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Archives from August 2004
How Cheney Got Away With $35 Million Before the Feds Launched a Probe into Halliburton
JASON LEOPOLD
It’s obvious that no mainstream news reporter has the gumption to seriously question Vice President Dick Cheney’s ethics when he was chief executive of Halliburton, the oil-field services company that is currently embroiled in a scandal with the Pentag...
Israel and the American Elections
URI AVNERY
Once upon a time, an assistant to Levy Eshkol, our late Prime Minister, rushed up to him and cried: "Levy, a disaster! A drought has set in!" "Where?" the Prime Minister asked anxiously, "in Texas?" "No, here in Isr...
An Interview with Mordechai Vanunu
AMY GOODMAN
Mordechai Vanunu worked as a nuclear technician at Dimona, Israel’s secret nuclear installation from 1976 to 1985. He worked there at a time when Israel was insisting it would not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons to the Middle East. What Vanunu disc...
The Death of American Politics
ADRIAN KUZMINSKI
John Kerry’s pro-Wall Street, pro-war, anti-labor, anti-middle class, right-wing presidential campaign may be the final nail in the coffin of the American political process. The shutdown of American politics, now complete, has long been in the making, going ...
Patti Smith, Another Take
RODNEY THOMAS
I just saw Patti Smith’s two nights in San Francisco last week and perhaps what Patti said at those concerts was more creatively and clearly stated than your experience at the Seattle concert: On Thursday toward the end of "Gandhi" s...
After the Venezuela Referendum
TONI SOLO
Managua, Nicaragua For the Venez...
Kerry and Bolivia: To the Right of Bush?
SEAN DONAHUE
Cochabamba, Bolivia. On June 26, speaking to the National Association of Elected and Appointed Latino Officials in Washington, DC, John Kerry laid out a hardline against Latin America’s grassroots social movements, telling the assembled officials that...
"Sorry, Sir, Some Readers May Find Your Book Inflammatory"
DAVE LINDORFF
Word that Attorney General John Ashcroft has sicced already thinly stretched counter-terror forces of the FBI on protesters planning for peaceful protest against the Republicans and the Bush administration during the Republican National Convention shows how far th...
A Midtown Hiroshima?
JOHN L. HESS
Nicholas Kristov of the New York Times dropped in on a conference of experts and came away worried about a new Hiroshima. Former Defense Secretary William Perry figured it was even money that a nuke would go off in this country during the next six years. A...
Dafuris Made Pawns in Western Power Play for Oil?
NORM DIXON
If anything betrays the true attitude of the US and European governments towards the suffering of millions of displaced people in the Darfur region of western Sudan, it is the little publicised fact that Western governments are allowing more than 2000 hungry and s...
Opportunity from Misfortune
ALAN FARAGO
In August 1992, Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida like a bomb went off. And like today’s images in Charley’s wake — and ones that will broadcast from the next big one, the next time — the indelible memories of human endurance bear c...
No to Recall; Yes to Democracy
JOHN L. HESS
Where was no way for the average Yankee to realize what a triumph for democracy the vote in Venezuela has been. Our embedded media has been blowing spitballs at Hugo Chavez since he came to power. In one if the most disgraceful episodes in the history of t...
An Open Letter in Support of the Presbyterian Church’s Decision to Divest from Israel
LISA TARAKI And OMAR BARGHOUTI
Rev. Dr. Clifton Kirkpatrick Stated Clerk Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 100 Witherspoon Street Louisville, KY 40202-1396 Dear Rev. Kirkpatrick, On behalf of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, we s...
Mexico Fiercely Opposes the Iraq War, But Mexicans Are Dying There Every Week
JOHN ROSS
"She died on Friday thinking about coming home to eat beans and carnitas" Father of Sgt. Isela Rubacalva MEXICO CITY. When Lance Corporal Juan Lopez Rangel was killed in a firefight near the rebel city of Fa...
An Open Letter to Patti Smith
ALLEN THOMPSON
I am writing you as a long term fan; one who has loved your music for over 25 years and who admires your commitment to creating a better world. I was deeply saddened yesterday to find that there is something important we no longer share; support of Ralph NaderR...
The Attack on Najaf
GARY LEUPP
Oppose the oppressor and support the oppressed. Imam Ali, Last Will and Testament (39 AH; 661 CE)...
Crushes Opposition in Referendum
SHARMINI PERIES
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, first elected in 1998 made democratic history today in a triumphant defeat of the recall referendum on his Presidency. The very Constitution that he championed in 1999, that re-elected him in 2000, allows for a mid-term r...
Rumsfeld and Scalia’s Pre-emptive Strike on the Rule of Law
MIKE WHITNEY
The basic purpose of the Law is to protect the individual from the violence of the state. Judges who refuse to defend this fundamental principle must be removed from the bench. Free societies simply cease to exist beneath the shadow of arbitrary imprisonmen...
A Culture of Waste
JOHN BLAIR
I just learned that one of my best friends purchased a giant 10 cylinder SUV. Because it so large and will be used in her business, she will probably qualify for it all to be paid for by U.S. taxpayers through one of Congress’ more ridiculous give aways to t...
Theater of the Absurd
ZVI BAR'EL
In addition to rising violence and tension, and the postponement of the convening of its National Congress, Iraq continues to provide day-by-day drama. Last Sunday Ayad Allawi, who has served as the Iraqi premier for the past 40 days or so, did what prime m...
The Importance of Hugo Chávez
TARIQ ALI
The turn-out in Venezuela last Sunday was huge. 94.9 percent of the electorate voted in the recall referendum. Venezuela, under its new Constitution, permitted the right of the citizens to recall a President before s/he had completed their term of office. No Weste...
Iran Through an Iraqi Mirror
RON JACOBS
In recent days political and other commentators have begun to speculate openly about the role the Iranian government may be playing in Iraq and what its response might be should the US military and its client forces go too far in their assault on the uprising insp...
Subvert Democracy in the Name of Democracy
JONAH GIRDIN
When in 1998 former paratrooper Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías was elected President on a revolutionary mandate to completely rewire Venezuela’s elite-based ‘democracy’, the opposition lay in shambles. So complete was their defeat that th...
Olympic Sized Horror in Greece
DAVE ZIRIN
You know it’s Olympic season in the USA because Playboy has unleashed its ‘Women of the Summer Games’ issue, where world class female athletes are seen performing pole vaults, long jumps, and backstrokes, completely in the air brushed buff. ...
Legalize It!
TRACY McLELLAN
"Marijuana is a godsend and means nothing but the best" -Ken Kesey "Pot is a values-changing drug" -George Carlin The illegality of marijuana/hemp is criminal. Its psychoactive properties a...
Medical Board Should See Her Patients’ Files, Says Dr. Marian Fry
FRED GARDNER
California Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson and State Sen. John Vasconcellos moved Aug. 11 that the Joint Legislative Audit Committee determine whether the state medical board has been investigating doctors for no other reason than that they specialize in cannabi...
Can She be an Impartial Observer of Venezuela’s Referendum?
JUSTIN DELACOUR And DIANA BARAHONA
Caracas. The most internationally recognized observer mission that is monitoring today’s recall referendum on the government of the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias is the Carter Center, founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. In view of ...
60 Days Later, Promises Still Unfulfilled
REBECCA BRIGHAM
On June 9th, Guatemala was paralyzed by a nationwide strike organized by a diverse coalition of groups to protest recent evictions of indigenous families from disputed land, as well as a regressive tax proposal and the newly-signed Central American Free Trade Agre...
Confronting Capitalism
CHRISTINA GERHARDT
Confronting Capitalism: Dispatches from a Global Movement, edited by Eddie...
The Trouble in Najaf
MIKE WHITNEY
"Keep fighting even if you see me a prisoner or a martyr. God willing, you will be victorious." Muqtada al Sadr "Our blood will pave the way for those who will liberate Iraq and protect the holy shrines and for those who ...
The McGreevey Scandal
WAYNE MADSEN
Here we go again. Another political bombshell hits the American people and there is yet another connection to the subterranean labyrinth of possible Israeli intelligence activities. New Jersey Democratic Governor Jim McGreevey’s announcement on August 12 tha...
Nuclear Disarmament in a Time of Globalization
DAVID KRIEGER
Nuclear weapons occupy the highest rung on the ladder of military cowardice. They are long-distance devices of mass annihilation. They destroy indiscriminately – men, women and children. They draw no lines between soldiers and civilians. Those who make the w...
Bush Ignited This Insurgency, Not al-Sadr
MILAN RAI
ASSAULTING THE SHIA MAJORITY The United States has launched a war against a large part of the Iraqi people. It is the Bush Administration’s desire for total domination, not the militancy of Shia insurgents, that has triggered this latest uprising. The...
Is Enrique Mendoza Off His Rocker?
OSCAR HECK
I wasn’t going to write again for a few days … I have some things to take care of … but … my wife and I were discussing the ineptitude of Venezuela’s opposition leaders. Ineptitudes such as Enrique Mendoza’s more-than-absurd sta...
Kerry’s "Energy Plan"
STAN GOFF
"Imperialism is the political expression of the accumulation of capital in its competitive struggle for what remains still open of the non-capitalist environment" -Rosa Luxemburg, "The accumulation of capital," 1913 &...
The Civilizing Mission
M. SHAHID ALAM
"There was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, and by God’s grace do the very best we could for them, as our fellow-men for whom Christ also died."...
Success, Spirituality and Eternal Youth
SAUL LANDAU
"Nature is a woman, with lots of wrinkles." – Anonymous. "In 2001, more than 1.6 million people received Botox injections, an increase of 46 percent over the previous year. More popular than breast enhancement surge...
Press Freedom, Censorship and the War on Terror
VICTOR KATTAN
So the U.S. appointed unelected leadership of Iraq have decided to get rid of Al-Jazeera again because it has been "showing a lot of crimes and criminals on TV". In February they closed its offices for the first time because it was disrespectful towards ...
Gaza Stripped
ERIC DROOKER
It was simultaneously a very good thing, and a very bad thing. Neither Susan nor I expected to be allowed to enter Gaza in the first place. All of our Palestinian friends told us it was impossible and, at any rate, too dangerous these days…. Bu...
Democracy and Venezuela
KATHERINE LAHEY
With so many missions, Bolivarian circles, and grassroots community and governmental organizations on the ground carried out by the people, it is hard to imagine how anyone could get away with calling Venezuela communist, and further, people believing it. But alas...
The Media and Venezuela
YVES ENGLER
The media ­left media included ­ has been relatively silent regarding Venezuela’s upcoming presidential recall referendum. Little has been reported about the importance of a Chavez win both domestically and internationally. What exactly is at ...
The Referendum on Chávez is Only a Preview of Bigger Battles to Come
LEE SUSTAR
Caracas. The populist Venezuela President Hugo Chávez Frias looks likely to win the recall elections on August 15, but the conservative opposition will keep battering away-and with Washington’s help. In a typically wide-ranging and lengt...
Ooops, Chavez Does It Again!
ZEYNEP TOUFE
Hugo Chavez might actually win yet another election, the recall vote scheduled for this Sunday, against the rich and the elite of Venezuela (and the United States, it seems.) So, what does the New York Times refer to this rare example of a politican who win...
How Could the US Ever Be Considered a "Terrorist" State?
NORMAN MADARASZ
Rio de Janeiro. For many weeks, the United States Armed Forces in Iraq have been preparing what they were stopped from doing five months ago, invading the holiest city of Shiite Islam, al-Najaf, site of the Imam Ali shrine. The decision to start pummeling t...
Warrant for Dirty War President Rebuffed by Court, Military and One-time Ruling Party
JOHN ROSS
MEXICO CITY. On the 25th anniversary of the death of ex-president Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, whose six years in office (1964-70) were stained with the blood of hundreds of striking students gunned down on the eve of the 1968 Olympic games here, surviving family me...
A29 Could be a Very Slow Day
DAVE LINDORFF
On Wednesday evening, exiting the EasyPass lane and preparing to enter the Lincoln Tunnel in Hoboken, I had to brake suddenly to avoid running over a wayward traffic cone. The guy behind me in the Volvo SUV, who was tailgating and not paying attention, slammed int...
Chavez Could Teach US Leaders a Thing or Two About Winning Votes
MEDEA BENJAMIN
I knew that the administration of Hugo Chavez had won my heart when I met Olivia Delfino in one of the poor barrios in Caracas. As I was touring the neighborhood with an international delegation here to monitor this Sunday’s referendum on Chavez, Olivia came...
Or: Would You Like Some Fries with Your Black Mask?
MICKEY Z.
"Complain all you want; but do as you’re told." –Frederick the Great of Prussia In a matter of weeks, politicians, protesters, and police will converge on my beleaguered city…and that is precisely why I&...
Military Families File "Stop Loss" Suit
COUNTERPUNCH WIRE
Attorneys for a decorated combat veteran serving in the Army Reserve will announce Tuesday the filing of a petition challenging a "stop loss" order that requires the reservist to remain in the military beyond the term of his enlistment for possible duty ...
What’s a Stake in Venezuela
YVES ENGLER
Supporters of democracy should be watching Venezuela this weekend. Has respect for the rule of law and constitutional government truly taken root in Latin America or will traditional ruling elites and their backers in Washington bring us more of the same old "...