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Archives from December 2006
The Re-Talibanization of Afghanistan
Lately, relations between Kabul and Islamabad have taken a dramatic turn for the worse. Hamid Karzai has accused Pakistan of spurring the Taliban to carry out attacks against his fledgling government and the NATO troops that defend it. He is not alone in holding P...
Stand Up for Herod!
King Herod the Great, who ruled Palestine from 37 to 4 BC, is vilified by both Jewish and Christian traditions. Like more recent Palestinian leaders, King Herod enjoyed relative autonomy under the menacing shadow of the world’s most powerful empire and its b...
A Tale of Two Sisters
Gloria Williams and her twin sister Bobbie Jennings are 60 years old.They are two of the over 4000 families who lived in public housing in New Orleans before Katrina struck who are still locked out of their apartments since Katrina. Their apartments are two of 453...
The Secrets in Ikea’s Closet
Ikea, the home furnishing multinational, with 410 million customers worldwide and 160mg catalogues in circulation (more than copies of the Bible), is doing fine. Its revenues continue upwards, from $4.3bn in 1994 to $19.4bn in 2005, more than 400% growth. It would...
World Responds to Palestinian Family’s Jailing Despite Media Blackout
After a hectic day of child care and phone calls, Ahmad Ibrahim decided not to attempt a San Antonio protest Friday. "I am very thankful for the support," said Ibrahim in a late-night email Thursday. "And I hope when this nightmare is over, t...
Curb Your Environmentalism
Several weeks ago I was contacted by Laurie David and her surrogates at the Natural Resources Defense Council regarding the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) refusal to distribute 50,000 free "An Inconvenient Truth" DVDs on climate cha...
Washington and Miami’s Favorite Terrorist
"One who shelters a terrorist, is a terrorist" –President George W. Bush The upcoming immigration hearing for Luis Posada Carriles, the 78 year-old felon who is a self-confessed co-conspirator responsible for...
Highway Robbery
Governor Jon Corzine intends to sell New Jersey’s toll roads to private investors for $10 billion. Selling or leasing publicly owned toll roads degrades our public and financial security. Toll road takeovers led by Goldman Sachs, where Governor Corzine was t...
I’m Going to Stay Right Here
Introductory Note: On December 11, 2006, CounterPunch published a letter from Bernardo Ruiz, an actor whose latest role is that of Four Drunkards in the film Apocalypto. The letter was a request for people to contact Me...
A Year of Unprecedented Turmoil
After a tumultuous year in which the red and black flags of civil insurrection unfurled on the barricades and the rancor of "los de abajo" ("those from below") took fire, newly sworn-in president Felipe Calderon and his transnational backers ar...
The Ludicrous Attacks on Jimmy Carter’s Book
As Jimmy Carter’s new book Palestine Peace Not Apartheid climbs the bestseller list, ...
Palestinian Immigrant Jailings in Texas
The brother of a jailed Palestinian man whose children and pregnant wife are being held in a Texas jail says he will stage a small protest with his 3-year-old niece Friday morning outside the San Antonio offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at 8940...
Farewell to Our Greatest President
We bid a sad adieu to Gerald Ford. Here at CounterPunch it has always been our position that Gerald Ford was America’s greatest President. Transferring the Hippocratic injunction from the medical to the political realm, he did the least possible harm. Under ...
Journey to Vietnam
How to speak of Vietnam–merely two weeks back and still its radiance lingers. I can begin with the relentlessness preparation; my legs begin giving away with multiple sclerosis and the artificial transgressive mania of steroid "therapy." Se...
Why Hope?
Imagine if you and four activists boldly entered a military base, severely damaged a U.S. warplane on its way to kill and maim, were arrested and then three years later a jury of your peers acquitted you of all charges. Wouldn’t that be lovely? Certainly hop...
Is There a Sunni Majority in Iraq?
The United States based its policy on Iraq on two primary so-called facts: 1. The Sunnis are a 20 % minority. 2. The Sunni minority and Saddam Hussein ruled the Shiite majority in Iraq. Thus, the U.S. Iraq policy &#...
Saving Caracas
Venezuela was hardly the foremost topic on my mind when I recently traveled to Venice, Italy. All throughout the fall, I had been writing articles about political developments in South America and promoting my book, ...
Why Hope?
Imagine if you and four activists boldly entered a military base, severely damaged a U.S. warplane on its way to kill and maim, were arrested and then three years later a jury of your peers acquitted you of all charges. Wouldn’t that be lovely? Certainly hop...
Burning EPA’s Books
Science is not as intimidating as it first appears. Anyone can do it. It is important, however, that when done by scientists it be properly vetted by amateurs. And it is important that ordinary people don’t have too much information since it will simply conf...
Why Santa Was Hot in China This Year
Beijing Foreign residents who have been living in Beijing for more than a few years know (and would tell you) that Christmas has really arrived this year. And it certainly looked like it did; it has been everywhere. And not just in fancy department stores o...
The Golem Lives
Marc Estrin is the author of the highly praised novel Insect Dreams and ...
Cowboys Differ on Iran Attack
The reaction to the Iraq Study Group (ISG) report suggests that a showdown is shaping up within the U.S. power elite between two different sets of cowboys. On the one hand, there are the George W. Bush cowboys who want to expand their conquests from Afghanistan an...
Chile: the Ghosts of Torture
The night became darker that precise moment when the room exploded into a thousand sparks that burnt your flesh, making your bones and your fragile certainties shudder. For being there, naked and blindfolded, at their mercy, there were neither smiles nor turquoise...
James Brown: Please Don’t Go
Late last night, or more accurately early this morning doing my final email check, I noticed the headline: "James Brown hospitalized with pneumonia." I immediately had a sinking feeling, but reading the article it didn’t seem all that serious. As i...
Dershowitz vs. Carter in Beantown
"Jimmy Carter is to be congratulated for not having demeaned himself by debating Alan Dershowitz." William M. Bulger, former president of the Mass. State Senate and University of Mass. (Full text of Bulger’s one-sentence Lett...