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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
  Todd Snider: East Nashville Skyline (Oh Boy) ...
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...