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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 Delta Force Was There
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Amid NATO military supremo Wesley Clark’s onslaught on the civilians of Serbia the question arose: did Clark hone his civilian-killing skills at Waco, where the FBI oversaw the largest single spasm of slaughter of civilians by law enforcement in US history, when...
A Letter from Gregor Gysi to Slobodan Milosevic
Gregor Gysi
to Slobodan Milosevic Gregor Gysi is the chair of the delegation of the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) in the German Bundestag. Dear Mr. President, Mindful of our conversation of April 14, 1999 I am writing you this letter. Once again I stre...
David Brower’s Letter
Dave Brower
Chuck McGrady has asked me to repudiate your “Whither the Sierra Club?” article, but, with no knowledge of your sources, I have no basis for correcting any of its data. I think the objecting members of the Board can repudiate these on their own, if the...
The Horrors of Senator John McCain
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The top war-monger in Congress has been Senator John McCain, Republican from Arizona, seeker of the Republican presidential nomination. In one rhetorical bombing run after another, McCain has bellowed for “lights out in Belgrade” and for NATO to “cream&#...
NATO’s Balkan War: Finding an Honorable Exit
Jim Jatras
Let me state at the outset that my remarks here today do not represent any Senate office or member. Rather, I am giving my professional judgement as a policy analyst and my personal opinion, for both of which I am solely responsible. The rationale for U.S. inte...
Letter From a Traveller to the President of the Republic
R?gis Debray
On returning from Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo I feel morally bound to pass my impression on to you: I am afraid, Monsieur le Pr?sident, that we are taking a wrong turning. You are a practical man. You have little time for the intellectuals who fill the media with grandil...
US shuts down Yugoslav Internet
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Dear sirs, We have reliable information that the US Government ordered Loral Orion company to shut down its satellite feeds for Internet customers in Yugoslavia. This action might be taken as soon as later tonight or tomorrow (May 12 or 13, 1999). ...
Warhawks at 501 North Calvert Street
Bill Hughes
Last week, I was standing in the checkout line at Eddie’s Market in Charles Village. I noticed a legal size pad lying next to the front window, with a long list of signatures on it. So, I picked it up. The paper was entitled, “Petition.” It was a...
Congressman Bernie Sanders
Jeremy Brecher
2202 Rayburn BuildingWashington, DC, 20515Dear Bernie,This letter explains the matters of consciencethat have led me to resign from your staff.I believe that every individual must have somelimit to what acts of military violence they are willi...
INTERNAL DOCUMENTS FROM GERMANY’S FOREIGN OFFICE REGARDING PRE-BOMBARDMENT GENOCIDE IN KOSOVO
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
INTERNAL DOCUMENTS FROM GERMANY’S FOREIGN OFFICE REGARDING PRE-BOMBARDMENT GENOCIDE IN KOSOVO Collected by International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms 1: Opinion of the Upper Administrative Court at Mnster, March 11, 1...
Quebec Diary
Jennifer Berkshire
April 20 Too Much Trouble More details continue to surface regarding the six `activists` seized by Canadian police earlier this week. According to a spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the six are “leaders of a violent anarchist cell,“ and ...
Did the CIA Poison Paul Robeson?
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Paul Robeson, the black actor, singer, andpolitical radical, may have been a victim of CIA chemist SidneyGottlieb’s MK-ULTRA program. In our la...
FORENSIC REPORT SHEDS NEW LIGHT ON THE BOMBING OF JUDI BARI
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Nearly nine years after a homemade bomb almostkilled forest activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney in their car in Oakland,Don Foster, the scholar who made his reputation by identifying Joe Kleinas the “Anonymous” of Primary Colors, has buttressed suggestionsb...
The Neutering of Pacifica
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Those involved with public radio are sadly familiar with the largelysilent privatization of the small slice of the FM broadcast spectrum setaside for non-commercial purposes. At small public radio outlets, the processhas often been brutally abrupt, with little resistan...