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Archives from May 2003
Withdraws Defamation Suit
CounterPunch Wire
Self-styled "terrorism expert" Steven Emerson has filed for dismissal of a multi-million-dollar defamation suit against a Florida newspaper and its senior editor. The "notice of voluntary dismissal" (Case No. 00-03739) filed in the Circuit Cour...
Corporate Media and the Free Market
MATT VIDAL
The role of the US media in disseminating official ideology has increased, over the last few decades, in proportion with media corporatization and concentration. Since the bombing of the Twin Towers by Saudi nationals, and the Bush regime’s subsequent assaul...
The Cage of Occupation
LINDA S. HEARD
As a natural rebel who thought that childhood, with its restrictions, was an ailment which had to be endured in order to enjoy the real art of independent living, I strongly empathize with those poor souls subsisting under the yoke of occupation. ‘Occ...
Of Blair, Hussein and Genocide
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Britain’s Prime Minister Blair has now claimed that the war in Iraq was justified by the discovery of mass graves. The ugly truth is that mass graves have become pretty common things since the beginning of the twentieth century, although many of the world...
Francis Boyle on War Crimes
CNN International
ZAIN VERJEE, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): A lawsuit filed in a Belgian court accuses the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq of war crimes. The lawyer behind it says he represents Iraqis who were victims of U.S. cluster bombs and U.S. troops who fired on ambulances. ...
Uncle Sam is YOU
ADAM ENGEL
Bloated and paranoid addicts of sugar, salt, lard, beer, nicotine, aspartame and MSG– Oh, Boobus Americanus, carnivorous sheep, slaughtering and led to slaughter–Uncle Sam is YOU! Fighting fighting fighting. Against whom? Has any "forei...
The Resegregation of US Schools
SHARON SMITH
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to deliver another–perhaps fatal–blow to affirmative action, in its pending decision on the University of Michigan’s admissions policies. But the Bush administration is already pursuing the next target in its miss...
An Interview with Richard Butler
MARK DAVIS
Transcript of an interview on Australia’s Dateline on SBC. A few days ago, the US Senate Armed Services Committee voted to repeal a long-standing ban on the development of small nuclear bombs—so called mini nukes...
Plundering the Museums of Baghdad
WALTER SOMMERFELD
Translated by George Paxinos Since the fall of Baghdad, anarchy has reigned in this city of five million. Everyone is armed to the teeth, and shooting can be heard around the clock, especially at night. Shots are fired in warning, in fear, or in celebration...
An American Tribute to Christopher Hill
PETER LINEBAUGH
Since the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001, the rhetoric of President Bush has drawn heavily on Winston Churchill’s rhetoric at the commencement of the Battle of Britain. With the Anglo-American invas...
Bringing Back the Old Days of Empire
PAUL D'AMATO
The idea that the United States should cast itself in the image of the old colonial empires is sprouting like weeds from right-wing journals and think tanks. One of its most avid exponents is, fittingly, a citizen of a former empire who has some advice on...
The FCC’s Big Grab
ROBERT W. McCHESNEY
As I write this, the Federal Communications Commission is poised to vote on June 2 to relax several longstanding media ownership rules. By nearly all accounts it will lead to a wave of media mergers and market consolidation that is unprecedented in U.S. history. I...
Those Who Don’t Count
MARK ENGLER
Since the invasion of Iraq has ended, a tone of vindication and bravado has seeped into the national mood. Television newscasters and the Department of Defense agree: America is delighted. Soldiers are giving high-fives. Those of us who opposed the president and h...
In Iraq, Water and Oil Do Mix
LEAH C. WELLS
Conspicuously missing from the ubiquitous Iraq war critique was the subtle agenda of water rights in the parched Middle East region. Of all the reasons for invading Iraq, securing water rights was never mentioned because it implicates too many countries with ...
Nepal Today
GARY LEUPP
Recent events in Nepal, while drawing little notice from the U.S. press, are worth some attention. The Himalayan nation of 24 million people has been rocked by a Maoist insurgency since 1996, but now, for the second time in two years, the government and the Maoist...
Condy Rice’s Yipping Tirades
RON JACOBS
Condoleeza Rice reminds me of one of those shaggy little dogs that bark too much because their bite is harmless. You know the kind I mean. They have a high-pitched yip that pierces the silence and they don’t stop barking until their human locks them in anoth...
Does Defeat Always Have to be So Humiliating?
RAMZY BAROUD
What’s worse than a defeat is a humiliating defeat. Worse than both, a defeat that’s brushed off, as if it never happened. There are basic facts that some acknowledge and some wish to discount. The war on Iraq was fought for world hegemony, Isra...
Fear Itself
BEN TRIPP
Fear is the sensation one experiences when confronted with the possibility that circumstances could get worse. Terror, on the other hand (or for seals, the other flipper) is the sensation one experiences when confronted with actual evidence that circumstances are ...
American Mourning
RICHARD LICHTMAN
Given the frequency with which murder takes place in the United States, the killing of Laci Peterson is not an extraordinary event; except in the sense in which any murder of a human being is an extraordinary event. But in the current United States of America ther...
Overcoming Terrorism, a 12 Step Approach
MICHAEL ORTIZ HILL
Tony was a kid in a migrant worker family, doing the strawberry fields on the central coast of California. When he was eighteen, he joined the army with a couple of other Mexican boys he’d known all of his childhood. It was in Vietnam that he learned th...
A Nation of Fear
SAM HAMOD With Assistance From Elaine Cassel
I’m a strong believer in speaking out–as many of you know from my articles, and as my friends have known from my work in civil rights, human rights and other causes of the First Amendment in public and in the various universities at which I have taught...
The Children’s Teeth
URI AVNERY
One of the most progressive Jewish principles of old is now being put to the test: "In those days they shall say no more, ‘The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’. But every one shall die for his own in...
Dubya Does Indy
TOM HEALY
INDIANAPOLIS. Touting his proposed budget as "an aggressive economic plan so people can go back to work," President George W. Bush ended a three-city national tour to promote his latest tax cut with a visit to conservative Indianapolis on May 12-13. (&qu...
The Best News Show on TV
ALAN MAASS
Quick–what’s the best source of news on television? Peter Jennings or Dan Rather? Nice hair, but no way. CNN? Fox News? Increasingly indistinguishable fountains of Pentagon propaganda. PBS? Slavishly devoted to a narrow political spectrum of...
Dixie Chicks Victims of a Republican Plot
The Editors Of Rock And Rap Confidential
Last year, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks contemptuously dismissed Toby Keith’s popular pro-war song "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue," saying it was "ignorant and it makes country music sound ignorant." No boycott was called. In...
Bush Roadmap a Solution Too Late?
TARIF ABBOUSHI
The outcome of Secretary of State Colin Powell’s recent trip to the Holy Land suggests that the more things change in the Middle East, the more they stay the same. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s impending visit to the White House provides Presid...
Baghdad Pays the Price
PHIL REEVES In Baghdad The Independent
Statistics unpublished until today reveal the stark facts: 242 people have died in Baghdad in just over three weeks, almost all from bullet wounds. It is an epidemic, and it is getting worse. But the late-night scenes in a city hospital tell the real story of the p...
A Story I Will Tell
STEW ALBERT
Democrats fleeing the Texas Rangers find sanctuary in Oklahoma and Denny’s like old Black Panthers hiding in Cuba. Tom DeLay put out the word redistrict Texas and give more of Congress to the good old Junta boys. Even a coup d&...
How Not to Help Amina Lawal
AYESHA IMAN And SINDI MEDAR-GOULD
Editors’ note: We have been forwarded by regular CounterPunch contributor Professor Bruce Jackson of SUNY, Buffalo, this important letter from two leaders of the Nigerian group Baobab for Women’s Human Rights. Some background: Amnesty In...
New Fakers at the New Yorker
KENNETH RAPOZA
The US Department of State’s Counterterrorism Office released its annual report, "Patterns of Global Terrorism", on April 30th and said that, "The Triborder area (TBA) — where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay converge — has long bee...
Can Moussaoui Get a Fair Trial?
JULIE HILDEN
On Wednesday, May 7, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema held a closed hearing to determine whether suspected terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui will be allowed to interview an alleged Al Qaeda member, who is currently being held by the U.S. government, to help build hi...
Bush’s Roadmap is a Ticket to Failure
TANYA REINHART
Every few months, a "peace plan" is pulled out of the drawers of the white house and keeps the public discourse busy for a few weeks. Although this ritual has a fixed pattern and predetermined end, it is curious that many in Israel are still tempted to b...
NAFTA Plus or Minus?
LAURA CARLSEN
In his first public appearance after six weeks of convalescence, Mexico’s President Vicente Fox grandiosely announced that the current phase of NAFTA is over, and that Mexico, the U.S., and Canada will embark in June on negotiations toward a "new phase ...
The Longer View
M. JUNAID ALAM
Or are they too spellbound by their narrowly conceived selfish interests, too blinded by their hatred of progress, grown so senile in these latter days of the capitalist age, as to commit suicide out of fear of death? –Paul Baran, The L...
What? Me Worry?
JAMES REISS
Let’s say some pissed Imam from Mal or Mahwah Issues an explosive, ringing fatwa Calling for Jihad, for all Islamics To slit the throats of Christian infidels And plunge their daggers into Jewish stomachs In retribution for the bombs and ...
Giggling into Chaos
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Everyone, not attached by threadbare ideology or plain old war profiteering to President Bush’s War on Terror, knows that even on its own terms, it can only fail miserably in a great waste of lives and substance. You cannot fight a war against religious fait...
The Hydra’s New Head
PAUL De ROOIJ
Just as weapons have gotten "smarter," so too has the military gotten more sophisticated about how to use the media to meet military objectives. – Jerry Broeckert, Lt. Col., public affairs officer in the US Marines Corps. [1]...
Fraud at the Times
THE BLACK COMMENTATOR
The New York Times should be ashamed of itself for abrogating "the trust between the newspaper and its readers," as chairman Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. put it. But the Jayson Blair affair is the least of the newspaper’s transgressions against truth...
Twin Towers at the Times
JACK MCCARTHY
One silver lining in the New York Times/Jayson Blair imbroglio is the opportunity to further expose the twin towers of institutional racism and double standards which continue to plague American journalism. Already there is a cacophony, nay, a mighty wind o...
Alaska Fights the Patriot Act
DAVID LINDORFF
The Bush Administration and Attorney General John Ashcroft may have been able to pull a fast one in the wake of 9/11, winning passage of the draconian and grotesquely named USA PATRIOT Act, but a grass-roots resistance movement is starting to blow up in the admini...
A Mother’s Day Talk
CINDY CORRIE
Remarks delivered at Sylvester Park, Olympia, Washington, May 11, 2003 To all moms here, happy Mothers’ Day. This is a day some of us wait for in order to have a little reward for all the time we have spent in our lives ...
Halliburton’s Secret Deal with the Pentagon for Iraq’s Oil
JASON LEOPOLD
Months before the United States military showered Iraq with bombs and missiles, the Department of Defense was secretly working with Vice President Dick Cheney’s old company, Halliburton Corp., on a deal that would give the world’s second largest oil se...
An Illogical Reign
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
To decrease proliferation Tactical nuclear weapons (TNW’s) Will be researched and developed This is not MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) This is UAD (Unilaterally Assured Destruction) Tactical nuclear weapons are neede...
Assassinating JFK Again
WAYNE MADSEN
Not content with gloating over the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the right wing and their neo-con storm troopers are now out to once again assassinate the character of our 35th President. In his book about Kennedy titled "An Unfinished Li...
My Visit with Arafat
URI AVNERY
"Have you gone mad? Now? He is irrelevant! He’s finished!" These were the reactions of some people when Israeli TV showed my meeting with Arafat in Ramallah this week. Is Arafat "finished"? If so, he has not heard about it. I found...
The Hippo and the Mongoose
WILLIAM S. LIND
In the last column, I took a look at some of the military theoretical work of Col. John Boyd, and made the point that there was a lot more to his work than the OODA Loop. But the sorts of Fourth Generation wars we are now fighting i...
Clear Channel Fogs the Airwaves
SAUL LANDAU
Swiss novelist Max Frisch described technology as "the knack of so arranging a world that we need not experience it." Since Frisch died in 1991, just before the "information age" reached its commercial maturity, he missed some zany interpretati...
Has Islam Failed? Not by Western Standards
MICHAEL NEUMANN
We hear over and over again that Islam has failed, that it is in crisis. The claims always involve comparing Islam to something else, though to what is often unclear. If ‘failed’ just means ‘hasn’t kept up with the West’, Islam has in...
Democracy Comes to Iraq
JACOB LEVICH
One month after the fall of Baghdad, the US has successfully liberated the people of Iraq from meaningful involvement in decisions about their own future. A designer regime, concocted behind closed doors by Pentagon and State Department planners, is now bei...
Asylum
STEW ALBERT
How much pain can a poem take and not burst in agony, fragments burning brains clean of all rationalization and hope? Can it gaze at US tanks breaking down the walls of Al Rashad state hospital in Baghdad and looters, rapists and firebug...