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Archives from July 2002
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 ...
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Bush and handlers think the DOD is out of date And needs big bucks, global evil to dominate.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...