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Archives from March 2006
Coretta Scott King a Communist? There’s a History Here
CHRIS KROMM
The Washington Post’s newly hired and fired blogger Ben Domenech, a paleo-conservative brought on to "balance" the paper’s "liberal" image, is being hammered on many fronts. He was given the boot on allegations of plagiarism. But th...
The Battle for Baghdad
PATRICK COCKBURN
Irbil, Iraq. The battle between Sunni and Shia Muslims for control of Baghdad has already started, say Iraqi political leaders who predict fierce street fighting will break out as each community takes over districts in which it is strongest. "T...
A City With Latinos
CHRISTOPHER FONS
March 23, 2006 was a historic day for Milwaukee. It was a day with Latinos in a city that still thinks of itself stereotypically as either a German/Polish Old World European enclave or a post-industrial, predominantly African-American ghetto, plagued with violence...
Impeachment or Resignation: Pick Your Poison
RALPH NADER
Attention please, good people! Adjust your routines and come to the aid of your country, and your children with your thoughtful patriotism. Don’t just hope for impeachment, demand the resignation now of the mad hatters in the White House–George W. Bush...
Sorry, Mr. Prime Minister, Afghanistan is Not Canada’s War
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he has trouble understanding Canadians who feel ardently that their country’s soldiers should not be involved in Afghanistan. Toronto Globe and Mail Afghanistan is not our...
Death Row Talks Back to Etan Thomas
DAVE ZIRIN
This Sunday at 4pm, I am proud to be speaking at an event in San Francisco called a "Civil Rights Slam for Justice," sponsored by among others the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. The slam will be at the Malcolm X school at 350 Harbor Street. In additi...
Mitsubishi Awaits Judgment on War Crimes
CHRISTOPHER REED
A Japanese judge is to rule on Wednesday, March 29, in a case that could shame the nation’s leading corporation for using Nazi-style slave labor during the second world war. Yet whereas Germany long ago admitted such crimes against humanity, Japan still evad...
Memo to Walter Mosley
JEFF BALLINGER
Novelist Walter Mosley recently lamented the void in black leadership in America, saying "millions dying ...
Why There’s No Strategy to End This War
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
My local town of Eureka in northwest California had a pretty good peace rally on March 18, to mark the third anniversary of the U.S. attack on Iraq. They’ve put them on every year, including a big one just before the war started. It was a total local affair....
Bribe or Die
P. SAINATH
When Boya Madhiletti approached the Andhra Pradesh government’s `helpline,’ the bankrupt farmer never thought it would land him in hospital and even jail. Madhiletti, 29, went by the advice of well-meaning neighbours. "There is an official helplin...
Impeachment Movement Gains National Momentum
PETER PHILLIPS
If a national movement calling for the impeachment of the President is rapidly emerging and the corporate media are not covering it, is there really a national movement for the impeachment of the President? Impeachment advocates are widely mobilizing in the...
The US Empire Versus Reality
GABRIEL KOLKO
This essay is excerpted from GABRIEL KOLKO’s important new book, The Age of War....
Tony Blair’s Bipolarity
MICHAEL CARMICHAEL
This week, Tony Blair launched a scathing ideological attack on Islamism. Describing the conflict between Islamism and the world as a, "battle for modernity," he quoted the conservative American historian, Samuel Huntington, in order to refute him. Contr...
How the CPT Hostages Were Freed
PATRICK COCKBURN, KEN SENGUPTA And OLIVER DUFF
Irbil, Iraq. Norman Kember, the British peace activist kidnapped in Iraq, is expected home in two days after being freed with two fellow hostages following an operation by international forces. It is believed that the location where the three men wer...
The Other California
MARTY OMOTO
"That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen." Michael Harrington (1962)...
Jim Crow Goes Fishing
TODD CHRETIEN
Speaking in Cleveland, President Bush called on Congress to end "catch and release" practices on the border with Mexico. He wasn’t referring to recreational fishing enthusiasts who catch large mouth bass, snap a picture and then release them back i...
Elections in a Broken Nation
JOE DeRAYMOND
On Wednesday evening, March 1, in a plaza in the city of Ilobasco, Department of Cabañas, El Salvador, a crowd of over 500 were listening to FMLN party (Frente Faribundo Marti para la Liberación Nacional) candidates and supporters. The 2006 election ...
Blaming the Media for Bad War News
NORMAN SOLOMON
Top officials in the Bush administration have often complained that news coverage of Iraq focuses on negative events too much and fails to devote enough attention to positive developments. Yet the White House has rarely picked direct fights with U.S. media outlets...
The Emerging Jewish Consensus in Israel
JONATHAN COOK
If you want to understand what is concerning ordinary Israelis as they prepare to cast their ballots next week, the most revealing poll is also the one that has received least attention. A few weeks after Ariel Sharon broke up his Likud party to form a new ...
Bush’s Pro-Terrorism Budget
CHARLES V. PEÑA
President Bush proposed a record $439.3 defense budget for fiscal year 2007, almost $30 billion more than current defense spending and not including funding for ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. But other than funding to increase the size of Spe...
An Exchange on the State of Organized Labor
Robert Fitch
and Joe Allen An Exchange on the State of Organized Labor "Inside the Roach Motel" By Robert Fitch Instead of a review of ...
All the News That’s Fit to Slant
ROBERT FISK
It is a bright winter morning and I am sipping my first coffee of the day in Los Angeles. My eye moves like a radar beam over the front page of the Los Angeles Times for the word that dominates the minds of all Middle East correspondents: Iraq. In post-invasion, p...
The Democrats and the Precipice
JOSHUA FRANK
Can you really oppose the occupation of Iraq and still call yourself a Democrat? I’m not so sure. The majority of Washington Dems continue to applaud Bush’s invasion of Iraq as well as his debauched crusade against terror. A few antiwar voices have ech...
Kirkuk’s Dr. Death
PATRICK COCKBURN
Kirkuk, Iraq. When policemen, soldiers and officials in Kirkuk who were injured in insurgent attacks arrived in the emergency room of the hospital, they hoped their chances of surviving had gone up as doctors tended their wounds. In fact, many of the...
Whatever Happened to Congress?
TOM ENGELHARDT
In Part 1 of his interview, Chalmers Johnson suggested what that fall-of-the-Berlin-Wall, end-of-the-Cold-War moment meant to him; explored how deeply empire and militarism have entered the American bloodstream; and began to c...
On the Proper Way to Address a Bible-Waving Republican State Senator from Maryland
CounterPunch News Service
On Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at the Maryland state legislature, during a hearing in Annapolis on the proposed Constitutional Amendment to prohibit gay marriage, Jamie Raskin, professor of law at American University, was requested to testify. At the end of h...
Contract Casino
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The Pentagon isn’t alone in handing out plump no-bid contracts to politically wired corporations. The new Department of Homeland Security, a collage of 22 sub-agencies sprawling across the federal bureaucracy, is sluicing billions into the coffers of a few f...
Woodward’s Plame-Leak Deep Throat
JASON LEOPOLD
He is referred to as "official one" and he is the mysterious senior Bush administration official who unmasked the identity of an undercover CIA operative to Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bob Woodward in mid-June 2003 and conservative columnist Robert N...
"If You’re an Iraqi, Why Do You Live Here?"
MARWA ALKHAIRO
Oftentimes the most complex circumstances catch you by surprise, leaving you in a myriad of thoughts with a feeling of utter perplexity. Frail are the human mind and spirit, unable to surrender themselves to the reality of pain and suffering, giving way to such no...
Americans Don’t Live Here Anymore
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Imagine knocking on America’s door and being told, "Americans don’t live here any longer. They have gone away." But isn’t that what we are hearing, that Americans have gone away? Alan Shore told us so on ABC’s Boston Legal ...
Brown Skin, Yellow Star
JUAN SANTOS
As I write, the US Senate is debating legislation that would make migrant peoples a felonized, legally scapegoated racial and cultural under-caste, a move with deeply dangerous implications for us all. Maybe it wasn’t such a lie, what the German peopl...
The Cuban Punching Bag
WILLIAM BLUM
The Committee to Protect Journalists, located in New York, calls itself "An Independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending press freedom worldwide". In December it issued a report that said that "China, Cuba, Eritrea, and Ethiopia are th...
The Iranian Nuclear Showdown
DAVID MacMICHAEL
Former CIA analyst (Author’s note: As a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, an organization of former US intellligence officers from the CIA, DIA, Department of State and Department of Defense, I took part in 2002 in the...
Killer Lies from Cheney’s Harlot
DENNIS PERRIN
Some time ago, I ceased reading Christopher Hitchens’s output, for the very simple reason that he’s full of shit and in violent denial about it. The man has become so infantile and ridiculous that I saw no serious point in following anything else he sa...
US Troops Shooting Any Iraqi Who Moves
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil, Iraq. The US military is investigating two incidents in which American soldiers killed at least 26 Iraqi civilians and then claimed that they were either guerrillas or had died in cross fire. The growing evidence of retaliatory killings of una...
The Jericho Prison Raid
RAMZY BAROUD
Could it be possible that the Israeli army raid on a Jericho prison on March 14 was done without careful coordination between Israel, the United States and Britain? Could it also be possible that the timing of the onslaught was equally innocent, of no political co...
Lipstick on the Pig
WINSLOW WHEELER
The Congressional Research Service has produced a new report on "earmarks" in appropriations bills. Otherwise known as "pork," defense appropriations earmarks continue to climb in both number and cost. Congress’ self-appointed "pork ...
When Black Cops Go Bad
EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON
There is tragedy and irony in the nationally aired videotaped shooting of Air Force policeman Elio Carrion in an area east of Los Angeles and the subsequent indictment of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy Ivory Webb, Jr. The tragedy is that the shooting...
Death Squad Democracy
MIKE WHITNEY
"As successive imperialist powers have shown, the bottom line in combating the hopes and dreams of ordinary people is to resort to spreading terror through the application of extreme violence." "For Iraq, the ‘Salvador Opt...
Bush’s Delusional Speech
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In Cleveland yesterday Bush gave a delusional speech that shows he is detached from reality. "We’re going to help the Iraqis build a strong democracy that will be an inspiration throughout the Middle East, a democracy that’ll be a partner in the g...
The Conservative Push for the Right Student
SOPHIA A. McCLENNEN
The news of right-wing assaults on higher education keeps coming: The state of Pennsylvania has a congressional board set up to investigate cases of bias in the classroom, the State University of New York System’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to allow...
Cold Warrior in a Strange Land
TOM ENGELHARDT
As he and his wife Sheila drive me through downtown San Diego in the glare of mid-day, he suddenly exclaims, "Look at that structure!" I glance over and just across the blue expanse of the harbor is an enormous aircraft carrier. "It’s the U.S....
To the Guy Who Called Me a Traitor
ARNOLD OLIVER
I haven’t heard from you for a while. Three years ago you called me a "traitor", just before the invasion of Iraq. You also wrote, "Your voice against our elected government is a voice against its people, a voice against this nation."...
Starve the Palestinians
WILLIAM A. COOK
On the third anniversary of America’s invasion of Iraq broadcast in full shock and awe to the world via green TV screens that all might see the night devastation of the city, another invasion was underway in Gaza, a silent invasion of human rights that, in i...
The Power of Saying No
JEFF HALPER
As the new Hamas government is sworn into power in the Palestinian Authority, we might ask: What would bring a people, the most secular of Arab populations with little history of religious fundamentalism, to vote Hamas? Mere protest at Fatah ineffectualness in neg...
Unhappy St. Patrick’s Day
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. While the Democratic Party has given the global Left little reason to believe it would make significant changes if it were to take power in Bushland, there is at least one European ‘republican’ who cannot wait for the big-R Republicans t...
Why are We Here?
NORMAN SOLOMON
On Saturday, during her national radio response to the president, Senator Dianne Feinstein accused the Bush administration of "incompetence" in the Iraq war. What would be a competent way to pursue the war in Iraq? How would you drop huge bombs on...
DNC No Foe of Impeachment Drive
DAVE LINDORFF
I got an personal email from Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean today. On a Sunday morning, the DNC chief wrote me to take issue with what I wrote on March 7 in this space. I said that pressure from Democratic party...
License to Lie
DIANE CHRISTIAN
The Zogby poll which shows that 85% of American soldiers in Iraq believe Saddam was part of the 9/11 attacks startles. The general public in the US knows that isn’t so. In the movie Wag the Dog the DeNiro political character says ‘what do people rememb...
A Collapsing Presidency
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that President Bush’s support among the American people has fallen to 33%. Even more devastatingly, the survey finds that people’s most frequently used one-word description of President Bush i...