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Archives from 1999
How Pacifica Fired Opal Nations
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
CounterPunchers know well the wars at Pacifica which we’ve reported on more than once this year. The nub of the story involves the efforts of the national governing board, chaired by Mary Frances Berry, to turn the whole Pacifica radio network into a top-down autocr...
Pricks Up Your Ears
Alexander Cockburn
Witnessing the struggles at Pacifica and KPFA, in which on July 13 the network’s national directors called in goons to haul out staffers at the Berkeley station, claiming insubordination, my mind cast back to the early 1970s and to The Village Voice in New York ...
Open Letter to Pacifica Management From Staff of WBAI
R. Paul Martin
The Staff of WBAI is appalled at the anti-labor tactics of the management of the Pacifica Foundation in locking out the Staff of KPFA from their workplace. The assault on KPFA Staff by Management’s armed goon squad will never be forgotten and is a cri...
Ted K., the CIA & LSD
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
July 15, 1999 Ted K., the CIA & LSD It turns out that Theodore Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber, was a volunteer in mind-control experiments sponsored by the CIA at Harvard in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Michael Mello, author of the recently published bo...
Explosive Pacifica Radio Memo Raises Storm
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Here at CounterPunch we have always predicted that the end game of Pacifica’s national board would the sale of some or all of the 5-station network’s assets, worth some $300 million. Such a sale would finally destroy the listener-subscriber basis of this once ...
Lee “Tiny” Davis. Executed by the State of Florida on July 8, 1999
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Lee “Tiny” Davis. Executed by the State of Florida on July 8, 1999
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Rafael Renteria
former programming and news director, KPFT Houston DIVERSITY AND POWER: THE POLITICS OF DISTORTION A storm has been unleashed in the struggle over the direction of Pacifica station KPFA in Berkeley, and the battle between rebellious staff and listener-sponsors there,...
Lee “Tiny” Davis. Executed by the State of Florida on July 8, 1999.
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Lee “Tiny” Davis. Executed by the State of Florida on July 8, 1999. More Davis photos: Davis Photo 1. Davis Photo 3. ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...