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Archives from January 2006
How Cheney Used the NSA for Domestic Spying Prior to 9/11
JASON LEOPOLD
In the months before 9/11, thousands of American citizens were inadvertently swept up in wiretaps, had their emails monitored, and were being watched as they surfed the Internet by spies at the super-secret National Security Agency, former NSA and counterterrorism...
Imperial Mongers of Civilization
PIERRE TRISTAM
William Gladstone, the on-again, off-again British prime minister for most of the second half of the 19th century, famously liked to walk the streets at night, counseling prostitutes to a more wholesome life. He did so when he was young. He did so when he was old,...
Revolution in the Andes
RICHARD GOTT
One of the most significant events in 500 years of Latin American history will take place in Bolivia on Sunday when Evo Morales, an Aymara Indian, is inducted as president. People of indigenous origin have, on occasion, risen to the top in Latin America. But Moral...
Hourly Wages Have Fallen in 18 of the Last 20 Months
JARED BERNSTEIN And SYLVIA A. ALLEGRETTO
Real hourly earnings were down 0.5% and weekly earnings fell by 0.4% between December 2004 and December 2005 (note that these values, reported by the BLS, use a different measure of price growth, the CPI-W, which rose slightly faster...
Israel and US Threats Against Iran
JOSHUA FRANK
The Bush Administration and their Democratic allies believe that the war in Iraq and now Iran is in Israel’s interest. "If you’re a supporter of Israel, I would strongly urge you to help other countries become democracies," President ...
Security, Terrorism and Human Rights
JOANNE MARINER
Terrorism is not a new problem, nor is there anything novel in the government tendency to justify repressive policies by reference to the terrorist threat. Yet it is only in recent years, with the greater scale and pervasiveness of contemporary terrorism, that a s...
If the Democrats Really Want to Stop Bush, They Need New Leadership
SAM HUSSEINI
On Monday Al Gore gave a speech on the NSA spying and other issues filled with accurate accusations about the Bush administration. On Tuesday, this was defused by the White House pointing to the "hypocrisy" of someone from the Clinton-Gore administration...
A Call to America
MONICA BENDERMAN
Terrorism is the use of fear tactics to coerce others to bend to your will or way of thinking. Terrorists employ threats as a means of controlling the actions of others. The root of terrorist actions lies in simple aggressive behaviors, often referred to as...
The Real Chocolate City
SAM SMITH
When either ethnic progress or progress in ethnic relations are stymied, arguing over words becomes a substitute. It’s the upper class bias towards civility over activity as transferred to the media and politics. Thus it’s not surprising, in the...
Reclaiming King Day … from the NAACP
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
On January 13th I filed a request with the SC Budget and Control Board for use of the north side of the State House grounds on Monday January 15, 2007. The north side is where the Confederate flag flies. I was informed by officials at the agency that no applicatio...
To End This War, Don’t Ask For What You Don’t Want
BILL SIMPICH
Many of us in United for Peace and Justice- SF Bay Area have been pushing Nancy Pelosi for months to have a "town hall meeting" on the Iraq war. When she finally agreed to hold one on Saturday, January 14, it confirmed my belief in the maxim of "don...
Was the 2004 Election Fixed?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
As coincidence would have it, Mark Crispin Miller’s new book, "Fooled Again"...
Just How Big is the Defense Budget?
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
On Dec. 21, 2005, Congress passed a defense appropriations bill, which according to the press releases of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, and many news articles subsequently written, funded "defense spending" for the United States for the...
The Crime of Giving the Orders
NORMAN SOLOMON
Legalized killing requires official justifications. The execution of Clarence Ray Allen early Tuesday morning was no exception. A prosecutor explained that "he masterminded the murders of three innocent young people and conspired to attack the heart of...
A Challenge that Cannot be Ignored
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Former vice president Al Gore gave what I believe to be the most important political speech in my lifetime, and the New York Times, "the newspaper of record," did not report it. Not even excerpts. For the New York Times, it was a nonevent that a for...
The System Doesn’t Work Anymore
JONATHAN M. FELDMAN
In 1962, the social critic, writer and anarchist counter planner Paul Goodman published a book called, "The Society I Live in Is Mine." His basic argument was that every day and localized incidents present us with opportunities to fight for an improved q...
Democrats and Other False Friends
PAUL D'AMATO
Noam Chomsky recently made an incisive comment about the peculiar political situation we find ourselves in. When asked by Alternet’s Geov Parrish, "Is George Bush in political trouble?" Chomsky responded: "George B...
The Case Against Alito
MICHAEL CARMICHAEL
"Nominees should only be filibustered under extraordinary circumstances, and each signatory must use his or her own discretion and judgment in determining whether such circumstances exist." MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON JUDICIAL NOMI...
King’s Mission Endures
Rep. CYNTHIA McKINNEY
MLK Day Remarks at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia The symbol of our great city is a bird, the phoenix, renown in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas for rising from its ashes. So what a fitting symbol for our now-international city, o...
Why an Economic Boycott of Israel is Justified
NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
EDITORs’ NOTE: In early January Kristin Halvorsen, current Norwegian Finance Minister and leader of the Left Socialist Party (a member of the current three-party governmental coalition), expressed her personal and party support for a Norwegian b...
MLK Day in a Haitian Prison
BILL QUIGLEY
We ended our prison visit in Haiti on Martin Luther King, Jr. day with Fr. Jean-Juste by standing hand in hand and singing "We Shall Overcome." Fr. Jean-Juste has been in prison since July on sham charges in order to silence his life long voice f...
Alito’s CAP
DOUG GIEBEL
I once had a legal dispute with a university department chairman over whether or not he had torn down the handbills I had posted announcing a campus talk I was scheduled to give. The chairman claimed he could not recall whether he had ripped down the notices. In t...
MLK Day Below the Mason-Dixon Line
RON JACOBS
It’s Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and, for the first time since 1977, I am remembering the man and his life in a town below the Mason-Dixon line. At the library where I work Blacks were denied entrance. Denied the right to read a book or study or ...
The Obstacle Course to School
AMIRA HASS
He began first grade even before turning five. In ninth grade, he began attending a school for gifted students. He loved physics, and thought of pursuing the subject at the university level, but his mother thought he would be better off learning a more "socia...
Latin America’s Indians on the Move … in Different Directions
JOHN ROSS
Latin America’s estimated 60,000,000 indigenous peoples are on the move from Tijuana to Tierra del Fuego, but in dramatically distinct directions. While Mexico’s profoundly Mayan Zapatista Army of National Liberation launches a vehement anti-ele...
Killing Anna Mae Aquash, Smearing John Trudell
MICHAEL DONNELLY
"Vernon Bellecourt made the phone call. Clyde took the call and issued the order for her murder." – Russell Means "I personally will be overjoyed when the Canadian courts rule to return John Graham back to the US to ...
Real Men Go to Tehran
M. SHAHID ALAM
"Anyone can go to Baghdad. Real men go to Tehran." Senior Bush Official, May 2003 The United States and Israel have been itching to go to Tehran since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. That Revolution was a strateg...
The Pending Execution of Vernon Evans
MIKE STARK
Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich is on a killing spree. Having just killed Wesley Baker on December 5th, he waited a little over a month to green-light the planned execution of Vernon Evans, set for February 6th. Evans’s execution would be the third s...
God, Blood, Oil and Iraq
TARIQ ALI
By year three of Iraq’s occupation, for most western citizens the fact that they live in a world subjugated by lies, half-truths and suppressed facts has become part of everyday life. In Iraq, a preoccupation for many of the country’s citizens, includi...
The Liberties of the Subject
WERTHER
The overwhelming balance of recorded history has been marked by despotism. When homo sapiens sapiens transitioned from hunter gatherer to agriculturalist, he gained literacy, solid dwellings, and other accoutrements of what is commonly considered civilization. But...
Bush Crosses the Rubicon
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Dictatorships seldom appear full-fledged but emerge piecemeal. When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon with one Roman legion he broke the tradition that protected the civilian government from victorious generals and launched the transformation of the Roman Republic...
Bachelet’s Victory
ROGER BURBACH
Santiago. The resounding victory of Michelle Bachelet as Chile’s first woman president represents an important social advance in a country where women are often treated as second class citizens. But few observers see the Chilean elections as reflectiv...
And Now the Good News, From Daniel Pipes
JOHN WALSH
Want to hear some good news? Try neo-con Daniel Pipes. When he weeps, we cheer, so check out his piece "My Gloom: Back to September 10" (NY Sun, 12/20. later reprinted in the Jerusalem Post). Most Americans felt less secure after September 11, although t...
Ted Koppel, NPR and Henry Kissinger
NORMAN SOLOMON
No doubt many people are glad that Ted Koppel will become a regular voice on National Public Radio. He recently ended 25 years with ABC’s "Nightline" show amid profuse media accolades. But what kind of journalist goes out of his way to voice ferven...
Black Students Under Fire
EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON
More black students than ever are getting the boot from public schools. Things are so bad that the NAACP plans to hold public hearings nationally on the racial disparities in school discipline. It’s none to soon. In a report on school discipline, the U.S. De...
Martin Luther King and the Deeper Malady
SAM HUSSEINI
I can’t count the number of times someone has told me that the antiwar movement is going great because it’s so far ahead of "where we were in Vietnam." That is, the notion that we should compare the timeline of US intervention in Vietnam and ...
Dreams and Nightmares
ROBERT JENSEN
In Martin Luther King Jr’s most famous speech, he had a dream. But in another of King’s important addresses, he faced the depth of our nightmare. We all know the famous words — "I have a dream" — delivered on the...
Fifteen Years of War
RON JACOBS
"I’ve told the American people before that this will not be another Vietnam, and I repeat this here tonight…. I’m hopeful that this fighting will not go on for long and that casualties will be held to an absolute minimum. This i...
The State of the Empire, 2006
JAMES PETRAS
In 2005 the US economy defied all the known tenets of economic theory: In the face of record high trade deficits, monstrous budget deficits, a failed war and major political scandals involving presidential aides, the dollar strengthened against the Euro and the Ye...
A Last, Desperate Appeal to Stay in Canada
FRED GARDNER
Canadian Immigration authorities had a "Removal Order" dated January 12, but Steve Kubby and his family remain north of the border while Judge Yvon Pinard considers their last, desperate appeal. Kubby, 58, suffers from a rare form of adrenal cancer that ...
Is Serota Dead in the Water?
CHARLES THOMSON
The Tate is still embroiled in what has been termed by The Independent newspaper "one of the biggest rows in its 100-year history". The flak began to fly a month after the Tate made the triumphant announcement in July 2005 of a new major acquisition, The...
What We’re Listening to This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR, JESSE WALKER And JEAN-PAUL VEST
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR 1. Sonny Sharrock: Black Woman (Water) ...
Victory at Passaic County Jail
FLAVIA ALAYA
Sunday night, January 8, the 2000 odd inmates of the County jail in Paterson NJ were in total lockdown. There’d apparently been a screaming melee involving a number of prisoners and guards during the day. At least three men were in solitary, they said, recov...
Fly Boys and Lie Boys
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
So how are you feeling, you gallant warriors of the sky, you Top Guns of Iraq and District? Did you sleep well last night after your few minutes of bombing? Did you enjoy a pleasant breakfast back on the aircraft carrier? Perhaps a bit of a workout at the gym? You...
A Neocon Plan to Plant WMDs?
GARY LEUPP
A recent Raw Story report by Larissa Alexandrovna suggests that the notorious Of...
What is an Antiwar Movement?
JoANN WYPIJEWSKI
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are hopeless hacks, claims Lenni Brenner here on the CounterPunch site a couple of days ago. They should be avoided by any pure and peace-loving activist, but then Brenner argues that Louis Farrakhan, who believes white people were cr...
Peeping Tom in the Bush
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
There’s an eerie sexual aspect to Dubya’s illegal domestic spying program, and that is nonconsensual voyeurism. The man in our White House is a man who likes to listen in on people’s private conversations and won’t even ask permission, even...
The House Jack Built
NICOLE COLSON
Washington’s rats are scurrying for cover as one of their own goes down–and threatens to take others with him. Lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a major player in Washington, pled guilty last week to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials, a...
The Madness of Ajax
MARIANNE McDONALD
Ajax is one of Sophocles’ great plays, written in about 442 BC just as Athens was about to launch a war against Sparta that would result in defeat in 404 BC, the year after Sophocles died. He, himself, fought in a war and understood the values of a soldier. ...
The Hypocrisy of John McCain
JEFFREY KOLAKOWSKI
Senator John McCain of Arizona has been roundly applauded for his efforts to place in the 2006 Defense Appropriations bill an amendment banning the use of torture or any other cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment. He declared he would not back down to the Presi...