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Archives from July 2007
Fear in Iraq
Following what have been best described as ‘mixed results’ from the milestones that the U.S. has determined Iraq must reach, U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker spoke with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Said he: "If there is one word I would use...
Facing the Truth
It’s about time Americans faced the truth. Today a Marine not only convicted of conspiring to commit kidnapping, larceny, and making false statements; but the murder–MURDER–of an innocent Iraqi man, was given his sentence. He is to receive a redu...
Giuliani and the Dogs of War
Even as the Iraq war claims yet another casualty, in the form of Senator John McCain, another Republican sets himself up for political destruction by insisting that America, should persist in this unpopular enterprise. McCain, once hailed as his party’s all-...
The Hidden Injuries of Powerlessness
Alienation and dissociation reinforce each other to create a cycle of social powerlessness. In ...
The Future of Palestine
This Q&A email exchange with Jonathan Cook, a British journalist and CounterPunch contributor who lives in Nazareth, was first published on the Vineyard of the ...
Karl Rove, Pothead
Among the 78,000 pages of Nixon Administration documents recently released by the National Archives was a memo from young Karl Rove to Anne Armstrong, counselor to the President. Rove aspired to head the College Republicans. His memo proposes, among other things, ...
How to Read a National Intelligence Estimate
Much notice has attended the release of the unclassified version of the latest National Intelligence Estimate [NIE] titled "The Terrorist Threat to the US Homeland." It contains the rectified juices of all sixteen of our intelligence agencies. Federal st...
Nasrallah in the Crosshairs
It is the one year anniversary of the "Second Lebanon War" as the Israelis now call it. It took them nearly as long to finally decide on a name for their failed campaign against Hezbollah–an understandably difficult task when you lose in the manner...
California Split
Dear Governor Schwarzenegger, I have been meaning to write to you for sometime, knowing full well how frustrated you must be by the fact that the U.S. Constitution does not allow you to run for the presidency of the United States. Your level of agg...
Atomic Blowback
Here they go again. After thirty years without a firm order, the atomic power companies are pushing their radioactive, costly technology for a comeback on the backs of you the taxpayers. The old argument in the Seventies was that nuclear powered electricity...
The Bush administration, facing a Congressional investigation into Dick Cheney’s role in the Klamath River fish kill of 2002, is also on the hot seat over reports that a former Department of Interior official, Julie A. MacDonald, politically interfered with ...
Fujimori’s Long Race From Justice
Lima, Peru The legal case against Augusto Pinochet may have died along with the former dictator, but the Chilean courts have found a way to continue protecting coup plotters and human rights abusers. On July 11, 2007 Judge Orlando Álvarez Herná...
The Crisis in Hedgistan
Two columns of black smoke can still be seen rising over the New York skyline. Terrorism? Not quite. The plumes of smoke are all that’s left of two major hedge funds which blew up just weeks ago leaving nothing behind but a few smoldering ember...
Tremble, Tyrants
With visions of the Bastille being stormed as I write this and the refrain of "La Marsellaise" echoing in my head, I take a look at two books that discuss two important moments in French revolutionary history. It’s a history, most of us know, that ...
Here, There and Everywhere
There is safety in numbers. And, so, George Bush has made the world safer-for terrorists, that is. The ranks of jihadists have swollen. Once contained in Afghanistan, members of al-Qaeda are present and plotting in many more countries, a direct consequence of Geor...
Radical Language
Language has been so debased by media that even in so-called "high art" (poetry, drama) sentences that one might easily hear spoken on Oprah or some other "real people" show, or sit-coms, has been "current" for the past 20 years. ...
Edelman’s Edict
Eric Edelman is back in the news, tussling with Hillary Clinton and the Senate Armed Services Committee on which she sits. The Undersecretary of Defense responded to a letter from Clinton to his boss, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, which asked the following:...
Doctoring the News
CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, was raising eyebrows five months before he bungled his fact-checking segment on Michael Moore’s health care documentary, "Sicko," leaving Moore and many of CNN’s viewer...
Iraqis will be the Deciders
As Congress debates whether to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, George Bush is trying to buy time. He and Dick Cheney have no intention of ever pulling out of Iraq. Cheney commissioned a 2000 report by the neoconservative Project for a New American Century, ...
Flying High?
In a startling discovery of what appears to reek of the stench of collusion, a Congressional committee has discovered evidence that the nation’s drug czar and his deputies traveled to almost two dozen events with vulnerable Republican members of Congress in ...
Israel’s Dirty Little Secret
It’s easy enough to read in the American press about Hama’s commitment to destroying Israel, or about the endless threats Israelis suffer under the onslaught of Palestinian suicide attacks and Hezbollah’s aggression. American progressives, and an...
Fatal Neglect
Almost six years ago, U.S. and allied forces toppled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, paving the way for a pro-Western, interim government and the country’s first post-Taliban presidential elections. Throughout the war, however, there has been little focus...
The Earthquake That Screamed "No Nukes!"
The massive earthquake that shook Japan this week nearly killed millions in a nuclear apocalypse. It also produced one of the most terrifying sentences ever buried in a newspaper. As reported deep in the New York Times, the Tokyo Electric Company has admitt...
Bush’s War Policy
The news of recent weeks emanating from Washington and Baghdad point to one clear, if not final, conclusion: The Bush administration’s adventures in Iraq have been a complete failure. What the media have eagerly dubbed as the Republican Revolt is now...
Winners and Losers in the Housing Market Crash
In a quarterly conference call yesterday reported by The New York Times, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon referred to the current business climate as "a relatively benign point in the credit cycle." The market judged the company differently, sending shar...