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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 October 2002
Report from the Docks, This is Union Busting!
LEE SUSTAR
An unprecedented alliance of transnational corporations and politicians of both parties is behind the U.S. government’s attempt to break the West Coast dockworkers’ union. George W. Bush’s intervention under the anti-labor Taft-Hartley Act...
Yigal Bronner’s Rights Violated by IDF
NEVE GORDON
Since his imprisonment on October 28, Tel-Aviv University lecturer, Dr. Yigal Bronner’s rights have been violated by the Israeli military. In a clear act of vendetta, Yigal’s regiment commander, Shlomo Yerushalmi, decided not to send him to a mi...
The Delusions of David Horowitz
KURT NIMMO
Behold, David Horowitz, former Marxist gone neoconservative in his autumn years. In the world Horowitz occupies all of the clocks have lurched backward to a more paranoid and suspicious time, let us say somewhere mid-stride of the McCarthy inquisition. In the worl...
Red Squads Redux
DESIREE HELLEGERS And LAURIE MERCIER
The September 19 renewal hearing for the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force (PJTTF) marked another important skirmish in the national struggle to resist the Bush administration’s assaults on civil liberties. The renewal of the formal agreement between the Portland ...
Fourth Estate for Sale
BEN TRIPP
The time has come to address the problem with modern journalism. I know, I know, it’s a sunny day, why ruin it. But something must be done. With a runaway Executive Branch hell-bent on a pointless war, a complicit Judiciary, and a Legislature with less cojon...
Anthropologists on Wall Street
ANIS SHIVANI
Moral Hazard: A Novel by Kate Jennings Fourth Estate, 2002. 175 pages....
Parching the Palestinians
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
More of the same from the land without people. The October 22 HA’ARETZ reports that “Infrastructure Minister Effie Eitam, head of the far-right National Religious Party, on Tuesday ordered the Water Commissioner to stop all drilling for water by Palest...
Amnesty International and Israel
PAUL De ROOIJ
Any organization fighting torture and other human rights abuses deserves our support. A recognized leader in this fight is Amnesty International (AI), helping people escape with their lives or avoid torture for decades. Given AI’s track record and its role a...
Gag the Messenger, Kill the Salmon
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Last month more than 35,000 salmon died in the lower Klamath River, smothered by low flows, tepid waters and political indifference. At the time, Bush officials attributed the salmon die-off to a freak of nature. "More water wouldn’t have done those fis...
Back Off or I’ll Snap
DAVID VEST
Home from a four-day gigathon, from the Oregon coast to Mt. Hood, with my ears still ringing, desperate for shut-eye, and flat out of luck. Between the neighbor’s crack-of-dawn leaf blower and the morning headlines, who can fall asleep? Would-be nurse on ram...
From Russia with Gas
DR. SUSAN BLOCK
Halloween is almost here, so let’s consider sex and fear. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Forget the candy, the costumes. It’s the fear that captivates your soul. Fear is one of those feelings that makes you feel really alive, your h...
Keith Richards Surprises LA
PHYLLIS POLLACK
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and two of the band’s back-up vocalists, Bernard Fowler and Blondie Chaplin, gave a surprise performance on Monday night, October 28 in Los Angeles, California at the Joint, a small club that only holds approximately a...
Sharon’s Wall
MICHAEL S. LADAH
Many of the atrocities that are being committed by Israel in the West Bank and Gaza against the Palestinian population have had little coverage by news media around the world. Similar to the cover up that the Israeli government and its military attempted in the af...
Parallel Sovereignty for Palestine/Israel?
DEB REICH
If you are a decision-maker or opinion-molder in a position to act on the creative idea presented here, you are earnestly urged to read on. Nine million desperate Palestinians and Israelis will thank you for taking the time. The paper introduces a concept called &...
North Korea’s Nuke Admission Destroys US War Stance on Iraq
LINDA S. HEARD
President Kim Jong Il of North Korea has obviously failed to comprehend that only those countries sanctioned by America and its close allies are permitted to develop nuclear weapons in this unipolar world. Other nuclear powers, such as India and Pakistan, are tole...
National Academy of Sciences Withholds Key Information on Moscow Theater Tragedy
CounterPunch Wire
The US National Academies of Science holds key unclassified US military research documents that shed light on the Moscow theater tragedy; but is refusing to release them despite repeated, urgent requests. (A selected bibliography of the documents is included at th...
We Can Stop This War Before It Begins
DAVID KRIEGER
Statement at the European Parliament, October 22, 2002 Thank you for inviting me to speak today. I have come here to urge you all, individually and collectively, to do everything in your power to oppose a US war against Iraq a war that can have no good end...
From Russia with Gas
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the recent Russian "liberation" of a Moscow theater besieged by Chechen separatist rebels was not that there was a significant body count at the end; that’s to be expected from the Moscow government, whether...
Bush’s Lies and Simple Truths
ROBERT JENSEN
A few weeks ago Jim McDermott, a courageous congressman from Washington state, traveled to Baghdad in pursuit of peace and was sharply criticized, particularly for his comment that George Bush “might mislead” the American public to build support for an...
Roadmap to Nowhere
SAM BAHOUR And MICHAEL DAHAN
The new US “road map” for peace in the Middle East presented by US Assistant Secretary of State William J. Burns is no more than a placebo for consumption by both Palestinians and the world community in response to their pressuring Israel for positive ...
Advertising Deregulated
CAROL NORRIS
Just a few years ago, the practice of advertising prescription drugs to us common folk was considered unethical. Now days you can hardly watch TV for five minutes without some commercial promising to cure the affliction it encourages you to be worried about. And a...
In Defense of Not Voting
PIERRE TRISTAM
A week from today some of us will head to the polls and vote. Most of us won’t. Voter turnout has been declining so stubbornly since the 1960s that barely half the electorate votes in presidential elections, and only 36 to 38 percent does in off-year electio...
Johnny Muhammad Got His Gun
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Isn’t that a hoot? The Sniper fall guys — each of them with looks in their eyes blank as empty fishbowls — had something called a “play father” arrangement. One can’t imagine that phrase having problematic connotations. At TV t...
Mourn Wellstone, Don’t Mythologize
SUNIL SHARMA
Since the tragic and untimely death of Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota in a plane crash last Friday, tearful remembrances have poured forth in articles and commentaries across the nation, especially in left liberal media publications. Senator Wellstone ...
A Letter to the General
YIGAL BRONNER
GENERAL, YOUR TANK IS A POWERFUL VEHICLE It smashes down forests and crushes a hundred men. But it has one defect: It needs a driver. Bertolt Brecht Dear General, In your letter to me, you wrote that R...
Bush’s Wars
WILLIAM BLUM
Good evening, it’s very nice to be here, especially since the bombs have not yet begun to fall; I mean in Iraq, not Boulder; Boulder comes after Iraq and Iran if you folks don’t shape up and stop inviting people like me to speak. The first time...
Putin’s Gas
PATRICK COCKBURN
MOSCOW. The dreadful truth about the end of the Moscow theatre siege was becoming clear yesterday. The secret gas, pumped into the building to knock out the Chechen rebels and allow crack Russian troops to storm the building just before dawn on Saturday, killed s...
Anti-War Movement Arrrives
WILLIAM HUGHES
Washington, D.C. Under a warm sun, on Oct. 26, 2002, they marched down celebrated Constitution Ave., in our nation’s capital, by the tens of thousands, young and old, voicing their grievances, demands, and hopes, too, and carrying their colorful banners and...
Picking Olives and Removing Roadblocks in Palestine
IDA AUDEH
It is olive picking season in Palestine, and so far about 120 activists from almost a dozen countries?the US, England, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Italy?have responded to an appeal by the International Solidarity Movem...
Horowitz, Powell and Belafonte
KURT NIMMO
David Horowitz, I had a chuckle this evening reading your tirade directed against Harry Belafonte. I find it absurd you place so much emphasis on what Belafonte has to say. But then, of course, you are in the business of pounding the bushes in search of ene...
Remapping the Middle East
NASEER ARURI
DEMONS AND THREATS THROUGHOUT HISTORY As the Bush Administration beats the war trumpets against Iraq, a remarkable similarity can be discerned between the Middle East today and eighty years ago. The important question is whether the United States is likel...
"They Beat the Hell Out of Me"
STEVEN HIGGS
progressives in Bloomington, Indiana have been disabused of the notion that there are depths to which local right-wing vigilantes will not sink. Two Fridays ago, Monroe County Councilman Scott Wells was set up, roughed up and arrested on politically motivated, bog...
The Wolf Who Cried Wolf
M. Junaid Alam
? “All colonization must continue in defiance of the will of the native population. Therefore, it can continue and develop only under the shield of force which comprises an Iron Wall through which the local population can never break thr...
Is America Becoming Fascist?
ANIS SHIVANI
Since mainstream left-liberal media do not seriously ask this question, the analysis of what has gone wrong and where we are heading has been mostly off-base. Investigation of the kinds of under-handed, criminal tactics fascist regimes undertake to legitimize thei...
Crocodile tears, while they dance on his grave
Ben Tripp
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Landscape + Architecture, the Great Fusion
GAVIN KEENEY
The historical, diachronic interplay of landscape + architecture in modern architectural production is/was at times a visionary pas de deux, while at other times an anti-visionary danse macabre (danse mecanique). In the latter case, landscape (milieu, ambiance, gr...
Bali Mon Amour
ILIJA TROJANOW
In the aftermath of the bomb attack on a disco in Kuta Beach, Bali a number of journalists wrote about the loss of innocence in that exotic isle. They must have been overcome by another spasm of the historical myopia that afflicts the scribes of today. Maybe they ...
Is Thomas White Fit to Lead the Army?
JASON LEOPOLD
Secretary of the Army Thomas White is preparing to lead thousands of the nation’s soldiers into war with Iraq and still, not one journalist has spilled any ink on White’s knowledge of the suspect accounting practices at Enron Energy Services, the divis...
A Place of Tears
MICHAEL WOLFF
On the first morning of the Iraq Sanctions Challenge, after our meeting with Dr. Hashimi, our delegation met in front of the Al-Rasheed hotel in downtown Baghdad. We gathered our gear together and prepared to go to the place that for many, including myself, was on...
The Grassroots of Hope
JOSH FRANK
Democracy has historically linked us to the essential tools needed for survival within diverse cultures and societies. An active citizenry in the United States is meant to protect us from government control and corporate excess. But those that speak up have been l...
Concerned Citizen, Episode 5, Night School
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
SCRIPT AND SUMMATIVE COMMENTS [0:30, COLOR] [Opens with standard montage of cars effortlessly zooming over concrete cloverleaves, of clean people conversing animatedly in bistros with virgin white tablecloths and deferential brown waitpeople. T...
Let Them Eat (Crumb) Cake
PHILIP FARRUGGIO
Where do I begin? So much to express, so few to listen. Feel like the sane man, too long in the mental institution, who begins to “howl” at the moon… Paul Krugman, Economics Prof. at Princeton and NY Times columnist (they won’t print...
Frankencrops
HOPE SHAND AND SILVIA RIBEIRO
Thirteen months ago, the agbiotech industry wakened to a nightmare. Illegal and unwelcome, the presence of genetically-modified (GM) maize was reported smack in the crop’s center of genetic origin in Mexico. There’s never a good time for a political/ec...
A Good Man is Hard to Misfit
ADAM ENGEL
Used to call me the Misfit cause I couldn’t do nothin’ right–least not in this world. Now they call me "Mr. President," jest like Paw said they would. My brother Jeb, he said, "Daddy got you a job is all. It jest happens to be a re...
The Civilizing Mission
M. SHAHID ALAM
"The bourgeoisie, by the rapid improvement of all instruments of production, by the immensely facilitated means of communication, draws all, even the most barbarian, nations into civilization." K. Marx and F. Engels...
Australians Vote Green
VANESSA JONES
Seven days after the Bali bombings Australian voters history gave a jump in Australia. Michael Organ, became the first The green candidate to win a seat in the Australian House of Representatives. Indeed, it was the first victory for a minority party in the House ...
The Bush Military Budget
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
There are clear indications that the Bush administration is pushing for the invasion of Iraq. Not only does the administration seem determined to invade Iraq, but it is bent to do so in a hurry. The plan to attack Iraq would serve as the first instance of Presiden...
George Bush Sr on Wellstone
WAYNE MADSEN
Before we all get sucked into George W. Bush’s eulogies of the late Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone let us not forget what his father, Bush 41, called the Senator at a White House reception for newly-elected members of Congress in 1991. Wellstone, wh...
Harry Hay Paved the Way for Modern Gay Activism
STUART TIMMONS
Henry “Harry” Hay, known as the founder of the modern American gay movement, has died at age 90. The pioneering gay activist devoted his life to progressive politics and in 1950, he founded a state-registered foundation and secret network of support gr...
Tom Lantos’ Big Lie
BEN TERRALL
California Congressman Tom Lantos has never been accused of understatement. But he may have set a new personal record for bombast when, as quoted in the September 30, 2002 edition of the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, he told Minister of Knesset Colette Avital,...