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"I Want You to Tell Me Why You Killed People"
-- Guilt and Howard Zinn

Why did Howard Zinn, at the age of 87, feel the need to publish The Bomb? What was Allen Nelson’s  most memorable tale, famous in Okinawa, about the incident that began his long journey from killing machine to Quaker pacifist?  Read Doug Lummis’ extraordinary essay about war and expiation.  PLUS “The cop just shot my dog!” Patrick Higgins on why you’re right to worry that the police might blow your best friend away. PLUS Coutts and Stuckler  on the English  riots and the economics of anger.   Subscribe now! If you find our site useful please: Click here to make a donation. CounterPunch books and t-shirts make great presents.

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Today's Stories

August 23, 2011

Patrick Cockburn
Qaddafi Has Lost; But Who Has Won?

Alison Weir
Israeli Video Games in Gaza

Ralph Nader
Verizon: From Wireless to Shameless

Dean Baker
The Cult of Incompetent Bankers

Boris Kagarlitsky
The World's Largest Pyramid Scheme

Andy Kroll
The Badger State's Bloody Stalemate

Clarence Lusane
Nat's Turner's Revolt, 180 Years Later

David Martinez
Why, That Must be Nancy Pelosi!

Robert Fantina
The Marketing of Rick Perry

William John Cox
Airport Screening Follies: Civil Liberties and the TSA

Website of the Day
Drugs Are Great!

 

August 22, 2011

Mike Whitney
Eurozone Crackup

Bill Quigley /
Davida Finger
Katrina Pain Index 2011

Patrick Cockburn
Libya: Divided Rebels

Franklin Lamb
Whither Gaddafi and Libya?

Pam Martens
The Cast Expands in the Strauss-Kahn Saga

Karen Greenberg
How Washington Lost Faith in America's Courts

Steve Early
After Temporary Truce at Verizon, Big Organizing Challenge Remains

Michael Winship
How Washington Could Create Jobs Right Now

James Zogby
Dysfunction and Downgrades

Carl Finamore
Tunisian and Egyptian Women Talk About Their Revolutions

David Macaray
Romancing the First Amendment

Website of the Day
Charlie Parker Live

August 19 - 21, 2011

Alexander Cockburn
Rick Perry: One Lucky Son-of-a-Bitch

Michael Hudson
The Case Against Ratings Agencies

Vicente Navarro
Crisis and Class Struggle in the Eurozone

Uri Avnery
The Return of the Generals

Franklin Lamb
Waiting for the Endgame in Libya

Saul Landau
The Bush Legacy

Winslow T. Wheeler
Pentagon Chit-Chat With Leon and Hillary

David Rosen
The World According to Pastor Perry

Sally Eberhardt
The US Government Won't be Charged With Perjury Even When It's Caught in a Lie

Marshall Auerback
Deathwatch for the Euro?

Ramzy Baroud
US / Arab Disconnect

Dave Lindorff
Punishments Don't Fit the Crime

V. Noah Gimbel
Sketches of Spain in Revolt

Christopher Brauchli
Perry and the Politics of Evolution

Walter Brasch
Tea and Snake Oil

Missy Beattie
Dances With Vultures

David Ker Thomson
The Muckraker's Holiday

Rev. William E. Alberts
Lost in the Darkness of Their Own Light

Robert Bryce
Obama's Biofuels Insanity

Wayne Clark
Fightbacks at Home and Abroad

John Sinclair
Some Idiotic Shit: Scenes From the War on Marijuana

Dan Bacher
Wal-Marting the Oceans

Bruce E. Levine
The MIC at 50

Charles R. Larson
The Horrors of People Trafficking

Jeffrey St. Clair
Slipped Discs: Turner, Atzmon & Rich

David Yearsley
Music on the Campaign Trail

Poets' Basement
Three by David Moser

Website of the Weekend
Ray McGovern, Online

August 18, 2011

Conn Hallinan
Shadow Warriors

David Bromwich
The Saved and the Sacked

Mark Weisbrot
How the Economy Will Die

Franklin Lamb
Tripoli on the Cusp

Kenneth E. Hartman
Facebook Caves to the Prison-Industrial-Complex

Stewart J. Lawrence
The Caesar of Paint Creek, Texas: Perry and the Military

Dean Baker
Shorter Weeks, Longer Vacations

Thomas L. Knapp
The War on Free Speech

Website of the Day
Perry and the Environment

August 17, 2011

Gareth Porter
Veto Over the Drones

Benjamin Dangl
The Andean Connection

Ray McGovern
Tenet and 9/11: a Real Cover-Up?

Jeb Sprague Wikileaks and Haiti: Ex-Paramilitaries Integrated Into Police Force

Alan Farago
Florida's Lethal Waters

Linh Dinh
Looting Frenzies

Binoy Kampmark
Is Britain Broken?

Thomas C. Mountain
Egypt's Secret Minister

Website of the Day
Another Serial Killer From Texas

August 16, 2011

Jean Bricmont /
Diana Johnstone
Who Will Save Libya From Its Western Saviours?

Andrew Levine
The Tax Question: What's Fair?

Christopher Hellman
The Pentagon's Wild Spending Spree

Michael Dickinson
From Brixton to Tottenham

Graham Usher
The UN's Dry Run on Palestinian Statehood

Thomas H. Naylor
Sisyphus on Wall Street

Binoy Kampmark
Turf Wars: Google, Motorola and Apple

Anthony Papa
Life Without Parole in Oklahoma: the Case of Larry Yarbrough

Kevin Carson
Corporations Are People? So Was Hitler

Daniel Weisman
Marijuana Down Under

Website of the Day
When Kathy Griffin Met Michelle Bachmann

August 15, 2011

Heather Gray
Michelle Bachmann's Crazy Ideas About Black Farmers

Tariq Ali
Pakistan at 64

Dean Baker
Obama's Political Economy

Michael Winship
Big Business Has Been Very Very Good to Mitt

Clancy Sigal
Cry Havoc and Let Slip: My Riotous Life

Gilad Atzmon
Mutiny in the Temples of Mammon

Tolu Olorunda
President Perry?

John Grant
The New Face of War

Roger Burbach
Chile at the Crossroads

David Michael Green
The Grubby Species

Ishmael Reed
A Fly on the Wall: Two Tea Baggers

Website of the Day
Jimmy Cliff: "Guns of Brixton"

August 12 - 14, 2011

Alexander Cockburn
Riots and the Underclass

Peter Linebaugh
A Nation of Shopkeepers

David McNeill /
Jake Adelstein
TEPCO's Darkest Secret

David Harvey
Feral Capitalism Hits the Streets

Franklin Lamb
NATO'S Massacre at Majer, Libya

Malini Johar Schueller
The Terror of Campus Security

Diana Gomez
Colombia's Disappeared: Five Years Demanding Justice for My Father

George Ciccariello-Maher
Planet of Slums, Age of Riots

Ed Emery
Empire vs. Multitude: Talking with Antonio Negri

Rónán MacDubhghaill
Japan's Silent Anger

Ramzy Baroud
From Gaza to Somalia

Jeff Sparrow
Fighting Back in London

Uri Avnery
The Poet of the Secret Police

Mark T. Harris
The Nostrum of "Shared Sacrifice"

Brian Cloughley
Targeting Pakistan and Its Army

Caroline Rooney From Cairo to Tottenham: Riots, Revolutions and Big Societies

Ron Jacobs
London's Melted Furnace

Linn Washington, Jr.
Roots of the Riots

Saul Landau
Democratic Chutzpah

Paul Street
The Economics of Barack O'Hoover

Elizabeth Gould /
Paul Fitzgerald
9/11 and the American Mind

Jeff Klein
"Malefactors of Great Wealth"

Dean Baker
A Viable Jobs Policy

Steve Breyman
The Key to My Raise: Corporate U Marches On

David Rosen
Praying for Votes

David Macaray
Behind the Political Curtain: Labor, Obama and Philip Levine

Kevin Maciel
Whither British Journalism?

Missy Beattie
The Toll of Our Revenge

Brian Tierney
Verizon Workers Strike

David Swanson
The Divided Left

Joe Allen
Lucy the Red: the Leftist Roots of Lucille Ball

Phil Rockstroh
Life in an Age of Looting

Stephen Martin
Big Society Burning in Little Britain

Hugh Iglarsh
In Defense of Shyness

L.H. O'Connor
A Christian Looks at Christianity

Charles R. Larson
The Tensions of Not Knowing

Kim Nicolini
Mad Love in "A Streetcar Named Desire"

David Yearsley
Alchemy and Counterpoint

Poets' Basement
Sameer Bhat

Website of the Weekend
Then, Now, Tomorrow

August 11, 2011

Kathy Kelly
More Lost by the Second

Ashley Dawson
Policing the Crisis: the London Riots in Historical Perspective

Patrick Cockburn
Libya's Ragtag Rebels

Jeanne Mirer /
Marjorie Cohn
The Legal Duty to Create Jobs

Tom Engelhardt
The Pentagon's Fake Jihadists

Susan Galleymore
The Deep Cost of War Trauma

Alison Weir
The Israel Lobby's Return to Congress

Dan Bacher
Arnold's Environmental Legacy

Website of the Day
Where Have Libya's Children Gone?

August 10, 2011

Winslow T. Wheeler
Defense Budget Hysteria

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
Burning Britain: Economic Conditions Driving Riot Fever

Carl Finamore
When is a Riot a Revolt?

Jeff Halper
The Tent Protests in Israel

Marjorie Cohn
50 Years of Agent Orange

Lawrence S. Wittner
How to Save a Quarter Trillion Dollars: Scrap Nuclear Weapons "Modernization"

Dean Baker
The Failed Dogma of the ECB

Brian J. Trautman
Wall Street, Main Street and the Debt Deal

Website of the Day
Darcus Howe on the London Riots

August 9, 2011

Franklin Spinney
Americans Have the Clock, But the Taliban Have the Time

Paul Craig Roberts
The S&P Downgrade: What It Really Means

Hal Austin
London's Burning: Inside the Tottenham Uprising

Mike Whitney
Swan Song for the Euro

Barbara Ehrenreich
Turning Poverty Into an American Crime

Brian L. Horejsi
Obama and the Tar Sands Pipeline

Vijay Prashad
Jesse Jackson, Jr. Goes to Israel

Ralph Nader
Throwing America Overboard

Mats Svensson Muhammad's Story: "Recently I Was Someone, Now I'm Nobody"

Thomas C. Mountain
An Island in the Famine

Charles R. Larson
Robbing the Poor to Pay the Rich

Website of the Day
Bibi, Shake-Shake

August 8, 2011

Pam Martens
The Real Strauss-Kahn Story Back at the New York Times: Unreliable Sources, Faulty Facts

Patrick Cockburn
Bahrain: the Divided Kingdom

Marshall Auerback
The S&P's Coup

Mark Weisbrot
The Economy Wreckers

Ray McGovern
They Died in Vain (Deal With It)

Michael Winship
The Bullies and the Accomodator: a New Era of Hostage Politics

Franklin Lamb
Where Have Libya's Children Gone?

Mitu Sengupta
India's "World Class" Heist

Steve Early
Obama's Gift to Verizon

Martha Rosenberg
Pimping Alcoholics

Joe Giambrone
Go Apes!

Website of the Day
Worst Professor Ever

August 5 - 7, 2011

Alexander Cockburn
Ready to Vote for Mitt Romney?

John R. MacArthur
The Deindustrial-ization of America

Gar Alperovitz
The Decision to Bomb Hiroshima

Uri Avnery
"How Goodly Are Thy Tents?"

Linh Dinh
Shop and Shoot America

Ed Kinane
A City of Sandbags and Armed Men

Mark Weisbrot
The Crisis That Wasn't

Conn Hallinan
Peddling Foolishness on Afghanistan

Saul Landau
The Good, the Bad and the Crazy

John Sinclair
Drug War: the Asset Seizure Scam

Curtis Doebbler
Horror of Horrors

Ramzy Baroud
Competing Storylines in Syria

Paul Street
Empire and Inequality Win Again

Mark Schuller /
Mark Snyder
In Haiti, Inaction Speaks Louder Than Words

Ron Jacobs
Empire of the Mind

Jim Rigby
Five Scriptures You Won't Hear About at Rick Perry's Prayer Fest

Robert Hunziker
Capitalism at the Guillotine

Christopher Brauchli
Women and the Papacy

Michael Dickinson
The Hunger Strike in Westminster Square

Steve Breyman
SPINning the Syrian Protests

Jeff Armstrong
Why is Leonard Peltier in Solitary?

Binoy Kampmark
Mubarak on Trial

Missy Beattie
In the Ground

Phil Rockstroh
"We Would Rather Die in Our Dread"

Thomas L. Knapp
The State vs. Anarchists

Dan Bacher
Pumping the Delta Dry: How Water Exports Kill Fish

Walter Brasch
Personalizing the Debt Limit

Ronnie Cummins
Your Whole Paycheck for Organic Foods?

Harvey Wasserman
Green Music Confronts Nuclear Power, Again

John Eskow
We Should Not Eat the Poor!

Brian J. Foley
Why We Hate Illegal Immigrants

Chuck Larson
Bangladesh's Troubled Birth

David Yearsley
The Debt Cantata

Poets' Basement
LaMorticella & Lee

Website of the Weekend
How Safe is Your Soil?

August 4, 2011

James Kilgore
The New Operation Wetback: Immigration and Mass Incarceration in the Obama Era

Nick Turse
The Pentagon's New Power Elite: a Secret War in 120 Countries

Felice Pace
Disaster Politics: Why Obama Played the Tea Party Game

Pierre Piccinin
The Hama Affair: a Report From Syria

Charles M. Young
Locking Up the Innocent

Ralph Nader
Casting Aside Elizabeth Warren

Ray McGovern
A Judas Kiss to the Poor

Eric Toussaint /
Daniel Munevar
The Change That Didn't Happen

Jordan Flaherty
Danziger Bridge: the Jury's Turn

Website of the Day
Rogue Classicism

August 3, 2011

Michael Hudson
War and Debt

Ralph Nader
When Fanatics Don't Blink

Patrick Cockburn
Pogroms and Purges in Bahrain

Medea Benjamin /
Charles Davis
Enormous Defense Cuts?

Israel Shamir
The Mass Murderer's Manifesto" Breivik's "2083"

Michael Uhl
Agent Orange Relief for Vietnam?

Russell Mokhiber
The Wealthiest Prisoner in America?

David Macaray
Age Discrimination and Nashville

Karl Grossman
NASA's Solar Probe

Niranjan Ramakrishnan
The Samovar Wins the Summer War

Website of the Day
"Every Sperm is Sacred"

August 2, 2011

Vijay Prashad
Primary Lessons

Andrew Levine
Obama Surrendered (But Got What He Wanted Too)

Winslow T. Wheeler
Defense Spending and the Debt Deal

Patrick Bond
Leaving Oil in the Soil: From Durban to the Amazon

Franklin Lamb
End Game for Benghazi Rebels as Libyan Tribes Prepare to Weigh In?

Thomas Mountain
World Food Program in Somalia: Angel of Mercy or Angel of Death?

Alexandra Robinson
Gaza's Tunnels: an Inside Perspective

Tom Engelhardt
What About the War Ceiling?

James Gundun
Evicting Yemen's Drone Base

George H. Strauss
Beyond the Debt and Deficit Fixation

Website of the Day
Careless George (Monbiot)

 

August 1, 2011

Mike Whitney
The Worst Deal in American History?

Paul Craig Roberts
The Road to Armageddon

Patrick Cockburn
Why the West is Committed to the Murderous Rebels in Libya

Dave Lindorff
Manufacturing a Double-Dip

Steve Breyman
Unplug Your TV: Help End Nuclear Power

Deepak Tripathi
The Libyan Fiasco

Richard Pithouse
No Easy Path Through the Embers

Michael Brenner
The Sabre-Rattlers: Petraeus and Clinton

J.E. Hamilton
Spain: "Listen Up, Europe ... This is Our Fight"

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume
Who Will Feed the People? Obstacles to Small-Scale Farming in the US

Binoy Kampmark
Rome According to Hughes

Website of the Day
Water and the West Bank

July 29 - 31, 2011

Alexander Cockburn
At Last! The Head of Ghad ... General Younis

Vijay Prashad
The Cost of War: an Economic Draft

Uri Avnery
The New Anti-Semitism

Paul Craig Roberts
Disastrous Outcomes From an Orchestrated Crisis

Mike Whitney
Shadow Banking and the Repo Market

Steve Breyman
Nuclear Power and the Nuremberg Code

Robert Bryce
The Global Backlash Against Wind Energy

Ramzy Baroud
The Arab Awakening and the Western Media

Ismael Hossein-Zadeh
Debt Ceiling Dumbshow: Lots of Posturing, No Solutions

William Blum
Arguing Libya

Charles Abugre
A Wicked, Heartless Folly: the True Costs of the Libyan War

Russell Mokhiber
Wall Street's Code of Silence

Michael Winship
When the Super-Rich Cry, "Class Warfare!"

Paul Street
Whose Black President?

Linh Dinh
Ubasuteyama, USA: Abandoning the Old

Jeff Sparrow
Islamophobia and the Internet

Saul Landau
Stupid Empire Prevails

Ronnie Cummins
Monsanto's Achilles Heel

Caroline Rooney
The Crusader's Tragedy

Ron Jacobs
International Capital and Its Army Head for Chicago

Beatrice Lindstrom / Jocelyn Brooks
Forced Evictions in Haiti

David Ker Thomson
Bleed Space: Bruce Nuclear Transmission Line

Missy Beattie
The Wall Street Duopoly

Helen Redmond
Air Rage: Flying by Class

Grant Smith
New Drugs, Same Mistakes

L.H. O'Connor
The Politics of Cornbread

John Eskow
The Fables of Obama

Brian J. Foley
If Congress Fails to Meet the Debt Deadline ...

Jack Random
Suicide Watch

Thomas H. Naylor
Vermont's Village Greens: an Alternative to Empire

Charles R. Larson
Edgar Allan Poe Redux

Kim Nicolini
"Hesher:" Signs of Life in a Home Plagued by Death

David Yearsley
On Jan Brueghel's "The Sense of Hearing"

Poets' Basement
Three by Orloski

Website of the Weekend
No Banker Left Behind

July 28, 2011

Pam Martens
The Strauss-Kahn Handlers Crank Out the Lawsuits

Conn Hallinan
Anatomy of a Hit: Killing Our Guy in Kandahar

Gareth Porter
Is the US Ready to Talk the Taliban?

Dean Baker
The Weird Battle Over the Debt Ceiling

David Macaray
Thinking the Unthinkable

Andrew Bacevich
Ballpark Liturgy

Fred Gardner
Cannabis Proponent Deemed Sane

Thomas Knapp
Information Wars

Bruce E. Levine
Youth Subdued

Charles R. Larson
Naughty Children Need to be Punished

Website of the Day
How Would You Spend the Federal Budget?

July 27, 2011

Jeffrey St. Clair
The Politics of Make-Believe: Barack Obama, Changeling

Kim Sengupta
Libyan Rebels in Retreat

Michael Brenner
COIN of Base Metal: the Counter-Insurgency Industry

Jose David Torrenegra
Play Democracy, Hide the Corpses: Business as Usual in Colombia

Binoy Kampmark
The Madness of His Method

Paul Krassner
My Lesson in Mindfulness

Thomas Mountain
Lies of the Libyan War

Clancy Sigal
What's So Great About Winning, Anyway?

Mark Weisbrot Jamaica Restructured: Still Drowning in Debt

Michael Calderón-Zaks
Who Will Protect Us From the Police?

Website of the Day
US Used Hiroshima to Bolster Support for Nuclear Power

July 26, 2011

Michael Hudson
Obama's Ambush on Entitlements

Franklin C. Spinney
Afghan Sitrep: We're Here Because We're Here Because We're Here...

Marshall Auerback
Worse Than Herbert Hoover

Dean Baker
The Drive to Cut Social Security Benefits

Shaukat Qadir
Has Pakistan Declared Independence From the US?

Michael Brenner
Oslo and the War on Terror

David Swanson
Even the Birds Have Left Afghanistan

James Zogby
No Standing O for Obama

Ron Ridenour
Cuba's Revolution: Morality & Solidarity

Binoy Kampmark
The Death of Amy Winehouse

Website of the Day
Chernobyl: a Field Trip to No Man's Land

July 25, 2011

Patrick Cockburn
The Limits of Airpower

Vijay Prashad
Palestine's Norwegians

Andrew Levine
Is There Life After Obamamania?

M. G. Piety
The "Sextual" Instinct

Karl Grossman
Radiation is Good for You?

Diane Christian
Righteous Killing

Martha Rosenberg
Pesticides in Your Toothpaste (And Other Legal Dangers)

Mark Weisbrot
The Real Problem With US Health Care

Carl Finamore
San Francisco Police Claim Harding Shot Himself

Robert Bryce
Vietnam's War on Carbon Limits

Murray Dobbin
Time for a Culture War in Canada

Website of the Day
Dead TVs

July 22 / 24, 2011

Alexander Cockburn
Apocalypse Nigh?

Paul Craig Roberts
An Economy Destroyed

Uri Avnery
The Charge of the New York Times

Ismael Hossein-Zadeh
Why All the Wrangling Over the Debt Ceiling?

Jeffrey St. Clair Flesh and Its Discontents: the Paintings of Lucian Freud

David Price
94 Seconds in the Tour de France

Franklin Lamb
Student Questions From Tripoli

Ramzy Baroud
Ground Your Warplanes, Save the Horn of Africa

Karl Grossman
What Could Truly End the Space Program: a Nuclear Accident Overhead

George Ciccariello-Maher /
Jeff St. Andrews
Every Crook Can Govern

Ralph Nader
Whatever Happened to Corporate Patriotism?

Saul Landau
Rupert's Empire of Slime

Kevin Kamps
Atomic Power in a Destabilized Climate

Paul Street /
Anthony DiMaggio
Blaming the Tea Party

Sam Smith
When Congress Goes Mad

Steve Breyman
Explaining Obama

Carol Murry /
Greta Berlin
Audacious Women

Charles Davis
Larry Summers and the F-Word

Ray McGovern
The Fallen-Away Jesuit: an Open Letter to Jerry Brown

Tom Englehardt
How Not to Make Friends in the Middle East

Michael Leonardi
Remembering Carlo Giuliani

John Sinclair
Revenge of the Tough Nerds: Pot's New Cold War

Susil Gupta
Ronnie and Reggie, Robert and Rupert

David Macaray
Is This Really the Best We Can Do?

Patrick Bond / Khadija Sharife
The Earth Grabbers

Mark Weisbrot
The Occupation of Haiti Must End

Thomas Mountain
Crocodile Tears Over Famine

Dennis Bernstein
An Interview with S. Brian Willson

Michael Winship
Up the Revolution

William A. Cook
The Death of Democracy

Walter Brasch
Moses's Candidate

Farzana Versey
Kashmir's American Counsel?

Christopher Brauchli
"The Poor Should Do More!" Orrin Hatch and the Income Tax

Rajesh Makwana /
Adam Parsons
The Silent Humanitarian Crisis in East Africa

Dave Lindorff
To Hell With the Democrats!

Mark Loyka
Inequality and Poverty in Latin America

Missy Beattie
The War on Childhood

Kevin Zeese
Tim DeChristopher's Battle for Justice

Phil Rockstroh
Bachmann, Palin, Robertson and the Limits of Logic

James Rothenberg
What's the Difference? The Losing Game of American Politics

Charles M. Young
Nim and Noam: BF Skinner, Chomsky and the Chimp

Robert Zaretsky
In Pursuit of Idleness

Charles R. Larson
Not Bloody Likely

Gilad Atzmon
The Great Games

David Yearsley
Malick's Tree of Cliché

Poets' Basement
Three by Corseri

Website of the Weekend
Once There Was This Friggin' Band, Sonny, and They Sounded Like This...

July 20 / 21, 2011

Darwin Bond-Graham
A National Park for Nukes?

Tariq Ali
Murdoch: Will Anything Really Change?

Paul Imison
Mexico's Rule of Lawlessness

Sam Pizzigati
Understanding the Federal "Debt Crisis"

David Swanson
Balance the Budget on the Backs of Billionaires!

Steve Fake Destination? Gaza!

Israel Shamir
Why Palestine is Important

Younes Abouyoub
A "Democratic Moment" in Morocco?

Ron Jacobs
A Hunger Strike for Humanity

Mike King
A Life Worth Less Than Train Fare

Charles R. Larson
From Freud to Mugabe: Zimbabwe's Filthy Lucre

Patrick Madden
The Police Murder of Kenneth Harding

Cal Winslow
Judge Throws Out Kaiser Elections

Website of the Day
Heat Storm, Animated

July 19, 2011

Ralph Nader
The Corporate Supreme Court

Jonathan Cook
The Method in Netanyahu's Madness

Patrick Cockburn
Why Does Britain Insist on Punching Above Her Weight?

Mya Guarnieri
What Israeli Democracy?

Christopher Ketcham
All Hail the Draft!

Alan Farago
Marco Rubio Faces the Nation

Marjorie Cohn
Prisoners Strike Against Torture in California Prisons

John Blair
Is the Sun Setting on "Clean Coal"?

Russell Mokhiber
Why Did Andrew Cuomo Get Rid of James Sheehan?

Lisa Barr
To Cuba, With Baggage, and Love

Website of the Day
Raindrops Over Rwanda

July 18, 2011

Uri Avnery
It Can Happen Here

Bruce Page
A Real History of Rupert Murdoch

Patrick Cockburn
Bahrain Royal Personally Tortured Student Poet

Laura Carlsen
NAFTA-Look Alikes

Vijay Prashad
Droneland

Theresa Amato
The Warren Betrayal: Obama Bows to Wall Street

Dean Baker
Budget Games:
Wall Street Calls the Shots for Repbulicans

Ralph Nader
Dumping Elizabeth Warren

P. Sainath
Indian Regime Most Corrupt in Nation's History

Stephan Salisbury
The Politics of Muslim-Bashing

Dave Lindorff
Blowing It: How the Democrats are Sinking Themselves

Caitlin R. Ringwood
Afro-Colombian Resistance in La Guajira

David Green
Youth vs. Seniors: a Fake Economic Conflict

Website of the Day
Mountaintop Removal and Birth Defects

July 15 - 17, 2011

Alexander Cockburn
NATO's Debacle in Libya

Mike Whitney
Debt Ceiling Kabuki

Gareth Porter
Sadr's Game

Michael Brenner
The Big Rollback

Ramzy Baroud
How the PA Sold Out Palestinian Unity

Conn Hallinan
The Walls of Paestum

Saul Landau /
Danny Glover
Danny and Saul Visit Gerardo Again

Jeff Sparrow
The Phony Populism of Rupert Murdoch

Susil Gupta
Murdoch's Mafia

David Swanson
The Blood on Murdoch's Hands

Laura Carlsen
Return of the Dinosaurs in Mexico

Neve Gordon
Israel's Growing Crackdown

Eric Walberg
Israel and the Flotillas

Philippe Descamps
Russia's Demographic Crisis

Christopher Brauchli
America Right or Wrong

David Macaray
A Strike Looms in the Grocery Industry

Jack Random
Why I Hate Texas

Rev. William E. Alberts
Bachmann's God

Alan Farago
The Wrecking Crew

Damien Millet /
Eric Toussaint
Facing the Debt Crisis in Europe

Marica Frangakis
How the EU Made the Greek Crisis Worse

Walter M. Brasch
The Change Deficit

Jordan Flaherty
Danziger Bridge Trial: Defending Killer Cops

Karl Shepard
Jim Crow Resurrected in Florida

Jon Hochschartner
Capitalism and the Environment: an Interview with Chris Williams

Joe Allen
Free Speech in the Shadow of War

Alvaro Huerta
Striking Out in Phoenix

David Ker Thomson
Lake Nameless

Missy Beattie
The Paradox of Progress

Dr. Susan Block
The Politics of Spanking

Pradeep Baisakh
Clearing Forests and People in Odisha

Dan LaBotz
Blues on the Border

Ron Jacobs
Stopping the Train, Stopping the System

Brian Tokar
Coming of Age in a Different Time

Charles R. Larson
Pilgrim's Progress

David Yearsley
Stetch at Full Stretch

Poets' Basement
Church, Landau and Ramsey

Website of the Weekend
Happy Carmageddon!

July 14, 2011

Pam Martens
Conspirators Unmasked in the DSK Drama

Tariq Ali
Scenes From a Marriage: AmPak Relations

Patrick Cockburn
Libyan Rebels Ambushed

Fred Gardner
How Cannabis Works

Israel Shamir
Zizek and the Gaza Flotilla

Lawrence Davidson
Will the US Leave Iraq?

Benjamin Dangl
Grassroots Solutions to American Crises

John Grant
The Gaza Flotilla and the Blood-Dimmed Tide

Dean Baker
Economic Illiteracy: Blame the Teachers?

John Stanton
Snatching the Dead for DNA

Farzana Versey
The Mumbai Blasts

Website of the Day
Bastille Day

July 13, 2011

Anthony DiMaggio
Obama's Political Suicide

Vijay Prashad
Libya and the War Powers Act: Obama's Lethal Transgression

Jordan Flaherty
Occurrence at Danziner Bridge

Russell Mokhiber
Can the Labor Union Movement be Revived?

Sheldon Richman
Don't Support the Troops, Bring Them Home!

Eric Walberg
The Killing of Ahmad Wali Karzai: From Dishwasher to Drug Kingpin

Russell D. Hoffman
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Now What in Libya?

Qaddafi Has Lost; But Who Has Won?

By PATRICK COCKBURN

The civil war in Libya went on longer than expected, but the fall of Tripoli came faster than was forecast. As in Kabul in 2001 and Baghdad in 2003, there was no last-ditch stand by the defeated regime, whose supporters appear to have melted away once they saw that defeat was inevitable.

While it is clear Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has lost power, it is not certain who has gained it. The anti-regime militiamen that are now streaming into the capital were united by a common enemy, but not much else. The Transitional National Council (TNC) in Benghazi, already recognised by so many foreign states as the legitimate government of Libya, is of dubious legitimacy and authority.

There is another problem in ending the war. It has never been a straight trial of strength between two groups of Libyans because of the decisive role of Nato air strikes. The insurgents themselves admit that without the air war waged on their behalf – with 7,459 air strikes on pro-Gaddafi targets – they would be dead or in flight. The question, therefore, remains open as to how the rebels can peaceably convert their foreign-assisted victory on the battlefield into a stable peace acceptable to all parties in Libya.

Precedents in Afghanistan and Iraq are not encouraging and serve as a warning. The anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan won military success thanks, as in Libya, to foreign air support. They then used this temporary predominance arrogantly and disastrously to establish a regime weighted against the Pashtun community.

In Iraq, the Americans – over-confident after the easy defeat of Saddam Hussein – dissolved the Iraqi army and excluded former members of the Baath party from jobs and power, giving them little choice but to fight. Most Iraqis were glad to see the end of Saddam Hussein, but the struggle to replace him almost destroyed the country.

Will the same thing happen in Libya? In Tripoli, as in most oil states, the government provides most jobs and many Libyans did well under the old regime. How will they now pay for being on the losing side? The air was thick yesterday with calls from the TNC for their fighters to avoid acts of retaliation. But it was only last month that the TNC's commander-in-chief was murdered in some obscure and unexplained act of revenge. The rebel cabinet was dissolved, and has not been reconstituted, because of its failure to investigate the killing. The TNC has produced guidelines for ruling the country post-Gaddafi, which is intended to ensure that law and order should be maintained, people fed and public services continued.

It is far too early to know if this is a piece of foreign-inspired wishful thinking or will have some beneficial effect on developments. The Libyan government was a ramshackle organisation at the best of times, so any faltering in its effectiveness may not be too noticeable at first. But many of those celebrating in the streets of Tripoli and cheering the advancing rebel columns will expect their lives to get better, and will be disappointed if this does not happen.

Foreign powers will probably push for steps towards forming a constituent assembly of some sort to give the new government legitimacy. It will need to create institutions which Colonel Gaddafi largely abolished and replaced with supposedly democratic committees that, in effect, policed his quirky one-man rule. This will not be easily done. Long-term opponents of the regime will find it difficult to share the spoils of victory with those who turned their coats at the last minute.

Some groups have been empowered by the war itself, such as the long-marginalised Berbers from the mountains south-west of Tripoli, who put together the most combat-effective militia. They will want their contribution to be recognised in any new distribution of power.

Libya does have several advantages over Afghanistan and Iraq. It is not a country with a large and desperate part of the population destitute and living on the margins of malnutrition. It does not have the same blood-soaked recent history as Afghanistan and Iraq. For all the demonisation of Colonel Gaddafi over the last six months, his one-man rule never came near rivalling that of Saddam Hussein for savagery.

In Afghanistan and Iraq, the outside powers reacted to military success by overplaying their hands. They treated their opponents vindictively and assumed they had been defeated never to rise again. They convinced themselves that their local allies were more representative and effective than they really were. It is in the heady moment of victory that the ingredients are created which produce future disasters.

Patrick Cockburn is the author of Muqtada.

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