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Let’s Get This Show On the Road
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The last time we had fun at a counter-Inaugural was when Nixon was sworn in, on January 20, 1973. As he launched his second term with the traditional piece of perjury about upholding the law, we all looked forward to four more years, but of course Nixon was gone in less t...
Criminalizing Youth
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Ours is not the first era in which adults have persecuted the young and criminalized them. But in this country it’s not been done before with such methodical zeal, ever since that salesman of the virtues, Bill Bennett, co-chaired the Council on Crime in America and ...
No Closure, No Peace
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
On the one hand the calls for “closure”, “finality” and national unity. On the other, Justice John Paul Stevens’s bitter summation: “in the interests of finality however the majority [of the US Supreme Court] effectively orders the dise...
Enviros, Fears and Dollars
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
They’d rather die than admit it, but environmental organizations thrive on disaster and this fact has enabled them to discern a silver lining in the likelihood of a Bush administration, in tandem with a Republican Congress and a Republican Supreme Court. ...
Blackout Christmas
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
It’s starting to shape up as possibly a dark Christmas in California. On December 6, a few moments after lighting the state Christmas tree, Governor Gray Davis pulled the plug. He announced piously that he was doing so to conserve energy and urged other Californ...
Jeb, W and the Secretary of State
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Forget all that talk about Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris. Now the spotlight is on Katherine Harris and W. Jack McCarthy, a Friend of CounterPunch resident in Tallahassee, and erstwhile political columnist for the now defunct Florida Flambeau sends CounterPunch this...
What Seattle Wrought
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Exactly this time a year ago a truly prescient person monitoring bus,car and plane traffic into the city of Seattle could have predicted that Al Gore’s presidential bid faced serious trouble on its left. The mostly young people pouring up Interstate 5 from Oregon an...
‘Torture Them’
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Do we want a Vice President who endorses illegal detention and torture of Palestinians? Anthony Cordesman, a national security type frequently deployed as a television pundit, recently posted a paper on the website for the Washington-based Center for Strategic and Interna...
Voting Without Tears: How To Hold Your Nose Without Spoiling Your Ballot Paper
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
See what happens when they say “Hold your nose and vote for Al Gore”. Those elderly Jews in Palm Beach county tried to do just that. It’s tough to read a ballot paper properly when you’re trying to squint round the side of your hand. Try it yoursel...
Election 2000: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
So it all came out right in the end: gridlock on the Hill and Nader blamed for sabotaging Al Gore. First a word about gridlock. We like it. No bold initiatives, like privatizing Social Security or shoving through vouchers. No ultra-right-wingers making i...
David Ross Brower, 1912-2000
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Nature’s mightiest defender in these United States died Sunday in Berkeley, California, 88 years after he entered the world in that same city. His life thus briefly interesected with that of the greatest green champion of the nineteenth century, John Muir who died i...
David Ross Brower, 1912-2000
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Nature’s mightiest defender in these United States died Sunday in Berkeley, California, 88 years after he entered the world in that same city. His life thus briefly interesected with that of the greatest green champion of the nineteenth century, John Muir who died i...
Shattered Promises Toxic Town, Sick Kids
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The first environmental promise Al Gore made in the 1992 campaign, he soon shattered. It involved the WTI hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio, built on a floodplain near the Ohio River. The plant, one of the largest of its kind in the world, ...
Sen. Grams’ Demon Seed For Minnesota
Steve Perry
Senator Rod Grams, a perennial toast of such groups as the American Conservative Union and the Christian Coalition-which recently proclaimed him “a solid voice for pro-family issues”-September was one bad month. On the 24th Grams’s 22-...
A Letter to Gloria Steinem
Ellen Johnson
Dear Ms. Steinem: Congratulations! Having received dozens of emails this week asking me to “do the right thing” and vote for Gore, I rate your “Top Ten Reasons Why I’m not Voting for Nader” as the most inane...
The Spook Who Would Be a Congressman
Douglas Valentine
Congressional candidate Robert Simmons vehemently denies that he committed war crimes while serving...
Dems Panic, Slime Nader!
Susan Davis
It’s Tuesday, Nov. 1 , and there’s only a week to go til the presidential election. All signs are that the Gore people are in full, flat-out panic mode, doing everything possible to frighten Nader voters into thinking that a vote for Ralph is a vote for W. Bus...
Political Sadism
Jeffrey St. Clair
In the third presidential debate, Al Gore tried to intimidate George W. Bush, stalking him around the stage, getting into his space, trash talking. He was Alpha on steroids. It didn’t work. Bush simply gave Gore the once over and smirked, as if heR...
Get Nader!
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
A political culture is under siege. Hear the panic as the waters pour into Atlantis. Jesse Jackson cries out that “Our very lives are at stake.” Paul Wellstone quavers that George W. Bush will “repeal the twentieth centur...
A Vote for Nader Is A Vote for Nader
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
“A vote for Nader is a vote for Bush.” How quickly the Gore liberals adopt a totalitarian mindset, sounding like Soviet commissars back in the old days who would urge the voters towards a 98 per cent turn-out for the Communist candidate, arguing that any devia...
Katie’s New Gig
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Early this spring a troop of second-tier DC lobbyists and Democratic Party bureaucrats gathered a few blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House at the law offices of Holland and Knight. They were part of a team assigned to the desperate mission o...
Bush and Cocaine
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Six months ago a CounterPuncher in whom we have absolute confidence relayed to us a conversation he had just had with someone who had attended Yale at the same time as George W. Bush. The Yale man told our CounterPuncher of his direct knowledge of young Bus...
The Real Threat is Al Gore, Not Ralph Nader
Jeffrey St. Clair
Is there a more palpable sign of the neo-liberals’ mounting desperation than that they are now warning progressives and Leftists (people they have mocked, ridiculed and triangulated relentlessly for the past 8 years) that a vote for Ralph Nader is the surest...
A Mailroom Manifesto
Michael Colby
The unknown purveyors of bioterrorism have now sent their potent blends of Anthrax to numerous U.S. locations, targeting, for the most part, elite figures of the government and media. But what they haven1t apparently realized is that in our heavily classist system...
Avoiding a New Cold War
Rahul Mahajan And Robert Jensen
This is a different kind of war. That much of what we are being told, at least, is true. And because of that, a different kind of analysis is required. The single most common question antiwar activists are confronted with is, “What’s your soluti...
When Joe Loved Clarence
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
What about the Supreme Court? With that question liberal backers of Gore have been attempting to scare progressives, abandoned on nearly every other issue, from jumping on board the Nader bandwagon. Look, they say, at what George W. Bush has said about the ...
Nader’s Garden Party
Jordan Green
A crowd of 16,000 packed a sold-out Madison Square Gardens on Friday, October 13 to support Ralph Nader’s bid for president. It was the latest in a string of Nader “super rallies” that have also hit Seattle, Minneapolis, and Portland, Oregon. Speakin...
He’s Dumb
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Newt Gingrich had the first take on George W.’s pick for veep: “Dick Cheney is even more conservative than me.” Leave it to the Bush crowd to allow the Democrats to resurrect Gingrich once more in their campaign ads. Of course, Newt has always been miscl...
Sliming Wen Ho Lee
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The collapse of the government’s case against Wen Ho Lee last week represents one of the greatest humiliations of a national newspaper in the history of journalism. One has to go back to the publication by the London Times of the Pigott forgeries in 1887 libelling C...
The Gores’ Culture Wars
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Within the past month we’ve had an FBI report on the “school shooter” threat profile, which again strains to make a link between popular culture and teenage mass murderers. We’ve had a report from the Federal Trade Commission lacerating the enterta...
Really, Ms Sarandon!
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
At the Deauville Film Festival, where she was handed a Lifetime’s Achievement Award, Susan Sarandon told the British newspaper the Sunday Express that “We stand a chance of getting a president who has probably killed more people before he gets i...
The God Squad
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
of our citizens, including atheistic Americans, should be made to feel outside of the electoral or political process." B’nai B’rith, the parent group of the ADL, hastily dissociated itself from Berkowitz and Foxman. Gore, himself Born A...
The Other Kiss
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Gore’s famous embrace of Tipper before his speech at the Democratic convention may pale beside his prospective ecstasies with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In AD 193 the Roman Praetorian Guard murdered the Emperor Pertinax and proceeded to auction off th...
Gore, Lieberman, and Revenge of the Press Prudes
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Now it’s the turn of Al Gore and Joe Lieberman to be flattered by the same moist-eyed press corps that’s been hailing the stultifying Republican convention in Philadelphia as a masterpiece of political stagecraft. Gore is being congratulated for pre-empting po...
Dems Frantic About Nader
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
was more devastating and punitive than the Welfare Reform Bill, passed in the summer of 1996. Gore was the one who pushed Clinton into signing the bill over the opposition of virtually the whole cabinet. In consequence 2.6 million people were thrown into direst poverty, ...
Supreme Anxiety
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
We’re being offered two reasons for voting Democrat next November. One reason is the Republicans will destroy Social Security. The other is that a Republican President will appoint Supreme Court judges who will outlaw abortion. That’s about it. Star Wars w...
Nine Arguments for Nader
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Here’s a number that offers telling reasons for voting for Ralph Nader in the fall. Nine Democrats. Last week the US senate finally voted $934 million to wage war in Colombia. The House voted earlier this year to provide $1.7 billion in anti-narcotics aid for Colomb...
Gays and the “Hate Crimes” Folly
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
We’re just about thirty-one years away from the great Stonewall riot, which set the tone for years of defiant gay insurgency. Stonewall was about defiance. It was a Fuck You to the forces of repression, to the forces of the state. So where’s this spirit of def...
Gore and His Reinventions
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Gore reinvents himself on an almost daily basis. Nothing has been more comical than his “populist” posturings about the Republicans being the ticket of Big Oil and himself and Lieberman being the champions of the little people. ...
Joseph Lieberman’s Senate Voting Record
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
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An Impartial Tribunal, Really?
Christopher Black
The indictment of Slobodan Milosevic for alleged war crimes raises important questions about the impartiality and, ultimately, the purpose of the International Criminal Tribunal. For centuries, the independence of judicial bodies has been considered one of the fundame...
Antiwar.com Meets the New McCarthyism
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Back in April CounterPunch was invited to an Anti-war.com day-long event in San Mateo, down the peninsula from San Francisco. We were a left presence at an event organized to show that opponents of US wars range across the political spectrum. We were happy to go and tell ...
Turning a Blind Eye to NATO War Crimes
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Shortly after NATO missiles and bombs began killing civilians in Kosovo and Serbia, Michael Mandel, a law professor at York University in Canada, filed a complaint with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia alleging that NATO and key leaders in...
GORE AND DRUGS:
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Now it’s Al Gore, crime fighter, outlining his plans in a recent speech in Atlanta. The erstwhile dope smoker from Tennessee fears the erstwhile cocaine user from Texas has the edge on the crime issue. Hence his dash for the low ground. Among the Atlanta pledges: Th...
The Jackboot State
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Maybe Elian Gonzalez will have achieved a miracle after all, alerting mainstream America to the fact that the Bill of Rights has disappeared, restrictions on the role of the military in domestic affairs have been thrown overboard, and all the appurtenances of a fully fled...
Off-leash! Berkeley’s Dog Storm
Alexander Cockburn
“Every dog has his day. A good dog might just have two days.” Johnny Copeland Barbara had that coy, breathless, somewhat defiant way of coming into the house that told me the whole story. I knew she was about to tell me she’d just bought a dog...
Same As It Ever Was
Kevin Alexander Gray
On July 2, 1776, the “anti-slavery clause” was removed from the Declaration of Independence at the insistence of Edward Rutledge, delegate from South Carolina. Rutledge threatened that South Carolina would fight for King George against her sister colonies....
Mayday! Mayday!
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Trust the broadcasting industry to recoil in horror at the prospect of more choice for the American people, who — be it never forgotten — actually own the airwaves this same broadcasting industry claims as its own. In a shameful vote on April 13, just befo...
25 Years After Vietnam: Beyond Left and Right
Alexander Cockburn
I got an invitation to speak a couple of months ago from an outfit called antiwar.com, which is run by a young fellow called Justin Raimundo. “Antiwar.com is having its second annual national conference March 24 & 25, and we’d like you to be the l...
CNN AND PSYOPS
Alexander Cockburn
Military personnel from the Fourth Psychological Operations Group based at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, have until recently been working in CNN’s hq in Atlanta. CNN is up in arms about our report in the last issue of CounterPunch concerning the findings...