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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...