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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 February 2001
New Labor, New Bombs
Tariq Ali
As the future ripens in the past, so the past rots in the present. American leaders have long been used to treating the cracked British vase as a pisspot, but Attlee and Wilson, while dutifully kissing ass in the White House, did , at least, attempt to restrict an...
W: First Blood
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Bombing the Iraqis should properly be listed as part of the Inaugural ceremonies, a man not being truly President of the United States till he drops high explosive on Baghdad or environs. The new team evidently felt that the Commander in Chief could not be allowed to ...
W: First Blood
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Bombing the Iraqis should properly be listed as part of the Inaugural ceremonies, a man not being truly President of the United States till he drops high explosive on Baghdad or environs. The new team evidently felt that the Commander in Chief could not be allowed to ...
Hate Versus Death
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Almost every week, it seems, we get to read about some state execution, performed or imminent, wreathed in the usual toxic fog of various prejudices, or incompetency of counsel, or prosecutorial misconduct. Take the recent execution in Ashcroft country, February 7,...
Hate Versus Death
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Almost every week, it seems, we get to read about some state execution, performed or imminent, wreathed in the usual toxic fog of various prejudices, or incompetency of counsel, or prosecutorial misconduct. Take the recent execution in Ashcroft country, Februar...
Hail to the Mayor
Alexander Cockburn
Has art ever had a more gallant champion than Mayor Rudy Giuliani? We cannot as yet set him beside Pope Julius II as a patron of the arts, but give the man time. The only danger is that by the stridency of his onslaught on the Brooklyn Museum’s latest, rathe...
Swift, Twain, Browning? Nah, It’s Eminem
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Swift, Twain, Browning?Nah, It’s Eminem“My little sister’sbirthday, she’ll remember me For a gift I had ten of my boys take her virginity (“Mmm-mm-mmm!”) And bitches know me as a horny-ass freak Their mother wasn’t ...
Swift, Twain, Browning? Nah, It’s Eminem
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Swift, Twain, Browning? Nah, It’s Eminem “My little sister’s birthday, she’ll remember me For a gift I had ten of my boys take her virginity (“Mmm-mm-mmm!”) And bitches know me as a horny-ass freak Their mother wasn...
The Last, Great Alaskan Oil Rush
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
When it comes to oil politics and Alaska the Bush administration and the environmental movement are already treading the measures of a familiar dance. President Bush has insisting on the urgency of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He points to a su...
Clinton Comes to Harlem
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Bill Clinton now proposes to establish an office in Harlem, on 125th street, scarce more than a few stone throws away from where Gore delivers homilies to journalism students in Columbia University. Each has found his appropriate setting: the defeated veep pouring earnest...
The Crimes of Ariel Sharon
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR and ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Some incorrigible optimists have suggested that only a right-wing extremist of the notoriety of Likud leader Ariel Sharon will have the credentials to broker any sort of lasting settlement with the Palestinians. Maybe so. History is not devoid of such examples. But Sharon...
Radioactive War
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
At the close of the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was denounced as a ferocious villain for ordering his retreating troops to destroy Kuwaiti oil fields, clotting the air with poisonous clouds of black smoke and saturating the ground with swamps of crude. It was justly call...