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Archives from July 2007
Support Their Troops?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Lawrence McGuire, a North Carolinian now teaching in Montpellier, France, organized a meeting of antiwar Americans and various interested French parties there at which I spoke last fall. Since then, we’ve been discussing off and on the strange fact that whil...
The Illegalities of the Iraq War
ROBERT FANTINA
In the four years since the United States and its so-called ‘Coalition of the Willing’ invaded the sovereign nation of Iraq, only one stated goal has been accomplished: the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Peace and democracy are simply pipe dreams, the co...
Executive Orders and Coercive Diplomacy
CHINA HAND
By Presidential Executive Order, we’re living in a state of national emergency. Because the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the nationa...
Guns, Foundations and Free Trade
CONN HALLINAN
When President George W. Bush announced the formation of a military command for Africa (AFRICOM) this past February, it came as no surprise to the Heritage Foundation. The powerful right-wing organization designed it. The Heritage Foundation, founded in 1973 b...
Harry Potter Battles Big Brother
Dr. JAMES J. MURTAGH Jr., MD
Spoiler alert! Consider seeing the movie before reading this Op Ed . A funny thing besets Harry Potter on the way to Hogwarts this year. He not only has to battle evil. He has to battle the banality of evil. More importantly, he introduces his viewers to a ...
Lawlessness, Waste and Incompetence
RALPH NADER
Thursday, July 12, 2007’s Washington Post was another day of well-supported headlines chronicling the lawless, incompetent, wasteful, negligent, bumbling and multiple perils to our nation’s security and safety caused by the Bush-Cheney regime. O...
War and Dissociation
SUSAN ROSENTHAL, MD
When Tina Turner sang, "Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken," we all knew what she meant. In a world filled with pain, nature provides a defence against suffering called dissociation. Experiences that are too horrible to be integrated in...
America’s Parochial Press
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Is it really possible for the average citizen to learn that much about international affairs after just a day or two of following the news? The answer to this question clearly depends on what sources you choose to follow. Americans understandably complain that the...
These Brainless Politicians
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
The best form of politics you can have in an imperfect world is where politicians have to play up to people by giving them such things as better housing. The dangerous politicians are the ones who call for sacrifice and duty to one’s country. Th...
Architecture as Military Strategy
RON JACOBS
The recent assumption of control in Gaza by Hamas may be more illusory than US media has represented it as. As Eyal Weizman makes clear in is fascinating and detailed book ...
Gitmo’s Tangled Web
ANDY WORTHINGTON
In March, when Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), the most high-profile al-Qaeda terror suspect in US custody, "confessed" during his tribunal in Guantánamo that he was the architect of 9/11 and had also played a part in 30 other plots (both real and c...
On Thomas More’s Utopia
KENNETH REXROTH
Written in 1964. It has certainly taken a long time but Christians are slowly coming to realize that their religion, even when considered only a system of social ethics, is utterly incompatible with modern civilization. Catholic aggiornamento must be unders...
No En Nuestro Nombre!
JOHN ROSS
El Bush’s Holy War on Iraq is coming to a critical juncture. As the Yanqui president implements his so-called "surge" of 30,000 new troops (150,000 total) in a desperate move to secure Baghdad, the insurgency has surged too. The more troops Bush po...
ESPN’s Rap Sheet
CHARLES MODIANO
"Suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones received several driving citations in a traffic stop last month in Williamson County, Tenn., where he has a home." –First line of one of ESPN’s TOP stories W...
In the Last Throes, Judiciously
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
David Labowitz, an insurance salesman here [Narberth, Pennsylvania], said he voted for Mr. Bush in 2004 and was eager for the next election to come along so he could rectify what he called his mistake. "I am a registered Republican," Mr. Lab...
The Decider in Denial
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil, Iraq Scrambling to shore up crumbling support for the war in Iraq, President George Bush released a report yesterday claiming sufficient political and military progress to justify the presence of 170,000 US troops in the country. President Bus...
Grading on a Curve for the Wrong Test
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
President George W. Bush’s report today to Congress on Iraq, the White House’s "Initial Benchmark Assessment Report," presents a series of assessments of Iraq’s performance on 18 benchmarks that have been jointly imposed by Congress and...
The Wonderful World of Mike Greenberg and Barry Bonds
D. K. WILSON
Mike Greenberg ("Greenie") of Mike and Mike in the Morning leads the new wave of the negative reaction thought and talk in relation to Barry Bonds. Managing this thought requires a false sense of empathy with Henry Aaron and a false projection of today&#...
The Hard Road Home
ANTHONY PAPA
Statistically, it is well known that if you wind up in prison and are lucky enough to get out, you will be going back some time soon. Julio Medina is someone who has beaten the odds hands down. It was a long way from prison and his past life as a drug dealer when ...
The Wal-Mart of Garbage
TODD CHRETIEN
Five hundred scabs are collecting trash in Oakland, Calif., and other East Bay cities after Waste Management (WM) locked out 481 drivers from Teamsters Local 70 on July 2. Despite threats of being fired, the rest of WM’s local union workforce–in...
When Dictators Serve US Interests
IMRAN KHAN
Over recent days, news from Pakistan has been dominated by the siege at the Red Mosque, which ended late yesterday. Scarcely a mile from the seat of power in Islamabad, the madrasa students and their two leading clerics inside the mosque first claimed attention wi...
Killing the Constitution
SAM HUSSEINI
They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom for trying to change the system from within I’m coming now — I’m coming to reward them First we take Manhattan then we take Berlin ...
Why, in Truth, There is No Surge
Dr. HERMAN MINDSHAFTGAP
The Bland Corporation President Bush’s "surge" in Iraq has generated much controversy over the last six months, but opponents of the surge invariably seem to accept that there really is a surge. The purpose of this article is not to examine whe...
Demonizing Putin
MIKE WHITNEY
Presidents Bush and Putin concluded their brief summit in Kennebunkport, Maine without resolving any of the main issues. Bush seeks Putin’s help to pressure Iran into giving up its nuclear enrichment program and Putin wants Bush to abandon his plans to deplo...
How Terror Lost Its Meaning
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Why does terror dominate our headlines and the attention of our governments going on six years after 9/11? The answer cannot be what George Bush says that it is: it is not the fault of people who hate democracy and freedom. We know this for a great many rea...
Hookergate II: The Senator and the Veep
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Providing comic relief in a Democrappy Congress that doesn’t have the filibustering balls to Just Say No to Perma-War or the wit or wisdom to impeach the Bush Crime Family for their multiple murderous atrocities Brothers & Sisters, Lovers & Sinners, ...
The Siege of the Red Mosque and the Cries of the Suffering
ROBERT JENSEN
Islamabad, Pakistan. For my first three days in Pakistan, no conversation could go more than a few minutes without a reference to the crisis at the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) compound. I had landed in Islamabad on July 8, and by then it seemed clear that gover...
Restoring the People’s Power
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The American political system has failed. The fabled checks and balances of American politics were no match for a neoconservative administration with a secret agenda. The American people were deceived and tricked into supporting two invasions that are war crimes u...
Requiem for the Paxilated
RICHARD RHAMES
"Prozac was introduced by Eli Lilly to the US market in January 1988. Zoloft and Paxil followed in 1991 and 1992, respectively. Some 45,000 reports of adverse reactions to Prozac have been filed with the FDA. These include reports of about 2500 d...
Not Fourth Generation Warfare
WILLIAM S. LIND
On Friday, July 13, a Boyd Conference at the Quantico Marine Corps Base will devote a day to the subject of Fourth Generation war. As a panelist for one session of the conference, I have been asked to answer the question, "As one of the original authors and p...
Distortions of Acumen
JOSHUA FRANK
The shameless trashing of Ward Churchill from the left side of our political setting was perhaps the most grotesque of all the attacks faced by the tenured University of Colorado professor after his essay "Some Push Back" began making headlines in early ...
Will New Delhi’s Palestinian Policy be Neutralized?
NICOLA NASSER
A seminar on "Palestine: 1967 and After" organized by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) and the mission of the League of Arab States (LAS) in New Delhi on June 22 highlighted India’s still unwavering historical support for the Palestinian ...
The Problem with Bribeline
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
At the National Press Club yesterday, Trace International held a press conference to unveil its new creation–bribeline.org....
Where’s the Outcry Over the Closure of Mexico’s Populist Radio Station?
SCOTT LIEBERTZ
Early Sunday afternoon, a giant crowd dressed largely in yellow gathered in the largest plaza of the capital city of a Latin American country to defend freedom of expression and denounce the closing of a media outlet that has operated for decades. Another oppositi...
Submission or Resistance in Gaza?
PHILIP RIZK
There has been an array of commentary on Gaza over the past weeks. Hamas’ military takeover of the Gaza Strip brought the malaise of its people, the weakness of Fatah and Hamas’ ability to implement law and order into the world limelight. As outside co...
Mexico Commemorates a Fraud
JOHNNY HAZARD
Sunday, July 1 saw about 100,000 people march through the streets of Mexico City to the city´s central plaza, the Zócalo, one year after the election that put right-wing candidate Felipe Calderón in power via old-school and new-school fraud. Ex...
Impossible Tasks for an Embattled Government
PATRICK COCKBURN
Arbil, Iraq. The benchmarks the Iraqi government is meant to achieve in exchange for US support were never realistic and have more to do with American than Iraqi politics. The weak and embattled Iraqi government is supposed to make changes which the ...
Beware the Iran Hawks
GEORGE C. WILSON
The hawks in Congress, White House and Pentagon who want President Bush to bomb Iran to stop its nuclear weapons program need to be reminded why President Johnson turned a deaf ear to the hawks of his day who wanted him to bomb North Korea to retaliate for its hi-...
On the Road for Impeachment
DAVE LINDORFF
Austin–I just spent the weekend in this state capital, talkin’ impeachment at a meeting organized by the Texas Green Party, World Can’t Wait, Code Pink and Austin Impeach (...
Privatizing Women
DEBRA McNUTT
Military prostitution has long been seen around U.S. bases in the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and other countries. But since the U.S. has begun to deploy forces to many Muslim countries, it cannot be as open about enabling prostitution for its personnel. U...
A Plea to Ralph Nader
JOHN V. WALSH
Ralph Nader wrote an intriguing assessment of Michael Moore’s movie "Sicko" some days back on CounterPunch entitled: "Good Movie, Now Where’s the Movement." He praised Moore’s movie "Sicko," for advocating Medicare f...
Is This Man a Psychopath?
RICHARD NEVILLE
You be the judge. Following his appointment as commander of NATO’s forces in Afghanistan earlier this year, U.S. General Dan McNeill devised a daring strategy to defeat the Taliban. He would beat them at their own game. That’s why this week marks an im...
My Impossible Dream Candidate
JAMES McENTEER
The 2008 presidential race is shaping up to be another empty exercise. Candidates are staking out positions on a centrist political spectrum from A to B. The media cover their poll rankings and how much cash they raise. Quibbling about withdrawal dates from Iraq b...
On Cheney Impeachment, Rep. Nadler’s a No Show
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
According to a recent poll conducted by the American Research Group, a startling 54% of the U.S. public now favors impeachment of Vice President Cheney. Apparently, Americans have had enough of Cheney’s misleading the public on Iraqi WMD, his fabrications se...
New Orleans, Public Housing and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex
JAY ARENA
"So goes New Orleans, so goes the country" was the message this writer and other public housing activists delivered at the recent United States Social Forum held in Atlanta. New Orleans’ grass roots activists argued, at this gathering of leftists a...
Southern Discomfort
ALICE WOODWARD
On a late summer day in 2006, in Jena, Louisiana, a Black high school student asked permission to sit beneath the "white tree" in front of the town’s high school. It was unspoken law that this shady area was for whites only during school breaks. Bu...
The Storming of the Red Mosque
JAVED HUSSEIN
Islamabad. The siege of the mosque has been going on for over a week, but today the military struck. It has been a violent confrontation with both sides firing on each other indiscriminately. It started during the early hours today with the military now det...
Has Ann Coulter Got the Hots for John Edwards?
EVA LIDDELL
When FDR was running for president he had recovered from polio which left him bound to a wheelchair. While the legend has it that FDR "hid" his condition and did not want the people to know that he could not walk the opposite is true. Through the newspap...
Neocons, Theocons, Demcons, Excons and Future Cons
WILLIAM BLUM
Who do you think said this on June 20? a)Rudy Giuliani; b)Hillary Clinton; c)George Bush; d)Mitt Romney; or e)Barack Obama? "The American military has done its job. Look what they accomplished. They got rid of Saddam Hussein. They gave the...
Democratic Defectors and the Israel Lobby
JERRY KROTH
In November, the American electorate repudiated Bush’s Iraq debacle and established Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate promising to bring this "flawed policy wrapped in illusion" to a decisive end. Bush vetoed their withdrawal timet...