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Archives from February 2006
Dick Cheney’s Fox Trot
NORMAN SOLOMON
When Dick Cheney surfaced on Wednesday long enough for an interview with Fox News eminence Brit Hume — an event that CNN’s Jack Cafferty promptly likened to “Bonnie interviewing Clyde” — the vice presidential spin emerged fro...
Counterint Some of the Votes in Haiti
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
Haiti’s elections on February 7 went well enough that the post-election vote counting should have been uncontroversial. The turnout was huge, there was almost no violence, and the people’s choice was so clear that the second place finisher rec...
An Interview with Anti-War Faster Mike Ferner
RON JACOBS
On Wednesday, February 15, 2006, a group of war resisters began a 34 day liquids only fast in Washington, DC. The fast is sponsored by the Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV)–a nonviolent action group made up of regular citizens who are fed up wi...
Democrats Shoot Their Own, Too
DAVE LINDORFF
Dick Cheney may have demonstrated his ability yet again to go after the wrong target when he bagged his hunting companion instead of his quarry, but the Democratic Party leadership is proving to be even more treacherous in the field than Deadeye Dick. ...
Winter of Discontent
CounterPunch Wire
Chicago. A 34 day, liquids-only fast to end the war against and occupation of Iraq will begin in Washington, D.C. on February 15. Fast participants will consume only water or juice, and will maintain a daily vigil at the U.S. Capitol, lobb...
Palestinian Ballots vs. Israeli Bullets
WILLIAM A. COOK
“An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.” Martin Luther King Jr., “Letter From Birmingham Jail” Every year in February, Americans celebrate the eradication of unjust laws that had...
The Curious Withdrawal of Cindy Sheehan
DON SANTINA
Last week, that noble antiwarrior, Cindy Sheehan, declined to challenge Senator Diane Feinstein in the upcoming Democratic primary. Ms Sheehan reiterated that Party officials had not pressured her against running. It reminded me of how the Party had so th...
Vicente Fox vs. Latin America
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. If international diplomacy were a wrestling match, Fox Vs Latin America would be an apt sub–title for Mexico’s foreign relations imbroglios in 2006. During the five years plus he has been in office, the Mexican president ha...
Who Will Blow the Whistle About Iran?
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA Analyst The question looms large against the backdrop of the hearing on whistle blowing scheduled for the afternoon of Feb. 14 by Christopher Shays, chair of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relati...
Daniel Pipes and the Danish Editor
JOHN SUGG
Let me tell you a few things about blasphemy. Been there, done it. Got expelled from high school for it. That was a few decades ago, and for those seeking titillation, I’ll give you the details at the end of this screed. First I have...
Whistleblowers and Witch Hunters
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Some are fired. Some are simply muzzled. When considering whether those events are a distinction or a disgrace the question that must be asked is “Who did it?” If it’s George W. Bush it’s a distinction. And so James E. Hansen joins ...
Countering the Propaganda of History
RON JACOBS
In a manner that seems typical of the way the powerful in the US perceive the Black population of the country, the history of African-Americans is relegated to one month. That month is, of course, February. While I won’t go so far as those who, half...
East Meets West
MICHAEL NEUMANN
The Cartoon Affair is to an unusual extent about ideas Whatever deeper causes are involved, the dispute involves religion, speech, and thought, not oil, borders, or weaponry. This makes the incident a very pure example of the problems caus...
Riding High with Hugo Chavez
MIKE WHITNEY
Hugo Chavez’s meteoric rise on the world stage has as much to do with his defiance of Washington as it does with his leadership of a hemispheric revolution. At great personal risk, Chavez has consistently lashed out against his witless-nemesis, Geor...
The Axis of Child Abusers
LILA RAJIVA
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Teens A video shown on BBC TV on February 11, 2006 shows British soldiers savagely beating and kicking unarmed Iraqi teenagers in an army compound. Officials at the Ministry of Defense are said to have investigated an...
Deadeye Dick: Is Abramoff Next?
DAVE LINDORFF
Deadeye Dick, vice president and regent of this great nation, set out to shoot himself a quail in Texas this weekend, instead bagged a campaign contributor. Reports say while trying for a quail covey he swung around and unloaded his shotgu...
Trade Deficit Balloons
SETH SANDRONSKY
According to the conventional wisdom, the federal government’s budget deficit harms the private sector of the U.S. economy. In an AP article on the nation’s record trade deficit (excess of imports over exports) in 2005, there was no mention th...
From Munich to Hamas
SAUL LANDAU
How does Steven Spielberg’s Munich relate to Hamas’ recent electoral victory? Israel presents this organization as the epitome of Palestinian terrorism. This caricature could lead Washington to deny aid to the Palestinian people Munich...
Nuking the Economy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics re-benchmarked the payroll jobs data back to 2000. Thanks to Charles McMillion of MBG Information Services, I have the adjusted data from January 2001 through January 2006. If you are worried about terrorists, you ...
How Not to Spot a Terrorist
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Paranoid America – by which I mean its governors – has long dreamed of foolproof technology to guard the Homeland from subversion, or penetration by alien hostiles. In its latest variant, the vaunted technology comes in the fo...
Dr. Mikuriya’s Appeal: a Last Minute Twist
FRED GARDNER
After an extensive investigation involving law enforcers from 11 counties, the Medical Board of California–led by doctors who learned nothing about cannabis in medical school and never employed it in clinical practice–decided in April 2004 to ...
Cartoons and Bombs
JOHN CHUCKMAN
I wonder, are waves of angry protest, flag burning, and embassy burning in the name of religion any less rational than waves of B-52s, cluster bombs, and torture in the name of democracy? So when I hear any American official speak about the...
Evo Morales: the Early Days
ROGER BURBACH
Evo Morales is just an inspirational symbol for his people? Think again. Bolivia’s first Indian president has shown political acuity in his early days in office, skillfully maneuvering and sticking to his radical program for transforming the country...
Bringing Democracy to the Federal Reserve
RALPH NADER
Federal Reserve Chairmen have long had a habit of dropping pithy little phrases into their speeches—most couched in hazy Fed speak and subject to a multitude of interpretations. But there are times when the money czars are actually delivering a messa...
John Boehner’s Dirty Little Secret
PAT WILLIAMS
Mark Twain could have been addressing the new House Majority Leader Congressman John Boehner when he wrote: “Don’t reform any more. It’s not an improvement." The election of Rep. John Boehner, self-proclaimed reforme...
A U.S. War Plan?
CARL G. ESTABROOK
There’s now a serious possibility that the Republicans could lose control of the House of Representatives this fall, and at least a statistical possibility that they could lose the Senate. Meanwhile, approval of the administration...
A Raw Deal on the Patriot Act
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
I understand that some of my friends and colleagues in the Senate have come to an agreement with the White House on reauthorizing the Patriot Act. While I respect these Senators greatly, I am gravely disappointed in this so-called deal. T...
The Tempest Over the Hamas Charter
SAREE MAKDISI
The Hamas charter has been the subject of fairly extensive media coverage in recent weeks. A number of newspaper pieces have argued that the charter is unapologetically racist; some have gone even further. A piece by ...
What Brought Evo Morales to Power?
ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ
What has been left out of reports and analysis in both the mainstream press and among anti-imperialists and leftists about the triumph of Evo Morales’ election as President of Bolivia is the role played by the three-decade international indigenous m...
George Bush and Tomoyuki Yamashita
DAVE LINDORFF
It’s pretty easy to trace the war crime of torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay back to the Oval Office. The memos are all there. But George Bush is guilty of worse war crimes than torture, bad as torture may be. He is also guilty of violat...
How Conservatives Went Crazy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
What happened to a formerly conservative press to reduce it to political partisanship and warmongering? Specifically, I have in mind National Review and the Wall Street Journal editorial page. When I was associated with National Review, the magazine unders...
The Long War
WILLIAM S. LIND
Every four years, the Pentagon releases its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), more accurately the Quadrennial Defense Rubberstamp. Usually, it offers the same, more of the same or less of the same. That is true of this QDR as well, with one interesting exception. ...
Innocent Targets in the "Long War"
CHRISTINE TOMLINSON
Are Constitutional guarantees still available to the citizenry? There are three issues pertaining to the NSA Domestic Surveillance program that should be of great concern to all citizens. These issues are: A) intrinsic violations of privacy by ...
The Cartoons That Shook the World
RICHARD NEVILLE
The moving finger draws, and having draws moves on, nor all your piety nor wit, shall lure it back to cancel half a line. You have to feel sorry for the Danes, the least funny people on earth. Melancholia is their forte, angst...
Church of England Votes to Divest from Israel
WILL YOUMANS
On Monday, February 6th, the Anglican Church of England voted to end financial investments in companies supporting Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. The General Synod, a policy-making assembly, overwhelmingly backed the call by the Episcopa...
Inside the Global Dominance Group
PETER PHIILLIPS
The leadership class in the US is now dominated by a neo-conservative group of some 200 people who have the shared goal of asserting US military power worldwide. This Global Dominance Group, in cooperation with major military contractors, has become a powerful for...
The Human Majority was Right About Iraq
MIKE MARQUSEE
Three years ago, the world witnessed something unprecedented. On the same day, in 900 cities in forty countries north and south, east and west, thirty million people took to the streets in protest against the imminent attack on Iraq. There were demonstrations in M...
The New Robber Barons
PETER ROST
The U.S. Department of Labor claims we have an unemployment rate of 4.9% [1]. According to "the Economist, however, the true unemployment rate in the U.S. is over 8%, or 12.6 million Americans [2]. The difference is due to the fact that the U.S. Government do...
An American Indian’s View of the Cartoons
ROBERT ROBIDEAU
Reading the first news reports about the cartoons depicting Muhammid as a terrorist reminded me of the unfriendly media that printed the then Attorney Gerneral of for South Dakota, William Janklows` vigilante order, "The only way to deal with the Indian probl...
Inequality and War
DAVID SWANSON
Ending the extreme inequality of wealth and well-being in the United States would end the war in Iraq. Ending the war in Iraq and others like it would go a long way toward reducing the inequality. Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery honored Coretta Scott Ki...
Horowitz’s Academic Hit List
ROBERT JENSEN
In his self-promotional mass emailings from which no inbox is safe, David Horowitz, right-wing pensioner of Richard Scaife Mellon, hypes hyped his latest book about threats to America’s youth from leftist professors. The ad for ‘The Professors ...
Chill Out Jihadis
CHRISTOPHER FONS
Many "leftists" have taken the position that the cartoons published in the Danish paper and elsewhere are primarily a representation of Western racism and should be condemned. Nonsense. As a leftist I thought that our goal was liberation through ...
Covenant Marriage on the Rocks
DON MONKERUD
After gaining media attention in the late 1990s with a promise to lower divorce rates across the nation, the Covenant Marriage Movement, heavily promoted by fundamentalist Christians, has hit the skids. Growing out of earlier attempts to establish more per...
King George the Benevolent
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
SCHUMER: And that is: Under the legal theory, can the government, without going to a judge — this is legal theory; I’m not asking you whether they do this — monitor private calls of its political enemies, people not associated with terrorism but...
Bush Should Have Wiretapped FEMA and Chertoff
Rep. CYNTHIA McKINNEY
While the Bush Administration spends time listening in on our phone and e-mail conversations, it would do well to read the memos and reports of its own employees. Setting the stage with its failure to protect the American people on September 11th, and then with i...
The Once and Future Sly Stone
RON JACOBS
I only saw Sly and the Family Stone once. It wasn’t the best of times for Sly and my recall is very hazy, thanks to a combination of Henninger Bier and some very good Afghani hash that was making the rounds of the Frankfurt International Rock Festival the s...
Nuking Ontario
C. L. COOK
Ontario is the engine of the Canadian economy, and that engine runs on electricity. In southern Ontario, where demand continues to grow, the Ontario Power Authority, the crown corporation responsible for energy, is proposing a 40 billion dollar expansion to the p...
Bush’s Warrantless Wiretapping Program is Illegal and Unconstitutional
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
As prepared for remarks on the Senate floor. Last week the President of the United States gave his State of the Union address, where he spoke of America’s leadership in the world, and called on all of us to "lead this world toward freedom."...
Making and Unmaking History with General Myers
STAN COX
Retired Air Force General Richard B. Myers — who was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005 — has joined the faculty of Kansas State University as a professor of military history. According to press reports, Myers will continue to live...
The Other Side of Nike and Social Responsibility
JEFFREY BALLINGER
What is it about the abuse of third-world workers that engenders such an apathetic response on the part of the socially responsible investment community? Name-brand shoe and apparel companies merely had to announce that the companies had corporate codes of conduct...