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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
A Review of Jose Maria Sison’s "At Home in the World"
GARY LEUPP
Just last week, Gen. Jovito Palparan, of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) told the "Defense" Committee of the House of Representatives of the Philippines: "The enemy is everywhere in Samar Island." By "enemy" he meant the Mao...
Heroes on the Faultline of the Global Apartheid
NICK DEARDEN
In April 2005, Glasgow indie-band Belle & Sebastian agreed to visit Israel and Occupied Palestine to witness the effects of over 4 years of Intifada and 30 years of Occupation. While they are used to taking on social justice causes in their home town of Glasgo...
Posada Carriles: Why He Matters
ELI STEPHENS
On June 13, ANSWER has called for a national day of action in support of the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles. Actions are scheduled in at least a dozen North American cities, with the following demands: No Asylum for Luis Posada Carriles Ex...
No Child Left Behind’s Pinocchio’s Provision
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver. The Cock and the Fox, Book ii, Fable 15 The by-product would come as a big, but welcome, surprise to Mr. Bush, although the law itself is one of the things that he considers t...
Spin Machine Busts a Gasket in the Everglades
ALAN FARAGO
"A federal judge ruled . . . that the state and federal governments have violated the 1992 Everglades cleanup settlement by allowing repeated excessive discharges of phosphorus into the vast wetlands and failing to meet a key stormwater-treatment...
Light a Candle, Curse the Darkness
RON JACOBS
"A federal judge ruled . . . that the state and federal governments have violated the 1992 Everglades cleanup settlement by allowing repeated excessive discharges of phosphorus into the vast wetlands and failing to meet a key stormwater-treatment...
US Media Shamed by Brit Journalist
DAVE LINDORFF
At this stage, it seems almost pointless to say it, but once again, the corporate media in America have been exposed as a cowardly mass of toadies who cannot bring themselves to publish or air anything remotely critical of the administration unless compelled to do...
Felt Was Asked Under Oath in 1975 If He Was "Deep Throat"
LEN COLODNY
On April 17, 1990, as I was interviewing John Ehrlichman for my book SILENT COUP (1991, St ...
Posada Carriles and Bush’s Anti-Terror Hoax
SAUL LANDAU
President George W. Bush has emphasized that if one of the myriad of U.S. police agencies even suspect someone of planning, abetting or carrying out a terrorist act, he will, at a minimum, get tossed into a dark hole. Indeed, Bush has thrown the Magna Carta into t...
Anti-War Students Sanctioned at SFSU
KATRINA YEAW And ALEX SCHMAUS
On March 9th, Students Against War at San Francisco State University, a chapter of the Campus Antiwar Network, along with other student groups, organized a demonstration against military recruiters on our campus. Two hundred students rallied in Malcolm X Plaza and...
The Case of Luis Posada Carriles
DERRICK O'KEEFE
President Bush addressed delegates to the Organization of American States (OAS) gathering in Fort Lauderdale this past Monday, June 6. Speaking to representatives from the nations of a seething, rebellious continent in the United States’ backyard, the presid...
Is Bolivia on the Edge of Revolution?
ALAN MAASS
Bolivian President Carlos Mesa was driven out of office June 6 following weeks of escalating protests demanding nationalization of the country’s natural gas resources. Who would succeed Mesa was still uncertain as Socialist Worker went to press, but i...
Exit Right, Advani!
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
"You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the Sta...
Former Army Secretary Thomas White Wants Government Funding for New Energy Project
Jason Leopold
is the author of the explosive memoir, News Junkie, to be released in early 2006 by Process/Feral House Books. Visit Leopold’s website at ...
Strange Bedfellows
JIM HOUGAN
That Deep Throat should turn out to be Mark Felt is not the most welcome news at the Washington Post. The paper would have much preferred a crypto-liberal such as Leonard Garment in the role (assuming that Adam Sandler wasn’t available). Almost anyone, in ot...
The Rotting Soul of the 49ers
DAVE ZIRIN
There is an old expression that "the fish rots from the head." Right now the San Francisco 49ers are stinking like a salmon in the sun. Their more general fall from grace has been a matter of public spectacle, as the "Team of the 1980s" has bec...
Bolivia’s Agony of the Stalemate Continues
FORREST HYLTON
"We can’t let h...
Racist Fever Becomes Law in Arizona
MARGOT VERANES And ADRIAN NAVARRO
Reacting to a barrage of anti-immigrant messaging and misinformation, Proposition 200 was approved by 56% of Arizona voters on November 2, 2004. Prop. 200 forces all Arizonans to present proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a birth certificate or passport, to receiv...
James Madison on the Air Force Academy’s Official Fanatics
LENNI BRENNER
By now, CounterPunch’s American readers, at least, are becoming familiar with the scandal at the Air Force Academy. Lt. General John Rosa has admitted that the institution is a pious madhouse. "I have problems in my cadet wing … I have issues in m...
Liberation vs. Survival in Iraq
Col. DAN SMITH (Ret.)
"These people are all about surviving." On the surface, it is a neutral statement of fact describing the attitude of any civilian po...
Peacemaker Teams Get in the Way
GREG MOSES And SUSAN VAN HAITSMA
For two unarmed peacemakers walking in Colombia’s Magdalena River Valley, there is only one thing to do. When an eight-year-old girl ...
The Establishment Vs. the Elites
JOSHUA FRANK
Establishment Democrats are none too happy with Howard Dean these days. He’s deviated from the script on a number of occasions, which has resulted in lashings from John Edwards as well as Joe Biden among others. But the larger story isn’t Dean’s ...
Why Defenders of the "Oui" are Wrong
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris. Since French-bashing is m...
Property Gone Wild
MICHAEL NEUMANN
No one is so naive as to think there’s something intellectual or creative about ‘intellectual property rights’. They protect even the worst Britney Spears wannabe from Britney-Spears-wannabe wannabes. Music company lawyers may talk about protecti...
US Denies French Fighters Emergency Landing Rights
DAVE LINDORFF
Talk about fair-weather friends! When nine French fighter jets and a weather plane from a French carrier taking part in a joint exercise with Canadian Naval forces in the Atlantic off New Jersey ran perilously low on fuel last Friday because of a freak stor...
Rumsfeld, China and Hypocrisy
CHARLES WALKER POFF
"Since no nation threatens China, one must wonder; Why this growing investment? Why these continuing large and expanding arms purchases? Why these continuing robust deployments?" Thus spake the yet to be tried war crimin...
Friendly Renditions to Muslim Torture Chambers
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Rendition is one of those words that bureaucracies craft to hide official monstrosities. As an artistic term, rendition means "a performance of a dramatic role." Webster’s 1913 dictionary defines rendition as "the act of surrendering fugitive...
TeenScreen’s Top Pusher
EVELYN J. PRINGLE
On January 1, 2001, Laurie Flynn joined Columbia University, and became the top dog for marketing the TeenScreen program which is nothing but a clever tool invented to recruit children in public schools as customers for the pharmaceutical companies. The tru...
Orchestrating Terrorism
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The US has a vast and very expensive Homeland Security bureaucracy with nothing to do. There hasn’t been a terrorist attack in America since 2001. There have been a vast quantity of terror alerts, the purpose of which was to scare Americans into suppo...
25 Reasons to Impeach George W. Bush
GARY STEVEN CORSERI
Among other things, the U.S. Declaration of Independence is a lengthy bill of particulars against the "abuses and usurpations" of King George III. If the revolutionary founders had had their own government, Jefferson would have used his writing skills to...
When Will Rumsfeld Be Indicted?
JASON LEOPOLD
If you want to ensure that the media doesn’t cover an important political story, send out a press release on a Friday, preferably at the end of the day. By the time reporters return on Monday, the story will be old news and will either be buried deep within ...
My Grandpa’s Right of Return
RAMZY BAROUD
"Ramzy, I must admit it, it’s so hard being a Palestinian these days.." That’s how a friend of mine, a dedicated individual who is spending her days and years advocating justice for the Palestinian people, ended a distressing message to me a ...
Supreme Court Rules Against the Sick
STEW ALBERT
The Supreme Court says federal law takes precedent over state law and so government agents can break in on pot smoking cancer or HIV patients and arrest them. They can do this even if state laws allow the use of medical marijuana under the directions of a doctor. ...
Did Bush Deliberately Deceive America About Iraq?
Rep. JOHN CONYERS
We have reached a point where all but the most delusional enthusiasts of the Iraq war have now acknowledged that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction at the time of the U.S. invasion and likely for over a decade preceding the war. Fox News and the Pres...
Inside Walter Reed Hospital
NICOLE COLSON
The flights almost always land at night–and the wounded are brought off planes in the dark. Kept away from the news cameras, the nightly parade of the injured who arrive at Maryland’s Andrews Air Force base from U.S. Army medical facilities in Germany ...
The Centrality of Peasant Movements in Latin America
JAMES PETRAS
For over a century social analysts of the right and left have been predicting the disappearance of the peasantry, with the advance of capitalism. Even today some of the more prominent authors of the Left, like Eric Hobsbawn, write of the marginalization of the pea...
Roll Out the Barrel
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Last week saw the official opening ceremony of the Azeri section of a 1,100 mile pipeline which will soon carry 1 million barrels of oil a day for the next forty years from the terminal on the Caspian Sea near Baku in Azerbaijan, through Georgia to the Turkish Med...
White Man’s House Details Holy Bible Abusers at Liberal College in New England
GRAEME GREENBACK
Northampton, Massachusetts. A Wh...
France’s Magnificent Non!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Itinerant pundits touching down briefly in Paris lost no time in stigmatizing the French for their resounding Non! in last week’s referendum on the proposed Constitution for Europe. The French were charged with selfishness, self-absorption, nostalgia for a l...
Why Bush is Getting Away with Murder
LANCE SELFA
There seems to be a disconnect in politics in the U.S. today. Check any opinion poll this month and you will find that President Bush’s popularity rests somewhere in the mid-40 percent range. On specific subjects, like privatizing Social Security, Bus...
Botero Immortalizes Bush
MARIO LAMO JIMÉNEZ
Every presidency leaves its marks on history. For George W. Bush, these marks now include an immortalization by one of the most celebrated painters in the world, Fernando Botero — but the memories immortalized may not be the ones the president wants remember...
We Need More, Not Fewer, Anonymous Sources
DAVID LINDORFF
The voluntary outing of Mark Felt as the "Deep Throat" of Watergate fame puts into relief the current White House’s cynical attack on journalists’ use of anonymous sources. It also should shame the corporate media, which has been cavi...
The Story of a United Methodist President and His Bishops and an "Incompatible" Lesbian Minister
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Last December, Rev. Irene Elizabeth Stroud was defrocked for disclosing she was living in a committed and loving lesbian relationship. She was found guilty of violating United Methodism’s belief that, "The practice of homosexuality is incompatible [ital...
Welcome to the Third World
REZA FIYOUZAT
Caveat absurdus: This is intended for t...
How Beltway Democrats Sank Dean for America
JOSHUA FRANK
Evidently, Howard Dean’s movement scared the money-hungry Democrats right out of their thousand-dollar suits. McAuliffe, Reed, Kerry, Gephardt, and the Clintons were terrified of what he could do to the party they worked so hard to build during the 1990s. It...
Who Killed Samir Kassir, Lebanon’s Fearless Journalist?
ROBERT FISK
The Independent The bloody hand has reached out to Lebanon once more, striking down one of its most prominent journalists and one of the most vociferous and bravest critics of the Syrian regime. Samir Kassir was the best known columnist on An Nahar, a v...
On the Use of State Terrorism
TOM CRUMPACKER
State terrorism is the use of state violence against innocent civilians to create fear in pursuit of a political objective. It has been called the ugly side of imperialism (now correctly called "globalization"). It sometimes promotes submission of nation...
Romance: Advice from a Pro
BEN TRIPP
Many male readers have come to me asking, "what can I do to bring the romance back into my special relationship?" The only question I am asked more often is "how do I get bloodstains out of automobile upholstery?" It is possible that the first ...
My Father, Claud Cockburn, the MI5 Suspect
PATRICK COCKBURN
My father Claud Cockburn once said that the report that God was on the side of the big battalions was propaganda put about by big-battalion commanders to demoralise their opponents. He saw the rich and powerful as highly vulnerable to journalistic guerrilla warfar...
We Can See, But Not Far Enough
ROGER MARTIN
Early this year came yet another warning. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a review by 1,360 researchers in 95 nations, concludes that humans have, in the past 50 years, polluted or overexploited some 60 percent of the ecological systems on which life...