Hochul has now declared a state of emergency to More The post The Spectre of Polio appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
Last week, Ken Starr went off to the Great Starr Chamber in the Sky, or most likely the one in Hell. Starr was a star in the ruthless Republican galaxy known as the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" that Hillary Clinton (no Lefty herself) warned us about just before the turn of the 21st century, a conspiracy that's only gotten vaster and even more extremely and destructively
In Vienna, China’s permanent mission to the United Nations has been rather exercised of late. Members of the mission have been particularly irate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and its Director General, Rafael Grossi, who addressed the IAEA’s Board of Governors on September 12. Grossi was building on a confidential report by the IAEA More The
The death of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch of British royalty, has sparked global fascination and spawned thousands of clickbait reports of the details of her funeral. Americans, who centuries ago rejected monarchy, are seemingly obsessed with the ritualism, bizarrely mourning the demise of an elderly and fabulously wealthy woman who
When it comes to academic alienation, few examples loom larger than that of the contingent college professor who, though struggling to survive, racing from campus to campus, overburdened with grading and prep‐work and maxed out credit cards to supplement poverty wages, nonetheless manages to stuff all that chaos into their tattered briefcase before class
There they were again. The dangling irony of memorial Nikes . . . I was walking home from my neighbor’s house. They’d just had a piano recital and I was still full of music when I saw the pair of tennis shoes flung over the telephone wire that crosses my street – instantly redefining, at More The post Nikes on a Wire appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
Bob Niemi was one of the first people I met when I first worked a St. Michael’s College. It was 1992. He was teaching an evening class and I worked the Durick Library’s front desk. I was working with him to put a few books on Reserve for his course. The titles included some of More The post A Radical Scholar and Teacher Moves On appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
Karl Marx famously wrote in the Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte that historical facts appear twice, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Following this observation, journalists’ longstanding denial of the fascist implications of Trump’s ties to QAnon long ago ventured into black comedy. President Biden recently referred to Trumpism
In 2012, Margaretta D’Arcy and Niall Farrell marched onto the runway to protest the airport being used by U.S. planes. Arrested and convicted, they nonetheless returned to the runway the next year in orange jumpsuits. During the court proceedings in June 2014, D’Arcy grilled the airport authorities about why they had not arrested the pilot of an armed U.S.
Once the fixated adoration with the late Queen Elizabeth II starts cooling, the accountants of public welfare and decency will be stunned to realise the costs and wealth associated with the royal institution.  Her successor, Charles III, is continuing in that vein, a jarring note of wealth and pomp even as prices rise and the More The post Royal Money: Charles
After 12 bleak years of various Conservative governments, led by inadequate Prime Ministers, the UK is on its knees. Democracy is under attack like never before; the disaster of Brexit, which has resulted in a catalogue of negatives including social polarization, isolationism and rabid tribalism. Years of grinding austerity, underinvestment in public
As Banned Books Week Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary, It’s Time to Unequivocally Condemn Censorship In her best-selling novel Speak, young adult author Laurie Halse Anderson wrote, “Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.” Since the American Library Association (ALA) and Association of American Publishers helped launch Banned Books
Sometimes a billionaire does something that is not venal, selfish, or self-promoting.  Take note. This week Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and his family announced their plan to place the company valued at over $3 billion into a trust to fund climate change organizing.  This is an inspired act that should be celebrated and emulated. In More The post Making
It is common for politicians and pundit types to speculate on when or whether China’s economy will pass the US economy as the world’s largest. The latest episode to cross my path was a column by David Wallace in the New York Times. There is little reason for this sort of speculation. China is already More The post China is the World’s Largest Economy: Get Over It appeared
Photograph Source: Library and Archives Canada - CC BY 2.0 The relentless display of public mourning we’re seeing during Britain’s week in the bardo is not merely a matter of “paying respects” to the departed queen. It goes far beyond that. It’s clear that the government, the “loyal opposition” and the media are together constructing a quasi-religious cult
What about this special relationship between Twitter and Israel? As a starting point, any examination of this bond and its impact on honest fact-based discussion and debate must necessarily begin from the recognition that Israel, like India, and a number of other autocratic regimes has stripped Twitter of any meaningful discretion let alone ability to ensure
Conveniently for humans, the philosophers of the Industrial Age declared that animals had no sense of their miserable condition. They could not understand abuse, they had no conception of suffering, they could not feel pain. When captive animals bit, trampled or killed their human captors, it wasn’t an act of rebellion against abusive treatment but merely
Every day or so we learn about new horrors inflicted on women and girls by the vicious war on abortion rights that has been dramatically escalated in the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson decision. There’s nothing mysterious about the Donald Trump-captive Republi-fascist Party’s reprehensible role spearheading this sadistic sexist
If the GOP flips the House, senate or both this fall, we will all get to watch a rerun of a familiar show: The Chuckleheads Take Charge. At first, casual glance that may seem preferable to the Dem rerum: World War III with Moscow. But hello? If you think the GOP is antiwar, you need your head examined. More The post The Chuckleheads Take Charge appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
One-third of Pakistan is underwater. Record heat waves blanket the globe driving up temperatures beyond what humans can survive. Polar glaciers are melting much faster than scientists predicted. Droughts, fires and floods are ravaging the planet, forcing the displacement of tens of millions of people. And this is just the beginning. It’s time to tell More
On April Fool’s Day 2022, r/place returned to Reddit. First released in 2017 and an instant Reddit sensation, r/place allows users to place colored squares onto a collective canvas. For better or worse, r/place downloads the consciousness of the “front page of the internet” into visual form, and the result is exactly what one would More The post The New Fight
On June 17 a plane painted with the red, white, and blue colors of the six-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots lifted off from Harlingen, Texas. This plane, however, wasn’t going to deliver the football team to a game. It was crossing the Gulf of Mexico, en route to San Pedro Sula, Honduras on More The post Where Sports and Deportation Meet: ICE Is Removing
When Congress directs the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) to coordinate with other relevant federal agencies to research a five-year scientific assessment of solar and other rapid climate interventions, it’s only too apparent that the highest levels of government have gotten the internal memo that the climate is in trouble. Even so,
The centipede creeped from between where the damp bag of sand rested on the concrete. I recoiled at first, but my curiosity for all things that crawled took over. I looked at the creature crawl away until my brother stomped on it. We were with our father as he and a half dozen other men More The post Nationalism: A Satanic Religion appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
On May 19th, I echoed Secretary of State Blinken’s call for an “independent, credible investigation” of the violent death of widely respected Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.  At that time, several Members of Congress called for the FBI to be involved, as did I.  That would be customary and appropriate after a tragedy like this More The
This piece was first published by the late Louis Proyect in September 2018. About 10 years ago, two young radicals showed up on Marxmail and soon found themselves clashing with old fogies on the list. One of them was the 19-year-old Bhaskar Sunkara who unsubbed from the list to get away from all the nasty More The post Jacobin, Air-Conditioning, and Productivist
…Possibility often signifies the predictable presence of the already known: a smooth determinate Aristotelian possibility. Hence, passion directs itself to “the impossible.” – Catherine Keller, Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology & Planetary Entanglement “And the more that cloud of impossibility is recognized as obscure
When I was growing up in the ’70s, a common vision of the dystopian future was a bleak, industrialized landscape where everyone has to wear gas-masks because of pollution. The image goes back further still; speaking on the campaign trail in 1968, RFK warned a classroom of children that unless the US did something, air More The post Maskless Dystopia appeared
Who’s to blame for climate destabilization and the many other ecological crises driving us toward collapse? Looking for the villains in the story is understandable, given the depth of human suffering and the extent of environmental destruction. Judgments of individual and institutional failures are necessary as we develop not only new policies but different
In the American ethos, sacrifice is often hailed as the chief ingredient for overcoming hardship and seizing opportunity. To be successful, we’re assured, college students must make personal sacrifices by going deep into debt for a future degree and the earnings that may come with it. Small business owners must sacrifice their paychecks so that More The post
A small team started from Junagarh block head quarter of Kalahandi district of Odisha province in India by 3 bikes to the Gobar Gola hills to see how Covid vaccination has been done in the remote Lakhnapada village by the volunteers of an NGO. After traveling around 15 kilometers the team reached the foothill. From More The post The Last Mile Vaccination appeared