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Sharon and Sons, Inc.
UZI BENZIMAN
Again and again, shady affairs involving the prime minister and his sons, and testifying to nepotism of the crudest kind, are brought to the attention of the public. First came news of the involvement of Ariel Sharon’s sons in raising funds to finance their ...
Resisting the Bush Administration’s War on Liberty
SAM HAMOD And ELAINE CASSEL
As frequent contributors of articles related to the Bush Administration’s war on liberty and sanity, you, our readers, often ask us, "But what can we do about it?" Indeed, after all the hand wringing and dire prognostications, we cannot let history...
Bush, Bin Laden, Bechtel and Baghdad
CHRIS FLOYD
Veteran observers of the klepto-plutocracy that has, lazar-like, long encrusted the American body politic were not surprised to see the hoary name of the Bechtel Group bobbing up in the swill of sweetheart deals now being doled out by the Corrupter-in-Chief for th...
The Secretary from Enron
JASON LEOPOLD
Bear with me while I beat this dead horse. Two weeks ago, Secretary of Defense fired Thomas White, who was tapped by President Bush two years ago as Secretary of the Army. Today, White, the former vice chairman of Enron Corp., the disgraced energy company t...
Declaration of Allegiance to the State of Israel
FEDERICO MOSCOGIURI
I, the undersigned, dutifully swear, under penalty of persecution and/or indefinite detention and/or extrajudicial execution, that neither I, nor my family members, nor anyone wishing to defend my rights posthumously, will hold the Israeli state or army responsibl...
America’s Dirty Bombs
DAVE LINDORFF
The Pentagon has announced plans to send several thousand specialists into Iraq to join the search for those "weapons of mass destruction" of Saddam Hussein’s–remember the ones that Iraq was supposedly brimming over with, and which were the s...
George Jumps the Shark
RICH PROCTER
All they had to do was nothing. Just leave the whole military issue alone, George. Just declare victory in your ginned-up little turkey shoot and looting party and go back to shaking down your loyal corporate "donors"–you know, Mr. Cheney’s c...
One on One with Senator Joe McCarthy
WILLIAM MANDEL
In 1953 the countryside seen from a train window between Washington and New York was still chiefly pastoral. But in March the bare branches of the trees, the dark brown of the fields, the black of the asphalt roads, and the cold gray of the sky, deepened by early ...
Rosenthal Faces the Music in Medical Marijuana Case
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Come June 4 Ed Rosenthal will be back in US District Court in San Francisco, to hear what sentence Judge Charles Breyer has decided to impose. Earlier this year a California jury found him guilty of cultivating marijuana, of maintaining a place to cultivate mariju...
How Fear Curdles the Soul
BRUCE JACKSON
The Smithsonian Institution has decided to move the exhibit of Subhankar Banerjee’s highly-acclaimed photographs of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from a main floor rotunda to a smaller, lower room and to cut the text out of most of his captions. The ph...
The Karamazov Question
CHRIS FLOYD
"They have put too high a price on harmony; we can’t afford to pay so much for admission. And therefore I return my ticket." Ivan Karamazov, ...
Don’t Life the Sanctions Yet!
RAHUL MAHAJAN
After five years spent working to end the sanctions on Iraq, I find myself in an odd position. I’m opposed to the current U.S. plans to end the sanctions. The new situation is fascinating. For a dozen years, every time we in the anti-sanctions movemen...
Halliburton Still Profits from Terror
JASON LEOPOLD
Halliburton Corp., the second largest oil services company in world, is the poster child for corporate greed and terror. And it seems that nothing will stop Vice President Dick Cheney’s old company from repeatedly breaking the law to save and earn mountains ...
G.W. Bush
SAM HAMOD And ELAINE CASSEL
The president he got his wars folks don’t know just what it’s for; No one gives us a rhyme or reason have one doubt they call it treason. Eugene McDaniels "Compared to What?" ...
Labor in the Dawn of Empire
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
Editors’ note: In the run-up to the atttack on Iraq , for the first time in nearly a hundred years the the AFL-CIO reversed its traditional pro war posture. On May Day itself this year we were proud to feature here ...
A Letter to My European Friends
STEVEN SHERMAN
(On April 27, the New York Times Magazine published an open letter from Timothy Garton Ash to his ‘American friends’, calling for Americans to be more open to resolving the Israel/Palestine situation, while claiming that Europe should be m...
The Last Time I Saw Mus’ab
ANNIE C. HIGGINS
Last time I saw Mus`ab, he was holding a tire in a tub of dirty water checking it for leaks. The auto repair shop is on the Burqin Road between the two main entrances to Jenin Refugee Camp. Mus`ab left high school at age sixteen to provide for the family, because ...
A Letter to My European Friends
STEVEN SHERMAN
(On April 27, the New York Times Magazine published an open letter from Timothy Garton Ash to his ‘American friends’, calling for Americans to be more open to resolving the Israel/Palestine situation, while claiming that Europe should be m...
The Devil in New England
RON JACOBS
Police states don’t exist without help and acquiescence. Here in Vermont, where opposition to Washington’s war on residents of the United States has been opposed by librarians, teachers, booksellers, town meetings, and others groups and individuals, th...
When Lying Pays Off
WAYNE MADSEN
America’s manipulative neo-conservatives, who support unending aggression against any country that does not succumb to United States political, economic, and military control and who, themselves, seized power in Washington through electoral malfeasance, are ...
The Great Christian Schism
DON MONKERUD
While some Christians in America expressed serious disagreements over going to war in Iraq, other Christians waved the flag and cheered a war against heathen Muslims whom they hope to convert to Christianity. One wonders how religious groups that claim to f...
The Good Terrorists?
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
There is an old saying that "one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter." But when it comes to the US foreign policy this dictum should read: "One man’s terrorist is the same man’s freedom fighter." This schizo...
Mr. Bush Comes to Santa Clara
KHALED EL-BIZRI
Mr. Bush’s character and personality still elude definition. It may be the Florida flap that touched on American sensibilities and put him beyond curiosity. It may be the shock of 9/11, or the long wait for tangible results in his war against terror; say, ca...
Flag in the Rain
ADAM ENGEL
Bored white corpuscles, the wife and I alternately crept and cruised the clogged arteries of Empire on our way to some godforsaken suburb to visit reactionary relatives in the rain. We passed depressing god awful towns. Same supermarkets, drugstores, fast-f...
The Iraqi Quagmire
PATRICK COCKBURN
At a US military checkpoint on the road north of Kirkuk last week two American soldiers were holding up cardboard placards on each of which was a message written in Kurdish. One said ‘Drivers must get into one lane’ and the other read ‘carrying w...
Chalabi
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
According to the Washington Post, those heady days of liberation in Iraq may be com...
How Fear Curdles the Soul
LARRY MAGNUSON
What are the odds? For that answer you’ll have to ring up Vegas oddsmakers or catch Pete Rose on the corner. But Bill Bennett, toppled from his post as self-insinuated czar of moral accusation, may be an odds-on favorite for Iraq’s Viceroy. Oddly, this...
A Duet of the People
GILA SVIRSKY
Oh, Mother Jerusalem, You lie there naked with fear, A mermaid in an enchanted bed, A wall encircling you, Burning like a candle from within, But the houses–locked shut In loneliness and tears. In what may have been one of ...
Bombastic Promise Keeping
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
The transition from dictatorship to directorship is quite a hardship according to the precedent’s promise Avowing and re-avowing to the world to hunt down enemies of the statement before they even think of attacking Faith-based reconstruction b...
The Coming Senior Revolution
DAVE LINDORFF
The Bush Administration has been developing the concept of the Big Lie to an art form: Iraq is developing nuclear weapons, Iraq is linked to Al Qaeda, unprecedented deficits will create jobs, invasion is liberation, anti-missile missles actually work, and so on. B...
Bush and the Other "F" Word
BEN TRIPP
You could fill your lederhosen with razor blades and ride a bicycle down some steps. You could administer yourself a boiling-hot clyster of Drano and minced cactus. You could irritate a pride of lions whilst bedecked in a ham waistcoat. But why take the easy way o...
The Detention of Dr. Huda Ammash
ABU SPINOZA
The US occupation military forces in Iraq recently detained Dr. Huda Sali Mahdi Ammash, a Iraqi scientist. South End Press, the publishers of Dr. Huda Ammash, in a press release has suggested that "there may be political motivation for her detention." Dr...
Partisan Protest?
MICKEY Z.
Why did Operation Iraqi Freedom (sic) provoke such a massive anti-war outcry? Hold on, that’s not the question I’d really like to ask. Let me rephrase: Why did Operation Iraqi Freedom (sic) provoke so much more protest than 78 days of U.S./NATO bombing...
God in the Service of the Security State
NORMAN MADARASZ
Security–public and national–is now the buzzword in democratic social policies throughout most of the world. After Israel, the United States through the Patriotic Acts has implemented the severest restrictions on civil liberties in decades, all in the ...
When Visiting Your Son is a Crime
JULIE HILDEN
On Wednesday, April 30, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Virginia v. Hicks. In the case, Kevin Hicks argues that his convictions for trespassing–based on a Richmond, Virginia housing authority’s policy–violate the First Amendment. ...
Pushovers
STEW ALBERT
The Democrats debating each other the other day looked like small time actors auditioning for a tiny part in a B movie. Of course Dubya once looked like Alfred E. Newman till he got the Junta macho makeover and one of these guys wi...
Evil is as Evil Does
MARK ZEPEZAUER
Months later, I still get a stream of interesting hate mail from my February CounterPunch submission "Why the Right Hates America." Some of it was simply insulting, and some of it ...
Bill Kunstler’s Last Big Speech
WILLIAM KUNSTLER
was for many years the best-known civil rights attorney in America. He had, since he first represented Freedom Riders attempting to integrate interstate busses in Mississippi in 1962, been a central figure in nearly every major civil rights case. Because many of his earl...
Bush’s Troubling Speech
Sen. ROBERT BYRD
In my 50 years as a member of Congress, I have had the privilege to witness the defining rhetorical moments of a number of American presidents. I have listened spellbound to the soaring oratory of John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. I have listened grimly to the painf...
10 Lessons of the Iraq War
DAVID KRIEGER
There are always lessons to be learned after a war. Often governments and pundits focus only on lessons having to do with military strategies and tactics, such as troop deployments, engagement in battles, bombing targets and the effectiveness of different weapons ...
an Interview with Gretta Duisenberg
PAUL De ROOIJ
Symbols are important. Israeli soldiers react like a bull in front of a red cloth when they see the Palestinian colors. This same reaction was elicited from Dutch Jews when a Palestinian flag was hung from the balcony of Gretta Duisenberg’s house last year. ...
Breasts, Martinis and Hitchens
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Not so long ago I commented on a column by Christopher Hitchens in Vanity Fair, in which this well-known toper addressed himself to the theme of How To Make Drink one’s Slave and Not One’s Master. Having already had rich sport with Hitchens’s biz...
Roadmap to Nowhere
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
The "roadmap" to peace between Israel and the Palestinians, finally released with little fanfare or enthusiasm on May 1 after almost a year of aimless wandering , is surely doomed. Near fatal internal flaws and severe political constraints on its impleme...
In Defense of Bill Bennett
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
I have to salute Mr. Bennett for his gambling preferences. Video Poker, according to Jonathan Alter [who advocated torture as acceptable in the Terror War, remember?]. I too am a video poker player. Unlike Bennett, though, I never come out ahead. Some night...
The Coalition of the Shilling
SAM SMITH
Tired of killing Muslims, we are now trying to teach their survivors some democracy. There are a number of practical problems with this, among them being that the curriculum is in the hands of the most authoritarian, deceitful, anti-democratic, and constitu...
Next Up
GARY LEUPP
During the 1920s and 30s, there was division within the Japanese elite. On the one hand there were the diplomats in the Foreign Ministry, typically Western-educated, cultured men; and the leaders of the zaibatsu (financial cliques like Mitsui and Sumitomo) who fea...
W. Bush
SAM HAMOD
I was talking with a friend the other day and she said, "Bush runs around like a little bully, like a little snot." I thought, bingo! That’s what he is, a little snot, a little bully. Remember the kids who whined, were spoiled, and wanted t...
The Militarization of US Culture
JORGE MARISCAL
The story of Jesus Gonzalez is a cautionary tale for the future. A young Chicano born in Mexico and raised in California, Gonzalez grew up surrounded by relatives who were active in the United Farm Worker’s, the labor union founded by pacifist Cesar Chavez. ...
Bush’s Wars
STEVE PERRY
Another Look at The Speech A new translation of Bush’s victory address–courtesy of Secretary of Shizzolatin’ Snoop Dogg. The prez chillin’ with his boyzz Ozzy and Snoop Here is the president’s speech fro...
Bush Won’t Come to Shove on the Roadmap
TARIF ABBOUSHI
Last Wednesday the Bush administration released the much-anticipated Road Map for Arab-Israeli peace. It spells out a timeline for the three-phase implementation of specific measures by both sides under the auspices of the Quartet comprising the United States, the...