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Archives from November 2006
Big Pharma Hits on Pregnant Women
EVELYN PRINGLE
If Big Pharma cared one iota about the unborn fetus, at a bare minimum, it would call off its hired-guns traveling around the country peddling SSRI antidepressants to pregnant women by convincing doctors to prescribed the drugs and ignore the studies and FDA warni...
Iraq: “At a Minimum Negligence in the Commission of a Fraud”
KEVIN ZEESE
Michael Isikoff is a reporter for Newsweek and co-author of Hubris: the Inside Story of Spin, S...
Here Come the Democrats … So?
DON MONKERUD
With a newly elected Democratic Congress trying to put the brakes on the worst American president in history, many are breathing a sigh of relief. A number of Democratic legislative goals would impact working people positively: increasing the minimum wage, ...
The Ongoing Myth of Energy Independence
ROBERT BRYCE
Now that the Democrats have swept aside the Republicans in both the House and the Senate, they are clamoring for major changes in policy. The first item on their list, rightly, is a change in America’s military occupation in Iraq. They also want to raise the...
Usurpation of Power
Col. DAN SMITH
Messages are circulating on the Internet that raise an alarm over a provision of the FY2007 Defense Department Authorization Act (PL 109-364) that expands presidential discretion to declare martial law and to federalize the National Guard in case of insurrection....
Housing Bubble Smack-Down
MIKE WHITNEY
Give me 5 minutes and I’ll convince you that you should sell your house immediately and invest your life-savings in gold or a Swiss bank-account. Okay? For some time now we’ve been hearing about the so-called housing bubble and what effec...
Killing Hope in Beit Hanoun
RAMZY BAROUD
"God is greater than Israel and America," was the echoing cry of tens of thousands of Palestinians, who descended into the graveyard in grief stricken Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip. They congregated in yet another familiar scene to bury their l...
Shia Walk
ROBERT FISK
The Shia, the largest community in Lebanon, are no longer represented in the Lebanese government. It could be just part of Lebanon’s bloody-minded politics–or it could be a most dangerous moment in the history of this tragic country. At the week...
American Anthropologists Stand Up Against Torture and the Occupation of Iraq
DAVID H. PRICE
In San Jose, on Saturday evening, November 18, 2006, the rank and file members of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) attending the Association’s business meeting approved resolutions condemning the occupation of Iraq and the use of torture. ...
Opportunities Lost
ROBERT JENSEN
In a world of spin, no one expects truth from corporate executives or the politicians who serve them, but many of us hold out hope that in the classroom and sanctuary we can engage one another honestly in the struggle to understand the world and our place in it. S...
America’s Progressive Nightmare
JOE MOWREY
We are already beginning to see the results of the "blue wave" which occurred in our recent elections. Lobbyists are retooling to accommodate their favorite Democratic politicians. Harry Reid has promised to increase the military budget by $75 billion. I...
Ziodämmerung
DAVE HIMMELSTEIN
Towers sway. Seismic jolts rattle the realm. A mainstream epiphany is at hand: the extent of ideological and operational "twinning" of Israel and the United States. The diversionary benefits of an attack on Iran become ever more compelling–but Iran...
Living Within Limits
CARL N. McDANIEL
Every important environmental trend today is negative: growth of population and consumption, global warming, mounting pollution, loss of soil, declining biodiversity. Our modern world is headed toward the same place as old civilizations that overreached their ecol...
Criminalizing Compassion in the War on Terror
KATHERINE HUGHES
"The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But … the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to h...
Why the Democrats Should Cut Loose Lieberman
DAVE LINDORFF
If the Democratic Party were a real opposition party–a party of principle filled with fighters–I’d say maintaining control of the Senate, even with by a margin of a single, fragile vote, would be important and valuable. But that’s no...
The Fall of Donald Rumsfeld
ELIZABETH SCHULTE
HE WAS the architect of the war in Iraq, and like a condemned building, it all came tumbling down around Donald Rumsfeld’s ears last week. In the aftermath of the Republicans’ crushing defeat in congressional elections, with voters in large part...
"We’ve Got a War to Run!"
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
and Jeffrey St Clair are available to speak forcefully on ALL the burning issues, as are other CounterPunchers seasoned in stump oratory. Call CounterPunch Speakers Bureau, 1-800-840-3683. Or email beckyg@counterpunch.org....
Data Days
ADAM ENGEL
What is a girl’s desire in the world of men? The Office Women, the "Datists," convert raw material of alphanumeric symbols to "actionable" info. Datists sit smartly at squat machines. Squarish, sleek machines. Explosion of words, i...
Halliburton Wrecks Mexico
JOHN ROSS
Macaspana, Tabasco. The billboard posted along the scrubby highway running east in sultry, southern Tabasco state displays lush jungle, a sun-dappled iguana, and a flock of dazzling macaws. "We’re working for a better environment" the giant ...
We’re Drinking What?
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Look at photos of the gigantic udders on rBST treated dairy cows and it’s not hard to imagine the artificial hormone’s role in increasing U.S. rates of breast and prostate cancer, precocious puberty and obesity. But U.S. milk producers and agric...
The Lounge
PETER ROST, MD
We all get them-the credit card applications. The better credit you have, the more letters you get in the mail, proposing that you should get one more credit card. Funny thing is that many of those cards advertise themselves as a way to buy more, as if yo...
US Rides Weapons Bonanza Wave
FRIDA BERRIGAN
War, instability, and high oil prices have created a perfect storm of profit for the world’s weapons manufacturers. This year, military analysts predict the biggest arms bonanza since 1993 which is saying something because in the aftermath of the first Gulf ...
Back in the Aether Again
RON JACOBS
Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day is the story of a quest. Perhaps for reason; perhaps...
University Unity
SETH SANDRONSKY
The recent election victory of an incumbent and (suddenly) centrist GOP governor in California over his Democratic challenger by double digits might suggest that the political status quo is alive and well. Is the state’s gubernatorial landslide a triumph of ...
The Adverse Effects of Marijuana
FRED GARDNER
In the past 10 years, California doctors have authorized cannabis use by at least 350,000 patients. What have they learned about its adverse effects? According to a survey of 19 doctors associated with the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, side-effects are re...