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Archives from November 2005
Coming Out in an Up-and-Coming Sport
MARK T. HARRIS
The announcement by WNBA superstar Sheryl Swoopes that she’s gay has been greeted by the nation’s sports commentators mostly with an accepting shrug. Swoopes can be who she is and be open about it, seems to be the consensus. That’s good. O...
The War in Iraq is Not Going as Advertised
Rep. JOHN MURTHA
The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion. The American public is way ahead of us. The United States and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq, but it is time for a change in direction. Our military is sufferin...
In Post Saddam Iraq, There are No Civilians
DAVE LINDORFF
Now that the Iraqi government has been forced to investigate the US military’s criminal use of phosphorus incendiary bombs during the November 2004 assault on Fallujah, it is important to note how slippery the Pentagon is being about its claim not to have us...
The Long, Long Fall of Bob Woodward
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR It’s been a devastating fall for what are conventionally regarded as the nation’s two premier newspapers, the New York Times and the Washington Post. The Times’s travails and the downfall of its erstwhile star reporter, ...
A Fractured Anti-War Movement
JOHN WALSH
The polls leave no doubt that the sentiment against the war in the U.S. is overwhelming. Fully 60% of Americans want some or all troops withdrawn from Iraq at once; military recruitment is down and it is clear to all but the most hidebound Bush loyalists that the ...
We Are All in GITMO Now
BRIAN J. FOLEY
After four years of silence, the Senate on Tuesday voted 84-14 to limit federal court jurisdiction over cases filed by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO). We still have time, however, to try to steer Congress toward the smarter option, which is to increase federal...
Total Retraction of Emma Brockes’s "No Massacre at Srebrenica" Slurs
CounterPunch News Service
The following unusually detailed and categorical apology to Noam Chomsky appears in The Guardian for November 17. The Guardian’s "readers’ editor", Ian Mayes, issues this virtually unprecedented climb-down–in effect a savage rebuke to i...
Evidence Mounts That Bush Wants New Wars
BILL CHRISTISON
Former CIA analyst In this his time of troubles, Bush seems to be moving deliberately and rapidly toward new wars of aggression in an unforgivable gamble to overcome his troubles. His speech on Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2005 at the Tobyhanna Army Depot...
Thank You: Shukran, Moustapha Akkad
FARRAH HASSEN
"Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it." ­Bertolt Brecht Boom. Bang. Crash: the universal, jarring soundtrack of terrorism. Since 9/11 and the invasion and occu...
Bush Gang Swore Saddam was Behind 9/11 in Lawsuit
EVELYN J. PRINGLE
Much to the dismay of President Bush, Americans can remember all on their own, without any coaching from Democrats, that in the run up to war in Iraq, it was top official from the administration who were making the claim that Saddam was in cahoots with bin Laden a...
Sami Al-Arian Speaks
JOHN F. SUGG
Apology from John Sugg: This column originally contained a quote attributed widely to Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. Based upon several sources, including academic, I used that quote. It was not accurate, I have concluded after...
Pentagon Admits Using Phosphorous Bombs on Fallujah
DAVE LINDORFF
What kind of country is this? Not only does America use grotesque chemical weapons in its "War of Liberation"–in this case white phosphorus bombs that are as nasty as anything Saddam Hussein could have dreamt up, with the ability to eat the...
Trying to Look Female Suicide Bombers in the Eye
SAM HUSSEINI
Reports have it that Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman, attempted to blow up wedding celebrators, passerbyers and herself at the Radisson Hotel in Amman last Thursday. The Associated Press is reporting that her brother Thamer al-Rishawi "was killed during a U...
Evolution, Ecology and "Malignant Design"
NOAM CHOMSKY
President George W. Bush favors teaching both evolution and "intelligent design" in schools, "so people can know what the debate is about." To proponents, intelligent design is the notion that the universe is too complex to have develope...
Waffling Alito Charms DiFi
GREG BATES
Yesterday I wrote in an op ed (Bangor Daily News) arguing that Alito wasn’t Su...
Torturer’s Theater
PIERRE TRISTAM
The torturers are stumbling on each other, and all over themselves. The champion of torture is running around Congress trying to salvage an exceptional permission slip for his CIA henchmen. His boss the Commander-in-Zilch is tripping all over his sentences trying ...
Death of the Jailhouse Press
LEAH CALDWELL
It was a melee, a riot, a simmering dispute. Despite the nomenclature, coverage of the August 9 prisoner "incident" at San Quentin prison was hardly diversified. 39 prisoners were injured in one of the largest riots since 1982 at California’s oldes...
Secret CIA Testimony Undermines Bush, Again
JASON LEOPOLD
President George W. Bush’s attempt Friday to silence critics who say his administration manipulated prewar intelligence on Iraq is undercut by congressional testimony given in February 2001 by former CIA Director George Tenet, who said that Iraq posed no imm...
My Evening in the No Spin Zone
TODD CHRETIEN
Last week, Fox News’ "No Spin Zone" host Bill O’Reilly went on air to say, "Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead. And if al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we’re not going to do anything ...
Another Mistrial in Irish Ploughshares Case
HARRY BROWNE
The Irish battle over the use of Shannon Airport as a stopping point for US troops and equipment has turned into a legal war of attrition: for the second time a judge has been forced to collapse the trial of the "Pitstop Ploughshares" because of his own ...
Rosa’s Wreath
FREDERICK B. HUDSON
It is done. Or is it? Crowds of all races filed through the Capital Rotunda to view the remains of a lady who told the world she was tired and would not give up her seat. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin sang the seamstress to heaven in Detroit’s Gr...
Showdown on the Silver Coast
DIANA BARAHONA
The 34-nation Summit of the Americas, held in the Argentinian resort town of Mar del Plata on November 4 – 5, turned into a showdown between two economic models: U.S. neoliberalism, and endogenous development with regional integration; and their two respecti...
Forest-Flipping Frenzy Dooms Marmot
INGMAR LEE
It’s been particularly dog-eat-dog in Vancouver Island’s forests of late. MacMillan-Bloedel begat Weyerhaeuser begat BRASCAN begat Brookfield Asset Management begat Trilon Bancorp Inc. begat Cascadia/Island Timberlands which has now been gotten by West...
The Origins of the Guardian’s Attack on Chomsky
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Last Halloween, The Guardian ran an attack on Noam Chomsky that amazed many readers who had considered The Guardian to be one of Britain’s more serious newspapers. The attack took the form of what Alexander Cockburn described in his article on this CounterPu...
Cambodia All Over Again
CONN HALLINAN
In the wake of a United Nations investigation implicating a number of Syrian and Lebanese officials in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the Bush administration is calling for international sanctions, and leaking dark hints of war. ...
The Ghosts of Japan’s Past
CHRISTOPHER REED
Some sinister ghosts from Japan’s past haunt today’s politics in Tokyo as neo-nationalist causes and personalities, mostly promoted by the reactionary prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, raise disturbing memories of racism and fascism. These were especia...
Power Uber Alles
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Perfidy loves company. George W. Bush instructed his British puppet, Prime Minister Tony Blair, to get moving on the detention issue so that he, Bush, would have company when he attacked the Constitution’s guarantee of habeas corpus. Habeas corpus pre...
Hope is for the Weak
ROBERT JENSEN
[Sermon delivered at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX, November 13, 2005] My title this morning — "Hope is for the Weak: The Challenge of a Broken World" — may seem unnecessarily harsh. After all, hope is an enduring feat...
Off She Goes
JOSHUA FRANK
There really is no way of getting around it. Senator Hillary Clinton may well be future presidential material after all. Senator Clinton, along with her husband Bill, paid a visit to Israel this past weekend. The former President Clinton was a featured spea...
Lessons from the Montgomery Bus Boycott
ROLAND SHEPPARD
The fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the year long Montgomery Bus Boycott will be celebrated this December. According to the official version of the Boycott it was started by Rosa Parks on the evening of December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her se...
Murder in El Salvador
JOE ALLEN
November 5th marked the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Teamster organizer José Gilberto Soto in El Salvador. Soto was in El Salvador building links with port workers in the region when he was killed by gunmen outside his mother’s home in...
Another Monkey Trial?
JUSTIN E. H. SMITH
Earlier in this space I have argued that rational, progressive Americans should be no less concerned about anti-evolutionism than about the so-called pro-life movement. The former issue may appear easier to neglect, as debates about it have an air of intellectuali...
Playlists
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR And DAVID VEST
Jeffrey St. Clair 1. Milton Nascimento — Pieta (Savoy) ...
Hypocrisy Watch
MICHAEL DONNELLY
As the Empire implodes, the level of hypocrisy in all facets of life just gets higher and higher (or, as the late Hunter would say; weirder and weirder.) Politics First off, how could one top a White House sending some 3000 underlings to a one-hour &...
Jimmy Martin: an Appreciation
MICHAEL NEUMANN
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Rep. McGovern’s Withdrawal Resolution
RON JACOBS
On November 4, 2005, Democratic Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts introduced a bill whose purpose is to "prohibit the use of funds to deploy United States Armed Forces to Iraq." This bill, numbered HR 4232, is co-sponsored by twelve other repr...
The Cost of War
BEN TRIPP
One more time: a US dollar is about six inches long, which I’m told is slightly high side of average. The moon, that large round thing in the night sky with no advertising on it, is roughly 238,000 miles from the earth, or 1,256,640,000 feet; according to to...
Cross Connections
GWYNETH LEECH
Hanging on the wall of my painting studio in New York is a newspaper clipping of a hooded man standing on a box with arms outstretched, almost a pose of crucifixion. Wires run from his hands and from beneath the rough robe covering his body. Next to it hang...
Dover Bitch
LILA RAJIVA
On Thursday, conservative televangelist Pat Robertson ranted on his daily television show, the 700 Club, that citizens of Dover who ousted a school board that tried to introduce intelligent design to high school science students should be prepared for God’s ...
Sleaze, Deceit and Torture
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
  "We had a discussion in (the State Department’s Office of) Policy Planning about actually mounting an operation to take the oilfields of the Middle East, internationalize them, put them under some sort of UN trusteeship and ad...
The Bombings of Zarqawi and Bush
SAM HUSSEINI
A group calling itself "Al-Qaeda in Iraq" has reportedly claimed responsibility for the bombings in Jordan; the group is headed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who takes his name from the impoverished town of Zarqa in Jordan where is was born. I visited ...
First the Lying, Then the Pardons
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
When he announced the indictment of Scooter Libby, vice president Cheney’s chief of staff, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald included a homily on the importance of truth. And in truth it sounded a bit quaint, like someone trying to recite the Sermon on t...
A Return to the Horrific (TDC to TDCJ 1978-2005_
ELMAS MALLO
Corrections Officer Bloody bath it was. I was covered in the two inmates’ blood and so was a lot of others. I hated fights, but I really hated knife fights. And there were two kinds-the knifing: to kill and the one just to cut or teach a lesson to someon...
Leakgate
SAUL LANDAU
OPENING: A NY Times op-ed (July 6, 2003) by former Ambassador Joseph Wilson reveals the bogus nature of the story that the Bush Administration circulated about Saddam Hussein trying to buy yellowcake uranium in Niger. CHENEY: Interesting that J...
Alito: the Far Edge of Extreme
PAT WILLIAMS
People here in the Rocky Mountain West are supportive of a woman’s right to choose. From Arizona to Alaska, in seven of the nine states of the Rockies, we westerners want our families, and not U.S. Senators nor the Supreme Court, making that difficult and pe...
Is Ron Harris Telling the Truth?
JIMMY MASSEY
When I’m on my death bed and I have to face God with all the sins I committed throughout my life, when I come to the sin of killing innocent people in Iraq, I know I will only be able to meet my maker if I tell the truth now. My story has been widely ...
Haiti: Insanity Takes Over, While the Selection Continues
LUCSON PIERRE-CHARLES
According to the puppet administration and its supporters, there will be a so-called election in Haiti later this year to normalize the situation since the ouster of Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004. No official dates have been set yet. The Boniface/Latortu...
Constructive Engagement or a New Tonkin Gulf?
ANTHONY NEWKIRK
While the war in Iraq is today the main test of the power of the United States in the Middle East, U.S. intentions in neighboring Syria are often ignored. While there seems to have been a major shift in relations with Syria over the past two years, it should be se...
Bush Crony Plots 400% Hike in Clearcutting
STEVEN HIGGS
Kyle Hupfer came to Bloomingtonm Indiana on Oct. 25 to defend his plan to clearcut Indiana State Forests as a science-based approach to public lands management. But the director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spent most of a 212-hour ...
Ken Saro-Wiwa, Ten Years Gone
SOFIRI PETERSIDE, PATTERSON OGON, MICHAEL WATTS And ANN ZALICK
There are a number of lessons to be learned from of the events of September 11th and the carnage in Iraq that followed. One is that oil politics is a violent, corrupt and authoritarian business. Another is that life in the oil states is often nasty, brutish and sh...