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GOD SAVE HRC, FROM REALITY — Jeffrey St. Clair on Hillary Clinton’s miraculous rags-to-riches method of financial success; LA CONFIDENTIAL: Lee Ballinger on race, violence and inequality in Los Angeles; PAPER DRAGON: Peter Lee on China’s military; THE BATTLE OVER PAT TILLMAN: David Hoelscher provides a 10 year retrospective on the changing legacy of Pat Tillman; MY BROTHER AND THE SPACE PROGRAM: Paul Krassner on the FBI and rocket science. PLUS: Mike Whitney on how the Central Bank feeds state capitalism; JoAnn Wypijewski on what’s crazier than Bowe Bergdahl?; Kristin Kolb on guns and the American psyche; Chris Floyd on the Terror War’s disastrous course.
Archives from November 2002
The Murder of Iain Hook
KURT NIMMO
One day the Israeli government demands $10 billion dollars from the spendaholic Americans — the next day the IDF kills a UN worker assisting Palestinians rebuilding homes in the rubble bestrewn Jenin Refugee Camp. Naturally, the Israeli government hat...
Eminem’s Body and Soul
DAVE MARSH
While I watched Eminem’s 8 Mile, the film that replayed itself in parallel wasn’t an Elvis film or Purple Rain, which I’d been told to watch out for, but Body and Soul, Robert Rossen’s 1948 boxing movie in which John Garfield struggles to s...
The Grassroots Challenge to Iran’s Theocracy
BEHZAD YAGHMAIAN
Iran is in turmoil: a threat of resignation by the president and his supporters in the Parliament; factional battle within the state about the constitutional power of the president; the student protest in Tehran and other cities; and physical clashes between the p...
This Mad, Limitless War
WAYNE SAUNDERS
It has become a fundamental act of self-control to calmly deconstruct the policies of Bush & Co. without losing contol of one’s temper. I refer to the limitless “War on Terror” that has no borders, that has neither victory nor defeat ...
Turkeys
PHILIP FARRUGGIO
Terrorism will never destroy this republic. No “rogue nation” or Bin Laden or Saddam Hussein will bring us to our knees, with ‘weapons of mass destruction”. What will cause our downfall will simply be Greed. As we sit at our family g...
In Defense of the Filibuster
JOANNE MARINER
When George W. Bush was asked about the federal judiciary during the 2000 presidential campaign, he cited Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas as the Supreme Court justices he most admired. “I don’t believe in liberal, activist judges,” he later ex...
Spank the Donkey, Time to Abandon the Democrats
STEVE PERRY
Another Election Day, another set of blown hopes for Democrats everywhere. This is mainly an essay about the national Democratic party, which ought never be confused with real people, but in this one instance what I mean by Democrats are the real people who contin...
Bowling for Columbine, a mini review
JULIAN SAMUEL
“Bowling for Columbine”, USA, 2002, 125 minutes. Directed by Michael Moore The United States National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS) will photograph and fingerprint Canadian citizens when they try to...
Empathy and the Logic of Murder
MICHAEL ORTIZ HILL
The genius of the American Constitution is that it encoded a profound understanding of fundamental human equality into a viable way for a new country to understand itself and the world. Among equals nothing should impede life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness....
The Aim is Victory
URI AVNERY
It seems that a new wind is blowing in the country. This week I flew to Europe. On the way to the Airport, the taxi-driver told me: That’s it, there is no hope left. We shall never have peace with the Palestinians. There is no one to talk with. No com...
Death and Lies in Palestine
ALI ABUNIMAH
I did not know Mr. Iain Hook, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestine Refugees’ (UNRWA) official who was killed on November 22 by Israeli occupation forces in Jenin Refugee Camp. But I do know many people — Palestinians and interna...
TIA, DARPA, FSM, Hitchens and Merle Haggard the Maoist
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
So let’s join Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Edward C. “Pete” Aldridge at a recent Pentagon press briefing, where he’s addressing concerns about the Pentagon’s bold new plan to have Admiral John ...
A Predatory Orientalism
M. SHAHID ALAM
In an earlier era, before the Zionist movement descended on the heads of unsuspecting Palestinians, the least bigoted voices in the field of Oriental studies were often those of European Jews. At a time when most Orientalists took Muhammad for a scheming i...
Piss Off, NSA (And Other Radical Hijinx)
ADAM ENGEL
Some folks say the NSA has a SUPER-MAGIC MOJO VACUUM that can suck all the data outta all the software of the world, suck the rhythm from our loins, suck the oldest, dampest long-forgottenest, memories of Mommy from our numb cerebrums. All together now, in ...
On the Lam from Uncle Sam
DAVID VEST
That I would spend my life writing and playing music was evident in my childhood. It was already how I spent my life. That I would eventually be radicalized was less obvious. It is not the inevitable fate of North Alabamians, though it is not unheard of: He...
The Apocalyptic Vision of Neo-Conservative Ideologues
AHMAD FARUQUI
Neo-conservative (neocon) writers in America provide intellectual firepower to the Bush administration as it continues to develop its national security strategy based on the doctrine of pre-emptive war. Necons have become increasingly vocal about an apocalyptic co...
Celebrating Genocide!
DAN BROOK
Many people annually get as stuffed as their turkeys in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is a quintessentially American holiday, so much so that it is not just a holiday, but really is (as the etymology implies) one of our Holy Days, almost un...
Secrecy
PIERRE TRISTAM
If there is any doubt at all that the terrorists have won — that they have managed with a single day’s freakish hits to revamp the most open society on earth into an emerging police state where suspicion and secrecy are the twin watch-towers of governm...
Another Century of War?
GABRIEL KOLKO
Editors Note: GABRIEL KOLKO is one of our favorite writers and the foremost historian of modern warfare. Here at CounterPunch we are honored to publish this excerpt from his vitally important new book ...
The Return of Al Gore?
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
I guess there’s just something in the air that makes me want to revisit propaganda filmstrips. Recently, I had occasion to watch "The Red Nightmare", a 1962 short about a Caucasian gentleman who dreamt about living in a Sovietized America where fol...
Making Wal-Mart Sweat
DAVE PATTEN
Thursday, November 21, from 4-7 PM. It’s definitely not undercover work, walking into a Wal-Mart wearing a t-shirt advocating unionization. But I and several dozen others did just that in Brockton, Massachusetts today. We went armed with shopping lis...
Bush and International Law
REP. CYNTHIA McKINNEY (Remarks At November 21 Peace Rally In New York City.)
It is fitting and appropriate and just that we bring our activism for peace and against war to The Church. For it is in The Church where America’s conscience resides. And it is the black church in particular which helped America find its soul. I...
The Miseducation of Naomi Klein
ANIS SHIVANI
Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate....
Adios Jay Hair
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
On November 15, Jay Hair, former boss of the National Wildlife Federation, died of cancer at the age of 56. The New York Times eulogized Hair as “a passionate defender of the environment”. But the Times’s wistful cruise through Hair’s caree...
Malnutrition in Iraq
RAMZI KYSIA
UNICEF just released statistics showing a significant improvement in the nutritional status of children in Iraq. According to the figures, over the last two years chronic malnutrition has declined by 23%, and acute malnutrition has declined by almost 50%. T...