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Archives from November 2005
Thoughts on Thanksgiving
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
The NBA draft has always fascinated me as an incongruous piece of social engineering in a larger environment that finds the concept repugnant. Here’s something from the web describing it: "The NBA draft is divided into two rou...
Torture Survivors Speak for Themselves
MIKE FOX
CIA director Porter J. Goss declared this week in an interview with USA Today that the CIA "does not do torture. We use lawful capabilities to collect vital information, and we do it in a variety of unique and innovative ways, all of which are legal and none ...
Thoughts on Thanksgiving
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
The NBA draft has always fascinated me as an incongruous piece of social engineering in a larger environment that finds the concept repugnant. Here’s something from the web describing it: "The NBA draft is divided into two rou...
Turkeys in the Larger Scheme of Things
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
At my place here in Humboldt County, Northern California, turkeys learned their lesson a few years ago, when five fine specimens of Meleagris gallopavo–wild turkey to you–wandered onto my property, a few days ago. I assume they forgot to check the cale...
Torture Survivors Speak for Themselves
MIKE FOX
CIA director Porter J. Goss declared this week in an interview with USA Today that the CIA "does not do torture. We use lawful capabilities to collect vital information, and we do it in a variety of unique and innovative ways, all of which are legal and none ...
Thanksgiving Torture
BOB SHIRLEY
Torture and Thanksgiving are not usually part of the same conversation, but this year the Vice President of the United States’ opposition to an anti-torture statute has put torture on the table right next to the turkey. The resemblance of one turkey to the o...
Thanksgiving Delayed
GREG MOSES
"Next year Lord we’d love to give thanks for everybody’s freedom and equality, but in the meantime please accept our appreciation for the fact that after you adjust for race and class, some of our kids seem not too pulled down by impo...
Thanksgiving Torture
BOB SHIRLEY
Torture and Thanksgiving are not usually part of the same conversation, but this year the Vice President of the United States’ opposition to an anti-torture statute has put torture on the table right next to the turkey. The resemblance of one turkey to the o...
Turkeys in the Larger Scheme of Things
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
At my place here in Humboldt County, Northern California, turkeys learned their lesson a few years ago, when five fine specimens of Meleagris gallopavo–wild turkey to you–wandered onto my property. I assume they forgot to check the calendar. Under Cali...
How to Think About War and Peace
JAMES PETRAS
For the ideologues and civilian militarists in Washington DC ‘peace’ can be secured with the consolidation of a world empire, which in turn implies perpetual wars throughout the world. For the ideologues and political spokespeople of the multinational ...
Red, White and Blue Dawn
STAN COX
Striking parallels between the current US occupation of Iraq and events depicted in the movi...
Targeting Al Jazeera
LINDA S. HEARD
On Tuesday, Britain’s Daily Mirror published an explosive story riddled with implications concerning the character and intent of the US president when pursuing his so-called ‘war on terror’, and perhaps, shedding light on the bombing of Al Jazeer...
The Great Gaza Border Deal
RAMZY BAROUD
Starting Nov. 25, Palestinians from the Gaza Strip may, in theory, be able to freely cross the Rafah border into Egypt, according to an agreement brokered by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Typically, Israel wished to have the final say over the mov...
George Bush, Jose Padilla and Thomas More
MIKE WHITNEY
"The world must construe according to its wits; the court must construe according to the law." Sir Thomas More "A Man for All Seasons" by Robert Bolt Jose Padilla was arrested in June of 2002 at Chicago&#...
What Do Democrats Stand For?
RALPH NADER
With the Bush regime reeling from its own derelictions and falling in the national polls, the question most frequently put to the leading Democrats is, "What do the Democrats stand for?" This is the question that Tim Russert asked Howard Dean, Cha...
Rep. Maxine Waters, the Real Leader of the Anti-War Caucus
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY And MIKE HERSH
Since the beginning of George Bush’s unpopular war against the Iraqi people, black female leadership has led the fight in opposing what has now become Bush’s moral and political albatross. Although ...
The "Vetting" of Bernard Kerik and the Culture of Corruption
MICHAEL DONNELLY
I blew it. I recently wrote a CounterPunch piece on Hypocrisy and how it seems to have permeated every aspect of American life here in what Alexander Cockburn calls, "a very interesting time in the life of the Empire." I noted the strange "Et...
Bush’s "Compassionate Converatism", a Report Card from the Front
MARSHALL AUERBACK
"Couple a multi-state disaster of Katrina’s magnitude, (including some of the poorer and less well-governed states in the union), add on a dysfunctional federal bureaucracy that had deteriorated in recent years, and a chief executive ...
The Justice Deficit
PIERRE TRISTAM
My wife and I were getting ready to watch a spaghetti western Friday evening (specifically, Sergio Leone’s "My Name Is Nobody," the Henry Fonda-Terence Hill masterpiece from 1973). A last check of the headlines suggested that something at least equ...
CIA’s "Torture Taxi" in the Spotlight
MIKE FERNER
Sitting in a Georgia motel Saturday night, Kathy Kelly talked through a bad phone connection and a worse head cold to recount the previous day’s activities where she and 13 others were arrested at an airstrip outside Raleigh, North Carolina. The tiny...
We Must Hold the Scoundrels Accountable
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The BBC reports (Nov. 17) that two former British government employees have been charged with violating the Official Secrets Act. The Official Secrets Act is useful for protecting the British government from accountability. Anyone who reveals wrongdoing by ...
Hugo Chavez vs. the King of Vacations
MIKE WHITNEY
Hugo Chavez seems to take great pleasure in tweaking George Bush’s nose. He’s repeatedly called Bush a "terrorist" and disparaged the US as a "terrorist state". Just last week, Chavez fired off another broadside saying, "The pl...
Getting Out of Iraq
NORMAN SOLOMON
This week began with the New York Times noting that "all of Washington is consumed with debate over the direction of the war in Iraq." The debate — long overdue — is a serious blow to the war makers in Washington, but the U.S. war effort will...
A National Day of Atonement
ROBERT JENSEN
One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting. In fact, indigenous people have...
Bill Clinton’s Hypocrisies on Iraq
MIKE MARQUSEE
When Bill Clinton told a group of students in Dubai recently that the Iraq war had been a "big mistake", champions of the current White House occupant were quick to accuse him of hypocrisy. For once, they had a strong point. To be clear, Clinton&#...
Democratic Hawks
JOSHUA FRANK
They won’t pull out troops from Iraq and they won’t vote for any strategy that calls for immediate removal of United States occupation forces. Of course it took a Republican to put forth an "out-now" resolution, which was supposedly intended ...
Woodward’s Weakness
RUSS BAKER
Whatever Bob Woodward did or didn’t do, should or shouldn’t have done, knew or didn’t know, several lessons can be drawn from this latest of media scandals-and none of them speak well of journalism as it is practiced at elite levels today. ...
If It Walks Like a Withdrawal Resolution, and Talks Like One, Then Why Won’t You Vote For It?
RON JACOBS
To say the least, the debate in the US House of Representatives on the 18th of November was interesting, in a pathetic sort of way. Republicans took the floor vocalizing the desires of George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld to stay in Iraq until it is truly...
"Political Kidnapping" and Murder in Cauca
PHILLIP CRYAN
Last week I reported in Counterpunch on a recent effort by the Colombian government to suppress the vibrant social movement in the southwest Colombian province of Cauca. In particular, I focused on the recent detentions of trade un...
R.I.P. In These Times
DAVE LINDORFF
The news is full of stories these days about dying newspapers-the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, etc. Circulation is down, readers are fleeing to the web, reporters getting laid off in droves. But that’s the mainstream corpor...
The Future of the Daily Press
DICK J. REAVIS
For the past two years academic observers of the press and a few of its working members have been diagnosing the continuing decline in circulation numbers for American daily newspapers, and it’s fair to say that they’ve recently come to a consensus: mo...
Staying the Course on "Freedom’s Frontier"
JOHN BOMAR
In 1969, heading out to Vietnam for duty in the Army, we were all herded together in a big hanger for a pep talk. The colonial told us we were being sent to "Freedom’s Frontier." Yesterday, George Bush roused the troops with his call to "stay ...
The Republicans Have Done a Heinous Thing
Rep. CYNTHIA McKINNEY
[The following is the text of Rep. McKinney's floor remarks on the November 18 debate over the "Murtha" withdrawal resolution.] The Republicans in this House have done a heinous thing: they have insulted one of the deans of this House in an unthin...
Our Night of Weimar Love
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
My Bed was ready. My crew was adjusting their camera levels as my guests were adjusting their stocking tops. Some thumbed through copies of ...
Sibel Edmonds Fights Fascism
JOHN STANTON
The Sibel Edmonds v. Department of Justice saga continues as the year 2005 draws to a close. The only breaking news to come from the ongoing drama is the implication, published in Vanity Fair, that Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of US Representatives, was th...
Cleaning Up Alaska’s Scan Bay
DAN WRIGHT
The sun has just gone down. It’s 0020. In the northwester sky the sun will hang just under the horizon and this three and a half hour sunset is the only clue that we are 53 degrees 39 minutes north. I am on the F/V Alaskan Lady. She and her crew of four with...
The Dragon Flies High, But Not Over Mexico
JOHN ROSS
Perhaps the most indelible moments of Chinese Prime Minister Hu Jintao’s September stopover in the Mexican capitol, were the ones he spent stuck in a balky elevator during a courtesy visit to the nation’s Supreme Court. For over 15 minutes, Hu dangled ...
The Raid on MendoHealing
FRED GARDNER
I met David Moore in the spring of 2000 at a UC San Francisco conference on cannabis therapeutics sponsored by G.W. Pharmaceuticals (the British company that is developing strains with differing cannabinoid ratios to achieve different medical effects). Moore, who ...
What We’re Listening to This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR, DAVID VEST And JESSE WALKER
Jeffrey St. Clair 1. Miles Davis–Ascenseur Pour l’Echafaud–Sound...
This War Can’t Be Stopped by a Loyal Opposition
JEREMY SCAHILL
The refrain of the Democrats about being misled into supporting the invasion of Iraq has become really tired. And someone other than the White House smearmongers needs to say it: The Democrats cannot be allowed to use faulty intelligence as a crutch to hold up the...
Condi Rice’s Disdain for the Civil Rights Movement
J. L. CHESTNUT, Jr.
Mr. Eugene Robinson, a black reporter for the Washington Post, interviewed Secretary of State Condi Rice during her recent flight from Washington to Alabama, and wrote a newspaper column about the experience. Mr. Robinson’s revealing observations about Ms. R...
The Politics of Surrender
DAVID VEST
REP. John Murtha, in a speech that said nothing about his own responsibility in voting to authorize the invasion of Iraq, calls for the immediate redeployment of U.S. forces, on the ground that the war is not going "as advertised." Ungrateful for ...
The Stones: Rarities
PHYLLIS POLLACK
"I know that you like to go out drinkin’, –And you love to have a good time, – You came in when I was drinking coffee, Having breakfast on a bad night." —"Look What The Cat Dragged In" Bi...
Murtha and the L Word
DAVE LINDORFF
Rep. John Murtha, the decorated Vietnam and Korean War Marine vet and conservative Pennsylvania Democrat who stunned Bush administration and Republican congressional warhawks and Democratic go-alongs like Sens. Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Joe Biden alike with ...
Grant Clemency to Tookie Williams
TOM KERR
Open Letter to Governor Schwarzenneger: I write this letter on faith that you are not, at core, the Terminator, for we know that the Terminator would not hesitate to execute people in cold blood, and my appeal to grant clemency to Stanley "Tookie"...
Black November 15
MICHAEL DONNELLY
A Tangled Web "Saddam (Hussein) must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons. Earlier today I ordered America’s armed forces to strike military and security...
Faking the Case Against Syria
TRISH SCHUH
Another slam dunk forgery is being used to convict Syria. The United Nations’ Detlev Mehlis inquiry into the murder of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafiq Hairri depends on a central witness, Zuhir Ibn Mohamed Said Saddik, who has faced accusations o...
Better Working Conditions Lead to a Better Economy
DON MONKERUD
Which states are better for business? Colorado and Montana that received a top rating from the CATO Institute? Idaho and North Carolina that had the best metro areas in Forbes annual rating of Best Places for Business and Careers? Or is it South Dakota or Florida ...
Uncrucify Them
MARK CHMIEL And ANDREW WIMMER
This weekend thousands of people are gathering at Fort Benning, Georgia, to demonstrate their continued opposition to the "School of Assassins," a school that has been training Latin America’s military in the techniques of torture and terror for mo...
The Palestinians and the Party Line
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Jeff Halper is an Israeli academic. He is also director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, one of the most effective and courageous organizations working on behalf of the Palestinians in Israel’s occupied territories. He has done more for th...