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Archives from June 1999
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 ...