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Archives from March 2006
Hold the Bush Administration Accountable for Flauting International Law
CURTIS F.J. DOEBBLER
I just wanted to take this timely opportunity to encourage those of you who are courageous enough, to think about what you can do to encourage the United States to respect international law through outside pressure on the United States. While I laud the eff...
Better Off Under Saddam
GARY LEUPP
Saddam Hussein is bad man. As a 22 year old he worked with the CIA on a botched effort to assassinate Iraqi President Abd al-Karim Qasim. The CIA and Egyptian intelligence got him out of Iraq and to Lebanon, where the CIA paid for his Beirut apartment, and then to...
Mosul Slips Out of Control
PATRICK COCKBURN
Mosul, Iraq. When the 3,000 men of the mainly Kurdish 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Division of the Iraqi Army go on patrol it is at night, after the rigorously enforced curfew starts at 8pm. Their vehicles, bristling with heavy machine guns, race through the empt...
Iraq is Under Occupation
LAITH AL-SAUD
The inability to talk about Iraq in an appropriate context has been one of the greatest setbacks to the anti-war movement here in the United States of America, and to describe Iraq solely in terms of being in civil war contributes to this problem. Iraq is under oc...
France Shows the Way
RON JACOBS
Back in the 1990s, when I was part of a union organizing effort at the University of Vermont, one of the assumptions expressed by the school’s administration was the inevitability of the university’s continuing corporatization. This assumption was also...
There’s Much More to be Done on Debt Relief
MARK ENGLER
Last July, debt relief was all the rage. Bono crooned at the Live 8 benefit concert in London–one of almost a dozen taking place worldwide–and the leaders of the G8 nations met in Scotland to negotiate a response to the issue. In the end, the elected o...
The Rise of Israel’s Avigdor Lieberman
SAREE MAKDISI
Everyone is talking about the successful-albeit lackluster-performance of Ehud Olmert’s Kadima party in Tuesday’s Israeli elections. Kadima won a marginal victory, gaining 28 seats in the Knesset, and giving Olmert the opportunity to form a government....
A Letter from the Los Angeles County Jail
VONNIE EDWARDS
The old Law Library at the Central Jail that closed on June 11, 2005, consisted of books with ripped, torn and missing pages, an electric pencil sharpener and a mail scale. The audio and video player’s are located in the attorney visiting room, which hinders...
A War in Search of a Justification
JOSHUA FRANK
On March 20, the twits at FrontPageMag.com interviewed Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney, a retired U.S. Air Force pilot, who stated without a doubt that Saddam shipped WMD off to Syria on the eve of the Iraq invasion. McInerney was referring to documents he believes prove t...
Privatizing the Apocalypse
FRIDA BERRIGAN
Started as the super-secret "Project Y" in 1943, the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico has long been the keystone institution of the American nuclear-weapons producing complex. It was the birthplace of Fat Man and Little Boy, the two nuclear b...
A Fact Check on a Presidential Crime
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
Myth: Congress needs to hold hearings on the NSA wiretapping program before a measure like censure is discussed. Fact: The Senate Judiciary Committee has held multiple hearings on the issue despite the refusal of the administration to cooperate. Furt...
Does Kadima’s Victory Put the Peace Process in Reverse?
NEVE GORDON
Tel Aviv, Israel. Israelis went to the polls this week with the hope of resolving the Israeli Palestinian conflict once and for all. The new political party Kadima, which means ìforwardî in Hebrew, promised as much and therefore won the day, wh...
What the Hell has Happened?
URI AVNERY
The most dramatic and the most boring election campaign in our history has mercifully come to an end. Israel looks in the mirror and asks itself: What the hell has happened? On the way to the ballot box, in the center of Tel-Aviv, I could not detect the sli...
The Ghost of George Wallace
JUAN SANTOS
When the late Alabama Governor George Wallace–surrounded by armed guards–stood on the steps of the University of Alabama to prevent a young Black woman from entering the University of Alabama, he declared, "Segregation today, segregation tomorrow,...
The Saga of the Joint Strike Fighter
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Remember America’s P-39 "Aircobra" or the all-purpose Messerschmitt 210 Hornisse (Me-210 Hornet) of World War II? Or perhaps the U.S. Air Force’s expensive all-weather F-89 Scorpion of 1950? Everyone should. They carry important lesso...
The Mustafa Mosque Massacre was No Accident or Error
DAVE LINDORFF
Events in Iraq are giving the lie to administration claims that all it wants to do is create a stable, democratic Iraq, and then leave. The U.S. assault on the Mustafa Mosque, and the deaths of, variously, 16 insurgents or 37 unarmed worshippers (depending ...
When Even Water is Not a Human Right
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. "Once upon a time, there was a little orphan girl (‘huerfana’) who had to walk over many mountains each day to fetch water (‘itzu’) because the water was very far away" Esperanza Garcia, a Purepecha Indian grandmo...
Missing in America
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
From the time he was a young boy, Levi Moddrelle wanted to be a soldier. His paternal grandfather was fire chief at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Levi had visited the base many times as a child. On March 21st, Levi’s mother, Susan Tileston, marked hi...
At Last, Truth in Advertising from the Army?
WILLIAM S. LIND
The Army has made it official. What those who work in Washington have long known — that the Pentagon is about money, not war — is now Army policy. According to the March 10 draft of the Army Campaign Plan, "The Army’s center of gravity is th...
Fake Saddam Interview Put Out By Israel Lobby Catspaw, Endorsed by Neo-Cons Pet Cassandra, Now Wiping Egg From Face
CounterPunch News Service
A bizarre "interview" with imprisoned former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was circulated yesterday by MEMRI TV, a non-profit in Washington DC that specializes in translating and circulating mainly Arab-language materials, selected to display the Arab w...
Where are the Old Line Civil Rights Groups?
EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON
The great irony in the gargantuan march of tens of thousands in Los Angeles and other cities for immigrant rights is that the old civil rights groups have been virtually mute on immigration and the marches. There are no position papers, statements, or press releas...
When is Killing Arab Civilians Considered a Massacre?
OMAR BARGHOUTI
Recent reports from Iraq indicate beyond doubt that the U.S. occupation army has embarked on a new "tactic" from its menu of atrocities, in an attempt to counter the burgeoning Iraqi resistance attacks against its soldiers. "Old-style" massacre...
Bush’s Call for Ouster of Iraq’s Prime Minister Widens Rift with Shias
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Arbil, Iraq. President George W Bush has made it clear that he does not want Ibrahim al-Jaafari to remain prime minister of Iraq in a move likely to increase hostility between the US and the Shia community. Mr Bush has written to the Shi’ite le...
The Media and the Middle East
RAMZY BAROUD
There is little disagreement on the indispensable role of the media in influencing political debate and narrative, thus shaping public discourse. Among progressives, liberals and most political minorities in the United States and Europe, there is an equal ...
Inflation and Speculation
SETH SANDRONSKY
Voicing what the Associated Press termed "now largely a consensus view," Mr. Ben Bernanke, the new chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, has said low inflation is the key to growth of the U.S. economy and job market. OK, but how does this policy apply t...
The Karachi Social Forum
TARIQ ALI
in Karachi, Pakistan. While we were opening the World Social Forum in Karachi last weekend with virtuoso performances of sufi music and speeches, the country’s rulers were marking the centenary of the Muslim League [the party that created Pakistan and ha...
Krugman and Clinton: Shut the Door
SHARON SMITH
Economist Paul Krugman is "proud of America’s immigrant history, and grateful that the door was open when my grandparents fled Russia." Now, however, he argues that the U.S. should close its door on the poor huddled masses, warning, "We...
Shias May Now Turn on US Forces
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Arbil, Iraq. In a crescendo of violence in Iraq, a suicide bomber killed 40 army recruits in Mosul as Shia leaders reacted furiously to a US-Iraqi raid on a mosque which they claim killed 37 people. A further 21 bodies were found in and around Baghdad, some...
Bush is No Conservative
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
President Bush passes himself off as a conservative Republican and a born-again Christian. These are disguises behind which Bush hides. Would a Christian invade another country on false pretenses, kill tens of thousands of innocent civilians, and show no remorse o...
Fentanyl’s Body Count
EVEYLYN J. PRINGLE
Describing fentanyl as a "very strong narcotic," on July 15, 2005, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory regarding the safe use of transdermal fentanyl patches in response to reports of 120 deaths in patients using the patch for pain management, statin...
Torture Works
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Does torture work? Can foul means prevent a fouler catastrophe and thus redeem themselves by producing a greater good? Of course not, but those in power need discussions like this to continue, to give them a fig-leaf of official respectability. Consider this testi...
Justice and Impunity in Latin America
LISA VISCIDI
Guatemala’s Efrain Rios Montt earned the nickname "the General" after taking power in a 1982 coup d’etat. His sixteen-month rule is considered one of Guatemala’s bloodiest periods since the Spanish conquest. Under the General’s co...
We Didn’t Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Us
DAVEY D.
/FONT>. Don’t believe the hype I was in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday when the historic march to protest the racist anti-immigration bill HR 4437 took place. For those who don’t know, this bill would make illegal immigrants felons as well as anybody,...
The Democrats’ Daddy Warbucks
JOSHUA FRANK
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, could well be called the Democrats’ Daddy Warbucks. He’s scored bundles from war contracts. He has recently purchased a $16.5 million crib in San Francisco and along with his wife has handed hundreds...
"I Did Not Join the British Army to Conduct American Foreign Policy"
ROBERT BILLYARD
If there is any hope of saving Afghanistan booting out the Americans is an essential first step "I did not join the British Army to conduct American foreign policy," said British soldier Ben Griffin, a member of the SAS-Britain’s elite comma...
War Crime in a Mosque
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil, Iraq. US forces killed 22 people and wounded eight at a mosque in east Baghdad in an incident likely to lead to increased tensions with the Shia community. Police said the US troops had retaliated after coming under fire. Videotape showed a h...
Why We Let an Atheist Join Our Church
JIM RIGBY
After years of advocacy for progressive causes, I am used to angry mail — often from fellow Christians — when I take a political or theological position that challenges conservative or fundamentalist views. So, I wasn’t surprised when many...
Are We Done Killing Children, Yet?
GIDEON LEVY
A bullet in the head from a distance of a few meters, fired suddenly and without warning shots aimed at the wheels, which the Israel Defense Forces claims there were. This is the way undercover soldiers from the Border Police killed Akaber Zaid, an eight-and-a-hal...
Think Twice Before You Oppose the Minutemen
RON JACOBS
There have been a number of massive protests across the United States for immigrant rights in recent weeks. The particular impetus for these protests is a bill authored by the anti-immigrant Congressmen Rep. Sensenbrenner and his allies that was passed by the Hous...
Saharan Fish and the EU
NICK DEARDEN
A decades-old, impoverished refugee population, tens of thousands of settlers, a 1000-mile wall, a stalled peace process and now an intifada in an occupied territory. This is not a description of Palestine, but a territory known as Western Sahara, a few hundred mi...
Eternal Funding for a Never-Ending War
NICK DEARDEN
Once again, Congress is poised to approve "emergency" funding to prosecute the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The House already approved $67.5 billion on March 16, 2006-rushing the bill through the Appropriations Committee and the House floor in order to ...
On Chicago’s Streets
SHARON SMITH
The movement for immigrants’ rights took an enormous leap forward two weeks ago, when a quarter-million demonstrators, overwhelmingly Mexican-Americans, jammed Chicago’s city streets-in the middle of a workday. This massive turnout reached far b...
Contemporary "Islamic" Art in Context
MAYMANAH FARHAT
In the current wave of heightened interest in Islam and the Middle East, the Museum of Modern Art in New York presents Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking. The exhibition opened February 26, 2006. The work of fifteen artists born in the Middle East...
The FDA and Plan B
ELAINE CASSEL
Plan B is the nickname for emergency contraception, also known as the "morning-after pill." Two years ago, the FDA Nonprescription Advisory Committee voted 24-3 that Plan B should be made available for over the counter (OTC) use, without a prescription, ...
Blaming the Israel Lobby
JOSEPH MASSAD
In the last 25 years, many Palestinians and other Arabs, in the United States and in the Arab world, have been so awed by the power of the US pro-Israel lobby that any study, book, or journalistic article that exposes the inner workings, the substantial influence,...
What We’re Listening To This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR, JESSE WALKER And DAVID VEST
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR Charley Patton: Screaming and Hollering the Blues: the Complete Re...
The Fifth Afghan War
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Washington’s war in Afghanistan is going badly, and the Taliban, or, rather, the insurgents who are Taliban leftovers and all the new insurgents who have been created by the brutality of US occupation soldiers, have greatly increased their attacks on foreign...
King Harvest Has Yet to Come
RON JACOBS
I was around fourteen years old when The Band’s "Up On Cripple Creek" made it into the Top Forty. Must have been the summer of 1969 or thereabouts. The first thing I did upon hearing the tune was look on a map to try and figure out where the hell C...
Bush’s "Change of Course"
JOHN BOMAR
George Bush’s recent admission that our occupation of Iraq will extend beyond his presidency passed with hardly a ripple in American public opinion. Uh oh. The greatest fear leading to the outrage that fans the flames of terrorist tactics in the Midd...
Death in the Village of Isahaqi
CHRIS FLOYD
What happened in the village of Isahaqi, north of Baghdad, on Ides of March? The murk of war–the natural blur of unbuckled event, and its artificial augmentation by professional massagers–shrouds the details of the actual operation. But here is what we...