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Archives from October 2003
Welcome to Arnold, King for a Day
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Gray Davis, good riddance! Into the political coffin with you and off you go to the crypt. The line I remember from your first inauguration speech in Sacramento was your creepy pledge that you would be "death on crime". You let your voice peck at the wor...
Arnold’s California Putsch
FRAN SHOR
The last minute revelations by the Los Angeles Times of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pattern of sexual harassment apparently did little to deflate his pumped-up image as the savior of California. How ironic is it that most people, including women, would overlook ...
Israel’s WMDs and the West’s Double Standard
RAMZY BAROUD
A highly distinguished and carefully selected team of American scientists just concluded a thorough and consequential mission in Iraq. The declared objective was finding Iraq’s arsenals of weapons of mass destruction. But hidden within such a declaration, wa...
The Reagan Roadmap for an Antiterrorism Disaster
JAMES BOVARD
In his televised speech to the nation on September 7, President Bush declared, "In the past, the terrorists have cited the examples of Beirut and Somalia, claiming that if you inflict harm on Americans, we will run from a challenge. In this, they are mistaken...
Mexico Tilts South
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. Ten years ago, Mexico put its Juan Hancock on the NAFTA free trade treaty with Washington and Ottawa, thereby transforming itself into the southernmost region of North America rather than the northernmost outpost of Latin America, an address ch...
Schwarzenegger and the Failure of the Democrats
DAVID LINDORFF
The election of Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of America’s largest state represents a kind of milestone in the decline of American democracy. This is not "Reagan II, the Movie," as some have suggested–a second actor being elected governor...
edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Do you favor a one-state solution or a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict? Personally, I favor both. The one-state solution calls for a single state made up of Israel plus the occupied territories. Since the state is conceived as democratic...
Terry Gross, Grover Norquist and the Holocaust
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
Terry Gross has a syndicated show on National Public Radio. It’s called "Fresh Air." As a guest last week, Gross had on Grover Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform and the reputed architect of President Bush’s tax cuts. ...
A Special Prosecurtor is Required in Leakgate
Rep. JOHN CONYERS, Jr.
Sorely missing in the myriad of public debate concerning the need for a special counsel to investigate the leaked name of a CIA operative is one simple fact: It’s required by the law. Although the independent counsel law expired in 1999, the Justice D...
Lost in the Translation at Camp Delta
STAN GOFF
The arrest of three individuals, so far, who were stationed at Camp Delta, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, raised the question at Reuters of whether there was a spy plot that involved Syria. Reuters is not alone with its espionage fixation. The Christian Science Mon...
Israel’s Bush-Back Attack on Syria
GARY LEUPP
"What I said to [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] very clearly is that there are things we believe he should do if he wants a better relationship with the United States, if he wants to play a helpful role in solving the crisis in the region. So ...
Shock and Awe in the Moussaoui Case
ELAINE CASSEL
Judge Leonie Brinkema dropped a bomb on Thursday. In a shock that reverberated around the beltway, where I live and work, lawyers were buzzing about the news. Showing independence from the government and the defense, Brinkema announced the penalty for prosecu...
Yom Kippurs Past and Present
RON JACOBS
I’m not Jewish, but I remember Yom Kippur in 1973 only too well. It was my freshman year in college and I was attending Fordham University in the Bronx at the time. Things were going pretty well, although I was getting tired of Rheingold beer-the favori...
Thoughts on the Cali Recall
WALTER LIPPMAN
Despite efforts by the media to crown him King Arnold the First, it’s not over till its over. He has been losing ground since the latest revelations about his admiration for Hitler and his sexual abuses toward women have begun to reach public notice these pa...
Who Are "We"?
CYNTHIA MCKINNEY
[Remarks at the annual Project Censored awards ceremony in San Rafael, California October 4, 2003.] I hav...
Coronado in Iraq
DAVID LINDORFF
The Bush administration’s fiasco in Iraq is now reaching the point where, if it weren’t for the thousands of dead and maimed Iraqi’s and Americans, if it weren’t for the hundreds of thousands of American miilitary families whose lives have ...
Barghouti’s Scarecrow
URI AVNERY
In his final speech in court, Marwan Barghouti, the Fatah leader on trial, issued a resounding warning: If Israelis do not adopt the Two-States Solution soon, Israel will disappear. The whole country will become one state, and in this state the Palestinians will s...
Upheaval in Bolivia
FORREST HYLTON
Describing the rising tide of mobilization against his government, Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez Lozada-known in a previous incarnation as "the most intelligent neoliberal" in Latin America-put it succinctly: "They want to govern from th...
Rios Montt’s Campaign Threatens Guatemalan Genocide Trials
NICOLE GAMBLE
The Guatemalan Constitutional Court’s recent decision to allow ex-dictator Gen. Efrain Rios Montt to run for president in 2004 could be disastrous for the indigenous communities and human rights workers trying to bring him to justice for acts of genocide in ...
Bush’s New Deal
BRIDGET GIBSON
All of us are familiar with Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’, the one that employed millions of the unemployed during the Great Depression. It created jobs and opportunities and built the infrastructure that forms the basis for many communities across the ...
Divisions Deepend in Third Week of Bolivia’s Gas War
BENJAMIN DANGL
An intense series of road blockades, protests and strikes continue to gain momentum across Bolivia as new sectors enter the movement against the exportation of the country’s gas to the US. The geographical and political diversity of the groups involved in th...
The New Unity Partnership, A Manifest Destiny for Labor
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
Since unions are supposed to be organizations of workers, we at CounterPunch thought the members might like the opportunity to review a document cobbled up by five union presidents outlining big plans to spend the workers’ money, consolidate their unions and...
the Bush-Rove-Schwarzegnegger Nazi Nexus
BOB FITRAKIS And HARVEY WASSERMAN
George W. Bush’s grandfather helped finance the Nazi Party. Karl Rove’s grandfather allegedly helped run the Nazi Party, and helped build the Birkenau Death Camp. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Austrian father volunteered for the infamous Nazi SA and be...
Raid on Syria a Lethal Step Towards War in Middle East
ROBERT FISK
Israel received the Green Light. It came from what is called the Syria Accountability Act, moving through the United States Congress with the help of Israel’s supporters, that will impose sanctions on Damascus for its supposed enthusiasm for "terrorism&...
Can the Republicans Get Much Worse? Sure, They Can
WAYNE MADSEN
In the spirit of Trent ("Strom Thurmond should have been President)" Lott, George W. ("he’s a major league asshole") Bush, and Dick ("big time") Cheney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rush Limbaugh, two linchpins of the neo-con/neo-N...
Remembering My Brothers on Yom Kippur
ANAT YISRAELI
In memory of my beloved brothers Efrayim and Dedy (David) Yisraeli The last rays of light fall on the hills of Jerusalem. A clear evening filled with sweet smells descends upon Ein Kerem, on the charming stone house, on the blue windows, on the roof balcony...
Addio Alle Armi
BRUCE JACKSON
Carovane is an Italian word that means exactly what it means in English absent the final e. It is also the name of an event that has taken place each of the last four Septembers in Piacenza, a provincial capital on the river Po, about 40 miles southeast of Milan. ...
Scorsese’s Blues
WILLIAM BENZON
Editor’s Note: Five episodes of Martin Scorsese’s PBS blues series have now aired. The first two–"Feel Like Going Home" by Scorsese and "The Soul of a Man" by Wim Winders, were self-indulgent, badly-informed, an...
Wives Are Now "Fair Game" in Bush’s War on Whistleblowers
RAY McGOVERN Former CIA Analyst
What could have been going through the heads of senior White House officials when they decided to blow the cover of Valerie Plame, wife of former US ambassador Joseph Wilson? What did they find so compelling that they would burn her entire network of agents report...
In Our Own Image
MICKEY Z.
According to a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Program (WFP) report issued September 23, nearly half of the 26.3 million Iraqis are living in extreme poverty, unable to afford adequate nutrition. With unemployment at 60...
The Corruptions of Patriotism
GLEN T. MARTIN
The United States administers a global empire. This used to be a secret. Through the 1990s, our government told us that we stood for democracy, freedom, and independence of nations worldwide (lying to us). But the majority of U.S. citizens refused to critical...
Joe Hill and the IWW
PETER LINEBAUGH
Franklin Rosemont, Joe Hill: The IWW & the Making of a Revolutionary Wo...
Rush Limbaugh and the Politics of White Resentment
TIM WISE
So now we know how Rush Limbaugh lost all that weight. It wasn’t will power, it wasn’t exercise, and it wasn’t the Atkins Diet. Instead, it appears to have been a legal opiate called OxyContin: legal, at least, for those persons who have a prescr...
Why Saddam Didn’t Come Clean
Col. DAN SMITH (Ret.)
Information emerging from the intelligence community indicates that the Iraq Survey Team looking for Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq is coming up empty. Although the so-called “progress report” is still be written, CIA s...
The Racism Barrier
M. JUNAID ALAM
In the United States, the Palestinian narrative receives the same brutally dismissive treatment meted out to the dispossessed natives whose moving plight it strongly conveys. Concrete evidence is blocked and barred entrance at the gates of serious social discourse...
Wesley Clark is Not Cincinnatus
JOHN CHUCKMAN
I don’t know how many times I’ve seen articles about Wesley Clark making a formidable opponent for George Bush. And I agree, he likely would, but so what? I too am sick of the sound of Bush’s voice. My radio dial is turned five words into ...
The Great American Writing Contest
ADAM ENGEL
People, especially Bored College Professors and Golf Pros, say Literature is dead, that Americans are too illiterate and hypnotized by mass media to create great poetry and prose. Here is YOUR chance to prove them wrong, and win big $$$, by entering the PEN GREAT ...
A Nuclear 9/11?
DAVID KRIEGER
Sooner or later there will be a nuclear 9/11 in an American city or that of a US ally unless serious program is undertaken to prevent such an occurrence. A terrorist nuclear attack against an American city could take many forms. A worst case scenario would be the ...
The Bush Ideologues vs. Big Oil in Iraq
ROGER BURBACH
The mounting criticism of Bush’s Iraqi policies now extends to key business allies of the administration. "The big oil companies were not enthusiastic about the Iraqi war," says Fareed Mohamedi of PFC Energy, a consultancy firm based in Washin...
Occupation as Rape-Marriage
GARY LEUPP
"Failure in Iraq is not an option The President needs to get personally involved to build a broad, international coalition. He should immediately direct his Secretary of State to get on a plane to drum up the troops and the money—-and make ...
Versailles on the Potomac
WILLIAM S. LIND
According to the September 23 Washington Post, when America’s viceroy, L. Paul Bremer, testified to Congress on why he needs more than $20 billion to rebuild Iraq, he said those dollars "bespeak grandeur of vision equal to the one which created the free...
Who Got Us Into This Mess?
SAUL LANDAU
Have some heavy weight members of the old wealthy families reached a consensus that George W. Bush constitutes a clear and present danger to their fortunes’ future? Have the CPAs of the truly well-born advised the families that the current occupant of the Wh...
Robert Novak and the Valerie Plame Affair
DOUG GIEBEL
Whoever, having or having had authorized access to classified information that identifies a covert agent, intentionally discloses any information identifying such covert agent to any individual not authorized to receive classified information, knowing...
the Ashcroft-Rove Connection
AMY GOODMAN And JEREMY SCAHILL
There’s an old saying that you should never let a fox guard the henhouse. The same could be said of the investigation into the latest White House scandal. Attorney General John Ashcroft is refusing to appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate who in the admin...
What’s So Great About Gandhi, Anyway?
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
"Mahatma Gandhi was OK, but he was no Manmohan Singh", remarked a friend of mine. I laughed out loud at this deadpan humor, only to realize that my friend, a smart and successful high-tech baron in Silicon Valley, was entirely serious. He genuinely thoug...
The Moment of Myth
HAMID DABASHI
Close proximity to a majestic mountain is a mixed blessing — one is at once graced by the magnanimity of its pastures and the bounty of its slopes, and yet one can never see where one is sitting, under the shadow of what greatness, the embracing comfort of w...
Chicago Condemns Patriot Act
ELAINE CASSEL
On October 1, the Chicago City Counsel voted to pass a resolution condemning the USA PATRIOT Act, becoming the largest city in the United States to show its contempt for the Ashcroft-Congress brand of patriotism. As reported by attorney Noah Leavitt, with C...
Wesley Clark and the "No Fly" List
SEAN DONAHUE
Last June, retired Gen. Wesley Clark told NBC’s "Meet the Press" that he was concerned about the effect of the war on terrorism on civil liberties. He said, "I think one of the risks you have in [fighting terrorism] is that you’re giving...
Married with Children
JOANNE MARINER
Dissenting from the Supreme Court’s ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down Texas’s consensual sodomy law, Justice Antonin Scalia listed a catch-all inventory of purportedly immoral behaviors. Under the reasoning of the Court’s opinio...
Oil, War and Panic
ROBERT FISK The Independent
The Independent Oil is slippery stuff but not as slippery as the figures now being peddled by Iraq’s American occupiers. Up around Kirkuk, the authorities are keeping the sabotage figures secret–because they can’t stop their pipelines to Turkey bl...