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Archives from June 2002
Democracy in Crisis
John Stanton And Wayne Madsen
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to righ...
Shelley Stewart, Radio and the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement
The Hand Of The Father, Alejandro Escovedo (Texas Music Group)
Shelley Stewart retired with fanfare from WATV-AM last week. The wire service story focused on his long tenure as a Birmingham disc jockey (originally known as Shelley the Playboy) and talk show host, his membership in the Black Radio Hall of Fame, his ability to attract ...
Dirty Bombs, Blowback and Imperial Projections
Fran Shor
In an effort to maintain its media blitz to scare US citizens into accepting a developing police state and to bury all the emerging evidence of its own criminal negligence in 9/11, the Bush Administration has unveiled an alleged al-Qaeda agent who plotted to unlea...
Bush’s Afghan Democrats, Gangsters, Murderers and Stooges
Robert Fisk The Independent
Washington wants the loya jirga to succeed. True, far too many of its pliant warlords–the Pashtun and Tajik gangsters whom the Americans paid in thousands of dollars for their sometimes loyal alliance against Osama bin Laden–have been trying to bribe and bambo...
On Dance, Identity and War
Omar Barghouti
In the middle of our regular dance rehearsal, our second after the end of the latest Israeli assault, a group of Belgian artists quietly sauntered into our well-lit, yet cozy, studio in Ramallah, some for the first time. Unmistakably surprised by what they saw and...
The Donkeys of the Holy Land
Minerva Wright
Forced to live in tents and ghetto slums, the Palestinian people, including more than 6 million homeless refugees, live a constant, daily struggle to survive and resist losing human dignity as they endure Israel’s grueling apartheid rule. According to Amnest...
Murder, Incorporated
Chris Floyd
While the lumbering giants of the American media make their clumsy bows of obeisance to the presidential paymaster filling their corporate goodie bags with tax cut candy and merger massage oil, a few snippets of unsalted truth about the real world continue to spil...
Stopping a Nuclear War in South Asia
David Krieger
Two nuclear-armed countries stand on the brink of war and the world seems paralyzed as it watches events unfolding in what seems like slow motion. It is a war that could easily escalate into a nuclear holocaust taking millions or tens of millions of lives, and vir...
Sleepless in the Suburbs
Susan Davis
To go to sleep with your anger means to think things over, to give a dispute some time to sort and settle before making what may be a rash move. It can also mean to bank to fire of your anger and see if it dies down and goes out. Charles Burnett used a version of ...
Catherine Millet, Getting Screwed in Paris
Gavin Keeney
Paris-based bon vivant and arts dominatrix Catherine Millet’s sex memoir (The Sexual Life of Catherine M.) raised the collective eyebrows of the art-intelligentsia in Paris, for various reasons, when it was first published last year. Now that it has appeared...
Executioner’s Last Songs, Musicians Against the Death Penalty
Jeffrey St. Clair
That motormouth Bono announced to the world (everything he says these days seems to have the weight of a Papal Encyclical) in a recent interview in Time magazine that he’s given up on music as a political force. From here on out Bono says he’s going to...
Send in the Pundits!
George Sunderland*
* The attentive consumer of news has undoubtedly noticed over the past decade how incompetent our well-paid military leadership is. Beginning with their incomprehensible failure to launch a ground assault on Baghdad during Desert Storm, the military has been the au...
The Palestinian Intifada, An American Struggle
Sam Bahour
AL-BIREH, West Bank. The Palestinian people have no grudge against the American public. We never did. As a matter of fact, if one resists the media spin and takes a closer look at what the Palestinians have been struggling for, it will be revealed that the Palesti...
Bush to the Nation, You’re All Cops Now
Michael Colby
We’ve all been deputized. Like some bad imitation of Sheriff Taylor of Mayberry RFD, Bush walked to the podium last night and asked us all to do the jobs the FBI so thoroughly botched last fall. Oh yes, there was more, he also wants more status, power, and f...
Howard Zinn’s Terrorism and War, a review
Tanweer Akram
War, terrorism and violence have been around since the dawn of written history. Since 9/11, terrorism has been a topic of renewed, widespread and vigorous discussion in the United States and in the Western countries. Yet the lack of intensive, balanced, and fair d...
New Security Challenges
David Krieger
The International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, in cooperation with Scientists for Global Responsibility and the University of Bradford Department of Peace Studies, held a seminar on "New Security Challenges: Global and Region...
President Chavez’s Censored F-Word
CounterPunch Bulletin
Here’s a clip from "60 Minutes", which aired on May 12, 2002. Correspondent Steve Kroft interviews President Chavez of Venezuela. KROFT: Do you like the United States? There are many things that you don’t like about the United States, ...
Political Hot Air and Global Warming
Michael Colby
Forget the World Cup soccer matches. If you really want some good sporting entertainment try tuning into the global warming scrum going on between the White House and its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Late last week the EPA joined the common sense ...
Credibility Crunch at Bush White House
Tom Turnipseed
There is a broadening crisis in confidence in political and corporate leadership in the U. S. Suddenly, the world’s sole super-power is faced with a credibility crunch as its unparalleled status as a global military and economic giant shows unmistakable sign...
Prosecute Israeli War Crimes at Jenin
Francis A. Boyle
The Israeli government inflicted war crimes, grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and a Crime against Humanity against the inhabitants of Jenin. The United Nations must prosecute these international crimes for the exact same reasons that it crea...
The Indo-Pakistan Conflagration…It’s Just a Shot Away
Ron Jacobs
In recent weeks the eyes of the world have frequently been cast on the Indian subcontinent as the threat of war between India and Pakistan over Jammu and Kashmir (hereafter Kashmir) grows ever more likely. Although there have been three major conflicts between the...
The FBI’s Dirty Secrets
Mark Weisbrot
It seems that the FBI is likely to be rewarded for the missed warnings, fumbled intelligence, and bureaucratic foul-ups that preceded September 11. Attorney General John Ashcroft has announced that the FBI is changing its rules so that it can spy on domestic organ...
Berlusconi the Censor
Robert Fisk The Independent
Sciuscia, in Neapolitan Italian, means “Shoeshine”. It is the most controversial, provocative, irritating programme on the second channel of Italy’s state television, RAI. Silvio Berlusconi, the Prime Minister of Italy, would like to make sure tha...
Nuclear Plants and Terrorism
Danielle Brian
[Editors' note: This article is adapted from testimony given on June 5 before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on security at nuclear power plants.] The Design Basis Threat Nuclear facilities are required to protect against ...
Kashmir on the Brink
George Monbiot
There is something dreamlike about our contemplation of the drift to war in Kashmir. While India and Pakistan move their missiles into position, in Britain our concerns are focused on the evacuation of our own citizens, the destination of the likely refugees, and ...