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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 2004
Reflections on American Pathology
RICHARD LICHTMAN
After September 11 much was made of America’s "loss of innocence." What was meant by this phrase was that our sense of inviolable security had been forever breached and that we could no longer feel safe in our impregnable fortress, this chosen land...
The Green Version, 2004
MICHAEL DONNELLY
We all know what happened four years ago. Arguably 2000’s vote-rigging and Supreme Court usurpation of power had to be the most undemocratic event in the history of presidential politics…until last month that is. Bad as 2000 was, what would we b...
A Transfer of Power, Sort Of
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
"The government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto hims...
The Problem with Neutrality Between Palestinians and Israel
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
A friend recently said that she had come to believe the level of Israeli violence against Palestinians is now so great that a balanced approach to the two sides, the middle way promoted by so many peace groups, has become totally untenable. Another friend, an Isra...
Our Broken System
SIBEL EDMONDS
Former FBI translator On Tuesday, July 6, 2004, Judge Reggie Walton made a decision and ruled on my case. Under his ruling, I, an American citizen, am not entitled to pursue my 1st and 5th Amendment rights guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States...
Martial Laws Fuel Insurgency
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Iraq has introduced legislation allowing the Iraqi authorities to impose martial law; curfews; a ban on demonstrations; the restriction of movement; phone-tapping; the opening of mail; and the freezing of bank accounts. These laws were ...
Blue Jays Slugger Stands Up Against War
DAVE ZIRIN
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Carlos Delgado is known throughout the baseball world as one of the most feared sluggers in the game. Last year the 32 year old All-Star hit 42 homers and drove in 145 runs. He has averaged almost 40 home runs a year over the last s...
Cheney and the Iraq / al-Qaeda Link
GARY LEUPP
"In the early 1990s, Saddam had sent a brigadier general in the Iraqi intelligence service to Sudan to train al Qaeda in bomb making and document forgery." (Amazing, unsubstantiated fact suddenly revealed by Dick Cheney, July 1, New O...
The October Surprises
WILLIAM S. LIND
Shortly before I left Washington for the summer (in the good old days whose passing I regret, few stayed in Washington in summertime), my informal intelligence network gave me an interesting report: Iran was beginning to mass troops on the Iran-Iraq border. Did th...
What Vietnam Tells Us About Iraq’s Future
RON JACOBS
I know these things take time and all that, but it might be instructive to take a look at events in Iraq since its supposed transition to supposed sovereignty last week. According to an Associated Press story dated July 6, 2004, the United States is not withdrawin...
Two Congresses and a Funeral
BORIS KAGARLITSKY
The Communist Party’s leaders have always been prone to optimism. When they were told of an impending crisis in their ranks, they confidently replied that nothing of the kind was possible. When forecasts suggested they would lose numerous seats in the State ...
Wishing Kerry Would Shut Up About Latin America
JUSTIN DELACOUR
Now that Andrés Oppenheimer –that obnoxious columnist over at the Miami Herald who routinely bashes Hugo Chávez and supports U.S. military aid to murderous right-wing thugs in Colombia– is saying such nice things about John Kerry, I’...
Beware Jimmy Carter!
JAMES PETRAS
On August 14, 2004, Venezuelan voters will decide on a referendum, which has the utmost world historic and strategic significance. What is at stake is nothing less than the future of the energy world, the relations between the US and Latin America (particularly Cu...
Beware Jimmy Carter!
JAMES PETRAS
On August 14, 2004, Venezuelan voters will decide on a referendum, which has the utmost world historic and strategic significance. What is at stake is nothing less than the future of the energy world, the relations between the US and Latin America (particularly Cu...
How Beltway Democrats Sank Howard Dean
JOSHUA FRANK
(Editors’ Note: As John Kerry picked John Edwards to be his running mate, many Deaniacs were upset to say the least. Of those, a contingent is planning on infiltrating the Democratic National Convention in Boston, hoping to protest from the floo...
Protesting Israel’s Apartheid Wall
TOUFIC HADDAD
I’m writing from day 5 of the solidarity tent in Ar Ram where at least 17 people have joined in on the hunger strike protesting Israel’s apartheid wall. Despite the heat wave (36 centigrade) there is a good atmosphere in the tent, and the hunger strike...
How Beltway Democrats Sank Howard Dean
JOSHUA FRANK
(Editors’ Note: As John Kerry picked John Edwards to be his running mate, many Deaniacs were upset to say the least. Of those, a contingent is planning on infiltrating the Democratic National Convention in Boston, hoping to protest from the floo...
Liberation as Martial Law
DAVE LINDORFF
Well, now we know why nearly 900 Americans and over 10,000 Iraqis died over the last 15 months, and why we Americans have forked out $200 billion in war taxes: so the long-suffering people of Iraq could have the blessings of martial law, enforced by the U.S. milit...
Bush / Cheney Play the Hitler Card
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Democracies cannot dispense with hypocrisy any more than dictatorships can with cynicism. Georges Bernanos We French The honor and decency that we were promised when Messrs. Bush and Cheney entered the White House has taken ...
The Inexplicable John McCain
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
If John Kerry is called a flip-flopper, how should one characterize John McCain? The son and grandson of Admirals, John McCain goes out to Vietnam as a Navy pilot, gets shot down over North Vietnam, and spends the next several years as an unbending POW. He ...
The Boston Social Forum
SEAN DONOHUE
The "structural adjustment" p...
Sovereignty and Freedom in Iraq
DIANE CHRISTIAN
Sovereignty means ruling over others, being in charge. The US, invaders and occupiers of Iraq, who called themselves liberators and democracy builders, returned sovereignty to chosen Iraqis on June 28th, 2004. The US military remained to protect the appointed gove...
Our Own Private Wilderness
MICHAEL DONNELLY
By 5AM the sky is getting light and the...
A Deafening Silence of Meaning
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Recently, John Kerry and his wife held ...
Azmi Bishara’s Hunger Strike
VIRGINIA TILLEY
Last weekend, while the US population s...
Madman or Commissar?
MICKEY Z.
Parade Magazine took full advantage of Independence (sic) Day falling on a Sunday by hiring none other than Elie Wiesel to pen a little something called "The America I Love" for their patriotic cover story. Over a two-page spread, the "Nobel Laureat...
That’s Dr. Knucklehead to You
SUSAN MARTINEZ
‘These people marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around,” he said. ‘The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal. These people ar...
Hands Off Najaf
VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS
Our country’s military now declares preparations to attack the Shrine of Ali in the city of Najaf in Iraq. Our country stands on the precipice of declaring war on Islam. An attack on the Shrine of Ali is an attack on the heart of Islam and must be nonvi...
The Supreme Court and Enemy Combatants
MARC NORTON
PART ONE You have just been hauled off by Homeland Security and declared an Enemy Combatant. Maybe you hung out with the wrong people in Pakistan. Maybe you logged into that website that describes how to make a "dirty bomb." Maybe the cousin of th...
Porter Goss as CIA Director?
RAY McGOVERN Former CIA Analyst
There is, thankfully, a remnant of CIA professionals who still put objective analysis above political correctness and career advancement. Just when they thought there were no indignities left ...
The Legacy of Deceit
WILLIAM A. COOK
" the hypocrite’s outward appearance shines brightly and passes for holiness, but under that show lies the terrible weight of his deceit which the soul must bear through all eternity." (from John Ciardi’s notes, Canto XXI...
Central Americans Risk Lives to Reach El Norte
LISA VISCIDI
In late April, Guatemalan President Oscar Berger visited Washington, DC to meet with various U.S. officials, including President George Bush. The two heads of state agreed to expedite the negotiation of open borders for the trade of goods between the United States...
September 11, July 4 and Systematic Torture
FORREST HYLTON
Having been asked to comment on the US and the meaning of its power in Latin America, I begin with a triptych of historical references. When John F. Kennedy, Jr., was assassinated more than forty years ago, Malcolm X saw it as a case of chickens coming home to roo...
Lupe
KATHY KELLY
Pekin Federal Prison, Peoria. &q...
What Do We Celebrate on July 4th?
CHRIS WHITE
As our nation celebrated Independence Day, we held parades, we set off and viewed magnificent fireworks, and honored our veterans with television specials praising those who died to preserve our independence. There was one thing missing, however: no one asked what...
Chemical Warfare on the West Bank?
JAMES BROOKS
"On June 10th, 2004, the two clinics in Al-Zawiya treated 130 patients for gas inhalation. The patients were children, women, old people and young men. Dr. Abu Madi related that there was a high number of cases of [tetany], spasm in legs and hand...
Would Somebody Turn Off That Goddamn Radio!
JOE BAGEANT
This is the Fourth of July, 2004, it is muggy and judging from the sporadic concussive noises, every small boy in town is trying his damnedest to blow his thumb off. As a lover of anti-personnel fireworks myself, I would be right out there with them if it didnR...
What Michael Moore Misses About the Empire
ROBERT JENSEN
I have been defending Michael Moore’s "Fahrenheit 9/11" from the criticism in mainstream and conservative circles that the film is leftist propaganda. Nothing could be further from the truth; there is very little left critique in the movie. In fact...
The Chokehold of "Anybody But Bush"
SHARON SMITH
For those who wondered why the U.S. left has never built a social democratic or labor party, last weekend’s Green Party convention in Milwaukee offered a bird’s-eye view. America’s largest independent left-wing political party, which won 2.7 mill...
Fortress Bush and the One Law Doctrine
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Fortress Bush, determined to continue its aggressive, swaggering, Cheney/Rumsfeld-dominated policies and the "with us or against us" theology (which now impels every initiative in foreign relations, to the despair of State Department professionals), has ...
The Cheney-Leahy Metaphor and the Greens
BRUCE ANDERSON
Considered as a metaphor for the political times we share, last week’s Cheney-Leahy episode is perfect. Cheney, a Republican, tells Leahy, a Democrat, to go fuck himself. Instead of Leahy planting one on Cheney’s lop-sided head, Leahy runs outside and ...
The Problem is Bigger than the Bushes
STEVEN ROSENTHAL And JUNAID AHMAD
Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 opened this past weekend (June 25) to record crowds and box office receipts across the United States. Moore is the author of the bestselling book Stupid White Men and producer of the award winning documentary Bowling for Colum...
The Anti-Chavez Echo Chamber
JUSTIN DELACOUR
More than a year ago, I received an angry message from an opponent of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez regarding an article that I wrote for Narco News criticizing the political partiality and methodological problems of Venezuela’s two most cited pollsters (...
Just Pretend They’re Not There
TONI SOLO
"Negotiating a free-trade agreement with the U.S. is not something one has a right to – it’s a privilege."1 This quote from US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick came to mind when the BBC reported former he...
Pentagon Tried to Censor Saddam’s Hearing
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Baghdad A team of US military officers acted as censors over all coverage of the hearings of Saddam Hussein and his henchmen on Thursday, destroying videotape of Saddam in chains and deleting the entire recorded legal submissions of 11 s...
Saudi Spillover
WILLIAM S. LIND
How are the wars in Iraq and Afghanista...
Getting Down and Dumb at Burt’s Tavern
JOE BAGEANT
Too much public education only gets working people riled up and full of backsass. Virginia Sen. Harry Flood Byrd My home town is one of those slowly rotting East Coast burgs that makes passers-through think to themselv...
Korean Labor Won’t Back Down
GREG MOSES
Twenty-five teachers from the Korean Teachers and Education Worker’s Union (KTU), who were just released from jail Thursday evening, are planning to resume their protest Saturday with an overnight vigil near the Ministry of Education (MOE), says a KTU source...
Safe, But Do We Want to Eat It?
DAN NAGENGAST
When I found out that our industrialized food system considers chicken manure an acceptable source of protein in cattle feed, it was clear to me that consumers and corporate agriculture have very different ideas about how we should produce food. When I was ...
A Joke Called "Justice"
LINDA S. HEARD
I was a ticket-less person on the train to Alexandria yesterday. It was either stand for the two-hour journey from Cairo, or accept an invitation from a kindly trolley-wielding employee of the state railways, who offered me a metal packing case in the ‘galle...