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Archives from November 2005
Why Did Libby Lie?
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
In the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby case I shall assume that the matter is as the indictment charges. As Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said, of course, perhaps Libby will be found innocent of the charges [obstruction of justice, making false statements, perj...
The Niger Uranium Deception and the "Plame Affair"
GARY LEUPP
I’ve been working on this timeline obsessively, the way historians do with chronologies. The more detailed they get, the more they clarify the problem. Imperfect though it is let me post it now, with these observations about its meaning. (1) Officials...
Rage in the Banlieue
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Montmartre, Paris. The furious youth in the French suburban housing blocks known as the banlieue are expressing themselves by setting cars on fire. And not only cars: schools, creches, sports centers. So far, they are not using words, at least not audibly. ...
The Merger of Sen. Max Baucus and Leo Giacometto
JOSHUA FRANK
It doesn’t get much more devious than this. Last month, on the 30 of October, Democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana held a little "NASCAR Fundraiser" in Atlanta, Georgia. The cause and locale were far from Big Sky Country. Attendees of the benef...
Glad You’re Against Torture, So Why’d You Give Israel a Pass?
ALISON WEIR
Dear Jon Stewart, I phoned ABC and left a comment for The Daily Show. I hope you got it. I’m glad you’re against torture. I just wish you were also against torture by Israel. I was pretty astounded to hear you chatting with John McCain l...
The Philosopher’s Stone
CHRIS FLOYD
Last week, a legal thunderbolt struck at the heart of the grubby conspiracy that led the United States and Britain into an illegal war of aggression against Iraq. But this searing blow didn’t fall in Washington, where a media frenzy raged over a White House ...
The Shocking Trial of an American Citizen
ELAINE CASSEL
  Ahmed Abu Ali is an American–a resident of Falls Church, Virginia. In the summer of 2003, Abu Ali was taking final exams in a Saudi Arabian university, and looking forward to returning home to his family in Northern Virginia for the summer....
Blair Defeated on Terror Laws
TARIQ ALI
For the first time since he was elected Prime Minister in 1997, Tony Blair was just defeated in a vote in the British Parliament. The issue was the so-called ‘war against terrorism’. Blair had insisted that the police be given extra powers to hold peop...
Every Day Malaria Kills 1000 African Children
RALPH NADER
Suppose every day for the past umpteen years, four fully loaded Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets crashed full of African children. Suppose further that no one doubted that similar children-filled jumbo jets would crash at this level every day into the indefinite future. Don&...
Jimmy Massey, Ron Harris and Ambush Journalism
STAN GOFF
When I wrote Hideous Dream, a memoir about the 1994 US invasion of Haiti, I noted a book by...
Voter Beware
JIM McGRATH
It’s Election Day, and I can’t stop thinking of John Kennedy O’Hara, whose sad and bizarre tale in the polling places and the courtrooms of New York ought to be a warning to all Americans. His story is simple: O’Hara, who grew up and lives ...
Paris in Flames: a Sign of France’s Failure to Deliver Liberty, Equality and Fraternity to All Its Citizens
RON JACOBS
Behzad Yaghmaian is an Iranian born citizen of the United State and currently teaches economics at Ramapo College in New Jersey. He is a frequent Counterpunch contributor and the author of ...
Still No Jobs
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The October payroll jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows employment growth for the month essentially at a standstill. The economy created only 46,000 private sector jobs. The bulk of those–33,000–were in construction. The d...
McCain, Israel and Torture
DAVID BLOOM
Senator John McCain, a former naval aviator who was tortured during his six-year captivity by the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), is, to his great credit, inserting an anti-torture clause into a senate bill, to the consternation of the Bushies. The following piece ra...
What Country was Bush Talking About?
DAVE LINDORFF
You have to wonder whether President Bush just thinks we Americans are stupid, or whether he is so out of touch with reality that he isn’t aware of what he’s saying. In Latin America, trying to sell his American imperialist snake-oil to a group...
A Tale of Two Generals
ELI STEPHENS
There are still a remarkable number of people who maintain illusions in Gen. Colin Powell, and believe he was really a "good guy" who tried his best to moderate the evil nature of the Bush administration but failed. As part of that, they actually give cr...
Rebellion in Real Time
MATT REICHEL
The mainstream press has been telling Europeans that "riots" have broken out in the Parisian suburbs (Banlieu) this week. In calling them "riots,"the popular imagination likens them to fires and other sorts of largely uncontrollable disasters. ...
A Special Forces Officer Turned Anti-War Socialist
M. JUNAID ALAM
Stan Goff is a former US Special Forces Master Sergeant with three decades of military experience, now heavily involved in anti-war work with M...
Paris is Burning
NAIMA BOUTELDJA
In late 1991, after violent riots between youths and police scarred the suburbs of Lyon, Alain Touraine, the French sociologist, predicted: "It will only be a few years before we face the kind of massive urban explosion the Americans have experienced." T...
Cheney and the Cover Up
JASON LEOPOLD
Did Vice President Dick Cheney help cover-up the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson in the months after conservative columnist Robert Novak first disclosed her identity? That’s one of the questions Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgeral...
Bush Versus Chavez
ROGER BURBACH
Bush’s woes just keep piling up on him. The summit of hemispheric leaders he attended in Argentina was a total embarrassment, revealing the emperor has no clothes. Bush did manage to avoid shaking hands with his main adversary at the summit, Hugo Chavez. But...
The Bush-Cheney Ethics Refresher Course
DAVID SWANSON
Apparently the new "ethics refresher course" at the White House is going to focus on reminding White House staff that classified information is not supposed to be told to reporters. Ethics Part 2, to be taught in the Spring, will delve into the a...
The Origins of Mr. Danger
DICK J. REAVIS
In references to the head of state, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez sometimes speaks of "Mr. Danger" instead of George W. Bush. New York Times South American correspondent Juan Forero in an October story from Caracas mentioned that Chávez ...
Lying, Law Schools and Executive Power
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
Above all else, prosecutor Pat Fitzgerald stressed, is the need for truth. Without truth, one cannot get to the bottom of things. Without truth the judicial system is only a broken promise. The need for honesty and truth, the view that they are the most important ...
The Mass Killings in Indonesia
JOHN ROOSA And JOSEPH NEVINS
"One of the worst mass murders of the twentieth century." That was how a CIA publication described the killings that began forty years ago last month in Indonesia. It was one of the few statements in the text that was correct. The 300-page text was devot...
Trent Lott’s Untroubled Sleep
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
On Thursday, Trent Lott said he sleeps better at night knowing Dick Cheney is the Vice President. Of course, Trent would also sleep peacefully on a segregation platform bed. Remember the remark that ousted him as Senate Majority Leader-Trent, a former University o...
Return to Louisiana
ZACHARY RICHARD
October 12. The first thing that strikes one upon entering the hurricane zone is the odor. A stink upon the world and everything in it. Even a blind man would know there is a problem. The houses are filled with mold and mildew, the fields with rotting veget...
Bird Flu and the Posse Comitatus Act
JILL S. FARRELL
Montesquieu, famous for his articulation of the theory of separation of powers, said, "There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice." The latest test balloon of federal power enhance...
Storm Over Brockes’ Fakery
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
After Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines issued their poll last month of the top intellectuals in the world I broached to Noam Chomsky the notion that CounterPunch might compile an alternative list. The plan was to dismiss FP/Prospect readers’ pick of mos...
The United States of Torture
MIKE WHITNEY
How did we stoop so low? As if Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo weren’t bad enough, the Bush administration has added another layer of shame to our national disgrace. Dana Priest’s article "The CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons&qu...
Srebrenica: Using War as an Excuse for More War
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Anyone foolhardy enough to write a dissenting view about former Yugoslavia in general and Srebrenica in particular has to know what she’s in for: misinterpretation, outrage, accusations of being an apologist for genocide. All this is to be expected, but unpl...
What We’re Listening to This Week
Jeffrey St. Clair, David Vest
1. Jimmy T99 Nelson–The Legend (Nettie Marie Records) (One of the premier blues shouters, still making great music ...
Will Big Business Turn on Bush?
MARK ENGLER
The Bush administration has a reputation for creating an unusually business-friendly White House. Put Dick Cheney’s secretive Energy Task Force and massive tax cuts together with corporate lobbyists writing regulations for their own industries, and you’...
Missing the Bus
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Then to side with Truth is noble when we share her wretched crust, Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and it is prosperous to be just; Then it is the brave man chooses, while the coward stands aside, Doubting in his abject spirit, till his Lord is c...
Beginning of the End?
BEN TRIPP
Watching the zeppelin of the neoconservative movement burst into flames, tethered to the mooring mast of George W. Bush’s presidency, I experience a shiver of such undiluted schadenfreude it’s like to blew my earlobes off. What joy to see these schemin...
The Zapatista Challenge in Mexico’s Presidential Elections
JOHN ROSS
This past October 1st, Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) cut the official ribbon on the 2006 presidential election year but the campaign has already been in high gear for many months now. The frontrunner, Andres Manual Lopez Obrador of the left-cent...
Structural Problems of the Democratic Party
REZA FIYOUZAT
The Democratic Party USA, in its latest act to close the U.S. Senate to the public, is showing belated signs of some sort of life. The sort of life being shown, however, may be the last gasps of an irrelevant organism. One cannot forget that Senators belong...
When Courage Fails
CHARLES SULLIVAN
The death of civil rights activist Rosa Parks has caused me to think about courage and the apparent paucity of it today among so many. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man in a black section of a bus in Alabama and sparked a civil rights revolutio...
Bush-Cheney and Big Oil’s Big Summer
EVELYN J. PRINGLE
For those with short memories, during campaign 2000, the Bush-Cheney team promised voters an energy plan that would lower gasoline prices and here we are 5 years later, paying the highest prices at the pumps in the nation’s history. With soaring ener...
They Shoot at Children, Too
JULIANO MER-KHAMIS
Ahmad Khatib, 11 years old, was playing with friends in the alleys of Jenin refugee camp, while in the upper neighbourhood the Israeli army was practicing their daily routine of breaking into houses and arresting people. The children were imitating soldiers...
People of the Dome, Revisited
MITCHEL COHEN
"I’m sick to death of hearing things from uptight narrow-minded pig-headed politicians. All I want is the truth. Just give me some truth." John Lennon AS HURRICANE KATRINA RAVAGED THE GULF STATES,...
When Gen. Westmoreland Visited My High School to Pray
RON JACOBS
In case you missed the news last summer, General Westmoreland is dead. Some have written how the general was the "architect" of US military policy in Vietnam. Let’s get something straight here – Westmoreland wasn’t the architect of anyt...
Grand Theft Pentagon
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Common Courage Press November 2005 360 Pages / $19.95 CLICK HERE TO ORDER. G...
Blood on the Tundra, Betrayal in the Rotunda
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
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Crackdown in Colombia
PHILLIP CRYAN
The southwest Colombian province of Cauca has a long and celebrated history of popular resistance to injustice and violence. In a country where decades of war have torn apart the social fabric, breeding a deep (and prudent) fear of involvement in anything politica...
Laurels for Negroponte?
GEORGE BERES
As one of them, I know Greek-Americans share inordinate pride in democracy having begun in the land of their roots, ancient Greece. So it’s appalling to find one of us who has sought to destroy the principles of that heritage will be honored by the United He...
Exit Strategy
WILLIAM S. LIND
One day late in the Vietnam war, a Senator called his defense staffer into his office. Like too many Senators (though neither of the two I worked for), the distinguished legislator depended entirely upon his staff but treated them like peons. Although the end of t...
A Majority Now Favors Impeachment
DAVID LINDORFF
Impeachment of the president has gone mainstream. An astonishing 53 percent of Americans in a new poll released today by Zogby International now support impeachment of President George W. Bush if it can be shown that he lied to get the US into a war with Ir...
Katrina and Tax Breaks for the Very Rich
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Who’d have thought it. The first proposal that Congress came up with to help the victims of hurricane Katrina was a proposal to permit people who died in the hurricane avoid the estate tax. Anyone looking at pictures of the city and those fleeing the rising ...
Of Madmen and Nukes
DARYL G. KIMBALL
Chinese Major General Zhu Chenghu told journalists last July that China is prepared to use nuclear weapons against the United States if it targets Chinese ships, aircraft, or territory in a confrontation over Taiwan. "We Chinese will prepare ourselves for the...