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Archives from December 2002
O Little Town of Bethlehem!
FRANCIS BOYLE
It was December of 1991 and I was serving as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations in Washington DC. The Israelis were stalling, not even negotiating in bad faith, and the Americans were doing nothing to get the negotia...
Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers
DANIEL WOLFF
(From the liner notes of The Complete Recordings of Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers, a three box ...
The Return of the Quiet American
SAUL LANDAU
? Fowler: You and your like are trying to make a war with the help of people who just aren’t interested. Pyle: They don’t want communism. Fowler: They want enough rice. They don’t want to be shot at. They want one day to be mu...
Christmas in Zone One
MICHAEL WOLFF
Bogota. At four-thirty pm, our delegation chartered a bus in front of Hotel America and began to load our gear and supplies onboard. Our guide for the afternoon was Santiago Ortiz from CED-INS, a local organization that helped to provide educational and social se...
Strummer is Dead; Long Live the Clash
GAVIN MARTIN
The Christmas card from Joe Strummer and family arrived by email on Sunday night, a seasonal greeting accompanied by Joe’s colourful illustration of a fantasy festive scene. I was touched Strummer was always such a generous host, keen to entertain and be ent...
Sam Cooke, Shaken and Stirred
DAVID VEST
The earth is in a blaze The world is in a maze The way of life today is strange and odd What happened across the sea May come to you and me Thus begins the first cut, written by the great “Georgia Tom” Dorsey, on ...
Christ is Born
BEN TRIPP
Jesus was a real person; His name was recently discovered in the Nazareth phone book of the correct period. There were two Jesus Christs in the 972 area code, one of whom was listed under both rabbinical and woodworking in the yellow pages (Jesus H. Christ*). Sure...
Where are the Wise Men?
LINDA HEARD
The lights are blinking, the malls are full and so are our stomachs. Fat Santas hand out plastic toys, with plastic smiles above fake beards. As we scramble to make our last minute purchases, we worry about how long the Turkey has to cook; whether we have enough ...
Biowarfare in Colombia
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Hostile intentions toward the people of another country. Deployment of chemical weapons and biological agents. Pursuit of a scorched earth policy. Sound like Saddam’s Iraq? Think again. This neatly capsulizes the Bush administration’s ongoing depredati...
A Report From Cairo
PETER PHILIPS
Cairo. Bid-Meellah-E Rahman-E Al Rahim, In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate, was the prayer by President Ahmad Ben Bella of Algeria introducing the start of the International Campaign Against Aggression on Iraq. The Conrad Hotel on the Nile River i...
51 Documents
LENNI BRENNER
In 1983, Croom Helm Ltd. published my 1st book, Zionism in the Age of the Dictators. American writers don’t expect favorable reviews from the London Times, but editorialist Edward Mortimer declared that “Brenner is able to cite numerous cases where Zio...
Battlefield Earth
CHRIS FLOYD
“Our greatest fear is that terrorists will find a short-cut to their mad ambitions when an outlaw regime supplies them with the technologies to kill on a mass scale.” George W. Bush A legitimate fear...
Fristed
DAVID VEST
Lessons, anyone? Now that Trent Lott has “withdrawn,” sending his wife out to deliver a handwritten message (“please go home”), what have we all “learned,” apart from the obvious fact that Lott’s announcement conspicuously...
Copy, Escher, Bach (You Copy?)
ADAM ENGEL
I’ve been educated in the finest Universities in preparation for this breakdown. Literate, patient, diligent. Fit for the cubicle. I will work hard for the Company. I will write winning copy. I won’t get up to pee, on company time, unless I really have...
US v. Iraq, the Tale of the Tape
WILLIAM A. COOK
As the US military sets up offices in Qatar and prepares for war, I thought it might be an interesting exercise to compare the combatants. As a kid, I’d come home from the last days of elementary school in June ready to listen to the Lewis/Conn fights on the...
Livres Deluxe
GAVIN KEENEY
The tidal wave of big books passing as coffee tables has come for the Holiday Season 2002. This year’s big sensation includes: Grace Coddington: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue (with slipcase), the perhaps bi-annual Visionaire #38: Love (a self-consciously ...
Bush’s Cakewalk Across the Constitution
RALPH NADER
George W. Bush has this thing about laws — domestic or international — that disagree with him. He likes to operate outside their embrace or withdraw from them or try to repeal them. It is not just personal — as when he costs taxpayers millions to...
The Day that Daniel Pipes Tried to Steal from the Muslims
IMRAAN SIDDIQI
December 18th was supposed to be OUR day. After the passing of Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslims across America then marked our calendars for the next big event: the PBS documentary “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet”. Billboards were posted, flyers were passed out, e-...
Anti-War Hardcore v. Anti-War Lite
THE BLACK COMMENTATOR
As Blacks take leadership roles in the growing anti-war movement, the more comfortable corners of the Left are busy generating schisms, for no reason other than to assure the War Party of their patriotism. Privileged people are like that. They insist on having the...
Drones
KURT NIMMO
Now comes word the Ministry of Homeland Security is looking into the idea of buzzing the US-Mexico and Canada borders with pilotless surveillance aircraft, otherwise known as drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). “I think it would be very important that...
Bad Days at Nordstroms
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
We can reckon what the White House tacticians were telling the boss earlier in the month as they gazed down the tunnel towards 2003, hoping for brighter economic prospects. No light at the end. Such grim economic tidings required a sacrifice to please the gods, so...
The False Confessions in the Central Park Jogger Case
ELAINE CASSEL
On December 5 of this year, the Manhattan district attorney’s office made a rare move: It asked a judge to dismiss all charges against five men it had earlier prosecuted. As teenagers, the men had been convicted and incarcerated for raping a jogger in...
Celebrity Hunting
ANIS SHIVANI
The Autograph Man. By Zadie Smith. Random House, 2002. 347 pages. $24.95....
Big Brother in a Shrinking World
A-A FARMAN-FARMAIAN
If this is homeland security, pity the homeland. I went out to 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan last Monday to meet a government deadline for ‘Special Registration’. This is a new program set up to track all aliens of dubious descent in the US, wit...
South Carolina and It’s Confederate Flag
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
[In Commemoration of Chester Trent Lott's self-abasement and Strom Thurmond's much-belated retirement from the Senate, we here at CounterPunch deemed it fitting to resurrection our friend Kevin Gray's devastatiing essay from May of 2000 on the battle ...