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Archives from February 2005
After the Election, a New Wave of Assassinations of State Officials
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. As the euphoria over th...
Taking Jesus Back from the Hijackers
GREG MOSES
Results from last Sunday’s election at the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas (and its branch in Oklahoma City) have yet to be officially announced, but it’s safe to predict that Rev. Dr. Jo Hudson will win the congregation’s endorsement as senior pasto...
Have the Democrats Surrendered on Abortion Rights?
NICOLE COLSON
"WE CAN all recognize that abortion in many ways represents a sad, even tragic, choice to many, many women." It sounds like something straight out of the mouth of George W. Bush–or some other anti-choice Republican looking to repeal abortion...
The Pendulum Swings Both Ways
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Election? What election?...
What Academic Freedom?
DAVE LINDORFF
Amid all the controversy over the ...
Driving Ossie Davis
MIKE STARK
In 1999, I was driving Ossie Davis around Washington, D.C., during a visit he made to participate in a delegation to the White House in support of Pennsylvania death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. We talked about the inspirational and often surprising ability of or...
From Rwanda to Iraq
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Some for love of slaughter...
Lynne Stewart’s Conviction Hurts Us All
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
In a shocking jury verdict today, a tireless watchdog for liberty was convicted of violating special administrative prison rules and of providing material support to terrorists. Only a few weeks ago, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Barkow told the jury in h...
Sistani’s Vision for Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Cricket is allowed but ...
The Coup in Nepal
CONN HALLINAN
While the U.S., India and Great Britain have sharply condemned the Feb.1 coup by King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah of Nepal, the policies of those three governments vis-à-vis the ongoing civil war in the Himalayan nation must share considerable blame for the p...
Reflections on Empire and Uppity Indians
TIM WISE
I should have known better than to listen in to the conversation immediately to my left, sitting as I was in the Northwest Airlines World Club, in Detroit. Unlike most of the folks who have paid their $450 for an annual membership–which entitles one to littl...
What Ward Churchill Didn’t Say
MICKEY Z.
My sources tell me that U.S. intelligence has just uncovered a chilling pre-9/11 edict from Osama bin Laden on the topic of striking the infidels where it hurts: "What is necessary is cruel and strong reactions. We need precision in time, ...
Danish PM Says It’s OK for Israel to Violate UN Resolutions
STEEN SOHN
One would expect a member of the UN Security Council to respect UN decisions. But apparently this is not always so. Denmark has a seat in the UN Security Council but Prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has publicly stated that it’s OK for Israel to v...
Bunker Busters and City Levellers
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
In the fall of 2004, anti-nuclear activists won what appeared to be a stunning victory when the Republican-controlled congress eliminated funding for a new generation of nuclear weapons, the so-called bunker busting nukes. Shortly after the final vote, Rep. Ed Mar...
Elliott Abrams: the Neocon’s Neocon
TOM BARRY
President Bush’s Inaugural Address was the sound of the second shoe dropping. Three years ago the president shocked the world with the announcement of the U.S. government’s new doctrine of preventive war and global military engagement. Last month he pr...
Fox Helps Bush Craft Bloody Ballot Farce
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. Mexico, where elect...
Against the Selfishness of the "Ownership Society"
STEVE BREYMAN
President Bush’s second term domestic agenda (Social Security privatization, tax cut permanence, tort "reform", etc.) is marketed under the umbrella concept "Ownership Society." While perhaps intuitively appealing to some of us-better to ...
The People, the President and Ward Churchill
DOUG GIEBEL
For those of us who have spent time on the college campus or have resided in a university community, living with questionable opinions of "radical" professors and students is not unusual. The Mighty Ado over the University of Colorado’s Ward Church...
A General as Knuckle-Dragging Buffoon
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
In using the description ‘knuckle-dragging buffoon’ I am of course referring directly (but far from exclusively) to the loutish Lieutenant General James Mattis, a US Marine officer who has been grossly over-promoted from latrine orderly. Recently he di...
The Censorship of Ward Churchill and Dancehall Reggae Music
NATE COLLINS
Dancehall Reggae and many of its most prolific and articulate artists have as of late been treated the same as Ward Churchill, and have been censored and attacked for their "insensitive" comments. The reason for the censorship of the Reggae artists was o...
It’s Time for a Labor-Oriented Paper
DAVE LINDORFF
As a long-time professional journalist and labor activist, I have watched from the inside for thirty years now the constriction of the media and of the flow of information to the public-information which is critical to the function of a democracy. We have r...
Compassion, Courage and Consequences
DAVID SMITH-FERRI
By any measure of meteorological activity, the last two years have been a season of foul weather for US soldiers and their families. One storm after another, and long-term forecasts for more of the same. Sent into Afghanistan and Iraq in the emotional wake of 9/11...
Shia and Kurds Will Dominate New Iraqi Government
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Negotiations between th...
Soldiers: Seek Asylum in Ireland
HARRY BROWNE
The chain of violence and corruption that connects the United States with Iraq includes an airport in the west of Ireland. For more than two years, as reported previously in Counterpunch, the Irish peace movement has been trying to break the chain. Having failed, ...
Pinochet: Fit to be Tried
STACIE JONAS
Just when it looked as though former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet might never be brought to justice, surprising new developments and legal decisions in Chile are putting the general back in the hot seat. Bolstered by unexpected historical twists, the new vict...
Tom Friedman: Scribe for New Age Imperialism
MIKE WHITNEY
Cutting through the baloney in a Tom Friedman article is like picking a nickel out of a dog’s breakfast; damn near impossible. His knack at jiggering the truth to co-opt his readership puts him light-years beyond his piers. Without a fair grasp of the facts ...
Ward Churchill and the Attack on American Higher Education
CAROLYN BAKER
The real task of the NSTL (National Socialist Teacher’s League)is to create the new German educator in the spirit of National Socialism. It is being carried out with the same methods with which the movement has conquered the whole nation: indoct...
A Miserable Super Sunday
DAVE ZIRIN
As an unreconstructed football fan, I believe the Super Bowl should be the most exciting game of the year. The entire production should enter your veins like uncut adrenaline. It should explode off your TV screen like the young Rolling Stones: searing, white-hot, ...
More Bad News on the Jobs Front
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The January jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics continues the bad news of the past four years. During President Bush’s first term, the US economy had a net loss of three-quarters of a million private sector jobs. Despite three years of economic r...
Warning: More Hate Speech from W. Churchill
MICKEY Z
Alert O’Reilly…send word to both the limo liberals and the Soldier of Fortune crowd…Pataki, Zahn, and Hannity take note…we have another repugnant quote from W. Churchill: "I do not agree that the dog in a manger has...
The Kidnapping Gangs of Baghdad
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad "What happened? Wha...
More Liberal Trashing of Ward Churchill
JOSHUA FRANK
The continued trashing of radical professor Ward Churchill from the left end of the political spectrum is ever-increasing. Take Marc Cooper, contributing editor to The Nation magazine, and columnist for the LA Weekly, who on his personal blog responded to C...
Imperial Delusions
TARIQ ALI
The United States, unlike the Empires of old Europe has always preferred to excersize its hegemony indirectly. It has relied on local relays–uniformed despots, corrupt oligarchs, pliant politicians and obedient monarchs–rather than lengthy occupations ...
Ward Churchill and the Mad Dogs
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
When it comes to left and right, meaning the respective voices of sanity and dementia, we’re meant to keep two sets of books. Start with sanity, in the form of Ward Churchill, a tenured prof at the University of Colorado. Churchill is known nationally...
A Ward Churchill Kind of Day
KURT NIMMO
In the midst of errands today, I made the mistake of turning on the car radio twice. Both times somebody was ranting about Ward Churchill, the University of Colorado professor about to lose his job for telling the truth. First, it was Sean Hannity on the r...
Sistani’s Triumph; Allawi’s Bust
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. With more than three mi...
A Life of Revolution in a Country of Reaction
RON JACOBS
Thirty-five years ago, the US left was involved in a transformation that ultimately resulted in its "balkanization" and (some would argue) disintegration. The phenomenon known as the New Left began this process during the years of 1968 and 1969. To this ...
Bush, Rice and Latin America
LAURA CARLSEN
In her January 18 confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sec. of State-designate Condoleezza Rice asserted that the Western Hemisphere is "extremely critical" to the United States. "With our close neighbors in Latin Amer...
Liberals Trash Ward Churchill
JOSHUA FRANK
I am sure you’ve heard of Ward Churchill’s latest tribulations — so I’ll save you the repetition. However, I bet what you didn’t know was that liberals were running hand in hand with conservatives in hopes of clotheslining the radical...
World Social Forum: the Tale of Two Presidents
ROGER BURBACH
Porto Alegre, Brazil. Criticized by some for being little more than a debating society and a "one stop shopping center for the left," this year’s fifth annual World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil marked a major break through for the F...
A Threatened UN in King George’s Court
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
UN supporters have good reason to engage in vigorous hand wringing. George W. Bush’s aggressive and unilateral policies have made precarious the future of the world, and the world’s only integral body of governance and dialogue. The question facing UN ...
Gay Marriage
JUSTIN E.H. SMITH
If there’s one thing a Canadian is most likely to issue harmlessly patriotic, yet annoyingly self-congratulatory proclamations about, it’s gay marriage. "You can’t marry your same-sex partner in the United States, now, can you?" they of...
James Forman and the Liberal-Labor Syndrome
DAVID SWANSON
"Any revolutionary movement cannot succeed if the power of that movement is not in the hands of the poor." – James Forman Jim Forman died last week at age 76, the same age Martin Luther King Jr. ...
Renoir’s Rules of the Games
BEN SONNENBERG
Those who already know Jean Renoir’s Rules of the Game will be delighted to see it on a top-notch DVD. Those who don’t already know the film will merely be amazed. Devotees of the movie will be surprised by the numberless little details they never noti...
Viewing America from the Outside
MICKEY Z.
The L Train runs from Manhattan’s West Side to Brooklyn’s Canarsie…but your typical subway map doesn’t take into account the occasional side trip to, say, Montana or maybe Thailand, China, or even the Grand Canyon. Such unforeseen sojourns ...
Mumbai’s Man-Made Tsunami
P. SAINATH
Number of homes damaged by...
A West Bank Story
PAMELA OLSON
The Jericho Intercontinental is a very posh hotel built next to a casino, both of which were finished just as the Second Intifada started and thus never really opened. But they dusted themselves off and offered a New Year’s Eve party, a night in a big lavish...
History by Laptop
ROBERT FISK
The Independent The laptop has done bad things to us. I’ve spent the past year writing a history of the Middle East which has proved to me–quite apart from the folly of man–that the computer has not necessarily helped our writing or our resea...
How the New York Times Killed the Bush Bulge Story
DAVE LINDORFF
Almost as astonishing as the likelihood that President Bush cheated and wore a device–most likely a wireless magnetic induction hearing device–during his three presidential debate appearances-and definitely lied about what was under his jacket–is...
A New Breed of Good Guy
BEN TRIPP
When my Grandfather came to this country, he was so poor that he could not afford to rent a shop to do business. So he opened a delicatessen in his pants. Unfortunately one Saturday in late March of 1933 he was attacked by a pack of dogs and lost everything. Years...