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Archives from February 2002
America’s Imperial War
George Monbiot
Never was victory so bitter. Those liberals who supported the war in Afghanistan, and so confidently declared that their values had triumphed in November, must now be feeling a little exposed. Precisely who has lost, and what the extent of their loss may be, is ye...
The Great Game
Uri Avnery
Some weeks ago, something curious happened: Israel discovered that Iran is the Great Satan. It happened quite suddenly. There was no prior sensational news, no new discovery. As if by the order of a drill-sergeant, the whole Israeli phalanx changed directio...
Enron’s Deep Throat
John Troyer
Cherished and dearest of readers, I have a wonderful surprise for one and all. Before I open the Pandora’s box upon which I sit –plunging us all into the rabbit’s hole and through the looking glass –I must confide a secret. Many people do ...
Synergizing America
Walt Brasch
Saturday night in the middle of Winter in northeastern Pennsylvania. About the only social life were myriad Bingo games and fat-laden church dinner socials. There was nothing exciting in the local theater that I hadn’t already seen, and TV was spewin...
Ashcroft the Bigot
CounterPunch Wire
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the largest Arab-American civil rights organization, called on President George W. Bus...
World Economic Forum
Wole Akande
Last weekend’s World Economic Forum in New York was noticeably different from previous globalization conferences for several reasons. Held in the Swiss ski resort of Davos in its first 31 years, the sponsors of the forum decided to move this year’s for...
Criticize Cheney, Go to Jail
John Blair
Day One Tonight I was arrested for nothing more than exercising my rights as a citizen in what I thought was a free country. Dick Cheney came to my town to stump for one of the Environmental Dirty Dozen, Indiana 8th District Congressman John Hostettler....
Racism and Real Estate
Molly Secours
Several months ago I attended the “State of the Black World Conference” in Atlanta Georgia. Among those present were black activists, politicians, scholars and clergy from around the globe. Even celebrities such as Tavis Smiley, Danny Glover and Chris...
The Taliban’s War on Chess
Patrick Cockburn In Kabul
When the Taliban caught Haji Shirullah, a Kabul businessman, playing chess in his office with his brother they burnt the chessboard and the pieces. “They put us in jail for two days,” he recalled with a rueful smile. “The Taliban believed chess was a for...
Bush and Cheney, The Conversation
John Chuckman
On the U.S. President’s desk in the Oval Office, a phone’s red light urgently flashes. It’s the signal for an incoming call. Only calls from deep inside the vast command-center redoubt known as Cheyenne Mountain come in on this line. Constructed ...
Dita Sari Tells Reebok to Shove It
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Right till the end of January, Dita Sari, an Indonesian in her late twenties, was preparing to fly from her home near Jakarta to Salt Lake City to bask February 7 in the admiration of assorted do-gooders and celebrities mustered by the public relations department...
On the Edge of the Non-Violent Demonstrations
Amira Hass
If Israeli TV cameras had bothered to follow the Israeli peace activists from the coexistence group Ta’ayush last Saturday when they went to Ramallah, they could have provided Israelis an answer to the question of what the IDF would do if thousands of unarme...
Sentenced to Rape
Vivian Berger
While male custodians’ exploitation of female inmates has garnered publicity over the years, prisoners’ sexual abuse of other prisoners has generally been a taboo subject. But it attained a higher profile when Human Rights Watch issued a report last y...
Russian Intelligence
Vladimir Georgiyev
The US is preparing to launch a series of wars in the Middle East, according to sources in Russia’s military intelligence services. This is more likely to happen in September, at the start of a new financial year. President George W. Bush has announced a rec...
War Against Evil Covers Corporate Corruption
Tom Turnipseed
In his State of the Union address, George W. Bush played sheriff to a world bedeviled by evil-doers and outlaw nations. It was a cunning cover for the unfolding saga of consummate corporate corruption of American politics, exemplified by Enron’s evil influen...
Mullahs and Heretics
Tariq Ali
I never believed in God, not even between the ages of six and ten, when I was an agnostic. This unbelief was instinctive. I was sure there was nothing else out there but space. It could have been my lack of imagination. In the jasmine–scented summer nights, ...
Dispatch from Pôrto Alegre
Norman Madarasz
Thousands, many barefooted, marched tightly joined in suffering and hope. Six sailors held a floral filled boat on top of which stood proudly a Virgin Mary-in appearance only. On Saturday, amid the second World Social Forum, citizens of P?rto Alegre celebrated Nos...
What To Do With Our "Detainees"?
Tom Malinowski
Thirty years ago, American prisoners of war were being brutalized in North Vietnam, and an outraged American government sought to shame their captors into respecting the Geneva Conventions. The treatment of Americans never came close to being humane. But, as Sen. ...
The Enron Creature
David Vest
Far from being a sideshow that threatens merely to keep the White House “off-message,” the Enron scandal moves daily closer to being perceived as emblematic of the whole point of the Bush administration. It is increasingly clear that efforts to “prevent ...
Five Weapons that Bilk the Taxpayers:
Eric Miller And Beth Daley
Today Congress will be presented with $48 billion in defense spending increases. Rather than rewarding the bloated and inefficient Defense Department and its greedy defense contractors with such an excessive increase, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) urg...
Why I Rejected the Reebok Human Rights Award
Dita Sari
The driving forces of globalisation are the movement and expansion of capital and technology, through multinational companies. Globalisation, some people argue, has contributed a lot to the creation of a new world, with a global welfare and justice for all. ...
Everyone Says I Loathe You
David Vest
I should have know better than to answer the phone this late on a Friday afternoon. It was my old friend and nemesis, Leon Despair, and he was as usual in no mood to be put on hold or to answer questions about how he got my new number. I get these calls from Leon ...
Israel Must End the Occupation
Robert Jensen
While I was standing at the edge of a recent campus rally in support of the Palestinian cause, students supporting Israel passed out fliers. One of those students and I engaged in a spirited exchange that made it clear how different were our accounts of the proble...
How Different Are Islamic Societies?
M. Shahid Alam
There are two opposite visions that animate American scholarship on Islam and Islamic societies. In the days, months and years ahead, a great deal will hinge on which of these two visions prevails in our foreign policy. One projects Islam as an enemy that must be d...
A Letter to Condee Rice on the Geneva Convention
Kenneth Roth
The Honorable Condoleezza Rice National Security Advisor The White House Washington, DC Dear Ms. Rice, We write concerning the legal status of the Guantanamo detainees. Our views reflect Human Rights Watch’s experie...