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Archives from October 2004
Death of a Fan
DAVE ZIRIN
Victoria Snelgrove is dead. The 21 year old Emerson College journalism student exercised her right as a fan to stand on her Boston street and cheer the Red Sox’s pennant victory over the New York Yankees. For her trouble, she was shot by the Boston Police De...
Lori Berenson’s Story
WILLIAM J. NOTTINGHAM
The story of Lori Berenson and the political prisoners of Peru, held under discredited "antiterrorist" legislation, should make us vigilant about civil rights and due process in our own society. The Patriot Act has precedence all over Latin America in th...
West Texas Wahabbism
WERTHER
Cultural savants have been vague in ascribing a starting point to the Post-Modern Age. Some date the end of industrial modes of thinking and the dawn of television-saturated consciousness with the publication of Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media in 1964...
The Emperor’s New Crumbs
DAVID J. LEDERMANN
You flip and you flop under the Big White Top where the long-legged ring-mistress starts and stops. But you know, after all, the act is wearing thin — as the crowd grows uneasy and the boos begin. But you balance your world on th...
Kerrynomics: Seems Like Old Times
GREG BATES
Robert Pollin’s excellent Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape ...
Purchasing Individuality in America
M. JUNAID ALAM
Bracing against the Marxist menace, America erected a powerful pantheon of ideas where the deities of Capital received frequent and fulsome tribute. Foremost among these deities was Individuality. The scripture inscribed at the base of this particular god was unmi...
Al Hurra TV
MIKE WHITNEY
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recently opined, "The Iraq conflict is a war of perceptions". His remark reflects his belief that events can be shaped simply by controlling the flow of information. Rumsfeld has been a major player in making sure that t...
Fallujah and the Moral Level of War
WILLIAM S. LIND
In recent weeks, the indirect approach the Marines adopted in April in Fallujah, when they withdrew instead of storming the city, began to pay off. A reduction of American pressure allowed fissures within the Iraqi resistance to appear and grow. Fallujah natives w...
Guilt Trippers for Kerry
SHARON SMITH
ON OCTOBER 28, Left Business Observer editor Doug Henwood will air an interview with left-wing author and activist Tariq Ali on New York’s WBAI radio. In a previous interview with Henwood back in August, Ali excoriated those on the U.S. left who have ...
Is Lesser Evilism a Compromise with Evil?
JUSTIN E.H. SMITH
A week ago today, I sent off the final version of my application for Canadian permanent residence, including a copy of my FBI background check (clean), a birth certificate from Washoe County, Nevada, certified copies of my passport and my advanced degrees, and &qu...
Faith-Based Deceptions
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
President Bush seems to be engaged in a messianic, Jesus-like calling "to set at liberty those who are oppressed." (Luke 4: 19b) He continues to justify his Administration’s war of choice against non-threatening Iraq by repeatedly playing both the ...
The Destructive Power of Faith
WILLIAM A. COOK
A pall hangs over this election, a shroud of darkness that oppresses the heart because its outcome guarantees no change, only the certainty of continued chaos if Bush should win and the unknown direction a Kerry victory might take, a direction that could continue ...
Same Old FBI Story
LAWRENCE REICHARD
The FBI has once again put its traditional fantastic incompetence on display for all the world to see. According to a Boston Associated Press story run October 14 in The Bangor (Maine) Daily News, the incredible ineptitude of this sham of a law enforcement agency ...
What Compassionate Conservatism Means
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Compassionate conservatism has many faces and most of them have frowns except when they are shown on television during the debates. They frown at everything from the environment to the poor. It is worth remembering their faces since to the unbiased they suggest wh...
You Can’t Blame Nader for This
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Let’s hedge this with all the usual qualifiers. Kerry could pull it out. The spread’s within the margin of error. Respondents to polls are lying out of fear of John Ashcroft. Pollsters aren’t reaching Kerrycrats with cell phones. But whatever way...
George W. Bush: a Man of His Words?
SAUL LANDAU
The Presidential debates revealed aspects of Gorge W. Bush’s character that bear careful scrutiny–if not acute psychiatric care. The media made much of his body language and facial expressions, especially his reactions to John Kerry when his opponent a...
Pinochet and the Chilean Military
REBECCA EVANS
Chilean Defense Minister Michelle Bachelet is a former exile and daughter of a legendary air force general who was tortured to death by the Pinochet regime for opposing the coup. On September 30, she participated in a solemn ceremony marking the thirtieth annivers...
Masked Haitian Police Shoot Children While Arresting Priest
BILL QUIGLEY
Jeanine (not her real name for reasons you will shortly understand) is a quiet 14 year old girl who lives with her family of 18 off a rutted dirt road near the international airport in Port au Prince. Twice a week she walked the mile or so to eat a meal at St. Cla...
Examining the Policies of Bush and Kerry
DAVID KRIEGER
President Bush and Senator Kerry agree that nuclear proliferation is the top national security threat facing the United States. Given this agreement, it is worth examining the solutions each candidate is offering to solve the problem. The issue of Russian...
The Undecided Voter Examined
BEN TRIPP
If you shout "fire" in a crowded theater, most people will respond, one way or another. Most of them will run out onto the sidewalk and start to form a lynch mob; some of them will boldly check the theater for combustion-related activities. The undecided...
Bolivia a Year After the October Insurrection
LINA BRITTO And LUCIA SUAREZ
Translated by Forrest Hylton La Paz/Chukiyawu. Leaning against a concrete tombstone, nine men dressed in denim overalls of various colors drink beer and soda, taking care to pour the first sip on the dry and dusty ground as an offering to the Pacha Mama...
The Small Business Lobby’s Big Issues
STAN COX
During an economic summit with French President Jacques Chirac, George W. Bush turns to an aide and mutters, "The problem with the French is that they don’t even have a word for ‘entrepreneur’." The butt of this well-worn urban legend i...
State Department Flip-Flops on Cuban Visas
BILL MARTINEZ
On August 21, 2004, the Havana Night ensemble, comprised of 53 Cuban artists, performed at the Las Vegas, Stardust Hotel. While we welcome these wonderful artists to our country, the manner in which they entered the country is not something to celebrate. Thei...
It’s Not Easy Pretending to be Green
JOSHUA FRANK
Despite John Kerry’s cozy relationship with big green organizations like the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters, the Senator should not be mistaken as a friend of the environment. For example, Kerry, who voted against the Kyoto Protoco...
The War and Globalization
MARK ENGLER
To be radical, in the oldest sense of the word, is to go to the root. One strength of truly progressive analysis is that it places what appear to be isolated events in a larger context. It seeks to make connections between seemingly disparate political issues by r...
Get the Military Out of Our High Schools
JESSE SHARKEY
We first began to realize something was wrong when teams of teams of men with suits and clipboards began walking through the halls of our high school during the first week of classes. We had heard that the U.S. Navy was planning to open a "Naval Academy"...
Sinclair Broadcasting’s Air War
JASON LEOPOLD
Sinclair Broadcasting Group has tried to influence the outcome of elections long before the media company became a lightning rod for criticism due to its decision to air a controversial documentary ten days before the Nov. 2 election critical of Democratic Preside...
If Bush Wins, Blame Me
DAVID VEST
In Oregon, we all vote by mail, and I have just cast my ballot in the November 2 election. At least, I think I voted. I’m not sure, because the candidate I wanted for president wasn’t on the ballot. There was a space for write-ins, a dotted line...
Time to Kick It Up a Notch
RON JACOBS
Eleven hundred US soldiers killed. Perhaps thirty thousand Iraqis, most of them civilians, killed. Countless others on both sides wounded and disfigured. It was only a little more than a month ago that the 1000 GIs killed mark was reached in Iraq. Meanwhile, the U...
Reflections on a Mutiny
JACK RANDOM
When a platoon of soldiers out of Jackson, Mississippi, the 343rd Quartermaster Company, refused to carry out an order to transport contaminated fuel along a dangerous corridor north of Baghdad, it was not an act of courage or conscientious objection. It was an ac...
First the Back-Door Draft; Now the Foot-in-the-Door Draft
DAVE LINDORFF
So the cat’s out of the bag. With reports today in the New York Times, AP and other media outlets that the Pentagon is contemplating a draft call-up of health professionals because of a shortage of doctors, nurses and medics in the increasingly thinly stretc...
How Faith-Based Politicking Degrades Democracy and Christianity
Dr. TERESA WHITEHURST
Yesterday I opened the over-stuffed kitchen cabinet at my parents’ house in search of evaporated milk, when what to my wondering eyes should appear but an industrial-sized bag of non-iodized kosher salt. While my father’s Great Depression-era zeal for ...
"Did You Two Squabble?"
YITZHAK LAOR
Editors’ Note: This ...
A Change in the Countryside or Preparation for a Prolonged Conflict in Colombia?
JAMES BRITTAIN
Since its formal inception in 1964 the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia–People’s Army (FARC-EP) has maintained a unique presence within the country of Colombia and Latin America in general. Unlike many revolutionary movements created throughout C...
Choking Free Speech
Col. DAN SMITH
Once again, as in 1798 and 1918, there’s a campaign underway suggesting that patriotism and dissent ­ particularly any disagreement with top administration officials ­ are mutually exclusive. Inherent in this suggestion is the premise that patriotism...
Bombing Madison
CHRISTOPHER DOLS
This past Saturday, Michael Moore came to the University of Wisconsin at Madison to stump for John Kerry. He spoke to a crowd of over 4,000 people and called upon these swing-state liberals to take up the challenge and boot Bush in the coming election. Moore’...
Palestine Takes Center Stage at European Social Forum
VICTOR KATTAN
"End the oppression, end the occupation" was the rallying cry at the European Social Forum in London last weekend, where thousands of delegates from all walks of life descended on Alexandra Palace united in the belief that "another world is possible...
O’Reilly Should Hush Up About Extortion Claim
SEAN CARTER
As you must know by now, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly has been sued for sexual harassment by former producer Andrea Mackris. And while many were shocked by the accusations of unwanted phone sex and other lewd behavior, I wasn,t so surprised. For years, O’...
Confessions of a Swing State Voter
JEFF TAYLOR
Editors’ Note: What follows is JEFF TAYLOR’s response to the Greg Bates’s survey of swing state voters published in CounterPunch on October 12, 2004. Taylor wrote the chapter on Paul Wellstone in Cou...
Republican Contributions: $10.7 Million for Kerry vs. $111,700 for Nader
CounterPunch Wire
Washington, D.C. Today, the Independent presidential campaign of Ralph Nader and Peter Miguel Camejo released the preliminary findings of research conducted by the Center for Responsive Politics. The findings demonstrate that Senator John Kerry has thousand...
The Political Business of Terry McAuliffe
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
In May 1999, the Labor Department brought suit against Jack Moore and John Grau, charging the two men with mismanaging the pension fund for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Moore was the longtime secretary of the union, while Grau was the vice-...
"More Money in Your Pocket"
MATT VIDAL
Ever since formally democratic governments have replaced monarchies, one of the main rhetorical tricks of conservatives of various stripes–including what are called liberals in Europe and are now called Republicans in the US–has been to continually inv...
A Tragedy and a Failure That Has Stimulated Terrorism
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
It will be 18 months ago this election eve, since President Bush on May 1, 2003, donned a flight jacket, landed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln and before a "Mission Accomplished" banner announced the end of "major combat" in Iraq. He proudly sa...
Facts and Lies; Slogans and Truth
SAUL LANDAU
Instead of "sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth may be found," much of the media repeats distortions that flow from the mouths of Administration officials. Bush, the worst President in US history ­ I apologize to Ulysses Grant, James Bucha...
The Language of Goodness
DIANE CHRISTIAN
The first known figure of the Last Judgment in Christian iconography is a beautiful mosaic in the Cathedral of St. Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna. It shows a seated Christ flanked by two large Byzantine-style angels. To Christ’s right are three perky-looking sh...
O’Reilly at the Whipping Post
MIKE WHITNEY
It’s hard to imagine Bill O’Reilly prowling the corridors of FOX News, satyr-like and leering, searching out new prey for his lustful appetites. After all, O’Reilly built his career by savaging Bill Clinton for his over-reported indiscretions wit...
Betting on War
GREG BATES And DAVE LINDORFF
Greg Bates: In response to my piece analyzing Dave’s article arguing that progressive voters should vote Kerry, Dave wrote me about Kerry: "The guy may be a schmuck and a lousy campaigner, but he’s no dummy. I would bet you a ...
Ariel Sharon’s Worldview
URI AVNERY
What really is important is not what he said or why he said it, but the world-view that animates him. By now, everybody has had a go at analyzing the interview with Dov ("Dubby") Weisglass, Ariel Sharon’s mo...
Bulletin on the Bush Bulge
DAVE LINDORFF
The scandal of George Bush’s earpiece debate cheating device continues to grow. I just got a look at the full Fox tape of President Bush’s May ’04 joint news conference with French President Jaques Chirac. In that tape, as in several other...
Leaving So Soon?
PETER LaVENIA
I usually have no desire to polemicize against Joshua Frank, because his analysis is usually excellent. Yet I find that his leaving the Green Party saddens me as much as the joining of opportunists like Normon Solomon disgusts me. ...