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Archives from February 2005
Dieudonne and the Uses of "Anti-Semitism"
DIANA JOHNSTONE
When power becomes blatantly criminal, it’s time to make people shut up. That time seems to have come throughout the Empire. Freedom of speech is increasingly threatened, both in the United States and in "old Europe", although the attacks come from...
Haitian Police Open Fire on Nonviolent Demostrators
BILL QUIGLEY
Port-au-Prince, Haiti One year a...
The Attacks on Ward Churchill
EMMA PEREZ
We’ve done some preliminary research and analysis and it’s become clear exactly what’s at stake and what we’re up against. CU-Boulder has been made the national frontline of the neocon battle for dominance in academe. CU-Boulder has ...
Talking to Mary Johnson about Clint Eastwood, Hunter Thompson and the "Right to Die"
MICKEY Z.
"Does anyone need ano...
Basic Income Guarantee Versus the Corporate Media
DAVID SWANSON
A case can be made that the left in the United States is too eager to compromise, that because we have no far left, our moderate left is more easily dismissed as extreme. This contrasts with a far right that advocates — for decades if necessary — for e...
Year Four in the Five Year Plan
GARY LEUPP
February 25. According to Gen. W...
Maria Full of Cultural Colonialism at the Oscars
MARIO LAMO JIMENEZ
For those of you who haven’t seen it, this movie couldn’t be more straightforward: A young Colombian girl from a troubled low-income family decides to become a drug mule, and sneak drugs into the USA in her stomach. After recently finding herself pregn...
Why Ted Honderich is Wrong on All Counts
PAUL De ROOIJ
Professor Ted Honderich concludes his recent CounterPunch article ["On Being Persona Non Grata to Palestinians, Too", CounterPunch, Feb. 19, 2005] with: "A summary then: (1) In 1948 Zionism wa...
Boutros-Ghali: a CIA Role in the 1994 Assassination of Rwanda’s President Habyarimana?
ROBIN PHILPOT
With war still raging in the Eastern Congo for the fourth time since 1996, serious questions must be asked about the UN’s inability to respond effectively. Former UN Secretary General Boutros-Ghali has been raising such questions ever since Washington vetoed...
The Wounds from Wounded Knee
JACK RANDOM
"The reason Arlo Looking Cloud and John Graham were indicted for the murder of Anna Mae was because someone who was investigating her murder was getting too close to the truth aboutFBI complicity in her killing." From "The Place...
Reflections on the Eve of Fatherhood
JIM B.
I. What we are fighting for is not radical. This is one of the first lessons my son, due to be born any day now, has taught me. I never would have imagined it was possible to feel this much love, this intensity of care and adoration, for som...
An American Jew Laments Decline in Jewish Influence; Roe v. Wade: Nixon’s Ultimate Dirty Trick? Gonzo Exit? Shanley DA Aims Higher in Hate-filled Massachusetts
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Across the world the Jewish lobby in America is accorded extraordinary power, almost to the mythic levels of guileful effectiveness once attributed to the British Secret Service. And in truth, MI6, as the Secret Service was also known, never approached the Jewish ...
A Season of Depressing Political Reruns
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Recent political events resemble nothing so much as re-runs of movies that should never have been released the first time. Bush has gone to Europe to "ease tensions" in the NATO alliance. Of course, those very tensions were his work entirely, but ...
Nuclear Terror at Home
NOAM CHOMSKY
If you can imagine some rational observers from Mars looking at this curious species down here, I don’t think they’d put very high odds on survival–another generation or two. In fact, it’s kind of miraculous that we’ve come along this...
Zizek Seen Over the Handlebars
JUSTIN TAYLOR
Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle By Slavoj Zizek 188 pgs; Verso, 2004...
AARP Gets Pot-Baited
FRED GARDNER
AARP The Magazine, a bimonthly that reaches some 25 million Americans, is under attack by prohibitionists and rightwing flacks for having commissioned an article on medical marijuana and the elderly. AARP The Magazine has been "holding" the article -not ...
Rhetoric in the Air; Reality on the Ground
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
President Bush inaugurated his second term with these words: "By our efforts, we have lit a fire . . . and one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world." (Transcript of President Bush’s Inaugural Address, The New...
The Miami Mafia: "Iraq Now; Cuba Later!"
SAUL LANDAU
Landau: George Bush has made freedom, democracy and human rights his issues. Simultaneously, we read of reports of torture in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. In light of this, how do you see the US criticism of Cuba for being a human rights violator, because it locked ...
Bush and Camus on Freedom
GARY LEUPP
We know there are many obstacles, and we know the road is long. Albert Camus said that, "Freedom is a long-distance race." We’re in that race for the duration — and there is reason for optimism. Oppression is not the wave of the ...
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
BEN TRIPP
My brother ­ we’ll call him Sam, seeing as that’s his name ­ works in a daycare center for lunatics. You can’t say he isn’t public spirited. I wouldn’t set foot in that place with a police escort and a hazmat suit to use the p...
Political Solitude
RICHARD OXMAN
"One of the definitions of political is ‘involving or charged or concerned with acts against a government of a politcal system’. Like with political prisoners." – Pelican Bay prisoner When ...
Relativity, LA Times Style
ALISON WEIR
Well, I just got hung up on again. This time by an editor on the Los Angeles Times foreign desk. He didn’t give me his name. I had called and attempted, as politely as possible, to give him a correction for the story on the Times, website tonight...
It Always Rains in California
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
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Ward Churchill and White America
RAFAEL RENTERIA
"It is not enough for us to merely dumbly intone that Churchill has a right to write what he does. No. We must do more. We must insist that Churchill is right, and no one, not some rabid talk show parrot, nor a political whore like Governor Bill ...
In Praise of the Facts
YITZHAK LAOR
"Israel/Palestine: How to End the 1948 War" by Tanya Reinhart ...
Land Reform in Venezuela
SETH DELONG
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is pushing full speed ahead with land reform, an issue that has been one of the most divisive and perennially debated topics in Latin America. Land reform poses perhaps the greatest challenge yet to Chavez’s stormy presiden...
Iranian Distrust of America
BEHZAD YAGHMAIAN
Twenty-six years ago this month, an Islamic government replaced a pro-U.S. dynasty in Iran. In the process, Iran declared America its No. 1 enemy. At the time, I was a graduate student at Fordham University in New York. The students were enraged by the deve...
Dubya and Puty-Put Share a Medieval Castle
KURT NIMMO
It was an appropriate setting for two of the world’s most loathsome individuals: a medieval Bratislava castle overlooking the Danube River. "President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin sought common ground Thursday on keeping conventional and nu...
Murder in the Amazon
ROGER BURBACH
The murder of Dorothy Stang, a 73 year-old American nun who helped peasants engage in sustainable agriculture in the Amazonian rain forest, comes as oligarchic interests and the parliamentary right are on a political offensive against the government of Luis Inacio...
How to Stop the War in Iraq
JOHN FARLEY
The Vietnam war was finally ended when the House of Representatives voted to cut off money for the war. The antiwar movement ought to take the lessons to heart. Will the present House do that? Not a chance. There are simply too many hawks, both Republican and Demo...
The D’Aubuisson Memorial
LAWRENCE REICHARD
On February 20 I flew from Boston to Panama City, and had a seven-hour layover in San Salvador. I was going to go to the beach, but then I saw a full-page ad for a Mass marking the 13th anniversary of the death of one of Latin America’s most notorious butche...
When the Battlefield has No Borders
DAVID SMITH-FERRI
Given its small population, the rural northern California county where I live is home to an extraordinary number of successful artists. Two of these artists, Jan Hoyman and Doug Browe, also participate in a remarkable organization, Potters for Peace (...
The Royal Coup in Nepal
PRATYUSH CHANDRA
India and Britain have supposedly stopped their military help to Nepal in response to the 1 Feb Royal Coup. Even the US has expressed its displeasure on the events in Nepal. Immediately two sets of questions come to any rational mind, familiar with the South Asian...
Diagnosing the Green Party
JOSHUA FRANK
The ashes of the 2004 election battle have finally settled, and sadly the Green Party is buried in the rubble still grasping for air. Even so, if you have heard any of the sordid mutterings from staunch Green loyalists, they are spinning quite a different tale. ...
Bribing and Twisting Amerian Journalists
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Scots steel tempered wi’ Irish fire, Is the weapon that I desire. -Hugh MacDiarmid You cannot hope to bribe or twist, thank God! the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, ther...
Will These Roosting Chickens Have the Flu?
DAVE LINDORFF
Talk about your roosting chickens! While the U.S. government spends hundreds of billions of dollars on the much ballyhooed "War on Terror", creating vast secret intelligence networks, organizing a whole new government department, and reassigning r...
On Hearing About a Plot to Assassinate President Bush
JAMES REISS
I think that I shall never see A president as great as he. A Bush upon whose bristly limbs War hawks sit singing Gospel hymns. A Bush which lifts its limbs to pray No same-sex marriage gets away From laws that halt stem cell resear...
Witchhunts to the Right; Witchhunts to the Left
FRED FELDMAN
Some leaders of the American Indian Movement and quite a few mouthpieces on the left are currently seeking, on what I am sure they consider morally justified grounds, to counter the efforts to fight the witch-hunt against University of Colorado Professor Ward Chur...
Torture Nation
TOM WRIGHT
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face…forever. George Orwell Nearly a year has passed since the lurid photographs of Abu Ghraib first surfaced, briefly capturing the attention of...
Bad Blood
DIANE CHRISTIAN
One of the Abu Ghraib, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo tortures recently revealed is US women smearing menstrual blood on Islamic prisoners and fondling or rubbing them sexually to defile them. The tactic includes taunting prisoners that they will then have no ...
Learning All the Wrong Lessons
SHARON SMITH
It is unfortunately a little-known fact that thousands of high school and college students across the country organized walkouts against the war on January 20, marching as organized contingents to counter-inaugural demonstrations in Boulder, Colo.; Los Angeles; Ch...
Cannabis: the Goose that Lays Golden Eggs!
JOE PIETRI
Today the USA is the largest producers of marijuana in the world and it’s not enough. Marijuana has been quasi legal in Mexico the past 50 years and is grown commercially and exported to the US. Canadians would love to make marijuana legal and for th...
Hunter S. Thompson and Gonzo
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I guess I can call myself one of the Dylan generation since, at 63, I’m the same age as the troubadour from Hibbing but the prose stylists that allured an Anglo-Irish lad hopelessly strapped into the corsets of Latinate gentility were always those of America...
A New Face to Bush Foreign Policy?
JAMES PETRAS
The mass media in the US and Europe has given prominence to the "new style" foreign policy approach of the Bush Administration: Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice visits European capitals and meets with European leaders, declaring that a new era of co-op...
Hunter S. Thompson and the "New" Journalism
LOUIS PROYECT
Hunter S. Thompson shot himself in the head on Sunday. He was 67. While the reports don’t refer to a suicide note, it is safe to assume that a lifetime of drugs and booze had taken their psychic toll. Since he had also been in severe pain from back surgery, ...
A Salvador Option for Iraq?
W. JOHN GREEN
The designation of John Negroponte as the first director of national intelligence recalls the Central American wars of the 1980s, where he played a critical, if deeply controversial, role as U.S. ambassador to Honduras, 1981-85. Despite feigning amnesia while ques...
The Poisoned Well
WERTHER
* "The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past." –William Faulkner Since the attacks of 11 September 2001, the American public has endured an astounding avalanche of official lies, half truths, p...
Cornering the Dragon
CONN HALLINAN
When newly appointed CIA Director Porter Goss recently warned that China’s modernization of its military posed a direct threat to the U.S., was it standard budget time scare tactics? Or did it signal the growing influence of hard-liners in the Bush administr...
Bush Outfoxed by Bin Laden
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
President Bush’s invasion has turned Iraq into a recruiting and training ground for anti-US terrorists, according to CIA director Porter Goss in testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on February 16. Goss’ report was supported by ...
The Politics of Hariri’s Assassination
NASEER H. ARURI
The tragic assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister, Rafiq Hariri, in Beirut on Monday, February 14, 2005, reverberated across the region, as it evoked vivid memories from Lebanon’s 14-year civil war. In itself, the act is a political earthquak...