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Was Syria an exception to the Arab Spring: commentary on Stephen Gowans's "Washington’s Long War on Syria"

Stephen Gowans

COUNTERPUNCH, OCTOBER 20, 2017

One can debate whether to label the ideology that structured the Arab nationalists’ economic policies as socialism, but U.S. officials unquestionably regarded the economic demarche of the Arab nationalist countries, including Syria, as socialist.

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A Link, A Poem

I’d like to thank the editors at Counterpunch for publishing my two most recent blog posts. You can find them, along with a bunch of other great pieces, here: … 533 more words

Bringing Down the Cali Cartel: “Narcos” Season 3

COUNTERPUNCH, OCTOBER 13, 2017

Last December, I recommended Netflix’s “Narcos” to CounterPunch readers with the qualification that it had political problems. After having just finished watching Season Three, which deals with the Cali cartel (seasons 1 and 2 were about the hunt for Pablo Escobar), I can only repeat my endorsement for a thoroughly entertaining and frequently accurate portrayal of the attempts to bring down Gilberto and Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela, the brothers who ran the Cali cartel. 202 more words

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An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

COUNTERPUNCH, OCTOBER 6, 2017

On September 30th, New York Times reporter Simon Romero profiled the thief who had severed the bronze right foot from a statue of Don Juan de Oñate twenty years ago as a protest against the genocide of American Indians. 569 more words

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War for the Planet of the Apes

COUNTERPUNCH, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

One of the primary imperatives of the Hollywood film industry is to make money, just is it would be for laxative or automobile manufacturers. 461 more words

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Let if Fall; The Force

COUNTERPUNCH, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

Perhaps nothing illustrates the lawlessness of law enforcement in the USA more than the spectacle of cops in St. Louis shouting “Whose streets? 227 more words

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