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Archives from April 2002
Taming the Nuclear Monster
Richard Falk And David Krieger
Not since the dawn of the nuclear age at the end of World War II has the danger of nuclear war been greater. And what is as troubling, this danger is not widely understood. Several developments account for this most disturbing situation. The US Government h...
Nellie Stone Johnson
Steve Perry
[Editors' note: Nellie Stone Johnson will be unknown to most Counterpunch readers, but she was one of the 20th century's great unsung lefty heroes. A lifelong labor and civil rights warrior who died in Minneapolis last week at 96, Johnson started her career in pol...
The Fabrications of Thomas Friedman
John Chuckman
Thomas Friedman, columnist for the New York Times, is my favorite phony American liberal. Why phony? Over the years Mr. Friedman has written a number of remarkably parochial, jingoistic columns. Topics have included his protectionist views on competition with Japa...
From the West Bank to Old Sparky
Alexander Cockburn
For those eagerly awaiting further uproar from this writer on the unspeakable assaults on Palestinians on the West Bank, the carnage in the camps, the siege of the Holy Church of the Nativity by Sharon’s troops, a word of warning: this column contains reflec...
Political Color Schemes
David Vest
Tom Ridge, after seven months on the job as czar of Homeland Security, produced a "terrorist alert color scheme" which no one understood. (Not quite true: everyone understood that it was a remarkably stupid achievement.) Do you know what color we ...
From the West Bank to Old Sparky
Alexander Cockburn
For those eagerly awaiting further uproar from this writer on the unspeakable assaults on Palestinians on the West Bank, the carnage in the camps, the siege of the Holy Church of the Nativity by Sharon’s troops, a word of warning: this column contains reflec...
World Bank to West Bank
George Monbiot
Two sets of human shields are in use in the West Bank. The first is less than willing. The Israeli army, like some of the terrorist groups it has fought, has been taking hostages. Its soldiers have been propelling Palestinian civilians through the doors of suspect...
A Tale of Two Warring Tribes
Doreen Miller
It’s an age-old story of sibling rivalry and a senseless, ongoing, bloody feud whose roots extend so far back into history that members of the present generation no longer remember why the fighting started in the first place, or at what point disagreements ...
Blaming the Victims
M. Junaid Alam
With Israeli troops currently ravaging entire Palestinian cities, urinating in homes, beating civilians, strapping them to tanks as human shields, shooting them like dogs in the streets–in a word, defending civilization–American pundits have come up wi...
FSU the Berkeley of the South
Jack McCarthy
On the evening of Monday March 12th the issues of free speech and all but free labor for the piggish corporations who manufacture sportswear for major campuses and retail outlets around the country, became joined at the hip on the campus of Florida State Universit...
FSU the Berkeley of the South
Jack McCarthy
On the evening of Monday March 12th the issues of free speech and all but free labor for the piggish corporations who manufacture sportswear for major campuses and retail outlets around the country, became joined at the hip on the campus of Florida State Universit...
I Helped to Kill a Palestinian Today
Robert Jensen
I helped kill a Palestinian today. If you pay taxes to the U.S. government, so did you. And unless the policies of the U.S. government change, tomorrow will be no different. It is easy for Americans to decry the "cycle of violence" i...
Colin Powell’s Table Talk
Bernard Weiner
Nobody is quite sure how the water bottles inside the negotiating room got spiked. Several witnesses reported seeing a young girl in the vicinity, wearing a kind of Victorian dress. Shortly thereafter, a large brown envelope arrived at our offices. The retu...
The Twisted World of Thomas Friedman
Matt Vidal
In many parts of the world today, outside the West, violent confrontations are intensifying. To interpret these complex, horrific events, American citizens-whose leaders are intimately involved in these violent confrontations-have a ready-made cognitive framework,...
Buyer Beware
Ron Jacobs
Recent news items concerning the possibility of outside intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be considered very warily. Most importantly, any plan that would send US troops to the region should be opposed. There is only one fundamental reason fo...
Memories of Barbarity, Sharonism and September
Vijay Prashad
The Israeli Defense Force continues its inhuman assault on the Palestinian population of the Occupied Territories, sometimes euphemistically called the Palestinian Authority. The Oslo Accords that produced this sham of freedom did not change the fundamental relati...
US-Sponsored State Terror
Fran Shor
The whole world is watching as the Israeli military continues to smash its way through occupied Palestine. Attempting to prevent journalists from reporting first-hand on the slaughter and destruction, Israeli military authorities harass, threaten, and fire on any ...
Israelis and Indians
Michael Neumann
Palestinian tactics are often attacked or defended on dubious grounds. Whether these tactics are terrorist is irrelevant; some terrorism is defensible, some not. The same applies to whether the acts are murders. Whether others are bigger terrorists or murderers is...
Not in My Name Anymore
Jordy Cummings
I am writing from the heart of the Jewish community in Montreal, one of the most powerful, well organized, diverse (heavily Sephardic) and liberal Jewish communities in North America. The community is active, particularly the Jewish Public Library and community ca...
From Birmingham to Nashville, The Making of Tammy Wynette
David Vest
I first encountered the legend known as Tammy Wynette on my car radio one afternoon in 1966. I had just come from my steady gig at Ireland’s Pub in Nashville, across the street from Vanderbilt University. As I started my yellow Corvair, unsafe at any speed b...
Anthrax and the Agency
Wayne Madsen
Now that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has officially put the anthrax investigation on a back burner, it is time for Americans to think the unthinkable: that the FBI has never been keen to identify the perpetrator because that perpetrator may, in fact,...
How Did You Become a War Criminal?
Dr. Neve Gordon
To Colonel Aviv Kohavi Brigade Commander of the Israeli Defense Forces Paratroopers I presume you remember me. In any event, I remember you. We first met in the paratrooper brigade. I was a platoon sergeant in the corporals company; you were a youn...
Mouth Wide Shut
Gavin Keeney
"U.S. media coverage of the conflict has been intense in recent weeks, as the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) mounted a large-scale invasion of the West Bank and Palestinian militants carried out several major suicide bombings. Amnesty International...
What’s Playing At My House
Dave Marsh
(Now playing in my office): 1. 1000 Kisses, Patty Griffin 2. &qu...
The Future of Palestine
Edward Said
Anyone with any connection at all to Palestine is today in a state of stunned outrage and shock. While almost a repeat of what happened in 1982, Israel’s current all-out colonial assault on the Palestinian people (with George Bush’s astoundingly ignora...
Accompanying Ambulances in Bethlehem
Beth Daoud
Bethlehem: Today I joined twenty internationals in an attempt to accompany a Red Crescent ambulance to get food and medicine to the injured into the Church of the Nativity. Ambulances are going out but not to where they’re desperately needed, such as the nearby refu...
The Search for Bread Among the Ruins
Nancy Stohlman In Bethlehem [Dictated Over Phone]
[Dictated over phone] Today was the first day that the military curfew was lifted a few hours. With a few internationals I left the hotel and walked around town. We walked down the center of the road scouting around for tanks or soldiers. It was the first ti...
Shackles and Chains for Chinese Witnesses
Thomas C. Mountain
Federal Judge David Ezra on Friday in Honolulu ordered 30 Chinese fishermen held with out bail and approved their continuing to be chained and shackled when brought to court despite admitting that the US government had no intention of charging any of them with a c...
Shackles and Chains for Chinese Witnesses
Thomas C. Mountain
Federal Judge David Ezra on Friday in Honolulu ordered 30 Chinese fishermen held with out bail and approved their continuing to be chained and shackled when brought to court despite admitting that the US government had no intention of charging any of them with a c...
Who Really Killed Daniel Pearl?
Tariq Ali In Lahore, Pakistan
It has been a stunningly beautiful spring in Pakistan. But the surface calm is deceptive. When the war in Afghanistan began, I suggested that the Taliban would be rapidly defeated and that the “jihadi” organisations and their patrons would regroup in Pakistan ...
Campaign Finance Reform Sham
Ralph Nader
One of the hardest decisions for citizen reform groups to make when supporting legislation that is pending for years is how much weakening they will tolerate before they break away in opposition. Campaign finance reform in Congress, after years of struggle ...
The Blind Leading the Criminal
Sam Bahour
For anyone familiar with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, President Bush’s speech politely "asking" Israel to end its destructive military aggression against the Palestinian people and Authority calls for continued global alarm. In awkwardl...
War, Snake Oil and Circuses
Philip Farruggio
Take a few minutes to channel surf. Ah, the choices they give us, our corporate controlled media. Lets see, Channel X has the regular newstalk show, covering our "War against Terror". They inform us of how many troops we are sending, how many war...
CIA Survey of Iraqi Airfields Heralds Attack
Patrick Cockburn
In the first concrete sign that the US is planning military action against Iraq despite objections from its allies, CIA officers have surveyed three key airfields in northern Iraq. The airfields, situated in northern Iraq near the cities of Arbil, Dohuk and...
Russian Generals Raise Questions About Pentagon’s Afghan Victories
Viktor Litovkin
The recent Moscow visit of General Tommy Franks, Commander in Chief of the United States Central Command, provoked debates among Russian generals, especially about the US information about hostilities in Afghanistan. The general was apparently pleased to tell his ...
Oil Slick George and the Environment
Walt Brasch
George W. Bush says it will take years. He says there will be many casualties. He says it will be costly for Americans. The president was probably referring to the nation’s undeclared war against Afghanistan, but since he’s often...
Demonizing Iran
Fareed Marjaee
" A visitor from Mars to the UN headquarter in 1985 would have found it difficult to decide, after listening to ambassadors Jeane Kirkpatrick and Benjamin Netanyahu, which of the two represented the United States and which Israel." ...
Oil and the Middle East
Bill Christison
Back in March CounterPunch published Christison’s devastating critique of the strategies and conduct of the US war of terrorism. (See our archive by scrolling down to "Search CounterPunch.)) These new remarks, which he has made available to CounterPunch...
Philip Morris to Canada "Drop Dead"
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
The latest evidence of absurdity of existing international trade rules comes from Philip Morris, which has told Canada that proposed health regulations to prohibit the use of the terms "light" and "mild" on tobacco packaging are impermissible u...
"What Do You Mean God Is Punishing Me?"
Beth Daoud
Each time I come to Palestine I leave behind another piece of my heart. I am torn between whether to stay in Palestine indefinitely or to go back home when my ticket tells me it’s time to go. America is my home, Palestine is my heart. I am touched deeply by ...
Tampa Campus Mirrors Middle East
Alex Lynch
TAMPA ­ Dr. Sami Al-Arian is a tenured professor of computer engineering at the University of South Florida, a stateless Palestinian and a poster child not only for abuses of civil liberties, but the defense of academic freedom since Sept. 11. On Sept....
The Invasion of Bethlehem and Our Tax Dollars at Work
Nancy Stohlman In Bethlehem [Written April 3rd, Dictated Over The Phone April 4, 2002]
[Written April 3rd, dictated over the phone April 4, 2002] There are many myths about what is happening in the Middle East- urban legends, stereotyping and dangerously slanted information. This information has been spoon-fed to the American people. We lap it up un...
Grueling Reoccupation Grinds On
Charmaine Seitz The Palestine Report
He was the tallest of the Palestinian policemen. Thin, his olive drab uniform ballooning over his boots, he swayed momentarily as a helmeted Israeli soldier stood behind him and tucked the muzzle of a gun into the Palestinian’s right armpit, keeping his finger on th...
Israel’s Latest Lie about the Church of the Nativity
Ray Hanania
In addition to its policy of murdering anyone it does not like, Israel’s Nazi-like government is also engaged in a policy of murdering the truth, too. And, they are very good at it. You can’t get away with a lie unless you have two things...
Stop the Killing Now
Tom Turnipseed
It is time to declare a cease-fire and end the killing in the Middle East. The martial madness is lurching out-of-control and threatens to involve more countries and more innocent people. Jerusalem is a holy city of the great prophets of Judaism, Christianity, and...
Rightwing Assault on Madison Pregressives Misfires
Mike Leon
Madison, Wisconsin: Since the appalling attacks of September 11, much energy has been devoted to establishing the myth that virtually all Americans enthusiastically accede to the appalling "war on terrorism." Even progressive enclaves like Madison...
Kissinger, Chile and Justice at Last?
Christopher Reilly
The unsuccessful efforts by the United States government to block the democratic process, followed by its successful campaign to remove Chile’s elected president Salvador Allende from office in 1973, through U.S. sponsored violence, was one of the most blat...
An American Under Siege in a West Bank Camp
Nancy Stohlman [Written April 1st, Dictated Over The Phone.]
[Written April 1st, dictated over the phone.] Each night I think to myself this is the most terrifying night of my life and each night it gets worse. All night I counted my life in hours. I just have to stay alive until 6 o’clock. Until 7 o’cloc...
Sharon’s Wars
Alexander Cockburn
Here we are, twenty years on , and many of the reports of what’s been happening as the Israeli army smashes its way through Ramallah and Bethlehem and the other Palestinian towns remind me of what came out of Lebanon in 1982 as Sharon and his invading army r...
Of War, Islam and Israel
John Chuckman
War between Islam and the nations of the West? There have been a good many careless words printed and broadcast in America touching on this simplistic idea. And an American president who lacks the most superficial knowledge of the world or its history offers no re...