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CounterPunch is a magazine published six times per year in the United States that covers politics in a manner its editors describe as "muckraking with a radical attitude”. It has been described as left-wing. CounterPunch began as a newsletter, established in 1994 by the Washington, D.C.-based investigative reporter Ken Silverstein. He was soon joined by Alexander Cockburn and then Jeffrey St. Clair, who became the publication's editors in 1996 when Silverstein left.Source
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If the Democrats Were Decent

If the Democrats Were Decent

If the Democrats were decent on immigration, not deplorable, they would tell Trump supporters that ending US wars and predatory trade agreements would stop immigration, or most of it, because most people would rather stay home and speak their own languages instead of fleeing bombs and economic desperation. They would have demanded that their 2016 presidential candidate explain those realities to Trump supporters instead of calling them “a basket of deplorables.” They would demand that Trump keep his promises to stop the invasions of Middle Eastern nations and revoke the trade agreements...

February 19, 2019
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The Anatomy of a Failing University

The Anatomy of a Failing University

American universities are failing. They are private or public schools. They could be religiously-affiliated or not. They could be in the east, west, north, or south of the United States. They traditionally emphasized liberal arts. They are facing an enrollment and budget crunch for several years, seeing that the declining number of eighteen-year-olds in the coming years poses an existential threat. It has a modest endowment. It is not an elite school. It is a school like the one that many professors teach at. It was failing before Covid-19. It may not be around in five years. With...

May 4, 2020
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I Believe Tara Reade for the Reasons You Don’t - CounterPunch.org

I Believe Tara Reade for the Reasons You Don’t - CounterPunch.org

Photograph Source: Matt Johnson –George Orwell wrote in his novel, 1984: “If you want to keep a secret, you must hide it from yourself.”There is a credible rape accusation against Joe Biden, a Democratic candidate for President of the United States. Again, with emphasis, there is a credible rape accusation against the man the Democratic Party’s preferred choice for President of the United States.Former Senate staffer, Tara Reade, came forward recently with her story of being sexually harassed and assaulted by Senator Joe Biden almost 30 years ago. Since she has come forward, Reade’s account...

April 24, 2020
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Biden the Lout - CounterPunch.org

Biden the Lout - CounterPunch.org

Drawing by Nathaniel St. ClairA longer version of this article originally ran in CounterPunch on August 23, 2008 under the title We reprint the story today because it makes clear that the allegations of sexual misconduct against senate staffers has been swirling around Biden for many years, dating back to his first years in the senate. –JSC“Change” and “hope” are not words one associates with Senator Joe Biden, a man so ripely symbolic of everything that is unchanging and hopeless about our political system that a computer simulation of the corporate-political paradigm senator in Congress...

April 28, 2020
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Did a Wealthy Family, Which May Have Ties to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Buy a Seat on the DC Council? - CounterPunch.org

Did a Wealthy Family, Which May Have Ties to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Buy a Seat on the DC Council? - CounterPunch.org

At breakneck speed Brooke Pinto has gone from virtually unknown to one of only 13 DC councilmembers, who, along with the mayor, oversee the city’s $8.5 billion budget. As the dust settles on Pinto’s stunning win, questions about the 28-year-old are growing.Now there’s a new one to add to the mix: What’s Pinto’s connection to Mar-a-Lago?Six months after Donald Trump kicked off his racist bid for the White House, Pinto and her family appear to have celebrated 2015-16 New Year’s Eve at Trump’s Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago., Pinto appears to be pictured with her siblings and cousin Joanna Pinto...

July 31, 2020
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"Change," "Hope" ... Why They Must be Talking About Joe Biden! - CounterPunch.org

"Change," "Hope" ... Why They Must be Talking About Joe Biden! - CounterPunch.org

“Change” and “hope” are not words one associates with Senator Joe Biden, a man so ripely symbolic of everything that is unchanging and hopeless about our political system that a computer simulation of the corporate-political paradigm senator in Congress would turn out “Biden” in a nano-second.The first duty of any senator from Delaware is to do the bidding of the banks and large corporations which use the tiny state as a drop box and legal sanctuary. Biden has never failed his masters in this primary task. Find any bill that sticks it to the ordinary folk on behalf of the Money Power and...

August 23, 2008
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What on Earth is the U.S. Doing by Bombing Somalia? - CounterPunch.org

What on Earth is the U.S. Doing by Bombing Somalia? - CounterPunch.org

The Trump administration has quietly a vicious bombing—and —campaign in Somalia amid a global coronavirus pandemic. Neither the White House nor the Pentagon has provided any explanation for the deadly escalation of a war that Congress hasn’t declared and the media rarely reports. At stake are many thousands of lives.The public show a considerable increase in airstrikes from Obama’s presidency. From 2009 to 2016, the U.S. military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced 36 airstrikes in Somalia. Under Trump, it conducted at least 63 bombing raids just last year, with another 39 such attacks in...

May 14, 2020
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Record Inequality, COVID-19, and the Crisis of the Have-Nots

Record Inequality, COVID-19, and the Crisis of the Have-Nots

Americans have historically struggled to see inequality as a major societal problem. Inequality in the U.S. was at record levels, even before the emergence of the Covid-19 public health and economic crisis. And Americans have long been tolerant of high inequality in their own country. Less than half historically have said inequality reduction should be a top policy priority of government. And the gap between rich and poor historically ranks as a low concern for most, compared to other economic concerns such as the deficit, the national debt, jobs and unemployment, and the state of the...

April 27, 2020
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This Chart Shows How the Fed Manipulated Junk Bonds to Help the Dow - CounterPunch.org

This Chart Shows How the Fed Manipulated Junk Bonds to Help the Dow - CounterPunch.org

Thus far, the highly controversial corporate bond buying programs that the Federal Reserve first announced on March 23 have yet to spend a dime according to a spokesperson for the New York Fed, the regional Fed bank that is overseeing almost all of Wall Street’s emergency bailout programs today as well as during the financial crash of 2007 to 2010.But as the above chart indicates, just a promise from the Fed to spend billions removing toxic waste from Wall Street’s mega banks is enough to put a bid back in the junk bond market.Here’s the skinny on how the Fed propped up both the Dow and the...

May 1, 2020
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Orangutans, Resistance and the Zoo - CounterPunch.org

Orangutans, Resistance and the Zoo - CounterPunch.org

While bread and circuses might work on the human species, orangutans require a different combination of incentives. Their control lies in bananas and sex. Orangutans are almost helpless to such things. It’s instinct, don’t you know. Surely, if San Diego Zoo officials could just discover the correct instinctual cocktail, they could solve their orangutan problem before it got any worse. All they needed was a lot of bananas, some willing female participants, and time.Efforts on this project began in earnest in the summer of 1985. The new Heart of the Zoo exhibit had opened three years earlier,...

December 16, 2008
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