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Archives from August 2006
Funerals at Qana
KATHY KELLY
Beirut. Two days ago, driving toward the village of Qana, we saw men at work, creating neatly aligned rows of rectangular cement structures that would soon be ready for burials. On foot, we entered Qana, thinking we should at least identify the site where a...
Saved Again, Praise the Lord!
WILLIAM BLUM
"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear — kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor — with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign pow...
Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
A self-fulfilling prophecy-as defined by Robert K. Merton, 20th Century sociologist who coined the phrase-is that a prediction, in being made, actually causes itself to become true. There are a couple of vivid examples in the works right now. In the nearly ...
The Nasrallah Interview
CounterPunch News Service
From an interview conducted shortly before the ceasefire by reporters from the Turkish Labor Party daily, Evr...
The American Generals and Iraq
BRIAN M. DOWNING
The Iraq war is the first in American history to steadily worsen our national security. Our generals, through action and acquiescence, despite their sworn duty to protect the nation, have played no small role in endangering America. This is all the more paradoxica...
Lt. Watada’s Challenge
MIKE FERNER
Reporting from the Veterans For Peace convention in Seattle last weekend, Dahr Jamail reprinted a speech by Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned U.S. Army officer to publicly refuse orders to Iraq, who stated on June 22, "As the order to take part in an i...
The Fallout from Lebanon
RAMZY BAROUD
Using the July 12 capture of two Israeli soldiers–whose unit had apparently crossed the Israeli border into Lebanon–as a pretext, the Bush administration quickly sprung into action: imagining yet a new Middle East, where democracy and freedom reigns ov...
The Cuban Mirage
EMILY KIRKSEY
For many of the anti-Castro exiles dancing along Miami’s Calle Ocho on Monday, July 31, the announcement of a temporary transfer of power by aging revolutionary Fidel Castro to his younger brother Raúl, marked the happiest of moments as well as the en...
Israeli Militarism and the Necessity of a One-State Solution
ALAN HART
I’m going to suggest to you that what we might now be witnessing is the long beginning of the end of the Zionist state of Israel. In the next 10 minutes or so I will talk my way to an explanation of why I think so; and then I’ll address the question of...
Gaza: One Year After Disengagement
SAMAR ASSAD
On 15 August 2005, Israel began removing 8,500 Israeli settlers from 21 settlements in the Gaza Strip. The move, although unilateral and came with warning from Palestinians that the disengagement would maintain Israeli control over Gaza, gave some Palestinians hop...
Hitting a Nerve
CRAIG MURRAY
I appear to have hit a nerve with my call for a sceptical view of the alleged "bigger than 9/11" plot. In the UK, at least, the more serious wing of the mainstream media is beginning to catch up with the idea that all is not well here. Still, aft...
Forging a New Strategy on Immigrant Rights
JOAQUÍN BUSTELO
Hundreds of immigrant activists and supporters met in Chicago August 11-13 in a national strategy convention of the legalization-for-all wing of the movement. The event was the largest of at least three national gatherings of immigration activists held over...
Confronting Madison’s NaziFest
CHRIS DOLS
Just when the hot August stench (of roadside cat-piss-stained sofas and the contents of fruit-fly infested college apartment sinks) has gone with the passing of Madison’s move-out week, the funk is about to get worse: More than a hundred Nazis are coming to ...
Open Wounds
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Blood is the fluid of life, coursing through our veins and providing oxygen to the body. Army Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan’s blood was spilled in Iraq on April 4, 2004. That day began an odyssey for his mother, Cindy, who has worked diligently to stop...
Beaten
WILLIAM S. LIND
With today’s cease-fire in Lebanon, the second Hezbollah-Israeli War is temporarily in remission. So far, Israel has been beaten. The magnitude of the defeat is considerable. Israel appears to have lost at every level-strategic, operational and tactic...
The UK Terror Plot
CRAIG MURRAY
I have been reading very carefully through all the Sunday newspapers to try and analyse the truth from all the scores of pages claiming to detail the so-called bomb plot. Unlike the great herd of so-called security experts doing the media analysis, I have the adva...
How to Make a Little Profit in a Big War
ROTHEM SHTARKMAN
Translated by Gilad Atzmon Though the following is a translation of an article that appears on Haaretz in Hebrew, you won’t find it in English. However, the following piece is a brief summary of the events of July 12. Yesterday the Israeli peo...
A Second Rebirth for East Timor?
ARNOLD KOHEN
In recent months, East Timor has witnessed a tragic renewal of violence. In May, after the government dismissed about one-third of the country’s soldiers, fighting broke out among the security forces. Gangs of unemployed youth, possibly manipulated by some p...
Is the Lebanon Invasion a Step Toward a Regional War in the Middle East?
KEVIN ZEESE
The dividing line between peace candidates and pro-war candidates is no longer opposition to the Iraq War ­ a view now held by large majorities of Americans. It is whether they oppose the pre-meditated destruction of Lebanon by Israel ­ with U.S. weapons, ...
Divine Strike in the Bible Belt
JOHN BLAIR
More than two tons of cyanide compounds, 1,535 pounds of phosgene gas, the primary chemical in "mustard gas" chemical weapons, 1,318 pounds of methylene chloride, a human carcinogen, 2,387 pounds of carbon tetrachloride, another carcinogen and 1,650 poun...
Israeli Missiles Still Crash into the Memory of What Once Was
BARUCHA CALAMITY PELLER
Beirut. Five hours after the ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah. In a village just north of the Litani River I walk over houses, houses that have become ruins of what once was. Here are prayerbeads still in their box, there a single shoe, a little farth...
From Mania to Depression
URI AVNERY
Tel Aviv. Thirty three days of war. The longest of our wars since 1949. On the Israeli side: 154 dead–117 of them soldiers. 3970 rockets launched against us, 37 civilians dead, more than 422 civilians wounded. On the Lebanese side: about...
Confronting Madison’s NaziFest
CHRIS DOLS
Just when the hot August stench (of roadside cat-piss-stained sofas and the contents of fruit-fly infested college apartment sinks) has gone with the passing of Madison’s move-out week, the funk is about to get worse: More than a hundred Nazis are coming to ...
Shampoo, Fear and Elections
RON JACOBS
In the wake of the August 10th, 2006 arrests of some nineteen men on charges of conspiracy to blow up airliners, George Bush, wannabe tyrant that he is, declared that the US is at war with so-called Islamofascists. Not only does this use of the word to describe te...
AIPAC Congratulates Itself on the Slaughter in Lebanon
JOHN WALSH
"My fellow American," Howard Friedman, President of AIPAC, begins his letter of July 30 to friends and supporters of AIPAC, "Look what you’ve done"! After warning that "Israel is fighting a pivotal war for its life," by which he...
Apocalypse Near
MERAV YUDILOVITCH
[Note from NC: "The Yediot Ahronot interview came out (on Ynet), Aug. 3, but only in Hebrew -- so far at least. What they published was a kind of amalgam of two versions, the second when the asked me to shorten the first by eliminating the part a...
Endgame Engulfs Mexico
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. They carried the coffin of Jose Jimenez Colmanares on their shoulders through the narrow streets of Oaxaca city into the old colonial plaza they had occupied for months and deposited it outside the state government offices. There his comrades &...
Venezuela’s Revolution of Hope
JOSHUA FRANK, SUNIL SHARMA And KIM PETERSON
Caracas. We hadn’t been in Venezuela for more than three hours and we were already traversing the brilliantly spotless subway system in hope of catching a Sunday Presidential celebration. Earlier, we caught a red-eye flight from Atlanta to Caracas and...
The Missiles of August
MARK WILLIAMS
The events of September 2001 disproved the assumption that only a state could make war on another state. Now Hezbollah’s confrontation with Israel has provided further education about how the world is changing. Hezbollah’s campaign is a clear sign of h...
It’s Left to Bashar al-Assad to Tell the Truth
ROBERT FISK
In the sparse Baathist drawing rooms of Damascus, reality often seems a long way away. But it was a sign of the times that President Bashar al-Assad was able to bring the great and the good of Damascus to their feet by the simple token of telling the truth–w...
It Ain’t Over
RACHARD ITANI
What didn’t happen: 1- Israel did not win the war that it launched against Lebanon and Hezbollah; 2- The Lebanese did not fall into Israel’ s trap, and therefore did not turn against Hezbollah as a result of Israel’s massive bombard...
The Poor are Such a Nuisance
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The poor are such a nuisance. Just when Congress tries to bring sense to its self-created chaos, the poor get in the way. The most recent example is the collision between the very poor who are paid the minimum wage and the very rich that happen to die. The ...
Real War Crimes
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. During Israel’s war against the people of Lebanon, our media, politicians and diplomats have colluded with the aggressors by distracting us with irrelevancies, by concocting controversies, and by framing the language of diplomacy. In the fra...
Forest Fires in the Klamath Mountains
FELICE PACE
Klamath, California. As several fires burn in the Klamath Backcountry of northern California and southern Oregon and as tens of millions of taxpayer dollars continue to be expended in efforts to "suppress" these fires, the time is opportune to exa...
A Connecticut Donkey in King George’s Court
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
The first three letters just happen to be, L-I-E., L-I-E. (with apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Music) But what’s in a name? It is the actions that count. And here, perhaps the biggest greatest c...
The Lethality of Banality
BINOY KAMPMARK
I write this from an apartment in Philadelphia. About to get to the airport to catch a flight back home to England. There is the prospect of cancellation in view of flight regulations imposed by the British Airport Authority. They have been in place for four days....
It’s Bigger Than the Neo-Cons
CHRIS FLOYD
It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it: it’s time to take up the cudgels for the poor neo-cons. Day after day, these dedicated public intellectuals and hardworking federal officials are calumnied from coast to coast, accused of every...
WTO: Best Left for Dead?
MARK ENGLER
With the failure of the Doha round of negotiations in late July, some optimistic defenders of corporate globalization will tell you that the World Trade Organization (WTO) is taking a "time out." Most observers, however, are calling the suspension of tal...
Columbus, the Horny Merchant
LARAY POLK
The Machiavellian mind and the merchant mind are at one in their simple faith in the power of segmental division to rule all–in the dichotomy of power and morals and of money and morals. Marshall McLuhan, 1962...
How Reports of the July 12th Capture of IDF Soldiers Soon Shifted From Lebanon to Israel
TRISH SCHUH
A team of Israeli lawyers is now suing the Lebanese government for starting the war. The case, to be filed in US civil court, will sue for compensation and damages incurred by Israeli residents and businesses as a result of the war. Attorneys Yehudah Talmon, Yoram...
Israel Wasn’t Hoping for This
ROBERT FISK
Beirut. You have to be down here with the Hizbollah amid this terrifying destruction–way south of the Litani river, in the territory from which Israel once vowed to expel them–to realise the nature of the past month of war and of its enormous po...
"You Don’t Give a Damn!"
GEORGE GALLOWAY
ANNA . a man not known for sitting on the fence. He passionately opposed the invasion of Iraq and now he feels that Hizbollah is justified in attacking Israel. The "Respect" M.P. for Bethnal Green is in our Central London studios. A very good eveninggood...
Telling the Israelis to "Take Your Time"
RALPH NADER
The widespread destruction of a defenseless Lebanon-its civilians, its life-sustaining public services, its environment-is a grim and indelible testament to your consummate cruelty and ignorance. Nearly two weeks ago when your tardy Secretary of State met with the...
Why Hezbollywood Was Born
ANDREW FORD LYONS
If a regular old picture is worth a thousand words, how much does a digitally altered image fetch on the international market today? I ask because a lot of words have been spilled over one digitally altered photograph in particular. I’ve spent a great...
What Next for the American Antiwar Movement?
TODD CHRETIEN
On August 12, 2006, some 25,000 people in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and other cities took part in protests against the Israeli/American war in the Middle East. Probably around 50 per cent of the marchers were Arab or Muslim. These protests showe...
What the Hell has Happened to the Israeli Army?
URI AVNERY
So what has happened to the Israeli army? This question is now being raised not only around the world, but also in Israel itself. Clearly, there is a huge gap between the army’s boastful arrogance, on which generations of Israelis have grown up, and t...
Doubts Hang Over Terror Plot
CHRISTOPHER REED
London. Just weeks ago a task force of British police, some armed and others in chemical protection uniforms, raided an East London working home and arrested two brothers — shooting one. It was part of an alleged "terrorist plot" to use the ...
Ned Lamont and the Antiwar Movement
SUNSARA TAYLOR
Many people see Ned Lamont’s victory in the Connecticut Democratic Senate primary as a statement of massive disgust at Bush, and at the Democrats for kissing his ass. It is. But Lamont’s victory over Joe Lieberman in the primary is not something that w...
Approaching a Ceasefire
KATHY KELLY
Beirut. Here in Beirut, explosions rocked the city during one ten minute stretch in the afternoon and again this evening. Periodic distant thuds assured us that the approach toward a cease fire would be fiery, deadly. Farah and I told our Irish fri...
Outside the Frame
ROBERT JENSEN
One of George Lakoff’s key observations in his work on contemporary political discourse is that "frames trump facts" — when facts are inconsistent with the frames and metaphors that structure a person’s worldview, the facts will likely ...