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Archives from February 2005
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...