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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 March 2002
Ann Coulter At It Again
CounterPunch Wire
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has condemned the most recent column by right-wing commentator Ann Coulter which once again calls for racial profiling of Arab Americans and which attacks Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta in a deeply unfai...
Thoughts About America
Edward Said
I don’t know a single Arab or Muslim American who does not now feel that he or she belongs to the enemy camp, and that being in the United States at this moment provides us with an especially unpleasant experience of alienation and widespread, quite specifi...
Thoughts About America
Mariya Tsvekova
As became clear on March 4, a secret agreement was reached in Alma-Ata between the Presidents of Russia and Georgia . Eduard Shevardnadze will minimize the American military presence in the republic, and for this Vladimir Putin will change the mandate of the Russ...
Former CIA Officer Explains Why the War on Terror Won’t Work
Bill Christison
Bill Christison joined the CIA in 1950, and served on the analysis side of the Agency for 28 years. From the early 1970s he served as National Intelligence Officer (principal adviser to the Director of Central Intelligence on certain areas) for, at various times,...
“Ten Women To One Man”
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
From The Washington Post, March 1, 2002 “President Bush has dispatched a shadow government of about 100 senior civilian managers to live and work secretly outside Washington, activating for the first time long-standing plans to ensure survival of federal ru...
How to Torpedo the Saudi Peace Plan
Uri Avnery
If, in May 1967, an Arab prince had proposed that the whole Arab world would recognize Israel and establish normal relations with it, in return for Israel’s recognition of the Green Line border, we would have believed that the days of the Messiah had arrived...
Dick Cheney and the Environment
Ralph Nader
Vice President Dick Cheney is a dinosaur living in the age of mammals. Imagine a public official uttering the following: "Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy po...
Bush is Neutering the EPA
Eric Schaeffer
Christine Whitman Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004 Dear Ms. Whitman: I resign today from the Environmental Protection Agency after twelve years of service, the last five as D...
Boycott Mel Gibson’s We Were Soldiers
Paul Cox
Kenneth Turan’s review of ‘We Were Soldiers’ on March 1, had the courage to pan the film as simple-minded and devoid of historical context. He was right on both counts, but I must add the movie also lies massively about the historical event itsel...
War on Terrorism for Dummies
Bernard Weiner
Don’t know about you, but all this war and politics stuff can be mighty confusing. So I picked up a copy of "The ‘War on Terrorism’ for Dummies," a kind of primer on current events, and now feel much better-educated. Here are some of th...
Boycott Mel Gibson’s We Were Soldiers
Frederick B. Hudson
A white Columbia University graduate student, Matt Mayer, announces his plans to resist President Jimmy Carter’s new Selective Service registration program in 1980. After significant media attention including an interview in Rolling Stone magazine, he finds ...
Grammy of Constant Sorrow
David Vest
Here’s what it has all come down to: a studio pick-up band of session players took home the Grammy for Album of the Year. Granted, it was the ...
Disturbing the Planet and Blaming the Aftermath on Others
John Chuckman
I received a letter from a reader recently asking me what it is about America that I hated so much. Since its tone was polite, I replied at length. I don’t hate anything – “hate” is an awfully strong word – but there are things I find...