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Archives from February 2005
Why the Iranian Opposition Should Not Trust the Bush Administration
RON JACOBS
In the last couple of years, I have written three or four articles regarding the Iranian opposition groups, People’s Mujahedin (PMOI) or MEK and the National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI). In general, I have attempted to present the views of these org...
Documenting Voting Irregularities in Texas Elections and Why They Matter
GREG MOSES
It’s not the first time I’ve occupied a room filled with state documents in Texas, but it is the first time that I’ve been treated to full-time surveillance while I thumb through everything, and actually I’m kind of happy about this. The ch...
The Blame for Harari Hit Falls on Syria
ROBERT FISK
The Independent They will bury Rafik Hariri today beside the city he rebuilt and next to the ruins of the Roman columns that made ancient Beirut famous. But his violent death on Monday has repercussions that go far further east than Lebanon or the Roman empire...
Meanwhile, in Nepal…
GARY LEUPP
While the U.S. is absorbed in building an empire in the "Greater Middle East," which will strengthen its position vis-a-vis other imperialist powers throught the "New American Century," a revived specter of communism emerges throughout South As...
US Foreign Policy Dangerously Slanted Toward Israel
BILL CHRISTISON
Former CIA analyst Editors’ Note: The following talk in Santa Fe, NM was given on February 12, 2005. Bill was one of three speakers, and his wife Kathy was another. (An article including her talk will be forthcoming.) The event, organized by the Santa Fe...
The Last Porto Alegre
MARK ENGLER
It’s not Paris or Tokyo, Beijing or New York. Nor is it São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. Enthusiastic residents of Porto Alegre, Brazil will tell you that their modest city of 1.5 million people in the country’s deep South is "the last bastion ...
Creating a Real Ownership Society
KEVIN ZEESE
President Bush has called for creating an "ownership society." In a true ownership society –where all Americans share a piece of the economic pie –there will be secure retirements, a more vibrant economy and more entrepreneurs creating things...
Ending World Poverty
NADIA MARTINEZ
The World Bank, the planet’s largest lender to poor nations, will soon have a new leader. The Bush administration should support a candidate who will bring about changes within the mammoth institution necessary to make it more effective at its primary task: ...
Radio Active North of the Border
MICKEY Z.
For full disclosure, I will admit that an essential factor in my own subversive self-education was WBAI radio here in NYC. In other words, I’m not an objective listener to radical radio. Which brings me to Chris Cook…who broadcasts his show, Gorilla Ra...
"Sharm-al-Sheikh, We Have Come Back Again"
URI AVNERY
"Sharm-al-Sheikh, We Have Come Back Again" Nobody called it the "Ophira Conference". Not even the papers of the extreme right. Who today even remembers the name Ophira, which was given to Sharm-al-Sheikh during the Israeli occupation, as...
The Great American Job Sell Out
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Americans are being sold out on the jobs front. Americans’ employment opportunities are declining as a result of corporate outsourcing of US jobs, H-1B visas that import foreigners to displace Americans in their own country, and federal guest worker programs...
"Little Eichmanns" and the ‘Harrijan’
LILA RAJIVA
I admire what I know about Ward Churchill’s documentation of the oppression of Native American people, but I admit I’ve read his piece on 9/11 only in paraphrase so I may have got what he said entirely wrong. With that caveat, it seems that vox populi,...
Fighting Big Pharma in Little Digwal
STAN COX
Digwal, India. Maliamma waved a ...
Jose Canseco Comes Clean
DAVE ZIRIN
Jose Canseco has never been this dangerous. In his just-released book "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big," the former Oakland A’s Most Valuable Player is hawking an insider look on how steroids dominate ...
The Killing of Mr. Lebanon
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Beirut. I sa...
Dean a "Safe" Moderate
CounterPunch News Service
Today NYT columnist Paul Krugman strenuously rebuts charges that Howard Dean is a man of the left, as charged by The Economist and the Clinton gang. Krugman writes: It was always absurd to call Mr. Dean a left-winger. Just ask the real left-wi...
Ward Churchill: Right to Speak Out; Right About 9/11
ROBERT JENSEN
Ward Churchill has a right to speak about 9/11. And Ward Churchill is right about 9/11. I state that bluntly, even though I disagree with some aspects of the University of Colorado professor’s now-infamous essay, because so many (including ...
When Bush Came to My Neighborhood
DAVE LINDORFF
I had a close encounter with the president last week-at least as close as someone of my political leanings and lacking James Guckert’s press pass can hope to get. It felt a little like a Leni Riefensthal moment, scripted to the last detail. The Man wa...
Kuwait’s Freedom, Bush-style
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
In 1991 many countries went reluctantly but determinedly to war to free Kuwait from occupation by the armed forces of Iraq. The war was led by the United States and was morally proper and internationally legal. It was also short and successful in terms of liberati...
Shortages, Corruption, Guerrilla War
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. The election will produ...
Stretching the Definition of "Terrorism" to New Limits
ELAINE CASSEL
On February 10, after thirteen days of deliberations, a federal jury in New York City returned a guilty verdict in the case of 65-year-old attorney Lynne Stewart. The jury found Stewart guilty on five counts of defrauding the government, conspiracy, and providing ...
Some Preliminary Questions for Consideration
GARY LEUPP
1. What was the original U.S. stance towards the idea of free elections in Iraq? 2. Why did L. Paul Bremer, heading up the U.S. occupation, state in the summer of 2003, "Elections held too early can be destructive," adding that while there was ...
Sacred Nature: Just Another Commodity?
MICHAEL DONNELLY
I held back and let the first-timers approach first, as we always do. "What the hell is this?" rang out. Loss of the Sacred In early October, a group of us went to a sacred site in a nearby designated Wilderness Area. The site is on the go...
No Middle East Peace Without Justice
ROBERT FISK
The Independent So, the Palestinians will end their occupation of Israel. No more will Palestinian tanks smash their way into Haifa and Tel Aviv. No more will Palestinian F-18s bomb Israeli population centers. No more will Palestinian Apache helicopters carry ...
Condi’s Euro Tour
MIKE WHITNEY
In case you missed it, Condi’s Euro-tour was a complete flop. Far from being the "triumph" celebrated by FOX News, the trip was just another opportunity to parrot the belligerent policies of the Bush Administration to our former allies. Unlike her ...
Nothing to Fear But Bush Himself
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Suppose you are the party responsible for invading a country under totally false pretenses. Suppose you had totally unrealistic expectations about the consequences of your gratuitous aggression. What do you do when, instead of being greeted with flowers, y...
A Leftist on the Bush Payroll
BEN TRIPP
I can see a scandal coming as well as the next guy, so it’s time to come clean. It pains me to write this, mainly because I’m writing it with my corneas, but the truth must be told. The Bush White House paid me to write pieces in opposition of its poli...
Hiroshima, Mon Amour
JOHN CHUCKMAN
A few columnists and commentators who questioned or opposed the invasion of Iraq, now say, having been touched by pictures of Iraqis bravely casting ballots, that George Bush was right. Such is the persuasive power of positive propaganda, which works by foc...
Chemistry of Love
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
It’s Hearts ‘n’ Flowers Time again, or maybe it’s Panties ‘n’ Dildos time for you. Whatever your fancy or fetish, even if you manage to somehow steer clear of love and sex the rest of the year, it’s futile to resist that i...
Reading Khomeini in Colorado
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
When I first heard of the Ward Churchill controversy I was a little taken aback by his reported ‘little Eichmanns’ remark, although after reading his explanation I did understand the context. Then there was the news of Prof. Shahid Alam who also was in...
Fighting the New Repulic(ans)
DAVE ZIRIN
The New Republic magazine–a pro-war Democratic Party rag – thought it would be provocative to muse about killing and torturing anti-war activists. New Republic writer T.A. Frank found it cheeky to sit in and mock an anti-war panel sponsored by the DC A...
Two Years After the Fall of Saddam, the Resistance Controls All Major Roads into Baghdad
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. A suicide bomber drivin...
Muzzled Activist in an Age of Terror
JOSHUA FRANK And MERLIN CHOWKWANYUN
On the afternoon of January 24, 2002, approximately 25 federal agents, guns in hand, stormed the home of Sherman Austin, a Sherman Oaks, California activist who founded www.raisethefist.com, an online site that hosted many political...
Ward Churchill’s Genes; No Surprise: Suprise Parties Can Kill; Sheridan Says It All
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Letters pour into our CounterPunch inbox about Ward Churchill, the vast majority applauding our stand in support of the man. A few whine about Ward’s genetic material, claiming that he’s not really an Indian and therefore has no standing to com...
Begging the Question About Academic Freedom
CHRISTINE TENBARGE
David Lindorff’s column, "What Academic Freedom?" begs to be addressed, particularly the assertion that "freedom of academic expression on American university campuses is already virtually dead." Becaus...
Curtis Mayfield’s Train to Jordan
RON JACOBS
I’m listening to Curtis Mayfield’s first solo album right now. Besides his luci...
Round Two of Bush vs. North Korea
JOHN FEFFER
Hope springs eternal that the Bush administration, in its new post-election configuration, will finally get serious about the North Korean nuclear crisis. According to the most optimistic assessment, the new appointments at the State Department-Condoleezza Rice, R...
Waiting for Raich
FRED GARDNER
The Supreme Court’s ruling in Raich could come by the end of this month. Later this spring is more likely, says attorney Robert Raich. Technically, the Court will issue a "judgment" on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that prevented...
Revisiting California’s Rolling Blackouts
CAROL NORRIS
As if we needed more evidence of Enron’s misconduct, the L.A. Times just reported the recent unearthing of more taped telephone conversations of glib Enron electricity traders conspiring to shut down perfectly running power plants the day rolling black outs ...
Plaut and the ChronWatch Crazies
KURT NIMMO
Steven Plaut, a Zionist on the faculty of the Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Haifa, in the outlaw state of Israel, thinks I’m a cockroach — or more accurately, one of "Cockburn’s Cockroaches," a referenc...
A Psychologist’s Defense of Ward Churchill
DEBORAH FRISCH
There’s an excellent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Scott Smallwood...
Right to Remain Silent; Duty to Speak
MICKEY Z.
"You have the right t...
An Interview with Ricardo Alarcon (Part One)
SAUL LANDAU
Ricardo Alarcon Quesada is Cuba’s...
The Eight Percent War
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
"How long will the rest of the world tolerate the US bully?" a friend writes. As long as the price of independent action, or rebellion, is seen as higher than satisfying their own interests in concert with the bully. Who, after all, supports and u...
Democracy According to Elliott Abrams
LARRY BIRNS
Why has an admitted perjurer, a facilitator of death squads and an arms broker to Islamic terrorists just been appointed to be deputy national security adviser to President Bush? It’s tough to think of anything more "un-American" and less re...
Bush’s State of Delusion
TOM BARRY
President Bush says the "state of the union is strong and confident."But Americans and the rest of the world have good reason to be skeptical about the president’s claims that his domestic and foreign policies are producing widespread prosperity an...
Twenty Questions
BILL QUIGLEY
1. In 1968 the minimum wage was $1.60 per hour. How much would the minimum wage be today if it had kept pace with inflation? 2. In 1965, CEOs in major companies made 24 times more than the average worker. In 2003, CEOs earned how many times more than the av...
The Racism of Ann Coulter
KURT NIMMO
Certainly, most of us are tired of the Ward Churchill fiasco. It is mostly a whole lot twaddle perpetrated by the corporate media, hungry for sensational headlines, a tawdry attempt to further cash in on September 11, 2001. It is, as well, a blessing for far right...
The Perfect Press Plant: He Fit Right In!
DAVE LINDORFF
The real question the public should be asking in the l’Affaire "Jeff Gannon" is not whether or not the White House knew of or was behind his infiltrating the White House press corps, but why it was so easy for a Republican shill posing under a fals...
Templesman’s Man in Kinshasha Tells More About the Assassination of Patrice Lumumba
SUZAN MAZUR
"Meet me under the 59th Street bridge," Mark Garsin said after reading my interview with him about the murder of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo’s first democratically elected leader.  (...