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Archives from March 2004
Gen. Gramajo Executed by Bees
COUNTERPUNCH WIRE
Guatemalan former defense minister Hector Alejandro Gramajo Morales, responsible for the torture and murder of thousands of Mayan peasants, died on March 12 at a hospital several hours after being attacked by "africanized" bees at his farm in Santo Tomas...
Looking for a Coalition with Legs
GREG MOSES
Although pundits from right to left have been magnetized into horserace election analysis, comparing man to man, there is something else, and something more difficult to consider. How are the people moving beneath it all? And what are they trying to work out? ...
The "New" UN Blames the Poor
MICKEY Z.
"Make no mistake," declared Paul Martin, Canada’s prime minister and co-chairman of the U.N. Commission on Private Sector and Development. "This is a new pillar of development – unleashing local private enterprise, supported by strong, i...
An Interview with Toni Smith
DAVE ZIRIN
One year ago, Toni Smith was just another Division III athlete grinding through her senior year as Captain of the Women’s basketball team at Manhattanville College. Yet her decision to protest on the court at the start of the US War vs. Iraq and turn her bac...
A Quaint German Custom the US Used to Have
WILLIAM BLUM
On March 4 a German appeals court ordered a new trial for the only person to be convicted for a role in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, saying the proceeding had been compromised by a US refusal to provide access to a key witness. Defense attorney...
War on Terrorism Makes Us All Less Safe
RAHUL MAHAJAN
Whether yesterday’s attacks in Spain, in which 190 people were killed and nearly 1500 wounded, were carried out by the Basque separatist ETA or by al-Qaeda, they make one thing very clear: terrorism cannot be fought by military means. After the first ...
America’s Media Leads the Charge
MIKE WHITNEY
"The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, And everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned" W.B.Yeats The American media is the principal facilitator of aggression in the world today. No administration would be so r...
It’s the Movie!
SAUL LANDAU
A man leaving the theater where "The Passion of the Christ" was playing saw a Jew in line waiting for the next show and belted him in the chops. "Why did you do that?" asked the Jew. "Because you killed our Lord," said t...
Why They Throw Rocks
WILLIAM S. LIND
Last week, suicide car bombings left around 200 Shiite pilgrims dead and scores more wounded in Iraq. How did the locals respond? By blaming the Americans. U.S. troops, including medics who were trying to help the wounded, found themselves attacked by stone-throwi...
Kerry and the Progressive Internationalists
KURT NIMMO
Come November, America will have two unpalatable choices: either Tweedle Bush or Tweedle Kerry. Given such, nothing of substance will change. Oh, those of us who cringe at the sight of neocons may be momentarily relieved to see the "creative destructionists&q...
The Lord’s Pier
DANIEL WOLFF
It was Lord begat the first investment. From his hand, the original rock was thrown and skipped — red sandstone — one rich instant. It was the Lord’s — Eleazar Lord’s — ambition that followed the stone ...
Demographic Wars
NEVE GORDON
On the southern tip of the West Bank, situated on the slope of a mountain, there is a small village of Palestinian cave-dwellers. Its name is Jinba, and it is home to roughly three hundred inhabitants. A visitor might see the sheep grazing on a nearby hill and a t...
The Meat Monopoly Takes a Pounding
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
Those days are long gone. Today, most U.S. cattlemen and women operate at the mercy of huge meatpacking conglomerates. Small meatpackers are, for the most part, a thing of the past, acquired or driven out of business by a handful of giant corporations. ...
The Coming Elections and the Future of American Global Power
GABRIEL KOLKO
We are now experiencing fundamental changes in the international system whose implications and consequences may ultimately be as far-reaching as the dissolution of the Soviet bloc. The United States’ strength, to a crucial extent, has rested on its ab...
Al Gore Needs to Move On!
BRANDY BAKER
Al Gore is back. Actually, he has been for a while. Eric Slater from the Los Angeles Times reported that immediately before Gore’s most recent anti-Bush address (you know, the kind that he SHOULD have been giving in 2000 instead of trying to be as muc...
Bruguière’s Report on the Assassination of former Rwandan President Habyarimana
ROBIN PHILPOT
As people around the world prepare to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrible Rwandan tragedy triggered by the shooting down of former Rwandan President Habyarimana’s plane on April 6, 1994, the report by French anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Brugui&egrav...
What Led to the Coup?
HELEN SCOTT And ASHLEY SMITH
In 1986, Haiti’s dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier was driven out of power by a mass movement called Lavalas, which means "cleansing flood." The main leader of Lavalas’ alliance of peasants, urban workers, the poor and libera...
Against a Sociodicy of the American Prison
JUSTIN E. H. SMITH
It was alarming to learn, after the publication of my first article in Counterpunch on January 19 and the flood of messages that arrived in response, how many bigots count themselves among this fine newsletter’s regular readers. Some were, curiously enough, ...
They Shoot Journalists, Don’t They
NORMAN SOLOMON
To encourage restraint in war coverage, governments don’t need to shoot journalists — though sometimes that’s helpful. Thirteen journalists were killed while covering the war and occupation in Iraq last year, says a new report by the Commi...
Consolidating an Ally?
JAMES HOLLANDER
A friend calls early this morning and tells me to turn on the TV. "What is it? What’s going on?" "Just turn on the TV." And there it was. Scenes of panic, blood running down people’s faces, medics giving people oxygen ...
You’re Messing with the Wrong Generation
BECKY BURGWIN
We were born at the end of World War II to a generation that had just won a war against pure evil. We were their hope for a brighter future. The forbearers of a new era. An era of peace and prosperity. An era of fun. We had hula-hoops, silly putty, slinkies and sl...
Bedtime for Democracy
RON JACOBS
In July 1984, the Democrats came to San Francisco for their party convention. The soon-to-be-crowned nominee was Walter Mondale, a washed-up liberal who had grown increasingly irrelevant over the years. The left candidate, Jesse Jackson, had led his radical minion...
They Want to Question Me About Lies Sami Al-Arian Allegedly Told, But What About the Lies Al-Arian’s Enemies Fed the Government and the Tampa Tribune?
JOHN SUGG
"You’re all over the wiretaps," said the FBI agent who called me in mid-February. "We want to talk to you." This was not the sort of phone call a journalist wants to receive. The case in question is that of fired University of Sout...
Why Not Another Party of the People?
BILL KAUFFMAN
The cynical Alabama populist Governor George Wallace used to scoff that there wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties. Thank God that manic cracker spent the bleak winter of 2004 in an otherworldly realm. For today there isn’t...
Family Values Return
PATRICK W. GAVIN
For a brief moment there, one could have forgotten that it was only last decade that the Republican party championed itself as the party of "family values." So loud and outspoken was their mantra, that it came to constitute the basis of their party platf...
The Uses of al-Qaeda "Links"
GARY LEUPP
Pandora’s Box Anyone likely to wield political power in the U.S. in the near future will support a large, ongoing U.S. military presence in Iraq. Thus have the neocons triumphed, even if President Bush is voted out of office. Even if the public com...
"Who The Hell is Stew Albert?"
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
Author Larry "Ratso" Sloman was appearing on ‘The Howard Stern Show’ plugging his book "Steal This Dream," a biography of activist Abbie Hoffman. During the course of the interview, Sloman declared, "Well Stew Albert likes my b...
Recalling 1915-1934
BOB FELDMAN
Fifteen years before GOP President Herbert Hoover appointed a member of Boston’s Forbes family, W. Cameron Forbes, to chair the 1930 Forbes Commision (which investigated conditions in Haiti), Democratic President Woodrow Wilson ordered U.S. troops to occupy ...
An "Overload of Crises"
JOHN L. HESS
George Bush claims he never reads the papers, so he may have missed.the headline in the Washington Post: "U.S. Faces Crises Overload." The dispatches report new bloodshed in Iraq, Afghanistan. Haiti and Gaza just over the weekend. His staff is overwhelme...
America and Israel on the Frontline of Colonialism
M. JUNAID ALAM
He that is shipped with the Devil must sail with the Devil. -Defoe, Captain Singleton For the past five hundred years, humanity has witnessed the ascension of a civilization which acclaims the Rights of Man but kills non-whi...
Remembering the Death of Rachel Corrie
ELIZABETH CORRIE
Only a year ago, the approach of the month of March would have held the same positive associations for me as it has for many–the beginning of the end of winter, the promise of springtime and even summer not too far behind. This year, and for every year for t...
US Press Torpedoes Aristide
MIKE WHITNEY
"The unconstitutional removal of any leader cannot be condoned." Percival Patterson, Caribbean Community President The international community must not be seen to be wavering in its commitment to democracy and respect for the r...
Another Bush Brings Hell to Haiti
CHRIS FLOYD
This week, the Bush administration added another violent "regime change" notch to its gunbelt, toppling the democratically elected president of Haiti and replacing him with an unelected gang of convicted killers, death squad leaders, militarists, narcote...
The Hypocrites in the Catholic Church
SHARON SMITH
On February 23, Patrick McSorley died in a Boston apartment at the age of 29. McSorley had been unable to kick the heroin addiction that killed him. "The memories of what had happened to him he had to battle continuously," a friend described. "He wo...
Let’s Have a Conversation
BEN TRIPP
A building is really just a hole. It can be a very fancy hole with 200 executive suites, high speed Internet, two restaurants and a fitness center, but it’s still just a hole. In this same way, politics is really just an argument. Forget all this hogwash abo...
The Zarqawi Gambit, Part 2
GREG WEIHER
Zarqawi is everywhere, and he is responsible for everything. That’s what an unwary reader might conclude from news coverage over the last several weeks. "Abu Musab Zarqawi blamed for more than 700 killings in Iraq" (NBC News, 03/...
Just a Tiny Bit Worse Than Last Month
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Each time I return to Iraq, it’s the same, like finding a razor blade in a bar of chocolate. The moment you start to believe that "New Iraq" might work–just–you get the proof that it’s the same old Iraq, just a...
Why is Apartheid Touted as a Solution?
MAZIN QUMSIYEH
As I write this, Israeli occupation forces have just finished killing 14 and injuring 80 Palestinians in a five hour "sweep" in Gaza. Four of those killed and 26 of those injured were children (ages 10-16). In one week, Israeli occupation forces thus mur...
The Bush Strategy
DOUG GIEBEL
Released at last from the starting gate, George W. Bush has tipped his campaigning hand. The approach, initially at least, will be to mock John F. Kerry as a flip-flopping lightweight from Massachusetts. In this high-stakes political poker game, Kerry is cast as t...
An Interview with Jean-Bertrand Ariside
AMY GOODMAN
At approximately 7:20 am EST, Democracy Now! managed to reach exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide by cell phone in the Central African Republic. His comments represent the most extensive English-language interview Aristide has given since he was remove...
An Interview with Robert Fatton
ERIC RUDER
Robert Fatton is the Haitian-born author of Haiti’s Predatory Republic: The Unending Trans...
In Memory of Ricardo Ortega
DANIEL ESTULIN
This is the last time we saw him alive, an average size man with a microphone, gazing out from the screen, meeting our eyes, but unable to recognise them, to help and to comfort because he is only a photographed figure and cannot see beyond the flat world which co...
Expel the US from the Security Council
MIKE WHITNEY
"I want to tell George Bush he has failed. We don’t have a problem with the U.S. military. We don’t have a problem with the American people. The problem we have is with the Republicans, because they want war all over the world and don...
Neo-Cons Target Syria
TOM BARRY
Getting out of the political quicksand of Iraq, or at least burying the bloody occupation as an embarrassing daily news item, is mission number one for the Bush campaign. Extricating U.S. troops and political capital from the mess the Bush administration cr...
The Legacy of Strom Thurmond
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
Mandinkas were the fiercest warriors of Africa. After a Caribbean slave revolt in the 1800s, John C. Calhoun of South Carolina, the leading intellectual of the Southern gentry, invoked the specter of Mandingo slaughtering white masters as justification for their e...
Former President Bush Involved with Donation to Group with Terrorist Connections
ROBERT JENSEN
OK, perhaps the headline stretches the truth a bit. But being a good American, I’m simply following the lead of my president. Here’s what actually happened: On Saturday I gave a talk on the news coverage of current President Bush and the Iraq Wa...
An Interview with Paul Buhle
DEREK SEIDMAN
There is probably no one in the world that knows more about the history of American radicalism than Paul Buhle. A former member of Students for a Democratic Society and a disciple of CLR James, Buhle founded the journal Radical America as well as the Oral History ...
Martha’s Cloudy Day
DAVE LINDORFF
The headline on the AP story following up on Martha Stewart’s felony conviction on charges of conspiracy, making false statements and obstruction of justice, said it all: "Conviction Clouds Martha Stewart’s Future." At first I thought maybe t...
Pension Rights
RALPH NADER
Over thirty years ago, I started the Pension Rights Center which concerned itself with such issues as shortening the time of corporate pensions vesting or improving their portability for job-changing employees. No one nightmared that companies would dramatically c...
Will the Filthy Rich Dump Bush?
SAUL LANDAU
"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich,...