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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 October 2006
Space Cowboy
BRUCE K. GAGNON
The White House has just released the new U.S. National Space Policy from the Bush administration. The new document makes several policy departures from past space doctrines. They include: * Calling for the deployment of offensive weapons syste...
Israel’s Minister of Strategic Threats
JONATHAN COOK
The furore that briefly flared this week at the decision of Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, to invite Avigdor Lieberman and his Yisrael Beiteinu party into the government coalition is revealing, but not in quite the way many observers assume. Li...
Hunting Hugo
CONN HALLINAN
There are times when the tensions between Venezuela and the Bush Administration seem closer to Commedia dell’arte than politics. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez compares President George W. Bush to the devil, right down to the smell of sulfur during a speec...
Uribe’s Failure to Learn from Colombia’s Past
JAMES J. BRITTAIN
At a time when the Colombian government is experiencing growing urban and rural opposition to state-induced political and economic policies such the VAT tax reform, new inequitable bilateral-trade agreements with the United States, and a significant reduction in s...
Afghanistan in 3-D
PETER HARLEY
The Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mr. Sproule, has identified three Ds which underpin our policy: defense, development and diplomacy. However much defense may be necessary for the other two Ds, it creates problems by killing local people. We may like ...
Upheaval from the Bottom
JOHN ROSS
The political cognoscenti on all sides of the border nonchalantly attribute the massive resistance of millions of Mexicans to the stealing of last July 2nd’s presidential election from leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) by the ruling PAN party and it...
The Vindication of Sibel Edmonds
JOHN STANTON
On October 10, 2006, FBI spokesman Bill Carter confirmed that matters raised by Sibel Edmonds and shielded form public view by the invocation of the US States Secret privilege were still under internal investigation by the Bureau. "Due to the fact tha...
Ethnicity and Baseball
MICHAEL DONNELLY
In 2004, Chevrolet aired a Spanish-language ad for the Silverado truck on Fox TV during baseball’s World Series. No English subtitles. And, no English voice-over at the end like Coors Light’s "Guey = Dude" ad, the sole other noted general mar...
Drinking Tea with Hizbullah
JOHNNY BARBER
In the village of Silaa in southern Lebanon, on the forty-day memorial of the killing of 8 residents by Israeli aerial bombardment, a lunch in commemoration of the dead was provided to the villagers by the Campaign for Civil Resistance. After we completed our visi...
Bioneers Sparks Drive-by Shots from New York Times
SHEPHERD BLISS
"First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Finally they integrate (or co-opt) what you have been saying all along," a wise person said decades ago. After seventeen years of ignoring the growing Bioneers, the New York Times finally evolved to ...
Academic Freedom on the Rocks
ROBERT JENSEN
This essay was commissioned by the guest editors of a special issue of the academic journal Social Text but rejected by the journal’s editorial collective on the grounds it was theoretically unsophisticated that included a "cheap shot" at professor...
Elie Wiesel for President?
DANIEL McGOWAN
Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has suggested Elie Wiesel to replace Moshe Katzav as President of Israel. Katzav is being forced to resign amid charges of rape. Wiesel’s qualifications for the job are unimpeachable. He is the icon of what No...
The Book of Rahm
JOHN WALSH
Last week in CounterPunch (1), I wrote that the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Congressman Rahm Emanuel, had worked hard to guarantee that Democratic candidates in key toss-up House races were pro-...
The American Way of Gore
PIERRE TRISTAM
"On the next floor below are the abdominal and spine cases, head wounds and double amputations. On the right side of the wing are the jaw wounds, gas cases, nose, ear, and neck wounds. On the left the blind and the lung wounds, pelvis wounds, wounds in the jo...
The World Needs Its Small Farmers
LAURA CARLSEN
World Food Day, commemorated on October 16, has become more of an exercise in expiation of sins than a renewal of a serious commitment to end hunger. Throughout the world, the press decries the latest Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) statistics: 852 ...
Truth and Consequences on Iraq
DAVE LINDORFF
The Bush administration, losing the war in Iraq, has come with a "new" strategy: setting a timetable for Iraq’s puppet regime and its fledgling army to "stand up" to the task of running the country so that the U.S. military can "stan...
The Story of My Kidnapping in Nablus
MICHAEL PHILLIPS
When I finished teaching my English class in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Nablus last Tuesday, the most pressing thing on my mind was getting to an Internet cafe to check my e-mail. It’s impossible to walk the streets of this crowded city without r...
When the FBI Came Calling
MARGUERITE ROSE JIMENEZ
I did not anticipate when I traveled to Cuba for research in March 2006 that the trip would be of interest or concern to the FBI. The purpose of my trip was both transparent and legal. As a full time graduate student conducting research for my thesis, and directly...
A US Fortress Rises in Baghdad
DAVID PHINNEY
Things began looking more sketchier than ever to John Owen as he boarded a nondescript white jet on his way back to Iraq in March 2005 following some R&R in Kuwait city. Employed by First Kuwaiti Trading & Contracting, the lead builder for the new ...
Not All Terrorists are Muslim
M. SHAHID ALAM
"While it may be true–and probably is–that not all Muslims are terrorists, it also happens to be true that nearly all terrorists are Muslim." Dan Gillerman, Israeli Ambassador to the UN, March 7, 2006 T...
The Silence at Home, as America Eats Her Young
Dr. TRUDY BOND
"Far more sinister . . . is the cult of victory that permeates every inch of American culture, from the football fields where it is practiced to the churches where it is preached. Conditioned to win at all costs, youth are reduced to passive vess...
James Baker Wants a Kinder, Gentler War
RON JACOBS
In recent days, reports have begun to appear in mainstream US media sources such as Time magazine and the Los Angeles Times hinting at a new strategy on Iraq from Washington. This strategy, which is scheduled to be officially made public after the November Congres...
The End of Habeas Corpus and the Belligerent Despot-in-Chief
RALPH NADER
On October 17th, George W. Bush, signed into law a bill he bulldozed through Congress that, in Senator Patrick Leahy’s prophetic words, would suspend "the writ of habeas corpus, a core value in American law, in order to avoid judicial review that preven...
What Do Ken Livingstone and a Fictional Character Named Artie Fishel Have in Common
GILAD ATZMON
Created by saxophonist, composer and author GILAD ATZMON, Artie Fishel is a fictional satirical character, conceived as the first artificial Zionist who, despite the best efforts of the radical lobbying group The Board of Deputies of British Jews and...
Israel’s Cluster Bomb War
SAREE MAKDISI
Of all the statistics to emerge from Israel’s recent war on Lebanon, the most shocking concerns the number of cluster bombs that Israel dropped on or fired into Lebanon. A cluster bomb is made up of a canister that opens and releases hundreds of indiv...
Even Scotland Can Be Thrilled by a Ripe Sex Scandal
WILLIAM MacDOUGALL
"The working class people and the jury who have found in our favour have done a service to the people of Scotland and have delivered a message to the standard of journalism that the News of the World NOTW represents. They are liars and we have p...
What Have California Doctors Learned About Cannabis?
FRED GARDNER
It has been 10 years since California voters enacted Proposition 215, making it legal to grow and use cannabis, with a doctor’s approval, for medical purposes. Prop 215 didn’t create a record-keeping system because the authors didn’t trust the go...
Channeling Thomas Friedman
NORMAN SOLOMON
Get ready for a special tour of a renowned outlook, conjured from the writings of syndicated New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. As the leading media advocate of "free trade" and "globalization," he is expertly proficient at explaining th...
We Need and Owe Rural People
RICHARD MANNING
Kenya’s Masai people, herders to the core, have found they can increase their meager income by leasing land to onion farmers. The farmers build fences, which dice up elephant migration corridors surrounding the country’s famous Amboseli National Park. ...
The Antiwar Movement and Independent Politics
JOSHUA FRANK
When the admirable Tiberius upon becoming emperor, received a message from the Senate in which the conscript fathers assured him that whatever legislation he wanted would be automatically passed by them, he sent back word that this was outrageous. &qu...
Canadians in Afghanistan
NEIL KITSON
To: Rick Hillier Chief of the Defence Staff Department of National Defence National Defence Headquarters Major-General George R. Pearkes Building 101 Colonel By Drive Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0K2 From: NEIL KITSON Appa...
The Evening of Empire
WERTHER
When the admirable Tiberius upon becoming emperor, received a message from the Senate in which the conscript fathers assured him that whatever legislation he wanted would be automatically passed by them, he sent back word that this was outrageous. &qu...
What Are They Dying For?
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
I was a soldier for 36 years. And when soldiers of NATO (including the US) and Commonwealth countries are killed, nowadays, I feel that "there but for the Grace of God go I" because during my military service I was preparing to fight (or was actually fig...
How the US Declared War on North Korea
GARY LEUPP
North Korea proclaims UNSC Resolution 1718 "a declaration of war." One could dismiss this description as just another of Pyongyang’s exercises in hyperbolic bluster, but in fact it may be right on target. The resolution prohibits "the pro...
The Myth of Microloans
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The committee that gave Henry Kissinger the Nobel peace prize has given it this year to Mohammed Younus, the economist who put the word "microloan" on the map with the Grameen Bank in his native land of Bangladesh. That’s progress of a sort. B...
The Second Palestinian Intifada
FRED WILCOX
All too often, historians and scholars write about war from a comfortable distance. Readers do not feel the pain of families driven from their homes by invading armies. We do not hear children scream in terror when their siblings and parents are murdered in front ...
Shame on You, Dr. Warf!
ARIADNA THEOKOPOULOS
In a recent CounterPunch article Dr Curran Warf attempted to defend the Lancet study that (over)estimated the number of Iraqi fatalities since the start of the war on Iraq. President Bush said tersely and unequivocally that ...
GOP Death Slide
MICHAEL DONNELLY
As someone who actually did grow up in inner city Flint, it’s hard for me to take someone who grew up in an all-white nearby farm town, yet claims himself a Flint native all that seriously. It’s akin to claiming Compton roots when you actually grew up ...
Pat Tillman’s Brother Breaks His Silence
DAVE ZIRIN
When Pat Tillman, former NFL player and Army Ranger, died in Afghanistan in 2004, it unleashed a drama that moved from tragedy to obscenity to mystery. First there was Pat’s death. Because Tillman wasn’t the kind of anonymous fallen soldier the...
Robert Bork, Riveted
CP News Service
"One evening at a hotel in New York I flipped around the television channels. Suddenly there on the public access channel was a voluptuous young woman, naked, her body oiled, writhing on the floor while fondling herself intimately. Meanwhile, a man’...
Standing Up Against Racism at Columbia
ALAN MAASS
The protest against the anti-immigrant Minutemen at Columbia University and the national media uproar that followed highlight both the growing threat of the far right and the challenges facing those who want to confront racism. The planned speech by Minutem...
Behind Closed Doors
LUCINDA MARSHALL
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Coming as it does during the same month as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) and Halloween, DVAM receives far less attention than the pink ribbons, ghosts and goblins. This is ironically fitting sin...
Corporate Drugs Useless Against Alzheimer’s
FRED GARDNER
Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca have been making $2 billion a year selling useless pills to Alzheimer’s patients (including almost a million Medicare "beneficiaries"). This is the bottom line of a study published this week in the ...
Bush’s Paraguay Land Grab
CP News Wire
Asuncion, Paraguay. The land grab project of U.S. President George W. Bush in Chaco, Paraguay, has generated considerable discomfort both politically and environmentally. The news circulating the continent about plans to buy 98,840 acres of land in C...
The Cronies’ War
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Here’s a surprise. Congressional hearings can be enlightening, the caliber of the participants notwithstanding. In mid-September a Senate Democratic policy committee heard testimony from two truckers about what happened to them while working for KBR. ...
The Mad Logic of Pentagon Spending
WINSLOW WHEELER
In 1983, Pentagon "maverick analyst" Franklin ("Chuck") Spinney testified to a joint session of the Senate Armed Services and Budget Committees about what he called "The Plans/Reality Mismatch." The term referred to the failure of the...
How to Stay Out of Gitmo
SUSIE DAY
In case you’ve been too stunned by other newsworthy disasters to pay proper attention, the Military Commissions Act of 2006 was just signed into law. This law gives the U.S. government legal permission to do things they’ve been doing sub-legally for ye...
Surges: the Dow and the Death Count
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
The Dow Jones Industrial average is surging. So is the death count in Iraq. Ten U.S. troops were killed on Tuesday and two died Wednesday, bringing the total for October to seventy-one. Almost 1,000 Iraqis have perished in the last 18 days. Yet investors ar...
The Bipartisan Border Wall
LEE SUSTAR
Five months after some of the biggest demonstrations in U.S. history, immigrants have come under fire–not only from conservative Republicans, law enforcement agencies and right-wing vigilantes, but from their supposed friends among congressional Democrats....
Who Said Clinton Didn’t Kill Anybody?
WILLIAM BLUM
The cartoon awfulness of the Bush crime syndicate’s foreign policy is enough to make Americans nostalgic for almost anything that came before. And as Bill Clinton parades around the country and the world associating himself with "good" causes, it&#...