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Archives from February 19th, 2005
Who Killed Rafik Hariri?
MANUEL GARCÍA, Jr.
I do not know, what follows is speculation. Consider this hypothesis: Rafik Hariri was declared a "collaborator" by the Iraqi Sunni Insurgency, who killed him. Who stands to gain?, and why? 1. Israel: because it increases US pressure...
When Dr. Tod Met Merle Haggard
FRED GARDNER
Merle Haggard and the Strangers are coming to Oaksterdam March 14-16 to play the Paramount on a bill with Bob Dylan and a rising star named Amos Lee. Tod Mikuriya, MD -the grand old man of cannabis therapeutics in the U.S.- was asked if his 11-year old, currently ...
On Being Persona Non Grata to Palestinians, Too
TED HONDERICH
You can learn from being unpopular. Indeed you can come to a philosophical thought or two. My book ...
Struggling for Justice in Palestine
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Editors’ note: The following talk was given in Santa Fe, NM, on February 12. Kathleen was one of three speakers, and her husband Bill was another. Bill’s talk appeared on CounterPunch on February 16. The event, organized by the Santa Fe ch...
CounterPunching Arthur Miller on Tennessee Williams’ Death Date
RICHARD OXMAN
Special Note: It would be an asset to have Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire under one’s belt in reading this, but if one doesn’t insist upon getting each reference/all coloring…there should be plenty to chew on here. ...
First, They Attack the Past
JOHN PILGER
How does thought control work in societies that call themselves free? Why are famous journalists so eager, almost as a reflex, to minimize the culpability of political leaders such as Bush and Blair who share responsibility for the unprovoked attack on a defensele...
Back to Salem: Paul Shanley and the Return of "Recovered Memory"; Ward Churchill’s Genes (Cont.); Gannon and Gay Closetry in the Bush White House; Tsunami Relief and Australia
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Off goes former Father Paul Shanley to state prison in Massachusetts for twelve to fifteen years, convicted of "digitally raping" and otherwise sexually abusing Paul Busa two decades ago. Shanley’s now 74; the earliest he can hope for parole is whe...
Reparations for the Blues
DON SANTINA
"I said I’m sitting here watching matchbox hole in my clothes." (Opening verse of The Beatles’ "Matchbox") In 1964 the Beatles took America by storm on the basis of some catchy original songs ...
The Return of the Contra Gangsters
JENNIFER ROESCH
Over the course of a long career, John Negroponte has served his nation in eight countries spanning three continents. He’s held important leadership posts at both the State Department and the White House. As my representative to the United Natio...
Death Wish for Reform in Brazil
NORMAN MADARASZ
Valentine’s Day is not celebrated in Brazil. Lover’s Day is. Regardless, Brazil’s governing PT had not expected the day to end with a kiss from Al Capone. On February 14-15, Lula’s government suffered the single most devastating blow to its...
Ward Churchill and the Identity Police
SCOTT RICHARD LYONS
It’s been a bad couple of weeks for Ward Churchill. After being savaged by the corporate media for an essay he wrote over three years ago, then finding himself abandoned by an academic culture that used to profess belief in freedom of thought and expression,...
The Monarchy in Nepal
SURENDRA R. DEVKOTA
Democracy is a wonderful passion for billions of people around the globe. President George Bush’s vision of universality of democracy gives a high hope to many ordinary denizens around the world. His road to democracy could set up a historical landmark in di...
Banning Ward Churchill in Oregon
GEORGE BERES
I never met Oregon’s gadfly senator of the mid-20th century, Wayne Morse. I’m told he never squirmed. But today he might be squirming in his grave. In some ways, were Morse with us, he would be having a field day. He’d be his old self, ang...
All-American, All-Organic
DEBORAH RICH
We’re working hard chasing down signatures out here in California, but in support of the wrong ballot measures. Instead of backing initiatives to ban genetically modified crops, we should be forcing a vote on whether to require all agriculture to be organic ...
What is Teresa Heinz’s Real Job? Whatever Happened to John Edwards?
MICHAEL DONNELLY
My local paper reprinted an L. A. Times’ pie...
I Am Ward Churchill
CHRIS CLARKE
So Ward Churchill is the latest target of right-wing outrage, and all over the online punditosphere liberals are taking up the banners of free inquiry and leaping to his defense. Oh, wait. No they’re not. I’ve read the specific instance o...
Lessons from the Hidden Afghan War
MARK SCARAMELLA
Most Americans don’t know much about what has been called "Charlie Wilson’s War," America’s secret war in Afghanistan. Engineered by the CIA during the 1980s, the Afghan mujahadeen fought a bloody proxy war against the former USSR after...
Self-Hating Gays: Welcome to the White House and Welcome to Commit Suicide
GARY LEUPP
In 1999, an ex-Marine in his late 30s pays a web designer to build him a web site advertising his services as a male prostitute, emphasizing the military-fetish aspect, replete with lots of ...
The Belfast Heist
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. In a peaceful corner of ...
Political Developments in Swaziland
COUNTERPUNCH NEWS SERVICE
Probably in July King Mswati III of Swaziland, who just added a $690,000 Daimler-Chrysler Maybach 62 to his fleet, will to attempt to impose a constitution, unilaterally, on terms to suit himself. This after 31 years of a "State of Emergency" and 21 year...