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Archives from January 2006
America Wants a Divorce!
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
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
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?
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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"
I’ve been recalling an editorial from the Chinese People’s Daily Online that...
Another Racist Out to Defraud Native Tribes
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!
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
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
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...