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Archives from July 2005
Hillary Clinton: Outflanking Bush from the Right
JOSHUA FRANK
Senator Hillary Clinton, a likely 2008 presidential candidate, called for a "cease fire" within the Democratic Party as she accepted a leadership post with the Democratic Leadership Council on July 25. The DLC was greatly responsible for her husb...
Random Searches in New York’s Subway
DAVID ANDERSON
Perhaps the greatest outrage about the new New York City government’s policy of random bag searches in the subway is the lack of outrage about it. Where are the stories about people turning around and not being searched, interviews with opponents of the poli...
Terrorism: America Defines Its Targets
M. SHAHID ALAM
On September 11, 2001, the United States declared a global war against terrorism. Since then, we have been told ad nauseum that terrorism is the great scourge of our time, and terrorists are evil incarnate. In the twenty-first century, the United States will wage ...
Kreationism in Kansas
STAN COX
Sometime later this year, Kansas public school students will become subject to new science standards that have a distinctly creationist spin. And that’s fine with a majority of their parents, who, according to a ...
China-Mart Takes Over
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
My poor beloved country, trapped in a Middle Eastern quagmire and tricked by Osama bin Laden into subsidizing to the tune of $300 billion (spent or appropriated) a training ground for Muslim terrorists and insurgents while our once fabulous economy disintegrates....
"Wagging the Puppy"
NORMAN SOLOMON
Midway through this month, the Karl Rove scandal was dominating the national news — until the sudden announcement of a Supreme Court nominee interrupted the accelerating momentum of the Rove story. Since then, some anti-Bush groups and progressive pundits ha...
The March of the Orange Shirts
URI AVNERY
For some weeks now, a red light has been flickering in my mind, illuminating a word in large Gothic letters: Weimar. As a 9-year old I saw with my own eyes the collapse of the German republic that came into being after World War I. It was generally referred...
55 Years After No Gun Ri
MICKEY Z.
"On summer nights when the breeze is blowing, I can still hear their cries, the little kids screaming," said Edward Daily. This U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War was talking about the killing of hundreds of refugees, mostly women, children and old men ...
Barbaric, But Not Unexpected
RAMZY BAROUD
Barbaric. There is hardly any other term that is capable of depicting the murder of over 50 people and the wounding of hundreds more during London’s rush hour on July 7. Unexpected, however is the least relevant term. But why would "mass murder&q...
Harrowing Hours in Haiti
BILL QUIGLEY
On Thursday July 21, 2005, Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste went to St. Pierre’s Catholic Church to be one of the priests participating in the funeral of Haitian journalist Jacques Roche. Fr. Jean-Juste is a cousin of the Roche family and members of the Roche family pr...
The Reverberations of Raich
FRED GARDNER
Leroy Stubblefield’s lawyer, Ann Witte, still hopes his case-challenging the DEA’s right to confiscate marijuana from patients growing it under Oregon law- will be heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal Sept. 13. But last week prosecutors asked the...
A Threat to Liberty
Rep. RON PAUL
The USA PATRIOT Act and Terrorism Prevention Act (HR 3199) in no way brings the PATRIOT Act into compliance with the Constitution or allays concerns that the powers granted to the government in the act will be used to abuse the rights of the people. Much of the di...
Project Mumbai Makeover
SHIVALI TUKDEO
Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra (India) was recently in the US, marketing and showcasing Maharashtra for possible investors. Hopping between New York and the Napa Valley; Microsoft and Hollywood, business delegates and cultural conventions, De...
Return of the Academic Witch Hunts
DAVE LINDORFF
McCarthy-style witch hunts are coming back, and the first place we’ll be seeing them is at Pennsylvania’s public colleges and universities. Under the innocent-sounding name "Academic Bill of Rights," a gaggle of right-wing "cultur...
The War Comes Home
TARIQ ALI
Ever since the occupation of Iraq there were very few in Britain who imagined that the hellish developments that unfolded in an Arab country might be a vision of their own future. London is , of course, not Baghdad and what has happened here is nothing compared to...
Blair’s "Evil Ideology"
GILAD ATZMON
London is under attack once again. Though on the surface it doesn’t look like a catostrophic event the message is clear: we are very vulnerable. And yet, we seem to be very slow to learn our lesson. Although there are some indications that the majority of Br...
Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq Turn It Incendiary
ROBERT FISK
That fine French historian of the 1914-18 world conflict, Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau, suggested not long ago that the West was the inheritor of a type of warfare of very great violence. "Then, after 1945," he wrote, "… the West externalise...
Kidnapping in Miami
RICARDO ALARCÓN
After years of efforts, without much success, trying to let people know the truth about the five young Cubans unjustly incarcerated in the US for fighting Miami-based terrorism, a surprising light appeared on July 14. It came in a news dispatch by AP from Geneva a...
Islamo-Anarcs or Islamo-Fascists?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I guess the lesson of the week is, Don’t run away from an English cop in the London Underground, or anywhere else, particularly if you’re brown or black. This means, don’t run for a train or a bus, particularly with a bag in your hand. If you wan...
The Pentagon’s China Hypocrisy
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"The Pentagon estimates that China might be spending up to $90 billion a year on its military, three times the officially acknowledged budget, a figure that would make it the world’s third-biggest defense spender after the United States and Russia,"...
Gonadal Politics and the Democrats
JOSHUA FRANK
"I don’t do gon...
Growing GOP Opposition to Iraq War
KEVIN ZEESE
First it was Walter Jones (R-NC) who began to speak out in favor of an exit strategy for Iraq. Now there are nine. This is still a trickle ­ but it is a growing one. And as the support for the war decreases, evidence of the failure of the occupation and the in...
Baghdad: Barbarism and Civilization
JAMES PETRAS
He was the Daily Blare’s reporter in Baghdad, Andy Rubber-Ali, earnest, energetic and deeply embedded, who occasionally wandered off a good hundred and fifty to two hundred meters from the "Bunker" to pick up ‘human interest’ stories....
The Flame Gutters
BEN TRIPP
I’m ready to drop out. Had enough. When I was a mere babe mewling and barfing in my nurse’s arms, the Vietnam war was just getting good. My old man got a deferment on account of my arrival on the scene. This was the last favor I ever did him. When I wa...
Living in a Twilight Zone
Col. DAN SMITH
Near the very end of his June 28 speech to the nation on Iraq, President Bush, spoke directly to the assembled military audience of some 850 paratroopers stationed at Fort Bragg, NC: "I thank those of you who have re-enlisted in an hour when your country need...
Home Grown Axis of Evil
HEATHER GRAY
In June 2005 I attended the National Media Reform Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. While there I visited the historic St. Louis courthouse and the huge Gateway Arch by the Mississippi River that symbolizes St. Louis as the gateway to the west. It was here that U...
There’s No Shield Against Public Anger
DAVID DOMKE
Judith Miller, the New York Times, and some members of Congress picked a bad time to make a stand for journalistic integrity. Miller, a Times reporter, is in jail for not revealing the identity of a White House source in an article (never published) about C...
Is This Really an "Insurgency " to Shake Up the Labor Movement?
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
The day nears for the 50th national convention of the AFL-CIO, opening in Chicago on July 25. The meeting is being heralded as a possibly fateful encounter, in which forces of enlightenment and reaction will wrestle in momentous debate over the future of organized...
Battle of the Insiders
LANCE SELFA
"We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud," then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and George W. Bush repeatedly said throughout the fall of 2002 to justify the invasion of Iraq. The phrase was so good at frightening the public...
The True, Terrible State of Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Shall we only threaten and be angry for an hour? When the storm has ended shall we find How softly but how swiftly they have sidled back to power By the favour and contrivance of their kind? Their lives cannot repay u...
Dixie is Everywhere
J.L. CHESTNUT, Jr.
More than 40 long years ago, in April of 1959 to be exact, I became the first African-American foolish enough to open a law office in the backwards and dangerous little town of Selma, Alabama. If you were black, Selma, at that time, was an insufferable little...
Haiti’s Elections
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
Three days this month in strife-torn Haiti should have sufficed to show José Miguel Insulza, the brand new Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), that something is very wrong with both Haiti and his predecessors’ Haiti po...
Strange Affairs
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The world, dear Agnes, is a strange affair. Molière, L’Écoles des Femmes Friends change over time. Consider Albert Gonzales and the FBI. Prior to Judge Roberts’s nomination, liberals wer...
The Top 10 Problems with the Current "Crisis" in the Labor Movement
ROSE ANN DeMORO
California Nurses Association 1. There are no real ideological disputes, in part because the current AFL-CIO leadership and programs were, mostly, put in place by those now challenging them. It appears to be more about egos and an effort by specific unions to ...
The Plame Blame Game
JOSHUA FRANK
Karl Rove could be in a lot of trouble if what journalists Jason Leopold (and now Murray Waas) have written are true. It was Leopold who first reported in CounterPunch: "It now appears that Rove, Pr...
London: Another Casualty of the War on Terror
WILLIAM BLUM
In the period leading up to the US invasion of Iraq, from many quarters came the warnings of the great chaos and violence this would lead to in various parts of the world, the many new anti-Americans — terrorists and otherwise — who would be produ...
Red Christmas
ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ
So, it happened that a United Nations seminar on racism was scheduled to take place in the midst of Operation Red Christmas. Was the timing a coincidence or was the purpose to disrupt the UN seminar? The $19.5 million in CIA funding for Red Christmas was announced...
Did Dick Finger Valerie?
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA analyst By now it should be clear that the White House assault on former ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife had much less to do with personalities than with the "particular lie" that Wilson exposed. I believe this helps to explain the h...
"Silence is Filth"
URI AVNERY
So where is the cease-fire? Will Hamas and Islamic Jihad torpedo the withdrawal from Gaza? What is happening to Mahmoud Abbas? Generally, a cease-fire is declared in one of three cases: * When one side beats the other into ...
Add One More to Westmoreland’s Body Count
DAVE LINDORFF
News that General William Westmoreland, who oversaw the escalation of the catastrophic Indochina War from 1964 through ’68-a pointless and criminal war that cost 58,000 American lives and millions of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian lives-died at the age of...
Westmoreland’s Death Wish and the War in Iraq
NORMAN SOLOMON
After he died on Monday, front pages focused on the failures of William Westmoreland as commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam. Overall, the coverage faulted him for being a big loser, not a mass killer. The Washington Post noted that Westmoreland "was ca...
Business as Usual with Judge Roberts
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Unless they discover John Roberts dropped acid at Harvard or had been funneling insider stock tips to his wife, it looks as though he’s a shoo-in for confirmation as a member of the US Supreme court. In his last job in the private sector, as a partner at Hog...
Travels in Haiti with Father Jean-Juste
BILL QUIGLEY
Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste just returned to St. Claire’s Church after a morning in the police station. Fr. Jean-Juste was ordered to appear at the Police Judiciary at 10 this morning as a condition of his release from police custody on Friday afternoon. Fr. Jean-...
John Roberts and Enemy Combatants
CHRIS FLOYD
The United States long ago ceased to be anything like a living, thriving republic. But it retained the legal form of a republic, and that counted for something: as long as the legal form still existed, even as a gutted shell, there was hope it might be filled agai...
Muzzling Saddam
GREG WEIHER
On Sunday, Iraq announced that it would try Saddam Hussein and three others for the deaths of 140 Iraqis in Dujail, the site of an attempt on his life in 1982. National Public Radio’s story about the announcement was a masterpiece of understatement. ...
George W. Strangelove and the Triumph of Nuclear Faith
NORMAN SOLOMON
The silver-spooned cowboy in the Oval Office just presented a fine new saddle to the nuclear horseman of the apocalypse. It was a gift worthy of hell. "President Bush agreed yesterday to share civilian nuclear technology with India, reversing decades o...
Jihad Meets G-8
JOHN ROSS
Edinburgh. One Sunday afternoon at the end of May, I was invited to meet with a small knot of activists formulating strategies to disrupt the G-8 summit set for July 6th-8th at the 886-acre Gleneagles Estate, home of a world-class golf course upcountry from...
"Don’t F–k Around with Tha Police"
DAVEY D
Last week two St Louis deejays from radio station KATZ (100.3 FM), were suspended after local police deemed their on air remarks inappropriate and called for a boycott of the Clear Channel owned station known as ‘The Beat’. For some this may seem like ...
Meet Edith Brown Clement
JOSHUA FRANK
Washington is abuzz with speculation that Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Brown Clement is to be President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee, which the White House has announced this evening during a televised address at 9pm EST. Pro-choice adv...
Bush’s Itinerary
BILL CHRISTISON
former CIA analyst If he were a thinking person, George W. Bush might today be increasingly concerned that any positive legacy he had ever hoped for was slipping into oblivion. Many observers have long understood that Bush’s first target for solidifying ...