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Archives from May 20th, 2004
What He Did as a Catspaw for Teheran: How He Nearly Bankrupted Jordan; the Billions He Stands to Make Out of the New Iraq
ANDREW COCKBURN
Earlier this week, just as administration officials were leaking the news that Ahmed Chalabi’s monthly $340,000 monthly Pentagon stipend was at last being cut off, they learned that Chalabi was investigating a potentially far more profitable income stream. &...
Why the US Turned Against Their Former Golden Boy — He was Preparing a Coup! What He Did as a Catspaw for Tehran: How He Nearly Bankrupted Jordan; the Billions He Stands to Make Out of the New Iraq
ANDREW COCKBURN
In dawn raids today, American troops surrounded Ahmed Chalabi’s headquarters and home in Baghdad, put a gun to his head, arrested two of his aides, and seized documents. Only five months ago, Chalabi was a guest of honor sitting right behind Laura Bush at th...
Why an Election is Called a Race
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
This week, as America was marking the 50th anniversary of Brown (the landmark racial segregation decision by the US Supreme Court), India was enacting its own version of Brown — Browns Only! Where the Warren court of 1954 ruled that the constitution did not ...
The War Crimes of Bush, Cheney and Co.
TOM STEPHENS And JOHN PHILO
Dear Congressman Conyers: We write to ask that you take the lead in efforts to appoint special counsel to investigate the top officials of the current US Government executive branch and their leading co-conspirators. The targets of this proposed investigati...
Ocean Commission Report Falls Short
ROBERT OVETZ
The recently released preliminary report of the US Commission on Ocean Policy, with all its flaws, got one thing right: we need to 3end the race for the last fish.2 But the commission didn1t go far enough. We need to radically reform our domestic regional f...
A Change Gonna Come
KATHY KELLY
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. -Arundhati Roy Porto Alegre, Brazil, World Social Forum, January 27, 2003 Pekin Federal Prison Peoria, Illinois &quo...
Genocide by Public Policy
SAM BAHOUR And MICHAEL DAHAN
Many words are taboo when used to describe Israel’s actions against Palestinians. One word in specific, genocide, sparks emotions that echo across Israel, Europe and America. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines genocide as "the deliberate and systema...
The Most Important Thing I Learned in School This Year
BILLY WILSON
The following is an essay written by a High School sophomore in Freyburg, Maine, as the essay part of the final exam in his English class. His teacher sent it to CounterPunch as an example of the uprightness of modern youth. The most important lesson I lear...