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Archives from June 2003
Roadmap or Roadkill?
TARIF ABBOUSHI
Barely a week after President Bush attempted to kick-start the latest Middle East peace process with the Red Sea Summit in Jordan, the bloodletting in the Holy Land has resumed with its usual vengeance. Keeping a tally of how many Israelis and Palestinians kill ea...
The Super Rich Against the Rest of Us
JULIAN SAMUEL
"The New Rulers Of The World," by John Pilger Verso (London)...
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...
Rumsfeld v. Belgium
DAVID LINDORFF
Is Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld an idiot or just an unbelievable boor? And do the Times and the Associated Press have historical memories that reach past the prior day’s news? What prompted these ruminations was a comment made by our pompous wa...
Killer Bill Pryor’s Mad Quest for the Federal Bench
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
When Bill Pryor was running for re-election as Attorney General for the state of Alabama in 2002, he demanded that the execution dates of 8 prisoners be moved up so that they could be put to death prior to the fall vote. "Bill Pryor’s a pret...
Lies, Damned Lies and Military Intelligence
WILLIAM S. LIND
It is now evident that Saddam Hussein’s possession of vast quantities of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) is about as likely as Mars having canals, complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers. Remember, it wasn’t just a couple of stink bombs we...
Rudy, Let’s Get Those Damned Liberals
DR. GERRY LOWER
Author’s Note: In response to my comparison of how George Bush and Thomas Jefferson address the issue of relative human worth (Counter Punch, June 9, 2003), I received several very kind responses from free-thinking Amer...
Where We Are
MICKEY Z.
Every seven seconds, an American is diagnosed with cancer. The response to this preventable reality is war–the war on cancer. Blast it with radiation. Engage in a full frontal chemotherapy assault. Eradicate the tumor through a surgical strike. Rather t...
Rebellious Judges
JOANNE MARINER
Don’t be fooled by their dark robes and serious demeanors: some judges are rebels. Their acts of insubordination may be quiet ones, but they still shake the foundations of the judicial hierarchy. If strict obedience to the Supreme Court’s rulin...
A Review of Joel Kovel’s The Enemy of Nature
TED DACE
The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World? ...
Midnight at the Apocalyptic Pancake
ADAM ENGEL
"…you must say the words, as long as there are any, until they find me, until they say me, strange pain, strange sin, you must go on, perhaps it’s done already, perhaps they have said me already…in the silence you don̵...
Suicide’s Most Willing Accomplice
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
Razor wire, electrical & steel fences, concrete barriers and road blocks, watchtowers and tanks, helicopters, drones and F16s overhead, and the looming gray wall of separation encircling us –these are the borders of Gaza and the West Bank. Jennifer,...
The G8 and Africa
YVES ENGLER And BIANCA MUGYENYI
Sickening is the best word to describe the hypocrisy between what G8 nations do and say with regards to Africa. Last summer, the Canadian media was abuzz with reports on how Canada and the rest of the G8 were going to help Africa. Before the G8 met t...
Peru as Our Crystal Ball?
NOAH LEAVITT
How will history judge the Bush Administration’s efforts to keep Americans safe from terrorists? Although we are constantly told that we are fighting a new kind of war, can we find guidance elsewhere in the world? In this column, I will argue th...
Of Dissidents and Dissonance
BEN TRIPP
Like a full-scale papier-mache model of the Earth, the truth is so enormous that it is hard to even comprehend. And once you figure it out, the question becomes where to put it? Because it won’t fit on the shelf in the living room. I refer of course to ...
Metaphysics as a Guide to Murder
CHRIS FLOYD
We meant no offense to any Christian readers with our recent blast at the crude fundamentalism now riding herd on the American government and large swathes of American society as well ("DevilR...
A Macabre Alliance
GILA SVIRSKY
It was a good week for the extremists on both sides. As they perceived some hope rising last Wednesday in the seaside resort of Aqaba, they got to work: The very day after all those high falutin’ words, Sharon sent a hit team into the West Bank and knoc...
The US Tax System, Rigged in Favor of the Rich
LEE SUSTAR
The controversy over the exclusion of 6.5 million low-income families from the increased tax child credit highlights the anti-worker agenda reflected in George W. Bush’s tax cut passed by Congress in late May. Congressional Republicans claimed that increasin...
A Roadmap to What and Where?
EDWARD SAID
Early in May, while Colin Powell was on his visit to Israel and the Occupied Territories, he met with Mahmoud Abbas, the new Palestinian Prime Minister, and separately with a small group of civil society activists, including Hanan Ashrawi and Mostapha Barghuti. Accordin...
Hunger and Security
LAURA CARLSEN
Hunger is a slow, quiet killer. It does not make loud explosions. It does not crumble tall buildings. It kills mostly children, whose voices are small and weak. No wonder it took a back seat to terrorism at the G-8 annual meeting held June 1-3 in Evian, Fra...
The Tragic Legacy of the Six Day War
AHMAD FARUQUI
On June 5, 1967, Israel launched a pre-emptive war against the combined militaries of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Syria. Within six days, the Israeli Defense Forces had scored a decisive military victory. The Arabs lost East Jerusalem, containing the third holiest sh...
Iranian Revolution, Reloaded?
RON JACOBS
Not too long ago I wrote a piece that was a reaction to recent U.S. threats against Iran. The underlying argument of the article was that even though the Iranian people want a change in their government, they would be ill advised to look to the United States gover...
Six Months Before the War Bush White House Silenced Critics of Iraq Intelligence
JASON LEOPOLD
Six months before the United States was dead-set on invading Iraq to rid the country of its alleged weapons of mass destruction, experts in the field of nuclear science warned officials in the Bush administration that intelligence reports showing Iraq was stockpil...
Ashcroft’s Cruel Version of America
NEGAR AZIMI
United States Attorney-General John Ashcroft has recommended a widening of the USA Patriot Act, calling it a crucial tool in the global fight against terrorism. In an address before the House Judiciary Committee last week, Ashcroft espoused the expansion of the la...
Deceived into War, Reflections of a Former CIA Analyst
RAY McGOVERN Former CIA Analyst
When FOX TV asked me to present my views Sunday on the ongoing quest for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the first thing the anchor asked was why I should care about the phantom wmds when the vast majority of Americans don’t. I responded, somewhat indeco...
Roadmap to What?
DAVID VEST
Bush W. is now presiding over the largest budget deficit in U. S. history. At $291 billion and counting, on the way to $400 billion and beyond, he has already bettered his hapless dad’s record of dischievement by more than a billion dollars. Dad left office ...
The Man Who Wasn’t There
JOHN CHUCKMAN
I read something recently about America’s Middle East initiative, the "road map," offering Bush the chance for greatness. Verbal excess like that demands a realistic discussion of the prospects. When Britain achieved a breakthrough for peace...
Rumseld, Unfit for Office
WAYNE MADSEN
It is no secret that Donald Rumsfeld treats his flag rank officers with contempt and disdain. Rumsfeld’s latest dissing of his senior officers came when he chose retired General Peter Shoomaker, the former head of the US Special Operations Command, to succee...
The Intel-gat Row in Britain, A Chronology
GARY LEUPP
June 10, 2003 Key Watergate figure John W. Dean, former counsel to President Richard Nixon, has drawn much attention in the last few days by writing that, "In the three decades since Watergate, this [problem of possibly doctored intelligence on Iraq] ...
Warm and Fuzzy in Aqaba
TARIF ABBOUSHI
Almost 36 years to the day after the start of the Arab-Israeli Six Day War, President Bush sought to "end the occupation that started in 1967" by bringing together the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers at the Red Sea Summit in Aqaba, Jordan. The pr...
Missing Weapons, Shrinking Bush and the Media
MICHAEL LEON
As even the mass media begin to ask why we went to war, the accounting of George W. Bush’s stated justifications for war has begun in earnest. "Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to ...
A Summer Reading List
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, ...
Then and Now
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
Then we had a beatitude & Now we have a wanna-be-attitude Then we had jazz with our rock & roll & Now we have talk radio with our road rage Then we had intellectual discoveries & Now we have video poker machines The...
Shiite Happens
SAUL LANDAU
"For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction (as justification for invading Iraq) because it was the one reason everyone could agree on." Paul Wolfowitz to Vanity Fair, May 9, 2003...
Blair Brothers Change Jobs
CounterPunch Satire Wire
In a pathbreaking deal, the New York Times and the British Government announced today that Jayson Blair and Tony Blair will swap jobs: Tony Blair will become a reporter for the Times, and Jayson Blair will be the new British Prime Minister. "The New Y...
The Empire Expands, Wider and Still Wider
ERIC HOBSBAWM
The present world situation is quite unprecedented. The great global empires that have been seen before, such as the Spanish in the 16th and 17th centuries, and notably the British in the 19th and 20th centuries, bear little comparison with what we see today in th...
The Republican Drive to Eliminate Overtime Pay
DAVID LINDORFF
If ordinary working people needed some hard evidence that this Republican government in Washington is not on their side–that it is, in fact, out to get them–they finally have it in a very simple form: the effort in Congress to eliminate overtime p...
Banking on Saddam?
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
Statues demolished by bulldozers portraits rendered in bullet holes U.S. rulers in Iraq print interim dinars bearing the purple-and-yellow plundered face of Saddam Hussein Fearing counterfeit Saddams nobody wants to touch the inherently...
Bush Must Stop Telling Us What to Eat!
NNIMO BASSEY And LAWRENCE BOHLEN
President Bush thinks all nations, especially those in Africa, should warmly embrace “bio-crops” produced by the United States. He says that their refusal to accept genetically engineered crops is not scientific, but rather a fear of economic loss if ...
Why the Lies About WMD Matter
RAY CLOSE Former CIA Analyst
It seems to me that the public controversy over the WMD issue has gotten considerably off track — in a way that diminishes its overall importance to the country and, incidentally, depreciates our contribution to the debate. This became clear to me the other e...
Powell’s Denials Ring Hollow
JASON LEOPOLD
The evidence, or lack thereof, speaks for itself. In the months leading up to the war in Iraq, the Bush administration produced hundreds of pages of intelligence for members of Congress and for the United Nations that showed how Iraq’s President Saddam ...
Iraqi Slaughter, Mayhem and Plunder
ISHMAEL REED
Editors’ Note: CounterPunch is delighted to publish this essay on the Iraq war by ISHMAEL REED, one of our favorite novelists. Reed also edits the excellent online zine, ...
Weaponsgate
WAYNE MADSEN
You wouldn’t know if from listening to the leading Democratic candidates for President, but "Weaponsgate" may ultimately bring about the downfall of the Bush regime and its allies in London, Canberra, and elsewhere. The neo-conservatives may h...
Greens, the Antiwar Movement and 2004
TOM GORMAN
Even today, two and a half years later, you still hear it. "Oh, that Ralph Nader. How can he sleep at night?" Letter-writers to the Los Angeles Times (4/5/03) carped that the Green Party should have no say in resisting the Iraq war, one arguing th...
Whining, Whimpering Leftists Confront the Logic of American World Domination
RICHARD LICHTMAN
It comes as no surprise that the present era has witnessed a resurgence of virulent complaint and outrage from the so called "left community." Not that the tendency has ever been absent in recent history; but from the time of the 2000 election and t...
Ashcroft is Coming! Ashcroft is Coming!
ELAINE CASSEL
FBI Director Robert Mueller recently agreed with President Bush’s assessment that "we" had Al Qaeda on the run." Of course Osama and Saddam are out there somewhere, but whatever Al Qaeda is (see Steve Perry’s post that queries wheth...
Is Iran Next?
LEE SUSTAR
Washington’s sabre-rattling toward Iran is part of the U.S. drive not just to dominate the Persian Gulf, but to prevent the emergence of any rival at a global level. The U.S. government claims that Iran supports terrorism and is developing nuclear weapons. B...
Equatorial Guinea
Agustin Velloso
Last Wednesday, in fact pick any day, in the capital of a small country in Central Africa, a student was about to take a Latin exam, three young lawyers were talking in an office, a boy was drinking water from a public fountain and a public servant was answering t...
A True Liberation
MICHAEL S. LADAH
Dear Mr. President, We salute the recent efforts of your administration to bring a ray of hope for peace into the lives of Palestinians and Israelis. The Palestinians have been traumatized for too long by the Israeli occupation, just as the Israelis have su...
Michael Chertoff, Ashcroft’s Top Gremlin
ELAINE CASSEL
I have been watching John Ashcroft so long that it is getting to be a little boring. Promising to use all available means to "fight terrorism," prosecuting every violation of law "to the fullest extent of the law," desperately wanting the ...