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Archives from September 2005
How the Other Half Lived
BILLY SOTHERN
In 1911, the Triangle Shirt Factory in New York City, where I grew up, exploded in flames trapping scores of young, immigrant, women workers inside. As the fire burned, many women jumped to their deaths, unable to bear the slow death of heat and smoke. Newspaper r...
In the Twilight Zone
GIDEON LEVY
It ought to be mandatory in the school system: an annual field trip to Tel Rumeida. This is where every student in Israel – every citizen, in fact – should be brought. This is the place to bring all those who felt compassion for the settlers and preach...
A Few Thoughts on the State of Our Nation
Rep. CYNTHIA McKINNEY
[This is the text of remarks delivered on the floor of the House on September 8, 2005] While my remarks tonight in no way should be construed as encompassing all of my thoughts on the very important issues that I discuss tonight, just mark this down as a st...
How Michael Brown Helped Bush Win Florida
JASON LEOPOLD
Michael Brown, the embattled head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approved payments in excess of $31 million in taxpayer money to thousands of Florida residents who were unaffected by Hurricane Frances and three other hurricanes last year in an effort ...
Power Grab in New Orleans
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The New Orleans catastrophe is inexplicable. FEMA’s slow response is a mystery. Never before has federal funding for work by the US Corps of Engineers on the New Orleans levees and for the congressionally authorized Southeast Louisiana Urban Fl...
Lames de Colere in New Orleans
BILL GLAHN
We carried you in our arms On Independence Day, And now you’d throw us all aside And put us on our way. (Tears of Rage, Bob Dylan & Richard Manuel) Mike West is Australian born, English raised, and, unt...
Our Grief is Not Special
ROBERT JENSEN
[Text of speech given at anti-war rally in Austin, TX, September 11, 2005] This is not a September 11 speech. This is a September 10 speech. We all remember what we felt on September 11, 2001. I want to talk about what I felt on September ...
Confronting Nancy Pelosi
BILL SIMPICH
The purpose of this article is to give Counterpunch readers a glimpse into the backstory of the antiwar events planned for Monday, September 26 in San Francisco. Cindy Sheehan has both inspired us and made it plain – to end this war, we must put the heat on ...
Free Kevin Pina!
JUSTIN FELUX
Getting accurate information about what is going on in the impoverished and embattled country of Haiti is next to impossible. The mainstream U.S. reporters stationed in Haiti don’t even keep up the pretense of objectivity, printing outright lies from governm...
Jose Padilla and the Death of Personal Liberty
MIKE WHITNEY
"The very core of liberty secured by our Anglo-Saxon system of separated powers has been freedom from indefinite imprisonment at the will of the Executive." Judge Antonin Scalia I had to sit down when I heard the ...
Let Them Eat Toxins
CAROL NORRIS
The Independent of London reports that Hugh Kaufman, an EPA official, has said that New Orleans and the surrounding area will probably not be safely habitable for a decade and the "inept political hacks" (aka: the Bush administration and its underlings) ...
Bush’s Picnic and Plan B
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale, Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man. Wm. Shakespeare, King John No one likes to admit to being dull, so occasionally the task of making the observation falls to others. George Bus...
Food and the US Arsenal
RON JACOBS
In New Orleans food aid is provided only to those who leave the city and in the Astrodome US military recruiters are attempting to recruit young men and women without too many alternatives into their wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Meanwhile overseas, Jay Lefkowitz,...
Escape from Oz
Col. DOUGLAS A. MACGREGOR
In MGM’s film, the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy discovers that the Wizard who promised to help her turns out to be a little man manipulating smoke and mirrors to create the illusion of omniscience and power. Fortunately, all is not lost. Dorothy clicks her heels an...
Douglas Feith’s Platinum Parachute
EVELYN J. PRINGLE
Douglas Feith, the recently resigned undersecretary of defense, who just happened to be one of the main people who for years on end advocated for a war in Iraq, and who in large part developed the disastrous policies for the war in Iraq, planned ahead for his reti...
A Civics Lesson from Katrina
GARY BASS
Hurricane Katrina reminds us why it is necessary to have a strong, accountable federal government. In a time of crisis we need a unified, coordinated and effective response. To accomplish this, the federal government must exert leadership and be prepared to act. H...
Has Bush Reached His Tipping Point?
JEFF BERG
We may just have witnessed the day of which we will say in ten or twenty years, "That was the day, Aug. 31, 2005, the day America began to visibly collapse." By collapse I’m referring to Joseph Tainter’s use of the term in ‘The Collapse...
The American Left and the Battle of New Orleans
STEVEN SHERMAN
About ten years ago, Michael Moore complained that while US leftists raced to Nicaragua to pick coffee, they did not come to his hometown of Flint Michigan when it was being destroyed by plant closures. There was some truth to this. The Central America solidarity ...
Katrina’s Silver Lining
DAVE LINDORFF
If there is any silver lining to the smoke-laced cloud that is hanging over the toxic cesspool and mass graveyard that used to be New Orleans, it is the just deserts that are coming to the millions of people who put the Bush Administration and the lunatic right in...
How the US Supplied Iran with Nuclear Know-How
SAUL LANDAU
A doctor friend expressed concern over the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Sixty years ago, some 250,000 people died when US atomic bombs fell over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. You needn’t become a scientist to understand that radioactivity from nuclear bombs o...
When the Press Comes Marching In
WILLIAM A. COOK
For the past six weeks the American public has been treated to news reporting of two totally different kinds: five weeks of calculated, controlled lies wrapped in sympathy for modern day saintly "Settlers" being evicted from their homes in their land of ...
Why FEMA Failed the Gulf Coast
LANCE SELFA
The failure of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to manage the emergency along the Gulf Coast is an indictment of the Bush administration. FEMA became a perfect illustration of the Bush team’s "philosophy" of government–privatize...
Katrina Speaks!
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
The other night, after spending far too much time watching the news, I saw Katrina. At least, She said She was Katrina, appearing to me as a giant, soaking wet, filthy but stunning dominatrix rising up from the eye of Her storm, bellowing like thunder. Let me see ...
The Brief on Judge Roberts
ELAINE CASSEL
I have to admit that I was fooled by the Cleaver family images displayed by the Roberts family that sultry July night. Not a bad guy, I thought. Doesn’t look like a Scalia. Doesn’t talk like a Scalia. Maybe President Bush won’t make good on his n...
Re-Thinking the Mediterranean
OMAR BARGHOUTI And ADRIAN GRIMA
In a world where the "clash of civilizations" is unfolding as a self-fulfilling prophecy, reclaiming the Mediterranean as a cultural bridge acquires unprecedented import and urgency. Countering the United States’ crusade of neo-colonial hegemony, d...
The Third Front of the Gulf "Terror"
Col. DAN SMITH
Whether the anti-terror wars in the Persian Gulf area have adversely affected the response to the terror inflicted on the U.S. Gulf coast from Hurricane Katrina will be debated next week and argued for months and years to come. At the very least, Iraq diverted for...
Cindy, Katrina and the War in Iraq
DAVID KRIEGER
Cindy, Katrina and the war in Iraq have converged in a summer storm, awakening the American people to the insensitivity and incompetence of Mr. Bush and his administration. During the month of August, Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother of one of the nearly 1,900 U...
The Psychological Aftermath of Katrina
CAROL NORRIS
Articles are starting to appear about how some Katrina refugees are being arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct in the Astrodome and in various shelters. The articles mention this fact as if it were happening in a vacuum, as if the last horrible ...
Legacy of Neglect
ROGER MORRIS
Former National Security Council staffer The calamity was enormous, the toll in lives and ruin like nothing the country knew. Yet the ultimate disaster was in the staggering negligence of the government and its oblivious leader. Despite years of warnings and t...
Rehnquist: the Chief Injustice
DAN LA BOTZ
William Rehnquist, lay in state in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court. Dead at last, dead at last. Let us remember him. He stood tall-and faced backward. He turned back the hands of the clock. He helped push back the tides of time. Though he wore a r...
An SOS from the Soul Queen of New Orleans
IRMA THOMAS
Dear Jeff, I am doing as well as expected under the conditions. I am in Gonzales, LA with my husband’s Aunt. CounterPunchers may send some money to help my daughter who lost everything. She is out here with my sister-in-law untill she can get fare to ...
Lessons from Hell
JOHN CHUCKMAN
If he is alive, Osama bin Laden surely is enjoying some hearty laughter. Nothing he could imagine, short of the virtually-impossible task of obtaining a tactical nuclear weapon and detonating it in an American city, compares to the damage just inflicted upon the U...
Still Clueless in Crawford, Witless in Washington
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
You’ve probably heard of the ubiquitous, ‘The guy’ in the story, who on being asked, "Does the Sun rise in the East or the West?", replies, "Don’t know…I’m still new to town". IR...
How We Survived the Flood
CHARMAINE NEVILLE
This is a transcript of an interview CHARMAINE NEVILLE, of New Orleans’s legendary Neville family, gave to New Orleans media outlets...
John Wayne and New Orleans Indians
ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ
"The Cavalry is coming!" announced a reporter on the Fox News Channel when finally National Guardsmen trooped into downtown New Orleans on the fourth day of apocalypse. I said to myself, "There they go again, racist Fox News." I switche...
Haley Barbour: Shaving Away at the Nuclear Truth
LINDA MILAZZO And JOHN A. STERN
"The coast is the greatest disaster I ever saw. It’s like someone set off a nuclear bomb there." This was Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s description of Katrina’s devastation to CNN’s Larry King on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Gove...
No Direction Home
CHRIS FLOYD
"How does it feel To be on your own With no direction home." Bob Dylan, "Like a Rolling Stone" Let’s be clear about one thing. Nothing that has happened in the past week — the mas...
Kucinich Speaks
KEVIN ZEESE
Dennis Kucinich, along with fellow Democrat Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) and Republicans Walter Jones (R-NC) and Ron Paul (R-TX), introduced the first bi-partisan bill calling for an exit strategy from Iraq (H.J.Res. 55). Around this bill and other Iraq withdrawal effo...
Cassandra, Apollo and the Red Queen
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Like most, I’ve been transfixed watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And, like many, I’m astounded at the response of government at all levels. Most of the criticism leveled has rightly been focused on the Bush Administration’s mon...
Commander-in-Zilch Betrays New Orleans
PIERRE TRISTAM
There are times when one is moved to the core with pride for being an American. Seeing the response to the New Orleans disaster by individuals, by corporations, by schools, by business and celebrity moguls donating private copters and kitchen sinks, by homeowners ...
Bush Legacy: a Few Prosper; Thousands Perish
JASON LEOPOLD
Chalk another one up for the Bush administration. That’ll be President Bush’s long lasting legacy when we look back on the first few years of the 21st Century. Thousands of people killed on U.S. soil because the president failed to protect them....
Bard of the Booboisie
WERTHER
* Let us stipulate straightaway: Victor Davis Hanson is the worst historian since Parson Weems. To picture anything remotely as bad as his pseudo-historical novels and propaganda tracts, one would have to imagine an account of the fiscal policies of the Bush admini...
Nepali Maoists Announce 3-Month Ceasefire
GARY LEUPP
Sunday, September 04, 2005. The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) announced yesterday that its guerrilla forces, the New People’s Army, will observe a three-month ceasefire. This is particularly significant in that the move is a unilateral one. The regime mi...
The Death of a Partisan Chief Justice
MIKE WHITNEY
"He was a man of character and dedication. His departure represents a great loss for the court and for our country." George W. Bush on hearing of the death of Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist Let’s no...
Hell No We Ain’t Alright
CHUCK D.
New Orleans in the morning, afternoon, and night Hell No We Ain’t Alright Now all these press conferences breaking news alerts This just in while your government looks for a war to win Flames from the blame game, names? Where do I...
But What About the Snipers?
MICHAEL NEUMANN
All the vaguely sane world understands that the poor of New Orleans, whether because of their race or their class, got the worst of it. But, someone might say, what about the snipers? Looting food, ok, looting stores, well, that’s a crime against proper...
There’s a Shelter Coming Near You
DEBBIE DUPRE And BILL QUIGLEY
Thanks to the many people who have reached out to us–it has been so satisfying. There have been many incredible acts of generosity and courage. We saw them everywhere. We were picked up at the hospital by two 25-year-old guys who put a little motor o...
Trapped in New Orleans
LARRY BRADSHAW
and LORRIE BETH SLONSKY Two days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreens store at the corner of Royal and Iberville Streets in the city’s historic French Quarter remained locked. The dairy display case was clearly visible through the ...
Our Birminghan
KEEANGA-YAMAHTTA TAYLOR
Maybe this will be our generation’s Birmingham. The pictures that streamed out of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963 showed young Black boys and girls attacked by German Shepherds and drenched with the powerful spray of fire hoses. Those pictures ex...
Firing Mike Brown is Not Enough
NORMAN SOLOMON
Calls for firing Michael Brown are understandable. Aptly described as "the blithering idiot in charge of FEMA" by columnist Maureen Dowd a few days ago, he’s an easy and appropriate target. President Bush met with Brown last Friday and publi...