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Archives from November 2006
Ghosts of Dictatorships Past
WES ENZINNA
"Nothing that has ever happened should be regarded as lost for history. To be sure, only a redeemed mankind receives the fullness of its past–which is to say, only for a redeemed mankind has its past become citable in all its moments"...
The Songs of Basilio Martin Patino
LARRY PORTIS
Most people who love good films know about Pedro Almodovar and the fact that the contemporary Spanish cinema is among the most creative and exciting of recent years (in my mind, only the contemporary Iranian cinema can rival it). But how many are familiar with the...
What I’m Listening to This Week
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
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Who Could It Be?
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Presidential hopefuls are high profiling it, putting their faces and opinions out there and testing the waters to determine who floats, belly-flops, or sinks. And as I observe the 2008 contenders who are vying for their party’s nomination with dreams ...
Who Will Live On in the Oaxaca Uprising?
BARUCHA CALAMITY PELLER
Oaxaca Although Governor Ulises Ruiz still holds office, and federal police forces occupy the Zocalo of Oaxaca City, the people of Oaxaca have removed the government in practice. The Mexican federal government calls this practice "ungovernability"...
The Hole in Bush’s Brain
RALPH NADER
Bush’s Brain, Karl Rove, outsmarted himself and lost a chance to keep control of the Senate in Republican hands. It started and ended in the Connecticut Senate race with Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman as his "fatal attraction." When &qu...
Last Chance for the Democrats?
DAVID SWANSON
WHY did all manly gifts in Webster fail? He wrote on Nature’s grandest brow, For Sale. –Emerson PART I Congressman John Conyers, "The Constitution in Crisis", December 2005: "In b...
Pinochet in Palestine
JOSEPH MASSAD
Before the United States government subcontracted the Chilean military to overthrow the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in 1973, it carried out a number of important missions in the country in preparation for the coup of 11 September. These i...
George McGovern’s Return to Capitol Hill
KEVIN ZEESE
Former Senator and U.S. presidential candidate George McGovern came to Capitol Hill to advocate for a responsible exit from Iraq. He spoke at an event organized by the Congressional Progressive Caucus of staffers and advocates on November 16, 2006 in the Congress....
After the Rain of Death
GIDEON LEVY
This is Islam al-Atamna. A girl of 14. She is sitting in her black mourning clothes. Eight close relatives – including her mother, grandparents, uncles and aunts – were all killed before her eyes, one after the other. They were killed in the street aft...
Weapons of Mass Destruction Protected!
BILL QUIGLEY
Three men protesting the presence of weapons of mass destruction in North Dakota were sentenced to federal prison terms of over three years and ordered to pay $17,000 in restitution by a federal judge in Bismarck. The three dressed as clowns and went to the Echo-9...
When Will the US Catch Up with Africa?
SHERRY WOLF
This week, the South African parliament legalized same-sex marriage. The same country that up until only twelve years ago brutally enforced apartheid segregation against the majority Black and Brown population threw off generations of reactionary attitudes toward ...
The Road from Serfdom
GREG GRANDIN
Milton Friedman had no idea that his six-day trip to Chile in March 1975 would generate so much controversy. He was invited to Santiago by a group of Chilean economists who over the previous decades had been educated at the University of Chicago, in a program set ...
The Butcher, the Barbarian and Operation Cutting Edge
JERRY BEISLER
There is a sordid history behind James Webb’s election to the Senate representing Virginia that brings hope for spotlighting the insane Bush Family rule of brutality, destruction and death. Remember how Bush the Butcher duped the American people in Gu...
Wal-Mart Charged With Selling Non-Organic Food as "Organic"
CounterPunch News Service
The Cornucopia Institute, the nation’s most aggressive organic farming watchdog, has filed a formal legal complaint with ...
From Oaxaca to Portland
NIKKI THANOS
Oaxaca occupies a sacred place in my heart; her mountains, coast, mole and native corns nourished my spirit for a good part of the years I lived in Mexico and her people-mis companeros/as-have been my teachers and friends. But this has been a sad couple of...
How the Democrats Won the West
PAT WILLIAMS
It seems clear now that on election day voters set aside two long-held guiding principles of political wisdom. The first of those is Tip O’Neill’s oft quoted truism "All politics is local" and the second is the century old "I vote for th...
Anti-Castro Terrorist Gets Only 4 Years
GLORIA La RIVA
A man like Santiago Alvarez, who can be heard on a telephone, calling on one of his underlings to throw C-4 explosives into Havana’s Tropicana nightclub and "do away with all that"–all that being hundreds of people–a man like Santiago A...
Top 10 Slogans for Wal-Mart Wine
DAVID LETTERMAN
10. "When Kmart Wine Just Won’t Do" 9. "I Can’t Believe It’s Not Wine" 8. "Show Your Friends How Little You Care" 7. "Kills Germs on Contact" 6. "Recommended by 4 Out of 5 D...
The New Media Offensive to Prolong the Iraq War
NORMAN SOLOMON
The American media establishment has launched a major offensive against the option of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. In the latest media assault, right-wing outfits like Fox News and the Wall Street Journal editorial page are secondary. The heaviest fir...
Jimmy Carter and the "A" Word
LENA KHALAF TUFFAHA
President Jimmy Carter’s latest book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid (Simon and Schust...
From Rummy to Rahmmy
KERRY JOYCE
Ooh boy, it looks like Bob Novak found a new highly placed source. His deceased partner Stan Evans was always the one with the contacts. Bob was the grinder and hyperkinetic TV performer. He was an eye witness to hsitory when Bush Sr. puked up his sushi in ...
Impeachment Proceedings
CINDY SHEEHAN
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,...
Was It Only Rumsfeld?
Col. DOUGLAS A. MacGREGOR
Iraq is disintegrating to the point where the Bush administration can no longer conceal the truth that American ground forces are islands of impotence in a sea of sectarian violence and civil war. In fact, the climate of hatred against Americans cultivate...
Sources of Violence
KATHY KELLY
Barely a day goes by when I don’t learn a new report about a beleagured Iraqi refugee, or of an entire family, in desperate need of help. We think hard, within our Voices for Creative Nonviolence network, about ways to build concern for the estimated three m...
This Merchandise, Security
YITZHAK LAOR
When one reads about the reports, the leaks, the letter of resignation of Brigadier General Gal Hirsch, all of which concern how the nation should and should not treat its generals; when one watches the direct broadcasts from Beit Sokolow or from the places where ...
A Socialist in the Senate?
ASHLEY SMITH
ON THE surface, the election in Vermont to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords was a classic battle between capitalists and workers. In one corner loomed the Republican’s forward Richard Tarrant, a multimillionaire and former CEO of the software c...
Unimpeachable
JAMES ROTHENBERG
"The question now is whether it is simply too late to achieve President Bush’s goal of a stable and democratic Iraq ", this from a NY Times November 12 article by David Sanger and Scott Shane. The thought is presented not as conjecture but as fact,...
Iraq After November 7
WALDEN BELLO
The recent U.S. election was an exercise in redemption. At a time when many throughout the world had written off the American electorate as lifeless putty in the hands of Karl Rove, the voters woke up to deliver the Republican Party its worst blow in the last quar...
Don’t Blame Black Culture for Economic Decline
ALGERNON AUSTIN And JARED BERNSTEIN
For decades, scholars and opinion makers have been seduced by cultural explanations for economic problems. Recently, comedian Bill Cosby has caught the bug, leading him to inveigh against aspects of black culture he views as intimately...
Talking Tough on Iraq Isn’t Courageous
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
The election mist will soon clear and we will still see that courage in politics means admitting mistakes in public. Cowardice means uttering misleading statements like "we’re winning in Iraq" and "the war is making Americans more secure"...
The Gaza Crossing
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
A clear and warm November evening; sun sets in a violence of color to the west over the sea and a full luminescent moon on the rise over Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. As if on cue, the buzz of the pilot-less drones overhead begins as their nightly circli...
Borat: It’s a Guy Thing!
GAIL DINES
Sitting in a local Boston theater watching Sasha Baron Cohen play Borat, an anti-Semitic misogynist from Kazakhstan, made me uneasy as a Jew and enraged as a woman. The Jewish part of me wasn’t quite sure why all the non-Jews around me were falling off their...
Rev. Ted Haggard and the Eclipse of Evangelical Fury
DAVID ROSEN
"Pastor Ted was a symbolically important figure and a very public figure, so I think the ramifications could be enormous," opined Randall Balmer, a Barnard professor of religious history. By ramifications he meant, of course, the consequences of the drug...
The Highjacking of a Nation
SIBEL EDMONDS
In his farewell address in 1796, George Washington warned that America must be constantly awake against "the insidious wiles of foreign influencesince history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government...
Democrats, Born to Compromise
SHARON SMITH
Commenting on the results of Election Day 2006, Republican Party pollster Bill McInturff told the Wall Street Journal that Republicans faced "the most difficult environment since Watergate," referring to the scandal that forced then-President Richard Nix...
Oaxaca Fights Back
LAURA CARLSEN
In regional lore, Oaxacans have a reputation for being like the tlacuache. A recurring figure in Mexican mythology, the tlacuache plays dead when cornered. But woe to the enemy who thinks the battle is over. The small but fierce creature merely awaits a more propi...
Why the Iraq Study Group Won’t Get Us Out of Iraq
RAY McGOVERN
President George W. Bush conferred yesterday with members of the James Baker-led Iraq Study Group came against a background of chaos in Baghdad, a quisling government demonstrably incapable of stemming the violence, and an Iraqi resistance emboldened by the vote o...
Whistleblowers, Who are They?
Dr. PETER ROST, MD
Most people wonder how anyone can become a whistleblower-ever. After all, most stories of whistleblowers don’t end well. And that’s the reason most people keep quiet. It’s called self preservation. So who are these people who go aga...
Gates to the Pentagon
DAVID MacMICHAEL
The nomination of Robert Gates, former Director of Central Intelligence during the George H. W. Bush (Bush I) administration and current member of the Baker-Hamilton Iraq policy team and, simultaneously, president of Texas A&M University, to replace the displa...
Post-Campaign Ad Stress Disorder
CAROL NORRIS
In the last one or two months, the person has been exposed, via television, to at least one of the following: 1. unremitting campaign attack ads, 2. intentionally obtuse or confusing campaign ads, 3. campaign ads intended to ma...
The Korea, Vietnam, Iraq Syndrome
JOHN V. WALSH
"Two, Three, Many Vietnams"! was Che Guevara’s famous call to arms. Today we remain in the throes of our third Vietnam, Iraq. This is the third time since World War II that hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have been sent abroad in a neo-colonia...
A Sneak Peak at the Baker Commission Report
WERTHER
As we have stated in the past, the reports of government commissions serve their intended purposes best when they act as a cover-up disguised as an exposé. The 9/11 Commission Report is the classic and best-known recent example, with Tom Kean and Lee Hamilt...
Lose a War, Lose an Election
WILLIAM S. LIND
Lose a war, lose an election. What else should anyone expect, especially when the war is one we never had to fight? Had Spain defeated us in ’98, does anyone think T.R. would have been elected in 1900? A logical corollary is, lose two wars, lose two election...
The Perishing Republic
RON JACOBS
"While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily thickening to empire / And protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops and sighs out, and the mass hardens" -from Shine, Perishing Republic, by Robinson Jeffer...
Call It What It Is: a Massacre
URI AVNERY
"Thank God for the American elections," our ministers and generals sighed with relief. They were not rejoicing at the kick that the American people delivered to George W. Bush’s ass this week. They love Bush, after all. But more i...
What Vote-Theft Conspiracy?
DAVE LINDORFF
The big losers on Election Day were of course President Bush and the Republican Party, but there was another loser too: the conspiracy theory that had it that a slick operation run out of Karl Rove’s office, and working in cahoots with the makers of the elec...
For Better / For Worse
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Last May, Laura Bush was certain that people were confident in George. His polls were low at that time, albeit not as low as they are now and, most probably, not as low as they will descend. "I don’t really believe those polls. I travel around t...
The Strange Return of Daniel Ortega
JOE DeRAYMOND
On November 5, the United States held an election in Nicaragua, and the candidate of El Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN), Daniel Ortega, became the President of Nicaragua. It was the fifth consecutive time Ortega was the Sandinista candidate,...
Jimmy Carter’s Roadmap
NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
The historical chapters of Palestine Peace Not Apartheid are rather thin, filled with error...