Asia Pacific

Transition in the Middle East: Transition to what?

November 20, 2017

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Transition is the name of the game in the Middle East and North Africa. The question is transition to what? Dominating the answer is an Arab autocratic push for a Saudi-led regional order that would be based on an upgraded 21st century version of autocracy designed to fortify…

Can Congress Stop Trump From Going Nuclear?

November 16, 2017

The Senate has held a hearing on a topic it hasn’t taken up in more than four decades: the President’s authority to launch nuclear war. William Hartung of the Center for International Policy discusses nuclear policy in the Trump era

Saudi crackdown raises spectre of wider spread dissent

November 5, 2017

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Few paid attention to a rare protest in Saudi Arabia in late January 2011 as a wave of popular uprisings swept the Middle East and North Africa, toppling the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. Yet, the protests and criticism of the government’s handling of floods in…

Disrupting “The Marketplace of Ideas”: Then and Now

November 2, 2017

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch. Photo by erick hrz aguirre | CC by 2.0 The “better angels of our nature” that Abraham Lincoln talked about have always been in short supply on the American right.  However, that problem sometimes goes into remission, and people forget. It became hard to forget with the rise of the…

Post 9/11 AUMF Law Gives Trump Power to Wage Perpetual War

November 1, 2017

Post 9/11 authorization to use military force has been used to intervene in 19 countries. Congress ought to reclaim its authority to declare war, explains Col. Larry Wilkerson

Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Sympathizer

October 20, 2017

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses his acclaimed novel and the legacy of the Vietnam War.

US Nuclear Upgrade Began Before Trump

October 11, 2017

Trump reportedly asked to expand the US nuclear arsenal tenfold, but a dangerous upgrade already began before he took office, says Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists

Che in Bolivia: a Rough Draft of History

October 10, 2017

By Richard Gott / Counterpunch. I was living in 1967 in Santiago de Chile, where I worked at the university and wrote from time to time for the Guardian in London. That January, I was told by Chilean leftist friends that Che Guevara was in Bolivia. Public indications of an incipient guerrilla movement emerged in…

Rebuking Trump, Nobel Prize Goes to Group That Opposes Nuclear Weapons

October 6, 2017

“No right hands for the wrong weapons” – Nobel Peace Prize Winner ICAN

The Tyranny of the “Deplorable” Minority

September 29, 2017

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch. Photo by Roger Jones | CC BY 2.0 Throughout the nineteenth century, the United States had presidents who, by today’s standards, make even twentieth and twenty-first century presidents look good. There were defenders of slavery and, after the Civil War and Reconstruction, of the institutionalization of white supremacy by other…