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Vietnam Will Win: Leadership and Democracy
Wilfred Burchett: To mark the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Têt Offensive, CounterPunch is serializing Wilfred Burchett’s Vietnam Will Win(Guardian Books, New York, 1968) over the next few weeks. Readers can judge for themselves the validity of the facts, observations, analysis, conclusions, predictions and so on made by the author. ... “Commanders and rank and file are of the same social and class origin, mainly peasants. We are united by hatred of the oppressors and foreign aggressors. We live, study and fight together. Morale is high primarily because of the complete democracy within our armed forces. ... From such critical summing-up meetings we draw conclusions for the next action. Everyone takes part and this produces the best resulting line with an old Vietnamese saying, ‘Three idiots make one wise man.'”... Visit Website ]
Feb 14, 2018, 2:12pm

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Vietnam Will Win: the Politics of Strategy
Wilfred Burchett: To mark the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Têt Offensive, CounterPunch is serializing Wilfred Burchett’s Vietnam Will Win (Guardian Books, New York, 1968) ... exposes the futility of fighting a people united in their struggle for independence, liberty and unity. It also explains, soberly and factually, why they were winning and how they won. ... The combination of the political and military aspects of strategy and tactics is an absolute constant of the struggle as waged by the NLF... Visit Website ]
Feb 7, 2018, 12:25pm

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Former Border Control Agent Francisco Cantú’s “The Line Becomes a River”
Ian Gordon: His mom, herself the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, (on joining the patrol) “Fine, my mother said, fine,” Cantú writes. “But you must understand you are stepping into a system, an institution with little regard for people.” ... When he joined the patrol, Cantú told me recently, he fancied himself as someone with “humanitarian instincts that would kind of allow me to be a humane force.” But as his mother reminds him, “You can’t exist within a system for that long without being implicated, without absorbing its poison.” ... What seems most urgent is that people are dying in the desert—we’re talking about hundreds of people each year, thousands and thousands in the last decade. Our current policy makes that happen... Visit Website ]
Feb 5, 2018, 11:01am

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Whiteness and Working Folks
Ron Jacobs: White supremacy is the foundation of the US economic and political system. The slave trade, the use of slave labor and the breeding of humans for sale like livestock created the capital that created the empire. ... David Roediger, the author of the recently published Class, Race and Marxism, ... is best known for his writing on the creation of the concept of “whiteness” and its use by those in power. ... Roediger argues that there cannot be a successful radical anti-capitalist movement that does not destroy white supremacy ... A recently written book by Jeannine Fletcher titled The Sin of White Supremacy discusses the essential role Christianity played in the development of white supremacy... Visit Website ]
Jan 19, 2018, 4:42pm

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ACLU Says New Jersey Prisons’ Banning of “The New Jim Crow” Is Unconstitutional
Shaun King: America’s jails and prisons have long since banned and censored books that the institutions determined posed a material danger to the safety of inmates and employees. There is a logic, at least, to prohibiting how-to manuals on crafting homemade weapons or escaping confined spaces. But at least two prisons in New Jersey have gone a step further, deciding to ban Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking work on the rise of mass incarceration in America ... African-Americans make up less than 15 percent of New Jersey’s overall population, but represent a staggering 60 percent of the state’s prisoners... Visit Website ]
Jan 8, 2018, 1:58pm

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The Brutal Origins of Gun Rights
Patrick Blanchfield: A new history argues that the Second Amendment was intended to perpetuate white settlers' violence toward Native Americans. ... Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz argues in her brilliant new book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, America’s obsession with guns has roots in a long, bloody legacy of racist vigilantism, militarism, and white nationalism. This past, Dunbar-Ortiz persuasively argues, undergirds both the landscape of gun violence to this day and our partisan debates about guns ... What the Second Amendment guarantees is ... “the violent appropriation of Native land by white settlers ... as an individual right.”... Visit Website ]
Dec 14, 2017, 4:19pm

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Be Aware of the Dark Side of Sports Media
Ralph Nader: In his new book, Ego vs. Soul in Sports: Essays on Sport at Its Best and Worst, Ken Reed systematically tackles the most neglected and underreported territories of the athletic world. ... Reed writes about the hidden injury epidemics (early onto concussions and how to detect and minimize them); about sports participation for all (not just spectator sports); on the serious decline in physical education in elementary and high schools and how it is connected to the rise of obesity; on the harm of encouraging specialization at age 10 in sports; on athletes’ right to protest; on women athletes still being short changed under title IX; on Division One of the NCAA with its corruption, cheating and exploitation of student athletes... Visit Website ]
Nov 29, 2017, 12:39pm

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New York’s Black Panthers, a Legacy ... Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Ron Jacobs: Titled Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st-Century Revolutions, this book is both an essential piece of history and a call to reinvigorate the movement for Black liberation and free those still imprisoned as part of the COINTELPRO operation four decades ago. Perhaps the most striking (and distressing) aspect of the additions to the original text is the fact that the struggles of the late 1960s and early 1970s are so similar to the struggles of today. Then again, given the history of the United States, maybe it isn’t so striking after all. ... Reading this book is one of the better written efforts in pointing out that it’s the system of white supremacy that is criminal, not the people fighting it... Visit Website ]
Nov 13, 2017, 2:28pm

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Five Books to Make You Less Stupid About the Civil War
Ta-Nehisi Coates: On Monday, the retired four-star general and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asserted that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.” This was an incredibly stupid thing to say. Worse, it built on a long tradition of endorsing stupidity in hopes of making Americans stupid about their own history. Stupid enjoys an unfortunate place in the highest ranks of American government these days. And while one cannot immediately affect this fact, one can choose to not hear stupid things and quietly nod along. ... 1) Battle Cry Of Freedom: ... the white South went to war for the right to own people, but that it warred for the right to expand the right to own people... Visit Website ]
Nov 4, 2017, 2:53pm

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Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC
DONNA BRAZILE: When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign. ... I at last found the document that described it all: the Joint Fund-Raising Agreement between the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund, and Hillary for America. ... The agreement—...—specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. ... This victory fund agreement, however, had been signed in August 2015, just four months after Hillary announced her candidacy and nearly a year before she officially had the nomination... Visit Website ]
Nov 2, 2017, 11:51am

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'I Can't Breathe': An Excerpt From Matt Taibbi's New Book on the Eric Garner Killing
... Eric Garner caught a significant share of that extra police attention, which grated on him. But he wasn't really part of the wine-and-dope crowd at Tompkinsville. It's more accurate to say he was in the service industry catering to that group. He sold tax-free cigarettes there, and he was good at it. ... In Virginia, Garner was paying around five dollars a pack. In New York, the highly taxed cigarettes sold legally in stores at about fourteen dollars a pack. The low-tax policies of the South instantly created a booming pseudo-criminal trade in cities like New York ... In addition to the fact that he was well liked and rarely known to raise his hand to fight, there are two things the people on Bay Street almost all say about Eric Garner. They say he loved football, and he had a tremendous head for numbers.... Visit Website ]
Oct 21, 2017, 11:29am

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Envisioning an America Free From Police Violence and Control
Rashmee Kumar: In “The End of Policing,” Alex S. Vitale argues that police reforms implemented in the wake of Brown’s death — from diversity initiatives to community policing to body cameras — fail to acknowledge that policing as an institution reinforces race and class inequalities by design. ... I don’t explicitly go around saying “abolish the police” or “abolish prisons.” Instead, I say that if we understand police and prisons as inherently coercive and punitive and stained with a history of reproducing inequality, those institutions should always be used as a last resort. ... Instead, we should identify, whenever possible, constructive, restorative, non-punitive solutions to our social problems... Visit Website ]
Oct 16, 2017, 11:35am

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Autopsy of a Dying Empire, Review of “In the Shadow of the American Century”
Jeremy Kuzmarov: Alfred W. McCoy’s latest book, In the Shadow of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power, provides an autopsy on a dying empire, which has squandered its moral capital by promoting wide-scale torture and mass surveillance. ... According to McCoy, the decline of the American empire was set in motion by the Bush Administration’s over-reaction to 9/11 and disastrous invasion of Iraq. This led to the wasting of trillions of taxpayer dollars, underinvestment in public education and clean energy technologies, and political dysfunction in an era of corporate-dominance... Visit Website ]
Oct 14, 2017, 12:43pm

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The Sanitizing of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks
Jeremy Scahill: “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History.” by Jeanne Theoharis ... Invoking King’s name on the right is nothing new — ahistorical versions of King have been used to defend gun ownership, racial discrimination, and the Republican Party. In this current climate surrounding the NFL protests, King has once again been transformed into a malleable symbol for rampant deployment by people trying to tell protesters and black people today to shut up. One of the biggest problems with all of this is that it is based on complete fiction and total ignorance of who King actually was and what he actually believed... Visit Website ]
Oct 9, 2017, 11:39am

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Ellsberg, In Upcoming Book, Warns of Nuclear Dangers in the Era of Trump
Greg Mitchell: And now Daniel Ellsberg has written a book titled The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, to be published by Bloomsbury in December. In it he reveals that the 7,000 pages of the Pentagon Papers that he copied from his office at the Rand Corporation in 1969-70 were only “a fraction” of what he had borrowed from office safes. Much of the rest amounted to the “other” Pentagon papers — secret documents on US nuclear war plans and capabilities ... Ellsberg goes beyond his personal experiences to tackle the track record and philosophy of what he calls “bombing cities ... (and) a close study of US “first-use” policy... Visit Website ]
Oct 7, 2017, 3:20pm


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