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Archives from February 2008
Be Careful What You Vote For, You Just Might Get It
DONNA J. VOLATILE
"Illusions, of course, are by their nature sweet" Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil (Dangerous Laisons) Well, the Revolution was over before it began…It has just packed up and gone to Texas. It was short, s...
Mafia Rules in the Middle East
ALLAN NAIRN
I happened to learn about the car-bomb assassination of Imad Mughniyeh, the Hezbollah commander, while talking to a Palestinian Fatah man who is a confidante of Mohammed Dahlan, who is famously reputed in the press to have been both a torturer and the CIA’s ...
Meet John McCain
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Now that John McCain has presumably wrapped up the Republican nomination, it’s natural to wonder what kind of foreign policy he might pursue towards the rest of the world if he were elected President. For example, how would the "maverick" McCain de...
Hell to Pay
ALAN FARAGO
Warren Buffett is the closest we have to a clean-up hitter in the US economy. He would chuckle at the description, but there is more than madness to it. Berkshire Hathaway, the company he built with his partner Charlie Munder, has defied palpitations of the US equ...
Celebrating Wilderness
RODERICK NASH
Wilderness preservation is an American invention — a unique contribution of our nation to world civilization. The 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act (September 3, l964) has come and gone, and Americans should renew their pride in and commitment to the Na...
Mean Mister Mukasey
ANTHONY PAPA
Currently Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey is trying to block the release of federal crack cocaine prisoners that have become eligible for release under newly enacted retroactive changes made by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. He said that unless congress acts ...
Australia’s Finest Hour
HALL GREENLAND
Australia’s new Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd went up onto the mountain and delivered. The first order of business, on the first day in parliament, of the new Labor government. Nothing would, nothing could, and nothing did take precedence over the apology. Kevi...
King’s Dream Foreclosed
CHRISTINA KASICA
Owning a home is the essence of the American dream. It represents economic achievement and security. The dream holds true across races, ethnicities, and genders. But the implementation does not. We know society has historically worked against people of co...
The Writers’ Strike Finally Ends
DAVID MACARAY
Now that the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has voted to settle its 100-day strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), and, hopefully, will be returning to work as early as Wednesday, we can expect to be bombarded with post-str...
Strange Stimulation
LEE SUSTAR
THE ECONOMIC stimulus plan passed by Congress shafts the unemployed, the hungry and tax-paying undocumented immigrants. And it will have only a limited impact in stimulating the economy–because of the Democrats’ capitulation to Bush administrati...
How to Read the U.S. Primaries
VICENTE NAVARRO
Ilive on both sides of the Atlantic–part of the year in the U.S.A. and the other part in Spain, where I was born. I had to leave Spain because of my active participation in the anti-fascist underground against the Franco dictatorship in the 1950s. I lived fo...
Hugo Chávez and High Anxiety at the NYT
PATRICK IRELAN
Although President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela continues to excite fits of hysteria north of the Rio Grande, Simon Romero of the New York Times (Feb. 9, 2008) wants us to know that Chávez is "increasingly on the defensive." Mirna de Cam...
Another Parade Passes Me By
CARL FINAMORE
Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are attracting thousands to their rallies and setting records for voter turnouts in the Democratic Party primaries. Reports abound that millions are infused with hope and optimism. This 2008 election reminds me of m...
The Guantánamo Six
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Finally, then, nearly six and a half years after the 9/11 attacks, the US administration has charged six Guantánamo detainees with, amongst other charges, terrorism, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, and conspiracy — adding, ...
La Lucha Continua
RON JACOBS
Fidel Castro is one of the great men of the past fifty years. Even his bitterest enemies acknowledge this by their continuing attempts to destroy the man and the revolution he is identified with. In 2003, journalist Ignacio Ramonet, editor of Le monde diplomatique...
Antiwarriors: Divided and Conquered
JOHN V. WALSH
There is an enormous antiwar majority in this country–upwards of 70%. And yet the war goes on and on and on. Who is to blame? We could blame the denizens of the two war parties in Congress. The leading Republican and Democrat presidential candidates have a r...
The Clintons’ Selective No Talk Rules
MICHAEL DONNELLY
"Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in." — Michael Corleone "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno." — Sen. John McCain, June 1998...
The Psychology of Killing
Col. DAN SMITH
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and...
Obama and Progressive Change
DAVE LINDORFF
I don’t want to overstate the case for Barack Obama, who has been fairly circumspect about his intentions if elected. While saying he is against the Iraq War, he has not acted very forcefully to help bring it to an end. And he certainly has not called for an...
The Elephant at Gitmo
Dr. TRUDY BOND
"Doctor, my eyes tell me what Is wrong . . . Was I unwise to leave them open for so long?" Jackson Browne, "Doctor My Eyes" "I am proud to be a member of the American Psychological Associatio...
The Case Against Alan Dershowitz
FRANK J. MENETREZ
In June 2007, DePaul University denied tenure to Norman Finkelstein, an assistant professor of political science. The decision ignited a firestorm of protest from DePaul students and faculty, as well as from faculty across the country and abroad. Finkelstein’...
Open the Government
RALPH NADER
It is dull but so very important. It is sub-visible but in your pocket and on your back. I speak of the hundreds of billions each year of federal government contracts, grants, leaseholds and licenses given to corporations to run our government, explo...
Challenges for the New President
PETER MORICI
Voters are focusing too much on personalities and not enough on issues. This is unfortunate. Americans need a president to address tough problems and implement solutions. On Iraq and terrorism, it’s time to rehinge policies to reality. U.S. troops can...
Obama and Torture
LILIANA SEGURA
As endorsements poured in at the end of January for Barack Obama to become the next Democratic president of the United States, one in particular stood out: a call of support from a group of attorneys who have been defending Guantanamo detainees pro bono and who ca...
The Power of the Israel Lobby
WAJAHAT ALI
"Let’s move over here–in the corner. It’ll be better for us to talk in private. Or else some people might get the wrong idea," chuckles John Mearsheimer, a Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicag...
Standing at the End of the Road
RONNIE CUMMINS
Mexico City. Standing at the end of Avenida Madero (Madero Avenue) on the last day of January 2008, a stone throw from the Zocalo or City Center of Mexico City, I am swept along in a sea of thousands of farmers and laborers, carrying signs and banners. Stre...
War Without End
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
"We support the troops!" That’s the excuse the Democrats have given for continuing to fund Bush’s aggression against Iraq and Afghanistan. But, of course, war funding doesn’t support the troops. War funding supports an evil machine that...
An End Foreseen?
URI AVNEY
A WISE person once said: "A fool learns from his experience. An intelligent person learns from the experience of others." To which one could add: "And an idiot does not even learn from his own experience." So what can we learn from a boo...
American Psycho
CHRIS FLOYD
If you would like to see just how sick the American elite really is–how morally depraved, how intellectually diseased, how addicted to the taste of human flesh, the scent of human blood, and the sight of human suffering–then you need go no further than...
Not My Brand of Hope
MARC LAMONT HILL
From the beginning of his presidential campaign, which unofficially began with the release of his second book The Audacity of Hope, Senator Barack Obama has been positioned as an underdog against the Clinton machine. Now, with polls showing him in a virtual dead h...
The Shooting of Jose Ramos Horta
ALAN NAIRN
Some news reports are now claiming that Jose Ramos Horta, Timor-Leste’s president, is or was in a coma. If he goes, his soul will get a good laugh from the fact that he outlasted Suharto — who killed a third of his people –, and an ironic laugh f...
School Lessons in a Lunchbox
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Like Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin carrying a rucksack in the rain protesting "I joined the army with the swimming pools and sunsets," people eat food from happy animals in shady pastures not the godforsaken ones shown in undercover videos. Un...
The Case Against Alan Dershowitz
FRANK J. MENETREZ
In June 2007, DePaul University denied tenure to Norman Finkelstein, an assistant professor of political science. The decision ignited a firestorm of protest from DePaul students and faculty, as well as from faculty across the country and abroad. Finkelstein’...
Lessons for Barack Obama
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR Barack Obama and his supporters are exuberant after their victories this last weekend in the Washington and Nebraska precinct caucuses, in the Louisiana primary and the Maine municipal caucus. But they would do well to remember that since...
Beggars Collide
BEN TRIPP
If there was a nickel for every leftie I’ve pissed off with the expression of my views, I would not be rifling pay phones for change. This suits me fine, as do dimes and half-dollars. I didn’t start writing in hope that everyone would agree with me all...
The Bonnie and Clyde of American Politics
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
"We rob banks!" said Clyde Barrow. "We rob you of your political initiative … " Hillary Clinton might have said when she and her husband, the President of the United States, managed to kill the chances for Universal Health Care for...
Waterboarding for God and Country
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA Analyst After one spends 45 years in Washington, high farce does not normally throw one off balance. I found the past few days, however, an acid test of my equilibrium. I missed the National Prayer Breakfast-for the 45th time in a row. But, a...
A Drug Rant from a Former Taker
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose [1]-the news about the newest cholesterol lowering drugs and disclosure of the fact that there had been non-disclosure. It was reminiscent of the cigarette ads of many years ago. An ad for Philip ...
Give Me Back My Land
ALLAN NAIRN
Before the Spanish court the other day, one of the surviving Mayans ended his testimony by standing up at the judge’s desk and asking for his land back. (Re. this torture/ state terrorism/ genocide case against US-backed Guatemalan officials, see po...
"The District Attorney of Shasta County Doesn’t Know the Law!"
FRED GARDNER And PEBBLES TRIPPET
Denney v. DEA et al is a civil lawsuit by California physician Philip A. Denney against the agencies involved in sending undercover operatives to his office in the fall of 2005. As reported previously in Counterpunch, the agents feigned histories and symptoms to g...
The Guántanamo Trials
ANDY WORTHINGTON
According to a report by Jane Sutton of Reuters, the US military has spent $12 million on a mobile court complex — including prefabricated holding cells shipped to the prison by barge and cargo plane — which is intended to be used for the trial by Mili...
The Other Whaling Industry
Captain PAUL WATSON
On board the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin. "It does not matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true." – Dr. Patrick Moore, President of Greenpeace Canada 1981 As the Sea Shepherd ...
Partycide in Six Easy Steps
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Suppose you had a political party you were trying to get rid of. How would you do it? Would you give it some cement shoes and toss it into the bay? Would you roll it up in a carpet and drag it into the trunk of your car in the middle of the night? Would you...
Does the Republican Party Have Aces Up Its Sleeves?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The Brownshirt Party has chosen John "hundred year war" McCain as its presidential candidate. Except for Cheney, Norman Podhoretz, and Billy Kristol, McCain is America’s greatest warmonger. In a McCain Regime, Cheney will be back in office w...
Wall Street Gives Bernacke a Vote of No Confidence
PETER MORICI
The big news this week is that Federal Reserve interest rate cuts have failed to calm equity markets. The stock market is sending Ben Bernanke a vote of no confidence. This is really no surprise. The Fed can cut the federal funds rate to zero, and it won...
The Great Bust of ’08
MIKE WHITNEY
On January 14, 2008 the FDIC web site began posting the rules for reimbursing depositors in the event of a bank failure. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is required to “determine the total insured amount for each depositor…..as of the ...
Black August: Bringing George Jackson’s Life to the Screen
PRAIRIE MILLER
If it’s true that the less costly straight-to-DVD journey of any historically rooted drama is potentially bolder and more truthful, by more effectively bypassing the profit-driven political censorship of Hollywood, then Black August is certainly a striking e...
Guántanamo, Justice and the American Dream
ROBERT FANTINA
The controversy that periodically surrounds the U.S. prison at the navel base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba seems at present to have quieted. With the media busy chasing Britney Spears from rehab to psychiatric hospital and back, such trivial topics as human rights an...
If More CO2 is Bad … Then What?
ROBERT BRYCE
When it comes to the science of global climate change, I’m an agnostic. I’ve seen Al Gore’s movie, and I’ve read reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I’ve interviewed some of America’s top climate ...
Down But Not Out
CHRIS DRISCOLL
As a life-long activist in the labor, peace and social-justice movements, I’ve watched with amazement, wonder, and exhilaration as the American people gave us the most surprising primary races in decades; and that was just the first month! We have eight mont...