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Life and Death on the Fire Planet

Life and Death on the Fire Planet

Photo: US Forest Service. Fire is everywhere, nowadays. In the Arctic, Siberia, Australia, Canada, the American West, even in some rain forests. Terms like “fire tornado” have entered the vernacular, along with “heat dome,” which often, along with drought, set the...

China’s Winding Road Toward Capitalism

China’s Winding Road Toward Capitalism

Image by Ezreal Zhang. There is perhaps no bigger controversy among partisans of the Left than the nature of China and its economy. Is it socialist? Capitalist? State capitalist? A hybrid? That so much debate swirls around this issue is its own proof that the question...

Why is Washington Encouraging India to Confront Pakistan?

India and Pakistan share a long border and do not get along well, to put it mildly.  The main cause of disagreement is the divided territory of Kashmir which as long ago as 1948 necessitated UN Security Council attention, resulting in a Resolution determining, among...

The Rightwing Horror That Won’t Go Away

Trump may belong to that select club of presidents whose arrogance matches that of our generals. Early in his presidency, he horrified some official by asking why we had H-bombs if we couldn’t use them? While it’s true he didn’t start any new wars, don’t try telling...

Can We Avoid a Catastrophic War With China?

When he was running for office in 2008, Barack Obama wanted to put an end to the war in Iraq in order to focus U.S. troops and resources on the conflict in Afghanistan. This August, the Biden administration finally withdrew the remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan....

A Look Inside CounterPunch

For nearly a quarter of a century, I’ve had the great pleasure of being part of the CounterPunch team. In many ways, CounterPunch has veered little from its founding blueprints. Since the beginning, our mission has remained fundamental: to provide in-depth reporting...

The Alienation of IT Workers

Ever since German philosopher Hegel discussed alienation and Karl Marx converted it into the sensible framework of the economics of capitalism, alienation isn’t really a new subject – many might even think, all has been said. In “Marx and Digital Machines”, Mike Healy...

The Big Lie in Rahm Emanuel’s Senate Testimony  

At Rahm Emanuel’s confirmation hearing as potential ambassador to Japan before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) deserves credit for questioning Emanuel about what he knew as Chicago’s mayor about the police murder of 17-year-old African...