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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 November 2002
Why Newsweek is Bad for Kids
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
Did you see the cover story of Newsweek magazine last week? The cover story is titled, “Why TV is Good for Kids.” What are we to expect from Newsweek next week? Why Soda Pop is Good for Kids. Why Sedentary Living is Good for...
Dockworkers in the Dark?
LEE SUSTAR
Why won’t leaders of the West Coast dockworkers’ union tell rank-and-file members what’s in the tentative technology agreement with management? After enduring a 10-day lockout by employers, and intervention by the White House under the ant...
The Anti-War Movement and Its Critics
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Do we have an antiwar movement? We’re getting there. We must be, because we’re catching flak from the anti-anti war movement, Light Infantry division, staffed by Marc Cooper, Todd Gitlin, David Corn, and Christopher Hitchens. Marc Cooper, like G...
When Big Biz Has Taken Over Everything
JERRE SKOG
At the Police station–Officer, I have been robbed! A fellow with a gun took my wallet and clock just five minutes ago!–Of course Sir, we’ll take action immediately. Can I have your credit card?–Hell, that was in my wallet! You got to get th...
Is It Possible to Underestimate the Intelligence of George Bush?
BEN ROBERTS
Last weekend one of the talking heads on a popular TV talk show announced, “we underestimate Bush’s intelligence.” I heard this and got to wondering if this was an oxymoron or not. The word oxymoron is defined in the dictionary as contradiction. ...
Defending MOM
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Those who thought that the 2002 Holiday season would be the right time to start a local arm of the self-styled “Patriot” movement might want to reconsider, if a November 12th article in the Spokane SPOKESMAN-REVIEW is any indication of current trends. ...
Debate Rages Over an Egyptian TV Series
LINDA HEARD
Egyptian blockbuster series, especially produced for post-fast Ramadan evenings, are traditionally thought provoking. Last year, the conversation in Egyptian homes and on Arabic network talk shows centred around Hag Metwally, a rags-to riches tale of a man who gat...
The Totem Thieves
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
In 1899, railroad tycoon Edward Harriman put together an expedition of naturalists, scientists, painters and fellow robberbarons to explore the coast of southeast Alaska. The shrewd Harriman, head of the Union Pacific, even rented the services of John Muir, the fa...
Patrick Cockburn on Saddam
TONY JONES
(Transcript of an interview on the Australian Broadcasting Company’s Lateline.) TONY JONES: Patrick Cockburn, analysts were quite divided on which way the Parliament would go. Did you expect this result? PATRICK COCKBURN, AUTHOR: ItR...
War Dance
ROBERT FISK
How seriously they took the Baghdad theatricals. "A resounding ‘no’ from the Iraqi parliament,” was the headline on NBC’s local affiliate here in North Carolina. "Assembly in Baghdad shows its outrage,” was the headline in U...
What Have the Elections Wrought?
AHMAD FARUQUI
Last Tuesday’s elections have spawned many myths, some half-truths and a few truths. The first myth is that the Republican Party swept the elections. Americans remain split evenly between Democrats and Republicans. Of the 78 million votes that were cast, onl...
Rest in Peace, Jackass!
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Fifteen-love went the count in the Security Council, and it’s as if the world is calling Richard Perle’s bluff. Meanwhile, here in the homeland, the Democrats are finding out what they pissed away when they ran an unashamed LBJ-styled campaign of intim...
A Horseless Rider
QAIS S. SALEH
The latest controversy to involve the Arab World concerns a TV program “A Rider Without a Horse” that started airing on Wednesday, Nov. 5th, the first day of the holy month of Ramadan on several Arab satellite channels. The source of the controversy is...
A Half Million for Peace in Florence…Where Was the Press?
MARIA TOMCHICK
The atmosphere was “like a carnival,” an Associated Press reporter wrote, “with food stands, exhibits, and street theater along with the discussion of free trade and war.” Over half a million people turned out in the streets of Flore...
Three Strikes Laws
WILLIAM HUGHES
In Victor Hugo’s immortal “Les Miserables,” Jean Valjean does 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his starving nephews. After his release, he is re-arrested for attempting to steal from a cleric and sent to Toulon Prison. When...
Ashcroft’s Narco-Terror War
JOANNE MARINER
Announcing the arrest last Wednesday of suspects in two drugs-for-weapons deals, Attorney General John Ashcroft declared, “The war on terrorism has been joined with the war on illegal drug use.” One could almost hear him lick his lips, savoring the tho...
Bush’s Judges
KURT NIMMO
Now, with the election over — and with the distinct possibility that the most reactionary and destructive government in American history will lord over our lives — we can sit back and watch in horror as they take the nation down the path to forever war...
Gray Davis’ Trail of Broken Promises
JASON LEOPOLD
Two days after Democrat Gray Davis was reelected governor of California in one of the nation’s most contentious gubernatorial races, he stuck the proverbial knife into the backs of the millions of California residents who voted for him–albeit reluctant...
Bush’s Motives in Iraq
BRIAN RAINEY
On Oct. 26, well over 100,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C. and well over 75,000 converged in San Francisco to protest George Bush’s plans for war on Iraq. People of various political perspectives converged in these cities with one goal in mind: stop B...
Baby Bush Crosses the Rubicon
ROBERT FISK The Independent
When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon river, he wrote, in his Gallic Wars: “Alea iacta est [The die is cast].” Just after 5pm yesterday, when the United Nations Security Council voted 15-0 to disarm Iraq, the US President George Bush crossed the Rubico...
To Serve or Not to Serve?
SCOTT COSSETTE
Being an activist for social justice is not an easy task. You seldom get paid and often lose partners, family, friends or your job when it is discovered that you equate the welfare of others with your own. This somehow makes you a pariah, a target for derision. ...
Crow’s Return
FRAN SHOR
On my way to vote at my local polling station, I noticed several crows overhead. Normally, this wouldn’t have struck me as strange. However, no crow had made an appearance in my neighborhood since late summer. At that time, West Nile virus had been reported ...
Tom (Delay) and Jerry (Falwell) and Jerry (Vines)
TARIF ABBOUSHI
In the venerable cartoon, the protagonists’ conflicting agendas define the epitome of cat-and-mouse rivalry: simple survival for the mouse while the cat relentlessly tries to gobble him up. On rare occasions, as when both find themselves evicted from the hou...
Trading With the Enemy
JEREMY SCAHILL
BAGHDAD. Considering the events of the past several months, investing in Iraq wouldn’t sound like the safest bet. But the threat of war didn’t prevent an impressive turnout at the annual Baghdad International Trade Fair that wrapped up on Sunday. Repre...
The UN Security Council Vote on Iraq
RON JACOBS
The inspections recently voted on by the United Nations Security Council are not what they are advertised to be. Instead of being a step towards peaceful disarmament, they are a pretext for war. Plainly and simply, they create a scenario where Iraq not only has to...
Sleater-Kinney’s Songs of Protest
JOSH FRANK
Our protest songs are here! Portland Oregon based female trio Sleater-Kinney brings us the album of the year, yearning for answers and valiantly asking questions–their latest rock extravaganza One Beat is riddled with more enthusiasm then the whole Democrati...
Demonstrating a Genteel Reticence
MICHAEL NEUMANN
In March, 2002, A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now To Stop War and Racism) condemned Israeli oppression of the Palestinians and demanded that the U.S. stop supporting Israel. In their statement, they called for a demonstration in Washington on April 20th to protest this. But ...
Give the Trinity River Back to the Salmon
CLIFFORD LYLE MARSHALL Chairman Of The Hoopa Valley Tribe
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is setting the stage for the next Trinity River fish kill. The SMUD board voted to do this despite the Hoopa Valley tribe asking SMUD to drop a lawsuit that would damage both the river and fish. The recent deaths of...
No Blood for Marijuana in Iraq!
ADAM ENGEL
Man have I been stupid! Who knew that WINNING the War Against Iraq would mean LOSING the War Against Drugs! But now the weed’s outta the bag, so to speak. Lemme ‘splain: I never bought that “No Blood for Oil” placards those governme...
And the Beat(ing) Goes On
DAVE MARSH
Cops in New York seized the opportunity provided by Jam Master Jay’s senseless murder to declare the dawn of a new “hip-hop war” that allows them to put rappers under surveillance. There is no possibility of such a war, and if there were, the la...
Sharon’s Appendix
ALI ABUNIMAH
It is the traditional role of the Israeli Labor party to pose as the “peace party,” a notion that in the past some Palestinians, “moderate” Arab states, and the wider international community have accepted out of a mixture of naivete, wishfu...
Give the Trinity River Back to the Salmon
ZEYNEP TOUFE
Fairy tales often have a universal appeal and draw children of all nations into their magical world. Pinocchio is no exception where the Blue Fairy rewards moral behavior and grants a puppet flesh-and-blood status. I do doubt, however, that children in Ira...
In Name Only
PHILLIP FARRUGGIO
Many will have us believe that this is a “Christian” nation. They fill us with hype and propaganda about “Christian” values, family values. Let’s examine these precepts. Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God to many Americans (including yours tr...
War and Iraq, a Recollection
ROSEMARY And WALTER BRASCH
Two weeks before Christmas 1990, we received a duffel bag in the mail. Thirty-two pounds of dirty civilian clothes and freshly-creased never-worn Class A uniforms, cassette tapes, souvenirs from Japan, about five dollars in pennies, a combat helmet–and a se...
The Political Geography of Palestine
M. SHAHID ALAM
A Martian political delegation to our planet arriving in 1948 remarked how lucky they were to have come at a time when Earth’s political geography was undergoing a sea change. They observed that the two major wars in the three previous decades were ...
Mountain Party Rising!
CHARLES SULLIVAN
Long ago I severed my ties with the Democratic Party, though I have always maintained an interest in its affairs. This is in part because I hold dear many of its supposed core values. Too bad the party has long since abandoned the values that distinguished it from...
War Cries
BRIAN J. FOLEY
Many Americans have at one time or another dismissed President Bush’s talk of conquering Iraq as a “weapon of mass distraction.” Even if Bush’s war cries are just talk, his words have had far-reaching effects. Certainly, Bush has muc...
The Mid-Term Elections
RALPH NADER
The mid-term elections are over. After spending hundreds of millions of business dollars, the Republicans now control the Senate and hold on to the House of Representatives. It is amazing that the Democrats did not do worse. They had decided months ago on a strang...
Snoops at the Library
KURT NIMMO
Attention, Mr. FBI Snoop. Here’s a short list of the authors I have checked out of the public library recently: Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, William Blum, Noam Chomsky, Alexander Cockburn, and John Pilger. Now you don’t have to go and bother my libra...
Election Shock and the Recurring Nightmare
WILLIAM HUGHES
On election night, November 5, I was reading a short story, “Graveyard Shift,” by horror writer, Stephen King. It can be found in a collection of his suspenseful pieces, in a book, entitled, “Night Shift.” I found, however, the news that ni...
Apocalypse Soon!
ANN PETTIFER
At the end of August, Jonathan Freedland – a senior journalist at the Guardian, a liberal British newspaper – interviewed Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks. It caused a furor: a voice that does not echo the party line is not tolerated. The sc...
Bush’s "Clean Shot" at War
ROBERT FISK
“A clean shot” was The Washington Post’s revolting description of the murder of the al-Qa’ida leaders in Yemen by a US “Predator” unmanned aircraft. With groveling approval, the US press used Israel’s own mendacious descri...
The Enron Stage of Capitalism
VIJAY PRASHAD
The Enron Stage of Capitalism is represented by GATS. GATS is the General Agreement on Trade in Services, an agreement of the powers launched in Geneva, Switzerland, just a few months after the smoke cleared from the Battle of Seattle (December 1999). The ...
Palestine Independence Day
FRANCIS BOYLE
On November 15, 1988, the independent state of Palestine was proclaimed by the Palestine National Council (PNC), meeting in Algiers, by a vote of 253 to 46, as well as in front of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the capital of the new state, after the close of prayer...
Nannies on Park Avenue
ANIS SHIVANI
The Nanny Diaries: A Novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus St. Martin̵...
Dockworkers and Bosses Reach Tech Deal. Will It Save Jobs?
LEE SUSTAR
A tentative agreement on technology in the West Coast dockworkers’ contract struggle appeared to give management the upper hand on that crucial issue. Details won’t be available until after a full agreement is reached, and negotiations continued as Soc...
Bring Back the California Grizzly
MARK J. PALMER
"This is an animal that cannot compromise or adjust its way of life to ours. Could not by its very nature, could not even if we allowed it the opportunity, which we did not. For the grizzly bear, there is no freedom but that of unbounded space, n...
Lame, Spineless, Dems
TOM STEPHENS
A plague has seized the Nation. It emanates from Washington, D.C., and is spreading wherever People try to come to grips with the abuse of power there by the most dangerous government corporate money can buy. Symptoms (particularly among People committed to real d...
Earthquakes and Alaska’s Oil
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
It was the biggest quake to hit North America this century, a 7.9 jolt centered beneath the tundra about 80 miles south of Fairbanks that tickled seismographs all the way to New Orleans. The November 4rh trembler opened zizag fissures in the earth, mangled...
Dems Need to Stand for Something!
Rep. CYNTHIA McKINNEY
While the national pundits postulate on the reasons why minority voters didn’t turn out as enthusiastically and effectively as they think blacks and minorities should have, minority voters themselves know the truth. For generations, the Democratic Party has ...