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Archives from January 2003
Notes on the State of George W. Bush’s Union
SHELDON HULL
President Bush’s State of the Union address, delivered to a packed joint session of Congress was a huge success, if the applause of sycophants is any measure. As a measure of visionary leadership, however, I found it somewhat lacking. No less than 77 ...
Are Pedophiles Running Blair’s War Machine?
MIKE JAMES
A child-sex scandal that threatened to destroy Tony Blair’s government last week has been mysteriously squashed and wiped off the front pages of British newspapers. Operation Ore, the United Kingdom’s most thorough and comprehensive police investigatio...
Domicide
ADAM ENGEL
DOMICIDE Main Entry: 1 domicile Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin domicilium, from domus Date:15th century 1 : a dwelling place : place of residence : HOME 2 a : a person’s fixed, permanent, and principal ho...
The Sorry State of the Union
BEN ROBERTS
In just a few short hours we will hearing from George Bush on the State of the Union. This is an event in which the sitting President addresses the country in a speech that is supposed to sum up the financial, social, and political health of this nation. This spee...
Signs of Protest
CounterPunch Staff
1) These colors don’t run the world. 2) One nation under surveillance. 3) How did our oil get under their sand? 4) Go Solar, not Ballistic. 5) Who would Jesus bomb? 6) Start Drafting SUV Drivers Now. 7) Don’t b...
Battlefield as Entertainment
PIERRE TRISTAM
Win or lose, war’s aftermath is filled with nauseating rituals, as if the stench of the dead must be out-stenched by the triumphalism of the living. Think of the parades, the monuments, the medals of honor, the ostentation of “EX-POW” or “p...
Weapons of Mass Distraction
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
If Iraq is lying (and it is difficult to imagine Mr Saddam Hussein telling the truth about the time of day) then let it be proved. Saying over and over again that Mr Hussein tells lies and therefore must have NBC weapons is not good enough Let us be realist...
"Lula is One of Us"
MARK WEISBROT
PORTO ALEGRE. “I will tell the people at Davos that the world does not need war, the world needs peace and understanding,” said President Lula da Silva to a cheering crowd of tens of thousands in this sunny port city in Southeastern Brazil. If there is...
The Lynne Stewart Case, Bringing Down the Curtain on Defense Attorneys
ELAINE CASSEL
In January, 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft spent $8,000 for curtains to cover up the semi-nude statutes depicting the “Spirit of Justice” and the “Majesty of Law” in the Great Hall of the Department of Justice Headquarters. What most ...
My Patience is Running Out, Mr. Bush
TERRY JONES
I’m really excited by George Bush’s latest reason for bombing Iraq: he’s running out of patience. And so am I! For some time now I’ve been really pissed off with Mr Johnson, who lives a couple of doors down the street. Well, him and ...
Porto Alegre Diary IV, Another Left is Possible
JENNIFER C. BERKSHIRE
Porto Alegre. In the waning days of any large anti-globalization event, talk turns naturally to accomplishments: what is it we’ve done here and where do we go next? To this end, reams of documents (fondly referred to as “documentados”) have been ...
The Wartime Deceptions
ROBERT FISK The Independent
The Israeli writer Uri Avnery once delivered a wickedly sharp open letter to Menachem Begin, the Israeli prime minister who sent his army to defeat in Lebanon. Enraged by Begin’s constant evocation of the Second World War–likening Yasser Arafat in Beirut to Hi...
Bin Laden and the CIA
KURT NIMMO
“How can you call George Bush a mass murderer?” a recent email asked. “In order for him to be classified as a mass murderer, he would have to kill all those people you say he’s killed with his own hands.” Let us begin by using ...
Corporate Journalism and the War
WALTER MIALE
An article, with the headline, “Serving Notice of a New U.S., Poised to...
Japan and the War on Terror
ADAM LEBOWITZ
There were perhaps 10,000 gathered at various protest meetings nationwide January 18, with the majority 7,000 gathered in Hibiya Park in Tokyo. Our own small city of Mishima brought out about fifty, mainly from the Teacher’s Union which has had a long associ...
Work That Kills
GLORIA BERGEN
Canadian ship yard workers Sean Ironside, Dave Rowley, Kenneth Priddle, and Krzysztof Rosicki will not be joining the millions of workers in the February 15 War Resistence demonstrations. Neither will loading dockworker William Colbert, or roughneck Aaron Toms, no...
Inside Junior’s War Room?
PHILIP FARRUGGIO
Deep deep deep inside the bowels of the White House is this private, very private chamber. Some say its the place where REAL PRESIDENT Cheney stays, and operates the REAL government. Today, on this cold, bitter cold Sunday, Super Sunday, the top elite from the cab...
Lula
JENNIFER C. BERKSHIRE
When Brazil’s new president, Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, or “Lula” to friend and foe alike, took the stage at the Porto Alegre amphitheater this week, the mostly Brazilian crowd welcomed him like a rock star. Teenage girls in midriff bearing t-shi...
The Haman Cost of War
ROBERT FISK The Independent
On the road to Basra, ITV was filming wild dogs as they tore at the corpses of the Iraqi dead. Every few seconds a ravenous beast would rip off a decaying arm and make off with it over the desert in front of us, dead fingers trailing through the sand, the remains of the b...
Protecting Public Education from Corporate Tax Giveaways
RALPH NADER
The deepening federal and state budgets are causing cuts that affect the most defenseless and least powerful of Americans. That, of course is the direct consequence of plutocracy — rule by the wealthy. Their ownership and control of the nation’s privat...
Respondez! Respondez!
WALT WHITMAN
(The war is completed-the price is paid-the title is settled beyond recall;) Let every one answer! let those who sleep be waked! let none evade! Must we still go on with our affectations a...
Street Legal
CHRIS FLOYD
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in America last weekend to protest the Bush Regime’s planned invasion of Iraq. It was an impressive outpouring of public will, cutting across a broad swathe of the social spectrum. In Bush’s own capit...
Porto Allegre Diary II
JENNIFER BERKSHIRE
Porto Alegre. “Can you imagine if the left in the US looked like this?” one American activist said wistfully, watching as the opening march of the World Social Forum snaked its way through the city streets on Thursday. His envy was understandable: the ...
Spain and the War on Iraq
AGUSTIN VELLOSO SANTISTEBAN
If a declared war against Iraq eventually starts, do not think Spain’s Prime Minister, Mr. Aznar, will say much about it. He did not say a single word about what the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported in 1999: “United States and B...
Left Turns in South America
FORREST HYLTON
“Instead of imitating ?lvaro Uribe, S?nchez de Lozada should learn from Lula.” Evo Morales Excepting Colombia, as “traditional” political parties and national economies disintegrate, South...