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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 August 2005
Social Security and the American West
PAT WILLIAMS
As Social Security reaches its 70th birthday, we westerners continue to celebrate its existence and oppose efforts from on high to privatize it. Signed into law in August of 1935, it remains the most successful and financially sound public retirement progra...
The Disengagement That Isn’t
RAMZY BAROUD
It is rather curious how the Palestinian Authority opted to get engaged in a process that was solely aimed at excluding it, and how the debate has completely shifted from Israel’s real motives to internal Palestinian quarrels over post-withdrawal details and...
There is No Glory in Dying
MONICA BENDERMAN
From Sgt. Kevin Benderman, Prisoner of Conscience for objecting to war "I have come to the conclusion that the Creator does not want us to fight wars or to leave our brothers to die in hunger or disease. We have been given the things we ne...
Vegetarians, Nazis for Animal Rights, Blitzkrieg of the Ungulates
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The vegetarians and Hitler now enter the story. With the surge in meat-eating associated with industrial capitalism came-particularly from city-dwellers-a swelling of the vegetarian cause, hitherto confined to a relatively few Pythagoreans, radicals and ecc...
Corrupted Justice
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Wonder of wonders! A Louisiana prosecutor has been disciplined by the Louisiana Supreme Court for withholding exculpatory evidence in order to get a death sentence for a 16-year old. The witness who obligingly picked the suspect out of a lineup had told the police...
Bush’s Emotional Incapacities
JOSHUA FRANK
President Bush isn’t having all that great of a summer. Sure his team ushered CAFTA through Congress and will most likely get a stamp of approval for their rankled Supreme Court nominee, John Roberts. But as the dog days of summer heat up, President Bush is ...
Cindy, the Peace Train and the Little Ditch that Could
GREG MOSES
Two months ago while exhausted from a Summer Soulstice peace festival, and while looking with dismay into a long hot summer of war, Louisiana attorney Buddy Spell, his spouse Annie, and their guest of honor Cindy Sheehan decided they needed to do something, but no...
A Mercenary Society
ROBERT JENSEN
The failed war in Iraq — and its effect on the U.S. military — has the potential to spark the U.S. public to fundamentally rethink the role of force in U.S. foreign policy, and one of the central questions for the future of the United States is whether...
Shaming the Shameless
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Some two and a half millennia before Cindy Sheehan, another woman, also having lost a child, dogged another renowned figure with a persistent question. Unlike The Benighted One, however, The Enlightened One did not hide from the woman, nor did he send out h...
CLARIFICATION
ALEXANDER COCKBURN, JEFFREY ST CLAIR, BECKY GRANT AND THE INSTITUTE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF JOURNALISTIC CLARITY, COUNTERPUNCH
We published an article entitled “A Saudiless Arabia” by Wayne Madsen dated October 22, 2002 (the “Article”), on the website of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalistic Clarity, CounterPunch, www.counterpunch.org (the “Website”...
Greenspan and the Housing Bubble
MIKE WHITNEY
It’s strange that Alan Greenspan hasn’t been blamed for the housing bubble. After all, he set the "easy money" policies that put the whole thing in motion and he’s the one who should be held responsible when it goes up in smoke. ...
Blaming the Antiwar Messengers
NORMAN SOLOMON
Te surge of antiwar voices in U.S. media this month has coincided with new lows in public approval for what pollsters call President Bush’s "handling" of the Iraq war. After more than two years of a military occupation that was supposed to be a bre...
The March to Porkopolis
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Start with God. Now continue with Empire. In a three-week period in May 1806, as Lewis and Clark moved through Montana in the course of their survey, they and their party-the Corps of Discovery-killed 167 animals, about eight a day. Reviewing their entire i...
News Notes from the Global War on Terrorism
CARL G. ESTABROOK
[1] The "Global War on Terrorism" (GWOT) seemed to go away this week, as administration officials begin suddenly to deny that it was a war at all, but rather a "Strategy (or Struggle) against Violent Extremism": GWOT was to be replaced with SAV...
In Defense of Felipe Alou
DAVE ZIRIN
So you say you wanna be a racist? Put down that burning cross! Rip up your white hood! Throw away your CD of "Trent Lott’s Favorite Negro Spirituals!" The quickest way to be branded a racist is to stand up to racism. Just ask San Francisco Giants&#...
The Shame of It All
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
A great charade is taking place in front of the world media in the Gaza Strip. It is the staged evacuation of 8000 Jewish settlers from their illegal settlement homes, and it has been carefully designed to create imagery to support Israel’s US-backed takeove...
The Unmitigated Gall of Dinesh D’Souza
THOMAS LARSON
I am a freelance journalist for the weekly San Diego Reader, where, during the last seven years, my profiles, narrative nonfiction, and investigative articles have appeared. This past spring, the Reader published my 12,000-word ...
Sheehan is Not the One Uttering Piffley Bunk
ELISA SALASIN
I learned a new word today! Piffle! I suppose it is not completely new, as I’ve probably come across it at various points in my life. However, today I read it in Christopher Hitchens’ rather ...
Amazing Grace and Cindy
DAVID KRIEGER
There is a wonderful movie, Amazing Gra...
Mona in the Field of Crosses
GREG MOSES
"Every voice that comes behind Cindy Sheehan sparks a new voice, and someone else stands up. Someone else is not afraid anymore." Mona is speaking from the back seat of a Camp Casey shuttle as the Texas prairie speeds past. Today Mona is not afraid what ...
Meet with Cindy Sheehan
Rep. CYNTHIA McKINNEY
Dear Mr. President: I am writing to request that you meet with Ms. Cindy Sheehan, grieving mother of Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, killed April 4, 2004 in Iraq. Mr. Sheehan was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, at Fort Hood in y...
Uneasy Standoff in Venezuela’s Media Wars
DIANA BARAHONA
The controversy surrounding the media in Venezuela refuses to die. This is because the country is experimenting with a slow but steady anti-capitalist restructuring which the private media see as a threat to their existence. At this juncture, after surviving a mil...
A Short Meat-Oriented History of the World from Eden to the Mattole
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Start with God. ‘And [Peter] saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: wherein were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth, and wi...
The Mix is Not Propitious
DAVE LINDORFF
Philadelphia-based journalist, I have written about many issues that affect this fifth largest metropolitan region in the nation. For national publications. I have written what many reviewers have called the definitive book on the biggest death penalty ca...
Pilgrims of Protest in Crawford
GREG MOSES
"Today is kind of a b...
Camp David Redux
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
A few months ago, nearly five years after the collapse of the July 2000 Camp David summit at which President Bill Clinton expected to forge an historic Middle East peace agreement, a leading member of Clinton’s negotiating team publicly acknowledged that rat...
Belonging and Becoming
ROBERT JENSEN
[Remarks to an interfaith service at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX, August 14, 2005] We gather here this afternoon, challenged by Cindy Sheehan,s courage. Out of her struggle to come to terms with the ultimate loss ha...
Get Ready for a Wider War
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
With every poll showing majorities of Americans both fed up with Bush’s war against Iraq and convinced that Bush’s invasion of Iraq has made Americans less safe, the White House moron proposes to start another war by attacking Iran. VP Cheney has alrea...
Failing in Iraq
MIKE WHITNEY
There is no longer any possibility of the United States achieving its objectives in Iraq.Whatever opportunity there might have been following the initial invasion has been swept away by the abusive treatment of detainees, the wanton slaughter of civilians, and the...
Someone Tell Frank Rich the War Isn’t Over
NORMAN SOLOMON
On Sunday, the New York Times published a piece by Frank Rich under the headline "Someone Tell the President the War Is Over." The article was a flurry of well-placed jabs about the Bush administration’s lies and miscalculations for the Iraq war. B...
Federal Judge Fines Voices in the Wilderness $20,000 for Taking Medicine to Iraq
CounterPunch Wire
On August 12, 2005 U.S. Federal District Judge John Bates ordered payment of a $20,000 fine imposed against Voices in the Wilderness. Voices was fined for bringing medicine to Iraq in a classic campaign of open nonviolent civil disobedience to challenge the econom...
The al-Dubya Training Manual
WILLIAM BLUM
"It is important to note that al Qaeda training manuals emphasize the tactic of making false abuse allegations." This is now the official and frequent response of White House, Pentagon, and State Department spokespersons...
Ridiculous Rice
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has recently been declared the most important person in the universe, or something like that, and is no doubt pleased to be so honored. But it is doubtful that any country in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN...
Klan Justice
RON JACOBS
Once again, Lenny Bruce’s line "in the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls" is proven right. On August 13, 2005 a judge in Mississippi granted bail to Edgar Ray Killen, the Klansman convicted less than six weeks ago for the murders o...
Finkelstein’s "Beyond Chutzpah" Nixed by Cowed Bookstores
JOHN FARLEY
CounterPunchers are already aware of the attempts by Alan Dershowitz to stop publication of Norman Finkelstein’s book Beyond Chutzpah with threats of a libel suit. When Dershowitz failed, that seemed to be the end of the story, but it wasn’t: The effor...
Secreting the News
JACK Z. BRATICH
As the Summer of Double Super Secrecy enters its dog days, what will be harvested in the field of the Plame Game? Currently, New York Times reporter Judith Miller remains a media-darling martyr for confidentiality. A number of critical commentators, especially and...
Feds Takeover Prosecution of Dustin Costa
FRED GARDNER
Dustin Costa, leader of the Merced Patients Group, was arrested at his residence on Wednesday, Aug. 10. He is being held at a federal detention facility in Fresno. According to Tom O’Connell, MD, federal prosecutors are taking control (from the Stanislaus Co...
The "Stricken" President
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
If you accept the judgement of the polls this summer, George Bush is a stricken president. Leave aside his now permanent sub-50 per cent status in popular approval. Take his favored calling cards, the war and Iraq and conduct of the "war on terror". His ...
GWAT
BEN TRIPP
Blood, death, war. New! More! Free! Now with extra SEX! They laughed when I sat down to rule the world, but when I started to play, more smiles in every mile! It’s a long road to Tipperary: how many roads must a man walk down, before he walks a mile in your ...
Saving Northwest Forests
FELICE PACE
U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman recently ruled that a Bush Administration attempt to dismantle the Northwest Forest Plan is illegal. While this is only the latest news in a long-running saga of logging and lawsuits it does signal a turning of the tide. Since he...
The Bolton Opportunity
JOHN GERSHMAN
President Bush’s recess appointment of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations-the first time ever for the post-represents a sad irony in this year, the 60th anniversary of the signing of the San Francisco charter on June 26, 1945 and the ratifi...
Making the World Safer…for Nukes
DAVE LINDORFF
The Bush administration has dug itself–and all of us—into an incredible hole when it comes to Iran. It is also doing its level best to move the nuclear doomsday clock to midnight. First we have our war-mongering president blustering scarcely ve...
Hide Tide of the Neocons
GARY LEUPP
There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current wh...
Fable of the Emperor and the Grieving Mother
DAVID KRIEGER
Once upon a time there was an Emperor who thought that the war he had started was exciting, albeit troublesome. He thought that running a war was "hard work," and thinking always made him tired. So, he decided to take another vacation and visit his castl...
Animal Whites
TIM WISE
Although I have long supported the vast majority of the goals set forth by the animal rights movement, I have to admit that, on a personal level, the animal rights activists I’ve encountered almost never fail to come off as insufferable jerks. The smug moral...
There’s Not One Real Conservative or Liberal in the Senate
J.L. CHESTNUT, Jr.
As an elderly African-American who was involved in the black struggle years before MLK and ever since, what do I really believe in 2005? As a black man who served in the army during the Korean War and was prepared to die, if necessary, in defense of a democracy de...
Being a Protestant Fundamentalist
ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ
Sometimes, I think I may be the only leftist, Marxist, feminist, anti-imperialist, anti-racist in the United States who was raised as a Protestant Christian fundamentalist. I remained an evangelizing true believer of the Southern Baptist faith (the largest Christi...
Justice Sunday II
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance. Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta Sunday, August 14 promises to be a great day for the Lord. Not that it’s the only exciting day. Geo...
Cheney and Halliburton: the Stench Gets Worse
CHRIS FLOYD
It’s easy to forget sometimes – amidst all the lofty talk of geopolitics, of apocalyptic clashes between good and evil, of terror, liberty, security and God – that the war on Iraq is "largely a matter of loot," as Kasper Gutman so aptly...
At the Crawford Peace House
GREG MOSES
CAMP CASEY, TX (Aug 11) Thursday is only a few minutes young, but Cindy Sheehan is already running late. Rumors are percolating that police will swoop into Camp Casey at midnight to arrest everyone, and she dare not be late for a date like that. So she say...