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Archives from November 2005
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...