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Archives from October 2002
Karen Hughes in Texas
JACKSON THOREAU
“Regarding the campaigns, I will be a loud and proud supporter of the Republican ticket and of Gov. Perry and of John Cornyn for the U.S. Senate, but I do not expect to be involved in any professional capacity in their campaigns. They have very ...
Do I Divest?
DESMOND TUTU
The end of apartheid stands as one of the crowning accomplishments of the past century, but we would not have succeeded without the help of international pressure– in particular the divestment movement of the 1980s. Over the past six months, a similar moveme...
Redbaiting the Antiwar Movement
RON JACOBS
Recently Todd Gitlin, one of the establishment media’s "experts" on the Sixties, was extensively quoted in an article by Michelle Goldberg in the online magazine Salon. The gist of Gitlin’s comments (and the article) was that the participants...
Reform By Imprisonment
SAM BAHOUR
While the most brutal of measures are being taken against the Palestinian population, the world is being deceived into believing that political reforms can happen in the Israeli-occupied territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. As the Bush Admi...
Selling War
JOHN JONIK
Consider the Odds. Nearly all of the ubiquitous U.S. commercial media (“Public” Broadcasting included) are pushing for an invasion of Iraq….either outright, or with this or that pre-condition. These are the media that can hype and sell any...
The Iraq Peace Team
RAMZI KYSIA
You get what you pay for in life. What are you willing to pay for peace? With George Bush as president, it doesn’t seem to be a problem any of us will ever have to face again, but you can’t be a pacifist only in peacetime. You can’t be a p...
Between Armageddon and Peace
HANAN ASHRAWI
It is no coincidence that the most vociferous voice advocating a military attack on Iraq is that of the Israeli Likud-led government and its spin machine. In fact, if Sharon had his druthers, the US would oblige by conducting Israel’s proxy war on its...
Colombian Army Hacked Handicapped Man to Death
MARIA ENGQVIST
A Colombian army patrol hacked a 34-year old man with Downs’s syndrome to death with a machete in the village of Santiago Perez. Possible motive: vengeance “Pirinolo” was the nickname that villagers from the tiny hamlet of Santiago Perez i...
Can the UN be Saved?
DON KRAUS
On September 12th, President Bush asked, “will the United Nations serve the purpose of its founding, or will it be irrelevant?” In the wake of World War II we created the United Nations primarily to ensure that weapons of mass destruction would ...
Fighting Terrorism with the Wrong Weapons
AHMAD FARUQUI
Just over a year ago, we began our war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, in order to effect regime change in Kabul and eradicate the al-Qaida terrorist movement. In a couple of months, the Taliban were deposed from power, and several leaders of al-Qaida were kil...
Deserving Abolishment
JOSH FRANK
We are in full swing election mode, and Green Party candidates are getting hammered once again. Was the last two years of blaming not enough? I am sure the Democrats will even find a way to blame Greens for this upcoming showdown with Saddam. Hell, those pesky Gre...
Madison Takes on the Patriot Act
MICHAEL LEON
Madison, Wisconsin. The USA Patriot act was signed into law on October, 26 2001 in the wake of 9/11. Rushed through congressional passage with almost no debate, this assault on freedom was approved overwhelmingly in the House (356-66), with only one dissent in the...
Bush Corelone
JEREMY SCAHILL
Don Corleone once ordered his emissary to make someone an offer he couldn’t refuse. Later this week George W Bush is going to push ahead with a UN Security Council resolution Saddam Hussein couldn’t possibly accept. And what’s becoming abundantly...
A New Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
PIERRE TRISTAM
It’s been about 40 years since a president’s speeches didn’t sound like infomercials. So George W. Bush’s prime time sales pitch last week on slapping a "New Ownership" sign on Iraq was not surprising for sweating the manipulative...
Flesh
RICHARD THIEME
“I am obsessed with the body,” Isabel Letelier said. “I turned from painting to sculpture because I needed to work with something I could feel.. Bodies are so open, so vulnerable, so easy to abuse.” Isabel Letelier had just read my c...
An Open Letter to John Kerry on Iraq
BRIAN WILLSON
Dear John, It has been a long time since we have had contact. As you might remember our very first meeting was at VVAW’s Dewey Canyon III, “A Limited Incursion Into the Country of Congress,” April 19-23, 1971, in Washington, D.C. I’m...
Notes on DC Snipers
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
I-95 through the DC area is a route with attendant delays even on the best of afternoons. Yet on the afternoon of Friday, October 11, the culmination of a week of what are being called sniper attacks at gas stations and other repositories of the public trust, I-95...
Chickenhawk a la Mode
BEN TRIPP
A chickenhawk, dear readers, is one of two things: either a voting-age pedophile, or a warmonger who has never gone to war. It’s an unattractive word. I have little to say about the Man/Boy Love crowd, just as I have little to say about the habits of...
Israel and White Supremacy
AARON MICHAEL LOVE
In 1945 Jan Smuts, then prime minister of South Africa appealed to the UN for an article on human rights to be included in the United Nations Charter. This incident, cited in W.E.B Du Bois’s remarkable book The World and Africa, is a powerful reminder of the...
Iraq as Prison State, a review of Milan Rai’s War Plan Iraq
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Iraq isn’t a rogue state; it’s a captive nation, the world’s first prison state, kept under a level of microscopic control and surveillance that would have made Jeremy Bentham tremble with envy. All the recent chatter in the media about a ...
Humanitarian Ethnic Cleansing in Kosovo
SANI RIFATI
I am a Rom (more commonly known as "Gypsy") who was born in Kosovo, Yugoslavia, and lived in Pristina (the capital of the Kosovo region) for 27 years. In the summer of 2000, ten years later, I was only 30 miles away in Macedonia but I could not visit the...
The Washington Post and the Wal-Mart Way
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Even before I read Barbara Ehrenreich’s justly acclaimed NICKEL AND DIMED, I w...
Inspecting Nuclear Israel (Part One)
BOB FELDMAN
“In the near term, there is little risk that Iraq’s now dormant nuclear program could lead to the production of nuclear arms or that Iraq could obtain nuclear weapons material clandestinely, because such material does not appear to be avai...
One Big Hizballah
URI AVNERY
OK, so we are going to kill Saddan Hussein. America wants it. And if America wants something, we want it, too. Right? After all, there can be no doubt. The last time, Saddam threw Scuds at us, just in order to win popularity in the Arab world. (At that time...
The Tragedy of Alan Deshowitz
DON ATAPATTU
America the 1960’s was so much more straightforward where the ethnic boundaries lay within the struggle for civil rights and equality. The ‘White’ community in this instance had no vested interest in changing the status quo, but many joined the f...
The Anger of Achilles
ADAM ENGEL
In the darker recesses of the world, private contractors go where the Pentagon would prefer not to be seen, carrying out military exercises for the American government, far from Washington’s view. In the last few years, they have sent their empl...
So You Think You Live in a Democracy?
LINDA HEARD
Aren’t we lucky to be enjoying the fruits which democracy offers? We in the West get to choose our leaders, decide our own futures, and enjoy free speech and individual privacy. Right? Wrong. Democracy is an illusion, a nice, neat ideology held out as...
An Open Letter to Barbara Lee
DAN BROOK
I am writing to express my deep gratitude for your courageous votes against authorizing the (illegitimate) Bush Administration to wage wars against unknown enemies and innocent civilians for an unknown length of time and with unknown goals. I’m against the w...
Sleepers
PHILIP FARRUGGIO
Just re-watched Barry Levinson’s wonderful 1996 film “Sleepers”. Got me to thinking about the state of this nation. Putting aside perhaps one or two million of us who protest the many things wrong with various gov’t policies, what about the...
A Tale of Strategic Self-Delusion
HAROLD A. GOULD
The mounting threat of an impending unilateral American crusade against Iraq has understandably and rightly generated a torrent of discussion, speculation and analysis about whether there is really any justification for such a radical undertaking at this point in time....
Letter from Dublin
HARRY BROWNE
After I wrote in Counterpunch last week about the referendum campaign against the EU’s Nice Treaty in Ireland, I had a few emails from people shocked that Irish leftists should be trying to stall the development of a potential g...
The Lynne Stewart Case
ELAINE CASSEL
As every lawyer knows, client confidentiality is the very foundation of the attorney-client relationship. Attorney Lynne Stewart certainly believed that to be true, but her principles and zealous representation have landed her a four-count criminal indictment for ...
The DC Sniper, Jimmy Carter and the Nobel Peace Prize
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The FBI is working on a profile of the sniper who, by this Saturday morning, has killed ten people in the suburban DC area. Here’s CounterPunch’s input. He’s a He. He was in the military. Probably in Special Forces. He’s white. He’s i...
The Politics of Fear
CAROL NORRIS
The first time I heard the now-famous, over-used slogan “either you’re with us or against us,” I thought it was one of the most inane, xenophobic lines I’d ever heard. Frankly, as an American, I was embarrassed. I had an incredible urge to ...
I Will Fight Your Enemies
M. SHAHID ALAM
America, I will fight your enemies I will fight your wars without end Against terrorists, anarchists, arsonists Against rebels, radicals, revolutionaries Against protesters, picketers, marchers Against Levelers, Diggers, Quakers Against spooks, spirits, specters A...
Red!
SUSAN DAVIS
“Be the Reds!” Soccer Fan T-Shirt, Seoul, Korea 2002 “..beat him like a redheaded stepchild.” Proverbial expression, Illinois, 2002...
Congratulations! It’s a War!
BEN TRIPP
We all knew how the vote would go. Christmas has come early, and only for one man: George W. Bush has the authority to declare war. The House and Senate have passed a resolution to allow President locum tenens Bush to start a war whenever he feels like it, ...
George W. in Therapy
ANIS SHIVANI
CHARACTERS GEORGE W. BUSH Born in New Haven, Connecticut; distantly related to British monarchy; cheerleader and frontman at various times for: Andover (stickball commissioner), Yale (president of the Dekes), Arbusto and Harken Energy, Texas Rangers, Texas ...
Scenes from an Occupied Wedding
Paul De Rooij
Palestinians have now endured the longest occupation in history, 35 years for some, whereas some others have endured its effects for more than 50 years. Occupation is so pervasive affecting every facet of people’s lives. However, people continue their resist...
A Bleak Day for America
DAVID KRIEGER
Today is a bleak day for America, and for all Americans. Congress, in its fear and conformity, has voted to grant authority to the President to conduct a preemptive war against another nation. Congress has joined the President in assuming an imperial mantle, grant...
The American Political Paradox
ROBERT JENSEN
Since September 11, I have been speaking freely in the United States, a nation whose institutions have many democratic features. My free speech, which has been harshly critical of the leaders of the United States and their policies, has been disseminated widely th...
Where Do Hoffa’s Tactics Fit in a Mob-Free Teamsters?
KEN PAFF
The Teamsters union has released a voluminous report that purports to demonstrate that the union is virtually corruption-free. The report documents that mob influence in our union is on the decline. But it fails to make its central case: that the leadership of Jam...
Concerned Citizen, Episode 3
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
SCRIPT AND SUMMATIVE COMMENTS [0:30 COLOR] [Opens with standard procession of sedans, gleaming, tailfinned, gliding over federally-funded blacktop. Then the obligatory shots of people on evenings out; caucasians conversing in bistros with uns...
Chauncey Gardiner Still Lives….in the White House!
THOMAS CROFT
Okay, we’ve heard all the theories”dry-drunk”, still drunk, President-on-coke, Daddy and Uncle Dick’s puppet, and just plain dumb (President D’uh-bya, etc).Aren’t you tired of all the speculation about the pronouncements and act...
Bush’s Banana Republic
FRANCIS BOYLE
George W. Bush was never elected President by the People of the United States of America. Instead, he was anointed for that Office by five Justices of the United States Supreme Court who themselves had been appointed by Republican Presidents. Bush Jr.’s inst...
The Greatest Deception of All Time
Jerre Skog
You hear it almost daily. “Growth first half year has fallen to less than 0.3%” or “Economical growth has to increase if we are not to…” or “We have to have steady growth or we have nothing to distribute”. Except for the o...
Whirlwind Wheelchair International
RALPH NADER
Corporate scandals, the threat of war in the Middle East and a sagging stock market are squeezing the flow of funds from foundations and other charitable donors across the nation. As a result, many worthwhile non-profit enterprises that depend on the generosity of...
Taft-Hartley, Bush and the Dockworkers
LEE SUSTAR
George W. Bush and the employers want to use the Taft-Hartley Act–America’s notorious “slave labor law”–to break the West Coast dockworkers’ union. But members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have a mes...
Montana Fusion
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Steve Kelly, the Montana artist and environmentalist, is running for congress again. This time as a Democrat. “People talk about fusion politics, well, I’m it,” says Kelly, who has run before both as a green and a Republican. Montan...
Israel, the Jewish Demographic State
URI AVNERY
It sounds like a bad joke, but it really happened: A rabbi went from Israel to Peru, converted a group of Native Americans to Judaism, brought them to this country and put them in a settlement, on land taken away from its Palestinian owners. There they rece...