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Archives from May 2006
Dirk’s Dirty Money
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
After serving for five years as Interior Secretary in the Bush Cabinet, Gale Norton, protégé of James Watt, quietly stepped down from her post overseeing the ruination of the American West. Norton’s sudden exit was almost certainly hastened by ...
The War on Nurses
SETH SANDRONSKY
A May 24 article in the NY Times noted a provision in the recently passed Senate immigration reform bill that expands the number of foreign nurses who may work in the U.S. The article cited a national shortage of nurses for the removal of the current restriction o...
Blacks, Hispanics and Immigrant Bashing for Colonial Control
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Do recent immigrants from Latin America diminish the economic advancement of other Americans, in particular black Americans? "The reaction to foreign immigrants, as also to internal migration, comes partly from the belief or, in any c...
Scapegoating Mexicans is an American Tradition
MICKEY Z.
Zoot suit, white jacket with side vents five inches long I’m out on the street again and I’m leaping along I’m dressed right for a beach fight but I just can’t explain Why that uncertain feeling is s...
Stop Saying This is a Nation of Immigrants!
ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ
A nation of immigrants: This is a convenient myth developed as a response to the 1960s movements against colonialism, neocolonialism, and white supremacy. The ruling class and its brain trust offered multiculturalism, diversity, and affirmative action in response ...
On Palestinian Violence
RAMZY BAROUD
Labeling as ‘dangerous’ the violent escalation in the Gaza Strip between supporters of the Fatah and Hamas movements is an understatement, to say the least. The situation in the Occupied Territories is more perilous than any media account, however dece...
Three Weddings and a Funeral
P. SAINATH
In one third of Gosavi Pawar’s house there was mourning. In another third, celebration. In the last part of his home there was preparation for both mourning and celebration. This Banjara household in Yavatmal , [a town in the Vidharbha district in the north-...
Keeping Little Leaguers Safe
RALPH NADER
As the Little League season gets into full swing for millions of young baseball and softball players across the country, their health and safety on the playing field will significantly benefit from an addition in the Little League rules this year — a require...
DNC Death Wish 2006
DAVE LINDORFF
Do national and congressional Democrats have a death wish? In the course of discussing Barbara Olshansky’s and my new book, "The Case for Impeachment," I’m coming to the conclusion that they must. And that’s even before they do s...
Al Gore the Environmental Titan?
JOSHUA FRANK
Al Gore has returned to the political spotlight in exalted fashion, propping himself up for a potential presidential bid in 2008. Front and center in Gore’s new rhetorical entourage is the state of nature, and in particular, global warming. And while Gore ma...
The Four Fundamentalisms
ROBERT JENSEN
The most important words anyone said to me in the weeks immediately after September 11, 2001, came from my friend James Koplin. While acknowledging the significance of that day, he said, simply: "I was in a profound state of grief about the world before 9/11,...
Of Immigrants and "Real Amurkans"
TIM WISE
According to a recent survey, more Americans can name the characters from The Simpsons, than can recall the rights protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In fact, while roughly one in five Americans could name the Simpsons characters, only one-...
Silencing the Peace Protester of Parliament Square
MICHAEL DICKINSON
"If I had a bell, I’d ring it in the morning, I’d ring it in the evening, All over this land. I’d ring out danger; I’d ring out warning…" So go the words of the old protest so...
Zionist Democrats
MICHAEL CARMICHAEL
Last week the newly elected Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, visited Washington to meet with George Bush in order to endorse America’s plan to attack Iran in his address to Congress. In his strident appeal to Congress, Olmert sought nothing less than t...
The Real Reason Rock the Vote is Falling Apart
LEE BALLINGER
Rock the Vote is in shambles. According to a February 7 LA Times article by Charles Duhigg, the organization is $700,000 in debt and has cut its staff from twenty people in 2004 to two today. Rock the Vote hasn’t had a chief operating officer since the last ...
Partners in Human Rights Abuses?
JONATHAN COOK
There were some remarkable admissions in a piece by the distinguished Israeli sociologist Baruch Kimmerling in the immediate wake of the British teaching union NATFHE’s vote yesterday to offer members moral backing if they boycott Israeli universities. Briti...
Ken Loach’s History Lesson
HARRY BROWNE
"Our film is a little step in the British confronting their imperialist history. Maybe if we tell the truth about the past we can tell the truth about the present." The leftist British director Ken Loach has been nominate...
Now Introducing, the Office of Iranian Affairs (Formerly Doing Business as the Office of Special Plans)
GARY LEUPP
According to Laura Rozen of the Los Angeles Times, t...
The Moral Rot in Congress
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
We are currently being "treated" to more of the moral rot that infests both political parties and, consequently, to yet another example of why a third party is desperately needed. I speak, of course, of the spectacle of the bitter outrage expressed by Co...
Iran and the Uses of "Preventive" War
Col. DAN SMITH
"For the cause of all wars and revolutions–in a word, of all violence–is always the same: the negation of hierarchy." Meditations on the Tarot (Anonymous) History, it has been said, is w...
A New Pro-Imperialist "Left" Manifesto
JOHN W. FARLEY
A group of left intellectuals have recently issued The Euston Manifesto. The signers are mostly British, and the American sig...
Time to Dust Off that Old "No Nukes!" Button
PETER MONTAGUE
It’s time to dust off your "No Nukes!" button — or grab that old one out of your Mom’s top bureau drawer. You may need it soon. The "powers that be" have begun a new campaign to convince us that we must have dozens or h...
EPA Goes Lead Wild
DON FITZ
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supposedly helps protect the environment, especially from toxins that endanger human health. But maybe not. Lead activists from across the country charge that the federal agency is missing the chance to reduce exposur...
God Has Sex, Makes Big Box Office
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
I”m not in a big hurry to see The Da Vinci Code: The Movie. I trust the critics who say it’s boring beyond belief (pun intended). After all, I wasn’t wild about the book. But I’m glad to hear that the film’s opening weekend did...
Teens as Political Scapegoats
RAYMOND GARCIA
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law "what’s called one of the nation’s strictest public school curriculums" on April 20, 2006, claiming it would "help Michigan’s economic revival". While it should obviously be ...
CounterPunch Playlist
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
  Hilton Ruiz: Enchantment (Arabesque) New York-born pianis...
Why Are You Financing a Video Game on Invading Venezuela?
SCOTT MICHAEL PEREY
It is extremely disheartening to discover your good name closely associated with a business that seeks to profit from a pathological culture of ill-will and military perversion and, more specifically, in tandem with a very pointed and insidious work of propaganda ...
A Gold Star Mother’s Memorial Day Plea
TIA STEELE
This Memorial Day let us remember all fallen troops by insisting that the United States no longer engage in wars of aggression. In this election year, the voters must make it abundantly clear to anyone running for office in the United States that candidates will n...
One, Two, Three Many Olympians
RON JACOBS
There’s a great tradition amongst the world’s citizenry that is perhaps best expressed in the words spoken by the late Berkeley radical Mario Savio. It was during the Free Speech actions of 1964 that were aimed against the University of California̵...
The Evil Within
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
A powerful case can be made that it is. In the past three years the Bush Regime has murdered tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians and an unknown number of Afghan ones. US Marines, our finest and proudest military force, are under criminal investigati...
Fear of Flowers
KATHY KELLY
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. "Anfal." It means, "to take everything." In 1988, Saddam Hussein ordered a genocidal campaign, the Anfal Operation, against 4,500 defenseless Kurdish villages in northern Iraq. 180,000 people who couldn’...
The Politics of "Colorado Tom" Tancredo
TOM BARRY
Rep. Tom Tancredo, the leading voice of the immigration restrictionist movement, believes that the United States should wall in our borders, launch a massive deportation of immigrant workers, and fully engage in what he regards as an intensifying clash of civiliza...
The Latest Neocon Lie About Iran
GARY LEUPP
Now that Canada’s National Post has apologized for the disinformational article about Iran it published on its front page last Friday, one should inquire as to how this happened in the first place. The Post had reported that on May 15, the Iranian Parliament...
Surrender vs. the Right to Exist
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Former CIA analyst Noting that he had been raised with the deep conviction that the Jewish people would never have to relinquish any part of the "land of our forefathers," Ehud Olmert told Congress in his address to a joint session on May 24, "I...
What’s the Matter with Oregon?
FRED GARDNER
"In Corvallis, a very progressive community, there is virtually no doctor who will recommend cannabis for cancer pain or for severe nausea or AIDS." -Nurse Ed Glick Ed Glick was fired April 18 from h...
"Howl," 50 Years Later
LENNI BRENNER
I don’t remember the exact dates of my many encounters with Allen Ginsberg. But it would be hard for anyone to forget where we first met. I had run into a buddy, "Spade Charlie" Hameal. His woman, a white, owned the Cafe East, on Manhattan&...
The Abominable Dr. Ishii
CHRISTOPHER REED
Editors’ note: Under the overall codename Project Paperclip US intelligence agencies made similarly diligent efforts to acquire the research records of Nazi doctors working in the death camps. They also brought over several of the Nazi medical e...
Mexico After NAFTA
SETH SANDRONSKY
On April 17, the Washington Post ran an article about Mexico’s economy and the North American Free Trade Agreement, which took effect on January 1, 1994. Part of the focus was on market forces and the flight of some Mexicans to the U.S. "Still, t...
Disappearing the Disappeared
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. The Office of the Special Prosecutor charged with investigating forcible disappearances during the so-called "dirty war" here (1970-82) has itself been forcibly disappeared. The Special Prosecutor for Social Movements and Political Cr...
Fire the Generals!
Col. DOUGLAS A. MacGREGOR (Ret.)
When Gen. George Casey took over as commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq during July 2004, he asked his staff in Baghdad to set up a meeting with the headquarters’ counter-insurgency expert. His request was met with sile...
Thank You, Fox News
KONA LOWELL
A few years ago a study was conducted by the Program on International Policy (PIPA) at the University of Maryland and Knowledge Networks to gauge Americans’ perceptions on the Iraq war and determine their degree of support for it. An amazing coincidence was ...
Who Will Question the Drive to Attack Iran?
BRIAN J. FOLEY
Thought exercise: You’re "The Decider." Someone asks you whether the U.S. should attack Iran, to prevent that country from building an atomic bomb. How would you decide? You’d probably ask some questions: war is serious business. You m...
Redeeming the Magdalene
JOE ALLEN
Despite the best efforts of the Catholic Church and the panning of the film by most movie critics, large crowds packed last weekend’s opening of The Da Vinci Code. According to media reports, it’s had the second-largest opening ever internationa...
Bush Targets Chavez and Morales
ROGER BURBACH
George W. Bush has come out with harsh words for the governments of Bolivia and Venzeuela.“Let me just put it bluntly–I’m concerned about the erosion of democracy in the countries you mentioned,” Bush said in response to a question put to h...
The Few, the Proud, the Murderers
PIERRE TRISTAM
Of course the first line of defense, for those craven enough to defend atrocities just because Americans commit them, is to say that Iraqis do worse. And in fact the U.S. military, after lying about the massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha last year, then lyi...
The Never-Ending Worry
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
At first it was the "cakewalk" war. That morphed into "when we capture Saddam." Then, we heard "after the elections" followed by the nauseatingly platitudinous "we won’t step down ’til they step up." Now, ...
Water or Gold?
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Early last year former US presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush flew to Asia to meet survivors of the tsunami and pledged to help them rebuild their lives after that terrible disaster. Later in the year they visited the southern states of America hit by hurrican...
Iraq’s Ongoing Fuel Crisis
ROBERT BRYCE
The ongoing war in Iraq will likely be won or lost based on the availability of one commodity: motor fuel. For the moment, the U.S. military has all the fuel it needs–about three million gallons per day — to continue prosecuting the war in Iraq...
Young College Grads Face Weak Labor Market
ELISE GOULD
The labor market for young college graduates, those ages 25 to 35, is slowly improving, but remains much weaker than before the last recession in 2001. It has been 20 years since young college graduates have experienced employment rates as low as those experienced...
Finding Common Ground in New Orleans
BOB WING
Malik Rahim is a longtime activist and co-founder of Common Ground. Founded last September, Common Ground is a ...