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Archives from March 2005
The Legacy of George F. Kennan, 1904-2005
WERTHER
George Orwell once wrote that every man’s life viewed from the inside is a failure. We are tempted to believe that George Kennan, who has died at 101, may have rendered a similar judgment on himself when he left this conscious life. The architect of America&...
Vegetable Nation
STEW ALBERT
Republicans love Americans turned to vegetables, on their lies and fake news. fighting vigorously, human lettuce must live, Bush rushing to the White House, he even concluded a vacation for signing on to Terri’s right to ...
Happy Meals
JAMES T. PHILLIPS
I am working as a grill cook in a local diner. A television sits on the counter of the 1950’s-style restaurant, and I’m listening to a news broadcast on the FOX channel as I flip burgers and mix milkshakes. The customers sitting at tables near the tele...
The World Waits for an Answer
ROBERT JENSEN
First, a disclaimer: Given all the fussing about dangerous radical professors these days, I should make it clear that while I teach at the University of Texas at Austin, I don’t speak for the university. (Not that anyone at this rally would ever imagine that...
The Politics of the Repressed
SAUL LANDAU
The imperial managers make the policies and the bankers and CEOs ensure their stockholders that the Administration protects and enhances their worldly proprietary interests. Defense contracts, oil revenues and corporate perks continue to flow their way ­ espec...
The World Bank: a Bigger Problem Than Wolfowitz
MARK WEISBROT
The Bush Administration’s choice of Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz to head the World Bank has ignited a storm of international controversy. Coming on the heels of the nomination of anti-UN John Bolton for Ambassador to the United Nations, the sel...
A Series of Unfortunate Events
RAMZY BAROUD
I visited Baghdad as a reporter a few years before the US invasion. There were posters and statues of the ousted President Saddam Hussein everywhere. But not one checkpoint. Those lucky enough, or maybe unfortunate enough to report from the occupied Iraqi c...
A History of White People in the Conservation Movement
MIKE ROSELLE
A lot of people think that the environmental movement is mostly white. This is because whenever they go to a meeting, or a protest, or a conference, the only people of color they see have speaker’s badges. Sometimes they are flown in from great distances. Yo...
Treason on Downing Street
WARREN HASTINGS
About this time last year, Britain’s Channel 4 News broadcast the results of an opinion survey which indicated that nine in ten Britons recognised Prime Minister Blair as a liar and a fraud. Given the revelations since then it would be mighty surprising if t...
Three Card Monte and the One-Party State
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
How lion-like the Democrats sound as they circle around Social Security, roaring their defiance! After years of servility some of them even dare to shake their fists at Alan Greenspan and hurl insults at the man. When the chairman of the Federal Reserve pu...
Exposing the Coming Draft
TOM REEVES
Articles in CounterPunch and elsewhere recently have given opposite views on whether the return of the draft is likely–and even whether a draft should be opposed at all. Noam Chomsky (Feb. 2) takes the strong pro-draft stand: "I have always favored a dr...
The Decline of the Green Party
STEVE GREENFIELD
New voter registration totals have come out. I submit the following report for the consideration of the Green Party in the belief that only through frank, fearless, and accurate appraisal of our current situation and the failings of the 2004 campaign can we begin ...
The Nuclear Demon That Won’t Go Away
RON JACOBS
Recent news reports in Israeli and US newspapers claim that Israel is planning to attack Iran this summer. The purpose of the attack will be to destroy that country’s nuclear facilities. These same reports also claim that Washington has authorized these atta...
Hey, Dick! I’m Still Free
JOHN BLAIR
It is hard to believe that more than three years has passed since I was arrested for merely carrying a sign which said "Cheney-10th Century Energy Man" outside a political rally featuring our vice president. But that was 2/6/02....
Good Material for Material Goods
BEN TRIPP
Sometimes, when I think about what’s going on with the natural world, I get a little sad. But after the tears have dried and the Rohypnol does its thing, I remember that God loves me. So everything will be okay. I’m just too attached to material goods,...
Hope in Red State America
JOSHUA FRANK
Billings, Montana There is a lot to be said for nowhere. Snow is falling with the glimmer of the Crazy Mountains in the distance. A frigid wind cuts through my thin jacket. I notice that ice is beginning to form on the brim of my hat as I race to my warm ca...
Making Bankruptcy a Life Sentence
ALAN MAASS
The profit-hungry banks and credit card companies wrote the legislation themselves. And now, their friends in Washington have delivered. So-called bankruptcy "reform" legislation passed its final hurdle last week, winning approval in the Senate by...
Lula’s Nukes
SARAH SCHAFFER
IIn recent weeks, Washington has stepped up its aggressive stance toward Iran, threatening it with harsh UN Security Council-mandated sanctions if it does not abandon its alleged nuclear activities. But last Friday, President Bush offered to drop U.S. objections t...
The Holocaust Industry Comes to the University of Illinois
DAVID GREEN
In his 2000 book The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering...
Congress on Steroids
DAVE LINDORFF
If you watched or read about the Congressional hearings yesterday conducted by the House Government Reform Committee, you’d have thought Congress was a real legislature, with bulldog representatives willing to stop at nothing to get at the truth. The...
Hunger Striking for a Living Wage at Georgetown
DAVID SWANSON
Twenty-two students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., stopped eating four days ago. They have resorted to a hunger strike after years of less drastic attempts to persuade the university to pay all of its workers a living wage. How long will they go wit...
I was a Victim of the KGB
RICHARD THIEME
S. Eugene Poteat, President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) is no fool. A senior CIA official for thirty years, now retired, Poteat was a scientific intelligence officer and program manager for special reconnaissance systems for the U-2, ...
They Don’t Shoot Donkeys…Do They?
GREG MOSES
In the few days before Palm Sunday, Hasam Jubran has a lot to do. As co-director of the Peace and Reconciliation Department for the Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem, much work falls on his shoulders to make sure things go well when Palestinian children begin a peace m...
Confronting Caterpillar in San Leandro
BEN TERRALL
On the second anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie, killed by a Caterpillar D9 bulldozer while defending the home of a Palestinian civilian, around sixty people gathered at the gates of the Peterson Tractor Company in San Leandro, California. The activists, o...
Suicides at Standing Rock Reservation (Part Two)
DORREEN YELLOW BIRD
This is second in a series of three columns about a recent series of suicides and suicide attempts among young people on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Five of the reservation’s young people took their own lives from December through Janu...
The Perfidy of the Democratic Party’s Puppets
JOHN WALSH
Scarcely a day goes by that I do not receive an email from a self-proclaimed "progressive" organization soliciting contributions and asking for support and participation. Unfortunately most of these groups are tightly allied with, if not completely contr...
Just Say "No" to Harvard
DAVID BOYLE
Harvard President Larry Summer’s comment questioning the "intrinsic aptitude" of women in engineering has garnered a reaction from Uni students and teachers alike. Math teacher Elizabeth Jockusch and senior Lauri Feldman both have very unique react...
Global Bully Goes to Guatemala
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
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Baseball’s Theater of the Absurd
DAVE ZIRIN
"A theater of the absurd." This is how Rep. Tom Lantos described Thursday’s "steroid hearings" on Capital Hill. The description is apt. Viewers, as CSPAN and ESPN joined forces, witnessed hearings as pointless as they were, admittedly, ri...
Rendered Unto Caesar
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The object of torture is torture George Orwell, 1984 Instead of beginning today’s column with a discussion of world events, we begin with a vocabulary lesson. The lesson is inspired by the confluence of two words that see...
The St. Patrick’s Day Coup
ALEXANDER BILLET
Gerry Adams used to represent high hopes for the people of Northern Ireland. In the 80s, he was the most outspoken and charismatic leader calling for a free and unified Ireland, a constant thorn in the side of Margaret Thatcher and other defenders of the British E...
Rhetoric vs. Reality
GARY BASS And ADAM HUGHES
"We’re going to be wise about how we spend your money . . . we’re not going to increase money on programs that aren’t working. We’re results-oriented people." - President Bush President Bush...
Wolfowitz at the World Bank
JUDE WANNISKI
If you really don’t know what the "World Bank" is all about, you would think that President Bush was joking in nominating Paul Wolfowitz to be the new president of the Bank, replacing Jim Wolfensohn. One of the chief architects of the Iraq war, Wol...
The Incredible Shrinking Coalition
DAVE LINDORFF
It was always a con job. Some of the "members," like Costa Rica, weren’t even members at all. Others, like Spain, Italy and the U.K., were there despite overwhelming opposition from their own people. Other countries, like those of Central Europe an...
Bush’s Herds: Ready to Kick Anyone in the Face
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Reuters, March 7: "Soldiers depicted in the new video would not face criminal charges, the Pentagon said. One section of the video showed a bound and wounded prisoner sprawled on the ground, and showed his bullet entry and exit wounds. At one point, a US sold...
Have You Heard About the St. Patrick’s Four?
BILL QUIGLEY
"Have you heard about the St. Patrick’s Four? Of course not. They aren’t going to tell you about the St. Patrick’s Four. The St. Patrick’s Four were four people from the Catholic peace movement who, on St. Patrick’s ...
Wal-Mart Invades Mexico
JOHN ROSS
TEOTIHUACAN, MEXICO. Not many m...
Cheerleading War and Slaughter
WILLIAM A. COOK
"A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy." Benjamin Disraeli As we commemorate the now annual date of America’s March of Madness into Iraq, where the Neo-Con forces of liberation became the forces...
Jailed Without Charges
DAVID R. KOLKER
Around 10 PM on March 10, nearly three weeks after beginning a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment, Yvon Neptune, Haiti’s prime minister under former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was hospitalized after suffering dehydration. Soldiers from MINUSTAH...
Both Iraq and the US are Worse Off
KEVIN ZEESE
Both the United States and Iraq have had thousands of casualties as a result of the U.S. occupation of Iraq: both countries are poorer, less safe and less secure. The two year anniversary of the Iraq War should be a time for facing up to the mistakes made and re-e...
Bush’s Class War Budget
ALAN MAASS
A s A high school student in Pawtucket, R.I., Monica Teixeira de Susa was told not to bother applying to Brown University–because Brown didn’t admit students from working-class Shea High School. Thanks to a federal program called Upward Bound, which he...
The New Tax Cut Patriotism!
JACKIE CORR
Why is Dick Cheney laughing? First the Civil War. And how did red-blooded Americans feel about financing the bloodiest war in U.S. history? Instead of tax-cuts, the first national income tax was imposed. And guess what? The ...
Northern Ireland Peace Process Derailed by Speculative Policing
CINDY ELLEN HILL
As a criminal defense attorney, I have often heard law enforcement agencies say their robbery investigation strategy is to "follow the money". In the wake of the Northern Bank robbery of 20 December 2004 — at over the equivalent of $50 million doll...
America’s Has-Been Economy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
A country cannot be a superpower without a high tech economy, and America’s high tech economy is eroding as I write. The erosion began when US corporations outsourced manufacturing. Today many US companies are little more than a brand name selling goo...
Filling the Congressional Cop-Out Gap
RALPH NADER
Some of the comments in response to a recent blog I published shared our recognition that the promotion of peace in the United States needs to intensify. My response below provides an action for anti-war activists to consider as they gather to protest the occupati...
50 Arrested in Protest to Save the Siskiyous
MATT KOEHLER
"No, I am not afraid. I am 75 years old…I would rather go out in a blaze, defending the world I love. I am more afraid that my grandchildren will think I did not try hard enough to leave them a legacy of peace, and a world worth living in. ...
Bush Strategy for Syria, Lebanon and Iran
GARY LEUPP
"Oh yes, sir, not only is it Afghanistan. There’s a list of countries. We’re not that good at fighting terrorists, so we’re going after states: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia and Iran. There’s a five-year plan."...
The Fix-It Guys and Their Election Filters
GREG MOSES
In light of our recent interest in the de-registration and criminalization of the voters of West Houston, news from Georgia comes timely. Last Friday, the Democratic Caucus of the Georgia Senate staged a ...
Free John Walker Lindh!
DAVE LINDORFF
Now that it’s clear and admitted publicly that the U.S. military was brutally torturing people in Afghanistan, to the point of killing some captives in the process, it’s time to demand that John Walker Lindh, the young man jailed for 20 years for being...
War and Peace in Ireland
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin, Ireland. Australian-born...