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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 2002
Bush’s War is Obscene and Unjustifiable
DENIS J. HALLIDAY
(This is the text of Halliday’s remarks at the Cairo Conference Against US Aggression against Iraq on December 19.) This is a most knowledgeable assembly on matters relating to Iraq and Palestine. I am following a number of excellent speakers. And th...
Report from Colombia
MICHAEL WOLFF
We were able to meet with some of the Union members over in Colombia. We met with SINALTRAINAL–the food service worker’s union and the USO–the oil-workers. It was very inspiring. We looked at these union members as heroes. They are heroes. Many o...
Dr. Bill Frist, Moral Monster
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
We’ll come to Tennessee’s pussy hunter shortly, but first a word about his predecessor as Senate majority leader, that bruised son of Mississippi, Trent Lott. How was Lott finally induced to quit the post he loved so much, and from which vantage point ...
Walter the Weatherman Waits for God
ADAM ENGEL
So I’m in the same fetal position I’d crouched in 30 years ago, only it isn’t Time’s or Newsweek’s or CBSNBSABC news’ fault, but Walter the Weatherman’s. Crazy Walter the Weatherman ten years old. Baby-sitting the lad as a...
Let’s Build a Social Democracy
JOADY GUTHRIE
Let’s build a radically new Social Democracy in these United States in the years and decades ahead, modeled on the twelve Social Democracies of Europe: Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Luxenborg, Belgium, Holland, France, Italy and Spain. ...
A New Silent Majority?
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Last year around this time, President Bush said that 2002 would be a “war year”. Whatever else can be said about the President or his administration, he has made good on that promise. The enforcement of the No-fly Zone in Iraq, the facilitation of the ...
Caffeine and the First Amendment
JOHN BOROWSKI
Apparently, defending children from the perils of caffeine “upsets the applecart.” My principal informed me that “down town” a reference to the superintendent’s office was vexed by my overt and public criticism of our school district&...
A Pop Quiz on Korea
GARY LEUPP
(Choose the best answer. 3 points each. Answers at the end.) 1. In 1866 the U.S. merchant ship General Sherman defied the laws of Korea (then pursuing a policy of strict isolation) by entering Korean waters, and sailing up the Taedong River towards Pyongyan...
Almost Armchair Travel
ANNIE C. HIGGINS
I took a tour of the Palestinian territories over a six hour time span, quite swift considering the state of roads and roadblocks in the West Bank and Gaza. I did it the easy way, almost like armchair travel, but from one hospital bed to another at the Jordan Hosp...
The Roots Genius of Doug Sahm
DAVE MARSH
The weirdness of Doug Sahm’s stature as a roots music icon never really dawned on me ’til last year when I searched through a batch of vintage electric Dylan interviews. Starting as soon as “She’s About a Mover” hit the airwaves, Dyla...
The Source of Terror
SAUL LANDAU
We live in terrifying times. But into what context can we Americans place the terrorism we’ve recently experienced? Until 9/11 Americans could pretend that we were different, that God or something had truly blessed us. Yes, Al Qaeda tormentors tried to use a...
Bush’s War on the World’s Poor
CHRIS FLOYD
Each day, one turns to the latest news from the bowels of the Bush Regime with Dorothy Parker’s immortal words sounding in the mind like a tocsin: “What fresh hell is this?” Last week, the news was particularly shameful–and the ̶...
How the INS is Killing Music
SUSAN MARTINEZ
These days, the biggest hurdle for international artists who want to perform in the U.S. is getting their passport stamped. Even Grammy-award winning musicians have become prime victims of America’s post-9/11 Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Ac...
Draft Beer, Not Kids
RON JACOBS
CNN reported on January 30, 2002, that Senator Rangel of New York will introduce a bill in the next session of Congress that would reinstate the military draft. Rangel who voted against the recent congressional resolution authorizing Bush to use force in Iraq, cla...
Dressing to the Left
BEN TRIPP
Ladies and grrrls please note this piece is intended primarily for a male audience and contains gender-based secrets which most men would prefer remained unspoken, so if you must read the following, please have the good taste to act like you didn̵...
Becoming Peacemakers
DEENA METZGER
In mid October, after Congress voted the unelected American President extensive war powers to inflict the nightmare of modern technology on Iraq, a dream taught me that spirits are real. A woman’s face appeared above me, her features perfect, her polished sk...
Nadav’s Pre-election Coup?
URI AVNERY
The coming elections will be decided–and perhaps have already been decided–by an anonymous person, whose nom-de-guerre is “Nadav”. “Nadav” calls himself an “expert” in the service of the General Security Servi...
Arming for Armageddon
JOHN STANTON
In 2001, the US weapons industry controlled approximately 50 percent of the world arms market. The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) re...
The Second Hindu Country?
ROMI MAHAJAN
Some years ago, when I lived in Bombay, I sat in a meeting called by a Non-Resident Indian business man. There were about 30 high-level business leaders from India present and the NRI was explaining to them the need to create “a group, a network” of In...
Media Silence on Israeli Segregationism?
TARIF ABBOUSHI
Trent Lott’s recent and now-infamous faux pas precipitated an avalanche of media editorials, mostly calling on him to resign his post as U.S. senate majority leader. Lott’s statement that the country would have been better off if U.S. Senator Strom Thu...
Operation Provoke War
MARIA TOMCHICK
In recent weeks, the Bush administration has stepped up efforts to destabilize the Iraqi government, while aggressively deploying troops and ships in a manner that could provoke an attack from Iraq — and provide an excuse to start a war. Over the week...
A 9-to-5er’s New Year’s Revolution
PHILIP FARRUGGIO
OK here’s the deal: I don’t care if you earn $12k or $512k a year, if you work for your bread, then you’re part of the “Silent Majority”. Why silent? Well, take a seat and ponder the state of our America. The President, Congress and m...
Spielberg the Luddite?
JORDY CUMMINGS
Steven Spielberg says he is a Luddite. (Economist 12-02) Though he shares his stoney beard, this isn’t an indication of any Kacyzinski sympathies. No, Spielberg is actually speaking of an issue that is near and dear to my heart, as a cinephile and analogue-g...
Bush’s Bizarro Year in Review
JASON LEOPOLD
President Bush put a positive spin on the sagging economy in his last weekly radio address of the year Saturday, going as far as to say that so-called measures his administration has adopted this year has actually resulted in economic growth that continues to show...
How Bush Sr. Sold the Gulf War
MITCHEL COHEN
“The U.S. has a new credibility. What we say goes.” President George Bush, NBC Nightly News, Feb. 2, 1991 In October, 1990, a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, identified only as Nayirah, appeared in Washing...
How 9/11 Events Helped Democracy to Evolve Toward Perfection
JONATHAN SWIFT
We export Democracy big time, in the form of ideology (hold elections like ours and you’ll take a step toward political health or risk joining the axis of evil), entertainment (see Bay Watch, Dallas and Jerry Springer the finest quality T&A, treachery a...
The FBI’s Monkeywrench Alert
KURT NIMMO
Lockheed Martin, beware. There are property-destroying anarchists out there who may want to throw a monkey wrench in the works. These anarchists are determined to stop you from manufacturing the high-tech grist Bush and his neo-con world conquerors need to invade ...
The Power of Audacity
RICHARD PROCTER
The Bush/Rove Dynasty of Darkness understands the power of audacity. They want it ALL, RIGHT NOW, FOREVER, and they’re daring the Democrats to step up and stop them. And instead of stopping them, the Democrats are saying, “Ah, me too! Sort of…...
War Crimes, Us and Them
ABU SPINOZA
“If you do not like the image in the mirror do not break the mirror, break your face.” —Persian proverb Although the deceits and the corruption of the mainstream media is no secret, the ironies...
Saddam Delenda Est!
BRUCE JACKSON
In October 1990, when the George H.W. Bush administration was cranking up public support for the Gulf War, the House Human Rights Caucus took much-publicized testimony from a 15-year-old girl who told of having been a volunteer worker in the al-Addan hospital in K...
Dealing with Accusations of Anti-Semitism
LINDA BELANGER
Canada is in the midst of yet another debate on anti-Semitism. This time, the uproar was spurred by statements made by David Ahenakew a native leader and recipient of the Order of Canada. Mr. Ahenakew’s statement that Hitler was right “to fry 6 million...
Israeli Soldiers and Palestinian Youths
ANNIE C. HIGGINS
Nicole Gaouette recently presented a view of soldiers seeking healing after serving time in the occupied Palestinian territories [Where Israeli soldiers go to heal, The Christian Science Monitor, December 17, 2002]. On very rare occasions, they make attempts to be...
Clinton Boisvert, Sorry with a Capital S
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
As the 12/18 GUARDIAN put it, “Clinton Boisvert, a newly enrolled student at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, was arrested this week and charged with reckless endangerment after dreaming up one of the more provocative art projects of the post-Septembe...
Hardening the American Heart
SALIM RASHID
The weeks immediately following the tragedy of 9/11 showed some of the best features of the American spirit. Led by the White House, the media took pains to distinguish between the actions of a few and the beliefs of the many. Assuring the Muslim majority that the...
It’s the Occupation, Stupid!
LEAH HARRIS
On November 18, 2002, Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, the Program on Justice and Peace, and the Young Arab Leadership Alliance (YALA) co-sponsored a talk by Norman G. Finkelstein entitled “Prospects for Justice in Israel/P...
The Jihad International, Kashmir and Secularization
VIJAY PRASHAD
On the night of 19 December 2002, a group of men entered the home of Mohammed Sadiq in Hast village, Rajouri district, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. They killed his twenty-year old daughter Nosen Kousar. They then went down the road to Khalid AhmedR...
Call Me Johnson
ADAM ENGEL
  "To say someone is a Johnson means he keeps his word and honors his obligations. He’s a good man to do business with and a good man to have on your team. He is not a malicious, snooping, interfering self-righteous trouble-maki...
a Meditation on the Nature of Evil
TOM STEPHENS
Taking a walk on a snowy white Christmas morning, kicking up powdery snow and watching it settle on the white surface, seeing your shadow and footsteps moving on the face of the earth in the traditional season of peace and good will. Wondering about the inner jour...
Notes on the Cairo Conference
GARY LEUPP
On page A37 of the December 19 Boston Globe I found a Reuters article under the understated headline, “Egypt Conference: Activists share their concerns about war.” I had just flown home from Cairo, from this very significant event organized by the Po...
North Korea, Calling Dubya’s Bluff
KURT NIMMO
North Korea, part and parcel of the Dubya declared axis of evil, has torn the seals off its mothballed nuke plants, much to the dismay of the US, South Korea, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. The assumption is the sinister Stalinists in Pyongyang will s...
War Toys and the National Character
PIERRE TRISTAM
Children like to see things shot up, blown up, dismembered, distempered and digested, mayhem being their genes’ fresher remembrance of things Paleolithic than any more recent babble-tattle on sharing, caring and hugging. So every Christmas, while peace on Ea...
Christmas Eve in Bethlehem
NEVE GORDON
Jerusalem. At around 9:00 am, the first fifty Israelis passed the military checkpoint and climbed over the dirt barricade. They were entering Bethlehem, which is considered “Area A” of the Palestinian territories and therefore out of bounds for Israeli...
How the Grinch Stole the Pardons
ELAINE CASSEL
Two years ago, the Supreme Court was the Grinch that stole Christmas, stealing the election right out of the hands of the voters and giving the gift of the presidency to their appointee, George II. This year, it is George II himself who stole Christmas, iss...
An Open Letter to President Bush on the Torture of Al-Qaeda Suspects
KENNETH ROTH
Dear President Bush: Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned by allegations of torture and other mistreatment of suspected al-Qaeda detainees described in the Washington Post (“U.S. Decries Abuse but Defends Interrogations”) on December 26. The a...
Secular Steps in Preparing for War
NORMAN MADARASZ
Cairo was host to the most important anti-war congress held in the Arab world to date on December 18-19. Organized in haste given the imminent US strike and declared invasion of Iraq, not to mention the utter devastation of Palestinians and Palestinian land by Sha...
Against US Hegemony and War on Iraq and in Solidarity with Palestine
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The international meeting organized by the Egyptian Popular Campaign to Confront U.S Aggression was convened in Cairo on December 18 and 19 to launch the International Campaign. We, the participants reaffirm our resolve to stand in solidarity with the people of Ir...
Crossing Borders, Christmas in Iraq
KATHY KELLY
Nathan Musselman and I boarded the public bus that travels from Baghdad to Amman on Christmas Eve after an absurdly hurried packing job. Nathan had discovered, much to our dismay, that he unwittingly let his visa expire. "Sorry," said the Iraqi immigrati...
Refusing to Fight in Israel
JOANNE MARINER
Benjamin Netanyahu’s nephew is in jail. Having refused to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces–an army whose actions, he believes, betray its name–this twenty-year-old relative of Israel’s ultra-nationalist foreign minister is currently in d...
On the First Day of Christmas
PHILIP FARRUGGIO
A few years back I wrote a column about this fellow who works at the local nursing home. Name’s Kenny Hamilton–a 30 something fellow who has a unique situation. It seems that ole Kenny (sounds like another “Kenny Boy”, no?) is a janitor. H...
The Tale of Nestle and a Nation in Famine
KEVIN BEGLEY
Here’s one straight out of the twilight zone of Dicken’s worst nightmares. Nestle Corporation, which last year earned 5.5 billion dollars in profits is demanding 6 million dollars from Ethiopia, a country facing famine. That over 14 million peo...