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Archives from 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 ...
UN Inspections a Side-Show
MILAN RAI
The presence of weapons inspectors in Iraq could delay and perhaps derail the US drive to war, therefore they are part of the problem, not part of the solution, so far as the US is concerned. A top US Senate foreign policy aide observed in May 2002 that: &#...
Immediate Imperatives
EDWARD SAID
The daily hemorrhage of Palestinian lives and property accelerates without respite. Both the Arab and Western media report horrifically sensational suicide bombings, complete with pictures and names of the victims as well as gut-wrenching details. I do not hesitat...
Evil Ain’t Just an Anagram of Vile
BEN TRIPP
Of late the definition of evil has become a matter of some concern, as evil itself has become a political issue; not since the Spanish Inquisition has evil held the world in such thrall, and yet nobody knows what the hell it is. Evil, like haggis, is largely a mat...
Sir John Ashcroft in the Court of George II
WILLIAM HUGHES
London, England Privy Council Chambers August 10,1776 “Today, in my capacity as Attorney General of the British Realm, I am announcing an indictment, under the provisions of the ‘UK Patriot Act,’ against 56 American traitors. On July 4, i...
The Bush Rape Story
SEAN CARTER
There is a story floating around the Internet that is being ignored by the mainstream press. Normally, this would be a good thing because, le’s face it, information from the Internet is about as reliable as an airline’s baggage handling department. For...
Will Bush Betray Iraqis Once Again?
SAYED MOUSTAFA AL-QAZWINI
Since the seizure of Iraq by the Baath Party in 1968, Iraqis have suffered deplorably, facing constant coercion and degradation. In their own country, they have been stripped of the fundamental rights to which all human beings are entitled: self-determination and ...
Is This Really Happening?
MAHBUBUL KARIN (SOHEL)
Is this really happening? Or is it only a nightmare? The INS in Los Angeles, California and in other states, detained hundreds of Middle-Eastern Muslim and Jewish men and boys yesterday. These are the people who came forward to the INS’ call to register. And their h...
New Southern Strategy? Same as the Old
DAVID VEST
The Trent Lott catastrophe has refocused attention on the Republicans’ infamous “Southern Strategy,” dating from about 1964, when most Southern whites still called themselves Democrats. So successful has been the strategy that judges whose famili...
What Are Bush’s Intentions Toward Palestine?
FRANCIS BOYLE
Having served as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations from 1991 to 1993, and in a similar capacity to the Syrian Delegation to the Middle East Negotiations during their First Round held in Washington, D.C. during 1991, ...
Security in the Post-9/11 World
DAVID KRIEGER
The Bush administration’s approach to security in the post 9/11 world is built on military strength, and is composed of the following elements: increased military expenditures, the pursuit of global military dominance, indefinite reliance on nuclear weapons,...
The Enron Tapes
JASON LEOPOLD
The 1997 videotape that surfaced this week in which former Enron President Jeffrey Skilling jokes about the company using accounting sleight of hand so Enron could earn “a kazillion dollars” in earnings could prove to be more significant than the eerie...
Americans, Polls and War
Col. DANIEL SMITH United States Army, Retired
In the small Persian Gulf state of Qatar, the U.S. Central Command has just completed a week-long computer simulation called “Internal Look.” The exercise, designed to test command, control, and communication links, has been dubbed by some as a dry run for an ...
US Still Intervening Against Democracy in Venezuela
MARK WEISBROT
CARACAS. “Where are they getting their money?” asks historian Samuel Moncada, as the television displays one opposition commercial after another. Moncada is chair of the history department at Central University of Venezuela in Caracas. We are sitting i...
Baghdad Framed, UN Shamed
LINDA HEARD
The United Nations was guilty of gross un-professionalism last week, and that is putting it politely. While it operates ostensibly as an international body, representing the interests of its member states, the alacrity with which it handed over the original 12,000...
The Dangers of Bush’s Faith-based Initiative
DON MONKERUD
Last week, President Bush forced all federal agencies to allow religious groups to compete for federal funding. Long prohibited in a nation that prides itself on separation of church and state, government support of religious groups is welcomed by some and condemn...
Creating a Secure America or Another History of Shame?
ALI MOAYEDIAN
The news is pouring in. Hundreds of select foreign nationals who have complied with the new INS regulations and reported for registration and fingerprinting to INS offices have been promptly arrested and placed in detention. While some have been released on bails ...
the Real Distraction of Trent Lott
KENDALL CLARK
Recently a very impoverished set of excuses and defenses has been offered up on Trent Lott’s behalf. According to Lott’s defenders and apologists, his critics are “overreacting” and “hurting America”; they “prevent America...
Mis-Perceptions of Palestine
ADAM ENGEL
The Root of the Problem Alright. I’ve gone a little nuts, but I’m armed, so it’s okay. A cold cartridge laid upon a damp palm–a talisman of sorts–or snapped into the cylinder, like a slap to the kisser, promotes alertness and c...
A Lott of Questions
WALT BRASCH
It was just an off-the-cuff comment. A throw-away line, actually. Just something to honor retiring Sen. Strom Thurmond at his 100th birthday bash. Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said Mississippians were “proud of” voting for the seg...
Coup de Petrol in Venezuela
GREGORY WILPERT
Caracas. Exactly one year after the opposition’s first “general strike,” on December 10, 2001, which launched the campaign to oust the democratically elected president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, the opposition is engaged in its fourth “gene...
Ariel Cohen, American Hero
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Those who fret over foreign entanglements may want to avoid glancing at the resume` of National Review Online contributor Ariel Cohen. Mr. Cohen has led an admirably itinerant life. Born in Yalta, with eleven years of Israeli residency to his credit, Mr. Cohen mig...
Hi! We’re Republicorp! (formerly USA)
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Hi! We’re Republicorp! (formerly USA) (this noticed received in the mail by Rich Procter) Hi! We’re Republicorp!TM You may have known us as what used to be your country, “The United States of America” when you were just a “citizen.&...
Of Caviar and Capitalism
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Are capitalism and caviar incompatible? Is the system that prides itself on the creation and veneration of wealth unable to to maintain a sustainable market for one of the great trappings of wealth? Well, at the very least, the tragic story of the global ca...
Iraqi Opposition Summit Papers Over Rivalries
PATRICK COCKBURN
The deep differences between enemies of President Saddam Hussein was underlined yesterday when a group of his opponents walked out of a conference in London dedicated to forging opposition unity. The five Iraqi Shia Muslim groups said the largest Shia party...
Journalists Are Under Attack for Telling the Truth
ROBERT FISK
First it was Roger Ailes, the chairman of the Fox News Channel, who advised the US President to take the “harshest measures possible” against those who attacked America on 11 September, 2001. Let us forget, for a moment, that Fox News’s Je...