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Archives from February 2005
Collapse of the American Empire
KIRKPATRICK SALE
It is quite ironic: only a decade or so after the idea of the United States as an imperial power came to be accepted by both right and left, and people were actually able to talk openly about an American empire, it is showing multiple signs of its inability to con...
CSI: Hockey
DAVE ZIRIN
There’s nothing left but the autopsy and it doesn’t take William Peterson – or even David Caruso – to decipher who killed the National Hockey League. The season is cancelled. The accusations are flying. But the most deafening sound is silen...
Righteous Racism Running Rampant
WILLIAM A. COOK
"We on the right side of freedom’s divide have an obligation to help those unlucky enough to be born on the wrong side." Condoleezza Rice, 2/9/05 David Stannard, in his thoroughly documented work on genocides...
Doctor Thompson is Out
KEN KRAYESKE
My sister in Denver picked up the phone, and before she could say hello, my mouth in Connecticut tried to catch up with my mind somewhere in hyperspace. "Omigod Rubi help me," I said. "I saw Alan and Stacy when they got out of school and we...
The Economy of Hunger
RICHARD MANNING
Missoula, Montana. One of the ma...
Mexico: the Pentagon’s Proxy Army in Iraq
JOHN ROSS
Mexico, which unlike its Central American neighbors was never a member of George Bush’s "Coalition of the Willing", now has the largest contingent of any Latin nation fighting on the ground in Iraq–8000 Mexican and Mexican-descent troops who ...
What Did I Really Say? And Why Did I Say It?
WARD CHURCHILL
Editors’ Note: The f...
Geometry 101, Brought to You by the US Navy
Dr. TERESA WHITEHURST
"Nearly every graphic contains the Channel One logoThe omnipresent logo "1" throughout the program on the monitors and floor is interspersed with "Power of One" music video montages, which might include heroic individuals (som...
"He Was a Crook"
HUNTER S. THOMPSON
Editor’s Note: How Thompson said goodbye to Richard Nixon is as good a way to remember the high priest of gonzo as any. AC/JSC MEMO FROM THE NATIONAL AFFAIRS DESK DATE: MAY 1, 1994 FROM: DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSO...
Fear and Loathing
STEW ALBERT
Did Hunter know his time was over? How could he exaggerate the venality of George Bush? while drifting over circus tent surrealism of screwball entertaining insight cause Dubya’s his own caricature who wears lies without disguise...
All the News That’s Fit to Fake
DAVE LINDORFF
Okay, so we know now that the Bush administration has been using all kinds of devious means to push propaganda on the American public-fake news generated by the Pentagon for overseas, and ultimately, courtesy of blowback, U.S. consumption, fake news reports by fak...
Strategies in Palestine
MICHAEL NEUMANN
In the next while a certain pattern of events is likely to repeat itself in Palestine. Various peace moves and negotiations will continue. Israel will make various good-will gestures. Mahmood Abbas will make various gratifying responses, and come in...
Fighting for a Living Wage, State by State
DAVID SWANSON
If George W. Bush finishes a second term and avoids adjusting the federal minimum wage, we will have completed an 11-year record stretch without any adjustment. The previous record of nine years was brought to us by Ronald Reagan. The current federal minimum wage ...
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...
How the US Subverts Diplomacy
GREGORY ELICH
On February 10, 2005, the Foreign Ministry of North Korea made its most explicit statement yet concerning nuclear weapons. The announcement was treated in the West as a bolt out of the blue and a slap in the face after what was regarded as President Bush’s c...
Shock and Awe on Civil Liberties
NICOLE COLSON
Veteran defense attorney and civil liberties advocate Lynne Stewart is facing 20 years in prison as the latest victim of the U.S. government’s "war on terror." After a seven-month-long trial, Stewart and two codefendants were found guilty of federa...
The Bloody Career of John Negroponte
DAVE LINDORFF
The nomination by President George Bush of John Negroponte for the new post of director of national intelligence, in charge of overseeing all the burgeoning intelligence operations of the United States, is both obscene and predictable. Negroponte, currently...
Whose National Security are We Talking About?
SUZAN MAZUR
During three hours of conversation several weeks before 9/11 with a key Washington insider familiar with the national security establishment, I learned that one of the "founding fathers" of U.S. National Security sexually molested his own children....
East Timor: a Tiny Half Island of "Surplus Humanity"
BEN MOXHAM
Saturday 12 February: Last Monday, 7 February, the East Timorese newspaper Suara Timor Loro Sa’e reported that at least 53 people had died of starvation in the village of Hatabuiliko since October 2004. "There is absolutely nothing to eat," reporte...
Right Man for the Job, For the Wrong Reasons
LARRY BIRNS
Yesterday President Bush named John Negroponte to be the new director of national intelligence. As the man responsible for managing 15 intelligence agencies, we find this appointment extremely alarming due to major unsavory aspects of his professional history cent...
Sgt. Kevin Bendermen is an American Conscientious Objector
MICKEY Z.
"What is wrong with a country where war is glorified and fighting for peace is cowardly?" –Monica Benderman When I saw the recent news report about the U.S. military moving toward the use of robot soldiers, I...
The Future of Colombia’s Paramilitary Death Squads
SAMUEL LOGAN And JOHN MEYERS
Bogotá. Born and raised i...
Russia, Israel and Media Omissions
ALISON WEIR
As is often the case with AP’s coverage of news having to do with Israel, there’s a serious omission in its reporting on the Russia-Israel connection even when it involves oil and the United States. The day after the State of the Union Address, ...
In Death, Hariri Unites the Lebanese
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Beirut. Neve...
Kinsey and Darwin in Cobb County, GA
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
From an evolutionary point of view, man has stopped moving, if he ever did move. ...
Do You Know What Your Kids Are Watching on "Educational" TV at School?
Dr. TERESA WHITEHURST
"A parent who’s too busy or doesn’t realize the importance of tuning in to his or her child often expresses surprise when the child gets into trouble or drops out of school. The child knows, but can’t explain, that those "b...
Bush’s Willing Sycophants
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The conservative media will never recover from its role as Chief Sycophant for the Bush administration. Journalists who demanded that Clinton be held accountable for a minor sex scandal (Monica Lewinsky) and a minor financial scandal (Whitewater) now serve as apol...
Anguish Amid Racism and the Drumbeats of War
AHRAR AHMAD
M. Shahid Alam. Is There an Islamic Problem? Essays on Islamicate Societies, the US and Israel (Kuala Lumpur: Th...
Farewell Hope
JOSHUA FRANK
"Don’t say unconscious No don’t say doom If you got to say it Let me leave this room" -Television, See No Evil The Democrats have finally accomplished something. Yes, I’m talking about...
The US Tramples the Charters and Laws It Wrote
SAUL LANDAU
Editors’ Note: This is the second of a three part interview SAUL LANDAU conducted in Havana last month with Ricardo Alarcon Quesada Cuba’s Vice President and President of its National Assembly. Click here to ...
Buchanan Does a Churchill
JACK McCARTHY
The attack on the U.S. by al-Qaeda was a result of U.S. imperialism and interventionism in the Middle East. And interventionism is the cause not the result of terrorism. Another rhetorical fussilade from Ward Churchill? No, that was Churchil...