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Archives from August 2006
Mexico Piquetero
CLAUDIO ALBERTANI
Mexico City. The revolt against the July 2nd electoral fraud in favor of Felipe Calderon, the right wing candidate, is expanding. After three weeks, the occupation of Mexico City’s historic center shows no sign of fatigue, to the contrary, the movemen...
The Women of New Orleans After Katrina
ELENA EVERETT
Shana Griffin is resident of New Orleans and organizer with INCITE: Women of Color Against Violence and Critical Resistance New Orleans. Shana grew up in the Iberville Housing Development and is completing a Masters Degree in Sociology at the University of New Orl...
Iran’s Nuclear "Threat"
JUAN COLE
Here is what the professionals are saying about the Republican-dominated Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy report on Iran that slams US intelligence professionals for poor intelligence on Iran: The report demonstrates that these Republicans have poor intelligenc...
Elliot Abrams in Jerusalem
TOM BARRY
In the wake of the most recent Israel-Hezbollah conflict, Israel is abuzz with criticism of the government and the Israeli Defense Forces for having led the nation to war without achieving any of its objectives. Many Israelis, including IDF officers, are also char...
The Price of Ignoring the Elephant
SALAH OBEID
"Peace in the Middle East" may make for a snappy bumper sticker. But a more relevant message to send to fellow motorist–and to the presidential motorcade in particular–is "Free Palestine." Because getting that message right would no...
A Religious Movtive for Iraq War Deceptions?
CHRIS MOORE
Shockwaves from what more and more critics are saying was a Bush administration program to entangle the United States ever deeper into Middle East politics by deceiving the country into the Iraq war continue to reverberate through American society. Testimon...
Good Morning, Elijahu!
URI AVNERY
A STORY has it that Oscar Wilde once attended the premiere of a colleague’s play and every few minutes raised his hat. When asked about this odd behavior, he replied: "I am a courteous person. I raise my hat when I meet an old acquaintance." ...
Restarting the 34 Day War
MIKE WHITNEY
"I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war." Cicero Israel is in a state of post-war trauma. Its 34 day pounding of Lebanon has achieved none of the stated goals and has left the public furious at t...
Millionaires Make a Killing as Killings Continue
SETH SANDRONSKY
Robert Placencia, 17, and Shanneel Singh, 18, are two recent murder victims in a low-income neighborhood in south Sacramento. Both youth lived and died within a night and two blocks of each other. Statistically, Placencia and Singh were the 43rd and 44th ki...
Consider the Uighurs
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
He compensates for lack of brain with compassion. Consider Mr. Bush’s treatment of the Uighurs. Among the detainees at Guantánamo were five Uighurs captured in Afghanistan after 9/11. The men were natives of Xinjiang province of China. They had...
Busting Loose of the War Engine
LAURA SANTINA
We have been living under a black, cold cloud for nearly three and a half years. We wake up and go to sleep afraid. Our conversations are wary and fearful. We feel the hatred from people from other countries. We know the War on Iraq is generating more hate ...
"The Strong Do as They Can"
NERMEEN AL-MUFTI
Noam Chomsky, in an interview with Al-Ahram’s NERMEEN AL-MUFTI, takes stock of the month-long US-Israeli onslaught on Lebanon and reflects on the fallout. Why is Israel given the right to self- defense while Arab countries are denied it? Thucy...
American Responsibility and Palestine
MAGAN WILES
Something about Palestine is an ego trip for a white girl. You have delusions of grandeur, that you will arrive on the scene and the Palestinians will have parades and cry "Peace! Oh, yes, peace at last." You fee you can keep people safe because you are ...
Penis Pump or Bomb?
CounterPunch News Service
Mardin Amin, an Iraqi arrested at O’Hare airport now faces serious felony charges of disorderly conduct. He could get three years in prison. A female security guard claims Amin uttered the word "bomb" when she was examining a small black squeezable...
The Mythical End to the Politics of Fear
NORMAN SOLOMON
Nearly five years into the "war on terror," it’s still at the core of American media and politics. Yeah, I’ve seen the recent polls showing a drop in public support for President Bush’s "war on terror" claims. And IR...
The Brookings Institute Assumes the White Man’s Burden
RON JACOBS
The liberal warmongers are at it again. In Sunday’s (August 20, 2006) Washington Post, Ken Pollack and Daniel Byman of the Brookings Institution and Georgetown’s Center for Peace and Security Studies offer an analysis and prescription for an Iraq that ...
Castro’s Health and US Meddling
MAVIS ANDERSON
Fidel Castro’s recent announcement that he would temporarily transfer power to his brother Raul and others in the Cuban Government has led to much speculation about the course of events in both Cuba and Miami. With hard-line Cuban Americans dancing in the st...
APA Confab Whitewashes Torture by Shrinks
Dr. TRUDY BOND
Even as the unindicted war criminal Donald Rumsfeld persists in the totally-discredited fiction that the U.S. military doesn’t torture, the American Psychological Association (APA) provides cover for its uniformed professionals to continue to devise torture ...
The Real Terrorism Plot
RAMZY BAROUD
And yet another menacing terror plot was thwarted 10 August, with the arrest of 24 suspects, all British Muslims. It was an ominous conspiracy aimed at committing "mass murder" on an "unimaginable" scale, British authorities quickly concluded. ...
Palestinian Sense of Place
HEATHER GRAY
Israel’s bombing and reckless destabilization of Gaza is ongoing. Yet, given the past century and the consistent abuse by Israelis, it has become clear that Israel can attempt to diminish the Palestinian claims on Palestine or weaken their resolve, bu...
Statement on Behalf of Lt. Ehren Watada
FRANCIS A. BOYLE
One generation ago the peoples of the world asked themselves: Where were the "good" Germans? Well, there were some good Germans. The Lutheran theologian and pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was the foremost exemplar of someone who led a life of principled oppo...
The Occupier Defines Justice
AMIRA HASS
On Jerusalem’s Jabotinsky Street, opposite the President’s Residence, a medium-sized plaque is fixed on a locked gate, enclosing a broad building and a lovely garden: "This building was the location of the British Mandate Government’s High M...
The Weapon the US and Israel Fear Most
RACHARD ITANI
In his highly symbolic "Dune" trilogy, Frank Herbert described an armor of a strange kind: a body shield, in the form of a force field, that deflects fast moving projectiles like bullets, thus saving its wearer from certain death. What the force field do...
Mexico Approaches the Combustion Point
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. The Congress of the country is ringed by two-meter tall grilled metal barriers soldered together apparently to thwart a suicide car bomb attack. Behind this metal wall, 3000 vizored, kevlar-wearing robocops — the Federal Preventative Poli...
India’s Occupation of Ladakh
INGMAR LEE
From Pondicherry, South India, where my partner Krista and our son Desmond have been living, I’d heard that people were taking their Indian-made Royal Enfield motorbikes on tour over the "Himalayan Highway," all the way to Ladakh, also known as &qu...
New Orleans a Year After Katrina
BILL QUIGLEY
New Orleans . Bernice Mosely is 82 and lives alone in New Orleans in a shotgun double. On August 29, 2005, as Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, the levees constructed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers failed in five places and New Orleans filled w...
The Iron Heel Revisited
JACK HEYMAN
Spying on grannies in Sacramento who were planning to “mark Mother’s Day urging the Governor and Legislature to support bringing California National Guardsmen home from Iraq by Labor Day”; doing undercover surveillance at a union rally ...
Come on Down to Pombozastan!
BILL HATCH
Members of the San Joaquin Valley public would like to invite you to the first annual UC Pombozastan Pot Luck. We’ve got the barrel; you bring the pork. Public/private partnerships get preferential picnic tables behind gated, straw-bal...
Faith-Based Analysis
EDWARD S. HERMAN
Michael Ignatieff, now a Canadian MP and contender for a top leadership position in the Liberal Party, was slow in responding to the Israeli war on Lebanon. He told the Canadian media on August 1st that “I’ve been following it minutely from th...
Bereft Belfast Mother Charges Private Security Firms with Wanton Murder in Iraq
EAMONN McCANN
The mother of a teenager shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast has launched a campaign for an inquiry into alleged killing of civilians by private consultants in Iraq. The woman is Jean McBride, the mother of 18-year-old Peter McBride, shot dea...
A Resistance to War
RAMZI KYSIA
Beirut. OnLast week, I made my first trip to South Lebanon since the war began. Having traveled a fifth of the world, and been present during “wars” in Iraq, Palestine, and New York – I can honestly say that I have never ...
Israel Must Win
GILAD ATZMON
“The ceasefire in Lebanon was holding by a thread last night after Israel sanctioned a commando raid in the east of the country. Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary General, said Israel had violated the truce, and he was ‘deeply ...
Bush’s Failing War on Terror
SHARON SMITH
British authorities grabbed media headlines on August 10, claiming to have foiled Muslim terrorists caught in the act of harboring suspicious liquids in their homes–sending U.S. and British airports into an anti-terrorist frenzy. But the U.S. Depar...
Israel’s "Proportionate Response"
KATHY KELLY
Beirut. Upon arrival in Beirut in early August, 2006, Michael Birmingham met Abu Mustafa. Michael is an Irish citizen who has worked with Voices campaigns for several years. Abu Mustafa is a kindly Lebanese cab driver. Ha...
Osama’s Confession; Osama’s Reprieve
MAHER OSSEIRAN
On September 21, 2001, ten days after 9/11 a sting operation against Osama Bin Laden was launched. It was to be a two-part affair. Part 1 was the taping of Bin Laden describing the 9/11 attack. Part 2 was to be his captur...
Artificial Recovery; Real Job Losses
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Readers want to know why I have not reported on the payroll jobs statistics for the past two months. Does this mean, they ask, that the situation has turned around and that the US economy is again creating jobs in export and import-competitive sectors? ...
Irony Runs Through It
MIKE ROSELLE
Floyd and his girlfriend Trixie were out in San Francisco to see the Gay NASCAR Rally on July 4th. Before the festival began she dumped his sorry ass and he showed up on my doorstep with a half gallon of cheap vodka and some anti-depressants he had gotte...
After Lebanon, Israel is Looking for More Wars
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Late last month, a fortnight into Israel’s war against Lebanon, the Hebrew media published a story that passed observers by. Scientists in Haifa, according to the report, have developed a “missile-trapping” stee...
Mayor Bloomberg Goes to "Post-Catholic" Ireland
LENNI BRENNER
It’s on! Michael Bloomberg, New York’s Mayor, is going to Ireland. He will fly into West International Airport on August 22 in a private plane. About 200 people plus TV crews are coming with him. An 8:00 a.m. breakfast at Sli...
Terror and Freedom on the West Bank
ELIZA ERNSHIRE
Ramallah, West Bank. The Israeli army arrived in our street at 2 am yesterday morning. For the past two weeks they have been in Ramallah every night and we knew it was only a matter of time before we would directly experience their invasion tactics. ...
The Legacy of John Kenneth Galbraith
RALPH NADER
I first came across the name of John Kenneth Galbraith during my student years at Princeton where I picked up his book American Capitalism. Wondering why it was not on any reading list for my economics course, I put the question to the professor. He replied: "...
Nuclear Insecurity
DAVID KRIEGER
For many years the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation has advocated the global elimination of nuclear weapons. This advocacy is consistent with the moral position adopted by nearly all major religions as well as with the dictates of international law. It is also consist...
Guatemalan Genocide and US Security
BARBARA ROSE JOHNSTON
On July 7, 2006, Spanish National Court Judge Santiago Pedraz issued an international arrest order for two former Guatemalan military dictators, Efrain Rios Montt and Oscar Humberto Mejia Victores, along with five others accused of genocide and other crimes agains...
The 155th Victim
URI AVNERY
Tel Aviv. WITH A few words, a Lebanese army officer destroyed, the day before yesterday, the illusion that Israel had achieved anything in this war. At a televised Lebanese army parade that was also broadcast on Israeli TV , the officer read a prepared...
Inside 1701: What the UN Security Council’s Ceasefire Resolution Actually Says
VIRGINIA TILLEY
What is really portended by UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which set the terms for the present ceasefire in Lebanon? The very fact that it was signed at all might be encouraging, but no one is sure what its actual impact will be and most are sceptical. For I...
When Cannabis Failed to Sell
FRED GARDNER
There’s a perplexing question associated with the prohibition of cannabis by Congress in 1937. Why would U.S. doctors and pharmacists -and we, the people- allow a medically useful herb to be outlawed? Part of the answer, obviously, is that the American peopl...
Bush is Two Times a Criminal
DAVE LINDORFF
For the second time in two months, a federal court has ruled that the president is in violation of the Constitution. This time it’s a federal court in Detroit that has ruled that President Bush has violated the Fourth Amendment against illegal search and sei...
The Minutemen: Mad at the Wrong Guys
DAN LA BOTZ
The image and the idea of the Minuteman is attractive: the patriot, the typical working guy, prepared to take up arms at a moment’s notice to defend his country. Minutemen and Minutewomen too: the ordinary people fighting the good fight to protect the Americ...
You Are What You Dream
MARC LEVY
"What spot on earth," He said, "what region of the earth, Achates, Is not full of the story of our sorrow? Look, here is Priam. Even so far away Great valor has due honor; they weep here for how the world goes, and o...
Hopes and Homes
STEPHEN BRADBERRY And JEFFREY BUCHANAN
The one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, August 29th, 2006, should be a day to remember our commitments to our fellow Americans and our collective losses. It should be a day to reflect on what we as American citizens should expect...