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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 2003
State Terrorism and September 11, 1973 and 2003
ROGER BURBACH
On the morning of September 11, I watched aircraft flying overhead. Minutes later I heard explosive sounds and saw fireballs of smoke fill the sky. As a result of these attacks thousands died, including two good friends of mine. I am not writing about Septe...
The Pinochet Files
JONATHAN FRANKLIN
In this never-before-published photograph, General Augusto Pinochet (second from left) and President Salvador Allende (in white jacket) are seen on a trip in northern Chile in the months before the 1973 coup that left Allende dead and Pinochet in command of the go...
The Political Capital of 9/11
NORMAN SOLOMON
The Bush administration never hesitated to exploit the general public’s anxieties that arose after the traumatic events of September 11, 2001. Testifying on Capitol Hill exactly 53 weeks later, Donald Rumsfeld did not miss a beat when a member of the ...
McCain-Feingold in Trouble
ELAINE CASSEL
After listening to yesterday’s arguments in McConnell v. Federal Election Commission before the Supreme Court, it is obvious that the campaign finance reform law known as McCain-Feingold appears is headed for serious curtailment, if not the legislative grave...
Hitchens as Model Apostate
NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
Editors’ note: NORMAN FINKELSTEIN is writing a political memoir, which will serve as the introduction to a new edition of his book, The Rise and Fall of Palestine, to be published by New Press next year. Below is an excerpt on the phenomenon of...
Cancun Reality Show
JOHN ROSS
CANCUN QUINTANA ROO. The fifth ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) upcoming in this Caribbean tourist paradise September 10th-14th will be a make or break session for that beleaguered champion of the corporate globalization of the worl...
When All Was Said and Done
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
We believed what we believed– instead of the truth Leaders didn’t stop lying Generals didn’t stop plotting Soldiers didn’t stop killing Casualties didnt stop dying and…. all we got was what we...
Bring the US Troops Out of Iraq, Now!
LEE SUSTAR
U.S. TROOPS should get out of Iraq–not next month or next year, but now. The urgency of this demand was brought home August 29 when a giant explosion killed 125 people outside a Shiite mosque in Najaf–including Ayatollah Mohammed Bakir Al-Hakim, head o...
The Bush Education Deception
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
High school is closer to the core of the American experience than anything else I can think of. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Once again fact and fiction blend to create a happy illusion. In the Department of Education biography...
Was Wesley Clark Also Unprepared for the Post-War Bloodbath?
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
In his apparent quest for the Democratic Presidential nomination, General Wesley Clark rightly criticizes President Bush for waging a "pre-emptive" invasion of Iraq, and in particular for being "unprepared" for the post-invasion occupation of t...
At the Gates of Hell
TIM LLEWELLYN
The American-British invasion and occupation of Iraq has put the clock back eighty years and inaugurated a hellish prospect for both baffled occupiers and benighted inhabitants. The argument about whether the Iraqis will at some unspecified future date and after w...
Eating Humble Pie
WILLIAM A. COOK
A cynic may be the only person enjoying the current scene Bush administration officials scurrying frantically around, like so many roaches caught with the light suddenly turned on, to the UNSC, to Germany, France, Congress, and the compliant mainstream media talk ...
A Dirty River Runs Beneath It
JANET KAUFFMAN
The Midwest is flyover country, as they say. From 35,000 feet, the landscape is a lovely patchwork of geometric field shapes, parallelograms stitched neatly together. But close up, Midwest farmland is not such a pretty picture. Farm animals are often packed...
Strange Attractors
CHRIS FLOYD
Who carried out the September 11 terror attacks on the United States? People in the pay of Saudi Arabia, trained and maintained by the secret services of Pakistan. What did George W. Bush do to punish these accomplices to mass murder on American soil? Nothing; ins...
A Kinder, Gentler RIAA?
BILL GLAHN
Mitch Bainwol was just 4 days into his new position as top dog with the RIAA on Friday when 2 major wire services (Reuters and AP) ran stories stating that the RIAA was planning to announce an amnesty program for illegal file downloaders. Under the terms stated in...
Meet the New Iraqi Strongman
ROBERT JENSEN And RAHUL MAHAJAN
The Bush administration’s contempt for the intelligence of Americans hit a new low Sunday night in the President’s speech about Iraq. People around the country are asking about the failure to find evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,...
A Helping of Crow with Those Fries?
BRIDGET GIBSON
Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, ‘Something is out of tune.’ Carl Jung Back when our busy congressional re...
Meet the New Iraqi Strongman
ROBERT FISK
Paul Bremer’s taste in clothes symbolises "the new Iraq" very well. He wears a business suit and combat boots. As the proconsul of Iraq, you might have thought he’d have more taste. But he is a famous "anti-terrorism" expert who is ...
Demonstration Democracy
BOB FITRAKIS
During the Cold War, the CIA, in the words of long-time agent Ralph McGehee, practiced the art of "deadly deceits." Throughout the Third World, the secret spy agency engaged in covert operations, blatant acts of economic destabilization and wanton acts o...
Thou Shalt Not Campaign from the Bench
SEAN CARTER
As we look back on the great Ten Commandments saga in Alabama, it’s easy to dismiss this event as just another example of why people should stop marrying their second cousins. However, while that may be a good place to start, it isn’t a real so...
Off With Their Heads!
GILA SVIRSKY
Jerusalem. While a bunch of Israeli and Palestinian women were hugging and kissing outside Tulkarm today, the Israeli government dropped three 250 kg (550 lb) bombs on an apartment building in Gaza, trying (unsuccessfully) to kill the ten Hamas leaders meet...
The Bush Speech
DAVE LINDORFF
Listening to President Bush’s address last night, which–despite a single line of contrition–was clear proof that the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld strategy in Iraq has been a fiasco, I was stumped trying to locate a policy disaster of similar scale in rec...
Through the Eyes of Foreigners
ROBERT JENSEN
Thanks to several exchange programs, every year I have the opportunity to speak with dozens of journalists and professors from around the world who tour the United States to "increase mutual understanding, " as the U.S. State Department’s "Int...
Bush and the Echo Chamber
KURT NIMMO
I didn’t watch George Bush on TV this evening. Instead, I watched Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine, a film I missed when it was in the theaters. As I watched Moore’s exposé on American violence, Bush stood in front of a podium...
edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair
URI AVNERY
It was the first day of the Israeli-Egyptian peace negotiations, after Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem. They took place at Mina House, a hotel rich in history near the Pyramids. In front of the building, the Egyptians had hoisted the flags of all the...
Outsourcing Human Rights Violations
NEVE GORDON
In her book Mercenaries, Pirates, and Sovereigns, Janice Thomson describes how Sea Dogs suc...
Iraq is a Black Hole
Col. DAN SMITH
In the months leading up to the recent war in Iraq and in its aftermath, Bush administration officials were forced to continually change their rationale for launching the attack to topple Saddam Hussein. Where they have not wavered, and where they have received co...
Why Bush Doesn’t Visit the Wounded
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Damon Runyon, in ‘The Idyll of Miss Sarah Browne’ (which became the musical ‘Guys and Dolls’), delivered a cautionary tale through his character Obadiah Masterton, otherwise known on Broadway as The Sky, whose father offered him advice in l...
Courage and the Democrats
DAVE LINDORFF
On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the White House and Pentagon made much of their new war strategy of "Shock and Awe," saying that it was intended to focus tremendous firepower on a select few targets of the Baathist power strucure and military le...
The Militarization of the Americas
LAURA CARLSON
The Bush administration has launched renewed efforts to reach out to Central and South American countries over the past month. The recent visits of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers signal that Latin Amer...
We Were Warned About This Chaos
ROBERT FISK
How arrogant was the path to war. As President Bush now desperately tries to cajole the old UN donkey to rescue him from Iraq–he who warned us that the UN was in danger of turning into a League of Nations "talking shop" if it declined him legitimac...
The Forgotten Prisoners of Guantanamo
ELAINE CASSEL
It has been a while since the hapless prisoners of the United States, those being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as "enemy combatants," have been in the news. The last rush of publicity in the spring had to do with plans to build execution chambers and try...
Shiites Humiliate Bush
GARY LEUPP
"The occupation force is primarily responsible for the pure blood that was spilt in holy Al-Najaf, the blood of al-Hakim and the faithful group that was present near the mosque. This force is primarily responsible for all this blood and the blood...
A Return to the UN?
PHYLLIS BENNIS
The recent Bush administration’s draft UN resolution proposing a new role for the United Nations in Iraq would be a welcome step if it was done to help improve the lives of Iraqi citizens. But the reassessment is not a reflection of any concern regarding the...
Pakistan Recognizes Israel
M. SHAHID ALAM
In June 2003, Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s self-appointed President and strongman, was summoned to Washington. He returned with two errands from President George Bush. Pakistan must recognize Israel and dispatch its troops to police America’s illegal o...
The UN Failed the People of Iraq
DENIS HALLIDAY
I was initially shocked and horrified at the attack on the compound, which is, after all, the place I worked myself. The corner of the building where the bomb went off is where my office was–probably the same office that Sergio de Mello [the UN envoy killed ...
Living in Death’s Dream Kingdom
WALTER A. DAVIS
Here are ten quick lessons toward developing a concept of ideology adequate to our historical situation. (1) In contrast to those who would separate ideology (as a product of society) and psychology (as a product of the family), each lesson shows a way in which id...
Mumbo-Jumbo War
JAMES T. PHILLIPS
During a recent argument, my adversary derided my past experience reporting on the wars in the Balkans. It was a heated exchange. "I don’t care about your mumbo-jumbo Bosnia [crap]," yelled the irritated man. We were discussing perso...
Reflections on the Martyrdom of Paul Hill
ABE BONOWITZ
First, thanks to everyone who has helped Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP) be a leading voice against the death penalty these past few weeks, including the few who have sent checks, the few who have turned out to events, the many who have wri...
Exxxtreme Ashcroft
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
As US President G.W. Bush’s Christian Petroleum Crusade slaughters an average of one to two American troops per day and over 3,000 Iraqi civilians since the war began, back in the Homeland, Dubya’s anointed Attorney General is leading another crusade t...
Fidel and The Prince
SAUL LANDAU
On August 25, El Nuevo Herald led with an incoherent and fact free story about Cuba selling underage girls for prostitution in Latin America. Earlier in August, The Herald also trumpeted that 3 Cuban gymnasts had defected at the Pan American games in Santo Domingo...
Midnight’s Inner Children
ADAM ENGEL
"Many describe a nearly frantic compulsion to remain playful, flexible and fun in the face of realities like fixed-rate mortgages or lawn care. Mitch Anthony, president of a branding and design firm in Northampton, Mass., is a full-fledged adult:...
Slumlords of the Internet
BILL GLAHN
On September 3, George Hotelling, a Michigan man who describes himself as a computer "geek", launched an auction on eBay to try to sell his recently purchased iTunes download of Devin Vasquez’ version of "Double Dutch Bus." Not that selli...
The Stage of History
RON JACOBS
"He must be removed from the stage of history, " said the Israeli Defense Minister the other day in regards to Yassir Arafat. He went on to say that the world now considers Minister Abbas the leader of Palestine. This statement got me to wondering if thi...
Hexagonal Headache
JOHN FEFFER
It is a testament to the absurdly low expectations attached to the diplomatic abilities of both North Korea and the United States that pundits have avoided the obvious conclusion concerning the recently concluded Six-Party Talks in Beijing. They were a disa...
Sharon Saved from Threat of Peace
ALUF BENN
It used to be said about Yitzhak Shamir that he wanted to wake up in the morning and see newspaper headlines saying, "The threat of peace has been lifted." All the signs now point to Ariel Sharon approaching the accomplishment that the former Likud premi...
Waging a War that has Already been Lost
ADAM FEDERMAN
why talk of beauty what could be more beaut- iful than these heroic happy dead who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter they did not stop to think they died instead then shall the voice of liberty be mute? e.e. cumming...
Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in Latin America
JOANNE MARINER
In Latin America, reconciliation can mean different things to different people. When, in 1990, Chile’s newly-inaugurated president established an official body to investigate the atrocities committed during Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s seventeen-year rule, ...
The Bush Folly
STAN GOFF
As the old song said, "you got to know when to hold ‘em; know when to fold ‘em." The Bush junta either hasn’t heard the old Kenny Rogers tune, or they have chosen to ignore it. They have chosen to ignore a lot in the last couple ...
Colombia’s Dirty War
W. JOHN GREEN
The conflict’s recent history is well known. In the early 1980s, a rash of guerrilla kidnapping and extortion led to local alliances of drug traffickers, emerald smugglers, large landowners, multinational corporations, industrial groups and Colombia’s ...