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Archives from September 2005
"Gringo, Go Home!"
BENJAMIN DANGL
Hundreds of U.S. troops recently arrived in Paraguay to begin questionable activities which political analysts say are part of a preventative war to control regional resources such as gas and water reserves and suppress social uprisings in Bolivia. Paraguay...
Why I Marched
MARY GEDDRY
When I was a little girl and again as a young woman dreaming about having children I never, ever, even for a heartbeat imagined that I would ever be the mother of someone who had killed somebody. But I am. There in Iraq in the dusty, sun-baked rubble that was once...
We Can’t Make It Here Any More
JAMES McMURTRY
There’s a Vietnam Vet with a cardboard sign Sitting there by the left turn line One leg missing and both hands free No one’s paying much mind to him The VA budget’s just stretched too thin And now there’s more coming bac...
Bush is Cooking Up Two New Wars
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Mired in interminable conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration is moving toward initiating two more wars, one with Iran and one with North Korea. With no US troops available, the Bush administration is revamping US war doctrine to allow for "...
Judith Miller’s Strange Voluntary Jail Time
DAVE LINDORFF
Judith Miller really must have a lot of embarrassing things to hide. She has portrayed herself as a noble journalist going to jail to protect her source’s identity, and to uphold a journalistic principle. The only problem is, her source didn&...
Luis Posada and US Hypocrisy in War on Terror
GREGORY WILPERT
Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela’s Ambassador to the U.S., Bernardo Alvarez, called Luis Posada Carriles, the anti-Castro militant who is wanted for 73 counts of murder in Venezuela, "the Osama Bin Laden of Latin America." He also said that the...
Watching the Levee Crash
T.R. JOHNSON
I left New Orleans about 48 hours before Katrina made land. I had never evacuated before, ignoring the call to split the previous fall (Ivan) and the back to back alarms on consecutive Thursdays two years before (Isadore and Lily). But the day before Ivan hit had ...
What Noble Cause?
JOZEF HAND-BONIAKOWSKI
I joined seven Vermont bus loads of concerned United States citizens in converging on the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. on Saturday, September 24, 2005. We endured twenty-two hours on a bus which afforded little opportunity for sleep and twelve hours on ...
No Leaders in Congress Against This War
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
More than three decades ago, argument over the war in Indochina raged among the public and in Congress. Today, opinion polls show real popular dispute about the war in Iraq, but Congress shows no evidence of genuine debate, just some toothless carping. In t...
Bush’s Iraq War is Weakening America
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
From the Floor of the United States Senate, September 29, 2005 I rise once again to comment on the deeply disturbing consequences of the President’s misguided policies in Iraq. I have spoken before about my grave concern that the Administration’...
Brownie’s Comic Opera
MIKE WHITNEY
"I’m extremely concerned that the ability of our nation to prepare for and respond to disasters has been sharply eroded It’s like a stake has been driven in the heart of the emergency management of this nation." James Lee...
Getting Arrested with Cindy Sheehan
GARY HANDSCHUMACHER
On Monday, 9/26, Cindy Sheehan and I were arrested together; along with more than 350 other good citizens. We had committed the crime of going to the White House to deliver a list of the names of those who have been murdered in Iraq in the latest version of US Gov...
Rhetoric and Reality of War
RAMZY BAROUD
One of the earliest philosophers to wrangle with the blurred relationship between language and reality was the Buddhist Nagarjuna. He contested that reality is constructed by language as opposed to language essentially imitating reality. But he was only one...
Illinois Anti-Warriors and the Attractive Senator
CARL G. ESTABROOK
"…Yes, this protest march was like many we’ve seen over the years. First came the traditional running of the liberals [shot of what is probably the lead marchers running down the street], followed by the ritual display of somewhat ecc...
What Opposition Party?
DAVE LINDORFF
Iraq War going to hell, with U.S casualties approaching 2000 dead and 25,000 wounded, at a cost of $200 billion and rising. Poverty in America on the rise in a period of supposed economic growth. Republican Party a cesspool of corruption. Whit...
Apartheid Justice in America
MIKE WHITNEY
"Where there is injustice for one, there is injustice for all." Martin Luther King In the three years that Jose Padilla has been locked away in solitary confinement, the government has been unable to cobble togeth...
Cutting the Bears Out of the Great Bear Rainforest
CHRIS GENOVALI
Any day now British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell is scheduled to announce whether or not his Liberal government will ratify land use plans for the north and central coasts of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, the largest intact network of coastal temperate...
The Invention of Porno Torture
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Lynndie England, the Army private photographed holding a naked Iraqi by a dog leash, has been convicted leaving behind a nagging question: how far up does the responsibility go? By no means is Lynddie England alone. She is the scapegoat of a larger US Torture Esta...
New Orleans Prisoners Abandoned to Floodwaters
CounterPunch News Service
As Hurricane Katrina began pounding New Orleans, the sheriff’s department abandoned hundreds of inmates imprisoned in the city’s jail, ...
What Israeli Disengagement Sounds Like
Dr. EYAD SERRAJ
In the last days, Gaza was awakened from its dreams with horrible explosions which have shattered our skies, shaken our buildings, broken our windows, and installed feelings of panic. We suddenly felt helpless, under the control of the Israelis and at their...
Sheehan and the Democrats
JOSHUA FRANK
In a recent article in these pages, I tweaked Cindy Sheehan for going soft on Hillary Clinton’s warmongering. Well, I was wrong. Sheehan hasn’t gone soft on Clinton; she’s attacked the New York senator for her hollow position on the Iraq conflict...
The Spectre of White Affirmative Action
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
President Bush’s bum-rush slotting of John Roberts for US Supreme Court Chief Justice constitutes a poke in the eye to current Justice Clarence Thomas. For critics of the reactionary Thomas, this poke provides a perverse silver lining in the dark clou...
Bush’s Security Barrier
WILLIAM A. COOK
"No nation can now shut itself up from the surrounding world, and trot round in the same old path of its fathers without interference. The time was when such could be done. Long established customs of hurtful character could formerly fence thems...
When the Truth Comes to Town
ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN
"Melbourne University Publishing should drop this whole disgusting project. If they proceed, I urge the Australian Jewish community, and particularly The Australian Jewish News, to treat it with dignified silence. That is our best response. ...
Bringing the War Home
MIKE FERNER
In a pre-dawn civil disobedience action Monday morning, 41 War Resisters League members and others sat down and were arrested at a pedestrian entrance to the Pentagon, slowing foot traffic at that location and prompting officials to close the U.S. military headqua...
Political Murder in Puerto Rico
FORREST HYLTON
I. Thanks to many fine African- and Arab-American as well as gay speakers at the rally in Washington on September 24, we focused on issues of occupation in Iraq and Israel/Palestine, dispossessed people, refugees, and the right to return to occupied territo...
Live from Hollywood: the IRA Disarms
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. "The arms decommissioned represent the totality of the IRA’s arsenal." With those words, spoken by Canadian general John de Chastelain today at a press conference in Holywood, Co Down, one phase of Ireland’s Troubles see...
The Decline and Fall of Senator Bill Frist
JASON LEOPOLD
It’s one thing to lie in politics. It’s another to be caught in a lie. Bill Frist has been caught in a lie. His political future is over. The immediate question is, can he survive as Majority Leader? The Tennessee Republican claims he wasn’...
The Legal Responsibility Goes to the Top
JENNIFER K. HARBURY
As the United Nations intensifies its scrutiny of torture practices in Iraq, many Americans feel outrage and confusion. How could this have happened? The truth lies in the realities that led to the Katrina disaster. The horrors are not new, but lon...
Torture and Cowardice
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA analyst Where do American religious leaders stand on torture? Their deafening silence evokes memories of the unconscionable behavior of German church leaders in the 1930s and early 1940s. Despite the hate whipped up by administration propagandists agai...
America is Running Out of Time
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
George W. Bush will go down in history as the president who fiddled while America lost its superpower status. Bush used deceit and hysteria to lead America into a war that is bleeding the US economically, militarily, and diplomatically. The war is being fou...
The FBI Murders a Legend
RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ CRUZ
On September 23, 2005, hundreds of separatists gathered in a small town of Puerto Rico called Lares to conmemorate the 137-years old-failed revolutionary attempt against Spaniard colonial rule, known as Grito de Lares. At about 3:00 PM on that day, the crowd was l...
The Media and the Antiwar Movement
NORMAN SOLOMON
It’s reasonable to estimate that more than a quarter of a million people demonstrated against the Iraq war on Saturday in Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other U.S. cities. The next day, the Washington Post front-paged a decent story that describe...
Democrats Flee Peace Protests
JOSHUA FRANK
I have been thinking for a while now that the Democrats really should sit down and consider changing their mascot from a donkey to a marmot. A rodent really is more emblematic or their provincial habits than a donkey could ever be. Think about it. Just this past w...
A Small March for Me, a Giant March for the Antiwar Movement
RON JACOBS
I guess my weekend began when I stopped off at Arlington Cemetery after landing at National Airport in Washington DC. I didn’t go into the grounds but looked over the graves of the thousands of war dead. As always, it had a chilling and emotional effect. I h...
Those Pesky "Urban Intellectuals"
MIKE MARQUSEE
Tony Blair has dismissed opposition to his Iraq policy as the province of "urban intellectuals". A strange comment from the Prime Minister of one of the most urbanised societies on earth. But then he also managed to ignore the latest opinion poll showing...
The Railroading of Taysir Alony
LAMIS ANDONI
When Madrid was struck with the heinous terrorist attack on March 11, it was Taysir Alony who conveyed the tragedy of blood and loss to millions of Arab speakers all over the world. In his serene demeanor and warm voice, Taysir told us about grief stricken Spaniar...
Bush in a Bottle
JOHN CHUCKMAN
There have been rumors of Bush taking to the bottle again. Since alcoholics are never cured, this is possible. The stress of having his ineptitude so publicly displayed as it was in New Orleans and of having his every major policy collapsing before his eyes would ...
They Can’t Fool Us Anymore
Rep. CYNTHIA McKINNEY
Remarks at the Anti-war Rally, Washington, DC, September 24, 2005 If we didn’t know it before, we certainly know it now. A cruel wind blows across America. Starting in Texas and Montana, and sweeping across America’s heartland, it’s...
After NAFTA
LAURA CARLSEN
Last year was the tenth anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and nearly all evaluations of the agreement conceded that the period showed negligible or negative results for Mexico. As the developing country partner of the agreement, Mexic...
Haiti: the Time for Action is Now
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
I would like to thank the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for including this important discussion on its busy agenda. Even more, I would like to thank the members of the CBC and most especially the hosts of this panel for persistently keeping Haiti’s p...
Nature and Man Conspire to Expose the Lies of the Powerful
ROBERT FISK
The Independent "Water is your friend" was the advice regularly given to a truly good friend of mine here in the Middle East. The speaker was a member of the One-Thousand- Litres- a-Day-Keeps-Dehydration-at-Bay Brigade, although I have to say that th...
A Movement Gathers Power on the Sorrow Plateau
GREG MOSES
The movement for peace and justice in the USA has been transformed during the past two months. But what is the nature of the change, and how will it help to move us forward? The short answer, I think, is that we have been enriched by sorrow; we gather upon a sorro...
They Fix Oil Prices, Don’t They?
DAVE LINDORFF
There is so much propaganda, faith-based economic theorizing and simple ignorance and naiveté surrounding the question of soaring gasoline and oil prices in this country! For heaven’s sake, of course there is collusion, monopolistic behavior a...
America’s Shame
VIJAY PRASHAD
At 11 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, Florida, reported that the storm, which it had tracked from Tuesday and named "Katrina", had made landfall. The high winds struck parts of Florida, but this was going to be the pr...
The US Military and Torture
Maj. ANTHONY MILAVIC, USMC (Ret.)
"In every war but one that the United States has fought, the conduct of those of its servicemen who were captured and held in enemy prison camps presented no unforeseen proble...
Hugo Chavez’s Mission
ROGER BURBACH
Caracas, Venezuela. Hugo Chavez has moved onto the world stage as an advocate of profound change within his own country and abroad. At the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations this week he proclaimed: "The United Nations has exhausted its ...
The Terrorist Resumé of Luis Posada
SAUL LANDAU
Logic dictates that Luis Posada Carriles has become an Al Qaeda agent. This would explain his recent behavior. Posada’s resumé contains a long list of terrorist "accomplishments." So, why did he return surreptitiously to the United States, w...
The Settlements and Their Sewage
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
Every so often, the usually even-tempered Ahmad bursts forth with an exclamation of deep anger, almost startling in its intensity. He is talking about the confiscation of vast tracts of land belonging to West Bank Palestinian villages for construction of Israel...
Stealing the Moment
RALPH NADER
Historians like to speak of special times when leaders "seized the moment" to enact or implement their priorities. Giant hurricanes make these "special times," and no one is moving faster to exploit them than the corporate powers. Urged ...