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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
The World Bank and Haiti
YVES ENGLER
Last Thursday the World Bank announced it would release $73 million in cash to Haiti’s government of Gerard Latortue that was installed by foreign powers after elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide was forced from office. For Haiti to get the World Bank c...
Bush’s Social Security Con Job
LEE SUSTAR
Say you’re expecting to rely on a modest retirement fund. Along comes a hotshot stockbroker promising that if he can handle your money, he’ll guarantee you 15 or 40 percent less of a payout than you would have gotten in the first place. It sound...
"The Tent of Occupation"
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Baghdad. The...
Hearts and Minds, Revisited
MARK CHMIEL And ANDREW WIMMER
The ultimate victory will depend on the hearts and minds of the people who actually live out there. –Lyndon Johnson, on Vietnam There is no peace because there are no peacemakers. There are no makers of peace because the maki...
What’s Our Biggest Problem…the Insurgency or Bush?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Three years ago in the Washington Post Ken Adelman, formerly an assistant to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, promised us "Cakewalk In Iraq." I wonder how Mr. Adelman feels about his promise today. In his article Adelman disparaged Brookings Ins...
The Salvador Option
JOE DeRAYMOND
"I mean, my goodness, El Salvador had elections when people were being shot at and there was a civil war going on, and it worked fine," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an interview last month. (As quoted in an article in the...
The Farce of the DNC Contest
JOSHUA FRANK
Howard Dean formally announced on January 11 that he was officially entering the race for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) which will be voted on in early February. The ex-governor of Vermont had been unofficially campaigning for the position since...
The Executioner Never Sleeps
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
I am a Ford, not a Lincoln. Gerald Ford, 1973 Even I, biased as I am, am constrained to come to the defense of the oppressed majority now and again. Although I would be the first to contradict the commonly accepted notion (...
Pink Slips at CBS
MIKE WHITNEY
The only thing surprising about the purge at CBS was that they handed out the pink slips with a straight face. Other than that the episode was sadly reminiscent of Porter Goss wielding his scimitar over at the CIA. A few quick swishing motions and the erring parti...
Sowing the Seeds of Peace
CAROL NORRIS
How the U.S. government and its citizens, including those in the peace movement, handle the tsunami relief efforts and reconstruction has everything to do with future peace. It’s at these times, when people are hit with unfathomable tragedy, when they...
Everybody’s Talkin’ About Christian Fascism
GARY LEUPP
Commentators right and left are talking about fascism in the U.S. of A. Libertarian conservative Lew Rockwell, in a recent article entitled "...
The WMD Fraud
DAVE LINDORFF
The great thing about being George W. Bush is never having to say you’re sorry. Several hundred billion dollars down the tubes in Iraq in a war that was started on the trumped up claim that Saddam Hussein had been building and stockpiling "weapo...
Aceh’s Dual Disasters
JOHN ROOSA
On December 25, 2004, one day before Aceh was devastated by an earthquake-driven tsunami, the Indonesian military (TNI) announced that it had just killed eighteen guerrillas in the province.[1] Such news had long since become routine. A week earlier, the TNI kille...
Fear Stalks Baghdad
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Journalism yields a world of clichés but here, for once, the first cliché that comes to mind is true. Baghdad is a city of fear. Fearful Iraqis, fearful militiamen, fearful American soldiers, fearful journalists. That day u...
Dr. Galarza v. Alberto Gonzales
JORGE MARISCAL
One of the great figures of Mexican American history is Ernesto Galarza. The son of an immigrant family who worked his way out of poverty and racist schools in the early twentieth century, he became one of a small group of Latinos to attend college and one of the ...
Florida: Eyes Wide Open
ALAN FARAGO
Many people who care about restoring the Everglades will be in Naples this weekend at the annual meeting of the Everglades Coalition, representatives of 45 conservation-minded groups from the local, state and national level, and fishermen, hunters and Native Ameri...
Casualties of War
JACK RANDOM
On Sunday, January 9, 2005, nineteen-year-old Andres Raya shot two police officers, killing Sergeant Howard Stevenson of the Ceres Police Department, and was himself killed in the ensuing gun battle. Raya had served seven months in Iraq with the 2nd Battal...
Every Hero a Killer?…Not
GREG MOSES
"Every hero must learn to kill," says the online invitation for Fable, the Xbox video game by Microsoft. "You can save those in peril and aid those in need. But you are also free to be as wicked, violent and dark as you wish." For me, th...
The US Isn’t "Stingy"; It’s Strategic
TOM BARRY
Uncle Sam is not Ebenezer Scrooge. The U.S. government is the world’s largest foreign aid donor, contributing economic assistance to more than 150 countries. The United States is also the largest national source of humanitarian and emergency relief aid. Befo...
Father Roy Bourgeois and the Origins of the Movement to Close the School of the Americas
JAMES HODGE And LINDA COOPER
[The following article is excerpted fro...
A Tale of Two Elections
GILA SVIRSKY
There seemed to have been two elections in Palestine on Sunday: the one conducted in the West Bank and Gaza, and the one in Jerusalem. Voting day in the West Bank and Gaza was marked in many places by a mood of ebullience and celebration. There was singin...
Irish "Peace Process", RIP
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. Int the last few days, Ireland has roused itself from holiday-season torpor and moved its gaze from southeast Asia for long enough to notice that the political process in Northern Ireland lies in utter devastation. It hasn’t actually be...
Richard Gere and the Occupied Vote
DERRICK O'KEEFE
The recent election in Palestine, the first of two scheduled Middle East votes this month to be held under occupation, came complete with the humiliation and indignity that is meted out daily to the long-suffering Palestinian people. The electoral experience in th...
Farrah Radio Break Down
LINDA S. HEARD
Poor old Joseph Farah has got his knickers in a twist over quotes I attributed to him in two of my newspaper columns vis-a-vis the Palestinians. A Lebanese-born Christian Arab, who wraps himself in New World Order jingoism up to his moustache, Farah is editor of w...
From El Salvador to Iraq
CHARLES DEMERS
Remember the heady, idealistic days of early 2005? You know, like, January 1st through to, say, the 7th or 8th? After the three-hundred-and-sixty-six day bloodbath that was 2004, and once the Are-the-Tourists-Okay? angle of the Tsunami story was driven into the gr...
How the Hell Did This Happen?
URI AVNERY
How the hell did I get into this goddamned mess? I wake up in the morning and can’t believe it. What, I, Arik Sharon, am waging a war against the settlers? I, who put them there in the first place? I, who drafted the map of the settlements long before the se...
Randy Moss’s Moondance
DAVE ZIRIN
There hasn’t been this much discussion of a full moon since Neil Armstrong took his small step for man, but Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver Randy Moss has placed his posterior on the national radar screen. After a backbreaking 34 yard touchdown catch ...
A Loudmouth in a Bow Tie
DAVE LINDORFF
Apologies to Al Franken, but Tucker Carlson is a thin idiot. If you have any doubt about it, read his whiney essay, "Can’t buy me love," decrying the world for its alleged ingratitude toward the U.S for our alleged big-heartedness (...
Left Illusions About the Democrats
DAVE SILVER
Those on the Left that are still in the Any Body But Bush Church yesterday received two more wake up calls that maybe it’s high time to stop feeding the illusions about the Democratic Party. I refer to the big bru ha ha over the fact that the good guys force...
Killing Journalists
TALLI NAUMAN
"The quality of journalism and the quality of democracy go hand in hand." Bill Moyers, host of the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service’s weekly news commentary "Now," on the occasion of his retirement Dec. 17. &q...
Tsunami Aid and War Costs
RAMZY BAROUD
The swaths of South East Asia worst hit by the tsunami on December 26 and subsequent days have long been analogous with everything cheap: cheap laborers, cheap raw materials, cheap tourist destinations, and yes, much cheaper life. The whole episode was utte...
Concealing Causes and Consequences
WILLIAM A. COOK
As we approach the crowning of our Emperor for another four years, a short two months to the day when he launched the United States into its imperialist policy of pre-emptive invasions of foreign states, we might pause to reflect on how deeply this administration ...
The Psychology of Christian Fundamentalism
WALTER A. DAVIS
"I know you’re a Christian, but who are you a Christian against." Kenneth Burke In Apocalypse, a patient study of Christian fundamentalism based on extensive interviews over a five year period with members of...
The Politics of the Comfort Zone
JOE BAGEANT
The hardest thing for garden variety American liberals to grasp is what a truly politicized and hateful place much of America has become—one long mean ditch ruled by feral dogs where the standards of civility no longer apply. The second hardest thing for lib...
Situation NORML
FRED GARDNER
Allen St. Pierre, NORML’s longtime second-in-command, has succeeded Keith Stroup as national director. The Washington Post devoted a long article Jan. 4 to Stroup’s departure. Reporter Peter Carlson and his editors didn’t spare the lame puns we&#...
Sex and the Country
SAUL LANDAU
"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people." Karl Marx ­ ...
The Distortions of NPR on Palestine
ELLEN CANTEROW
Tom Ashbrooke’s program on the Palestinian elections this week failed to mention the West Bank detention and beating of Dr. Mustapha Barghouti while he was campaigning (he is running second to Mahmoud Abbas in Palestinian public opinion) and, in a separate a...
A Monkey’s Uncle Speaks Out
BEN TRIPP
Popular wisdom, which is a euphemism for crushing stupidity, states that the jury is still out on the subject of evolution. This is bunkum, an attempt to muddy the issue for the benefit of creationists who prefer a tenth-hand account of God’s word over a fir...
Getting Real About the Draft
GREG MOSES
Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, a Democ...
Elvis and His Truck
RON JACOBS
Here in the western world, we like anniversaries that end in zero. I was reminded of this when I saw a photo caption in the Boston Globe’s website that noted Elvis (as in Presley, the King) would have been 70 years old this coming Saturday (January 8, 2005) ...
The Politics of Lebanon
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Never before has it happened in Lebanon. Since the Syrian army entered the country in 1976–just a year after the start of the 15-year civil war, at the request of Lebanese Christian Maronites–there has been no public debate abo...
The EU and Middle East Peace
VICTOR KATTAN
Palestinian elections will take place on 9 January. EU monitors observing the election process have seen Israel’s wall, that in the words of John Dugard, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, "constitutes de...
Bageantry Continued
RICHARD OXMAN
I conducted interviews with Franz Kafka and Joe Strummer on separate occasions recently…in preparation for my first interview with Joe Bageant. We’re roughly the same vintage, me just pre- and him just post-Nagasaki. Same diff between Kafka and Strumme...
The Plight of Iraq’s Mandeans
JOHN BOLENDER
The ongoing turmoil since the invasion of Iraq has exposed non-Muslim religious minorities to persecution that is worse than what they experienced during the regime of Saddam Hussein. They merit protection from the governments with armed forces in Iraq. The...
Time to End the Blackout
Rep. CYNTHIA McKINNEY
Floor Statement on January 6, 2005 ...
Say, Waiter, Where’s the Blood on My Margarita Glass?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The new year promises a rich manure of hypocrisy and bad faith. Take the current tumult here in the US about the UN high command and the oil-for-food imbroglio, which right-wing columnists are gnawing on with relish. There are no good guys here, just vistas of cor...
Chomsky and Academic History
JOHN H. SUMMERS
"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people." Karl Marx ­ ...
I Want My DDT
MICKEY Z.
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." -Upton Sinclair "There is an odor to any Press Headquarters that is unmistakable… the unavoidable smell o...
Cancel the Inauguration Parties
DAVID KRIEGER
There has been a tragedy in the family, the human family. Watching and reading about the victims of the tsunami in South Asia, one feels enormous shock at the magnitude of the human loss. The number of victims continues to rise and there is fear that widespread di...
The Framing of Felipe Arreaga
KENT PATERSON
Dashing and handsome, Gabriel Soto shines as the ecological superhero of the currently hot Mexican soap opera Mujer de Madera. He is cast as Carlos Gómez, a passionate, young official of Mexico ‘s Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat who risk...