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Archives from July 2006
Elegy for Beirut
ROBERT FISK
BEIRUT — In the year 551, the magnificent, wealthy city of Berytus – headquarters of the imperial East Mediterranean Roman fleet – was struck by a massive earthquake. In its aftermath, the sea withdrew several miles and the survivors – ancesto...
Hezbollah, Hamas and Israel: Everything You Need To Know
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
As the  tv networks give  unlimited airtime to Israel’s apologists, the message rolls out that no nation, least of all Israel, can permit bombardment or armed incursion  across its borders without retaliation.  The guiding rule in thi...
Indian Prime Minister Faces the Dead Farmer Problem
P. SAINATH
On May 9, 2006, Gosavi Pawar was  one of ten indebted  cotton farmers in the Vidharba region of the Indian state of Maharashtra who killed themselves on that one day. He was among the 520 who  had taken their lives since June last year in t...
The Iraq War is a Huge Success
ASEEM SHRIVASTAVA
“If he that shared the danger enjoyed the profit, and, after bleeding in the battle, grew rich by the victory, he might show his gains without envy. But, at the conclusion of a ten years’ war, how are we recompensed for the death of multitudes...
John Cornford and the Fight for the Spanish Republic
GEORGE GALLOWAY
Seventy years ago this week General Franco launched his attack on the Spanish Republic, backed by Hitler, Mussolini and, tacitly, by the US and other Western powers. Across the next days and weeks we will be publishing articles on this pivotal struggle. W...
AMLO Presidente!
JOHN ROSS
MEXICO CITY  – The day before Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), the peppery left leader who insists he is the winner of the July 2 election here, summoned over a million Mexicans to the great Zocalo plaza to lay out plans for civil resistance...
“Nothing But The Facts”
ROBERT JENSEN
  One way to measure the fears of people in power is by the intensity of their quest for control over knowledge. By that standard, the members of the Florida Legislature marked themselves as the folks most terrified of history in the United States whe...
Will Americans Join Iraqis, Lebanese and Palestinians as Neocon Victims?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
What explains the indifference of the Bush administration to the slaughter of civilians in Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza? As of the morning of July 19, Israeli bombardments of Lebanese civilian residential districts and public infrastructure have murdered 300 Lebane...
Why Hezbollah is Winning… So Far
WILLIAM S. LIND
The stakes in the Israel-Hezbollah-Hamas war are significantly higher than most observers understand. If Hezbollah and Hamas win—and winning just means surviving, given that Israel’s objective is to destroy both entities—a powerful state...
I Was Israel?s Dupe
TOM HAYDEN
Alexander Cockburn writes: Twenty four years ago Ariel Sharon’s artillerymen bombarded Beirut, causing huge terrible civilian casualties, just as Israel’s bombs are doing today. The destruction was so savage that NYT’s Beirut corres...
Israel Targets, Flattens Beirut TV Station HQ
TRISH SCHUH
After years of asymmetric attacks on the First Amendment- assassinating  journalists, surveilling dissent, and censoring the free flow of  information- the Democracy Mukhabarat reigns. Using national security  to prohibit scrutiny or prose...
How Spain’s Church Still Pushes Fascist Agenda
VICENTE NAVARRO
Editors’ note: 70 Years ago this week, General Franco launched his attack on the Spanish Republic, backed by Hitler, Mussolini and, tacitly, by the US and other Western powers. Across the next few days and weeks we will be publishing articles on thi...
Massacres Soar in Central Iraq: Maliki Government Discredited
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad A civil war between Sunni and Shia is spreading rapidly through central Iraq with each community seeking revenge for the latest massacre. A suicide bomber driving a van packed with explosives blew himself up yesterday outside the golden-do...
Is Israel Using Arab Villages as Human Shields?
JONATHAN COOK
  Nazareth hit the international headlines for the first time in this vicious war being waged by Israel mostly on Lebanese civilians. Reporter Matthew Price, corseted in a blue flak jacket in Haifa, told BBC viewers that for ...
Israel?s Shameful attack on Gaza
MIKE WHITNEY
“We are sure that Israel is using a new chemical or radioactive weapon in their operation…When we try to X-ray dead bodies, we find no trace of shrapnel that hit the person killed.” Dr. al-Saqqa, Shifa hospital, Gaza; following the examination...
Atrocities in the Promised Land
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
former CIA analyst Words fail; ordinary terms are inadequate to describe the horrors Israel daily perpetrates, and has perpetrated for years, against the Palestinians. The tragedy of Gaza has been described a hundred times over, as have the tragedies of 1948, of Q...
Planning for the Re-Colonization of Cuba
TOM CRUMPACKER
The Bush Administration’s "Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba," co-chaired by the Secretaries of State and Commerce, has presented a new report to our President this week. Copies are on the Internet. It’s a lengthy and comprehensive Pla...
How the Irish Invented Jazz
DANIEL CASSIDY
"A Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary (1972; 1976) examples first printing of the word (jazz) in relation to music, The Bulletin, San Francisco, March 6, 1913, ‘Its members trained on ragtime and jazz.’" (1) "...
Railroading Your Rights
ELIZABETH WEILL-GREENBERG
Like a twisted elementary school class of show-and-tell, this week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demonstrated its latest effort to search commuters and, they say, thwart an attack on New Jersey and New York City’s transit lines. From July ...
The Road to Gitmo
FARRAH HASSEN
"As far as I know, none of us were ever told why we were in Cuba other than we had been detained in Afghanistan. Of course, we were told that they considered us ‘unlawful combatants,’ but whenever any of us asked what this meant they ...
How Venice is Dying
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Venice. A few moments after Italy dashed French hopes with that disappointing coda of penalty kicks Alya and I took a five-minute stroll to the Piazza San Marco to see the locals celebrate their nation’s capture of the world cup for soccer. As we left...
The Rev. Billy Graham is No Phil Berrigan
WILLIAM HUGHES
Baltimore. "Phil Berrigan took the Gospel…personally!" – Martin Sheen The Rev. Billy Graham, now 87 years old and once a crony of the disgraced President, Richard M. Nixon, was in town recently doing his evangelical thing. He ra...
In Amazonia
HUGH O'SHAUGHNESSY
Santarém, Brazil. For decades now the green movement has been tying itself in knots about this part of the world. The forest which covers Amazonia, 60 per cent of the land area of one of the world largest countries is, we are told a resource for huma...
Racism Plagues Western Media Coverage
RAMZY BAROUD
Racism is "the belief that one ‘racial group’ is inferior to another and the practices of the dominant group to maintain the inferior position of the dominated group. Often defined as a combination of power, prejudice and discrimination."...
What Are They Fighting For?
TANYA REINHART
Whatever may be the fate of the captive soldier Gilad Shalit, the Israeli armyís war in Gaza is not about him. As senior security analyst Alex Fishman widely reported, the army was preparing for an attack months earlier and was constantly pushing for it, wi...
The New Revolution in Southern Mexico
CLIFTON ROSS
Oaxaca, the southern state of Mexico, may be the fuse that lights the exploding bomb of revolution in this country of one hundred million. That’s what Alejandro tells me tonight in the Zocalo, the central plaza, which has been occupied now for nearly two mon...
Israel, the US and the New Orientalism
M. SHAHID ALAM
The West has never had an easy time coming to terms with Islam or Islamicate societies. There was a long period, lasting more than a millennium, when the two were seen as existential threats. In order to mobilize the energy to contain and then roll back these thre...
The Rightwing Language Police
WALTER BRASCH
Let’s pretend it’s dinner time, and you’ve just developed a sudden craving for Mexican food. Yesterday, it was Chinese. Tomorrow it may be Italian. But today, it’s Mexican. And, while we’re pretending, let’s preten...
Pentagon Budget Gimmickry
WINSLOW WHEELER
On Thursday, July 20, the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) is scheduled to "mark up" the fiscal year 2007 (FY 07) Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations bill. This "tutorial" anticipates what clearly appears to be one of the major budg...
Japan and Pre-Emptive Strikes
RON JACOBS
Does Japan’s leadership want to relive its imperial past? The first hints of this possibility came when Tokyo sent troops to Iraq. The more frightful and historically reminiscent hint came over the weekend, when Japan’s defense minister suggested that ...
Echoes of the Wehrmacht
GILAD ATZMON
Two weeks ago it was Palestinians militants who abducted a legitimate military target, an Israeli soldier. Yesterday it was a similar overwhelmingly orchestrated heroic attack by Hezbollah guerrilla fighters. Both attacks are there to send a message of resistance:...
Democrats’ Shameful Bashing of Immigrants
LEE BALLINGER
Over the past few months, millions of immigrants and their supporters have taken to the streets of America to voice their demand to be allowed to live and work in the U.S. without the threat of deportation and other cruelties. These massive demonstrations drew bro...
A History of Israeli-Palestinian Prisoner Exchanges
SAMAR ASSAD
Arrangements for prisoner exchanges between Arab governments and Israel date back to 1948. During the early 1980s, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel exchanged prisoners, the most famous of which is known as the "Jibril Deal" in May 1...
Beirut Waits
ROBERT FISK
It’s about Syria. That was the frightening message delivered by Damascus yesterday when it allowed its Hizbollah allies to cross the UN Blue Line in southern Lebanon, kill three Israeli soldiers, capture two others and demand the release of Lebanese prisoner...
Two Sign Posts in Iraq
WILLIAM S. LIND
The Bush Administration delights in finding "turning points" in Iraq so often that by now we must have turned our way through a maze, though not out of it. The events to which it points are nothing more than new acts in the kabuki offered by Iraq’s...
They Broke the Law and People Died
DAVE LINDORFF
A five-member majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has declared, in the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld ruling handed down late last month, that President Bush and his administration were in violation of the Third Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War. No...
Bugging Hillary
SUSIE DAY
After years of tortured searching, I have finally found a use for Western literature. I merely select pieces from the dead-white-men canon and revise them, in a way that we can better understand contemporary politics! For instance, the perplexing realpolitik of a ...
The Mad Annexationist
RICARDO ALARCÓN De QUESADA
Havana. For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. (Mark 4:22) Tom Crumpacker, a frequent contributor to CounterPunch, is not exaggerating a bit when he com...
Seeds of Hope, Seeds of War
LESLIE RADFORD And JUAN SANTOS
When the Los Angeles City Council sold the 14 acre plot called the South Central Farm to developer Ralph Horowitz, they sold land they didn’t own. For years the City, the Harbor Department, developers and citizens groups have played a shell game, swi...
Insecurity and Crisis in the Middle East
RAMZI KYSIA
I’ve been living in Lebanon for several months, and"until yesterday"greatly enjoying the experience. It’s a wonderful county. The people are friendly. The cuisine is amazing. Beirut is bustling. The beaches in Tripoli are as beautiful as any ...
What the Iraq War is Costing Us
Rep. JOHN P. MURTHA
We are spending $8 billion a month in Iraq. that equates to 2 billion dollars a week, or 267 million dollars a day, or 11 million dollars an hour. Attached are some comparisons between what we are spending in Iraq as we "stay the course" indefinit...
Is Venezuela the Real Target of Bush’s New Cuba Plan?
JOSÉ PERTIERRA
Cuba calls the shots; and Venezuela pays the bills. That is the major premise underlying the Report made public last Monday by the U.S. State Department concerning Cuba. Its findings are as much about the Bush Administration’s plans for regime change in Cuba...
Lies As Patriotism?
SAUL LANDAU
Anticipating the July 4 wave of patriotic fervor exemplified by kids lighting firecrackers, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, attacked the New York Times for exposing a supposedly effective and classified program that tracked terroris...
Saying the Obvious to Conceal the Devious
Rev. WILLIAM ALBERTS
The Bush administration is adept at saying the obvious to hide the devious. This tactic reveals a deep disrespect for the intelligence of the American people. It assumes that Americans are gullible and, in their patriotic fervor, will believe anything their leader...
Marching Plague
STAN COX
It’s not clear what qualifies an armament as a "weapon of mass destruction"; it doesn’t seem to have much to do with the capacity to cause mass destruction.  Nuclear bombs certainly have that ability, but their co-WMDs, chemical and biol...
Top 10 Power Brokers of the Religious Right
ROBERT BOSTON
The United States is home to dozens of Religious Right groups. Many have small budgets and focus on state and local issues; the most powerful organizations conduct nationwide operations, command multi-million-dollar bank accounts and attract millions of followers....
Goodbye Mr. Zeidler, You Will Be Missed
KEVIN PROSEN
A link to the past was forever snapped last Friday when Frank Zeidler, the last in Milwaukee’s line of Socialist mayors that dominated city politics in the first half of the twentieth century, died at the age of 93. He held the position for three consecutive...
Arrested for Failing to Obey a Lawful Order to Cease Protesting a Unlawful War
ED KINANE
Last Friday I was tried and found guilty in federal district court in alexandria, virginia for a civic action at the pentagon on march 20 — the first day of the fourth year of the u.s. invasion of iraq. My court statement follows. Your Honor: I...
Mexico Splits in Half: the Election Hits the Streets
JOHN ROSS
A full week after the most viciously contested presidential election in its modern history, a Florida-sized fraud looms over the Mexican landscape and the nation has been divided almost exactly in half along political, economic, geographical and racial lines. ...
John Rendon’s Long, Strange Trip in the Terror Wars
JOHN STAUBER
In his hippie youth as a Merry Prankster, Stewart Brand bounced around San Francisco in Ken Kesey’s day-glo bus, dousing people with LSD-laced Kool-Aid at the legendary Acid Tests. Those were strange days, but his latest trip is also bizarre. Brand and his L...