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Archives from January 2006
US Prods Lebanon Towards Civil War
CLANCY CHASSAY
Since the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon in March 2005, the U.S. Administration has played an increasingly imperious role in Lebanon, exacerbating divisions in an already fiercely sectarian country. Against a backdrop of bombings and assassinations which ha...
The Good Life of Stew Albert
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
As one of the creative directors of the Yippies, Stew Albert helped to script the 60s. Stew’s life is a joyous rebuttal to the slurs of mean-spirited bigots such as David Horowitz and Newt Gingrich that the 60s counterculture unleashed a moral rot at core of...
The Privatization of Health Care
MIKE MARQUSEE
Thanks to a minor but persistent ailment, I recently paid a series of visits to my local doctors’ surgery. As always, the waiting room was filled. The patients–mostly working-class, many from the Turkish and Kurdish communities that are prominent in th...
Pentagon Pork
WINSLOW WHEELER
Going through the lists of pork in defense appropriations bills, it is quite easy to pick examples that appear foolish on their own face or that obviously have no proper place in the defense budget: museums, bicentennial Lewis and Clark celebrations, and breast an...
Hamas’s Victory
OREN BEN-DOR
Commentators on Hamas’ victory in the election preach the acceptance of Hamas as a negotiating partner in the Israel/Palestine peace process. The central messages in these commentaries seem to be that, 1. The world in general, and Israelis in particular, sho...
For Stew
RON JACOBS
The yippie who the masses knew but never got the fame abbie, jerry, krassner too the women unknown the wanted few a brother who when the times were tough used his street sense and played it rough smuggled weather around ...
Canada’s 2006 Elections
JOHN RYAN
The 2006 federal election has set the stage for a possible dismantling of Canada’s distinctive social and economic fabric. The newly evolved Conservative Party, in many respects a chilling echo of the USA’s Republican Party, is poised for a two-stage a...
Doctor (Frist) Assisted Suicide in the Senate
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
  "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately." Benjamin Franklin, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence "Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you wer...
Why the U.S. Probably Won’t Attack Iran
ANDREW COCKBURN
WASHINGTON DC. Jimmy Carter presented Iran with 52 hostages. George Bush has done a lot better, sending 130,000 Americans across the ocean as guarantees of his administration’s good behavior toward the Islamic Republic. Last week, Tehran reminded us o...
The Democrats’ Alito Debacle
DAVE LINDORFF
The pathetic failure of Democrats in the Senate to stick together and block the appointment of Sam Alito to the Supreme Court — a man committed to the idea of a president with unchecked, dictatatorial powers, and who favors corporations and the state over th...
"The Real Threat is from Imperial Fundamentalism"
MARCUS DAM
Writer and political activistTariq Alidescribes himself as a "person of the Left." In a recent interview in Kolkata, he talked about his concerns over an Asia which is "politically undetermined and economically over-determined," and of an India...
Jackboots of the Church
MICHAEL CARMICHAEL
Is Judge Samuel Alito a member of Opus Dei? If so, does it matter? If it matters, why? A Senate staffer confirmed that the Judiciary Committee received numerous "notes and letters" stating that Judge Samuel Alito is a member of Opus Dei....
The Second Childhood
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
After months of pointing out — first the shortsightedness and then the criminality of the Bush Administration — columnist Paul Craig Roberts has now begun to confront a deeper malaise, the idiocy of the populace. If true, this is a glacial problem and ...
Fox News Fans the Hysteria
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In keeping with its established role as purveyor of disinformation, Fox "News" talking head Brit Hume misreported Fox’s own poll. On "Special Report" (January 26) Hume said that 51% of Americans "would now support" air strikes o...
Swindling the Sick
BEN BEACHY
As 2005 holiday celebrations were getting underway last December, the International Monetary Fund pledged a gift to Nicaragua: complete cancellation of the $201 million debt that Nicaragua owed the multilateral financial institution . Many have applauded this move...
The Case Against Pre-War Lying is a Slam Dunk, Stupid
JOHN BOMAR
The one thing Americans will not tolerate is being lied to. Conscious, clever and cunning lies from a President and his administration are an abomination to America’s concept of a free and open government of and by the people. The tipping point for s...
Only the Right Can Do It?
GIDEON LEVY
The good news from the occupied territories is that Hamas won the elections. As opposed to what the chorus of national intimidation–speaking in one voice from Benjamin Netanyahu to Ami Ayalon–is saying, the political change in Palestine could be good n...
Tending the Pieces of Our Hearts
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Lately, all the Ken and Barbie-like, mainstream media, entertainment/news anchors have weighed in on James Frey’s memoir, ...
The Defense Budget and Congressional Earmarks
WINSLOW WHEELER
With 2,966 examples costing about $11.1 billion, [2] the pork in the 2006 Department of...
Tomorrow is Today: the Time for Resistance is Now
MICHAEL RATNER
Opening Remarks to the closing session of the International Commission of Inquiry On Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration, Riverside Church, New York, January 20, 2006. When Clark Kissinger called me yesterday and said, "You wil...
Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste Has Been Released
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
We have great news: Political prisoner Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste, "Fr. Gerry" is right now on a plane in the air from Port-au-Prince to Miami. A cancer center in Florida has agreed to treat his leukemia, so he will get immediate attention for the cancer, as ...
Domestic Lying
NORMAN SOLOMON
With great fanfare the other day, Oprah Winfrey asked James Frey a question that mainstream journalists refuse to ask George W. Bush: "Why would you lie?" Many pundits and news outlets have chortled at the televised unmasking of Frey as a liar. Th...
Spying and Lying by the Pentagon
Col. DAN SMITH
"Most people just don’t understand how pervasive government surveillance is. If you place an international phone call, the odds that the [U.S.] National Security Agency are looking is very good. If it goes by oceanic fiber-optic cable, they...
CounterPunch Diary
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I’d got so used to Nicholas Kristof’s January visits to prostitutes in Cambodia that it was a something of a shock to find him this January in Calcutta’s red light district instead. As readers of his New York Times columns across the past...
Grover Norquist, Drug Policy Reformer
FRED GARDNER
A marijuana-policy-reform activist is walking down a country road at midnight. S/he comes to a crossroads and meets a tall, dark man who lays out the following scenario, which the activist can accept or decline. President George W. Bush will announce his support f...
America Wants a Divorce!
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
George, we want a divorce. We the American People – those of us who voted for you and those of us who didn’t, those of us who believed your bald-faced fish stories and those of us who didn’t – want your abusive lying ass, your ignorant monk...
The Demise of the Fatah Movement
ASAD ABU KHALIL
This was destined to happen. The Fatah movement (nobody knows when it was founded and Lebanese writer Michel Abu Jawdah found, when interviewing the founders, that they gave different dates as to when it was actually founded–sometimes in late 1950s), was des...
France’s Colonial Blowback
BERNARD CHAZELLE
Whenever the fortune cookie fails to sate my literary appetite, I turn my voracious mind to the American state motto for nutrients. Consider Maine’s sweetly delusional "I Lead," for example. It may lack the gangsta rap spirit of New Hampshire’...
The IRA’s Man in Pyongyang?
CHRISTOPHER REED
Revolutionary nationalists, especially the Irish variety, appear in the oddest places, with IRA patriots popping up in Libya, Columbia, Slovakia, and of course the USA. But who would have thought the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea would attract one of...
Small Fry
TOM KERR
The media filleting of alchemist James Frey, author of the faked memoir A Million Little Pieces, assures us that truth matters in America. How dare Frey pull on our heart strings with his million little lies! How dare he exaggerate and fabricate! How dare ...
CounterPunch Playlists
Jeffrey St. Clair, Jesse Walker, Myles Palmer And Randy Shields
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR   1. Alvin Youngblood Hart: Motivational Speaker (To...
Our Country ‘Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Hypocrisy
RON JACOBS
I can’t help but laugh at their hypocrisy. Right wing bloggers and the White House alike are upset about the curtailment of human rights in China. According to these folks, there is no religious freedom in that country. Christians, who are over there prosely...
Radioactive Money (2005)
DANIEL WOLFF
Entergy Corporation — owners of the two Indian Point nuclear power plants in New York’s Westchester County ­ has annual revenues of over $10 billion. It owns ten nuclear plants, five in the Northeast, and, in fiscal 2004, its profits once again inc...
Irish "Peace" Process at Recriminations Stage
HARRY BROWNE
Among the shocked pundits reflecting on the Palestinian election victory of Hamas, there are already a few predictable straw-clutchers. Look, they say, at the Irish ‘peace process': it worked only when the IRA was brought in from the ‘terrorist’ ...
The Medicare Disaster
CHRIS MURPHY
During the first weeks of the new Medicare Part D program, the many people who were supposed to benefit–low-income seniors and disabled individuals–were left out in the cold, unable to receive the promised coverage. Last week in Rhode Island, th...
Homefront War Diary
TAMMARA ROSENLEAF
Last Monday my husband missed a communication time with me. He was to be on instant messenger at my lunch hour, his night. But he did not show up. Tuesday, still nothing. No email, no sign of him online. I looked every day at ...
Blind Ignorance
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Two recent polls, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll and a New York Times/CBS News poll, indicate why Bush is getting away with impeachable offenses. Half of the US population is incapable of acquiring, processing and understanding information. Much of the ...
An Aggregation of High Crimes and Misdemeanors
RALPH NADER
What will it take for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to be held responsible for a multitude of political crimes, recklessness, prevarications and just plain massive ongoing mismanagement of the taxpayers government? The first step is to aggregate these trav...
The Hippocratic Oaf
KATHY DEACON
Dessima was finding everyday life gloomy. It was so hard to readjust. She and her new psychiatrist shared a vague mutual dislike. At their first meeting, for a few seconds she had felt an elusive attraction to him; she was never to understand why and it would neve...
King of the Hill
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Ted Stevens doesn’t exploit loopholes, he drills them. From his aerie in the US senate, the Alaska Republican exerts his power over vast terrains of legislation and budgeting, from the logging of the Tongass National Forest to the development of the S...
A World Made Safe for Nuclear Violence, Again
SUREN PILLAY
There was optimism that the end of the Cold War also meant the end of the threat of nuclear war. The doctrine of ‘deterrence’ as a reason for maintaining nuclear weapons argued that peace was maintained in the world through a balance of power. That bal...
A New Political Landscape in Palestine
SAMAR ASSAD
Palestinians overwhelmingly voted for the Islamic movement Hamas in yesterday’s 25 January 2006 Palestinian Legislative Council elections, giving it absolute power to form the next Palestinian government. The vote also served to marginalize Fateh, the histor...
To Talk with Hamas
URI AVNERY
LIKE TWO very tired wrestlers who clasp each other, unable to separate, the Israeli and Palestinian societies are glued to each other. The Palestinian elections this week took place in the shadow of the Israeli elections. Who is Ehud Olmert? Has the Labor P...
Journalistic Schizophrenia
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
A few days ago I noted that The Times, news and editorial pages had performed reasonably well during the Alito nomination. The few days since then have been rather peculiar, however. The Times editorial page has continued to oppose Alito in very strong edit...
The Cold Hard Truth
J.L. CHESTNUT, Jr.
It is difficult to converse with people who oppose what they call quotas, reverse discrimination and preferential treatment. Such people usually say they are not opposed to anti-discrimination laws but they downplay the ugly fact that much of the racist past remai...
"The Power of Democracy"
GARY LEUPP
I’ve been recalling an editorial from the Chinese People’s Daily Online that...
Another Racist Out to Defraud Native Tribes
ROBERT ROBIDEAU
Historically racism has characterized and justified unscrupulous behavior toward Native Americans. This attitude has kept us in poverty and ill health since the inception of the reservation system. The long historical racist mentality, accentuated through t...
Talkin’ About Chutzpah!
DAVE LINDORFF
Talk about chutzpah! President Bush has told Hamas, which just managed a stunning upset of Fatah in the Palestinian elections, that the movement must "renounce violence" if it is to be bestowed the blessing of having the U.S. recognize it as the g...
A Plea to the Marines
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
It was almost time to leave my apartment to attend an organization meeting of Progressive Democrats in New York City where I was speaking on behalf of Gold Star Families for Peace. I had printed two photographs of my nephew, Marines Lance Cpl. Chase Comley, killed...
The US is Violating the Rights of the Cuban Five
SUSAN LEE
Kevin Whitaker Office of Cuban Affairs United States Department of State Washington, DC 20520 USA 11 January 2006 Dear Mr Whitaker, Amnesty International has written to the US government previously regarding Gerardo Hern&aacut...