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Archives from December 2004
Iraq’s Christian Minority Loses Its Innocence
BORZOU DARAGAHI
The Independent Baghdad. The...
Not Quite Ready for Sainthood
CHAD NAGLE
Kiev, Ukraine. "The present government, it is known, is corrupt and controlled by the oligarchs," declared Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko in a televised debate against his opponent, Viktor Yanukovych, on November 15. "I ha...
Social Security Pump and Dump
DAVID PRICE
Thomas Paine, the great pamphleteering terrorist-provocateur of the Age of Reason, devoted his final pamphlet, Agrarian Justice (1795), to formulating a publicly financed economic security system. Agrarian Justice proposed that all citizens inheriting property wou...
When No Law Means No Law
GREG MOSES
The following Q&A with CounterPunch readers (who are opinionated and engaging souls) leads to two conclusions: (1) the State Department’s letter of justification for adding Al-Manar to the Terrorist Exclusion List (TEL) should be imm...
Crumbs from Our Table
MICKEY Z.
"Where you live should not decide whether you live or whether you die." -U2, "Crumbs From Your Table" (from "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb") Charles Bukowski once said: "As we go on with ...
Death Watch for Human Rights in Haiti
BILL QUIGLEY
"The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky More evidence of the death of human rights in Haiti has been unfolding this month as additional inform...
The UN’s Real Disgrace was the Sanctions Regime
DAVID SMITH-FERRI
As the riptide of voices seeking to drown Kofi Annan and the UN Oil-For-Food Program strengthens, it is interesting to note not only what is being said about the Program’s shortcomings, but also what isn’t being said. In order to do that, however, it i...
An Encounter with Senator Charles Schumer
ALAN SINGER
On Sunday, December 19, 2004, I had a startling exchange with New York Senator Charles Schumer at the Hofstra University graduation. Schumer has a habit of appearing at graduation at the last minute uninvited, speaking to the audience about his experience as a rec...
Merck’s Merry Christmas
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
For all three groups Christmas came early. For the first group it came in September. For the second group it came in mid-December and for the third group, which got the best present, it came at the end of November. All the gifts came from Merck & Co. On...
Nobel Laureate Suffers from a Bizarre Historical Amnesia
JAMES PETRAS
Dear Jose Saramago, In recent days, Colombia, (infamous for its government-sponsored death squads and peasant massacres) has become the favorite site from which some of the Western World’s best known intellectuals have dictated moral lectures condemni...
Imagining Palestine
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
A Palestinian child died in my arms today. It was a young boy; it was a girl. It was an infant; it was a 13-year-old. She had been shot 20 times by an Israeli soldier firing U.S.-made bullets; he had been dismembered by a missile fired from a U.S.-manufactured Isr...
They Were Waiting for Chicken Tenders When the Round Hit
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad and JEREMY REDMON in Mosul An explosion in a US Army mess tent at lunchtime in a base near the northern city of Mosul killed at least 26 people and wounded 60 others in one of the most lethal attacks on American forces in Iraq since the invasion. Th...
Northern Ireland: No Postcards from the Edge
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. "HEIST ALMIGHTY!&qu...
On the Seventh Column
RICHARD OXMAN
Call me Slothrop. By now everyone knows about the 122mm rocket that slammed into the near-Mosul mess tent, ripping through the ceiling…"in the deadliest single attack against Americans in Iraq since the start of the war." No near-miss, thi...
The Case for Boycotting Israel
OMAR BARGHOUTI
"Where is the world? Is it dead?" exclaimed the bereaved mother in Rafah on Al-Jazeera. Before her, lied the lifeless body of her little child. Faced with overwhelming Israeli oppression, Palestinians under occupation, in refugee camps and in the ...
Losing It in America
DAVE LINDORFF
In this post-Columbine, post 9-11 era, America has simply lost it. Just this past week, a 10-year old girl who brought a pair of scissors from home to school in her school bag to continue work on a magazine clipping class project, was summarily turned over ...
The Why and When of Terrorism
AHMAD FARUQUI
How did a series of coordinated attacks take place on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon without any apparent warning on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001? What can be done to prevent their recurrence? To answer these vexing questions, the US Congres...
America Locked Up
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
While enjoying Christmas, good food and drink with family and friends in the warmth and comfort of your home, take a moment to remember the falsely imprisoned. Think about how your own family would handle the grief, because wrongful imprisonment can happen to you....
Aiding Oppression in Haiti
SETH DeLONG
In a speech to the National Endowment for Democracy on November 6, 2003, President Bush stated, "Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe – because in the long run, stab...
The View from Donetsk
CHAD NAGLE
Humans have a tendency to believe what they want to believe. So it was little wonder that when the "Orange Revolution" broke out in the ex-Soviet republic of Ukraine in late November, many Americans thought a popular movement was on the rise, bringing lo...
Unplugging Al-Manar TV
GREG MOSES
They are not even a dozen strong, but the Islamic activists (mostly Shiah women) who posted recent statements at ...
Concrete Colossus Versus the River Dragon
DRAGON PIERCES TRUTH
In all of the world nothing is more pliant than water. And yet it has no equal resiliency against that which is hard. It cannot be changed by anything. That which is weak conquers that which is strong; that which is soft conquers that...
Bombings and Sectarian Bigotry in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. The Iraqi authorities ...
Did Yushchenko Poison Himself?
CHAD NAGLE
Kiev, Ukraine. During the Cold War, the global ‘spy-versus-spy’ atmosphere of rival east-west blocs generated endless assassination plots and political murder stories. One of the most infamous such killings involved a Bulgarian BBC employee, Geo...
My Case Against Pinochet
FRANCISCO LETELIER
When I read that Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the 89-year-old former leader of Chile, had been placed under house arrest earlier this week and declared competent to stand trial for his many crimes, it was no abstract issue for me. This was a man, after all, who had a tr...