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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...