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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 2003
Judge Brinkema v. Ashcroft
ELAINE CASSEL
We knew this was coming. The government has said all along it will not obey U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema’s order to allow Zacarias Moussaoui and his lawyers to interview a key prosecution witness. A witness who may exculpate Moussaoui altogether and l...
Wolfowitz Told White House to Hype Uranium Claims
MARJORIE COHN
Revelations that the Bush administration sold us a bill of goods about Iraq’s weapons program are growing faster than the imaginary mushroom cloud George W. Bush used to whip up support for his invasion of Iraq. Weapons of mass destruction provided the excus...
Third Ways and Worlds
NORMAN MADARASZ
On the weekend of July 11-13, London was host to the most recent conference on "Progressive Governance"–better known as the ‘third way’. The meeting gathered five hundred political leaders, diplomats and intellectuals to discuss the sta...
Bondage or Freedom?
LINDA S. HEARD
In these days when Western governments use the threat of terrorism as a pretext to erode our civil liberties and countries become fortresses as they erect false barriers between themselves and their next door neighbors, it’s time, perhaps, to scrutinize one ...
Bush Country
LISA WALSH THOMAS
"If some can sacrifice their lives, then surely the rest of us can give our attention." James DePreist Oregon Symphony Orchestra conductor from a June 14th commencement address speech I often t...
How Can They Justify the War, If WMDs Are Never Found?
JASON LEOPOLD
Since the start of the war in Iraq four months ago, 212 American soldiers have been killed, including 79 who have died since May 1, when President George Bush declared an end to major hostilities in Iraq. It’s unclear how many Iraqi civilians perished during...
Better Justice Through Chemistry?
HEIDI LYPPS
The June 16 Supreme Court decision in the celebrated forced drugging case of Dr. Charles Sell set off a mix of jubilation, confusion, and frustration among both advocates and opponents of involuntary medication. The 6-3 decision overturned two previous rulings all...
Bush Pre-emptive Strike Doctrine is the Bane of Non-Proliferation Watchdogs
MARTIN SCHWARZ
U.S. President George W. Bush’s new doctrine of preventive war and pre-emptive strikes is turning the UN’s nuclear watchdog into a lapdog. After decades of low-profile work to promote cooperation on peaceful use of nuclear energy, the Internatio...
(Dis) Intelligence Revisited
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
I. (CP –June 7th, 2003) Contra(pre)dictions become accurate and true within secret reports of distorted information exaggerating pre-war WMD threats determining what is missing from where nothing has been found. How to d...
Sometimes Even the President of the United States Has to Stand Naked
RON JACOBS
July 13, 1973. This was the day that the US public found out about the audiotapes then President Nixon was making in the White House. Alexander Butterfield, the White House appointments secretary, revealed under questioning by the Senate Watergate Committee that T...
Criminalizing the Palestinian Solidarity Movement
PANKAJ MEHTA
Rutgers University will be hosting the Third National Student Conference on the Palestinian Solidarity Movement October 10-12 in New Brunswick, NJ. While the University has recognized the conference as an example of student free speech and freedom of political ass...
Wolfowitz Told White House to Hype Uranium Claims
JASON LEOPOLD
WASHINGTON, D.C A Pentagon committee led by Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, advised President Bush to include a reference in his January State of the Union address about Iraq trying to purchase 500 tons of uranium from Niger to bolster the ...
Ashcroft’s War on Legal Whistleblowers
ELAINE CASSEL
D.C. attorney Jesselyn Radack was once employed in the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility (an oxymoron these days, if you ask me, but that is another article). She was the wrong woman in the wrong place at the right time. In 2002, ...
CIA Warned White House Last October that Niger Documents Were Forgeries
JASON LEOPOLD
The CIA successfully got the White House last October to omit references to Iraq’s alleged attempts to purchase uranium from Niger because the agency concluded that the documents used to back up the allegations were forgeries, according to two Democratic mem...
Why We Resigned from VIPS
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
Many readers of CounterPunch will have seen a statement by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), published on July 14 as a Memorandum for the President, decrying the "melting" down and disintegration of the...
Considering the Obvious
GAIUS PUBLIUS
"When you make an enemy of the United States, you’d better watch out. Sooner or later we will get you." Paul Bremer, U.S administrator of Iraq This has been a hard piece to write. It may be a...
No Conspiracy at Coffeen Nature Preserve
BECKY GILLETTE
I am writing to express dismay at the article posted to your web site, "Coffeen-gate, What is going on at Sierra Foundation?" by David Orr. Orr’s Coffeen missive is peppered through with phrases like "there is a ...
Oil Wars and New Europe’s Mercenaries
CHRIS FLOYD
In a political world blackened with the stinking pitch of lies, distortion and death-dealing hypocrisy, a shining knight of truth stepped boldly forth last week. With admirable–if ruthless–honesty, Polish Foreign Minister Wlodzimierz Cimioszewicz openl...
The Bi-National State
URI AVNERY
"The wolf shall dwell with the lamb" prophesied Isaiah (11:6). This is possible in our times, too–provided you bring a new lamb every day. In desperate times, messianic ideas flourish. They permit an escape from the dark present to a better...
The Uranium Meltdown
JOHN TROYER
"The President has moved on," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said to reporters at a news conference on Saturday when asked about the continuing attention being given to false intelligence information used in President George W. Bush’s January ...
Training Colombia’s Killers in the US
SOA Watch
July 13th marked the third anniversary of the US military aid package known as "Plan Colombia" and consequently, the fatal impact it has had on human rights. Three years ago the US Congress voted to send 1.3 billion dollars to Colombia in order to fight ...
Yurok Tribe Denounces Interior Department’s Salmon Killers
DAN BACHER
Over 200 members of the Yurok Tribe and their supporters came to the Hilton Hotel in Sacramento on July 10 to protest U.S. Department of Interior policies that resulted in last September’s Klamath River fish kill. As Bennett Raley, the Assistant Secre...
Hot Days in Ramallah
LISA TARAKI
Ramallah. It is one of those hot Ramallah days. By ten in the morning, which is the time I arrive, the place is teeming with hopeful applicants. Most have been there since 8:30, when the gate is opened. The Israeli "civil administration" o...
The Pretend Captain
WALTER BRASCH
Former Texas Air National Guard Lt. George W. Bush showed up on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. He was trim, the result of long daily workouts. He was dressed immaculately, the result of having aides, valets, and costumers. For the sailors returning from Gulf War II, ...
Intelligence Unglued
VETERAN INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS FOR SANITY
MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: VETERAN INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS FOR SANITY SUBJECT: Intelligence Unglued The glue that holds the Intelligence Community together is melting under the hot lights of an awakened press. If you do not act qu...
an Iraq War and Occupation Glossary
DAVID LINDORFF
As the war in Iraq grinds on and American casualties mount, the situation there is increasingly coming to resemble the one in Vietnam some 35-40 years ago. We even have a Defense Secretary who, like Robert McNamara before him, is an over-confident egotist devoid o...
What’s Going on at the Sierra Club Foundation?
DAVID ORR
Why are some Sierra Club Board members and Sierra Club Foundation staff refusing to provide information to Florida Chapter activists about the proposed transfer of a Florida nature preserve owned by the Foundation to a new land trust that will be controlled by adj...
What’s Behind the Crisis in Liberia?
LEE SUSTAR
The rhetoric is about AIDS and poverty, but the agenda is oil and empire. George W. Bush’s mid-July tour of Africa highlighted the ways in which the U.S. is consolidating its economic and strategic role across the continent–from preparing a possible de...
AIDS Dissent and Africa
MICKEY Z.
When South End Press recently sent me a review copy of "Global AIDS: Myths and Facts" by Alexander Irwin, Joyce Millen, and Dorothy Fallows, I was cautiously optimistic. As with anything related to medicine and science (and with Dubya starring in his own...
AIDS and the Drug Profiteers
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
President Bush is doing a barnstorming tour of Africa to call attention to his administration’s commitment to addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic on the continent. One problem: He’s simultaneously trying to impose on African countries enhanced patent prote...
Washington and Pyongyang
JOHN FEFFER
The streets of the capital are broad and the buildings monumental. Inside the grand state offices, a power struggle rages among the political elite, and the side that seems to have the upper hand is insulated, single-minded, and shamelessly belligerent. This cliqu...
Shades of Gray in Iran
RON JACOBS
Recently, as the question of Iran and its relationship to the United States has pushed itself back into the front pages of the west’s newspapers, a debate has been simmering among antiwar and progressive types as to what their position should be on the threa...
New White House Slogan
DAVID LINDORFF
So President Bush considers the issue of his lying to the American people about Iraq’s possessing or trying to possess nuclear weapons to be "closed." Now that CIA Director George Tenet has admitted he "should have" noticed this whopper a...
Parable of the Lobbyist
ADAM ENGEL
While loitering in the lobby of the CAPITOL because I had nothing better to do, I was accosted by a Lobbyist. The Lobbyist pitched the products of Dereliction Deterrent Technologies (DDT) to the Lawmakers, who will have to chose a method of execution concom...
God Responds to Bush
TIM WISE
God is apparently quite busy. Between trying to soften the hearts of the hateful, sow peace and brotherhood throughout the world, and prevent a new episode of "The Bachelor" from appearing on American TV, the Almighty also takes the time to speak to Geor...
How the Philly Inquirer Whitewashed Sandra Day O’Connor
EDWARD S. HERMAN
Anybody who follows the Inky closely knows that in dealing with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s visit to Philadelphia on July 4 to receive the Liberty Medal, the paper would treat her with kid gloves and allow no dissident voice to be heard...
Civil Liberties After September 11
TOM STEPHENS
The shock and horror following the deadly terrorist crimes of September 11, 2001 led to major legal changes in America that undermine fundamental civil liberties and constitutional rights. In swift succession, government security and intelligence agents have been ...
Awaiting Justice on an Old Blanket
RAMZY BAROUD
The mother of Mohamed al-Khateb resolutely awaited the return of her son. But waiting for her was hardly a metaphoric notion. She sat on an old blanket, placed permanently in a shaded spot adjacent to her house and waited, for decades. We grew older, from ...
Semitic is a Language Group, Not a Race or Ethnic Group
JASON LEOPOLD
While the Bush administration is beset by questions about the accuracy of intelligence information the President cited in building a case for war against Iraq, the White House hawks have still not fully explained how Iraq became a target of the administration shor...
Semitic is a Language Group, Not a Race or Ethnic Group
SAM HAMOD
One of the myths that has been perpetrated on the world is that only Jews are semites. This is totally inaccurate. Unfortunately, the ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) has made a fortune in donations and has conned most media networks and most people in the world i...
The Coming Financial Reality, an Interview with Michael Hudson
STANDARD SCHAEFER
The war in Iraq is allegedly over, interest rates are going lower and there are rumors of recovery although the economy is still in the doldrums. A Bush is president, but an election is around the corner. It sounds a bit like the recession of 1990-1991. In fact, t...
Terrorism Against the Constitution
ELAINE CASSEL
The 12 judges–the full panel–of the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the most conservative federal court in the United States, has refused to do its constitutional duty and engage in meaningful judicial review, thus handing the Bush regime a big win ...
The Coin of Empire
CONN HALLINAN
"The coin of empire is always bought dear" was an expression that emerged from the great Irish Tithe War of the 1830s, when the British taxed the Catholic Irish to support the Church of England. After three years of opposition, bloodshed, and financial c...
The Double Wall Before the Future
ARTHUR MITZMAN
We are dancing on a volcano. Narcisse Achille, Comte de Salvandy (1830) [Editors' Note: We are delighted to publish this essay by one of our favorite historians, ARTHUR MITZMAN. This is essay is the introduction to Prof...
Dealing with the Devil
RON JACOBS
It’s a familiar story: Robert Johnson traded his soul for the ability to play the guitar like no one else. Dr. Faustus traded his for the ability to effect cures and other medicinal wonders. In modern western society, it is the citizens and their governments...
An Interview with Wes Jackson
ROBERT JENSEN
Wes Jackson and his colleagues at The Land Institute are working on a 10,000 year-old problem — agriculture. Not simply problems in agriculture, but the problem of agriculture. That fundamental problem is that no one has come up with a sustainable sys...
Federal Courts, Not Military Commissions
JOANNE MARINER
Boston federal judge William G. Young garnered national media attention last January when, in sentencing "shoe bomber" Richard Reid to several terms of life imprisonment, he dismissed Reid’s claim to be taking part in a war against the United State...
US Leaves Injured Iraqis Untreated
ALI ABUNIMAH
United States occupation forces in Iraq are refusing to treat wounded and sick Iraqis if their injuries are not directly caused by the United States. This shocking behavior is a violation of the Geneva Conventions. On June 30, dozens of Iraqis were killed a...
Coddling Terrorists in Colombia
SEAN DONAHUE
One would think that a meeting between high-ranking officials at a U.S. embassy and representatives of a terrorist group would grab headlines nationwide. But few in the U.S. noticed last month when two major Colombian newspapers reported that on May 4, Alex Lee, t...
Who Outted Bush in Afrika?
YEMI TOURE
The moment was just too powerful to contemplate fully. Recently, U.S. President George Bush was seen holding hands with a man. In the public. With cameras from all over the world recording it. And it was a Black man at that. Who outed George Bush?...