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Archives from November 2002
Bush Puts a Contract Out on Federal Jobs
ROBERT JENSEN
President Bush’s announcement last week of his intention to privatize up to half the federal workforce came with the usual confident talk about reducing government costs and improving services.Market ideologues may believe that, but there is no reason citize...
Counterfeit Courage, Reflections on Political Correctness in Germany
NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
This past month I was invited, for the second time in as many years, to present a book in Germany. Last year Piper published ...
Shining Our Light on the Shadow Forces
BERNARD WEINER
It’s tempting to get totally disheartened by the recent midterm elections. I certainly did. But don’t despair: Things are going to get much worse before they get worse. Then they’ll get even worse, and then things will start to get better. I’...
An Open Letter to Rolling Stone on Women in Rock
JOAN JETT
(This letter was written to Rolling Stone after their "women in "rock" issue was published, but was not printed by their editors.) I tried to find some cleverly worded way to express my disgust with your "Women ...
Life as a Political Prisoner in Colombia
VINCENZO GONZALEZ
If you are a political prisoner in one of Colombia’s prisons you have to fight for your life every single day of your detention. A substantial section of the prison guard, working with the police and the army openly supply paramilitary prisoners with the wea...
Tom Dowd, Spirit in the Light
DAVE MARSH
I bet you anything if you tried hard enough, you could find someone who didn’t like Tom Dowd. It wouldn’t be anybody I ever met, but there must be somebody out there. As a young scientist at Columbia University, Tommy Dowd worked on the Manhatt...
Back Alley Loan Sharks
RALPH NADER
Subprime lenders have been marching up to state legislators around the nation with a stern warning-”enact protections for borrowers and you will trigger a quick and certain reduction of credit for thousands of low, moderate and middle income borrowers.”...
The Rebirth of Student Protest in Iran
BEHZAD YAGHMAIAN
In November 2002, once again, Tehran University became the site of anti-government protest by the students and the youths. The protests that began with less than a few hundred students reached a peak of more than 5000 in three days. Similar acts of defiance were h...
Bush and the Canadians
KURT NIMMO
Let’s hear it for the senior Canadian official who mustered the guts to call Dubya a moron. Unfortunately, the Canadian who said this decided to remain anonymous. Of course, these days, speaking the truth and then remaining incognito may be the right thing t...
The Rebirth of Student Protest in Iran
CHRIS FLOYD
We’ve said it before, and we’ll keep on saying it: A country whose leader has the power to imprison any citizen whatsoever, on his order alone, and hold them indefinitely, in military custody, without access to the courts, without a lawyer, without any...
Now About That Big Stick
SUSAN DAVIS
“Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Theodore Roosevelt “When you pick up a stick at one end, you pick up the other end too.” Indiana, mid-20th century Theodore ...
I Was Shot While Trying to Protect Jenin’s Children
CAOIMHE BUTTERLY (Interviewed By Annie Higgins)
In today’s reinvasion of Jenin Refugee Camp, the Israeli Occupation Forces made the bottom section of the camp into a closed military zone in the morning, using about twelve tanks, ten jeeps, and at least two Apache helicopter gunships. I had been trying to get betw...
Dr. Alterman, I Presume
MARK HAND
There he goes again. Chomsky, Cockburn and Vidal. They’re the axis of evil of the Left, so says The Nation columnist and Stanford University PhD candidate in history Eric Alterman. Writing in the current issue of The Nation (Dec. 9, 2002), Alterman sa...
On Behalf of Iraq’s Children
FRANCIS BOYLE
EDITOR’S NOTE: In September of 1991 law professor and CounterPunch contributor FRANCIS BOYLE asked the Coalition to Stop U.S. Intervention in the Middle East to file an Indictment, Complaint and Petition for Relief from Genocide by President Ge...
The Shameful Treatment of John Malvo
ELAINE CASSEL
The race is on to get capital murder convictions and the death penalty for the two Beltway sniper suspects, John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo. Indeed, in a blatant case of the cart driving the horse, the jurisdiction for their trials was chosen with the ̶...
Getting the Most Out of Homeland Security
MARK WEISBROT
In a final burst of shameless opportunism for the legislative year 2002, the President and his party pushed their “homeland security” bill through Congress. The bill was laden with pork and gifts to special interests. Among the most ostentatious was a ...
Amer Jubran, Free for Now
DENNIS FOX
After more than two weeks detention by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Amer Jubran is out on bond. The INS hasn’t given up, though. In a few months they’ll try to deport him. In the meantime, the feds have again shown a determination to tra...
On the Meaning of Evil
KURT LEEGE
‘Evil’ has been forefront in current affairs during the last year. Al Queda is ‘evil’. Saddam Hussein is ‘evil’. We fight an ‘evil axis’. This is not new. The so-called fight for ‘justice’ has been vetted...
When Palestinians Speak Up
WILL YOUMANS
To be Palestinian in the United States means to have no voice. Representations of the Palestinian cause stem more frequently from TV pundits and other elite media sources than from Palestinians themselves, whether here or there. The form and shape of those represe...
On the Meaning of Evil
KURT LEGEE
‘Evil’ has been forefront in current affairs during the last year. Al Queda is ‘evil’. Saddam Hussein is ‘evil’. We fight an ‘evil axis’. This is not new. The so-called fight for ‘justice’ has been vetted...
Hypocrisy at the UN
KEVIN BEGLEY
There must be some god somewhere laughing really hard right now. If it weren’t for the deadly consequences of the latest UN security council resolution, i would be having a good laugh as well. So here’s a bit of dark unintended self-satire for y...
Fighting for Our Minds
ROMI MAHAJAN
As the Bush war machine attempts to plant the flag of imperium wherever its over-sized jackboot takes it, Americans must fight to reclaim that most precious ground, ceded to the forces of the right after long wars of attrition: our minds. No less than the c...
Secret Court Takes the Fourth
DAVID COLE
The Fourth Amendment requires probable cause of a crime before a phone can be tapped or a home searched. On Monday, a special federal appellate court, meeting for the first time in its 24-year history, ruled that the government may conduct secret wiretaps and secr...
Letter from Ayatollah Ashcroft to His CounterPart Ayatollah Shahroudi of Iran
ALI MOAYEDIAN
Dear Ayatollah Shahroudi, It’s been a while that I have planned to write to you. But as we are both aware, the anti-God forces in our countries keep us quite busy! I have been very occupied doing my share to keep these forces in check here. But their ...
From Wal-Mart to Proudhon
MARK HAND
A Wal-Mart advertisement caught my eye during the Washington Redskins game against the Jacksonville Jaguars two weekends ago. It was the Sunday before Veterans Day and the company thought it best to honor former military personnel who now work at its stores by buy...