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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...