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Archives from April 2004
The Greatest Radical Journalist of His Age
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Monday, April 12, 2004, brings us the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Claud Cockburn, father of other Cockburns–the brothers Alexander, Andrew and Patrick–familiar to readers of the CounterPunch website and newsletter. Claud was the greate...
Another Day in "Post-War" Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
Abu Ghraib, Iraq. First there were staccato bursts of fire from Iraqi guerrillas on the other side of the road. Then came the whoosh of RPG launchers. American soldiers on their Humvees immediately fired back with shuddering machine guns and M-16s. We rapid...
The Revolution is Playing at Theater Near You
BRANDY BAKER
Go to the movies this weekend. The US Occupation in Iraq is getting worse; the 9/11 Commission isn’t worth a damn as Bill Christison has pointed out here on CounterPunch; and CNN has reported that John Kerry addressed ov...
Bush’s War and the Lapdog Press Corps
ROBERT FISK
Just shut up. That’s the new foreign policy line of our masters. When Senator Edward Kennedy dubbed Iraq "George Bush’s Vietnam", US Secretary of State Colin Powell told him to be "a little more restrained and careful" in his commen...
Happy Anniversary at the Oakland Docks
ALI TONAK
Anniversaries have always made me cringe. Even if it is a birthday or wedding anniversary I always seem to find a way to become cynical about the whole affair. As judgmental as I am, I find myself usually in attendance. Regardless of where you live, many of you mo...
Indian Wars, Vietnam and Orientalist Fantasy
GARY LEUPP
The "Shogun" Precedent I was studying Japanese history in grad school in 1980, when the 10-hour miniseries Shogun, starring Richard Chamberlain and based on the best-selling novel by James Clavell, was first shown on television. Set in the year 16...
Pseudoconservatism Revisited
WERTHER*
* "Pseudoconservativism is among other things a disorder in relation to authority, characterized by an inability to find other modes for human relationship than those of more or less complete domination or submission. . . . The pseudo-conservative...
Underground Music is Free Media
MICKEY Z.
When my wife Michele and I hosted a Health and Sustainable Living Expo at the ARROW Community Garden in Astoria a few years back, we were contacted by a local roots/reggae band offering to provide a live soundtrack. The Uplifters, it turned out, were very much in ...
The Sharonizing of America
GIDEON SAMET
The holiday was nice, touch wood. The Israeli instinct for normality, which has been so badly buffeted, was celebrated as though the intifada were over. Israelis showed how thirsty they are for tranquillity by flocking to the bed and breakfast places in Galilee an...
Rise of the Machines
CONN HALLINAN
The press had lots of fun with the recent robot debacle in the Mojave Desert. Competing for $1 million in prize money, 15 vehicles headed off on a 142-mile course through some of the most forbidding terrain in the country. None managed to navigate even eight miles...
Bringing the Black Freedom Struggle into Sports
DAVE ZIRIN
Lee Evans set a World Record in the 400 meters at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. He has since coached world-class track teams around the world, from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia and currently is the track and cross-country coach at South Alabama University. Yet Evan...
Health Under Siege
ELLEN CANTAROW
Silat Al-Harthiya. The 23-year-old social worker, Sirin, dressed in Muslim orthodoxy–hijab and jilbab (a long, high-collared, floor-length coat)–lives in a village in the northern West Bank. With three others including a Boston-based OB/GYN, a ...
The Iraqi Resistance: a New Phase
TARIQ ALI
Soon after the Occupation, the United States and its allies–military and ideological–referred to the Iraqi resistance as ‘foreign elements’ ‘terrorists’ or ‘former loyalists of the Saddam regime’. This phraseology ha...
Perils of the Bootstrap
JORGE MARISCAL
On the same day National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice defended the Bush administration’s policies before the 9/11 Commission, Lieutenant-General Ricardo Sanchez briefed reporters on the deteriorating situation in Iraq. An African American and a Mexican ...
A Review of "Enemies of the Ayatollahs"
RON JACOBS
Mohammad Mohaddessin’s recent work, Enemies of the Ayatollahs, published by Zed Books, is a detailed and informative history of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI), the largest and oldest resistance organization in Iran. As the chairman of the Foreig...
Defying Stereotypes About Death Row
PHIL GASPER
Redemption, directed by Vondie Curtis Hall, written by J.T. Curtis, starring Jamie Foxx, Lynn Whitfield and CCH Pounder. Premieres on FX on Sunday, April 11th at 8:00 p.m. et/pt If Stanley "Tookie" Williams is not already...
The Wrong Question is Being Asked
HARRY BROWNE
Richard Clarke says the Bush administration was too focused on Iraq to see the 9-11 attack coming. The Bush administration says Clarke is an opportunistic S.O.B. who once praised President Bush, but now criticizes Bush in order to boost sales of Clarke̵...
Iraqis Do Not Want Us
ROBERT FISK
A war founded on illusions, lies and right-wing ideology was bound to founder in blood and fire. Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. He was in contact with al-Qa’ida, he was involved with the crimes against humanity of 11 September. The people of Ir...
Sacred Capitalism Hits Russia
ADAM FEDERMAN
In the age of enlightened capitalism when the free market and neo-liberal doctrine spread like wildfire it is difficult to imagine an alternative to the aggressive and often destructive policies of unrestricted development and privatization that have dominated ref...
The Quest for a Monopoly on Violence
NORMAN SOLOMON
With warfare escalating in Iraq, syndicated columnist George Will has just explained the logic of the occupation. "In the war against the militias," he wrote, "every door American troops crash through, every civilian bystander shot — there wil...
It Refuses to Even Question US Policies that Encourage Terrorism
BILL CHRISTISON
Former CIA analyst President Bush’s options appear extremely limited, and there is little doubt that the United States will continue to decline as a decisive force in world affairs over the next decade. The real question is not whether U.S. ...
Being Condi Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry
LAURA FLANDERS
Don’t expect Condoleezza Rice to apologize for messing up on 9-11. She hasn’t apologized yet for getting it wrong on the collapse of the Soviet Union. When the National Security Advisor takes her stand before the Independent Commission Thursday,...
Will Bush Flatten Fallujah?
KURT NIMMO
Imagining the probable future of places such as Fallujah, Sadr City, Nasiriyah, Karbala, Kut, and Ramadi, I recall the photographs of Grozny (Djohar), Chechnya, taken by the Gamma Press Agency photographer Eric Bouvet. "In February [2000] when I entere...
Phoenix, Assassination and Blowback in Iraq
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
On Monday, April 5th, as thousands of US Marines surrounded Fallujah and prepared to pacify it, Senator Edward Kennedy predicted that Iraq would be to Bush what Vietnam had been to Nixon. Given that Nixon won a resounding reelection in 1972, this means tha...
What Condoleezza Rice is Hiding
LARRY EVEREST
From: OIL, POWER & EMPIRE: IRAQ AND THE U.S. GLOBAL AGENDA (Common Courage...
The Iraq Intifada Begins
M. JUNAID ALAM
  But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing. -Thomas Paine   "What [Shia cleric] Moqtada Sadr did simply woke up the people. Now the people ...
The 4G Warfare Seminar, Cont.
WILLIAM S. LIND
As regular readers of this series know, I periodically report on the results from the Fourth Generation seminar, a small, informal group of military officers–modeled on Scharnhorst’s Militaerische Gesellschaft–that meets at my house to work ...
Forget the Alamo!
DON SANTINA
Yet another film version of the story of the Alamo is about to descend on a movie theatre near you. Due to production delays, we have been watching trailers and previews for over four months. According to the hoopla, the defenders of the Alamo fought for &quo...
Condoleezza’s Condescensions
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Watching our national security advisor deposed before the 9-11 commission, you had to be awed by this superwoman. What should one admire the most? Was it the confidence with which she expatiated on simple questions where a yes or no answer would have sufficed...
Condi on the Stand
JOHN L. HESS
They call her the Warrior Princess. This morning she went into battle once more in defense of Prince Charming of Crawford, Texas– who, as I have said, fell asleep and turned back into a frog, croaking "Iraq, Iraq." Even before he was an...
Bush Knew, But Failed to Act
WAYNE MADSEN
Condoleezza Rice’s testimony before the 911 Commission on April 8 provided yet more proof that the Bush administration and some within the intelligence community were aware before 911 of specific domestic terrorist threats by Al Qaeda cells operating within ...
Bush’s Crazed Missile Defense Plan
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
"With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do." Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance Here’s a puzzle with no answer. Why has George Bush budgeted $3.73 billion to deploy a missile defense system ...
Guided Missile; Misguided War
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. An airborne assault on a mosque killed ‘at least 40 worshippers’ attending prayers in the city of Fallujah yesterday as US-led occupation forces lost control of large parts of Iraq. American attack helicopters and fighter aircraf...
What are YOU Doing About Afghanistan?
SONALI KOLHATKAR
"We’ve come to think of Afghanistan … as a sort of a backwater, as old news. But the war is still going on there. There’s the same pattern as in Iraq" – Seymour Hersh interview with Amy Davidson, 04/05/04....
Closer to the Brink of Cosmic Disaster?
RON JACOBS
On February 27, 1968, CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite spoke the words I’ve used in the title of this piece during a commentary on the US war in Vietnam. This commentary came at the end of a month of fierce fighting between US troops and Vietnamese troops oppos...
Bush, Pandora’s Box and the Tiger
SAM HAMOD
Many months ago, I wrote that GW Bush had opened Pandora’s Box with is invasion of Iraq. He thought it was going to be a picnic in the park, with a box opening with a beautiful woman coming out, just as Cheney and Wolfowitz told him, "The Iraqi people w...
America Out of Iraq!
MIKE WHITNEY
"They are attacking residential neighborhoods," he said as US warplanes swooped over the area and fired rockets. Intense gunfire could be heard from the streets. Al Jazeera The military cordon that has formed aroun...
Hold Those Pulitzers!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
It’s been a bad twelve months for American journalism. Given fourth estate gullibility re Bush’s WMD claims, plus fictioneering at the New York Times and USA Today, I’d been hoping (with the dulled, hopeless hope that people on Death Row clutch t...
Worth the Price?
KATHY KELLY
Editors’ Note: KATHY KELLY, co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness and three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, be...
The US Death Toll Mounts
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Savage fighting raged across Iraq yesterday as at least 20 US soldiers were killed in attacks on the American-led coalition that reached a crescendo of violence not seen since the end of the war to overthrow Saddam Hussein. At least a dozen ...
US Airlifts Saddam to Qatar
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Baghdad. The United States has secretly flown Saddam Hussein out of Iraq and imprisoned him under high security at a vast American air base in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar. After his capture last December, he was initially taken ...
Opening the Gates of Hell
RAHUL MAHAJAN
Baghdad. Before the Iraq war, at a meeting of the Arab League, Secretary General Amr Moussa famously said that a U.S. war on Iraq would "open the gates of hell." In Iraq, those gates are yawning wider than they ever have before — at l...
We Must Find an Exit from Iraq
Sen. ROBERT BYRD
I have watched with heavy heart and mounting dread as the ever-precarious battle to bring security to post-war Iraq has taken a desperate turn for the worse in recent days and hours. Along with so many Americans, I have been shaken by the hellish carnage in Falluj...
A Reality Show with No End in Sight
MICKEY Z.
Oil, Power & Empire Iraq and the U.S. Global Agenda By Larry Everest Co...
Mercenaries and Occupiers
C.G. ESTABROOK
The killing and mutilation of four Americans in Iraq were played to shock television audiences at home — "too terrible to show." The attack added four more to the more than 50,000 deaths in Iraq that we’re responsible for during the Bush admi...
What Would Royko Write?
WILLIAM BLUM
A higher purpose Saturday afternoon, March 6, a shuttle boat moving through Baltimore’s Inner Harbor was hit by a sudden and ferocious gust of wind and capsized; 25 people were thrown overboard; some were trapped under the boat; disaster was imminent...
Rice Never Mentioned al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden Before 9/11, Investigation
JASON LEOPOLD
Richard Clarke was right. So was Paul O’Neill. During the six months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks the Bush administration paid little attention to the threat from al-Qaeda and instead set the stage for a war with Iraq. Two weeks before the 9/11 ...
Iraq on the Brink of Anarchy
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Fallujah, Iraq. Not content with surrounding the largest Sunni city west of Baghdad with tanks, armoured personnel carriers and heavy machine guns, US forces used Apache helicopters to attack the Shia Muslim slums of Shoula yesterday, se...
The Language of Disbelief
Col. DANIEL SMITH, USA (Ret.)
On March 30-April 1, Washington, DC’s Georgetown University hosted the third annual "Building Bridges" seminar between Christian and Islamic scholars. The seminars, the creation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, are desig...
Americans Don’t Vote; Machines Do
LYNN LANDES
Machines will produce 99.4% of the election results for the upcoming 2004 presidential election. With all the hoopla over voting machine "glitches," porous software, leaked memos, and the creepy corporations that sell and service these contraptions, and ...