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Archives from November 2007
The Iraqi Miracle
JAMES ROTHENBERG
What the U.S. had in mind for Iraq was already clear in the Fall of 2001, even though it would take another year and a half to implement the attack, mercilessly known as shock and awe. By the time of the attack, many millions of U.S. citizens knew full well the re...
Politics and the Housing Crash
ALAN FARAGO
The world wide credit crisis started in the heart of America suburbia itself, and primarily through the politics of suburban development that radiated from South Florida. The story of subprime mortgage mess has not yet meshed with the campaign finance supply chain...
The Volatile Mistress
WAJAHAT ALI
Javed Jabbar served as General Pervez Musharraf’s Minister of Information. Here he talks to CounterPuncher WAJAHAT ALI about Pakistan General Musharraf, the nation’s relationship to the United States, and the current State of Emergency. ALI: Wh...
The Re-Packaging of Bob Dylan
PETER STONE BROWN
The autumn of 2007 saw the marketing of Bob Dylan by Sony/BMG like no previous year. Of course promotion has happened every time Dylan releases anything, but this year smacked of product with a corporate touch. Sometime around the end of the summer, visitors to Dy...
Argentina’s Political Future
LUCÍA ÁLVAREZ And DIEGO GONZÁLEZ
Without fanfare and with the apathy emblematic of the campaign, what everyone expected came to be. The first lady, senator, and presidential candidate for the currently ruling Front for Victory Party (FPV), Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, won a comfortable ...
The Death of Latin America’s First Revolution
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. A specter is haunting Mexico. With the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution and the bicentennial of liberation from the European yoke looming just three years down history’s pike, this November 20, the day set aside to commemorate ...
Thomas L. Friedman and the Bali Bombers
ALLAN NAIRN
The Daily Telegraph of Australia carries a report of an extraordinary death-row press conference/ festive family visit (Indonesian death rows run on looser rules than do American ones) involving Bali-bomb planner Imam Samudra who is said to have told reporters whe...
America’s Corporate Crime Capitals
CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
Detroit, St. Louis, Flint, Oakland, and Camden may be the most dangerous cities in the United States when it comes to street crime. But Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston and Newark are the corporate crime capitals of the United States....
Forest Fires, Lies and Chainsaws
GEORGE WUERTHNER
The sprawling 3.3 million acre Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest (BDNF) is one of the most spectacular pieces of public domain in America. It contains outstanding scenery, superlative fisheries, abundant wildlife, and unparalleled wildlands. The forest is high,...
The Meaning of Annapolis
Col. DAN SMITH
"An occupying army cannot expect to find friendsbut [it must] give the uninvolved population every opportunity to have some kind of a quality of life." MGEN Yair Naveh (Ret.), Israeli Defense Force, Defense News La...
The One State Declaration
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
For decades, efforts to bring about a two-state solution in historic Palestine have failed to provide justice and peace for the Palestinian and Israeli Jewish peoples, or to offer a genuine process leading towards them. The two-state solutio...
Did All Things Considered Self-Censor on Annapolis?
FELICE PACE
All Things Considered coverage of the Annapolis meeting reinitiating Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks was a big disappointment. Ordinarily, such an event would prompt ATC to present a solid half hour of coverage, including providing listeners with the historical an...
US Coup Planned for Venezuela?
DAVE LINDORFF
The New York Times had a news article about Venezuela in Thursday’s edition, but it was about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez saying he would cut diplomatic ties with neighboring Colombia. There wasn’t a word about a memo...
The Most Dangerous Kind of Bribe
R. F. BLADER
There’s a room in my apartment that makes me nauseous. It’s well lit, properly ventilated, relatively tidy, and quiet. Whenever I can, I avoid it. It’s my home office and, in addition to the minimum amount of time I spend on-site at my place of b...
Iraq 3.0
SHELDON RICHMAN
One gets the feeling that even the White House realizes the mess it’s made of Iraq. The other day the newspapers reported that the Bush administration has scaled back its objectives rather substantially. We might call it Iraq 3.0. First the plan was to creat...
Primetime Hate Debate
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
If last night’s Republican debate in Florida is any indication, the fear mongering of Latino immigrants will play a major role in election ’08. While the polls show that a majority of Americans agree with proposals by most Democrats and some Republican...
War on the Couch
STEPHEN SOLDZ
The following is a transcript of an interview on the Pinky Show. Phone ringing. Soldz: Hi. Pinky: Hi, is th...
Terror Target Nukes
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Within a matter of days Congressional back-room deals may rubber stamp huge taxpayer loan guarantees to build dozens of what amount to pre-deployed "dirty bombs" for terrorists. The terror attacks of September 11, 2001, showed that atomic power pl...
Huffpost Bloggers on Strike!
PAUL KRASSNER
Inspired ironically enough by a right-wing comic strip, Prickly City–a talking dog complains to publisher Arianna Huffington, "Let me get this straight. Advertisers pay you for Huffington Post, but you don’t give any of us bloggers a single penny?...
Distorting Fascism to Demonize Iran
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
In their frantic drive to pave the way for a military strike against Iran, leading figures in the neoconservative pro-Israel lobby have embarked on a vicious campaign of demonizing that country by comparing it with the early years of Nazi Germany and its President...
Holbrooke Says Bush Won’t Attack Iran
JEFF BERG
TORONTO. Richard Holbrooke, former Ambassador to the U.N., and former Assistant Secretary of State to the U.S., spoke last night, November 27, at the Toronto Design Exchange and outlined the reasons he thinks an attack on Iran won’t happen on Bush...
Crashing Citigroup
PAM MARTENS
The saga of how the top minds in Washington and on Wall Street have dealt with the deepening financial crisis in the U.S. would make a great Hollywood screenplay, except for this: it’s absurdly unbelievable. Storyline: The largest bank in the United S...
We, the People
BEN TRIPP
My fellow bloggers, essayists, and well-meaning idealists on the Left, I regret to be a downer. But this must be said. A certain phrase has started cropping up a great deal in the Left’s vast monologue, and I don’t think we’re being intellectuall...
CIA Venezuela Destabilization Memo Surfaces
JAMES PETRAS
On November 26, 2007 the Venezuelan government broadcast and circulated a confidential memo from the US embassy to the CIA which is devastatingly revealing of US clandestine operations and which will influence the referendum this Sunday, December 2, 2007. T...
Separate and Unequal in Palestine
MOHAMMED KHATIB
On the eve of the meeting intended to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians at Annapolis, Maryland, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced that Israel will build no new West Bank settlements, but will not "strangle" existing Isra...