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Archives from June 2003
Human Worth in Bush’s America
DR. GERALD LOWER
Michael Kinsley (Tyranny of the Rich, MSNBC, June 06, 2003) has recently legitimized open discussion of class warfare in America, and the historical context for this western millennial trait has been discussed with regard to it’s relationships to fundamental...
Colombia
ALFREDO CASTRO
A new survey of trade union rights says that Colombia is by far the most dangerous place in the world to be a member of a trade union. According to a new report on human rights violations released by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions...
Why the Air Force Generals Want to Kill the A-10
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
It’s ugly. It’s lumbering and it’s old. But the A-10 Warthog almost certainly remains the best performing airplane in the Air Force’s fleet. The 30-year-old attack plane is safe, efficient, durable and cheap. GI’s call it the friend o...
Remembering Rachel Corrie
GILA SVIRSKY
Last week in Israel, an evening in memory of Rachel Corrie was held. Rachel was the 23-year old member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who was killed by a bulldozer as she stood her ground, trying to protect a Palestinian home from being destroyed (...
Bush Family Lies About Iraq and Nazi Germany
CHRIS FLOYD
Holocaust revisionism took decades to rear its ugly head, but the whitewashers of war crimes in the Bush Regime are trying to pervert the facts of history mere weeks after their Leader triumphantly declared "mission accomplished" in the war on Iraq. &qu...
A Season in the Anti-War Movement
BENJAMIN SHEPARD
The months of activism from February through March were some of the most exhilarating, depressing, riveting, and charged as any I can remember. If a mood became too intense-another bombing or jump in public opinion-shifted the political climate with a bit of reli...
Spike Lee v. Spike TV
JULIE HILDEN
Spike Lee is a renowned filmmaker whose body of work includes the landmark features "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X," as well as the acclaimed civil rights documentary "4 Little Girls." His is a household name. Spike TVR...
If This is the Road, I’d Rather be Lost
AMELIA PELTZ
It could be argued that that the average male has a very difficult time admitting when they get lost. Only as a last-ditch effort to save face will they stop and ask for directions. If only they had checked the map, their destination could have been reached in hal...
Cracks in the Consensus
DAVID LINDORFF
It’s too early to predict how far things will go, but it does appear that the Bush political juggernaut, much like the army’s tanks and armored personnel carriers in Iraq, has begun to show signs of breaking down from overuse. The big issue at t...
An Interview with Isabel Allende
LAURA FLANDERS
Editors’ Note: Chilean author Isabel Allende has lived through a dictatorship once and she’s not about to sit by and watch democracy stolen a second time. In her latest memoir, ...
Bush’s War on Endangered Species
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The Bush administration has given up on the art of pretense. There are no more illusions about its predatory attitude toward the environment. No more airy talk about how financial incentives and market forces can protect ecosystems. No more soft rhetoric about how...
A Fish Story
BEN TRIPP
A stork brings babies, and a swallow is the surest way to avoid them. It is clear that mankind has a symbiotic relationship with birds, and so it is with great distress that I report the rapid disappearance of our avian pals from this world. 12 percent of the Eart...
Another Powell, Another Capitulation, Another Trap
SHELTON HULL
On Monday, June 2, the last major rules standing athwart the phenomenon of "media concentration" were erased from law by a 3-2 party-line vote of the Federal Communications Commission. Local limits on ownership of radio and blocks on certain cross-media ...
Male Rape in US Prisons
ALEX COOLMAN
In April of 2001, Human Rights Watch released a report called No Escape: Male Rape in U.S. Prison. The report, written by human rights lawyer (and CounterPunch contributor) Joanne Mariner, contains dozens of first-hand accounts of prisoner rape and sexual assault,...
Pauperizing the Periphery
M. SHAHID ALAM
Contrary to the grandiose claims made by the ideologues, the neoliberal, open-door economic regimes imposed on the Periphery by Core capital–starting in the 1980s–have produced no economic miracles.[1] Instead, these economic regimes have brought econo...
Sports, Politics and the 1960s
RON JACOBS
On my wall at work I have a photo virtually anybody who was cognizant in 1968 would recognize. It shows the U.S. Olympic runners Tommie Smith and Juan Carlos with their fists raised high in the air in the Black Power salute. I remember watching this event as if it...
An Open Letter to the New Yorker’s Philip Gourevitch on the Congo
ROBIN PHILPOT
Your recent article about central Africa in the May 30 edition of The New Yorker, The Congo Test is the latest in a long stream of successful disinformation about central Africa. This time it is about the Ituri province of the Congo, before it was about Rwanda, bu...
The Last Byline, a Review
DAVID LINDORFF
The decrepit newsroom is a relic from the turn of the century. Rats scurry under and through desks, the paper’s archives are stacked in precarious ceiling-high piles behind reporters’ chairs, harried hacks peck away at their assignments on old manual t...
Ashcroft Sides with Torturers
JOANNE MARINER
Given the chance to protect corporate interests, the Bush administration is predictably happy to take it. Ditto for the prospect of undermining international justice. But it’s not every day that the opportunity arises to accomplish both objectives at ...
A Different Theory of Everything
STEVEN SHERMAN
Give Thomas Friedman credit. He does tackle big questions. In a column entitled "A theory of everything", he attempts to explain how it happened that "after 9/11 people wondered, ‘Why do they hate us?’ speaking of the Muslim world. After...
Murder and "The Matrix"
JULIE HILDEN
The movie "The Matrix" seems to have played a role in a number of recent murder cases, at least according to the defendants. The question is: What role, exactly? Especially in recent decades, movies and music have often been cited as inspiring &qu...
Nuclear Deterrence and North Korea
BINOY KAMPMARK
Containment is a dirty word, the pornography of post-9/11 diplomacy. After 9/11, as Faoud Ajami, professor at Johns Hopkins University, told Jim Lehrer’s Newshour, strategic containment as a concept had collapsed with respect to such regimes as Iraq. No more...
Where is the Outrage?
SENATOR ROBERT BYRD
With each passing day, the questions surrounding Iraq’s missing weapons of mass destruction take on added urgency. Where are the massive stockpiles of VX, mustard, and other nerve agents that we were told Iraq was hoarding? Where are the thousands of liters ...
Talk Dirty Scary Monsters
ADAM ENGEL
I don’t know how these folks get by, make "rational" decisions, operate heavy machinery, vote (hah, hah), or even feed themselves when they let guests at a three-month-old boy’s Baptism make a whore outta his five-year-old cousin – not ...
The Terrible Truth
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
It’s hard to chose which deserves the coarser jeer: the excited baying in the press about the non discovery of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or the wailing in the press about the 3-2 decision of the Federal Communications Commission last week to allow...
Sharon’s Sword of Damocles
ISSAM MUFID NASHASHIBI
On May 14, 2003, Israeli Public Security Minister Tzachi Hanegbi commented that Jews will soon be able to visit and pray at Islam’s third holiest shrine, Jerusalem’s Nobel Sanctuary or Haram al-Sharif, known to Jews as the Temple Mount. The dire...
Blackmail as Policy
JOHN CHUCKMAN
The saga of America’s Private Lynch, no matter what the details of her movie-set escape prove to be, adds only banality to needless bloodshed in Iraq. Another young American woman, Marla Ruzicka, went largely ignored. Ms. Ruzicka runs a non-profit org...
The Isaiah Crowd
LISA WALSH THOMAS
"And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground." –Isaiah 21:9 ...
Copycat Killers
CHRIS FLOYD
"This is a blessing of September 11!" exclaimed the president’s top adviser, as tanks rolled across the border and paratroopers blackened the sky above the enemy’s land–an outlaw state seething with "terrorists" and run by &qu...
Wolfowitz Tells All
JASON LEOPOLD
While the hawks in the Bush administration attempt to justify the logic behind a preemptive strike against Iraq now that its become clear the country’s alleged weapons of mass destruction are nowhere to be found, the true reasons for going to war are finally...
Pools of Fire
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Looking for weapons of mass destruction? Try the backwoods of North Carolina. The site is easy to find. You don’t need infrared telemetry, informants or a global positioning satellite. Just follow the railroad tracks deep into the heart of the triangle area ...
The Final Brick in the Wall
SAM HAMOD
Having just returned from Washington, DC, I was shocked by the insularity of the "inside the beltway" crowd that runs America today. I had been there from 1980 through 1995, and had seen an insularity then, but nothing like that of today. This insularity...
Rosenthal is Free
ANN HARRISON
Set free by a San Francisco federal judge who sentenced him to just one day in prison, medical cannabis grower Ed Rosenthal said today that his case will be the catalyst to overturn all U.S. marijuana laws under which 750,000 Americans are arrested each year. ...
Ari’s Great Set
STEW ALBERT
Ari Fleisher was marketing Iraq trying for a big score and talking like a guy who inherited some strange property from a questionable uncle. "Making Iraq a wonderful tourist center around the world given its glorious history."...
Sharon and the Myth of the Peacemakers
RAMZY BAROUD
History is already remembering a handful of Israeli Prime Ministers as well intending peacemakers. Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, although affiliated with terrorism in his early years, then bloody wars in later years, was made a peacemaker wh...
Ashcroft Wants More, More, More
ELAINE CASSEL
Amidst criticism by his own Inspector General about abuses of civil liberties in post September 11 detentions of immigrants, Attorney General Ashcroft not only refused to apologize, he said he would do the same thing again. And to those who have been believ...
Clinton, Reno and Waco
MICHAEL LEON
In Sidney Blumenthal’s new book The Clinton Wars (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003) Bl...
Judge Breyer Blinks; Rosenthal Walks
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
US District Judge Charles Breyer today sentenced Ed Rosenthal to one day in prison on each of three counts, stemming from his conviction earlier this year of supplying medical marijuana under license of the city of Oakland. Breyer also fined him $1,000 and then fr...
Manufacturing the Iraq War
JASON LEOPOLD
Here’s what we know so far about Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction: of the 600 or so sites identified by United States intelligence and Iraqi officials as places where the country biological weapons may be hidden, about 100 of these sites have...
"Crucifixion is a Privilege"
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Never let it be said that Israeli Cabinet Minister Natan Sharansky doesn’t know how to cut a promo. On the June 2 edition of C-SPAN’s Washington Journal Sharansky, who the National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel dubbed "the long-impris...
The Altalena Affair
URI AVNERY
Good advice to Abu-Mazen: Keep clear of Altalena! He is going to get tired of the sound of this name in the near future. Every Israeli he meets on the way to Aqaba and back will demand that he do to Hamas what Ben-Gurion did to this ship. But this will be a...
Michael Powell’s Message to Americans
ELAINE CASSEL
Driving long distances in the Washington, D.C. area has one advantage–C-Span radio is good company. I am unsure as to how its signal will be affected by the FCC handover of the airwaves to media wolves today, but C-Span served me well yesterday. For I w...
Why Indict Martha Stewart and Not Ken Lay?
SEAN CARTER
Shortly after Martha Stewart’s indictment for obstruction of justice, perjury and securities fraud, the questions started: "Is she being unfairly singled out for a common crime? Is she the victim of a male-wing conspiracy? Can you really build a home en...
How You Can be Deliriously Happy in the Age of Bush
PAUL DEAN
Good news for all of you anxiety sufferers out there! Are you are stressed, upset or depressed over the current state of our democracy? Worried about the complete breakdown of logic, and the absence of compassion on the part of our government? Do you lie awake at ...
Fourth Generation Warfare in Iraq
WILLIAM S. LIND
A recent article in The American Conservative is titled, "God’s Time: The Afghan war is over when the Afghans say so." The author, Jim Pittaway, makes the point that Fourth Generation, non-state Islamic forces have a wholly different view of time t...
Stepping into Some Deep DARPA
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
Total Information Awareness (TIA)–now Terrorist Information Awareness (TIA) is a Defense Department program with built-in mechanisms allowing surveillance to develop ontology-based (sub)systems that trace the "threads" of daily ...
Ann Coulter’s Foul Mouth
IMRAAN SIDDIQI
History often tends to repeat itself. Many would argue that the cyclical nature, in which world events unfold, is just merely coincidental. But for proof that this trend really does exist, we have to look no further than the Quran. In the last section of IslamR...
The Problem of Patriotism
ROBERT JENSEN
Among its many dubious achievements this session, the Texas Legislature — in the name of promoting appreciation for democratic political values in the public schools — struck a blow against the critical thinking skills crucial for meaningful democracy....
When Spooks Speak Out
GARY LEUPP
As I observed about a week ago, as stories about the philosophical underpinnings of the neocons’ activities began appearing in the mainstream press, we may now be seeing "the turning of the tide." As the days go by and "Coalition" forces ...
The Politics of US Cuba Policy
TOM CRUMPACKER
In his May 20 message to Cubans this year our president made no specific reference to any further steps being considered to bring about a "transition to democracy" (code word for unregulated capitalism), the legally required US policy towards Cuba. There...