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Archives from September 2006
Oil Trip: Nigeria, Chad, Liberia
EMIRA WOODS
It is almost impossible to imagine, as we sit in a well-lit, fully functioning gas station on Main Street, USA, that a community blessed with oil riches under its soil could look as impoverished as Yenagoa in the Nigerian state of Bayelsa. Yenagoa is the s...
Bad Faith and the Destruction of Palestine
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. A mistake too often made by those examining Israel’s behaviour in the occupied territories — or when analysing its treatment of Arabs in general, or interpreting its view of Iran — is to assume that Israel is acting in good faith...
Chavez’s Reading, Bush’s Reading
BRUCE JACKSON
Very soon after Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez recommended Noam Chomsky’s Hegemo...
Mommy, What’s Waterboarding?
DAVID SWANSON
Remember the great harm done to the moral core of our nation when, according to the excited news reports following Kenneth Starr’s great work in life, children were asking their parents what oral sex was? Neither do I. But children can now ask their parents ...
The Sanctuary Illusion
WILLIAM S. LIND
At America’s behest, Pakistan sent its army into the tribal territories along its northwest frontier. Predictably, its army got beaten. The Pakistani government has now signed a truce with the tribes in North Waziristan, a wise move given that governmentR...
Israel Sends in the Clowns
MICHAEL J. SMITH
Does it seem implausible that one might actually feel sympathy for a professor at the University of Chicago? So I would have thought; but as John Mearsheimer got the waterboard treatment from Martin Indyk and Dennis Ross last night at New York’s Cooper Union...
Inside America’s Nursing Homes
EVELYN PRINGLE
Residents in nursing homes are some of the most vulnerable and helpless citizens in the US, with nearly 1.7 million elderly and disabled persons residing in about 17,000 facilities. And as difficult as it is to believe in this day and age, there is indisputable ev...
America Has Just Lost Two More Wars
JOHN CHUCKMAN
For a country which takes excessive pride in flags, uniforms, and marching bands and spends more than the rest of the planet combined on its military, the record of America’s forces since World War II is depressing. In dozens of quickie invasions against wea...
Political Corruption in Israel
URI AVNERY
HAD HAMLET been a reserve soldier in the Israeli army, he might now declare: "Something is rotten in the State of Israel!" And indeed, something is rotten - * The President of the State refuses to suspend himself, in face of ei...
Elmo Will Not Save You
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
Just returned from a run around the National Mall. Party tents are going up. Getting ready for the National Book Festival on Saturday. Hosted by...
Bush and Islam
NICOLA NASSER
Ramallah. The wide gap between U.S. President George W. Bush’s words and deeds vis-à-vis Islam and Muslims doomed to failure his speech at the United nations on September 19, which could neither appease Muslims nor pacify the ever growing Islam...
Finding My Way Back to Church … and Getting Kicked Out
ROBERT JENSEN
This past year, after decades of steadfastly avoiding churches of all kinds, I returned to church. Ironically, and completely by coincidence, I returned to a Presbyterian church, the denomination in which I was raised and to which I swore — in both senses of...
The Flaws in the Military Commissions Act
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
Let me be clear: I welcome efforts to bring terrorists to justice. It is about time. This Administration has too long been distracted by the war in Iraq from the fight against al Qaeda. We need a renewed focus on the terrorist networks that present the greatest th...
A Left Challenge to Lula
LEE SUSTAR
When Lula won the presidential elections in late 2002, Brazil’s workers and poor looked forward to a new era. After a history of extreme social inequality, reinforced by long periods of military dictatorship in the 20th century, Brazil had elected as preside...
A Final Explosion Looms
PATRICK COCKBURN
Mosul. Across northern Iraq people are voting with their feet. In and around Mosul, the third-largest Iraqi city, some 70,000 Kurds have fled their homes so far this year. Many have run away after receiving an envelope with a bullet inside and a note tellin...
Don’t Disappear Into a Black Hole
ANDREW WIMMER
This is a simple appeal addressed to anyone who has read about United States secret detention and torture in the past year and thought, "This has got to stop." Over the course of the next 48 hours we all need to show up at the offices of our Senators and...
Failing Haiti
BEN TERRALL
As Haiti’s recent political history has swung back and forth between popularly elected governments and right-wing U.S.-backed dictatorships, the Haitian movement for popular democracy has maintained its resilience in the face of horrific odds. Throug...
Tax Burdens and Cheaters in the Rockies
PAT WILLIAMS
Except for his loquacious southern accent, one could have mistaken his words as those of a Rocky Mountain westerner. "Don’t tax him, don’t tax me, tax the fellow behind that tree." That piece of political realism came from a wiley old senator...
Weyrich on the Patriot Act
JAMES RIDGEWAY And ALICIA NG
Of the three men credited with launching the New Right in the late 1970s, Paul Weyrich is without question the most important. The other two were Dick Viguerie, the right wing direct mail whiz, and Howard Phillips, head of the poverty program in the Nixon administ...
Where Are the Mass Protests?
JOE ALLEN
By every conceivable measure, the antiwar movement in the United States should be a vibrant, mass movement. Forty percent or less of the U.S. population gives the Bush administration a favorable job rating; other polls show that two-thirds of Americans thi...
Giving Terrorism a Reason to Exist
CAMILO MEJIA
According to a report by 16 U.S. Spy agencies leaked to The New York Times, the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped create more global terrorism and energize jihadist ideology throughout the world since the 9/11 attacks. The intelligence report, comple...
Rumsfeld’s AutoCarterization
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
A recent report in "Aviation Week" (Sept 25, 2006) leads by saying, "The U.S. Air Force is planning to reduce funding for pilot training and construction around the globe, although Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley says he ...
Mohammed’s Sword
URI AVNERY
Since the days when Roman Emperors threw Christians to the lions, the relations between the emperors and the heads of the church have undergone many changes. Constantine the Great, who became Emperor in the year 306–exactly 1700 years ago–encour...
Torturing the Obvious
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
The New York Times reports that a National Intelligent Estimate (NIE) from April 2006 concludes the Iraq War has actually increased Islamic radicalism. You don’t say! Americans want to know why our bombing, devastating and occupying a country that has done u...
If It’s Election Season, It Must Be Time for a Terror Alert
WILLIAM BLUM
"President Bush said the United States is still under the threat of attack and will continue to be right up until Election Day." – Jay Leno Hand-in-hand with his threat warnings, Bush keeps telling us how ...
The Detroit Teachers’ Strike, 2006
RICH GIBSON
School workers, strikes appear to be the new canary in the mine of society, measuring levels of exploitation, oppression, and freedom. Teachers in two of the most devastated cities in the U.S., Detroit and Gary, Indiana, joined teachers in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Pale...
The Danger of Methamphetime Registries
ANTHONY PAPA
Need to know where your neighborhood meth dealer lives? I think not. But the current trend in law enforcement thinks so. Six states including New York are considering joining Tennessee, Illinois, Montana and Minnesota in enacting a methamphetamine offender registr...
Bush and Iran
DAVE LINDORFF
War talk is in the air again, and because of the looming November election, it has to be taken extra seriously. The latest to warn about a Bush War III is former Democratic senator and failed presidential contender Gary Hart, long an expert on national secu...
New Orleans is Back … Without Blacks
NATE MEZMER
Did anybody notice that there was hardly any black people in attendance for the grand re-opening of the New Orleans Superdome on Monday Night Football? Except for, of course, most of the players on the field, ESPN announcer Mike Tirico, a small section of B...
The American Mind
HANI SHUKRALLAH
Where would you expect conspiracy theories about 9/11 to be disseminated in Cairo? A coffee house in Sayeda Zeinab, Al-Azhar or any of the multitude of so-called "popular" quarters of the city–filled with Shisha smoke, and permeated by the smell of...
Witness to an Execution
BARBARA BECNEL
Federal Judge Jeremy Fogel is conducting hearings in San Jose this week to examine California’s lethal injection procedure. The intended outcome of these hearings is to determine whether condemned prisoners in this State are being properly anesthetized so th...
Judicial Complicity in US War Crimes
PAUL ROCKWELL
For Vietnam War veterans, the pending court-martial of Lt. Ehren Watada is déjà vu "all over again." Watada may be the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq, but he is hardly the first American soldier to face trumped-up c...
Flying Saucers and the Decline of the Left
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The world is in tumult, but here in the heart of Empire the level of creative political energy runs flat along the bottom of the graph. As Iraq disintegrates amid frightful slaughter, US generals propose to bring to life the mad plan they once ascribed to Saddam H...
Human Rights Watch: Still Missing the Point
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. In a CounterPunch article criticising Human Rights Watch for singling out Hizbullah rather than Israel for harsher condemnation of its military actions during the Lebanon war, I made sure to quote the organisation f...
The King’s New Clothes
MICHAEL DICKINSON
On Friday evening I was released from 10 days in Turkish Police custody, following my arrest for ‘insulting the dignity of the higher powers in Turkey’ by publicly displaying a collage of the Turkish Prime Minister as a dollar-eating dog held on a star...
Did Maria Cantwell’s Campaign Try to Buy Off Aaron Dixon?
JOSHUA FRANK
Aaron Dixon isn’t accustomed to selling out his ideals for career or political gains. Despite decades of community activism, as a former Black Panther and now a Green Party candidate for US Senate, Dixon’s legacy has yet to be tainted by concessions or...
A Journey to Iraq’s "Taliban Republic"
PATRICK COCKBURN
Diyala, Iraq. Civil war is raging through the Iraqi countryside. Sunni insurgents have largely taken control of the province of Diyala, where local leaders believe the insurgents are close to establishing a "Taliban republic". Officials in ...
Horowitz on Campus
DAVE LINDORFF
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania David Horowitz, the former wacky-left editor of Ramparts magazine turned wacky right smear-monger and foundation pimp, came to Bloomsburg University in rural central Pennsylvania to pick up a $7000 check and spout lies and misinform...
Save a Grizzly, Visit a Library
Dr. CHARLES JONKEL
The mass media, wildlife film industry, wildlife filmmakers, Hollywood celebrities and wildlife agencies need a good dressing down. The proliferation of "el cheapo," entertainment-oriented wildlife films causes drastic impacts on wildlife species worldwi...
Defending Chavez on FoxNews
ROBERT JENSEN
After appearing on FOX News this weekend to defend Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s speech at the United Nations, I got the usual assortment of fair-and-balanced emails from viewers, many of whom were critical of my support of "this Satanic barbarian,...
A Crisis Upon Us
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
A number of experts have concluded that despite the Bush administration’s desire to attack Iran, the aggression would be too rash and the consequences too dire even for the irrational Bush administration. Military experts point out that at a time when...
Media Tall Tales for the Next War
NORMAN SOLOMON
The Sept. 25 edition of Time magazine illustrates how the U.S. news media are gearing up for a military attack on Iran. The headline over the cover-story interview with Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is "A Date With a Dangerous Mind." The b...
Mavericks at Work
RALPH NADER
William C. Taylor was a rosy-cheeked Princeton intern when he began his rise to fame and fortune, working with the Multinational Monitor magazine. As a freshly minted Princeton graduate, he worked on the book ...
Star Wars Goes Online … Crashes
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
On a chilly July morning on the Alaskan tundra, the first Interceptor missile was lowered into a silo at Fort Greeley. Over the following weeks, five more missiles were planted into their silos, as the Ballistic Missile Defense System, once known as Star Wars, wen...
Jerry Lightfoot, RIP
DAVID VEST
The death this week of journeyman blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Jerry Lightfoot, in an Austin hospital, went virtually unnoticed in both the press and the blogosphere, rating only a brief mention in the Houston Chronicle. Lightfoot , 55, died ...
A Doctor’s Day in Baghdad
Dr. ANON
Baghdad. I have a big family. My eldest two are already dentists and both abroad. I have one daughter just married one month ago. so I am not yet a grandpa. Although I have perfect job satisfaction, Full Professor, with MRCP, FRCP and a couple more degrees ...
Will Democrats Ever Fight for What’s Right?
TODD CHRETIEN
The Democrats need to win just 15 seats in the House and six seats in the Senate to win majorities in both houses of Congress, making George Bush a badly battered lame duck for the next two years. This is Hillary Clinton’s, Al Gore’s, John Kerr...
Oil and Political Opportunism
TOM BARRY
Divergent political camps have found common ground in support of "energy security" and "energy independence." As high gas prices and intensifying conflicts in the Middle East focus attention on U.S. dependence on petroleum imports, progressives...
Mexico’s Two Presidents
LAURA CARLSEN
On September 16, over one million people raised their hands in a vote to recognize center-left leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as the "legitimate president" of Mexico. Gathered in Mexico City’s historic center, the delegates to the National Demo...
I was Disappeared by Salon
DEBBIE NATHAN
On August 24, the online magazine Salon published my opinion piece "Why I Need to See Child Porn." It argued that we need a government system to vet researchers’ and journalists’ qualifications, allowing them to test government claims about t...