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Archives from December 2002
Why Strom Won in ’48
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
It’s one of the staple and indeed few remaining pleasures of American political life. A Republican taken with drink, speaking unguardedly near a live microphone, or in Trent Lott’s case coasting through a ritual farewell speech on automatic pilot, drop...
A Day That Changed America
M. SHAHID ALAM
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the fear, foreboding and outrage of many Americans was crystallized in a single phrase: this was a “a day that changed America forever.” These words conveyed a tragic sense of loss, a sudden passage from ...
What Does Regime Change in Iraq Really Mean?
Rep. RON PAUL
The buzzwords in Washington concerning Iraq these days are “regime change,” which in a sense is surprisingly honest. It means the upcoming Gulf War II will not be about protecting Kuwait or stemming Iraqi aggression. The pretenses have been discarded, ...
Retaliation in Guatemala
JENNIFER HARBURY
As you read this I am heading for Guatemala. My family has been attacked there. We urgently need as many calls as you and your friends can possibly make to the Guatemalan embassy this week, starting Monday morning. All three of my sisters in law have been ...
Henry Kissinger and Lou Dobbs, True Love At Last!
MICHAEL LEON
Did anyone catch Lou Dobbs’ Moneyline last night? Unbelievable. That George W. Bush believes that he can get away with anything was made clear with his over-the-top appointment of Henry Kissinger to the 9/11 commission in late November. This ti...
an Interview with Iraqi Dissident Ghazwan Al-Mukhti
Joe Quandt
“President Sukarno of Indonesia once said, ‘We silence the enemies of freedom.'” Ghazwan Al-Mukhti slumps back in his chair, silently gauging the effect of that absurdly ironic statement on his listeners. And Ghazwan is an Iraqi who lives...
A Middle East Peace Process…Without the Middle East
ROBERT FISK The Independent
First, it was Secretary of State Colin Powell who announced a Middle East peace conference. That was back in the spring–nothing happened. There was no peace conference. Now it’s Tony Blair announcing a conference, along with that familiar rider about Pa...
The War Against Toys and Pharma-ganda
ADAM ENGEL
The only way outta town tonight is Santa Claus. Kris Kringle. The Man in the Red Suit. Couldn’t think anything but bad thoughts Sunday when I heard it in the other room: “Santa Clause is Coming To Town.” Clay-mation or stop-action-mation o...
Why We Oppose This War
TORI WOODARD, JOHN WEISHEIT, PATRICK DIEHL, And DAN KENT
Jennifer Ferenstein, Sierra Club President Carl Pope, SC Executive Director SC Board of Directors Ladies and Gentlemen: First, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for the Sierra Club’s decision to help launch the “Win Withou...
Yes, Virginia, There is No Santa Claus
BEN TRIPP
The holidays are here. I can see them if I peek through the blinds. It’s that festive time of the year when people count their blessings, remember their friends and the year gone by, and then hang themselves from the showerhead by a guitar string. Unfortunat...
Why Bush Is Silent About Saddam’s Poison Gas
ROBERT FISK The Independent
Why didn’t Tony Blair and George Bush mention Saddam Hussein’s most terrible war crime? Why, in all their “dossiers”, did they not refer to the 5,000 young men and women who were held at detention centres when their families – of Iranian orig...
The Biases of Elliot Abrams
Dr. LAILA AL-MARAYATI
Although President Bush repeatedly says that the US is not biased against Islam, the recent appointment of Elliot Abrams to head the National Security Council’s Near East and North African office delivers exactly the opposite message to the regions 250 milli...
Free Trent Lott!
ANDREW COCKBURN
Acoss Washington, Democrats are trembling at the awful possibility that Chester Trent Lott may get so pissed off at the prevailing torrent of abuse that he will actually resign the majority leadership, thus fulfilling the dearest wish of White House supreme Karl R...
Bob Dylan Live, 1975
RON JACOBS
I’m listening to Bob Dylan’s newest release, Live 1975. This CD/DVD collection ...
The Impotence of Being Earnest
RON SULLIVAN
We all need a garden, and we all need fun. The garden doesn’t have to grow food or be in the ground or even have dirt in it–what the heck, maybe it’s a nice colony of the North American bathroom mushroom, Peziza domiciliara, in the shower caulk. ...
Jolene
MARSHA CUSIC
I once worked in a factory with a girl named Jolene. We were 17 and had lied to get hired; we couldn’t legally work in the plant for another year. She was white, from “Taylor-tucky”, a name that mocked the southern roots of the many workin...
Why We Voted No
LEE SUSTAR
DELEGATES REPRESENTING some 10,500 West Coast dockworkers in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) met in San Francisco the week of December 9 to discuss last month’s tentative agreement in their struggle for a contract with the Pacific Mari...
STAR 2000
ADAM ENGEL
To date the Internet has been a mixed blessing for celebrities. On the one hand, this new channel has provided an enormous expansion in the amount of promotion available to them; fan sites, web-rings and dedicated discussion lists have created persistent gossip ci...
Iraq After D-Day
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Napoleon would sketch out in an afternoon the new constitution and legal arrangements for one of France’s imperial conquests. In Washington today, there’s no such panache, no Jacques-Louis David limning Bush in imperial drapery and resplendent crown (t...
Bush and the Neo-Con Pharisees
KURT NIMMO
Yesterday afternoon I rode my bicycle to work. Thankfully I live in a place where the sun shines in December and there’s little snow and the temperature is endurable through most of the winter. I live a mile from the university so the bike ride is doable. On...
US Policy During the Iran / Iraq War
FRANCIS A. BOYLE
On the domestic level, current U.S. neutrality legislation dates back to the first Neutrality Act of June 5, l794 (1) which expired after two years and was renewed in l797 for two more years 2 before its permanent enactment wit...
License to Kill
DIANE CHRISTIAN
The recently released tape of Osama Bin Laden played on the Arab Al-Jezeera network has been identified by the U.S. government as authentic. It has also been branded inauthentic by some Swiss tape experts and by some Islamic scholars who say the citations are wron...
Caning Able, a review
DR. SUSAN BLOCK
If you’re aroused by the idea of naughty grown-up schoolboys being taught a lesson in gender dynamics via hardcore sadomasochistic sex by a troika of gorgeous powerful women–one young black Amazon, one nubile blonde beauty and one lusty English Lady of...
After the Terror
TED HONDERICH
TED HONDERICH is Great Britain’s outstanding progressive philosopher, recently interviewed for CounterPunch by Paul de Rooij. One of his past books was Punishment, The Supposed Justifications. Another was the funny and deadly examination of a p...
Zionism Unbound
ANN PETTIFER
In the spring of 1986, Gore Vidal, novelist and chronicler of US history, published an essay in The Nation which became instantly notorious. Called "The Empire Lovers Strike Back," its subject was the relationship of American Jewish neo-conservatives to ...
Venezuela, a Canadian Perspective
YVES ENGLER
Close your eyes and imagine a country that supplies a major portion of the United State’s imported oil. Imagine a country historically dominated by American corporate interests. Imagine that this country’s government is considered "too left wing&q...
Lula and Bush
ROGER BURBACH
Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, the incoming president of Brazil, is demonstrating an uncanny ability to move forward a progressive agenda while keeping his conservative antagonists at bay. This was clearly demonstrated in his meeting with George W. Bush in Washington ...
The Hypocrisy of Trent Lott’s Critics
TOM GORMAN
At Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday party, once and future Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott gushed “I want to say this about my state. When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of him. And if the rest of the country had...
The Vocabulary of Bombs
HAROLD PINTER
Earlier this year, I had a major operation for cancer. The operation and its after effects were something of a nightmare. I felt I was a man unable to swim bobbing about under water in a deep dark endless ocean. But I did not drown and I am very glad to be alive....
Chef Cheney and His Dinner Guests
WAYNE MADSEN
The U.S. military has never been known for the quality of its meals but Dick Cheney’s old company, Houston-based Brown & Root (a subsidiary of Halliburton) has given new meaning to the term “military cuisine.” Within the past few week...
Don’t Need a Weatherman
PHILLIP FARRUGGIO
Funny how the information is “just out there”. Sometimes we don’t even have to go to some progressive web site or journal to get the truth. Sometimes, it just sits there, in between the disinformation and the hype. Take USA Today’s e...
Rebranding the Catholic Church
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
This much is obvious; the Catholic Church in the US is set to hear its own Last Rites. Scripted by an indifferent corporate media, hustled along by a federal government with every plausible interest in strangling the Vatican into irrelevance, the Church very well ...
Bush’s Dual Loyalties
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON Former CIA Political Analysts
Since the long-forgotten days when the State Department’s Middle East policy was run by a group of so-called Arabists, U.S. policy on Israel and the Arab world has increasingly become the purview of officials well known for tilting toward Israel. From the 1920s roug...
Screw the Humanitarian Bombers!
JORDY CUMMINGS
A group of New York area "liberals," the cream of civil society, listen to a group of liberal hacks make arguments against a war on Iraq. All 150 of them seem to agree with the speakers’ standard liberal view about Saddam being a monster but that i...
Bush Pushes "Regime Change" in Venezuela
MARK WEISBROT
It’s 10 p.m. — do you know what your government is up to? It seems that Iraq is not the only “regime change” that the Bush Administration is working on. The US government has apparently decided that President Chavez of Venezuela must go, on...
The War Club
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
My dear old friend David Brower must be fuming in his grave. The Sierra Club, the organization he almost single-handedly built into a global green powerhouse, has become so cowardly since his death two years ago that now it refuses even take a stand against war, w...
Lott Really Meant It
RICH PROCTER
Trent says he’s sorry. He says his words are being misinterpreted. He says he was only seven years old in 1948, so he couldn’t be expected to have a realistic grasp on the issues of that campaign anyway (like he hasn’t had 54 years to study up). ...
Cheney’s Nixonian Cover Up
JASON LEOPOLD
The dismissal of the General Accounting Office lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney is just another example of the veil of secrecy that permeates within the Bush administration and is a grim reminder of the dark days of former President Richard Nixon, who op...
Trent Lott, Repeat Offender
CHRIS KROMM
Just a week ago, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott was undoubtedly counting the days until January-the moment when he would seize the reigns of Congress’ higher chamber and commence the GOP revolution heralded last November. What a differen...
Club Over Country
DAVID VEST
It has come to this: the leading Republican in the Senate tells the country it would have been better off electing a segregationist. We wouldn’t have had "all these problems" had we followed Mississippi’s example and voted for Strom Thurmond,...
Impeach Lott Now
MICHAEL COLBY
Those "lighthearted" racist comments from Senator Trent Lott last week are looking more like the norm than a mere slip of the tongue for this good-old-boy of the South. It’s now being reported that Lott praised the racist 1948 presidential campaign...
A Defense of Meth Addiction
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Once chiefly known as the home of the 1974 World’s Fair, Spokane has recently developed a national reputation for the locals’ predilection for methamphetamine. While I would argue that the local meth industry is no more damaging to the world than, say,...
The Bush Vision
SAUL LANDAU
“Why do they hate us?” George W. Bush asked. I waited for his answer as did millions of others after the 9/11 events. We had lost our collective virginity when we had to acknowledge that some serious characters did not have our best interests at heart....
An Open Letter to Osama bin Laden
WILLIAM A. COOK
Your “letter to the American people” arrived on the 24th of November via a translation provided by the Observer in Britain. I had not seen a copy of it in the American press although Mr. Sorensen wrote a column about it in the San Francisco Gate remark...
Help Wanted
CAROL NORRIS
The current administration is looking for qualified applicants to fill positions in its new agencies, departments, task forces, offices, appointments, organizations and bureaus spawned from the war on terror. (No. Of course this is not big government. We are a Rep...
With Liberators Like These, Who Needs Conquerors?
TOM GORMAN
“We’ve never been a nation of conquerors; we’re a nation of liberators,” said our learned President last week, in response to polls in Turkey and Pakistan, perhaps the most important US allies in the so-called “War on Terror,” t...
Striking with Impunity
JOSH RUEBNER
As part of its ongoing brutal military occupation and collective punishment of the Palestinian people, Israel invaded the refugee camp al-Bureij, in the Gaza Strip, in the early morning hours of Friday, December 6. The avowed goal of the invasion, dubbed “Re...
Spies, Snitches and Eyes in the Sky
LINDA S. HEARD
Making headlines in the US in recent months: medical students incarcerated when a nosy co-diner thought they were planning terrorist attacks; a passenger on a plane thought to be a hijacker when he took out his comb, and now, a man who jokingly talked about ‘...
You Have No Right to Remain Silent
JOANNE MARINER
Anyone who has ever watched a cop show knows that you have a right to remain silent in response to police questioning, and that if you knowingly waive that right, “anything you say can be used against you in a court of law.” The Miranda warnings, named...
In a Moment’s Time (for Philip Berrigan)
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
The presses might have stopped in their tracks Television might have shut down in mid-commercial The Internet might have gone off line–and The War might never have begun– If only for one moment of praise. But none of this happened– ...