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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 December 2004
Getting High in the Green Zone?
RON JACOBS
As some readers might know, I grew up as a military brat. When I was a teenager in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, I spent some time getting high on good hashish with friends of mine who happened to be in the service. On occasion, we would be getting high in the ...
The Horrible Toll on US Troops
SHARON SMITH
Last June, Iraq veteran Jeffrey Lucey went into the basement of his family’s Massachusetts home and hung himself. The 23-year-old Marine was subsumed with guilt after killing two unarmed Iraqi soldiers last year. He told his sister he looked the men ...
Rebellion in the Ranks
NICOLE COLSON
Sending more U.S. soldiers to kill and be killed. That’s the Bush administration’s plan for the occupation of Iraq. Pentagon officials announced last week that 12,000 more troops would be deployed to Iraq in time for the country’s schedul...
Burying Water
KATHY KELLY
In the summer of 1994, I was part of a four-person Christian Peacemaker Team dedicated to filing reports on human rights conditions in Jeremie, located in the southern finger of Haiti. When I arrived, I spent one day in Port au Prince, waiting to travel by ferry t...
Whitewashing the Voter Fraud Issue
GREG MOSES
Racism is best known among white folks for the overt ways that bigotry chooses to abuse. This is what allows white liberals to excuse themselves from charges that they are racist, because (God bless ‘em) they don’t set out to hurt anybody. But Ralph El...
United Front of the Shia
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad The most powerful Shia p...
Stop Destroying the Mosques of Iraq
RALPH NADER
December 9, 2004 President George W. Bush The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Bush: Reading the news accounts of the recurring destruction of many mosques in Iraq, I recall the words of your own former counterterrorism ...
A New Book Probes Old Civil Rights Lessons
FREDERICK B. HUDSON
Why would anyone need to read another book, however handsomely produced, about the Civil Rights Movement? After all, hundreds of black studies courses have been established in universities around the world; the U.S. Post Office has issued stamps with the vi...
Bhopal: the Making of a Disaster
LEE SUSTAR
The symbol of corporate globalization in India is Bangalore, the booming center of the country’s information technology industry–the supposed pacesetter for a free-market transformation that, Indians are told, will finally alleviate the country’s...
Sander Hicks and the 9/11 Truth Movement
MICKEY Z.
On all sides of the political spectrum, limits exist. On the respectable (sic) Right, for example, it’s fine to rant and rave about the sanctity of "unborn lives" but not acceptable to post pictures of abortion doctors on your website. The Left, co...
Condi Rice vs. Cynthia McKinney
MARK DONHAM
George Bush has nominated Condoleezza Rice to be his next Secretary of State and Cynthia McKinney has been reelected to the U.S. House of Representatives. For one, I’d love to see Rice go head to head on US foreign policy with Congressowman-elect Cynthia McK...
War Tax Resisters Opt Out
GREG MOSES
For three weeks beginning October 14, say sources at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, the assault on Falluja was pure ...
It’s Time to Disclose the Real Casualty Figures
RALPH NADER
President George W. Bush The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Bush: On June 30, 2004, I wrote you an open letter urging that your Administration include, in the U.S. casualty toll, in Iraq: (1) injuries in non...
On the Anniversary of Lennon’s Death, 2012
GARY CORSERI
It is December 8, 2012, the 32nd anniversary of the day John Lennon died (a date generally forgotten now), and the 11th year of the Terror Wars. I have passed from middle age to old age during these wars, and, with only thirteen days remaining to come to terms wit...
The Voices of Sharon’s Little Helpers
PAUL De ROOIJ
Ariel Sharon is surrounded by a coterie of "advisors" who step in to develop, perfect and sell plans for the continued and inexorable dispossession of the Palestinians. What is surprising is that these advisors, the intellectual progenitors of continuing...
Restrictionist Resurgence
TOM BARRY
"Mean spirited" and "anti-American" is how the Latino-rights group MALDEF described the anti-immigrant bill approved in a referendum by Arizona voters on November 2. No doubt that the Proposition 200 spearheaded by Protect Arizona Now i...
Cobb and the Ohio Recount
JOSHUA FRANK
Something fishy is in the air out in Ohio, where the presidential vote recount in being led by the Green Party’s ex-presidential candidate, David Cobb, with minimal support from the Libertarian Party. However well-intentioned Cobb’s pains to make every...
Bush: the Boy in the Bubble
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum. Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life The question on everyone’s lips is what is he smoking? And the follow up question is where did he get it? And among thos...
Rules to Live…and Die…By
Col. DAN SMITH
"What difference does it make to the dead…whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy." Mahatma Gandhi "Don’t fire ’till you...
The Ohio Recount: Reluctant Officials and Few Rules
ANN HARRISON
Thousands of protesting Ukrainians successfully forced their Supreme Court to order a new presidential run-off election and are still agitating for anti-fraud legislation. But their counterparts in the U.S. – which holds itself up as a model of Democracy ...
Costa Rica Falls Victim to Corruption and Clientelism
EMILY ALVES And MICHAEL JOHNSON
OOn October 8, former Costa Rican president Miguel Angel Rodríguez resigned as Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) just three weeks after he had been installed in his new post. He stepped down after allegations surfaced accusing h...
In Fallujah, Freedom Isn’t Free
RON JACOBS
Retina scans to get into your own home. Work details under armed guard. No cars. Military armor on every corner. All men to be shot on sight after curfew. No freedom of movement. These are just some of the details of the new order in Fallujah (and one assumes any ...
Inside the $40 Billion Black Budget for Spying
DAVE LINDORFF
Various news media have been bandying around the figure $25 billion to characterize the size of the U.S. intelligence budget while reporting on the tempest in a teacup concerning the reorganizing the upper hierarchy of control over that vast spy apparatus. ...
Up With Dylan Thomas: an Invitation
RICHARD OXMAN
O Bailan Todos O No Baila Nadie Either everyone dances or no one dances I know about the mess, but maybe some of my readers don’t know about what might be…the joys of service. So help me…we will find some joys...
War Crime
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
On December 6 Pentagon boss Donald Rumsfeld promised four more years of death and destruction in Iraq. Assuming the war continues to cost the US taxpayers $6 billion per month–not including reconstruction costs, fat no-bid contracts for the Bush administrati...
Will the Real Michael Moore Ever Re-Emerge?
RALPH NADER
Dear Michael, ...
CIA Warning on Iraq Leaked as 1,000 US Soldier Killed in Action
PATRICK COCKBURN And ANDREW BUNCOMBE
On a cool, bright morning in central Iraq yesterday, an insurgent opened fire at a US patrol, killing one soldier, the 1,000th American soldier to die in combat in Iraq since the invasion last year. A brief statement from US Central Command in Florida, said...
Psst! Hey Buddy, Did You Hear How Well the Iraq War’s Going?
DAVE LINDORFF
Here are some thoughts for the holidays: Word that the Army’s psy-op propagandists and perception mongers in the Pentagon had manufactured a fraudulent hero legend around the "friendly fire" death of footballer-turned special forces combata...
The Imperial Wizard Visits Canada
JOHN CHUCKMAN
He are getting stories about increasing anti-Americanism in Canada, mainly coming from sources that are the Canadian equivalent of the Voice of America. They are pretty much the same people who told us we must support a friend who goes to war, neglecting to distin...
Lost Muslim Voices of Dissent
BEHROOZ GHAMARI
In his recent book, Mahmood Mamdani called Good Muslim-Bad Muslim a fictitious dichotomy that petrifies Islam into a set of privatized beliefs without any relevance to politics or a dogmatic ideology of violence. War-planners and apologists for President Bush̵...
The Empire Changes Gears
JAMES PETRAS
The history of US empire-building in Latin America has combined a great deal of political flexibility along with extremely rigid economic principles. Washington in its political dealings has come to terms, on a grand scale and for over two decades with a great var...
Running Battles in Baghdad
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. American forces and Iraqi insurgents fought running battles in the heart of Baghdad yesterday as the latest American losses brought the number of US soldiers killed in combat in Iraq since the invasion last year close to 1,000. The battles e...
Down With Dylan
RICHARD OXMAN
"All the truth in the...
All Mosquitoes, No Swamp…No Elephants Either
RAY McGOVERN
Last Thursday’s conference on "Al Qaeda 2.0: Transnational Terrorism After 9/11," sponsored by the New America Foundation and the New York University Center on Law & Security, was a valuable gift to those wanting an update on informed opinion o...
What Direction Would Dean Go?
JOSHUA FRANK
Months after he fled the Democratic primaries with his tail between his legs, Howard Dean is again in the spotlight, where is (half-heartedly) seeking the chair of Democratic National Committee. Dean hopes his influence can steer the Democratic Party away from fut...
Is the Bush Administration Certifiable?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Has President Bush lost his grip on reality? In his December 1 speech in Halifax, Nova Scotia, President Bush again declared his intention to pre-emptively attack "enemies who plot in secret and set out to murder the innocent and the unsuspecting."...
"Art Can be a Weapon of the Oppressed"
LUCY HERSCHEL
Anthony Papa served 12 years of a 15-years-to-life sentence as a first-time, nonviolent felony drug offender under New York state’s Rockefeller Drug Laws (RDLs). In prison, he became an artist and a political activist. Since his release in 1997, Papa has fou...
You’ve Got to be Kidding!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
No alien penetration, or treachery of double agents, have ever done nearly as much damage to the CIA as the infighting consequent upon the arrival of each new Director, charged by his White House master with cleaning house and settling accounts with the bad guys i...
The Red State Variation
JACKIE CORR
Once I had a daddy and he worked down in a hole. Diggin’ and a-haulin'; haulin’ that Birmingham coal. Many times I wondered when they took my daddy down ...
Brazil’s Haitian Mission
ANNA IOAKIMEDES
Less than a week after the de facto February 29 coup d’état that overthrew President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the Brazilian government let it be known that it would send 1,100 troops to lead and provide the core units for MINUSTAH, the UN’s inter...
No Angels in America
RICHARD OXMAN
Kushner’s title tortures me. Not just because over 80% of Americans believe in angels, but because they think it’s possible for anyone/thing to be looking over their shoulder –on the order of the Rocky Graziano sentiment in "Somebody Up Ther...
Democracy, Bush-style, in the Gulf
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Please prepare for a laugh. Here is Bush on an electioneering junket talking to US soldiers about Iraq on June 5, 2003: "Criminal courts are now reopening. Day by day, the United States and our coalition partners are making the streets safer for Iraqi citizen...
Will Greens Abandon IRV?
DON FITZ
The Blob is coming. That amorphous ever-changing thing that swallows up whatever tries to live on its own is coming after Greens. But waitlookis it really the Blob? Or is it the Democratic Party? The Green warrior waves his weapon to slay the hideous slime-...
Holiday Greeting Card
RON JACOBS
As everyone here knows, this is the season of peace and good will towards men (and women). Even if we weren’t raised in the Christian tradition, this season of Xmas is part of our mythology here in the US. As for myself, I was raised in that tradition-as a C...
Supreme Court Hears Raich Case
FRED GARDNER
People anxious to watch oral arguments in Ashcroft v. Raich started arriving outside the U.S. Supreme Court at 5 a.m on Monday, Nov. 29. Frank Lucido, MD, Angel Raich’s doctor, and Jeff Jones of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Co-op were second and third. By 9:0...
Widow of Opportunity?
URI AVNERY
My immediate reaction to Marwan Barghouti’s registration as a candidate for the presidency of the Palestinian Authority was positive. First of all, I am always in favor of the underdog. And who could be more of an underdog than a prisoner? Sec...
Faith-Based Sex
Rev. Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Everybody’s talking about Faith. Yes, indeed. The F Word is on the tip of every tongue of every preacher, every pollster, every pundit, every pious puritan, paranoid programmer and pontificating prude. Now that’s a lot of P-P, but we’re talking a...
Steroids to Heaven
DAVE ZIRIN
Some genetically engineered chickens are coming home to roost for Major League Baseball. Grand Jury testimony from the Bay Area Lab Company (BALCO) investigation has been leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle, and the clucking has begun. We now know that former MV...
Latin America Shifts Left
LAURA CARLSEN
On his first trip abroad since re-election, George W. Bush was greeted by thousands of Chileans, protesting his trade and military policies and telling him to go home. The protests at last week’s APEC meeting were not just a manifestation of the histo...
Dining With the Rhinos
JOE BAGEANT
Thanks to an online friend, I recently rediscovered Eugene Ionesco’s play Rhinoceros-the one about being fully human in a totalitarian state. Berenger, the play’s protagonist, is a humanist stranded in a society slowly becoming monsters. Rhinoceroses t...