By Bill Van Auken - 31 May 2013
The killing of Todashev, and the rapid disintegration of the government’s official story — that he was shot after lunging at interrogators with a knife — is an extraordinary event. It casts into further doubt everything that has been said so far about the Boston Marathon bombings.
Obama's a reliable corporate tool. He serves powerful monied interests. He spurns populist ones. He's done so throughout his tenure. He's unfit to serve.
By Tom Carter - 28 May 2013
Nine police officers beat an unarmed man to death in Bakersfield, California, and then confiscated cellphones that witnesses had used to record the beating...The police claim that around midnight on May 8, they responded to a report that there was a possibly intoxicated man near the Kern Medical Center. David Dal Silva, 33, was beaten to death on a sidewalk in front of the hospital while as many as seven horrified people looked on.
By JEFF ARMSTRONG - May 29, 2013
In April, a grassroots movement led by Lakota grandmothers toured the country to build support for a formal complaint of genocide against the United States government and its constituent states. Though temporarily overturned, the recent conviction of Efrain Rios Montt for genocide against indigenous Guatemalans should give US officials...pause before dismissing the UN petition as a feeble symbolic gesture.
He mocks legitimate governance. It's the American way. He reflects its dark side. It doesn't matter. He retains popular support.
America's being increasingly third-worldized. Growing numbers face dystopian harshness. Bipartisan complicity force-feeds it. Race to the bottom cruelty assures denying millions vital services when most needed.
Obama represents the worst of rogue leadership. He's a war criminal multiple times over. He's guilty of numerous other crimes. He belongs in prison, not high office.
What Monsanto wants it gets. Washington works that way.
His doublespeak duplicity reflects the last refuge of a scoundrel. He's the worst in recent memory. Perhaps the worst ever. Forked tongue rhetoric can't disguise it.
They didn't surprise. Media scoundrels support his worst policies. His neoliberal harshness is endorsed. His alliance with monied interests gets no coverage.
By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
...[T]he Left seems powerless...to translate critique into practice, to mobilize against wars, to resist incursions against basic civil liberties, powerless to confront rule by the bondholders and hedge-funders, unable to meaningfully obstruct the cutting edge of a parasitical economic system that glorifies greed while preying on the weakest and most destitute...We have reached a moment of historical failure that would make even Nietzsche shudder.
By Hiram Lee - 25 May 2013
Musician Ray Manzarek, a founding member of renowned rock band The Doors, died May 20 in Rosenheim, Germany, where he had traveled for treatment of bile duct cancer. Manzarek’s inspired and versatile keyboard playing was central to The Doors’ music and in later years the always-spirited musician would serve as a kind of keeper of the band’s legacy.
By Lisa Graves - Znet
Little evidence has emerged, in the years since the horrific violence of 9/11, of any widespread threat from al-Qaeda within the United States. Nevertheless, politicians have used that potent memory to fund an enormous domestic surveillance infrastructure. The result of this trough of money and excess capacity — the turning of “counter-terrorism” resources against law-abiding American citizens — was utterly predictable.
“There is a group called City Life/Vida Urbana. They are an anti-foreclosure group in Boston. They have an incredible success rate. They have staged more than 30 foreclosure blockades. They have been successful at almost every single one of them.”
Abusing Prisoners Decreases Public Safety: An Interview with Educator, Author and Former Prisoner Shawn Griffith
This new book’s thoughtful analysis and chilling reflections on what author Shawn Griffith experienced while incarcerated is a remarkable illustration of why the US public must listen to the voices of current and former prisoners who have stories that only they can tell. Griffith writes that “by integrating my own personal experiences with statistics and examples from different corrections systems around the nation, I am attempting to discredit the general perception that the system is designed to enforce and protect justice for everyone."