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Archives from October 2006
Even Scotland Can Be Thrilled by a Ripe Sex Scandal
"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?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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&#...