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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
Archives from 2000
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...