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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 November 2000
What Seattle Wrought
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Exactly this time a year ago a truly prescient person monitoring bus,car and plane traffic into the city of Seattle could have predicted that Al Gore’s presidential bid faced serious trouble on its left. The mostly young people pouring up Interstate 5 from Oregon an...
‘Torture Them’
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Do we want a Vice President who endorses illegal detention and torture of Palestinians? Anthony Cordesman, a national security type frequently deployed as a television pundit, recently posted a paper on the website for the Washington-based Center for Strategic and Interna...
Voting Without Tears: How To Hold Your Nose Without Spoiling Your Ballot Paper
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
See what happens when they say “Hold your nose and vote for Al Gore”. Those elderly Jews in Palm Beach county tried to do just that. It’s tough to read a ballot paper properly when you’re trying to squint round the side of your hand. Try it yoursel...
Election 2000: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
So it all came out right in the end: gridlock on the Hill and Nader blamed for sabotaging Al Gore. First a word about gridlock. We like it. No bold initiatives, like privatizing Social Security or shoving through vouchers. No ultra-right-wingers making i...
David Ross Brower, 1912-2000
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Nature’s mightiest defender in these United States died Sunday in Berkeley, California, 88 years after he entered the world in that same city. His life thus briefly interesected with that of the greatest green champion of the nineteenth century, John Muir who died i...
David Ross Brower, 1912-2000
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Nature’s mightiest defender in these United States died Sunday in Berkeley, California, 88 years after he entered the world in that same city. His life thus briefly interesected with that of the greatest green champion of the nineteenth century, John Muir who died i...
Shattered Promises Toxic Town, Sick Kids
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The first environmental promise Al Gore made in the 1992 campaign, he soon shattered. It involved the WTI hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio, built on a floodplain near the Ohio River. The plant, one of the largest of its kind in the world, ...
Sen. Grams’ Demon Seed For Minnesota
Steve Perry
Senator Rod Grams, a perennial toast of such groups as the American Conservative Union and the Christian Coalition-which recently proclaimed him “a solid voice for pro-family issues”-September was one bad month. On the 24th Grams’s 22-...
A Letter to Gloria Steinem
Ellen Johnson
Dear Ms. Steinem: Congratulations! Having received dozens of emails this week asking me to “do the right thing” and vote for Gore, I rate your “Top Ten Reasons Why I’m not Voting for Nader” as the most inane...
The Spook Who Would Be a Congressman
Douglas Valentine
Congressional candidate Robert Simmons vehemently denies that he committed war crimes while serving...
Dems Panic, Slime Nader!
Susan Davis
It’s Tuesday, Nov. 1 , and there’s only a week to go til the presidential election. All signs are that the Gore people are in full, flat-out panic mode, doing everything possible to frighten Nader voters into thinking that a vote for Ralph is a vote for W. Bus...
Political Sadism
Jeffrey St. Clair
In the third presidential debate, Al Gore tried to intimidate George W. Bush, stalking him around the stage, getting into his space, trash talking. He was Alpha on steroids. It didn’t work. Bush simply gave Gore the once over and smirked, as if heR...
Get Nader!
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
A political culture is under siege. Hear the panic as the waters pour into Atlantis. Jesse Jackson cries out that “Our very lives are at stake.” Paul Wellstone quavers that George W. Bush will “repeal the twentieth centur...