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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 July 2005
Francis Ona’s Role and Plekhanov
MAX WATTS
Thoughts: Many years ago a Russian called Plekhanov wrote a series of articles on "The Role of the Individual in History". Plek also introduced the writings of Karl Marx, who had then, this was1883, just died in London, to Tsarist Russia. Amongst...
Color-Coded Justice
JOSHUA FRANK
First Supreme Court nominee, John Roberts Jr., lied about his membership with the far right-wing Federalist Society, and now file cabinets full of documents are being released which expose Roberts’ penchant for justice as color-coded. He says he won’t ...
The Gurgaon Riots
NAVEEN JAGANATHAN
As I write this article, Gurgaon approaches its third day of street riots. The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledged full support for neo-liberalism and the global war on terror upon his visit to Washington, only to see the Indian district in the state of H...
The Dumbest Story Ever Written
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Devoted to human freedom, you must embrace even the freedom to express stupidity. So I can happily report that a week ago at this writing Thomas Friedman struck a mighty blow for freedom with one of the dumbest columns he has ever written, "Giving the Hatemon...
Harry Potter and the War on Terror
JUSTIN TAYLOR
When Stephen King was given his award in 2003 for distinguished contributions to American letters, Harold Bloom wrote a vicious, histrionic rejoinder to the decision. Bloom perhaps never sounded so much like New Criterion sith lord Roger Kimball as when he railed ...
Who Needs Feminism, We Have Condi Rice
RON JACOBS
An all too common notion in mainstream society in the US and elsewhere in the West is that that there is no longer any need for a women’s movement. After all, goes the argument, look at the people in power. Condi Rice, for instance. If women (and Blacks) wer...
Getting Out of Iraq…One Way or Another
PATRICK COCKBURN
Donald Rumsfeld intends to cut the number of US troops in Iraq The United States military says it is hoping to make a substantial reduction in its forces in Iraq, beginning next spring and summer. General George Casey, the senior US commander in Iraq, said...
From Woolworth to Wal-Mart
JORDAN GREEN
On Feb. 1, 1960, four North Carolina A&T University students quietly took seats at the segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter and waited to be served, igniting a black-led movement that spread to the Kress Building and other retail outlets and ultimately r...
The Worst Terror Attacks in History
NORM DIXON
August 6 and August 9 will mark the 60th anniversaries of the US atomic-bomb attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In Hiroshima, an estimated 80,000 people were killed in a split second. Some 13 square kilometres of the city was oblitera...
How to Cool Your Heels in Texas
GREG MOSES
On a hot day in July the chamber of the Texas Senate turns out to be a great place to catch some A/C and think about how there are two monuments to Confederate heroes on the front lawn of the Capitol. Read that Southmost monument carefully. The only reason ...
Write Your Own Editorial!
BEN TRIPP
Greetings, moist and tender reader. This week, we have a special treat JUST FOR YOU. Mr. Tripp is far too busy to write his own essay this week, so this is YOUR CHANCE to write one just like his! You’ve said it a million times: you could write one of those i...
Fashionism Takes Command
SAUL LANDAU
"Fascism has taken hold," friends warn, referring to how Bush has used the Patriot Act to whittle away liberties (like habeas corpus) and increase the power of Homeland Security. "It’s fashionism, not fascism," offers another frien...
Lessons City Bombers Need to Learn from Newton and Donne
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Terrorist bombings in London, where a great scientist by the name of Sir Isaac Newton is buried, raise important questions of morality and laws of motion. It is customary to discuss and condemn terrorism in the realm of right and wrong. Terrorism is morally wrong,...
Lost Nuclear Warheads from a B-52 Now in Iran?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Iran may have the weapons-grade uranium out of three nuclear warheads dumped out of a B-52 back in 1991. Or so at least the US government might have some reason to believe, according to a seemingly well-informed person talking to CounterPunch last week. On ...
The Ethan and Gavin Show
FRED GARDNER
Ethan Nadelmann, mastermind of the Drug Policy Alliance, has a fantasy starring Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco. Newsom had already spoken and was seated at a table onstage, blushing and shaking his head, as Nadelmann shared his fantasy at a public forum ...
War is Fun as Hell
SHELDON RAMPTON
Years of writing about public relations and propaganda has probably made me a bit jaded, but I was amazed nevertheless when I visited America’s Army, an online video game website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). In its quest to find recruit...
Where is the Hirsch Report?
RICHARD HEINBERG
Over the past few months controversy has raged over the timing of Peak Oil: the moment when global oil production will reach its all-time maximum and begin its inevitable descent. Oil optimists say the event won’t occur for twenty years or more, and t...
Plummets in Stew of Corruption
JAMES PETRAS
"Nobody has the moral authority to discuss ethics with me" President Lula da Silva Corruption has devastated the Lula regime in Brazil. Every sector of Lula’s "Workers Party"(PT) has be...
Fingerprints of Power
JACK Z. BRATICH
Earlier this month, the sixth season of CBS’ Big Brother premiered with the subtitle "Summer of Secrets." The reality show, premised on the hypervisibility of a tightly controlled domestic space, must’ve realized that voyeuristic pleasure in ...
Scenes and Silver Linings from Labor’s Crack-Up
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
On Thursday just after noon the convention hall at Navy Pier was mostly deserted, delegates to the national convention of the AFL-CIO having wheeled themselves and their suitcases out after the formal conclusion of proceedings, down the escalator and out to waitin...
Annexing Justice in Palestine
REMI KANAZI
After 38 years of unwarranted occupation, the Palestinian people deserve to live peacefully in the remaining 22 percent of historic Palestine. The expansion of the Annexation wall is the newest obstacle in the Palestinian’s quest for legitimacy. The Israeli ...
Meet Hack the Hawk
JOHN WALSH
The latest Congressional candidate to be peddled by the pro-war Democratic establishment, including Howard Dean, James Carville, the Daily Kos, Democracy for America, Al Franken on Air America Radio, etc., is Paul Hackett in southern Ohio. He faces his Republican ...
The Bush-Cheney Fixation on Iran
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Well done, Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, and the rest of the Washington weirdoes. They have succeeded where others have failed. From the tilting deck of their sinking ship they can truly claim ‘Mission Accomplished’, because they have forged amity out of enm...
Who’s the Real Martyr: Judy Miller or Jim DeFede?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
"We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality." So wrote Lord Macaulay back in 1830. What would Macaulay have written about the summary firing of Miami Herald columnist Jim DeFede on Thursday? ...
In Praise of Kevin Benderman
NORMAN SOLOMON
Conscience is not in the chain of command. "Before being sentenced to 15 months for refusing to return to Iraq with his Army unit, Sgt. Kevin Benderman told a military judge that he acted with his conscience, not out of a disregard for duty," the ...
The Bad News About the Energy Bill
Sen. RUSS FEINGOLD
Energy policy is an important issue for America and one which my Wisconsin constituents take very seriously. Crafting an energy policy requires us to address important questions about, for example, the role of domestic production of energy resources versus foreign...
Where are the "Montana Friendly" Businesses?
PAT WILLIAMS
Through the years we have heard a lot of misplaced complaining that Montana isn’t "business friendly." It is now dawning on us that we need more businesses that are "Montana friendly." For 60 years we have heard the drumbeat about ...
Marvelous Marvin
DAVE LINDORFF
Let me say right from the get go that I’m not a conspiracy theorist by nature. As a journalist I like to see the facts line up solidly before I go with an accusation. At the same time, I also subscribe to Noam Chomsky’s approach of looking at ho...
CAFTA and the Disassembling of America
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
I am working on my computer when I discover that the House has passed CAFTA. I turn on the TV for the eleven-o-clock news. The local channels are full of reports…about an uptown homicide. On cable, both Fox and MSNBC each have a specialist standing near...
The Class War in Gurgaon
P. SAINATH
The northern Indian state ...
America’s Huge Racist Inventory
J.L. CHESTNUT, Jr.
Why all this unspeakable violence in our Selma, in our nation and in our world at large? Selma is part of the nation and the world at large. Why are our children killing each other? Why is it becoming almost common in this little town for parents to bury their chi...
Passing CAFTA
JOSHUA FRANK
The final vote on CAFTA, the free trade agreement between the US and Central America, rolled out in the wee hours of July 28. It was a tight vote in the House, a squeaking 217-215, where 15 Democrats crossed over to support the measure while 27 Republicans voted a...
Blair the Camera Man
GILAD ATZMON
In case you missed them, here are the words of wisdom Tony Blair uttered yesterday: "Until we get rid of this complete nonsense of trying to build some equivalence between what we are doing helping Iraqis and Afghans build their democracy ...
Vision Mumbai Submerged
LILA RAJIVA
Over the last two days hundreds of people have died in Mumbai and across Maharashtra as the South-West monsoon lashes the state. 37.1 inches fell in one day – the highest ever in the country. About 150,000 people were stranded in railway stations, tens of th...
The Emerging Skin-Whitening Industry
AMINA MIRE
Skin-whitening or skin-bleaching is a practice whereby women (and some men) use various forms of skin-whitening products in order to make their skin appear as white as possible. As an anti-aging therapy, skin-whitening promises to "restore" as well as to...
Departing Iraq
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
June 30, 2005, was the peak of neocon delusion. On that day American Enterprise Institute neocon Karl Zinsmeister posted his article on the AEI online site titled: "The War is Over, and We Won." No sooner than Zinsmeister put delusion to paper tha...
The Duke of Alba and George W. Bush
WILLIAM S. LIND
In the sixteenth century, Europe was devastated by wars of religion, a fact which gives that unhappy time some relevance to our own. The foremost soldier and commander in sixteenth-century Europe was the Duke of Alba. An excellent ...
The End of the Housing Bubble
MIKE WHITNEY
I sold my home three weeks ago anticipating what I believe will be "Economic Armageddon" in the United States. It wasn’t an easy thing to do. My wife and I have lived in the same home for 25 years, raised both of our children there, and owned the p...
The Source Beyond Rove
ROGER MORRIS
Former NSC staffer "We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." It was September 2002, and then-National Security Advisor, now-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was fastening on CNN perhaps the most...
Tony Blair Won’t Give an Inch
CHRISTOPHER BRADLEY
I sometimes having trouble even finishing news stories. Tony Blair, as per my reading on the BBC website and elsewhere, said that Iraq was no excuse for the London bombings. But the invasion of Iraq was justified by the New York bombings? It’s precise...
Thomas Friedman, Liberal Sadist?
NORMAN SOLOMON
The acclaimed New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has often voiced enthusiasm for violent destruction by the U.S. government. Hidden in plain sight, his glee about such carnage is worth pondering. Many people view Friedman as notably articulate, while ...
Why Lance Armstrong Must Break with Bush
DAVE ZIRIN
To all the haters that don’t think cycling is a sport, and the Tour De France ranks just below watching an apple turn brown, let’s be clear: Lance Armstrong has earned the love. The cancer-surviving cyclist ended his career with a record seventh straig...
Is Iran Being Set Up?
GARY LEUPP
A recent article by Juan Cole depicts Iran as the real victor in the Iraq War. This is because ...
US Falling Behind Across the Board
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
On Monday, I reported that the US, formerly a superpower until afflicted with "new economy" syndrome, has lost so much manufacturing capability that it can scarcely produce one submarine every two years and one aircraft carrier every five years. US manuf...
Class War on the Ruby River? Bring It On!
JACKIE CORR
Editors’ Note: In tw...
The Enemy Within
SUREN PILLAY
The recent wave of bombings in London has shifted the jaded attention of the world’s media on the ‘war on terror’ in Iraq to Europe. And of course the immediate suspects responsible for the bombing are thought to be Al ­Qaeda, either directly...
Jefferson, Hitchens and Atheism
LENNI BRENNER
I’m old fashioned. I criticize anyone in writing, he gets a copy. When I say God is the Great Sinner in the Sky, (he made the world), I email him. Badmouth Hitler & it goes to Mr. Nice Guy in Argentina, a bit old, but still planing a comeback. So Christo...
Iraq: the Unwinnable War
PATRICK COCKBURN
The Duke of Wellington, warning hawkish politicians in Britain against ill-considered military intervention abroad, once said: "Great nations do not have small wars." He meant that supposedly limited conflicts can inflict terrible damage on powerful stat...
SEIU and Teamsters Quit the AFL
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
Chicago. "This is how it ends: with a bang and whimper", CounterPuncher Lee Sustar muttered to me during the press conference yesterday in which James Hoffa of the Teamsters and Andy Stern of SEIU announced their unions were disaffiliating from th...
Nuking Native Land
DAVID SWANSON
Over 100 people, few if any of them employed by the corporate media, filled a press conference room in the US Capitol on Monday to hear artists, advocates, and experts speak against the current energy bill and against a proposal to dump the nation’s nuclear ...