Exclusively in the new print issue of CounterPunch
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
Bush’s Phony Money
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
"This growing divide between wealth and poverty . . . is both a challenge to our compassion and a source of instability." George W. Bush, March 22, 2002 One of Mr. Bush’s great skills is the ability to turn a...
Bush Officials Lied to Britain About US Use of Napalm in Iraq
COLIN BROWN
American officials lied to British ministers over the use of "internationally reviled" napalm-type firebombs in Iraq. Yesterday’s disclosure led to calls by MPs for a full statement to the Commons and opened ministers to allegations that the...
Who’s Afraid of Gilad Atzmon?
MARY RIZZO
So as to avoid any confusion, let it be stated loud and clear: There is no Palestinian Solidarity Movement. Palestinian solidarity is different from Palestinian Liberation, a principal that implies the Palestinian people being able to express their aspirati...
The Killing Street Memo
NORMAN SOLOMON
Keep them behind the war curve. While some Americans are exposing the deception for the latest war, steadily lay the groundwork for the next one. Focus plenty of news reports on alienated youth in Iran, spotlighting despair that borders on nihilism. ...
Is Jury Nullification the Next Step?
CLAY CONRAD
Since the June 6 Supreme Court decision in Gonzalez v. Raich, medical marijuana supporters have largely determined to focus on lobbying congress. While Raich did not overturn state medical marijuana laws in the eleven states that have them (Alaska, California, Col...
How Glo-Bono-Phonies and Trojan Horse NGOs Sabotage the Struggle Against Neoliberalism
PATRICK BOND, DENNIS BRUTUS And VIRGINIA SETSHEDI
Despite the global hype associated with reversing aid, debt and trade injustices during the past few days, it hasn’t been an easy time for the huge Non-Governmental Organizations at the centre of the action. A front-page London New Statesman article ...
How Democrats Derailed the Peace Movement
JOSHUA FRANK
"I will be voting to give the president of the United States the authority to use force – if necessary – to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave ...
Who’s Afraid of Gilad Atzmon?
MARY RIZZO
So as to avoid any confusion, let it be stated loud and clear: There is no Palestinian Solidarity Movement. Palestinian solidarity is different from Palestinian Liberation, a principal that implies the Palestinian people being able to express their aspirati...
Screwing Future Retirees…Again
DAVE LINDORFF
While President Bush is still hustling his private investment account assault on Social Security, other conservative politicians, headed by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), are attacking the retirement system and American workers from another direction. These ...
Torture in U.S. Prisons: Common, Lethal, Unreported
ADRIAN LOMAX
With American military personnel being sentenced to prison for abusing Iraqi prisoners of war and Amnesty International calling the military detention facility at Guantánamo Bay a "gulag," the world’s attention is being drawn to this nation&...
Why Bush Wants to Harbor Posada Carriles
TOM CRUMPACKER
Recently declassified (partially blacked out) CIA, FBI and State Department reports (see National Security Ar...
Against Terrorism; In Defense of Humanity
FRANCOISE HOUTART And ISABEL PARRA, Et Al.
In view of the recommendations made at the International "Against Terrorism, For Peace and Justice" Symposium, the undersigned, members of the "In Defense of Humanity" network of networks, have reviewed the denunciations, proposals and reports ...
Turning Off the Ogallala Spigot
JULENE BAIR
It is no mystery why Great Plains farmers irrigate. My farming father and grandfathers struggled against the weather odds in our dry western end of Kansas their whole lives. It seldom rained enough, and each year they took a gut-wrenching gamble planting their whe...
Downsizing the Downing Street Memo
JEFFREY KOLAKOWSKI
In all of the reactions to the "Downing Street Memo," the one by Michael Kinsley in the June 12 Los Angeles Times (where he’s the editorial page editor) was surely the most irksome and disingenuous. Even as Kinsley dismisses the memo as evidence of...
As We Forgive Our Debtors
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Money, which has hitherto been the root, if not of all evil, of great injustice, oppression, and misery to the human race, making some slavish producers of wealth, and others its wasteful consumers or destroyers, will be no longer required to carry on...
Iran’s Growing Reform Movement
NORMAN SOLOMON
Iran’s most repressive clerics and the USA’s most militaristic neocons share a common interest: They’re very eager to see the failure of Iranian activism for democracy and human rights. On the surface, no outlook could be farther from Wash...
Making Sense of the Iraq War Polls
JOHN WALSH
The media was howling full force over Michael Jackson on June 13, so the results of the new Gallup poll on Iraq registered barely a ripple, and that mostly on the back pages of a few newspapers in the provinces. Gallup asked: "Which comes closest to your view...
David Horowitz and the Politics of Ad Hominem Distortion
TIM WISE
During my days as a college activist, organizing against U.S. and corporate support for apartheid, I can recall the way in which many students, despite agreeing with the goal of our coalition (namely, divestment from firms complicit with the racist government in S...
An Open Letter to US Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq
STAN GOFF
I was a soldier for most of the time between 1970 and 1996. I signed out on my retirement from...
Robert "First Strike" Joseph: a Neocon for Nukes
TOM BARRY
The top U.S. government official in charge of arms control advocates the offensive use of nuclear weapons and has deep roots in the neoconservative political camp . Moving into John Bolton’s old job, Robert G. Joseph is the right-wing’s advance man for...
House Republicans vs. Bush
JOSHUA FRANK
Things are not looking so hot for the Bush administration. The smell of "impeachment" is in the air. A couple of Democrats are finally making a stink over the Downing Street minutes and major news outlets have found the courage to run with the story. US ...
The Palace at 4 A.M.
DANIEL WOLFF
"I want to know if love is real." Bruce Springsteen shouted it on 1975’s "Born to Run:" a declaration of his rock& roll quest. With each decade, this apparently simple question of faith and possibility has grown darker and mor...
Why the Left Should Rendezvous with G8 in Gleneagles
JOHN HILARY
Thirty years ago, in November 1975, France’s President Giscard d’Estaing (drafter of the recently worsted new Euro constitution) invited the leaders of the UK, US, Germany, Japan and Italy to a three-day summit in the presidential palace at Rambouillet...
What If Jackson had been on Trial in Massachusetts?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR ThereR...
Doing the Right Thing Also Politically Expedient
STEVE BREYMAN
After wading through the oceans of ink and electrons spilled over Howard Dean’s recent spree of truth-telling about the demographics of the Republican Party, Tom DeLay’s deserved future, and the resumés of the theocon leadership, an old verity w...
Extradition US-Style
RICARDO ALARCÓN
The secret documents recently disclosed by the National Security Archive throw new light on the responsib...
Sacred Hoops
DAVE ZIRIN
Top-ranked boxer Juan "Hispanic Causing Panic" Lazcano didn’t know what hit him. The lightweight contender returned to his El Paso, Texas neighborhood to encourage a room of young children to "follow your dreams." Lazcano was sharp as a t...
All Power to the Federal Government
FRED GARDNER
In a six-to-three vote announced June 6, the U.S. Supreme Court has denied Angel Raich and Diane Monson the right -established by California voters in 1996- to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes. Phony Tony awards go to Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kenned...
Stalemate in Bolivia
FORREST HYLTON
"They can’t make me resign." Hormando Vaca Díez, June 9, 2005 "So that history won’t repeat itself, I resign the right to constitutional succession." Hormando Vaca Díez, June 9, 2005...
Outsourcing Torture and the Stop-Loss Program
ROBERT KENT
In a recent episode of the Massachusetts School of Law’s legal show, Educational Forum, host professor Diane Sullivan welcomes author and law professor Jules Lobel to discuss cases he is involved in that concern government abuses of human rights for both civ...
The Crisis in Bolivia
RICHARD GOTT
When the Spanish conquistadores arrived in the mid 16th century on the immense plains of the bleak plateau that forms the westerly part of what is now Bolivia, they paused for a while at a settlement not far from the rim of a great canyon. At 12,000 feet they foun...
Bush’s Willing Executioners
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In 1996 Daniel Jonah Goldhagen published Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans ...
Supreme Indignity
FRED GARDNER
Last week a U.S. Supreme Court ruling denied Angel Raich and Diane Monson the right -established by California voters in 1996- to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes. The majority opinion by Justice John Paul Stevens included a paragraph to which members...
How Do You Tell a Bolivian Indian from an Ordinary American?
DAVE LINDORFF
What is the difference between an Inca Indian in Bolivia, and a middle-class wage-earner in America? Answer: The Inca Indian knows where her or his interests lie, recognizes that the leading political parties are thieves and agents of international and dom...
The Lawsuits Begin
EVELYN J. PRINGLE
The scheme concocted by the pharmaceutical industry and pushed forward by the Bush administration to screen the entire nation’s public school population for mental illness and treat them with controversial drugs was already setting off alarms among parents a...
In Washington’s Crosshairs
NORMAN SOLOMON
Washington keeps condemning Iran’s government and making thinly veiled threats. But in Iran, many people are in the midst of challenging the country’s rulers, in the streets and at the ballot box. The June 17 election for president could be a tu...
Neo-Con Unfurls the Big Picture
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Editors’ Note: Thomas Donnelly is a paradigm neo-con. These days he shuttles between the Project for the New American Century and the American Enterprise Institute His CV traces his ascent, from that seedbed of militarism, Sidwell Friends Quaker...
Mad Cow USA
JOHN STAUBER
The US government’s elaborate cover-up of mad cow dangers in the United States has begun to unravel. Twenty-four hours after our successful protest with Organic Consumers Association of a US Department of Agriculture mad cow safety stunt in St. Paul, USDA Se...
Bush and Blair Deny Early Decision for War
GARY LEUPP
So the July 23, 2002 Downing Street memo (DSM) that matter-of-factly noted that "(U.S.) intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy" of attacking Iraq was preceded by another damning document—a Cabinet Office briefing paper composed J...
Recovering Bolivia’s Oil and Gas
OSCAR OLIVERA
Petroleum and natural gas are riches found in our territory; they represent national wealth. The presence of oil and gas provides an objective condition that can permit the expansion of the national economy and the raising of the quality of life and work using our...
Pentagon Base Relignment Plan Would Increase South’s Share
CHRIS KROMM
On May 13, the Pentagon’s announced its much-anticipated plan for military base closings and realignment. The plan would close or substantially reduce 62 major military installations and targets another 775 for "minor closures and realignments," wh...
Oh My God!
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Did you ever hear the one about the Muslim, the Christian and the Jew? It’s a cracker! But I’d better tell it to you quick while there’s still time. If I leave it too long I might be arrested. Arrested, you ask? Why on earth would that hap...
Screening Kingdom of Heaven in Beirut
ROBERT FISK
Long live Ridley Scott. I never thought I’d say this. Gladiator had a screenplay that might have come from the Boy’s Own Paper. Black Hawk Down showed the Arabs of Somalia as generically violent animals. But when I left the cinema after seeing Scott...
Masters of Deception
SHARON SMITH
Bush administration officials have always been a thoroughly unpleasant bunch, accustomed to silencing critics by hurling insults at those who dare to question their steady stream of lies. Recently, however, besieged by evidence detailing U.S. war crimes at ...
A Day in Mississippi
HEATHER GRAY
Every time I travel to Mississippi from Georgia I’m confronted with a flood of memories. Friends occasionally remind me that Mississippi is no different than any other state in the "deep" south and, on the whole, I know that’s true. Yet, for ...
What the Left Must Learn from 2004
KEVIN B. ZEESE
Joshua Frank is the author of Left Out! How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush. The book is an analysis of the 2004 presi...
Masters of Deception
SHARON SMITH
Bush administration officials have always been a thoroughly unpleasant bunch, accustomed to silencing critics by hurling insults at those who dare to question their steady stream of lies. Recently, however, besieged by evidence detailing U.S. war crimes at ...
Re-Reading the Pentagon Papers
MICKEY Z.
"The Pentagon Papers are mesmerizing, not as documentation of the history of the U.S. war in Indochina, but as insight into the minds of the men who planned and executed it. It’s fascinating to be privy to the ideas that were being tossed a...
"Support Our Torturers!"
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Airline announcement: "To passengers waiting to board Flight ABC 123: your plane has been delayed by fifteen minutes. We thank you for your patience and regret any inconvenience." US Military in Iraq announcement: "To the 68 yea...
Thomas Friedman’s Imaginary World
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
If it’s Monday, it must be Bangalore. Thomas Friedman’s back in India and the mysterious subcontinent exercises its usual sorcery on the wandering pundit, eliciting paragraphs of ecstatic drivel, as it has from so many Times-men. My favorite rem...