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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 January 2003
Searching for Jenin
RAMZY BAROUD
I sat quietly, gazing at a pale concrete wall. The imprint from an absent framed photograph was engraved in the thick, gray dust. The missing framed picture, I imagined, was Palestinian. Instead, a poster, covered with Hebrew writing replaced it, hanging tasteless...
The Moral Arguments Against War
JONATHAN POWER
For the moment the great debate about going to war with Iraq is cast almost exclusively in the dark shades of realpolitik–will it achieve its objective and disarm Iraq once and for all? Will it lead to the introduction of a pro-Western democratic regime? Wil...
State of the Union, MLK and 30mm DU
STAN GOFF
"The 30mm x 173 GAU–8/A ammunition was among the most effective ammunition used in Operation Desert Storm with proven performance against all targets, including tanks, armored and light vehicles. The 30mm lightweight family of ammunition wa...
Drive, He Said
RON JACOBS
I’ve been walking from my home to work at the University of Vermont for about seven years now, yet everyday I am still somewhat amazed at the number of cars which pass me carrying but one person. I mean, what’s wrong with car-pooling? ...
Spring in Palestine
MAZIN QUMSIYEH
Tom Hurndall, the British peace activist shot by the Israeli army, died after 9 months in coma. Meanwhile here in New England, temperature hover around zero Fahrenheit and we are told to stay warm and go about our lives. Yet we work and pay taxes that...
Putin and the Clans
ALEXANDER LUKIN
What’s happening in Russia today could be described as the consolidation of an authoritarian regime, or in more popular jargon, the rise of a dictatorship. The so-called parliamentary elections last December only confirmed this assessment. I mi...
Beware the Iraq Election Blowback
DAVE LINDORFF
With Iowa just having dramatically demonstrated to us the unpredictability of the democratic process, you start to understand what’s motivating all those Shiite demonstrators in Iraq. They see how Bush and his viceroy, L. Pau...
Havoc in the Cornfields
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The prime beneficiary of the Iowa caucuses was the battered Iowa economy, pulling in $100 per voter in the caucuses, spent by the candidates mostly in tv advertising. In terms of political import history instructs that...
They Are Lying About Your Food
DAVE LOUTHAN
My name is Dave and I work at Vern’s Moses Lake Meats. I did until the day the mad cow test results on the Sunny Dene cow came back positive for BSE. That was Wednesday, December 24. On Friday, December 26, the KXLY news crew...
Bush’s Ugly America
JOHN STANTON
“The spirit was freedom and justice and it’s keepers seemed generous and kind. It’s leaders were supposed to serve the country but now they won’t pay it no mind ’cause the people grew fat and got lazy ,and now their vote ...
The Pentagon Connection
RALPH NADER
I wonder how Seymour Melman feels these days. For over half a century, this Columbia University industrial engineering professor (now emeritus) has been researching, writing and speaking about the massive overspending on the military portion of the federal budget ...
Itching for a Fight
RON JACOBS
I’m not really big on fighting. Even as a kid, the only person I ever fought with was my brother who was barely eleven months younger than me. Even then, those matches were forgotten within a quarter-hour after they had ended. They stopped completely when we...
Itching for a Fight
RON JACOBS
I’m not really big on fighting. Even as a kid, the only person I ever fought with was my brother who was barely eleven months younger than me. Even then, those matches were forgotten within a quarter-hour after they had ended. They stopped completely when we...
Will a US War Free the Kurds?
PHIL GASPER
Right now, it suits the U.S. government’s purposes to support the Kurds–in part because they have the only armed forces in Iraq opposed to the current regime. But Washington and the West have a long record of betraying the Kurdish people. The Ku...
Bush’s Ugly America
JOHN STANTON
“The spirit was freedom and justice and it’s keepers seemed generous and kind. It’s leaders were supposed to serve the country but now they won’t pay it no mind ’cause the people grew fat and got lazy ,and now their vote ...
The Pentagon Connection
RALPH NADER
I wonder how Seymour Melman feels these days. For over half a century, this Columbia University industrial engineering professor (now emeritus) has been researching, writing and speaking about the massive overspending on the military portion of the federal budget ...
Swept Clean
ANNIE C. HIGGINS
The idea of Sharon with broom in hand is comical enough, but the suggestion that he sweep the rooms of the Islamic Center that his soldiers left in shambles made me laugh. My friend, who conducts Qur’anic study sessions, always manages to find humor in the m...
Democratic Yelling Points
RICH PROCTER
1) WHY IS THERE (AT LEAST) 60 BILLION FOR AN IRAQ WAR NOBODY WANTS, 28 BILLION FOR A ‘STAR WARS’ ANTI-MISSILE SYSTEM THAT WON’T WORK, AND NOTHING FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF FAMILIES WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE? If you don’t have medical in...
Will a US War Free the Kurds?
PHIL GASPER
Right now, it suits the U.S. government’s purposes to support the Kurds–in part because they have the only armed forces in Iraq opposed to the current regime. But Washington and the West have a long record of betraying the Kurdish people. The Ku...
Democracy for Cubans and Americans
TOM CRUMPACKER
Last May our President said in Miami that the purpose of his policy towards Cuba is to bring democracy to the Cuban people. He said he would consider ending the embargo and our other attempts to isolate Cuba if Cubans would hold free and fair elections with multip...
Democracy for Cubans and Americans
TOM CRUMPACKER
Last May our President said in Miami that the purpose of his policy towards Cuba is to bring democracy to the Cuban people. He said he would consider ending the embargo and our other attempts to isolate Cuba if Cubans would hold free and fair elections with multip...
Democratic Yelling Points
RICH PROCTER
1) WHY IS THERE (AT LEAST) 60 BILLION FOR AN IRAQ WAR NOBODY WANTS, 28 BILLION FOR A ‘STAR WARS’ ANTI-MISSILE SYSTEM THAT WON’T WORK, AND NOTHING FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF FAMILIES WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE? If you don’t have medical in...
Bush, Blacks and Jews
BRUCE JACKSON
On Wednesday, January 15, Martin Luther King’s birthday, George W. Bush ordered White House lawyers to use all their energy, resources and experience to convince whatever members of the Supreme Court needed such convincing that the University of Michigan sho...
Swept Clean
ANNIE C. HIGGINS
The idea of Sharon with broom in hand is comical enough, but the suggestion that he sweep the rooms of the Islamic Center that his soldiers left in shambles made me laugh. My friend, who conducts Qur’anic study sessions, always manages to find humor in the m...
Bush, Blacks and Jews
BRUCE JACKSON
On Wednesday, January 15, Martin Luther King’s birthday, George W. Bush ordered White House lawyers to use all their energy, resources and experience to convince whatever members of the Supreme Court needed such convincing that the University of Michigan sho...
Welcome to the Armageddon Jamboree!
ADAM ENGEL
Jazz Owl : I wanna sing-a, about the moon-a and the June-a and the Spring-a! Church Owl: Stop! Enough is too much! – from some old cartoon I forgot who made it (Warner Brothers?) let ‘em sue me. Fairies...
Sharon and Hamas
RAY HANANIA
Hamas is considered one of Israel’s greatest threats, but the Islamic terrorist organization found its beginnings in the misguided Israeli effort to encourage the rise of a religious alternative that would undermine the popularity of the Palestine Liberation...
Is It Time to Move to Canada?
ANIS SHIVANI
Dissenters have failed to come to terms with the enormity of the totalitarian revolution underway in the U.S. Radicals, leftists, progressives, liberals have all chosen, for the most part, different forms of denial and escapism. But now the time is at hand to deci...
Rumsfeld’s Paradigm Shift
CAROL NORRIS
Up is down, red is green, yes means no, and no evidence is evidence. Rumsfeld, that loveable lug, is at it again. When Saddam Hussein agreed to weapons inspectors, the Bush Cartel found it almost impossible to take yes for an answer. Holy cow, they said amongst th...
How the Press Downplayed the Anti-War Protests
WAYNE MADSEN
A large banner hanging on the side of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art could not have been more appropriate for the January 18 anti-war protest on the Mall in Washington, DC. Promoting an art display inside the museum, the banner read: “Decep...
150,000 March for Peace in Washington, DC
WILLIAM HUGHES
WASHINGTON. It was a frigid 20 degrees, but, mercifully, calm and sunny, as high-spirited, sign-waving, and slogan-chanting protesters, estimated at over 150,000, from 200 cities and 48 states, arrived in the nation’s capital, on Saturday morning, Jan. 18, 2...
Mt. Whitney Towers Over Death Valley
SAUL LANDAU
Wow, a vacation! The teenager has gone off to stay with a sib. “Until the rise of American advertising,” paraphrasing Gore Vidal, “it never occurred to anyone anywhere in the world that the teenager was a captive in a hostile world of adults.R...
Bush and the Constitution
WALT BRASCH
The Supreme Court received advice from constitutional scholar, civil rights analyst, and national educator George W. Bush. Yes, that George W. Bush. The same one who just after the November 2000 general election while his political future was still undecide...
After Iraq, Is the Vatican Next?
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
On January 24, 2002, Shelton Hull and I asked Emmett “Bob” Tyrrell, of AMERICAN SPECTATOR fame, to name what he thought would be the most surprising country that the US would target in its War on Terror. This was at the tail-end of a fifteen minute int...
Death Row Shut Down in Illinois
ERIC RUDER
Declaring that the death penalty system was "haunted by the demon of error," Illinois Gov. George Ryan made history last weekend when he emptied death row. Ryan commuted the sentences of all 156 death row prisoners–a decision that is almost unparal...
An Unacceptable Helplessness
EDWARD SAID
One opens The New York Times on a daily basis to read the most recent article about the preparations for war that are taking place in the United States. Another battalion, one more set of aircraft carriers and cruisers, an ever-increasing number of aircraft, new ...
Reclaiming Martin Luther King
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
Every year this time people pull out Martin Luther King’s "I have a dream" or "mountaintop" speeches with corresponding video footage. Generally speaking, King is presented at two times in his life, at the beginning and end of his career ...
A New Cold War
Steve Perry
His Mission and His Moment Give Shrub his due: Last night’s presidential address to the Cong...
CounterPunch’s Favorite 100 Nonfiction Books in Translation, Published in English Since 1900
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The South Pole: an account of the Norwegian Antarctic expedition, 1910-1912 Roald Amundsen ...
A Tax Cut That Would Sink the Economy
MARIA TOMCHICK
The U.S. media is expending a lot of ink and air time evaluating the potential economic effects of George Bush’s new tax-cut proposal. So far, most of the discussion has centered around how much economic stimulus the plan will provide and how long it will t...
Abortion and the Left
CARL ESTABROOK
There is no orthodoxy more firmly fixed on the American political landscape than that opposition to abortion belongs on the Right, while “defense of abortion rights” is the linchpin of the Left. But a consideration of what Left and Right mean suggests...
Workers Against War
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
As entrails to ancient augurs, the water in toilets on upper floors of the Sears Tower presents to us signs, omens, the coded messages from which to coax the metaphors for our age. Lapping back and forth within the bowls, the water betrays the ceaseless stress and...
Conscientious Objectors Abused by the Israeli Military
YIGAL BRONNER
Jonathan Ben Artzi’s (or Yoni as his friends know him) first experience with the Israeli justice system was a positive one. As a student at an elite Jerusalem prep school, he found that he could no longer bear the militaristic atmosphere or the overt role t...
Governor Ryan Nominated for Nobel Prize
CounterPunch Wire
It is official: George Ryan is now a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Francis A. Boyle announced “I have today filed the Nomination by fax with the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Norway. StopCapitalPunishment.org will now focus its efforts on promoting and lobbyi...
Inside Saddam’s War Diary
BERNARD WEINER
Dear Diary: This is a tough one. If I hang in there, I may just survive to carry out my plans. But if I make a wrong move, or misinterpret the wide variety of signals coming my way, I’m vaporized toast. Oh, I know I could take the advice of some Arab leaders ...
When Bush First Vowed to Take Out Saddam
JASON LEOPOLD
Hopefully, by now, most Americans will agree that President Bush’s war mongering against Iraq is purely personal. To prove this point, go back to December 1999 when Bush was still governor of Texas and wasn’t even the Republican candidate for President...
Draft Impeachment Resolution Against George W. Bush
FRANCIS A. BOYLE Professor Of Law, University Of Illinois School Of Law
108nd Congress H.Res.XX 1st Session Impeaching George Walker Bush, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors. _______________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January __, 2003 M...
Paranoid? North Korea? Oh Surely Not!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Those Inscrutable Orientals There’s much fluttering among the pundits about the enigmatic North Koreans, much puzzlement about that nation’s motives in withdrawing from the non-proliferation treaty and telling the US it’s pressing forwar...
Give Me That Old Time Republic
WILLIAM HUGHES
Martin Peretz, a rabid cheerleader for Zionist causes, entitles his American-based magazine, "The New Republic." It’s an Israel First organ, if there ever was one. In the name of America’s revered Founding Fathers, I object! His journal shou...
Hawai’i and the Rosy Dawn of US Imperialism
GARY LEUPP
On this day 110 years ago, U.S. Marines, acting at the invitation of wealthy haole (white) sugar planters, invaded the Kingdom of Hawai’i and overthrew Queen Lili’uokalani, eighth monarch in the line of King Kamehameha I. A day, to coin a phrase, that ...