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Archives from April 2002
Apartheid in the Holy Land
Desmond Tutu
In our struggle against apartheid, the great supporters were Jewish people. They almost instinctively had to be on the side of the disenfranchised, of the voiceless ones, fighting injustice, oppression and evil. I have continued to feel strongly with the Jews. I a...
The New Danish Government and the Far Right
Steen Sohn
The Len Pen surprise in the recent French presidential election has made European leaders and pundits comment on and condemn the success of the rightist The National Front and its leader Jean-Marie Le Pen. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and German Chancellor Ge...
Prisoners of the Infinite
Jacques Ranciere
"Infinite Justice". This was the initial name given to the Pentagon’s offensive against that fuzzy-contoured enemy, referred to by the term of ‘terrorism’. As we know, the name was quickly changed. It had been, as we were told, a case o...
Chomsky, Letters to the Writer and the Peace Movement
Mike Leon
Madison, Wisconsin. Last year the online magazine Slate ran a piece by Jacob Weisberg abusing the American peace movement ("Left Behind," December 4, 2001) that rather pissed me off. In what seemed a mocking hit piece, Weisberg derided the anti-wa...
The FBI and the Music Bosses
Dave Marsh
The RIAA showed up on Capitol Hill the other day to demand more tax dollars to protect music. A great idea. Musicians can’t make ends meet by working live gigs. Record money trickles in even to the select few who have hits. Almost nobody, incl...
Bank Robs Publishers, Vows Repeat
CounterPunch Wire
"I’m being mugged by a bank," stated Greg Bates, publisher at Common Courage Press in Monroe ME. On April 1, Bank One and its subsidiary, American National Bank, seized $1.2 million belonging to 85 publishers including Common Courage. On April 23, ...
So Long Frank O. Gehry?
Gavin Keeney
While in Los Angeles, in 1998, Frank Gehry’s architecture was required viewing. The Gehry tour included: 1/ The Chiat-Day thing (1991), with its gigantic Claes Oldenburg binoculars marking the entrance to the parking garage; 2/ Rebecca’s (1985), the V...
Henry Kissinger, Wanted Man
Christopher Reilly
Henry Kissinger’s dark past seems to be enclosing around him as various countries in South America and Europe have sought to question him about actions taken by the Nixon and Ford administrations in which Kissinger was National Security Adviser and Secretar...
The Tits Make the Activist
Michael Colby
I started to count the number of references to Erin Brockovich1s breasts in Austin Bunn’s biographical essay on her work in the New York Times1 Sunday Magazine ("Erin Brockovich, The Brand," April 28, 2002). Unfortunately, I got distracted and lost...
At the Church of the Nativity
Larry Hales In Bethlehem
We walked right in to Manger Square–“right through the front door.” The writer in me wants to create some suspense, but I am ecstatic–my heart continues to beat at the rate it was when we were walking through. We were planning the night befo...
Adelphia Censors Goin’ Down
Dr. Susan Block
So, did you dump all your Adelphia stock like I told you to? No? Didn’t take me seriously 10 months ago when I said SELL, huh? Thought I was just some distraught public access pornographer, and that Adelphia, overseen by those fine upstanding censors John J....
Stuck Inside the Pyramid with the J-School Blues Again
Jordy Cummings
Ah, to be a J-school grad. Indeed, ’tis a world of wonderment, of knowing how to write an inverted pyramid without inverting the pyramid, of knowing how to write a hedder while the world heads right. Now don’t get me wrong, my degree will look good in ...
Bleats of Dissent
Michael Neumann
When Jewish voices of conscience speak out on Israel, there is an astonishing gap between the problem described and the response proposed. The Jewish left and its allies begin with the most ringing denunciations. These trail off into the most timid of recommendati...
Let’s Stop the Killing of an Innocent Man
Tom Turnipseed
You can help stop the killing of an innocent person. Richard Charles Johnson was convicted on the testimony of a person who later admitted she lied at his trial and is scheduled to be executed by the state of South Carolina on May 3, 2002. Governor Jim Hodg...
Anti-Bribery Law Takes a Major Hit
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
A key anti-bribery law has taken a major hit. A startling decision handed down last week by a federal judge in Houston undermines the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and will make it difficult for weak and demoralized prosecutors to bring to justice U.S. corp...
Set This Flag on Fire!
Jeffrey St. Clair
For the last 50 years, the state of South Carolina has flown the Confederate flag above the grounds of the state capitol in Columbia, a noxious emblem of the state government’s unremitting animus toward civil rights laws and desegregation. The flag wa...
Letter to a Young Muslim
Tariq Ali
Dear friend Remember when you approached me after the big antiwar meeting in November 2001 (I think it was Glasgow) and asked whether I was a believer? I have not forgotten the shock you registered when I replied "no", or the comment of your frien...
Biowarfare, Terror Weapons and the US
Francis A. Boyle
[Editors' Note: What follows is the transcript of a faculty lecture given by Professor Boyle at the University of Illinois, followed by a few questions and answers.] Last fall we saw an anthrax attack on the United States government that obviously was desig...
Politics and Wordplay at the Vatican
David Vest
Following two days of meetings at the Vatican, and after a two-hour delay blamed on the fact that "we are all wordsmiths" by Bishop Wilton Gregory, American Cardinals released a couple of documents and staged a press conference in Rome. It was not...
US Media Profit, Propaganda and Puffery
John Stanton And Wayne Madsen
A crisis without precedent is underway in the United States. And its consequences will be far graver than those wrought by the U.S. presidential election of 2000 and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The collapse of the Jeffersonian "free and uncen...
UVM Sells Out to Federal Drug Warriors
Aaron Hawley
Just like the global "Drug War", a victory on the battlefield takes little for the self-proclaimed warriors. University of Vermont (UVM) administrators and Student Government members have already begun patting each other’s backs after "averti...
Earth Day with Shrub
Adam Federman
Nearly every winter Saranac Lake, New York receives the honor of being the coldest spot in the nation. It’s a small claim to fame, one that most likely goes unnoticed outside of this small town of 6,000 in the heart of the Adirondacks. But growing up I alway...
Jenin, the Propaganda Battle
Tanya Reinhart
In Israel, Jenin is perceived mainly as a public relations problem (called in Hebrew "hasbara" — explaining). It appears even that the army and the government believe that Israel is winning the propaganda battle. After all, all relevant principles ...
Time Out! A Pause for Longer-Range Thinking
Bernard Weiner
As the daily political and military atrocities magnetize our attention, it does us good now and then to take a step back and try for some longer-range perspectives on the world situation, and politics in the U.S. of A. So here, in short takes, are some reflections...
Code Bleu, The French Election
David Vest
The French presidential election can be variously construed. One could argue that fragmentation on the Left caused Lionel Jospin, the Socialist prime minister, to miss the run-off, leaving France to choose between Jacques Chirac, an incumbent already reject...
Rough Stuff in Seattle:
Jean Fallow
Nellie Nutt, Western Antiwar Movement (Bellingham, WA), holds sign at 4/20/02 Seattle rally. Police later attacked peaceful demonstrators without warni...
A20 in Seattle…Rough Stuff with the Police
Jean Fallow
On Saturday, April 20, 2002, I witnessed two shocking and unprovoked attacks by Seattle police officers on peaceful citizens demonstrating against U.S. economic, foreign and domestic policy. The first incident occurred at Broadway and Thomas on Capitol Hill...
Palestinians and American Responsibility
Todd May
Two facts are clear: that Israelis have needlessly killed many Palestinians civilians in their recent incursion into the West Bank and that the United States has greatly assisted in those killings. The first fact is obvious. The second fact is nearly as obvious, s...
Clemency for Ricky Johnson
Kevin Alexander Gray
Richard Charles Johnson is scheduled to be executed by the State of South Carolina on May 3, 2002 for a crime, according to a co-defendant, he did not commit. Johnson, convicted of killing S.C. Highway Patrol trooper Bruce K. Smalls in 1985, has exhausted his last...
Standing with the Peace Protesters
Rep Dennis Kucinich
On Saturday, thousands of American citizens gathered in Washington, DC to challenge the open-ended war the United States is now waging. They are right to do so, and the broader American public would do well to listen. Congress authorized a police action to ...
The Loneliest Road
Alexander Cockburn
AUSTIN, Nevada: Late in the evening in back-road America you tend to pick the motels with a few cars marked in front of the rooms. There’s nothing less appealing than an empty courtyard, with maybe Jeffrey Dahmer or Norman Bates waiting to greet you in the R...
Who’s Helping the Victims of The Jenin Massacre?
Brian Wood
Via cell phone For the last four days I’ve been in the Jenin Refugee Camp trying to help in digging the corpses from under the rubble. Every day more corpses are dug out, and somehow some people still have come out alive. It has been quite miraculous because...
Gomer as Claudius
John Chuckman
There has been a fair amount written recently about whether America should just get over the inhibitions of its anti-imperial origins and boldly embrace the fact of its having swelled and fattened into a full-fledged empire–a kind of imperial coming out of t...
A Farewell to My Chief
Dr. Susan Block
My Darling Chief Parks, So this is good-bye. Au revoir, mon ch?r Chef! I wish you well. But I am not sorry to see you go. I tip all of my many hats to the ladies and gentlemen of the Los Angeles Police Commission and the LA City Council for their refusal to grant y...
A Big Blow to Big Tobacco
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
The latest evidence that Enron and Arthur Andersen are not aberrations comes from Australia. There, a judge has concluded that British American Tobacco (BAT) has engaged in a massive document-destruction scheme intentionally designed to thwart smokers or fo...
DeskScan
Dave Marsh
(What’s playing in my office): 1. 1000 Kisses, Patty Griffin...
An Open Letter to Israeli Soldiers
Kathy Kelly
Dear Soldiers, We’ve met with many of you in recent days, sometimes at gunpoint, sometimes in more relaxed settings when your guns weren’t aimed at us. Some of you, trained as snipers, have chosen to shoot over our heads. We think many of...
Taking the Message to the Beast’s Belly
Ronald Jacobs
This was a demonstration I had to attend. The madmen running the world were in a severe state of psychosis and threatening to take us all down with them. I’d made plans to be on one of the buses going to DC a few weeks ago. Then Ariel Sharon unleashed his mi...
Absenteism and the Fall of Lionel Jospin
Norman Madarasz
The Constitution of the Fifth French Republic, drafted by General Charles de Gaulle, was adopted by referendum in 1958. It institutionalized a separation of powers required by de Gaulle to give legitimacy to the way he came to power, namely through a soft, non-vio...
EPA Ombudsman Resigns Accountability in Handling of Superfund Sites Threatened
CounterPunch Wire
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ombudsman Robert Martin resigned today, ending a long-running battle to preserve his office and its ability to independently investigate cases where the agency mishandled Superfund sites. His resignation came on the heels of a...
Who Will Rid Us of the Pedophile Priests?
Joan Smith
I recently attended a seminar at which an eminent philosopher described how he would react if he died and found himself, against his expectations, ushered into the presence of God. He would simply explain, he said, that autocratic forms of government are outmoded ...
Word Games and Body Bags
Irit Katriel
Only an unbelievably brutal world can look at the remains of what was once home for 13,000 impoverished 1948 Palestinian refugees, scratch its head and say "we don’t know what actually happened in the Jenin refugee camp." The camp is now describe...
We Come for Peace
Rep. Cynthia McKinney [Remarks To April 20, Peace Rally In Washington, DC]
[Remarks to April 20, peace rally in Washington, DC] We come here today from the four corners of this nation. We are blacks and whites, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans; Christians, Muslims, and Jews; gay, lesbian, and straight; immigrants and native-bo...
Back Jose Bustani
David Wilson
The Bush administration is staffed by those who made their reputations in the dirty wars under President Reagan: Otto Reich (policy-maker for Latin America whose boss was Oliver North), John Negroponte (US Ambassador to the UN who was US Ambassador to Honduras fro...
250,000 Say
Mike Leon
Washington D.C. On September 11 an Al-Quida-led terrorist network struck at the heart of American financial and political centers, killing thousands, troubling a shaky economy, and for many, destroying the notion that America is immune from the grim art of the ter...
Sex and Power in Catholicism
C.G. Estabrook
It seems difficult to deny that the current scandals about child molestation by clergy in the catholic church are connected with the discipline of celibacy. The requirement, in place for half of the church’s history, that office in the church be limited to u...
US "Suckered" Again in Israel
Michelle Campos
In the Israeli cultural lexicon, there is no bigger insult than "freyer." Hebrew for "sucker," it describes anyone who pays too much for anything, stands quietly in line waiting his turn, or generally is too weak to get his own way, on his own ...
Today I Was a Palestinian
Shaik Ubaid
Today I was a Palestinian. One of more than 100,000 that marched down the Pennsylvania Avenue, from the White House to the Capitol. I even, briefly, marched under the shade of a huge canopy made out of the Palestinian flag. When I reached out and tentatively touch...
Occupation, Terror and Understanding
Daniel Bar-Tal
This is very tragic period in the history of the region and on the personal level I feel that my world collapsed. Almost all my life, I was deeply committed to the cause of peace in the Middle East. Already in the late sixties, as an undergraduate student, ...
A Coup Signed by Otto Reich
Jean-Guy Allard
His fingerprints are all over the perimeter of the crime. The disgraceful disinformation campaign carried out by the private Venezuelan media; the siege of the Cuban embassy in Caracas; the false resignation of President Chavez and his alleged plea for asylum in C...