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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 October 2001
The Rout That Wasn’t
David Vest What If They Proclaimed A Rout And Nobody Ran Away?
What if they proclaimed a rout and nobody ran away? The headlong retreat of the Sierra Club (and others) from any stance that could be construed as critical of the administration may have led wishful thinkers to assume that American progressives, leftists, radicals...
Send in the Cons
David Vest
Someone writes to me in favor of arming the populace for national defense, on the ground that terrorists would be reluctant to board any airplane knowing that the entire complement of passengers was armed. So, of course, would anyone else in his right mind. ...
The FBI and Civil Liberties
Ronnie Gilbert
For the second time in my life — at least — a group that I belong to is being investigated by the FBI. The first was the Weavers. The Weavers were a recording industry phenomenon. In 1950 we recorded a couple of songs from our American/World folk music...
The Road to Armageddon
Robin Blackburn
As the high-jacked planes swooped towards the World Trade Center and Pentagon a meeting of the Organisation of American States in Lima assembled to ratify a new charter that outlawed not simply old-fashioned military coups but also what it called ‘an unconstitutiona...
Tough Talk May Backfire
Rahul Mahajan And Robert Jensen
Although tough talk from the president may seem reassuring, the Bush administration’s confrontational posture is likely to exacerbate the threat of terrorist attacks. The diplomatic ultimatum — “either you are with us or you are with the t...
Hitchens And Coulter Together At Last
Peter Bell
Christopher Hitchens shows a surprising reversion to British mental reflex in his commentaries on the recent events in New York and Washington. I gather he’s been watching a lot of Fox programming, or perhaps Rupert Murdoch’s British station....
Clear Channel Fires Davey D
Jeff Chang
David “DAVEY D” Cook was on October 1st by Clear Channel Communications from his post as Community Affairs Director person at 106.1 KMEL-FM in San Francisco, CA. Most of you may know his work as a committed young progressive activist of color a...
In Afghanistan
Patrick Cockburn
in the Panjshir Valley The Independent Soldiers of the Afghan opposition will launch ground attacks on the Taliban only when the US begins military action in Afghanistan, a senior general of the Northern Alliance has said. General Feisal Ahmed Hazimi, a vet...
America’s No Longer Unique
Ariel Dorfman
During the past 28 years, 11 September has been a date of mourning, for me and millions of others, ever since that Tuesday in 1973 when Chile lost its democracy in a military coup, that day when death irrevocably entered our lives and changed us forever. And now, ...
A War of Lies
Rahul Mahajan And Robert Jensen
A war that is supposed to help feed the desperate people of Afghanistan will in fact help starve them. A war supposedly brought on by Taliban intransigence was actually provoked by our own government. A war that the majority of the American people be...
Doctor Watson in Afghanistan
Lennie Brenner
It’s said that there is nothing like being hung in the morning to focus the mind. An oncoming war in Afghanistan serves the same function. Doing research on the country, I came across a literary curiosity. It is central to the creation of two of literature&#...
The Trap
Kevin Alexander Gray
It’s impossible not to feel for the family and friends of those who died so violently on 9/11. The pain will linger for many years to come. Still, while I understand and feel anguish, pain and uncertainty I can’t support more killing as a response to k...
Kow-Towing to US Demands
Norman Madarasz
Canadians are known to display a strange sense of national identity. Most of them bitterly contest the right of one of its provinces–the nation of French Canadians, Quebec–to gain its independence from what it views as an illegitimate federation. Engli...
A Crusade Without A Definition
John Chuckman
How well I remember the first terrifying words in our press. They were terrifying because they did not report, did not analyze, but only incited rage. It was the beginning of the murderous, pointless war in Vietnam, the bloodiest part of a postwar “crusade&#...
"No Palestinian Ever Called Me Nigger"
Lorenzo Komboa Ervin
Curtis Gatewood is the outspoken leader of the Durham, North Carolina branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He recently made “controversial”, though truthful and courageous remarks denouncing the United State...
A Vietnam Vet on Patriotism and Terrorism
Richard Manning
It has not at all changed since 11 September. In fact, real patriotism barely exists. Since learning–firstly, as a civilian intelligence officer managing a Vietnam Province, 1967/8–just how consistently our government lies, fabricates and covers...
Ashcroft’s Scary Gambit
Steve Perry
Over the weekend attorney general John Ashcroft took to the airwaves to warn of the likelihood of another terrorist attack on American soil in the days to come. On Sunday and Monday nearly every major American news outlet followed his lead. The papers were full of dire ru...
Inside an Afghan Hospital
Patrick Cockburn In The Panjshir Valley The Independent
Dr Gino Strada, the Italian surgeon who succeeded against all the odds in building the only modern hospital in Afghanistan ? its operating tables had to be delivered strapped to the backs of camels ? shakes his head in anger. He and Kate Rowlands, the hospital administrat...
Memo to Christopher Hitchens
Noam Chomsky
I have been asked to respond to recent articles in The Nation by Christopher Hitchens, and after refusing several times, will do ...
Fear, Food and War
Rahul Mahajan And Robert Jensen
Nearly three weeks have passed since Sept. 11, and the United States has yet to launch a military offensive in the new unlimited global war on terrorism that President Bush declared on Sept. 20. Combined with news reports that Secretary of State Colin Powel...
Homeland Insecurity
Douglas Valentine
Under Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, the Homeland Security Office will coordinate 46 government agencies against terrorist suspects in the United States. Ridge will perform this function in conjunction with Bush’s deputy national security advisor, Army Gen...
Stop Bush’s Killing
Carl Estabrook
The clowns in Washington seem determined to have a war, cheered on by corporate media who have abandoned even the pretense of objectivity. (The “news” on television considers with ponderous seriousness whether failing to support Bush’s proposed bombing c...
Tarnished Star
Jeffrey St. Clair And Alexander Cockburn
The new director of the Office of Homeland Security, Tom “T-Bone” Ridge, has been widely hailed as a hero of the Vietnam War. But there’s something screwy about Ridge’s Bronze Star. Ridge was drafted in 1968 while he was in his seco...
Refuting Michael Kinsley
Hizam Bitar
This time Michael Kinsley goes for the jugular (When Is Racial Profiling Okay, Sep...