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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from June 1999
Pacifica Chairman Berry Urges Janet Reno to Pressure Berkeley Cops
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The new crisis at KPFA, the Pacifica flagship station in the Bay Area broke out on Sunday, June 13 when 22-year KPFA veteran Robbie Osman explained to listeners that Pacifica exec director Lynn Chadwick was a liar. Osman explained that Chadwick was planning to attend the ...
Lawsuit Readied to Reverse Takeover By Pacifica Foundation Directors
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Legal counsel for community members from Local Advisory Boards of FM radio stations KPFK (Los Angeles), KPFA (Berkeley) and WBAI (New York), has informed the Pacifica Foundation, which owns the non-commercial stations, that they will take legal action unless Pacifica̵...
Cambodia to Kosovo
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
No doubt about it. We’re heading straight for the quagmire. These days there are so many ghosts from the Vietnam era hovering behind every headline about the war on Serbia, you can practically hear them clanking their chains. General Westmoreland, sorry, General Cla...
COLLATERAL DAMAGE
Tariq Ali, Howard Brenton & Andy De La Tour
A One-Act Play on the Balkan War By Tariq Ali, Howard Brenton & Andy de la Tour A dining table. Ten places. DANIEL and LEONIE celebrating DANIEL’s 50th birthday with a few friends due in an hour. LEONIE is sorting out the place names. DANIEL is organising th...
Meet Max Antoine: New Jersey’s Louima
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Is there a rationing policy by the press that we are allowed only one atrocity against a Haitian per decade? While the recent guilty plea of Justin Volpe in the Abner Louima torture trial generated some headlines, an equally brutal incident in Irvington, NJ, has passed by...
Sierra Club Board Member Gets Money from Chevron and Freeport McMoran
Bernardo Issel
The Sierra Club has been a leading critic of corporate polluter funding of politicians and of corporations trying to greenwash their record. So it is with great surprise to find that Sierra Club Director Anne Ehrlich benefits from donations from Chevron and other interest...
A Truly Heroic Resistance
Jared Israel
As an American, I have not been affected in the same way Serbian and Serbian-American people have been by the horrible bombing. At the same time, as a thinking person, I find the “peace agreement,” as published by the AP, most disturbing. For 7...
The War on Rigoberta
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
There can be little doubt that the publishers of David Stoll’s book,Rigoberta Menchu and the Story of all Poor Guatemalans are highly gratifiedat the readiness of the New York Times, in a front-page “special report”by Larry Rohter subtitled “Tarnis...
Who NATO Killed
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Since the Nato airstrikes began on March 24 Serb officials say more than 2,000 civilians have been killed and more than 7,500 wounded. Nato has owned up to bombing raids and missile attacks that have killed 460 civilians, according to a tally by Agence France-Presse. By a...
BODY COUNT:
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The Civilian Casualties of Nato’s Bombing ? ?During the first month of the war on Yugoslavia,the NATO planes and cruise missile made over 10,000 at...
DAMNING ADMISSIONS:
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Just under two years ago John Deutch, at that time director of the CIA,traveled to a town meeting in South Central Los Angeles to confront a communityoutraged by charges that the Agency had been complicit in the importingof cocaine into California in the 1980s. Amid heate...
Chevron’s Big Bang
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
In the Bay Area in California the Chevron refinery is,naturally, in the poor part of the Contra Costa county. The nearest youraverage middle-class person gets to Richmond is on Highway 580 or Interstate80, rolling up towards Sacramento or Marin County. The town of Richmon...
IN THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
RE: William J. Clinton, Madeleine Albright, William S. Cohen, Tony Blair, Robin Cook, George Robertson, Javier Solana, Jamie Shea, Wesley K. Clark, Harold W. German, Konrad Freytag. D.J.G. Wilby, Fabrizio Maltinti, Giuseppe Marani, Daniel P. Leaf, Jean Chr?tien, L...
Arkansas Bloodsuckers
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The year Bill Clinton became governor of Arkansas, the Arkansas state prison board awarded a lucrative contract to a Little Rock company called Health Management Associates or HMA. The company was paid $3 million a year to run medical services for the state’s troubl...
Meet the Real Gen. Clark
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Anyone seeking to understand the bloody fiasco of the Serbian war need hardly look further than the person of the beribboned Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley K. Clark. Politicians and journalists are generally according him a respectful hearing as he discourses on...
The Politics of Hurricane Mitch
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
There’s nothing “natural” about the awful disasterof Hurricane Mitch. Those thousands of lives were lost to mud, water, hunger,disease though human agency. Hillsides dissolved and shanty towns vanishedin the floodwaters because of economic and political ...
Barry McCaffrey and Jose Miguel Vivanco
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
No sane person believes in the “war on drugs” any more. This implies of course that our nation’s affairs are being directed by madmen, but you knew that anyway. Besides, there are signs that sanity may be seeping slowly through the halls of Congress. Thr...
Defamation, Revisionist Style
Edward Said
Given the approach of the final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians it seems worthwhile to record here the lengths to which the Israeli right-wing (Jabotinsky and Netanhayu’s Revisionists) will go to further its claims on all of Palestine aga...
The Horrors of Senator John McCain
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The top war-monger in Congress has been Senator John McCain, Republican from Arizona, seeker of the Republican presidential nomination. In one rhetorical bombing run after another, McCain has bellowed for “lights out in Belgrade” and for NATO to “cream&#...
Shrub’s Money Tree
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The media has widely reported that George W. Bush has put together a startlingly successful money-raising machine. At last report, Bush had pulled in more than $40 million. Much of the money has been raised through a network of Bush allies called the Pioneers. Each Pi...
WAR CRIMES LAW APPLIES TO U.S. TOO
Walter J. Rockler
As justification for our murderously destructive bombing campaign in Yugoslavia, it is of course necessary for the U.S. to charge that the Serbs have engaged in inhuman conduct, and that President Slobodan Milosevic, the head Serb demon, is a war criminal almost without p...
Pacifica Board Power Grab Clinched By CPB Pressure
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
On February 28 in Berkeley the Governing Board of the PacificaFoundation voted unanimously to approve a modification of the corporation’sby-laws, transferring the authority for nominating Governing Board membersentirely to the Governing Board, and outlawing concurre...
Demonizing the Serbs
MARJALEENA REPO
The Yugoslavian government has just expelled some journalists from NATO countries from its territory. This is deplored by the media as censorship, but in some of us it has created a strange sense of relief: perhaps now there will be a ceasefire in the 10-year disi...
And Now From Pork Central:
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
As we go to press, pork dealers on Capitol Hill are locked in a titanicstruggle over the future apportionment of $27 billion. That is the estimatedlifetime cost of the nine B-2 bombers that Stealth partisans want the Congressto commit to in next year’s spending bill...
US Official Poisoner Dies
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Sidney Gottlieb, who for more than two decades managed the CIA’s TechnicalServices Division, died on March 10. His obituaries in the New York Timesand the Washington Post tended to focus own Gottlieb’s testing of LSD onhimself and other CIA officers, portrayin...
These children were injured in a NATO airstrike on a civilian bus outside of Pristina.
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
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The Coming of Enron
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
It’s been more than a year now since the Texas conglomerate Enron swaggeredinto Oregon to gobble up Portland General Electric for a cool $3.2 billion.The press delicately referred to the deal as a merger. But this has provena grotesque misnomer. There is no quest...
From Vietnam to Serbia
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Strange are the ways of men! It feels like only yesterday that the New York Times was denouncing President Bill as a moral midget, deserving of the harshest reprobation for fondling Monica Lewinsky’s breasts. And today here’s the New York Times doling out meas...
Serbia’s Memories
Michael Neumann
Professor of philosophy at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. mneumann@trentu.ca Though my family suffered under the Nazis, I have for some years now felt increasingly uncomfortable with talk about ‘The Holocaust...
The Case of Father Jerry
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
In 1996, a senior official in the Catholic church confided to a friendof CounterPunch, the Catholic church in America had thus far paid out $500million to settle priest abuse cases. On July 24, 1997, a Dallas jury imposeda $119.6 million in overall damages – the ...
Larry Summers’ War Against the Earth
Jim Vallette
International Trade Information Service Back on December 12, 1991, then the chief economist for the World Bank, Lawrence Summers, wrote an internal memo that was leaked to the environmental community, and we, in turn, publicized it. This memo remains relevant....
CONTROVERSIAL EMAIL RECEIVED DETAILING POSSIBLE CLOSURE OF KPFA AS LAWSUIT IS FILED TO FORCE ACCOUNTABILITY COMMUNITY LEADERS DECRY CRACKDOWN
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
BERKELEY, CA – At a press conference at 1:30 p.m. today, Media Alliance Executive Director Andrea Buffa will release a controversial email she received yesterday that describes plans by Pacifica Radio to close KPFA and possibly sell another Pa...
CounterPunch’s Top 100 (and a few more) Non-fiction Works of the 20th Century
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Edward Abbey ...
Driving While Black
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The issue of racial profiling by police briefly grabbed the attentionof the press when New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman recently firedthe head of the state police after he accused blacks and hispanics of beingmore likely to be drug dealers and therefore deservin...
The “Peace” Agreement
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The text was in Serbian and translated by AP:   "In order to move forward toward solving the Kosovo crisis, an agreement should be reached on the following principles: “1: Imminent...
The Texas Death Machine
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Being charged with a capital crime is surely bad news anywhere but there’sno place worse than Texas. After the state Board of Pardons turned downKarla Faye Tucker’s petition, she became the 146th person executed by Texasafter the Supreme Court voted to rein...
CounterPunch’s 100 Favorite Films
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The 39 Steps...
The Top 10 Reasons This War SUCKS!
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
This War SUCKS!ONEHas anyone thought about the peculiar logicbehind NATO’s “peace mission” in Kosovo? They dragged the warring parties to sometwo-bit pastry shop called Rambouillet, held a gun to their heads,and said, “If you don’t sig...
KOSOVO:
Robin Blackburn
We know that the Kosovan Albanians, and not a few Serbian civilians, have already paid a terrible price for the limited war between NATO and Yugoslavia. Some see this as a good reason for continuing the bombing or even escalating to a ground assault. Yet reports f...
Race and the Drug War
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
It’s not often that one sees Charles “Bell Curve” Murray and Prof. Cornel West holding hands, nor Ahmet Ertegun and Reagan’s secretary of state, George Schultz, but there they all were along with hundreds of others from the U.S. and around the w...
If It’s Thursday, Let’s Bomb Bulgaria!
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
By next week they’ll be bombing Athens on the grounds that over 90 percent of the Greek people oppose the war. So then the Turks, fully enlisted in NATO’s campaign, can get to bomb the Parthenon again, finishing the job they started in 1827. By the midd...
Our Little Secret
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
IT’S NOT THE ECONOMY, STUPID: Contrary to the media, it doesn’tseem to be the beneficiaries of the so-called booming economy that’s keepingPresident Bill aloft. Our Little Secret digs into the numbersand shows that the wealthier Americans are, the mo...
Life in Pristina
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The following is a transcript of Paul Watson’s interview with the Canadian CBC radio program As It Happens, on April 13. PAUL WATSON (Pulitzer Prize winning journalist working for LA TImes, has been in Pristina since bombing started, interviewed 4/13)...
One Last Look, Before We Leap
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
First, let’s eavesdrop on a commander-in-chief, broodingon the great themes of war and death: “‘We’re not inflicting pain onthese fuckers’ [The President] said softly at first. ‘When people kill us,they should be killed in greater numbe...
BARELY A PARODY
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
His back against the wall, facing the closest and most momentous election of his entire charmed life, Vice President Al Gore looked out across the assembled thousands, their faces upturned to see him, many of them taking time off from their jobs — mill...
The Texas Death Machine
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Being charged with a capital crime is surely bad news anywhere but there’sno place worse than Texas. After the state Board of Pardons turned downKarla Faye Tucker’s petition, she became the 146th person executed by Texasafter the Supreme Court voted to rein...
The Arms Pushers
Ken Silverstein
Last November, Secretary of State Madeline Albright denounced the “unregulatedand illegitimate” sale of small arms at a gathering of the InternationalRescue Committee. “It is a trade carried out by profiteers, abettedby corruption, creating a bottomless ...
CounterPunch’s Favorite 100 Nonfiction Books in Translation, Published in English Since 1900
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The South Pole: an account of the Nor...
Bensky Fired; Sunday Salon Cancelled; Staff Reprimanded
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Larry Bensky, host of the weekly “Sunday Salon”program on Pacifica, has been fired by Pacifica Executive director LynnChadwick, and his program cancelled. In a letter to Bensky, Chadwick statesthat the firing is because of Bensky’s “repeated”...
South Africa’s Dirtiest Spy Tricks
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The dirtiest secrets of South Africa’s apartheid regime are now spillingout in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Cape Town. It’s a pitythat the chilling stories haven’t been made much of a ripple here in theUnited States, whose own intelligence ...