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Archives from October 2004
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. ...