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Archives from 2003
Are We Doing Body Counts, Now?
RON JACOBS
After ignoring most of the news this past holiday weekend, I finally succumbed to my need for information Sunday evening. All of the major networks were broadcasting a story about US troops killing between 46 and 54 Iraqis in what the Pentagon claimed was a series...
Defying the Police State in Miami
LEE SUSTAR
"Welcome to the police state of Miami." That’s Florida AFL-CIO President Cynthia Hall’s greeting to thousands of union members gathering in the city’s Bayfront Park Amphitheater on November 20, as we prepare to march against the Free Tr...
The San Francisco Mayor’s Race
BRUCE ANDERSON
Next week’s Frisco election is shaping up as a pivotal one, not only for America’s most corrupt small city, but for the even more corrupt two-party dictatorship ruling US and the rest of the world. If Matt Gonzalez, a member of the Green Party, is elec...
Bush Ministry of Disinformation Editor Gets "Freedom" Medal
KURT NIMMO
There are two departments in the Bush Ministry of Disinformation: one for plebian lowbrows who don’t like the read — the Fox News Channel — and another for effete reactionary highbrows who enjoy newspaper ink on their fingers — the Wall Str...
Avast, Me Hearties!
SUSAN DAVIS
Walt Disney’s "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" was the hottest movie of the summer and, I hope all the ten-year-olds out there will forgive me for saying this: it’s a mess. Based, and not loosely, on the Disneyland the...
Toronto Globe and Mail Kills Review of “The Politics of Anti-Semitism”
Jason Sherman
, Toronto. [The review, filed Thursday, Nov 13.] You’re Either Against Us, or You’re Not For Us By Jason Sherman. The Politics of Anti-Semitism Edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair AK Press, 178 pgs. (U...
Oil, Power and Empire
LARRY EVEREST
The U.S. government has mustered a dizzying and often shifting assortment of "reasons" for invading and occupying Iraq. At one time or another–sometimes in the next breath–it cited weapons of mass destruction and imminent threats to America, ...
An Update on Gays Under the Occupation
NEVE GORDON
Hundreds of letters have been sent by readers of CounterPunch (see Gays Under the Occupation) to the Interior Minister and President calling on them to grant Fuad a Jerusalem residency card. From a phone conversation with the Inte...
Justice Takes a Holiday
TOM STEPHENS
The annual US commercial holiday season is upon us again. As always, it commenced with candy for the kids on the pagan devil/spirit night Halloween, and rapidly passed through the harvest-and-shopping orgy of Thanksgiving. Now the effects of holiday shopping trend...
How to Fix the World Bank
MARK SCARAMELLA
(Warning to numerophobes: heavy lifting ahead.) The estimated total yearly value of worldwide currency transactions — and this is a BIG number even if you’re a corporate CEO — is over $1.2 trillion a day. (No one knows the exact number). ...
Press Box Red
MICKEY Z.
"We’ve got to get back to extended families. We need more people to talk to. I pretend to be interested in sports just to say ‘good morning’ to people." -Kurt Vonnegut About eight weeks ago, in h...
Reality Media, Michael Jackson, Bush and Iraq
SAUL LANDAU
He said "getting the job done," my friend complained, referring to George W. Bush’s "determination" to keep a US presence in Iraq. "That pisses me off," he said. "He’s never had a real job in his life and he hasn̵...
A Conversation with Tim Wise
ADAM ENGEL
ADAM ENGEL: First off, the oldest "medium, language. When I was in college a feminist friend told me that, despite my own rather cavalier visions of myself, it was impossible for me or anyone else, male or female, not to be sexist, or at least believe –...
Afghanistan, the Road Back
PABLO MUKHERJEE
If you look closely, all landscapes speak their histories. But few do with such dramatic directness as the ones in Afghanistan. One afternoon, about halfway between Bamiyan and Baghlan we stopped at the bottom of a gorge guarded by three massive jagged lunar peaks...
France Starts Facing Up to Anti-Muslim Discrimination
Sylvia Zappi
One ought to speak of phenomena typical of "intolerance towards Islam", instead of Islamophobia. But the string of violent events, such as hostile reactions to the debate on Islam’s place in French society, is very real indeed. Such are the conclu...
Dean and the Corporate Media Machine
NORMAN SOLOMON
Howard Dean is asking for media trouble. On Dec. 1, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination went where few national politicians have dared to go — directly challenging the media conglomerates. Don’t get me wrong. D...
Amistad Revisited at Guantanamo?
JEREMY BRECHER
In the 1841 Amistad case–vividly portrayed in Stephen Spielberg’s movie "Amistad"–the U.S. Supreme Court courageously held that human rights and the rule of law must apply to captives who had been seized in Africa and imprisoned in the ...
Bremer of the Tigris
JEREMY SCAHILL
There is a despot in Iraq, ruling with an iron fist from the comfort of his luxury palace on the banks of the Tigris River. He oversees a ruthless military force and a web of repressive domestic "intelligence" thugs that have terrorized Iraqis for decade...
RIP Clark Kerr
HAMMOND GUTHRIE And STEW ALBERT
Stew Albert runs the Yippie Reading Room. His memoir, ...
An Interview with Norman Finkelstein
M. JUNAID ALAM
M. JUNAID ALAM, co-editor and webmaster of the new leftist journal for American youth, Left Hook, recently had the opportunity to ...
Naked Gun, Sex, Blood and the FBI
CHRIS FLOYD
Don’t kid yourself–and don’t let them kid you. When they come at you with that pious sugar, telling you how they’re going to protect you, secure you, keep you free, you better run and check the back door–because that’s where the...
The US Footprint in Central Asia
ADAM FEDERMAN
Let’s imagine that the United States is home to a number of foreign military bases. Perhaps in Jacksonville, Florida an Uzbek airbase home to a small number of elite forces. Or somewhere in the Midwest a South Korean military outpost flanked by fields of cor...
Republican
ADAM ENGEL
True, some of that "if you can’t beat ‘em, annoy ‘em" nastiness was part of my decision to turn Republican. But there’s so much more. Ever since I declared myself a Republican I’ve felt so…free. NOW I understand how th...
The Fall of Shevardnaze
GARY LEUPP
The Republic of Georgia is variously referred to as a "European" country (wedged between the Black and Caspian Seas, at the extremity of Europe), or as a "Middle Eastern" country (given its long history of interactions with, and conquests by, P...
Bush, Security, Energy and Money
STAN GOFF
Contrary to its assertions of deep concern about the domestic security of the United States, the Bush administration has substantially degraded "homeland security" since September 11 while facilitating a massive transfer of public and private wealth into...
Who Caused the Palestinian Diaspora?
GEORGE BISHARAT
In early October, I meandered the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland with easy-laughing Mahmoud. We were bleary-eyed from international travel, and from many hours of animated discussions at our conference. Scholars, lawyers and activists had converged to e...
Shannon Warport, "No More Business as Usual"
HARRY BROWNE
The Irish Anti-War Movement is holding a demonstration this Saturday, December 6th, at which protesters will ‘blockade’ Shannon Airport, the civilian airport in the west of Ireland where approximately half the US troops en route to Iraq and Afghanistan...
Profit Margins and Mortality Rates
JOANNE MARINER
Here are some numbers to consider: 14 million, 35.9 billion, and one. The first is an estimate of the number of people who will die of AIDS and other treatable diseases over the course of the coming year, most of them in the poor countries of the developin...
Bush’s Operation Clean Sweep, a Nightmare Scenario
JOHN STANTON
Even though Bush II will lose the popular vote in the US presidential election of 2004, his electoral college victory seems assured. With Republican party governors firmly in charge of Florida, California, Texas and New York, and supported by a whopping Bush campa...
Tear Down That Wal-Mart
MICKEY Z.
If any of you have connections to the folks who produce "The Simpsons," I have an idea for a great opening sequence. Marge hears that the local discount store is offering DVD players for $29 so she gets on line with a zillion others to wait for the store...
Before and Beyond Iraqi Freedom
MATT VIDAL
When a preliminary report by White House chief weapons inspector David Kay was released last month–nearly half a year after the fall of the Hussein regime and the official end of combat operations in Iraq–the Bush regime claimed vindication. Bush argue...
Trade War Fears
JOSH FRANK
This past week the Bush administration pressed the WTO (World Trade Organization) to delay landmark sessions that could levy over $2.2 billion dollars in fines from the European Union (EU) over the United States’ protectionist steel tariffs. EU spokes...
Can It Ever Really End?
SAM BAHOUR
The world has finally come to its collective senses by explicitly acknowledging that Israel’s 37-year military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem must come to an abrupt end in order for peace in the Middle East to have even a remote c...
Tired, Terrified and Trigger-Happy in Iraq
ANDREW COCKBURN
Among the less publicized incentives propelling Iraq overseer Paul Bremer’s urgent dash to Washington last week was the concern in various quarters of the administration that the U.S. expeditionary force in Iraq is in a dangerously unstable state. "We a...
an Interview with Evo Morales on the Colonization of the Americas
BENJAMIN DANGL
Cochabamba, Bolivia This interview took place a month after Bolivia’s Gas War, a massive social uprising against the proposal to export the nation’s gas to the US through a Chilean port. Bolivia has the second largest natural gas reserves in Lat...
The Pew Poll on "Trade" Doesn’t Pass the Sniff Test
NORMAN SOLOMON
Drawing on poll numbers gathered last year, the influential Pew Research Center for the People and the Press waited until the recent trade summit in Miami to put out a report under headlines that proclaimed "Support for Free Trade" and "Miami Protes...
Bush’s Baghdad Pitstop, Memories of LBJ in Vietnam
DAVE LINDORFF
The corporate media are in a predictable paroxysm of praise and admiration for President Bush’s furtive and carefully televised and photographed quickie visit to wartime Baghdad–or at least to the airport–and his turkey dinner with some selected ...
About "World Peace"
GILAD ATZMON
Now, when it is beyond doubt that the Anglo-American (the English speaking world) ‘war against terror’ is leading to self-defeat, there is one simple strategic alternative that would make this planet a much safer place. The first lesson one learns when...
The New Unity Partnership, Bureaucratizing to Organize?
HERMAN BENSON
What John Sweeney did unto Lane Kirkland in 1995, may now be done unto him. On September 18, this year, Sweeney announced he would run for reelection as AFL-CIO president, along with Rich Trumka, secretary-treasurer, and Linda Chavez-Thompson, executive vice-pres...
Democracy Delayed in Northern Ireland
HARRY BROWNE
If you take the long view, perhaps the most striking story of last Wednesday’s elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly is this one: the party that ruled the "Protestant state for a Protestant people" for most of its history after the partition o...
Unholy Alliance
FAWZIA AFZAL-KHAN
Since 9/11, I have written and published several essays examining the reductive discourses that sprang up, mushroom-like, in mainstream media particularly within the US, to explain that apocalyptic moment in terms of an "Us/Them" binary. Many of these l...
Wagging the Media
WAYNE MADSEN
The consequence of the Bush White House’s cutting a secret deal with cherry picked reporters in the White House press pool was predictable. By cutting out editors and bureau chiefs from the reporting process, one of the first news reports about President Bus...
US Foreign Policy
BILL CHRISTISON
I want to tell you right at the start what my strongest belief is about the present U.S. position in the world. It’s this. The United States of America is today in a monstrous mess with its current foreign policies. Now, to repeat, I believe this, but I don&#...
Framing the Friedmans
SUSAN DAVIS
"Capturing the Friedmans" is Andrew Jarecki’s documentary about a child sex abuse scandal that shook Long Island, New York in the late 1980s. Arnold Friedman and his youngest son Jesse were accused of hundreds of cases of assault and sexual abuse o...
Unions are the Answer to the Supermarkets Woes
STANDARD SCHAEFER
To those who believe that unions are nostalgic relics and that America must support it’s massively over indebted businesses at all cost, consider the curious logic of Wall Street food and drug analyst Mark Husson for Merrill Lynch Global Securities. It is hi...
Empire and Revolution in Bolivia
FORREST HYLTON
"It’s a utopia that’s going in who knows what direction." Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, ex-President of Bolivia It is difficult, not to mention pointless, to resist being caught up in the tide of a rev...
Arundhati Roy’s Complaint for Peace
NEVE GORDON
"Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists," President George W. Bush exclaimed at a joint session of Congress less than 10 days after the Sept. 11 attacks. The war on terrorism and the discourse surrounding it — which has now spread ac...
Capture Me, Daddy
BEN TRIPP
We can’t just go around saying "what’s the matter with these people?" and expect that to solve America’s problems. Half of us (more than half, thanks) are working to get the bums out of office before the situation is irretrievable; the ...
The System Really Works
ADAM ENGEL
In the Summer/Fall of 2000 I decided to Identify myself as a "stop-light green," that is, "if I couldn’t vote red, I’d vote green, but never yellow." True, I could have voted red, but I thought that by voting Green and helping them ...
How the System Rigs the Jury Pool
DAVE LINDORFF
I planned to go to jury duty on Friday, but they told me not to bother. It turns out that in Montgomery County, PA, as in many jurisdictions across the state and country, if you’re honest and answer, on your jury summons questionnaire, that you have b...