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Archives from January 2007
Let Our Children Live
NURIT PELED-ELHANAN
Bassam Aramin spent nine years in an Israeli prison. He belonged to Yasser Arafat’s Al Fatah in the Hebron area and attempted to throw a grenade at an Israeli army Jeep in occupied Hebron. Last Wednesday morning, an Israeli soldier in a jeep in his village o...
The Missing Word at the Anti-War Demo
DAVE LINDORFF
The largely unstated word at the massive anti-war demonstration and march in Washington on Saturday was "impeachment." Not that it wasn’t on demonstrators’ lips and signs, but it wasn’t coming from the podium. The march, organize...
Did It Sink Conrad Burns?
PAT WILLIAMS
Do you remember those happy scenes of Iraqi voters walking out of the voting places with a smile on their face and a purple covered finger stuck proudly in the air? That voting process is called same-day voting. America’s men and women are dying every...
America’s "Money Honey" Does Davos
PAM MARTENS
Looking tense and cold and a little dazed, Maria Bartiromo appears on the CNBC business channel screen in a Antarctica style parka to do her report from Davos, Switzerland where the world’s business elite have gathered at the World Economic Forum. Ms....
Murdering Journalists
HERMÁN URIBE
Twenty-eight journalists were murdered, while five others disappeared, last year in eight Latin American countries, according to an overview of 2006 prepared by the Commission to Investigate Attacks against Journalists (Comisión Investigadora de Atentados a...
Children Without a Country
GREG MOSES
"A man without a country," is what Judge Maryanne Trump Barry called the hapless stowaway, Salim Yassir, who was born in Palestine, exiled to Libya, and jailed in the USA. Four years after foiling Yassir’s 2000 attempt to enter the USA, immigration...
Dying for Lies
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Staff Sergeant Charles D Allen of Wasilla, Alaska, was killed in Iraq last week. I happened to click on the internet news item and saw photographs of him with his wife and son. Now I’m an old and hardened former soldier. A cynic, some say, although I would d...
The Hidden Cost of Free Congressional Trips to Israel
JAMES ABOUREZK
Democrats in Congress have moved quickly – and commendably – to strengthen ethics rules. But truly groundbreaking reform was prevented, in part, because of the efforts of the pro-Israel lobby to preserve one of its most critical functions: taking membe...
Why Can’t Americans See What’s Coming?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The American public and the US Congress are getting their backs up about the Bush Regime’s determination to escalate the war in Iraq. A Massive protest demonstration is occurring in Washington DC today, and Congress is expressing its disagreement with Bush&#...
Mayday from the Circus Tent
ALAN CABAL
I spent quite a few years working circuses, setting up and tearing down big top tents all over the Lower 48. I happened into the business accidentally, just needed a job one day and there it was. I fell in love with it and gained quite an education from it, by no ...
Do We Really Need an International Criminal Court?
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Year after year, people in the Arab countries are helpless spectators to the ongoing destruction of Iraq and Palestine by the United States and Israel. They see families wiped out by bombs in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon. They see Arabs tortured and humiliated in...
Democracy in Crisis
RALPH NADER
Among the tens of thousands of Americans protesting in the nation’s capital against George W. Bush’s war-quagmire in Iraq this weekend, more than a few will probably wonder why there are not more folks with them or, at least, more marching in other vil...
The Suppression of Collective Joy
FRED GARDNER
Barbara Ehrenreich made a quick visit to San Francisco last week to promote her new book, "...
The Double Life of Prostitution in America
DAVID ROSEN
Around Thanksgiving 2006, the bodies of four female prostitutes were found decaying in a drainage ditch along an abandoned roadway outside Atlantic City, NJ. Since its release in March 1990, "Pretty Woman," a Cinderella morality tale about a streetwise h...
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
JOHN WHITBECK
For anyone who possesses a strong stomach and an equally strong desire to know the truth, I strongly recommend Israeli historian Ilan Pappe’s new book "...
Exiled from Palestine
ELIZA ERNSHIRE
Amman. It is a terrible feeling to be in exile. Even from a country I have only called home for 9 months. As I sit here in Amman many questions fill my mind, not least among them the question of how all the Palestinians exiled for life manage to accept this...
Bombers Target Shia Civilians
PATRICK COCKBURN
A bomb in the Baghdad bird market killed 15 people and wounded 55 yesterday in the latest savage bombing aimed at Shia civilians. Iraqis have always loved song birds and often keep them as pets. They buy and sell them in the Ghazil market, a tattered collec...
Localizing the Anti-War Movement
SETH SANDRONSKY
Absent a national antiwar political formation on the near horizon, local politics can point to a trend of note. Consider the activism underway to make peace a political policy for Doris Matsui. She was elected for the first time last November to the House of Repre...
The Timid Chorus and the Mad Marchers
BERNARD CHAZELLE
If you fancy losing an argument, try shooting down my contention that Mikhail Gorbachev is the leading historical figure of our time. Not one to miss a shooting opportunity, Dick Cheney tried. To my surprise, he won. Westerners fondly remember Gorbachev fo...
CounterViews
Tao Ruspoli
This interview with CounterPunch co-editor Jeffrey St. Clair was filmed last week in Venice, California. If you missed part 1, please click here . For Flash version (viewable on more computers,) click below: ...
Are You the Terrorist Next Door?
CHARLOTTE LAWS
I was an ordinary American until November 27, 2006 when I became a terrorist or more accurately what I call a "stand-by terrorist." Perhaps I cannot truly own this newfound nickname until the government decides to prosecute me for word crimes, if that da...
Eli Lilly: the Habitual Offender
EVELYN PRINGLE
The revelations that Eli Lilly concealed the side effects of Zyprexa and promoted the drug for unapproved uses is not newly discovered misconduct. It is a persistent pattern of conduct indicative of a nasty habit that needs breaking. After the secret compan...
Paying for Health Care and Not Getting It
JOE DeRAYMOND
In 2003, the United States spent $1.679 trillion dollars on health care. In 2006, the estimated spending was $1.937 trillion (Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, Office of the Actuary, from California Health Care Foundation 2005). This includes government s...
Inside the Criminal Mind
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Not "cogito ergo sum," but "I think; therefore it is so." Let’s see now. What was that guy’s name, the psychologist whose area of expertise was the criminal personality? I attended his lecture a couple of decades ago when I w...
The Three US Armies in Iraq
ZIA MIAN
The Iraq War is coming up on its fourth anniversary. Increasingly embattled, even desperate, President Bush has decided to send another 21,500 American troops into the fight. They will join over 150,000 U.S. soldiers already deployed in Iraq. In the speech...