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Archives from June 2008
Embracing Big Brother
CANDACE COHN
It may be June, but Christmas came early this year for Big Brother and the telecommunications giants. Unfortunately, it is average Americans who will pay–dearly–on three separate counts. First, precious constitutional and other legal p...
Obama and the Death Penalty
LILIANA SEGURA
What a difference a general election makes. Hours after the Supreme Court handed down a ruling banning the death penalty for the rape of a child, Democratic candidate Barack Obama found his inner Scalia and declared it a miscarriage of justice. "I hav...
Occupation by Bureaucracy
SAREE MAKDISI
A cease-fire went into effect in Gaza last week, offering some respite from the violence that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and five Israelis in recent months. It will do nothing, however, to address the underlying cause of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ...
The Defense Reform Trap
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Philip Taubman’s June 24 article the New York Times and International Herald Tribune is another st...
The War and the Yellow Press
WILLIAM S. LIND
A person my age has watched many things decline in America, and few get better. As one of my neighbors says, everything good is gone or going. In that category we must now include good reporting. When I started work in Washington in 1973, it was axiomati...
Remembering George Carlin
PAUL KRASSNER
In December 1962, when Lenny Bruce was arrested for obscenity at the Gate of Horn in Chicago, the police broke open his candy bars, looking for dope.  They checked the IDs of audience members, including George Carlin, who told the cops, “I don’t believe ...
What’s a Voter to Do?
RON JACOBS
In the good ol’ USA, I’m considered a white guy.  Despite my leftist/anarcho politics and my preference for news that isn’t filtered through the capitalist media, I’m a white guy as far as polling demographics go.  I’ve got friend...
Chaos in Afghanistan
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Can anyone state exactly why foreign troops are fighting in Afghanistan?  What is the collective aim, the specific mission, the ultimate objective, of the 60,000 soldiers there?  I ask this because as I write the total of US deaths in Afghanistan “and re...
Beached in Chile
BINOY KAMPMARK
The International Whaling Commission has had its 60th meeting, this time in Santiago, Chile.  Proceedings have followed their traditional pattern; hostilities have been reasserted between pro-whaling parties and those reluctant to give any ground on the matter.&nbs...
John Howard and War Crimes
BINOY KAMPMARK
The International Criminal Court, active since 2002, is getting busier, though much of its activity still remains buried in preparatory paperwork.  It has begun fielding petitions on a growing list of war criminal suspects with some regularity. The first sign th...
There’s No Hope at the Ballot Box
MATT REICHEL
Every four years it’s the same game on the American left: arguments on anti-war listservs about whether or not to vote Democrat in the upcoming election. Every four years it seems like an awful idea no matter where you live, whether it be a “swing ...
The Drone of Experts
WILLIAM P. O'CONNER
I recently wrote an essay Counterpunch published. Judging from the amount of emails I received, a lot of people took the time to read it.  This surprised me, both because I have never written anything of consequence before, and...
Who’s Actually Winning in Iraq?
PATRICK COCKBURN
The American occupation of Iraq follows the same course as that of British  rule after the First World War. At first there was imperial over-confidence  following military victory and a conviction that what Iraqis did was of no  importance. Then there ...
Obama Waffles on School of the Americas
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
For a candidate who talks the talk on human rights, Barack Obama has little to say about the infamous School of the Americas (SOA). Originally established in the Panama Canal Zone in 1946, the school later moved to Fort Benning, Georgia in 1984. Since its inception, ...
There’s No Hope at the Ballot Box
MATT REICHEL
Every four years it’s the same game on the American left: arguments on anti-war listservs about whether or not to vote Democrat in the upcoming election. Every four years it seems like an awful idea no matter where you live, whether it be a “swing ...
Which Way Forward for the Antiwar Movement?
ASHLEY SMITH
I HAVE been asked to lay out the political rationale for a mass action strategy for the antiwar movement. To do so we must begin with the horror the United States has brought to the Middle East. The United States has nearly destroyed Iraq. Its invasion and occupation...
A Brief History of Union Negotiations
DAVID MACARAY
To anyone curious about how labor and management actually conduct contract negotiations, they should know that, even though these things are wildly unpredictable and can change from courteous and productive to acrimonious and destructive in a heartbeat, the negotiati...
McClellan’s Mini Mea Culpa
SAUL LANDAU
Betrayal by Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, Scott McClellan viewed as ultimate betrayal. Yes, Bush and Cheney had prevaricated their way into a war with Iraq, which upset him, but not to the extent of the treasonous behavior by his bosom buddies. Former Bushies, McClell...
John Howard and War Crimes
BINOY KAMPMARK
The International Criminal Court, active since 2002, is getting busier, though much of its activity still remains buried in preparatory paperwork.  It has begun fielding petitions on a growing list of war criminal suspects with some regularity. The first sign th...
The Drone of Experts
WILLIAM P. O'CONNER
I recently wrote an essay Counterpunch published. Judging from the amount of emails I received, a lot of people took the time to read it.  This surprised me, both because I have never written anything of consequence before, and...
McClellan’s Mini Mea Culpa
SAUL LANDAU
Betrayal by Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, Scott McClellan viewed as ultimate betrayal. Yes, Bush and Cheney had prevaricated their way into a war with Iraq, which upset him, but not to the extent of the treasonous behavior by his bosom buddies. Former Bushies, McClell...
Terrorists or Victims?
DAVE LINDORFF
Double standards when it comes to children are pretty appalling—especially when it comes to “our” kids vs. “their” kids, but here in America they aren’t limited to just right-wingers. Take reaction to the US Supreme Court&rs...
Which Way Forward for the Antiwar Movement?
ASHLEY SMITH
I HAVE been asked to lay out the political rationale for a mass action strategy for the antiwar movement. To do so we must begin with the horror the United States has brought to the Middle East. The United States has nearly destroyed Iraq. Its invasion and occupation...
A Brief History of Union Negotiations
DAVID MACARAY
To anyone curious about how labor and management actually conduct contract negotiations, they should know that, even though these things are wildly unpredictable and can change from courteous and productive to acrimonious and destructive in a heartbeat, the negotiati...
You Don’t Mess With the Racism!
REMI KENAZI
I love Adam Sandler. From Billy Madison to Happy Gilmore to the Chanukah Song, the predecessor of the Superbad generation has effortlessly conquered the domain of slapstick comedy and inappropriate jokes. But damn you Scuba Steve! If you’re going to propagate m...