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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
The Virtues of Burning Crosses and Colored Smoke
DICK J. REAVIS
From all accounts, last week’s London bombings greatly benefited pro-war factions in the same way that 9-11 did: they gave the Crusaders a new rallying cry. Yet the bombings are also being discounted in the west because their death toll was lower than it mig...
Report from the Gleneagles Battlefield
KARA N. TINA
From the beginning there was no well-thought-out master plan for shutting down the G8 Summit at Gleneagles. In fact, some of us even dubbed the march we were about to embark on "The Suicide March". At three in the morning, a large group of militants dres...
The No-Think Nation
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Thought is not an American forte. Consider the speed with which our government got us trapped in two quagmires, Iraq and Afghanistan. The CIA says that Bush’s invasion of Iraq has created ideal conditions for training insurgents and terrorists. The lo...
The Problem with Speaking in the Name of Others
AMINA MIRE
Recently a European based activist told me that he was happy because I do not have an American ‘accent.’ This comment was meant be a compliment because having an American ‘accent’, in this context, is a sign of being in North America ­ ...
CAFTA: Losing Proposition for the Hemisphere
LAURA CARLSEN
More than a year after signing, Preside...
Collateral Damage
STEPHEN WINSPEAR
Well, apparently, we are at War. That’s what we’ve been told over the last four years anyway: we are at War with Terrorism. Now, most people I know, protested against this "War". We didn’t want to be a part of it, we didn’...
Iraq is Broken
SAUL LANDAU
It’s hard to believe that supposedly intelligent people like Senators Joseph Biden (DE), Hillary Clinton (NY) and John Kerry (MA) call for "staying the course" in Iraq and acting responsibly by sending more US troops with more fire power over there...
Throwing Gasoline on Haiti’s Fires
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
On June 23, the U.S. State Department briefed members of Congress on its plan to distribute thousands of handguns to the Haitian National Police, continuing a program that sent 2,657 weapons to Haiti for the police last year, despite an embargo. Haiti&...
Hiroshima’s 60th Anniversary and Crunch-time for Nukes in Iran
BILL CHRISTISON
[The thoughts below are speculative and opinionated, with most supporting evidence omitted for brevity. The purpose is to generate comment, rebuttal, and a wide, even undisciplined, variety of ideas -- with no off-the-wall or weird ideas barred -...
The Inevitability of George W. Bush
BEN TRIPP
With regrets for all the chaos and death and destruction, it was necessary that George W. Bush should ascend to power and retain it for two terms of office. He is a singularly giftless man, but he brings one gift to everyone: disaster. Placed at the pinnacle of th...
The Choking of Brazil’s Worker Party
NORMAN MADARASZ
Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s Workers’ Party (PT) has always been its best opposition, both outside and inside of government. But was it only yesterday that it looked so invincible? Two years into holding the reigns of Government had Presiden...
Blair’s Alliance with Bush Bombed
ROBERT FISK
"If you bomb our cities," Osama bin Laden said in a recent videotape, "we will bomb yours."’ It was clear Britain would be a target ever since British Prime Minister Tony Blair decided to join President Bush’s "war on terr...
False Promises and Real Relief
KARL BEITEL
On June 12, 2005, the finance ministers of the G8 finance ministers agreed to cancel the debt of eighteen of the world’s most heavily indebted poor countries. It is impossible not to welcome the decision, given that debt payments have been systemically drain...
Take Back Montana’s Ruby River from the Billionaire Boy’s Club
JACKIE CORR
There are more problems on Montana’s Ruby River then James Cox Kennedy and the Cox Media empire that he runs. Remember, Kennedy is the real rich guy from Atlanta, Georgia who told the University of Montana back in early May that there will be n...
After the Bombings: Emile Henry v. the New York Times
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
‘The old definition holds: the function of an editorial writer is to come down from the hills after the battle and shoot the wounded. A New York Times editorial this weekend starts with Conrad’s ...
Witches and Bastards
LILA RAJIVA
Now that we’ve learned from yet a...
Thomas Friedman’s Muslim Problem
BEHROOZ GHAMARI
In his op ed, "If It’s a Muslim Problem, It Needs a Muslim Solution", in the July 8 edition of the New York Times, Tom Friedman called on Muslims around the world to condemn the violence committed under their name by al Qaeda jihadists. Friedman...
And What Does the Market Say?
JOHN WHITLOW
In a world that really has been turned on its head, truth is a moment of falsehood. -Guy Debord The fetishism of commodities takes on heightened meaning during times of acute crisis. Recall the days immediat...
The War of the Colors in Israel
URI AVNERY
A visitor to Israel at this time may get the impression that the country is in the throes of a contest between two football teams: orange and blue. Thousands of cars are already flying ribbons with these colors, mostly from the antennas. This is very striki...
The Horrors Done in Our Name
DAVE LINDORFF
The London bombings hit home to me. Only two weeks ago, my wife was in the Kings Cross station while on a visit to that city. It’s easy, and natural, to be upset at the images of carnage in the U.K. What people need to remember now, however, is t...
Rhetoric vs. Reality in London
SHELDON RAMPTON
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting London on several occasions. I’ve ridden the subways and walked the streets where Thursday’s awful terrorist attacks occurred. I have nothing but sympathy for the innocent people who were slaughtered, and nothing...
Why the CIA Tried to Killed Chou En Lai
N.D. JAYAYPRAKASH
The first Asian-African conference was organised fifty years ago at Bandung, Indonesia, from April 18 to 24, 1955. The conference was sponsored by Burma (now Myanmar), Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), India, Indonesia and Pakistan. It was attended by 18 other countries fro...
Meet the "Truth Tour"
SETH SANDRONSKY
To counter the U.S. public’s rising distaste for the American-led occupation of Iraq, some right-wing radio hosts are traveling there for a "Truth Tour." Finding truth in Iraq to provide the public with is the aim of these right wingers. I h...
The London Blasts
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
No one who has been to London could fail to marvel at the Underground. A quiet model of public-sector efficacy, moving some three million people each day, used by rich and poor alike, a tube-ride is a minor object-lesson in the democracy wrought by public-investm...
Sentencing Season
FRED GARDNER
Robert "Duke" Schmidt has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for growing and distributing marijuana. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer meted out the terms in his San Francisco courtroom July 7. Schmidt reports to the Bureau of Prisons Sept. 1...
Bombs in the Underground
KIM PETERSON
The London Underground was hit today by a series of dastardly terrorist bombings during rush hour. At least 37 fatalities have been confirmed and more than 700 hundred wounded. A visibly shaken UK Prime Minister Tony Blair quickly enveloped himself and his country...
Londoners Pay Heavy Price for Blair’s Deception
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Do you feel safer now that George Bush’s and Tony Blair’s barbaric attacks on Iraq have brought barbaric attacks to London? Coordinated attacks on London’s transport system have apparently killed 38 and injured 700. It is a terrible thing ...
Will Fitzgerald Indict Rove?
JOSHUA FRANK
Earlier this week I reported that a handful of Washington insiders had admitted that they believed Bush’s top political strategist, Karl Rove, would be indicted for perjury within the next two weeks. Rove, who has spoken to a grand jury on more than one occa...
Beyond Opt-Out
RICK JAHNKOW
It is encouraging to observe the contemporary anti-war movement’s recent shift toward giving greater attention to military recruiting. This means that a growing number of individuals and organizations now understand that there is an organizing strategy that ...
One Soldier’s Fight to Legalize Morality
MONICA BENDERMAN
On July 28, 2005, in a small non-descript courtroom on Ft. Stewart, Georgia, a Courts Martial is scheduled to begin. Again. One Army NCO who decided that he had no choice but to make a conscious choice NOT to return to war is being put on trial for caring about hu...
The London Bombings
TARIQ ALI
There was no public transport in London yesterday afternoon. The underground system was closed and the police were advising people not to go near central London. Casualties are in the hundreds and there are many deaths. The first reaction to the rush-hour bombs on...
Terrorism and the "War on Terror"
NORMAN SOLOMON
When the French government suggested a diplomatic initiative that might interfere with the White House agenda for war, the president responded by saying that the proposed scenario would "ratify terror." The date was July 24, 1964, the president was Lyndo...
How the Bush Administration Expressed Their Gratitude to Wounded and Sick Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people. Samuel Johnson, BOSWELL, Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides Republicans in Congress have done wonderful things for people in the military all o...
Message from London
MIKE MARQUSEE
This morning, the suffering, grief and terror that have visited so many innocents in recent years came to London. We have not paid the kind of price that people have paid in Fallujah, Najaf or Jenin, but it is a steep price nonetheless. And its root causes are the...
Showdown at the Supreme Court
NICOLE COLSON
George W. Bush is getting his chance to put a right winger on the U.S. Supreme Court who can overturn a woman’s right to abortion and bolster the already conservative majority. But around the country, there is an urgent sense that we need to take action and ...
The Luckiest Martyr
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Is there ever anyone luckier than Judy Miller! All last year she was pilloried as the prime saleslady for the imaginary WMDs that offered the prime pretext for the invasion of Iraq. Although it refused to denounce her by name, the New York Times publicly c...
Judith Miller, Drum Majorette for War
NORMAN SOLOMON
Judy, it’s been so many wars since we’ve talked. Now people are hailing your dedication to the principle of journalistic independence. For many, you will always be the courageous reporter who went to jail. But I’ll always remember what hap...
Woodward Describes How He Met Mark Felt
LEN COLODNY
In June 2, 2005’s Washington Post, Bob Woodward stated that his role with Navy in regards to the White House was merely that of a courier. "In 1970, when I was serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and assigned to Adm. Thomas H. M...
London’s Burning
GILAD ATZMON
We are used to seeing images of horrors from the Iraqi capital. For most Londoners and Britons, those images are nothing more than a remote call from a foreign country. Somehow, most of us have managed to forget that it is basically our government who is responsib...
Judith Miller, the Anti-Hero
JACK RANDOM
"As the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down." George W. Bush, Fort Bragg, NC, June 28, 2005. "We can begin drawing down American forces to coincide with the number of trained Iraqi forces." Former Senator George McGovern and...
Democrats in Full Battle Cry
JOHN WALSH
"As the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down." George W. Bush, Fort Bragg, NC, June 28, 2005. "We can begin drawing down American forces to coincide with the number of trained Iraqi forces." Former Senator George McGovern and...
Building Without a Foundation
SEAN DONAHUE
Achualinca sprawls out from the edge of the dump on the shores of Lake Managua, a barrio of improbably well cared for houses thrown together from whatever materials people could scavenge–tin, plywood, tar paper, cardboard, plywood. In the all but forgotten l...
Building Without a Foundation
SEAN DONOHUE
Achualinca sprawls out from the edge of the dump on the shores of Lake Managua, a barrio of improbably well cared for houses thrown together from whatever materials people could scavenge–tin, plywood, tar paper, cardboard, plywood. In the all but forgotten l...
Political Necrophilia in Florida
ELAINE CASSEL
On March 31, Teresa "Terri" Schiavo died. But the controversy overher case, it turns out, may live on – not only in the media, but perhaps in court, as well. On June 15, Pinellas County Medical Examiner Jon Thogmartin released his long-await...
US Democratization as Gift to Muslim Nations
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
US democratization offerings to the Muslim world supposedly carry America’s good will and soft power. It is a gesture of peace and friendship. A few Muslims however appreciate the urgency with which they are being wheedled to accept the democracy gift. By al...
State Sponsors of Terrorism
JEREMY R. HAMMOND
"What are our global obligations? To give terrorists no support, no sanctuary." ­ President Clinton, speaking before the United Nations on terrorism in 1998 "We will make no distinction between the terrorists who comm...
Accusing Ahmadinejad
GARY LEUPP
Accusations are swirling around Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s new president. Almost immediately after the Iranian election results were confirmed on June 27, the U.S. press started circulating a 1979 AP photo showing a blindfolded American hostage at the U.S. ...
"Withdrawal Would Cripple US Credibility"
NORMAN SOLOMON
Obsession with seeming unequivocal and immovable has been frequent in the Oval Office. During the Vietnam War, such fixations were indifferent to the fact that the war was losing the U.S. government moral credibility around the world. But from the outset, Lyndon J...
Will Karl Rove Be Indicted?
JOSHUA FRANK
Occasionally I get emails from Washington folks who work on the Hill claiming to possess juicy insider digs on our public servants and their corporate paymasters. I usually delete said emails, as I don’t want to be responsible for propagating dirty rumors or...
Billy Graham’s Final Crusade
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Eighty six year old Mr. Billy Graham has given a final grand Evangelical Christian Crusade. Known in his hey-day as ‘Charles Atlas with a halo’, the Reverend Graham, who now has trouble with eyesight, hearing and speech, and broke both his hip and pelv...