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Archives from August 2002
One More Checkpoint
Jill Dreier
We left Palestine, 3 days ago, but of course, not without incident. After visiting our friend’s family up the hill in Nablus, on Friday, they arranged an ambulance to get back to the old city for the night. Curfewed was lifted for 4 hours that day, and you s...
A Phone Call From Hell
Uri Avnery
There is a direct telephone connection between heaven and hell. I can prove it. The idea crossed my mind last Sunday, when I was climbing to a snow-covered peak in the alpine region of Italy, where I was the guest at a political conference. The sun was shin...
An Open Letter to Bruce Springsteen About Bush’s "War on Terrorism"
Gary Leupp
Dear Bruce, First of all, let me express my deep love and respect for you. I’ve been a fan of yours since the 1970s, when as a grad student in Hawai’i I heard “Factory” over my car radio. Yes! I thought, this is the music we need. My...
The Message of the Bulldozer
Jeff Halper
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) deplores this week’s decision by the Israeli High Court of Justice against permitting judicial review for families of Palestinians whose homes are targeted for demolition because a family member has bee...
Corporate Crime Time
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
In signing corporate reform legislation on July 30, President Bush said that the new law “says to every American: there will not be a different ethical standard for corporate America than the standard that applies to everyone else.” The corporat...
Martha Stewart in Chains and Paul Wellstone in Agony
Steve Perry
Alas: the pitter-pat of shuffling feet on the stair that Martha Stewart hears each day when she awakes is not the stirring of guests invited for a festive country weekend; it’s the SEC closing in. Last month ImClone boss and “family friend” Sam W...
At the al-Qaeda Cemetery
Robert Fisk The Independent
They are honoured as saints. Beneath the grey mounds of dust and dried mud lie the “martyrs” of al-Qa’ida. Here, among these 150 graves, lie the three men who held out to the end in the Mirweis hospital, shooting at the Americans and their Afghan ...
Even Airport Arguments Go Against the Palestinians
Robert Jensen
I was wearing a pro-Palestinian T-shirt; he was wearing a yarmulke. As we sat at the airport waiting for the same flight, he glanced at my shirt and asked me to turn so he could read the message: “Palestine — 50 years of dispossession, 1948-1998″...
Sing a Simple Song
Dave Marsh
At the opening show of Bruce Springsteen’s new tour, the first 30 feet of floor space was separated from the rest by a bike rack barricade. Right behind the bike rack, a fellow in maybe his early forties, long hair, beard, motorcycle style t-shirt and jeans,...
Punishment By Detail
Edward Said
Aside from the obvious physical discomforts, being ill for a long period of time fills the spirit with a terrible feeling of helplessness, but also with periods of analytic lucidity, which, of course, must be treasured. For the past three months now I have been in...
Union Jackass, Richard Perle’s UK Charm Offensive
Anthony Gancarski
In an August 9 piece in the Telegraph entitled “Why the West Must Strike First Against Saddam Hussein”, Richard Perle attempts to teach the British a thing or two about embracing their imperialist prerogative and the corollary doctrine of preemptive wa...
Paul Wellstone and Term Limits
Jeff Taylor
When Greens talk to each other about how they’re disappointed with Senator Paul Wellstone, you rarely hear criticism of his decision to break the term limits pledge he made in 1990 and reiterated in 1996. You’re much more likely to hear references to W...
CounterPunch’s Favorite Films
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
CounterPunch’s Favorite Films Last week Sight and Sound released its list of “the top 10 films of all time.”...
The Legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Ahmad Faruqui
In 1945, the world’s largest democracy became the world’s first country to use weapons of mass destruction on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. An estimated 200,000 non-combatants were either killed immediately or afterwards. The bombs left a lasting genetic imp...
Racism is Alive and Well in South Carolina Death House
Wendy Brinker
Anthony “Tony” Green is a 38-year old African American man who is scheduled to be executed by the state of South Carolina on August 23, 2002. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 1987 for the botched robbery and murder of Susan Babich in Charlest...
Played Out, a Journey to Central City, Colorado
Susan Davis
Colorado is my home, sort of. I spent childhood summers on my grandmother’s ranch in the Front Range of the Rockies. My cousins and I ran in packs, unhindered by grown-ups all day long, riding horses, fishing, building forts, or hunting for buried gold bars ...
To Johannesburg in Search of Hope
Rashmi Mayur
We are in the last stages of preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 26 August to 4 September this year. Four PrepComs (or preparatory meetings) have examined the critical issues facing the earth and h...
No Iraqi Surprise
Avoiding surprise seems the order of the day when it comes to Iraq. Invasion plans are out in the open. The Bush Administration has pledged against any “October Surprise” — war to boost Republicans in November elections. Yet potential R...
Shooting at Kites in Nablus
Sam Messier And Jill Dreier
This morning the military pulled out most, but not all, of its presence from Nablus. Though still officially under curfew, many people started coming out into the streets and opening their shops. Internationals, including the two of us from Colorado, purchased sev...
Psychic and Political Numbing in Preparations for War
Fran Shor
While the Bush Administration prepares for war on Iraq with full-scale weapons production and troop deployments, more insidious conditioning for the public acceptance of war continues. In the face of repeated statements by Bush and the hawkish members of his rulin...
Visit Iraq
Jan Oberg
Scholars do empirical work based on theories and hypotheses. Journalists profess to describe reality. Diplomats are supposed to know countries and policies by being present. Western embassies in Moscow were particularly important during the Cold War. This h...
Buffalo in Black and White
Bruce Jackson
The Buffalo News is owned by Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in America, revered by investors the world over. On the front page of the Buffalo News for July 30, 2002, what did the people of Buffalo see? They saw large above-the-fold color photographs of Eri...
How Does Christianity Work?
Lawrence McGuire
I used to say that I grew up where the Bible Belt buckles, but these days I wonder if that quintessentially American expression has any meaning. Uncle Sam doesn’t just have a religious accessory now, a Bible Belt strapped around his Southern waist, he sports...
Coin of the Realm
Anthony Gancarski
I You expected more when I had nothing left for trips to the mall to buy trinkets; an hour’s pay, a moment’s thought and gone, gone throughout the city. These wailing, dead languages. White people aren’t willing to tell the truth and mend thos...
The Arabs I Know
Frank Fugate
Wake up America!…Special interest groups, news media, and money hungry politicians are duping you into profiling all Arabs as bad Arabs.. Often, the news media tell us the polls show Americans support Israelis over Palestinians. Based on what? How many of th...