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Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism proposes a strikingly original thesis—that capitalism first emerged in Arabia, not in late medieval Italian city states as is commonly assumed.
Early Islam made a seminal but largely unrecognized contribution to the history of economic thought; it is the only religion founded by an entrepreneur. Descending from an elite dynasty of religious, civil, and commercial leaders, Muhammad was a successful businessman before founding Islam. As such, the new religion had much to say on trade, consumer protection, business ethics,
The fact that a member of the Ukrainian Radical Party has been filmed singing a song saluting Adolf Hitler is not surprising, considering the rise in anti-Semitism throughout Europe, including in France and Ukraine, Rabbi Ralph Tawil told RT.
A freight train that derailed near the northeast Australian town of Julia Creek has reportedly leaked up to 31,500 liters of sulfuric acid, while Queensland Police have sharply revised the amount of toxic substance it was hauling upward.
A natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon, California, has been spewing out 50,000 kilograms (110,000 pounds) of gas every hour for more than two months, and officials say it could take another three to four months to bring the situation under control. The leak first occurred on October 23, when the casing of a gas storage well operated by Southern California (SoCal) Gas failed. Strangely, the cause of this failure is not known, and attempts to stop the flow of gas by pumping liquid directly into the well in order to seal the rupture have been unsuccessful.
Earlier this year Patrick KIngsley met Syrian refugee Hashem al-Souki and his family in Cairo and learned about their harrowing journey from Syria to Egypt. Patrick followed Hashem as he risked his life travelling from Egypt to Europe to seek asylum for himself and his family in Sweden. Here he discovers what happened next
Ma’an News Agency | – – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — In lieu of a growing Israeli focus on Jewish extremism, Israel’s Prime Minister on Sunday said that comparing “Arab terror and Jewish terror”…
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has sparked renewed speculation about an early election.
A relentless stream of attacks on the ABC by crusaders of the hard right has recalibrated the notion of balance and redefined the organisation
Tensions are boiling after police in Chicago shot and killed two more people over Christmas weekend. Responding to a domestic disturbance at a West Side residence on Saturday, officers fatally shot Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and Bettie Jones, 55, authorities said.
The prime minister should look for new talent on the backbench rather than allow Mal Brough to cast a shadow over the government in an election year
It seems delusional to praise US Secretary of State John Kerry’s push to end the war in Syria as he has made no progress other than attending meetings in Vienna and other areas, says Paul Vallely, a retired US Army Major General.
The uncle and cousins of the three-year-old whose drowning brought worldwide attention to the refugee crisis have arrived in Vancouver
Nik Zecevic and Margaret J. Howell | (TheLipTV video report) | – – “Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has won the 2015 PolitiFact “Lie of the Year” award. While investigating Trump’s statements during…
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The Interpol report on European terrorism for 2014 would obviously look different for the horrible year of 2015. So too was 2011 an…
Our old friend Cliff Kincaid is back, and he’s as mad as hell. The reason? Michael T. Flynn, a retired American three-star general, attended RT’s conference – and subsequent dinner – on December 10th in Moscow, celebrating the channel’s 10th anniversary.
Sanders calls out Trump for having no plans to help working class. The Donald responds in usual way: with lies.
Republicans have hid shamefully behind the patriotism and the flag. Michael Moore just upended the whole scheme
Jamie Briggs resigns over a late-night incident involving a female public servant, while embattled frontbencher Mal Brough stands aside.
Yes, “Serial” is awesome, but it’s not the only great podcast out there. Check out these 12 other audio gems.
No other country, with the exception of maybe China, gets as much of a look in as Russia does from the Washington Post’s editorial board.
On March 26, 2007, Chris Matthews said on his television program, “Well, The Washington Post is not the liberal newspaper it was, Congressman, let me tell you. I have been reading it for years and it is a neocon newspaper”. It has regularly published an ideological mixture of op-ed columnists, some of them left-leaning (including E.J. Dionne, Greg Sargent, and Eugene Robinson), and many on the right (including George Will, Marc Thiessen, Robert Kagan, Robert Samuelson, Michael Gerson and Charles Krauthammer).
In November 2007, the newspaper was criticized by independent journalist Robert Parry for reporting on anti-Obama chain e-mails without sufficiently emphasizing to its readers the false nature of the anonymous claims. In 2009, Parry criticized the newspaper for its allegedly unfair reporting on liberal politicians, including Vice President Al Gore and President Barack Obama.
Snowballs, witch hunts, and a big measles outbreak.
“To succeed in your professional life isn’t that hard, but to succeed in your personal life is a lot harder. To really be a human is a lot harder. We forget about that.” – Yann Arthus-Bertand, director of the film Human Sometimes there comes along a documentary that is so profound, so moving, that you want to […]
Pictures like the ones you are about to see have been surfacing more and more lately, as artists around the world feel compelled to respond to some of the ugliness they see in the world. While it may be true that artists who truly have the courage to share their thoughts on important social issues are rare, […]
‘Biblical’ flooding in the UK has forced hundreds of evacuations, while fatal storms in U.S. have killed at least 43 people
2015 was the year Russia exposed the barbaric nature of Western powers, from their criminal conspiracy for regime change in Syria, to aggression against Yemen, Iran, Russia, China and any country that does not toe the line.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called upon all Muslims to improve the image of Islam recently tarnished by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), which is associated with “killing, violence, whips, extortion and injustice.”
December 8, 2015
This week Eric welcomes to CounterPunch Radio author, political analyst, and regular CounterPunch contributor John Wight to discuss recent developments in Syria, and the regional geopolitics that inform all events in the Middle East. Eric and John go in depth on the downing of the Russian jet by Turkey, and what that means for the ongoing war in Syria. They address a wide range of issues from the interplay between Wahhabi extremism and the Muslim Brotherhood, to the political development, and regional significance, of Egypt. The conversation also touches on the economic motivations of the interested parties, the role of Israel, Obama vs the Neocons, British politics as related to the war on Syria, and much much more. This far-ranging interview is yet another example of the kind of thing you just don’t find outside CounterPunch.
Intro/Outtro: “Freight Train Rollin'” by David Vest
Interlude: “Where Were You” by The Mekons
We examine Rupert Murdoch’s relationship with the UK government; plus, Nigeria’s ‘brown-envelope’ journalists.
When we talk of Mainstream Media bias, we are not joking. It is real. It is happening. Some of their news contents are filled with government and corporate propaganda. What is even worse is
It has emerged that the United States of America planned during the Cold War era to systematically destroy civilian’s lives in major Soviet bloc cities such as East Berlin, Leningrad, Moscow and others. The Chinese capital,…
Responding to a right-wing campaign accusing it of torturing ‘Jewish terrorism’ suspects, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency basically admits doing so, and insists it is acting within the law. Last week’s episode of “This American Life”…
If a video of religious youth stabbing a photo of a murdered Palestinian infant isn’t enough to convince mainstream Israel that there is a problem, what will? Celebrants at a Jerusalem wedding for a couple…
A recent report published by Chinese academics looking at the income
The following is a list of names of all Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, including one in the Negev, in the period between Thursday October 1st and the December 26th, as confirmed by the Palestinian Health Ministry. The IMEMC is a media collective. We are independent journalists producing and distributing the authentic voices of the people. We are located in Beit Sahour, in the Occupied West Bank, and we welcome new volunteers and contributors. IMEMC is a media center developed in collaboration between Palestinian and International journalists to provide independent media coverage of Israel-Palestine.
For the third time in a year, the tight-fisted, austerity policies of the European Union (EU) took a beating, as Spanish voters crushed their rightwing government and overturned four decades of two…
Source: Spain Says “No”