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Archives from April 2007
Did Pfizer Illegally Market Its New HIV/AIDS Drug?
PETER ROST, MD
The biggest Big Pharma success story last week was described in the headline "FDA panel back...
The Three Rs of "Sarko the American"
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Right-wing French Presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has built his political reputation on "getting tough with crime". Since crime is generally unpopular, that seems an unbeatable theme. But Sarkozy’s approach to the problem is highly controver...
How Rumsfeld Micromanaged Torture
ANDREW COCKBURN
When Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld boasted, as he did frequently, of his unrelenting focus on the war on terror, his audience would have been startled, maybe even shocked, to discover the activities that Rumsfeld found it necessary to supervise in minute de...
Fire Collapses Oakland Freeway as Steel Supports Fail
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
At about 3:30 AM on Sunday, April 29, 2007, a tanker truck collided into the right side guard rail of a freeway ramp from Highway 80 east (Richmond, Berkeley) to Highway 880 gsouth (San José), rolled onto its right side and exploded into fire. The driver es...
Dershowitz v. Finkelstein: Who’s Right and Who’s Wrong?
FRANK MENETREZ
The feud between Alan Dershowitz, a senior professor at Harvard Law School, and Norman Finkelstein, a junior professor of political science at DePaul University, is back in the news. Finkelstein is up for tenure this year, and Dershowitz has been waging an aggress...
Sorry They’ve Been So Mean to You, George
RAY McGOVERN
"If you can’t say something positive about someone, don’t say anything." This was drummed into me by my Irish grandmother and, as was the case with most of her admonishments, it has stood me in good stead. On occasion, though, it has been a r...
Tenet and His Masters
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Every American who voted Republican shares responsibility for the great evil America has brought to the Middle East. The evil that America brought to Iraq transcends the tens or hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians who have been killed and maimed in the...
A So-Called "Liberal" Answers His Death Threats
SHERWOOD ROSS
According to my fan mail, it appears Sean Hannity criticized my CounterPunch essay on the Blacksburg massacre and his listeners somehow got my e-mail address. I have long wondered who Hannity’s fans are, and at last I had the chance to find out. More than 15...
Dalai Lama and Costco
JANE STILLWATER
Since getting back from Iraq, I’ve been all grouchy and moody and sad. Every time I hear about another car bomb going off in Baghdad, it just breaks my heart. So I was all pleased to go off to hear the Dalai Lama speak in San Francisco on Friday and Saturday...
While Congress Voted for War, the Peace Movement Protested Inside the Senate
KEVIN ZEESE
While the Senate was voting 51-46 to approve $95 billion more in war funding, in a bill that included a loophole ridden withdrawal plan, inside the Hart Senate office building more than 75 anti-war demonstrators participated in a dramatic demonstration. You...
Anti-Capitalism in Five Minutes
ROBERT JENSEN
We know that capitalism is not just the most sensible way to organize an economy but is now the only possible way to organize an economy. We know that dissenters to this conventional wisdom can, and should, be ignored. There’s no longer even any need to pers...
Cheney and the BYU 25
RALPH NADER
Could anyone have imagined that the major commencement protest at a University graduation thus far occurred April 26 at Brigham Young University (BYU)? Probably not. But then could anyone have imagined that the Vice President with the lowest approval rating...
Immigration Bills: "Enforcement Heavy and Legalization Light"
SHAUN HARKIN
Nativo López is president of the California-based Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) and a longtime advocate for immigrant rights. He spoke to SHAUN HARKIN of Chicago’s March 10 Coalition immigrant rights group about what’s at stake ...
The Surpeme Court Targets Abortion Rights
NICOLE COLSON
The right of women to choose abortion suffered a serious blow last week when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 2003 federal ban on the late-term abortion procedure wrongly called "partial-birth" abortion by the right wing. In a narrow 5-4 ruling in ...
The Dog Philosophy
MIKE ROSELLE
Beef Stew, my biological father, when catching me reading and trying to understand a college philosophy textbook I found in an empty apartment we were painting in Houston told me his school of philosophy, the Dog Philosophy. "That’s all bullshit...
Where the Movie Villains are American
JAMES McENTEER
Cochabamba, Bolivia. On my first trip to Germany, shortly after college, I learned the power of media conditioning. I had grown up watching World War Two movies on television, filled with villainous Nazis. "You vill tell us vat ve vant to know. Ve haf ...
The War on Hip Hop
ALAN MAASS
No sooner had talk radio’s Don Imus been fired by CBS for his slur against the Rutgers women’s basketball team than the media’s focus turned to a favorite scapegoat: hip-hop music. And leading the way were not only the usual assortment right-wing...
Why Are Leftists So Damn Afraid of God?
JOE BAGEANT
Six or seven years ago I wrote my first essays about how America’s fundamentalist churches had gone batshit crazy, were casting demons out of car engine blocks and making covert plans to exchange the Constitution for the Book of Revelation. Those few readers...
Return of the Guitar Army
RON JACOBS
It’s hard for some of us who were around to remember and even more difficult for those who weren’t to believe, but youth culture was once considered to be a revolutionary phenomenon . Of course, we didn’t call it youth culture (that was a media c...
Freeing Afghanistan
RAWA
For years it was only RAWA speaking out loudly against the bloody event of April 28 (start of Fundamentalists’ Rule), calling it more odious than that of April 27 (start of the rule by the Russian puppets). Now every individual and group denounces this gloo...
The Lesson of Chernobyl
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Twenty-one years ago this week, lethal radiation poured into the breezes over Europe and into the jet stream above, carrying death and disease around the planet. It could be happening again as you read this: either by error, as at Chernobyl and Three Mil...
Tracking Torture
BEN TERRALL
The book Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights (Melville House; 2...
Quit Your Day Job, George
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
I spent a week in Kentucky, helping after my father had surgery. Upon discharge from the hospital, he went to my sister’s house, along with my mother, because he required so much attention. This was a family-participation endeavor. Bathing him, sitting in hi...
The Rhetoric of Dick Cheney
ROBERT FANTINA
"My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators." So said Vice-president Dick Cheney on March 16, 2003 as U.S. soldiers marched toward Baghdad at the start of America’s Iraqi disaster. Nearly six months later, on Meet the Press, Mr. Cheney...
The Horrors of Hutto
CINDY BERINGER
"Help us and ask questions," read the note, secretly passed to a visitor from an immigrant child incarcerated in a Texas prison. Based on their visits and interviews, the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children and the Lutheran Imm...
Palestine and Peace
HANAN ASHRAWI
Everybody has been talking about crisis management and damage control and will the Palestinian realities hold up or not and who’s doing what and so on without really getting back into the real issue of whether there is an opportunity for peace or not. Yes, w...
Is Global Warming a Sin?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In a couple of hundred years, historians will be comparing the frenzies over our supposed human contribution to global warming to the tumults at the latter end of the tenth century as the Christian millennium approached. Then, as now, the doomsters identified huma...
Versailles on the Potomac
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
War profiteer. It used to be one of the dirtiest slurs in American politics, potent enough to sully the reputations of the rich and powerful. Now it’s a calling card, something you might find highlighted in a defense contractor’s corporate prospectus a...
Afghanistan and Iraq are the Same War
DAVID ORCHARD
and MICHAEL MANDEL Four years ago the U.S. and Britain unleashed war on Iraq, a nearly defenseless Third World country barely half the size of Saskatchewan. For twelve years prior to the invasion and occupation Iraq had endured almost weekly U.S. and Br...
What Drugs Had Cho Taken?
FRED GARDNER
Virginia Tech suspended or expelled 32 students last year for illicit drug use, according to Kris Reinertson, a junior who heads the Students for a Sensible Drug Policy chapter. Reinertson doesn’t know how many of the cases involved marijuana. Virgin...
How Can Women Defend Themselves Against Stalkers?
EVA LIDDELL
"Politics is not like the nursery," wrote Hannah Arendt. As we sit around waiting for the next shooting rampage we must admit that neither is the United States. It has always been brutal and violent. Taking away fire arms would not remove its inherent ch...
Padilla and the Zucchini Prosecution
MIKE WHITNEY
The case against Jose Padilla would be funny if a man’s life hadn’t been ruined in the process—but it has. The government’s charges are so weak and riddled with inconsistencies it’s a wonder the case wasn’t thrown out years ago....
John McCain and Cho Seung-Hui
MARGARET KIMBERLY
"You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off." - Cho Seung-Hui "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" ...
Failing to Hold Israel Accountable for War Crimes in Lebanon
MICHAEL F. BROWN
In late January the State Department delivered a potentially explosive report to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The classified report asserts that Israel may have violated the Arms Export Control ...
The Dangers of Unstable People
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
In his April 21 radio address to the nation (inspired by the violence at Virginia Tech earlier in the week) George Bush announced that he has directed federal officials to conduct a national inquiry into how to prevent violence by dangerously unstable people. It i...
Western Sahara: Against Autonomy
JACOB MUNDY
In recent years, the Moroccan government has championed the idea of autonomy as a solution to its territorial dispute with pro-independence advocates over Western Sahara. Rabat has said it is willing to consider an autonomous, locally elected government in Western...
Forgotten Mississippi
JORDAN FLAHERTY
Post-Katrina, New Orleans received the headlines. The government response was a glaring example of the heartlessness and incompetence of the Bush administration, and the neglect and devastation of the city remains a powerful symbol of US racism. In struggles aroun...
Moving Beyond Anti-War Politics
PHYLLIS BENNIS And ROBERT JENSEN
As Congress sends its bill requiring partial troop withdrawals from Iraq to the White House for a certain veto, it has never been clearer that mobilizing against this war is necessary, but not enough. Congressional Democrats may be willing to stop there, bu...
Dispatches from the Front
ROGER MORRIS
There will be an outpouring of tributes to David Halberstam, the renowned American writer who died at 73 Monday in an automobile accident near San Francisco. But no eulogy can match the sheer memorial of his work. Halberstam was, in every sense, a compleat journal...
White Racism and the Aymara in Bolivia
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Recently, NIKOLAS KOZLOFF, author of Hugo Chavez: Oil, Politics, and the Challenge to the U.S...
A Sister City Debate in Rachel Corrie’s Hometown
ALEVTINA REA
"Hope is a little child." Charles Péguy (1873-1914) Charles Péguy, French poet and essayist, once said: "It will never be known what acts of cowardice have been motivated by the fear of not looki...
The Limits to Lakoff
MATTHEW S. MILLER
Let’s have Christ our President Let us have him for our king With a job and pension for young and old We will make hallelujah ring –Woody Guthrie, Arch-progressive "Let’s have Christ our Pr...
Wolfowitz’s War
ANDREW COCKBURN
As defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, was driven from public life thanks to the catastrophe of Iraq, and for the moment at least lurks in obscurity. Wolfowitz, his deputy until 2005, contributed in almost equal measure to the debacle, yet managed to slide from th...
Al-Qaeda Group Behind US Deaths in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
A group linked to al-Qa’ida has claimed responsibility for two suicide truck bombs that killed nine US soldiers and wounded 20 in Diyala province in one of the deadliest attacks on American forces in the past year. "Two knights from the Islamic Stat...
Dow 13,000 Disconnect
ALAN FARAGO
You read and hear the same news we do. Yesterday, on a day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 13,000 for the first time, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll disclosed that only 22 percent believe the nation is headed in the right direction. H...
Are You a Hip Hop Apologist?
PARIS
Since the Imus controversy erupted there has been a lot of finger-pointing and blame-placing as to what the root of the problem really is. Of course, we all know that racism and sexism existed before hip-hop — that’s a given. But it’s completely ...
The Three Nos of Jerusalem
HENRY SIEGMAN
The Arab League meeting in Cairo yesterday was unprecedented in its overture to Israel, offering to meet Israeli representatives to clarify the peace initiative that the League re-endorsed at its meeting in Riyadh on March 28. The two events underscore the complet...
Giuliani Plays the Islamic Terror Card
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut. Maybe Rudy Giuliani could be forgiven for trying out various stump speeches on his Republican audiences now that his campaign for President is up and running. But the message he is delivering as he tours New Hampshire needs to be rejected, indeed re...
The Long Lost War
DAVID PRICE
The Pentagon has officially retired the phrase "The Long War" as the designated moniker for the Bush Administration’s global wars. Apparently the head of Central Command, Admiral William J. Fallon, phased out the phrase because of the message it se...
US Agricultural Policy is Destructive
NEAL GALLOWAY
United States agriculture policy is outdated, harmful to small farmers and devastating to third world countries trying to make a profit by growing crops. The basic situation is as follows: in the wake of the Great Depression, subsidy programs were put into place i...