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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 February 2004
Smearing Nader
DOUGLAS O'HARA
"The worst Democrat is better than the best Republican." That’s what my grandfather, a union man, used to say and it’s still considered political bedrock in my family. I, on the other hand . . . I’m reminded of my grandfatherR...
Throttled by History
GARY YOUNGE
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI. As civil war encroaches, civil society implodes and civil political discourse evaporates, one of the few things all Haitians can agree on is their pride in Toussaint L’Ouverture, who lead the slave rebellion in Haiti that establ...
The WSJ’s Paranoid Lens on Latin America
PHILLIP CRYAN
In one of her Wall Street Journal columns last year, Mary Anastasia O’Grady wrote that U.S. lawmakers and State Department officials who criticize the Colombian military’s human rights record are "still fighting the Cold War, on the wrong side.&qu...
Private Refused to Fight in "Dehumanizing" War
JONATHAN FRANKLIN
US army private Jeremy Hinzman fought in Afghanistan and considers himself a patriot. But when his unit was ordered to Iraq, he refused to go and embarked on a radical journey that could make legal history. Private first class Hinzman left the 504th Parachu...
Not a Chance
JOSH FRANK
Watch out for the Democrat backlash, Ralph Nader is running for President as an Independent. Of course most agree Nader’s run will not accrue nearly as many votes as his 2000 tally. Nonetheless these weak-kneed liberals are fearful of their deranged "sp...
The Passion, Rabbi Lerner and the Gospels
GARY LEUPP
I’m included, for some reason, on the email list of Tikkun Magazine, edited by Rabbi Michael Lerner, whom I respect for his involvement in the antiwar movement, including the Not In Our Name Coalition. On the other hand, I sometimes find his pronouncements b...
Why No Democracy in Iraq?
CHRIS KROMM, RANIA MASRI And TARA PUROHIT
It’s almost a year since the Iraq war began, and now that the "official" reasons for the invasion–Iraq’s storied stockpiles of weapons, the imaginary ties between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden–lie ...
Things They Should Consider
AL KREBS
Before the Democratic Party and its "liberal intelligentsia" unleash its expected vindictiveness upon Ralph Nader’s candidacy for president in 2004 it might consider the following: * Al Gore (with an able assist from the U.S. S...
Israel’s Apartheid Wall on Trial
NEVE GORDON
Jerusalem. Imagine a domestic terrorist cell loose in the city. They have already murdered a few people. The intelligence agency claims that members of the black community are harboring them, and their victims are almost always white. Since the city is more...
Separated at Birth?
BRUCE JACKSON
In his fifteen minutes or so on 22 February Meet the Press with Tim Russert, Ralph Nader (who with ever-increasing frequency refers to himself in the first-person plural) used some variant of the word "corporation" twenty-one times. Except when referring...
Richard Perle, Executioner
KURT NIMMO
Native Americans had an expression for it. Forked tongue. Now we call them liars, backstabbers, dissimulators. People who say one thing and do another. Cheats, double-dealers, hypocrites. Dirty tricks and skullduggery. For as Mark Twain once q...
Chasing Judith Miller Off the Stage
DEREK SEIDMAN
When I heard that the New York Times correspondent Judith Miller was going to be speaking at a local campus last week, I was eager to check her out. Ever since I read Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power’s atrocious review of Noam Chomksy’s "Hegem...
This Week in Redfern
VANESSA JONES
There is a boy dead in a city morgue. A teenager. Thomas "TJ" Hickey. Dead at 17. How do you write about death? About riots? About an issue no-one in power seems to want resolved? The mad scramble of Australia as it is today. Inner city Sydney Redfern. P...
Argentina Fights Back
ROGER BURBACH
Buenos Aires. President Nestor Kirchner of Argentina is emerging as the leading nemesis of the International Monetary Fund and the private financial speculators in South America. Assuming office in May 2003 with less than a quarter of the popular vote, he ...
Kerry: He’s Peaking, Already
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
By all rights John Kerry should have been at the top of his form, the night he won the Wisconsin primary. Even though the six biggest states, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, New York and California have yet to vote, he’s been hailed as the Democratic nom...
An Air That Kills
JOHN HOLT
AN AIR THAT KILLS: How the Asbestos Poisoning of Libby, Montana, Uncovered a National Scandal...
Why They Wouldn’t Wait
TOM JACKSON
Going back all the way to the Bush administration’s build-up for invading Iraq, there has been much written and said about the reasons for the invasion. Now Paul O’Neill’s revelations that the Bush administration planned to invade Iraq long befor...
Lessons on Justice from Guatemala
KATE DOYLE
President Fox, Something remarkable has happened in Guatemala. You owe it to your country to take notice. On January 20, the Guatemalan Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a senior military officer, Col. Juan Valencia Osorio, for plotting and orde...
An Opportunity for Debate on Nuclear Weapons
DAVID KRIEGER
In the post 9/11 world there has been strong concern about nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists or "rogue" states. The pretext for the initiation of the US war against Iraq was the concern that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, including...
Sharon is not the Problem
GHADA KARMI
The Sharon government is widely regarded, even by Israel’s friends, as a negative force in the current politics of the Middle East. Its brutal repression of the Palestinians, its intransigence over engaging in the peace process and its defiance of world opin...
Anatomy of a Night Raid on Balad, Iraq
BEN GRANBY
Mohammed offered me a cigarette. I wasn’t about to refuse. I dont normally smoke, and a choked a little after inhaling. Then the nicotine seared through my veins. Relaxed. I was suited up to join Alpha ‘Attack’ company on a night time miss...
Jefferson, Slaves, Haiti and Hypocrisy
FREDERICK B. HUDSON
SLAVE POWER. Two hundred years before Stokely Carmichael called for black power, the black slaves in the United States elected a President. How? The much hailed blueprint of justice, the American Constitution, gave each of them, man, woman, or child, status in the...
What Gives Texas A&M the Right?
GREG MOSES
[Editors' Note: During February the Texas Civil Rights Review uncovered documents from a specially appointed ta...
The Afghanistan Debacle
MIKE WHITNEY
If we want to understand the Bush Foreign policy in Iraq, we only have to look at Afghanistan. The basic principles are identical. There are approximately 11,000 American servicemen currently in Afghanistan, most of whom are stationed at military facilities...
Palestinian Issue Riddles Bush’s 2005 Budget
SAM BAHOUR
"The President shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient." Article II, Sec. 3, U.S. Constitution...
Corporatism and Single Party Politics
CHARLES SULLIVAN
Like the threads of an intricate tapestry, a remarkable homogeneity runs through the course of American history, regardless of which political party has occupied the Whitehouse, or which controls Congress. Either there is powerful collusion involved, or American f...
Entry from a White House Diary
SAUL LANDAU
A young man claiming he worked in the White House gave me this report shortly after President George W. Bush told Tim Russert that "I expected there to be stockpiles of weapons [in Iraq]" ("Meet the Press," 2/8/04). At a White House staf...
The Bloody Price of US Primacy in Iraq
TARIQ ALI
The whole world knows that Bush and Blair lied to justify the war, but do they know the price being paid on the ground in Iraq? First, the blood price–paid by civilians and others this week as every week. More than 50 people died on Tuesday [2/12] when a car...
Iraq Hawks and Deceptive Intelligence
RAY McGOVERN
Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. But when we’ve practiced for a while, we markedly improve our style. A time-honored aphorism. And the second-sentence Karl-Rove corollary has been applied with consummate skill —...
"I Hope They Kill Each Other"
MIKE WHITNEY
This is the war that President Bush said he wanted; the War on terrorism. Remember, "Bring it on!" Now that events in Iraq have brought that dream to full flower, we find our unelected leader headed for the exits. In a series of statements from to...
The Collapse of Dean’s Cyber-Bubble
NORMAN SOLOMON
The saga of Howard Dean is a cautionary tale about politics and the Internet. His campaign rode a big wave of cyberspace hype — and then sank. There are valid complaints to be made about Dean’s rough handling by major news outlets this winter. S...
The Mighty Helmsman (From Yale)
LEWIS CARROLL
Fit the Second THE BELLMAN’S SPEECH The Bellman himself they all praised to the skies– Such a carriage, such ease and such grace! Such solemnity, too! One could see he was wise, The moment one looked in his face! He had b...
Can Anyone Top Cheney & Halliburton?
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
I do plainly and ingenuously confess that I am guilty of corruption, and do renounce all defense. Francis Bacon, on being charged with corruption Let the foolishness begin. In what was one of the cutest op-ed pieces in the c...
Will Kerry Make a Stand?
WAYNE MADSEN
From my vantage point in the nation’s capital, I am increasingly becoming confident that the Democrats will oust the Bush-Cheney regime from power this coming November. However, just winning the election is only the first step for the Democrats. There must b...
A Personal Report
CECILIE SURASKY
It is my first morning at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India and I am at a workshop on Palestinian women and the occupation. In the audience is a woman who I first think might be Israeli–she could easily be one of my friends and I feel an immediate kins...
AFL-CIO’s Attack on Harry Kelber, the 90-Year Old Editor of The Labor Educator
MIKE GRIFFIN
As a rank and file trade unionist for more than 37 years, I have born witness to events perpetrated by our so-called leaders that range from amazingly corrupt to outlandishly stupid; but the attack on a ninety year old elder statesman is proof that no matter how l...
Whither The Nation?
RALPH NADER
The following letter is a response to "An Open Letter to RALPH NADER," which appeared in the February 16 issue of The Nation. As I reread slowly your open letter, which kindly started and closed with your demand "Don’t run," memor...
Kerry Tells Anti-War Movement to Move On
MARK HAND
Researchers and investigative reporters are fascinated with the neoconservatives, that group of American empire peddlers who turned George W. Bush into a junkie war criminal. A similar group, the New Democrats, has been pushing its own dangerous brand of U.S. hege...
Bush and Wen Joined at the Hip (Pocket)
DAVID LINDORFF
China’s Communist leaders and the Bush family have always been close. When daddy Bush, functioning as ambassador to China, was cavorting around Beijing with his secretary/mistress, China’s security apparatus was discrete about the rather brazen affair ...
Why is Kerry Getting a Pass?
GREG WEIHER
I was listening to excerpts from a debate on "Democracy Now" the other day. On one side was Mark Green, Michael Bloomberg’s opponent in the recent mayoral race, and John Kerry’s New York campaign chair. On the other were Robert Scheer, the Lo...
AWOL and Dereliction of Duty
WILLIAM WILGUS
Although I’m sure he didn’t realize he was doing so, White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett has apparently confirmed that Bush was indeed AWOL—Absent Without Leave—during part of the period he obligated himself to serve in the Air...
Mush-Minded Liberals
WILLIAM BLUM
The following is not simply a diatribe against humorist Al Franken. It’s a diatribe against all mushy-thinking liberals. Franken tells us he is against the war in Iraq. But he was part of a tour that went to Iraq to entertain the troops, truly a feat of inte...
Whatever Happened to General Khazraji?
GARY LEUPP
In December 2002 I wrote a piece for CounterPunch about General Nizar al-Khazraji, the Iraqi officer who had fled Iraq in 1999, and gone into Spanish, then Danish, exile. A top officer under Saddam Hussein, he is widely accused of resp...
A Victory for Free Speech
MARJORIE COHN
Apparently for the first time since the dark days of J. Edgar Hoover, the government has tried to use the grand jury to harass and intimidate anti-war protestors. Drake University and four peace activists were recently subpoenaed to produce records about the Natio...
A Review of "The Sorrows of Empire"
KURT NIMMO
If you listen to the Bush Ministry of Disinformation, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly — and millions of Americans do, every day — you get the impression people opposed to Bush’s plan for endless war are Marxist nutbars and shrill...
An Open Letter to The Nation
GREG BATES
In telling Ralph Nader not to run for president, your fretting over "tangible costs" that "may" be imposed on interest groups he champions is both your letter’s strongest point and no reason to write it. Arguing against the threat of too ...
"The Cause of Israel is the Cause of America"
SEN. JOHN KERRY
Editors’ Note: We offer this unfettered pledge of fealty to Israel by John Kerry as yet more evidence that there’s scarcely a dime’s worth of difference between the major political candidates of both parties on the life-and-death issues of our ti...
Corporation as Psychopath
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
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A Bush Doctrine, of Sorts
XIMENA ORTIZ
There are many theories bandied about describing a "Bush doctrine." Some may argue such a term is oxymoronic, but to define the doctrine is not to suggest that it is coherent, strategic or that Bush is even in charge of it. Still, Bush is the man behind ...
The Countryside Murders
MIKE FERNER
AUTHORS’ NOTE: While writing the essay, "Terror by Another Name," I realized that we apply this most potent term in the American political vocabulary very unevenly. We define terrorism as tactics used against us, but deny that it applies to our own...