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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 2001
Moving Toward a Police State
Michael Ratner HumanRightsNow.org
I live a few blocks from the World Trade Center. In New York, we are still mourning the loss of so many after the attacks on our city. We want to arrest and punish the terrorists, eliminate the terrorist network and prevent future attacks. But the government’s decla...
How Britain’s Public TV Channel 4 Killed V.S. Naipaul’s Mr Biswas
Tariq Ali
This is the story of why V.S. Naipaul’s comic masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas, whi...
Plain Truths About Palestine
Sam Bahour
The mirage of positive movement in the deadly gridlock between Israelis and Palestinians continued today, uninterrupted by reality. Following US President George Bush’s footsteps, US Secretary of State Colin Powell, during a major Middle East policy address ...
Suicidal Ignorance
Edward Said
The extraordinary turbulence of the present moment during the US military campaign against Afghanistan, now in the middle of its second month, has crystallised a number of themes and counter themes that deserve some clarification here. I shall list them without to...
A Blow for Peace
Kalpana Sharma
The Hindu Her weapon was a red carnation. Her enemy was war. And she struck a royal ch...
FDR’s Troublesome Precedent for Bush’s Terror Courts
Tony Mauro American Lawyer Media
Only a month earlier, the FBI had arrested eight German saboteurs intent on blowing up American factories, bridges and department stores. Now, on July 23, 1942, the lawyers for the Germans and U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle found themselves at the Pennsylvani...
Shame on You, Chelsea Clinton!
Jonathan D Farley
Oxford’s ornately decorated town hall was brimming with people. So many people… All of them there to protest against the war in Afghanistan. Well, almost all of them. On my way to the meeting, I had seen a group of students standing outside the hall, on...
American Crusades
C. G. Estabrook
A generation ago the US launched wars against poor countries in Southeast Asia and killed millions; Americans were told that it was a necessary step in the crusade against communism. Now in the midst of a war against a poor county in Southwest Asia, we are told th...
Terror and Empire
Robin Blackburn
It often seems that the more spectacularly successful an act of terror is, the more counter-productive its consequences. This is especially the case when the terror is expressive rather than instrumental, inspired by religion and not politics. The actions undertaken by th...
Terror and Empire
Robin Blackburn
It is just possible that international action against terrorism, often a comparatively small-scale threat, could pave the way to international accords which remove the far greater–but now not entirely unrelated–terror of nuclear war. It could furnish a positiv...
Terror and Empire
Robin Blackburn
The flaw in the US proclamation of itself as the arbiter of global terror is not only its past record, but also its continuing imperial disposition and the readiness of US leaders to discount political and social considerations in favour of a stark opposition of good and ...
Here Are Voices of Muslim Feminists
Fawzia Afzal-Khan
Salman Rushdie tells us in his Op-Ed essay in the New York Times (Friday, Nov 2, 2001), that “highly motivated organizations of Muslim men”-whom he labels “Islamists”-have been “engaged over the last 30 years or so in growing radical ...
What to Watch for in Afghanistan
Zoltan Grossman
The fall of Kabul and other Afghan cities has led many Americans to believe that the war is swiftly drawing to a close. The U.S. media is creating the impression that the takeover has brought 23 years of war, instability and oppression to an end. Nothing could be ...
Terror and Empire
Robin Blackburn
The terrorist coup of September 11 set the scene for the resurgence of an imperial presidency. This was initially concealed by Bush’s dithering on the day itself. Yet his first words insisted that the nation was at war and that reprisals would be visited not only on...
A Vietnam Veteran’s View: What We Leave Behind
Tom Baxter
“Landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) will continue to maim and kill Vietnamese for another 30 to 50 years despite recent efforts to tackle the problem, a prominent U.S. veteran of the Vietnam War said Monday. Jan Scruggs, president of the Vi...
Terror and Empire
Robin Blackburn
In the month or so following September 11 an astonishing picture emerged of the extent to which Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda and the Taliban had been enjoying crucial support from supposed US friends and client states. It became clear that a steady stream of financial contri...
Terror and Empire
Robin Blackburn
Today, the Middle East and the Muslim world are caught up in the maelstrom of modernity and democracy that perturb the entire globe. Its peoples crave a better life, a degree of respect, and a say in how their countries are run, and have done for a long time past. Autocra...
Blasting our way to peace
George Monbiot
The Guardian The armchair warriors have proved no more merciful in victory than the Northern Alliance. Yesterday’s Sun g...
War Against the Planet
Vijay Prashad
President George W. Bush of the United States appeared on television sets across the world on the 11th of September and declared War Against the Planet. Not only will those who committed the dreadful crimes of the morning be brought to justice, he declared, but so too wi...
RAWA: The People of Afghanistan Do Not Accept Rule by Northern Alliance
CounterPunch Wire
Now it is confirmed that the Taliban have left Kabul and the Northern Alliance has entered the city. The world should understand that the Northern Alliance is composed of some bands who did show their real criminal and inhuman nature when they were ruling Afghanis...
Everything Has Changed
Jack McCarthy
The psychic toll of the Sept 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the recent plane crash of an American Airlines jet in Queens New York may well be incalculable. Still there are signs everywhere that mental illness and morbidity are t...
Kill, Kill, Kill
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
In a recent interview with the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, Osama bin Laden justified the killing of innocent Americans this way : “If an enemy occupies a Muslim territory and uses common people as human shield, then it is permitted to attack that enemy....
Afghanistan, the Puzzle Palace
Steve Perry
When Mazar-e-Sharif fell last Friday, U.S. war planners and pundits sent their warm regards to the brave boys of the Northern Alliance. Taking Mazar meant an allied supply route through the heart of the country, they burbled-a felicitous turn of events that stood...
Press Harder on Afghanistan
Robert Jensen And Rahul Mahajan
At at time when U.S. journalists could hardly have fallen in line more quickly and completely with government officials, it’s ironic that the most common criticism of the news media has been that they have “gone negative” and been too critical in...
Preventing Future Terrorism
Harry Browne It Is Time For President Bush To Stop The Cheer-leading And Speak The Truth.
It is time for President Bush to stop the cheer-leading and speak the truth. He said last Thursday, “This great nation will never be intimidated. . . . Life in America is going forward.” Who is he trying to kid? Last Friday at Los Angeles airport...
The Great Unificator
David Vest
After floating the idea that Bill Clinton may have been a KGB agent while studying abroad, charging him with the murder of Vince Foster, hounding him through the swamps of Whitewater, all without result, and impeaching him for lying about sex with an intern, only to see...
Tenth Anniversary of Massacre Prompts Calls for Justice for East Timor
CounterPunch Wire
On the tenth anniversary of the Santa Cruz Massacre in East Timor, the East Timor Action Network (ETAN) called for justice for its victims and the many others harmed by since Indonesia’s invasion and occupation of the territory in 1975. The 1991 massacre —...
Veterans Day, 2001
Peter P. Mahoney
November 11. Most people would probably think of this date as the two-month anniversary of “the day that changed everything”. It is also Veterans Day. It used to be called Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I, the “war to end all war...
Expanding NATO Is a Bad Idea
Rep. Ron Paul
America’s founders, having survived a violent and protracted struggle to break away from England, shared a belief that their fledgling nation should be free from foreign entanglements. Thomas Jefferson’s well-known quote- “Peace, commerce, and ho...
My Day at the Airport
Nancy Oden
On Thursday, November 1, 2001, I left my farmhouse on the North Coast of Maine, where I’m an organic grower, and headed for the Bangor International Airport in Bangor, Maine. I was dressed conservatively in a long, brown skirt with a matching jacket and turt...
Goodbye to Patriotism
Robert Jensen
This summer I wrote a book review for an academic journal — one of those terribly important pieces of writing that will be read by tens and tens of people, some of them actually people outside my own family. The book is about the history of governmental rest...
The Field of Battle
Robin Blackburn
It is inherent in the concept of a terrorist act that it aims at an effect very much larger than the direct physical destruction it causes. Proponents of what used to be called the ‘propaganda of the deed’ also believed that in the illuminating glare of terror...
Backstabbing Nancy Oden
Bruce Kyle
Bangor Daily News There are two things you need to know about Nancy Oden. She always laughs. She never gives an inch. I’ve known those things for more than a dozen years. So when the story broke last week that someone had been rousted out of B...
Torture By Proxy
Karen L. Snell The Recorder
To the French, Kenneth Starr is known as the “Ayatollah sexuelle,” but after his recent comments in The Washington Post suggesting that we should cast aside traditional civil liberties in the fight against terrorism, just plain “Ayatollah” seems mo...
The Wide World of Torture
Alexander Cockburn
Open the November 5 edition of Newsweek and here’s Jonathan Alter, munching coyly on the week’s hot topic, namely the propriety of the FBI torturing obdurate September 11 suspects in the Bureau’s custody here in the United States. Alter says no t...
A New Kind of Activism
John Troyer
Last Friday night, a good friend of mine and I were discussing the efficacy of violent property damage as a viable form of civil protest. The discussion began with the trial of Sarah Jane Olsen in Los Angeles and the work of the Symbionese Liberation Army during t...
La Jornada Interview
La Jornada
Q.: How would you characterize the current conflict? Is it a “clash of civilizations”, a “New Holy War”, a national liberation struggle, a conflict between the Arab oil elite and the dollar elite, or none of the above? Tariq Ali: No...
Seeking Opposition to the War
Grover Furr
I. The elephant in the living room How do you hide an elephant in your living room? You can’t hide it. So, you pretend it’s not there. If you’re the American news media. Where’s the elephant? In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded A...
The Cipro Rip Off
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Confronted with the prospect of bioterrorism on a massive scale, the Bush administration and the pharmaceutical industry have colluded to protect patent monopolies rather than the public health. When the anthrax scare first hit, Cipro was understood to be t...
Footnotes
Douglas Valentine
Footnotes 1 Does Thornberg’s statement, which sounds so much like Sen. Bob Kerrey’s recent confession about his unpunished massacre of civilians inVietnam, for which he fradulently accepted a gold star, mean that America already does, as a matter of ...
The Turning Point
Douglas Valentine
The take-over of the American Embassy in Tehran on 4 November 1979 propelled Howard Bane and the Office on Terrorism into the limelight. Twenty-one years later, the CIA is still reeling from the event, which saw all its files fall into enemy hands, and every one of its ag...
The Counter-Terror Network
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The CIA’s counter-terror network, as established by William Casey, was a direct descendant of the counter-intelligence special operations unit, CHAOS, formed by James Angleton in August 1967, specifically to spy on the New Left and other radical political groups...
Phoenix, Chaos, The Enterprise, and The Politics of Terror In America
Douglas Valentine
Prior to the 11 September terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, two conditions defined American politics. In regard to foreign affairs, the United States was universally recognized as the world’s only super power. And today that condition remain...
Screwing the Greens?
Mitchel Cohen
For the last few days, a letter written by Walt Sheasby of California has been making the rounds in which the author discounts and seeks to discredit the ordeal faced by Green Party USA co-coordinator Nancy Oden at the Bangor Maine International airport. A press r...
Phoenix And The Anatomy Of Terror
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Ledeen is seriously proposing that the Bush Administration conduct a counter-terror campaign against its political opposition in America, through its nascent domestic political police force, the OHS. But this impending attack has yet to begin, and there is still time ...
The Last Decade
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Michael Ledeen, who was forced from the Reagan Administration after the Iran arms fiasco became public, described George Bush in the 20 August 1987 Boston Globe as “the most powerful man” in America.” And after his election, Bush tried his hardest to pro...
Chaos And Political Terrorism In America
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The similarities between the Phoenix Program and the OHS are obvious, and with its computerized database of terrorist suspects, Phoenix is certainly the organizational model for an OHS-style counter-terror program based on “intelligence coordination and exploitation...
Anti-War School Girl Gets Boot
Michael Colby
Civil liberties are often the first casualties of war, just ask the 15-year old sophomore from Charleston, West Virginia who wanted to start a high school club that opposed the U.S. war on Afghanistan. Katie Sierra, a self-described anarchist, not only wanted to s...
The Terrorism Account Goes Underground
Douglas Valentine
As noted earlier, terrorism and counter-terrorism are the same thing, and as Michael McClintock notes in Instruments of Statecraft, CIA instructors in the early 1970s “trained students in making criminal terrorist devices and in assassination methods.” A four-...
Placebo Peace Initiative
Sam Bahour And Michael Dahan
The new Israeli “peace initiative” drafted by Israel’s Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, is no more than a placebo for internal Israeli consumption and consumption by the US and Europe in response to t...