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Archives from May 2005
Is Bush a Sith Lord?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The current episode of Star Wars is dynamite for the duplicitous Bush administration. Palpatine, a Sith Lord masquerading as a galactic Republican, becomes Chancellor of the Galatic Republic through deception. Palpatine uses wars that he instigates to elevate secu...
Why Did Gabriela Flores Go to Jail?
MICHELE BOLLINGER
Gabriela Flores sat in a South Carolina jail for four months — just for having an abortion. Last fall, the 22-year-old immigrant farm worker and mother of three from Pelion, South Carolina, became pregnant and took misoprostol, a medicine that is used...
The Pork War
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
It was business as usual last month as the Senate loaded pork into the spending bill President George W. Bush requested for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill that the Senate passed on April 21 was crammed with essential war-fighting treasures like ...
Hugo Chavez’s Economy
JOSHUA FRANK
It is difficult not to be fond of Hugo Chavez’s politics. There is little question that as president, Chavez is attempting to create a radical social-democracy in Venezuela. In many cases his efforts have already been successful. Chavez is seeking to empower...
Wagner at the Holocaust Memorial
URI AVNERY
What to do on "Herzl Day", the anniversary of the birth of the founder of the Zionist movement – officially celebrated this week for the first time? How to honor the memory of this strange man, who still has such an enormous impact on our lives?...
Not Laura…But Ronaldo
DAVE ZIRIN
Ronaldo is the Brazilian soccer player, who happens to be the most famous athlete in the world. However, due to the professional soccer blackout in the US sports media, Ronaldo’s name-recognition among American sports fans hovers somewhere between the WNBA&#...
The Newsweek Scandal
DICK J. REAVIS
In the Newsweek-Koran-in-the-toilet scandal of the past week, press commentators and pundits have overlooked what they must regard as an inconsequential detail: the ethics of showing a draft of one’s story to a source. Far from being without conseque...
Pictures at an Exhibition
MICHAEL DICKINSON
I first tried my hand at political collage in a London bed-sit in early eighties London, using pictures from discarded magazines I’d collected from bins and skips. First efforts were vaguely about poverty and ecology, but as my political awareness increased ...
Galloway and the US Press
MARIA TOMCHICK
Cowardice is the only way to describe the recent coverage of George Galloway’s hearing before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Not only did the nation’s two major dailies get many of the facts wrong, they went out of their way to pa...
In Praise of Bob Barr
WALTER BRASCH
If politics makes strange bedfellows, then I’m at least fluffing Bob Barr’s pillows. Bob Barr?! The far-right congressman who led the impeachment of Bill Clinton? The NRA board of directors member who believes the Second Amendment is the one tha...
And Now, It’s Time for … "Media Jeopardy!"
NORMAN SOLOMON
The endless show that seems to fill America’s every waking moment — and many of its nightmares — could be called "Media Jeopardy!" Before proceeding, here’s a reminder of the rules: Listen to the answer and then try to come...
How to Build a Successful Progressive Alliance
ESTHER SASSAMAN And THOMAS NAGY
At the Dirksen Senate Office Building this Tuesday, a pack of reporters followed George Galloway, Respect Coalition Minister of Parliament for Bethnal Green, London, before and after his testimony at the Government Committee on Investigations. He had offere...
Free Jose Padilla
MIKE WHITNEY
May 8 marked the third anniversary of the imprisonment of Jose Padilla. Padilla was apprehended at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport in 2002 by Federal officers under the shaky "material witness" provision and trundled off to prison. In a conspicuous ...
Battling Windmills While Iraq Burns
RAMZY BAROUD
Cast aside the nonsensical rhetoric about U.S. President George W. Bush’s ostensibly successful efforts to bolster democratic tendencies "sweeping" the Middle East, and you’ll discover that the facts are not so rosy, with Iraq remaining the m...
Inventing a Pretext for War
KEVIN B. ZEESE
For more than two decades James Bamford has been a noted investigative journalist focusing on intelligence gathering in the United States. He exposed the ultra secret National Security Agency two decades ago in ...
Slaughter in Uzbekistan
ALAN MAASS
The central Asian country of Uzbekistan was on the edge of revolt following a government massacre of as many as 500 demonstrators in the town of Andijon. Sketchy media accounts suggest that the government had quelled unrest in Andijon, but that protests and...
The Comings and Goings of Jeff Gannon
GARY LEUPP
Why aren’t we hearing more about the "Jeff Gannon" (James Guckert) affair? Back in February, always the optimist I wrote, "Perhaps we are on the edge of a major scandal here," and inquiring minds have inde...
Black and Gay
FREDERICK B. HUDSON
"There is a war inside me." With these words, a striving black artist continues writing his journal on the subway-a journal that is a miniature path of the journey he is taking from self-doubt bordering on hatred. His pages chronicle acceptance of...
Busting the Filibuster
BEN TRIPP
When most people hear the word ‘filibuster’, they automatically think of Philip Armbruster, inventor of the steam banjo and the self-ladling tureen. In fact the filibuster is a vital tool in the legislative sabretache, used to ensure that a minority gr...
The Grand Illusion
DOUG GIEBEL
That incriminating "smoking gun" memo proving the Bush and Blair Administrations pre-determined an invasion and occupation of Iraq long before the invasion occurred has apparently come and gone, barely noted in the American press, AWOL from editorial pag...
Dr. Wolman Martyred; O’Connell Goes on the Record
FRED GARDNER
Mendocino psychiatrist, and sometime CounterPunch contributor, Carol Wolman, MD, one of four openly pro-cannabis doctors placed on probation by the Medical Board of California, is the first to be barred from granting approval to cannabis-using patients. Wolman, 64...
TeenScreen, State-Drugging and Suicide
EVELYN J. PRINGLE
TeenScreen causes suicide? How? This pharmaceutical industry backed pill-pushing scheme cons school kids into taking a survey full of loaded questions and then uses the results to convince parents that their kids need to be on dangerous mind-altering drugs ...
The GOP’s Police State
DAVE LINDORFF
It’s always been an article of faith on the "loony" right that the black helicopters of the Jewish-United Nations fascist government would arrive to take over America and turn it into a hellish police state through the machinations of the liberal D...
Carry On Spying (or Pay Us Back at the Rate of 2,400 Per Cent)
DAVID H. PRICE
My recent CounterPunch exposé ("The CIA’s Campus Spies," ) on the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program (PRISP) bruised those tender souls in spookworld, also Senator Roberts. After this piece circulated ...
Farce on Farce Crime
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
The ongoing Newsweek imbroglio is reminiscent of a joke from Punjab in the 1980’s , when an uncertain and violent political climate in the state gave cover to a number of criminal gangs. A kidnapper has nabbed the son of a rich merchant. After allowing the f...