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Archives from 1999
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 ...
No Need for the Crystal Ball: Neoliberalism In Bloody Rout
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
So far as the world economy is concerned, the sky — as our dear friendAndrew Kopkind used to say, is dark with chickens coming to roost. As CounterPunchgoes to press, capital is massing its resources in a determined effort tohold Brazil together and get Fernando Enr...
Ag Lobby in Big New Push
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
With the help of two Democratic senators, the agricultural lobby is poisedto resurrect a version of the infamous Bracero program, and allow Americancompanies to import cheap immigrant labor. The legislation in question wasattached to the Commerce, Justice, State and Judic...
Tom Delay in the South Pacific
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
House Whip Tom DeLay has returned from Congress’s winter recess burstingwith vim and vigor, promising to press the Republican agenda with all availableenergy. DeLay’s high spirits no doubt result from his use of the recessto fly with his family to the Commo...
Drug Money
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Michael Petrelis, a San Francisco-based gay activist, has outed a numberof closeted gay conservatives and political figures during the past fewyears (most spectacularly in the case of former Rep. Steve Gunderson, whomPetrelis doused with a drink at a gay bar in Virgini...
Nuclear Saviors:
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Striding into Kyoto claiming to be a mighty warrior in the battle againstglobal warming was a familiar beast, the nuclear power industry. Some ofthe industry’s biggest lobbyists, men such as James Curtis (a former deputysecretary of energy during the Reagan years), ...
Behind the Green Grocery
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
“Natural” food is big business these days, which is a goodthing. Most cities these days have a farmers’ market, and the ag industryis coming to realize that organic food is no longer a matter of sellingmisshapen carrots and potatoes at a premium t...
The ADL Snoops
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The organization’s main “fact-finder” was doubling as a spyfor the white South African government while his buddy, a San Franciscocop who had tutored El Salvadoran death squads on the finer aspects of torture,was providing its officials with personal ...
Ten Groups Who Make a Difference
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Here at CounterPunch we get the querries from you scores of times a month,tell us where the good groups are. You want who’s worth supporting. Andso now, in our final issue of the year, just in time for you to make tax-deductiblecontributions that could truly work wo...
Exxon’s Deadly Legacy
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
March 24 brought us the tenth anniversary of the most notorious foul-upin the history of the oil business: the Exxon Valdez spill which took placein Prince William Sound, 25 miles south of Valdez, Alaska around midnightwhen the vast 948 foot long tanker ran into Bligh ...
Booking Photo of Bill Gates
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
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WHY WORKING PEOPLE MUST OPPOSE U.S./NATO WAR IN THE BALKANS
Trim Bissell
National coordinator of Campaign for Labor Rights In addition to mobilizing around corporate campaigns, legislation and codes of conduct, the work of the anti-sweatshop movement also includes opposing the economic, military and repressive structures which make the...
Hitler On Pat Buchanan
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Though now 110 years old, and in poor physical shape, Adolf Hitler felt strong enough for a brief chat on the phone from his nursing home in Asuncion about the row over Pat Buchanan’s new book. Do you agree that America’s entry into the First World War ...
Hitch the Snitch
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
“‘Okay,’ I said, giving him a chance to rationalize his snitching,which all informants have to do when they start out.”J. Wambaugh, Blue NightMany people go through life rehearsing a role they feel that the fateshave in...
British International Law Expert Drafts Articles of Indictment for War Crimes by NATO Leaders
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
CAMBRIDGE, May 3 – A British internationallaw expert from the faculty of social and political sciences atthe Cambridge University, has drafted articles of indictment againstsome of the NATO leaders for waging war on Serbia. Glen Rangwala,whose coordinates are enclos...
Those Incubator Babies, Once More?
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
As the US stepped up its bombing raids against Yugoslavia, Harold Koh,assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, calledthe leaders of several US human rights groups to a hastily arranged meetingat his offices in Foggy Bottom. Koh started the sessi...
All Calm in Kuwait
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
When bombing of Iraq seemed only hours away, all was calm in the US embassyin Kuwait. Though Iraq’s fearsome weapons of mass destruction were the topicof every news bulletin, US ambassador to Kuwait, Jim Larocco, was nonchalant.We know this because we have before...