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Archives from July 2006
The Power of Arrogance
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
For all the cries of outrage and shock over what is happening in the Middle East, is there really much difference between the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and the Israeli attacks on Lebanon? A familiar parody of the Cartesian mindset is on display once mor...
Hillary’s White House Ticket
JOSEPH GROSSO
A timeless clique regarding politicians, as heard in old Brooklyn (before its current awful phase as a yuppie haven) minus several expletives goes something like this: "All dem bums are crooks". One would like to believe the statement is too general and ...
9/11 Nablus
GALE COUREY TOENSING
Nablus. For anyone who witnessed the results of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center buildings in New York City, the scene was horrifyingly familiar, albeit on a smaller scale. The first evidence of the devastation was seen and felt blocks...
Notes from a Free Fire Zone
RAMZI KYSIA
Beirut. Watching the news today in my grandfather’s home in Lebanon, all I want to do is weep. Until today, I was cautiously optimistic. Until today, there were some positive developments in the politics of this war. It seems almost obscene to...
Israel’s Man at the UN
TOM BARRY
John Bolton has proved to be the right man for the job. As UN ambassador, Bolton has clearly and consistently projected the White House’s Middle East policies, especially the administration’s unwavering support for Israel. As international crit...
Squeezing the Last Drops from Palestine
RICHARD HARTH
New Orleans. Thirsty in New Orleans On Sunday, August 29th of last year, the hurricane we’d been watching metastasize in the Gulf of Mexico crossed from sea to land, disfiguring and permanently altering the city of New Orleans. Our beloved and ...
Lebanon and the Future of the Antiwar Movment
SHARON SMITH
Israel’s indiscriminate-yet thoroughly systematic-slaughter of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians should be a moment of truth for the U.S. left. The fact that "about 55 percent of all casualties at the Beirut Government University Hospital are children ...
Israel’s New Middle East
TANYA REINHART
Tel Aviv. Beirut is burning, hundreds of Lebanese die, hundreds of thousands lose all they ever owned and become refugees, and all the world is doing is rescuing the "foreign passport" residents of what was just two weeks ago "the Paris of th...
Japan’s New Militarists
CHRISTOPHER REED
The world’s second biggest economy is still Japan, yet for all its apparent modernity and embrace of the latest technologies, when it comes to politics the nation remains entangled in a twilight world of ghosts gone by. Its most recent example is remi...
Castro at 80
SAUL LANDAU
Televised contemporary events marginalize the role of history. TV broadcasts death from Lebanon, Gaza and Israel, but paid scant attention to the 53rd anniversary of Cuba’s revolutionary beginning. On July 26, 1953, Fidel Castro led 150 plus men to capture t...
Hoosier Hooey
WERTHER
Indiana, once deemed by National Lampoon to be the country’s most boring state, is nevertheless the hatchery of two notable American bards, Booth Tarkington and Theodore Dreiser. Based on recent news reports, a third Hoosier spinner of tales is poised to joi...
Can the Crime Justify the Act?
YUSUF MANSUR
Thirteen years ago, my encounter with an Israeli family in the US left me with a hope for peace and a better tomorrow for all. Today, it pains me to think that their child, who played for countless hours with my son, may be the one who is dropping bombs on the chi...
Justice Delayed is Murder, and a War Crime
BARBARA OLSHANKY
The dramatic Supreme Court decision last month declaring the Bush administration’s Guantanamo military tribunals scheme to be lawless and unconstitutional, is a landmark ruling that strikes a powerful blow for liberty. Hamdan v. Rumsfeld represents our democ...
How the Irish Invented Dudes
DANIEL CASSIDY
Dude, n.,a dapper dandy; a ‘swell,’ an affected, fastidious fop; a city slicker at a dude ranch. “Origin unknown.” (Barnhart Dictionary of English Etymology, 305.) Dúd, (pron. dood),...
Applauding While Lebanon Burns
NORMAN SOLOMON
Syndicated columnist Richard Cohen declared in the Washington Post on Tuesday that an-eye-for-an-eye would be a hopelessly wimpy policy for the Israeli government. "Anyone who knows anything about the Middle East knows that proportionality is madness,&...
Is Beirut Burning?
URI AVNERY
Tel Aviv – "IT SEEMS that Nasrallah survived," Israeli newspapers announced, after 23 tons of bombs were dropped on a site in Beirut, where the Hizbullah leader was supposedly hiding in a bunker. An interesting formulation. A few ...
Beirut as Munich
ROBERT FISK
Beirut. How brave our warships looked at dawn. Spread over the pale blue Mediterranean, bristling with cannons and machine guns and missiles, it was an armada led by the destroyer HMS Gloucester and the USS Nashville and York and the sleek French anti-subma...
Beware Iraqi Leaders Bearing Good News
PATRICK COCKBURN
AMMAN – On a bend in the Tigris river in north Baghdad people try to prevent their children seeing the headless and tortured bodies which drift ashore every day. The number of civilians being killed in Iraq may top 1,000 a week in July after reachi...
Is There a Stronger Word Than “Hypocrisy”?
WILLIAM BLUM
There are times when I think that this tired old world has gone on a few years too long. What’s happening in the Middle East is so depressing. Most discussions of the eternal Israel-Palestine conflict are variations on the childR...
Bankers Fear World Economic Meltdown
GABRIEL KOLKO
On June 15 we published GABRIEL KOLKO’s essay on the enormous instability of the world’d financial system. In the ensuing weeks Professor Kolko has enlarged his analysis, and here we offer our readers his updated version. AC / JSC ...
Israel?s Invasion Pretext Under Fire
JOSHUA FRANK
As Lebanon continues to be pounded by Israeli bombs and munitions, the justification for Israel’s invasion is treading on very thin ice. It has become general knowledge that it was Hezbollah guerillas that first kidnapped two IDF soldi...
The Detention of Ghazi Walid Falah
DAVID NALLY
On the 9 July, 2006 Professor Ghazi Walid Falah–a professional geographer who holds dual Arab-Israeli and Canadian citizenship and is a University Lecturer at the University of Akron in Ohio–was arrested by the Israeli authorities near Haifa in norther...
Arrested in Istanbul
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Instanbul. Queuing to pay for my lunch on Monday at the cash register of a diner here in Istanbul where I live, the customer in front turned to me and said|: "You’re that Englishman, aren’t you? I saw you on the TV last night. You work at Y...
Primetime Lies from the American Media
JONATHAN COOK
NAZARETH – This week I had the pleasure to appear on American radio, on the Laura Ingraham show, pitted against David Horowitz, a "Semite supremacist" who most recently made his name under the banner of Campus Watch, leading McCarthyite witch-...
Chronology of the Latest Crisis in the Middle East
SHARAT G. LIN
The Bush administration, Congress, and the press repeatedly  echo the Israeli government’s  position that the current warfare between Israel versus Palestinians and Lebanese is a consequence of the “kidnapping”...
Scenes from Beirut on the Eve of the Invasion
GEORGE BISHARAT
Eleven days ago, I walked through the familiar stone archway, descended steps worn smooth by the feet of others, and re-entered the paradise that is the American University of Beirut. It was my first trip back in 25 years. Here my father and four uncles were all e...
?You can tell them that I?m not leaving. We love Lebanon.?
ZENA EL-KHALIL
  BEIRUT — I have started coughing, but I don’t know why. I am not sick. I don’t have a cold.  I think it’s a reaction I’m having to stress. My body feels weak. My mouth is always dry, no matter how much water I drin...
The Bottled Water Madness
LARRY LACK
The bottled water industry is a prime example of why P.T. Barnum, not Adam Smith, should be anointed as capitalism’s patron saint. Aside from its usefulness in remote areas during disasters and emergencies, bottled water is an enti...
Let No Ivy Leaguer Be Left Behind
COUNTERPUNCH NEWS DESK
From the ABC News Website: Investigative   Ivy Leaguers Leave Lebanon First and Fast Through Private Security Firms July 21, 2006 9:47 AM Ingrid Anid, Astrid Hill & Lara Setrakian Report: When fi...
Why Israel is Losing
ASHRAF ISMA'IL
The world is witnessing what could be a critical turning point in the Arab-Israeli conflict.  Israel is now engaged in a war that could permanently undermine the efficacy of its much-vaunted military apparatus. Ironically, the...
The Secrets Behind "State Secrets"
MIKE MEJIA
French filmmaker Mathieu Verboud is set to release a new documentary for European television this fall, which will reveal important new insights into the case of former FBI translator and president of the ...
Israel and the Irony of UN Resolutions
ROBERT BRYCE
Quick. Someone call the irony police. The Israelis are demanding that Lebanon and every other player with a stake in the Middle East comply with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559. That’s the one that calls for the disarming of all milit...
Activists Found Not Guilty in Irish Ploughshares Case
HARRY BROWNE
It took nearly three-and-a-half years for the case of the Pitstop Ploughshares to reach a jury. It took the jury less than three-and-a-half hours to find the five activists not guilty of criminal damage to a US Navy plane at Shannon Airport in western Ireland in F...
Willful Blindness
MARJORIE COHN
On Friday morning, as I traveled north on Interstate 5, I passed two tractor-trailers heading south toward the 32nd Street Naval Station in downtown San Diego. Each vehicle carried about 10 unmarked bombs; each bomb was approximately 15 feet long. Two military hel...
Sabra and Shatila and the Brave Woman Who Awoke the Press to the Massacres
MAHER OSSEIRAN
It was December 1982, and I had decided to go back to Beirut after the withdrawal of the Israeli troops to check on my parents. I traveled alone, leaving from JFK the day after Christmas on a British Airways flight to London with a...
More Than 100 Iraqis Being Killed Each Day, Says UN; 3,149 Killed in June Alone
PATRICK COCKBURN
BAGHDAD: The number of Iraqi civilians being murdered or killed in the current fighting has been revealed for the first time by the United Nations. It is far higher than previous estimates. More people are dying here – probably more than 100 a day,...
Israelis Bomb Fleeing Villagers
ROBERT FISK
They are in the schools, in empty hospitals, in halls and mosques and in the streets. The Shia Muslim refugees of southern Lebanon, driven from their homes by the Israelis, are arriving in Sidon by the thousand, cared for by Sunni Muslims...
Whatever You Did in War Will Always Be With You
MARC LEVY
VA Shrink: Were you in Vietnam? Vietnam Vet:  Yes. VA Shrink:  When were you there? Vietnam vet:  Last night. I‘m kneeling. Tears streak my face, drip down, fall to earth. It’s only m...
Israel?s Criminal Accomplice
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
There never was any doubt of the Bush Regime’s complicity in Israel’s naked aggression against the Lebanese civilian population.  Bush has protected Israel from world condemnation. Bush has blocked those who attempted to ...
Israel?s Indiscriminate Onslaughts
JONATHAN COOK
  The expressions of shock that Lebanese civilians are taking the brunt of Israel’s onslaught — and the unwillingness in some quarters of the media to report the fact — reflects a poor understanding of Israel’s...
Do People Know How Much We Hurt?
NAJLA SAID
How do I even start this? How do I write about my Beirut? My heartbreak, my home, my safety, my loss. again. I suppose I just start. I have experienced true terror a handful of times. The first was in 1983. The first time I ...
The Shame of Being An American
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Do you know that Israel is engaged in ethnic cleansing in southern Lebanon? Israel has ordered all the villagers to clear out.  Israel then destroys their homes and murders the fleeing villagers.  That way there is no one to come back and n...
Penis Politics
LUCINDA MARSHALL
I recently told a sweet but sometimes dense (by his own admission) male friend that it isn’t all about penises. I meant it in a personal sense, but when I opened my morning paper and saw a story about a prostitution ring that involved smuggling women into th...
Kill the Precedent
RON JACOBS
I recently published a piece in Counterpunch and a couple other places that I titled "Keep It Radical!" The essence of the piece was that it is important to develop and maintain a radical (in the fundamental sense of the...
The Double Standard on Depression
FRED GARDNER
One of Eli Lilly’s key objectives, when they were marketing Prozac in the early 1990s was to get employers to reimburse for anti-depressants. Some leaders of the National Association of Manufacturers had expressed reluctance to underwrite "mental healt...
Here?s How To Halt This Horror
RALPH NADER
You have been a weak president, despite your strutting and barking, when it comes to doing the right things for the American people within the Constitution and its rule of law. This trait is now in bold relief over the Israeli government...
The Right?s Use of Sexpot Schoolgirls
CHRISTOPHER REED
TOKYO — The sexiest schoolgirls in the world parade down Japanese town and village streets every weekday after class in their micro-mini skirts, exposing tanned legs that are never sheathed in hose, no matter how cold. Although America’s semi-...
“Stop That Shit!”
URI AVNERY
A WOMAN, an immigrant from Russia, throws herself on the ground in total despair in front of her home that has been hit by a missile, crying in broken Hebrew: "My son! My son!" believing him dead. In fact he was only wounded and sent to the hosp...
2 = 500,000
GILAD ATZMON
This is obviously the outcome of the newly emerged Hebraic arithmetic laws. For 2 kidnapped Israeli soldiers who are still kept alive, 500,000 innocent Lebanese civilians are displaced. For 2 abducted Israeli soldiers, Lebanon, a sovereign state, is broug...
Bush’s Fecal World
DR. SUSAN BLOCK
Having only just escaped death a few weeks ago, I am now trying to focus on my healing process. I am attempting to follow my doctors’ orders, manage my pain, build up my strength and think positive, healing thoughts. Therefore, I am trying to ignore...