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Archives from March 2002
What Will Putin Say to Bush’s Posturing?
Lidia Andrusenko
The widely publicised Russia-US friendship is crumbling. However, the US withdrawal from the ABM treaty, refusal to sign an agreement on the limitation of strategic offensive weapons and even the surprise appearance of US troops in Georgia all look minor aberrati...
Western Values Becoming Discredited
Wole Akande
In the fifties and sixties, the peoples of the newly independent African countries were told Western values would inspire modernization and lead oppressed people to demand the human rights enjoyed by people in the Western World. Today Africans find it ironic that...
The CIA and 9/11
John Chuckman
One of the most fascinating snippets on the latest Nixon Watergate-era tape to be released to the public, the same tape that contains an 18-minute erasure and anti-Semitic remarks, was a brief, unexplained comment by Nixon on what a fraud the Warren Commission ha...
10 CDs Playing at My Desk
Dave Marsh
Top 10 (Now playing at my desk): 1. Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, ...
This is the Way the World Ends
Hani Shukrallah
Is global capitalism in direr straits than anyone previously thought, or is it doing what it’s doing simply because it can? War mongering, national hysteria, jingoism, rampant racism, assaults on civil liberties: historically they have always accompanied int...
Max Steel in the Hour of Chaos
Norman Madarasz
Seattle 1999: Students, artists, NGOs and CSOs of different stripes, joined in common aspiration with trade unions and marched together in the Coalition of the Century. Their aim was to protest the World Trade Organization’s blatantly oligarchic decision-mak...
The Year of Living Dangerously
Thomas W. Croft
In one of the more memorable television commercials of the go-go nineties, a New Economy electricity industry spokesman asked "why", when confronted by "stodgy old politicians who were refusing to deregulate utilities–on the deluded and elitis...
Sharon’s Bulldozer
Bill Cook
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When Businessmen Make Boo Boos
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Let us now take a walking tour of Washington, D.C., to see whether the Enron scandal has loosened corporate America’s grip on our nation’s capital. (Okay, the answer is no.) At the White House yesterday, President Bush announced a 10-point plan ...
Legalize It, Don’t Demonize It
Andre Achong
This last February, SuperBowl fans were exposed to $3.5 million dollars’ worth of public advocacy commercials courtesy of the Office for National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The message was simple: if you buy drugs, you fund terrorists. It is amazing that ...
Stop the War on Colombia
Rep. Ron Paul
As a member of the House International Relations Committee and the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, I would like to state my strong objections to the manner in which H.R. 358 was raised [authorizing expansion of US intervention in Colombia]. I was only made...
The Nightmare in Israel
Alexander Cockburn
Let’s start with Baruch Kimmering, a sociologist at Hebrew University. Here’s what he sent to the Jerusalem Weekly Kol Ha’Ir last month, which duly published it: "I accuse Ariel Sharon of creating a process in which he wi...
Enron and the Spooky Image Consultant
CounterPunch Staff Report
In the wake of the California electricity "crisis" last year, Enron hired a Washington, D.C., consultancy, headed by a former Clinton administration official, to improve the public image of the giant energy trader. From early last summer until Enron file...
Michael Moore and Me
John Jonik
The mayor of Philly is going to "crack down" on unregistered, uninsured drivers. This campaign, as usual, is packaged as if it’s about "cutting costs" and "safety". It’s about neither. If one can or cannot afford to...
Congressman McInnis Equates Enviro and Animal Rights Groups to al-Qaeda
CounterPunch Wire
The activities of the Earth Liberation Front, Animal Liberation Front and other activist organizations mimic the operations of the al-Qaeda terrorist network, but public opinion may be swaying against these groups because of the attacks against the World Trade Cen...
The Patriot Act and Free Speech
Walt Brasch
Between a diner and an empty store that once housed a shoe store, video store, and tanning salon, in a small strip mall in Bloomsburg, Pa., is Friends-in-Mind, an independent bookstore. On the first floor are more than 10,000 books on more than 1,200 runn...
Michael Moore and Me
John B. Kelly
I read Michael Moore’s e-mail newsletter, and am psyched to learn that Mike’s coming to speak in Cambridge. Even with an event featuring the take-no-shit author of the best seller "Stupid White Men" and the movie "Roger and Me". I s...
The Taliban’s Alamo?
Mike Rogers
In 1835 in the Alamo Fort, 1400 Mexican soldiers surrounded 189 Texans. The Mexicans assumed theirs would be an easy victory. In fact, the siege lasted an amazing 13 days. Eventually, of course, most of the defenders were killed. However, their tenacious martyrdom...
War Is Wrong
Tom Turnipseed
I knew war was terribly wrong when I saw pictures of children like myself desperately attempting to flee the flames of bombed German cities in newspapers and on the newsreels during World War II. As an eight year old, I identified with the children of war-torn Eur...
Berezovsky Fingers Putin in Bombings
CounterPunch Wire
New allegations are made today that the Russian state has been sponsoring acts of terrorism which have killed hundreds of innocent Russian citizens in order to create a pretext for Russia’s ongoing war in Chechnya, and to justify a crackdown on civil liberti...
A Beautiful Mind: Another Dangerous Distortion
CounterPunch Wire
Claiming that the film "A Beautiful Mind" distorts the life of John Nash, a coalition of 100 mental health advocacy groups issued a public statement today to Universal asking for an apology and retraction. ...
The Bombings That Made Putin A Hero
Patrick Cockburn
A series of bomb attacks on civilians in Russia two and a half years ago killed 300 and set the scene for a new war in Chechnya and the sudden elevation of Vladimir Putin, a little-known intelligence officer, as the unchallenged leader of Russia. The bombs ...
The Politics of Afghan Opium
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Though Britain has been blaring its support for America’s "War on Terror", there is public disquiet in the UK at one aspect of the new era of freedom now prevailing in Afghanistan: the renewal of opium cultivation, banned with unprecedented and nea...
Billy Graham, Nixon and the Jews
David Vest
Almost thirty years after President Nixon resigned in disgrace, the tapes continue to come out, their power to sully reputations undimmed by time. Now it is the Rev. Billy Graham who has been made to feel the lash of his own words, secretly taped by the pre...
What Should We Be Fighting For?
Mahmood Delkhasteh And Simone Wright
When sixty American intellectuals signed their names to a letter entitled ‘what...