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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...