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Archives from August 2006
Naquib Mahfouz, 9/11 and the Cruelty of Memory
EDWARD SAID
Naguib Mahfouz died yesterday. He was one of the world’s great writers. Here’s what the late EDWARD SAID wrote about him on this site back in December, 2001. AC / JSC Before he won the Nobel Prize in 1988, Naguib Mahfo...
Diary of the Mexican Earthquake
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. The criminal fraud perpetrated in the July 2 presidential election against leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) by the right-wing PAN party, President Vicente Fox, the Federal Electoral Institute and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal once ag...
Can the Iran Nuke Crisis be Defused?
DAVID MacMICHAEL
Former CIA analyst. On Tuesday, August 22, Iran responded formally to the demand of the European Union, represented by France, Germany and Great Britain of July 1, that, in return for unspecified economic and other benefits, it permanently give up the enrichme...
The Case of Elvira Arellano
LEE SUSTAR
Moises Duarte may not be the best known among the 5,000 people who’ve come to a Chicago church to show support Elvira Arellano’s vigil against a deportation order. A given day might see elected officials, diplomats from the Venezuelan consulate,...
Israeli Myths
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. In a state established on a founding myth — that the native Palestinian population left of their own accord rather than that they were ethnically cleansed — and in one that seeks its legitimacy through a host of other lies, such as tha...
Circle in a Spiral
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
"War, like a slash-and-burn fire, never dies. It simply hops from one field to the next, burning everything in its wake." ...
Can You Really Not See?
AMIRA HASS
Let us leave aside those Israelis whose ideology supports the dispossession of the Palestinian people because "God chose us." Leave aside the judges who whitewash every military policy of killing and destruction. Leave aside the military commanders who k...
Murder on Rucarb Street
ELIZA ERNSHIRE
Ramallah. August 29, Pre-dawn. It is only now that the gun-fire saluting the killed young man has become sporadic and no longer constant, and that the verses of the Koran, chanted in farewell to him, has ceased. But the streets are full; and full too...
I Am a Curious Yellowcake
DAVE LINDORFF
Now that Dick Armitage has admitted to being the initial source of right-wing columnist Robert Novak’s news story outing Valerie Plame as a covert CIA agent and wife of former ambassador Joseph Wilson, it’s important to remember what this story is real...
The Great Housing Crash of ’07
MIKE WHITNEY
This month’s figures prove that the so-called "housing bubble" is not only real, but that its cratering faster than anyone had realized. As the UK Guardian reported just yesterday, "the orderly housing slowdown predicted by the Federal Reserve...
Coming to a City Near You
LEIGH DAVIS
Vickie White is worried. "They are doing away with public education as we know it," she says. White helped organize a trip to New Orleans this summer for the People’s Organization for Progress (POP) Central Jersey. After seeing how public education...
The Revolutionary Surge in Oaxaca
GEORGE SALZMAN
Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxaca shares, with Chiapas and Guerrero, the distinction of being the one of the three poorest states of Mexico. These three bastions of extreme poverty, albeit among the richest states of Mexico in natural resources, lie along the Pacific ...
The Crimes Katrina Exposed
ALAN MAASS
LARRY BRADSHAW and LORRIE BETH SLONSKY are Emergency Medical Services workers in San Francisco. Last year, after attending a paramedics’ convention in New Orleans, they were trapped–first by Hurricane Katrina and then by a martial law cordon that preve...
The Five Morons Revisited
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
When the neocons launched the Bush administration’s invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and announced plans for invading Syria and Iran, I labeled Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Rice "the five Morons." With the passage of time I see that I ov...
Bush Turns His Terror War on the Homeland
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
When I was a kid John Wayne war movies gave us the message that America was the good guy, the white hat that fought the villain. Alas, today the US and its last remaining non-coerced ally, Israel, are almost universally regarded as the bad guys over whom John...
Detroit Teachers Strike Again
RICH GIBSON
On Sunday, August 27, 2006, the assembled teachers of the Detroit Federation of Teachers voted with no noticeable dissent to strike against demands for massive concessions from the school board. There are about 9,000 DFT members. The board wants them to make $89 m...
The Big Picture (Don’t Look, Now)
JAMES BROOKS
Many peace activists may have felt somewhat bewildered by Hezbollah’s smashing success in outfoxing and outfighting the Israeli army in southern Lebanon. Was it right to feel such a visceral satisfaction from these battles fought by a group that was also lob...
Katrina, the Big One
JOHN F. BURNETT
Storm refugees, nearly all of them black, are on the move throughout the city. And they are refugees, as in, people fleeing misfortune and seeking refuge. NPR and other news organizations caved to pressure from critics who did not like the word. We substituted &qu...
Human Rights and the Realities of Returning to New Orleans
JEFFREY BUCHANAN
Buried amidst video montages of a still devastated Lower Ninth Ward and sound bytes from the pundits and politicians who have come to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina’s one year anniversary, the biggest story will continue to be who is not in the city. Sadl...
The Accidental Immigrant
AMIRA HASS
This past March, 44-year-old Hayan Ju’beh’s tourist visa expired, and he had to travel to Amman in order to receive a new one–a routine procedure for him over the last 10 years. "Three to four days and I’ll be back," he promised h...
The Media and the Latest Jonbenet Ramsey Fiasco
WALTER A. DAVIS
In recent days one has heard this complaint in many alternative media: why with all the deaths in Iraq and Lebanon and Haifa etc. the fixation in the mainstream media on the death of a single individual, a little girl who died ten years ago? While I sympath...
Misreading Cuba, for 47 and a Half Years
SAUL LANDAU
For forty seven and a half years, Washington and the mainstream media have misread Cuban reality. This fallacious view of events on the nearby island continued on July 31 when Fidel Castro (almost 80) entered the hospital and issued a public letter. In it, he cede...
War? What War?
DAVE LINDORFF
As co-author of The Case for Impeachment, the most common question I get besides "Why ...
Is the Empire Striking Back?
JOHN WALSH
When Joe Lieberman lost the Democratic primary in Connecticut, a prime loser was the Lobby. Like the Israeli army in Lebanon, the Israel Lobby in Connecticut was exposed as a paper tiger. Joe Lieberman is AIPAC’s boy; when he speaks at the yearly AIPAC conve...
Putting Words in Ahmadinejad’s Mouth
VIRGINIA TILLEY
Johannesburg, South Africa In this frightening mess in the Middle East, let’s get one thing straight. Iran is not threatening Israel with destruction. Iran’s president has not threatened any action against Israel. Over and over, we hear that Ira...
Fed Up with Whiners
GIDEON LEVY
"The candle kids" grew up and became the "protest movement" of this war. The confused youth who sat crying with their guitars and candles in the city square in Tel Aviv after Rabin’s assassination are now sitting in the Rose Garden opposi...
Hillary Clinton, a Fool’s Vessel
SIBEL EDMONDS
and WILLIAM WEAVER Recent surveys measuring public opinion and confidence in congress all arrived at the same conclusion: over seventy percent of Americans have lost faith and confidence in the United States Congress. The public no longer trusts this body of ...
Yes, Virginia, There is a Rumsfeld
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
On a trip to Fairbanks to participate in a ceremony for a memorial of the Alaska-Siberia Lend Lease program, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld spoke with families of the 172nd Striker Brigade, a unit of 3,800 troops. About 300 American soldiers from the unit ha...
"The Immigrants’ Rights Movement is in Good Hands"
RON JACOBS
I was at a conference titled Build the Left, Fight the Right this past June. The speakers and workshops at the conference ranged from the war in Iraq to the immigrant rights movement in the United States. One of the most interesting (and there were many) and hopef...
Zainab Fawqi-Sleem and the Question of Lebanon
RAMZY KYSIA
Houla, Lebanon. Yesterday, I shed my first tears for Lebanon. Yesterday, I visited Houla, a stone’s throw from the Israeli border. Yesterday, I was discovered by Zainab Fawqi-Sleem – a young, Lebanese woman who was killed in Houla...
The Miraculous Resurrection of Dr. John Lee
FRED GARDNER
Merchandising -the most powerful force in the universe, according to Mel Brooks- can even restore the dead to life. On August 22 the New York Times carried an ad for a new book published by a division of Time Warner, Inc., called "Dr. John Lee’s Hormone...
The Reptilian Brain of George W. Bush
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
No, this is not about "Snakes on a Plane". According to neurologist Dr. Paul MacLean, researcher at the National Institutes of Health, you have three brains, not just one. (the primitive, the limbic and the neocortex or rational) The brain stem, ...
The Lebanon Ceasefire
GARY LEUPP
"How can the deployment of the expanded UN force in southern Lebanon, brought about by Israel’s attack on its northern neighbor, facilitate the broader goal of achieving regime change in Iran?" That’s surely ...
Free Gary Tyler
JOE ALLEN
Gary Tyler, at one time the youngest person on death row, turned forty-eight years old this July. He has spent thirty-two of those years in jail for a crime he did not commit. The case of Gary Tyler is one of the great miscarriages of justice in the modern history...
About That Nasrallah Interview
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
On August 17 we published a very interesting interview with Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. A CounterPunch reader had found it on the Marxmail list, moderated by Louis Proyect, and passed it along to us. The i...
When We Finally Take the Off Ramp
JIM SCHARPLAZ
When I was small, my family lived in a little community not far from where I live now. Often I drive the two-lane blacktop through the remains of that town. Past the cemetery where my parents lie, past the school where I began first grade (now a private home), pas...
Israel on the Slide
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In the aftermath of the Lebanon disaster you can open up the Israeli press, particularly the Hebrew language editions, and find fierce assaults on the country’s elites from left, right and center. The overall panorama is one of chickens of all ages c...
Sports Afoul
WALTER BRASCH
Ralph A. Saggiomo is an affable sort of fellow, one you probably wouldn’t mind having a couple of beers with, swap a few tales, and discuss just about anything. He grew up in one of the most rural, most remote parts of the country, and considers hims...
What I’m Listening to This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Some of you relics are waiting for the new Dylan cd, but here’s what I’m listening to while awaiting shipment of Face the Promise, the first Bob Seger record in more than a decade. Freddie King: ...
Profiting from Disaster
JORDAN GREEN
It had been over three weeks since Katrina made landfall, but when David Bailey and his group of Virginia firefighters arrived in St. Bernard Parish to help, it looked like the storm had only hit days ago. "The whole parish is a soup bowl," said Bailey, ...
AIDS in Black America
RALPH NADER
George W. Bush-the master of fabricated distractions-as with the false pretense invasion of Iraq-has turned the national television news media away from the United States. So it was a sobering reversal of direction to watch ABC’s August 24th Primetime...
The Grapes of Wrath
ISRAEL SHAMIR
A small band of determined warriors takes on and fights off the mightiest army of the region: this is the stuff history is made of. Thermopylae, move over, Bint Jbeil is coming in! Bishop Philip of Antioch compared the levelling of this small Lebanese town with th...
Why Bush will Choose War Against Iran
RAY CLOSE
Former CIA analyst Like many people, I find it extremely difficult to believe that President Bush could actually do anything so crazy as to launch a military attack against Iran, and that even if he wanted to, the Congress, the Pentagon, and the American publi...
America’s Rottweiler
URI AVNERY
In his latest speech, which infuriated so many people, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uttered a sentence that deserves attention: "Every new Arab generation hates Israel more than the previous one." Of all that has been said about the Second Leb...
What is Scientology?
CHARLES HENDERSON
Those who have been following the story of Tom Cruise’s breakup with Paramount Pictures will have encountered references to his religion, Scientology, as well as speculation about whether his involvement in the Church of Scientology played any role in the co...
Why are There Still Nuclear Weapons?
DAVID KRIEGER
I recently received a letter from long-time nuclear disarmament activist from Sweden, which he began by quoting something that I had said earlier this year: "A powerful state, such as the US, has everything to lose and very little to gain from the possession ...
Elections and Lesson from Mexico
MARY TURCK
As the intensity of internal conflict mounts, Mexico awaits the verdict of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (variously known as the TEPJF or the Trife), and the streets of Mexico City are occupied by encampments of protesters demanding a full recount of the ballots ...
Israel at a Loss
AZMI BISHARA
Journalist: When the war started, you said that Nasrallah would remember the name of Amir Peretz for years to come. Peretz: Who’s Amir Peretz? The mock interview, above, reflects how the Israeli minister of defence spo...
The Crime of Frag Weapons
DAVE LINDORFF
The U.S. State Department, we hear, is investigating Israel’s use of U.S.-produced and U.S.-supplied anti-personnel weapons against civilian populations in Lebanon. It seems U.N. and Human Rights investigators have found nearly 300 sites where unexploded exa...
How Lebanese Civilians Thwarted Israel’s War Plans
JAMES MARC LEAS
By simply returning to their homes Lebanese civilians played a key role thwarting Israel’s plans in its most recent war in Lebanon. As the Associated Press reported on August 14, immediately upon the start of the UN sponsored cease fire tens of thousands of ...