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Archives from June 2004
Bush Gets Testy About Torture
BRUCE JACKSON
President Bush held a rare press conference on Thursday, June 10, after the G8 conference in Sea Island, Georgia. He wanted to talk about how successful the meeting was, which it wasn’t. Earlier in the week the UN endorsed the new Iraqi interim government, w...
Requiems
KATHY KELLY
Pekin Federal Prison I’ve always liked the restful quiet of an empty classroom. Maybe this is why the large room where we wait to start mealtime duties, here at Pekin Federal Prison, feels comfortably familiar. During breaks, in the dining area, IR...
Hard Right Nativism
JIM DAVIS
Last Friday Ireland went to the Polls to elect local councilors, members of the European Parliament and to decide on an amendment to the constitution which would strip some Irish born children of their right to Irish Citizenship. The referendum is the culmination ...
Republicans Behind Attack on Fahrenheit 9/11
KURT NIMMO
So desperate are Bush Republicans to kill Michael Moore’s latest film, Fahrenheit 9/11, they have hired a public relations firm to set up a web site attacking Moore. The site, MoveAmericaForward.com, claims to be "non-partisan," but a glance at the...
The Nightmare Comes True
URI AVNERY
I thought it was terrible. I was wrong. It is far, far worse!–These words sum up my feelings at that moment. I was standing on a hill overlooking the infamous Kalandia checkpoint. Below me was a narrow road, packed with Palestinians in the blaz...
Going After Qaddafi (Again)
KURT NIMMO
Remember when the Bush Ministry of Disinformation made such a big deal out of Qaddafi’s reported deal to stop working on nuclear weapons? Mu’ammar’s so-called "renunciation" had neocons and Bush warmongers strutting around declaring the...
Object Lessons from the Case of Francisco Cortés
FORREST HYLTON
To start with good news, I was dead wrong: Claudio Ramírez and Carmelo Peñaranda, the compañeros with whom Francisco "Pacho" Cortés was arrested in Bolivia on April 10, 2003, have taken the hardest way out. They refuse to exch...
Reagan Lives…in Calgary
WAYNE SAUNDERS
D-Day is one thing; Ronald Reagan is quite another altogether: His Legacy lives on, in Calgary, Alberta. Surely it was a bad omen. Before Game Six of the Stanley Cup final from the Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, millions of CBC viewers were subjected to a ...
US Military in Crisis
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Here is an item about the situation in Iraq from the New York Times on June 1, 2004. "After a loose power line on a side street [in Baghdad] began making noises that sounded like gunshots, one soldier fired a burst from his M-16 down the street, sending dozen...
Who Will Tell Us More About Those Who Refused to Make Way for War?
GREG MOSES
Evidence for the story is so scarce to a Western reader that it seems mythical. As the Mahdi Army of Moqtada al-Sadr advanced through the city of Nasiriyah, they came upon an aluminum plant. Commanders of the Mahdi Army ordered the workers to evacuate. The workers...
A Review of The Weather Underground
JOSEPH RAMSEY
Directed by Bob Siegel, and Sam Green, nominated for a 2003 Oscar, (and now finally available on DVD) ...
Top Israelis Boycott Reagan’s State Funeral
WAYNE MADSEN
Whether one liked Ronald Reagan, despised him or were ambivalent about his eight year presidency, state funerals for Presidents of the United States are the closest thing America has to the pomp and circumstance that surrounds major royal functions in Europe. Pres...
Meet the New Iraqi Leaders
GARY LEUPP
These are not America’s puppets. This is a terrific list and really good government, and we’re very pleased with the names that emerged. Condoleeza Rice, National Security Advisor The selection of Gh...
Greenpeace Docks in the Siskiyous
MICHAEL DONNELLY
In 2002, a forest fire burned over some 500,000 acres in southern Oregon’s Siskiyou Wild Rivers region. The Biscuit Fire burned for weeks, over $150 million was spent as an army of firefighters bulldozed and back-burned huge fire breaks to corral the flames ...
CounterPunch’s Favorite Albums
Alexander Cockburn
, co-editor of CounterPunch The start of every summer it’s the same. Jeffrey gets one of his lists going and we have to scratch our heads, trying to go back beyond the day before yesterday, remembering what we thought was great three decades ago ...
The Federal Bureau of Errors
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
He who would distinguish the true from the false must have an adequate idea of what is true and false. Spinoza, Theological-Political Treatise To err is human, and the FBI is nothing if not human. First it was Wen Ho ...
The 18th Brumaire in the 21st Century
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
President Ronald Reagan’s death has evoked an outpouring of grief and affection, all of it genuine. This is nothing to be ashamed of. The cartoonist Jules Feiffer, a trenchant critic, wrote once that he could not but melt when he ran across Reagan at the Cal...
Al Jazeera Awakens the Arab World
ANTHONY LOEWENSTEIN
"I hope al-Jazeera is going to be around to… report to the Arab public, and I think at that point the Arab public will realize that we came in peace, we came as liberators [to Iraq], not conquerors." Colin Powell, US National P...
The Hip Hop Insurgency Returns
RON JACOBS
"This is rebellious music, not gangster music." Krs-One KRS-One was the man behind the old school hip-hop organization known as Boogie Down Productions (BDP). Like his contemporary Chuck D of Public En...
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
SUSAN DAVIS
There’s not much to say about the third Harry Potter movie that hasn’t been said many times over in every newspaper in the country. This is one of the blockbusters of the summer, number one in box office sales as I write. This installment, with a new d...
Soweto and Runnymede
PETER LINEBAUGH
I flew from Detroit, with one stop, to the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg to participate in an international conference, The Promise of Freedom and its Practice: Global Perspectives on South Africa’s Decade of Democracy. I arrived o...
The Polls Get Stupider
BEN TRIPP
When I was a spratling, I thought the lyrics to Jimmy Buffet’s song went, "Blew on my flip-flop/ and stepped off the top dock" and that this is what happened to helpless alcoholics. Later on I learned that Jimmy was Warren Buffet’s son, and t...
Troy, Now and Then
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
"The true hero, the true subject, the center of the Iliad, is force. Force as man’s instrument, force as man’s master, force before which human flesh shrinks back. The human soul, in this poem, is shown always in its relation to force...
Military Conscription is Alive and Well in the Dominion of the Whip
JOE BAGEANT
Good for you, Lynndie England, you chinless, inbred, runty, androgynous backwoods mutt! When you mimed a crotch-shot at that hooded detainee, you reminded us all of what Imperial service should be like: one long S&M tour of the tropics, where ever...
Why Are We Surprised?
ANTONIO PONVERT III
Over the past few weeks, just about everyone has expressed shock and outrage over the treatment of the Iraqi prisoners. Why are we so surprised? Look at the people selected to create and run the Iraqi prisons. In May 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft han...
Funeral Games
CHRIS FLOYD
Some cynics say that Heaven’s newest sunbeam, Ronald Reagan, was called "The Great Communicator" because he delivered his innumerable lies in words of one syllable. But this is just a typically vicious liberal canard. For Reagan truly was a ...
John Kerry is as Close to God as God
PAUL ALEXANDER
It is very disheartening to me to still see articles in Leftwing publications and websites giving another rundown on the lies of George W. Bush. Do people really think that they can even possibly get through to someone at this point who doesn’t know that Bus...
Jayson Blair, Alive and Well at the New York Times
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Pentagon Cartoons They keep talking about Reagan being a "big picture" man, indifferent to petty detail. The phrase gives a false impression, as though Reagan looked out at the world as though at some Cinemascope epic, a vast battlefield wher...
Reagan’s Falsified Obituary
NORMAN SOLOMON
If journalism is history’s first draft, the death of Ronald Reagan has caused a step-up in the mass production of falsified history. It’s mourning in America. The main technique is omission. People who suffered from the Reagan pres...
Miami TV Station Invites Terrorists to Talk Openly About Their Planned Attacks on Cuba and Venezuela
CounterPunch Wire
Cuban television tonight broadcast remarkable segments of a one hour program on Miami TV Channel 41 in which known paramilitaries from the Florida based Comandos F4 organization openly spoke of their preparation for an armed attack against Cuba. In moments ...
Reagan’s Falsified Obituary
NORMAN SOLOMON
If journalism is history’s first draft, the death of Ronald Reagan has caused a step-up in the mass production of falsified history. It’s mourning in America. The main technique is omission. People who suffered from the Reagan pres...
Remembering Reagan
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
Ronald Reagan was a paradigm shifter. He was what Charles Derber in his new book, Regime Change Begins at Home, calls a "regime-changer," moving decisively to end the flagging New Deal era and launching the modern period of corporate rule. ...
Jayson Blair, Alive and Well at the New York Times
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Pentagon Cartoons They keep talking about Reagan being a "big picture" man, indifferent to petty detail. The phrase gives a false impression, as though Reagan looked out at the world as though at some Cinemascope epic, a vast battlefield wher...
Reagan’s Historical Legacy
STEVEN SHERMAN
What exactly was Ronald Reagan’s historical role? The tributes and denunciations of him are flowing in, and they predictably turn on each author’s feelings about conservative policies. If you support tax cuts, welfare cuts, race-baiting, an aggressive,...
Well, I Guess If You Say So, I Have to Pack My Things and Go
RON JACOBS
There are two songs that Ray Charles sings that are a permanent part of my life’s soundtrack. The first time I heard "Let’s Go get Stoned" was at an NCO club in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany while drinking 15 cent Miller High Lifes with som...
Reform at Wal-Mart?
NICO PITNEY
It was a vast and shameless annual meeting worthy of the vast and shameless corporation that hosted it. With blue and white concert lights flickering and Patti LaBelle belting out "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," more than 15,000 store employees, sha...
Ronald Reagan, Neo-Cons and the "Intelligence Failures"
ZEYNEP TOUFE
United in a fervent desire to praise Reagan, not bury him, the pundit class seems to have agreed that, no matter what else they might say about him, Reagan won the cold war by outspending the Soviets and forcing them into bankruptcy. It’s a neat story...
How PunkVoter.Com Became Just Another Tool of the Democrats
SCOTT EVANS
Although for many of us the last four years have brilliantly demonstrated the undemocratic nature of American democracy, it seems that some radicals have missed their cues. Presented with endemic alienation as a result of the failure of American political structur...
Nouns That Should be Acronyms
GARY CORSERI
W.A.R. Waste, Ambition & Rape P.U.N.D.I.T. Pompous Underling Nitwits of Dim Intellectual Twitterings D.E.M.O.C.R.A.T. Delusional Ex-Moderates Officially Committed to Republican Atavistic Twaddle N.E.O.C.O.N. Noxious Empire Organizational C...
New Government Made Up of CIA Pawns
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Iraqis are highly sceptical that the US occupation will, as promised, end on 30 June and predict worse fighting to come if real power is not handed over. "I don’t believe there will be a transfer of power," said Ali Hashimi, a compu...
The Senator Would Zap Iraqis (or WTO Protesters) with Futuristic Pain Beams
JACOB LEVICH
Senator John Kerry’s vision of "winning the peace" in Iraq and elsewhere involves the use of futuristic microwave beam weapons designed to inflict agonizing pain on unruly civilians, a recent campaign document reveals. The document, a fact s...
What a Sporty 6-Year-Old Saw at the Revolution
DAVE ZIRIN
It was 1980. I was six years old and living in New York City when this rosy-cheeked smiling old man was elected President. All I knew was that he beat the peanut guy with the funny teeth. My father told me that our new leader was an ex-sportscaster nickname...
Divinity Thorugh Marketing
NOAM CHOMSKY
There was something similar after the JFK assassination, but of course the assassination of a living president is quite different. I don’t recall anything else remotely similar, perhaps since FDR, in the midst of a war, and of course he really was a signific...
His Struggle Against an Insurgent Global "Ism"
GARY LEUPP
According to an article published in Capitol Hill Blue that is receiving a lot of at...
Really Bad Trade News Obscured by Distractingly Bad News on Other Fronts
SAUL LANDAU
"The poor and the marginalized are most commonly denied justice and would benefit most from the fair application of the rule of law and human rights. Yet despite the increasing discourse on the indivisibility of human rights, in reality economic,...
Where Were You When Reagan Croaked?
JACK McCARTHY
It was an ill wind named Reagan that blew into Washington after the fiasco presidency of Jimmy Carter. Carter’s fate was sealed after he caved into pressure from David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger and allowed the hapless Shah of Iran to enter the ...
Spend One for the Gipper
DAVID PRICE
The obviously pre-orchestrated calls for the minting of U.S. currency affixed with the face of late President Ronald Reagan are designed to further induce a state of national amnesia about the Reagan legacy. With this monetary canonization we are asked to forget t...
Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Torture
MIKE WHITNEY
"THE GENEVA Conventions are so outdated and are written so broadly that they have become a sword used by terrorists to kill civilians, rather than a shield to protect civilians from terrorists. These international laws have become part of the pro...
Bush’s Democratic Charade in Iraq
JIM TARBELL And ROGER BURBACH
In November 2003, with US soldiers facing mounting casualties and the search for weapons of mass destruction largely abandoned, George W. Bush appeared before the National Endowment for Democracy, a quasi-public institution set up to advance US political objective...
The Betrayal of Smarty Jones
BECKY BURGWIN
When Smarty Jones won the Preakness, after winning the Derby, the world woke up to his existence and Americans started thinking that maybe he was the Seabisquit of our time. Back then we were coming out of the great depression. Tensions in the world were mounting ...