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FATTENING WALL STREET — Mike Whitney reports on the rapid metamorphosis of new Fed Chair Janet Yallin into a lackey for the bankers, bond traders and brokers. The New Religious Wars Over the Environment: Joyce Nelson charts the looming confrontation between the Catholic Church and fundamentalists over climate change, extinction and GMOs; A People’s History of Mexican Constitutions: Andrew Smolski on the 200 year-long struggle of Mexico’s peasants, indigenous people and workers to secure legal rights and liberties; Spying on Black Writers: Ron Jacobs uncovers the FBI’s 50 year-long obsession with black poets, novelists and essayists; O Elephant! JoAnn Wypijewski on the grim history of circus elephants; PLUS: Jeffrey St. Clair on birds and climate change; Chris Floyd on the US as nuclear bully; Seth Sandronsky on Van Jones’s blind spot; Lee Ballinger on musicians and the State Department; and Kim Nicolini on the films of JC Chandor.
Archives from 1999
The Mystic of the Redwoods
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Under the clearest of north coast skies, four days before the winter solstice and the brightest moon for the next hundred years, Julia Hill, aka Butter...
Seattle Diary
Jeffrey St. Clair
Seattle has always struck me as a suspiciously clean city, manifesting a tidiness that verges on the compulsive. It is the Singapore of the United States: spit-polished, glossy, and eerily beautiful. Indeed, there is, perhaps, no more scenic setting for a city set...
Victory in Seattle!
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Beyond the wildest hopes of the street warriors, five days in Seattle have brought us one victory after another. The protesters initially shunned and de...
Meet Al Gore’s Top Man; There’s Nothing He Doesn’t Already Know About Corpses
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
From Texas comes another story raising yet more ethical questions about George W. Bush. At the heart of the scandal is the Houston-based Service Corporation International (SCI), which describes itself as “world’s largest death care provider”. As GoreR...
Food Central
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The world’s two largest grain companies are now one. The wave of mergers that has changed the face of the American economy in Clinton time is also engulfing the food industry. On July 9, 1999 Cargill Inc., the nation’s largest privately held company, won appro...
Children in the Banana Trees
David Bacon
Children in the Banana Trees is a photodocumentary which looks at workers and working-class life in the Philippines. The images were taken over a period of six years, including a period covering a strike of banana workers for the San Francisco Chr...
Gen. Wesley Clark Fights On and On
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
At the beginning of the Kosovo conflict,CounterPunch delved into the military career of General Wesley Clark and discovered that his meteoric rise through the ranks derived from the successful manipulation of appearances: faking the results of combat exercises, greasing t...
Albright’s Tiny Coffins
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Back in 1996, when the number of Iraqi children killed off by sanctions stood at around half a million, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright made her infamous declaration to Lesley Stahl on CBS that “we think the price is worth it”. Given such pride in mass m...
Katha’s Silence
Alexander Cockburn
The last time I saw Katha Pollitt was on a Nation cruise in the Caribbean just under a year ago. By the second day Katha was making it clear that all was not well between us. Soon it came out that by quoting some of her off-the-cuff remarks in the New York Press IR...
Genocide in Kosovo?
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
So, is there serious evidence of a Serbian campaign of Genocide in Kosovo?? It’s an important issue, since the NATO powers, fortified by a chorus from the liberal intelligentsia, flourished the charge of genocide as justification for bombing that destroyed much of ...
CIA Shrinks & LSD
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
On June 17, the state of Texas put to death by lethal injection John Stanley Faulder, a Canadian who had been convicted in 1977 of murdering Inez Phillips, an oil heiress. Faulder’s case received more press attention than most executions these days, mainly because t...
Shit Happens!
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
“Camp would have moved on to the Happy Hunting Ground of the old art movement. A new art movement would be in. It would be called Shit. Its test would be: is this object, happening, work, event or production more resonant than it was yesterday? Movies about the Stra...
Where Is Sweeney Taking Labor?
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Delegates mustering in Los Angeles for the AFL-CIO convention this week will be set, first and foremost, on having a good time — the sacred duty of all conventioneers with any sense of responsibility and tradition. Then, amid the parties, they’ll consider labo...
“Tear Up The Constitution!”
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
"The US Constitution’s great gift to the cause of international democracy is contained in its first three words. The rest of it can go…. Checks and balances, separation of powers, and the rest would have to defend th...
Waco and the Press
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The ashes of the murdered Branch Davidians and their children — all 74 of them — were still glowing as the nation’s major news institutions rousingly endorsed the decision of Janet Reno and her boss, Bill Clinton, to give the FBI (and, as it turned out, ...
Commentary “Scholar” Deliberately Falsified Record in Attack on Said
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
A former schoolmate of Edward Said has told CounterPunch that Justus Reed Weiner, author of an attack on the renowned Palestinian intllectual in the September issue of Commentary, deliberately suppressed pertinent information. In Commentary Weiner attempts to show ...
Message Supporting a Global Moratorium on the Death Penalty
Dalai Lama
In general, death is something none of us wants, in fact it is something we don’t even like to think about. When death takes place naturally, it is a process beyond our control to stop, but where death is willfully and deliberately brought about, it is very unfo...
The Strange Case of Ed Moloney
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Back in February of 1989 a Belfast lawyer called Pat Finucane was murdered by Protestant gunmen. Finucane was well-known for having defended members of the Irish Republican Army, and he’d had plenty of run-ins with police in the Royal Ulster Constabulary, also with ...
The First Lady Syndrome
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
There are differences between the two, of course. The late Princess Diana campaigned against land mines, whereas Hillary Rodham Clinton was an enthusiastic advocate for the cluster bombs that now litter the Serbian and Kossovan landscapes, set to kill or cripple for the n...
COLOMBIA: The Next Guatemala?
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Anyone wanting a vivid snapshot of the rubble of US policy toward Latin America should glance at Colombia, where the Clinton Administration now has one foot over the brink of a military intervention strongly reminiscent of John Kennedy’s initial deployments in Vietn...
Mark Barton: The Unasked Questions
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
When school kids hose down their classmates with automatic weapons we have to endure weeks of sermonizing about Goths, the baneful influence of Marilyn Manson, computer nerds, the Hitler craze, the need for tougher gun laws, alienation in the suburbs legislators speed ot ...
Labor Stumbles
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
There were cheers and brave talk almost four years ago, as new leaders took over the AFL-CIO. Yet this spring has marked an awful defeat for the very campaign intended to symbolize labor’s resurgence: the United Farm Workers’ campaign to organize the straw...
Nation’s Oldest Public Station Under Arrest
Dennis Bernstein
BERKELEY — As a broadcaster at radio station KPFA for the last ten years, I often wondered just how many people were tuning in. After all, these are the apathetic 1990s, the passions of the 1960s are supposedly long gone. But when Pacifica Foundation pulled me ...
PACIFICA: The Plot Thickens
David Bacon
BERKELEY–Pacifica Foundation’s growing practice of saying one thing in public, while doing the complete opposite behind closed doors, achieved remarkable new heights this week. For months board chair Mary Francis Berry, fired publicity flak Elan Fabbri, an...
Pacifica’s Crackdown: An Inside Account
Kellia Ramares
Pacifica finally took over on July 13th. I was a reporter for KPFA Evening News that night. In fact, I was waiting in the news control room, ready to go into the studio to read my copy on the Pacifica story when Dennis Bernstein came in, pursued by Lynn Chadwic...
How Pacifica Fired Opal Nations
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
CounterPunchers know well the wars at Pacifica which we’ve reported on more than once this year. The nub of the story involves the efforts of the national governing board, chaired by Mary Frances Berry, to turn the whole Pacifica radio network into a top-down autocr...
Pricks Up Your Ears
Alexander Cockburn
Witnessing the struggles at Pacifica and KPFA, in which on July 13 the network’s national directors called in goons to haul out staffers at the Berkeley station, claiming insubordination, my mind cast back to the early 1970s and to The Village Voice in New York ...
Open Letter to Pacifica Management From Staff of WBAI
R. Paul Martin
The Staff of WBAI is appalled at the anti-labor tactics of the management of the Pacifica Foundation in locking out the Staff of KPFA from their workplace. The assault on KPFA Staff by Management’s armed goon squad will never be forgotten and is a cri...
Ted K., the CIA & LSD
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
July 15, 1999 Ted K., the CIA & LSD It turns out that Theodore Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber, was a volunteer in mind-control experiments sponsored by the CIA at Harvard in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Michael Mello, author of the recently published bo...
Explosive Pacifica Radio Memo Raises Storm
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Here at CounterPunch we have always predicted that the end game of Pacifica’s national board would the sale of some or all of the 5-station network’s assets, worth some $300 million. Such a sale would finally destroy the listener-subscriber basis of this once ...
Lee “Tiny” Davis. Executed by the State of Florida on July 8, 1999
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
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Lee “Tiny” Davis. Executed by the State of Florida on July 8, 1999
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
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RACE AND POWER AT PACIFICA RADIO
Rafael Renteria
former programming and news director, KPFT Houston DIVERSITY AND POWER: THE POLITICS OF DISTORTION A storm has been unleashed in the struggle over the direction of Pacifica station KPFA in Berkeley, and the battle between rebellious staff and listener-sponsors there,...
Lee “Tiny” Davis. Executed by the State of Florida on July 8, 1999.
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Lee “Tiny” Davis. Executed by the State of Florida on July 8, 1999. More Davis photos: Davis Photo 1. Davis Photo 3. ...
Pacifica Chairman Berry Urges Janet Reno to Pressure Berkeley Cops
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The new crisis at KPFA, the Pacifica flagship station in the Bay Area broke out on Sunday, June 13 when 22-year KPFA veteran Robbie Osman explained to listeners that Pacifica exec director Lynn Chadwick was a liar. Osman explained that Chadwick was planning to attend the ...
Lawsuit Readied to Reverse Takeover By Pacifica Foundation Directors
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Legal counsel for community members from Local Advisory Boards of FM radio stations KPFK (Los Angeles), KPFA (Berkeley) and WBAI (New York), has informed the Pacifica Foundation, which owns the non-commercial stations, that they will take legal action unless Pacifica̵...
Cambodia to Kosovo
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
No doubt about it. We’re heading straight for the quagmire. These days there are so many ghosts from the Vietnam era hovering behind every headline about the war on Serbia, you can practically hear them clanking their chains. General Westmoreland, sorry, General Cla...
COLLATERAL DAMAGE
Tariq Ali, Howard Brenton & Andy De La Tour
A One-Act Play on the Balkan War By Tariq Ali, Howard Brenton & Andy de la Tour A dining table. Ten places. DANIEL and LEONIE celebrating DANIEL’s 50th birthday with a few friends due in an hour. LEONIE is sorting out the place names. DANIEL is organising th...
Meet Max Antoine: New Jersey’s Louima
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Is there a rationing policy by the press that we are allowed only one atrocity against a Haitian per decade? While the recent guilty plea of Justin Volpe in the Abner Louima torture trial generated some headlines, an equally brutal incident in Irvington, NJ, has passed by...
Sierra Club Board Member Gets Money from Chevron and Freeport McMoran
Bernardo Issel
The Sierra Club has been a leading critic of corporate polluter funding of politicians and of corporations trying to greenwash their record. So it is with great surprise to find that Sierra Club Director Anne Ehrlich benefits from donations from Chevron and other interest...
A Truly Heroic Resistance
Jared Israel
As an American, I have not been affected in the same way Serbian and Serbian-American people have been by the horrible bombing. At the same time, as a thinking person, I find the “peace agreement,” as published by the AP, most disturbing. For 7...
The War on Rigoberta
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
There can be little doubt that the publishers of David Stoll’s book,Rigoberta Menchu and the Story of all Poor Guatemalans are highly gratifiedat the readiness of the New York Times, in a front-page “special report”by Larry Rohter subtitled “Tarnis...
Who NATO Killed
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Since the Nato airstrikes began on March 24 Serb officials say more than 2,000 civilians have been killed and more than 7,500 wounded. Nato has owned up to bombing raids and missile attacks that have killed 460 civilians, according to a tally by Agence France-Presse. By a...
BODY COUNT:
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The Civilian Casualties of Nato’s Bombing ? ?During the first month of the war on Yugoslavia,the NATO planes and cruise missile made over 10,000 at...
DAMNING ADMISSIONS:
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Just under two years ago John Deutch, at that time director of the CIA,traveled to a town meeting in South Central Los Angeles to confront a communityoutraged by charges that the Agency had been complicit in the importingof cocaine into California in the 1980s. Amid heate...
Chevron’s Big Bang
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
In the Bay Area in California the Chevron refinery is,naturally, in the poor part of the Contra Costa county. The nearest youraverage middle-class person gets to Richmond is on Highway 580 or Interstate80, rolling up towards Sacramento or Marin County. The town of Richmon...
IN THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
RE: William J. Clinton, Madeleine Albright, William S. Cohen, Tony Blair, Robin Cook, George Robertson, Javier Solana, Jamie Shea, Wesley K. Clark, Harold W. German, Konrad Freytag. D.J.G. Wilby, Fabrizio Maltinti, Giuseppe Marani, Daniel P. Leaf, Jean Chr?tien, L...
Arkansas Bloodsuckers
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The year Bill Clinton became governor of Arkansas, the Arkansas state prison board awarded a lucrative contract to a Little Rock company called Health Management Associates or HMA. The company was paid $3 million a year to run medical services for the state’s troubl...
Meet the Real Gen. Clark
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Anyone seeking to understand the bloody fiasco of the Serbian war need hardly look further than the person of the beribboned Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley K. Clark. Politicians and journalists are generally according him a respectful hearing as he discourses on...
The Politics of Hurricane Mitch
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
There’s nothing “natural” about the awful disasterof Hurricane Mitch. Those thousands of lives were lost to mud, water, hunger,disease though human agency. Hillsides dissolved and shanty towns vanishedin the floodwaters because of economic and political ...