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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 May 2002
Sharon the Merciless and Arafat the Corrupt
Robert Fisk The Independent Jerusalem
Self-delusion has crossed the Atlantic. George Bush is having visions again – just as he did before the most recent bloodbath in Israel and Palestine – and Colin Powell, whose latest Middle East mission was a wholesale disaster, wants to devise “a set of...
Will Le Pen Shock Europe?
Wayne Madsen In Paris
Just in case the US corporate media and certain “hate watching organizations” are continuing to portray National Front leader and this Sunday’s presidential candidate Jean Marie Le Pen as catering to a historic French anti-Semitic and racist element, let...
A Journey to Beit Jalla
Yigal Bronner
The sky is overcast, and it begins to drizzle on the hills surrounding Bethlehem as we arrive at the mound blocking the entrance to the village of Beit Jalla. We drive slowly– a convoy of about a hundred cars and four trucks, all loaded with food and medici...
The New United States of Israel
Sam Bahour
President Bush astonished even his closest advisors today by issuing a Presidential Decree announcing that the State of Israel has become the 51st state of the union. Additionally, President Bush declared that he was renaming the union itself to the "New Unit...
Priests and Palestinians, Extreme Solutions
Alexander Cockburn
Extreme Solution 1: Priests The old movies used to feature a priest walking alongside the condemned man towards the scaffold, offering last seconds of comfort, plea-bargaining strategies with St Peter, a bolstering hand under the elbow. Some time in the n...
Otto Reich Named to Board for US Army’s School of the Americas
CounterPunch Wire
Otto Reich has been named to the Board of Visitors at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC), formerly known as the School of the Americas (SOA). The WHISC’s charter requires a Board of Visitors to monitor the school, to ensure tha...
Democracy and Religious Fascism
Arundhati Roy
Last night a friend from Baroda called. Weeping. It took her fifteen minutes to tell me what the matter was. It wasn’t very complicated. Only that Sayeeda, a friend of hers, had been caught by a mob. Only that her stomach had been ripped open and stuffed wi...
A Peek Inside Colin Powell’s Personal Diary
Bernard Weiner
If I jump now, with Karen Hughes just having left and with Democratic darts starting to hit the Administration’s weak spots, it’ll look bad. Like I’m deserting a ship that’s started leaking badly. Plus, people will think I’m do...
Subterranean Mini-Nuke Blues
Carol Norris
No longer is it safe to bury your treasure or your weapons or your head in the sand. Because the National Nuclear Security Administration is setting up design teams at three nuclear labs –Sandia, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore –to explore possible d...
High and Dry in the Mojave (Part Two)
Jeffrey St. Clair
The Oasis of Mara Our little hotel sets beneath the Queen and Pinto mountain ranges on the northern edge of Joshua Tree National Park at the Oasis of Mara. This fan palm oasis used to be known as Indian Gardens, after the beanfields laboriously tended by th...
Why We Refuse to Fight
Rami Kaplan
Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip can in no way be considered democratic. It oppresses 3.5 million people, denying them their basic human rights. My refusal to militarily participate in this occupation, on the other hand, is most certai...
Big Food/Tobacco/Booze Lobbyist Attacks “Mad Cow USA” and Author
John Stauber
There he goes again. It was just a matter of time before tobacco, booze and food industry lobbyist Rick Berman started back in with his personal attacks on me and the organization I work for, and our praised and somewhat prescient 1997 book Mad Cow USA: Could the ...
Rep. Dick Armey Calls for Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians
CounterPunch Wire
Last night on MSNBC’s highly-rated program Hardball, House Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey ( R-TX) called for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the occupied territories and endorsed Israel’s conquests of those lands. Armey said tha...
High and Dry in the Mojave (Part 3)
Jeffrey St. Clair
Willie Boy Was Here The Yucca Valley is the scene of one of the Old West’s last great myths, the story of Willie Boy, a young Paiute-Chemeheuvi Indian accused of two brutal killings. The white version of the story goes something like this. In 1909, a ...
NAS Suppresses Public Documents on Chem/Bio Weapons
Edward Hammond
Move over ENRON and Arthur Andersen, the US National Academies of Science is vying for the document disappearance award of the year… a very disturbing situation for the Sunshine Project, and one which we think other persons working in the field should know a...
What is to be Done about French Elections?
Alain Badiou, Natasha Michel, Sylvain Lazarus
What happened above all was Jospin’s electoral defeat and Chirac’s very weak performance. That’s the point to leave off from, because Le Pen’s score is only its consequence. Will it still be said, then, ("earthquake, "shame...
The Battle of Jenin as Inter-Ethnic War
Baruch Kimmerling
Was or was not a massacre in Jenin is only a semantic question. What is more important that the Jenin battle and the brutal Israeli intrusion to the Palestinian territories just made more clear the character of this conflict. Ariel Sharon is a talented, exp...
Extreme Solutions
Alexander Cockburn
Extreme Solution 1 The old movies used to feature a priest walking alongside the condemned man towards the scaffold, offering last seconds of comfort, plea-bargaining strategies with St Peter, a bolstering hand under the elbow. Some time in the next decade ...
Before There Was Terrorism
Kathleen Christison
Editors’ Note: Kathleen Christison worked for 16 years as a political analyst with the CIA, dealing first with Vietnam and then with the Middle East for her last seven years with the Agency before resigning in 1979. Since leaving the CIA, she h...
Inside Gaza
Kristen Schurr
In Gaza City a Palestinian father, Amjad Shawa of the PNGO, tells me that his son’s first word was tahk, not baba. Tahk is shooting, baba is dad. He is devastated when he says that he cannot protect his children. The Gaza Strip, effectively a prison ...
Corporate America and the Israeli Occupation
Sam Bahour
Corporate America and corporate boardrooms across the globe wield enormous political influence. It may in fact be argued that in today’s material world corporate interests are the primary motivating factors for political action. In the Israeli-Palestinian co...