The Stalinist Trial of Julian Assange

Having reported the long, epic ordeal of Julian Assange, John Pilger gave this address outside the Central Criminal Court in London on September 7 as the WikiLeaks Editor’s extradition hearing entered its final stage. When I first met Julian Assange more than ten years ago, I asked him why he had started WikiLeaks. He replied: More The post The Stalinist Trial of Julian Assange appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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In the Worst of Times, the Billionaire Elite Plunder Working Class America

In the midst of a global pandemic, unprecedented economic collapse, mass unemployment, hunger and desperation, the stock market is booming and the richest of the rich are richer than ever before. Since March, more than 58 million people in the U.S. have filed for unemployment. The Internal Revenue Service now predicts that the U.S. economy More The post In the Worst of Times, the Billionaire Elite Plunder Working Class America appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Take to the Streets

It doesn't look great for Slow Joe Biden, belatedly rising from his basement while the Orange Malignancy takes its white nationalist hate show on the road. Donald Trump is in fighting shape, throwing out one fascistic jab and neo-McCarthyite hook after another. The Orange Menace looks cocky. He’s relishing the fight. He’s mangling truth and distorting reality with reckless abandon. He’s ready to rumble. More The post Take to the Streets appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Kenosha Unsurprising

Kyle Rittenhouse, the demented white teenager affiliated with right-wing militia and thanked for his service by local police, shot two protesters dead in the streets of Kenosha with an AR-15 and then walked right past Kenosha County police with his weapon around his shoulders. The nation is saturated with deadly assault weapons at the behest of the neofascistic National Rifle Association. Psychotics and sociopaths regularly gain access to weapons of mass destruction like AR-15s in the “armed madhouse” that is contemporary America. More The post Kenosha Unsurprising appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Thanks, Obama: You Lie

Record-Setting Absurdity and Mendacity The malignant fascist sociopath Donald Trump lies so voluminously and absurdly that many Americans will believe he said or Tweeted almost anything, no matter how offensive and ridiculous. Every few months for the last three years I’ve been making up off-the-wall Trump statements and sending them out on so-called social media More The post Thanks, Obama: You Lie appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Trump’s War on the Post Office and the Census Bureau

The Post Office has been in Trump’s cross hairs since he was told (falsely) in 2017 that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton due to widespread mail-in balloting fraud.  The following year, Trump targeted Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon and the Washington Post; he charged (falsely) that Bezos was “ripping off” the Post Office with “sweetheart deals” to ship Amazon’s packages.  Trump, of course, is obsessed with the negative coverage he receives in the Post as well as the New York Times. More The post Trump’s War on the Post Office and the Census Bureau appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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The COVID Pandemic and the Housing Crisis

Over 20 million people lost jobs and wages during the initial months of the pandemic. In July 2020, the economy was still down nearly 13 million jobs from its February level. The CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020, included a number of provisions designed to replace lost income and keep More The post The COVID Pandemic and the Housing Crisis appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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The Decline in Power of the Oil States

President Donald Trump is cock-a-hoop over the United Arab Emirates becoming the first Arab Gulf state to normalise its relations with Israel. He needs all the good news he can get in the months before the US presidential election. “HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!” Trump tweeted. More The post The Decline in Power of the Oil States appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Never Surrender in Portland, Oregon 

There is a whole new generation of Americans who have decided  that non-stop resistance is the only way to confront the lethal power structure that is bound and determined to tattoo obedience on their  very souls. That relentless longevity of energy is being acted out in  Portland, Oregon like no other city across this nation. This has really  become a profound awakening of historical precedence. The Black  community only represents 6% of the population in Portland. Most of the demonstrators have been predominately young white people who   are strong supporters of Black Lives Matter. There has been some very effective Black leadership that has guided many of the demonstrations.  More The post Never Surrender in Portland, Oregon  appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Lights! Camera! Kill! Hollywood, the Pentagon and Imperial Ambitions.

There’s a sickness that comes with the certainty of those who view the world in so black and white, so good and bad, so us versus them terms, that killing is often a morally defensible act. More so, such killing often goes beyond just simple self defense, to a level of retributive necessity, a preventive More The post Lights! Camera! Kill! Hollywood, the Pentagon and Imperial Ambitions. appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Freakish Arctic Fires Alarmingly Intensify

NASA satellite images of fires in eastern Siberia depict an inferno of monstrous proportions, nothing in modern history compares. And, as of July, it’s intensifying. Should people be concerned? Answer: Yes, and double yes. According to Mark Parrington, a senior scientist at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather More The post Freakish Arctic Fires Alarmingly Intensify appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Defund Fascism, Blue and Orange

The American ruling class says it is opposed to “big government.” It isn’t. The wealthy Few are only against what the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu called “the left hand of the state” – those parts of government that reflect the victories of past and ongoing social movements by serving the common good, regulating Big Business, More The post Defund Fascism, Blue and Orange appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Here Come the 1968 Mistakes Again

“In our countercultural bubble, we assumed everyone watching the convention shared our feelings of revolt, but the spectacle in Chicago, as history showed us, had an unintended effect. It was the ‘law-and-order’ [Richard] Nixon who got elected.” This statement comes from David Ansen in “First Look at Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7” More The post Here Come the 1968 Mistakes Again appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Fixing the COVID Numbers

Right on schedule, when the death rate started to rise again, the Trump regime put the kibosh on any further CDC covid reporting. In the weeks before this death-rate spike, as the covid conflagration burned through Trump country, regime spokesmen crowed about the death rate being flat. No matter that all health experts warned death is a lagging indicator. No matter that the plague roared out of control. The Trump regime had a plan. Like any good banana republic, when the news got bad, the strongman stopped the news. More The post Fixing the COVID Numbers appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Renouncing White Privilege: A Left Critique of Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility”

White supremacy is not only white over black, it is also the small number of rich whites over the much larger number of poor and working class whites. In return for a guarantee that the latter group of whites will suffer the many calamities of life afflicting working people in a capitalist society less intensely and less frequently than do black people and people of color, the poor and working class whites will not challenge the rule of the rich. More The post Renouncing White Privilege: A Left Critique of Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility” appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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How Bad is the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act?

Somehow, Congress couldn’t find the time last week to renew extended unemployment benefits or the federal moratorium on evictions. Congress had something more pressing to think about than 30 million unemployed Americans: the Pentagon budget. On July 21 and 23, the House of Representatives and the Senate approved their versions of the Pentagon’s annual spending More The post How Bad is the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act? appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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‘We Will Coup Whoever We Want’: Elon Musk and the Overthrow of Democracy in Bolivia

On July 24, 2020, Tesla’s Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that a second U.S. “government stimulus package is not in the best interests of the people.” Someone responded to Musk soon after, “You know what wasn’t in the best interest of people? The U.S. government organizing a coup against Evo Morales in Bolivia so you could obtain the lithium there.” Musk then wrote: “We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it.” More The post ‘We Will Coup Whoever We Want’: Elon Musk and the Overthrow of Democracy in Bolivia appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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The UK’s Russia Report on the “Londongrad Laundromat”

The UK parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), drawn from MPs and peers of all parties, last week published its report on possible Russian interference in UK politics. The report’s release had been delayed by 9 months after it had been blocked by Boris “BoJo” Johnson in the run-up to the December 2019 general election. More The post The UK’s Russia Report on the “Londongrad Laundromat” appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Let the Banks Go Under and Put Money Into the Real Economy

Ellen Brown: My guest today is Dr. Michael Hudson, who we’re delighted to have on our Public Banking Institute Advisory Board, and who really should be advising the Federal Reserve and the Treasury, but BlackRock seems to have gotten the job. Paul Craig Roberts, who is former Assistant Treasury Secretary under Reagan, called Michael Hudson More The post Let the Banks Go Under and Put Money Into the Real Economy appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Lopez Obrador’s Visit to Trump is a Betrayal of the U.S. and Mexican People

To praise a tyrant is to insult a people. López Obrador's proposed visit to Washington is an insult to the American people, and especially to the 37 million Mexican migrants who live in the United States. The purpose of the state visit with Donald Trump on July 8 is to celebrate the entry into force of the Mexico-United States-Canada Treaty (T-MEC) on July 1. It comes at the worst possible time. More The post Lopez Obrador’s Visit to Trump is a Betrayal of the U.S. and Mexican People appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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It’s Now Ghislaine Maxwell’s Turn

Since Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in a jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10, 2019, many wondered what happened to Ghislaine Maxwell. “I’ve heard she’s in Brazil, I’ve heard she’s in France, I’ve heard she’s in California,” Lisa Bryant, director of the Netflix docuseries Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, “Who knows where she More The post It’s Now Ghislaine Maxwell’s Turn appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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The Racist Underpinnings of the American Way of War

The U.S. military command’s pushback against President Donald Trump’s attempt to use the military against people demanding racial justice has received a lot of good press. But let’s not overdo the praise. For most of their existence, the U.S. Armed Forces were racially segregated. It was only in the 1950s that the slow process of More The post The Racist Underpinnings of the American Way of War appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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The Great Wall of Wokeness

“Invincibility lies in the defense.” – Sun Tzu Does there exist a political force, partisan or populist, organized or decentralized, that can liberate the U.S. citizenry from the clutches of the neoliberal order? As I wrote in Feb. of last year, the neoliberal order seemed impervious to partisan defeat because its roots lie in a More The post The Great Wall of Wokeness appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Masters of Space: Deep Space Strategy in the Age of Trump

The United States “must be capable of winning wars that extend into space,” asserts a just-released “Defense Space Strategy” report. It is the first space strategy document issued by the U.S. since President Donald Trump, after declaring that the U.S. must achieve “dominance in space,” signed a measure this past December authorizing establishment of a More The post Masters of Space: Deep Space Strategy in the Age of Trump appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Trading One Uniform for Another: Can Police Be “De-Militarized” When So Many Cops Are Military Veterans?

Calls for de-militarization of law enforcement have gained new momentum in the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality. That process won’t be easy in a nation where nearly one fifth of all cops are military veterans — including Derek Chauvin, George Floyd’s killer in Minneapolis and Robert McCabe, one of two officers charged with felony More The post Trading One Uniform for Another: Can Police Be “De-Militarized” When So Many Cops Are Military Veterans? appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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The Paradox of Police Unions

The history of the American labor movement is rich and diverse—diverse, exhilarating, depressing, inspirational and heartbreaking. Ever since passage of the landmark National Labor Relations Act (the Wagner Act), in 1935, unions have been recognized as the legal, government-sanctioned entities dedicated to improving the wages, benefits and working conditions of employees. Clearly, unions matter. During More The post The Paradox of Police Unions appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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How Workers Can Win the Class War Being Waged Against Them

Organized labor led no mass opposition to Trump’s presidency or the December 2017 tax cut or the failed U.S. preparation for and management of COVID-19. Nor do we yet see a labor-led national protest against the worst mass firing since the 1930s Great Depression. All of these events, but especially the unemployment, mark an employers’ class war against employees. The U.S. government directs it, but the employers as a class inspire and benefit the most from it. More The post How Workers Can Win the Class War Being Waged Against Them appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Inside CHAZ: An “Autonomous” Three Block-Long Seattle Street Threatens America, What?

President Donald Trump from his New Jersey private golf club tweeted this past Friday morning June 12, that “The terrorists burn and pillage our cities.” He was referring to demonstrators occupying three blocks along a single street, in Seattle’s most culturally active neighborhood. Trump demanded that the mayor and governor, “Must end this Seattle takeover now!” Or else he would call in the army. More The post Inside CHAZ: An “Autonomous” Three Block-Long Seattle Street Threatens America, What? appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Get Rid of the Presidency

For some time now, but maybe since the Kennedy administration (which ended in a hail of voter-suppressed gunfire), I have been thinking that one of the biggest problems with American democracy is the presidency itself, the idea that the chief magistrate of the country should be one person elected every four years by a few swing voters in Ohio, North Carolina, or Florida. More The post Get Rid of the Presidency appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Unmasking Racial Terror and Seeing Whiteness

Tuesday was the funeral for George Floyd, killed by Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officer Derek Chauvin on Memorial Day, as the U.S. COVID death toll approached 100,000. Floyd’s murder was caught on tape: for eight minutes and 46 seconds, Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck. Floyd’s words, “I can’t breathe!” echoing Eric Garner’s, killed More The post Unmasking Racial Terror and Seeing Whiteness appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Defund the Police, Defund the Military

On June 1, President Trump threatened to deploy active-duty U.S. military forces against peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in cities across America. Trump and state governors eventually deployed at least 17,000 National Guard troops across the country. In the nation’s capital, Trump deployed nine Blackhawk assault helicopters, thousands of National Guard troops from six states More The post Defund the Police, Defund the Military appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Trump Loves Democracy…in Hong Kong

As you run from the tear gas militarized police are firing as you protest racist murders by cops, you can take solace in the fact that the Trump Administration is terribly upset that democracy is being crushed in Hong Kong. More The post Trump Loves Democracy…in Hong Kong appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Media Buries George W. Bush’s Lies and Atrocities

Former president George W. Bush has returned to the spotlight to give moral guidance to America in these troubled times. In a statement released on Tuesday, Bush announced that he was “anguished” by the “brutal suffocation” of George Floyd and declared that “lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice. The rule of law More The post Media Buries George W. Bush’s Lies and Atrocities appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Direct Action and the Rejection of Monumental History

As people have gathered across the country to oppose police violence, including the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, they have targeted statues, monuments, and buildings commemorating white supremacy. In Philadelphia, protestors defaced a statue of Frank Rizzo, the city’s segregationist mayor and police commissioner. In Birmingham, they toppled a likeness of Confederate veteran and Alabama banker Charles Linn and set fire to another of slaveowning president Thomas Jefferson. More The post Direct Action and the Rejection of Monumental History appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Protest, Uprisings, and Race War

The moralizing has begun. Those who have rarely been the target of organized police gangsterism are once again lecturing those who have about how best to respond to it. Be peaceful, they implore, as protesters rise up in Minneapolis and across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd. This, coming from the More The post Protest, Uprisings, and Race War appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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The Great Depression, Coronavirus Style: Crashes, Then and Now

Many economists believe that a recession is already underway. So do millions of Americans struggling with bills and job losses. While the ghosts of the 2008 financial crisis that sent inequality soaring to new heights in this country are still with us, it’s become abundantly clear that the economic disaster brought on by the Covid-19 More The post The Great Depression, Coronavirus Style: Crashes, Then and Now appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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White Supremacy is the Virus; Police are the Vector

Tensions are high as Minneapolis police murdered a black man named George Floyd, not by gunshot, but by an agonizingly long kneel on his neck; which was not released for seven minutes, several of which the man was not breathing. Protest is a place to emerge into the collective and become unoriginal, to humble yourself in silence as others more aware with said experience lead the charge. However, writing should be the place for originality. A place where we solve the problems of theory that informs action. More The post White Supremacy is the Virus; Police are the Vector appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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The Death of Hope

When foreign journalists would ask me if I thought that Antonio González Pacheco, alias “Billy el Niño” (BILLY THE KID), would ever be tried, I would answer no, that I never expected that there would ever be justice in Spain around the crimes committed during the Franco years. But deep down, I held on to More The post The Death of Hope appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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Another Bank Bailout Under Cover of a Virus

When the Dodd Frank Act was passed in 2010, President Obama triumphantly declared, “No more bailouts!” But what the Act actually said was that the next time the banks failed, they would be subject to “bail ins” – the funds of their creditors, including their large depositors, would be tapped to cover their bad loans. But bail-ins were tried in Europe, and the results were disastrous. More The post Another Bank Bailout Under Cover of a Virus appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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