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2019 Oct 12 - 11:58pm
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2019 Oct 11 - 4:55pm
Ahoy CounterPunchers! We’ve passed the quarter-century mark and we’re on the uphill drive towards three decades. We’re deeply grateful for all of you who have contributed in the past to help keep this tiny non-profit alive and kicking year after year! Some of our charter members will remember our humble beginning as a six-page, photocopied newsletter. 2012 rang in our current format, now 6 times larger than the original...
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2019 Oct 11 - 4:10pm
Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair “Fake news” has become a household term in contemporary discourse. A review of the Nexis Uni database shows that, in any given week, it appears in dozens of news stories in elite newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post, and in hundreds of segments across American television media. In the first 10 days following Nancy Pelosi’s announced impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump, “fake news” was...
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2019 Oct 11 - 4:05pm
Consciousness of time passing seldom accords with what clocks and calendars tell us. The discord is especially acute in these days of Trump-induced, ever changing “breaking news.” Thus, it seems to me and I suspect to every other sentient being paying attention, that it was centuries ago that Donald Trump was still making an effort not to flaunt his ignorance and mindlessness. As far as the physics goes, it hasn’t been quite three years. It...
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2019 Oct 11 - 4:00pm
A Matter of Life or Death You may have noticed. We are running our annual fundraiser. You scrolled right past it, right? Please don’t. You’re annoyed by the yellow box obscuring one-third of your screen? So are we. But two weeks into the fund-drive, we are lagging way behind. We have had more than 1000 CounterPunchers step up to the plate to donate. But that’s only a mere thousand out of the hundreds of thousands who read CounterPunch every week...
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2019 Oct 11 - 3:59pm
Photograph Source: Qasioun News Agency – CC BY 3.0 In a field beside a disused railway station on the plain just south of the Syrian-Turkish frontier, a brigade of Syrian Kurdish soldiers were retraining in order to resist an invasion by the Turkish army. “We acted like a regular army when we were fighting Daesh [Isis],” Rojvan, a veteran Kurdish commander of the YPG (People’s Protection Units), told me. “But now it is we who may be under...
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2019 Oct 11 - 3:59pm
Photograph Source: Mike Maguire – CC BY 2.0 No political “Left” can or should exist that: + cannot or will not walk and chew gum at the same time. + fails to forthrightly and unambiguously oppose the United States’ current fascist, racist, eco-cidal, and sexist presidency and its noxious white Amerikaner base. + reflexively and constantly responds to every liberal and Left criticism of Trump by saying “but/what about Hillary” (and/or “but/...
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2019 Oct 11 - 3:57pm
Photograph Source: Voice of America Kurdish – Public Domain Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is attacking President Trump for pulling US troops out of Syria, where they’ve been engaging in an illegal and bloody war against the Syrian government and its military for at least five years, not counting the three prior years when the US was providing arms and training to Syrian rebels, including groups associated with Al Qaeda. McConnell...
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2019 Oct 11 - 3:57pm
Photograph Source: Gage Skidmore – CC BY-SA 2.0 Establishment efforts to isolate ‘corruption’ narrowly in the persons of Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, rely on a conception of it that makes sense only within political economy that ceased to function for the rest of us some decades ago. Understood outside of Washington and New York is that the exchange of campaign contributions for legislative outcomes is the antithesis of...
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2019 Oct 11 - 3:57pm
Photograph Source: Mikey – CC BY 2.0 What do the folks at the U.S. Census Bureau do between the census they run every 10 years? All sorts of annual surveys, on everything from housing costs to retail sales. The most depressing of these — at least this century — may be the sampling that looks at the incomes average Americans are earning. The latest Census Bureau income stats, released in mid-September, show that most Americans are running...
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2019 Oct 11 - 3:56pm
Photograph Source: Wisconsin’s Homecoming Video Screenshot My campus, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is in an uproar over a video to promote the school’s homecoming that features no students of color. We are one of the whitest schools in the country, but we are not unique in having a race problem. In that regard, we’re as American as apple pie. Or, rather, cheddar cheese. As a white person, I will never truly know what it feels like to be...
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2019 Oct 11 - 3:56pm
Photograph Source: Screenshot: Twitter “Trump Crashes Wedding and Kisses Bride” – 850 WFTL News Talk “Will he really come?” she worried. Nearly 4:00 a.m., and Kaitlyn had suddenly awakened beside her husband of less than a day. Jason had drifted into a deep sleep following a tear-the-sheets night, consummating their marriage vows in the grand bed in the Seigneur Suite at the Trump Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. Of course, Kaitlyn and Jason had been...
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