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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 July 2002
Drivel and Squawk, Angelina Jolie, the NYT and Cynthia McKinney
Alexander Cockburn
"At this very moment there are 100,000 fools of our species who wear hats, slaying 100,000 fellow creatures who wear turbans, or being massacred by them." Voltaire, Micromagus, 1752. Angelina Jolie and ...
Discourse and War in Colombia
Philip Cryan
Last week, Carlos Castaño, longtime leader of the AUC (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia), announced that the group was disbanding. For years the AUC has united the many local rightwing paramilitary groups in Colombia within a single federation. ...
Why Do They Do It?
Linda Belanger
Their religion teaches them to do it…. Their religion teaches them to do it they say of the Palestinian suicide bombers. They teach them in school to hate Jews we are told. But there are things that we are not told about. The Inte...
Colombia’s Disappeared:
Alfredo Castro
Bogota. The number of people being forcibly disappeared in Colombia each year is rapidly increasing and according to a local human rights organisation state sponsored forces, both official and unofficial, are responsible for over 99% of the cases. New stati...
20 Things We’ve Learned After 9/11
Bernard Weiner
As we approach the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it might be useful to see how far an ordinary citizen’s knowledge has progressed one year on. So here, in the way of a summing-up, based on journalistic documentation, is a list of things we...
Don’t Blame the Greens for These Fires
Andrew George
"Methinks he doth protest too much," wrote Shakespeare in MacBeth. Recently, the same warning applies to the logging industry’s desperate demagoguery and the wildfires of 2002. They place blame on "environmental obstructionists" fo...
Inside Ramallah
Amelia Peltz
I admit it. I’m guilty. Guilty of what, you may ask? Well it might seem strange, but guilty of not writing. Of not doing more to adequately chronicle all that has been taking place in Palestine during the past few weeks. Not just in Ramallah, but thro...
A Feast of Bombs
Neve Gordon
JERUSALEM. A few hours after the F-16 jet dropped a 1-ton bomb on a crowded residential area in Gaza, killing 17 people — 11 of them children — and wounding over 140 more, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon exclaimed that the attack had been one of IsraelR...
Financial Journalism, A Very Small Cog
PS Burton
The media have increasingly excited the attentions of the left over the past 20 years or so. The consensus seems to be that the media play a significant role in sustaining capitalism, whether by encouraging people to buy needless consumer goods, or by perpetuating...
Financial Journalism, A Very Small Cog
PS Burton
The media have increasingly excited the attentions of the left over the past 20 years or so. The consensus seems to be that the media play a significant role in sustaining capitalism, whether by encouraging people to buy needless consumer goods, or by perpetuating...
Fast Track and the Hypocrites in the House
Tom Stephens
On Thursday, July 25, 2001, the people of the United States were still reeling from the tales of corporate corruption on Wall Street, and their intimate genetic relationship to the rise of George W. Bush. Congress passed so-called "landmark" legislation ...
Inside Pakistan and Afghanistan with RAWA
Anne Brodsky
I just returned from another 6 weeks with RAWA, five weeks in Pakistan and one amazing week in Afghanistan. RAWA’s work is very busy and the need is still enormous–this includes some cities in Pakistan where refugees are actually flowing in not out. Th...
The Academic Boycott of Israel
M. Shahid Alam
In early April 2002, moved by the massacres in Jenin and the wanton destruction of civilian infrastructure in West Bank cities by invading Israeli forces, two British academics, Hilary Rose and Steven Rose, circulated a call-posted at www.pjpo.org-for an academic ...
Discourse and War in Colombia
Philip Cryan
Last week, Carlos Castaño, longtime leader of the AUC (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia), announced that the group was disbanding. For years the AUC has united the many local rightwing paramilitary groups in Colombia within a single federation. ...
Brand September 11
Pierre Tristam
Get ready for September Eleven, the brand. Between now and the first anniversary of that horrible day, Sept. 11 is going to be commemorated sometimes in the most moving ways, sometimes in the most humbling, even sublime ways: Greatness can be touched in spi...
The Censors Go Global
Dave Marsh
The Czech Republic just passed a law giving anyone "promoting drugs" up to five years in prison. So much for the Velvet Revolution. Pathetically ineffectual President Vaclav Havel, a leader of the Velvet Revolution, is currently hospitalized. But when tw...
Brand September 11
Pierre Tristam
Get ready for September Eleven, the brand. Between now and the first anniversary of that horrible day, Sept. 11 is going to be commemorated sometimes in the most moving ways, sometimes in the most humbling, even sublime ways: Greatness can be touched in spi...
A Blind Mule and a Box of Medals
The Time The Doctor Arrived, The Man Was Alert And Thankful.
"Do you know what your daddy did?" said the doctor. "No, sir, I reckon not," said Wilburn. "He saved that man’s life. Your daddy knows a chicken’s body temperature is higher than a man’s. It drawed the poiso...
Zizek and Lenin
Gavin Keeney
SLAVOJ ZIZEK, the Giant of Ljubljana, is like the great brain of Goethe’s fairytale "The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily". In this revolutionary and allegorical tale (reputedly inspired by Mozart’s Magic Flute) there are two lands sep...
The New Mahler, Seattle Style
Ian Daoust
Three weeks ago I attended a surprisingly wretched performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, at Benaroya Hall, in Seattle, Washington. Conducting–to call it by that otherwise noble word–was Seattle’s own version of Kurt Masur, Zubin Me...
Our Dinner with Fidel Castro
Bob Geary
In the past 18 years we have found ourselves in many different countries on tour with the Piedmont Choirs. For those who don’t know, this is one the lading children’s choral organizations in the US and is widely known internationally as well. This year...
Our Dinner with Fidel Castro
Bob Geary
In the past 18 years we have found ourselves in many different countries on tour with the Piedmont Choirs. For those who don’t know, this is one the leading children’s choral organizations in the US and is widely known internationally as well. This yea...
American Presidents
M. Shahid Alam
I have stared at them over meals, And in between, for three months now: A full gallery of American presidents Assembled–on a paper place mat. I can tell them apart now in any crowd. I could greet them on a first-name basis: Geor...
Citigroup, Heal Thyself
Ralph Nader
Last week Citigroup, the nation’s largest financial services holding company, trotted out one of its top executives, Robert Rubin, to spread some soothing words about how to clean up the corporate scandals and repair the sagging stock market. Rubin...
Monitor Thy Neighbor
Rep. Ron Paul
Opposition to the Patriot Act, legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President last year, is growing. Americans are beginning to understand that many precious liberties have been put in jeopardy by the government’s rush to enact new laws in the wa...
Lie, Rob and Steal
Philip Farruggio
Ironically, it was Herr Schickelgruber who stated it most succinctly: "the bigger the lie, the more they believe" (and follow). And follow they did, through a path laden with death, destruction and repression. Just re-watched the excellent film &q...
Lie, Rob and Steal
Philip Farruggio
Ironically, it was Herr Schickelgruber who stated it most succinctly: "the bigger the lie, the more they believe" (and follow). And follow they did, through a path laden with death, destruction and repression. Just re-watched the excellent film &q...
Monitor Thy Neighbor
Rep. Ron Paul
Opposition to the Patriot Act, legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President last year, is growing. Americans are beginning to understand that many precious liberties have been put in jeopardy by the government’s rush to enact new laws in the wa...
Women Push Back
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Let the corporate criminals take over Wall Street. And investors flee the market. Hello criminals. Goodbye market. Pollute nature. And nature confronts the polluters. Push the people to the edge of their misery, and the pe...
Thinking About the Weather Underground
Ron Jacobs
The Weatherman/Weather Underground Organization derived from a frustration inside the U.S. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) with the seemingly endless protest against the war in Vietnam and the racism endemic to U.S. society. Formed by some of the brightest...
A Scenario for American Dictatorship
Jerre Skog
Could the USA turn into a dictatorship? Of course not, the idea is preposterous! Or is it? Let’s look at a scenario: End of 2004, the polls indicate that G. W. Bush’s previous massive support has melted away to below 45% and his gang is destined...
The Patriot Act and Bookstores
Walt Brasch
Between a diner and an empty store that once housed a shoe store, video store, and tanning salon, in a small strip mall in Bloomsburg, Pa., is Friends-in-Mind, an independent bookstore. On the first floor are more than 10,000 books on more than 1,200 r...
Populist Reforms Are Only a Smokescreen
Norman Madarasz
So now our globalizing, populist counterparts claim, like good Marxists, that capitalist is used to crises, which it always overcomes. Or, better yet, that capitalism is crisis. Shareholder capitalism– the postmodern economic fantasy– is meeting its mo...
Van Morrison, In September
Gavin Keeney
"When the leaves coming falling down In September, when the leaves come falling down … When the leaves come falling down in September, in the rain When the leaves come falling down" –Van Morrison, "When the L...
War on Terrorism or Police State?
Rep. Cynthia McKinney
The attacks of September 11th, 2001 caused significant changes throughout our society. For our military services, this included increased force protection, greater security, and of course the deployment to and prosecution of the War on Terrorism in Afghanistan and...
The Battle for Zuni Salt Lake
Jeffrey St. Clair
For the Zuni, this place is the center of the world. For the Department of the Interior under Gale Norton, it’s just another coal seam, 18,000 acres of wasteland just waiting to be strip-mined. The pueblo tribes of the Southwest call this place the Zu...
an Islam Primer
Gary Leupp
"We should invade [Muslim] countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity." Columnist Ann Coulter, National Review Online, Sept. 13, 2001 "Just turn [the sheriff] loose and have him ...
Am I with You, George?
Ansar Ahmed
Every time there is some news about the economy not doing too well, or some kind of underhanded business dealings exposed, or corporate corruption that will cost the average citizen (while maintaining the status quo of the business elite), I start to expect some k...
How Oppression Abroad Means Repression at Home
Bill Christison
Two questions that people too often divorce from each other have dominated the Bush administration’s actions since September 11. One involves foreign policy–how should the U.S. government respond abroad to the events of that date? The other involves domestic p...
Alan Lomax
Dave Marsh
Seeing Alan Lomax’s obituary on the front page of the New York Times irked the hell out of me. Harry Smith syndrome all over again—-the Great White "Discoverer" as the axis of cultural genesis. Lomax, wrote Jon Pareles, "advocated what h...
Confessions of a Summer Camp Terror Tot
Jacob Levich
The Israel Defense Forces this week cynically capitalized on an earlier public relations coup, releasing yet another snapshot of a Palestinian toddler posed with weapons. The photograph, purportedly seized during a military operation in Hebron, is reminiscent of l...
Why are the FBI and CIA Targeting Me?
Jennifer Harbury
I am writing today because I would like all of you to be informed about some very disturbing information I received last week. September 11 was certainly one of the most horrifying tragedies we have ever witnessed on our own soil, but I fear it is being badly expl...
Time for Special Counsel in Thomas White Affair
Joan Claybrook
In testimony last week before the Senate Commerce Committee, Army Secretary Thomas White stated that he has not been contacted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) about his possible involvement in the manipulation of California’s deregulated e...
The Rogue Elephant
Francis A Boyle
When George Bush Jr came to power in January of 2001, he proceeded to implement foreign affairs and defense policies that were every bit as radical, extreme and excessive as the Reagan/Bush administrations had starting in January of 1981. To be sure, Bush Jr had n...
World Trade Center Burlesque
Gavin Keeney
Now that the digital ink is dry on the six plans released July 16, 2002 for the benighted World Trade Center site, perhaps it is time to draw a few preliminary conclusions while rehearsing some recent events and possible future history. Any surmises at this point ...
The Struggle of Workers in Palestine
Gloria Bergen
When thinking of Palestine most people probably form images of air-raids, razed-to-the-ground buildings, stone-throwing children, Israeli tanks rolling down emptied streets, frightened people behind barred windows, and angry Palestinian working class kids planning...
Inside Kosovo, the Human Rubble of War
James T. Phillips
"There’s a Natural Mystic blowing through the air. If you listen carefully now you will hear. This could be the first trumpet, might as well be the last. Many more will have to suffer, many more will have to die. Don’t ask me why, thi...
Forbidden Truth
Wayne Madsen
To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, "Journalists who would give up some credibility for a little government access deserve neither." Too many members of the Washington press corps have become nothing more than toadies for the current administration. While e...
Of Mice, Bullets and Bombs
Kurt Nimmo
You may not realize it, but your home computer is a potential threat to national security. With an Internet connection and a few accomplished keystrokes, you have the ability to shut down electric and telecommunications grids, nuclear plants, water systems, subway...
The Hog Wallow
Alexander Cockburn
When did the great executive stock option hog wallow really start? You can go back to the deregulatory push under Carter in the late Seventies, then move into the Reagan Eighties when corporate purchases of shares really took off. This was the era of the leveraged...