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Archives from November 2004
Sign Here, Kid
MIKE FERNER
He trolled for teenagers in North Carolina high schools, barked orders at recruits in boot camp, and pulled charred civilian corpses out of cars in Iraq. Now Jimmy Massey is making good on his promise to tell the whole world what he learned as a Marine. For...
General Stilwell’s Lesson for Liberals
CLANCY SIGAL
"We took a helluva beating," the late great General Joseph Stillwell groused on marching his malarial, worn-out, battle-weary troops out of the jungle in the China-India-Burma theatre during World War Two. His grimly realistic assessment of how the Japan...
It Has Happened Here
PIERRE TRISTAM
Six weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Presi...
The New Mongols
SAM HAMOD
There is an old prophecy among the Iraqis that says that when the Khan was wounded, after he’d conquered Iraq, that as he went home to die that he would return some day to once again conquer Baghdad. The Iraqis remember this prophecy and they have sworn...
Lula’s Troops in Haiti
BEN TERRALL
Since the February 29 ouster of democratically-elected Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the UN has repeatedly stood by while the U.S.-backed regime detains, arrests, and even murders members of Aristide’s Lavalas party. At odds with its reputation a...
America’s Radioactive War
BRITA MAY ROSE
As the war rages on, as casualties continue to rise, as the chaos, destruction and horror continue unabated in Iraq, there lurks a destructive element in this invasion that has gone almost unnoticed–until recently. It is a weapon more sinister, more insidiou...
Executing Injured Prisoners in Fallujah
OMAR BARGHOUTI
The recently broadcast NBC footage taken by an American journalist embedded with a Marines unit attacking Fallujah was unambiguous. In a badly damaged mosque, a US soldier has indeed shot dead from a close range, execution-style, an injured person who, according t...
Rumsfeld in Nicaragua
TONI SOLO
Donald Rumsfeld visited Nicaragua last week. The apparent reason why seemed to be to offer moral support to President Enrique Bolaños after his disastrous showing in Nicaragua’s recent municipal elections. Like US catspaws President Gutierrez of Ecuad...
Abandon Your Involvement with Creating Nuclear Weapons
DAVID KRIEGER
The decision that you make on whether or not to bid to continue managing and overseeing the nation’s nuclear weapons laboratories transcends ordinary university business decisions; it is a decision of profound moral consequence. The question that must be con...
Condi Sees Enemies Everywhwere She Looks: Haiti, Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela, Uruguay and, of course, Cuba
LARRY BIRNS
By belatedly introducing U.S. and foreign forces into Haiti following the February 29 ousting of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Washington has guaranteed that Haiti’s deeply scarred society is unlikely to easily recuperate from the wounds inflicted on it ...
Bring Them Home Before They Kill Again
DAVE LINDORFF
It is depressingly predictable how "worked up" the Pentagon brass gets about an atrocity committed in gross violation of the Geneva Conventions when the crime is captured on film, as happened during this recent Fallujah action in the case of an NBC pool ...
Who and What Killed Margaret Hassan?
CHRISTIAN HARLEMAN And JAN OBERG
Margaret Hassan has been murdered. That is the most probable conclusion from a video given to Al Jazeera yesterday. For one who met her and got to know her, even if just a little, it is hard to write and read that sentence. But Margaret Hassan–Umm Margaret&#...
"Supporting These Troops?"
JOHN MARCIANO
Each Sunday morning, Veterans for Peace place crosses at Arlington West on the Santa Monica beach in remembrance of U.S. war dead in Iraq ­ now 1,150 and counting. It is a deeply moving memorial. As one Vietnam veteran stated, "No matter what one’s ...
Challenging Jim Crow in Cincinnati
JORDAN GREEN
Southern Exposure In the last days before Election Day, Republican officials in the border state of Ohio finalize...
Rejoice Not
URI AVNERY
"Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth, Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him." This biblical injunction (Proverbs 24:17) is one of the most profound Jewish moral tenets. In this connection, ...
Challenges for the Peace Movement
STEVE BREYMAN
We face numerous challenges as a peace movement on this cold day in Albany. The US attack on Falluja is nearing an end, but there will be more Fallujas. Our first challenge is to put ourselves forward as the real "values voters." Can there ...
Ken Blackwell Has Some Explaining to Do
HUGH URBAN
Ohio was the ground zero of the election; Franklin county was the ground zero of Ohio. Ken Blackwell, who is both the Ohio Secretary of State and the co-Chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio, appears to have screwed us royally. In the 2000 election, th...
"Night of the Long Knives" at the CIA
MIKE WHITNEY
Porter Goss has unleashed a "blood purge" at the CIA to rid the agency of its subversive elements. This comes as no surprise. Bush’s problems with the agency go back to 9-11 and peaked just prior to the Iraq war. Leaks were sprouting everywhere and...
"Cousins of Color:" Black Soldiers in the Philippines, 1899
RUDY RIMANDO
Cousins of Color by William Schroder describes the exciting and dangerous life of David Fag...
Declining Superpower Act
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
China’s currency peg to the US dollar prevents correction of the US trade imbalace and imperils the US dollar’s role as reserve currency. In the post World War II period, the dollar took over the reserve currency role from the British pound, be...
"He’s Dead Now"
ANDREW BUNCOMBE
The Independent The US Marine Corps launched an investigation into possible war crimes last night after video footage taken inside a mosque in Fallujah apparently showed a Marine shooting dead an unarmed Iraqi insurgent who had been taken prisoner. The ...
Sen. Bill Frist v. John Quincy Adams
Dr. TERESA WHITEHURST
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is my favorite movie about the American process, about the beauty of having a system that allows even the tiniest minority of citizens a voice. Thus I found anarticle about Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) more than a little disturbing. Mr. Fris...
The Dia de los Muertos of the US Left
JOHN ROSS
Even as I sasheyed down 24th Street with a hangman’s noose around my neck and a crown of skulls adorning my tonsure in the Mission barrio’s 30th-odd Dias de los Muertos procession, ABC-Disney was already calling Florida for Bush and hope itself was bus...
The "No Partner" Myth
NEVE GORDON
The leader and symbol of the Palestinian people is dead. His departure from the political scene has far-reaching implications, particularly for Israeli-Palestinian relations. The official Israeli line for the past four years has been that there is no Pale...
So What Are You Going to Do About It?
DONNA J. VOLATILE
John Kerry has slithered back under the rock from whence he came but never fear he’ll be back. Like the Clinton’s, like Gore and countless other ineffectual democrats, he’ll be back, and he’ll be received very well, possibly even be re...
Obliterating Fallujah
FRANCIS A. BOYLE
  The obliteration of Fallujah continues apace. Article 6(b) of the 1945 Nuremberg Charter defines a Nuremberg War Crime in relevant part as the ". . . wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages. . ." According ...
God Bless America
JOHN CHUCKMAN
"I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America." Alexis de Tocqueville The international view of Bush’s election was nicely summed up by t...
On Reading the Duelfer Report
WERTHER*
* The Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraq’s WMD is commonly called "The Duelfer Report," after its director, Charles Duelfer. This long (966 page) three-volume report is the U.S. Government’s final word on whether th...
Fallujah in Ruins
MICHAEL GEORGY And KIM SENGUPTA
The Independent FALLUJAH. Af...
On the (Far) Right Hand of God
WALT BRASCH
She’s a pleasant enough person. Likes animals. Seems to care about people. Does an excellent job as an administrative assistant for a state agency. But she also has an impervious religious belief. The day after George W. Bush was elected to his second term, ...
Colin Powell and Latin America
LARRY BIRNS
Secretary of State Colin Powell’s resignation will have little impact on Latin America other than to confirm the fact that under his watch, U.S.-Latin American relations have reached their lowest level in years, with no improvement likely in the near future....
Iraq: The Unthinkable as Normalcy
JOHN PILGER
Edward S. Herman’s landmark essay, "The Banality of Evil," has never seemed more apposite. "Doing terrible things in an organised and systematic way rests on ‘normalisation’," wrote Herman. "There is usually a division of...
If Only Voters Were as Diligent as Sports Fans
RALPH NADER
Whenever I hear sports fans on talk radio or personally chat with people about sports both Spectator and participatory games the depth and breadth of the conversations are not surprising. As a teenager fan, I knew the batting averages of half the players in the Am...
Statistics Don’t Lie; But They Don’t Tell the Story, Either
DAVE LINDORFF
Statistics don’t lie, but in the wrong hands, they only hint at the truth. So far, as of Thursday, the U.S. attack on the city of Fallujah has led to 22 U.S. combat deaths, a few dozen "allied" Iraqi security force deaths, over 400 American...
Measure for Measure
FRED GARDNER
A liberal medical marijuana initiative failed in Oregon, a conservative one passed in Montana. Our funders who art in Washington conclude that by minimizing our demands we maximize our chances of winning at the polls. But it’s not that simple. The vot...
Arafat Ruled by Emotion and Cronyism
ROBERT FISK
The Independent He was everything loyal and everything miserable about the Palestinian dream. I have a tape recording of Arafat, sitting with me on a cold, dark mountainside outside the Lebanese port of Tripoli in 1983 where the old man–he was always cal...
Neoliberalism and Class Politics in Latin America
JAMES PETRAS
The endless rhetorical vaporing about "civilizational", "epochal", "global" changes and "world-historical" century-long projections are at best based on anecdotal selective data. The practitioners of this style of rhetoric a...
Man on Fire
STAN GOFF
On September 24, 2004, CNN reported charges brought against three US Navy SEALS in the death of an Iraqi detainee, part of a much larger damage control investigation in the wake of the Abu Ghraib photo crisis ­ an investigation that has now quietly expanded to...
A Preview of the Scalia Court
JOANNE MARINER
Chief Justice William Rehnquist is battling thyroid cancer. Three of his colleagues on the Supreme Court are over seventy. There is no doubt, this presidential term, as to whether George W. Bush will have the chance to name justices to the Court. The only q...
Blue Values
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear." Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) "As democracy is perfected, the of...
The State of Play
JORDAN GREEN
Southern Exposure George W. Bush won Ohio by 136,483 votes, a solid enough margin that Senator John Kerry and all...
The Rise and Fall of Newt Gingrich
ALAN MAASS
The 1994 elections marked the biggest Republican victory in a generation. Led by right-wing ideologue Newt Gingrich, the GOP took control of both houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years–in what was known as the "Republican Revolution."...
Fallujah and the Erosion of American Power
MIKE WHITNEY
"and what will their ...
Imperialist France Destroys an African Air Force
GARY LEUPP
During those first demonstrations against the war on Iraq, when some marchers sported "Chirac for President!" and "Vive la France" placards, I thought all the Francophilia naïve. France is, after all, an imperialist country, and while a mi...
Waiting for the Last War to End
RON JACOBS
It was a particularly rainy day for the Pacific Northwest, even for February. Instead of the normal heavy mist that one thought of in the same way one thinks of the muzak in a shopping mall, the rain on this day was heavy and unrelenting. Indeed, it was even a top...
Bush, God and the Election
DAVID DOMKE
It is now clear that George W. Bush won re-election as President due in substantial part to his ability to build a diverse coalition of religious voters–including white and some black evangelical Protestants, white and Hispanic Catholics, and some Jews. Conv...
"Next"…a Prison Tale
LENNI BRENNER
By now, CounterPunch’s readers, or at least my fans, know that I did 39 months in prison during the 60s, when my street probation for marijuana possession was revoked because of my involvement in Berkeley’s famous Free Speech Movement. However, ...
When a Prisoner of War Isn’t a Prisoner of War
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
A politician is one that w...
War Crimes in Fallujah; a Gutsy Campaign Against Lantos
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The United States is bringing "democracy" to Iraq on the same terms that the Russians imposed its federal mandate on Chechnya, a region which has Iraq’s future written in its rubble. The advocates of intervention in Iraq, the epigones of Wolfowitz ...
Bush’s Reelection: a perspective from the South
HEATHER GRAY
The 2004 presidential election results were sobering for millions of Americans. The pundits say that "values" and "morals" were key to the re-election of George Bush and that the Republican rhetoric resonated with the Christian "values&quo...