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Archives from April 2006
A Tale of Two Members of Congress and the Capitol Hill Police
JEFFREY BLANKFORT
A Tale of Two Members of Congress and the Capitol Hill Police April 15 / 16, 2006 Jeffrey St. Clair How Star Wars Came to the Arctic Ralph Nader ...
The Earth is Closing in on Us
LAILA EL-HADDAD
The shells keep falling. They’ve gotten inside my head, so that it’s not just my house shaking but but my brain throbbing. It’s like someone is banging a gong next to my ear every few minutes; sometimes fives times a minute, like last ni...
A Real Day Without Mexicans?
JOHN ROSS
A Real Day Without Mexicans? April 15 / 16, 2006 Jeffrey St. Clair How Star Wars Came to the Arctic Ralph Nader Remembering Rev. William Sloan Cof...
Why Won’t Moveon.org Oppose the Bombing of Iran?
NORMAN SOLOMON
Why Won’t Moveon.Org Oppose the Bombing of Iran? John Ross A Real Day Without Mexicans? April 15 / 16, 2006 Jeffrey St. Clair How Star W...
An Interview with the First Arab-American Senator
KEVIN ZEESE
James George Abourezk (born February 24, 1931) was a Democratic United States Representative and United States Senator, and was the first Arab-American to serve in the Senate. He represented South Dakota in the U.S. Senate from 1973 until 1979. Abourezk is...
In the Ashes of Lament
MICHAEL ORTIZ HILL
September 11 drove a nail through Christs hand . The fires that engulf the residential neighborhoods of Baghdad at this moment drive a nail through the other. And who will drive the nail through the feet? Al Qaeda or the Christian rightwing that now contro...
Anatomy of a Statistical Flim-Flam
KRISTOFFER LARSSON
On March 14, 2006, a report on anti-Semitism in Sweden was published with sensation findings. It claimed that a significant proportion of the Swedish public harbor "anti-Semitic views." As one could expect, this finding caught the attention of the Jewish...
Stopping the Bush Juggernaut
ANDREW WIMMER
When asked on Monday about administration plans for an attack on Iran, including the use of nuclear bunker-buster bombs as laid out by Seymour Hersh in his New Yorker article, "The Iran Plans," George Bush was derisively dismissive. "What you’...
187 Proof
NATE MEZMER
KRS-One is often quoted as saying, "rap is something you do, hip-hop is something you live." However, what does it mean to ‘live hip-hop’ in this day and age? Hip-hop was originally created in a similar manner to that of the blues. Lik...
New York’s Katrina
EDWIN KRALES
Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster that covered New Orleans with water and forcefully uncovered that city’s social conditions. Glaring examples of the horrible treatment meted out to the poor, mostly African American survivors have been staring us in t...
Taking Care of What We’ve Been Given
THOMAS P. HEALY
For the past four decades, writer Wendell Berry has crafted a body of work within the "green" American literary tradition that includes Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gary Snyder and Edward Abbey. His poems, essays and novels extol the virtues...
Continuing Medical (Marijuana) Education
FRED GARDNER
Given the cannabis-free curriculum provided by U.S. medical and nursing schools, "continuing education" is not the apt term, but more than 100 healthcare providers -including 40 MDs- will receive credit for attending a conference on cannabis therapeutics...
Don’t Blitz Iran
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
  "Iran’s testing of a new missile . . . ‘demonstrates that Iran has a very active and aggressive military program under way,’ US State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said. ‘That includes both, as we...
Making It Plain About New Orleans
RAFAEL RENTERIA
When hip hop artist Kayne West said "George Bush doesn’t care about black people," NBC cameras cut away. "They’ve given them permission to go down and shoot us," West said. In America, telling simple and obvious truths is going too ...
The Timeless Sarcasm of Mark Twain
MARK SCARAMELLA
"Thou shalt not kill." That’s one of the most highly touted (and universal) of the Ten Commandments. But Mark Twain points out a major problem with this, on of God’s most basic commandments: "It is plain He cannot keep His own co...
Walking Off the Vietnam War with Doug Peacock
JOHN HOLT
Doug Peacock’s reputation frequently precedes him as does that of his late, larger-than-life friend and father figure Edward Abbey. The author is known for his close encounters and near relationships with grizzlies. Abbey his known as a wild voice of the wil...
Remembering Rev. William Sloane Coffin
RALPH NADER
One of his Yale students, famed cartoonist Garry Trudeau, said of Yale University Chaplain, Williams Sloane Coffin, during those heady years in the Sixties; "Without him, the very air would have lost its charge. With him, we were changed forever." ...
An Israel Accountability Act
WILLIAM A. COOK
In a little noticed, totally unexpected and uncharacteristic act of moral indignation, the Congress passed the "Israel Accountability Act" (HB 666) at noontime the day before spring recess, 373-27, with the Jewish Caucus standing firm against the Act des...
The Ghost of Shinseki
THADDEUS HOFFMEISTER
Close to three years have passed since he last roamed the corridors of the Pentagon’s inner ring, but remnants of his leadership style and philosophy–standing up for what you believe in–can still be found in the military culture. Arguably, this t...
The Sex Police State
MICHAEL KUEHL
William F. Buckley reminisces about a dinner in Monaco with Prince Rainier and David Niven: "Waiting for the first course to arrive, David Launched into an autobiographical account of his seduction at age 15 by an accomplished lady of the...
What I’m Listening to This Week
JESSE WALKER
Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Original Soul Sister The sin of most "C...
How Star Wars Came to the Arctic
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The Kodiak Launch Complex was marketed to Alaskans as one of the nation’s first commercial space ports. Many promises were made to lure public support: High-paying, year-round jobs. Better roads. A fancy cultural center. New schools with real astronauts help...
A Story About a Little Girl
GIDEON LEVY
Her mouth is closed, sealed, locked. Her words are filtered through clamped jaws. She is 9 years old, a third-grader. Sometimes a transparent tear rolls down her swollen cheek. A rubber-coated bullet shot from medium range, which penetrated her mouth on the right ...
What Billionaires Mean by Education Reform
SETH SANDRONSKY
Recently, talk show host Oprah Winfrey focused on "America’s Education Crisis." Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, and his wife, Melinda, were guests. Stand Up is their national campaign to improve education for youth. Does Oprah know that th...
Talking Points for Easter Weekend
MADIS SENNER
"If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the...
Dwarves, Knives and Freedom
HOWARD MEYERS
The similarities between the Iraq War and the Vietnam War have been pointed out again and again. But there is also an important difference, that between the rhetorical styles of two of the war presidents: faux Texan George W. Bush and died-in-the-wool Texan Lyndon...
The Colored Mind Doubles
ISHMAEL REED
ITivo Don Imus as much as I can because his putrid racist offerings are said to represent the secret thinking of the Cognoscenti. Maybe that’s why journalists like Jeff Greenfield and others admire him so much. He says what they think in private. On a...
Ho Chi Minh City Moves On Without Regrets
SAUL LANDAU
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) swings, rocks and buzzes. Its teeming traffic dwarfs the worst of Hanoi’s. In upscale hotels like the Rex, Caravelle, Sheraton, Hyatt and Continental, tourists mix easily with locals. Neon signs for US, European and Asian products lit...
Hersh vs. Bush: Who Would You Believe?
KEVIN ZEESE
Seymour Hersh’s extensive article describing plans to attack Iran, including the use of tactical nuclear weapons, has forced President Bush to respond. Two days after Hersh’s article appeared, President Bush came forward to deny any intent to attack Ir...
Bad Times for Bush’s Buddies
BRIAN McKINLAY
This has not been a great week for some of George Bush’s stoutest friends. In Britain the first week of campaigning in the Municipal elections due throughout England (not Scotland or Wales) in the second week of May, show initial signs of a debacle wh...
The Real Death Tax
STAN COX
Now that the rush to file our income tax returns has come and gone for another year, it’s only natural to wonder what all that money’s paying for. These days, the money we’re sending to Washington is buying a lot more war and a lot less ec...
Candor or Career?
Col. DAN SMITH
Richard Cohen’s April 11 column in the Washington Post ("Vietnam’s Forgotten Lessons") focuses on the relatively rare public criticism by retired general officers of anything associated with military service–especially of any operation ...
End Game for the Lizard Brains?
MICHAEL DONNELLY
"If the rest of the world adhered to the ‘Bush Doctrine,’ they’d all attack us immediately." –Steve Spahr Steve’s and my buddy Simon Scott views civilization as a Darwinia...
Time to Shake Up the Peace Movement
STAN HELLER
In what country will a huge peace coalition hold an anti-war rally have nothing to say about Iran, Israel and Palestine or Afghanistan? Is the answer Israel? Turkey? Micronesia? Sadly it’s the USA. On April 29 United for Peace and Justice is holding a big de...
Powell’s "Bitch"
COUNTERPUNCH NEWS SERVICE
A disheveled Christopher Hitchens caused a flurry last night on MSNBC’s Hardball program, compered by Chris Matthews, by describing Richard Armitage, Colin Powell’s long-term aide at the Pentagon and State Department as "his bitch". In homose...
The Lobby and the Bulldozer
NORMAN SOLOMON
Weeks after a British magazine published a long article by two American professors titled "The Israel Lobby," the outrage continued to howl through mainstream U.S. media. A Los Angeles Times op-ed article by Council on Foreign Relations senior fel...
Privelege Meets Protest at Duke
KEVIN PROSEN And DAVE ZIRIN
In Durham North Carolina, a scant three miles separate Duke from historically black North Carolina Central University (NCCU), but the divide more resembles a canyon. The seismic shock of the recent and now notorious rape charges levied against the Duke Lacrosse te...
Bush and Freedom of Speech
JEFF BIRKENSTEIN
"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -President James Madison "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -Martin Luther ...
Not So Fast, Mr. Powell
EVELYN J. PRINGLE
This week I read an article by Rorbert Sheer, that said Colin Powell now says that he and his department’s top experts never believed that Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat, but that Bush followed misleading advice from Dick Cheney and the CIA in making ...
Synergism of the Neo-Cons
KAMRAN MATIN
The implications of last year’s victory of Mahmud Ahmadinejad in the Iranian presidential elections have already reached beyond the Iranian political landscape. Externally the dispute between Iran and the US-EU on Iran’s nuclear programme has sharply e...
The Boy President Who Cried, "Wolf"
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
"Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!" When the villagers came to help the boy who cried, "Wolf," the boy laughed. He had been bored. "WMD! WMD! Saddam has WMD!" When no WMD were found, the boy president said: &qu...
The Imminent Decline of the American Empire?
RAMZY BAROUD
The miscalculated policies of the US administration in the Middle East are quickly depleting the country’s ability to sustain its once unchallenged global position. Winds of change are blowing everywhere, and there is little that Washington’s ideologue...
Resisting Fences
VIJAY PRASHAD
Shortly after the First World War, Frank J. Sensenbrenner developed the Kotex maxi-pad. He took the product to market and soon made a massive fortune through his firm, Kimberly Clark. Like other firms, Kimberly Clark has slowly divested itself of United States-bas...
The Suicide of Anthony Soltero
ALAN MAASS
School officials threatened to punish 14-year-old Anthony Soltero for standing up for immigrant rights. Now he’s dead as a result of their threats. Anthony’s tragic suicide has shaken and saddened people around the country–but also made th...
The Corporate Hijack of India’s Water
P. SAINATH
2001: The old man shuffled his feet, acutely embarrassed. No matter which part of India you’re in, the first thing you do is offer your guests a glass of water. And this was one part of Nallamada in Andhra Pradesh blessed with that element. Things had change...
Bush’s Insane First Strike Policy
DAVE LINDORFF
By the mere act of contingency planning for the first use of nuclear weapons, the Bush administration has guaranteed that not just Iran, but probably many other nations that see themselves as remotely threatened by the U.S., will seek to obtain either nuclear weap...
How a Wal-Mart Bank Will Harm Consumers
RANDALL DODD
Let me address two fundamental questions before the FDIC. One is whether the current regulatory treatment of industrial loan banks (ILB) is good policy or whether it is a bad loophole in what is otherwise good, prudential regulation. The other is whether extending...
Resistance: the Remedy for Fear
RON JACOBS
The French students and workers force the repeal of a law that would have provided employers complete control over the work lives of French youth. Immigrants and their supporters maintain a growing series of protests across the United States to oppose proposed leg...
The Gang That Couldn’t Leak Straight
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
In a court filing by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, it has now become public that, according to Scooter Libby, George Bush authorized the Vice President’s chief of staff in July 2003 to disclose previously highly confidential information — to leak this...
Nepalis Say, "Ya Basta!"
PRATYUSH CHANDRA
"But today, we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. We are the inheritors of the true builders of our nation. The dispossessed, we are millions, and we thereby call upon our brothers and sisters to join this struggle as the only path, so that we will not die of...