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Archives from January 2006
The Meddlesome Mr. Bolton
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Is there a person anywhere in the world who still thinks there is an ounce of sanity in the Bush administration? If so, let that person read John Bolton’s orders to Syria in the January 24 online edition of the Israeli newspaper ...
The Core of Zionism
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Editors’ Note: This month CounterPunch Books publishes MICHAEL NEUMANN’s The Case Against Israel, a bracing and tightly argued counterblast to the nonsense peddled by Alan Dershowitz in The Case For Israel. What follows is Neumann’s...
A Vaster Conspiracy?
JASON LEOPOLD
Over the past few months, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has been questioning witnesses in the CIA leak case about the origins of the disputed Niger documents referenced in President Bush’s January 2003 State of the Union address, according to several...
Listening to the Voices of Palestine
GILAD ATZMON
The consequences of today’s Hamas victory aren’t yet clear, however the election results have revealed beyond doubt some fundamental information about Palestine and the Arab world: *Democracy = Islam. Once again the West and especially th...
Extraordinary Alito
MICHAEL CARMICHAEL
"He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious." Sun Tzu, The Art of War At the end of last week, Senate Minority Whip, Richard Durbin informed the press that there was intense Demo...
Of Nukes and Oil
JOSHUA FRANK
Secretary of State Condi Rice doesn’t think the United States and European Union should continue talking to Iran about their potential nuke development. Diplomacy should end and the UN Security Council must now take action, she says. Rice admitted to reporte...
From Chennai with Love
VIJAY PRASHAD
Chennai is, as a new book puts it, "an unhurried city." Each morning, most of its English-reading public, opens its copy of the city’s premier paper, The Hindu. (The paper is misnamed ­ it holds no water for any religious community, indeed it i...
Gen. William Odom on Iraq
KEVIN ZEESE
Retired General William Odom, who served as a national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan, spoke last Thursday to the Committee for the Republic in Washington, DC. He described the Iraq War as a historic blunder that the United States should end. ...
The Bush Regime’s War Crimes Dodge
DAVE LINDORFF
Could George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and maybe Alberto Gonzales all end up sucking poison gas? That, apparently, is a concern now being taken seriously by Attorney General Gonzales, who is quietly working with senior White House officials and fr...
Why Some Stay Silent
JOAN ROELOFS
The military-industrial complex is elephantine, yet it is rarely taken into account by political commentators. Connected to almost everything, it is one reason why the home front sustains our aggressive, illegal, military interventions and occupations throughout t...
Domestic Spying, Now and Then
SAUL LANDAU
"If somebody from al-Qaeda is calling you, we’d like to know why. In the meantime, this program is conscious of people’s civil liberties, as am I. This is a limited program designed to prevent attacks on the United States limited...
Washington’s Best Ally?
JAMES PETRAS
On January 14, 2006 Veronica Michelle Bachelet was elected President of Chile, by a margin of 54 per cent to 46 per cent with 40 per cent abstentions, mostly from young people under 30 years. Heading a coalition of two nominally "socialist" parties, the ...
Senate Filibuster More Urgent Than Ever
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
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Exporting Jobs and Security
BRUCE K. GAGNON
Ford Motor Company announced On January 23 that it will be cutting as many as 30,000 jobs and will shut down 14 factories as a result of continuing losses. Ford, now hires about 123,000 workers in North America and lost $5.5 billion in those operations in 2...
When a Mother Gets Killed Does She Make a Sound?
ALISON WEIR
Why don’t Americans Know what’s going on in Israel/Palestine? The answer is unclear at this point, but some disturbing patterns are beginning to emerge. They implicate some of our major news media, and, perhaps most of all, the Associated Press,...
Smoke and Mirrors in the Defense Budget
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Understanding how Congress allocates spending in the defense budget requires a comprehension of obscure terms, opaque practices, and sometimes complex ruses. The explanation below of the gimmicks in Congress’ 2006 Department of Defense Appropriations Act is ...
Bolivia’s Evo Morales
ROGER BURBACH
Cochabamba, Bolivia. The inauguration of Evo Morales as the first president of Bolivia of indigenous origins marks a watershed in the history of the Americas. The "caras" as they are called, the whites and mestizos who have dominated Bolivia for ...
The Terrorist in the Mirror
NOAM CHOMSKY
"Terror" is a term that rightly arouses strong emotions and deep concerns. The primary concern should, naturally, be to take measures to alleviate the threat, which has been severe in the past, and will be even more so in the future. To proceed in a seri...
Bush’s War Viewed from the South
JORGE MARISCAL
Last summer when cable news made Cindy Sheehan the face of all those U.S. families who have lost a child in Iraq, communities of color rallied around her but could not help but wonder whether the majority of the American public cared as deeply about their loss. La...
Liberation and Deliverance
KATHY KELLY
Barely a week goes by when I don’t think about the nuns who were so much a part of my childhood. I grew up in a working class neighborhood on the Southwest side of Chicago where most families identified closely with the nearest Catholic parish. Ours...
Why We Picket John Kerry
JOHN WALSH
At the time of the 2004 presidential election, the country was almost evenly split on the question of the Iraq war, but sentiment was moving steadily and irreversibly against the war. And yet neither major candidate opposed the war in 2004. Republican George Bush ...
Letter from a Haitian Prison
Fr. GERARD JEAN-JUSTE
Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It is not easy for me to communicate to you through the media. It is forbidden by my jailers. That order comes from the Big Boss, the invisible one in Haiti. With heart broken I have followed most of the big events in Haiti. Ye...
The Growing Israel Divestment Movement
WILL YOUMANS
and NADEEM MUADDI The Palestine Solidarity Movement (PSM) recently announced it is holding its fifth annual divestment conference at Georgetown University in Washington DC during the weekend of February 17-19, 2006. A broad based grassroots movement, the PSM a...
Patriot Police
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
A provision in the "Patriot Act" creates a new federal police force with power to violate the Bill of Rights. You might think that this cannot be true as you have not read about it in newspapers or heard it discussed by talking heads on TV. Go to ...
Radical Environmentalist on Death Row
JOSHUA FRANK
The government drops bombs on kids in the Middle East, while a hand full of activists torch some yuppie ski resort in Colorado: Bush gets reelected and the radical environmentalists are issued warrants. Where the hell is the justice? On Friday Januar...