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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 2004
How Now, Industrial Cow?
FRANCIS THICKE
As a dairy farmer, I use nature as my model. But most dairy farming today — and farming in general — ignores nature. This should concern not only farmers but also consumers, for the sake of their health and Earth’s. Nature produces no re...
Bush Abandons Salmon Restoration
DAN BACHER
At a meeting in Sacramento this fall, Zeke Grader, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, jokingly renamed NOAA Fisheries as "No Fisheries" to describe the damage done to this federal agency by the Bush admi...
Racism, Philly Style
DAVE LINDORFF
A four-letter word has been strangely missing from the coverage of the scandal involving the arrest and handcuffing of a 10-year-old fourth-grade elementary schoolgirl in Philadelphia who had been found to have a pair of sharp scissors in her schoolbag. Tha...
Trade Still Runs Roughshod Over the Environment in Mexico
MARISA JACOTT
[This essay is part of a detailed exami...
How the Press and the CIA Killed Gary Webb’s Career
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
CounterAttack, Part Two, Excerpted from Whiteout: the CIA, Drugs and the Press. Despite C...
The Inuit Strike Back
RUPERT CORNWELL
The Independent Their ancient way of life is in unprecedented peril. Their very land is melting beneath their feet. Even the endless night of the Arctic winter, which should be one of nature’s most immutable constants, may be changing. It too appears to ...
Gearing Up for a Draft?
MIKE WHITNEY
There’s only one way the American people will accept the reinstatement of the draft. There would have to be "a massive casualty-producing event" on American soil. That’s it. There’s simply no other way Bush can get the p...
The Latest Mad Man at Foggy Bottom
GABRIEL ESPINOZA GONZALES
On November 17, 1997, the Wall Street Journal published an Op-Ed in which the author expressed, in unequivocal terms, his intemperate and dismissive attitude towards Washington’s adherence to multilateral international accords, writing "treaties are law...
An Interview with Ralph Nader
MERLIN CHOWKWANYUN
Ralph Nader ran as an independent candidate in 2004 for US President. Unlike both John Kerry and George W. Bush, Nader unequivocally opposed the US invasion of Iraq. During his candidacy, Nader embraced single-payer health care and tackled numerous issues ignored ...
How We Became Barbarians
MICHAEL NEUMANN
People can get astonishingly sensitive when they discuss moral issues. Someone who can scarf popcorn all through *both* Kill Bills will go hoarse about the killing of innocents in Israel or Iraq or anywhere suitably distant. Someone who’d cheer a B-52...
Hillbilly Humvees and Rumsfeld’s New Physics
WALTER BRASCH
As usual, Donald Rumsfeld was in control. At a "town hall" meeting with almost 2,000 American combat soldiers in northern Kuwait, the Secretary of Defense and his PR machine were going to give a "pep rally" to troops about to go into combat. He...
Gary Webb was the Real Deal
BILL CONROY
Although I never met Gary Webb in person, he was a friend who helped save my tail-end from the long arm of the FBI. I had just finished up a major expose about former FBI agent Lok Lau in October 2003. The story exposed the fact that the Bureau had used Lau...
Putting "Chemical Ali" on Trial
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known as "Chemical Ali", will be the first of the senior lieutenants of Saddam Hussein to stand trial, the Iraqi Defence Minister said yesterday. "In the next few days we will have the trial of Ali H...
Interest Rates, Credit Cards and the Lethal Fine Print
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Every now and again a person who reads the newspaper learns something interesting that people who don’t read the newspaper only learn by first hand experience. What those with first hand experience and newspaper readers alike have learned, is that banks that...
The Petroleum Commons
GEORGE CAFFENTZIS
1. All land and natural resources (including mineral resources) within the Ijaw territory belong to Ijaw communities and are the basis of our survival. 2. We cease to recognize all undemocratic decrees that rob our peoples’ communitie...
Will the Real Christians Please Stand?
HEATHER GRAY
Hearing all this rhetoric about faith based this and faith based that and plans in the Bush administration to further erode the separation of church and state, the dangers of organized religion are becoming more acute to say the least. .In fact, if Bush is so conc...
Who Killed Baha Mousa?
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Baha Mousa, 26, was working as a hotel receptionist in Basra 14 months ago when British troops surrounded the building and arrested seven men. They were taken to a British base and were reportedly hooded and beaten. Two days later, Mousa was de...
Reflections on a "Smokescreen"
GREG MOSES
Legal papers filed Monday in Ohio (and circulated quickly over the internet) allege that civil rights violations were deliberately used as "smokescreen" by Republican strategists who hoped to distract attention away from tactics of "traditional vote...
Migration and Coffee in Mexico and Central America
LUIS HERNANDEZ NAVARRO
Reyno Bartolo Hernández died of heatstroke in the Arizona desert near Yuma on May 22, 2001. He wasn’t the only Mexican farmer who lost his life that day trying to cross the border. Thirteen of his countrymen and -women perished along with him in one m...
The Monster Under the Bed
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
America has a monster under its bed. It is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, otherwise known as PTSD. While PTSD is on the rise worldwide, most people don’t even know it exists. There are growing signs that we, many if not most of us, suffer from symptoms of t...
Laughable in Iraq
DAVE LINDORFF
When it comes to messing up elections, there’s really nothing like the Democratic Party. And now it turns out that the Democratic National Committee is taking its smarmy ineptness on the road. Not content with helping to destabilize Ukraine and underm...
a "Dumboacracy" Issue
JOSHUA FRANK
What a waste of time and money this is. This Ohio recount business is nonsensical. The Green Party and David Cobb are calling it a democracy issue. More like "dumbocracy." Larry Long, the Executive Director of the Ohio Association of County Commis...
Haiti is Unraveling and No One is Saying Anything
LARRY BIRNS And SETH DeLONG
Since the de facto overthrow of the democratically-elected Aristide government on February 29 of 2004, the international community, along with the UN peacekeeping force, has either turned a blind eye on the human rights abuses perpetrated by interim Prime Minister...
Moral Values and Volunatry Servitude in Bush’s America
CHRIS FLOYD
The years of George W. Bush’s sour misrule have been disastrous for many of his staunchest supporters. The Heartland folk have seen their jobs taken, liberties curtailed, communities withered, states bankrupted, prices hiked, schools neglected, pensions gutt...
DNC Meddling in the Ukraine Elections
DAVE LINDORFF
What, I’d like to know, was the Democratic Party, which has demonstrated an uncanny ability to lose elections it should be able to win handily here in America, doing spending $40 million in U.S. taxpayers’ dollars "helping" people and organiz...
Kissinger and the Teflon Tyrant
ROGER BURBACH And PAUL CANTOR
The Chilean government has arrested Augusto Pinochet who led a brutal military coup in 1973 and ruled the country with an iron hand until 1990. The United States should now follow suit by prosecuting Henry Kissinger,...
Iraq is Getting Worse
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. A suicide bomber blew h...
My Last Talk with Gary Webb
RICHARD THIEME
The San Jose Mercury News reports that "Gary Webb, a former Mercury News investigative reporter, author and legislative staffer who ignited a firestorm with his controversial stories, died Friday in an apparent suicide in his suburban Sacramento home. He was ...
The Story of a Very Large Cache of Oil, an Orthodox Kibbutz and a Palestinian Village
AKIVA ELDAR
In better days, other days, before the second year of the intifada and before a high barbed-wire fence separated Kibbutz Merav from the northern West Bank, Hanukkah was a holiday for the residents of the nearby village of Jelabun; Merav’s candle factory was ...
A Report from the Texas Capitol Rally
GREG MOSES
"Today across the country a citizen uprising begins," says Kip Humphrey, giving the first speech of his life, under a pure blue sky in Texas. It is the day before the Electoral College meets, and Humphrey is here to demonstrate his anger and disappointme...
A Dose of Non-Delusional Reality for Douglas Feith
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith is the neocon Likudnik who was tasked with cooking up the false "intelligence" that President Bush used to deceive the US public into supporting an illegal invasion of Iraq. With the US military now trapped in the ...
Rancid Food Sparked Abu Ghraib Riots
DAVID PHINNEY
A Special Investigation by CorpWatch Rotten food crawling with bugs, traces of rats and dirt. Rancid meats and spoilt food resulting ...
The War is the War Crime
M. JUNAID ALAM
A Special Investigation by CorpWatch This was a war to transcend all wars ­ a war fought not for crass interests or crude motives...
The US Has Lost in Iraq…and That’s a Good Thing
ROBERT JENSEN
(Editors’ Note: This is an expand...
Fallujah Gulag
DOUGLAS LUMMIS
The U.S. Military, the newspapers tell us, has conquered Fallujah. But here you must read the news carefully. It seems that the U.S. military is in control of (most of) the area of Fallujah, and of (what is left of) its buildings, but not of its people. The people...
Gary Webb: a Great Reporter
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
News came over the weekend that Gary Webb had died Friday from a gunshot wound to the head in his home in Sacramento, California. It appears to have been self inflicted. The news saddens us, and rekindles our anger at the fouls libels he endured at the hands of hi...
Be a Hero on 805 Per Cent a Year; Casualties and Deaths in Iraq; It’s Mushroom Time!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The president went to Camp Pendleton, togged up in his nice new USMC tanker jacket with Commander in Chief sewn on the front. He got a gentler reception than his Defense Secretary received the same day a few thousand miles further east, in Camp Buehring, Kuwait. ...
Kafkaesque Lessons for the Left
RICHARD OXMAN
"Germany has declared...
Calling the Humanitarian Bombers to Account
JOHN PILGER
Muted by the evidence of the Anglo-American catastrophe in Iraq, the international "humanitarian" war party ought to be called to account for its largely forgotten crusade in Kosovo, the model for Tony Blair’s "onward march of liberation."...
The Boss Has Gone Crazy
URI AVNERY
When the fruit sellers at the Tel Aviv market shout "the boss has gone crazy!" they mean that they are selling their merchandise at ridiculously low prices. In the world’s capitals, a similar cry is now being heard: "The boss has gone c...
Déja Vu All Over Again
DAVE LINDORFF
John Fogerty has it right. "It’s déjà vu all over again," except with a difference. In Vietnam, in the post-Tet period, when it had become clear to the soldiers on the ground that the war was a lost cause and that they were ris...
An Interview with Christi Lake
LAURA NATHAN
"If sex is supposed to be a bad thing, then why did God make it feel so good?" Christi Lake asks as she puts on her mascara and gets ready for work. If you didn’t know Christi, her remark might sound like the battle cry of the 1960’s sexual r...
What Food-for-Oil Scandal?
JUDE WANNISKI
Once it became clear some months ago that Saddam Hussein had been telling the truth about not having weapons of mass destruction or connections to al-Qaida, it should have been an embarrassment to the neo-conservatives who talked President George Bush into war wit...
Listening and Talking to God About Invading Other Countries
SAUL LANDAU
"I went down on my knees and prayed Almighty God for light and guidance more than one night. And one night late it came to me: (1) That we could not give them [the Philippines] back to Spain-that would be cowardly and dishonorable; ...
Bush’s Capital
GARY LEUPP
"I earned capital in the campaign—political capital—and now I intend to spend it. It is my style. That’s what happened after the 2000 election: I earned some capital. I’ve earned capital in this election, and I’m goi...
The Homecoming and the Homeless
PATRICK COCKBURN And KIM SENGUPTA
Baghdad. The Black Watch arrives back in Britain this morning–home in time for Christmas as Tony Blair had promised. The regiment’s five-week mission–the toughest British troops have faced since the invasion of Iraq 21 months ago&#...
The Truth About the Election of 2004
BEN TRIPP
At this rate, we’ll never know who didn’t win the election of 2004. The theories about why the vote came out the way it did, or didn’t, and the way it couldn’t have come out the way it did or did not, in fact, come out (if it came out at al...
How the South Became Republican: It’s About Race
HEATHER GRAY
The South has now shifted from being the conservative Democratic stronghold to a Republican base and southern politicians bring the baggage of excessively conservative social and greedy irresponsible economic policies into the Republican fold. Interestingly, it wa...
Mr. Solomon, Say You’re Sorry
JOSHUA FRANK
Stormin’ Norman Solomon recently released his annual "P.U.-litzer Prizes" for shoddy commentary and wackjob journalism across these glorious United "Red" States of America. To tell the truth, it ain’t all bad. He’s got a few s...
God Returns, Supports Bush 100 Percent
JOHN STANTON
God has returned to America. His interest in this nation and its people is the subject of much discussion here in this country mainly from those disgruntled Americans who, in the 2004 national elections, lost to God’s choice, President George W. Bush. Anyway...