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Archives from July 2002
Challenging Jeb Bush on the Death Penalty
Abe Bonowitz And SueZann Bosler
A little background. Last week Jeb! Bush ran at the mouth along the lines of: "For "the families of these victims, justice has been denied," Bush said Thursday. "It is very troubling that we do not have a death penalty process that puts them fr...
Augusta, GA
T.W. Croft
Part Two Mayberry through Dark, Dark Glasses But, I digress. The few things I can remember about the first forced year back in Augusta are: I had an anal retentive probation officer named Vern (an old pal of my Dad’s) who cited scripture, and a...
The Hog Wallow
Alexander Cockburn
When did the great executive stock option hog wallow really start? You can go back to the deregulatory push under Carter in the late Seventies, then move into the Reagan Eighties when corporate purchases of shares really took off. This was the era of the leveraged...
No Need for War Against Iraq
Jonathan Power
London. Of the three serious wars that the U.S. has fought since 1945–Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War, one ended in defeat and two in draws–not exactly a glorious record. An Iraq war likewise could end in stalemate. Saddam Hussein is not the Tal...
Augusta, GA
T.W. Croft
Part Four Palm Trees and Pink Stucco Flamingos I took up residence with my Mom and step-dad, by then in the Ft. Lauderdale area, on a beautiful golf course called The Inverrary. It was the home of Jackie Gleason’s Inverrary Open. As we drove th...
Augusta, GA
T.W. Croft
(or, coming of age in the Deep South in the early 1970s with the likes of Gov. Jimmy Carter, James Brown, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, the specter of Dick Nixon’s pal Bebe Rebozo, the ghost of General Mad Anthony Wayne, a Kervorkian electro-shock pioneer, ...
Augusta, GA
T.W. Croft
Part Three At the Sunrise Inn All of our friends and more would converge at the Sunrise Inn on Saturday nights for Revolution 101 classes that we held for the Augusta College (AC) students. Which consisted of reading materials on the requisite scaven...
The US Ain’t East Germany
Jerre Skog
Noticing that some eminent and informed writers have likened USA with the old East Germany because of the Patriot Act and the new Terrorist Information & Prevention System, TIPS, where an awful lot of people are encouraged to inform on their fellow citizens, I...
It’s Still Business as Usual
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
The predominant view in Washington right now is that the corporate reformers are in control. President Bush’s Wall Street speech last week was a bomb, immediately discarded in Washington circles as containing proposals that were too weak to constitute...
Rising Tensions Between Spain and Morocco
Mahbubul Karim (Sohel)
A tiny island, “Perejil” for the Spaniards, and Leila for the Moroccans, have come to the forefront of news for the last few days. For many, this is an alarm bell since it resembles very much like England and Argentina’s scuffle on Falkland Island years ...
Is Eurocentrism Unique?
M. Shahid Alam
It would be hard for someone who comes to European historiography from another perspective–Greek, Roman or Islamic–not to notice an obsession, especially pronounced since the eighteenth century, with European superiority. One runs into this obse...
Corporate Socialism
Ralph Nader
The relentless expansion of corporate control over our political economy has proven nearly immune to daily reporting by the mainstream media. Corporate crime, fraud and abuse have become like the weather; everyone is talking about the storm but no one seems able t...
Who’s Reading Over Your Shoulder?
Zara Gelsey
I hate the feeling of someone reading over my shoulder. Not only is it superficially distracting, but it often affects how I respond to the text. Being conscious of being watched inhibits my thinking because I find myself reading through my watcher’s eyes. I...
Can The Times’ Jeff Gerth Save the White House?
Alexander Cockburn
The right is whining. Carl Limbacher and his crew complain on the popular NewsMax site that in the two weeks since the Harken story went critical, "the prestige press" (Limbacher’s odd phrase, which presumably means he’s excluding The Nationa...
War, Inc.
Mike Ferner
"So what is our mistake? We are also human beings. Treat us like human beings," says Gulalae, a 37 year-old Afghan mother living in the dust, hunger and fear of the Shamshatoo refugee camp in Pakistan. She calls Osama bin Laden an "outsider" an...
Who’s Reading Over Your Shoulder?
Philip Farruggio
"The man who would be President", during his campaign, picked the "Man from Nazareth" as his role model, causing this writer to almost fall out of my chair. On election eve, I sadly realized how almost 50% of the voters bought into this obvious...
The New Moslem Diaspora
Behzad Yaghmaian
The anti-immigration crusade in the West reached new levels in recent weeks. On July 12, the liberal government of Britain finally got its wish when it reached an agreement with the conservative-dominated government of France to close down the Sangatte Red Cross c...
Bush, Burqas and the Oppression of Afghan Women
Gary Leupp
From the very beginning of the Afghan crisis, which began with the Saur coup in April 1978, U.S. policy-makers have capitalized on misogyny. Women and girls today constitute some 60% of the Afghan population, the male population vitiated by invasion and fra...
Faith-based Capitalism Amid the Ruins of the Market
Pierre Tristam
Five years ago Bill Clinton announced that he was ending welfare as we knew it. Last week George W. Bush could have commemorated the occasion in his Wall Street speech by proposing to end capitalism as we know it the brand of capitalism that’s wrecking more ...
How My 35mm Camera Almost Became a Tool of Treason
Kurt Nimmo
"I’ll confiscate your camera," the Customs officer growled. I was walking down the pavement on the US side of the border a stone’s throw from Ciudad Puerto Palomas, Mexico. I was rewinding film back into the canister. "Excu...
When is Terrorism not Defined as Terrorism?
Salam Al-Marayati
As we await the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation into the July 4 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, we are witnessing a sudden attack on law enforcement’s definition of terrorism. If the investigators conclude that the shooting ...
The "Distraction" that Takes the Heat Off Bin Laden
Robert Fisk
How better to distract Pakistan’s army from supporting America’s “war on terror” than by promoting, yet again, a war in Kashmir? Whether or not the mysterious “Hindu” holy men who turned into mass murderers in the slums of Jammu ...
Michael Jacks, Racism and the Music Cartel
Dave Marsh
More than one person who’s worked with Michael Jackson has predicted to me that, if he realizes he’ll never again be the world’s most popular entertainer, he’ll commit suicide. Nobody predicted that the suicide would be so public, though....
The Secret World of Banking
Ralph Nader
All the headlines about corporate disclosures and the need for transparency are sending shivers through the banking industry and its regulators who have always lived in a protected and largely secret world. Hundreds of millions of dollars are expended on ex...
Justice for Bhopal
Rahul Mahajan
Recently, Americans have been focused on corporate crimes that cheated stockholders and taxpayers out of money to benefit executives and politicians. This week we must focus on a crime that cost thousands their lives, as executives and politicians try to cu...
The Air Between Bill Safire’s Ears
Gavin Keeney
Here’s a snippet from William Safire’s latest op-oratorio, "Hence, Loathed Melancholy", in The Upper Right Coast Times: "[T]he capitalist system is not in crisis. In recent months, it has been doing what it is s...
Ralph Nader in Cuba
CounterPunch Wire Report
HAVANA — Former U.S. presidential candidate Ralph Nader stated that he is opposed to the concentration of power within corporations that is impeding the development of democracy in his country, and criticized his government’s foreign policy on the isla...
The History of Anti-Palestinian Bias, from Wilson to Bush
Kathleen Christison
A few years ago, I had the temerity to write to David McCullough, the biographer of Harry Truman, to tell him I thought he was wrong about an aspect of Truman’s character. I had seen McCullough on a C-SPAN rebroadcast of a talk on Truman. Speaking about the...
The Return of Jimmy T99 Nelson
Jeffrey St. Clair
Usually, Lloyd Allen, the dynamic singer and guitar slinger for the Cannonballs, CounterPunch’s favorite Northwest blues band, is, among his many other talents, a walking fashion statement. But on this Independence Day evening at the Waterfront Blues ...
The DOA
Bill Christison
Bush and handlers think the DOD is out of date And needs big bucks, global evil to dominate. So let’s name it anew, Then we’ll understand it too.   Departme...
Lessons from Independence Day in Greensboro
Ed Whitfield
Folks who believe the official line that the support for the current US policies in the war on terrorism and the new domestic measures at home is nearly unanimous need to know what happened in Greensboro, North Carolina on the 4th of July. The Greensboro Pe...
I’ll Never Get Out of This Band Alive
David Vest
[Editors' Note: Over the coming months CounterPunch is proud to present installments from David Vest's memoir Rebel Angel, the chronicle of how an Alabama boy became a poet, a rocker, and a political radical, with stops in Romania, academia and the i...
Raping the Palestinians
M. Junaid Alam
Part Two: Brutalities of Colonial Occupation Following the 1967 war Israel seized East Jerusalem, forced out all of the 6,500 residing Palestinians, and bulldozed their religious centers. The UN reported that by 1971, 48 Palestinian villages were destro...
Raping the Palestinians
M. Junaid Alam
Part Two: Concerning Violence We return now to a subject touched upon briefly, if only by necessity, which has been distorted and manipulated to no end: the subject of violence. Fanon noted that "the settler paints the native as a sort of quintesse...
Go Tell Karl Rove!
Gavin Keeney
As Karl Rove twiddles the dials on the White House Moonshine Machine, prepare yourself for the coming bloodbath. In-between now and then (November 2002) expect to be lectured on individual liberty, personal hygiene, civic duty, discretion, prudence, staying the cours...
Raping the Palestinians
M. Junaid Alam
"You can forgive the man who robs you, but you can’t forgive the man you rob-in his haggard features you read your indictment and this makes his face so repulsive that you must keep it under your heels where you cannot see it." ...
Corporate Ethics Red Herring
Matt Vidal
With the mounting of accounting scandals among major US corporate giants, Appointed President Bush gave a speech to Wall Street on July 9th arguing that "America’s greatest economic need is higher ethical standards." (Never mind rampant poverty in ...
The Other Harken Energy Scandal
Sean Donahue
Financial irregularities at Harken Energy during President Bush’s tenure at the Texas oil company have dominated headlines in recent days. But the press has ignored a much bigger scandal: how Harken Energy has benefited from war and terror in Colombia....
Sin Tax Scam
Walt Brasch
"Pssst." I walked straight ahead, looking neither right nor left in a darkened alley illuminated by a quarter-moon. "Pssst." I quickened my pace, but there was no avoiding the shadowy figure. "Ain’t gonna h...
Law v. Force
David Krieger
An important marker of civilization has always been the ascendancy of law over the unbridled use of force. At the outset of the 21st century, we are faced with a pervasive dilemma. Reliance on force given the power of our destructive technologies could destroy civ...
Imagine Bush as Commissioner of Baseball
David Vest
It is finally clear what is going on. Everything in the whole goddamn world is turning into a replay of the 2000 presidential election debacle in Florida. Think about it. First there was Florida (Louisiana without the music), where the Smirk came out of the Smoke ...
A Deep Ideological Crisis
Irit Katriel
About a year ago I took a train to Tel Aviv. As this is the place that the Zionists created, where Jews can be safe, I took a taxi from the train station to where I was going. You don’t get on a bus in Israel if you don’t have to. The radio was on and ...
A Tale of Two Twits
Steve Perry
The Funniest President traveled to Wall Street recently, on a mission to kick shins and take names. Since entering public life W has scattered behind him a string of linguistic pearls the likes of which many older Americans recall fondly from the TV show Kids Say ...
How I Spent My Independence Day in Jail
Lloyd Marbet
I live in the country, 10 miles from Estacada, Oregon, and 25 miles from the city of Portland. Since September of 2001, I have been gathering signatures on a state wide initiative petition proposing to amend Oregon’s Constitution in order to enact Campaign F...
A Strange Kind of Freedom
Robert Fisk
Inside the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, the Californian audience had been struck silent. Dennis Bernstein, the Jewish host of KPFA Radio’s Flashpoint current affairs programme, was reading some recent e-mails that he had received from Israel̵...
Record Cartel Accounting Scams
Dave Marsh
This week, California State Senator Martha Escutia called a hearing on record label accounting practices. Sen. Escutia represents Whittier, which was Richard Nixon’s hometown. Perfect. Watergate unraveled as a White House conspiracy of dirty tricks, ...
Drug Testing in Public Schools
Richard Glen Boire
The Supreme Court’s ruling giving public school authorities the green light to conduct random, suspicionless, drug testing of all junior and senior high school students wishing to participate in extra-curricular activities, teaches by example. The lesson, un...
Third Party Woes
CounterPunch Wire
The South Carolina United Citizens decided in a democratic process to put Kevin Alexander Gray on their ballot as their candidate for Governor in this fall’s election. Mr. Gray accepted the nomination. But according to the State Election Commission, South Ca...
Despair and Hope in the Body Politic
Bernard Weiner
Rather than rant at length about the daily Bush&Co. outrage or scandal — they come so fast, it’s hard to keep up — let’s take a step back for some longer-range perspective. The Dance of the Tarantulas Why do we use the ter...
Bush’s Middle East Speech
Nassar Ibrahim And Dr. Majed Nassar
Mr. Bush finally spoke. And the Palestinian people, in spite of their experience with US foreign policy during the past fifty years, listened carefully, hoping that they would hear something new, something hopeful. In their naïve optimism, they though...