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CounterPunch is a lifeboat of sanity in today’s turbulent political seas. Please make a tax-deductible donation and help us continue to fight. Photograph Source: Obier – CC BY-SA 4.0 I am writing you from Montpellier, France, where I am a participant-observer in the Yellow Vest movement, which is still going strong after six months, despite […]

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Putting Patients Last: Corporate Capture of Doctors

May 15, 2019           |                                       

Welcome to corporate healthcare, the new normal in doctors’ offices, where profits are king and patients are commodities. With government regulatory agencies essentially adopting a “hands-off” policy, the ever-inventive medical establishment has come up with a basketful of new procedures to delude the patient population into believing that more (traditional drug-and procedure-saturated medicine) is the […]

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Why Is Everyone Running for President? It’s a Billion-Dollar Industry.

May 15, 2019           |                                       

Why Is Everyone Running for President? It’s a Billion-Dollar Industry. US Metal Sanctions Target Iran’s Working Class, Contrary to Trump Claims Hospital Workers in Toledo, Ohio, Strike for Safe Patient Care Daenerys Targaryen Was Never a Liberator Omar Says Criticisms of Her and Rashida Tlaib Are Designed to Silence Muslims British General Says No Evidence […]

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Florida Governor Says Russian Hackers Accessed Voter Databases

May 14, 2019           |                                       

The governor of Florida has said Russian hackers gained access to voter databases in two of the southern state’s counties ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Ron DeSantis said May 14 that the hackers didn’t manipulate any data and the election results weren’t compromised. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the […]

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Representative democracy, with all its checks and balances and enlightened deliberation on behalf of busy citizens, was a pretty good contrivance. Excellent job by Montesquieu in beginning to work the essential ideas out in The Spirit of the Laws! Nicely done, James Madison et. al, in building on such ideas, drafting a United States Constitution, […]

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Republicans launch “anti-Semitism” smear campaign against Representative Rashida Tlaib By Tom Hall 14 May 2019 Republican politicians and right-wing media outlets have initiated a smear campaign against Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib over bogus allegations of “anti-Semitism.” The World Socialist Web Site has deep and well-documented political differences with Tlaib, a supporter of American capitalism and […]

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Stocks Plummet as Trump’s Trade War With China Worsens

May 13, 2019           |                                       

The US trade war with China is going from bad to worse this week, as the broader US market plummeted on news of retaliatory Chinese tariffs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 600 points on Monday. Trump had long dismissed the idea that a trade war would even hurt the US, and has been […]

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The Swedish prosecuting authority announced at a Stockholm press conference Monday that Sweden would seek Assange’s extradition from Britain to face investigation on a nearly decade-old allegation of sexual assault. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecution, Eva-Marie Persson, said Monday that Sweden would seek the extradition of Julian […]

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Spring Donation Drive CounterPunch is a lifeboat of sanity in today’s turbulent political seas. Please make a tax-deductible donation and help us continue to fight. Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, “every time the US ‘saves’ a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or […]

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Sam Husseini says the origin of Mother’s Day has largely been obscured, helping pave the way for Trump’s embrace of women warriors and bearers of “the next generation of American patriots,” with a hint of the Nazi “Mother’s Cross.” By Sam Husseini Post Haven In response to Georgia’s new anti-abortion law, the actress Alyssa Milano […]

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US Plays Word Games in Arctic Council Consensus While Ignoring Indigenous People

May 11, 2019           |                                       

As Capitalism Fails, We Need a Roadmap to Survive Climate Change Democrats Against Impeachment Invite Autocracy and a Loss in 2020 80 Million Korean People Must Not Be Reduced to a DC Bargaining Chip House Democrats Subpoena Trump Tax Returns US Plays Word Games in Arctic Council Consensus While Ignoring Indigenous People Biden Pledged Not […]

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Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair America’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking at the prestigious Arctic Council biannual meeting in Finland, christened the Arctic meltdown: “A wonderful economic opportunity for international trade.” In a nutshell, here’s a critique of the Secretary’s advice: An ice-free Arctic reduces travel time for shipping lanes between Asia and the […]

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