Exclusively in the new print issue of CounterPunch
ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from November 2005
The Cheerleader at Annapolis
MIKE WHITNEY
It’s pathetic to see the world’s most powerful man, shunted into prearranged venues so he can pitch his snake-oil to college aged boys. That said, Bush’s appearance today at the Naval Academy has got to be a new low for the White House public rel...
What Happened to Those Bush/Cheney Bumperstickers?
DAVE LINDORFF
Has anyone seen a car with one of those 2004 "Bush/Cheney" bumper stickers on it lately? It’s been days since I’ve noticed one. My community, which is about 50 percent Republican, used to be full of them, mostly pasted on the backs of ...
The Long Struggle of Leonard Peltier
JOE ALLEN And PAUL D'AMATO
Leonard Peltier, one of America’s longest-serving political prisoners, turned sixty-one-years-old on September 12, 2005. Peltier has spent nearly thirty years in federal prison, the result of one of the most infamous political frame-ups in modern U.S. histor...
The Other Meaning of Israel’s Political Earthquake
RAMZY BAROUD
Most of what has been written or said to depict Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s departure from the Likud party is parable to an "earthquake," or the "eruption of a volcano," and has, without a doubt, turned the Israeli political map...
The Hallucinations of Joe Lieberman
KEVIN ZEESE
In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on November 28, Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) put forward an argument for staying the course in Iraq. Of course, his argument in "Our Troops Must Stay" was filled with false information. Lieberman describes "...
Military Mental Health Workers in Iraq
STEPHEN SOLDZ
The Wall Street Journal has a new article on the role of mental health professionals in treating war trauma in Iraq [Therapists take on soldiers' trauma in Iraq]. The military has caught on to how these workers can aid the war effort and has increased their per ca...
Colin Powell: Always Willing to Let Someone Else Deliver the Bad News
NORMAN SOLOMON
Newspapers across the United States and beyond told readers Wednesday about sensational new statements by a former top assistant to Colin Powell when he was secretary of state. After interviewing Lawrence Wilkerson, the Associated Press reported he "said that...
Jack Abramoff’s Bipartisan Sleaze
JOSHUA FRANK
It is far too early to tell what kind of impact it will ultimately have on the Republican establishment, but the Jack Abramoff scandal could well be the most perilous of all the storms developing around Washington. And the cloud forming on the horizon is a dark on...
An Interview with Stanley Tookie Williams
PHIL GASPER
Sanley Tookie Williams, co-founder of the Crips street gang in Los Angeles over 30 years ago, is facing execution on December 13. Over the past...
Bush the Dupe?
GARY LEUPP
I read in the Drudge Report that Bush "has become isolated a...
World Human Rights Leaders Call for Freedom for Pere Jean-Juste and Yvon Neptune
BILL QUIGLEY
I World Human Rights Leaders Call for Freedom for Pere Jean-Juste, Yvon Neptune and Other Haitian Political Prisoners By BILL QUIGLEY, Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. Bill is a volunteer lawyer for Pere Jean-Juste with the Institute for Justi...
The Duke and the Enterprise
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Yesterday, Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham pled guilty to federal charges of bribery and tax evasion. What follows is an excerpt from the first chapter of JEFFREY ST. CLAIR’s new book ...
Life on Death Row
WALTER A. DAVIS
Unless Governor Schwarzenegger grants clemency Tookie Williams will be executed at San Quentin on December 13th. (Those who do not know about Williams and his work should consult ...
The Ghost of Sangatte
BEHZAD YAGHMAIAN
France is facing a new humanitarian crisis aggravated by its response to the recent rebellion by the children of North African origin. Addressing the nation after the riots, President Jacques Chirac declared France’s resolve to fight illegal migration...
Woodwardgate: Still Protecting the Right Wing
LEN COLODNY
Recent headlines charge that Bob Woodward has withheld information on a major national story. Nothing new there. Thirty-three years ago, Woodward was in the same business. That story was a tale of espionage and treason carried out at the highest level of th...
The Woodward Scandal Must Not Blow Over
NORMAN SOLOMON
Bob Woodward probably hoped that the long holiday weekend would break the momentum of an uproar that suddenly confronted him midway through November. But three days after Thanksgiving, on NBC’s "Meet the Press," a question about the famed Washingto...
Contraindications
RON JACOBS
To many of us in the United States, the US contra war against the Nicaraguan government in the 1980s seems like very long ago. Since the CIA-manufactured defeat of the revolutionary government in Managua–a defeat that included mercenary war, media manipulati...
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Curious Power
JUSTIN E.H. SMITH
Stan ‘Tookie’ Williams is scheduled to be executed in California next month. Williams helped to found the well-known L.A. street gang, the Crips, in 1971. In 1981 he was convicted of murdering four people in two separate armed robberies, and sentenced ...
Cooked Intelligence
DAVID ISENBERG
In November, the US Senate erupted into rancor over a Democratic tactic to force the body into a secret, closed door session. Despite bitter complaints from Republicans, the stratagem worked, and now a long deferred investigation of White House influence on the U....
The "Bomb Al Jazeera" Documents Trial
CHRISTOPHER REED
When Lord Goldsmith, the British attorney general, pounced on the Daily Mirror tabloid newspaper last week, threatening it and the rest of the media with the nation’s Official Secrets Act, he was accused of imposing censorship to save prime minister Tony Bla...
The Grave Threat of the Bush Administration
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
According to news reports, at a US Naval Academy speech on Wednesday, President Bush will announce plans for withdrawing US troops from Iraq. It will be diverting to watch the propagandists at Fox "news" flip-flop with the White House line and explain th...
The Pentagon’s Domestic Spying Operation
MIKE WHITNEY
The strategy to militarize the country is moving forward as planned despite apparent setbacks in Iraq. As the Washington Post reported on Nov. 27 the Dept of Defense is expanding its domestic surveillance activity to allow Pentagon spies to track down and "in...
Is Impeachment an Election Issue?
DAVID SWANSON
"What’s more moderate than exploring the truth? Is there really partisanship in truth?…We don’t need to be afraid to use the word impeachment. It is the process that was set up. It’s not a bad word. It stands for accountab...
Abbie Hoffman at 70
MIICKEY Z.
"You can always sleep in Central Park during the daytime, although the muggers come out to play at night." Thus begins the section called "Fuck New York" in "Steal This Book" (STB). I write this becaus...
What Are They Dying For?
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"We don’t know the course of our own struggle will take [sic], or the sacrifices that might lie ahead." GW Bush, November 11, 2005. "Akers said his son is burned on more than 75 percent of his body. . . . ‘We&...
Poetry and the City of Ideas
BARBARA LaMORTICELLA
On November 11, 2005 CounterPunch contributer BARBARA LaMORTICELLA was presented with the prestigious Holbrook Prize at the Oregon Book Awards. We reprint her acceptance remarks.–AC/JSC I want to thank my old friend Robert D...
Working Toward Whiteness
SETH SANDRONSKY
David Roediger, professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a scholar of critical whiteness studies, delivered a talk titled "The Dilemmas of Popular Front Antiracism: Looking at The House I Live In" on November 17 at the ...
What We’re Listening to This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR And DAVID VEST
1. Herbie Hancock / Michael Brecker / Roy Hargrove — New Directions in Music Live at Massey Hall (Universal) ...
See, Neoliberalism Really Works!
P. SAINATH
FIRST THE good news. Well, good news for someone, anyway. The collective net worth of 311 Indian billionaires is now Rs.3.64 trillion. This is up 71 per cent from last year, when it was a paltry Rs.2.13 trillion. The tribe has also grown. It now includes 133 new e...
Bigger Bangs
PHYLLIS POLLACK
A Bigger Bang, the twenty-fourth American studio release by the Rolling Stones, is stacked ...
Compassion for Corporations
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism. Hubert Humphrey Again we have been treated to the workings of a truly compassionate administration. In one case it took two tries, in ...
An Evangelical Christian Looks at Bush’s Skull and Bones Initiation
LEWIS ALPER
Skull and Bones is a worrisome and strange Yale secret society. On August 17, 2000 there was an interview with President George W. Bush that bestirred controversy regarding his initiation into Skull and Bones. Time Magazine asked if it troubled him that he had bee...
What Really Happened at Mar del Plata
JOAQUIN BUSTELO
What an absolute load of manure the WSJ puts out. Straight from the sewers of Foggy Bottom. The funny thing is that for all their millions of column inches, the pig press can’t bring itself to report the truth, which is that it was Vincente Fox that s...
The Price of Freedom
TIMOTHY J. FREEMAN
"Freedom isn’t free!"–so we are reminded by the ubiquitous yellow ribbon stickers on gas-guzzling SUVs. An online poll asks if the war in Iraq has been worth the loss of American lives, and the only options for response are: 1) A future of fr...
Saving Tookie Williams
ERIC RUDER
THE STATE of California is racing to execute Stan Tookie Williams, its most famous death row prisoner. And in response, people from all walks of life–Hollywood stars, anti-death penalty activists, former gang members, educators and more–are now racing ...
Of Mice, Men and GM Peas
LILA RAJIVA
A 3 million dollar, ten-year trial of genetic modification (GM) on field peas at The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia’s national science research organization, was scrapped last week (November 18, 2005) when the...
Dr. Denney in Arkansas
FRED GARDNER
Philip Denney, MD, seemed to be winning some hearts and minds as he testified before a committee of the Arkansas legislature Nov. 17 in support of "An Act to Permit the Medical Use of Marijuana." The bill had been introduced by Rep. Lindsley Smith and co...
In Search of Paradise
WILL YOUMANS
The average movie going experience these days goes something like this. Plop down ten dollars for a ticket, another ten for popcorn and a drink, then sit through two hours of things blowing up, juvenile humor, or cheap sentimentality. You escape your job, family, ...
Junk Television
RALPH NADER
The debate between progressives and corporatists over the state of the mass media goes like this-the former say fewer and fewer giant media conglomerates control more of the print and electronic outlets while the latter respond by saying there has never been more ...
How the Democrats Undercut John Murtha
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Here we have one of the most widely derided presidents in the history of the United States and a war abhorred by a majority of all Americans and the Democrats have near zero traction as a credible party of opposition. The sequence of events after Representative Ja...
Who We Are
SAUL LANDAU
George W. Bush returned from a brief but difficult November learning foray in Latin America: "Wow, Brazil is big." Meanwhile, U.S. citizens grew impatient with his performance. CBS polls rated him at 35% approval in early November. Even his supporters ac...
US War Crimes List Keeps Growing
DAVE LINDORFF
Whether white phosphorus bombs–what American troops call "Willie Pete"–is a chemical weapon or an incendiary weapon, may not seem like a very important distinction to a casual observer. After all, what it does–burn flesh on contact and ...
When a Language Dies
JOHN ROSS
"Cuando muere una lengua, las cosas divinas, estrellas, sol y luna, las cosas humanas, pensar y sentir, no se reflejan en eso espejo." "When a language dies, the divine things, stars, sun and moon, the human th...
The Nepal Pact
GARY LEUPP
The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has in the last week signed a pact with the alliance of seven parliamentary parties that have united in opposition to King Gyanendra and his dictatorial regime. They will, in the words of former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Ko...
Will the US Seize the Opportunity for Troop Withdrawal?
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA analyst The surprising degree of consensus reached by the main Iraqi factions at the Arab-League orchestrated Reconciliation Conference in Cairo last weekend sharply undercuts the unilateral, guns-and-puppets approach of the Bush administration to t...
Peretz or Bust?
JEFF HALPER
Until November 10, my prognosis of the progress of apartheid in Israel/Palestine was right on track. Sharon was on a tight time-table. With a stable government that would last until the elections in November 2006, he would move quickly to nail down the last elemen...
Thanksgiving at Camp Casey
LEIGH SAAVEDRA
In the three months since we fought the heat and crowds, watching a bit of history being made by the presence of Cindy Sheehan in Crawford, Texas, a lot has changed. We drove into town late this morning, noting the landmarks of last summer, Rattlesnak...
How US Anthropoligists Planned "Race-Specific" Weapons Against the Japanese
DAVID PRICE
During the Second World War, over two dozen anthropologists worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the institutional predecessor to the CIA, performing a variety of tasks ranging from covert-ops to desk-bound propaganda analysis. For the first time, I ...
The Felling of the Goliath
INGMAR LEE
It has become abundantly clear that the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal is doomed. It has dug itself into a spider-hole of treachery and deceit it will never get out of. They have set the stage for their historical legacy alongside the most despicable tyrants ever to d...
Will Bush Miss the Next Bhopal?
BRIAN McKENNA
On May 12, 2005 the Department of Homeland Security staged a spectacular joint terrorist preparedness exercise in Romulus, Michigan and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport called "Operation Vigilant State, a Surface to Air Threat Exercise." Citizens were in...