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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 June 2005
Compassion for Iraqis
KATHY KELLY
From: KATHY KELLY, Co-coordinator, Voices in the Wilderness To: Senator Carl Levin, Chair, U. S. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on Iraqi Oil Allocations to Foreign Leaders July 29, 2005 Dear Senator Levin, Greetings from Gen...
What Was Bush Thinking?
DAVE LINDORFF
With President Bush, it’s a bit like those old Clairol ads. You find yourself asking, "Does he or doesn’t he?" But instead of using hair coloring, you’re wondering if he thinks before he opens his pretzel trap. Iran’s rece...
Israel’s Theocrats
JOSHUA FRANK
Israel’s government is taking gigantic steps towards instituting a theocratic rule of control. In the June 29 issue of Ha’aretz, Relly Sa’ar reported that Ariel Sharon’s government has decided to rule against providing citizenship to...
This is the First Day of the Rest of Your Death
NORMAN SOLOMON
On the propaganda front, it’s been another tough week for Washington’s war makers. But for them, where there’s hope there’s death. Let’s address the Iraq war directly: It’s too soon to know whether the Bush adminis...
James Kelliher, the Man Who Invited Enron to Help Write Bush’s National Energy Policy
JASON LEOPOLD
The audacity inside the Bush administration never ceases to amaze. The latest example of chutzpah from Bush and co. is the announcement that Joseph Kelliher, a former policy adviser with the Department of Energy who currently serves as a commissioner on t...
Oprah Not the Only "Mad Cow in America"
JOHN STAUBER
A popular Texas bumper sticker reads: "The only mad cow in America is Oprah." Not anymore with the USDA announcing that the first home-grown case of mad cow to be discovered is a Texas beef cow. As Sheldon Rampton and I report in Mad Cow USA, the failure...
Racism at Cape Cod
GREG MOSES
Faithful reader Lynn Chadderdon sends a link to the Sean Gonsalves article posted at "...
A Strategic Analysis of Unity in the US Anti-War Movement
VIRGINIA RODINO
At the start of this week about 100 representatives and leaders of the anti-war movement met in Washington, DC, to discuss primarily how to create the strongest internal unity, particularly regarding the September 24 national anti-war mobilization to be held in Wa...
The Political Function of PBS
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Years ago, when the nightly program was mandatory viewing in every liberal home from Montauk to Santa Monica, I wrote a parody of the McNeil-Lehrer Show, as it was then called before McNeil hailed down his colors and moved on. The piece ran in Harpers, and though...
Bush’s Big Democratic Hoax in Iraq
ROGER BURBACH And PAUL CANTOR
President George Bush told the nation on Tuesday night that we are in Iraq to fight terrorism and spread democracy. Joseph Goebbels, Adolph Hitler’s minister of propaganda said, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it people will eventually ...
Is Militarism Irreversible in Pakistan?
AHMAD FARUQUI
After watching cricket with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his native Delhi, General Pervez Musharraf proudly declared to world acclaim that the peace process with India was irreversible. But he has yet to declare in Islamabad that Pakistan’s move toward d...
Chet Helms, a Rock and Roll Hero
STEW ALBERT
Chet Helms just died of Hepatitis C complications. When I first arrived in Berkeley in 1965 Chet was one of the golden prince’s of acid rock. He organized mind blowing rock events at the Avalon in San Francisco and was the moving force behind Big Brothe...
How the Washington Post Lied about Its Own War Poll
MIKE SCHAEFER
In a deceitful boost to Bush on the morning of his Iraq address, the Washington Post and ABC News released a poll of U.S. public opinion on Iraq. But the Post’s numbers in their print version (...
Put a Photo of Mad Cow #2 on a Milk Carton
JOHN STAUBER
Dear Secretary Johanns, Is there any truth to the rumor that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon print a photo of U.S. mad cow #2 ("Cow Jane Doe") onto the side panel of milk cartons? Is it true that the USDA is so lost and despera...
A Quick Way to End the Insurgency
SAM HUSSEINI
Sectors of the peace movement in the U.S. — at least those which still show signs of having a pulse — have seized upon the Downing Street Memo which might finally draw out in some substantive fashion the deceitful manner in which the U.S. moved toward ...
Give Him an Oscar for Crass
LINDA S. HEARD
It was a speech to make both Lee and Hermann proud. I’m talking about the one America’s commander-in-chief gave with more spit than polish at Fort Bragg last Tuesday. His human props were silent throughout except when required to clap on cue. His demea...
Stay the Crooked Course
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA Analyst The editors of the New York Times this morning feign shock that in his speech at Fort Bragg yesterday evening President George W. Bush would "raise the bloody flag of 9/11 over and over again to justify a war in a country that had nothi...
Democrats Shift into Reverse
SHARON SMITH
PUBLIC OPINION is turning against the Iraq war and the political status quo in Washington. A June Gallup poll found a clear majority–59 percent–of respondents wants a full or partial withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. An NBC/Wall Street Journ...
Virtual Citizens; Virtual Government; Virtual Opposition
DAVE LINDORFF
There was a remarkable article in the New York Times on June 27. It had a remarkable headline too: "Some in G.O.P. Call on Bush to Focus on Governing." The piece went on to quote Republicans, both named (Newt Gingrich) and unnamed, as saying ...
Iraq: a Bloody Mess
PATRICK COCKBURN
A year ago the supposed handover of power by the US occupation authority to an Iraqi interim government led by Iyad Allawi was billed as a turning point in the violent history of post-Saddam Iraq. It has turned out to be no such thing. Most of Iraq is today...
More Rumsfeld Lies
MIKE WHITNEY
"America is conducting a war without any effort at bipartisan consultation on our tactics, on our strategy, and on our goals. We disserve a realistic definition of success for a war that increasingly threatens to become a quagmire." ...
Pining for the Pistons
DAVE ZIRIN
[Note: This column is 200 words shorter than usual because Billy Hunter lost 25% of it in the NBA's new Collective Bargaining Agreement.] The world be an incrementally better place if the Detroit Pistons had won the NBA championshi...
Keeping Nader Off the Ballot
JOHN A. MURPHY
There are two ways to defeat democracy, one way is by preventing citizens from voting, and the other is by preventing worthy candidates from appearing on the ballot. When the law can be used as a subterranean tool in a process which can only be labeled "...
A Defeat Bred in Deceit
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
"Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn When Bush decided, prior to September 11, to attack Iraq, he committed himself ...
JFK on Staying in Vietnam
COUNTERPUNCH NEWS SERVICE
CBS Interview, September 2, 1963 MR. CRONKITE. Mr. President, the only hot war we’ve got running at the moment is of course the one in Viet-Nam, and we have our difficulties here, quite obviously. PRESIDENT KENNEDY. I don’t think that unl...
Meddling in the Internal Politics of Syria
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
How remarkable that a President who doesn’t know exactly where Syria is on the map can influence the direction of its social order! George W. Bush, by invading Iraq and then threatening action against Syria, has apparently contributed to confusion at the hig...
Bush’s Ruinous Empire
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Last Friday the price of light sweet crude oil on the New York Mercantile Exchange for August delivery closed 16 cents short of $60/barrel–the highest price ever and an ironic outcome for the millions of Americans who believe that cheap oil...
The Court-Approved Lies of Charles Hurwitz
MARK SCARAMELLA
Senior North Coast attorney Jared Carter’s insider influence has left grimy fingerprints all over the recent Humboldt County Superior Court decision to dismiss the Humboldt County DA’s fraud case against Pacific Lumber. Humbol...
G8: Who are the Hijackers?
MIKE MARQUSEE
"FROM July 6 to 8, violent extremists will be converging on Scotland," declares the Dissent Network, one of the groups planning militant opposition to the up-coming G8 summit, "They’ll be trying to meet at the Gleneagles hotel, and we’ll be try...
Where is the UN?
KATHY KELLY
In Baghdad, under economic sanctions, landing a job in a hotel offered at least a steady pittance of earnings. Some men made ends meet by working two eight hour shifts in different hotels. A dignified, well educated fellow would don a restaurant ...
Press Apologists for Torture
LEIGH SAAVEDRA
In late June, 2005, the Washington Post came eerily close to being one of many apologists for the brutal treatment of those being held in Guantanamo Bay. They wrote, in response to the remarks made by Amnesty International and Senator Dick Durbin...
How to Bury a Mad Cow
JOHN STAUBER
Late Friday, June 24, is a perfect time to bury bad news in Washington, DC. That’s when Mike Johanns, the United States Secretary of Agriculture held a news conference. He announced that a beef cow suspected last November to be positiv...
A People’s Mission to Guant?namo
MARK CHMIEL And ANDREW WIMMER
A couple of winters ago, having already read more than enough, we became enraged at what the United States was doing to prisoners from the war on terrorism at Guantánamo Bay. We got a large piece of canvass, spray painted, “Stop...
America’s Parallel Legal Systems
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
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Negative Space
BEN TRIPP
Negative space was a topic of discussion around the household of my youth. My parents are both artists; my mother was a late bloomer (she didn’t start painting until she was 340) but my father hasn’t held a legitimate job since t...
Looking for Peace in All the Wrong Places
JOHN WALSH
Patrick Buchanan often bemoans the steady erosion of the theocratic values which he calls “conservative.” He is right to be dejected, because over the long term, he is on the losing side in his “culture war.” And what...
The Politics and Ideologies of the Anti-Immigration Forces
TOM BARRY
Stereotypes and labels hinder understanding of the intensifying immigration debate in the United States. The debate divides sharply into two sides. On one side stand those who believe that immigration flows should be dramatically restricted....
The Raised Voices of Sweet Honey in the Rock
FREDERICK B. HUDSON
One of the great attributes of stars in the heavens is that as they lose energy in burning, they find new areas to warm and light. Such is the musical phenomena of six women who sing a cappella of love and longing, of sorrow and redemption, ...
The Supreme Court’s Jackboot Liberals
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
So much for the right to die in your own home, smoking a joint to take your mind off the pain. Thanks to the liberals on the U.S. Supreme Court, the feds haul you to prison from from your death bed for smoking medical marijuana and any local...
This Land is Their Land
GEORGE CORSETTI
Conservatives called it the most important case in the Supreme Court this year. It was the latest skirmish in a war that pitted liberals against conservatives who desperately fought to limit government control over private property. And this...
The Hairless Apes of Kansas vs. the Reality-Based Community
JUSTIN E.H. SMITH
I would like to explain why I think the war on evolution in the United States is one about which all progressives should be concerned. Compared with the campaigns against abortion and homosexuality, the other two members of that trife...
Gay in the Third World
SCOTT HANDLEMAN
Dangerous Living is the moving new documentary about the joys and sorrows of life as a gay man or lesbian in the Third World. It has just been released on DVD. Dangerous Living was directed by John Scagliotti, the award-winning maker of ...
The Story of Pinky
ALAN WALLIS
The man who got in the elevator with me had a scar on his upper lip, a scar so deep that part of his lip moved independently when he spoke. Our conversation lasted several minutes, but the first thing that always came to mind when I remember...
Counter-Recruitement: Preventing the Military from Getting More Youth for Their Wars
KEVIN ZEESE
The Army and National Guard have been failing to meet their recruiting goals for the last four months. Summer is typically the time they have their greatest success in recruiting and they are counting on this summer to make up for their shor...
Russian Roulette in Vidharbha
P. SAINATH
It is a kind of rural Russian roulette. Only there is more than one bullet aimed at the player. Vidharbha’s farmers are involved in a deadly gamble that concerns the monsoon but goes far beyond it. No one is sowing till the last minute...
What Do the American People Know and When Did They Know It?
ZEYNEP TOUFE
A profound sense of disappointment with the American people greeted me here in Istanbul where the final session of the World Tribunal on Iraq, investigating and documenting war crimes in Iraq, modeled on the Bertrand Russell Vietnam War Trib...
Call Him Senator Con Job
JOSHUA FRANK
I’ve met Senator Conrad Burns on two separate occasions: once during a visit to his plush office in Washington DC, and the other at an airport in Montana while he was campaigning for reelection. It wasn’t long into our first meet...
The Paradox of Mexican-Americans at War
JORGE MARISCAL
A recent edition of the New York Times (June 20) reported that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld hopes to promote Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez to four-star status and head of the Southern Command. Despite the fact that Sanchez was the high...
Victory and Recruitment
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Since at least the 1950s, the American left has accomplished almost nothing. The civil rights movement got somewhere, but it was independent of the left, and it had the support – at times the military support – of the US governme...
Fixing to Fix "Fixed"
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA Analyst The Downing Street papers are proving a formidable challenge to the White House PR machine as it desperately tries—in often-ludicrous ways—to slow down a train that has already left the stat...