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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 November 2004
How to Stop the GWOT
CARL G. ESTABROOK
Many of those disappointed by the defeat of John Kerry voted for him because they were appalled at the invasion of Iraq — and quite reasonably feared that neocons and assorted "friends of Israel" would manipulate the US into further wars in Iran or...
With Him Goes the Two-State Solution
OMAR BARGHOUTI
As the pictures of the human waves have shown, not only his supporters grieved over his death. The more than 100,000 who converged in the Ramallah funeral included many who opposed his political line to various degrees. Even those who categorically opposed his idi...
The War on Gay Rights
PATRICK TIMMONS
I feel violated by American democracy. I live in Georgia, one of eleven states across the nation where an electorate recently approved–with resounding margins–bans on same sex marriage. Almost seven of every ten Georgians who I have to live around vote...
(Spread the Word…)
MICKEY Z.
"A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way." -John Tudor "How many ways to get what you want? I use the best I use the enemy I use anarchy" -Sex Pistols, "Anarchy in the UK&...
Insurgent Bolivia
FORREST HYLTON And SINCLAIR THOMSON
The great anti-colonial indigenous insurrection of 1781 has haunted republican Bolivia since its founding in 1825. From their military encampment in El Alto overlooking the colonial city of La Paz, Aymara leaders Túpaj Katari and Bartolina Sisa laid siege t...
Grieving Explained
BEN TRIPP
Many of my correspondents are slipping into a state of morbid shock due to the recent unpleasantness at the polling places. Bad enough that the race should be between a plate of waffles and an empty jackboot: on top of that, Kerry lost. He should have had a 75 poi...
Encounters with Arafat
PEGGY THOMSON
Yasser Arafat has been so thoroughly marginalized for so long by the U.S. and Israeli governments that I found myself reacting with surprise a couple of weeks ago when his instantly recognizable face suddenly appeared on the evening news. I don’t know why bu...
Why Do They Laugh at Us?
RUSS WELLEN
When, after 9/11, we asked ourselves "Why do they hate us?", the American public displayed its seldom-seen, reflective side. The president, however, despite reprising the question in his post-attack speech, avoided answering it and instead simply enumera...
Alberto Torquemada
MIKE WHITNEY
The Gonzales memos claimed that Bush had "the right to wave anti-torture law and international treaties providing protections to prisoners of war." Associated Press Bush intends to put an advocate of torture at th...
A Model for the Developing World
EDWIN KRALES
In April 2003, Cuba hosted FORO 2003-"the second forum on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean." This was a crucial conference. Except for Cuba (0.7%), the Caribbean has the 2nd highest rate of AIDS in the world (...
The Clinton Cult Factor
MARK SCARAMELLA
The volunteers working on Clinton’s first campaign for Arkansas Attorney General were largely women, drawn by the issues and by the candidate’s sheer personal appeal. ‘Former campus politicians, joiners, and gadflies,’ as one a...
Palestine Greater Than Arafat
SAM BAHOUR
The Palestinian struggle for freedom and independence is larger than the late President Yasir Arafat. The decades-long symbolism that Arafat embodied should not be underestimated. It is this symbolism that Palestinians are mourning. The substance of Arafat’s...
Hung Over in the End Times
JOE BAGEANT
Since George Bush’s reelection, the Christian nutjobs have mounted an assault on my block. In the five years I’ve lived in this neighborhood I’ve never had so much as one Jehovah’s Witness knock at the door. But last Saturday morning my nei...
The Irony of Arafat
SYLVIA SHIHADEH And ROBERT JENSEN
Yasser Arafat died as the leader of a country that does not yet exist, and therein lies the tragic nature of the former leader and the ongoing tragedy of the people of Palestine. Arafat’s passion and commitment helped forge a Palestinian independence ...
Guzman’s Fist
GARY LEUPP
He hadn’t appeared in public in 12 years, this former professor and university provost, Marxist philosopher specializing in the thought of Kant, and Chairman of the Communist Party of Peru (PCP, popularly known as Sendero Luminoso or "the Shining Path&q...
How They Tried to Suppress the Black Vote in South Carolina
JORDAN GREEN
Southern Exposure Rev. Joe Darby, the pastor of Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston, S.C., might have been more than a little surprised by the letter he received on Friday. Drafted on what appeared to be NAACP lett...
Taking a Leak on the Bush Bulge
DAVE LINDORFF
In an article in a Washington newsletter, The Hill, on Nov. 4, the publication’s editor, Albert Eisele, and writer Jeff Dufour claim to debunk the story of Bush’s mystery bulge during the debates, claiming that unnamed "sources" in the Secret...
Bush + Clinton = Bubya
MICKEY Z.
There’s an awful lot of unrestrained hyperbole going around these days. People threatening to move to Canada, talk of states seceding, and my favorite: The communal anointing of George W. Bush as the "worst president ever." Here’s an example ...
After Arafat
GHADA KARMI
Yasser Arafat’s serious illness, currently being treated in a Paris hospital, was not unexpected in view of his long and well-publicised history of ill health. Nevertheless it provoked a state of shock and grief amongst Palestinians and a storm of media inte...
Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out
MIKE WHITNEY
"Mr. Ashcroft’s legacy has been an open hostility to protecting civil liberties and an outright disdain for those who dare to question his policies. We need to do more than just replace John Ashcroft; we need a wholesale re-examination of J...
Letter from a Haitian Jail
Father GERARD JEAN-JUSTE
Greetings and Gratitude! Courage and Persistence! I can’t stop thinking of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as I am sending you this short letter. Quoting by heart and in substance Dr. King, allow me to remind you of this: "It is ...
Dispatches from the Gound
BERNESTINE SINGLEY
Thirty years ago, I fled the state after graduating from the University of Florida law school. I vowed never to return to this treacherous terrain. After ten years total practicing law in Boston and Dallas, I quit law altogether. Then came another vow, this time a...
A Possible Bright Side?
JOSHUA FRANK
We are nearing the end of 2004. And if there has been one lesson that we should have all learned this year it is that the U.S. electoral system sets all challenges to the power-elite up for a horrifying defeat. Hence the reason so many liberal and progressive vote...
Debating a Neocon
STAN GOFF
When I was first invited by Dr. Stephen Smith to speak at Winthrop University in South Carolina, I was preparing a trip to Haiti and I didn’t give much thought to how I would handle the engagement. I’d just finished being pole-axed by a bout of Rocky M...
God Has Granted America a Reprieve
Rev. BOB JONES, III
Ed. Note: Rev. Jones sent this greeting to Bush on November 3. It is now posted on his website. President George W. Bush The...
Crushing Fallujah Will Not End the Iraq War
PATRICK COCKBURN
The belligerent trumpetings of the US Marines bode ill for Fallujah. Sgt Major Carlton W Kent, the senior enlisted marine in Iraq, told troops that the battle would be no different from Iwo Jima. In an analogy the Pentagon may not relish, he recalled the Tet offen...
Columbia Profs Smeared as Anti-Semites
ADAM FEDERMAN
Charges of anti-Semitism against professors in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC) at Columbia University, are being made by a Zionist organization that claims to promote, "a fair and honest understanding of the Middle East...
US is Failing Test of History in Iraq
CHARLES GLASS
SULAYMANIYAH, IRAQ. Muslim funda...
Arafat Died Years Ago
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Yet again, Yasser Arafat is dying. We thought he’d been killed back in 1982 when the Israeli air force flew around Beirut attacking apartment blocks and homes they thought he was visiting. Their bombs tore to pieces hundreds of innocent L...
The Discredited Logic of ABB
M. JUNAID ALAM
This past election found the American left split into two antagonistic groups: a majority camp which insisted Bush represented so unique and unprecedented a threat that all other considerations should be subordinated to ensuring a Democratic victory, and a minorit...
Zealots on the Mount
PIERRE TRISTAM
Following the president’s re-election by the electoral synod last week, the sentimental apoplectic in me couldn’t help picturing the last scene in "The Day After," the movie about a nuclear holocaust. Shredded and shrunken, Jason Robards̵...
Rebuilding the Anti-War Movement
MEREDETH KOLODNER
With Iraq under martial law and a full-scale assault on Fallujah under way, the anti-war movement is struggling to re-mobilize in response to this looming catastrophe. On a parallel track, the left continues to dissect and debate the meaning and reasons for Kerry&...
Fallujah and the Making of a War Crime
TONY KEVIN
We need to be clear on what is about to happen in the Iraqi city of Falluja, about 64 kilometres west of Baghdad and a key centre of Sunni population in Iraq. This city has for many months held out as a centre of Sunni-based political-military resistance, refusing...
The Appeal of George W. Bush
SAUL LANDAU
What’s wrong with the voting public? Or is it me? For four plus years, I watched Bush on TV and conjured up the image of a spoiled rich kid, a fool who thoughtlessly led the country into a bloody mess in Iraq, screwed up the economy and devastated the enviro...
A Day of Infamy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
On November 2 Americans blew their only chance to redeem themselves in the eyes of the world. The entire world is stunned by the Bush administration’s abandonment of a half century of US diplomacy in favor of misguided, unilateralist, "preemptiv...
Freedom, Bush Style
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"Let Freedom reign!" George Bush, to Condoleezza Rice, June 28 2004 "From every mountain-side Let freedom ring." Samuel Francis Smith, "America", 1831 George Bush states that f...
The Battle for Fallujah
ADAM JONES
"U.S. Urges Civilians to Flee Targeted Falluja," reads a headline (Reuters dispatch, November 5). Not true, as the article subsequently indicates: "U.S. troops sealed all roads to Falluja and urged women, children and non-fighting age men to flee, b...
Media Black Out on Vote Fraud Allegations
DAVID SWANSON
The "mainstream" media has fallen down on the job by failing to cover efforts since November 2 to ensure that all votes in the presidential election are accurately counted. The conclusion by John Kerry that an investigation could not possibly reverse the...
Bush’s Win is a Defeat for Democratic Party Not the Left
ROGER BURBACH
The victory of George W. Bush on November 2 is a stunning defeat for the Democratic party. But it is not a defeat for the progressive political movement in the United States. This movement mobilized as never before, turning out voters for the election, coordinatin...
Something to Stand On
GREG BATES
First of two parts. In 2000, with incidental help from Nader voters, the Democrats lost an election they should have won. This year, the party proved they could do it all by themselves. Or, if they won as some are suggesting, they caved again. While the Rep...
The Harm of Too Much Secrecy
NICK SCHWELLENBACH
In 1997, former FBI Director Louis Freeh called the FBI "potentially the most dangerous agency in the country" if it is "not scrutinized carefully." Freeh also called for more congressional oversight. His warning is prescient. The jury i...
Fallujah: the Hue of Iraq
DAVE LINDORFF
It’s amazing how history gets twisted or forgotten. As the Marines prepare for the brutal fight to capture Fallujah, we read in the Associated Press that Sgt. Maj. Carlton W. Kent, the top enlisted Marine in Iraq, has told his massed troops that they...
On the Homefront of Our Civil Wars
GREG MOSES
Campaign 2004 is over, but civil war continues. Like Lincoln standing at Gettysburg, the commentator at today’s battlefields, whether in Cleveland or Samara, will share some bewiderment and grief with the common folks who do the suffering in these glorious a...
This Not the Time for Despair
AMELIA PELTZ
It has been a tough week. With the "re-election" (I say "re-election" because he was never elected in the first place) of George Bush to the White House and the Republican grab of Congress, hope seems to be fading that we ­ the ci...
Elections, Religion and the American People
BRIAN RAINEY
The discussion over the election has been raging here at Harvard Divinity School. Many of the students supported Kerry and they, like many progressives in this country, are angry and confused about this election. The seeming widespread anger at the Bush Administra...
From ABB to CYA
MICHAEL DONNELLY
"Ah, that anti-Nader crowd sure has a lot to be proud of. Especially when they now rally us around all the important issues that they chose to abandon in the various strategies for anybody but the truth." Lloyd Marbet...
Value Wars
JOHN WHITLOW
Several months ago, I found myself driving on a small road just outside the city of my birth, Lexington, Kentucky. Visiting for the weekend from my adopted home town of Brooklyn, the last thing I expected to run into on my trip was a traffic jam. So I was doubly j...
The Arrow on the Doorpost
RON JACOBS
There’s a woman I work with who grew up in rural Vermont. She is nearing sixty and is an evangelical Christian. In a conversation a couple days before the election between another co-worker and her, she told him that she would never vote for a Democratic pre...
Heroin, Cocaine and Española, New Mexico
JORDAN GREEN
Sister Emmanuel: Maria, have you been visited by the souls who "self-destructed" by drugs, overdosing, for example? Maria Simma: Yes, they are not lost. It all depends on the cause of their drug-taking; but they must suffer in Purgato...
Addled by the Campaign; Saddled with the Result
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
"Suppose you are crossing a rude bridge over a stream in Equatorial Africa. You have been thinking of a hundred trifles and are in a reverie. From this you wake to discover that in the branches overhead a python is extending its fangs toward you....