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Archives from June 2006
Coca Cola Takes a Hit
CounterPunch Newswire
The left’s big victory a few weeks ago in the south western Indian state of Kerala has yielded swift fruit this week in the form of yet another vigorous rebuff to Coca-Cola. For several years the vast company’s Indian subsidiary has been tryi...
Leaving the Truth Buried in Gaza’s Sands
JONATHAN COOK
If you keep lying long enough and with enough conviction, people start to believe you — or at least doubt the evidence in front of their own eyes. And so it has been with the Israeli army’s account of how seven members of a Palestinian family were...
Tears of a Clown
JOHN WALSH
Last Friday, June 17, was not a good day for the Al Franken radio show. Al was “down,” sounding like he was on the verge of tears, not such a good disposition for a comic. It seems his listeners had let loose on him when he proclaimed that he R...
HUD to New Orleans’ Poor: "Go F(ind) Yourself (Housing)!"
BILL QUIGLEY
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced they plan to demolish over five thousand public housing apartments in New Orleans. In August 2005, HUD reported they had 7,381 public apartments in New Orleans. Now HUD say...
The Left and the Blathersphere
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Before me are the three press releases for the recent “Campaign for America Future” (staged by “progressive” Democrats) conference announcing the three daily schedules for the mid-June sessions in Washington DC, entitled “Take Ba...
Bush’s Baghdad Photo Op
MIKE WHITNEY
George Bush loves playing the war president. He loves strutting across an aircraft carrier in a tight-fitting jump-suit or dropping in on the new Iraqi Premier, al-Maliki for a few hours of chummy bravado. He loves showing Papa-Bush that he can hang in there ...
No More Walls, No More Deaths
JOSEPH NEVINS
On Sunday, June 4, about two hundred people filed by individuals wailing over what appeared to be corpses in front of the U.S. Border Patrol’s sector headquarters in Tucson, Arizona. The march and the guerrilla theater-a "die-in"-were the culm...
Corporate Democrats
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
and ROBERT WEISSMAN If you wonder why things never change in Washington, look no further than a report released yesterday by Russ Baker’s ...
An Interview with Syria’s Ambassador to the US, Dr. Imad Moustapha
FARRAH HASSEN
The following interview with Syrian Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Imad Moustapha, was conducted at the Embassy of Syria in Washington D.C. on June 2, 2006. FARRAH HASSEN: On June 15, UN investigator Serge Brammertz will report to the UN Security Cou...
The Real Mission of the Uniformed Ghost at the Border
GREG MOSES
These three sentences prove why Generals are not paid to determine political policy: "The border should not be militarized," said National Guard Chief Steven Blum at Thursday’s press conference in Austin. "We made a conscious choice not...
How MoveOn Wastes Its Donors’ Money
JOHN SCAGLIOTTI
  Editors’ Note. This is Vermont-based moviemaker JOHN SCAGLIOTTI’s second letter to MoveOn’s Matzzle. We ran John’s first dissection of MoveOn’s foolish expenditures in Alexander Cockburn’s ...
"There’s No Hope in Guantanamo"
NICOLE COLSON
THREE DETAINEES at the U.S. prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, took their own lives in early June. But as far as the U.S. government is concerned, their suicides were an act of aggression against the U.S. "They are smart, they are creative, th...
The Power of the Israel Lobby
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
Former CIA analysts Editors’ Note: Ten, even five years ago, a fierce public debate over the nature and activities of the Israeli lobby would have been impossible. It was as verboten as the use of the word Empire, to describe the global reach of...
Death Squads at Colombia Universities
PROFESSORS, LECTURERS, AND FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSIDAD DE ANTIOQUIA
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Premature Triangulation
NORMAN SOLOMON
Two years from now, Hillary Clinton might be pleased to hear the kind of boos and antiwar chants that greeted her days ago when she spoke at the annual Take Back America conference of Democratic activists and argued against a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. Bu...
Look Them in the Eye
KATHY KELLY
On Day 6 of a 30 day "Walk for Justice," our team of fourteen walkers rested after covering 10 miles of a planned 320 mile walk a...
Why a Global Economic Deluge Looms
GABRIEL KOLKO
People who know the most about the world financial system are increasingly worried, and for very good reasons. Dire warnings are coming from the most "respectable" sources. Reality has gotten out of hand. The demons of greed are loose. What is tha...
Palestine on the Brink
RAMZY BAROUD
The political and ideological division separating Palestinian society in the Occupied Territories has metamorphosed into a formidable chasm, despite the urgent need to consolidate Palestinian national unity in this current crisis. And a time of crisis it i...
Publicity Stunts as Public Policy
RON JACOBS
About 2500 US known dead, give or take a corpse or two Untold tens of thousands of Iraqis. A new and more repressive crackdown in Iraq’s capital city titled, rather lamely, Operation Forward Together. No Iron Fist this time. No Desert Storm. Just Forward Tog...
Israel Spinning Out of Control
RAMZY BAROUD
Israel’s Defense Minister Amir Peretz announced today that Israel is preparing a global "propaganda offensive" to counter the recent barrage of news reports and writings that condemned Israel for the recent killing of 10 civilians, including 5 chil...
Decoding the Coders of Christ
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
The real conspiracy surrounding Jesus is not the cover-up of his marriage to Mary Magdalene, but his theological transformation into the "bridegroom" of the Christian Church (Mark 2: 18-22). Jesus was a Jew not a Christian. He was not about dying so that...
Bulldozing Palestine
JOSEPH SCHECHLA
James W. Owens CEO, Caterpillar Inc. 100 NE Adams Street Peoria IL 61629 USA Dear Mr. Owens: We were once gratified to know that Caterpillar’s Code of Worldwide Business Conduct recognizes "the social dimension of [corporate]...
The Teflon Partnership
EVELYN PRINGLE
Shortly after Valerie Plame was outed, Joe Wilson received a long handwritten letter from the first President Bush expressing his "outrage at what had happened and his understanding of the seriousness of it," according to Wilson. The elder Bu...
"They Want the Fear Level at a High Pitch"
NICOLE COLSON
Lynne Stewart has dedicated her career as a lawyer to defending civil liberties, left-wing causes and politically "unpopular" clients. Now, at age 66, she faces a possible prison sentence of 30 years and the end of her legal career–for nothing more...
Bolton Bolts from Oxford Protests
MICHAEL CARMICHAEL
"John Bolton is the kind of man with whom I would want to stand at Armageddon, if it should be my lot to be on hand for what is forecast to be the final battle between good and evil in this world." Senator Jesse Helms (Republican, Nor...
My Trial By Media
WARD CHURCHILL
Bolder, Colorado. On February 2, 2005, Colorado Governor Bill Owens called for me to be fired because of statements I made about U.S. foreign policy that were clearly protected by the First Amendment. It would have been illegal to do so then, and it is...
Israeli Law and Order
JONATHAN COOK
Imagine the following scenario. A Palestinian gunman boards a bus inside Israel and rides it to the city of Netanya. Close to the end of the line, he walks over to the driver, levels his automatic rifle against the man’s head and pumps him with bullets. He t...
Peace Activists at Hillary Clinton’s Speech Try to Take Back "Take Back America"
MEDEA BENJAMIN
The Take Back America conference, an annual event held in Washington DC this year from June 12-14, is supposed to be a venue for prominent progressives to gather and debate the major issues of our day. Their aim is to "provide the nation with new vision, new ...
The Strange Death of Zarqawi
DAVE LINDORFF
Nobody’s going to morn the death of Al Zarqawi, me included, but there are some important questions about how and why he died that need asking. From the available reports on the incident, it seems clear that the U.S. knew exactly where he was, and had...
The Secret of Authority
YITZHAK LAOR
A huge farce is being staged in the Israeli High Court of Justice. Every university in the country has joined an appeal of a ruling by the National Labor Court (which ordered Bar-Ilan University in April 2005 to reveal its procedure for appointing professors), and...
The World Cup Meets Mexico’s Presidenciales
JOHN ROSS
On the heels of the Great June 6th non-debate between Mexico’s three leading presidential candidates, a U.S, reporter stopped in at his favorite café in the old quarter of this sprawling megalopolis for an evening café con leche. The patrons of...
Venezuela Holds the Line on Drug Trafficking
GABRIEL GARCIA
U.S. specialists are currently awaiting the White House’s next drug certification report, which is normally released in September, to see whether the Bush Administration will continue to use the document as a political tool rather than a piece of objective r...
Puerto Rico at the United Nations
JUAN ANTONIO OCASIO RIVERA
At the United Nations yesterday morning, one thing was immediately clear: as the member nations of the Decolonization Committee noted, there is tremendous and lasting interest in the case of Puerto Rico and its political status. The Committee noted that, this year...
Divestment is a Stand for Equality in Israel
HILTON OBENZINGER
As an American Jew who has spoken out against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza for many years, I have been regularly smeared as a "self-hating Jew" and worse. It little matters that the "radical" ideas I advocated 25 year...
The Meaning of Haditha
PAUL D'AMATO
As I go through a list of New York Times articles on the Haditha massacre, in which Marines murdered 24 Iraqi civilians, the following phrases keep popping up: "unprovoked attack," "unprovoked murder," "unprovoked killings." Th...
The Evil of Banality
ANTHONY ALESSANDRINI
There are moments that require us to stop everything and take stock of the time in which we are living. This is one such moment. Listen: "They are smart, they are creative, they are committed," Admiral Harris said. "They have no regard for li...
The Story Behind Zarqawi’s Death
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
A bu Musab Al Zarqawi is dead. The Jordanian-born Zarqawi was in a meeting with associates at a "safe house" just north of Baghdad last Wednesday (June 7) when he was killed in a joint operation with Iraq carried out by U.S. air forces. Zarqawi has been ...
Has Racism Invaded Canada?
ROBERT FISK
This has been a good week to be in Canada–or an awful week, depending on your point of view–to understand just how irretrievably biased and potentially racist the Canadian press has become. For, after the arrest of 17 Canadian Muslims on "terroris...
Bush’s Armageddon Wish
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
John Bolton, a notorious neocon warmonger who could not be confirmed as America’s ambassador to the UN by even the compliant and corrupt US Senate, got the job as a recess appointment. He is using the platform to push America into war with Iran. Bolto...
English Nationalism and the World Cup
MIKE MARQUSEE
In London at the moment you can’t get away from it. The red cross flag of St. George is fluttering from cars and balconies, plastered on windows and billboards, inscribed on chocolate bars, pizza boxes and soft drink bottles. And in case anyone was not aware...
Left with No Future by GM and Delphi
LEE SUSTAR
Tough talk from United Auto Workers (UAW) leaders will abound at the union’s convention in Las Vegas June 11-15, which takes place amid the union’s strike threat at bankrupt parts maker Delphi Automotive Systems. But back at Delphi’s Nee...
Warped Coverage of the Middle East
FELICE PACE
Dear Scott Simon and all Weekend Edition Sat folks: Weekend Edition Saturday in general and Scott Simons hosting and essays in particular have been among my favorite news experiences for many, many years. But in recent years, and as I have learned more from...
Enter Sandman; Exit Kosland
MICHAEL J. SMITH
You know you’re in trouble when the high point of your day is Arianna Huffington. I’ve spent the last three days in Las Vegas, lurking incognito at the Daily Kos convention. (Yesterday’s report ; ...
The US Already Misses Zarqawi
PATRICK COCKBURN
In the days before he was tracked down and killed by US lazer-guided bombs Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was living with almost no guards and only five companions, two of whom were women and one an eight year old girl. US military were yesterday displaying the few t...
Setting the Record Straight on Hamas
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
Oxford, England. A June 3rd poll conducted by Near East Consulting based in Ramallah, Palestine shows that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians support the Prisoner’s Agreement, an inter-factional agreement signed by one member each of Fatah, Ham...
The Other Campaign
Subcomandante MARCOS
As you may already know, in the Assembly of May 29th we presented a proposal for an Action Plan. Because of the weather and that some friends from various states had to get going, we explained it only briefly there. We think it, therefore, a good idea to expl...
Let’s Forget It, Better Still
RON JACOBS
The first time I saw The Who was almost by accident. My friends and I were four teenage scouts who knew that our scouting life was almost over. I was having a hard time with the blind patriotism the organization insisted on and my friends were turning their intere...
Tylenol Toxicity Terror
FRED GARDNER
The "therapeutic ratio" of a drug compares the amount required to produce harmful effects with the amount required to provide benefit. The therapeutic ratio of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, is about 2:1 -and even lower if your liver ha...
Terror in Toronto or Tempest in a Teapot
JOHN CHUCKMAN
The arrest in Toronto of seventeen men, mostly quite young, for conspiracy to bomb places in Southern Ontario has raised a storm of comment. Unfortunately, much of it has been either premature or wrong. A Congressman from Northern New York, uninformed but s...
Grocery Chains and Bush’s Ownership Society
SETH SANDRONSKY
There are too many U.S. grocery chain stores, said George Whalin, head of Retail Management Consultants, in The Sacramento Bee of June 7. Call it overcapacity in the grocery industry. A few new owners of the Albertsons grocery chain are responding according...