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Archives from January 2004
The War in the Woods: Resistance is Fertile
MIICHAEL DONNELLY
"It was strangely like war. They attacked the forest as if it were an enemy to be pushed back from the beachheads, driven into the hills, broken into patches, and wiped out. Many operators thought they were not only making lumber but liberating t...
Cuba High on Neo-Con Hit List
SAUL LANDAU
"We must continue to stand with the brave people of Cuba, who for nearly half a century have endured tyrannies and repression." President G.W. Bush, Summit of the Americas, Monterrey, January 12, 2004 Th...
Child Abuse at Guantanamo
ELAINE CASSEL
After holding them prisoner for almost two years, the United States has released three "enemy combatants," boys ages 13 to 15, captured in Afghanistan and held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Reluctantly, no doubt, Bush and Rumsfeld had to return the boys to Af...
How Many People Will Die Because of This "Mistake", Senator Kerry?
SAM HUSSEINI
Truth is the only safe ground to stand upon. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton At the debate last night, John Kerry, asked to give examples of the administration’s deceptiveness on the "war on terrorism," said ...
Hutton Whitewash Leaves Blair in the Dock
DAVID MILLER
The Hutton report gave an immediate political victory to the Blair government. But the all-embracing natu...
The David Kay Report
MIKE WHITNEY
"We were all wrong" David Kay We can finally put Weapons of Mass Destruction issue to rest. With the publishing of the Kay report it is clear that the entire pretense for the Iraq war was nothing more than ...
A Tale of Two "Employees"…Oops…Make That "Workers"
DAVID VEST
Hardly had the words "unfairly maligned" escaped Dick Cheney’s lips when his former company found itself neck-deep in yet another bribery scandal. Halliburton praised itself for "strong internal detective work" as it revealed the latest &...
Bush Calls for Preemptive Attack on Mars & Moon; Cites Evidence of WMD
GREG WEIHER
Many observers were taken aback in recent days by the president’s unanticipated call for the U.S. to go to the Moon and Mars. However, sources have recently revealed the true provenance of the farsighted Bush plan. The president had hoped to spare the Americ...
Homeland Security and "Legalized" Immigration
RON JACOBS
Imagine yourself out driving one evening. It can be in any of the fifty states. Suddenly you hear a siren behind you. You simultaneously turn down the music you’re listening to and look in the rear-view mirror. Those blinking blue lights are right behind you...
John Ehrlichman, Environmentalist
PATRICIA NELSON LIMERICK
When I was young, I never imagined I would one day stand in front of 250 people and say something nice about John Ehrlichman. And yet, as a PowerPoint image of him appeared behind me on a stage last November, there I was saying, "In the Nixon White Hou...
New Hampshire vs. Iraq
RAHUL MAHAJAN
So the results are in. After shellacking Dean in Iowa, Kerry once again won a very convincing victory in New Hampshire. Democrats who made up their minds last year tended to favor Dean, while those who made up their minds in the last four weeks favored Kerry; thos...
Does New Hampshire Mean Anything? Nervous Dems Beg Nader Not to Run
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The facial topography of Senator John Kerry–gravity and the exactions of time pulling his features inexorably southward, a forlorn Hawthornian feel to the whole ensemble–remind us of another conqueror of New Hampshire in 1972: Senator Ed Muskie of Main...
Bearing Witness Against Teachers of Torture and Assassination
KATHY KELLY
Statement before Judge G. Mallon Faircloth, who sentenced me to 3 months in federal prison after I pled not guilty but stipulated to the facts of a charge for a November 22, 2003 entry onto Fort Benning, an open US military base in Columbus, GA. Columbus, G...
The State of the Media Union
NORMAN SOLOMON
My fellow American media consumers: At a time when news cycles bring us such portentous events as the remarkable wedding of Britney Spears, the advent of Michael Jackson’s actual trial proceedings and the start of the Democratic preside...
Racism 101 All Over Again
GREG MOSES
The specter of race in Texas higher education was raised inside and outside the state as soon as the King holiday weekend was over. A campus task force at the University of Texas at Austin found new reasons to take race seriously. And a long-term study from Prince...
Leak Against This War
DANIEL ELLSBERG
After 17 months observing pacification efforts in Vietnam as a state department official, I laid eyes upon an unmistakable enemy for the first time on New Year’s Day in 1967. I was walking point with three members of a company from the US army’s 25th D...
"We’re All Lied To"
MIKE FERNER
Oriental Palace Hotel, Baghdad Recently I interviewed singer, songwriter and musician, Bruce Cockburn, at the end of his weeklong visit to Iraq hosted by the American Friends Service Committee. As I write this introduction in a Baghdad hotel on Karrada Stre...
Can George Ever Really Be Elected President?
C. G. ESTABROOK
So what did happen to Mad Doctor Dean and the Democrat joy-boys, Kerry and Edwards, in the wild Midwest? The media had anointed Dean, the rural governor from Wall Street, as the Democratic front-runner, but that’s not what the Iowa caucuses decided. Why not?...
My Exchange with CNN’s Aaron Brown
STEVE PHILION
[Editor's Note: The following is an email exchange between CounterPuncher STEVE PHILION and CNN's Aaron Brown, which took place after Brown's January 25th interview with David Kay, the Quixotic weapons inspector whose quest turned up nothing.] Steve: Mr. B...
Hot Coals in Vermont
JOSH FRANK
Howard Dean often talks tough about environmental protection and renewable energy expansion. But his gubernatorial record stands in glaring opposition to his rhetoical posture. In fact during five campaigns for governor in Vermont, the mainstream environmental gro...
General Disorders of the Day
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
Lives without lives praying at mosque five times a day, undoubtedly praying for liberation, and daily life without the spreading toxic sand of unrelenting war and disparity etching the dawn and furrowed brow of every survivor in a land where th...
Blood, Soil and Art
GILAD ATZMON
As an artist I would like to declare that I was delighted with the Israeli ambassador’s reaction last week in Sweden. I was thrilled with Sharon’s response and the Jewish outrage. Art is there to provoke. It isn’t there to please; nor is it there...
Grounds for Optimism?
GARY LEUPP
"I don’t think they existed. What everyone was talking about is stockpiles produced after the end of the [1991] Gulf War and I don’t think there was a large-scale production program in the ’90s." Chief American arms ...
Kerry’s Drug War Zealot
SEAN DONAHUE
When Rand Beers quit his job as counter-terrorism advisor to President Bush, and signed up with John Kerry’s presidential campaign, he quickly became a hero to Democratic Party loyalists and the "Anybody but Bush" crowd. But Beers, who has become K...
"Our Day Has Come"
PATRICK COCKBURN
At the height of the shortage of petrol in Baghdad a month ago people queued in their cars for as long as 18 hours outside petrol stations. One reason for the lack of petrol was that much of it was being stolen by black marketeers. One day...
Robert McNamara 10, Errol Morris 0
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
My dear friend and late Nation colleague Andrew Kopkind liked to tell how, skiing in Aspen at the height of the Vietnam War, he came round a bend and saw another skier, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, alone near the edge of a precipice. This was d...
Signs of Hope in Guatemala
SIMON HELWEG-LARSEN
Public optimism is usually best held at bay during the early period of a new presidency, as sweet words and empty promises flow quickly to assure and distract the constituency. In the seven days that Oscar Berger has held the Guatemalan presidency, however, h...
State of the Conservative Union
LAURA FLANDERS
The verdict on the 2004 State of the Union seems to be that President George W. Bush, in vigorously defending the policies of his administration, was appealing directly to his base of conservative American voters. But take a look at that conservative base the...
Dead Rover, Dead Rover
DAVE LINDORFF
The most wilfully ignorant and unscientifically minded man to hold the office of President in recent memory and his conniving handlers must be grinding their teeth at the thought that they now have to count on the work of engineers and scientists to r...
The Birdwatcher Menace
SUSAN DAVIS
On the heels of the almanac uproar comes the binoculars uproar, as reported by a friend in Buffalo, New York: "… Yesterday we went for a walk through the new park they’re working on near the Peace Bridge. It wa...
How a Theology of "Free Markets" Destroyed the Party and Brought Calamity the the Nation
RICHARD W. BEHAN
The G.O.P. was once a respectable political party, giving voice to cautious citizens who saw much to protect in the affairs of the nation. The Democratic Party offered a forum for less sanguine citizens to disagree and seek reform, and in the healthy conflict betw...
Water: Public Good or Private Gain?
ARTHUR VERSLUIS
Why is it that Republicans, who once may have been more or less traditional conservatives, now have become the antithesis of traditional conservatism on nearly every issue? Consider water. Michigan, my home state, is blessed with a high water table and is surround...
The Stalin Moment of America’s Nomenklatura
WERTHER
For those Americans planning to inflict the president’s State of the Union Speech [SOTUS] upon their eyes, ears, and cerebra, some historical information and international comparison are in order. Article II, Section 3 of our deceased Constitution prescribes...
From Correction to Retribution
JUSTIN E.H. SMITH
Michel Foucault’s account of the emergence of the modern penal system, Discipline and Pun...
Humility or More Hyperbole?
RAY McGOVERN
Iraqi chickens are coming to roost as President Bush’s advisors attempt to draft a State of the Union Message without the embarrassing flaws of their last try. With last year’s hyperbole — replete with the knee-slapper about Baghdad’s seeki...
A New Strategy to Reverse Labor’s Decline?
LEE SUSTAR
With the AFL-CIO in decline, a group of major labor leaders join together to propose a dramatic reorganization of the unions. Their argument: Without drastic change, organized labor faces a crisis. So they move ahead to set an example. Word goes out that the top A...
Anti-Semitism vs. Anti-Zionism
URI AVNERY
A Hungarian Joke: During the June 1967 war, a Hungarian meets his friend. "Why do you look so happy?" he asks. "I heard that the Israelis shot down six Soviet-made MiGs today," his friend replies. The next day, the friend looks even more...
Media Collusion in Colombia’s War
PHILLIP CRYAN
After a prominent member of Colombia’s largest guerrilla group was captured January 2 in Ecuador, most Colombian and international news outlets were so giddy at the news that they gave their fact checkers vacations. For days after the arrest–which lock...
Vietnam and Iraq
SAUL LANDAU
American leaders don’t easily learn lessons from the past. Before choosing war in Iraq, the Bush leadership might profitably have consulted former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara 1995 memoir, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam or seen Fog...
The Use and Abuse of Martin Luther King Jr. by Israel’s Apologists
FADI KIBLAWI And WILL YOUMANS
In formal logic, Argumentum Ad Verecundiam refers to arguing a point with an appeal to authority. This type is categorized as a logical fallacy. Citing one seemingly authoritative source is simply not conclusive evidence, even if the authority is seen as an expert...
Food Poisoning as Background Noise
RICHARD MANNING
A friend of mine was uncharacteristically cheery during the holidays, an anomaly he finally explained: "I made a bunch of money shorting Wendy’s." He’s a day trader. Translated, his explanation means he cashed in by betting the panic f...
How to Destroy Democracy
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The name of the celebrated crackdown on Iraqi guerrillas and civilians by US occupation forces is Operation Iron Hammer. One wonders what boneheads conceived it, because it has been a disaster that is destroying the final attempts by some intelligent Americans to ...
The Clash of Absurdities
JOE QUANDT
She hesitates at the doorway of the cafe, suddenly conscious of the thing’s weight. Trained to appear casual, she sits down at a table in the center of the room. The waiter takes her order; she is hardly aware of speaking to him. She tries not to look at the...
Population International on Violent Conflict
JOSHUA MULDAVIN And JOSEPH NEVINS
In his alarmist, best-selling book, The Population Bomb (originally published in 1968), Paul Erlich predicted global disaster on account of overpopulation and mounting consumption. Increasing violent conflict would be one of the deadly results. The likelihood of w...
A Review of Revolution in the Air
RON JACOBS
I can remember the moment as if it were yesterday. I was at a 1973 Impeach Nixon rally in NYC when some rather loud young people marched into the park where the rally was being held. I took a leaflet proffered by one of the folks in the group and looked for their ...
The Collaboration of Robert S. McNamara and Errol Morris on Fog of War
BRUCE JACKSON
"I can’t help but admire Robert McNamara," Errol Morris said recently. "Whether it’s futile, misguided, self-serving, here is a man who devoted himself to trying to mitigate or prevent war, a man who was involved in creating the limited ...
Wrong Treatment in the Wrong Place
MARJORIE COHN
Anyone who has traveled to Cuba or listened to mariachis sing in myriad Latin restaurants is familiar with the lovely song, Guantanamera–the little girl from Guantanamo. Based on a poem by Jose Marti, the father of Cuban independence, the song is narrated by...
Frum & Perle: Apologists for Pre-emption
RICHARD FORNO
Those unfamiliar with foreign policy and national security studies may interpret "An End To Evil" for what it claims to be: namely, a "manual for victory" [against all of America's enemies.] Those familiar with foreign policy, current and histo...
Arnold and Bush’s Numbers Don’t Add Up
CAROL NORRIS
Arnold Schwarzenegger, recently announcing his state budget proposal, has his hands where they shouldn’t be yet again–non-consensually groping the coffers of programs that assist many of our most vulnerable. But, enough of that. Schwarzenegger h...
Rupert Murdoch and My Sister
RICHARD EDMONDSON
How powerful and controlling is the propaganda that rains upon the American people? Do even the words of a loved one make a difference when they conflict with a perceived reality that has been constructed by Fox News and the rest of the big media? I recent...