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Archives from June 2003
Commercials, Disney and Amistad
WAYNE MADSEN
There is another aspect of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell’s desire to allow more and more media conglomerates gobble up more independent television and radio stations and newspapers. Mega media companies are now as arrogant and ins...
The Consistency of Sharon
CONN HALLINAN
One thing to keep in mind about the current push for peace between Israelis and Palestinians is that Ariel Sharon is one of the most consistent political figures in the Middle East, and he keeps his word. It is a deeply chilling observation. Back in the ear...
A Message from Tehran, Is It Worth It to Risk Your Life?
ROYA MONAJEM
How awful it is when one feels and experiences oneself absolutely ignorant and shaky and uncertain, unable to decide and do anything. This is the kind of feeling I have been increasingly experiencing as the ‘political’ events in Iran escalate. The only...
The Real Clash of Civilizations
JOHN CHUCKMAN
There is a real clash of civilizations in the world, but one that has little to do with East and West. It is found in the advanced world and consists in the values of traditional liberalism being attacked by the right wing. Nowhere is this battle noisier and of mo...
CounterPunch’s Favorite Novels (in English)
Alexander Cockburn
–coeditor CounterPunch Books-writ-in-English I’d throw in the car to read on the way to somewhere? 20th century novels I truly love? Start with P.G. Wodehouse. Two of his best, written in the late 1930s or early 40s, ...
Bush and the "Revisionist Historians"
GARY LEUPP
Speaking to small business owners in New Jersey June 16, President Bush said there was no doubt that Saddam had posed "a threat to the United States" since 1991. "This nation acted to a threat from the dictator of Iraq. Now there are some who would ...
US Prisons as Strategic Hamlets
RON JACOBS
As we settle into the twenty-first century, the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Although the fear of "terrorism" has significantly weighted US laws in the police’s favor, the primary reasons for the high incarceration...
The Gray Panthers’ Corporate Connection
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
With millions in corporate monies marinating everything from the Congress to the Smithsonian, little is left untouched. From the Nature Conservancy, to the National Consumers League, the corporate cash is flowing, and many public interest groups are swimming in it....
Down on Our Knees
WALTER BRASCH
Standing before more than 1,400 loyalists and lobbyists who threw him more than $3.5 million, President Bush claimed he "got the economy going again . . . laid the foundation for greater prosperity" and defended the country against terrorism. Assu...
WMDs
LAWRENCE MAGNUSON
Time will tell if the Democratic Party electeds fell for it again. If they have, it will be unfortunate because untangling the WMD issue and the questionable intelligence surrounding it is a battle worth waging, and progressives haven’t seen a decent congres...
The Scourge of Hopelessness
WILLIAM A. COOK
"But modern industrial warfare may well be leading us, with each technological advance, a step closer to our own annihilation." Chris Hedges, War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning Each day the newsp...
10 Reaons to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
DAVID KRIEGER
1. Fulfill Existing Obligations. The nuclear weapons states have made solemn promises to the international community to negotiate in good faith to achieve nuclear disarmament. The United States, Russia, Britain, France and China accepted this obligation when they ...
The Son of the Rosenbergs on the 50th Anniversary of
ROBERT MEEROPOL
Editors’ Note: ROBERT MEEROPOL was 6 years old when his parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were executed in 1953. He has dedicated his life to activism, helping to found the Rosenberg Fund for Children in 1990 to aid the children of activists...
The Unholy Alliance in the Territories
AVIA PASTERNAK
Minutes after the Ta’ayush activists arrived at the wheat field together with the Palestinian villagers, a group of settlers, lead by the Rabbi of ‘Maon’ settlement, began running down the hill towards them. The settlers shouted at the harvesters...
Todd Gitlin’s Condescending Screed
TODD CHRETIEN
Letters to a Young Activist, Todd Gitlin, Basic Books, 2003, 174 pag...
The Wages of Terror, an Interview with R.T. Naylor
STANDARD SCHAEFER
We have been told that the War on Terrorism will be a long war and that it will be unconventional-and it has been. Declaring war on one enemy, then bombing a country known to have no ties to the enemy is certainly unconventional. But of course, there were those al...
Seven True Things You Can’t Say on TV
STANDARD SHAEFER
We have been told that the War on Terrorism will be a long war and that it will be unconventional-and it has been. Declaring war on one enemy, then bombing a country known to have no ties to the enemy is certainly unconventional. But of course, there were those al...
Iraq War as Danse Macabre
HAROLD A. GOULD
The great question that lingers in the aftermath of the war America waged against Iraq is: Where are the weapons of mass destruction over which the war was allegedly fought? This is clearly the topic of the moment. A recent Washington Post article (June 13th) is t...
The Fat Man in Little Boy
ADAM ENGEL
Let’s talk about the night The Fat MAN raped you. How old were you, seven, eight, nine? I was eight, I think. "KABOOM!" the Fat MAN screamed. "What? What?" "Only kidding," laughed The Fat MAN, stroking HIS B...
Pierre Bourgault, the Life of a Quebec Radical
NORMAN MADARASZ
Quebec political activist and intellectual, Pierre Bourgault was a man for whom politics and passion were woven from the same thread. The greatest orator that either Quebec or Canada produced of his generation, perhaps even of the century, he triggered the spark s...
The Pitstop Ploughshares
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. "They won’t actually get put in prison, will they?" Call it a postcolonial hangover, but Irish people have a healthy skepticism about high-minded concepts such as "an independent judiciary". So when you mention to ordinary...
Danny Goldberg’s Imaginery Kids
MARIA TOMCHICK
Danny Goldberg’s new Dispatches from the Culture Wars: How the Left Lost Teen Spirit ...
Lying, Flag Waving and Redefining Conservative Values
SAUL LANDAU
"Residents said the troops had appeared to fire randomly in the direction of the city center after coming under attack, killing two occupants of a white Nissan pickup truck traveling near the scene. The wreckage of the truck was still visible. ...
A Serious Conversation
MARK JACOBS
It was an SRO crowd in the huge, stark lecture hall at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. The UCAD campus is like the Senegalese capital itself–most of the wealth you see is human. There were no windows in the lecture hall, and the doors were closed to bl...
Bloodbath in Colombia
ALFREDO CASTRO
A series of joint operations by the Colombian army and right-wing paramilitary death squads have resulted in scores of civilians being killed. Whilst the Colombian government claims that they are working to cut the links between state security forces and illegal p...
Bush Plays the Racial Profiling Card
ELAINE CASSEL
With much fanfare and touting as a fulfillment of a campaign promise, President Bush this week signed an Executive Order "banning" racial profiling. Racial profiling is defined as using racial or ethnic stereotypes to target people for law enforcement &q...
What’s Next?
DAVID LINDORFF
The last 21 months certainly have been wild and crazy. We’ve seen the vaporization of the World Trade Center, a successful attack on the Pentagon, the transformation of George Bush from a bumbling laughing stock to an awe-inspiring tyrant, the overnight crea...
My Life as a Rabbi
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Inviting me to a recent wedding in Virginia, the proud parents of the bride asked if I would officiate. It would be my second turn in this role, having acted as priest/judge at a rural splicing here in the North California backwoods some years ago. On that occasio...
The Powell-Rice Show
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Exactly forty years ago there was a scandal in London involving a cabinet minister who told lies. He was expelled from Parliament in disgrace and there were many prominent people with egg on their faces and, if rumours were to be believed, on other parts of their ...
The Bushes Fly By
WAYNE SAUNDERS
The Bushes recent foreign policy trip to the G8 summit in Evian, France produced some results. One is a big bill for the American taxpayer. The other results are for you to decipher for yourselves. So read the itinerary. Here it is… Friday, May 30, 20...
Brazil Under Lula
ROGER BURBACH
Rio de Janeiro. After nearly six months in office President Luis Inacio "Lula" da Silva is encountering opposition from within his own party while he stakes out foreign policy positions that challenge the Bush administration. As Emir Sader, a pol...
Bush’s Low Intensity War on Labor
RICK FANTASIA And KIM VOSS
A quiet lull briefly settled over the United States in the weeks immediately following 11 September 2001. The silence was a respite from the usual din of commercial and cultural transactions and allowed for a space of remembrance for the many firefighters, po...
Small Destructions Add Up
WENDELL BERRY
Newspaper editorials deplore such human-caused degradations of the oceans as the Gulf of Mexico’s "dead zone," and reporters describe practices like "mountain removal" mining in eastern Kentucky. Some day we may finally understand th...
Theater of Deception
SAM HAMOD
George W. Bush, it appears is an adept thespian. Look at the way he kept telling the world that he was "doing all I can not to go to war with Iraq"–when in fact, he’d made the decision months earlier to definitely go to war against Iraq. ...
The WTOs War on Wild Salmon
DAN BACHER
Anne Veneman, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, is promoting the USDA ministerial conference in Sacramento from June 23 to 25 as a benign event to alleviate world hunger and spread the gospel of high-tech corporate agriculture. "Technology is one of the m...
The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century
NUCLEAR AGE PEACE FOUNDATION
The peoples and governments of the world face an urgent challenge relating to weaponry of mass destruction and particularly to nuclear weaponry. At the crossroads of technology, terrorism, geopolitical ambition, and policies of preemption are new and potent...
Starlight
LARRY KEARNEY
to live in the jungle of the willfully vicious. is. to be scraped every morning by the knives of the failed lives which are not the lives of the poor or the lives of the desperate. or. the lives of the children in flux. depending. s...
Iraq’s WMDs, Integrity, Ethics and Intelligence
Col. DANIEL SMITH (Ret.)
On June 6, Randy Cohen, the New York Times’ resident ethicist, appeared on CNN’s NewsNight where he and host Aaron Brown began talking about ethics and integrity in the conduct of public business and in the statements and actions of public figures. Near the en...
Illuminating Thomas Friedman
M. SHAHID ALAM
A webpage on Thomas Friedman, maintained by Farrar, Straux & Giroux, declares that as the foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times, he is in a "unique position to interpret the world for American readers. Twice a week, Friedman’s commentary ...
A Reply to Publius on Greens & Dems in 2004
JON BROWN
Friend Gaius Publius, I send you greetings from across the wine-dark web. As ever I welcomed the arrival of your epistle in CounterPunch, this time called "Candidate Dem and Citizen Green". Because by now yo...
Scalia, the Rumsfeld of the Supremes
ELAINE CASSEL
Yesterday, the US Supreme Court made a sensible ruling, limiting when a criminal defendant could be forced to take psychotropic medications so that he or she could be tried. The case involved a nonviolent crime in which the defendant posed no danger to society or ...
Outting Ashcroft’s Latest Hypocrisy
WAYNE MADSEN
Attorney General John Ashcroft’s recent decision to ban the Justice Department’s annual Gay Pride observance from department facilities certainly rang the old hypocrisy alarm. It was the summer of 1999, before I was a full-time journalist and wh...
Secret Trials, Nameless Defendents, Veiled Threats to Lawyers
ELAINE CASSEL
For those of you hoping the federal courts will save you from the abuses of freedom foisted upon you by the Congress who brought us the USA Patriot Act and Bush, Rumsfeld, and Ashcroft, who brought us the "war on terror," I have bad news to report. Yet a...
What’s Behind the Killing in Central Africa?
CHRIS FAGEN
When the mainstream press pays any attention to the Congo–or African wars in general–they invariably characterize the conflicts as "ethnic" or "tribal" wars, rooted in age-old hatreds. This explanation is not only false, but racist....
Sex, Lies and WMDs
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Perma-war pops as the dollar drops. Our leaders lie as people die. Of course, there are lies, and then there are lies. Four years ago, a President of the United States was impeached because he lied about details of his sex life. His enemies insisted: It’s no...
Entertainment Media 2003
PETER PHILLIPS And JASON SPENCER
"We are the best entertained least informed society in the world." Neil Postman For a decade Project Censored at Sonoma State University has been releasing a list of the most frivolous over-reported news stories of the ye...
US Weapons Aid Repression in Aceh
FRIDA BERRIGAN
Far from the spotlight and far from Baghdad, another shock and awe campaign is underway. On May 19th, Indonesia launched a military campaign to "strike and paralyze" a small band of separatist rebels in the Aceh province. In a made-for-TV photo op, 458 s...
Bush’s Deceptions on Iraq Threaten Democracy at Home
REP. JOHN CONYERS
Speech in the House of Representatives, June 10, 2003 Mr. Speaker, my service in this House has often shown me the profound tension between government secrecy and democratic decision-making. Rarely however, has that tension been as starkly posed as in the c...
The Children of Death
URI AVNERY
A week after the ship of peace was solemnly launched on its perilous voyage from Aqaba harbor, it was hit by a torpedo. It is not yet clear whether it is wrecked or can continue on its way in spite of the damage. The story of its voyage so far: An Israeli h...
Candidate Dem and Citizen Green
PUBLIUS
We’re getting close enough to the 2004 race to smell the grease that moves it, and the issue of the Greens is starting to be raised. Looking back the question is did they or didn’t they? Looking forward the question is should they or shouldn’t th...