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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
Portland Versus the FBI
DESIREE HELLEGERS
At the end of April, Portland, Oregon became the first city in the country to pull out of its local Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) agreement with the FBI. The move marked the culmination of a five year struggle by an ad hoc coalition of s...
Which Flag Would Jesus Burn?
DAVE LINDORFF
The flag amendment which just passed the House by a huge margin, and which may pass in the Senate this time around and even become a part of the Constitution, was predictable. After all, the last refuge of a scoundrel is patriotism, and the ...
Killing Off the Jury with Tort Reform
CLAY S. CONRAD
Tort reform is high on the Republican and corporate agendas. It is also on the table in many states, unless, of course, it has already passed. Tort reform advocates say that their goal is to restore balance in the civil justice system, to en...
Frank Calzon
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Through his lawyer, Frank Calzon, an anti-Castro zealot, has taken issue with Diana Barahona’s article on Reporters without Borders, which recently ran on this site, and in which Calzon featured in a very marginal role.Calzon̵...
Where You Stand Determines What You See…And How You Live
KATHY KELLY
“Where you stand determines what you see, and how you live.” That’s how Voices in the Wilderness members began our statement explaining why we’d decided to stay in Baghdad during the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing...
A Retort to Military Neo-Liberalism
STANDARD SCHAEFER
Afflicted Powers by Retort (Iain Boal, TJ Clark, Joseph Matthews, Michael...
CAFTA Deserves a Quiet Death
MARK ENGLER
While the Bush Administration still aspires to ward off defeat, it is becoming increasingly clear that its failure to pass the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) represents the latest in a series of setbacks for its sputtering tra...
Voluntary Amnesia in America
NORMAN SOLOMON
Forget it! That seems to be an unstated motto for American media coverage of the Iranian presidential election. The axiom comes down to: “Don’t let history get in the way of spin.” Evasion smooths the way to t...
He Practiced Law Without a License, Now He’s a Federal Appeals Court Judge
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
One of the first things Thomas B. Griffith will want to do is convince his colleagues of the importance of changing their Rule 49. It shouldn’t be that hard since he’s now a member of that court and can tell his colleagues from p...
Vidharbha: No rains and 116F
P. SAINATH
Nagpur Rural (Maharashtra) Even when it’s 47 degrees Celsius in the rest of the region, it’s cool here. A little away from us is a patch which clocks in at minus 13 degrees. This is “India’s first Snowdome̶...
Patriots Against the PATRIOT Act
ARSALAN IFTIKHAR
The editors of Esquire magazine once wrote, "If there is one thing that always comes out of a terrible tragedy, it is really dumb legislation." On October 25, 2001, a mere 45 days after the 9/11attacks, Congress passed, with...
To the Graduates
DAVID KRIEGER
Congratulations on completing this phase of your life. I’m sure you have learned many things in your studies and are excited about what lies ahead. As you look forward, there are some important things about the world you are entering &...
Give Populism a Chance
DAN NAGENGAST
The word “populist” has popped up in the recent European Union referendums as a dirty word, a stand-in for xenophobia and bigotry, the mark of a far right fearful of immigration. That message comes from the elite. It impl...
Confronting Israeli Myth-Making
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
Propagandists on behalf of Israel have held a corner on public discourse about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for the nearly six decades of Israel’s existence, but these purveyors of the Israeli line have become increasingly deceptiv...
Afghanistan: the Other War
WILLIAM S. LIND
In view of the steady stream of bad news from Iraq – five dead Marines in Saturday’s paper, two more in Sunday’s and four soldiers in Monday’s, along with the Baathist element of the resistance so “weakened̶...
Patriots Against the PATRIOT Act
ARSALAN IFTIKHAR
The editors of Esquire magazine once wrote, "If there is one thing that always comes out of a terrible tragedy, it is really dumb legislation." On October 25, 2001, a mere 45 days after the 9/11attacks, Congress passed, with...
The Bush Administration’s Psy-Ops on the US Public
KEVIN ZEESE
Sam Gardiner has taught strategy and military operations at the National War College, Air War College and Naval War College. He was recently a visiting scholar at the Swedish Defence College. During Gulf II he was a regular on the NewsHour w...
The Crass Slipper Fits
DAVE ZIRIN
"When our country was on its knees...
Destroy the Unbelievers
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Those who attempt to caution or contradict Bush Washington about even the smallest matter are doomed. They are the Unbelievers, and for their independence will be mercilessly attacked by the psychopathic charlatans who wield great power in an administration that h...
The Coming Saudi Oil Crisis
MATTHEW R. SIMMONS
As oil becomes a scarce resource, its use will have to be rationed in one way or another. There are ways to allocate oil use and direct it to its most valuable applications. But achieving such a rational plan will require a carefully orchestrated, global, country-...
Can the Anti-War Movement Impeach Bush?
VIRGINIA RODINO
"Today is probably the happiest d...
Someone Tell Bush that Iraq Wasn’t Responsible for 9/11 Before He Starts Another War
JASON LEOPOLD
"We went to war because we were attacked," President Bush said Saturday in his weekly radio address. Yeah, by al-Qaeda not Iraq. For President Bush to say publicly that the United States attacked Iraq because of 9/11 is not only an outr...
The GM Job Massacre
ALAN MAASS
The corporation whose name was once synonymous with U.S. economic prosperity has announced another in a series of layoffs that will leave its workforce a fraction of its former size. General Motors will cut 25,000 jobs over the next three years, according t...
Some Things You Need to Know Before the World Ends
WILLIAM BLUM
The Pentagon awarded three contracts this past week, worth up to $300 million, to companies it hopes will inject more creativity into US psychological operations efforts to improve foreign public opinion about the United States, particularly their opinion of the A...
Bush’s Lonely Campaign Against Chavez
MARK WEISBROT
For anyone who has been to Venezuela, it’s easy to see why no one wants to take Washington’s side in this grievance. A few weeks ago I passed by a 22-story government building in downtown Caracas, and saw about 200 students blocking the exits in...
Who Needs Big Bird, Anyway?
DAVE LINDORFF
The latest battle over funding for the Public Broadcasting Corporation really should be a defining moment for liberals and leftists-especially those with a little spare change in their wallets or pocketbooks. Anyone who is genuinely on the left should have ...
What is Bush’s Agenda in Iraq?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
For what purpose has President Bush sent 1,741 US soldiers to be killed in action in Iraq (as of June 19, 2005)? For what purpose have 15,000 – 38,000 US troops been wounded, many so seriously that they are maimed for life? Why has the US gove...
It’s 60 Years Since Alamogordo
MICKEY Z.
It was in 1942, at the University of Chicago, that physicists working under Arthur Compton, Enrico Fermi, and others produced fission of the uranium isotope U-235. In other words: a nuclear chain reaction. With an ultra-secret $2.2 billion investment (the equivale...
Making the Noises Politicians Don’t Want to Hear
TARIQ ALI
The French Situationist philosopher, Guy Debord, once wrote that the consumerist society whic exploits the world does so not simply through its economic power but "in its capacity as the society of the spectacle". The G8 summits have become an essential ...
The Bush Radio Address
MIKE WHITNEY
"It is the absolute right of the Sate to supervise the formation of public opinion." Joseph Goebbels, Third Reich Minister of Propaganda ...
Old News Indeed: In 1999, Bush Craved Opportunity to Attack Iraq
GARY LEUPP
Some time between January and May 1999 presidential aspirant George W. Bush was talking with Mickey Herskowitz, a former Houston Chronicle sports columnist who’d been signed on to ghostwrite his autobiography. And the future president spoke unto Herskowitz, ...
Red Herring
URI AVNERY
The experience was almost surrealistic: I was in a hall in the centre of Gaza, facing some 500 people, all of them bearded men, nearly all of them Hamas militants. The Hamas movement officially opposes the very existence of the State of Israel, and here I s...
The Scheme to Infiltrate Cuba’s Libraries
DIANA BARAHONA
The U.S. has been pretty successful at mobilizing world opinion against Cuba since the late 1980s. Emboldened by the fall of the Soviet Union it has gone to considerable trouble and expense to bring down the revolution that refuses to be defeated a scant 90 miles ...
De-Eichmannizing America
MANUEL GARCÍA, Jr.
That America is a nation of Little Eichmanns whose collective acquiescence allows for the prosecution of the Iraq War and its related war crimes, the expansion of American imperialism and atrophy of civil liberties, economic equity and social justice, is vividly a...
Sorry, Unless We Have the Original Downing Street Memo, in Our Hands, We Can’t Go With a Story
DAVE LINDORFF
I’ve heard some lame excuses, but what we’re hearing from American editors as to why they took a month to start letting Americans know about the Downing Street memoranda is beyond pathetic. These are the memos that are all over the British media, docum...
Eros and the Grateful Dead
RON JACOBS
The last time I heard Jerry Garcia play his guitar live was in the summer of 1995. Bill Clinton was president of the US, Saddam Hussein still ran Iraq, Iraqis were dying because of US imposed sanctions on their country, and the US war there involved a series of oc...
Star Wars or Earth Wars?
AHMAD FARUQUI
The Revenge of the Sith, the sixth movie in the Star Wars saga, is drawing record crowds and grossing millions by the week. George Lucas, heady with the success of American Graffiti in 1973, conceived the series two years later. It was to be the story of Anakin Sk...
Situation Desperate
BEN TRIPP
I thought I’d be pleased when the American public finally caught on. It happens, eventually. The George W. Bush Mutant Death Festival, so popular for several years, has finally lost its appeal. Mark my worms, Paris Hilton is next. Not that there’s much...
Race Bias and the Death Penalty, One More Time
GREG MOSES
In the recent dispute between Supreme Court justices over the question of race discrimination in jury selection, we find two warring camps of legal theory. By issuing its order to give one death row prisoner a new trial in Texas, the court majority seems to be for...
Stuff to Do to Stop the War
STAN GOFF
The war in Iraq is degenerating … a lot. For American troops, Iraqi police, and Iraqi civilians, the last two months have been filled with dread, death, and disfigurement. In spite of around-the-clock spin by the administration and show-dog obedience by the ...
Does Iraq’s Main Labor Union Support the Occupation?
LEE SUSTAR
A tour of the U.S. by Iraqi labor leaders has highlighted a controversy about that country’s best-known labor federation-the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU). The debate hinges on the IFTU’s support for the U.S. occupation, its close ties...
How Many Wins Can We Take?
FRED GARDNER
It’s not so much whether you win or lose, it’s how you control the spin. Thus the medical-marijuana movement honchos seem quite pleased with themselves, even though the Supreme Court turned down the Raich-Monson bid to obtain and use under California l...
Justice Dodged in Haiti, Once Again
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
On April 21, 2005 the Cour de Cassation, Haiti’s highest court, threw out the convictions of sixteen people found guilty by a jury in the Raboteau massacre case, Haiti’s most celebrated trial ever. The decision of the Cour de Cassation is a remarkable ...
Getting Out of Iraq
JUDE WANNISKI
Public opinion polls now indicate that a clear majority of the American people no longer support the war in Iraq, 59% want to pull out immediately or on a definitive timetable, and 56% believe the war is not worth it. Is there any chance the Bush team will ...
Arrested for Stickering, Biking and Other Misadventures
BENJAMIN SHEPARD
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Is The Jury Dead?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
These Google Ads Those ads at the bottom of the page? A few of of our readers have written in, saying they introduce a sordid spirit of commercialism into OUR site. That’s the whole idea! We need the money. You look at an ad, we make a little bit...
Fueling Mistrust Between Iran and the US
ROGER HOWARD
Imagine your reaction if, during last November’s presidential contest, the mullahs of Iran had suddenly launched a tirade of criticism against the American system of democracy and beamed their message onto our television sets and radios for all of us to hear...
Reinstate the Draft!
MIKE WHITNEY
When America’s foremost political pundit and spokesman for the powerful CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), Tom Friedman, says its time to reinstate the draft, we should all pay attention. Friedman’s comments appeared in his June 15 column where he rei...
Who Helped Posada Enter the U.S.?
RICARDO ALARCÓN
Very important news came from Buenos Aires earlier this week: The Supreme Court of Argentina has declared un-Constitutional certain laws granting impunity to those involved in crimes –30 000 desaparecidos– during the last military regime. This dramatic...
Open-Ended Closure
MARC ESTRIN
Vermont has no death penalty. Still, federal prosecutors are now demanding that Vermont hold a capital punishment trial in a recent murder case which involved crossing a state line. It seems important to the feds to teach liberal Vermont a lesson in American justi...