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Archives from May 2002
Clarifying the Obstacles to Peace in Palestine
Hussein Ibish
Two events that took place Sunday illustrated perfectly the elements of the diplomatic impasse that have prevented any serious progress toward peace in the Middle East. Israel’s ruling party voted never to allow any form of Palestinian statehood whatsoever, ...
Bush as the Energizer Bunny
Phillipe Dambournet
It all figures now. Once you realize GWB is really the Energizer Bunny, it explains: - Why he called his political autobiography ‘A Charge to Keep’ – Why the Republicans saw such potential in him – Why the Supreme Cour...
In Defense of Political Prisoners
Lori Berenson
I am saddened to say that in Peru the government’s propaganda against those who stand up for their rights and seek social change continues. New laws have been passed which put greater restriction on social mobilization. And following the March car bombing in...
Defending Cynthia McKinney
Wayne Madsen
[Editors' Note: What follows is a transcript of an April 12 debate on Fox News's Hannity and Colmes show between Rep. Mark Foley and CounterPunch contributor Wayne Madsen over Rep. Cynthia McKinney's suggestion that the US government knew more about the 9/11 atta...
BBC News & the Mideast
Paul De Rooij
The news coverage of major international events varies considerably from country to country. Arguably, the news available in the UK is more diverse than in the US. One does find a greater breadth of perspective, as well as more accurate reporting. However the mai...
Israel and "Anti-Semitism"
Alexander Cockburn
Right in the wake of House Majority leader Dick Armey’s explicit call for two million Palestinians to be booted out of the West Bank and East Jerusalem and Gaza as well, came yet one more of those earnest articles accusing a vague entity called "the lef...
Nuclear Dangers Remain, Despite Bush/Putin Pact
David Krieger
When major newspapers around the world trumpet headlines such as "U.S., Russia to Cut Nuclear Arms," it should be cause for excitement, even celebration. Undoubtedly most people will greet this news with a sense of relief that we are moving in the right ...
Jenin, A Garden in Tent City
Marylin Robinson
I spent the day going into the Jenin Refugee Camp, first to Tent City, I call it, tagging along to watch the children and the adults talk of their horrific experiences during the days of the Israeli invasion. In describing Tent City, the UN offering of 64 pitched ...
Revisiting Camp David
Ahmad Faruqui
Ariel Sharon’s visit has highlighted the difficulties facing the US as it seeks to mediate a peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. During the height of the Israeli military incursion, President Bush called Sharon a "man of peace." Last week,...
The Candy Man and Other Myths About Pedophilia
Steve Perry
On the shelf in my fourth grade classroom-north wall, near the front-there sat the obligatory set of junior encyclopedias. Now and again during lulls in afternoon study time, either Brenda S. or I would go and retrieve the R volume. Then, sitting cross the aisle f...
Bush’s Cuba Blunder
Michael Colby
When it comes to what the Bush administration dubs "rogue states," its foreign policy goals look something like this: fabricate the evidence and then rattle the war sabers. Take, for example, the current situation with Cuba. In yet another move t...
When the War Hits Home
John Stanton And Wayne Madsen
Since September 11, 2001, the Bush Regime, the US Congress and senior personnel in the U.S. military have been busy planning their escape routes from Washington, D.C. and surrounding communities in the event that the continental United States is attacked by anothe...
Leaving the Truth Out?
Jacob Levich
Truthout, an online newsletter and website boasting 250,000 subscribers, wants to outflank the distortions of mainstream media by disseminating news of interest to left-liberals. But its commitment to truth-telling seemingly stops short when it comes to Palestine....
The Enron Sage Continues
Dean Baker
Enron is the gift that keep on giving. For those of us who warned of the excesses of corporate power, Enron provides a vivid example of every abuse imaginable, and more. In the latest episode, the public got the details of Enron’s strategy to manipula...
IMF and World Bank Are Out of Control
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
The International Monetary Fund and World Bank are institutions out of control. For evidence, consider the institutions’ feeble and fatally flawed debt relief program. Under their Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) initiative, the world’s poore...
Why Does John Malkovich Want to Kill Me?
Robert Fisk The Independent
It used to be just a trickle, a steady drip-drip of hate mail which arrived once a week, castigating me for reporting on the killing of innocent Lebanese under Israeli air raids or for suggesting that Arabs–as well as Israelis–wanted peace in the Middle East. ...
Scapegoats. The Music Industry’s War on Cassettes
Dave Marsh
"It (the music industry) is in real peril now and if we don’t do something about it, running a record company in this country will become so unprofitable that it just won’t be worth taking risks with new acts. It will become stodgy, boring and dea...
US Middle Power Plays
Robert Jensen And Rahul Mahajan
For all the talk of a "special relationship" between the United States and Israel, it’s clear that for American policymakers there’s nothing particularly special about their support for Israel or rejection of Palestinian rights. For al...
American Democracy, a Lesson for Cubans
Nelson P. Valdés
On the 22nd of April of this year USAID announced its yearly cycle of seeking proposals for its "Outreach to the Cuban People" Program for 2002. (M/OP-02-916). Since 1996, USAID has awarded more than $15 million "to support Cuba’s transition t...
Why Is America Behaving This Way?
Bernard Weiner
Dear Jacqueline and Wolfgang: You say that as Europeans, you can’t figure out why the U.S. is "rampaging around the globe, behaving like an arrogant bully." So, while we’re waiting for the attack-on-Iraq shoe to drop, let me try to off...
Aiding Colombia
John Patrick Leary
History is repeating itself in Latin America, where an American administration is once again becoming involved in a decades-old civil war. The conflict this time is Colombia’s; and if the U.S. government’s recent performance during the Venezuelan coup ...
Israel and Ethics
Kathleen Christison Former CIA Political Analyst
In the never-ending propaganda show designed to depict Israel as a moral nation victimized by immoral terrorists and anti-Semites, CNN recently ran a film clip of the late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin declaiming, as only he could, “Nobody should preach to u...
The Holy Lands, a Peace Vision
Joady Guthrie
The Jews of the Holy Land decide they’ve had a Jewish state long enough; having gathered in enough of themselves. Now the Jewish state is causing more divisiveness than it’s any longer worth. They decide a modern Democratic Republic of the Holy Land wo...
Bombing Iraq
Patrick Cockburn
The long snouts of anti-aircraft guns are again protruding from the tops of tall buildings in Iraq. Tank units have been deployed around oilfields. Special committees drawn from local leaders of the army, security forces and the ruling Baath party will try to ensu...
Snitch Envy? Hitchens, Brock and Whitaker Chambers
Jack McCarthy
If still proof is needed that besotted-and-proud-of-it Christopher Hitchens is losing his marbles (beyond his nefarious activities with the "Get Clinton" lynch mob, his weird embrace of Margaret Thatcher, his snitching on his "cousin" Sid Blume...
The Distrastrous Foreign Policies of the US
Bill Christison
Bill Christison joined the CIA in 1950, and served on the analysis side of the Agency for 28 years. From the early 1970s he served as National Intelligence Officer (principal adviser to the Director of Central Intelligence on certain areas) for, at v...
Twisted Logic
John Jonik
Pennsylvania’s senate has proposed making it a crime for a person under 18 to purchase cigarettes. At this date, it is just a crime for the vendor to sell cigarettes to under-age customers. It is not a crime anywhere, yet, to make and sell smoking products t...
The Distrastrous Foreign Policies of the US
Bill Christison
Bill Christison joined the CIA in 1950, and served on the analysis side of the Agency for 28 years. From the early 1970s he served as National Intelligence Officer (principal adviser to the Director of Central Intelligence on certain areas) for, at v...
Fettered Histories, Tariq Ali’s Clash of Fundamentalisms
Vijay Prashad
Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid; New Ha...
Israel and Congress
George Sunderland *
* Should John Walker Lindh be found guilty of taking up arms against the United States, pursuant to a fair trial before a court of competent jurisdiction, this writer would have no objection in principle to seeing him executed, or put away for a long period. The la...
American Mainstream Media
Alex Lynch
Years of prewar comfort and lax government oversight of the consolidation of media owners, like the 1996 deregulatory Telecommunications Act, have led to this. The entertainment business has teamed up with news outlets, which are often owned by corporations who ma...
In Defense of Sanctions Against Israel
Lisa Taraki
The recent proposals to impose sanctions on the Israeli academy have caused a great deal of controversy in the US, in Europe to some extent, and of course within Israel itself. Some have argued that collective boycotts are often the first sign of fascist and anti-...
Israel’s Best Interest
Omar Barghouti
There is something peculiar about how the world, the UN included, has been dealing lately with Israel’s uncontested repression of human rights and violations of international law. The main most common concern raised in this respect is "Israel’s be...
Dick Armey’s Bold Plan for Palestine….Texas
Alexander Cockburn
I’d guess it was the most explicit call for ethnic cleansing by a prominent American since Sherman’s designation of the only good Indian being a dead one, or California’s second governor, John McDougal’s declaration in his first message to ...
Hysteria and Panic from France
James Masterson
In the face of the recent hysteria over the "rise" of Jean-Marie Le Pen, a large dose of scepticism is in order. Who gains most from calls for "unity": the electorate in any nation-state, for whom unity is a delusion so long as social divisions...
The Solution to this Filthy War
Robert Fisk The Independent
Ariel Sharon’s “peace” plan presented to President Bush in Washington last night–get rid of Arafat, devise a more obedient Palestinian Authority and keep building settlements for Jews and Jews only on Palestinian land–is fantasy. That ...
The Stones’ Last Tour?
Phyllis Pollack
The Rolling Stones announced plans for their upcoming World Tour 2002/2003 on Tuesday, May 7, at a press conference that was held after the group landed in a blimp in New York City’s Van Cortland Park. The band, comprised of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Char...
French Elections 2002, Muting the Progressive Vote
Norman Madarasz
The fortnight between the first round of the presidential elections to Sunday’s runoff sparked an intense writing frenzy among the French. The on-line site of LIBERATION featured dozens of daily comments, reactions, analyses and debates. How Jean-Marie Le Pe...
Pentagon Pushes for Offensive BioWeapons Development
Edward Hammond And Jan Van Aken
US Navy and Air Force biotechnology laboratories are proposing development of offensive biological weapons. The weapons, genetically engineered microbes that attack items such as fuel, plastics and asphalt, would violate federal and international law. The proposa...
The Muffler Shop of Medicine
Philip Farruggio
The little 5-year old was sick with fever. From his safe, warm bed he could see out the ice covered window overlooking his backyard. The garage roof was smothered with yesterday’s snow. Drips of it hung frozen like slaughterhouse meat from the drainpipe. It ...
Bone Apart, the Remains of Napoleon’s Defeated Army
Patrick Cockburn In Moscow
The remains of 2,000 soldiers from Napoleon’s army, killed by cold, hunger and disease during the French emperor’s disastrous invasion of Russia in the winter of 1812, have been discovered in a mass grave in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital. It is the fi...
From Ground Zero to the Bronx
David Vest
As I learned last week, to spend a day in Manhattan with no fixed agenda is to live out a number of scenes from Edgar Allan Poe’s great masterpiece, "The Man of the Crowd." Poe sets his tale in London, but his anonymous character, who wanders day a...
A Travesty of Justice, the Killing of Ricky Johnson
Tom Turnipseed
Governor Jim Hodges of South Carolina turned "thumbs down"and allowed the State of South Carolina to kill an innocent man. In doing so he lied about crucial facts to make himself look good to the public as a tough-on-crime candidate for reelection in Nov...
Love Hurts, A Tribute to the Life of Karen Swymer-Shanahan
Dave Marsh
Karen Swymer-Shanahan, 32, died Monday in Milford, Mass. Karen’s death spelled the end of an era-an era in which the most remarkable person I’ve ever met gathered around herself a circle of loved ones for the privilege of sharing a great human drama. S...
Invasion of Iraq, Coming Soon
Fran Schor
Over the last several months news reports of Bush Administration plans concerning the invasion of Iraq and the toppling of Saddam Hussein have appeared with relative frequency in the mainstream media. However, with very few exceptions those reports have emphasized...
The Paradoxes of Israel
John Chuckman
The creation of Israel marked the application of a peculiarly nineteenth century solution, the founding of a state based on ethnic or religious identity, to an ancient problem. The problem was, of course, anti-Semitism, something that has dogged the Jewish people ...
End Corporate Welfare, Start with the Ex-Im Bank
Congressman Ron Paul, MD
[Editors' note: the following is Rep. Paul's statement before the House Banking Committee on reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank.] Mr. Chairman, we are here today to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, but it has nothing to do with a bank, do not mislead anyb...
Devastation Only Feeds Resistance to Israeli Occupation
Hussein Ibish
Not only has Israel been allowed to prevent a United Nations investigation into serious allegations of war crimes in Jenin by Israeli troops, it has placed Yasser Arafat in a daunting position. He is now seen to have benefited, personally and politically, from the...
High and Dry in the Mojave
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
May 4, 2002 Let this be a lesson to you all: Don’t try to con teenagers when it comes to spring break. It can be done, of course, but the cons...
Gays and Sept. 11
John Troyer
Last week, the Minneapolis City Pages ran a story by Paul Demko regarding the controversy surrounding Judith Levine’s new book "Harmful to Minors" published by the University Press. Levine’s main thesis is that sex "is not ipso facto har...