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Archives from January 2003
Hypocrites, Pharisees and Martin Luther King, Jr.
RON JACOBS
(With the sound of the sanctimony of the Colin Powells, Dubyas, and Tom Daschles of America ringing in our ears, now that Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is drawing near, I thought I would share this essay I wrote a few years ago to commemora...
American School Marm Tells All
ADAM ENGEL
“Teacher said, ‘Every time a bell rings, an Angel gets its wings.'” Zuzu, It’s A Wonderful Life. Morning, class. I assume you enjoyed Christmas. Welcome to another Year. Today we...
Ashcroft’s Crackdown on Medical Marijuana
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Since the bottom line here is terrible physical pain, let’s start with someone who has spent most of her life in that condition. There are millions like her. Patricia C is 47 today and lives in California. At the age of 12 she developed scoliosis and sixteen...
The Tea Party, Thinking a Revolutionary Vision
STEVEN HIGGS
Before Linda Oblack, Chris Kupersmith, and Jeanne Leimkuhler could proceed with plans for a “journal of revolutionary thought,” they had to decide just what the phrase means. Their conclusion was necessarily simple and powerful. “Our missi...
New Crisis, Old Lesson
ROBERT FISK The Independent
There was secret collusion, a fraudulent attempt to use the United Nations as a fig leaf for war, a largely unsympathetic British public, journalists used as propagandists and our enemy—-an Arab dictator previously regarded as a friend of the West–compared to ...
Fourth and Long in Jacksonville
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
The last game of the Jaguars’ 2002 season, in Indianapolis, was a dispiriting affair. Aging QB Mark Brunell sidelined by injury, forced to entrust the offense to scrambling upstart David Garrard. Garrard made few mistakes, as the Jags played with what seemed...
A Note on MEMRI and Translations
LEAH HARRIS
I received many responses to my article “It’s the Occupation, Stupid: Why the Pro-Occupation Right is Running Scared” (December 28, 2002), and wish to thank Counterpunch readers for their engagement. It has come to m...
Rush to the Left
WILLIAM COOK
Political developments of historical proportions are erupting as the new Congress and Senate, totally controlled by Republicans, join forces with the right-wing Executive branch to direct the country into this new century. Democrats cluster together fulminating ab...
The Perils of the Pax Americana
GABRIEL KOLKO
Policies virtually identical to President George W. Bush’s national security strategy paper of last September, with its ambitious military, economic and political goals, have been produced since the late 1940s. After all, the US has attempted to defi...
I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag (2003 Version)
MARK A. CATONE
Well, come on America, it’s time to defend, Uncle Sam needs your help again. He’s got himself in another big jam With his former partner, Mister Saddam. So turn off Survivor, watch the News at Ten You’ll see it all on CNN And its’ on...
Standing Up to School of the Americas
FRAN QUIQLEY NUVO
For someone just 20 years old and talking about the prospect of spending 18 months in federal prison, Charity Ryerson seems pretty matter-of-fact. She discusses her plans to have books shipped to her over the course of her sentence and the arrangements to take corresponde...
Eyewitness in Brasilia
JULIE REMOLD With EVA NEUBERG
BRASILIA. On the incredibly long road from Rio we passed lots of cars with Lula bumper stickers and license plates from far away. There seemed to be caravans of lefties from all over. At one point we were going slowly enough to roll down the windows and give the ...
Bush, Reverend Moon and North Korea
WAYNE MADSEN
When President Bush added North Korea to his list of “Axis of Evil” nations, the influence of the self-declared reincarnation of Jesus Christ, the “Reverend” Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church, loomed largely over the White House deci...
War on Germany?
MATTHEW ALBRIGHT
Bush’s “axis of evil” is in need of revision. In the past week, Iraq and North Korea have tried to prove themselves worthy of the phrase, but Iran is comparably dull and makes a rather boring bad guy. It is time to add a country to the axis that ...
Two Weeks to Avert War
DEENA METZGER
We have fifteen days to reverse the movement toward war. We can establish roads to peace if all of us do it together in our own unique ways. All of us, everywhere, on the entire planet. We can do it. This is a call for radical individualism within radical ...
Blood Money Israeli Loan Negotiator Implicated in Massacrre
ROBERT FISK The Independent
Israel is asking the United States for $8bn (?5bn) in loan guarantees – and has sent to Washington one of the former army officers implicated in the 1982 Sabra and Chatila massacre of Palestinian civilians to persuade the Bush administration to grant the money. ...
Bush, Reverend Moon and North Korea
WAYNE MADSEN
When President Bush added North Korea to his list of “Axis of Evil” nations, the influence of the self-declared reincarnation of Jesus Christ, the “Reverend” Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church, loomed largely over the White House deci...
War on Iraq, What’s In It for Us?
WILLIAM HUGHES
BALTIMORE, MD. Bill Harvey’s topic for discussion, at the Progressive Action Center, on January 12, 2003, was entitled, “War-What’s in it for us?” His answer to that key question, after a wide ranging analysis of twenty specific ways a war ...
Meet the Republicrats, a Merger We Can Trust
MARK HAND
The time is right for a merger of the Republican and Democratic parties. Philosophical differences separating the two parties have diminished over the past 20 years to the point where it would be in the best interests of the two parties and the U.S. public for th...
Palestinians and Native Americans
RAMZY BAROUD
Few can be as blunt regarding the legacy of the United States toward the native people of this land as the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. In his narrative, “The Winning of the West,” Roosevelt spoke about the “spread of...
Meditation on Sylvester Park
KRYSTAL KYER
Olympia, Washington proclaims itself an “All-American City” of 40,000. This capitol city is home to an immediately familiar square-block size park –Sylvester Park. It is a remarkable bit of open space where people mingle free of charge. H...
Palestinians and Native Americans
RAMZY BAROUD
Few can be as blunt regarding the legacy of the United States toward the native people of this land as the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. In his narrative, “The Winning of the West,” Roosevelt spoke about the “spread of...
Blood Money Israeli Loan Negotiator Implicated in Massacrre
ROBERT FISK The Independent
Israel is asking the United States for $8bn (?5bn) in loan guarantees – and has sent to Washington one of the former army officers implicated in the 1982 Sabra and Chatila massacre of Palestinian civilians to persuade the Bush administration to grant the money. ...
From Giuliani to Bush
PIERRE TRISTAM
Giuliani’s New York had a blind spot for that recurrent disease of cowboy police forces–the superiority complex. by PIERRE TRISTAM After he was kicked, punched and sodomized with a broomstick by two of New York City’s "finest" at a Br...
War on Iraq
WILLIAM HUGHES
BALTIMORE, MD. Bill Harvey’s topic for discussion, at the Progressive Action Center, on January 12, 2003, was entitled, "War-What’s in it for us?" His answer to that key question, after a wide ranging analysis of twenty specific ways a war wi...
The Return of Voo-Doo Economics
JASON LEOPOLD
This economic stuff is a bit confusing. President Bush says his $674 billion stimulus package–which boils down to huge tax cuts that mainly benefit the rich–will spur economic growth. In California, the nation’s most populous state, Democratic Go...
Economic Chickenhawks
RICH PROCTER
The wonderful “Chickenhawk Database” defines a chickenhawk as “a public person, generally male...
Monsters, Inc., The Pentagon’s Plan to Create Super-Warriors
CHRIS FLOYD
The great wizard, leader of the Wise, once known to all the world as a force for good, has turned bitter, fearful–and ambitious. Aping the ways of the evil he once fought–brutality, dominance, greed, terror–he descends to his secret laboratory, w...
Once a Con, Always a Con
ELAINE CASSEL
Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment,...
Corporate Black Caucus?
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
The Congressional Black Caucus says that it has been “the conscience of the Congress since 1969.” If that is in fact the case, why then is the caucus not taking a leadership role on major progressive issues of the day? Because like the va...
North Korea’s Warlike Noises (And What They Mean)
MARIA TOMCHICK
North Korea has kicked UN officials out of its country, removed the cameras in its Yongbyon nuclear complex, abrogated the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and torn up a 1999 agreement to stop testing long-range missiles. It has said that any attempts by the UN Se...
A Blast from the Past
RON JACOBS
The fall of 1969 started hopefully. The Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in upstate New York was a celebration of mythic proportions. It wasn’t all love and roses, but it did announce to the world that there were lots of young people in western civilization...
Democracy or Corporations
CARL ESTABROOK
As I was saying before I was so strangely interrupted, there’s not much place for democracy in modern America. What elements of democracy exist are trammeled up by corporate control. It’s even more true now than it was when American philosopher John De...
The CIA as Art Patron
LENNI BRENNER
Who Paid The Piper? The CIA and the Cultural Cold War by Frances Stonor Saund...
Scorcese’s Gangs of New York
LEE SUSTAR
The events of the first week of July 1863–from the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg to the New York City draft riots just days later–are among the most decisive days in U.S. history. This explosive combination of slavery, war, racism, immigration ...
Australia Will be There!
KEVIN SUMMERS
Have no cause for fear! Should old acquaintance be forgot? No! No! No! No! Australia will be there! Australia will be there! These are the lyrics to a song penned upon the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. It was a clarion cal...
"The Coup Lacked Professionalism"
SAUL LANDAU
Sung to the Tune of the Marine Corps Anthem From the unpaved streets of Teheran To the Guatemalan hills We have punished those who disobey We invade and then we kill We will fight the corporate battles well We will hold the poor at ba...
NPR’s Spinnners of Venezuelan Fairy Tales
BRAD CARLTON
I was disappointed to learn, upon hearing Gerry Hadden’s most recent dispatch from Venezuela, that NPR is not immune to the widespread journalistic trend of selectively parrotting spin and innuendo, so that news reports become repositories of suggestion rath...
My Flag Held Hostage
PHILIP FARRUGGIO
Film can imitate life–so rare nowadays, but its out there if we look hard enough. In Barry Levinson’s 1997 satire “Wag the Dog”, one sees how the “powers that be” can manufacture a crisis to mask domestic problems–carrying...
Class Warfare at the Marina
BEN TRIPP
It’s not often these days that we see the news media expending much effort, but Bush’s new economic stimulus plan- and its homunculus, the Democratic version of same- has got America’s media panting like fatties on a treadmill. I have never seen ...
Palestinian Solidarity Activists
DAVID BLOOM And BILL WEINBERG
The editors of World War 3 Report talk to two Palestine Solidarity activists, Steve Quester from ...
Life Story of the Olives
ANNIE C. HIGGINS
"Oh, Mom, are you going to tell the life story of the olives?" asked Fatima as her mother put a plate on the table, wondering if I wanted to know where they came from. Her mother was serious and sincere in offering the story, and I had come to take a spe...
The Zapatistas to Invade Spain!
SUBCOMANDANTE MARCOS, Et Al.
translation by LESLIE LÓPEZ CounterPunch will be running a regular archive of letters, documents and kindred Zapatista-related materials. Leslie Lopez of Santa Cruz is translating such documents, many of them hitherto untranslated into E...
Gallic Nukes, the Real and Present Danger
GARY LEUPP
During the last fifty years, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) has never gone to war or threatened its neighbors. Ok, its agents kidnapped a handful of Japanese nationals in the 1970s. This was a reprehensible action, but dwarfed by the...
Ferdinand Pecora, an American Hero
JACKIE CORR
Ferdinand Pecora is no longer with us. The spiritual and moral landscape of the country is again littered with the rot and decomposition of licentiousness business excess while the stench of a permissive corporate morality hangs as a great pall over our cul...
Dear George, Your 17% Does Not Make a Mandate
CAROL NORRIS
Dear George: Happy New Year. And, I know it is for you, because you (and when I say "you," I mean Dick, Karl and the Carlyle Group) now have control of both houses of Congress. You must be sitting on top of the world, your oyster. You decla...
How Muhammad Migrated to America
OMAR AL-QATTAN
Vilified by the now-predictably rabid Daniel Pipes, criticised by Time Magazine and the New York Times as too soft on its subject, Muhammad ­ Legacy of a Prophet, shown on December 18th on PBS, was nonetheless widely praised by most commentators a...
A Vietnam Vet on the Way of Peace
DAN ROSS
It is an old message in keeping with the season. This is the way of peace:overcome evil with good, hatred with love and falsehood with truth. These are words familiar to many. It is what Jesus taught. These are words we expect Jesus to say, right? Are they ...
Lost in the Folds of Iraq and North Korea
BILL CHRISTISON
A few decades ago, a clich? invaded Washington’s bureaucracies. It was a clich? that many of us self-decreed sophisticates in the U.S. foreign-policy establishment came to use, and then shamelessly overuse, to belittle anyone (sometimes a superior, more often a comp...
Notes on Charlie Rangel, Shared Sacrifice and the Draft
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Democrats head toward the 2004 election facing any number of problems. Various factions of the party jostling for the Presidential nomination. A House majority leader described by one of my readers as “having had the Botox take hold of her brain.” As s...