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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 August 2004
NPR Leads the Charge to War
MIKE WHITNEY
"We are ready to do e...
The Dominican Republic and the NYTs
JOSEPH NEVINS
Mikhail Baryshnikov, the ballet star, has a vacation home there. It is located close to the sprawling Southern Greek Revival beachside abode of his good friend and native son, Oscar de la Renta, in the same town where the fashion designer and singer Julio Iglesias...
Kerry and the Middle East
NEVE GORDON
As Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry formulates his Middle East policy, he would do well to learn from the mistakes of both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Former President Bill Clinton began his tenure after the demise of the Soviet Union,...
Pete Seeger in NYC
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
: Who Would Be A Kurd? Joshua Frank The Outsider: a Talk with Ralph Nader Iain A. Boal On "Shame": Warmed-Over Orientalism and Racist Projection Chris Floyd...
Beyond Bush’s Rhetoric on the Economy
MATT VIDAL
In one of numerous pronouncements that economic recover is just around the corner, Bush told campaign donors in 2003 "This administration has laid the foundation for greater prosperity and more jobs across America."[1] Just the other day in a New...
The Life and Crimes of George W. Bush
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Part One: The Ties That Blind Th...
Playing the War Card
JACK RANDOM
Senator John McCain is an unquestioned war hero. Though the war he fought was morally bankrupt, we owe him a great debt for his sacrifice. On the political battlegrounds, McCain has often distinguished himself by rising above partisan politics. At the Republican N...
George Bush the Peace Candidate?
DAVE LINDORFF
Manhattan. So let’s get th...
Live, From New York!
RON JACOBS
Manhattan. First person I talked to when I got to New York was a cop in the Shea Stadium parking lot. He was standing next to a police-owned SUV while watching people disembark from the various buses on their way to the train that would bring them to the bi...
Sunday in Manhattan
DAVID LINDORFF
Manhattan. The record march of up to half a million anti-Bush, anti-war demonstrators here on Sunday, on the eve or the Republican National Convention, was an astonishing victory of ordinary people over cynical political manipulation and intimidation. ...
The Hypocrites of TheNaderbasher.com
SHAUN JOSEPH
The Democratic Party’s Nader bashers sunk to a new low with a television ad attacking Republican financial support for Ralph Nader’s presidential campaign–which ends with the Bush-Cheney campaign logo altered to read "Bush-Nader." The a...
Israeli Espionage Against the US
SAM HUSSEINI
[This survey of Israeli spying on the US was compiled in 1997.] The Washington Post reported in a front-page story on May 7th, 1997 that US intelligence had intercepted a conversation in which two Israeli officials had discussed the possibility of getting a...
The Hypocrites of TheNaderbasher.com
SHAUN JOSEPH
The Democratic Party’s Nader bashers sunk to a new low with a television ad attacking Republican financial support for Ralph Nader’s presidential campaign–which ends with the Bush-Cheney campaign logo altered to read "Bush-Nader." The a...
The Disappeared Mayor
JUSTIN PODHUR
On August 22, 2004, a commission of leaders left the indigenous community of Toribio, part of the municipality of Toribio in the Department of Cauca, Colombia, to go to a community called Alta Mira in the municipality of San Vicente del Caguan, in the Department o...
Israeli Moles in the Pentagon
MIKE WHITNEY
The FBI’s investigation into Pentagon official, Larry Franklin, on charges of spying for Israel, has left many of us scratching our heads and wondering, "Why?" The relationship between the Bush Administration and the Sharon government is so ...
USA Basketball in Black and White!
DAVE ZIRIN
How many times do we hear fans try to assign wild-eyed political symbolism to sports teams? My friend Zeke is convinced that "If the Yankees win that’s good for Bush!" I’ve also heard, "The Detroit Pistons beating the LA Lakers will give...
From El Salvador to Abu Ghraib
Dr. JUAN ROMAGOZA
As a survivor of torture in El Salvador, I find news about the mistreatment of prisoners by U. S. soldiers heartbreaking. On December 12, 1980, I was picked up by Salvadoran National Guardsmen after they opened fire on a crowd where my group of health worke...
Party Fights for Its Future
JOSHUA FRANK
On Sunday, August 22nd, state delegates of the Pennsylvania Green Party formally rejected the strategy that their presidential candidate David Cobb should run a "safe states" campaign. "Pennsylvanians have collected and filed the most signatu...
The New Age Racket and the Left
JUSTIN E.H. SMITH
This weekend I’m heading down to New York to do what I can to topple the regime in power as they brazenly exploit my spiritual hometown for the backdrop to the Republican National Convention. With the legality of the United for Peace and Justice demonstratio...
Why Would They Bother?
RAY HANANIA
When I heard that Israel had a man working in the Pentagon as a spy, providing secret information to its powerful lobbying arm in Washington, I was surprised. Why does Israel need a spy to steal secret information when it has several key people there alread...
Media Declares War on Anti-War Protests
MICKEY Z.
The August 26, 2004 New York Daily News headline blared: ANARCHY, INC. The idea, of course, was to paint the upcoming RNC protests with the broad brush of corporate media propaganda. An influential ingredient of wartime spin is shaping public perception of the ant...
Why the City Should–and Will–Demostrate Against the Republican Convention
MARK ENGLER
Like many New Yorkers, I am not native to this place. I arrived from elsewhere, and have made the city my home. My extended family lives in the Midwest. They do not understand New York. I have an uncle who labors with an iron work ethic in carpentry and flooring. ...
The Attica of the Americas
JUSTIN FELUX
Both places have a population of several million, mostly dark-skinned people. In both places, those who are able to find work can only obtain poverty wages under conditions that differ from slavery only in name. The right of the people to vote is not respected. Th...
Zombies for Kerry; Arundhati Roy Explains NGOs; Joseph Anderson Displays Anti-Blackism and Anti-Semitism in the East Bay
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Didn’t John Kerry ever read about rope-a-dope? Karl Rove must be kicking his heels with merriment at the way the horse-faced son of Boston is tangling himself up in the Swiftboat comedy. A couple of weeks more and I reckon Kerry will start crying on t...
Turning Liability into Asset
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA Analyst What do the president’s nomination of Rep. Porter Goss (R, FL) to head the CIA and the seemingly contradictory proposal of Senator Pat Roberts (R, KS) to dismember the CIA have in common with tales of swift boats once in Vietnam? Answe...
Eddy Lepp Busted by the DEA
FRED GARDNER
"We’re legal, why don’t we act it?" Todd McCormick, explaining his attitude after Prop 215 passed. (He would serve three years in federal prison for cultivation.) Lepptomania, n. 1. Extreme stubbornness in the beli...
Senator McCain’s Pork Chops
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Yesterday, Friday, the Washington Post published a letter from the President of Citizens Against Government Waste in response to my commentary in last Sunday’s Outlook section.  Tom Schatz, the President of CAGW, focus...
But Allawi and the US have been Weakened
PATRICK COCKBURN
Ceasefires in Iraq are notoriously fragile but the agreement to end the fighting in Najaf may work because it is underwritten by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most powerful religious leader in Iraq. The winners and losers in the crisis in Najaf, wher...
Big Men
DIANE CHRISTIAN
In ancient Sumer, Iraq 5000 years ago, ruling councils sometimes sought a lugal (big man) to lead armed fight in times of crisis and danger. Scholars think eventually these big men became kings, and civil and military power merged. Saddam Hussein consciously copie...
The Desert Fox
WILLIAM S. LIND
In Iraq and elsewhere, all eyes are currently on Najaf. As I had guessed, the battle ended with a whimper, not with a bang, as the Mahdi Army militiamen exfiltrated, and Moqtada al-Sadr turned over the keys to the mosque to Ayatollah al-Sistani. But the re...
No Justice! No Peace!
ALI TONAK
The Republican National Convention that will begin Monday in New York City has stirred up the expected buzz in the various parties gearing up for the event. From the hundreds of thousands who will flow into New York to protest one hears a variety of intentions &qu...
The Left Takes a Dive for Kerry
PAUL D'AMATO
This year’s presidential election has witnessed the almost complete collapse of the U.S. Left into supporting the second party of big business. Using the logic that "Anybody But Bush" should be in the White House, a pro-big business, prowar, conser...
On "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
THOMAS ST. JOHN
Rev. Jonathan Edwards delivered the hellfire and brimstone "spider" sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" in Enfield, Connecticut on July 8, 1741. This topical sermon is a bitter jeremiad against the "New York Negro rebels" w...
Palestinian Political Prisoners
MAZIN QUMSIYEH
Seven thousand political prisoners are held by Israel and nearly 4000 of them are on a hunger strike now demanding humane treatment. Human rights organizations are outraged but the US-tax funded Israeli government shrugs its shoulders. The Israeli minister...
The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
ROBIN COOK
Those close to him mutter, under their breath of course, that Tony Blair’s only moment of doubt over Iraq came in the wake of the exposure of the Abu Ghraib scandal. This is plausible, as our Prime Minister possesses a Gladstonian moral imperative. He...
Neocon Musings
GARY LEUPP
"These must be strange days to be a neoconservative," writes Martin Sieff in a...
The Show Me the Green Party?
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Early this year, CounterPunch co-editor Jeffrey St. Clair and I met with a couple of Green Party activists over lunch in Oregon City. Daniel Bonham is a Union organizer who decided that, with the Democrats continuing to back policies that hurt workers–NAFTA,...
Disarming
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"We pray today that Najaf will recover. The military operations have brought only destruction." Kassem Hameed, 52, oil worker from Basra who went to Najaf to support Ayatollah Sistani The Grand Ayatollah led a hug...
Thirty-One Years and Counting Inside the Belly of the Beast
VERONZA BOWERS, Jr.
I send each and every one of you my very warmest greeting from 31 years deep inside of the Belly of the Beast. As you know, I’m a former member of the original Black Panther Party, and even though government officials claim that there are no political...
4F and Other Heroes
JACK RANDOM
I was there. I read the book. Denied secular conscientious objector status, I fasted for months as I traveled the nation’s highways by thumb. By the time I reported for my induction physical, I weighed less that 85 pounds, which at a height of 5’9"...
(Or Anything Else That Will Keep Us Occupied Until November 2)
MIKE FERNER
Months ago when it looked like JFK-lite was going to get the Democrats’ nomination, some prescient pundit somewhere commented about Kerry’s combat medals, predicting the campaign would consist largely of arguments for and agin’ the veracity of hi...
Drop the Rally
DAVID LINDORFF
The political establishment has thrown down the gauntlet. New York State Supreme Court Justice Jacqueline Silberman ruled late Wednesday against an attempt by United for Peace and Justice to open up Central Park’s Great Lawn for a massive rally against the W...
War Rules
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"All’s fair in love and war." -popular saying "All’s fair in love and war" is usually taken to mean that nothing’s fair in love or war, that anything goes, and regular rules don’t app...
Support All Suspicious Activity
STEW ALBERT
A message beaming into our brains, last read on east coast highway’s many computerized signs — Report Suspicious Activity. I tried to hold out and not to snitch on the giant unfolding conspiracy but George W. Bush is the kindest sweetest man I ever ser...
Starbucks Workers Get Organized!
DEREK SEIDMAN
Two days after workers at the 36th and Madison Starbucks in New York City turned in their union cards to the NLRB for a certification election, Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, sent them a little voice message. In this dispatch from the corporate tower, Schul...
Signs of Dissent
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. Edward R. Murrow As the nation eagerly watches to see what techniques are employed at the Republican National Convention to keep protestors out of sight if not out of mind, we are...
A Failing Ideology?
M. SHAHID ALAM
"They hate us because we don’t know why they hate us." Bill Maher Instantly, instinctively, and unrelentingly, the American establishment has framed the attacks of September 11, 2001, in the language of a cla...
Give the Koreans Their Day in Court
MARK DONHAM
Who doesn’t watch the Olympics? Well, aside from those who are mad cause their afternoon TV shows are pre-empted. Oh yeah, and those that, although they love our national anthem and all that, just get tired of hearing it incessantly. Once a day is enough, th...
The Al Capone of the Southern Cone
SAUL LANDAU
"My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they’re going to stay that way!" – Claud Cockburn, British journalist, interviewed Capone in 1929 (In Time of Trouble, 1956) I smiled when I read in l...
Uribe’s Boys
PHILLIP CRYAN
"The judgment of Hist...