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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 September 2001
Hip-Hop Must Call For Peace
Jeff Chang
This past weekend, as we mourned the countless victims of 9/11 and built with each other in passionate conversations on what to do next, President George W. Bush finally and unequivocally declared war. He ordered a call-up of 50,000 reservists?the first ste...
What I Think I’ve Seen
Ali Zaoua
My name is not Ali Zaoua. Ali Zaoua is the title of a Moroccan movie directed by. It is also the name of the main character in the movie, a homeless kid in the streets of Casablanca who dreams of a better life as a skipper on a boat. Why a boat??? Maybe because ...
Countering the Lynch Mob
Steven Alan Carr
As Pearl Harbor emerges as the metaphor of choice to describe September 11th’s horrendous sequence of events, screaming for World War III may be the worst response to this tragedy. December 7th and September 11th share obvious parallels, as well as cr...
Now is the Time to Speak for Peace
Robert Jensen And Rahul Mahajan
The Bush administration has stolen from us the time to grieve. Americans, and people all over the world, should have had time to grieve for the victims of last week’s attacks. But the politicians have made it clear they want war — on anyone, at any ...
The Hunt for Bin Laden Zeroes Out
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The world’s most wanted man, now magnified in the US press to mythic reach and wealth, has been the target of some hilariously inept US missions, Patrick Cockburn reports from Moscow. “Russians are astonished by the US intelligence failure that...
Between the Lines
Steve Perry
Everything is different this time, as we have been reminded ceaselessly following Tuesday’s conflagrations. A new kind of guerrilla terror has come to our shores, engendering a new kind of war to be fought in the months and possibly years to come. It bears n...
The Hunt for Bin Laden Zeroes Out
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The world’s most wanted man, now magnified in the US press to mythic reach and wealth, has been the target of some hilariously inept US missions, Patrick Cockburn reports from Moscow. “Russians are astonished by the US intelligence failure that...
There Are Many Islams
Edward Said
Spectacular horror of the sort that struck New York (and to a lesser degree Washington) has ushered in a new world of unseen, unknown assailants, terror missions without political message, senseless destruction. For the residents of this wounded city, the consterna...
Homegrown Taliban
David Vest
Imagine that a couple of Muslim clerics go on TV a day or two after the September 11 attacks on America. Imagine one of them says that because America is so wicked, God has allowed its enemies to finally give America exactly what she deserves. And th...
There Are Many Islams
Edward Said
Spectacular horror of the sort that struck New York (and to a lesser degree Washington) has ushered in a new world of unseen, unknown assailants, terror missions without political message, senseless destruction. For the residents of this wounded city, the ...
An Architecture of Doom and Dread
Jeffrey St. Clair
These are days of lamentation: for the horrifying toll of the innocent dead, for the near certain prospect of thousands more-American and Middle Eastern-slated to die in the impending retaliatory strikes, and even for a weird kind of innocence and naivete that see...
War On Afghanistan?
Tamim Ansary
I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about “bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone Age.” Ronn Owens, on KGO Talk Radio today, allowed that this would mean killing innocent people, people who had nothing to do with this atrocity, but “we’re ...
An Iranian in Tucson
Moji Agha
Salaam from here and now About 30 hours after the tragedy, I am already tired although I got a few hours of nervous sleep last night. I am starting this journal today, Sept. 12, 2001. It is a few minutes after 2:00 PM here in Tucson, Arizona. I am sitting ...
More Aftershocks
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
CounterPunch Vindicated! We reported Friday on this site the exile of vice president Dick Cheney to Camp David. The White House line is that the threat of further terrorist assaults demand that the President and Vice President never been in same building. ...
Why I Will Not Rally Around the President
Robert Jensen
We are told that in this time of crisis, all good Americans should rally around the president and the flag. I will rally, but not around a leader calling for war or a symbol of nationalism. It is easy to understand the emotion behind the chanting of “U...
A Debate Between Bill O’Reilly and Law Professor Francis Boyle
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
A Debate Between Bill O’Reilly and Law Professor Francis Boyle [The following is a transcript of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor from September 13. CounterPunch friend Francis Boyle, a law professor at the University of Illinois, goes toe-to-toe with the rightwin...
Another Bush in the Bunker?
Jack McCarthy
Not only was president Bush all but missing in action after Tuesdays devastating attack on the World Center, his brother Jeb according to the St.Pete Times’ reporter Julie Hauserman, is also acting eerily disengaged. Asked about the Florida end of the...
Struggle for the Soul of the Nation
Rahul Mahajan
A couple of articles I wrote recently, condemning the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, DC, but also opposing the growing drive toward indiscriminate retaliation, have generated a flurry of responses. Many are of the condescending “realist...
The Terror Comes Home
Claire Mortimer
The images of trauma have taken me back to similar destruction and death that I witnessed first-hand in Central America in the eighties. I am also reminded of the crash of Swissair Flight 111 three years ago that killed my parents. I know what it feels like...
Aftershocks
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Is Camp David Cheney’s Siberia? When President Bush and the rest of America’s elites mustered on Friday in the National Cathedral for the service of prayer and remembrance, vice president Dick Cheney was nowhere to be seen. The official reason given fo...
“Get Us Bin Laden” Order from Bush Could Spark Pakistani Army Mutiny
Tariq Ali
On a trip to Pakistan a few years ago I was talking to an ex-General about the militant Islamist groups in the region. I asked him why these people, who had happily accepted funds and weapons from the United States throughout the Cold War, had become violently ant...
Now That We Are All Onsite
Don Moniak
I want to apologize upfront if this report strikes anyone as being cold and objective. The reason is that we all deal with traumatic events differently, not that I am considering applying for a job with the RAND Corporation. I spent much of Tuesday, September 11,...
A Quick Reaction
Noam Chomsky
The September 11 attacks were major atrocities. In terms of number of victims they do not reach the level of many others, for example, Clinton’s bombing of the Sudan with no credible pretext, destroying half its pharmaceutical supplies and probably killing tens ...
Detained in America
ELAINE CASSEL
Detained: Immigration Laws and the Expanding I.N.S. Jail Complex by Michael Welch (Te...
Sense and Nonsense About September 11
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Did Osama bin-Laden outwit US intelligence agencies in a deadly game of decoy or double bluff? CounterPunch has learned from two sources that a) three weeks before the attack of September 11 security at the World Trade Center was abruptly heightened and that b) six weeks ...
The Mythology of the War on Terrorism
WILLIAM BLUM
On November 8, three men were executed by the government of Indonesia for terrorist attacks on two night clubs in Bali in 2002 that took the lives of 202 people, more than half of whom were Australians, Britons and Americans. The Associated Press8 reported that "...
McCain, Obama and Clark
ROBERT FANTINA
It is a strange world indeed when the presidential candidate of one party basically endorses his opponent. Yet that is the situation that we now find ourselves in. On June 29, retired General Wesley Clark, who has endorsed Democratic Senator Barack Obama of Il...
9/11 and the Imperial Adventure in Afghanistan
LARRY EVEREST
The war in Afghanistan is not a "good war" gone bad. It’s been an unjust, imperialist war of conquest and empire from its inception. Part 1 documents the U.S. rulers’ efforts in the 1990s, after the Soviet Union’s collapse, to begin forgin...
Why the US and Israel Should Lose Middle East Wars
BILL CHRISTISON
Former CIA Analyst George W. Bush has once again thrown down the gauntlet. The Mideast wars of the United States, he announced to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention on August 22, must end only with a U.S. victory. He has not wavered in this posit...
Et Tu, George?
RA RAVISHANKAR
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Backg...
Who Saw It Coming?
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Tuesday’s onslaughts on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon are being likened to Pearl Harbor and the comparison is just. From the point of view of the assailants the attacks were near miracles of logistical calculation, timing, courage in execution and devastat...
Hot Air is Bad for Us
Alexander Cockburn
The current uproar over the posture of the Bush administration on global warming and, most recently, on power plant emissions vividly illustrate the political hypocrisy and opportunism imbuing debates on environmental issues. Take first global warming. The charge tha...
I Wonder Who’s Kissinger Now?
Carl Estabrook
When I was an undergraduate, a mediocre academic named Henry Kissinger taught a seminar that was attended by my late friend Perry Bullard, a fellow of infinite jest, who delighted in reciting for us at dinner Kissinger’s pomposities and ponderous platitudes on p...