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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from September 2006
Conservatives and Technology
HEATHER GRAY
Oppressive conservative movements anywhere in the world, especially what we’re seeing in America, could partly be a response to challenges of traditional authority resulting from technological changes. The great anthropologist Margaret Mead once said...
Who is Hezbollah?
JON VAN CAMP
Israel calls it a "terrorist" and "extremist" organization. George Bush says it is a tool of Iran, and claims it has "killed more Americans than any terrorist organization except al-Qaeda." But the leaders of governments trying...
The Darfur Smokescreen
CARL G. ESTABROOK
Democracy Now! reported this week that "tens of thousands of protesters rallied around the world on Sunday in a global day against genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan … In New York, organizers said over 30,000 people gathered in ...
How Israel is Engineering the "Clash of Civilizations"
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. The trajectory of a long-running campaign that gave birth this month to the preposterous all-party British parliamentary report into anti-Semitism in the UK can be traced back to intensive lobbying by the Israeli government that began more than fo...
America’s War on Terrorism Should Begin at Home
Rev. WILLIAM ALBERTS
The horrific attack against America on September 11, 2001 offered us citizens an opportunity to engage in serious national self-examination about our government’s foreign policy in our name, and whether it contributed to such violent aggression. But the Bush...
The Money Belong to the Artists Who Created the Music
FRED WILHELMS
SoundExchange is the sole entity that collects and distributes license fees for digital distribution of recordings; primarily satellite radio services and Internet streaming broadcasts (but NOT downloads). Over the years they have collected money for thousands of ...
The Global Media and the Death of Bears
Dr. CHARLES JONKEL
School, city, county, and university libraries–they are maybe the best things ever invented by humansocieties. Cave paintings, hieroglyphics, alphabets, the printing press, folk knowledge, learning to read and write–all such things have allowedhuman be...
The Cruel Economics of Health Care in America
SETH SANDRONSKY
The cost of U.S. health care has climbed 43 percent over the past nine years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This price increase is close to double the over-all inflation rate of 26 percent in the same nine years. We are looking at an inflatio...
Dustin Costa Struggles Against Invisibility
FRED GARDNER
Thomas Jefferson O’Connell, MD, perused a front-page story on in the Times and said, "I’m glad the torturers are being exposed, but I can’t help thinking that the prisoners at Guantanamo get a lot more attention than Dustin Costa." Cost...
CounterPunch Playlist
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
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Republic of Fear
PATRICK COCKBURN
The republic of fear is born again. The state of terror now gripping Iraq is as bad as it was under Saddam Hussein. Torture in the country may even be worse than it was during his rule, the United Nation’s special investigator on torture said yesterday. ...
How Far We Have Fallen
JoANN WYPIJEWSKI
There was one positive side-effect of 9/11/01, and it was that people in New York actually talked to one another, and not just about pain and suffering. Those were sharp, but the whole grief machine has been grossly overplayed. This last anniversary of 9/11 there ...
We Need Partners, Not Bosses
EVO MORALES
It is an enormous satisfaction to be here present, representing my people, from my homeland, Bolivia and especially the indigenous movement. I want to tell you, that after 500 years of be looked down upon, at times considered to be savages, animals, in some...
Hezbollah’s Rockets and Civilian Casualties
SARAH LEAH WHITSON
Jonathan Cook argues ("How Human Rights Watch Lost Its Way in Lebanon," September 7, 2006) that because Hezbollah hit some military targets during its war with Israel, it never deliberately targeted civilians. It may well ...
The Next Palestinian Struggle
RAMZY BAROUD
London. An expert in international law and an old friend of the Palestinian people wrote me with utter distress a few days after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh were reported to have reached an agreement Sept. 11 to for...
Torture and Justice in Chicago
STANLEY HOWARD
After years of fighting, organizing and exposing the cases of the Death Row 10 and the entire Burge torture scandal, we now stand at a major turning point in our movement. In 2002, we won the right to have a special prosecutor investigate the issue of polic...
It’s the Manipulated Economy, Stupid
MICHAEL DONNELLY
The first Fall rains arrive. Leaves begin to turn color. Species begin migrations. The airwaves buzz with vacuous political ads. Various pro-Democrat/Neo-liberal progressive groups are once again giddy anticipating the end of Neo-con iron fist control of the natio...
10 Reasons Cars Suck
MICKEY Z.
There’s an interesting courtroom battle shaping up out in California. The state is attempting to institute new emissions standards for greenhouse gases. Such regulations could reduce exhaust emissions by 25% in cars and light trucks and 18% in SUVs. Californ...
Australian Government Steps Up Attacks on Muslims
RICK KUHN
Australian Prime Minister John Howard has used the Pope’s association of Islam with violence as another opportunity to target Muslims, criticising them for overreacting. This fits into a pattern. Since July 2005, his conservative Coalition Government has bee...
In the Name of Security
AMIRA HASS
Gaza. Six Palestinian churches in the West Bank and Gaza Strip suffered damage and arson attempts in reaction to the words of Pope Benedict XVI. Palestinian spokesmen of all stripes condemned these attacks and said that the Palestinian nation – Christ...
Terrorism at Sheridan Circle
SAUL LANDAU
Terrorism struck then as it does now, without warning. At about 9:45 on Tuesday morning, September 21, 1976, the phone rang. I put down my coffee cup. "I just saw the worst accident," she said, with distress in her voice. My wife then described what she ...
No Nation Should Have Superiority Over Others
MAHMOUD AHMADI-NEJAD
Washington, DC. What afflicts humanity today is certainly not compatible with human dignity; the Almighty has not created human beings so that they could transgress against others and oppress them. By causing war and conflict, some are fast expanding...
From the Kitchen of Dr. Frankenstein
DEBORAH RICH
We Americans are eating a lot of genetically engineered food, and for no good reason. Since the mid-1990s, when corn and soybean varieties began being injected with genes from bacteria and other unrelated species, we’ve been paying participants in a...
Ed Wiley’s Long March
MIKE ROSELLE
Washington, DC. Tonight something very strange and wonderful is happening here on this warm fall evening. The sidewalk in the front of the Harry’s Bar at the aging and slightly dilapidated Hotel Harrington is alive with the sounds of mountain music. I...
Ending the Death Penalty
JUSTIN E. H. SMITH
It is to be hoped that the institution of capital punishment in the United States will, if I may borrow a bit of Marxist language, collapse under the weight of its own internal contradictions in the near future. To bring this about, it should be the long-term goal...
Elections, Detentions and Deportations
SHARON SMITH
With the November elections hanging in the balance, politicians from both parties are desperately jostling for votes on this year’s key "wedge" issue. Both parties have embraced the vague phrase, "securing our borders," which conveniently...
Rise Up Against the Empire
HUGO CHAVEZ
Representatives of the governments of the world, good morning to all of you. First of all, I would like to invite you, very respectfully, to those who have not read this book, to read it. Noam Chomsky, one of the most prestigious American and world intellec...
A Wasted Campaign
JOSHUA FRANK
One week after Jonathan Tasini was defeated by Hillary Clinton in New York’s Democratic Primary, the career labor organizer and loyal Democrat released a statement about the role his bereaved followers should play in the upcoming election. "I urge my su...
The Final Chapter in Mexico (for Now)
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. When we last left leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), recently robbed of the Mexican presidency by the usual fraud, he was eyeball to eyeball in the great Zocalo plaza of Mexico City where his supporters had been camped out since the Ju...
The Hollow Promise of Digital Technology
NORMAN SOLOMON
This is the time of year when media campaigns for the latest digital products are apt to go into overdrive. Schools are back in session, and the holiday sales blitz is getting underway. For the latest computerized gizmos, that means an escalating media drive ̵...
The Clenched Fist of the Phoenix
ARTHUR NESLEN
What made Israel burn Lebanon again? The decision to go to war hurled Israel’s economy into a wall, smashed the deterrent’ power of the country’s army, plunged its northern population into misery, and magnified the hatred felt towards it in the r...
Goodbye Koizumi, Hello Abe
CHRISTOPHER REED
Tokyo. No matter what the world’s second economy, modern super-tech Japan, attempts these days, even when ushering in the first prime minister born after World War II, there comes an ominous rattling of old wartime bones — in this case literally...
The Merck Vioxx Litigation
EVELYN PRINGLE
In the homestretch leading up to the latest trial in New Orleans, the score in the Vioxx litigation was 5 to 4 in favor of Merck. However, in mid-August, 2006, a New Jersey victory for Merck was thrown out reversing the score to 5 to 4 in favor of plaintiffs. ...
The Politics of Pope Rat
MICHAEL CARMICHAEL
Addressing an academic group assembled at his former university at Regensburg in his native Germany, Pope Benedict XVI launched into a mystifying homily against Islam. At the height of the diatribe, Pope Benedict quoted a medieval monarch who insulted Islam by sta...
Deadly Harvest
PATRICK COCKBURN
Nabatiyeh, Lebanon. The war in Lebanon has not ended. Every day, some of the million bomblets which were fired by Israeli artillery during the last three days of the conflict kill four people in southern Lebanon and wound many more. The casualty figu...
Presidential Incitements to War Crimes
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
On the fifth anniversary of 9/11, President George Walker Bush delivered an illegal speech and may have committed an international crime, that is, the crime of direct and public incitement to commit genocide of a religious group. Determined to rally disbelieving A...
War, Taxes and Democracy
BRIAN M. DOWNING
The war in Iraq has raised serious fiscal, social, and constitutional problems. Politicians are generally unwilling to mention, let alone deal with them, but their urgency will require attention soon enough. A tax–one specifically tied to warmaking–may...
Gen. Pinochet’s 9/11
SAUL LANDAU
On 9/11/73, General Augusto Pinochet led a military coup that overthrew Chile’s elected government. The military bombed the Presidential Palace, assassinated 3,197 and tortured of tens of thousands more in order to "save" Chile from "subversio...
Economic Warfare
JEFF LEYS
This week, the International Monetary Fund will be holding its annual meeting in Singapore. No doubt, the economic restructuring and forced leveraging of Iraq will be a key component of talks surrounding the meeting. In these past few months, free trade zones have...
Dispelling Brutality
Col. DAN SMITH
"To answer brutality with brutality is to admit one’s moral and intellectual bankruptcy." Mahatma Gandhi "The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism." Colin P...
The Great Hair Gel and Toothpaste Scare
LUCINDA MARSHALL
Air travel just isn’t what it used to be. On a recent trip to Washington, DC, I checked my bag, something that wouldn’t have been necessary in the days before The Great Toothpaste and Hair Gel Scare, the latest episode in the ongoing Bush Administratio...
Iraqi Oil and Production Sharing Agreements
RON JACOBS
Price of gas up 400%. Foodstuffs up almost as much. Life for Iraqis is not only difficult, it’s becoming unaffordable. According to Washington and its client government in Baghdad, this inflation is due to other Iraqis. Ask them who to blame and they blame t...
Canada in Haiti
NIK BARRY-SHAW And YVES ENGLER
Does the Canadian-promoted "Responsibility to Protect" doctrine include murder rape, and threats of violence? That’s the question we should be asking Canadian officials after a study in the prestigious Lancet medical journal released at the ...
Adios Ann Richards
MIKE STARK And JIM BULLINGTON
In the end, it’s fitting that Bill Clinton would eulogize Texas ex-Governor Ann Richards for the "big things" she accomplished. Executing 49 people, including two juveniles and two mentally disabled prisoners certainly is "big." Clinton o...
Corporate E. Coli
JOSHUA FRANK
The latest string of E. Coli outbreaks should raise serious questions about the vulnerability of our country’s food supply. While most public health officials blame the cases on a violent strain of noxious bacteria, the corporate food industry continues to e...
Showing Conviction at Echo 9
BILL QUIGLEY
The Echo 9 launching facility for the intercontinental nuclear missile Minuteman III is about 100 miles northwest of Bismarck, North Dakota. Endless fields of sunflowers and mown hay dazzle those who travel there. The fenced off site at first appears innoc...
The Hussein Trial and Imperial Tribunals
CARL BOGGS
As the second trial of Saddam Hussein and six Baath co-defendants for assorted war crimes moves toward its near-certain guilty verdict, the Iraq Tribunal increasingly reveals itself as a naked U.S. exercise in one-sided punitive justice. The first court, to reconv...
The Price of Free Speech
JOHN A. MURPHY
When I found myself in Harrisburg two weeks ago surrounded by seven police officers wearing body armor, I have to admit I was a bit taken aback. Seven was probably more than enough to handle a sixty-year-old arthritic. Yes, it is true; I called a member of the Dem...
Peace Panic
URI AVNERY
Guess whose words these are: "Starting this war was a scandal…It was possible to solve the problem of the missiles in South Lebanon by diplomatic meansThe offensive of the last two days of the war, in which 33 soldiers were killed a...
Murdoch Almighty
RAMZY BAROUD
People imagine that their opinions are their own, not those of corporate moguls who compete to colonise the public sphere. We are not as free in thought as we think. German philosopher and political scientist Jèrgen Habermas is often credited for his...