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The Penalties for Political Corruption in China and the US
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
Zheng Xiaoyu meet Lester Crawford. Lester Crawford is the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Zheng Xiaoyu is the former head of China’s equivalent of the FDA. Both have been convicted of crimes committed while in...
The Language Barrier
ROBERT BRYCE
Most of the time, I believe that the U.S. and other Western countries, can, if they really work at it, bridge the cultural gap and reach some kind of understanding with the Arab and Islamic worlds. At other times, I think that the cultural differences are just too...
Conyers: a Hero of the Constitution
DAVE LINDORFF
When it comes to defending the Constitution from the saboteurs of freedom and democracy in the Bush administration, my hero is Conyers. Not Congressman Conyers. He had a shot at the title during 2005, when he was holding informal hearings on the administrat...
Killing with Impunity
PATRICK COCKBURN
The raid on the Finance Ministry in Baghdad by 40 policemen in 19 vehicles who calmly cordoned off the street in front of the building before abducting five Britons shows how little has changed in the Iraqi capital despite US reinforcements and a new security plan...
The Unitary King George
MARJORIE COHN
As the nation focused on whether Congress would exercise its constitutional duty to cut funding for the war, Bush quietly issued an unconstitutional bombshell that went virtually unnoticed by the corporate media. The National Security and Homeland Security ...
Appropriate Disillusionment
GARY LEUPP
I have in front of me two documents of despair, of disillusionment with the American political system that allows this criminal war to continue. Andrew J. Bacevich in his Washington Post op-ed column and Cindy Sheehan in her statement on her blog express despair o...
Fallout from the Sale of Chrysler
CHRIS KUTALIK
and TIFFANY TEN EYCK Auto workers are bracing for a bumpy road ahead at Chrysler, following the May 14 announcement that Daimler-Chrysler (DCX) would sell off 80 percent ownership of the company to Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm. The surpr...
Being Hope
KATHY KELLY
Earlier this week, the American Friends Service Committee asked me to speak about finding hope in hard times as part of an interfaith service to conclude their "Eyes Wide Open" display in Chicago’s Grant Park. The display arranged 3,438 soldiers...
Withdrawal Symptoms
TERRENCE E. PAUPP
By May 23, 2007 it became clear that the Democrats were little better than the Republicans when given the task of ending the Iraq War. Like their Republican counterparts, the Democrats took on the mantle of Bush-enablers by granting him another $95 billion dollars...
China, CITES and the Fate of the Tiger
NIRMAL GHOSH
Bangkok. Contrary to what many may think it sounds like, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) does not have much to do with conservation. It has everything to do with us humans playing god; in short, deciding how many of anoth...
Lebanon and the Planned US Airbase at Kleiaat
FRANKLIN LAMB
Bibnin Akkar, Lebanon, site of proposed US Airbase Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee Camp On July 14, 1982, (Bastille Day) the late Bashir Gemayel sat with Ariel Sharon, Raphael Eytan, and Danny Yalon at the French flag draped Le Chef Restaurant in Ash...
To the Shores of Tripoli
URI AVNERY
The bloody battles that have erupted around the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp near Tripoli in Lebanon remind us that the refugee problem has not disappeared. On the contrary, 60 years after the "Nakba", the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948, it is again the c...
The Green Masquerade
ALAN MAASS And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Alan Maass: The latest trend for corporations is to show off green credentials–BP has a series of commercials with a guy standing in a field talking about alternative fuels, and Rupert Murdoch is vowing to make his international operations carbon neutra...
The Long Con on Synthetic Fuels
JAMES RIDGEWAY
Global warming is well on its way to being a godsend for the coal industry. Lobbyists are busily trying to turn dirty coal into a pleasing green alternative promoted by such Democratic luminaries as Presidential hopeful Barack Obama and former House Speaker turned...
Watching the Detectives
ROCK And RAP CONFIDENTIAL
On April 19, rapper Wise Intelligent sent out an email which included the following: "It has always been my position that the black rapper is NOT allowed to address or lend his voice to any issue that confronts the community from whi...
Taming the Giant Corporation
RALPH NADER
Back in the nineteen thirties, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt went on the national radio and declared what the basic necessities were for the American people–a wage that can support a family, decent housing, the right to health care, a good education an...
Dealing Democrats
JEAN DANIELS
President Bush can meet with family friend, Prince Bandar while Vice President Cheney meets with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, but neither leader are able to meet with Cindy Sheehan and the mothers who ask to know why their children have died in Iraq and Afghani...
What Qualifies Bush to Lead Iraq War?
EVELYN PRINGLE
The tax dollar funded photo op of Bush landing on an aircraft carrier all dressed up in a flightsuit to announce Mission Accomplished was a desperate attempt to give the illusion that Bush actually did serve his country in the military and to bolster his image as ...
Whatever Happened to Signing Statements?
DAVE LINDORFF
Perhaps the best indication of the toothlessness and complicity of the new Democratic Congress is that President Bush, who between September 2001 and December 2006 used so-called "signing statements" and a bogus claim of extra-constitutional executive au...
Fur and Hooves Fly at Animal Welfare Hearings
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Animal protectionists are winning the agriculture public relations battle said former Congressman Charlie Stenholm at House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry hearings in May. The recently defeated Texan and former Ranking Democrat on...
Bush’s New Middle East
MIKE WHITNEY
" … under the sky without hope the self inside me dies … I will always be from nowhere Without a face, without a history from nowhere." "Traveler without Luggage" by Abdul-Wahab Al-B...
How We Got Here
DAVID SWANSON
Over the past two months of repeated Congressional votes to fund the occupation of Iraq, culminating in President Bush’s signing the bill last Friday, what if anything have we learned? Have we learned anything about individuals or political parties or a...
Dreaming of a True Memorial Day
CYNTHIA McKINNEY
Today I took a visiting friend to view the tomb of Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King. We went inside Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King once preached, and listened to him give his own oration on how he would like to be remembered: ...
The Exit of Cindy Sheehan
RON JACOBS
I have to admit that I was quite surprised when I read that Cindy Sheehan is leaving the peace movement. After reading her explanation for the move, I was less surprised, but still a bit disappointed. After reading ...
Gating Montana: Part Two
JOHN HOLT
(Below is a follow-up to JOHN HOLT’s initial story about the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Park’s imperious behavior regarding the public lands in Montana that appeared May 11, 2007 on CounterPun...
Refugees Forever
ELIZA ERNSHIRE
Bedawi Camp, N. Lebanon Bedawi Camp is much like other Palestinian Camps: crowded, narrow streets winding between cement buildings hung with tangles of wire, the ground running with water, often muddy because it is not tarred. Small scooter motor bikes...
Shrinks and the SERE Technique at Guantanamo
STEPHEN SOLDZ
The Defense Department (DoD) has just declassified a report from their Inspector General (OIG) ...
Memorial Day
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
It’s 1959 and I’m standing on a sidewalk In Pleasantville, New York, Holding the American flag in my hand. It’s really hot in the bright sunshine, But I stand at attention like a good soldier, Watching for my father, who ...
Lessons Learned by Katrina and Asian Tsunami Social Justice Activists
BILL QUIGLEY
The tiny old woman with the tanned deeply lined face stood up and told us what happened to her coastal village of 130 families in Tamil Nadu India, along the southeastern coast. Before the tsunami, villagers survived by gathering prawns by hand from shallow w...
Why I Am Leaving the Democratic Party
CINDY SHEEHAN
Dublin, Ireland Dear Democratic Congress, Hello, my name is CINDY SHEEHAN and my son Casey Sheehan was killed on April 04, 2004 in Sadr City , Baghdad , Iraq . He was killed when the Republicans still were in control of Congress. Naively, I set...
Dr. Laura’s Little Monster
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
So the "kid" of "my kid’s mom" appears to have grown up into a sociopath. Yes, Derek Schlessinger, beloved soldier-boy scion of talk radio’s Queen of Moralizing Mean, has shown the world just what it means to be Dr. Laura’s ki...
What I Learned About Being a Dickhead
JEENIE CRISCENZO
Visitors to the San Diego Zoo today had a surprise in store for them–the chain gang trio (Bush, Cheney and Condi) w...
A Different Memorial Day Remembrance
Col. DAN SMITH
"Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and sacrifices of his friends." Dwight David Eisenhower Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945...
AIPAC Intervenes on Iran
BADRUDDIN KHAN
It has happened again, and in the open. The American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC) which heads a network of pro-Israeli lobbies, persuaded Congress to drop a provision which would have required President Bush to ask for Congressional approval prior to...
The 1969 Riots Against the Chinese in Malaysia
HEATHER GRAY
The past is never dead. It’s not even past. Willam Faulkner It was in 1971 that I arrived in Singapore along with my one year old son and Australian husband who worked for th...
The Greenhousers Strike Back and Out
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I began this series of critiques of the greenhouse fearmongers with an evocation of the papal indulgences of the Middle Ages as precursors of the "carbon credits"-ready relief for carbon sinners, burdened, because all humans exhale carbon, with original ...
Action is the Antidote to Despair
ZOE BLUNT
Alex Patterson unbuckles the harness he’s been wearing since breakfast. The young man’s khaki pants are smeared with dirt and his hair is festooned with moss and bits of bark. He shakes out the straps of the harness and untangles the dangling ropes and...
Green Sabotage as "Terrorism"
MICHAEL DONNELLY
  Whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of...
Cheney, Israel and Iran
GARY LEUPP
"There is a race currently underway between different flanks of the administration to determine the future course of US-Iran policy," writes Washington insider Steven C. Clemons on his ...
Sadr’s Dramatic Reappearance
PATRICK COCKBURN
The nationalist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has reappeared before thousands of supporters for the first time in months to call for American troops to end the occupation of Iraq. In an impassioned sermon to 6,000 worshippers in a mosque in the holy city of K...
The Moral Collapse of the Moral Left
JEAN BRICMONT
Once upon a time, there were, in France and in Europe, two ways to be on the left. One was fighting for social reforms, both in the factories (strengthening of the unions) and at the state level (extension and democratization of education and build-up of strong pu...
Cartoons with Class
JOE ALLEN And PAUL D'AMATO
The recent death of the right-wing evangelist and founder of the Moral Majority, Rev. Jerry Falwell, has provided an opportunity for many people to comment on the influence of the Christian Right on American politics and culture. Falwell relentlessly attacked Holl...
Inside Nahr el-Bared
FRANKLIN LAMB
Bedawi and Nahr el-Bared Palestinian Refugee Camps, Lebanon. With very intermittent internet access and this ancient pc with one lone wire running from the spaghetti wiring system tied to the ceiling and taped to a single bare light bulb socket, plus 8 todd...
Democratic Blood Money
DAVE LINDORFF
The Democrats, fresh from selling out the soldiers and marines in Iraq by handing the mad George Bush $120 billion to continue funding his war, are claiming victory. Oh, they can’t hide the fact that they gave up on the war issue. But they’re qu...
Imperial Rot
JAMES PETRAS
Washington outlined in explicit language its plans to engage in sequential wars in the Middle East, Southwest and Northeast Asia and the Caribbean. Under the offensive military doctrine of ‘Pre-emptive Wars’ and the ‘Global War against Terrorism&...
Four Dead in Ohio
SAUL LANDAU
In May 1970, 19 years before Chinese officials ordered troops to fire on its students and other citizens demonstrating in favor of democracy at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, US state and federal officials had authorized National Guardsmen to fire with live ammuniti...
Democracy in Iraq, Tyranny at Home?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The Washington, DC, think-tank, The American Enterprise Institute, camouflages its purpose with its name. There is nothing American about AEI, and the organization’s enterprise is fomenting war in the Middle East against Israel’s enemies. Its real name...
Congress and the Iraq War Vote
JONATHAN M. FELDMAN
According to public choice theory, citizens exercise leverage over their government by using the vote as a major tool. This theory discounts the weight of corporate media power in influencing citizen consciousness, Votergate scandals which amount to stolen electio...
Swan Song of the Democrats
MIKE WHITNEY
The Democrats did us all a favor by giving Bush his Iraq war-money. After all, the Dems have supported the war from the get-go; so why not expose them as the hypocrites they really are? The truth is, no one is really surprised by Friday’s vote. We hav...
The Worst in History
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
According to Democratic Party leaders, the new Iraq funding bill, which is concession-as-usual to the worst president in the history of our country, is a "temporary setback." Ninety U.S. troops have died in the last 25 days. Almost 1,500 Iraqi civilians ...