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Archives from May 2005
The Plot to Make the PATRIOT Act Even Worse
DAVE LINDORFF
In a stunning slap at the democratic legislative process, the Senate Intelligence Committee, headed by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), has suddenly and quietly scheduled a closed-door session for this Thursday to mark up its version of a renewed USA PATRIOT ACT, the ...
Vive La France?
JEAN BRICMONT
When I went off to work as a teacher-researcher in the United States in 1978, the contrast with Europe was striking. An educational system generally of very poor quality and glaring inequality, a constant invasion of daily life by advertising and commercialisation...
Writing Tickets for Amerian War Crimes
MANUEL GARCÍA, Jr.
Imagine a web site presenting point-by-point indictments of outstanding American war criminals. It is easy speak of McNamara, Kissinger, Bush and the neo-cons among others as major (and minor) war criminals, for instigating wars and supporting violent inter...
Operation Falcon: 10,000 Swept Up
MIKE WHITNEY
There’s only one way to make sure that the machinery of state-terror is operating at maximum efficiency; flip on the switch and let er rip. That was thinking behind last month’s massive roundup of 10,000 American citizens in what was aptly-christened O...
How the GOP will Destroy Itself
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
A letter to his brother, Milton, writte...
Thusly, I Humiliated Norm Coleman (and Christopher Hitchens)
GEORGE GALLOWAY
Before the hearing began, ...
Flushing the Koran
JOSHUA FRANK
White House staffers scurried this past week to souse the flames sparked by Newsweek’s recent story, which revealed that an internal US military investigation had found substantial evidence interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had desecrated th e Koran. Newsweek&...
Why Isn’t Bush in the Dock?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
George W. Bush and his gang of neocon warmongers have destroyed America’s reputation. It is likely to stay destroyed, because at this point the only way to restore America’s reputation would be to impeach and convict President Bush for intentionally de...
The New Palestinian Uprising
RAMZY BAROUD
Nearly five years have passed since the Palestinian people transformed their hunger for long denied rights into a commanding display of will and valor: Al-Aqsa Intifada. I don’t claim nor will I attempt to offer a thorough examination of the second Intifada,...
American Anthem
DAVE ZIRIN
Superficially, it appeared to be the typical Sports Illustrated puff piece. Two thousand words on "the story of the early baseball season," the surprise Chicago White Sox. Titled, "The Wisdom of Ozzie," the piece focused on the team’s &ig...
Pinning the Blame on Newsweek
ROBERT JENSEN And PAT YOUNGBLOOD
If there is a political playbook for right-wing conservatives these days, it no doubt begins, "Step #1: Whenever possible, blame the news media." What to do if the U.S. invasions/occupations of Afghanistan and...
The People of Acoma Still Fight to be Free
PETUUCHE GILBERT
Acoma Pueblo. How does a tribe s...
India’s Pharmacuetical Industry: Warning! Side Effects May Be Severe
STAN COX
The United States has become the No. 1 market for India’s pharmaceutical exports, with purchases reaching $250 million in 2003. But by the time those medicines are swallowed in Chicago or Shreveport, their side effects are already felt by villagers downstrea...
GIs Behaving Badly
MICKEY Z.
Are you stunned that Newsweek got it wrong? It would be major news if anyone in the corporate media reported a story accurately. Even if the specifics of that particular toilet flush incident were off, why would anyone doubt that American soldiers are capable of a...
Reporters Without Borders Unmasked
DIANA BARAHONA
When Robert Menard founded Reporters Without Borders twenty years ago, he gave his group a name which evokes another French organization respected worldwide for its humanitarian work and which maintains a strict neutrality in political conflicts ­ Doctors With...
How Many Schools Left Behind?
JESSIE MULDOON
THE NO Child Left Behind Act is the Bush administration’s deeply flawed legislation that claims to be the solution to the many problems of public education. Signed into law in January 2002, it won bipartisan support–most notably, from liberal Massachus...
BP Stains the Arctic
JASON LEOPOLD
While the hacks working for mainstream news organizations were busy chasing the story about the Runaway Bride late last month, a real scandal was just beginning to unfold as Congress inched closer to approving a controversial measure to open up a couple thousand a...
The Family Released a Statement…
MICHAEL GILLESPIE
If you’ve been paying attention to the exclusively local media coverage of the funerals of the mostly young American servicemen and security contractors killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, you will have noticed that the families are...
Iraq is a Bloody No Man’s Land
PATRICK COCKBURN
"The battlefield is a great place for liars," Stonewall Jackson once said on viewing the aftermath of a battle in the American civil war. The great general meant that the confusion of battle is such that anybody can claim anything during a war and...
The News Media and the "Madness of Militarism"
NORMAN SOLOMON
Media activism has achieved a lot. But I don’t believe there’s anything to be satisfied with — considering the present-day realities of corporate media and the warfare state. War has become a constant of U.S. foreign policy, and media flac...
Twenty
ROBERT CRAY
"The song is about an innocent young guy, who, after the events of 9/11, wants to do his part for his country. He doesn’t know he’s going to end up in Iraq, watching the horror that’s going on thereand he ends up losing his life. It’s ...
Crawling
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Instanbul. Driving home from sch...
Was Jesus Gay?
BRIAN J. FOLEY
Right-wing "Christians" hate gays. They denounce homosexuality as an "abomination." Many political analysts credit President Bush’s reelection to the "Christians" who stampeded to the polls to vote against gay marriage. W...
50 Cent’s Plea
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Brent Staples recently slammed 50 Cent, the Rap/Hip Hop lyricist, in an article in the NY Times. Mr. Staples accused 50 Cent of being a discredit to his musical genre by promoting misogyny, materialism and murder. I have been informed by my older sister, a ...
Benderman Court Martial Delayed
MIKE FERNER
Ft. Stewart, Georgia The court ...
Mommy, Is This a Finger in My Rice Puffs?
DON FITZ
Would you rather find a finger in your chili or guzzle human DNA when you down a Busch beer? In the recent furor over the potential for "pharmed" rice to destroy Missouri’s rice growing industry, something is being downplayed: corporations are prop...
Join the 14 Per Cent Club! We Won!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Sign here to become a member of the 14 Per Cent Club. Twenty bucks plus shipping and handling gets you the t-shirt. Credentials for membership derive from a recent study from the Pew Research Center disclosing, in the words of Katharine Seelye of the New York Time...
Bolton the Eavesdropper
TOM BARRY
As Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, John Bolton didn’t like what he heard from U.S. intelligence officials. Not happy with the information provided by the State Department and CIA, Bolton started listening to phone conversations taped by the Nationa...
A Real Farmer Looks at "Medical Marijuana"
FRED GARDNER
Bob Cannard grows mixed fruits and vegetables on a 25-acre farm in Glen Ellen. He manages it so that something is always ready to harvest. Bob Cannard: I’d say we’re growing enough to generate a minimum of 150 generous vegetable meals a day. Rig...
The Jackson State Murders, May 14, 1970
RON JACOBS
Recently, the US press gave a few lines of coverage to the murders of four Kent State University students by Ohio National Guardsmen during antiwar demonstrations at the school thirty-five years ago. Sometimes these reports also included a reference to the murders...
Senate Holds "Fake News" Hearing
DIANE FARSETTA
Anyone who’s ever looked at a package of cigarettes in the United States since 1965 is familiar with the Surgeon General’s warning labels. The tobacco industry did not want their product being labeled with, "Smoking causes lung cancer, hear...
Lessons from Vietnam
SAUL LANDAU
In 2005, the United States has become Communist Vietnam’s single-largest trading partner. Vietnam’s products permeate US stores. But the "Vietnam War trauma" remains central to US politics. Note how the Vietnam service record of presidential ...
Death with Pitfalls
MARK SCARAMELLA
According to a Field Poll in March, 70% of Californians favor physician-assisted suicide and 68% would want the option available to them if they had less than six months to live — at least in the abstract — when they’re healthy. Support f...
The Wayward Airplane
BEN TRIPP
We had another one of those terror alert thingies just the other day. A small airplane flew very close to the capitol buildings where they used to run the US government. 35,000 human beings, plus the entire legislature, were evacuated from the area. The government...
Perceiving Darfur
DAN SMITH
"To perceive evil where it exists is, in my opinion, a form of optimism." Roberto Rossellini "Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world."...
Towards the Imperial University
GARY LEUPP
David Graeber, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Yale in a recent interview with Joshua Frank for CounterPunch, made the interesting observation, "We’re moving from the neoliberal university to the imperial unive...
Far from Heaven
FARRAH HASSEN
"Yon duh is duh cassle of my fodda?" proclaimed Tony Curtis in "The Black Shield of Falworth," informing audiences that during the Medieval days, warriors spoke with a Brooklyn accent. Fifty one years later, Hollywood has again demonstrated its...
The Glory that is Lockhart, Texas
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
It was, if I remember right, in one of Claud Cockburn’s sparkling autobiographies that I first became acquainted with the notion that, for the traveler, nothing is so satisfying as coming upon a place and finding it to be exactly as one expected. I...
Barbarous Oaxaca
MITCHELL VERTER
"The real Mexico I fo...
Googling for Fun
DAVE LINDORFF
Just for fun, try googling some of the most important stories of the day. The results present a sorry picture of timid or outright biased media in the U.S. On May 12, I googled "MI6 and memo" and found loads of articles about the memo that had sur...
Tom Friedman, the Imperial Chronicler
MIKE WHITNEY
Tom Friedman is the most popular columnist in the United States. He’s also the voice of the American establishment. From his perch at the CFR (Council of Foreign Relations) he delivers his affable-sounding polemics; spreading a gospel of free markets and end...
The Crimes of Empire
TOM STEPHENS
I. BACKGROUND, 1975-1989 April 30, 1975 South Vietnam falls. The end of a massive US campaign of imperial aggression, including the systematic use of torture, dating back to 1962. At the time, a low point in US international prestige. The last ...
Miami Vice
CHRIS FLOYD
The next president of the United States was on the road last week, throwing red meat about "moral issues" to a baying crowd of Bushist Party faithful while simultaneously trying to cut off medical support for a six-year-old girl his agents had previously...
"They Destroyed Everything"
PATRICK COCKBURN
The three months it took to cobble together a government in Iraq after January’s election shows the depth of the divisions between the Shia, Sunni and Kurdish communities. In the north of the country the Sunni Arabs and the Kurds are close to civil war. Thei...
Without Cause: Yale Fires An Acclaimed Anarchist Scholar
JOSHUA FRANK
David Graeber, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Yale University, and the author of ...
Ground Zero’s Toxic Dust
JENNA ORKIN
EPA’s new, supposedly improved sampling plan to test for residual toxic dust from the environmental disaster of 9/11 was released Tuesday evening to a response that ranged from "serious concern" on the part of Senator Hillary Clinton to dismay amon...
The Reality Gap
WILLIAM S. LIND
When people ask me what to read to find an historical parallel with America’s situation today, I usually recommend J.H. Elliott’s splendid history of Spain in the first half of the 17th century, ...
Freedom Without Justice
JACK RANDOM
[Summary: As the president took his act on the road to Eastern Europe, where some may still believe he is the leader of the free world, we at home were left to ponder his legacy in action and in words: The dubious wisdom of George W. Bush.] ...
Neo-Con Logic at the Border
GREG MOSES
At first, I wasn’t sure whether Gov. Schwarzenegger was caught winging it when he praised border vigilantes as good citizens patching up bad government. But as he repeated the account in Sunday’s interview with Chris Wallace, I began to suspect that al...
The New Religious Right in America
CAROLYN BAKER
When I was in college, I wrote a research paper that changed my life forever. I had grown up in a fundamentalist Christian family living in the buckle of the Bible Belt where I was fed a steady diet of racism and Cold War anti-communism. My grandfather had be...