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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
An Isolated Regime
TARIQ ALI
On 8 July I wrote that the London bombings were the result of Blair’s participation in the Iraq war. The next day the entire media was united in refusing to accept there was any link. They loyally echoed the Government. Blair...
John Howard’s Grand Tour
BRIAN MCKINLAY
As the last remaining members of "The Coalition of the Willing" make their exit from Iraq, and even as the hitherto faithful Berlusconi talks of withdrawal in September, there is just one ally who makes it clear that he is in the battle to the bitter end...
Get Back to Where We Once Belonged
DAVE LINDORFF
Being of a contrarian nature, I’m going to tread a bit off the beaten path and tackle the scare tactics that are being pushed by both politician and the ever-rapacious Wall Street regarding Baby Boomers and retirement. The claim is that Social Securit...
A Weekend to Stop the War
RON JACOBS
In a little more than two months, a weekend of protest against the war in Iraq is scheduled to take place in Washington, DC, San Francisco, London, and several other cities around the globe. Like other protests against the US war on the world, this weekend is bein...
A Temporary Recovery
SETH SANDRONSKY
Economic recovery means many things. One thing can be more hiring opportunities for temporary employees in the U.S. In the current phase of the business cycle, American employers are increasing their hiring of temporary workers, slowly. The demand for such ...
Pride and Hubris Won’t Answer the Difficult Questions
WILLIAM MACDOUGALL
On Wednesday 6th July, London, seemingly against all the odds, was announced as the host of the 2012 Olympics. A day for celebration for Londoners of all age and colour. The following day, London experienced the worst series of terrorist attacks ever committed on ...
Can Congressional Republicans End Bush’s Wars?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
If President Bush has competent advisors, he must know that his Iraqi war has become a liability for him and for the Republican Party and might easily become a catastrophe. The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that 45% of Americans doubt Presi...
Bush and Blair’s Orgy of Carnage
MIKE WHITNEY
"Does anyone doubt that 10,000 bin Ladens have been created by the events of the past two and a half years? If they do, they have their head in the sand." George Galloway; British Parliament, 7-7-05 America has ne...
Memo to Patrick Fitzgerald
JUDE WANNISKI
  There are so many things for our fellow citizens to be worrying about, Mr. Fitzgerald, that I am wondering when it is you are going to show you cards in the case of Joseph Wilson IV and his wife Valerie Plame. I should know better than to give an ounce of cr...
Accusations and Smears
JOSHUA FRANK
Editors’ Note: In his interview with JOSHUA FRANK, Ward Churchill accused rightwing columnist Michelle Malkin of "plagiarizing" portions of her odious book In Defense of Internment from the largely self-published screeds of internment...
A Muslim Problem
M. SHAHID ALAM
It appears that Mr. Thomas Friedman has a Muslim problem. He has a great deal of trouble thinking straight when writing about Muslims; and, as the New York Times’ resident expert on Islam, he displays this malaise frequently, often twice a week. In th...
Iraq’s Ghost Battalions
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. A tidal wave of corrupt...
The End of the Enlightenment
ANDREW N. RUBIN
No where has the abuse of knowledge been more violent and intolerant than in the public discussion of an area that is defined as somewhere in the middle of the east. A handful of vocal and visible critics–none of whom have made any real or substantive contri...
Love Me Tender
CHRIS FLOYD
They were still scraping body parts out of the blasted carriages in the London Underground last week when the terrorists brazenly announced a harvest of blood fruits from their murderous campaign. The declaration — bone-chilling in its moral nullity, its bru...
Standing Up to Racism in the South
J.L. CHESTNUT, Jr.
For more than 40 years, my dear wife has kept enough news clippings about me and columns written by me that would fill a book. We may do the book one day. Saturday, she was working with columns written in 1985, 20 years ago, that were published each Sunday morning...
A Warning from Israel
URI DAVIS, ILAN PAPPE, And TAMAR YARON
We feel that it is urgent and necessary to raise the alarm regarding what may come during and after evacuation of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip occupied by Israel in 1967, in the event that the evacuation is implemented. We held back on getting this s...
General Abizaid, I’m Glad You Asked
Col. DAN SMITH
In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on June 23, General John Abizaid, head of Central Command, told the committee: "Maybe it’s something we’re not doing right in the field. But I can tell you that when my soldiers ask me the qu...
A Professional Bust
FRED GARDNER
It was one of those stories that makes a big splash in the local media and then disappears. A warehouse in Hunters Point had been raided by the DEA in late March, "a sophisticated marijuana cultivation site" dismantled, 406 plants removed. There was no f...
What Kind of Country Destroys the Job Market for Its Own Citizens?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The June payroll jobs report did not receive much attention due to the July 4 holiday, but the depressing 21st century job performance of the US economy continues unabated. o Only 144,000 private sector jobs were created, each one of which was ...
Liberate Montana’s Rivers
GEORGE OCHENSKI
Montana’s rivers are in the spotlight this week as citizens fight to keep our rivers open to the public and to undo the grievous environmental damages of the past. The annual–but perhaps last–Milltown to Downtown Float on the Clark Fork takes pla...
What Did Rove Say and When Did He Say It?
JASON LEOPOLD
Looks like Karl Rove did break the law, the same federal law that got Martha Stewart sentenced to six months in prison. It now appears that Rove, President Bush’s chief of staff, may have lied to the FBI in October 2003-a federal crime-when he was q...
Shell Oil in Mayo, Ireland
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin, Ireland. While media attention here focuses across the Irish Sea and beyond on arrests and searches in relation to the London bombs, five men from Mayo in the west of Ireland have spent most of the last month in a Dublin jail. Their crime is...
Tales from the Dark Incontinent
BEN TRIPP
Some years ago, I was on a photo safari through East Africa for reasons that don’t concern you little people. This was back when photography involved rolls of actual film, so we were roughing it. Also, there was nothing but blended scotch back in camp. On on...
Don’t You Dare Call It Treason
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Treason, no less! A leading Democrat, Rep Henry Waxman howls in Congress that "The intentional disclosure of a covert CIA agent’s identity would be an act of treason. If Rove was part of a conspiracy and intentionally disclosed the name ­ then that ...
Miller Time
JACK RANDOM
Like many of my colleagues, I find myself obsessing on Judy Miller [1], languishing in her quiet cell, reading the Times, waiting for the story of the day (Hurricane Denis, NASA’s failed shuttle launch, Supreme Court vacancies) to pass so the saga of her mar...
How to "Double" Aid with No New Money
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The Olympian is a difficult foe to oppose. Homer, The Iliad It was the juxtaposition that caught the eye. It was the fact that the G8 meeting began on the same day as the site of the ne...
War and Venture Capitalism
NORMAN SOLOMON
During the Vietnam War, one of the peace movement’s more sardonic slogans was: "War is good business. Invest your son." In recent years, some eminent pundits and top government officials have become brazen about praising war as a good invest...
The Making of Halliburton
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
There’s no more pungent symbol of the corrupt nature of the Bush administration’s invasion and occupation of Iraq than Halliburton, the Houston, Texas-based oil services conglomerate, which has made billions from the war even in the face of charges of ...
It’s the Empire, Stupid
ROBERT JENSEN
To put the problems of U.S. foreign and military policy into the quip-ridden language of contemporary politics: "It’s the empire, stupid." Understanding this big picture is crucial as we struggle to respond politically to the disastrous in...
Exit Strategy: Within Reach
KEVIN ZEESE
The pressure for an exit strategy in Iraq is mounting. In the U.S., Great Britain and Iraq talk of an exit strategy is increasing. Robert Novak, the columnist who fingered Valerie Plume as a CIA agent, wrote on March 28 that there is a "determination in the B...
A Worldwide Call to Free Akbar Ganji
REZA FIYOUZAT
Iran’s most prominent and internationally known political prisoner and dissident journalist, Akbar Ganji, has, as of July 14, 2005, entered his 34th day of a hunger strike to protest the conditions of his unjust imprisonment. His wife, Massoumeh Shafeih, is ...
Storming the Castle
DAVE ZIRIN
In High School, I was a 5′ 10" inch center for the fearsome Friends Seminary Quakers in New York City. It wasn’t pretty, but I lived for it and didn’t care if the opposing center could spit on my head. I just loved sports. My walls were shri...
What’s the Real Story on Karl Rove?
JUDE WANNISKI
When MSNBC’s chief political correspondent Lawrence O’Donnell broke the Karl Rove story on the July 4th weekend, for a few days it looked like it was going nowhere. O’Donnell had announced on NBC’s McLaughlin Group that the President’...
Governor Paranoid
CAROL NORRIS
It’s the early ’70s. The Vietnam War is raging. Soldiers are dying daily with no end in sight. More and more military officials say it’s an "unwinnable war." Lies are uncovered. The media begin to expose widespread military and law enfo...
The US is a Terrorist State
DAVE LINDORFF
Let’s just bag the Bush/Blair baloney, okay? Sure the attack in London was an outrage. It was an outrage whether it was the work of four alienated second-generation British-Pakistani young men acting on their own, or of four foot soldiers of Al Qaeda...
Rove Agency
JOSHUA FRANK
So it looks as if Karl Rove actually did it. President Bush’s top strategist purportedly leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame to the press in an attempt to discredit former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who had criticized the Bush Administration...
This is What We Will Do and How We Shall Do It
Subcomandante MARCOS
This is our simple word which seeks to touch the hearts of humble and simple people like ourselves, but people who are also, like ourselves, dignified and rebel. This is our simple word for recounting what our path has been and where we are now, in order to explai...
A Racist Network of Rightwingers
SARAH KNOPP
The web site asks: "Aren’t you tired of watching your state turn into a Third World cesspool right before your eyes?" That’s the racist message of Save Our State, one of a handful of far-right groups that are trying to grow in Southern Califo...
The Right Tree in the Right Place
JIM MINICK
Across our country, utility companies spend more than $2 billion annually to control woody vegetation around power lines, and for good reason. One falling tree can cause havoc. Witness August 2003, when the failure of a poorly maintained line left over 50 million ...
Cold Blooded Murders in Iraq
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The news about the ambassador of Iraq to the UN revealing that US Marines murdered his cousin on June 25 has been swamped by cover of the terrorist bombings in London. The scale of the atrocities cannot be compared, but the moral difference is that the bombings we...
We Can’t Separate the London Bombings from the Political Backdrop
GEORGE GALLOWAY
From Hansard ­ House of Commons, 7th July , 4.29pm, Mr. GEORGE GALLOWAY: The hon. Member for Pendle (Mr. Prentice) said that it is a funny old world, and that is certainly true with regard to the issue that he raised. I am, I think, a longer-serving Me...
American Indian Education for All
PAT WILLIAMS
History is important to Americans, but we should know not only about those who live across the oceans, but also about those who live across the street. Our children’s education, much like our own, includes generous doses of information about other nations. B...
A Supreme Waste of Time
CARLOS FIERRO
What is sure to be a contentious battle, over the nomination and the confirmation of the president’s soon to be Supreme Court appointee, will be fast upon us. But this is a battle best left to those who have an interest in the outcome of that battle. Which i...
"We are No Longer Able to See the Sun Set"
ANDREW N. RUBIN
The Israeli Wall-the so-called security fence­ is a daunting and ominous matrix of social control and demographic separation that is currently planned to be 670 km long. It is thick and concrete, 8 meters high, and at some points 104 meters deep. It is three t...
The Fake Optimism of Washington’s Warriors
NORMAN SOLOMON
In front of TV cameras, Pentagon officials do their best to make war sound wise and noble. Most of all, they lie. Sometimes they do it with bold assertions, other times with intentionally tangled syntax. But those who give the orders that consign young sold...
Water on the Brain
MICKEY Z.
"When the well is dry...
Depleted Uranium: States Take Action to Protect Their Soldiers and Veterans
KEVIN ZEESE
Louisiana recently passed legislation giving all returning veterans the right to get a best practices health screening test for exposure to depleted uranium. Interviewed here is Bob Smith, one of the activists that helped make this bill possible. He is with the ...
An Interview with Dr. Mohammad al-Obaidi of Iraq’s Peoples’ Struggle Movement
LAITH Al-SAUD
The mainstream media’s attenuation of information regarding Iraq has now rendered public discourse about US policy in Iraq incoherent and incomprehensible. In spite of rising death and tragedy in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claims "progress&...
Why Has It Come to This? What’s It All About?
WILLIAM A. COOK
These simple questions come naturally to mind in light of the London atrocities, except to Wolfowitz, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Perle, Bush and Blair, indeed the whole infestation of neo-con disciples of Leo Strauss who remain oblivious to such queries and, indeed, cannot...
2 Live Cruise
JACK BRATICH
I have never been a fan of Tom Cruise’s characters. Like many people, I found his steely reserve, self-satisfied smile, and arrogant bravado the epitome of 1980s hyperindividualism. Whether behind a bar, the wheel of a racecar, on a horse, in a jet, or just ...