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Archives from April 2003
Nader Plays Pullman
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
People in Florida who voted for Nader still occasionally get "thanked" by Gore supporters for the War in Iraq. Such are the perils of supporting third-party candidates, though many Nader supporters in Florida and elsewhere insist that they chose correctl...
Arafat, Mazen and the Palestinian Situation
URI AVNERY
The clash between Abu-1 and Abu-2–Abu-Amar v. Abu-Mazen–is not a personal matter, as it is presented by journalists in Israel and all over the world. Of course, the egos of the two personalities do play a role, as in all political fights. But the contr...
Big Brother in Bed
STEW ALBERT
Sodomy is illegal in Texas Number 3 Republican monster Senator Rick Santorum wants to keep it that way. Ricky figures that if it’s legal for consenting men to have sex in their own home, next thing you know mothers will b...
A Letter to the People of Iraq from an Anti-War Activist
ZEYNEP TOUFE
Dear Sisters and Brothers, I’m sorry. I’m going to try to explain why I was a part of a movement that opposed the war that freed you of this tyrant. Many of you may be wondering why many decent people around the world marched against this...
Will They Hate Us Forever?
HAROLD A. GOULD
It is clear that the Saddam Hussein regime has breathed its last, although there is undoubtedly enough pulse left along the fringes to delay the business of pacification and consolidation a bit longer. As we move to this concluding phase, an interesting question a...
Springtime in Iraq
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
One million marched to mourn ancient death in Karbala rejoicing, chanting, dancing and slashing their bodies frenzied blood ritual homage to Mohammed’s grandson adding prayers that their "liberators" might disappear The great Com...
Rev. Pat Robertson in the Temple
JOHN GREBE
The televangelizing Rev. Dr. Pat Robertson’s charm beamed into his live audience at Temple Beth Sholom in Framingham, Mass. on the Sunday before Passover, while the mandatory yalmulke he pinned vertically to the very back of his head evaded journalists’...
In Jesus’s Name
JOHN CHUCKMAN
My subject is Franklin Graham, one of President Bush’s very-public religious confidants. Franklin’s father, Billy, served President Nixon in a similar capacity. Billy’s efforts were crowned with a kind of earthly immortality: he’s on those ...
Why the War on Iraq Was (and Remains) Wrong
GARY LEUPP
That which is a crime in the conceptual stage remains a crime in the execution stage. The war on Iraq was a violation of international law, regardless of its "success." I have little respect for Henry Kissinger, but I agree with him that the attack "...
A Letter to Rumseld on Child Detainees at Guantanamo
LOIS WHITMAN
Dear Secretary Rumsfeld, Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned at recent reports that at least three children, ages thirteen to fifteen, are among the detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay. We assume that like adult detainees, these children are unable to...
The Decline and Fall of American Journalism
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
As a million Shi’ite pilgrims streamed toward Karbala earlier this week, shouting "No to America, no to Saddam, no to tyranny, no to Israel!" (slogans recorded by a reporter for Agence France Presse) can’t you just imagine the plash of compla...
Jeane Kirkpatrick Unbound
COUNTERPUNCH WIRE
Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick Head of the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights and Ambassador Kevin E. Moley Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva respond to questions from the ...
Lawn Poem
ANDREW RODMAN
i think i can never surpass a poem as lovely as the grass on whose quivering blades ride drops of dew that merge and slide into the a mat so fresh so complete velvet green that kisses the feet a mat for lovers to wander the day a sward where the drag...
Cuba Crackdown
ROBERT SANDELS
Since becoming principal officer at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana in September 2002, James Cason has increased official U.S. connections with Cuban dissidents. Entering directly into Cuba domestic politics, Cason helped launch the youth wing of the dissiden...
Shi’a Will to Power
KURT NIMMO
Ironically, the Bushites will eventually regret getting rid of Saddam Hussein. In short order, Iraq will turn from a Ba’athist dictatorship into a Muslim theocracy. It’s happening now, even with the US occupation. On Saturday tens of thousands of Shi&#...
Creep
STEW ALBERT
Republicans have big expensive plans giving legitimacy to Emperor George. They are going to nominate him right around September 11 in New York City. Dubya will be bouncing from the Convention to Ground Zero like a plastic...
Iran’s Reza Pahlavi
JOHN STANTON
The omnipresent neo-conservative kingmakers are at it again, this time with the eloquent and dashing Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, eldest son of the former enigmatic Iranian King of Kings, Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi, who ruled Iran from 1941 until his exile in 1979. ...
Was There a Deal Between Saddam and Bush?
SAM HAMOD
Saddam didn’t blow any bridges, didn’t use any of the 100s of airplanes he had, didn’t set any major oil wells on fire, his troops left thousands of weapons, rounds of ammunition, tanks, armored vehicles behind and never used them in battle. Some...
The NYT and WMD
GARY LEUPP
Some thoughts on Judith Miller’s piece "Illicit Arms Kept Till Eve of War, an Iraqi Scientist Is Said to Assert" (New York Times, April 21). I recommend this article for everyone’s careful reading. Imagine you are Donald Rumsfeld, Secr...
Bush’s "Christian" Blood Cult
WAYNE MADSEN
George W. Bush proclaims himself a born-again Christian. However, Bush and fellow self-anointed neo-Christians like House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, John Ashcroft, and sports arena Book of Revelations carnival hawker Franklin Graham appear to wallow in a "Chr...
The Appalling Consequences of the Iraq War are Now Clear
EDWARD SAID
Editors’ note: This is a fuller version of what originally ran on the CounterPunch site on April 21. In a scarcely reported speech given on the Senate floor on March 19, the day the war was launched against Iraq, Robert Byrd,...
At Midnight, a Knock on the Door
URI AVNERY
It was an almost unbelievable news story: in order to trim the national budget, the Ministry of Education had decided to dismiss hundreds of teachers. A private company got the job of delivering the bitter news to the dismissed teachers. Two days before Passover &...
The Democratic Left and Cuba
STEVEN SHERMAN
The "Democratic Left", aka Leftists Against the Same Stuff as Bush (LASSAB for short) are at it again. You know these folks-Leo Casey, Michael Berube, Eric Alterman, Todd Gitlin In recent times they have bravely stood against such forces as the Taliban a...
The Four Generations of Modern War
WILLIAM S. LIND
Rather than commenting on the specifics of the war with Iraq, I thought it might be a good time to lay out a framework for understanding that and other conflicts. The framework is the Four Generations of Modern War. I developed the framework of the first th...
Nina Simone
DAVE MARSH
Sonny Rollins once said that if Nina Simone was a jazz singer, then he didn’t understand jazz. Nevertheless, a lot of her obituaries call her a jazz singer. They also refer to her as singing pop, cabaret, rhythm and blues, soul, blues, classical art song and...
They Distort, We Subside
CARL ESTABROOK
At a recent anti-war demonstration, I’m standing on a street corner and holding a sign proclaiming, "IRAQ HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH 9/11." A woman in a car stopped in traffic rolls down her window and says, "That’s not true, sir." (The...
When Young Mothers Die in Combat
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
When Americans die in foreign wars, we’re told never to forget those singular losses by cable networks like Fox News and MSNBC. Let’s take those grave admonitions at face value, and never forget exactly why Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa died. Piestewa,...
What Else Hasn’t Israel Told America?
RAMZY BAROUD
I was still a teenager, but I still vividly remember Israeli television, Channel I, showing some Lebanese women throwing flowers at advancing Israeli tanks that thrust themselves into the heart of Beirut in 1982. Israel invaded Lebanon with a long list of pretext...
The Friedman Absurdities
MICHAEL BERRY
In an article on April 16 titled "Roto-Rooter"-a title that lends expression to his desire to sodomize the non-Israeli Middle East- Thomas Friedman offered up a concept that is worth consideration. The concept, sub-titled "the third natural way,&quo...
The Taliban from Texas
BOB RIEDEL
(to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas" — anon., 1836, public domain) There are Taliban from Texas who want to run the world Their crossbone-spangled banner’s triumphantly unfurled They trample on the Bill of Rights and mock...
Tax the War Profiteers
MARJORIE COHN
Basking in his high ratings from the Iraq war, George W. Bush turned his attention on April 15 to selling his tax-cut plan. Bush’s proposal to cut taxes by $550 billion over the next decade has been roundly criticized as corporate welfare at its best. ...
Malaysia’s America
BINOY KAMPMARK
"We are afraid of flying, afraid of certain countries; afraid of bearded Asian men, afraid of the shoes airline passengers wear; of letters and parcels, of white powder." Mahathir bin Mohammed, Feb 25, 2003. ...
Hang Black Banners from the World’s Libraries and Museums
GRAY BRECHIN
Deeply embedded in an article entitled "Iraqi elite pledge free nation," the San Francisco Chronicle (April 16) allotted two brief paragraphs to the burning of Baghdad’s National Library and Koranic library. The article quotes Abdel Karim Answar Ob...
An Interview with Michael Hudson, author of Super Imperialism
STANDARD SHAEFER
(Interview with Michael Hudson, author of Super Imperialism, Pluto Press, 2003...
Bush Barbarians Teach by Example
CHRIS FLOYD
In recent days, the perverse moral calculus that guides the masters of war in the White House has revealed itself with startling clarity–laid bare like the gurgling intestines of a three-year-old child whose skin has been flayed by a fragmentation bomb. ...
Early Lessons from Iraq
Col. DAN SMITH
With the main fighting in Iraq ending and the Ba’ath party hold on the levers of power broken, the U.S. and UK can justly claim military success. Coalition casualties have been low, and all coalition personnel known to have been held by the Iraqis have been ...
An Administration in Contempt
ELAINE CASSEL
In high-stakes, controversial trials, judges often admonish the parties not to discuss the case with the press. This type of gag order has become common in trials involving defendants charged with acts related to terrorism. All of these trials take place in federa...
A Review of Oz Shelach’s Picnic Grounds
NEVE GORDON
Picnic Grounds, A Novel in Fragments, by Oz Shelach, City Lights Books, 2...
Jews Like Us
BRUCE JACKSON
They’re spreading poison about American Jews. Many of the people spreading this poison are Jews themselves, a relatively small group that wants to convince everybody (or at least everybody in power) that the great bulk of us think the way they do, whi...
Pillaging the Baghdad Zoo
MICKEY Z.
According to the Bahrain Gulf Daily News (April 18, 2003) looters have emptied Baghdad zoo of its animals "Monkeys, bears, horses, birds and camels have disappeared, carted off by thieves or simply left to roam the streets after their cages were prised open,&...
Give Us Back Our Democracy
EDWARD SAID
In a speech in the Senate on 19 March, the first day of war against Iraq, Robert Byrd, the Democrat Senator from West Virginia, asked: ‘What is happening to this country? When did we become a nation which ignores and berates our friends? When did we decide t...
Sharon’s Bloody War Beat
OMAR BARGHOUTI
There is something terribly wrong in this picture! A new game in town has become the latest craze. Almost everyone seems to accept its rules, and enjoy playing it accordingly. The Palestinian Authority considered it a triumph. The wimpy Russian and E...
Wal-Mart and Peace
ADAM ENGEL
I’m all man and only man. I work and weep at Wal-Mart. Our new "town hall." What was that poem from high school? "In Xanadu did Kublai Khan yadda yadda yadda pleasure dome decree…" Well I’d bet my bottom dollar that under that...
The Constitution According to Scalia
MICHAEL J. FELLOWS
Imagine it: this summer, or next, Antonin Scalia may come before the Senate to be confirmed as the next Chief Justice. (Frightening, thought, isn’t it?) When and if that happens, the Senators will all have an opportunity to ask him questions about his positi...
When Police Attack Journalists
WILL POTTER
I have reported on mass protests where police attacked protestors, but I tended to accept- and even wrote in some articles- statements by police that protestors provoked this violence. The crowd got out of control, I thought. Surely, someone threw rocks, threw pun...
Tony Blair, the Most Powerful Man in the World?
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
The British Prime Minister endured such trials in 2002 that he seemed destined to be ousted from his post, and 2003 didn’t start much better for him. Pilloried throughout his nation’s media as Bush’s lapdog, Blair looked to most in the world like...
The Last Days of Born Again History
SAUL LANDAU
In my neighborhood of trimmed lawns and two or more car garages, with one or two more vehicles parked outside the garage, I counted fifteen American flags in less than five minutes of my slow trot, most of them new since the US invaded Iraq. One house had a sign w...
Why Michigan Needs Affirmative Action
ROGER WITHERSPOON
In one of its most significant decisions affecting race in America in modern times, the U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the fate of the affirmative action program developed at the University of Michigan. To many of its critics, most notably President Ge...
Easter Thoughts on Jesus and "Kanaka WaiWai"
GARY LEUPP
It’s Easter Sunday, and what better way to observe it than by listening to Hawaiian religious music, the music of a people of deep spirituality colonized by Protestant missionaries, who internalized the foreigners’ faith and brought to its musical expr...
American Libertines for Peace
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Just returned Stateside after a spell in enemy territory. Iraq? Non, France. The timing was chilling. As Bush dropped Smart Bombs on Baghdad, we brought "Art Bombs" to Cannes. Smart Bombs, as everyone with a TV knows, are those all-American explo...