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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 January 2005
A Victory for the Shia
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. "What an extraordinary election, quite extraordinary," said Adnan Pachachi, the elder statesman of Iraq and a man not easily impressed after seeing his country convulsed by war and dictatorship for half a century. It is a strange a...
Turkey and the EU
ALI TONAK
On December 17, 2004 Turkey’s long-awaited dream took a critical turning point. After 41 years of tease, the European Union winked and offered a date for initiating membership negotiations. This relationship, and the Turkish ambition to join the European Uni...
Revisiting the Obscenity Debate
CHYNG SUN
In his confirmation hearing earlier thi...
The Real Scandals of the Texas Election
GREG MOSES
In live internet broadcasts last week, ...
New Republic Calls for Death and Torture of Arundhati Roy and Stan Goff
DAVE ZIRIN
The words "libelous" and ‘the New Republic" have a proud history of walking arm-in-arm. Now, in the esteemed tradition of [former TNR writer who peddled fiction as fact] Stephen Glass, The New Republic has stooped to a new low, ...
Amid Tragedy, Defiance
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Baghdad. Even as the explosions thundered over Baghdad, the people came in their hundreds and then in their thousands. Entire families, crippled old men supported by their sons, children beside them, babies in the arms of their mothers, ...
Cheney at Auschwitz
MIKE WHITNEY
The appearance of Dick Cheney at the 60 year commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz is an affront to anyone who has even minimal regard for the horrendous suffering of the victims of the Holocaust. Cheney is the driving force behind America’s global re...
Power and Autonomy in Bolivia
LUIS GOMEZ
Among other things, the question that has echoed through my ears several times in the last few days is: what is the difference between the Aymara people ­ those from the countryside and those who live in the city of El Alto ­ and the autonomists from the c...
Tempelsman’s Man Weighs In on the Murder of Patrice Lumumba
SUZAN MAZUR
"But isn’t it passe?" Mark Garsin responded when I phoned him recently in New York for an interview about the political assassination of Patrice Lumumba. I was not surprised. Much progress has been made in the last five years in getting to the bo...
The New Education Secretary vs. Vermont’s Lesbians
GARY LEUPP
First it was the Rev. Jerry Falwell describing purple Teletubbie Twinky Winky as a gay role model, because Twinky Winky carries a purse. Then it was Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson, in a Washington dinner talk attended by Republican congressmen, accus...
Vote for Me Because I Already Won!
RON JACOBS
Well, so much for the myth that the victors in the elections in Iraq will demand that the US set a timetable for the removal of its troops. In fact, so much for the myth that they’ll even ask their colonial overseers to consider such a move. According to a ...
The Passion of Paul Shanley
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
Editors’ Note: Paul Shanley is now on trial in the most notorious of all priest abuse cases. The criminal charges against Shanley, 73, are rooted in the "recovered memories" of one man whose claims will never be tested in court. The initial accuser...
A Dialogue About Murder in Toledo
MANUEL YANG And PETER LINEBAUGH
Manuel: I still can’t believe the horrible, horrible homicide and suicide that took place at the DaimlerChrysler Stickney Avenue plant last night, Wednesday, 26 January, on the second shift. Peter: Yeh, say it. Let’s try to think about it. ...
Haiti is Now "More Violent and More Inhuman"
FRAN QUIGLEY
A new and extensive investigation into Haiti’s human rights situation has found conditions in the country have sharply deteriorated under an interim government that replaced ousted President Jean Bertrand-Aristide in February 2004. "Life for the impover...
Bush Pledges on Racism Lack Realism
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Condi proudly invoked the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during her recent Senate confirmation hearings. Yes, the same Dr. Condoleezza Rice who’s consistently burnished her conservative career by bashing the Civil Rights Movement craftily told Sen...
Why Velikovsky Matters…Today More Than Ever
MARK GAFFNEY
On January 12, 2005 NASA launched its latest space probe, Deep Impact, named after the recent Hollywood science fiction film. Recall, in the cliffhanger a team of courageous astronauts (led by tough guy, Robert Duvall) sacrifice their lives to deflect a speeding c...
How Bush Brings Freedom to the World
TOM REEVES
Now that President George W. Bush has outlined his plans to "bring freedom to the world," it would seem urgent that the world look closely at what Bush calls his successful mission to bring freedom to Haiti in 2004. Yet with Iraq dominating the news, mos...
The Politics of Auschwitz
GILAD ATZMON
Sixty years after liberation, Auschwitz became an international political event. It is no coincidence, and I feel that we should spare a moment asking ourselves: why now, why Auschwitz? Living in a scientific technological environment, it is natural for mos...
Lament of the Mnemonopath
BEN TRIPP
I only know the lyrics to two songs. The first is ‘Happy Birthday To You’ and the other is ‘Thunderball’, from the movie of the same name. Why I know the lyrics to ‘Thunderball’ but not to "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer&qu...
Stop the Torture
Sister DIANNA ORTIZ
On Thursday, January 20, I listened to ...
Wilsonian and Neoconservative Myths
GABRIEL KOLKO
Innumerable commentators have made comparisons between President Woodrow Wilson’s internationalism and his alleged missionary zeal with the ideas of the neoconservatives now so influential in the Bush Administration. But any analogies are essentially inaccur...
The Case of Father Jerry
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In 1996, a senior official in the Catholic church confided to a friend of CounterPunch, the Catholic church in America had thus far paid out $500 million to settle priest abuse cases. On July 24, 1997, a Dallas jury imposed a $119.6 million in overall damages R...
Iraq’s Civilian Dead
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The bomb was delivered by a USAF F-16. (Don’t you warm to that word, ‘delivered’ – it’s so wonderfully innocuous : "I delivered some flowers"; "You delivered a baby" ; "They delivered a 500 pound GBU-30 bomb t...
Holocaust History
LENNI BRENNER
The United Nations’ January 24th holocaust commemoration came & went with little impact on the worldwide public’s understanding of that era’s politics. The slaughter of between 5 and 6 million Jews has become history’s best known black ...
Baghdad Feels Like a City Preparing for War
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. In the hours before tom...
Meet the Fuqers
RICHARD OXMAN
In no particular order (in keeping with the disarray elsewhere): 1. Why should "progressives" be criticized more than The Right? A: ‘Cause The Right is a long-dead dead horse. More than enough is already known about their machinatio...
Dennis Peron May Split the Scene
FRED GARDNER
Dennis Peron, the founder of the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club and the prime mover behind Prop 215, is weighing the offer of a job in Dartmouth, England. It comes from George San Martin, who in the late ’70s worked at the Big Top, a marijuana dispensary...
Condi Rice and the Neocon Plan for the Palestinians
KURT NIMMO
So special is Condoleezza Rice, so essential to Bush’s revamped, de-Powell-ized and now neocon-ized State Department, that she was sworn in twice after her whirlwind Senate confirmation, according to the Associated Press. "You have given us our mission ...
This Election Will Change the World, But Not in the Way the US Wanted
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Baghdad. Shi...
Why the Children in Iraq Make No Sound When They Fall
BERNARD CHAZELLE
No one said that dying had to be dull. "Screaming with fear, paralyzed children at a shelter for the physically disabled and mentally ill in Galle, Sri Lanka, lay helplessly in their beds as seawater surged around them." The CNN report read like the scre...
Fighting the Poverty Draft
JORGE MARISCAL
When Boston College student Joe Previtera decided to protest the war in Iraq, he headed to the one place that keeps the war machine well stocked with fuel-his local recruiting office. In a clever display of street theater, Previtera put on a black hood and cape, s...
Time for a Corporate Death Penalty Act
KARYN STRICKLER
George W. Bush recently announced that he was going to end asbestos damage lawsuits; limit medical malpractice suits; and ban class action lawsuits of all sorts. It’s part of his high priority, tort reform plan. Instead of Bush’s proposed tort r...
Killing Killers Who Want to Die
DAVE LINDORFF
You really know the state killers have lost it when they call for the death penalty for someone who was just trying to kill himself in the first place. That’s what prosecutors are doing in the case of Juan Manuel Alvarez, the 25-year-old Californian w...
Attacks on Polling Stations Leave 13 Dead
PATRICK COCKBURN And ELIZABETH DAVIES
Baghdad. With only three days to...
The Great Donovan McNabb
DAVE ZIRIN
We should never pass up the opportunity to point out that Rush Limbaugh is not only a racist pig but, unlike the swine, one of our stupider mammals as well. This past weekend, as All-Pro quarterback Donovan F. McNabb led the Philadelphia Eagles to their fir...
Tsunami Aid By the Numbers
RACHARD ITANI
Over the past two weeks, "Tsunami-Aid" concerts were organized in many countries, including one in the city of Cardiff, England which the BBC described as an "event set to be Britain’s biggest charity concert since Live Aid 20 years ago."...
Iraq’s Non-Election
ROBERT JENSEN And PAT YOUNGBLOOD
Predictably, the U.S. news media are full of discussion and debate about this weekend’s election in Iraq. Unfortunately, virtually all the commentary misses a simple point: There will be no "election" on Jan. 30 in Iraq, if that term is meant to su...
Shilling for Bush
DAVE LINDORFF
It seems clear now that the disclosure that two syndicated right-wing columnists were paid shills of the Bush administration posing as journalists is really just the tip of a grimy iceberg. With the admission by Armstrong Williams that he had pocketed a coo...
A Bounty or Amnesty for Osama?
RUSS WELLEN
Does the US State Department’s renewed campaign to publicize its $25 million (soon to be doubled) bounty represent an honest attempt to capture Osama bin Laden? It worked with Saddam Hussein’s sons, the argument goes, on whom there was a bounty of $15 ...
Why Conservative Christians Fear Tolerance
Dr. TERESA WHITEHURST
Editors’ Note: This is the second...
We’ve Been Taken Over By a Cult
SEYMOUR HERSH
Editors’ Note: This is a transcri...
The Laws of Nature
IGNACIO CHAPELA And JOHN F. GARCÍA
The document below is based on a public letter written in Spanish (by Ignacio Chapela, translated by John García) as a response to a flash-track vote on a law presented by the Senate majority to the Chamber of Deputies ...
The US’s Bloodiest Day in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN And KEN SENGUPTA
Just four days before Iraq’s historic elections, 36 US soldiers were killed yesterday in the deadliest single day for American forces since they invaded Iraq almost two years ago....
Another Case Goes Up in Flames
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Everyone who is rooting for Us instead of Them is hoping that it wasn’t a metaphor. The FBI has had enough bad news since 9/11 including, of course, the event itself. The metaphor to which I refer is the possibility that its latest case may have gone up in f...
Reining In Cheney
RAY McGOVERN
Quick! Anyone! Who can put the brakes on Vice President Dick Cheney before we have another war on our hands? Current and former intelligence analysts are reacting with wonderment and apprehension to his remarks last week on the nuclear program of Iran and his resu...
The Widening Chasm Among Conservatives
MIKE WHITNEY
The machinery of state decision-making is rarely exposed to public scrutiny. The cover of representative government is a scrupulously maintained fiction concealing the nuts-and-bolts of real statecraft. Normally, politicians and their accomplices in the media can ...
Fantasies and Realities About the Prospects for Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians
SAREE MAKDISI
The recent election of Mahmoud Abbas as the new President of the Palestinian Authority has renewed speculation that 2005 will bring genuine peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Insofar as it depends on Israel’s own intentions, however, such hope is entir...
Baghdad and Saigon; the CIA’s New Campus Spies; More on Matron’s Chill Hand and the Duke of Windsor’s Diaper
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
From Saigon to Baghdad Today, January 28, the US today lost a third of the soldiers it lost around Saigon on the first day of the Tet offensive thirty-six years ago. Even as George Bush was giving jesting with a docile press corps this morning, the C...
Condoleezza Rice Confused About the Middle East
WILLIAM JAMES MARTIN
Writing in Dar Al Hayat at the end of the year, Ms Condoleezza Rice, the newly designated Secretary of State, made the following points: " when freedom is on the march, America is more secure ­ when freedom is in retreat, America is mo...
Salazar and Obama: Two Dismal Debuts
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Amidst the shambles of the 2004 elections, there were two spots of hope for the Senate Democrats — the seats they had wrested in Illinois and Colorado. At first blush, it would appear that both blossoms have merely flattered to deceive. Both Ba...