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Archives from October 2006
What is 20 Tons of Explosives?
AMIRA HASS
Hamas has smuggled 20 tons of explosives into the Gaza Strip, and that is aside from the anti-aircraft and antitank missiles. That is what the Israel Defense Forces has calculated, and it made sure to pump this frightening information into the Israeli media over t...
How Third Parties Can Solve the "Spoiler" Problem … and Win Elections
SAM HUSSEINI
The Problem: Most voters don’t vote for — often don’t even consider voting for — third parties because they view voting for a third party as helping the establishment party they most dislike. Disenchanted Democrats continue to vote for Demo...
Stop Bono Before He Kills Again!
CounterPunch News Service
Bono is at a U2 concert in Glasgow when he asks the audience for some quiet. Then in the silence, he starts to slowly clap his hands. Holding the audience in total silence, he says softly and seriously into the microphone … "Every t...
A Gathering of Water Buffaloes at Glen Canyon Dam
JOHN WEISHEIT
Today the Bureau of Reclamation will host an exclusive celebration for water buffaloes only at Glen Canyon Dam to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Colorado River Storage Project Act (CRSP). The assistant secretary to the Department of Interior, Mark Limbaug...
Poison and Famine in the Fields
ERIC HOLT-GIMENEZ
Just weeks before the elections, Congress is unable to agree on legislation regarding the nation’s 12 million undocumented immigrants. Legislators are at loggerheads over such disparate proposals as conditional legalization, guest-worker programs and massive...
North Korea’s Nuclear Test: a Q & A
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Manuel, I just read your article in "Counterpunch", October 17, 2006 . As you know the US claims that it has detected radiation that "confirms" that North Korea actually did explode a nuclear devi...
Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine
Col. DAN SMITH
George Bush’s most steadfast backer in the March 2003 preventive war invasion and occupation of Iraq has been British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The Bush-Blair "dynamic duo" act is, however, about to end. Blair is soon to resign his post in favor o...
The Bush Administration’s Assault on Defense Lawyers
ELAINE CASSEL
In February 2005, attorney Lynne Stewart was convicted of providing material support to a terrorist conspiracy. The charges arose from her representation of Sheik Abdel-Rahman, convicted in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. The governmen...
Wal-Mart Tightens the Squeeze on Workers
JOSH GRYNIEWICZ
Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer with 1.4 million workers, is leading the corporate attack on wages and benefits with renewed vigor. In spite of a recent "community-friendly" public relations campaign aimed at repairing its no...
Trying to Ignore Aaron Dixon
JESSE HAGOPIAN
Aaron Dixon doesn’t like being ignored. In the early 1960’s, when the government was ignoring the civil rights of Black people, Aaron Dixon helped organize the first Black Student Union at the University of Washington. When the government failed...
Thundersnow
BRUCE JACKSON
Nobody knows quite what to call the storm that hit Buffalo Thursday and Friday, October 12 and 13. It wasn’t simply a blizzard, like that epic monster back in 1977 that piled snow so high you didn’t walk through fences or around the stalled cars, you j...
When Cochabamba Said "Enough!"
FREDERICO FUENTES
In April 2000, the people of Cochabamba captured the imagination of anti-corporate campaigners the world over. Only months after the US transnational Bechtel took control of the regions water supply – forcing citizens to pay for rainwater they collected R...
The Root Problems of American Agriculture
DARYLL E. RAY
Speaking before the National Farmers Union on September 11, 2006, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns recalled the line in the TV show Dragnet where Sgt. Joe Friday would "interrupt the person talking to him and say, "Just the facts, ma’am, just the...
The Politics of Fear
TOM BARRY
The recently released staff report on Iran issued by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee and the new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on global terrorism conclude that the threats to U.S. national security are grave and increasing. These rep...
Cindy Sheehan’s Lesser-Evilism
JOSHUA FRANK
You can sure tell it’s an election year. Despite the fact that over 2770 US soldiers and 600,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed in Iraq, the mainstream antiwar movement, or what’s left of it, has failed to hold the two war parties accountable for the...
Greetings from Echo Park
MICHAEL SIMMONS
Dear Jann, We both know that Rolling Stone — the magazine you founded and remain Editor and Publisher of — has been the subject of endless irate rants over the years. Here’s another one. I’ve been a reader since the first issu...
Loveless Among the Ruins
DAVE LINDORFF
Well, so much for Iraqi "sovereignty." So much too for "staying the course" and for "fighting the terrorists there so we won’t have to fight them here." And while we’re at it, so much for all the young Americans who’...
The Dead of Tlatelolco
KATE DOYLE
Who are the dead of Tlatelolco? Archivos Abiertos is determined to find an answer. It seems like a simple question. Who among the thousands gathered in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas on the afternoon of October 2, 1968, did not return home that night? Who ...
Slandering Sound Science
Dr. CURRAN WARF, MD
Last week the medical journal The Lancet released an epidemiological study concluding that 655,000 Iraqis died from war-related i...
Bush’s Foley
SAUL LANDAU
Less than one month before the November congressional elections, the Great Scriptwriter in the Sky directed Republicans to stage a disruptive sex scandal–for the benefit of the Democrats. Mark Foley, a Florida Republican stalwart sent lurid emails to ...
Politicus Interruptus
DAVID UNDERHILL
forum, n. A public meeting place for open discussion. Therefore, you’d expect discussion at a candidates’ forum hosted by a Republican women’s club in an economically cleansed sector of Mobile. Unless you’d...
The Corporate Assault on Zoning
AL KREBS
It should come as no surprise to voters in the upcoming elections that hidden among the various local and regional initiatives and propositions can be found a myriad of financial and tax benefits accruing to corporate interests. No better example of such sk...
Nuclear Test, Political Flare
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK = "North Korea") detonated a nuclear device (a.k.a. "bomb") on 9 October 2006, at 10:36 a.m. local time, at Hwaderi, near Kilju City in North Harnkyung province. What does this mean?...
Guerrilla Reviewing
MICHAEL NEUMANN
The Guerrilla News Network web site seems slightly retro, slightly well-off, slightly out-of-kilter cool, like Lily Allen in a Che Guevara T-shirt. The guys may wear berets. They do guerrilla book reviews: you attack, and when the clumsy reaction force finall...
Afghanistan Reconsidered
SHARON SMITH
The October 7 anniversary of the war on Afghanistan passed virtually unnoticed on U.S. soil. Mainstream news outlets spared the Bush administration the embarrassment of accounting for the subsequent fate of Afghanistan’s 30 million people five years after th...
Secret Service Grills 14 Year-Old Artist
STEPHEN S. PEARCY
Two super-sized adult male U.S. Secret Service ("S.S.") agents banged on the front door at 14 year-old Julia Wilson’s home last Thursday during school hours, but Julia wasn’t home. Predictably (except to the S.S. agents), the straight-A stude...
New York’s Iraq Vets Against the War Needs Your Help!
DANIEL WOLFF
New York’s Iraq Veterans Against the War could use a little help. They’ve been given some office space in Manhattan, but according to my friend and Vietnam Vet activist, Jim Murphy: Their problem is the same problem that we faced in...
Desirable Duds
JAMES BROOKS
On September 26, the UN announced that the number of unexploded cluster "bomblets" left in southern Lebanon by Israeli forces may be three times higher than previous estimates. A million or more antipersonnel weapons may be strewn across a region one-thi...
Racism and Cheap Thrills at the University of Texas Law School
ROBERT JENSEN
When one of the first-year University of Texas law students who participated in a "ghetto fabulous" party posted pictures on the web, we saw the ugly face of white privilege and the racism in which it is rooted. But the depth of the problem of white supr...
Bush’s Military Commissions Act and the Future of America
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
"The legacy of Nuremberg and the solemn undertaking that Justice Jackson gave for the United States at the opening session, are under assault by the Bush Administration, which has embraced a radical world view that rests on a cult of power and a ...
The Great Experiment
URI AVNERY
IS IT possible to force a whole people to submit to foreign occupation by starving it? That is, certainly, an interesting question. So interesting, indeed, that the governments of Israel and the United States, in close cooperation with Europe, are now engag...
The Case Against Depleted Uranium
DON MONKERUD
When the US Army advertises for recruits, it emphasizes jobs and benefits the Army offers, but nowhere are prospects informed about the risk of illness, sickness and death caused by the Army’s use of radioactive munitions. On September 7, in the first...
Building a Future in the Mixteca
LAURA CARLSEN
The Mixteca region of Mexico’s Southern Oaxaca state has a tragic, but well-deserved reputation: it has the highest rate of immigration from Mexico to the United States. According to statistics from the Mixteca Center for Integral Peasant Development, a quar...
Election 2006: The Fix is Already In
JOHN WALSH
"In 1964 Barry Goldwater declared: ‘Elect me president, and I will bomb the cities of Vietnam, defoliate the jungles, herd the population into concentration camps and turn the country into a wasteland.’ But Lyndon Johnson said: ‘...
America’s Other War Party
MIKE WHITNEY
The giddiness among Democrats about their prospects for a sweep in both Houses of Representatives has reached a level of absolute euphoria. But what exactly are the voters are hoping for? A speedy exit from Iraq? Think again. John Walsh posted...
Confronting Turkey’s Armenian Genocide
ROBERT FISK
This has been a bad week for Holocaust deniers. I’m talking about those who wilfully lie about the 1915 genocide of 1.5 million Armenian Christians by the Ottoman Turks. On Thursday, France’s lower house of parliament approved a Bill making it a crime ...
Correcting the Facts on US/Venezuela Relations
MARK WEISBROT
I was hoping to use this space to include content that will not fit in columns or op-eds that the mainstream press runs. Below is a column I wrote that ran during the past week in a number of US newspapers. It provides some background, missing from almost all pres...
North Korea as a Religious State
GARY LEUPP
All three countries labeled "the Axis of Evil" by President Bush in 2002 are presently religious states. Iran is of course a Shiite theocracy, while the government of formerly secularist Iraq—to the extent it has a government at all—is domina...
North Korea’s Bomb
JOHN CHUCKMAN
You might think from all the political noise that something extraordinary happened when North Korea conducted an underground nuclear explosion. But let’s put the test, apparently a small-yield, inefficient device, into some perspective. The United Sta...
What Bush Means By Tolerable Violence in Iraq
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
It is the middle of October and already 46 US troops have been killed in Iraq this month. Two other "coalition" soldiers have died, bringing the total to 2,996 since the invasion began in 2003. In September, 3,530 Iraqi Security Forces and civilian death...
Sugar Daddy Politics
SANHO TREE
What does Mark Foley’s vote on CAFTA have to do with his no longer secret sex life? In late July of 2005, Congressman Foley suddenly reversed his position and cast the key swing vote which led to the passage of the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA...
General Mutinies Against Blair
PATRICK COCKBURN
Last Thursday, October 12, Britain’s new army chief, Gen. Richard Dannatt, provoked a political storm by calling in a newspaper interview with the Daily Mail for a withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, warning that the British military should "get our...
An Appeal for South India’s Wild Elephants
INGMAR LEE And KRISTA ROESSINGH
We are appealing for your immediate help to protect South India’s last significant herds of Wild Elephants! Please take a few moments to familiarize yourselves with the predicament of these magnificent animals! Recent estimates of the number of Asian ele...
Shouting "No One is Illegal" in a Crowed Theater
RON JACOBS
As most CounterPunch readers surely know, Jim Gilchrist of the Minutemen Project left the stage of Roone Arledge Auditorium at Columbia University after being challenged by a number of anti-racist audience members on October 4, 2006 . Invited to the university by ...
The Collapse of Iraq’s Health Care Services
DAVID WILSON
The Fourth Geneva Convention (1949) contains specific provisions pertaining to the delivery of healthcare services in occupied territories. Article 55 states: To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring t...
Lone Wolf Takes on the Pharma Pack
JAKE WHITNEY
Early in Dr. Peter Rost’s new book, The Whistleblower: Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman...
Is Betty Ugly?
LUCINDA MARSHALL
Because I am a middle-aged woman, complete with grey hair, wrinkles, sagging breasts and stretch marks, on October 18, I will celebrate Love Your Body Day, an event sponsored by the NOW Foundation. The celebration, now in its ninth year, is designed to draw attent...
The Spent Milk of Human Foley
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Isn’t it funny how much we love sex? Especially scandalous sex in high places. Ooh baby! What a page-turner. We can’t get enough! We the American People have allowed our leaders to waterboard the Constitution, toss out our right to habeas corpus, punch...
The Wilted Yankees
RALPH NADER
The wilting, nay the collapse of the once mighty New York Yankees for the sixth straight year in the baseball playoffs has moved them into the failure fields so long inhabited by the Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox (except for the dazzling comeback of 2004)....
A Stroll Through the Cairo Mall
HANI SHUKRALLAH
It was during a one-day conference on over-seas reporting, held at the University of California’s Graduate School of Journalism, that I learned of yet another element of what purports to be my cultural identity. It was an excellent conference, held by an out...