If job creation kept pace with typical expansions, another 4.2 million Americans would be working. Instead, hundreds of thousands drop out monthly. Hard times get harder. America's indeed on a fast track toward third world status.
By STEVE RENDALL - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
The problem isn’t criticism; powerful leaders need to be scrutinized...The problem is that US and western reporters routinely fail to put Venezuela’s shortcomings in context, and refuse to apply a single standard...But US journalists can’t be expected to apply standards of fairness while serving Washington’s agenda.
By Steven Hsieh - April 5, 2013
Federal officials sent environmental activist Daniel McGowan back to prison Thursday, just months after his release to a halfway house in December. McGowan’s wife, Jenny Synan, says officials re-jailed her husband for writing a Huffington Post blog piece critical of a controversial prison program designed to restrict inmates’ communication to the outside world.
By Gabriel Black - 5 April 2013
On January 31, the independent monitor for the Oakland Police Department released an eighty-one page report showcasing events from late 2012. The monitor found that every reported case of “disproportional” police aggression was indeed in violation of police requirements. In one instance the monitor reported police “pointed their firearms at a sleeping 19-month-old child” while investigating a misdemeanor charge.
Detainees have few ways to resist. Refusing food challenges injustice. It's now past two months.
By David Walsh - 3 April 2013
US federal and state authorities are continuing their investigations into the shooting deaths of Kaufman County, Texas District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia...[I]nvestigators are considering the possibility that the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT)...may be responsible. Kaufman County authorities were involved in a US government-led investigation that resulted in the indictment in November 2012 of 34 leading members of the ABT on murder, conspiracy, arson, assault, robbery and drug trafficking charges.
By Edward S. Herman - April 1st, 2013
...[A]long with “support our troops” there is an implicit “support our torturers and higher level war criminals.” This flows from the overwhelming and increasingly centralized power in the hands of the dominant elite, including the military-industrial complex (MIC) and leading politicians, and an associated remarkable level of self-righteousness. Anything we do is tolerable because we are not only strong and the global policeman, but also good and always well-intentioned...
By Alex Kane - April 1, 2013
The number of children and teenagers diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has increased remarkably over the past decade...The rise in numbers...has led some to say that the increase is due to parent pressure on doctors and a loose definition of the disorder...Two-thirds of those diagnosed take stimulant medication for the disorder like Ritalin and Adderall, which could lead to anxiety, addiction and potentially psychosis.
Disproportionately harsh penalties harm innocent victims.
Agribusiness giant Monsanto's the world's leading GMO seed producer. They're hazardous to human health. They should be banned. They proliferate.
By Alex Kane - AlterNet
A mother is suing the New York Police Department (NYPD) over what she says was an instance of police brutality where cops pepper-sprayed her three little children...Taylor says that police officers pepper sprayed her three children, who are 5-months old and 2 and 4 years old. She claims that as she was on her way to board a Manhattan-bound L Train, officers stopped her and her husband and accused them of trying to skip a fare.
By Laleh Khalili - March 29, 2013
The rise of US Special Operations Forces...using their extensive military, psychological operations and war-fighting skills to train proxy forces in all the places where the US projects its power is alarming...The ascendance of an elite clique of ultra-warriors protected by the cloak of secrecy...means that the tip of the imperial spear can tear through the social fabric of many a country without associated costs in blood and treasure and hidden from the view of the press and the public.
By NICK ALEXANDROV - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
The killings continue in Honduras, where violence targeting lawyers, human rights defenders, LGBT people, women and others has intensified since the June 2009 coup. Two School of the Americas graduates helped topple the democratically-elected leader that month, and Obama supported the ensuing presidential election, a farce the mainstream media would have ridiculed had it taken place in, say, Venezuela.
By Clay Nikiforuk - April 1, 2013
What do you do when you're detained by powerful officials, everything you say is presumed deceptive, arbitrary "evidence" is held against you, and you're treated like a moral deviant? And what if its 2013, you're a woman, and the "evidence" is that you possess condoms?...It happened three times in two weeks -- being detained by U.S. border officials on my way to or through the States.
By Mike Davis - March 31, 2013
...[A] dwindling band of conservative realists are discovering that the small-government fundamentalism of the Tea Party, originally heralded as the third wave of the Reagan Revolution, is actually the road to an elephant graveyard...The Tea Party...tapped into a deep well of conservative nostalgia for a white-majority America ruled by fathers and bosses.