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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
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...