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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 September 2002
Bush’s Wars Undermine Democracy
Neve Gordon
I am against the war, the (perpetual) war on terrorism as well as the war against Iraq. I am against empire, the control of nearly 40 percent of the world’s resources secured by the deployment of air, naval, and ground forces in over 800 bases across the glo...
Stolen Trust
Jeffrey St. Clair
Elouise Cobell comes right to the point. “Gale Norton should be thrown in jail.” Cobell is a leader of the Blackfeet tribe, and lives along the Rocky Mountain Front in northwestern Montana. Norton, of course, is secretary of the interior and, as such, ...
Drunk with Power and Out of Shame
Irit Katriel
Commenting on the Israeli government’s enthusiastic calls for the US to attack Iraq [1], Knesset member Zehava Gal’on of Meretz, a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense committee, said “It is hard to understand the government’s ...
If Jesus Is George’s Co-Pilot…What’s Dick Cheney?
Ben Tripp
Let’s talk about the Man from Nazareth, whom George Bush II nominated as the philosopher who most influenced him during the ‘presidential campaign’ of 2000. I submit to you that this famous Nazarene has not caused so much trouble since the day he...
War Begins; Nobody Notices
Wayne Saunders
Normally, the title for this column could be a headline for The Onion, that hilarious, irreverent Wisconsin publication that twists things around in order to hint at some absurd reality. The Onion presents fake news and commentary, poking fun at politics, culture,...
McKinney’s Defeat
William Hughes
The Baltimore Sun (08/25/02) called the defeat of Rep. Cynthia A. McKinney (D-GA) just “another sign of the new political style.” It claimed the courageous congresswoman, who had dared to oppose the interest of the powerful Israeli lobby and to stand u...
Beaux Reves, Citoyens!!!
Gavin Keeney
“We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.” – George Sand Dinosaurs Among Us As Uri Avnery ably points out in the Labor Day 2002 edition...
Who’s Afraid of Iraq?
Gary Leupp
“Those who favor this attack now will tell you candidly, and privately, that it is probably true that Saddam Hussein is no threat to the United States. But they are afraid at some point he might decide if he had a nuclear weapon to use it agains...
Wiretapping Reporters
Steen Sohn
Last week the Danish public was informed that police had been listening in on private telephone conversations made by a journalist from the newspaper “Jyllands-Posten”. It is the second largest news paper in the country and ironically quite close to th...
Parents, Children and the Violence of Israeli Curfews
Sam Bahour
The sophistication in the methods used by Israel in its systematic destruction of Palestinian society today struck a raw cord with every Palestinian parent and child. Only four days has passed since the beginning of the Palestinian school year, where over ...
Trouble in the Pipeline
George Monbiot
Tomorrow, when the cleaners move into the Sandton Center in Johannesburg, the United Nations will claim that something has been rescued from the wreckage of the earth summit. Governments may not have delivered, but big business has. The world’s biggest corpo...
Top Ten Reasons to Oppose Yucca Mountain Nuke Dump
David Krieger And Marissa Zubia
Nuclear energy has always been promoted to the public in fraudulent ways. At the outset, it was claimed that it would be “too cheap to meter,” a claim that was far from true even without taking into account large government subsidies provided to the nu...
Thirsty for Justice
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Shown the folly of over-reliance on markets even in the world’s richest country, the market fundamentalists at the World Bank are continuing their push for privatization of services — with the provision of drinking water at the top of the list — ...
Rape is Normal
Robert Jensen
It is not surprising that we want to separate ourselves from those who commit hideous crimes, to believe that the abominable things some people do are the result of something evil inside of them. But most of us also ...
The British in Palestine, A Conveniently Forgotten Holocaust
Robert Fisk The Independent
In the years that followed the Second World War, Lord Beaverbrook’s old Sunday Express would regale its readers with the secret history of the 1939-45 conflict: “What Hitler would have done if England was under Nazi occupation”; “How Ike almost can...
America Strikes Back
Anthony Gancarski
Imagine a 2002 in an alternate universe. One where there wasn’t such a slavish devotion to symbols of belief — flags, crosses, and such — but there was more of a commitment to understanding the message of Christ, or to understanding how the world...
The Charnel House Future
Bernard Weiner
I don’t want to talk here about whether a full-scale attack on Iraq is right or wrong — or whether, with all the scandals surrounding Bush&Co., the Administration is using its daily leaks and the whole Iraq debate as giant distractions. Wha...
Thomas Friedman Bashes the Palestinians, Again!
Kathleen Christison Former CIA Political Analyst
New York Times, Part 2 There He Goes Again: Friedman Bashes Palestinians by Kathleen Christison former CIA political analyst New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman loves to lecture Palestinians. One might almost think he has some kind of obsession,...
An Open Letter to Yasser Arafat
Nabil Amro
President Arafat, I have no idea whether this letter will reach you, or, like many before it, will be pulled from the presses due to the current political timing. Moreover, in directly addressing Yasser Arafat there is a temptation and a risk. The temptatio...
Confessions of Downloader
Lou Cohan
I recently spent over a month searching for, downloading and burning forty different versions of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.” This was my first but not last attempt at downloading mp3 music files from the www. Like my subs...
US War Crimes During the Gulf War
Francis Boyle
The following paper was presented to a symposium held by the Albany Law School. The symposium, held on February 27, 1992, was titled: International War Crimes: The Search for Justice. This paper documents the numerous occasions that international laws...
The Return of the Dinosaurs
Uri Avnery
How did the dinosaurs die out? There are many theories about this. For example, that a meteor hit earth and the ensuing dust cloud obliterated the sun. I have a theory of my own: the dinosaurs suffered from a lack of proportion between body and brain. The t...
A Labor Day Antidote to Apathy
Philip Farruggio
The American Heritage dictionary definition of apathy “lack of emotion or feeling; indifference”. Since the early 70’s, Americans have, to a great extent, given up on mass activism. The last great “motivating factor” was the Vietnam W...
Cuban Political Prisoners in the United States
William Blum
The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers gave the defense team its “Against All Odds” award, named for a deceased public defender who championed hopeless causes.{1} Defending pro-Castro Cubans in Miami, in a criminal case utterly suff...