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Archives from February 2010
Public Virtue and Private Vice Under the Dome
PHIL DOE
I ventured down to the Colorado Capitol last Thursday to listen to the debate on Senate Bill 10-089. Like always, I couldn’t hear anything because the senate committee room, where agriculture bills such as this one are argued, isn’t adequately miked. Mayb...
China’s New Iran Strategy
PETER LEE
Beijing is monitoring the evolving United States-led Iran sanctions campaign with alarm and – as conflicting responses to an Israeli initiative indicate – some uncertainty. It suspects the Barack Obama administration may be as interested in leveraging the...
The Assault on Illhem
TARIQ ALI
Forgive an outsider and staunch atheist like myself who, on reading the recent French press comments relating to Ilhem Moussaid the hijab-wearing NPA candidate in Avignon, gets the impression that something is rotten in  French political culture. Let’s tak...
Ethan Bronner and Conflicts of Interest
JONATHAN COOK
A recent assignment of mine covering Israel’s presumed links to the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh provoked some more thoughts about the New York Times reporter Ethan Bronner. He is the Jerusalem bureau chief who has been at the centre of a co...
Charlie Wilson’s Legacy
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Former Congressman Charlie Wilson, who died on February10, was America’s answer to James Bond, the fast-moving, globe-trotting character in Ian Fleming’s novels, who foiled enemies and conquered beautiful women with ease. Wilson’s achievements in Co...
The Struggle of Nootka and Tilikum
JASON HRIBAL
Editors’ Note: Counterpunches can be landed in a variety of ways. In November 2006, Kasatka, the Sea World Orca, attempted to drown her trainer. Yesterday, it was Tilikum’s turn—killing his aquarium trai...
No, in Anger
CLANCY SIGAL
"Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me and I welcome their hatred." President Roosevelt, Madison Square Garden, October 31, 1936...
War Politics
NORMAN SOLOMON
Playwright Lillian Hellman said: “I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.” The statement was in a letter to the House Un-American Activities Committee. The year was 1952. We tell ourselves that the...
Prosecuting Bush for War Crimes
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
In 2008, Charlotte Dennett ran for Attorney General in Vermont. Dennett’s key campaign pledge – if elected, she would appoint Vincent Bugliosi as a special prosecutor to seek a murder indictment against George W. Bush for the deaths ...
The War on Toyota
MIKE WHITNEY
Does anyone really believe that Toyota is being pilloried in the media for a few highway fatalities? Nonsense. If Congress is so worried about innocent people getting killed, then why haven’t they indicted US commander Stanley McChrystal for blowing up ...
She Coulda Been a Contender
STEWART J. LAWARENCE
Sarah Palin delivered the keynote address at the Tea Party’s national convention two weeks ago provoking wild applause and chants of "Run, Sarah Run."  But whether the former Alaska Governor is likely to emerge as a major national political figur...
GM’s Northern Strategy
AL BENCHICH
The “reinvention” of the “New GM” has begun with the opening of a lithium-ion battery plant in Brownstown, Michigan, near Detroit. The event was remarkable not only because the Brownstown plant signals GM’s return to the production of an...
The Real Objective of the Marja Offensive
GARETH PORTER
Senior military officials decided to launch the current U.S.-British military campaign to seize Marja in large part to influence domestic U.S. opinion on the war in Afghanistan, the Washington Post reported Monday. The Post report, by Greg Jaffe...
The Fairy Tale of GM Crops
JIM GOODMAN
Since the first commercial cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in 1996, Monsanto and the rest of the big six Biotech seed companies, (Pioneer/DuPont, Syngenta, Dow, BASF and Bayer) have become masters at the art of story telling. Farm...
Bribes, Corruption and the Pandur APC
TOM CLIFFORD
The Czech government’s purchase of Pandur military vehicles is hitting rough terrain amid political sniping, allegations of corruption and a police probe as it has emerged that the Czechs paid three times as much for the armored personnel carriers (APCs) than t...
The Nuclear Lobby’s $645 Million Con Job
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The mystery has been solved. Where is this "new reactor renaissance" coming from? There has been no deep, thoughtful re-making or re-evaluation of atomic technology. No solution to the nuke waste problem. No mak...
Round Midnight
JOE BAGEANT
Ajijic, Mexico. Near midnight and I am making tortillas on an iron skillet over a gas flame. Some three thousand miles to the north, my wife and dog nestle in sleep in the wake of a 34-inch snowstorm, while the dogs of Ajijic are barking at the ...
Geithner’s Gotta Go
MIKE WHITNEY
Would it be wrong to take out a $1,000,000 policy on your wife and then put strychnine in her double-tall nonfat mocha? Not if you are Goldman Sachs it wouldn’t. In fact–according to an article on today’s Bloomberg News–t...
The Hollow Man Reaches His Omega Point
RON JACOBS
Point Omega is Don Delillo’s latest novel.  It is nominally about an inexperienced filmmaker who journeys to the US Southwest in the hopes of making a film about a former official who helped run the US war in Iraq.  The novel opens and closes with a d...
Haiti and the Aid Racket
ASHLEY SMITH
It’s now more than a month since the earthquake that laid waste to Port-au-Prince, killing more than 200,000 people and thrusting millions of people into the most desperate conditions. But according to the U.S. government, Haitians have a ...
The Plot to Kill Social Security
SHAMUS COOKE
In Washington each new day brings a fresh call to “reform entitlement programs” — Social Security, Medicare, etc., (in Congress, the word “reform” now means to eliminate, or drastically reduce). Tackling Social Security has been on the t...
The Story of Pvt. Hargrove
WILLIAM P. O'CONNOR
When Congress members voted to go to war in 2002, they didn’t think about Pvt. Joseph Hargrove. Instead, they thought about their re-election, their party, and themselves.    Hargrove lives in an antiseptic-six- by-10 room at Gainesville ...
Rampage in Philly
DAVE LINDORFF
City leaders and the downtown business community in Philadelphia are wringing their hands and calling for “tough action” against a horde of some 150 high school kids from eight of the city’s decrepit and failing high schools who rampaged late Tuesda...
Health Care as Political Theater
JEFF SHER
Reading into President Barack Obama’s health care summit on Thursday, the massive rate increases recently announced by Anthem/Blue Cross of California shine like a neon marquee over this episode of political theatre. The magnitude of these...
Health Care as Political Theater
JEFF SHER
Reading into President Barack Obama’s health care summit on Thursday, the massive rate increases recently announced by Anthem/Blue Cross of California shine like a neon marquee over this episode of political theatre. The magnitude of these...