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Archives from 2000
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...