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Archives from December 2005
The Economy in a Nutshell
LAWRENCE MISHEL
and ROSS EISENBREY 1. Profits are up, but the wages and the incomes of average Americans are down. * Inflation-adjusted hourly and weekly wages are still below where they were at the start of the recovery in November 2001. Yet, productivity...
Bringing Torture into Court
JOANNE MARINER
After threatening a veto, the Bush administration has finally acquiesced to the passage of the McCain Amendment, aimed at protecting detainees in U.S. custody from torture and other abuse. The measure, named for its sponsor, Senator John McCain, is likely to pass ...
The Corrido of Death Row
JOHN ROSS
Even as the United States celebrated its 1,000th execution since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976, Mexico has finally wiped its own death penalty off the books. On December 9th, President Vicente Fox signed off on constitutional amendments that aboli...
What White America Doesn’t Hear
J.L. CHESTNUT, Jr.
On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Government of Japan bombed the American island of Pearl Harbor in the Pacific and slaughtered more than 2000 people. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered law enforcement authorities on the West Coast to detain all Japanese-Amer...
A Visonary Pragmatist
ROBIN BLACKBURN
Rudolf Meidner, chief economist of the LO, Sweden’s largest trade union federation, and an immensely practical socialist visionary, died in December. If Meidner had not been a Swedish citizen, and still a controversial figure at the age of 91, he would very ...
Dan Olmstead, Autism’s Dick Tracy
EVELYN PRINGLE
According to officials in the nation’s regulatory agencies, the main obstacle to proving or disproving a link between the autism epidemic and the mercury-based preservative, thimerosal, that was contained in childhood vaccines until a few years ago, and is s...
Iraq and the Laws of War
FRANCIS A. BOYLE
On 19 March 2003 President Bush Jr. commenced his criminal war against Iraq by ordering a so-called decapitation strike against the President of Iraq in violation of a 48-hour ultimatum he had given publicly to the Iraqi President and his sons to leave the country...
A 14-Year Old’s Prison Journey
AMIRA HASS
Fourteen-year-old Taher Ouda from Madma, a Palestinian village south of Nablus, was the subject of a story in Haaretz last week. Under Israel Defense Forces orders, he was kept in arm and leg restraints and under around-the-clock guard by two military policemen at...
The Citizen’s Metamorphosis
INGMAR LEE
This morning I awoke from unsettling dreams to recognize that my agenda is now construed as a hideous terrorist threat. As a regular non-violent civil-disobedient direct-action treesitter and an activist with Peace and Human Rights proclivities, I expect that I sh...
Absolut Bush
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burned women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. Louis Brandeis, Whitney v. California...
High Expectations and Comfortable Prisons
ELISA SALASIN
The above image shows California Youth Authority students in their classroom. The students are the ones inside the cages, and they are being taught to read. A friend drew my attention to this photo after I shared a story about a similar kind of prison, abo...
Nancy Pelosi’s Truth
JOSHUA FRANK
Every so often a sliver of truth trembles off the lips of one of our elected officials. It doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does occur it needs to underscored and highlighted. Representative Nancy Pelosi gave the antiwar movement an honest ...
US Image Problem Rooted in History, Not Media
RAMZY BAROUD
US President George W. Bush yet once again blamed Arab media for his country’s image problem. "I recognize we got an image issue, particularly when you have television stations, Arabic television stations that are constantly just pounding Amer...
Torture as Calculated Policy
BEN SAUL
In recent times, it has become fashionable to regurgitate old arguments in favor of torture, without fully thinking through the human implications of making such statements. Not only lawyers for the U.S. government, but academics from Harvard Law School and Deakin...
Cherry-Picking History in Iraq
JONATHAN CRONIN
We now approach the 22nd anniversary of a troubling handshake in Baghdad; December 22nd, 1983. President Ronald Reagan’s Middle East envoy, Donald Rumsfeld, was in town meeting with Iraq President Saddam Hussein in what was nothing short of slanted real poli...
Iraq Election Spells Total Defeat for US
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad Iraq is disintegrating. The first results from the parliamentary election last week show that the country is dividing up between Shia, Sunni and Kurdish regions. The secular and nationalist candidate backed by the US and Britain was humiliatingly de...
Connect the Dots
SONIA NETTNIN
The voices of civil society must continue speaking out for human rights. Everyone must rise above the rhetorical declarations of the Bush Administration so we can continue our grassroots movement for Iraqis. We are at a critical juncture in history that requires t...
The Bray of Pigs
DAVE ZIRIN
This March’s "World Series of Baseball" was supposed to celebrate the explosion of diversity that has forever altered the Major Leagues. Teams from the Dominican Republic, Japan, Puerto Rico, and the little seen but highly regarded Cuban national t...
The Spies Who Thought We Were Messy
STEW ALBERT
With illegal government break-ins and wire tapping back in the news, (it seems even the Patriot Act is too contaminated by concessions to ACLU-card carrying liberals for Bush) I can’t resist reminiscing about my documented adventure in the land of super surv...
Presumed Guilty
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
While enjoying the Christmas season in the comfort of your home, take a minute to say a prayer for the wrongfully convicted. American prisons are full of wrongfully convicted persons. Many were coerced into admitting to crimes they did not commit by prosecu...
A Short History of Radio Free Iraq
LILA RAJIVA
Just as President Bush urged support for a "free, independent and responsible Iraqi media," the Los Angeles Times reported recently that the military in Iraq is spending millions on a DC- based defense contractor to plant stories favorable to the US occu...
Natural Gas, a Montana Tragedy
JACKIE CORR
As you well know, natural gas prices are skyrocketing which is not bad news for everybody. But natural gas prices are not good news for the Montana public that was recently robbed of their access to regulated and affordable natural gas. And right...
"Eco-Terrorism": Cui Bono?
MICHAEL DONNELLY
In the 1980s in the North Santiam Canyon east of Salem, OR, Ancient Forest activism was peaking after years of dogged effort. This is the area of the famous 1986-89 North Roaring Devil blockade and tree sit (the second ever pro-forest tree sit; the first coming in...
No President is Above the Law
Sen. ROBERT BYRD
Senate floor speech, December 19, 2005 Americans have been stunned at the recent news of the abuses of power by an overzealous President. It has become apparent that this Administration has engaged in a consistent and unrelenting pattern of abuse against ou...
Trifler, Fibber, Sophist, Spy
PIERRE TRISTAM
James Bamford is a codebreaker in his own right, an investigative reporter of the Seymour Hersh kind. His latest is the profile of John Rendon and the Rendon Group, chief flackers for the Bush administration and wag-the-dog manipulators of world opinion (the Rendo...
20 Years Ago Today, I was Arrested for “Stealing” the Golden Shovel
JOHN BLAIR
In some ways, it seems just like yesterday. In others, well… Twenty years ago today, I was arrested for "stealing" the gold painted ground breaking shovels at the Union Carbide PCB facility in Henderson, KY. In many ways, that cold morning d...
"Why are You Reading that Little Red Book?"
GARY LEUPP
Just when you think it can’t get crazier, it gets crazier. Aaron Nicodemus, a journalist with the southern Massachusetts newspaper ...
The Global War on Civil Liberties
MIKE MARQUSEE
Two pieces of legislation currently wending their way through Britain’s Parliament illustrate how the war on terror is being used to dismantle the very freedoms it’s supposed to secure. Both criminalise the expression of ideas and neither is likely to ...
Ride ‘Em Brush Cutter!
DON SANTINA
Helen Miers knew what Vladimir Putin didn’t.  When Helen visited George W. Bush on his spread in Crawford, Texas, she came prepared for a round of brush cutting. Poor Vladimir. He took horseback riding lessons in preparation for his visit ...
"The Responsibility Belongs to All of Us to End the War"
KEVIN ZEESE
Tony Benn, was born in London on April 3rd 1925, the son, grandson and father of Members of Parliament. He entered Parliament in 1950 at the age of 25 and retired from the House of Commons in May 2001. He is the longest serving Labor MP in the history of the party...
9/11: Missing Black Boxes in World Trade Center Attacks Found by Firefighters, Analyzed by NTSB, Concealed by FBI
DAVE LINDORFF
One of the more puzzling mysteries of 9-11 is what ever happened to the flight recorders of the two planes that hit the World Trade Center towers. Now it appears that they may not be missing at all. Counterpunch has learned that the FBI has them. Fli...
The Antiwar Movement, the Democrats and the Delusions of Bushworld
RON JACOBS
Back when LBJ and then Richard Nixon were presidents, their nationally televised speeches were must-see events for me and millions of other folks opposed to their policies. Even when I was living in Germany during the early 1970s, I would stay up late and listen t...
Empire of Shame
GIAN PAULO ACCARDO
Gian Accardo: Your book is entitled Empire of Shame. What is this empire? Why "shame"? What is this shame? Jean Ziegler: In the favelas (shantytowns) in the north of Brazil, some mothers may, in the evening, put water in a pot and then put stones...
"Most Americans Don’t Know Who or Where the Wounded Are"
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
The subject line of the e-mail read "Thanks." The author expressed his condolences for the loss of my nephew in Iraq. He, then, told me his story. I asked permission to use it. Jess agreed: I have a 30 year old son who returned from h...
Sadism at the Qalandiyah Checkpoint
GIDEON LEVY
Irja. The time has come for all of us to become familiar with this word. There is no checkpoint soldier who doesn’t know it, there is no Palestinian who hasn’t heard it. "Irja!" roars the soldier at the person whom he is preventing from cross...
Nothing New About NSA Spying on Americans
EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON
The big puzzle is why anyone is shocked that President Bush eavesdropped on Americans. The National Security Agency for decades has routinely monitored the phone calls and telegrams of thousands of Americans. The rationale has always been the same, and Bush said i...
The P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2005
NORMAN SOLOMON
More than a dozen years ago, I joined with Jeff Cohen (founder of the media watch group FAIR) to establish the P.U.-litzer Prizes. Ever since then, the annual awards have given recognition to the stinkiest media performances of the year. It is regrettable t...
Essence is Gasoline
NED SUBLETTE
This essay was written for the catalog accompanying a show of new work by Michael Zwack at the B...
Remembering the First Quagmire at Christmastime
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
As the number of U.S. war dead edges toward three thousand, and Iraqi casualties soar into the tens of thousands, it might be useful to remember the an earlier Iraq — the first U.S. invasion and occupation of a foreign land. The United States sunk into a qua...
The Whig Interpretation of Recent History
WERTHER
It is said that the earth’s magnetic field is about 10 percent weaker than it was when Carl Friedrich Gauss first measured it in 1845. At some point, the field will reverse poles and regenerate itself. Compasses will then point south. This process,...
Deciphering the Language of Globalization
LAURA CARLSEN
The Hong Kong meeting of the WTO has amply illustrated how difficult it is to arrive at a consensus about the rules of free trade. The fact that none of the major players has been willing to budge-to offer what in negotiating parlance is known as "deliverabl...
Bush’s Underwhelming Gesture to McCain
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA analyst Don’t believe what you’ve heard in our domesticated media; the much-ballyhooed White House compromise with Sen. John McCain on torture is largely smoke and mirrors. The focus has now shifted to a fresh outrage, as Preside...
Mashenka and the Bear
ROSE MIRIAM ELIZALDE
Not all of the Russian cartoons from our childhood were that bad. One particular story springs to my mind now with nostalgia, a version of the Tolstoy tale that all Cubans over the age of 30 will remember, Mashenka and the Bear. If memory serves me right,...
Pinter’s Provocation
GREG MOSES
In homage to the Nobel Prize for Literature, Harold Pinter’s acceptance speech testifies to gifts of inspiration; hints of realms apart within; callings to craft that expose writers to tempestuous solitudes where lines betwe...
The Decline of the American Empire
GABRIEL KOLKO
The dilemma the US has had for a half-century is that the priorities it must impose on its budget and its imperial plans have never guided its actual behavior and action. It has always believed, as well it should, that Europe and its control would determine the f...
Did the Feds Frame Bryan Epis?
FRED GARDNER
The judge who sentenced Bryan Epis to 10 years in federal prison now realizes that Epis was the victim of prosecutorial misconduct, according to Brenda Grantland, the lawyer handling Epis’s appeal. Epis, 38, was convicted in 2002 of conspiracy to cultivate ...
Texas: Three Days and Two Nights
SUSAN ALCORN
HOUSTON Houston, black hole, geographical epicenter of American culture. It is the farthest point southwest for the prototypical "Southern" culture. In the 1950s thousands upon thousands of rural farmers from East Texas moved south in search of jo...
Privatizing the Social Contract
HEATHER GRAY
For decades, the corporate world has been dishing out propaganda to make us bow down to America’s wealthiest corporate CEO’s and attempt to stop the rest of us from protecting our own economic and social interests. They’ve been attempting to dis...
Spy Scandal Far Bigger Than Just the NSA
DAVE LINDORFF
Now that we know that President Bush, through the misuse of secret executive orders, authorized the super-secret National Security Agency to monitor domestic phone and Internet communications without any involvement of the courts, it’s time to recall Admira...