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Archives from September 2005
The Millworker’s Argument
FRED GARDNER
The Oregon Supreme Court has agreed to review Washburn v. Columbia Forest Products, Inc., a case that will clarify how much protection the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) affords workers. Millworker Robert Washburn of Klamath Falls got a card through the state...
Mr. Bush’s Tuba
NED SUBLETTE
September 16, 2005, 3 a.m. Pretty much everything Mr. Bush has said since this crisis began has been unspeakably insensitive. But tonight he topped himself. While reading his ghost-written speech in front of the temporarily illuminated 1855 statue of slav...
Katrina’s Victims and the Minimum Wage
JEFF CHAPMAN
News coverage of Katrina’s impact has raised public awareness of the especially harsh devastation the storm wrought for the many low-income families in its path, who now face the Herculean task of rebuilding their lives. At the same time, it has offered an i...
"This is Solidarity, Not Charity"
C.A.N.
We are nine students from four colleges in New York City ­ NYU, City College, Hunter College, Columbia ­ in Louisiana with a Relief Not War caravan organized by the Campus Antiwar Network. Some of us are grad students; some are freshmen. Some of us grew up...
Racist Policies Lead to Death and Destruction
HEATHER GRAY
As we entered the 21st century, I reflected upon the appalling reality of white supremacy in America and the western world generally and decided I wanted to write about it in ways I’d not before. I particularly wanted to challenge other white folks. This res...
Battering the Bitterroot Forest
MATTHEW KOEHLER
Any day, the Bitterroot National Forest in the Rocky Mountains of Montana is expected to release the final environmental impact statement for the Middle East Fork Hazardous Fuel Reduction project. All indications are that the final plan has changed little from ini...
Born Again in New Orleans
BILL PAHNELES
The right-wing’s central dogma is limited government, hoisted aloft on the twin pillars of tax cuts and personal responsibility. Ronald Reagan made famous the notion that "government isn’t the solution — government is the problem,&quo...
Abortion and the Politics of Death
DIANE CHRISTIAN
Political discussion of abortion parallels and intersects discussion of the death penalty. Some people are completely ‘pro-life’-they oppose any taking of human life from zygote to natural expiring-and some are completely ‘pro-death’-they s...
America, O Mighty River
BEN TRIPP
One could say that nations are like rivers, all flowing through the eons toward the same dark sea of history. They wend their courses through the landscapes of the world, some rivers sinuous and narrow, some straight and broad. One could also say that nations are ...
From Victims to Vandals
JAMES PETRAS
Briefly, but dramatically, the political failures that turned New Orleans and many other Gulf cities and towns into a human catastrophe, shattered the bonds of conformity between the mass media and the government. Critical reporters described the failure of the go...
Baked Brownie
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Golly. All people are thinking about are the hurricane victims. No one is thinking about Michael Brown who is now unemployed. Stephen Jones, the lawyer who defended Timothy McVeigh, hired Mr. Brown fresh out of law school. Explaining his decision to let Mr. Brown ...
Galloway vs. Hitchens
LOUIS PROYECT
Although I left 90 minutes into the Galloway-Hitchens debate, I feel pretty confident that I had taken in the high points, such as they were. The event succeeded more as theater than as education, with both characters playing to the gallery and practically imitati...
The St. Patrick Four
JAMES PETRAS
On September 19 the first federal conspiracy trial of civilian war resisters to the US invasion of Iraq will take place in Binghamton, New York, a declining and decaying city in upstate New York, 3 hours northwest of New York City. This is the second trial of the ...
Grounds for Impeachment
FRANCIS BOYLE
The longer we delay the necessary and principled impeachment process against Bush Jr. and his Neo-conservatives apparatchiks the greater will be the disaster for all the peoples of the world and even here in the United States. Witness the racist and class-based cr...
Race, Katrina and the Media
ISHMAEL REED
Because many whites believe a fact only when someone who resembles them informs them of it, black opinion-makers are wasting their time when they talk about the racist features of the New Orleans’ calamity. It’s better to leave that job to Maureen Dowd...
Bill O’Reilly vs. Phil Donahue
CounterPunch News Service
Transcript from the O’Reilly Factor, FoxNews O’REILLY: In the past Miss [Cindy] Sheehan has criticized Israel, saying it is occupying Palestine, has called Iraqi insurgents "freedom fighters," has accused Americans of killing people ev...
America is in the Clutches of Autocrats
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The most important casualties of September 11 are respect for truth and American liberty. Propaganda has replaced deliberation based on objective assessment of fact. The resurrection of the Star Chamber has made moot the legal protections of liberty. The US...
Bill O’Reilly vs. Phil Donahue
CounterPunch News Service
Transcript from the O’Reilly Factor, FoxNews O’REILLY: In the past Miss [Cindy] Sheehan has criticized Israel, saying it is occupying Palestine, has called Iraqi insurgents "freedom fighters," has accused Americans of killing people ev...
Real Reports of Katrina Relief
NAOMI ARCHER
It’s not so much that the government is not responding [with storm relief], they are obstructing the response. They are telling us we can’t bring people the basic necessities of life because that would give them hope. It is a question of o...
Bush’s Judges and Black America
J.L. CHESTNUT, Jr.
We Americans are so divided on so many important matters that often there are no national consensus on an important public issue. Abortion is a hotly agitated and really divisive issue in the country but a huge majority of Americans clearly favor Roe V. Wade, the ...
Patron Saint of Defense Contractors
EDWARD GIBBON
George, surnamed the Cappadocian, was born at Epiphania in Cilicia, in a fuller’s shop. From this obscure and servile origin he raised himself by the talents of a parasite; and the patrons, whom he assiduously flattered, procured for their worthless dependen...
Pat Buchanan’s Place
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
One could not imagine too many things that would leave Pat Buchanan at a loss for a cogent opinion. But, along with the riverboat casinos in Mississippi and portions of the bridge over Lake Pontchartrain, Hurricane Katrina appears to have also cast the conservativ...
Frances Newton and the Prospects for a New Abolitionism
JUSTIN E.H. SMITH
As I write this, Frances Newton is waiting to be executed in a prison south of Huntsville, Texas, having seen her most recent request for clemency denied by the Supreme Court. If the sentence is carried out, she will be the third woman executed in the state since ...
Frances Newton Died for Bush’s Sins
DAVE LINDORFF
Frances Newton died Wednesday for Bush’s sins. The 40-year-old black woman, executed by the death-obsessed state of Texas last night following a rejection by the US Supreme Court of her attorneys’ last-ditch appeal, and after the state’s c...
Lewis and Clark in Montana
PAT WILLIAMS
Fire, flood, warm languid afternoons, freezing mornings, grizzly bears, bear grass and incomparable vistas sharpened the senses and the quill pens of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark as they passed through Big Sky Country two hundred years ago. Prior to r...
FuneralGate
JASON LEOPOLD
A funeral services company which recently learned that one of its subsidiaries is negotiating a lucrative contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to remove dead bodies in areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, paid $100 million to settle a class-action ...
Bush, God and Katrina
SAUL LANDAU
In literature, God has sent warnings. In Moby Dick, Herman Melville’s sea saga, Captain Ahab refused to recognize God’s limits. The white whale (God’s creature?) warns Ahab in a first encounter by chewing off the captain’s leg. Instead of r...
Swept Away in Iraq
WILLIAM S. LIND
As the chorus saying "sweeps are useless" grows, inside as well as outside the military, the U.S. military in Iraq continues its sweeps. The latest Iraqi city to get swept is Tal Afar. Predictably, the Iraqi guerillas did what they should and got out, es...
Katrina and Iraq
KEVIN ZEESE
As I watched the scenes on television — soldiers driving by dead bodies in the street, wayward people looking like refugees, soldiers pointing their guns at civilians — I could not help but think of Baghdad, but it was New Orleans. The reports of peopl...
The Profit-Driven War
BRIAN J. FOLEY
[Text of speech given at the conference, "The Failure of Global Empire and Birth of Global Community," San Francisco, CA, August 3, 2005] More than two years later, many people still ask, "Why did the US invade Iraq?...
There are Palestinians Here!
TODD MAY
Among the very few controversial claims in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is this one: the Palestinian rights movement is at a crossroads. The (partial and overstated) withdrawal from Gaza and the consolidation of the wall and settlements in the West Bank are ab...
Brown Out
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
For those of you waiting on the emergence of Karl Rove’s New Orleans strategy, it already came and went: Blame it on Brownie. Admittedly, this bit of misdirection doesn’t qualify as vintage Rove. But then Rove, who has been tapped by Bush to hea...
A Statement from Mother Nature
SAM HUSSEINI
I understand many of you in the human race, at least those in the north of what you call the Western Hemisphere, are talking much of the "victims of mother nature" and such notions. The vast majority of these people — in what you call the United St...
Where Did All Our Money Go?
EVELYN PRINGLE
I have come to the conclusion that even if I live to be 100, I will never be able to track down every Bush-connected profiteer involved in this phony war on terror scheme. According to a report released in March 2005, by Transparency International (TI), an interna...
Questioning Judge Roberts
RALPH NADER
I n 1994 I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Stephen G. Breyer by President Clinton to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. In that testimony I called attention to the importance of balance in the wa...
Managing Perceptions of Presidential Ignorance
GARY LEUPP
"I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees," President Bush told ABC’s Diane Sawyer Sept. 1. Possibly he now regrets having made that statement reflecting as it does such abject ignorance. But I don’t know. Perhaps no ...
Job Slayers or Fact Slayers?
JEFF CHAPMAN
A recent Wall Street Journal lead editorial ("Job Slayers," August 27, 2005) retreads the worn and discredited argument that raising the state or federal minimum wage significantly decreases job opportunities for low-wage workers. In making this argument...
The Power of Water
MANUEL GARCÍA, Jr.
Were New Orleans levees dynamited? By whom and why? Pick a conspiracy theory: "either by white racists in order to kill African-American residents, and/or by corporate ‘freelance’ special interests to provide lucrative public contracts — to ...
Back Inside New Orleans
JORDAN FLAHERTY
What actually happened in New Orleans these past two weeks? We need to sort through the rumors and distortions. Perhaps we need our version of South Africa’s Truth And Reconciliation Commission. Some way to sort through the many narratives and find a truth, ...
Eugene V. Debs and the Legacy of Dissent
MICKEY Z.
Eighty-seven years ago-on September 14, 1918- Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) was sentenced to ten years in prison for opposing U.S. entry into World War I. Debs was one of the most prominent labor organizers and political activists of his time. He was also no...
Perils of Normalization with Israel
RAMZY BAROUD
There should be no doubt regarding the centrality and intensity of the relationship between the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the internal and external politics of Arab and Muslim nations, regardless of their geographic immediacy and level of involvement. By ig...
Saving America’s Serengetti
RON JACOBS
The ongoing war in Iraq-a war that is about US control of oil resources, among other things-and the recent disaster along the southern Gulf coast of the United States have brought the question of fossil fuel use and extraction back into the forefront of our consci...
Compassion for the Camera
DAVE LINDORFF
The Republican Congress (and their conservative Democratic quislings) have decided to show a little compassion for the victims of Bush Administration incompetence and nature’s revenge by including a waiver in the bankruptcy bill to exempt them from losing th...
The Texas Killing Machine
MARLENE MARTIN
Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, but it was the callousness, disorganization and racism that resulted in countless lives being lost. Now the state of Texas is set to take another casualty-Frances Newton. Frances is set to be executed in Texas on Se...
It’s an Ill Wind
BEN TRIPP
Up until September of 2005, the Twenty-First Century hadn’t really begun for the United States. It took Hurricane Katrina to get things started, and she proved to be an able doula, however rough her bedside manner. It’s hard to pinpoint why, but this g...
Where’s the Outrage Over the Jailing of Kevin Pina?
JG
Posterity erupts examples. It has been done before and without question will repeat itself multi-fold in the sociological discourse henceforth: The proxy hath overstepped its bounds. Friday evening, fatigued, discombobulated and simply annoyed with the syc...
Mr. Galloway Goes to Washington
DAVE ZIRIN
"I TOLD the world that Iraq, contrary to your claims, did not have weapons of mass destruction. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to al-Qaeda. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connec...
Who Murdered Arafat?
URI AVNERY
Last week the Haaretz headline screamed: "Doctors: Arafat died of AIDS or poisoning". AIDS appeared in first place. For dozens of years, the Israeli media has conducted, with government inspiration, a concentrated campaign against the Palestinian ...
Katrina’s Political Aftermath
JOSHUA FRANK
Hurricane Katrina has left much in her wake, including who is to blame for the aftermath. Most are heaving their anger at the Bush administration. Much of it is deserved. But we can blame more than just Bush. The most grotesque facets of American society ha...
Jackals and Jackasses
WERTHER
The loss of Stalingrad was a disaster that hit the German nation like a thunderclap. A whole army of 300,000 was wiped out ­ most of them killed or wounded, and 90,000 pitiful scarecrows taken prisoner. The entire southern sector of the Eastern Front was unhin...