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Archives from May 2004
Thy Will be Done, On Earth as It is in Texas
JOE BAGEANT
Not long ago I pulled my car up alongside a tiny wooden church in the woods, a stark white frame box my family built in 1840. And as always, an honest-to-god chill went through me, for the ancestral ghosts presumably hovering over the graves there. From the wide o...
A Question of Human Dignity
Col. DAN SMITH
"There are always going to be differences of views….The test is what has been decided and what is issued, and then is it adhered to." That was Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld this past May 13 en route to Iraq. ...
Gen. Zinni: Heads Should Roll
SAM HAMOD
In a slashing criticism of the Bush White House and Donald Rumsfeld’s Pentagon leadership, General Zinni, former Commander of Central Command of U.S. Military, and Special Envoy to the Middle East in the Bush Administration until he resigned in disgust, said...
More Dirty Tricks in TortureGate
KURT NIMMO
It sure is curious how documents entering the Bush Machine exit with blank pages. It happened with Iraq’s 11,800-page dossier on weapons and now it has happened again with the report on prison abuse produced by Major General Antonio M. Taguba. "T...
Dan Senor is Safe!
RON JACOBS
On May 22, 2004, Counterpunch published a piece of mine simply titled "Turnaround." This piece was a faux newspaper article written as if a freelance reporter sent it from Baghdad’s Green Zone. The article itself d...
MAMs (Military-Age Males) Are Back
STAN GOFF
In 1963, well before the American public generally understood where Vietnam was, a young Army captain led a South Vietnamese unit through the A Shau Valley to systematically burn villages to the ground. This was to deprive the so-called Vietcong of any base of sup...
Incident at Makr al Deeb
MIKE WHITNEY
Last week an Iraqi wedding party was bombed in the location of Makr al Deeb near the Syrian border. Approximately 40 members of the party were killed, many of them women and children. So far, there is a great deal of pictorial and anecdotal evidence suggesting tha...
Exhibitionistic Revenge at Abu Ghraib
PETER WOLSON, Ph. D.
What is, perhaps, most horrific and incomprehensible about the Abu Ghraib photos are the photos themselves. Why would American prison guards take pictures of themselves smiling triumphantly and making fun of Iraqi prisoners as they humiliated, tortured, and in som...
Her Son Was Told by the Recruiter He Wouldn’t See Combat; Now He’s Dead
ELIZABETH WEILL-GREENBERG
Seth, 24, was in debt after he graduated from Rutgers University in 2002. He joined the army for money and skills that, he was told, would help land him a job with the CIA or FBI — his dream jobs. "Not for patriotism," said his mother, Sue Niederer...
America is Committing War Crimes in Iraq
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The demented and spiritually tormented Congressman Tom DeLay, House Majority leader, begins his speeches with the words "good evening [morning/afternoon], or, as John Kerry would say, ‘bonjour’." This greeting is meant to indicate that Senato...
The Rape of Rafah
URI AVNERY
The immense might of the Israeli army, assembled from all over the country, has attacked a small Palestinian township on the margin of the destitute Gaza Strip. Palestinians, both fighters and civilians, are being killed by the dozen, homes are being destroyed who...
The Truth About the Wine Business; Mexicans and Mendolibs; Geezer Charged with Trying to Fry Spouse
BRUCE ANDERSON
THE GRUESOME facts of the wine industry are these: It’s wholly dependent on immigrant Mexican labor for whom the industry provides little to no housing or labor protections or fair compensation or anything else that American labor, also on the ropes these da...
Charting a New Course for US Nuclear Policy
DAVID KRIEGER
"Nuclear weapons give no quarter. Their effects transcend time and place, poisoning the Earth and deforming its inhabitants for generation upon generation. They leave us wholly without defense, expunge all hope for survival. They hold in their sw...
Bushwhacked in the Caribbean
RANDALL ROBINSON
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts. On Feb. 29 the legally elected government of Haiti was driven from power by armed force. Its president, after being taken against his will to the Central African Republic, was given refuge in Jamaica. The Bush administration’s r...
Why I Burned My Israeli Military Papers
JOSH RUEBNER
On Thursday I set fire to my Israeli military deferral papers across the street from the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC. This act of civil disobedience took place during a protest organized by a Jewish American peace organization against the atrocities that Isr...
Great for Investors; Not So Good for People
SAUL LANDAU
"Our model [neo-liberal economic model] is very good for Brazil, but not so good for Brazilians." – President Emilio Medici, 1971 According to comedian Chris Rock, democracy doesn’t deliver equality. F...
Beat the Crowds
BEN TRIPP
Even a sack of day-old White Castle hamburgers couldn’t help but notice there’s something missing from the administration’s terrorist emergency plans. It’s the same thing missing from all this administration’s plans: the welfare of th...
Colin Powell, DOA
PAUL DE ROOIJ
"You are going to be ...
In Defense of "Troy"
CHLOE COCKBURN
Troy has gotten a lot of flak over the past few days. Much of the opposition to this film seems to stem from a misunderstanding of the purposes and mechanisms of the Iliad. It is unclear exactly how many critics have actually read Homer, but it seems clear that th...
An American Value
LINDA BURNHAM
The Abu Ghraib portraits of sexual humiliation and submission have exposed the unbelievably tangled strands of racism, misogyny, homophobia, national arrogance and hyper-masculinity that characterize the US military. Militarized sexual domination is neither "...
Abortion, Judges and Kerry
BRANDY BAKER
The thought of anti-abortion zealots winning appointments to the Supreme Court under a Bush presidency was the one factor that terrified many into staying the course with the Democratic Party in 2000. Voters, many with pinched noses and sick stomachs, pulled the l...
Spc. Sabrina Harmon and Her Corpse
ADRIEN RAIN BURKE
I just saw a picture of Spc. Sabrina Harmon, posing with a dead body, her gloved thumb up, and a bright, Miss America smile on her wholesome face. And I am wondering what it means. Is this the sweet all-american smile of a "bad apple?" There is no...
Moral Failure of the "Free World" in Gaza
GHALI HASSAN
"Yes, they suffered the holocaust, and yes, they are the victims of anti-Semitism. But no, they cannot use those facts to continue, or initiate, the dispossession of another people that bears no responsibility for either of those prior facts"...
Why an Underdog May be the Best Antidote to the Neo-Cons
BILL KAUFFMAN
Four years ago, as Americans snored through the early round sparring between presidential candidates George W. Bush and vice-president Albert Gore, insurgent Ralph Nader, an old-fashioned anti-monopolist, had a virtual monopoly on glamour and glitz as movie and TV...
An Open Letter to the American Public
OMAR BARGHOUTI
Dear Americans, I’ve written to you a published open letter a year after the criminal attacks of September 11th reiterating my heartfelt condemnation of those attacks, while reminding you, despite your pain, to search deeper for the context, for the r...