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Archives from May 2007
Corporate Drug Pushers
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
How does street crime work? You commit the crime, you do the time. How does corporate crime work? Big pharma corporation commits a crime and hires a highly paid white collar crime defense lawyer. Defense lawyer approaches prosecutor and...
Chalabi Speaks
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Ahmed Chalabi stands on the bank of the Tigris river within easy sniper range of the opposite side and surveys the twisted steel girders of the al-Sarafiyah bridge in Baghdad, its central spans torn apart by a massive truck bomb last month. The for...
Who’s Afraid of Wolfowitz?
ASHLEY DAWSON
The spectacle of Iraq War architect and World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz hoist on his own petard is certainly one worth savoring. After promising to make the struggle against corruption in developing nations his major objective while in office, Wolfowitz has co...
Two States, One State and Snake Oil
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Those familiar with the Israel/Palestine conflict know that people propose one-state and two-state solutions. Two states means Israel plus a Palestinian state. One state means a single state covering all of Palestine. There is a sort of one-state solution t...
Parole and the Long-Distance Trucker
MARC GARDNER
Darnell Hardy, a California parolee-at-large, was arrested at a truck scale on hwy 20 in Illinois. He wasn’t accused of any criminal wrongdoing or even a driving violation but, somehow, the law finally caught up with him. Hardy, a long-haul trucker, was plyi...
The Legacy of Seabrook
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Thirty years ago this month, in the small seacoast town of Seabrook, New Hampshire, a force of mass non-violent green advocacy collided with the nuke establishment. A definitive victory over corporate power was won. And the global grassroots "No Nukes&...
Iraq Oil Workers Strike to Stop Privatization
BEN TERRALL
In ongoing negotiations between Congress and President Bush about continued funding of the Iraq war, the President late last week began to make accommodating statements about negotiating on "benchmarks" for the Iraqi government. On May 10, the New...
Mumia Case Reaches Its Climax
DAVE LINDORFF
and LINN WASHINGTON, Jr. The case of death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, now a quarter of a century long, is heading to a climax this Thursday in a hearing before a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. It is a hearing that c...
Cheney Threatens More War
RON JACOBS
Can’t someone just shut him up? I know I’m not the only person who is sick of Dick Cheney’s blustering belligerence. Hell, by now you would think that even some of his allies in the GWOT are tired of his Darth Vader-like presence issuing threats ...
An American Nightmare
PATRICK COCKBURN
Even by Iraqi standards Youssufiyah is a violent place. At first sight the well-watered farmland and groves of date palms look attractively green but then you notice the bullet-riddled hulks of cars. Iraqi soldiers and police appear more than usually frightened. T...
How the US Set Iraq on Fire
ASHLEY SMITH
Since the new phase of its war on Iraq began with the March 2003 invasion, the U.S. has caused the death of at least 655,000 Iraqis–though that is only a part of the death toll from two Gulf Wars, and the decade and a half of strict economic sanctions b...
Cheney and the DC Madam’s Cookie Jar
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Recently, we learned that the tides of Hookergate II. rise much higher than we’d realized; that is, the Vice (as in "criminal") President patronizes prostitutes. This would be one big yawn; after all, prostitution should be decriminalized anyway, s...
Shopping During Katrina
MARCUS MABRY
It is one thing to have a limited political goal and to fight decisively for it; it is quite another to apply military force incrementally, hoping to find a political solution somewhere along the way. A president entering these situations must ask whe...
Cutting Out Collage
JONATHAN CULP
My friend Stinky Marinky, the Croatian Sensation, makes book art. Within the pages of discarded hardcover novels he pastes words and pictures from newspapers, gig posters, porn magazines, food packages, scraps of paper blowing down the street. The arrangements are...
From Palestine to Rotterdam
RAMZY BAROUD
In Rotterdam, Holland’s third largest city, thousands of Palestinians gathered on May 5 for the annual Palestinians in Europe conference. I too opted to participate only to witness a PR disaster, which could have not possibly taken place at a more critical t...
The Real Imus Lesson
DIANE WACHTELL
One lesson we should not take away from the Imus debacle is how great it was that CBS pulled the plug on Imus once General Motors, American Express, Sprint Nextel, GlaxoSmithKline, TD Ameritrade, and Ditech.com threatened to yank their corporate sponsorships. Alth...
Humans, CO2 and Climate Change
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Since the publication of Alexander Cockburn’s latest assaults on the link between the burning of fossil fuels and global climate change, I’ve been inundated with hundreds of emails from CounterPunchers demanding to know my position. I thought my views ...
Blair’s Exit
NAFEEZ MOSADDEQ AHMED
Finally. Blair’s going. But why now? And what has Blair left us behind? There are many reasons one can guess as to why, but perhaps one of the biggest–yet least talked about–is the "cash for peerages" criminal investigation, whic...
An Ill Wind and American Policy
ROSEMARY And WALTER BRASCH
[Editor's Note: Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sibelius says that the war in Iraq has severely hurt her state's National Guard response to deal with an F-5 tornado that destroyed Greensburg. Gov. Sibelius said because the Department of Defense has shipped perso...
Giuliani Time
JENNIFER ROESCH
With the Bush presidency in a free-fall and Republicans scrambling to find a candidate with as little connection as possible to the White House, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is back at center stage. Despised in New York as a lame-duck mayor t...
For Palestinians, Memory Matters
GEORGE BISHARAT
Why do some people have the power to remember, while others are asked to forget? That question is especially poignant at this time of year, as we move from Holocaust Remembrance day in early spring to Monday’s anniversary of Israel’s declaration of ind...
The Elusive Bars of Justice
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
As a result of the May 1 melee at MacArthur park in which at least 60 innocent people were injured, heads have begun to roll. However, if the past is any indication, it is virtually a foregone conclusion that punishment will not result in prison time for any of th...
The Saga of Our Son, Lt. Commander John Sharpe
JUDITH And JOHN SHARPE
For those of you who have not been aware of this "saga," we thought you might like to know of the U.S. Navy’s proceedings against John Sharpe, an active duty Lt. Cmdr. who edited two collections of essays (the "...
State of Surge
PATRICK COCKBURN
It will be a long war. The rumble of artillery broken by the clatter of helicopters passing overhead resounded across Baghdad late last week as US forces fought insurgents in the sprawling district of Dohra. Twenty five miles south of the capital five a bomb kille...
War vs. Democracy
DIANE FARSETTA
What does it mean to be a nation at war? Is it possible to exercise democratic control over a wartime government that dismisses honest criticism as unpatriotic? What should citizens do when members of their military not only commit crimes — as happens during...
Bringing You Mother’s Day for $50 a Week
EVE BACHRACH
This weekend millions of shoppers will show their seasonal devotion to mom with the gift of a bouquet. But in Colombia, where nearly 2/3 of our flowers are grown, 10 years of mostly cosmetic improvements in the cut flowers industry have left workers as vulnerable ...
Who are the Merchants of Fear?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
No response is more predictable than the reflexive squawk of the Greenhouse fearmongers that anyone questioning their claims is in the pay of the energy companies. A second, equally predictable retort contrasts the ever-diminishing number of agnostics to the growi...
The Sepoy Mutiny After 150 Years
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the first Indian war of Independence, also known as the Sepoy Mutiny. Breaking out in Meerut on May 10, 1857, the uprising soon spread all across northern and central India. The English in Hindustan, early ex-pats i...
Mr. Zell and the Tribune Company
RALPH NADER
T. Christian Miller works hard year after year as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He has reported on topics ranging from gross corporate profiteering in Iraq to the production and use here and overseas of older, dangerous pesticides that are either shunned o...
Shame
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Isn’t it interesting that 11 Republican members of Congress are pleading with George Bush for "honesty" and "candor" on the issue of Iraq? Their begging is too little, too late, just like the effort of George Tenet who has penned his mea ...
High Line Fever
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Like many other American writers, John Steinbeck was drawn to Montana. He described the allure of the Big Sky state in Travels with Charley: "I am in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection, but with Mo...
Cheering Sarkozy
MARCUS BREEN
Everybody now seems to love the French. The current President and self serving lifetime politician Jacques Chirac will soon give way to Nicholas Sarkozy who apparently wants to dance with, not damn the US. Roger Cohen writing in the New York Times, May 9, ...
Rising Above Politics
JOE BAGEANT
Well, lo and beshit! I never thought I’d ever see the day. But even in my hardcore Republican run hometown, many conservatives are quietly sneaking away from the sing-along around the campfire of George Bush’s war-crazed hootenanny. Most of them are or...
Public Terror
JUAN SANTOS And LESLIE RADFORD
"War is nothing but a continuation of politics by other means." ­ von Clausewitz "Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed." ­ Mao...
The Saga of Our Son, Lt. Commander John Sharpe
JUDITH And JOHN SHARPE
For those of you who have not been aware of this "saga," we thought you might like to know of the U.S. Navy’s proceedings against John Sharpe, an active duty Lt. Cmdr. who edited two collections of essays (the "...
European Missiles and the Camel’s Nose
CONN HALLINAN
The current brouhaha over a U.S. plan to deploy anti-ballistic missiles (ABM) in Poland has nothing to do with a fear that Iran will attack Europe or the U.S. with nuclear tipped Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM), but a great deal to do with the Bush Admi...
The Unreported I-880 Fire
FRED GARDNER
MapQuest is the preferred mode of navigation for the young folks, but it doesn’t always provide the best route. When Vernon paid a rare visit from Oregon to Alameda, Mapquest steered him (after a 10-hour drive with his wife and two boys) East onto Highway 24...
The Bitterness of Regis Debray
RON JACOBS
Two books published in their original languages in the 1990s were recently released in English translations. The first book is fiction and details the doings of a band of poetic revolutionaries; the other is autobiographical and details the doings of an individual...
The Great Illusion
JEAN BRICMONT
Two thirds of French people think their country is in decline. That is without doubt the principal reason why Nicolas Sarkozy was elected President of the Republic. Moreover, the main way the media contributed to his triumph was by years of constant propaganda on ...
Jesus Christ Weds Pat Robertson
SUSIE DAY
In a quiet ceremony attended by a few close friends and family members, nationally known televangelist Pat Robertson of the 700 Club was married today to world-renowned avatar and reputed Prince of Peace, Jesus of Nazareth. The wedding took place in Stowe, a pictu...
The Democrats and the Impeachment Clause
DAVE LINDORFF
What is it about impeachment that has the Democratic Party leadership so frightened? Talking with members of Congress, one hears the same refrain: "I know Bush and Cheney have committed impeachable crimes, but impeachment is a bad idea." Th...
Playing at Peace
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Former CIA Analyst New Mexico is holding a two-day peace conference on May 16-17. Sounds nice. Entitled "Building a Culture of Peace," it will feature two Nobel Peace laureates — Rigoberta Menchu of Guatemala and anti-landmine activist Jody Wil...
Beware the Do-Gooders in Body Armor
JOHN V. WALSH
In Massachusetts as in many other states, there is a "movement" to divest pension funds of their holdings in companies doing business in Sudan, principally in Chinese oil companies there. The ostensible objective is to relieve the sufferings of the peopl...
The Children of Limbo
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
From time to time events ecclesiastical eclipse things political. It’s happened before and will happen again. On October 31, 1992 it was reported that Pope John Paul II was prepared to close an investigation into the condemnation some years earlier of...
Anger Erupts at Conditions in For-Profit Indiana Prison
NICOLE COLSON
THE CONSEQUENCES of the for-profit prison industry became all too clear in Indiana last week when a riot broke out among prisoners at the medium-security New Castle Correctional Facility. According to corrections officials, the outburst began when prisoners...
Collateral Genocide
MIKE FERNER
Two elements are necessary to commit the crime of genocide: 1) the mental element, meaning intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, and 2) the physical element, which includes any of the ...
GOP Openly Embraces Gipper’s Values
MARGARET KIMBERLEY
From time to time events ecclesiastical eclipse things political. It’s happened before and will happen again. "I was led to believe really, that Reagan was possessed by demons. Frankly, I do believe Reagan at that time as much as Bush today was i...
Gating Montana
JOHN HOLT
Imagine a grassy field along a joyful brown trout stream in the West. The Crazy Mountains rise madly to the south. The Castle, Belt and Little Belt ranges hold the western and northern horizons. Every spring hundreds of sandhill cranes clack and chatter among them...
Blair’s Departure
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Iraq may be seen in Britain as Tony Blair’s nemesis but Iraqis yesterday greeted his departure with utter indifference. Asked what they thought about it, most simply shrugged their shoulders and looked surprised at being asked the question. O...
This Minute and Then the Next
LAURIE HASBROOK
The big deal is today and tomorrow morning. Just this minute and then the next determines whether you or I do what we can to stop the injustice and the tyrannies surrounding us, and inside our hearts. Right now is the only time we own! ...