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Archives from February 2006
Real Holocaust Denial
SAM SMITH
The jailing of Holocaust denier David Irving in Austria is a reminder of how easy it is to imitate evil even as one excoriates it. The law that convicted Irving is of the sort the Nazis would have invoked, albeit for far different purposes, and was a routine offen...
Memo to the Democrats
SAUL LANDAU
"We gave him [Saddam Hussein] a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn’t let them in." Bush Press Conference, 7/14/2003 Fact: On September 21, 2002, Saddam said the UN inspectors could return to Iraq to search ...
The Pentagon’s Media Contracts
DIANE FARSETTA
Although they’ve done their best to keep their spinning from public scrutiny, several major incidents have exposed the Bush administration’s manipulation of news media: The " sell job" for the invasion of Iraq. Payola pundits Armstrong Willia...
Beyond the Glow of Nostalgia
ROBERT POLLIN
I regularly read and appreciate the writings of Paul Craig Roberts on CounterPunch. Indeed, after reading his article "The True State of the Union," which Roberts wrote soon after President Bush’s January 31 State...
Howard’s End?
BRIAN McKINLAY
It’s doubtful if there us a more sycophantic admirer of the Bush/Cheney clique than John Howard, Australia’s P.M. The reasons are obvious. Howard is an arch-conservative, close to Bush on every policy that matters. Anti-abortion, hostile ...
Dubya Does Dallas
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
OK, you got me. Dallas doesn’t have a port. But if it did, it would likely be among those given over to be run by a Dubai company, as are the ports of New York, Newark, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Miami and New Orleans. Arguments are flying about ...
Sloshed and Loaded
DAVE LINDORFF
The vice president was tanked when he confused his hunting companion, Texas Republican stalwart Harry Whittington, for a quail, according to Capital Hill Blue reporter and editor Doug Thompson. In an article in Capital Hill Blue, Thompson, who worked for se...
Would Someone Please Interfere in Our Elections?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
President Bush’s Middle East policy is without rhyme or reason. According to Bush and his neoconservatives, the only way to make America safe from terrorists is to force democracy upon the Middle East. Only ideologues completely ignorant of the Middl...
Six Months After Katrina
BILL QUIGLEY
Nearly six months ago, my wife Debbie and I boated out of New Orleans. We left five days after Katrina struck. Debbie worked as an oncology nurse in a New Orleans hospital. She volunteered to come in during the hurricane so that other nurses with children ...
The Democrats’ New Stall Strategy
BRUCE K. GAGNON
The reports are coming in from all over the nation. The Democrats are getting pilloried as they shuck and jive on the war. They have an election coming up in fall of 2006 and they want to take back Congress. They are scrambling to find their footing. The Dems thin...
Morals, Ethics and Empire
ALEVTINA REA
The sad truth is to do good for humanity is one of the best ways to do evil. Régis Debray Once upon a time, there was a country founded on the principles of liberty, equality and justice for all. That same country was...
As Israel’s Hamas Team Laughs
GIDEON LEVY
The Hamas team had not laughed so much in a long time. The team, headed by the prime minister’s advisor Dov Weissglas and including the Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, the director of the Shin Bet and senior generals and officials, convened for a discu...
The Challenges and Opportunities Confronting Evo Morales
NEWTON GARVER
The stunning victory of Evo Morales in the presidential election of December 18, 2005, exceeded nearly everyone’s expectations, and it has been followed by a succession of other unexpected triumphs in Europe, in Asia, and on the fashion pages. Having an indi...
The Perversions of the Bush Administration
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
Stories of sons murdering fathers or brothers (or fathers murdering sons who may steal the throne) are found throughout history and literature. Remember the story of Oedipus? He fulfills a prophecy by unknowingly killing his father and having children by his mothe...
White Blindness: Racism on ESPN?
DAVE ZIRIN
The right-wing media hordes, in a mad dash to deflect attention from Dick Cheney’s shooting spree, may have found their target of mass distraction: Bryant Gumbel. At the end of his HBO show "Real Sports," Gumbel unleashed a prolonged rant about the...
Bubblicious
SETH SANDRONSKY
Many eyes are on the U.S. real estate market. "During the past five years, home prices have risen at an annual rate of 9.2 percent," according to the 2006 Economic Report of the President released on February 13. Was this growth normal? We need the histo...
Arab Democacy American-Style … or How to Lose a 4th Generation War
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
It is well established that Menachem Begin’s Likud government of Israel helped to give birth to Hamas by giving it financial aid in the late 1970s in order to provide the Palestinians with a Islamic alternative that would offset and weaken the secular PLO. I...
Cindy Sheehan’s Message to the Democrats
JOSHUA FRANK
For a fleeting moment it looked as though Cindy Sheehan was going to toss her antiwar weight into the election ring and confront Senator Dianne Feinstein of California in the Democratic primary. But instead Sheehan has subtly withdrawn herself from the race. ...
Chasing Cheney in the Ambulance
DAVE LINDORFF
Lost amid all the heavy breathing by the mainstream press reporters who have gotten so worked up over the vice presidential shooting is the story of the vice-presidential ambulance. How many of us knew that the country’s vice president–a man tha...
John Howard’ Does Abu Ghraib
RACHARD ITANI
I was startled to hear Prime Minister John Howard of Australia exclaim in a BBC interview last night that he could not understand why pictures of starving Jewish interns of Bergen Belsen, Dachau, and Aushwitz had been aired, yet again, by an Australian TV station ...
What the US Ambassador Taught Nepalis
PRATYUSH CHANDRA
Recently, the United States has been anxiously trying to pre-empt every possible uncomfortable situation in South Asia. Its ambassadors are actively intervening in internal political debates in South Asian countries. Of course, it is nothing new for the US, but in...
Is Liberalism a Failing Religion?
EDWARD F. MOONEY
I was ready to learn from Stanley Fish about the insensitivity, not to mention the global dangers, of mocking your neighbor’s Religion. His NY Times Op-Ed (2/12/06) is billed as a response to the furor over Danish publication of cartoons of Mohammad. But as ...
From Conservatives to Brownshirts
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Last week’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference signaled the transformation of American conservatism into brownshirtism. A former Justice Department official named Viet Dinh got a standing ovation when he told the CPAC audience that the rule of l...
A Case of Injustice in Pennsylvania
JOEY DeRAYMOND
In 1972, the United States Supreme Court invalidated all existing death sentences in its decision Furman v Georgia. Since then, 38 States have reinstituted death penalties that conform to the constitutional standards set forth in Furman. 1011 people have been exec...
Privatizing the World Bank?
CHAN CHEE KHOON
In a recent article entitled "Reforming the World Bank: Creative Destruction" (Foreign Affairs, January/February 2006), Jessica Einhorn, dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS, Johns Hopkins University), called for the d...
A Half-Dozen Questions About 9/11 They Don’t Want You to Ask
WERTHER
The events of September 11, 2001 evoke painful memories, tinged with a powerful nostalgia for the way of life before it happened. The immediate tragedy caused a disorientation sufficient to distort the critical faculties in the direction of retrospectively predict...
Soaring Suicides in Vidharbha
P. SAINATH
Rameshwar Suroshe got his name into three registers after February 9. He clocked in as Entry No. 301 in the "Register of deaths" kept by the Vidharbha Jan Andolan Samiti. That is, he was the 301st farmer in the region to take his own life since June 2 la...
Katrina’s New Underclass
Rep. CYNTHIA McKINNEY
There is an ongoing national emergency that demands our immediate attention. In the absence of decisive Executive action, an under-funded FEMA made its own executive decision to shelter hundreds of thousands of survivors in hotels, paying in some cases rate...
Playlists
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR And JESSE WALKER
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR Chick Corea and Touchstone: The Ultimate Adventure (Stretch...
WTO vs. Europe
BRIAN TOKAR
In the late Spring of 2003, amidst the political fallout of "Old Europe’s" refusal to support the US invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration threw down a gauntlet that threatened to permanently aggravate transatlantic hostilities. As a political ...
Watching With Glee
UZMA ASLAM KHAN
Lahore, Pakistan. In Lahore, the only notable sign of the demonstrations around Pakistan was the closing of shops earlier than usual for Friday prayers. I wondered vaguely about this need for caution. Something must have happened, either Shia-Sunni clashes,...
The Sentencing of Zacarias Moussaoui
ELAINE CASSEL
Last week, the selection of the jury that will sentence Moroccan-born Canadian citizen Zacarias Moussaoui began. Moussaoui is the only person charged with any connection to the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Originally, he was nicknamed the w...
Chicago’s Panopticon
ANDREW FREEDMAN
As I write this here in Chicago, most stores, restaurants, and other places of business have surveillance cameras. The city offers every business three options. Option 1: Hook up a camera and have it connected to the Police Department, so every time a cust...
Health Savings Accounts: a Boon to the Bosses
FRED GARDNER
Pot Shots wants to emphasize a point merely implied by Vice President Cheney in his comments about mistaking Harry Whittington for a quail: marijuana played no part whatsoever in this episode. So, for five days the Bush Administration had to stay "off-...
End the War and Impeach Bush
THOMAS P. HEALY
When Ann Wright’s letter of resignation from the Foreign Service was posted on the Internet the day the Bush Administration commenced Operation Iraqi Freedom, it served as an eloquent refutation of the case for war. For the past three years, the former U.S. ...
Haiti’s Elections
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
On February 7, Haitian voters went to the polls to elect a President for the fourth time since 1990. Through great patience and determination they overcame official disorganization, incompetence and discrimination, and for the fourth time since 1990 handed their c...
ABC’s Primetime Fakery
DEBBIE NATHAN
"Tonight our cameras take you into a dark world you’ve never seen," intoned John Quinones darkly on last week’s edition of ABC Primetime. "American girls being snatched right off Main Street USA. And they could be your very own daughters...
Deadeye Dick: Who Dares Call Him Chickenhawk Now?
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
After laughing, like everyone else, at old crooked-mouth’s comeuppance in this strangest of manners, I started to wonder why the name Whittington seemed familiar. I then remembered: We had a short story about Dick Whittington in school, of how he had lost he...
IDF Establishes "Israeli Only" Crossings
AMIRA HASS
A military order that took effect last week bars Palestinians with permits to enter Israel from entering via the roads that Israelis use to enter the country from the West Bank. The order also forbids Israelis to transport Palestinians with valid entry perm...
FBI Home Invasions in Puerto Rico
GERVASIO MORALES RODRÍGUEZ
This past February 10, 2006, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation once again violently invaded the homes and places of employment of respected independentistas activists in Puerto Rico. They terrorized entire communities, assaulted members of the press co...
An Intervention in Montana
MATTHEW KOEHLER
The 2.2 million acre Kootenai National Forest in the extreme northwestern corner of Montana is home to our state’s most biologically unique national forest, containing Montana’s only temperate rainforest ecosystem and providing critical habitat for gri...
Secret War Plans and the Malady of American Militarism
FLOYD RUDMIN
Between the First and Second World Wars–that is, between 1918 and 1939–the United States developed and approved as official national policy three major war plans: a War Plan ORANGE against Japan; a War Plan GREEN against Mexico, and a War Plan RED agai...
Stopping the War on Iran, Before It Starts
GARY LEUPP
I have thought for a long time now that the U.S. would attack Iran. I know that the experts have said this simply isn’t possible so long as the U.S. is bogged down in Iraq, and that Jack Straw has stated pretty clearly that Britain won’t be on board if...
Weathering the Globalization Storm
RAMZY BAROUD
I spent much of the last three years working and traveling across the Middle East and Asia in one of the most unique and fulfilling experiences of my life. Not only did my journey require me to question and adjust a range of values and perceptions which for...
Down the Explusion Highway
AMIRA HASS
Down the Expulsion Highway Robert Bryce The United States of Enron February 14, 2006 John Sugg Those Cartoons and the Neo Con: Daniel Pipes and t...
The United States of Enron
ROBERT BRYCE
Jeff Skilling had a vision for Enron. In February of 2001, he told the company’s employees that Enron, would, within five years, “be the leading company in the world.” World dominance was the main message that Skilling and Enron...
The Rhetorical Gore
JOSHUA FRANK
Al Gore has become somewhat of an American idol this past few years. After his departure from Washington in 2000 the ex-presidential candidate has switch-backed across the county giving thundering sermons to over-flowing auditoriums and town halls. HeR...
Their Own Economic Reality
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Who can forget the neocons’ claim that under their leadership America creates its own reality? Remember the neocons’ Iraq reality–a “cakewalk” war? After three years of combat, thousands of casualties, and cost estimated at o...
Israeli Ultimatums
SAREE MAKDISI
Israel’s acting prime minister, Ehud Olmert, declared last week that his country plans to "separate" from "most of the Palestinian population that lives in the West Bank.” He indicated that Israel will absorb the main settlement...
The Torture Photos Congress Didn’t Want You to See
LILA RAJIVA
Yesterday (February 16), Australia’s public broad caster, SBS, aired some 60 unpublished photos of torture at Abu Ghraib prison on its show Dateline at 8:30 PM. The images were rapidly re–broadcast on Arab TV and other news outfits and have be...