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Archives from March 2007
Oil and the Empire
ALAN MAASS
The oil men of the Bush administration are trying to set up one of the biggest swindles in history–the great Iraq oil robbery. The cabinet of the new Iraqi government–under pressure from the U.S. occupiers who put them in power–approved a ...
The Loopholes in the Supplemental
KEVIN ZEESE
While the headlines will read that the Senate voted to withdraw U.S. troops in Iraq, the peace movement recognizes that the Senate bill will extend the war not end it. The exit date in the bill is merely a goal for the removal of combat troops, and there are large...
Brinksmanship in Uncharted Waters
Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity
MEMORANDUM FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Brinkmanship Unwise in Uncharted Waters The frenzy in America’s corporate media over Iran’s detainment of 15 British Marines who may, or may not, ha...
Operation Anabasis
WILLIAM S. LIND
While dilettantes believe the attack is the most difficult military art, most soldiers know better. Carrying out a successful retreat is usually far harder. One of history’s most successful retreats, and certainly its most famous, is the "Retreat...
The Cluster Bomb Treaty
SCOTT STEDJAN And LAURA WEIS
On March 6, 2007, the U.S. Department of State released its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2006. This annual report to Congress details the human rights practices of foreign governments, from restrictions on free press in Iran, to extrajudicial kill...
Israel’s Last Chance
GABRIEL KOLKO
The United States has given Israel $51.3 billion in military grants since 1949, most of it after 1974- more than any other country in the post-1945 era. Israel has also received $11.2 billion in loans for military equipment, plus $31 billion in economic grants, no...
George Bush’s Land Mine
RICHARD W. BEHAN
George Bush has a land mine planted in the supplemental appropriation legislation working its way through Congress. The Iraq Accountability Act passed by the House and the companion bill passed in the Senate contain deadlines for withdrawing our troops from...
Mistrial in Olympia 15 Case
CounterPunch News Service
The trial of 15 defendants, arrested at The Port of Olympia during eleven days of protest in May of 2006 ended in mistrial on Thursday March 29th, 2007. The group, formerly known as the "Olympia 22", was arrested on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespa...
Homeless in LA
DAVID BUSCH
My name is DAVID BUSCH, and I am homeless, and I have lived off and on Skid Row since 1999. I was taken to jail by LAPD for using a public phone in a downtown hotel; and had to have a jury trial to clear my record. I was arrested for pitching an emp...
Biofuels and Global Hunger
FIDEL CASTRO RUIZ
More than three billion people in the world are being condemend to a premature death from hunger and thirst. It is not an exaggeration; this is rather a conservative figure. I have meditated for quite a long time on that after the meeting held by President Bush wi...
Normalizing Injustice
ARTHUR NESLEN
Diplomatic briefcases are unlikely to be dropped at news of Condoleezza Rice’s call, on the eve of the Riyadh summit, for Arab states to "reach out to Israel" and show they accept it. Israel’s insistence that negotiators begin by accepting it...
A Citizen’s Peace Lobby
MICHAEL FOLEY
Tina Richards has an idea. Tina is the mother of a Marine scheduled for his third tour of duty in Iraq who took on Rep. David Obey (Dem., Wisconsin) and the Democratic leadership over funding for the war. Though her home is Missouri, she’s in the process of ...
Oil Traders Fear an Attack on Iran
DAVE LINDORFF
Okay, now I’m worried. There have been several rounds of reports that the war-obsessed Bush administration was getting ready to attack Iran-first last September, then in December, and more recently in January and February. The one thing that ke...
Plantskyyd: Planting Trees with Pig’s Blood
INGMAR LEE
Amongst all the myriads of industrial horrors that treeplanters are exposed to in BC, nothing is more disgusting than the use of the Swedish-invented pigs blood product called "Plantskyyd." The industrial philosophy behind using pigs blood is this: it...
Comparing Padillas
SAUL LANDAU
Bush behavior–practicing torture, violating human rights and wrapping itself in secrecy while preaching the opposite–has given deceit a bad name. W didn’t begin the double speak and double standards patter, however. In 1971, US troops and...
Incident at Westminster Abbey
MICHAEL DICKINSON
"You should be ashamed!" Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, and Prime Minister Tony Blair, among a congregation of 2000 attending the memorial service at London’s historic Westminster Abbey earlier this week to commemorate the 200th anni...
Sacco and Vanzetti Revisited
MARLENE MARTIN
"I wanted a roof for every family, bread for every mouth, education for every heart, light for every intellect. I am convinced that the human history has not yet begun–that we find ourselves in the last period of the prehistoric. I see with...
When Iraqi Cops Go on a Rampage
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil, Iraq. Shia police rampaged through a Sunni district in the north-western city of Tal Afar killing at least 33 people in the streets and in their homes in revenge for devastating car bombs in a nearby Shia neighborhood earlier in the day. "...
The Ongoing Insults of Thomas Friedman
MAHMOUD EL-YOUSSEPH
Bigotry has once again reared its ugly face in a piece by columnist Thomas Friedman, published in the New York Times on March 2,2007. Part of his piece was based on a poem he retrieved from the Middle East Media and Research Institute [MEMRI] web site. It read in ...
As India Goes Global, the Public Goes Private
ASEEM SHRIVASTAVA
Picture this. At an air-show in Los Angeles one of the biggest arms manufacturers in the world, British Aerospace, invites Mr. Bill Gates of Microsoft to have a go at flying one of the latest models of their Hawk fighter aircraft. Would the American media respond ...
The Ongoing Persecution of Sami Al-Arian
NICOLE COLSON
After 60 days without food, an ailing Sami Al-Arian called off his hunger strike last week at the urging of his wife and children. But just hours later, a federal appeals court upheld a civil contempt ruling that could keep Al-Arian behind bars indefinitely. ...
How Runaway Inflation Has Slipped Under the Radar
JANE STILLWATER
In 1975, there was this cute little two-bedroom house for sale on Grant Street in Berkeley. I loved that house! I wanted to buy that house! But I dithered around and missed my chance because I couldn’t come up with a down payment for its outrageously expensi...
Citigroup, Property and Theft
JONATHAN M. FELDMAN
Like Halliburton shipping off to Dubai or the travel happy transnational enterprises, Citibank also has accelerated its abandonment of the United States. It will cut thousands of jobs, sending them outside North America to India and other international locations w...
Yet Another Book on Muhammad Ali
DAVE ZIRIN
There are more books about Muhammad Ali than Abe Lincoln: 300 titles in the children’s section alone. You can also purchase The Muhammad Ali Reader, the Tao of Muhammad Ali, or the $10,000 G.O.A.T. – a massive coffee table book about all things Ali tha...
Who Owns Maine’s Water?
JIM WILFONG
If I had any doubts about the influence of Nestle Inc., the global water giant, in my state, they were dispelled the day last June I received a communication from the Maine Secretary of State (SOS). The SOS is elected by the majority party in the Legislature, curr...
Michigan Peaceworks on Palestine
HARRY CLARK
What should one make of an Arab-Jewish women’s "dialogue group," presumably concerned with the catastrophe in Palestine, one of whose Jewish members led the suppression of activism on Palestine in a general peace and justice group she also helped f...
Another $100 Billion to Continue the War
LARRY EVEREST
On Friday, March 23, the Democrats in the House of Representatives pushed through the "U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health, and Iraq Accountability Act" by a vote of 218-212. The bill gives the Bush administration some $100 billion to continue t...
"Trust Us" Doesn’t Cut It Any More
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
Last week the Senate’s Judiciary Committee had the opportunity to hear from the Justice Department’s Inspector General about ­ as he put it ­ "the widespread and serious misuse of the FBI’s national security letter authorities."...
Zimbabwe’s Descent
PATRICK BOND
If you want to know what’s going on in Zimbabwe, you could try taking seriously the view commonly argued by the independent left in this region, namely that Mugabe talks radical — especially nationalist and anti-imperialist–but acts reactionary, ...
Will Al Gore Deliver Us to Solartopia?
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Al Gore has leapt to center stage with well-founded concerns about global warming. He has been gratefully successful in publicizing the fact that there is a virtual library of irrefutable evidence that carbon dioxide levels are rapidly rising in our atmosphere, th...
British Petroleum and the New Greenmail
IAIN BOAL And STANDARD SCHAEFER
British Petroleum’s proposed biofuel research deal with the University of California has sparked a growing resistance from a coalition based in UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources, claiming the deal is essentially a continuation of BP’s cu...
Zimbabwe’s Descent
PATRICK BOND
If you want to know what’s going on in Zimbabwe, you could try taking seriously the view commonly argued by the independent left in this region, namely that Mugabe talks radical — especially nationalist and anti-imperialist–but acts reactionary, ...
Pakistan’s Cry for Justice
AYESHA IJAZ KHAN
The show is called taboo. The topic is domestic violence. Six panellists share clips from the lives of unfortunate victims, women whose faces have been burned with acid, who have been beaten out of their homes with no safe house to turn to, and those like Shukria ...
British Petroleum and the New Greenmail
IAIN BOAL And STANDARD SCHAEFER
British Petroleum’s proposed biofuel research deal with the University of California has sparked a growing resistance from a coalition based in UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources, claiming the deal is essentially a continuation of BP’s cu...
Crimes and Cover Ups are Not "Missteps"
TILLMAN FAMILY
The briefing we just received was shamefully unacceptable. Our family is therefore compelled to continue our pursue the full truth about the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death and the so-called "missteps" and "deficiencies" of P...
Will Al Gore Deliver Us to Solartopia?
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Al Gore has leapt to center stage with well-founded concerns about global warming. He has been gratefully successful in publicizing the fact that there is a virtual library of irrefutable evidence that carbon dioxide levels are rapidly rising in our atmosphere, th...
The Hostage Game
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil At 3am on January 11, US military forces raided the Iranian liaison office in the Kurdish capital Arbil and detained five Iranian officials who are still prisoners. The attack marked a significant escalation in the confrontation between the US ...
The Democrats Strike Again
JOSHUA FRANK
We have observed the same song and dance so many times before it’s hard to believe more didn’t see it coming. The Democrats once again let down their constituents and all the other voters who ushered them in to power last November — believing, in...
An Open Letter to Kanan Makiya
HAWRA KARAMA
Dear Professor Makiya, What went wrong, verge of tears, unmitigated disasters; is that all you have to ...
"Trust Us" Doesn’t Cut It Any More
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
Last week the Senate’s Judiciary Committee had the opportunity to hear from the Justice Department’s Inspector General about ­ as he put it ­ "the widespread and serious misuse of the FBI’s national security letter authorities."...
Political Players and Single Payer
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
In most of the world, it is a corporate crime to sell private health insurance. That’s because most countries insure their citizens as a matter of right. Private insurers dilute the public pool. One nation, one payer. Medicare for...
The Democrats Strike Again
JOSHUA FRANK
We have observed the same song and dance so many times before it’s hard to believe more didn’t see it coming. The Democrats once again let down their constituents and all the other voters who ushered them in to power last November — believing, in...
On Ending War
MONICA BENDERMAN
The Veterans For Peace caravan came through Hinesville, Georgia last week. It was the first time since the start of the war that a group from the Peace movement had held any actions in this military town, home of the Third Infantry Division, the division to invade...
Crimes and Cover Ups are Not "Missteps"
TILLMAN FAMILY
The briefing we just received was shamefully unacceptable. Our family is therefore compelled to continue our pursue the full truth about the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death and the so-called "missteps" and "deficiencies" of P...
The Hostage Game
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil At 3am on January 11, US military forces raided the Iranian liaison office in the Kurdish capital Arbil and detained five Iranian officials who are still prisoners. The attack marked a significant escalation in the confrontation between the US ...
Arbitrary Discipline at Columbia
DAVID JUDD
On October 4, Jim Gilchrist and the Minutemen came and went from Columbia. I helped carry a banner reading "no human being is illegal" onto the stage. After making my visual statement, I was moved off the stage by a Columbia security guard, without sayin...
On Ending War
MONICA BENDERMAN
The Veterans For Peace caravan came through Hinesville, Georgia last week. It was the first time since the start of the war that a group from the Peace movement had held any actions in this military town, home of the Third Infantry Division, the division to invade...
Pakistan’s Cry for Justice
AYESHA IJAZ KHAN
The show is called taboo. The topic is domestic violence. Six panellists share clips from the lives of unfortunate victims, women whose faces have been burned with acid, who have been beaten out of their homes with no safe house to turn to, and those like Shukria ...
Political Players and Single Payer
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
In most of the world, it is a corporate crime to sell private health insurance. That’s because most countries insure their citizens as a matter of right. Private insurers dilute the public pool. One nation, one payer. Medicare for...
God Does Not Love the Aggressor
DIANE CHRISTIAN
The line "God does not love aggressors"is from the Koran and begins "Fight for the sake of God those that fight against you, but do not attack them first. God does not love aggressors." It is sometimes cited as the true Islamic stance, to defen...