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Archives from June 2004
Getting Away With Murder in Iraq
TARIQ ALI
Before the war they said Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction" that threatened the West. Those of us who opposed the war said this was a lie. George Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard thought that if they magnified the untruth people would believe it. The...
Apotheosis of the Psychopaths
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
"Having made up ...
America’s Criminal Occupation
ROGER NORMAND
Eeach new revelation of torture, abuse, lies and cover-up exposes the American occupation of Iraq as a criminal enterprise masquerading as liberation. There has been much speculation as to whether Washington’s neoconservative rulers actually believe t...
On the Futility of Bush v. Kerry
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
From "On Civil Disobedience"...
A New Kind of Anger About Bush
KURT NIMMO
I can hear it now. Nicholson Baker wants to kill the president. He’s a threat to national security. He should be locked up. Maybe share a rubber-room with John Hinckley. If Bill O’Reilly thinks Amiri Baraka is a "pinhead" for writing a poem a...
Through the McCain-Feingold Looking Glass
DAVID PRICE
Republican operatives are suggesting th...
Who Dast Call Him Liar
BEN TRIPP
My self-imposed standards of polite discourse are killing me. I decided it was time to change the tone in politics, so I stopped using words like ****, ****, ***, *******, and ‘euphonium’ in the course of my essays. Vice president D*ck Cheney, meanwhil...
New York Times Boosts Pet Builder
TROY SELVARATNAM
While much has been made of The New York Times’s lamentable coverage of the events leading to the war in Iraq, another story calling into question the integrity of the newspaper has been largely overlooked–a story concerning the paper’s possible ...
Bremer Leaves, His Puppets Remain
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad The United States transferred sovereignty back to an Iraqi interim government two days earlier than expected yesterday in a surprise move aimed at preventing the handover being spoilt by guerrilla attacks. The ceremony was a swift and furtive...
Bush Off and Don’t Come Back
HARRY BROWNE
George W. Bush won’t fondly recall this weekend’s close encounter with Ireland–and the feeling is mutual. On the eve of his arrival the normal Irish hostility to Bush had settled at the level of a disgruntled murmur rather than an angry r...
The Detainees and the Bush Tyranny
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
Both the Guantanamo detainees and the so-called "unlawful enemy combatants" scored a major victory yesterday when the Supreme Court ruled that the prisoners may be heard in U.S. courts. In the Guanatanamo detainee case, Rasul v. Bush (which was consolida...
Who Really Won?
ELAINE CASSEL
Forget what the media’s talking heads have told you about these three Supreme Court decisions that tested the power of George W. Bush. The President won far more than he lost, so administration "officials" who pronounce themselves victors are more ...
New York Times Boosts Pet Builder
TROY SELVARATNAM
While much has been made of The New York Times’s lamentable coverage of the events leading to the war in Iraq, another story calling into question the integrity of the newspaper has been largely overlooked–a story concerning the paper’s possible ...
Sanitized for Your Protection
STAN COX
We all can breathe a little more easily, now that a frightening bioterror threat has been neutralized. No — the FBI still hasn’t caught that anthrax mailer who caused torturous deaths and grave illnesses back in 2001. But it has nabbed Professor Steven...
The Pitiful Restoration of "Sovereignty"
ROBERT FISK
The Independent So in the end, America’s enemies set the date. The handover of "full sovereignty" was secretly brought forward so that the ex-CIA intelligence officer who is now "Prime Minister" of Iraq could avoid another bloody offe...
New Book Reflects Analyst Outrage
RAY McGOVERN
The book has an apt title: "Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror....
Grisly Rituals in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN And LEYLA LINTON
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The Deafening Noise in the Occupied Territories
AMIRA HASS
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Grisly Rituals in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN And LEYLA LINTON
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The Profit Motive, Academic Freedom and the Case of Ignacio Chapela
ALI TONAK
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American Swadeshi
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Out looking for a bike for my son, we found ourselves at a prominent bicycle store in our town. The young man who waited on us was courteous, patient, and seemed to know everything about every bicycle in the store — except for one aspect — where the bicycles ...
Indian-Hating in “The Wizard of Oz”
THOMAS ST. JOHN
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Dick Cheney, the New York Times and the Myth of the Iraq Connection to 9/11
DENNIS HANS
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Another Case of Blowback
WAYNE MADSEN
Saleh Mohammed al Oufi, the new head of "Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula," the group that kidnapped and beheaded American Lockheed Martin helicopter technician Paul Johnson, may have received training from a U.S. military contractor while he was being trained...
The Warnings the State Department Sent Its Own People, But Not You
DAVE LINDORFF
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The 15th of Febuary 2003: a Eulogy and Prelude
KEITH ROSENTHAL
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My Harrowing Escape
BEN TRIPP
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The Russian Gambit and Reality’s Rout
CHRIS FLOYD
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Decision Not to Explore Quashed FBI Investigations Prior to 9/11 Tarnishes Hearings
BRYAN SACKS
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Iyad Allawi, the CIA’s New Stooge in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
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Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn Plan to Vote for Ralph Nader
GREG BATES
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The Deadly Embrace
AMIR BUTLER
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Bush Invests National Treasure in Death and Destruction
SAUL LANDAU
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Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn Plan to Vote for Ralph Nader
STEPHEN GOWANS
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Did Maureen Dowd Lift from the Weekly World News?
JACK McCARTHY
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The Lie of a "Good War"
DIANA JOHNSTONE
For U.S. politicians, if all wars are good, some are better than others. Democrats prefer Clinton wars and Republicans prefer Bush wars. But in the end, they almost unanimously come together to support all wars. The differences concern the choice of official ratio...
Another Marxist for Kerry
BILL KAUFFMAN
Life is full of bitter ironies! Behold the spectacle of Joel Kovel, who loudly proclaims his credentials as a Marxist socialist, who ran against Ralph Nader for the Green nomination from the left in 2000, claiming that Nader failed to enunciate a sufficiently radi...
Americans’ Right to Know
JOHN CHUCKMAN
In a number of states and in the American Congress, legislation is being advanced, usually under the deliberately misleading heading of the "consumer’s right to know," to restrict the ability of companies and government agencies to use call centers...
Bush, Cheney and the 9/11 Commission
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way. Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh It’s hard to believe they didn’t tell everything they knew. When George Bush and Dick Cheney went...
Bush Bounces Back…in Europe
HARRY BROWNE
COUNTY CLARE, IRELAND. While US opinion polls show George W Bush and his Iraq policy slowly re-gaining public approval, something even more miraculous is happening in Europe: Bush’s reputation has crept slightly off rock-bottom and the anti-war moveme...
A Day in the Life of Col. Abu Mohammed
PATRICK COCKBURN
In Baghdad. It is probably one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Colonel Abu Mohammed is the policeman in charge of defusing unexploded bombs in Baghdad, where the sound of explosions is so common that, unless the blast is very close, people no longe...
John Lehman on Iraq / al-Qaeda Links
GARY LEUPP
On Sunday (June 20), John Lehman told NBC’s "Meet the Press" that the members of the 9-11 Commission, on which he sits, has knowledge of documents captured in Iraq that "indicate that there is at least one officer of Saddam’s Fedayeen, a...
Bush and Castro Face Off
LAURA CARLSEN
The recent exchange of threats between the Cuban and U.S. governments may seem like more of the same stand-off rhetoric that has characterized relations between the two since the Cuban revolution 45 years ago. But as a Cuban political transition approaches and agg...
From Saddam, with Love
KURT NIMMO
Saddam Hussein has sent a letter to his family, according to Newsweek. Most of if was redacted by military censors. No telling what Saddam attempted to write in those squelched lines. Maybe he urged the Fayadeen to kill more US soldiers. Or gave solace to t...
"A Flea Market of Racism"
DAVE ZIRIN
The media and sports radio establishment of Boston are calling for the head of All-World baseball player Barry Bonds. In an interview with the Boston Globe, Bonds was asked a cream puff question about whether he would consider finishing his career in Beant...
Hostile Takeover Attempt Threatens Hitchcock Foundation
PATRICIA WOLFF
The battle for control of the Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation, now well into its second year, is raising serious questions about the way tax-exempt foundations in the United States are governed and regulated. Will the Hitchcock Foundation sur...
How Liberal Canada Defied Reason to Terrorize Its Citizens
MAHBOOB A. KHAWAJA, Ph. D
Editors’ Note: On March 29, Canadian police raided the Ottawa home of Mahboob Khawaja, arrested his son based on an indictment from Britain and asked Saudi police to detain Khawaja, who was teaching in Saudi Arabia. No bomb-making materials were...
"The League of Frightened Gentlemen"
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. ‘Our soldiers call them the League of Frightened Gentlemen," said an American officer pointing derisively towards the buildings in the so-called green zone in Baghdad, housing the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority which has ruled Ir...
Mutually Assured Pre-Emption
DAVE LINDORFF
For those wondering about the veracity of Vladimir Putin’s sudden peculiar claim that Russian intelligence, sometime after the 9-11 attacks, had passed along to the Bush administration a vague warning that Iraq might be planning "terror" attacks ag...
Open Letter to Eurodeputy Pedro Marset
The Ex-Solidarity Committee For The Liberation Of Pacho Cortés
Señor Pedro Marset Campos European Parliament Brussels Dear Señor Marset, Although it was written under his name, Forrest Hylton’s article for CounterPunch and Znet reflects a collective d...